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PSY 0200 - INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY A summary of the present knowledge in areas such as scientific research methods, learning, sensation and perception, the biological bases of behavior, developmental patterns, motivation, emotion, personality, social influences, psychopathology, and psychotherapies.  (03.0 crs). Prerequisite to all other courses in Psychology.


PSY 0210 - SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY The study of behavior in the social environment. Social psychology concerns the manner in which the behavior, feelings, or thoughts of one individual are influenced or determined by the behavior of and/or characteristics of others. Primary emphasis is on current theories and research in social psychology with applications to problems of society also considered. (03.0 crs). Prerequisite: Introduction to Psychology.                                              

PSY 0230 - CHILD DEVELOPMENT Provides an understanding of the basic principles of change as they apply to the development of infants and children. Topics include the relative influences of environmental, hormonal, and genetic factors on physical, socioemotional, and cognitive development. (03.0 crs). Prerequisite: Introduction to Psychology.                           

PSY 0240 - THEORIES OF PERSONALITY Study of the structure and organization of the normal personality through a survey of basic theoretical viewpoints ranging from psychoanalytic theory to modern social cognitive theories. (03.0 crs). Prerequisite: Introduction to Psychology.                                                                                                                                     

PSY 0270 - INTRODUCTORY STATISTICS (and Lab) Provides a basic understanding of statistical techniques. Includes introduction to experimental design, descriptive statistics, sampling, probability, and inferential statistics. Course involves the rationale, logic, statistical computation, parametric and nonparametric hypothesis testing, and interpretation of data. (04.0 crs). Prerequisite: Introduction to Psychology.                                                                                    

PSY 0351 - PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY Designed to give the student a basic knowledge of the psychological and biological aspects of drugs, emphasizing research findings wherever possible. (03.0 crs). Prerequisite: Introduction to Psychology.                                                                  

PSY 0384 - ADULT DEVELOPMENT & AGING This class is intended to educate students about the biological, social and psychological changes that occur in people as they progress through the second half of life. In addition to these topics, the class will review the reasons for the increasing need to study and understand these changes, as well as research designs and research related problems commonly seen in this area. (03.0 crs). Prerequisite: Introduction to Psychology.                                                          

PSY 0470 - INTRO TO BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION An introduction to the use of instrumental and classical training procedures in the modification of human behavior. The course covers the theoretical background (including ethical issues), the principles of instrumental and Pavlovian training, the principles of cognitive change, and applications to psychotherapy, education, and self modification. (03.0 crs). Prerequisite: Introduction to Psychology.            

PSY 1000 - PSYCHOLOGY SEMINAR One hour per week provides a forum for the discussion of professional issues in psychology and career/job opportunities, along with a dissemination of information related to the Department of Psychology and what happens after a student graduates. (Two semesters, .5 crs each) Prerequisite: Sophomore Standing.                         

PSY 1031 - RESEARCH METHODS (and Lab) The course introduces students to the fundamentals of psychological research, including the nature of psychology as a science, the selection of a research problem, research designs, the nature of research variables, and ethical considerations. Course includes a laboratory involving practical experiences in the design of experiments, conducting experiments, analyzing and interpreting data, and writing research papers. (04.0 crs). Prerequisites: Introduction to Psychology and Introductory Statistics.                  

PSY 1065 - COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY (and Lab) An examination of the mental activities that constitute human cognition. Topics include perception, attention, memory, language, problem-solving and reasoning, artificial intelligence, and animal cognition. The course has an accompanying lab where computer, laboratory, and real-world techniques for studying cognitive processes are demonstrated and practiced. (04.0 crs). Prerequisites: Introduction to Psychology, Introductory Statistics, and Research Methods.                                                                         

PSY 1121 - TESTS AND MEASUREMENTS (and Lab) Reviews the rationale and use of many psychological tests. Ethical considerations, report writing, and current issues in testing are covered. Course includes a laboratory that focuses on the application of psychometric concepts, test development, evaluation of psychological tests currently used in the field, and development of skills in interpreting testing data and assessment reports. (04.0 crs). Prerequisites: Introduction to Psychology, Introductory Statistics, and Research Methods.                                                

PSY 1141 - PSYCHOPATHOLOGY An overview of the etiology and symptomological presentation of abnormal behaviors and psychological disorders, as well as a survey of current therapeutic modalities. (03.0 crs). Prerequisite: Introduction to Psychology.                             

