Courses in Psychology

BSS-B490 Senior Seminar (3 cr)

Designed to bring together an interplay of ideas gained through the behavioral and social sciences. Students will debate and discuss the different perspectives and approaches of the behavioral and social sciences to current issues and problems. Offered every fall and spring semester.

  • Prerequisites: PSY-P103 General Psychology or equivalent, PSY-P211 Methods of Experimental Psychology or equivalent and PSY-K300 or equivalent. Junior or Senior class standing or consent of instructor.

PSY-B309 Cooperative Work Experience in Psychology (1-3 cr)

Experience in psychology-oriented work settings. Grade is determined on the basis of a written report and a supervisor’s evaluation. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit hours.
Offered on student request. Faculty approval required for registration.

  • Prerequisites: 9 hours of completed psychology coursework, consent of instructor and workplace supervisor, and Junior or Senior standing

PSY-B354 Adult Development and Aging (3 cr)

This is a survey course and serves as a general introduction to the area of aging. The course content examines changes which occur with age in the following areas: intelligence, memory, personality, sexuality, health, living environments, economics, developmental disorders, and treatment for developmental disorders.
Offered on-line every other year.

PSY-B366 Concepts and Applications in Organizational Psychology (3 cr)

Some organization psychology topics introduced in the Industrial/Organizational psychology survey course are covered in more depth. Advanced information is presented for each topic, and students have the opportunity for several different hands on applications including case project and computer exercises. Example topics are organizational culture, employee attitudes, motivation, and leadership.
Offered online fall semesters.

  • Prerequisites: PSY-P103 General Psychology, PSY-P211 Methods of Experimental Psychology, PSY-K300 Statistical Techniques or equivalent, or consent of instructor. Must have Junior or Senior standing.

PSY-B386 Introduction to Counseling (3 cr)

This course will help students acquire a repertoire of basic counseling interview skills and strategies and expose students to specific helping techniques. This will be an activity-based course and students will enhance general education goals of listening and problem solving.
Offered on campus fall semesters.

  • Prerequisites: PSY-P103 or equivalent. Consent of instructor or Junior or Senior standing.

PSY-B388 Human Sexuality (3 cr)

A survey of human sexuality to increase knowledge and comfort regarding sexuality in a variety of aspects, i.e., sexual behavior and response, influences of culture and environmental factors, psychological issues, disability effects on sexuality, sexual research, anatomy and physiology.
Offered occasionally.

  • Prerequisites: PSY-P103 or equivalent. Consent of instructor or Junior or Senior standing.

PSY-K300 Statistical Techniques (3 cr)

Introduction to statistics; the nature of statistical data; ordering and manipulation of data; measures of central tendency and dispersion; elementary probability. Concepts of statistical inference and decision; estimation and hypothesis testing. Special topics include regression and correlation, analysis of variance, non-parametric methods. Credit not given for both PSY-K300 and PSY-K310.
Offered on campus fall and spring semesters.

  • Prerequisites: PSY-P103 General Psychology
  • Recommended prerequisite: PSY-P211 Methods of Experimental Psychology or equivalent. Junior or Senior class standing or consent of instructor and ability to use basic algebra. MATH-B111 is recommended.

PSY-P103 General Psychology (3 cr)

Introduction to psychology: its methods, data, and theoretical interpretations in areas of learning, sensory psychology, psychophysiology, individual differences, personality, development, abnormal and social psychology.
Offered online and on campus, fall, spring and summer semesters.

PSY-P199 Career Planning for Psychology Majors (1 cr)

Where do you want to be 10 years from now? How can you get there? Information for undergraduate majors to help them intelligently organize their undergraduate studies. Information about what psychologists do, professional and practical issues in career choice, course selection, intern/research experience, and planning a course of study. Offered every fall semester.

PSY-P206 Psychology of Everyday Life (3 cr)

This is an introduction to the basic psychological principles and techniques of enhancing relationships with self and others. Emphasis is given to understanding self-limiting behavior, self-understanding, skill development, and knowledge in the dynamics of interactions with others.

PSY-P211 Methods of Experimental Psychology (3 cr)

Design and execution of simple experiments, treatment of results, search of the literature, and preparation of experimental reports. This course should be completed before enrolling in upper level (300-400) psychology courses.
Offered online and on campus fall and spring semesters.

  • Prerequisites: PSY-P103 General Psychology or equivalent or consent of instructor

PSY-P216 Life Span Development (3 cr)

A survey course which integrates the basic concepts of physical, cognitive and psychosocial development from the prenatal period to death. Theories, research and critical issues in developmental psychology arising throughout the life span are explored with consideration of practical implications.
Offered on campus and online fall and spring semesters.

  • Prerequisites: PSY-P103 General Psychology or equivalent or consent of instructor

PSY-P319 Psychology of Personality (3 cr)

Methods and results of scientific study of personality. Basic concepts of personality traits and their measurements; developmental influences; problems of integration.
Offered online and on campus fall semesters.

  • Prerequisites: PSY-P103 General Psychology and PSY-P211 Methods of Experimental Psychology or equivalent. Junior or Senior class standing or consent of instructor.

PSY-P320 Social Psychology (3 cr)

Principles of scientific psychology applied to individual in social situations.
Offered on campus spring semesters.

  • Prerequisites: PSY-P103 General Psychology and PSY-P211 Methods of Experimental Psychology or equivalent. Junior or Senior class standing or consent of instructor.

PSY-P324 Abnormal Psychology (3 cr)

A first course in abnormal psychology with emphasis on forms of abnormal behavior, etiology, development, interpretation, and final manifestations.
Offered online and on campus spring semesters.

