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PSYCH 100

Introduction to Psychology (3 hrs., 3 cr.)
An introduction to the problems, methods and concepts of psychology, covering a range of topics which characterize the discipline, including history, methodology and professional ethics, biological foundations, perception, motivation and emotion, learning, memory and thinking, individual differences, intelligence, personality, behavior disorders and their treatment, group processes.
PSYCH100.800- fall 2010 Bauchner (DOC)
Psych100.802.syllabus fall 2010 minerley (DOC)
Psych 100-003 Syllabus fall 2010 Foerder (DOC)
Psych 100-900 Honors Fall 2010 atzram (DOC)
PSYCH 100 - Fall 2010 syllabus1 mega class (PDF)
psych 100 fall 2010 pl (PDF)
PSYCH 100 INTRO fall 2010 plakovic  (PDF)
psych 100 sect 003 fall 2010 abrams (DOC)
psych 100 sect 05` Intro to Psychology - Syllabus kordick fall 2010 (DOC)

Prerequisites:
N/A


 

PSYCH 140    

Psychology Adjustment (3 hrs., 3 cr.)
Styles of adjustment; social interaction; self-concept and self-esteem; stress management; alienation; failures of adjustment.
psych 140 personal adjustmentr Syllabus_fall 2010 dudina (DOC)
Psych 140 sect 001 syllabus fall 2010 klass (DOC)
Prerequisites:
PSYCH 100 


 

PSYCH 150

Human Development (3 hrs., 3 cr.)
Development from conception to death; biological, physiological, and social factors and their interactions at each stage.
HD_Fall_2010_Syllabus deciccoi (DOC)
Psych 150 sect 001 human development syllabus fall 2010 Kimiagar (DOC)
PSYCH 150 sect 002 human development fall 2010 Tang (DOC)
psych 150 sect 004HD_Fall_2010_Syllabus decicco (DOC)
Psych 150 sect 005 Human Development Syllabus Fall 2010 flores (DOC)
psych 150 sect 051 syllabus fall 2010 shaenfeld (DOC)

Prerequisites:
PSYCH 100


 

PSYCH 160

Evolution and Behavior (3 hrs., 3 cr.)
This course will provide a general introduction to the study of animal behavior as guided by the principles of evolutionary, ecological, and psychological methods of investigation. Representative topics include: development and communication, feather coloration and visual perception, foraging and predator/prey interactions, navigation and migration, species recognition and kin selection, sexual selection and mating systems, and brood parasitism and parental care. The material covered will provide a basis for future behavioral study of human and other animals from psychological, biological, and anthropological angles.
Psych 160 sect 051 Evolution and Behavior  Syllabus Fall 10 foeder (DOC)
Psych 160 Syllabus evolution and behavior Fall 2010 hauber (PDF)

Prerequisites:
PSYCH 100


 

PSYCH 170    

Psychology of Human Sexuality (3 hrs., 3 cr.)
Psychological foundations, sexual development and response patterns; male and female roles; individual and social attitudes, legal issues.
Psych170 sect 001Fall 2010 kincaid (DOC)
PSYCH 170  sect 002 Syllabus Fall 2010 reis (PDF)
Psych 170 dect 051 Fall 2010 starks (DOC)
psych 170 Human SexualityFall 10 weiner (DOC)

Prerequisites:
PSYCH 100


 

PSYCH 180    

Brain and Behavior (3 hrs., 3 cr.)
Brain structure, function, and relation to behavior. Topics include the neural basis of perception, learning and memory, consciousness, motivation and emotion.
Brain and Behavior syllabus FINALschneider fall 2010 (DOC)
NygardFall2010B&Bsyllabusupdate (DOC)
psych 180 003 Brain and Behavior syllabus schneider fall 2010 (DOC)
psych 180 sect 051 brain and behavior NygardFall2010 (DOC)

Prerequisites:
PSYCH 100


 

PSYCH 195    

Special Topics in Psychology I (3 hrs., 3 cr.)
Readings and discussions on a selected problem or topic area. Topics vary from semester to semester.

Prerequisites:
PSYCH 100


 

PSYCH 201    

Independent Study in Psychology (3 hrs., 3 cr.)

This course is designed to meet the needs of individual students under the direction of a particular faculty sponsor. The course may involve independent readings, tutorials, work as an advising assistant or peer counselor, field placement, and individual research project, or participation in ongoing faculty research, any of these culminating in a written report. May be applied to major only once.

Prerequisites:
1. 6 cr in PSYCH courses and perm instr. Declared psychology major.


 

PSYCH 210   

Child Development (D/S) (3 hrs., 3 cr.)
Emotional, social, motor, and cognitive development as influenced by genetic, cultural and individual factors during the first twelve years of life.
Psych 210  sect 051 child psych fall 2010 walker (DOC)
psych 210 doqw syllabusFall 2010 PSYCH 210 082310 (DOC)
psych 210 sect 002 syllabus turner fall 2010Child Psychology (DOC)
psych 210 sect 003Kirkman syllabus fall 2010 (DOC)
psych 210 sect 004 bothe syllabus fall 2010 compat (DOC)
psych 210 sect 005 Child Psychology syllabus turner (DOC)

Prerequisites:
1. 6 cr in PSYCH courses.
May not be taken for credit by students who have a collateral major, or a minor, in education.


