PSY - PSYCHOLOGY

Department of Psychology (ARS)


PSY - 1010 PRINCIPLES OF PSYCHOLOGY
[3 hours] A survey of the branches of psychology and the scientific approach to the study of behavior. 091 - Honors Principles of Psychology


PSY - 2100 STATISTICAL METHODS
[3 hours] Descriptive and inferential statistics as applied to research in basic behavioral science and to clinical application. Prerequisite: MATH 1320 or equivalent


PSY - 2200 ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY
[3 hours] Disordered human behavior; its etiology, classification, and treatment. Consideration of different theories. Prerequisite: PSY 1010


PSY - 2400 COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY
[3 hours] Theoretical and empirical approaches to the role of pattern recognition, attention, memory, language, problem solving and decision making in human thinking. Prerequisite: PSY 1010


PSY - 2500 DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
[3 hours] Emphasizes change and continuity in development, with a focus on research and theory during infancy, childhood and adolescence. Prerequisite: PSY 1010


PSY - 2510 LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
[3 hours] Emphasizes research and theory from conception through old age, and integrates important developmental issues within a lifespan approach. Prerequisite: PSY 1010


PSY - 2600 PSYCHOBIOLOGY
[3 hours] The neural bases of behavior; topics include organization of the nervous system, perception and movement, learning and memory, emotion and motivation, drugs, language, and mental disorders. Prerequisite: PSY 1010


PSY - 2700 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
[3 hours] Theoretical and empirical treatment of socially-based perception and cognition, interpersonal influence, small group processes, and interpersonal relations. Prerequisite: PSY 1010


PSY - 3000 HISTORY OF PSYCHOLOGY
[3 hours] An historical treatment of the development of modern psychology, starting in the mid 19th century, with some consideration of earlier approaches. Theoretical developments are emphasized. Prerequisite: PSY 1010


PSY - 3010 CULTURE AND PSYCHOLOGY
[3 hours] Theoretical and empirical examination of the generality of psychological concepts across cultural and ethnic groups. A cultural analysis of key topics in clinical, cognitive, developmental, and social psychology. Prerequisite: PSY 2400, 2500, 2700


PSY - 3020 PSYCHOLOGY OF WOMEN
[3 hours] Explore and critique theories and research related to the psychology of women. Life span development in women, the validity of the study of gender differences, and selected topics relevant to women's mental health will be addressed. Prerequisite: At least one PSY course.


PSY - 3110 RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY
[4 hours] Design, execution, analysis, and reporting of research in psychology. Lecture and laboratory Prerequisite: PSY 2100


PSY - 3200 PERSONALITY AND INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES
[3 hours] Overview of major theoretical ideas and empirical research in personality and individual differences. Prerequisite: PSY 1010


PSY - 3210 CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY
[3 hours] An overview of the field of Clinical Psychology including clinical assessment, psychotherapy, community intervention methods and professional/ethical issues. Prerequisite: PSY 2200


PSY - 3220 PSYCHOPATHOLOGY OF CHILDHOOD
[3 hours] Clinical and experimental perspectives on behavioral, developmental, and emotional disturbances in childhood. Prerequisite: PSY 2500, 2200


PSY - 3400 COGNITIVE NEUROPSYCHOLOGY
[3 hours] Analysis of the neural basis of higher level mental functions (e.g., perception, language, emotion), with an emphasis on anatomic and functional differences between the left and right cerebral hemispheres.


PSY - 3410 PSYCHOLOGY OF LANGUAGE
[3 hours] Examination of the cognitive processes involved in language. Topics include neural bases of language, speech production and perception, syntax, semantics, language acquisition, and comprehension.


PSY - 3500 ADOLESCENCE
[3 hours] Views the biological and psychosocial changes during adolescence from a systems perspective. Emphasizes issues of identity and cognitive growth. Prerequisite: PSY 2500


PSY - 3510 THE ADULT YEARS
[3 hours] Emphasizes growth and change throughout adulthood. Issues of personality and cognitive change are investigated, and theory and research are highlighted. Prerequisite: PSY 2500


PSY - 3520 PERCEPTUAL AND COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT
[3 hours] Emphasizes both theory and research in perceptual and cognitive development, with a focus on infants, children, and adolescents. Prerequisite: PSY 2500


PSY - 3600 LEARNING AND MOTIVATION
[3 hours] Extended treatment of learning, conditioning, and motivation including operant learning, reinforcement schedules, symbolic reward, generalization, and related theoretical developments. Prerequisite: PSY 3110


PSY - 3610 BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE
[3 hours] In-depth treatment of the structure and function of neurons and their mediation of behavior, both normal and abnormal: circadian rhythms, eating, emotions, sexual behavior, memory, language and mental disorders. The scientific study of the brain and methods of neuroscience are emphasized. Prerequisite: PSY 2600 recommended


PSY - 3620 SENSORY PROCESSES
[3 hours] In-depth treatment of the neural organization of the sensory and motor systems. A comparative and evolutionary approach to the study of perception is emphasized. Prerequisite: PSY 2600 or PSY 3610 or permission of instructor.


