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PSYC-040  Community Service

Applied learning experience in psychologyıinvolving volunteer work in a variety of communityısocial service agencies.ı1 credit (EL)

PSYC-080  Research Assistantship In Psychology

Applied learning experience in psychologyıinvolving an introduction to research throughıassisting with a psychology faculty member'sıongoing research program. May be repeated onceıfor credit. 1 credit. (EL)

PSYC-090  Professional Development: Psychology Major

Paracurricular course designed to informıpsychology majors and minors aboutıpost-undergraduate career options. Involvesımeetings with academic advisors and office ofıcareer development, crafting a career road map,ıattending career/research panels and doing anıinformational interview. Ideally taken sophomoreıyear. ıPrerequisite: declared major or minor inıpsychology. Offered fall. 1 credit.

PSYC-101  Survey of Psychology

The study of human behavior. Neurologicalımechanisms, individual differences, learning,ıdysfunctional behavior, and social processes.ıLecture and discussion. 4 credits. (IS or NW)

PSYC-155  Lifespan Developmental Psychology

Study of biosocial-developmental processes in theıcontext of individual psychological developmentıfrom conception to death. Emphasis on lifeıtransitions and their multi-determined influencesıin human development. Applied scienceıorientation. Does not count towards theıpsychology major or minor. Students may notıreceive credit for both 155 and 186. 4 credits.ı(IS)

PSYC-203  Aggression & Children

Study of addression and violence in the lives ofıchildren and adolescents. Exploration of theıdevelopment of aggression, including relevantıtheories and research, and the effects of familyıand community violence on development. Lecture andıdiscussion.ıPrerequisite: 101.ı4 credits

PSYC-251  Quantitative Methods For Psychology

Study of data as used in quantitative socialıscience research, including interpretation,ıanalysis, and communication of findings.ıTechniques will cover quantitativeımethodology for categorical and continuousıvariables as found in survey andıexperimental designs, including correlation,ıregression, mean differences, and tests of fitıand independence. Practical application viaılaboratory exercises, both by hand and usingıcomputer software. Prerequisite: 101 and at leastıone of 281, 282, 283, 284, 286, 287. 4 credits.ı(QR)

PSYC-252  Research Methods In Psychology

Research methods in the discipline:ıreading/critiquing psychological studies,ıreviewing a range of research designs including:ıcorrelation and descriptive, basic experimental,ıfactorial, and quasi-experimental. Conduct aıcollaborative empirical study: review theırelated literature, formulate a hypothesis,ıevaluate a range of possible designs, collectıdata in accord with professional ethics, analyzeıdata, interpret and present results in aımanner consistent with professional standards.ıPrerequisite: 101, 251. 4 credits.

PSYC-275  Learning

Exploration of an organism's adaptive capacity toıacquire information. Use of the scientific methodıto explore principles and empirical phenomena ofıclassical (Pavlovian) and instrumental/operantıconditioning. Attention also given to memoryıprocesses in primarily nonhuman animals, and theıwork of systematic theorists (e.g., Hull, Tolman)ıdiscussed to acquaint students with majorıhistorical figures in the field. Lecture/discuss-ıion portion of the course considers empiricalıfindings, theories, and applications within theıfield of learning, while the learning simulationıprojects provide an opportunity for the studentıtoısee these principles in action.ıPrerequisite: any one of the following: 101, 281,ı282, 283, 284, 286 or 287.ıTypically offered spring of even-numbered years.ı4 credits. (NW)

PSYC-281  Introduction To Abnormal Psychology

Introduction to the classification, causes, andıtreatment of dysfunctional behavior, with emphasisıon phenomenology, theoretical issues, andıresearch.ıPrerequisite: PSYC 101.ıTypically offered fall and spring semesters.ı4 credits (IS)

PSYC-282  Introduction To Biopsychology

Introduction to the physiological, biochemical,ıand neuroanatomical foundations of behavior andımental processes. Attention to central nervousısystem function and psychoactive drug effects,ısensory/perceptual processes, sleep and dreaming,ılearning phenomena, memory mechanisms, humanıcommunication disorders, and abnormal behavior.ıPrerequisite: PSYC 101.ıTypically offered fall and spring semesters.ı4 credits (NW)

PSYC-283  Introduction To Cognition

Exploration of theory and approaches to the studyıof thinking, memory, problem solving, conceptıformation, and related areas.ıPrerequisite: PSYC 101.ıTypically offered fall semester.ı4 credits (NW)