 

PSYCH 212

Exceptional Childhoods (D/S) (3 hrs., 3 cr.)
Special problems of adjustment and training of exceptional children, including the gifted, as well as the intellectually, emotionally, and physically handicapped.

syllabus_psych212

Prerequisites:
1. PSYCH 150 or 210 or EDU 209


 

PSYCH 215

Introductions to Research Methods in Psychology (3 hrs., 3 cr.)
Evaluation of published research; research principles and the concepts which underlie them; how to evaluate and select research strategies.

syllabus_psych215

Prerequisites:
1. PSYCH 100 and any other 3cr. PSYCH course & ENGL 120

 

PSYCH 220

Personality (D/S) (3 hrs., 3 cr.)
Review of the contributions of the understanding of normal personality in the theories of the Freudian and other analytical schools; of Allport, of representative behaviorist groups, and of constitutional typologists; also, methods of assessing and understanding individual personality.
psych220 sect003_fall2010- munoz-proto (DOC)
Syllabus_psych220_sect 003fall2010 (DOC)

Prerequisites:
1. 6 cr. in PSYCH courses


 

PSYCH 221    

Psychoanalytic Theories (D/S) (3 hrs, 3 cr.)
Historical, theoretical, and empirical approaches from Freud to the present; empirical evaluation and integration of these theories with learning and ethological theory.
221 readings & POLICIES,  newman F2010 (DOC)

Prerequisites:
1. PSYCH 220


 

PSYCH 223    

Abnormal Psychology (A; D/S) (3 hrs, 3 cr.)
Consideration of psychological abnormalities; symptoms, etiology, diagnostic procedures, and therapy.
Psych223 syllabus.FALL.2010 minerley (DOC)
psych 223 fall 2010 Syllabus_Ab dudina (DOC)
psych 223 sect 051fall 10 ABNORMAL_kemen (DOC)
Psychology_223_Fall2010_Syllabus Miranda (DOC)

Prerequisites:
1. 6 cr. in PSYCH courses


 

PSYCH 225    

Ethology: Animal Behavior (B) (3 hrs, 3 cr.)   
Adaptation, survival, reproduction, and evolution of behavior, emphasizing development and species-comparison.
Sample Syllabus (DOC)

Prerequisites:
1. 6 cr. in PSYCH courses


 

PSYCH 230    

Social Psychology (D/S) (3 hrs, 3 cr.)   
Problems in human experience and behavior in the social context; theories and current methodology in research on the influences of the group on cognitive processes, motivation, personality structure and the self; attitudes and prejudice; leadership; grouped processes.
PSYCH 230 (DOC)

Prerequisites:
1. 6 cr. in PSYCH courses


 

PSYCH 235    

The Psychology of Women (D/S) (3 hrs, 3 cr.)
Psychological functioning of women; sexuality, pregnancy, social roles and status, aging, achievement, life styles, power.
PSYCH225_01_f10 tentativeMcClosky (DOC)
Psych 235 001 fall 2010 defour (DOC)
psycn 235 psychofwomen.falll2010sat ryan (DOC)
Psych 235 Sec004_Fall2010_ Calcagno (PDF)
psych 235 sect 051_fall 2010_anderson (PDF)

Prerequisites:
1. 6 cr. in PSYCH courses


 

PSYCH 242    

Health Psychology (A) (3 hrs, 3 cr.)
Psychological and behavioral factors related to physical illness and health promotion, including such areas as aging, stress and coping, pain, addiction and eating disorders.
Psych 242 sect 003 Fall 2010 golub (DOC)
Psych 242 sect 051 Syllabus fall 2010 kabitzke (DOC)
psych 242 muscaraSyllabus - Health Psychology 2010 Fall 1 (PDF)

Prerequisites:
1. 6 cr. in PSYCH courses


 

PSYCH 248    

Statistical Methods in Psychological Research (4 hrs, 4 cr.)
Analysis and interpretation of quantified data. Descriptive and inferential statistics applied to psychological research.
Lab syllabus P248 (DOC)
PSY 248 sect 053  FAll 2010 callender  (DOC)
Psych248  sect 004 Fall 2010 dunn (DOC)
PSYCH-248Hunter-FALL-2010-hassad (PDF)
psych 248  sect 002Fall 10 field (DOC)
PSYCH 248 sect 052 -fall 2010--Xing (PDF)
psych 248 sect 054Syllabus_Psy248.54fall 2010 fanelli (DOC)
psych  248 sect 051.Fall 10 gilkes (DOC)
SYLL248 Huselid F10 (DOC)

Prerequisites:
1. PSYCH 100
2. Completion of one of the following math requirements: MATH 120, or STAT 113 with a C or CR, or pass on Part I of the Calculus Readiness Test
3. Declaration of psychology major


 

PSYCH 249

Experimental Psychology: Social (6 hrs: 2 lecture + 4 lab, 4 cr.)
Introduction to the principles of research methodology and experimental techniques. Required research reports involve laboratory and field experiences concerned with a variety of social psychological phenomena.
Sample Syllabus (DOC)

Prerequisites:
1. Completion of ENGL 120 with a minimum grade of C
2. Completion of one year of an acceptable laboratory science sequence with a passing grade (Click here for listing of acceptable courses)
3. Completion of PSYCH 248 (Psychological Statistics) with a minimum grade of C
4. Declaration of a psychology major
Students may take either PSYCH 249 or PSYCH 250, but not both.


  

PSYCH 250    

Experimental Psychology: General (6 hrs: 2 lecture + 4 lab, 4 cr.)
Research and general experimental techniques in the study of behavior. Introduction to the principles of research methodology and experimental techniques. Required research reports involve a variety of laboratory exercises related to the study of basic behavioral processes.

Prerequisites:
1. Completion of ENGL 120 with a minimum grade of C
2. Completion of one year of an acceptable laboratory science sequence with a passing grade (Click here (DOC) for a listing of acceptable courses)
3. Completion of PSYCH 248 (Psychological Statistics) with a minimum grade of C.
4. Declaration of a psychology major
Students may take either PSYCH 249 or PSYCH 250, but not both.

PSYCH 248 and PSYCH 249 or 250, and one year of an acceptable science sequence, and ENGL 120, and declaration of a psychology major are the minimum Prerequisites for all courses above PSYCH 250. (Students falling under the previous curriculum need not fulfill this science Prerequisite


 

PSYCH 270    

Cognitive Processes (C) (3 hrs, 3 cr.)
How input is encoded, transformed, elaborated, stored and retrieved in the human information-processing system, and how these operations provide the basis for more complex forms of human behavior; analyses of theoretical issues and research pertaining to memory, problem solving, language, attention and perception.
Sample Syllabus (DOC)

Prerequisites:
1. Completion of ENGL 120 with a minimum grade of C
2. Completion of one year of an acceptable laboratory science sequence with a passing grade
3. Completion of PSYCH 248 (Psychological Statistics) with a minimum grade of C
4. Completion of PSYCH 249 or 250
5. Declaration of a psychology major


 

PSYCH 295    

Special Topics in Psychology II (3 hrs, 3 cr.)
Readings and discussion on a selected problem or topic area. Topics will vary from semester to semester.
Sample Syllabus (PDF)

Prerequisites:
1. Permission of instructor
2. Completion of ENGL 120 with a minimum grade of C
3. Completion of one year of an acceptable laboratory science sequence with a passing grade
4. Completion of PSYCH 248 (Psychological Statistics) with a minimum grade of C
5. Completion of PSYCH 249 or 250
6. Declaration of a psychology major


 

PSYCH 300    

Physiological Psychology (B) (3 hrs, 3 cr.)   
Neural and endocrine mechanisms involved in learning, emotion, perception, and other psychological processes.
Sample Syllabus (DOC)

Prerequisites:
1. Completion of ENGL 120 with a minimum grade of C
2. Completion of one year of an acceptable laboratory science sequence with a passing grade
3. Completion of PSYCH 248 (Psychological Statistics) with a minimum grade of C
4. Completion of PSYCH 249 or 250
5. Declaration of a psychology major


 

PSYCH 301    

Sensation and Perception (B; C) (3 hrs, 3 cr.)
Methods, theories, and empirical data relating to stimulus detection, encoding, and perception as a function of variables including current stimuli and past history.
Sample Syllabus (DOC)

Prerequisites:
1. Completion of ENGL 120 with a minimum grade of C
2. Completion of one year of an acceptable laboratory science sequence with a passing grade
3. Completion of PSYCH 248 (Psychological Statistics) with a minimum grade of C
4. Completion of PSYCH 249 or 250
5. Declaration of a psychology major


 

PSYCH 306    

Seminar in Psychological Services I (A) (8 hrs, 4 cr.)
An integration of personality and abnormal psychology, the helping process, and the role of the helper. Seminar and one day per week placement in mental health/community service setting.
Sample Syllabus (RTF)

Prerequisites:
1. PSYCH 233 or PSYCH 323
2. Permission of instructor
3. Completion of ENGL 120 with a minimum grade of C
4. Completion of one year of an acceptable laboratory science sequence with a passing grade
5. Completion of PSYCH 248 (Psychological Statistics) with a minimum grade of C
6. Completion of PSYCH 249 or 250
7. Declaration of a psychology major


 

PSYCH 307    

Seminar in Psychological Services II (A) (3 hrs, 3 cr.)
Seminar and one day per week placement in mental health/community service setting.