PSY 1178 - HUMAN SEXUALITY A survey of biological, psychological, and social aspects of human sexual activity. Cross listed as BIOL 1178. (03.0 crs). Prerequisite: Introduction to Psychology.                                                                                                                                   

PSY 1216 - HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY A multi-disciplinary field concerned with the development and integration of behavioral and a bio-medical sciences, knowledge and techniques relevant to health and illness, and the application of this knowledge to diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation. (03.0 crs) Prerequisites: Introduction to Psychology, Introductory Statistics, and Research Methods.                                                                                               

PSY 1251 - MODELS OF PSYCHOTHERAPY Examination of various traditional and contemporary modalities of psychotherapy used (clinically) to treat abnormal behaviors and psychological disorders. (03.0 crs). Prerequisites: Introduction to Psychology, Psychopathology.                                                                                                                               

PSY 1440 - PSYCHOLOGY OF LEARNING Covers basic techniques in the study of human and animal conditioning. Emphasis is given to theory and principles concerning classical and instrumental conditioning. (03.0 crs). Prerequisites: Introduction to Psychology, Introductory Statistics, and Research Methods.                                                                                               

PSY 1500 - PHYSIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY Covers the neuroscience perspective of psychology with emphasis on the structural and functional organization of the central and peripheral nervous systems, and the relationship between brain structure and behavior. (03.0 crs). Prerequisites: Introduction to Psychology, Introductory Statistics, and Research Methods.   

PSY 1548 - SENIOR PROJECT 1 Part 1 of individual research is supervised by a member of the psychology faculty. (03.0 crs). Prerequisites: Senior status, permission of instructor; other prerequisites may be added depending on the nature of the project.                                        

PSY 1549 - SENIOR PROJECT 2 Part 2 of individual research supervised by a member of the psychology faculty. (03.0 crs). Prerequisites: Senior status, permission of instructor; other prerequisites may be added depending on the nature of the project.                                        

PSY 1555 - INTERNSHIP Participation in supervised psychological activities at off-campus agencies. Particular sites are selected to fit student career interests. Requires keeping a journal of daily activities, writing a final term paper relating the internship experience to psychology, and making a brief presentation about your internship to the Junior Psychology Seminar class. (01.0 TO 05.0 crs). Prerequisites: Senior status, permission of Internship Director; other prerequisites may be added depending on the internship placement.                                                              

PSY 1560 - INTERNSHIP Participation in supervised psychological activities at off-campus agencies. Particular sites are selected to fit student career interests. Requires keeping a journal of daily activities, writing a final term paper relating the internship experience to psychology, and making a brief presentation about your internship to the Junior Psychology Seminar class. (01.0 TO 05.0 crs). Prerequisites: Senior status, permission of Internship Director; other prerequisites may be added depending on the internship placement.                                                                 

PSY 1570 - HISTORY & SYSTEMS OF PSYCHOLOGY An interdisciplinary examination of the chronological development of the field of Psychology. Some time is spent on studying the philosophical underpinnings of the discipline of Psychology before moving on to examine the evolution of the schools of thought in Psychology. The emphasis is on the relationship of Psychology to the fields of history and philosophy, as well as how the schools of thought in Psychology fit into the empiricist and rationalist traditions. (03.0 crs). Prerequisites: Introduction to Psychology, Introductory Statistics, and Research Methods.                                                  

PSY 1636 - ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY An examination of what psychologists have found out about people at work, the ways in which they have studied the workplace, and how psychology is practiced in human resources and other organizational settings.  There is an emphasis on current perspectives and findings in this applied area of psychology.  (03.0 crs). Prerequisites: Introduction to Psychology. Recommended: Social Psychology or Theories of Personality.   

PSY 1650 - ADVANCED SEMINARS Intensive study of a specialized area emphasizing current research and theory. Examples of recent seminars taught include Psychology of Language, Intelligence, Cross-cultural Psychology, Memory, Neuropsychological Testing, and Artificial Intelligence. Although the Advanced Seminar courses have the same title when listed in the course offerings, the course topic changes with each offering. Students may take the course more than once for additional credit; however a grade earned in one course may not be replaced by a grade earned in another course, even when taught by the same instructor. (03.0 crs). Prerequisites: Introduction to Psychology, Introductory Statistics, Research Methods, plus any courses listed by the instructor, OR permission of the instructor.                             

PSY 1904 - DIRECTED INDIVIDUAL READING Under special circumstances, psychology majors can design an individual reading course with a member of the department and in consultation with a faculty member. (01.0 TO 03.0 crs). Prerequisite: Permission of instructor is required.                                                                                                                                        

PSY 1906 - DIRECTED INDIVIDUAL RESEARCH This course involves student participation in individual experimental research supervised by a member of the department faculty. (01.0 TO 03.0 crs). Prerequisite: Permission of instructor is required.