PSY - 3700 SMALL GROUP BEHAVIOR
[3 hours] An examination of the psychological processes within small groups. Prerequisite: PSY 2700


PSY - 3710 PSYCHOLOGY AND THE LAW
[3 hours] Emphasizes the utilization of theoretical and empirical notions of psychological science as they apply to both civil and criminal law. Prerequisite: PSY 2700


PSY - 3800 HONORS PROPOSAL
[1 - 3 hours] Literature review and design of an experiment that will form the basis for an Honors Thesis; a formal written proposal will be prepared in conjunction with, and approved by, the thesis advisor and must be submitted to the departmental honors advisor. Prerequisite: PYS 2100, 3110; admission to Psychology Honors and consent of instructor


PSY - 3820 HONORS MEETING FOR JUNIORS
[1 - 3 hours] Topics include advanced research tools, research design, practical approach to experiments, ethics in research and career planning. Admission to Psychology Honors and consent of instructor. Prerequisite: admission to Department of Psychology Honors Program, and consent of instructor


PSY - 3910 HONORS RESEARCH
[1 - 3 hours] Data collection for research that will form the basis for the Honors Thesis. Admission to Psychology Honors and consent of instructor. Prerequisite: PSY 2100, 3110, 3800


PSY - 3940 EXTERNSHIP IN PSYCHOLOGY
[1 - 3 hours] Supervised work experience in Psychology-related employment settings, such as those identified by the Office of Professional Experience Programs. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of three hours. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor


PSY - 4100 RESEARCH PRACTICUM
[1 - 4 hours] Directed by experience in empirical psychological research by students participating in faculty laboratories. Section number denotes field of research:
:030 - Developmental psychology
:040 - Social psychology
:060 - Cognitive and biological psychology
:070 - Clinical psychology
Consent of instructor. Prerequisite: PSY 2100, 3110; 2000 level course in content area of the practicum


PSY - 4110 QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS
[4 hours] Study and training in systematic, open-ended, nonquanititative methods for studying human beings, with an emphasis on grounded theory and phenomenological research methods. Recommended: PSY 2100, Psy 3110.


PSY - 4200 RESEARCH IN CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY
[4 hours] Study and training in methods used in research on clinical populations or interventions. 4200 (-024): Study of basic elements of communication in psychological helping situations (e.g., counseling, psychotherapy). (Tape recorder required). Recommended: PSY 3110.


PSY - 4400 RESEARCH IN COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY
[4 hours] Experience in designing, conducting, and interpreting research on cognitive processes. Prerequisite: PSY 2400, PSY 3110


PSY - 4500 RESEARCH IN DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
[4 hours] Study and analysis of research methods, as applied to the development of perception, learning, socialization, cognition and language. Experience in designing and carrying out research in some of these areas. Prerequisite: PSY 2500, PSY 3110


PSY - 4600 RESEARCH IN PSYCHOBIOLOGY AND LEARN
[4 hours] Experience designing and carrying out research in learning. Section number denotes topic: section 001 - learning and motivation in infrahuman subjects (WAC) section 033 - learning and behavior analysis in humans and its application (not WAC) Prerequisite: PSY 3600


PSY - 4700 RESEARCH IN SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
[4 hours] Experience in designing research in social psychology, including a research project. Prerequisite: PSY 3110, PSY 2700 or equivalent


PSY - 4800 PSYCHOLOGY HONORS CONFERENCE
[4 hours] Intensive reading and discussion of some aspect of psychology. Content varies. Prerequisite: consent of the instructor.


PSY - 4820 HONORS MEETING FOR SENIORS
[1 - 3 hours] Topics include scientific graphics and visualizing data, professional publishing, scientific oral and poster presentations. Prerequisite: admission to Psychology Honors Program, and consent of instructor


PSY - 4910 INDEPENDENT RESEARCH
[1 - 4 hours] This course will be offered every semester and will fill the requirement for an advanced research course. A student will carry out an empirical research project of his or her own design under the guidance of a member of the faculty. The student will collect and analyze the data in conjunction with the faculty member. The purpose of the course is to provide advanced students with extended experience in carrying out an independent research project in close coordination with a faculty mentor. The course may be writing intensive if a formal research paper is written in APA journal style and undergoes at least one major revision after scrutiny by the faculty mentor in conference with the student. The exact nature of the research will depend on the interest of the individual student and the willingness of the faculty mentor. Students will be required to prepare the required submissions for presentation to the human or animal subjects protection committees as part of the research and training in the ethics of the discipline. Prerequisite: PSY 3110 and consent of instructor