Prerequisites:
1. PSYCH 306
2. Permission of instructor


 

PSYCH 309    

Behavioral Neuroendocrinology (B; D/S) (3 hrs, 3cr.)
Research and attitudes about sex-related behavior in human and non-human animals emphasizing evolutionary and neuroendocrinological processes and social-psychological processes; male-female differences and similarities, therapeutic strategy in sex-behavior pathology, and sexual behavior and the law.
Sample Syllabus (DOC)

Prerequisites:
1. 6 cr in PSYCH at or above the 200-level
2. Completion of ENGL 120 with a minimum grade of C
3. Completion of one year of an acceptable laboratory science sequence with a passing grade
4. Completion of PSYCH 248 (Psychological Statistics) with a minimum grade of C
5. Completion of PSYCH 249 or 250
6. Declaration of a psychology major


 

PSYCH 310    

Research Methods & Special Problems in Child Dev. (C; D/S) (4 hrs: 2 lecture + 2 lab, 3 cr.)
Theory and research in selected areas of child development, with laboratory exercises in selected problems.
Sample Syllabus (DOC)

Prerequisites:
1. PSYCH 150 or 210
2. Permission of instructor
3. Completion of ENGL 120 with a minimum grade of C
4. Completion of one year of an acceptable laboratory science sequence with a passing grade
5. Completion of PSYCH 248 (Psychological Statistics) with a minimum grade of C
6. Completion of PSYCH 249 or 250
7. Declaration of a psychology major


 

PSYCH 323    

Child Psychopathology (A; D/S) (3 hrs, 3 cr.)
Survey and evaluation of empirical and theoretical approaches to the major psychological abnormalities that arise in childhood and adolescence; their characteristics, causes, and treatments.
Sample Syllabus (DOC)

Prerequisites:
1. PSYCH 212 or 223
2. Completion of ENGL 120 with a minimum grade of C
3. Completion of one year of an acceptable laboratory science sequence with a passing grade
4. Completion of PSYCH 248 (Psychological Statistics) with a minimum grade of C
5. Completion of PSYCH 249 or 250
6. Declaration of a psychology major


 

PSYCH 327    

Motivation and Emotion (B; C) (3 hrs, 3 cr.)
The problem of how behavior is initiated, maintained, directed, and terminated. Human and non-human research evaluated.
Sample Syllabus (PDF)

Prerequisites:
1. 6 cr in PSYCH at or above the 200-level
2. PSYCH 270 or permission of instructor
3. Completion of ENGL 120 with a minimum grade of C
4. Completion of one year of an acceptable laboratory science sequence with a passing grade
5. Completion of PSYCH 248 (Psychological Statistics) with a minimum grade of C
6. Completion of PSYCH 249 or 250
7. Declaration of a psychology major


 

PSYCH 328    

States of Consciousness (C) (3 hrs, 3 cr.)
The subjective and physiological aspects of consciousness; the means by which it may be altered: hypnosis, dreams, drugs, meditation, and mysticism; psychosis.
Sample Syllabus (DOC)

Prerequisites:
1. 6 cr in PSYCH at or above the 200-level
2. Completion of ENGL 120 with a minimum grade of C
3. Completion of one year of an acceptable laboratory science sequence with a passing grade
4. Completion of PSYCH 248 (Psychological Statistics) with a minimum grade of C
5. Completion of PSYCH 249 or 250
6. Declaration of a psychology major


 

PSYCH 340    

Industrial & Organizational Psychology (A) (3 hrs, 3 cr.)
A review of research and theories on the effects of leadership, human relations, motivation and organizational structures on behavior in business and industrial settings; applications of personnel psychology, motivational psychology and human factors engineering in the work place; job analysis, employee selection, leadership, performance, appraisal, power and authority, work motivation and organizational communication.

Prerequisites:
1. 6 cr in PSYCH at or above the 200-level
2. Completion of ENGL 120 with a minimum grade of C
3. Completion of one year of an acceptable laboratory science sequence with a passing grade
4. Completion of PSYCH 248 (Psychological Statistics) with a minimum grade of C
5. Completion of PSYCH 249 or 250
6. Declaration of a psychology major


 

PSYCH 348    

Statistics Tutoring In Psychology (3 hrs, 3 cr.)
In this course students will provide accurate, patient, helpful tutoring to Psych248 students seeking assistance. They will also work closely with one instructor as lab TA or administrative TA. In the process they will learn a great deal more about statistical concepts and using computerized statistical programs than they knew prior to this course.
Sample Syllabus (DOC)

Prerequisites:
1. 6 cr in PSYCH at or above the 200-level
2. Completion of ENGL 120 with a minimum grade of C
3. Completion of one year of an acceptable laboratory science sequence with a passing grade
4. Completion of PSYCH 248 (Psychological Statistics) with a minimum grade of B
5. PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR
6. Declaration of a psychology major


 

PSYCH 350    

Learning (C) (3 hrs, 3 cr.)
Theoretical and experimental approaches to human and animal learning; the relationship between systematic theory models and methodology; analysis of the historical and contemporary major contributions to learning theories.
Sample Syllabus (RTF)

Prerequisites:
1. 6 cr in PSYCH at or above the 200-level
2. Completion of ENGL 120 with a minimum grade of C
3. Completion of one year of an acceptable laboratory science sequence with a passing grade
4. Completion of PSYCH 248 (Psychological Statistics) with a minimum grade of C
5. Completion of PSYCH 249 or 250
6. Declaration of a psychology major


