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Psychology (PSYC)


111. General Psychology (3) (F, W, S) Provides familiarity with the major subfields and methods of discovery used in psychology. Topics covered include the biology of behavior, human development across the lifespan, cognition and intelligence, social processes, personality, motivation, psychopathology and therapy. Provides an opportunity to "sample" many of the domains of the discipline, both in preparation for taking more focused courses in the major and to permit the application of psychological insights to other fields of endeavor.

199R. Service Leadership in Psychology (1-3) (Variable) Off-campus service learning. Activities related to the major and employment will be approved. Prior approval is necessary, a program coordinated by a faculty member and an on-site supervisor.

205. Applied Social Statistics (3) (F, S) Statistical procedures and the interpretation of statistical data in the social sciences (Prerequisite: PSYC 111 and MATH 107 or equivalent OR MATH 110 or equivalent.)

210. Developmental Psychology (3) (F, W, S) Emphasis is placed on the sequential development of human behavior across the lifespan beginning with conception. (Prerequisite:  PSYC 111)

215. Consumer Behavior (3) (W-even years) This course focuses on the scientific study of how/why people are influenced by personal, social, environmental factors, etc. to make purchasing decisions. (Prerequisite: PSYC 111)

220. Evolutionary Psychology (3) (W) This course focuses on the scientific study of how evolution may have shaped human individual and group behaviors, decision-making process, psychological makeup, etc. (Prerequisite: PSYC 111)

305. Social Research Methods (4) (F, W, S) The course is designed to follow a basic statistics class and to introduce the concepts of observation, measurement, data collection, sampling techniques, experimental design, analysis and interpretation, and research reporting. The design, development, and implementation of a research project will be emphasized. (Prerequisite PSYC 205).

310. Measurement and Evaluation (3) (Variable) Basic course in tests and measurements. The role of evaluation in teaching will be considered and the general principles of evaluation examined. Validity and reliability of tests will be fully explored. Learning activities include practical experiences in the construction and administration of tests. Learn how to select and use achievement and aptitude tests. Primary focus is interpretation of test scores and norms. School testing trends and issues will be reviewed. (Prerequisite: PSYC 111)

321. Organizational Behavior (3) (F, W) Individual, group, and organizational variables affecting organizational functioning. Topics include motivation, rewards, leadership, conflict, decision-making, structure, evaluation, and change.  (Prerequisite:  PSYC 111)

341. Personality (3) (S) Individual patterns of behavior, thought, and emotion from the perspective of various personality theories.  (Prerequisite:  PSYC 111)

350. Social Psychology (3) (W, S) A study and analysis of social psychological processes as the nature of social influence; socialization; concepts of norm, role status; development of beliefs, attitudes and morals; leadership and group processes. (Prerequisite: PSYC 111)

357. Cultural Psychology (3) (W) A study of the ways in which behavior is shaped and influenced by diverse ecological, social, and cultural settings and forces.  (Prerequisite:  PSYC 111)

365. Motivation (3) (F) Review of motivational theories to understand the determinants of various motives and their relationship to emotion, cognition, and action. Implications for understanding self and others.  (Prerequisite:  PSYC 111)

370. Behavioral Psychology (3) (F) A study of the principles and characteristics of behavioral therapy and behavior modification with animals and humans. The emphasis of the course will be on the application of behavioral psychology through applied behavioral analysis. (Prerequisite: PSYC 111.)

375. Cognition (3) (Variable) Survey of issues in cognitive psychology including perception, attention, memory, language and reading, concept formation, problem solving, and cognitive development.  (Prerequisite:  PSYC 111, PSYC 205, & PSYC 385)

385. Biopsychology (3) (F, S) Introduction to biology of human behavior. Topics include biopsychological methods, neuroanatomy, neural conduction, brain damage, and biology of memory, language, emotion and mental disorders. (Prerequisite: PSYC 111 or permission of instructor)

390R. Special Topics in Psychology (1-3) (F, W, S). (Prerequisite: PSYC 111)

399R. Internship in Psychology (1-12) (F, W, S) Credit for applied experience in psychology. Prior approval must be obtained and coordinated by a faculty member and on-site supervisor. (Prerequisite or corequisite: PSYC 205 and permission of instructor)

402. Educational and Instructional Psychology (3) (Variable) Psychological facts, principles, and concepts related to types and principles of learning. The relationship between instructional design and media production will be covered.  (Prerequisite:  PSYC 111)

405. Multivariate Statistics (3) (S) This computer based course is intended to give students a background in a wide variety of advanced statistical techniques (e.g., ANCOVA, Time Series analysis, etc.). (Prerequisite: PSYC 205 or permission of instructor)

440. Abnormal Psychology (3) (W, S) The study of the dynamics of maladaptive behaviors; principles of human development and adjustments; causal factors, treatments, and outcome of the major maladaptive patterns; and areas of assessment, therapy, and prevention. (Prerequisite: PSYC 111 and 210)

450. Psychotherapy (3) (Variable) Examines theories and techniques associated with various psychotherapeutic approaches. Ethical, legal, and social issues related to therapies are discussed. Course does not teach therapeutic techniques.  (Prerequisite:  PSYC 111 and PSYC 440)

490. Senior Seminar (3) (F, W, S) Capstone course to be taken during junior or senior year. Students conduct an original empirical research study and present the results in the three formats that professional psychologists use to disseminate new knowledge: conference-style poster and talk, plus an APA style paper. (Prerequisites: PSYC 205, PSYC 305 and an approved research proposal.)

495R. Independent Study (1-3) (Variable). Independent Study. Only 3 credits will count toward major electives. (Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor).

496R. Student Research (1-3) (Variable) Supervised research for students. Only 3 credits will count toward major electives.(Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor).