Psychology Course Descriptions
Presents basic concepts in the scientific study of behavior including motivation, sensation and perception, learning, cognition, development, social, and personality.
Deals with selected topics offered in a seminar format. Prerequisite or co-requisite: PSYC 101, freshman or sophomore standing, and permission of instructor.
Emphasizes fundamental concepts of research. Students conduct classic psychological experiments in perception, cognition, physiological, learning, and social psychology and write lab reports in APA (American Psychological Association) style. Includes a lab. Prerequisite: PSYC 101.
Presents a systematic study of physical, social, cognitive, and personality development from conception through the elementary school years. Emphasis is on learning different theoretical perspectives. Students are encouraged to complete the one credit course, 220: Preschool Practicum simultaneously. Prerequisite: PSYC 101.
Is an overview of psychological theories and empirical research used in the study of human development to describe, understand, and explain development from conception to death. Emphasis is placed upon normal growth and milestones achieved in the physical, cognitive, social and emotional systems.
Provides supervised experience in the application of psychological principles. Students work in the department’s Center for Child Development four hours per week and participate in a variety of in-service training programs. Graded S/U.
Provides supervised experience in the application of psychological principles. Students work in one of the department laboratories, an outside laboratory, a counseling center, a mental health clinic, or other human service agency. The course requires four hours of practical experience per week (or 40 clock hours, depending on the placement) and participation in a variety of in-service training programs. Graded S/U. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
Designed for the practical application of descriptive (measures of central tendency and variance) and inferential statistics (t-tests, ANOVAs, correlations, and regressions). The emphasis of the class is on the abilities to use statistical software (excel) to organize data, conduct basic statistical analysis, interpret statistical findings and present statistical results.
Deals with experimental design, statistical analysis, and the mathematics of probability as they are related to the scientific analysis of behavior.
Studies the basic principles of brain organization and function. Emphasis is placed on understanding the relationships between brain activity and behavior. Prerequisite: PSYC 101.
Examines contemporary models used to describe, explain and predict people’s behavior, thoughts, and emotions. Prerequisite: PSYC 101.
Introduces the student to classical and modern concepts of learning and memory across all levels at which learning and memory is studied, in both animals and humans. Topics include the role of the nervous system, behavioral tests of learning and memory, and clinical disorders that affect learning and memory. Prerequisite: PSYC 101.
Investigates mental processes related to the areas of perception, organization, retention, and subsequent use of stimulus information. Specifically, readings address the issues of perception, memory, attention, imagery, thinking, and problem solving. Includes a lab with experiments on computers. Prerequisites: PSYC 101, 151, 232.
Examines the biological, social, personality, and cognitive changes that occur during adolescence and young adulthood. Emphasis is placed on research that is concerned with current challenges adolescents and young adults face. Prerequisite: PSYC 101.
Examines the biological, social, personality, and cognitive changes that occur during adulthood and later years of the human life span. The continuation of development throughout the life span from middle adulthood until death is emphasized. The impact of earlier stages and choices in the life span are discussed as well. Prerequisite: PSYC 101.
Examines psychological principles and concepts involved in causal attribution, social cognition, attitude formation and change, social influence, and interpersonal relationships. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 and one additional psychology course. Cross listed as SOCI 321.
Gives the student experience in applying the scientific method to design and methodological issues in psychology. Emphasis is placed on reading and critiquing research articles and conducting an independent research project. Includes a lab. Prerequisites: PSYC 151, 232, junior standing.
Provides the knowledge and skills necessary to create a psychological test and evaluate its effectiveness. Test construction, reliability, and validity are explored. Popular measures of personality, intelligence, and attitudes are demonstrated and examined. Includes a lab. Prerequisites: PSYC 101, 232.
Surveys the relationship between the various sensory modalities and behavior. The emphasis is on the interaction between such variables as basic sensory neurophysiology, environmental factors, personal experiences, and the ultimate process of perception. Includes a lab. Prerequisites: PSYC 101, 151.
Presents the behavioral, cognitive, and emotional disorders confronted by mental health professionals. Students learn to apply current methods of assessing maladaptive behavior and to use psychological theories to explain psychological problems. Prerequisite: PSYC 101.
Begins with an overview of the nervous system and neurotransmitters. The course then focuses on the various classes of legal and illegal drugs by studying their effects on the nervous system and the behavior of animals and humans. Includes a lab. Prerequisites: PSYC 101, 151.
Is designed to broaden the student’s knowledge and understanding of counseling through lectures, readings, and an experiential lab component. The student learns the basic theoretical perspectives of counseling, the fundamental process of counseling, and the relationship between theory and process. The lab component engages the student in rudimentary skill building in the area of counseling. The theories and procedures presented in the course can be adapted to and used in a wide variety of settings, including social work, education, and traditional psychological service settings. Prerequisite: PSYC 101.
Requires 80 hours of practical experience and a written report, and is typically completed during the junior year. The internship experience is directed by a departmental advisor and an on-site supervisor with placement in a local human services agency or hospital. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
Provides opportunity to engage in independent research under the direction of a department faculty member. Students are required to make a final professional report of their findings. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
Requires 80 hours of practical experience and a written report, and is typically completed during the junior year. The internship experience is directed by a departmental advisor and an on-site supervisor. Placements include human services agencies and schools, or the department’s Center for Child Development. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
Examines the relationship between the study of psychology and the legal system including the role of the psychologist as an expert witness, the psychological research on eyewitness testimony, scientific jury selection, and jury decision making. Prerequisite: PSYC 101.
Deals with selected topical courses offered in a seminar format.
1-3 depending on the semester offering. Offers the student an opportunity to read extensively and discuss with department faculty topics not offered as part of the existing psychology curriculum. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing and permission of the instructor; prerequisites may vary for different classes.
Is designed to explore theories associated with the psychological ramifications, reactions, and adjustments required following a sport injury. Students will explore the various assessments and intervention opportunities available for coaches, athletic trainers, and sport psychology professionals. Prerequisite: PSYC 101.
Is a weekly review of current research and student projects. Students write and present research proposals that serve as the basis for their senior studies project. Required of all senior psychology majors, the course is completed when the student submits an acceptable literature review with a research proposal and passes a standardized, comprehensive examination in psychology. Prerequisite: PSYC 351; senior standing in psychology.
Continues a weekly review of current research and student projects in addition to an independent study program that provides opportunities to practice inquiry and discovery while intensively researching some fundamental issue or problem in behavior. The individualized studies culminate in an empirical investigation, a written report, a poster, and an oral presentation to the department. The course is an extension of the Comprehensive Review projects which are continually presented during weekly review sessions. Prerequisite: Senior standing in psychology and completion of the research proposal for PSYC 493.