PSYCHOLOGY (PSYC)

PSYC-101 INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY (3 Credits)

A beginning course in the social and natural science areas of psychology; coverage of these two areas is at the discretion of the instructor. Research methods, quantitative methods and history are also introduced.

PSYC-102 AN INTRO TO BIOPSYCHOLOGY (3 Credits)

This course is a comprehensive introduction to the foundations of behavior. This includes the genetic, hormonal, neurochemical, developmental, social, and evolutionary bases of behavior and mental processes. Specific topics with the course, addressed at multiple levels of analysis, include sensation, perception, learning, memory, emotion, thinking, language, feeding, drinking, reproduction, aggression, and other social behaviors.

PSYC-201 PSYC RESEARCH: METHODS & STATISTICS I (3 Credits)

The course will focus on the development of skills to enable the student to understand and conduct psychological research. Topics may include: the scientific process, observational methods, types of investigation, surveys, traces, archival data, control, sampling, descriptive statistics, correlation and regression, basics of hypothesis testing.

Prerequisite(s): Take PSYC-101

PSYC-202 PSYC RESEARCH: METHODS & STATS II (4 Credits)

The course will focus on the development of skills to enable the student to understand and conduct psychological research. Topics may include: experimental designs, multilevel and factorial designs, interactions, external validity, comparisons among means, t-test, analysis of variance, non-parametric statistics.

Prerequisite(s): Take PSYC-201

Corequisite(s): Take PSYL-202

PSYC-212 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY (3 Credits)

The study of how individuals influence and are influenced by their social environments. Topics include social learning, attitude formations and change, interpersonal attraction, social exchange, conformity, leadership and social groups.

Prerequisite(s): Take PSYC-101 or SOC-101

PSYC-213 GROUP DYNAMICS (3 Credits)

This course covers the major theories of group behavior and group process through experimental exercises, discussions and readings. Opportunities for students to learn observational and analysis skills necessary to study group process are provided.

Prerequisite(s): PSYC-212

PSYC-215 MALADAPTIVE BEHAVIOR (3 Credits)

Introduces students to the diagnostic criteria and description of mental disorders as well as the etiology and treatment. Special attention is paid to the scientific basis of our knowledge of this area.

Prerequisite(s): Take PSYC-101

PSYC-222 PSYCH OF LEARN/MEMORY (3 Credits)

An overview of the general principles governing behavior change, informed by consideration of the ecological and biological constraints and affordances on learning and memory. Topics may include the principles underlying: habituation, reinforcement, punishment, learning-set formation, conditioned emotional responses, taste aversions, token economies, spatial learning, food storing, short- and long-term memory, forgetting, drug addiction, therapy for maladaptive behaviors.

Prerequisite(s): Take PSYC-101

PSYC-224 PSYCHOLOGY OF ADOLESCENCE (3 Credits)

Development of adolescent behavior with emphasis on the determinants of patterns of adolescent activity.

Prerequisite(s): Take PSYC-101

PSYC-225 ADULT DEVELP & AGING (3 Credits)

As we age we undergo gains as well as losses during the adult years. The focus of this course is twofold; to emphasize what individuals can do to promote successful aging and to highlight what individuals can do when faced with the challenges of the declines and diseases that occur during the adult years. This course will examine adult development and aging in four domains: biological and physical, cognitive, personal, and social.

Prerequisite(s): TAKE PSYC-101

PSYC-232 PSYCHOLOGICAL WELL-BEING (3 Credits)

Through this course the science of positive psychology will be explored. The roots of the study of human well-being in ancient Greek philosophy and, more recently, humanistic and existential psychology will be covered. Emphasis will be given to recently developed theories on optimism, hope, resilience, strengths, and human flourishing. These topics will be viewed at the level of individuals, interpersonal relations, groups, organizations, communities and nations.

Prerequisite(s): Take PSYC-101

PSYC-270 INVESTIGATIVE PSYCHOLOGY (3 Credits)

Investigative Psychology is the scientific psychological study or criminal action and the processes involved in detecting, apprehending, and bringing to justice the offender. Topics covered in this course will include a history of investigative psychology, criminal theories, examination of crimes (murder, sexual assault, acquisitive crimes) eyewitess testimony, interviewing, line-ups, and false confessions.

