PSYC 101G. Introduction to Psychology 1 course credit
An examination of the scientific study of psychology. Lectures emphasize current concepts in the biological roots of behavior, learning and memory, perception, social behavior, psychopathology, and applied psychology. Laboratories stress the application of quantitative interpretations of data and the scientific method to the study of human behavior. Not open to students who have completed PSYC 102. Offered every semester.
PSYC 102G. Principles of Psychology as Applied to Learning. 1 course credit
The study, investigation and application of the principles of psychology as they relate to learning. Topics include biological roots of behavior, learning and memory, human development, social behavior, and abnormal behavior. Labs involve applying the scientific method to the study of human behavior and learning. Throughout the course, special emphasis is placed on effective learning in college, including study skills. Open to first and second year students. Not open to students who have completed PSYC 101. Offered every semester.
PSYC 201. Research Methods I: Statistical Analysis 1 course credit
An introduction to the scientific method as applied in the social and behavioral sciences.
Topics include: descriptive and inferential statistics, the design and analysis of experiments, and the drawing of logical conclusions from behavioral data. Includes laboratory. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or 102 and sophomore standing. Offered in the fall semester.
PSYC 202. Research Methods II: Design and Communication 1 course credit
An introduction to the methods involved in behavioral research. Includes the logic, preparation, and design of controlled experiments. Emphasis is placed on the interpretation of data and the communication of results. Experience is gained in literature search and writing reports using appropriate style and format. Includes laboratory. Prerequisites: PSYC 101 or 102, and sophomore standing. Offered in the spring semester.
PSYC 215. Learning and Motivation 1 course credit
An exploration of the underlying principles guiding learning and motivation. The course evaluates both the biological and social factors affecting why we act. Topics include: classical and instrumental conditioning, extinction, biological and social motives, and the relation between performance and motivation. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or 102. Offered in alternate years.
PSYC 221. Lifespan Development 1 course credit
An exploration of physical, social, emotional and intellectual development through the lifespan. Particular emphasis is given to child, adolescent and late adult development. Course content includes theory, research, and practical applications. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or 102.
PSYC 233. Social Psychology 1 course credit
A study of how other people influence the perceptions and behaviors of the individual. These influences are studied through all aspects of the human experience, including attitudes and attitude change, the formation of the self-concept, emotional experience, prejudice, group dynamics, and social norms and values. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or 102. Offered in alternate years or more often.
PSYC 236. Abnormal Psychology 1 course credit
A study of the origins, symptoms, and classification of mental illness, including the study of anxiety disorders, mood disorders, and schizophrenia. Includes comparisons among the various biological and psychological approaches to therapy, and critical analysis of the influence of politics and culture in diagnosis. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or 102.
PSYC 237. Industrial/Organizational Psychology 1 course credit
An overview of the psychology of work and human organization. Topics include: learning, motivation, attitudes, group dynamics, and leadership as they apply to work in organizations. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or 102. Offered in alternate years.
PSYC 239. Health Psychology 1 course credit
An exploration of the psychological influences on how people stay healthy, why they become ill, and how they respond when they do become ill. Topics include: the links between stress and immune system function and disease, psychological factors that mediate reactions to stress, and behaviors that endanger health. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or 102. Offered in alternate years or more often.
PSYC 240. Personality 1 course credit
A theory-oriented exploration of human differences and similarities. Covers psychodynamic, humanistic, and behavioristic models. Topics include: the role of the family, cross-cultural variables, and the immediate social-environment in shaping personality. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or 102. Offered in alternate years.
PSYC 243. Mind, Brain, and Behavior 1 course credit
A first exposure to the relationship between the brain and behavior. Topics include: neuronal communication, perception, cognition, learning and memory, and the biological basis of consciousness. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or 102. Offered in the fall semester.
PSYC 250. Special Topics
0.5 to 1 course credit
A study of a subject of special interest. Topics previously offered include: humanistic psychology, drugs and behavior, the psychology of language, and the application of psychology to community issues. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or 102 and permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit.
PSYC 251. Research Practicum 0.25 to 1 course credit
Faculty supervised participation in a research project. The student will work on a research project under the direction of a faculty member. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit.
PSYC 290. Cross-Cultural Psychology Practicum 0.5 course credit
A practical experience which combines the study of Psychology and inquiry into cultural differences that impact human behavior and experience. The course will include on-campus meetings prior to departure and site visitations to educational institutions, businesses, governmental offices, and other commercial institutions or cultural sites in that target country.
