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PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology (3)

This is an introductory course which surveys the field of psychology including the following major areas: research methods and findings, biological, learning and cognition, developmental, social, personality, and psychological disorders. Student may receive credit for either the PSYC 110-120 sequence or PSYC 101, but not both. (F, Sp, Su)

 

PSYC 101H - Honors: Introduction to Psychology (3)

Limited class size, extensive discussion, and writing assignments are featured. Open to students who have demonstrated superior academic ability. Prereq: Departmental approval. Student may receive credit for either the PSYC 110H-120H sequence or PSYC 101H, but not both. (as needed)

 

PSYC 301 - Careers in Psychology (An Introduction to the Major) (3)

This course focuses on career planning and development issues for psychology majors. Using a combination of lecture, readings, and exercises, students will be exposed to information designed to assist in the clarification, selection, and pursuit of a career in psychology or a related field. Topics will include an overview of the undergraduate major in psychology, how to be successful as a psychology major, career options in psychology and related fields, preparation for employment with a bachelor’s degree, preparing for and succeeding in graduate school, and applying for a job or to a graduate school. Prereq: PSYC 101 or 110 or 120. For psychology majors only. (F, Sp)

 

PSYC 310 - Human Relations and Personal Adjustment (3)

The psychological study of the principles and practices of human relations skills in organizations and how they impact adjustment in everyday life. Content in the course will primarily focus on concepts that apply to both areas (such as communication, conflict resolution, stress management, diversity, and motivation). (Sp, Su)

 

PSYC 311 - Human Relations for Staff (3)

A course covering principles and practices of human relations skills in organizations. Content of course aimed at administrators and staff in university settings. Motivation and leadership, communication skills and transactional analysis, assertiveness, stress management and self-concept development. Pass/Fail credit. (as needed)

 

PSYC 312 - Social Psychology (3)

The psychological and sociological study of how people’s actions, emotions and moods, and thoughts are influenced by those around them. Content focuses on the three main areas of research in the field: social cognition and perception, social influence, and social interactions and relations. Content in the course will focus on concepts such as interpersonal attraction, prejudice and stereotyping, group influences, conformity, and persuasion but is not limited to these areas. Prereq: Three hours general psychology (PSYC 101) or general sociology (SOC 201, 202, or 308). (Same as SOC 312.) (F, Sp)

 

PSYC 313 - Developmental Psychology (3)

A theoretical and empirical study of human cognitive, social and personality development spanning prenatal development to death. Primary emphasis on psychological growth and change in infancy, childhood and adolescence. Prereq: PSYC 101. (F, Sp, Su)

 

PSYC 315 - Experimental Psychology I (4)

An introduction to statistics in the behavioral sciences. Topics will include calculating probability, correlation, t-tests and ANOVA. Students will conduct computations by hand and with SPSS. Three one-hour lectures and one two-hour lab. Prereq: PSYC 101. (F, Sp)

 

PSYC 318 - Experimental Psychology II (4)

An introduction to research methodology in the behavioral sciences. Topics will include a scientific overview, ethics, experimental and other designs. Students will complete assignments in the publication format of the American Psychological Association. Three one-hour lectures and one two-hour lab. Prereq: PSYC 101 and 315 with grade of C or better; MATH 140 or equivalent. (F, Sp)

 

PSYC 320 - Learning and Cognition (4)

A survey and critical analysis of theoretical issues, empirical findings and research methods in the psychology of learning and cognition. Coverage includes mechanisms of learning and how learned information is retained, processed and used in memory and other cognitive processes. Students conduct several lab research projects and write up the results in the publication format of the American Psychological Association. Three one-hour Lectures and two one-hour labs. Prereq: PSYC 315 and 318. (Sp)

 

PSYC 325 - Health Psychology (3)

A course covering psychological, environmental, and behavioral factors as they relate to health concerns. Writing requirements may include essay examinations and research papers. (as needed)

 

PSYC 330 - Applied Behavior Analysis (4)

An in-depth view of the history, principles, procedures and clinical applications of techniques based on learning theory. The student will be expected to design, conduct and write up several behavioral-intervention projects involving children or adults. Three one-hour lectures and two one-hour practicums. Prereq: PSYC 315 and 318. (F)

 

PSYC 340 - Industrial and Organizational Psychology (3)

The psychological study of workers and the workplace. Content focuses on human resource concerns, social interactions and influences that operate within the organization, and issues related to employee well-being. Content in the course will primarily focus on concepts such as employee selection, employee training, leadership motivation, sources of workplace stress but is not limited to those areas. Prereq: PSYC 101. (Sp-odd)

 

PSYC 350 - Abnormal Psychology (3)

A study of the biological and psychological factors underlying abnormal behavior. The dynamics of psychological models, patterns of abnormal behavior and nontechnical discussion of diagnostic and therapeutic methods. Prereq: PSYC 101. (F)

 

PSYC 355 - Abnormal Child Psychology (3)

A study of the biological and psychological factors underlying abnormal behavior in children. Includes a clinical description (non-technical discussion of etiology, assessment, prognosis and treatment), theories, methods and research dealing with emotional, cognitive and behavioral disorders of children. Prereq: PSYC 101. (Sp)

 

PSYC 360 - Drugs and Behavior (3)

Effects of recreational and therapeutic drugs on the brain and behavior. Coverage includes depressants, stimulants, narcotics, hallucinogens, and psychotherapeutics drugs. A major component of the course includes understanding addiction and how it is treated. Students may not receive credit for PSYC 360 and HLTH 351. (F)