Prerequisite(s): Take PSYC-101 or SOC-101

PSYC-309 SOCIAL INFLUENCE (3 Credits)

Social influence is practiced by each of us and used on each of us every day. Social influence attempts include subtle social pressure, requests, and direct commands and can take a variety of forms including personal appeals, advertising campaigns, and government propaganda. Social influence attempts may be conveyed through traditional advertising but can also be conveyed through art, architecture, and music. As part of this course, students will examine and evaluate real world social influence tactics as well as examine empirical research that explores the factors that make it more likely a social influence attempt will be successful. Topics may include attitude change and persuasion, conformity, compliance, and obedience.

Prerequisite(s): Take PSYC-101

PSYC-312 CHILD DEVELOPMENT (3 Credits)

The major theories in developmental psychology will be discussed with a focus on infant and child development. Theories and topics discussed include cognitive development, language development, attachment and emotional development, moral development, the self, and the role of the family, peers, school, and the media on development.

Prerequisite(s): Take PSYC-101

PSYC-313 INTERPERSONAL RELATIONS (3 Credits)

An inquiry into theories and empirical studies of the dyad. The dynamics of the development and maintenance of close interpersonal relationships are emphasized. Principal topics include attraction, intimacy, verbal-nonverbal communication, conflict and conflict resolution. Marriage and alternative dyadic lifestyles are critically discussed.

Prerequisite(s): Take PSYC-101

PSYC-315 ANIMAL BEHAVIOR (3 Credits)

A comprehensive introduction to the study of behavior that is organized around Niko Tinbergen's "four questions" that are asked about behavior: What is the immediate causation, the development, the evolutionary function, and evolutionary history of the particular behavior in question. Topics include: behavior genetics, evolution, predation, predator, avoidance, play, communication, cooperation, altruism, kin-selection, monogamy, polyandry, polygyny, territoriality, individual differences(nonhuman animal "personalities").

Prerequisite(s): Take PSYC-101

PSYC-316 HUMAN SEXUALITY (3 Credits)

This course will offer a broad view of human sexuality from multidisciplinary perspectives: the psychological, biological, sociological, and historical. Topics will include research methods in the area of sexuality, human sexual anatomy, response, motivations, variations, reproduction, and basic sexological vocabulary, gender differences, developmental issues, and current and emerging theories and controversies regarding gender identity, sexual orientation, and the treatment approaches for sexual dysfunction and other sexual problems.

Prerequisite(s): Take PSYC-101

PSYC-330 HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY (3 Credits)

Issues related to health are a national concern as obesity rates and the costs for health care rise. This course provides an overview for many topics in health psychology including addiction, illness, exercise, stress, diet, and sexual behavior. This course describes research methodologies from an evolutionary, social, cultural, political, and individual perspective. Current treatments and inventions for solving issues related to health are also introduced. In all, this course provides a diverse introduction to many topics, perspectives, and outcomes for research in health psychology.

Prerequisite(s): Take PSYC-101

PSYC-343 PHYSIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY (3 Credits)

An introduction to the physiological bases of behavior, focusing on the structure of the nervous system and the hormones and other biochemicals important for brain functioning and the emergent phenomenon we call behavior. Learning the 3 dimensional structure of the mammalian brain is aided by dissecting a sheep's brain. Topics include: development, recovery from spinal cord injury, movement, sensation and perception, sleep, consciousness, emotion, ingestion, eating disorders, reproduction, social bonding, communication, language, learning and memory, drug addiction, and disorders such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, schizophrenia, depression, ADHD.

Prerequisite(s): Take PSYC-101 OR BIO-106, & PSYC-102

PSYC-370 PSYCHOLOGY OF TERRORISM (3 Credits)

Drawing on theories and research in Social Psychology this course will examine terrorist groups, explore the beliefs of these groups, and discuss why someone would become inspired by; an affiliate with; financially support; or take action based on the beliefs or extremist ideologies of terrorist groups. The course will also examine the strategies used by terrorist groups to recruit adherents and convert them to their cause and the organizational structure of these groups.

