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PSYC-040  Community Service

Applied learning experience in psychology involving volunteer work in a variety of community social service agencies. 1 credit (EL)

PSYC-080  Research Assistantship In Psychology

Applied learning experience in psychology involving an introduction to research through assisting with a psychology faculty member's ongoing research program. May be repeated once for credit. 1 credit (EL)

PSYC-101  Survey Of Psychology

The study of human behavior. Neurological mechanisms, individual differences, learning, dysfunctional behavior, and social processes. Lecture and discussion. 3 credits (IS or NW)

PSYC-155  Lifespan Developmental Psychology

Study of biosocial-developmental processes in the context of individual psychological development from conception to death. Emphasis on life transitions and their multi-determined influences in human development. Applied science orientation. Does not count towards the psychology major or minor. Students may not receive credit for both 155 and 286. 4 credits. (IS)

PSYC-203  Aggression & Children

Study of addression and violence in the lives of children and adolescents. Exploration of the development of aggression, including relevant theories and research, and the effects of family and community violence on development. Lecture and discussion. Prerequisite: 101. 4 credits

PSYC-250  Design and Analysis

Techniques for designing empirical research and analyzing data. Experimental designs, accompanying statistical techniques. Methodological and statistical validity issues. Correlation and descriptive designs, research ethics, and research presentation. Practical application via laboratory exercises. Prerequisites: any two of the following: 101, 281, 282, 283, 284, 286, 287; and completion of MATH 140 recommended. Typically offered fall and spring. 4 credits. (QR)

PSYC-275  Learning

Exploration of an organism's adaptive capacity to acquire information. Use of the scientific method to explore principles and empirical phenomena of classical (Pavlovian) and instrumental/operant conditioning. Attention also given to memory processes in primarily nonhuman animals, and the work of systematic theorists (e.g., Hull, Tolman) discussed to acquaint students with major historical figures in the field. Lecture/discussion portion of the course considers empirical findings, theories, and applications within the field of learning, while the learning simulation projects provide an opportunity for the student to see these principles in action. Prerequisite: any one of the following: 101, 281, 282, 283, 284, 286 or 287. Typically offered spring of even-numbered years. 4 credits. (NW)

PSYC-281  Introduction To Abnormal Psychology

Introduction to the classification, causes, and treatment of dysfunctional behavior, with emphasis on phenomenology, theoretical issues, and research. Prerequisite: 101. Typically offered fall and spring. 4 credits. (IS)

PSYC-282  Introduction To Biopsychology

Introduction to the physiological, biochemical, and neuroanatomical foundations of behavior and mental processes. Attention to central nervous system function and psychoactive drug effects, sensory/perceptual processes, sleep and dreaming, learning phenomena, memory mechanisms, human communication disorders, and abnormal behavior. Prerequisite: 101. Typically offered fall and spring. 4 credits. (NW)

PSYC-283  Introduction To Cognition

Exploration of theory and approaches to the study of thinking, memory, problem solving, concept formation, and related areas. Prerequisite: 101. Typically offered fall and spring. 4 credits. (NW)

PSYC-284  Introduction To Social Psychology

The individual in social settings. Social cognition, attitudes, attributions, aggression, altruism, affiliation, conformity. Research, theory and application. Prerequisite: 101. Typically offered fall and spring. 4 credits. (IS)

PSYC-285  Cognitive Neuroscience

Introduction to the neural bases of cognitive functioning. Examination of both lower-order functions such as perception and encoding, and higher-order functions such as memory and language, at both a cellular and systems level of analysis. Prerequisite: any one of the following: 101, 282, 283, or BIOL 212, 213. 4 credits. (NW)

PSYC-286  Intro To Developmental Psychology

Study of the cognitive, physical, emotional, and interpersonal development of an individual from birth through adolescence. Issues posed by life stages and transitions, including infancy, childhood, and adolescence. Students may not receive credit for both 155 and 286. Prerequisite: 101. Typically offered fall and spring. 4 credits. (IS)

PSYC-287  Introduction To Personality Psychology

Introduction to contemporary and historical perspectives in personality psychology. Topics include trait, social-cognitive, and motivational approaches to personality; personality consistency, stability, change, and development; origins and outcomes of personality. Prerequisite: 101. Typically offered fall and spring. 4 credits. (IS)

PSYC-288  Psychology Of Language

Introduction to the psychological study of language representation, development and processing. Examines issues involved in ordinary language use from a psycholinguistic point of view; including how individuals comprehend, produce and acquire language, social rules involved in language use, and the effects of second language learning on language representation. Offered spring semester of odd-numbered years. 4 credits.