 

PSYCH 355

Ethnic and Cultural Identity Theories (D/S) (3hrs, 3cr.)  As this society has become more multi-cultural, the question of ethnic and cultural identity has increased in importance, as shown by the explosion of research in this field. The goal of this course is to expose students to current psychological research and theory on ethnic and cultural identity. The current status of research and theory in these areas is examined, along with the application of these theories to specific groups. Topics include: a) the components of ethnic, racial, and cultural identity; 2) historical and conceptual issues in the field; c) theoretical and research approaches to studying ethnic identity; d) the state of theory and research on ethnic identity in relation to particular cultural groups; e) racial and ethnic socialization; f) language and ethnic identity; and g) applications of the ethnic identity construct.

Prerequisites: Declared Psychology major; completion of PSYCH 248 and either PSYCH 249 or PSYCH 250.

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PSYCH 361    

Psychological Tests (A) (3 hrs, 3 cr.)
Introduction to the principles of psychological assessment; major methods of measuring general ability, aptitude, achievement, interest, personality. Appraisal of psychological tests.

Prerequisites:
1. Completion of ENGL 120 with a minimum grade of C
2. Completion of one year of an acceptable laboratory science sequence with a passing grade
3. Completion of PSYCH 248 (Psychological Statistics) with a minimum grade of C
4. Completion of PSYCH 249 or 250
5. Declaration of a psychology major


 

PSYCH 369    

Behavioral Pharmacology (B) (3 hrs, 3 cr.)
Neurochemical substrate of brain functioning; historical context and social ramifications of drug use.
Sample Syllabus (DOC)

Prerequisites:
1. PSYCH 300 or permission of instructor
2. Completion of ENGL 120 with a minimum grade of C
3. Completion of one year of an acceptable laboratory science sequence with a passing grade
4. Completion of PSYCH 248 (Psychological Statistics) with a minimum grade of C
5. Completion of PSYCH 249 or 250
6. Declaration of a psychology major


 

PSYCH 370    

Cognitive Development (C; D/S) (3 hrs, 3 cr.)
A comparative information processing perspective on the development of mental structure and functioning, including perception, memory, problem solving, self-awareness of thinking, intelligence, concept formation and language development.

Prerequisites:
1. PSYCH 270 or permission of instructor
2. Completion of ENGL 120 with a minimum grade of C
3. Completion of one year of an acceptable laboratory science sequence with a passing grade
4. Completion of PSYCH 248 (Psychological Statistics) with a minimum grade of C
5. Completion of PSYCH 249 or 250
6. Declaration of a psychology major


 

PSYCH 390    

Special Topics in Psychology III (3 hrs, 3 cr.)
Readings and discussion on a selected problem or topic area. Topics will vary from semester to semester.
Sample Syllabus (DOC)

Prerequisites:
1. Permission of instructor
2. Completion of ENGL 120 with a minimum grade of C
3. Completion of one year of an acceptable laboratory science sequence with a passing grade
4. Completion of PSYCH 248 (Psychological Statistics) with a minimum grade of C
5. Completion of PSYCH 249 or 250
6. Declaration of a psychology major


 

PSYCH 395    

Independent Research in Psychology (3 hrs, 3 cr.)
This course is designed to meet the needs and interests of individual students under the direction of a particular instructor at a more advanced level than PSYCH 201. Such study may involve independent reading, tutorials, independent research projects, or participation in ongoing faculty research, any of these culminating in an APA-style research report or literature review. Field placements (internships) cannot be granted credit as PSYCH 395; however, supervised field placement taken in conjunction with PSYCH 361 (Psychological Tests) will be granted credit as PSYCH 395.

Prerequisites:
1. Permission of instructor
2. Completion of ENGL 120 with a minimum grade of C
3. Completion of one year of an acceptable laboratory science sequence with a passing grade
4. Completion of PSYCH 248 (Psychological Statistics) with a minimum grade of C
5. Completion of PSYCH 249 or 250
6. Declaration of a psychology major
7. May be applied to major once.


 

PSYCH 396    

Honors in Psychology (3 hrs, 3 cr.)
Independent, sponsored, empirical research and seminar. Students are expected to attend the regularly scheduled seminar. An APA-style research report or its equivalent (to be filed in the Department) is a requirement of this course. To graduate with Departmental Honors, the student must receive a grade of A in PSYCH 396. Honors in Psychology is typically a one-semester course; however, when a PSYCH 396 research project extends beyond a single semester, the student may (with permission) register for a second semester as PSYCH 398. If taken, the student must receive a grade of A in both PSYCH 396 and PSYCH 398 to graduate with Departmental Honors.
Sample Syllabus (DOC)

Prerequisites:
1. Psychology GPA 3.5
2. Overall cumulative GPA 3.0
3. Permission of instructor
4. Completion of ENGL 120 with a minimum grade of C
5. Completion of one year of an acceptable laboratory science sequence with a passing grade
6. Completion of PSYCH 248 (Psychological Statistics) with a minimum grade of C
7. Completion of PSYCH 249 or 250Declaration of a psychology major


 

PSYCH 398    

Honors in Psychology (3 hrs, 3 cr.)
Independent sponsored research and seminar. Attendance at regularly scheduled seminar and research report required. If taken, the student must receive a grade of A in both PSYCH 396 and PSYCH 298 to graduate with Departmental Honors.

