Psychology Courses

Psychology Courses


In addition to the course descriptions we have included additional notes as needed.

Psych-101 General Psychology (3)
Studies psychology as a system of scientific inquiry into the nature and behavior of humans. Presents major concepts, principles and processes concerned with human functioning in individuals and social settings. Prerequisites: None
Note: Must have a C or better to continue as a Psychology Major.

Psych-131 Psychology of Adjustment (3)
Examines the personal and social meaning of psychological adjustment. Emphasizes stress and coping concepts and psychosocial competence in adulthood. This course requires active participation in class discussion and willingness to challenge one’s preconceptions and consider alternative psychological points of view. It concerns the application of psychological concepts and research to stress and coping in everyday adult life, emphasizing coping skills and techniques. Prerequisites: None

Psych-160 Basic Statistics (3)
Introduces fundamental statistical concepts and principles providing a foundation for research methodology for students. Discusses computation, interpretation and application of commonly used descriptive, correlation, and inferential statistical procedures for analyzing data. Prerequisites: None.
Note: Must have a C or better to continue as a Psychology Major.

Psych-210 Life-Span Psychology (3)
Examines the psychology of human development from conception to death. Discusses traditional topics and issues in developmental psychology such as cognition and personality, but within a life-span developmental perspective. Prerequisites: Psych-101

Psych-211 Early Childhood Development (3)
Studies normal development and the interrelationships among various aspects of biological, cognitive, personality and social factors. Emphasizes prenatal to adolescent development. Prerequisites: Psych-101

Psych-212 Adolescent Development (3)
Studies developmental, personal and social issues confronting adolescents as they emerge from childhood and strive for adulthood. Prerequisite: Psych-101.

Psych-214 Transitions to Adolescent Development (3)
Studies the transition from childhood to adolescence, including physical, cognitive, social and emotional development. Theory, research and the application of these to practice will be emphasized. Prerequisite: Psych-101.

Psych-235 Introduction to Abnormal Psychology (3)
An introduction to the nature, diagnosis, etiology, epidemiology, prevention and treatment of cognitive, affective, behavioral and personality disorders. Also covers relevant theoretical perspectives and research findings. Prerequisite: Psych-101.

Psych-251 Psychological Foundations of Education (3)
Examines principles of psychology as applied to the classroom. Emphasizes learning processes as affected by environmental, experiential and developmental factors. Prerequisite: Psych-101.

Psych-253 Social Psychology (3)
Studies interpersonal behavior with emphasis on affiliation, interpersonal perception and attraction, group behavior and conformity, attitude change and compliance. Prerequisite: Psych-101.

Psych-254 Psychological Aspects of Social Issues (3)
Examines the application of psychological theories and techniques to existing social issues and their relationship to alternative ethical viewpoints regarding social issues selected by the instructor for study. Prerequisite: Psych-101.
Note that the following two courses, Psych-281 and Psych-282, have additional notes and requirements!

Psych-281 Experimental Psychology: Methodology (3)
Introduces experimental design, statistical analysis and issues of control and confounding. Covers one, two and three factor designs. Surveys classic experimentation as well as issues in social, developmental, educational and clinical psychology from an experimental perspective. Prerequisites: Psych-101 and Psych-160 (with a minimum grade of C in each).
Note: Students must sign up for this course it the Psychology Office approximately one month prior to scheduling. The order of preference for students waiting to be placed in Methods is detailed here.

Psych-282 Experimental Psychology: Applications (3)
Deals with the application of experimental principles in a laboratory setting. Students learn APA writing format and statistical and graphic computer packages. Extensive writing or research reports required. Extensive laboratory research required. Students apply concepts of experimental design in a variety of research projects with both human and rats. Prerequisites: Psych-101, Psych-160, Psych-281, all with minimum grade of C.
Note: A five-week experience with rats as subjects is required. All students are required to abide by the Statement of Understanding.
Note: Students must sign up for this course in the Psychology Office approximately one month before scheduling. The order of preference is detailed here.

Psych-309 Early Childhood Cognitive Development (3)
Studies cognitive development from birth through fourth grade. Focus is on theories of cognitive development and developmental changes in thinking, language, literacy, intelligence, neurological correlates of cognition, as well as social cognition. Additional emphasis placed on instructional and educational implications of these changes.Prerequisite: Psych-101 and Psych-211.

