Psychology Courses Descriptions

PSYC 1001. General Psychology (3 credits)
Introduction to scientific psychology: biological bases of behavior; perception; principles of learning; intelligence and personality testing; current theories of personality; conflict, adjustment and mental health; interpersonal relations; social processes; applications of psychological principles to human affairs. Three hours of classroom instruction and one optional discussion hour for review of exams and special assistance with selected areas of course content. Offered every term.


PSYC 2001. Psychological Measurements and Statistics (4 credits) or PSYC 2001H Honors Psychological Measurements and Statistics (4 credits)
Logic and rationale of psychological measurement. Scales of measurement and statistical techniques. Descriptive statistics, the normal distribution and sampling theory, introduction to statistical inference. t-test, simple analysis of variance, chi square, measures of correlation. Offered every term. Prereq: PSYC 1001 or equivalent; three years of high school mathematics or MATH 1100 or its equivalent.


PSYC 2101. Introduction to Life-Span Developmental Psychology for Nursing Students (3 credits)
Principles, theories, and research in development. The entire life-span from conception to death will be studied with emphasis on theoretical approaches and empirically obtained data. The effects of genetic, social, and environmental factors on typical development patterns. Offered every term. Counts towards the major in Psychology only for students with double majors in Nursing and Psychology. Prereq: PSYC 1001 or equivalent.


PSYC 2050. Research Methods and Designs in Psychology (4 credits) or PSYC 2050H Honors Research Methods and Designs in Psychology (4 credits)
Scientific methods and their application in psychology with emphasis on the experimental method. May include experimental, quasi experimental, correlational and survey designs, as well as selection and implementation of descriptive and statistical analyses, individual laboratory projects, and preparation of scientific reports. Offered every term. Prereq: PSYC 1001 or equivalent and PSYC 2001.


PSYC 3101. Developmental Psychology: Conception Through Adolescence (3 credits)
Examines the developing human being from conception through adolescence. The concepts, methods, and theories relevant to the study of the developing child and adolescent will be considered. Investigates the major physical, cognitive, social and emotional changes during the phase of the life course, as well as the genetic and contextual influences on development. Offered every term. Fulfills the developmental content requirement for the Psychology major. Prereq: PSYC 1001 or equivalent.


PSYC 3120. Developmental Psychology: Adulthood and Aging (3 credits)
Survey of theory and research in adulthood. Emphasis on adulthood, middle age, and old age. Typical developmental patterns will be analyzed, as will genetic, social, and environmental determinants. Offered annually. Fulfills the developmental content requirement for the Psychology major. Prereq: PSYC 1001 or equivalent.


PSYC 3201. Introductory Social Psychology (3 credits)
The nature and concept of social psychology with a focus on theory and research methodology; socialization processes; small group behavior including conformity, leadership, problem-solving; attitudes and attitude change; prejudice, racism and sexism; and interpersonal relationships. Fulfills the social content requirement for the Psychology major. Offered every term. Prereq: PSYC 1001 or equivalent.


PSYC 3210. The Psychology of Prejudice (3 credits)
An overview of theory and research on the psychological underpinnings of intergroup intolerance, with emphasis given to racism, sexism and heterosexism. Theories that explain how stereotypes and prejudices form are covered. The experience and impact of being a target of discrimination are considered. Prejudice reduction techniques are reviewed. Offered every term. Prereq: PSYC 2050.


PSYC 3220. Human Sexuality (3 credits)
The scientific study of human sexuality from both a biological and behavioral perspective. Topics include: male and female sexual anatomy and sexual functioning, conception, pregnancy, childbirth, sexual variations, and sexually transmitted diseases. Offered annually. Prereq: PSYC 1001 or equivalent, or IWGS major or minor.


PSYC 3230. Business and Organizational Psychology (3 credits)
Psychology applied to practical problems in employment contexts: mental abilities, personality and interviewing in personnel selection; motivation and job attitudes; performance appraisal, occupational safety and health; leadership; group or team dynamics; organizational change and development; pertinent legal issues. Fulfills the social content requirement for the Psychology major. Offered annually. Prereq: PSYC 1001 or equivalent.


PSYC 3301. Learning and Behavior (3 credits)
A comprehensive survey of methods and findings of classical and operant conditioning. Some introduction to theories of learning. Fulfills the cognitive content requirement for the Psychology major. Offered annually. Prereq: PSYC 1001 or equivalent.