PSYC-284  Introduction To Social Psychology

The individual in social settings. Socialıcognition, attitudes, attributions, aggression,ıaltruism, affiliation, conformity. Researchıtheory, and application.ıPrerequisite: PSYC 101.ıTypically offered spring semester.ı4 credits (IS)

PSYC-286  Intro To Developmental Psychology

Study of the cognitive, physical, emotional, andıinterpersonal development of an individual fromıbirth through adolescence. Issues posed by lifeıstages and transitions, including infancy,ıchildhood and adolescence. Students may notıreceive credit for both 155 and 286.ıPrerequisite: PSYC 101.ıTypically offered fall and spring semesters.ı4 credits (IS)

PSYC-287  Introduction To Personality Psychology

Introduction to contemporary and historicalıperspectives in personality psychology. Topicsıinclude trait, social-cognitive, and motivationalıapproaches to personality; personalityıconsistency, stability, change, and development;ıorigins and outcomes of personality.ıPrerequisite: PSYC 101.ıTypically offered in fall and spring semesters.ı4 credits (IS)

PSYC-288  Psychology of Language

Introduction to the psychological study ofılanguage representation, development andıprocessing. Examines issues involved in ordinaryılanguage use from a psycholinguistic point ofıview; including how individuals comprehend,ıproduce and acquire language, social rulesıinvolved in language use, and the effects ofısecond language learning on languageırepresentation.ıOffered spring of odd-numbered years.ı4 credits (NW)

PSYC-325  Drugs and Behavior

General principles of drug effects with attentionıto neural mechanisms of drug action, addiction,ıtolerance, and drug classification. Drug use inıthe treatment of psychopathologies, and drugıeffects on learning, cognitive, and socialıprocesses. Laboratory exposure to experimentalıresearch techniques in behavioral pharmacologyıandıdescriptive research techniques inıpsychopharmacology. Requires work with liveıanimals (rats and/or mice). $35 lab fee.ıPrerequisite: 250 and any one of theıfollowing: 101, 281, 282, 283, 284, 286, 287.ıTypically offered fall of odd-numbered years andıspring of even-numbered years.ı4 credits.

PSYC-330  Social Psychology of Terrorism

Examination of psychological factors in terrorism,ıbecoming a terrorist, suicide terrorism, and beingıa target of terrorist activities. Exploration ofırole of psychology in dealing with terrorism.ıOther topics as generated by students enrolled inıcourse.ıPrerequisites: 101 and junior or senior standing.ıOffered spring.ı4 credits

PSYC-340  Topics In Psychology

Specialized focus on new developments, advancedıtopics, or subjects of current interest inıpsychology. Lecture/lab or seminar format. May beırepeated once for credit with different content.ıPrerequisite: 250 or consent of instructor.ı4 credits

PSYC-341  Media & Child Development

Exploration of the role of media in the lives ofıchildren and adolescents. Discussion of theoriesıand current research on the effects of television,ımovies, magazines, music, the internet, and videoıgames on cognitive, emotional, and socialıdevelopment. Specific topics covered includeıeducational media, advertising, violent media, theıinfluence of media on health behaviors, and policyıissues.ıPrerequisite: 250 with a grade of C- or higher, orıconsent of instructor.ıTypically offered fall.ı4 credits

PSYC-347  Psychology of Women and Gender

Current theory and research regarding theıpsychology of gender. Exploring psychologicalıimplications of gender in relation to biology,ısexuality, and culture. Topics include (but areınot limited to) research methods, achievement,ıthe workplace, parenting, relationships,ıhappiness, and health. Prerequisites: 101 and anıarea course (281,282,283,284,286,287), or consentıof instructor. Typically offered fall ofıeven-numbered years.ı4 credits. (IS)

PSYC-352  Child & Adolescent Clinical Psychology

Survey of child and adolescent psychopathologyıandıpsychotherapy from a developmental perspective.ıIncludes information on description, prevalence,ıetiology, prognosis, and prevention/interventionıof prominent childhood disorders and relatedıphenomena. Prerequisites: 281 or 286. ı4 credits. (IS, WI)

PSYC-362  Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy

Comparisons of major contemporary theories ıincluding: psychodynamic, behavioral, humanistic,ıcognitive, and family system theories. Emphasisıonıcomponents of each theory, similarities andıdifferences among theories, and application ofıtheories described in current professionalıpsychology literature.ıPrerequisite: 281 or 287.ı4 credits. (IS)

PSYC-372  Psychological Assessment: An Introduction

Basic introduction to psychological assessment.ıTheories, methods, applications, and limitationsıof assessment in various areas. Ethical andıcultural issues addressed, as well as problems ofıtest administration, construction, andıevaluation.ıPrerequisites: 250 with a grade of C- or aboveıand one area course (281, 282, 283, 284, 286,ı287). 4 credits.