Psych-310 Middle Childhood Cognitive Development (3)
Examines cognitive development from fourth through eighth grade. Focus is on theories of cognitive development and developmental changes in thinking, problem solving, memory, perception, language, intelligence, and social cognition. Additional emphasis placed on instructional and educational implications of these changes. Prerequisite: Psych-101 and Psych-214.

Psych-311 Adulthood and Aging (3)
Studies the development of adults in our culture. Includes topics on the effects of social environment on aging, special problems of aging, sex differences during adulthood, vocational, marital and familial developments and psychology of death and dying. Emphasizes human behavior between young adulthood and the end of life with emphasis on the aging process. Prerequisite: Psych-101.

Psych-321 Psychological Tests and Measurements (3)
Introduces the logic of psychological measurement including the applied and practical aspects of psychological testing with emphasis on reliability, validity and test norms. Provides background for test evaluation. Prerequisites: Psych-101, Psych-160, Psych-281, all with minimum grade of C or consent of the instructor.

Psych-335 Psychological Disorders (3)
Surveys the description, causation, prevention and treatment of maladaptive behavior and psychological disorders. Considers biological, psychological and social factors. This course covers the major psychological disorders and related patterns of maladaptive behavior. It emphasizes biological, psychological and social perspectives on causation, treatment, and prevention of these. Topics usually covered include the following: Defining "abnormality" and maladaptive behavior; History of concepts and treatment for psychological disorders; Biological, psychological, social models of psychological disorder; Research methods in clinical psychology; Diagnosis of psychological disorders; Clinical psychological testing and measurement; Disorders of childhood and adolescence; Anxiety, somatoform, dissociative disorders; Psychological factors in illness and injury; Personality and impulse control disorders; Substance abuse and dependence; Sexual and gender identity disorders, sexual assault; Mood disorders; Suicide; Schizophrenia; Cognitive and neurological disorders; Legal and ethical issues in mental health. Prerequisites: Psych-101, Psych-160, Psych-281, all with minimum grade of C, Psych-282.

Psych-337 Developmental Psychopathology (3)
Critically examines psychological theories and research on the etiology, epidemiology, developmental pathway, course, and consequences of psychological conditions and psychiatric disorders from infancy through middle childhood. This course encourages an appreciation of the broad range of variability in children's development, challenges students to discover what forces divert development from its otherwise healthy trajectory, and encourages students to explore factors that sustain the deviation or foster a return to normalcy. This course also emphasizes the prevention of psychological problems in children. Prerequisites: Psych-101, Psych-160, Psych-281, all with minimum grade of C, Psych-282, and either Psych-211 or Psych-212.

Psych-340 Community Psychology (3)
Surveys theory, research and action concerning the relationships between the individual and community life. Topics include the psychological sense of community, human diversity, promotion of health and socioemotional competence, citizen participation, community change and methods of community research. To deepen student understanding of community life, Community Psychology requires community service hours in settings such as after-school tutoring programs, nursing homes, community recreation programs, and many others. The course requires active participation in class discussion, completing writing assignments, and willingness to challenge one’s preconceptions and consider alternative points of view. Prerequisites: Psych-101, Psych-160, Psych-281, all with minimum grade of C.
Note: that the following course, Psych-341, has an additional note and requirement!

Psych-341 Theory and Practice of Academic Psychology (3)
Sharpens and expands knowledge of the basic principles of psychology. Provides an intensive review of the content taught in General Psychology and requires students to lead discussion groups. Prerequisites: 60 credit hours completed, including Psych-101, Psych-160, Psych-281, Psych 282 and consent of the instructor.
Note: There are a limited number of positions available each semester. Students must fill out an application for this course the semester prior to enrollment. See one of the instructors for an application. Please read the additional information regarding the T.A. experience.

Psych-350 Psychology of Sex and Gender (3)
Examines the theoretical and research issues in psychological experiences of males and females. Views gender role development and implications for the daily lives of men and women from historical, biological, psychoanalytic, learning, sociological and anthropological perspectives. Prerequisites: Psych-101, Psych-160, Psych-281, all with minimum grade of C.

Psych-360 Cognitive Psychology (3)
Examines the major theoretical perspectives and research in the area of cognition and presents the ways in which mental processes such as memory, perception, language and problem solving may be empirically studied. Prerequisites: Psych-101, Psych-160, Psych-281, all with minimum grade of C, Psych-282.