PSYC 3320. Cognition (3 credits)
Examines historical and current theories, methods and research into cognition; including perception, attention, memory, language, problem solving, etc. Integrates perspectives from cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychology. Fulfills the cognitive content requirement for the Psychology major. Offered annually. Prereq: PSYC 1001 or equivalent.


PSYC 3401. Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)
Psychological disorders are examined, including schizophrenia, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, substance use, eating disorders and personality disorders. Causes and treatments of these conditions are addressed, including psychological, biological and cultural factors. Fulfills the clinical content requirement for the Psychology major. Offered every term. Prereq: PSYC 1001 or equivalent.


PSYC 3410. Childhood Psychopathology (3 credits)
Reviews the common psychological disorders of childhood. Includes review of etiology, risk and protective factors, diagnostic criteria, assessment and evidence-based treatment. Includes consideration of contextual influences on the development, maintenance and treatment of childhood disorders. Offered every term. Prereq: PSYC 3101.


PSYC 3420. Health Psychology (3 credits)
This course examines the psychological aspects of health and illness. Topics include health promotion, stress and coping, prevention, lifestyle and health, psychological adaptation to chronic illness and pain, rehabilitation, and health service delivery. Offered occasionally. Prereq: PSYC 2050 or PSYC 3601.


PSYC 3501. Theories of Personality (3 credits)
Discusses the formulation of personality theory, including its purpose and problems. The psychoanalytic, behavioral, humanistic and other theories of personality and their various applications to human behavior are reviewed. Reviews research methods and findings. Fulfills the clinical content requirement for the Psychology major. Offered every term. Prereq: PSYC 1001 or equivalent.


PSYC 3550. Psychology of Gender Roles (3 credits)
Biological, cultural and socialization bases of gender roles; the psychology of women and men. The meaning of gender roles and the consequences for relationships, sexuality, and personal and professional aspirations. The pressure of gender stereotypes and implications for mental and physical health. Offered annually. Prereq: PSYC 2001 or INGS major or minor.


PSYC 3560. Psychology of Religion (3 credits)
Empirical research and findings pertinent to religion and religious experiences; psychological theories regarding religion; religious practices and experiences, religious orientation and awareness. Offered occasionally. Prereq: PSYC 1001.


PSYC 3601. Biopsychology (3 credits)
Addresses functional neuroanatomy and the way in which the brain mediates behavior, emotion and cognition. Topics include sensory and perceptual systems, neural development, emotion, learning, memory, sleep, consciousness, reproduction, and neurological and psychological disorders. Fulfills the biopsychology content requirement for the Psychology major. Offered annually. Prereq: PSYC 1001 or equivalent.


PSYC 3650. Affective Neuroscience (3 credits)
Explores the biological foundations of emotion and other affective states. Emphasizes the role of the nervous system (including brain, hormones, neurons, physiology) in the elaboration of affective states (e.g. sexual behavior, fear, social isolation, feeding, joy, pain) in both animals and humans. Includes study of current technologies for visualizing brain processes. Fulfills the biopsychology content requirement for the Psychology major. Prereq: PSYC 1001.


PSYC 3701. Principles of Psychological Testing (3 credits)
The nature of psychological measurement. Principles of evaluation, construction and analysis of tests. Uses and classification of tests. Standards of ethical conduct in using tests. Individual and group tests of aptitude, achievement, interests, attitudes, values and personality adjustment. Offered annually. Prereq: PSYC 1001 or equivalent, and PSYC 2001.


PSYC 3840. Psychology of Happiness (3 credits)
Focuses on the emerging research and theory in positive psychology on the nature of happiness. The determinants and correlates of happiness will be examined, including the role played by love, humor, forgiveness, religion, compassion, and spirituality in creating happiness. Offered occasionally. Prereq: PSYC 1001 or equivalent.


PSYC 4320. Learning and Memory (3 credits)
Examines theories and in-depth critique of research into how people learn, remember and forget. Includes both conscious and unconscious aspects of learning and remembering, the neural mechanisms that serve these processes, and factors that influence whether we remember or forget. Prereq: PSYC 3320 or PSYC 3601.