Prerequisite(s): Take PSYC-101 or SOC-101

PSYC-371 HATE CRIMES (3 Credits)

Social psychological theories and research will be used to explore the issue of hate crimes. Topics to be addressed include social psychological theories of hate and prejudice, the development of hate crime laws, typologies of hate crimes, major types of hate crimes, investigation and prosecution of hate crimes, and the impact of hate crimes on the victims and society.

Prerequisite(s): TAKE PSYC-101 OR SOC-101

PSYC-414 SPORT & EXERCISE PSYCH (3 Credits)

Sport and Exercise Psychology is an emerging field that covers a diverse range of topics including team dynamics, team leadership, exercise and sport performance, sport related health and well-being, and sport to facilitating growth and development. In addition to presenting research in these areas, this course focuses on enhancing performance in sport and exercise and sport related health and well-being.

PSYC-420 SP.TOP:FORENSIC PSYC. (3 Credits)

An intensive study of a particular area or topic in psychology or its applications. The content of the course will be announced prior to the semester in which it is offered. The course may be retaken if the content has changed.

Prerequisite(s): Take PSYC-101

PSYC-420AE SP TOP: MEMORY (3 Credits)

An intensive study of a particular area or topic in psychology or its applications. The content of the course will be announced prior to the semester in which it is offered. The course may be retaken if the content has changed.

Prerequisite(s): PSYC-101

PSYC-420AH SP TOP: HEALTH ANALYTICS (3 Credits)

An intensive study of a particular area or topic in psychology or its applications. The content of the course will be announced prior to the semester in which it is offered. The course may be retaken if the content has changed.

Prerequisite(s): PSYC-101

PSYC-420AJ SP TOP: PSYCHOLOGY OF AGGRESSION (3 Credits)

An intensive study of a particular area or topic in psychology or its applications. The content of the course will be announced prior to the semester in which it is offered. The course may be retaken if the content has changed.

Prerequisite(s): PSYC-101

PSYC-420AK SP TOP: LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENT (3 Credits)

An intensive study of a particular area or topic in psychology or its applications. The content of the course will be announced prior to the semester in which it is offered. The course may be retaken if the content has changed.

Prerequisite(s): PSYC-101

PSYC-420M SP.TOP:NEUROPSYCHOLOGY (3 Credits)

Prerequisite(s): Take PSYC-101 or BIO-105

PSYC-420Z SPECIAL TOPICS: PSYCHOLOGY OF EATING (3 Credits)

An intensive study of a particular area or topic in psychology or its applications. The content of the course will be announced prior to the semester in which it is offered. The course may be retaken if the content has changed.

Prerequisite(s): PSYC-101 OR PSYC-101C

PSYC-421 SENSATION & PERCEPTION (3 Credits)

Critical analysis of theories, methods of investigation, and data obtained in studies of sensory and perceptual processes, including the nature of physical stimulation, psychophysical methods form perception, space perception, constancy, spatially coordinated behavior and attention. Emphasis primarily but not exclusively on visual perception.

Prerequisite(s): Take PSYC-101

PSYC-422 COGNITION (3 Credits)

How do we think, and how can our thoughts processes be improved? The course will deal with contemporary approaches to the study of higher mental processes, with an emphasis on information processing. Topics will include memory, learning and problem solving. Theories and research will be considered, along with applications to everyday life.

Prerequisite(s): Take PSYC-101

PSYC-423 HUMAN MEMORY (3 Credits)

Why do we remember some things and forget others? This course will examine human memory by drawing on research from neuroscience, verbal learning, and educational psychology to better understand how our memory works and what we can do to improve it. Topics covered will include: false memories, retrieval practice, sapcing, memory loss and amnesia, animal models of memory, information processing, and working memory.

Prerequisite(s): Take PSYC-101

PSYC-433 PSYCH OF PERSONALITY (3 Credits)

A survey of the various approaches to the study of personality. Also included are the determination of personality development and the methods of appraising personality. (formerly PSYC 233)

Prerequisite(s): Take PSYC-101

PSYC-469 INTR CLNIC/METH-HUM.SERV (3 Credits)

Introduces Psychology majors to clinical methods and issues in human services in preparation for fieldwork experience. Areas that are covered include: ethics, assessment, interviewing, and psychopharmacology. The objective of this class is to furnish students with information and clinical skills that will enable them to provide direct service to clients, with appropriate supervision.