PSYC-381  Seminar In Abnormal Psychology

Advanced topics in the phenomenology,ıclassification, and integration of theory andıresearch in the study of dysfunctional behavior,ıetiology, and treatment.ıPrerequisites: 250 with a grade of C- or higher,ı281, or consent of instructor.ıTypically offered fall semester.ı4 credits. (WI)

PSYC-382  Seminar In Biopsychology

Physiological, biochemical, and neuroanatomicalıfoundations of behavior and mental processes.ıPrimary resources in basic and applied research.ıLaboratory experience with histologicalıtechniquesıfor imaging the nervous system. Research intoıstructure-function relationships in the CNS. Useıof classical and operant conditioning techniquesıto study biological bases of learning. Requiresıwork with live animals (rats, and/or mice). $25ılab fee. Prerequisites: 250 and 282, or consentıof instructor. Typically offered spring ofıodd-numbered years.ı4 credits. (WI)

PSYC-383  Seminar In Cognition

Advanced study of major theories and findings ofıcognitive science. Topics include attention andıvisual search, memory, language, reasoning,ıexpertise, problem solving, creativity,ıintelligence, problems in everyday living,ıcontemporary issues in cognitive science.ıPrerequisites: 250 and 283, or consent ofıinstructor. Typically offered spring ofıeven-numbered years. 4 credits. (WI)

PSYC-384  Seminar In Social Psychology

Advanced study of topics in social psychology.ıSocial cognition and attribution theory,ıattitudesıand cognitive consistency theories, impact of theıgroup on the individual, self-awareness.ıPrerequisites: 252,284 or consent of instructor.ıTypically offered fall semester.ı4 credits. (WI)

PSYC-386  Seminar In Developmental Psychology

Examination of biological processes, cognitiveıprocesses, psychosocial processes, and theirıfunctional vs. dysfunctional components acrossıinfancy, childhood, and adolescence.ıPrerequisites: 250 with a grade of C- orıhigher and 286, or consent of instructor.ıTypically offered spring semester.ı4 credits. (WI)

PSYC-387  Seminar In Personality Psychology

Advanced study of research and theory inıpersonality psychology. Focus on topics inıcurrentıpersonality research from trait,ısocial-cognitive,ıand motivational perspectives.ıPrerequisite: 250 with a grade of C- orıhigher and 287, or consent of instructor.ıTypically offered spring semester.ı4 credits. (WI)

PSYC-389  Cognitive Neuroscience

Introduction to the neural bases of cognitiveıfunctioning. Examination of both lower-orderıfunctions such as perception and encoding, andıhigher-order functions such as memory andılanguage, at both a cellular and systems level ofıanalysis. Prerequisite: any one of theıfollowing: 101, 282, 283; or BIOL 212,213.ı4 credits. (NW)

PSYC-480  Independent Study

For students wanting to investigate furtherıtopics of interest developed in regular coursesıor desiring to study material not specificallyıaddressed in other courses. Prerequisites:ıconsent of instructor. 1-5 credits.

PSYC-485  Senior Seminar: Issues In Psychology

Topics vary with instructors. Psychology staffıand other faculty as resource people.ıPrerequisite: senior standing or instructorıconsent.ı4 credits (MWI)

PSYC-487  Psychology Internship

Individualized learning in applied psychologyıthrough work in a community service agency.ıRequired: consent of internship supervisor.ı3-5 credits (EL)

PSYC-490  Advanced Research Or Thesis In Psychology

Collaborative research experience in an area ofıpsychology. Discussion of research literature,ırefinement and implementation of a specificıresearch question or proposal, data collection,ıanalysis and presentation of outcomes. Projectıdeveloped in close consultation with psychologyıdepartment faculty member providing students withıhands-on experiential learning conductingıresearch. Research projects may involveıindependent or team investigations.ıPrerequisites: 252, at least one seminar in anıarea or approved upper-division course, andıapproval of the factuly member supervising theıresearch. No more than 10 credits to be taken ası490. 1-5 credits.

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