PSYC 302. Advanced Experimental Psychology
1 course credit
Students will investigate a major subject area in psychology. Students will engage in an in-depth experience in the methodology of studying psychology. Course topics will alternate with topics such as: social psychology, cognitive psychology, and learning and motivation. Includes laboratory. Prerequisites: PSYC 201 and 202. May be repeated for credit with permission of the instructor. Offered occasionally.
PSYC 303. Drugs and Behavior 1 course credit
An exploration of the psychological, social, and biological factors involved in drug use, drug abuse, and treatment and prevention of substance use disorders. Topics include: legal drugs such as alcohol and nicotine, and illegal drugs such as amphetamines, cocaine, opiates, and marijuana. Prerequisite: PSYC 239 or 243. Offered in alternate years.
PSYC 304. Cognitive Neuroscience 1 course credit
Provides a deeper understanding of the neural basis of behavior and mental activity. Topics include the cellular and molecular basis of cognition, gross and functional anatomy of cognition, methods of cognitive neuroscience, and processes such as selective attention, language, emotion, and learning and memory. Prerequisite: PSYC 239 or 243. Offered in alternate years.
PSYC 318. Biopsychology 1 course credit
This course emphasizes understanding the function of the brain and its relation to behavior. Topics include: the biochemistry of neural conduction and synaptic transmission, neuropsychology, brain disorders, the biochemistry of learning and memory, and mechanisms of action of psychoactive drugs. Prerequisites: PSYC 239 or 243, or BIOL 150 and permission of the instructor. Offered in the spring semester.
PSYC 321. Cultural Psychology
1 course credit
This course will expose students to issues of gender, race, and enculturation as they relate to psychology. Topics include: culture’s influence on research, health, development, social behavior, communication, emotion, and abnormality. The focus of these topics will include global and regional cultures. Prerequisite: PSYC 221 or 233 or 240. Offered each year.
PSYC 323. Psychology of Gender 1 course credit
This course will examine the psychology of gender by studying how gender impacts our thoughts and behavior, and how it is involved in family, work, relationships, and mental health. Theoretical approaches, empirical research, and cultural influences will be examined. Prerequisite: PSYC 221 or 233 or 240..
PSYC 345. Animal Behavior 1 course credit
(Cross-listed as BIOL 345) A study of the diverse and fascinating range of animal behavior. How do we explain that in various animals we can observe infanticide, competition, and polygamy, but also cooperation, altruism, and monogamy? Using an evolutionary approach, this course will examine both the proximate mechanisms and ultimate reasons that explain the great variety of animal behavior as elucidated by animal behaviorists through ingenious experimentation and patient observation. Prerequisite: At least one 200 level BIOL or PSYC course. Offered in alternate years.
PSYC 350. Special Topics in Psychology 0.5 to 1 course credit
A seminar on selected topics in psychology permitting in-depth analysis of an important psychological problem or phenomenon. Prerequisite: PSYC 202 or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit.
PSYC 351. Independent Study 0.25 to 1 course credit
Directed individual study in an advanced area of psychology. The student selects a topic in consultation with a member of the faculty. Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit.
PSYC 352. Internship in Psychology 0.25 to 1 course credit
An experience designed to allow students in Psychology to apply the concepts and ideas developed during study in the major to a particular workplace or setting. Prerequisites: Junior standing and prior approval of the department. May be repeated for credit.
PSYC 355. Theories of Counseling 1 course credit
A survey of major theories and practices in counseling and psychotherapy. Topics include: cognitive, affective and behavioral models, directive and nondirective approaches, the ethics of intervention, evaluation of research in counseling and psychotherapy, and an introduction to counseling skills. Prerequisite: PSYC 221 or 236 or 240. Offered annually.
PSYC 415. Readings in Psychology 0.5 course credit
An investigation of selected readings in advanced psychology topics from a variety of psychology approaches. Course topics will alternate. Some examples are: history and systems, psychology and health, perception, phenomenology, and cross-cultural psychology. Prerequisites: PSYC 201, 202, and junior standing. Offered every semester.
PSYC 420. Research Seminar 1 course credit
The development and completion of a major research project during the senior year. The students will read and critique their own and other research literature, and conduct and report their research project. The senior comprehensive examination is administered. Prerequisites: PSYC 201, 202, senior standing, and permission of the instructor. Offered every semester.
PSYC 455. Advanced Counseling Seminar 1 course credit
A seminar focusing on the analysis and application of the major theories and practices in counseling and psychotherapy. Topics include: empirical support for approaches, listening skills practice and ethics. Prerequisites: PSYC 355. Offered in alternate years.