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Department of Psychology

Note that if you plan to take PSYC 490 (Advanced Research in Psychology) you must complete a Learning Contract prior to registering for the course.

Psychology Courses

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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 and spring. 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 PSYC 155 and PSYC 286. 4 credits. (IS)

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: PSYC 101 and at least one of PSYC 281, PSYC 282, PSYC 283, PSYC 284, PSYC 286 or PSYC 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: PSYC 251. 4 credits.

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 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: PSYC 101. Typically offered fall. 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. 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. 4 credits. (IS)

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: PSYC 252 and any one of the following: PSYC 101, PSYC 281, PSYC 282, PSYC 283, PSYC 284, PSYC 286, PSYC 287. Typically offered fall of odd-numbered years. 4 credits.

PSYC-325L  Drugs and Behavior: Lab

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: PSYC 252, PSYC 281, or consent of instructor. Typically offered fall. 4 credits. (MWI)

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: PSYC 252, PSYC 284, or consent of instructor. Typically offered fall. 4 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. Typically offered fall and spring. 4 credits. (MWI)

PSYC-487  Psychology Internship

Individualized learning in applied psychology through work in a community service agency. Prequisite: 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: PSYC 252, at least one seminar in an area or approved upper-division course, and approval of the faculty member supervising the research. No more than 10 credits to be taken as 490. 1-5 credits.

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