PSYC-325  Drugs and Behavior

General principles of drug effects with attention to neural mechanisms of drug action, addiction, tolerance, and drug classification. Drug use in the treatment of psychopathologies, and drug effects on learning, cognitive, and social processes. Laboratory exposure to experimental research techniques in behavioral pharmacology and descriptive research techniques in psychopharmacology. Requires work with live animals (rats and/or mice). $35 lab fee. Prerequisites: 250 and any one of the following: 101, 281, 282, 283, 284, 286, 287. Typically offered fall of odd-numbered years and spring of even-numbered years. 4 credits.

PSYC-330  Social Psychology Of Terrorism

Examination of psychological factors in terrorism, becoming a terrorist, suicide terrorism, and being a target of terrorist activities. Exploration of role of psychology in dealing with terrorism. Other topics as generated by students enrolled in course. Prerequisites: 101 and junior or senior standing. Offered spring. 4 credits

PSYC-340  Topics In Psychology

Specialized focus on new developments, advanced topics, or subjects of current interest in psychology. Lecture/lab or seminar format. May be repeated once for credit with different content. Prerequisite: 250 or consent of instructor. 4 credits

PSYC-341  Media & Child Development

The role of media in the lives of children and adolescents. Theories and current research on the effects of television, movies, magazines, music, the internet, and video games on cognitive, emotional, and social development. Topics include educational media, advertising, violent media, health behaviors, and policy issues. Prerequisite: 250 with a grade of C- or higher, or consent of instructor. 4 credits.

PSYC-347  Psychology Of Women and Gender

Current theory and research regarding the psychology of gender. Exploring psychological implications of gender in relation to biology, sexuality, and culture. Topics include (but are not limited to) research methods, achievement, the workplace, parenting, relationships, happiness, and health. Prerequisites: 101 and an area course (281,282,283,284, 286, 287), or consent of instructor. Typically offered fall of even-numbered years. 4 credits.

PSYC-352  Child & Adolescent Clinical Psychology

Survey of child and adolescent psychopathology and psychotherapy from a developmental perspective. Includes information on description, prevalence, etiology, prognosis, and prevention/intervention of prominent childhood disorders and related phenomena. Prerequisite: 281 or 286. 4 credits. (IS, WI)

PSYC-362  Theories Of Counseling and Psychotherapy

Comparisons of major contemporary theories including: psychodynamic, behavioral, humanistic, cognitive, and family system theories. Emphasis on components of each theory, similarities and differences among theories, and application of theories described in current professional psychology literature. Prerequisite: 281 or 287. 4 credits. (IS)

PSYC-372  Psychological Assessment: An Introduction

Basic introduction to psychological assessment. Theories, methods, applications, and limitations of assessment in various areas. Ethical and cultural issues addressed, as well as problems of test administration, construction, and evaluation. Prerequisites: 250 with C- or above and one area course (281, 282, 283, 284, 286, 287 ). 4 credits.