Prerequisite(s): Take PSYC -101

Restrictions: RG.24+

PSYC-470 TRNG/EDUC OF THE HANDICAPPED FLDWRK (1-3 Credits)

Prerequisite(s): Take PSYC-201 PSYC-215 PSYC-469

PSYC-471 ADOLESCENT REHAB. FIELDWORK (1-3 Credits)

Prerequisite(s): Take PSYC-215 PSYC-469

PSYC-472 JUVENILE REHAB. FIELDWORK (1-3 Credits)

Prerequisite(s): Take PSYC-215 PSYC-469

PSYC-473 TREATMENT & CARE AGED FIELDWK (1-3 Credits)

Prerequisite(s): Take PSYC-215 PSYC-469

PSYC-474 COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY FIELDWORK (1-3 Credits)

Prerequisite(s): Take PSYC-215 PSYC-469

PSYC-475 SCH.PSYCH.&GUID.COUN.FIELDWORK (1-3 Credits)

Prerequisite(s): Take PSYC-215 PSYC-469

PSYC-478 FIELDWORK-TEACHING ASST (1-3 Credits)

PSYC-480 IND.STY: LEARNING & MEMORY (1-3 Credits)

Independent Study in Learning and Memory

PSYC-481 IND.STY: SOCIAL PSYCH (1-3 Credits)

Independent Study in Social Psychology

PSYC-482 IND.STUDY-ORGANIZATNL RESRCH (1-3 Credits)

Independent Study in Organizational Research

PSYC-483 IND.STUDY-DEVELOPMNTL PSYCH. (1-3 Credits)

Independent Study in Developmental Psychology

PSYC-485 IND.STY:PHYSIOLOGICAL PSYC (1-3 Credits)

Independent Study in Physiological Psychology

PSYC-486 IND.STUDY-PERSONALITY (1-3 Credits)

Independent Study in Personality

PSYC-492 RESEARCH IN COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY (3 Credits)

To comply with the University comprehensive examination requirements, psychology majors must complete a research course (Psyc 49X) in psychology. In this course, students will be asked to apply their knowledge of research methods, statistics, and cognitive and memory to plan, conduct, and assess psychological research. Selected readings will include papers that provide perscpectives on science in general, cognition, human learning and memory, problem solving, and metacognition. Students will work in groups to develop a project that will be executed this semester. Each student will write their own report on the project in an APA-formatted paper. Each group will design and present a poster at the department's poster day at the end of the semester.

Prerequisite(s): Take PYSC-201, PSYC-202 AND PYSC-421

Corequisite(s): OR TAKE PSYC-422 OR ýTAKE PSYC-423

PSYC-493 RESEARCH IN SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY (3 Credits)

To comply with University comprehensive examination requirements, psychology majors must complete a research course (Psyc 49X) in psychology. In this course, students will be asked to apply their knowledge of research methods, statistics, and social psychology to plan, conduct, and assess psychological research.

Restrictions: RGM.127

PSYC-494 RESEARCH IN PERSONALITY PSYCHOLOGY (3 Credits)

To comply with University comprehensive examination requirements, psychology majors must complete a research course (Psyc 49X) in psychology. In this course, students will be asked to apply their knowledge of research methods, statistics, and personality psychology to plan, conduct, and assess psychological research.

Prerequisite(s): Take PSYC-202 PSYC-433

Restrictions: RGM.127

PSYC-498 RESEARCH IN HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY (3 Credits)

To comply with University comprehensive examination requirements, psychology majors must complete a research course (PSYC 49X) in psychology. In this course, students will be asked to apply their knowledge of research methods, statistics, and health psychology to plan, conduct, and assess psychological research.

Prerequisite(s): Take PSYC-330, PSYC-201, PSYC-202 PSYC-420AH

Restrictions: RGM.127