Prerequisites:
1. PSYCH 396
2. Permission of instructor


 

PSYCH 400    

Special Topics in Psychology IV (3 hrs, 3 cr.)
Readings and discussion on a selected problem or topic area. Topics will vary from semester to semester.

Prerequisites:
1. Permission of instructor
2. Completion of ENGL 120 with a minimum grade of C
3. Completion of one year of an acceptable laboratory science sequence with a passing grade
4. Completion of PSYCH 248 (Psychological Statistics) with a minimum grade of C
5. Completion of PSYCH 249 or 250
6. Declaration of a psychology major


 

PSYCH 605    

Abnormal Psychology (A)
Covers facts and theories about the etiology of mental disorders; consideration of deviations commonly found in the population, such a mental retardation.
Sample Syllabus (DOC)

Prerequisites:
1. PSYCH 220 or PSYCH 223 or the equivalent


 

PSYCH 630    

Theories and Method of Psychotherapy (A)
Evolution of theories and methods of individual psychotherapy with a focus on central issues in the field.

Prerequisites:
N/A


 

PSYCH 641    

Comparative Psychology (B)
Development and evolution of the behavior of various species, major theoretical issues, classic experiments, and contemporary research and theory.
Sample Syllabus (DOC)

Prerequisites:
N/A


 

PSYCH 646 

Physiology Psychology (B)
Emphasizes the basics of neuroscience and behavior. Topics covered include: a general introduction, structure and function of the nervous system, neural communication, physiology and neuropharmacology, neuroendocrine system, research methods, sensory and motor systems, hunger, thirst, reproductive behavior, emotions, learning and memory, cognition and mental disorders.
Sample Syllabus (DOC)

Prerequisites:
Psych 180, Psych 300, or equivalent undergraduate physiology psychology course.
Psych 249, Psych 250 or equivalent undergraduate experimental psychology course.


 

PSYCH 651    

Psychology of Small Groups (A)
Therapeutic groups have experienced massive development and rapid spread: over ten million adults currently participate in the U.S. This course consists of a didactic part (including such topics as leadership, group structure and power, norm formation, and conditioning) as well as a clinical part (in which students participate both as potential leaders and clients). The aim is to familiarize student with group processes and understanding of group dynamics. 15 hrs lecture, 30 hrs lab, incl conf.

Prerequisites:
Instructor's permission


 

PSYCH 651.51    

Family and Couple Systems (A)
This seminar examines couple communication and family relationships through the lens of systems theory, illuminating how this model can be applied to understanding and resolving the pitfalls and problems of intimate relating. The systems approach will be contrasted with cognitive/ behavioral, communicative, spiritual, physiological, and psychoanalytic models. Topics include interpersonal meanings and patterns, conflict, and barriers to intimacy. Conceptual material is complemented by real case examples and TV and film illustration. Various theories of family therapy are also explored.

Prerequisites:
N/A


 

PSYCH 676    

Psychology of Personality (A)
Frameworks for the study of personality, including classical psychoanalysis, American psychiatry, behaviorism and phenomenology. Theorists studied include Freud, Adler, Jung, Sullivan, Dollard and Miller, Rogers, and Binswanger and Boss.

Prerequisites:
N/A


 

PSYCH 680.XX    

Special Topics in Psychology
Readings and discussion on a selected problem or topic area - varies from semester to semester.
Sample Syllabus (DOC)

Prerequisites:
N/A


 

PSYCH 690    

Independent Research in Psychology
Designed to meet the research needs and interests of individual students under the direction of a faculty sponsor. This may involve independent reading, tutorials, independent research projects, or participation in ongoing faculty research. Projects culminate in an APA-style research report or literature review.

Prerequisites:
FACULTY SPONSOR'S WRITTEN PERMISSION REQUIRED


 

PSYCH 691

Independent Research in Psychology (1 cr.)
An opportunity for students to complete a research project that is less extensive than that required for PSYCH 690, such as a literature review, a pilot study, or acquisition of a new research technique or skill.

Prerequisites:
FACULTY SPONSOR'S WRITTEN PERMISSION REQUIRED


 

PSYCH 692    

Independent Research in Psychology (2 cr.)
An opportunity for students to complete a research project that is less extensive than that required for PSYCH 690 but more extensive than that required for PSYCH 691; this may involve a literature review, a pilot study, or acquisition of a new research technique or skill.

