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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-090  Professional Development: Psychology Major

Paracurricular course designed to inform psychology majors and minors about post-undergraduate career options. Involves meetings with academic advisors and office of career development, crafting a career road map, attending career/research panels and doing an informational interview. Ideally taken sophomore year. Prerequisite: declared major or minor in psychology. Offered fall. 1 credit.

PSYC-101  Survey of Psychology

The study of human behavior. Neurological mechanisms, individual differences, learning, dysfunctional behavior, and social processes. Lecture and discussion. 4 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 186. 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-251  Quantitative Methods For Psychology

Study of data as used in quantitative social science research, including interpretation, analysis, and communication of findings. Techniques will cover quantitative methodology for categorical and continuous variables as found in survey and experimental designs, including correlation, regression, mean differences, and tests of fit and independence. Practical application via laboratory exercises, both by hand and using computer software. Prerequisite: 101 and at least one of 281, 282, 283, 284, 286, 287. 4 credits. (QR)

PSYC-252  Research Methods In Psychology

Research methods in the discipline: reading/critiquing psychological studies, reviewing a range of research designs including: correlation and descriptive, basic experimental, factorial, and quasi-experimental. Conduct a collaborative empirical study: review the related literature, formulate a hypothesis, evaluate a range of possible designs, collect data in accord with professional ethics, analyze data, interpret and present results in a manner consistent with professional standards. Prerequisite: 101, 251. 4 credits.

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/discuss- ion 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: PSYC 101. Typically offered fall and spring semesters. 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: PSYC 101. Typically offered fall and spring semesters. 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: PSYC 101. Typically offered fall semester. 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: PSYC 101. Typically offered spring semester. 4 credits (IS)

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: PSYC 101. Typically offered fall and spring semesters. 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: PSYC 101. Typically offered in fall and spring semesters. 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 of odd-numbered years. 4 credits (NW)

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. Prerequisite: 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

Exploration of the role of media in the lives of children and adolescents. Discussion of theories and current research on the effects of television, movies, magazines, music, the internet, and video games on cognitive, emotional, and social development. Specific topics covered include educational media, advertising, violent media, the influence of media on health behaviors, and policy issues. Prerequisite: 250 with a grade of C- or higher, or consent of instructor. Typically offered fall. 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. (IS)

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. Prerequisites: 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 a grade of 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 semester. 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. Prerequisites: 252,284 or consent of instructor. Typically offered fall semester. 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 semester. 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. Prerequisite: 250 with a grade of C- or higher and 287, or consent of instructor. Typically offered spring semester. 4 credits. (WI)

PSYC-389  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-480  Independent Study

For students wanting to investigate further topics of interest developed in regular courses or desiring to study material not specifically addressed in other courses. Prerequisites: consent of instructor. 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 instructor consent. 4 credits (MWI)

PSYC-487  Psychology Internship

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

PSYC-490  Advanced Research Or Thesis In Psychology

Collaborative research experience in an area of psychology. Discussion of research literature, refinement and implementation of a specific research question or proposal, data collection, analysis and presentation of outcomes. Project developed in close consultation with psychology department faculty member providing students with hands-on experiential learning conducting research. Research projects may involve independent or team investigations. Prerequisites: 252, at least one seminar in an area or approved upper-division course, and approval of the factuly member supervising the research. No more than 10 credits to be taken as 490. 1-5 credits.

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