  • Prerequisites: PSY-P103 General Psychology and PSY-P211 Methods of Experimental Psychology or equivalent. Junior or Senior class standing or consent of instructor.

PSY-P325 Psychology of Learning (3 cr)

Facts and principles of human and animal learning especially as treated in theories attempting to provide framework for understanding what learning is and how it takes place.
Offered on campus fall semesters, odd years.

  • Prerequisites: PSY-P103 General Psychology and PSY-P211 Methods of Experimental Psychology or equivalent. Junior or Senior class standing or consent of instructor.

PSY-P326 Behavioral Neuroscience (3 cr)

An examination of the cellular bases of behavior, emphasizing contemporary views and approaches to the study of the nervous system. Neural structure, function, and organization are considered in relation to sensory and motor function, motivation, learning, and other basic behaviors.
Offered online and on campus spring semesters.

  • Prerequisites: PSY-P103 General Psychology and PSY-P211 Methods of Experimental Psychology or equivalent. Completion of a Biology course. Junior or Senior class standing or consent of instructor.

PSY-P328 Evolutionary Psychology (3 cr)

This course considers the bigger picture of human existence by looking at ways that past adaptations to our environment have helped to create our complex behavioral repertoire. From an evolutionary perspective, topics include human ancestry, mate choice, kin selection, cooperative behavior, aggressive behavior, status hierarchies, and art. The human animal’s relation to other species will be emphasized.
Offered online and on campus fall semesters, even years.
Offered online summer I terms, odd years.

  • Prerequisites: PSY-P103 General Psychology and PSY-P211 Methods of Experimental Psychology or equivalent. Junior or Senior class standing or consent of instructor.

PSY-P329 Sensation and Perception (3 cr)

Basic data, theories, psychophysics, illusions, and other topics fundamental to understanding sensory and perceptual processes.
Offered online and on campus spring semesters.

  • Prerequisites: PSY-P103 General Psychology and PSY-P211 Methods of Experimental Psychology or equivalent. Junior or Senior class standing or consent of instructor.

PSY-P335 Cognitive Psychology (3 cr)

Introduction to human cognitive processes including attention and perception, memory, psycholinguistics, problem-solving, and thinking.
Offered online fall semesters, odd years.

  • Prerequisites: PSY-P103 General Psychology and PSY-P211 Methods of Experimental Psychology or equivalent. Junior or Senior class standing or consent of instructor.

PSY-P336 Psychological Tests and Individual Differences (3 cr)

Principles of psychological testing. Representative tests and their uses for evaluation and prediction. Emphasis on concepts of reliability, validity, standardization, norms, and item analysis. Offered occasionally.

  • Prerequisites: PSY-P103 General Psychology and PSY-P211 Methods of Experimental Psychology and PSY-K300 Statistical Techniques or equivalent. Junior or Senior class standing or consent of instructor.

PSY-P390 Special Topics in Psychology (1-3 cr)

Topics vary with instructor and semester. May be repeated once for credit if topic differs.
Offered as needed.

  • Prerequisites: PSY-P103 General Psychology or equivalent or consent of instructor. Junior or Senior class standing or consent of instructor.

PSY-P425 Behavior Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence (3 cr)

A survey of major behavior disorders, with emphasis on empirical research and clinical description relative to etiology, assessment, prognosis and treatment.
Offered occasionally, on campus.

  • Prerequisites: PSY-P103 General Psychology and PSY-P211 Methods of Experimental Psychology or equivalent. Junior or Senior class standing or consent of instructor.

PSY-P450 Human Factors (3 cr)

Theories and data of experimental psychology applied to the problems of the interaction of people and technology.
Offered occasionally, online.

  • Prerequisites: PSY-P103 General Psychology and PSY-P211 Methods of Experimental Psychology or equivalent. Junior or Senior class standing or consent of instructor.

PSY-P457 Topics in Psychology (1-3 cr)

Studies in special topics not ordinarily covered in other departmental courses. Topics vary with instructor and semester. May be repeated once for credit if topic differs.
Offered as needed.

  • Prerequisites: PSY-P103 General Psychology
  • Recommended prerequisite: PSY-P211 Methods of Experimental Psychology or equivalent. Junior or Senior class standing or consent of instructor.

PSY-P459 History and Systems of Psychology (3 cr)

Historical background and critical evaluation of major theoretical systems of modern psychology: Structuralism, functionalism, associationism, behaviorism, Gestalt psychology, and psychoanalysis. Methodological problems of theory construction and system making. Emphasizes integration of recent trends.
Offered occasionally.

  • Prerequisites: PSY-P103 General Psychology and 6 hours of psychology courses. Consent of instructor required. Senior standing recommended.

PSY-P493 Supervised Research I (2-3 cr)

Active participation in research. An independent experiment of modest magnitude, participation in ongoing research in a single laboratory.
Offered fall semesters.

  • Prerequisites: PSY-P103 General Psychology or equivalent, PSY-P211 Methods of Experimental Psychology or equivalent and PSY-K300 or equivalent. Junior or Senior class standing and consent of instructor.

PSY-P494 Supervised Research II (2-3 cr)

A continuation of PSY-P493. Course will include a journal report of the 2 semesters of work.
Offered spring semesters

  • Prerequisites:PSY-P493. Consent of instructor and Junior or Senior standing.

PSY-P495 Reading and Research in Psychology (1-3 cr)

Completion of a student initiated research project from proposal and data collection to final report and presentation.
Offered on student request. See Psychology faculty before registering.

  • Prerequisites: PSY-P103 General Psychology or equivalent, PSY-P211 Methods of Experimental Psychology or equivalent, and PSY-K300 or equivalent. Consent of instructor and Junior or Senior standing. PSY-P493 and PSY-P494 recommended.

 

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