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. 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. Prereq: PSYC 1001 or equivalent.


PSYC 3201. Introductory Social Psychology (3 credits)
The nature and concept of social psychology. Socialization of the child. Small group behavior including conformity, leadership, problem-solving. Attitudes and attitude change, prejudice, racism and sexism. Comparative studies in social behavior. Social psychology of the research situation. 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. 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 WGS major/minor.


PSYC 3230. Business and Organizational Psychology (3 credits)
Psychology applied to basic problems of industry: personnel selection, motivation, training, job satisfaction, job safety, leadership, performance appraisal, job analysis, and pertinent legal issues. 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. Offered annually. Prereq: PSYC 1001 or equivalent


PSYC 3320. Cognition (3 credits)
A systematic survey of classical and contemporary research topics in human learning; information processing, concept formation, problem-solving, verbal and motor learning. 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. Offered every term. Prereq: PSYC 1001 or equivalent.


PSYC 3410. Childhood Psychopathology (3 credits)
The major types of psychological disturbances in children viewed as deviations from normal development. Causative factors in the genesis of behavior problems, with emphasis on social learning. Behavior modification techniques used with children. Offered every term. Prereq: PSYC 1001 or equivalent.


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)
The formulation of personality theory, its purpose and problems. Psychoanalytic, behavioral, humanistic, and other theories of personality and their various applications to human behavior. Review of relevant research findings. Offered every term. Prereq: PSYC 1001 or equivalent.


PSYC 3550. Psychology of Gender Roles (3 credits)
Biological and cultural bases of gender roles; the psychology of women and men and the consequent relationships between the sexes; the pressures of gender stereotype and the bases of non-stereotypic childrearing; implications of anthropological investigations for an understanding of sex role ascriptions; relationship between gender role and responses to sexuality; remedial education for personhood. Offered annually. Prereq: PSYC 2001 or equivalent, or WGS major/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)
Biological foundations of behavior with emphasis on the nervous system. Physiological mechanism in sensation, perception, motivation, emotion and learning. Functional neuroanatomy. Offered without a laboratory component. 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. Prereq: PSYC 1001 or equivalent.


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)
Theoretical foundations and empirical evidence concerning the processes of learning and memory. Typically includes the different types and neural bases of learning and memory, and factors and contexts that affect how and why we learn, remember or forget. Prereq: PSYC 3320 or 3601.


PSYC 4330. Human Factors Engineering (3 credits)
Person-machine interactions, including sensory and motor phenomena and human limitations, controls and displays for computer-based and conventional machines, human information processing and artificial intelligence, workspace and environmental factors that influence optimal performance, relevant legal issues and human functioning in outer space. Offered annually. Prereq: PSYC 1001 or equivalent; or engineering major.


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 3501 and PSYC 3401.


PSYC 4720. Psychology of Marriage and Family (3 credits)
Psychological theory and research pertinent to understanding marital and family functioning. Topics vary, but include the development of intimate relationships, the transition to parenthood, divorce, and family violence. Offered occasionally. Prereq: PSYC 2050, or WGS major/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)
Readings, discussion and application of psychological research under the direction of a Psychology faculty supervisor within the auspices of the Honors Program in Psychology. This course comprises classroom work throughout the academic year (i.e., both semesters), as well as individual work with a faculty supervisor. The course will be taken two semesters for two credits each semester.


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 hours (or credits). Course may be repeated for credit. Up to 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)
This course continues PSYC 4954H (see above). Readings, discussion and application of psychological research under the direction of a Psychology faculty adviser. This course will be taken for 1 credit over the academic year (i.e., both semesters).


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.


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)
Conduct empirical research involving an original research question under the direction of a psychology faculty adviser. Open to psychology majors. Offered every term. Prereq: 3.000 GPA , PSYC 90, and consent of department chair; or senior standing, 3.000 GPA , and Consent of department chair; grade point average of at least 3.500 in Psychology. Maximum of six credits available for PSYC 4999 alone or PSYC 4995 and PSYC 4999 combined.