Psych-375 Psychology of Learning (3)
Examines the theoretical and experimental bases of learning in animal and human behaviors. Emphasis is on classical and operant condition and the experimental analysis of behavior. Prerequisites Psych-101, Psych-160, Psych-281, Psych-282 or consent of the instructor.

Psych-380 Behavioral Neuroscience (3)
Studies the relationship between psychological processes and physiological activity. Reviews neurological and biochemical bases of behavior with emphasis on the synergistic functions of the nervous system, sense organs and glandular system. Prerequisites: Psych-101, Psych-160, Psych-281, Psych-282 or consent of the instructor.

Psych-401 History of Psychology (3)
Studies the historical development of modern psychology and compares present-day models of behavior within an historical framework. Prerequisites: 90 semester hours and completion of one of the following courses: Psych-360, Psych-375, Psych-380, Psych-335, Psych-436 or consent of the instructor.
Note: that the following course, Psych-406, requires the constent of the instructor!

Psych-406 Psychology Seminar (3)
Provides for an advanced consideration of significant topics in psychology. Requires reports and discussions of current research and may be repeated with change in topic. Prerequisites: Psych-101 and consent of the instructor.

Psych-436 Theories of Personality (3)
A critical study of theories explaining development, structure and dynamics of personality. Considers personality from psychoanalytic, social, trait, self and learning points of view. This course critically examines personality and personality theory as being rooted in both philosophy and science and what that means to the study of personality. Basic personality topics are covered, including the self, personality components, motivation, socialization, the unconscious dimension, explanation, and psychological health. Established theories are also critically covered and evaluated including the psychoanalytic, biological/trait, social, cognitive, behavioral, humanistic/existential and non-Western culture viewpoints. Prerequisite: Psych-101, Psych-160, Psych-281 (minimum grade of C in each), Psych-282.

Psych-439 Introduction to Clinical Psychology (3)
Surveys clinical psychology and the role of the clinical psychologist in community and hospital mental health programs, clinical assessment and diagnosis. Examines concepts in and models of psychotherapy. Prerequisites: Psych-101, Psych-335 or Psych-436 or consent of the instructor.
Note: that the following courses, Psych-464 and Psych-466, have additional notes and requirements!

Psych-464 Advanced Experimental Design (3)
Presents an advanced consideration of the planning, conduct and evaluation of research in the behavioral and biological sciences, employing parametric and nonparametric statistics. Emphasizes inferential statistics, design, analysis, interpretation and computer utilization. Prerequisites: Psych-101, Psych-160, Psych-281, Psych-282 and consent of the instructor.

Psych-466 Independent Study in Psychology (3)
Studies a topic via either review and research of technical psychological literature or empirical manipulation of variables in the field or laboratory under supervision of a psychology faculty member. Requires written report on results of study. Prerequisites: Consent of the instructor, departmental approval and approval by the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts.
Note: Please read the section on Research Experience. Students are advised to meet with their faculty mentor early in the semester prior to anticipated enrollment. Requirements vary with each professor. It is best if students talk with their mentor or advisor early in the semester prior to taking the course.

Psych-476 Principles of Behavior Modification (3)
Studies the application of learning principles to change behavior in both individual and group settings.This course is recommended for individuals who will be working with people to modify their behavior. This might include teachers and therapists, and those working with the developmentally disabled, autistics, or patients in mental hospitals. Prerequisites: Psych-101, Psych-160, Psych-281, all with minimum grade of C.
Note: that the following course, Psych-497, requires that you read information from several webpages before applying for the course. See below!

Psych-497 Practicum in Psychology (3-15)
Provides supervised field experience (40 hours per credit) in a community setting. Requires attendance at class sessions and completion of writing assignments to promote awareness of ethical issues and integration of field experience with psychological knowledge. May be taken for 3-15 credits. Regardless of number of credits taken, this course fulfills one of the required senior-year capstone courses for psychology majors. Prerequisites: 90 credit hours; Minimum grade of C in Psych-101 General Psychology; Minimum grade of C in Psych-160 Basic Statistics, Minimum grade of C in Psych-281 Experimental Psychology: Methodology, Minimum grade of C- in Psych-282 Experimental Psychology: Applications, AND consent of the instructor.
Note: Essential information regarding the internship or practicum experience can be found here, Practicum Information