PSYC 4330. Human Factors Engineering (3 credits)
Practical application of theories of human cognition, memory, sensation, perception and motor performance to person-machine interaction, equipment design and control of human error are reviewed. Includes design of controls and displays, automation, artificial intelligence, occupational stress, accident analysis and prevention, workspace and environmental factors that influence optimal performance. Fulfills the cognitive content requirement for the Psychology Major. Offered annually. Prereq: PSYC 1001; or engineering major; or cons. of instr.


PSYC 4701. Introduction to Clinical Psychology (3 credits)
Clinical psychology as a science and profession is discussed. Topics include the history, ethics, theories, roles and methods of clinical psychology. Also addressed are current issues concerning the practice of clinical psychology. Offered occasionally. Prereq: PSYC 3401.


PSYC 4720. Psychology of Marriage and Family (3 credits)
Psychological theories and research pertinent to understanding couple and family functioning is covered. Topics vary but typically include fundamental issues such as how intimate relationships develop and change over time, communication, conflict and support in close relationships, and the role of gender in shaping experiences in close relationships. Offered occasionally. Prereq: PSYC 2050 or INGS major or minor.


PSYC 4931. Selected Topics in Psychology (3 credits)
Contemporary theoretical and research trends in selected contemporary areas of psychology. Topics to be announced. Offered occasionally. Prereq: Consent of instructor.


PSYC 4954H: Honors Psychology Research Seminar (2 credits; 2 semesters = 4 credits)
Students identify a research topic, prepare a research proposal and then develop a substantive research paper, describing an original empirical project; an original, applied evaluation project; or a critical systematic literature review over the course of the academic year. As an Honors Program course, includes a more intensive research or project component. Prereq: Admission to Psychology Disciplinary Honors Program.


PSYC 4956. Advanced Undergraduate Research (variable: 1-3 credits)
Readings, discussion and application of psychological research under the direction of a Psychology faculty adviser. Students are expected to review the literature on an assigned or negotiated topic and design and propose a specific research project that parallels or expands upon their semester experience. 1-3 semester credits. Course may be repeated for credit. A maximum of six credits of PSYC 4956, 4995, and 4999 combined may be counted as electives toward the minimum requirements for the major. Prereq: Consent of instructor.


PSYC 4956H. Honors Advanced Undergraduate Research (1 credit; 2 semesters = 2 credits)
Readings, discussion and application of psychological research under the direction of a Psychology faculty adviser. Students are expected to review the literature on an assigned or negotiated topic and design and propose a specific research project that parallels or expands upon their semester experience. As an Honors Program course, includes a more intensive research or project component. 1-3 semester credits. Course may be repeated for credit. A maximum of six credits of PSYC 4956, 4995, and 4999 combined may be counted as electives toward the minimum requirements for the major. Prereq: Consent of instructor; admission to Psychology Disciplinary Honors Program.


PSYC 4960. Advanced Undergraduate Seminar (3 credits)
Readings and discussion course designed to provide a high level overview of psychology with an emphasis on selected current topics. Each student will be expected to design and propose, but not necessarily conduct, a specific scholarly project. Offered annually. Prereq: Consent of instructor.


PSYC 4964. Field Experience in Psychology (3 credits)
Placement in an applied setting in which the student has the opportunity to observe psychological knowledge, skills, and values demonstrated in one or more professional roles. Requires supervision in the setting. Placement must be directed by a psychology faculty member. Accompanied by seminar, readings, and demonstrated knowledge of appropriate ethical principles. Offered annually. S/U grade assessment. Prereq: Senior standing and consent of department chair.

Placement in a specially selected applied setting in which the student has the opportunity to observe psychological knowledge, skills, and values demonstrated in one or more professional roles. Requires supervision in the setting and direction by the course instructor. Accompanied by seminar with readings, journals and reflections, presentations a term paper and demonstrated knowledge of appropriate ethical principles. Offered annually. Prereq: Senior standing, psychology major, and Consent of department chair.


PSYC 4995. Independent Study (variable: 1-3 credits)
Independent study and research under the direction of a faculty member. Offered every term. Prereq: Consent of department chair.


PSYC 4999. Senior Thesis (3 credits)
Develop an original project under the direction of a psychology faculty adviser. Independently review the literature, develop a question, conduct the research, analyze the results and present the conclusions. A maximum of six credits of PSYC 4999 alone or PSYC 4956, PSYC 4995 and PSYC 4999 combined can apply toward the major. Prereq: PSYC major, PSYC 2050 or PSYC 2050H, Sr. stndg., 3.000 GPA, and GPA of at least 3.500 in Psychology.