Prerequisites:
FACULTY SPONSOR'S WRITTEN PERMISSION REQUIRED


 

PSYCH 701    

Advanced Experimental Psychology
This course designed to develop an understanding of the whole research process from formulating a testable hypothesis, to designing the experimental idea, to collecting and analyzing data, to publishing the results. Examples a drawn from cognitive, clinical, developmental, and social psychology to address the following topics: reading and writing journal quality research reports; ethics; single and multifactor designs; small-n designs; quasi-experimental designs; survey research; laboratory vs. field research; observational techniques; correlational research.

Prerequisite:
A background course in statistics. Students who have not taken statistics in a while should review a statistics text before taking the course.
Restricted to the program's matriculated students only.


 

PSYCH 702    

Proseminar in Psychology
This course provides students with an introduction to theoretical concepts and methods of research across a variety of content areas within psychology. Areas include social, personality, and health psychology; development and cognition; sensory and developmental neuroscience; animal behavior and learning; and applied research, including clinical theory. The course is team taught by three faculty members and features guest lectures by other HC faculty and the occasional outside expert.

Prerequisites:
N/A


 

PSYCH 705    

Statistical Methods in Psychology
Covers descriptive statistics and inferential methods, including t-tests, analyses of variance, correlation, simple regression, and introduction to multiple regression. Some assidgnments require the use of statistical computer package.
Sample Syllabus (DOC)

Prerequisites:
Psych 248 or equivalent undergraduate statistical course.
Restricted to the program's matriculated students only.


 

PSYCH 707.01    

Thesis Research
Individual research conducted under the supervision of a department faculty member, whose written permission must be obtained. One semester is required for the degree. Limited to students working on their MA thesis.

Prerequisites:
1. PSYCH 705
2. PSYCH 701 or PSYCH 747
Restricted to the program's matriculated students only.
FACULTY SPONSOR'S WRITTEN PERMISSION REQUIRED


 

PSYCH 707.02    

Thesis Research
Additional semester of individual research under the supervision of a department faculty member. A formally approved Thesis Proposal and written approval from the faculty sponsor is required. Limited to students working on their MA thesis.

Prerequisites:
1. PSYCH 707.01
2. Approved Thesis Proposal
Restricted to the program's matriculated students only.
FACULTY SPONSOR'S WRITTEN PERMISSION REQUIRED


 

PSYCH 710    

Advanced Physiological Psychology (Neuroscience I) (B)
An introduction to fundamental methodology in neuroscience research and a focus on the functioning of individual neurons and communication between neurons. This team-taught course is part of a two-term sequence covering fundamental concepts in neuroscience. Neuroscience I is not a prerequisite for Neuroscience II.

Prerequisites:
1. Psych 646 or equivalent graduate course.
Instructor's permission


 

PSYCH 711    

Advanced Physiological Psychology II (Neuroscience II) (B)
Topics in neuroscience, including development of neural patterns, including development of neural patterns, cellular differentiation, path-ways and synaptic connections, the genetics of neural development, neural sexual differentiation, neural plasticity and endocrine factors, somatosensation, motor systems, and vision.

Prerequisites:
Instructor's permission


 

PSYCH 716    

Animal Behavioral I: Mechanisms of Behavior (B)
History of approaches to animal behavior; behavior development; proximate causation of behavior (motivation, neuroethology, and biorhythms); animal orientation and communication; cognitive enthology and culture.

Prerequisites:
Instructor's permission


 

PSYCH 717    

Animal Behavior & Conservation in Captivity and the Wild (B)
Introduces concepts and techniques of wildlife biology and comparative psychology, with contributions from researchers in social behavior, reproductive biology, wildlife conservation, captive breeding, and animal cognition and communication.
Sample Syllabus (DOC)

Prerequisites:
N/A


 

PSYCH 717.51    

Field Study in Animal Behavior and Conservation (B)
Observation and study of the behavior of animal in their natural environment and application of techniques of observation and data analysis.

Prerequisites:
Instructor's permission


 

PSYCH 718    

Animal Behavior II: Behavioral Ethology  (B)
Examine behavioral genetics, in which we consider the importance of single-gene effects, polygenic behavioral traits, and the utility of the concept of heritability. This is followed by behavioral evolution, which covers the methods of elucidating the phylogeny of behavior, when fossil evidence is not available. Rounding out the course is a module on behavioral ecology, which focuses on mating systems, territorial behavior, feeding strategies, anti-predatory behavior, and sociobiology.
Sample Syllabus (DOC)

Prerequisites:
Instructor's permission


 

PSYCH 720    

Developmental Psychology I (S)
This course examines topics in development, focusing on learning processes, cognition, emotional development, and the emergence adjustment problems. The course uses a variety of perspectives to examine developmental issues.
Sample Syllabus (DOC)

Prerequisites:
1. Psych 150, Psych 210 or equivalent undergraduate course.
Instructor's permission


 

PSYCH 730.00    

Psychology of Learning (S)
Psychological Processes I: Perception, Learning, and Comparative Cognition.
Through lecture, discussion of primary source literature and assigned exercises, this graduate seminar will provide an advanced overview of basic and advanced learning processes and their practical applications for husbandry training and behavioral enrichment in the field of captive wildlife management.
Sample Syllabus (DOC)

Prerequisites:
1. Psych 249 or 250 Undergraduate course in research methods
2. Psych 350 Undergraduate courses in learning or learning theory or Psych 751.03 Basic Psychological Processes I: Perception, Learning, and Comparative Cognition.