PSYC-381  Seminar In Abnormal Psychology

Advanced topics in the phenomenology, classification, and integration of theory and research in the study of dysfunctional behavior, etiology, and treatment. Prerequisites: 250 with a grade of C- or higher, 281, or consent of instructor. Typically offered fall. 4 credits. (WI)

PSYC-382  Seminar In Biopsychology

Physiological, biochemical, and neuroanatomical foundations of behavior and mental processes. Primary resources in basic and applied research. Laboratory experience with histological techniques for imaging the nervous system. Research into structure-function relationships in the CNS. Use of classical and operant conditioning techniques to study biological bases of learning. Requires work with live animals (rats and/or mice). $25 lab fee. Prerequisites: 250 and 282, or consent of instructor. Typically offered spring of odd-numbered years. 4 credits. (WI)

PSYC-383  Seminar In Cognition

Advanced study of major theories and findings of cognitive science. Topics include attention and visual search, memory, language, reasoning, expertise, problem solving, creativity, intelligence, problems in everyday living, contemporary issues in cognitive science. Prerequisites: 250 and 283, or consent of instructor. Typically offered spring of even numbered years. 4 credits. (WI)

PSYC-384  Seminar In Social Psychology

Advanced study of topics in social psychology. Social cognition and attribution theory, attitudes and cognitive consistency theories, impact of the group on the individual, self-awareness. Prerequisite: 284 or consent of instructor. Typically offered fall. 4 credits. (WI)

PSYC-386  Seminar In Developmental Psychology

Examination of biological processes, cognitive processes, psychosocial processes, and their functional vs. dysfunctional components across infancy, childhood, and adolescence. Prerequisites: 250 with a grade of C- or higher and 286, or consent of instructor. Typically offered spring. 4 credits. (WI)

PSYC-387  Seminar In Personality Psychology

Advanced study of research and theory in personality psychology. Focus on topics in current personality research from trait, social cognitive, and motivational perspectives. Prerequisites: 250 with a grade of C- or higher and 287, or consent of instructor. Typically offered spring. 4 credits. (WI)

PSYC-480  Independent Study/research

Student investigation of special interests or research based on a detailed statement of intent and a letter of support from the sponsoring faculty member. Prerequisites: three psychology courses and departmental permission. No more than 10 credits to be taken as 480. 1-5 credits.

PSYC-485  Senior Seminar: Issues In Psychology

Topics vary with instructors. Psychology staff and other faculty as resource people. Prerequisite: senior standing or consent of instructor. Typically offered fall and spring. 4 credits. (MWI)

PSYC-487  Psychology Internship

Individualized learning in applied psychology through work in a community service agency. Prerequisite: consent of internship supervisor. 3-5 credits. (EL)

PSYC-490  Research and Thesis

3-5 credits

PSYC-492  Research Experience In Personality/social Psychology

Collaborative research experience in personality and/ or social psychology. Discussion of research literature, refinement and implementation of a specific research idea or proposal previously developed in PSYC 384 or 387, application of research methods skills learned in PSYC 250, and practice in interpreting and presenting data. Project developed in close consultation with the professor, providing students with hands-on experiential learning about conducting research. Research projects may involve independent or team investigations. Prerequisites: 287 and 387, or 284 and 384, or consent of instructor. Typically offered fall and spring. 4 credits. (WI, EL)

PSYC-493  Research Experience In Abnormal/developmental Psychology

Collaborative research experience in abnormal and/ or developmental psychology. Discussion of research literature, refinement and implementation of a specific research idea or proposal previously developed in PSYC 381 or 386, application of research methods skills learned in PSYC 250, and practice in interpreting and presenting data. Project developed in close consultation with the professor, providing students with hands-on experiential learning about conducting research. Research projects may involve independent or team investigations. Prerequisites: 281 and 381, or 286 and 386, or consent of instructor. Typically offered fall and spring. 4 credits. (WI, EL)

PSYC-494  Research In Biopsychology and Cognitive Psychology

Collaborative research experience in biopsychology and/or cognitive psychology. Discussion of research literature, refinement and implementation of a specific research idea or proposal previously developed in PSYC 325, 382 or 383, application of research methods skills learned in PSYC 250, and practice in interpreting and presenting data. Project developed in close consultation with the professor, providing students with hands-on experiential learning about conducting research. Research projects may involve independent or team investigations. Prerequisites: 282 and 325 or 382, or consent of instructor. Typically offered fall semester for credit although students may conduct research in spring. 4 credits. (EL)

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