 

PSYC 365 - Special Topics in Psychology [topic title] (1-3)

Selected topics in the area of psychology. The course subject matter will vary by semester; for example, psychology and law, health psychology, human sexuality, psychology and the media, neuropsychology, neuropsychological disorders in children, addictions counseling, psychology of aging, etc. Course may be repeated with different topics. Total credits not to exceed six hours. (as needed)

 

PSYC 370 - Psychology of Women (3)

This course concerns psychological approaches to studying women. It examines relevant theory and research. Topics include identity and self-concept, relationships and power, sexuality, parenting, work, mental health and diversity. (Same as WMST 370.) (as needed)

 

PSYC 410 - Sleep and Dreams (3)

Lecture/discussion format. Scientific literature, methods, and theories regarding the physiology of sleep, the purpose and meaning of dreams, and sleep disorders and their treatment. (as needed)

 

PSYC 415 - Internship in Psychology (1-3)

Supervised internship placements available for students who want to apply clinical or counseling psychology skills and theory in a workplace setting. Student grades will be determined by the instructor’s academic evaluation as well as on-the-job supervisor’s evaluation of the student intern’s work. Prereq: Junior or senior standing, minimum GPA of 3.00 or instructor’s approval. Course may be repeated with total credits not to exceed six hours. (as needed)

 

PSYC 418 - Advanced Research Methods (3)

This course involves the examination of advanced research techniques, including but not limited to ANOVA, MANOVA, Regression, and Factor Analysis. Field and laboratory studies will be designed, implemented, and reported. This course is strongly advised for those wanting to go to graduate school Prereq: PSYC 101, 315, 318, or by permission of the instructor. (F)

 

PSYC 445 - Undergraduate Research Participation (1-3)

Experience in active research projects involving supervision of staff members. Course may be repeated with total credits not to exceed six hours. Prereq: Junior or senior standing, minimum GPA of 3.00, and instructor’s approval. Offered by arrangement. (F, Sp, Su)

 

PSYC 450 - Theories of Personality (3)

A critical review of historical and contemporary personality theories. Psychoanalytic, constitutional, actualization and contemporary views are examined. Prereq: PSYC 101 or instructor’s approval. (Sp)

 

PSYC 455 - Psychology Travel Study [Selected Topics] (1-6)

A course designed as an educational travel experience in Psychology within the United States or internationally under the supervision of a university instructor. May be taught as an organized study-tour or as an independent travel and study project. Topics, prerequisites and course requirements announced in advance. May be offered on a Pass/Fail basis. Students may repeat course with different topics. A maximum of six credit hours can be counted toward a major in Psychology. Not regularly offered. Prereq: Requires instructor’s approval. (as needed)

 

PSYC 460 - Fundamentals of Clinical Neuropsychology (3)

Course serves as an introduction to the clinical application of brain-behavior relations including functional neuroanatomy and physiology of the brain. Reviews clinical effect and assessment of disease, injury, aging on behavior, cognition, and personality. Also introduces students to neuropsychological assessment, methods and treatment. Prereq: Completion of PSYC 315, 318, and 350 with a grade of C or better, or consent of instructor. (F-odd)

 

PSYC 470 - Physiological Psychology (4)

A systematic study of the nervous system and other physiological correlates of behavior. Three one-hour lectures and two one-hour labs. Prereq: PSYC 315 and 318. (Sp)

 

PSYC 475 - History of Psychology (3)

A comprehensive survey of the historical antecedents of modern psychology with emphasis on both scientific and philosophical origins. Essay examinations are given. Prereq: Completion of PSYC 315 and PSYC 318 with a grade of C or better, or instructor approval. (F, Sp)

 

PSYC 480 - Senior Seminar (3)

A capstone course for the psychology major. A detailed review of methods, content and issues in psychology. Prepares the student for graduate study and/or starting a career in the discipline. This course requires active student participation, including written assignments, oral presentation of papers, and group projects. This course must be taken in the final year. All students are required to take a comprehensive psychology exam. The areas covered on this exam are: Abnormal, Learning, Language, Memory, Developmental, Experimental Design, History and Systems, Cognition, Personality, Physiological, Social and Statistics. Prereq: PSYC 315 and 318. For senior psychology majors only. (F, Sp)

 

PSYC 490 - Field Work in Psychology (1-3)

Supervised field work placements available for students who want to explore career options in applied areas of psychology, including industrial organization and health psychology areas. Prereq: Junior or senior standing and instructor’s approval. Course may be repeated with total credits not to exceed six hours. (F, Sp, Su)

 

PSYC 555 - Abnormal Child Psychology (3)

A study of the biological and psychological factors underlying abnormal behavior in children. Includes a clinical description (non-technical discussion of etiology, assessment, prognosis and treatment), theories, methods and research dealing with emotional, cognitive and behavioral disorders of children. Prereq: PSYC 101. (Sp)

 

PSYC 565 - Special Topics in Psychology [topic title] (1-3)

Selected topics in the area of psychology. The course subject matter will vary by semester; for example, psychology and law, health psychology, human sexuality, psychology and the media, neuropsychology, neuropsychological disorders in children, addictions counseling, psychology of aging, etc. Course may be repeated with different topics. Total credits not to exceed six hours. (as needed)

 

PSYC 701 - Directed Studies in Psychology (3)

Directed study into the different subject matter areas of psychology. (F, Sp, Su)

 

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