 

PSYCH 737.00    

Cognitive Development (S)
The development of cognition, i.e., the development of higher mental processes. Areas covered include infancy, conceptual development, memory, social cognition, and language.

Prerequisites:
1. Psych 270 or Psych 370 or equivalent undergraduate course


 

PSYCH 738    

Cognitive Psychology (S)
A theoretical and experimental overview of cognitive psychology. Topics include cognitive architecture, attention, pattern recognition, memory, language processing, and representation of knowledge.

Prerequisites:
1. Psych 270, Psych 370 or equivalent undergraduate course


 

PSYCH 739    

Research Methods in Animal Behavior (A; B)
Designed to develop skills required for the study of animal behavior, such as procedures for obtaining data in laboratories or in captive and natural environments; includes observational techniques, single-subject designs, issues of reliability and external validity, non-parametric statistics.

Prerequisites:
1. Psych 249, Psych 250 or equivalent undergraduate course


 

PSYCH 742    

Contemporary Psychoanalytic Theories (A)
An exploration of the British object relations theorists and their influence on contemporary psychoanalytic approaches. Students should have some background in basic psychoanalytic theory.

Prerequisites:
1. Psych 220 or Psych 676 or equivalent course.
2. Psych 223 or equivalent course.
Instructor's permission


 

PSYCH 746    

Social Psychology (S)
An advanced overview of the field, includes a focus on: the development of social psychological theory; beliefs, attitudes, and social behavior; stereotyping and prejudice; influencing attitudes and changing behavior; interpersonal perception; the self and social identity; social interaction and interpersonal relationships; group dynamics; and implications of social psychology for understanding society.

Prerequisites:
N/A


 

PSYCH 747    

Social Experimental Psychology
Designed to develop an understanding of the research process from formulating a testable hypothesis, to designing the study, to collecting and analyzing data, to publishing the results of the study. Examples are drawn primarily from social and cognitive psychology. Topics include reading and writing journal quality research reports; ethnics; single and multifactor designs; very research; laboratory and field research; observational techniques; co relational research.

Prerequisites:
A background course in statistics. Students who have not taken statistics in a while should review a statistics text before taking the course.
Restricted to the program's matriculated students only.


 

PSYCH 748    

Psychological Theories of Ethnics and Cultural Identity (S)
Current research and theory on ethnic and racial identity development, including components of ethnic/racial/cultural identity; historical and conceptual issues; the state of theory and research on ethnic identity as it pertains to particular ethnic groups; racial and ethnic socialization; language and ethnic identity; applications of the ethnic identity construct.

Prerequisites:
N/A


 

PSYCH 750.XX    

Special Topics in Psychology
Readings and discussion on a selected problem or topic area - varies from semester to semester. See individual semester listings at the top of the Masters course listing page for a sample of recently offered special topics courses.

Prerequisites:
N/A


 

PSYCH 751.03    

Basic Psychological Process I: Perception, Learning & Comparative Cognition (S; B)
This course will be team taught by members of the Biopsychology subprogram and will cover the following basic psychological processes: sensation, perception, animal cognition, and learning. It will provide a background for students interested in further studies in these areas as well as provide the necessary background in psychology for students whose primary interests are in neuroscience and in animal behavior.

Prerequisites:
N/A


 

PSYCH 751.04    

Basic Psychological Processes II: Development, Cognition & Language (S)
This course will be team taught by members of the Biopsychology subprogram and will cover the following basic psychological processes: memory, language, and development. It will provide a background for students interested in further studies in these areas as well as provide the necessary background in psychology for students whose primary interests are in neuroscience.

Prerequisites:
N/A


 

PSYCH 753    

Attitudes and Attitude Changes (S)
Covers traditional and current theory and research on attitudes and persuasion in social psychology, including attitude formation, structure, and measurement; the link between attitudes and behavior; prejudice and discrimination; and persuasion theories including cognitive dissonance, message learning, fear appeals, and elaboration likelihood.

Prerequisites:
N/A


 

PSYCH 755    

Psychopathology I (A)
Familiarizes students with thinking and research about diagnosis, etiology, course and treatment of abnormal behavior. Topics covered include diagnosis and the principles and techniques of assessment; research methodology (experimental and correlational); the schizophrenias, mood disorders, neuroses, personality disorders, and stress reactions.

Prerequisites:
1. Psych 223, Psych 605 or equivalent course.
2. Psych 249, Psych 250, Psych 701, Psych 747 or equivalent course.


 

PSYCH 784.00    

Colloquium in Biopsychology & Animal Behavior (1 cr.)
The fall colloquium is organized by doctoral students in the biopsychology program and includes presentations on a variety of topics by students, faculty and outside speakers. The spring colloquium is a themed set of symposia in which distinguished visiting scientists discuss their work in relation to current issues in the field.

Prerequisites:
Instructor's permission