PSY - 4960 HONORS THESIS
[2 - 3 hours] Analysis, interpretation, and reporting of research aimed at understanding some aspect of behavior or its underlying mechanisms. The reports include a formal written thesis, a scientific poster, and an oral presentation. Prerequisite: PSY 3110, PSY 3800, PSY 3810; admission to Psychology Honors and consent of instructor


PSY - 4980 SPECIAL TOPICS IN PSYCHOLOGY
[3 hours] Seminar discussion of selected topics in psychology to allow for a more comprehensive treatment than possible in other available courses; or technical laboratory course in neuroanatomical techniques. Topics will vary depending on student demand and availability of instructors. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor


PSY - 4990 INDEPENDENT STUDY
[1 - 4 hours] This course is a tutorial consisting of directed independent reading, conferences with the instructor to discuss the readings and assess the student's understanding of their significance, and a paper in which the student summarizes the read material, integrates the material, and discusses its significance for understanding some aspect of behavior. The purpose of this course is to provide advanced students with extended study of a topic of special interest to the student that is not covered in regularly scheduled courses. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor


PSY - 6000/7000 HISTORY OF PSYCHOLOGY
[3 hours] Intensive historical treatment of the development of modern psychology from the 19th century. Theoretical psychological and related philosophical positions are emphasized.


PSY - 6010/7010 PSYCHOLOGICAL APPARATUS
[3 hours] Section 001 - Practical electronics and programming with logic modules. Section 002 - Computer programming.


PSY - 6020/7020 PSYCHOLOGY OF WOMEN
[3 hours] All aspects of the psychology of women will be addressed in this seminar. In particular a lifespan approach will be taken to an exploration of how social context (violence, economic conditions, etc.) impacts women's psychological growth.


PSY - 6030/7030 RESEARCH PRACTICUM
[1 - 3 hours] Developing, conducting, analyzing, and preparing reports of research projects under faculty supervision. May be repeated. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor


PSY - 6040/7040 TEACHING PRACTICUM
[3 hours] Supervised experience in the teaching of psychology. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.


PSY - 6050/7050 CULTURE AND PSYCHOLOGY
[3 hours] A theoretical and empirical analysis of the systematic functioning of culture in psychological phenomena, with a focus on key concepts in clinical, cognitive, developmental, and social psychology. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.


PSY - 6100/7100 DESIGN AND EVAL OF PSYCH RESEARCH I
[3 hours] Theory of probability, descriptive statistics, inferential statistics.


PSY - 6110/7110 DESIGN AND EVAL OF PSYCH RESEARCH II
[3 hours] Hypothesis testing, factorial designs and their analysis, non-parametric approaches. Prerequisite: PSY 6100/7100 or equiv.


PSY - 6130/7130 DESIGN AND EVAL OF PSYCH RESEARCH III
[3 hours] Readings and discussion of problems of research design and analysis. Prerequisite: PSY 6110 or equiv.


PSY - 6140/7140 ADVANCED RESEARCH METHODS
[3 hours] Overview of inquiry methods for applied research, including relevant philosophy of science; qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis; common research designs; and specialized analysis methods (e.g., meta-analysis). Prerequisite: PSY 6110


PSY - 6200/7200 THEORIES OF PERSONALITY
[3 hours] Advanced analysis of traditional and modern theories of personality and individual differences. Emphasis is on philosophical understandings of human motivation, personality development, and the etiology and treatment of psychopathology.


PSY - 6210/7210 PSYCHOPATHOLOGY
[3 hours] Critical analysis of diagnostic classification models, etiological conceptualizations, and therapeutic interventions form mental disorders.


PSY - 6220/7220 COGNITIVE ASSESSMENT
[3 hours] Assessment of cognitive functioning, utilizing tests of cognitive abilities and achievement.


PSY - 6230/7230 PERSONALITY ASSESSMENT
[3 hours] Assessment of personality functioning utilizing objective tests. Prerequisite: PSY 6220/7220


PSY - 6250/7250 SEMINAR IN CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY
[3 hours] Advanced seminar focusing on selected topics from the general area of clinical psychology. -001 Clinical neuropsychology -002 Child psychopathology -003 Child Clinical Intervention -004 Marital & Family Therapy -005 Psychotherapy research & program evaluation Prerequisite: Consent of instructor


PSY - 6260/7260 PROFESSIONAL AND ETHICAL ISSUES
[3 hours] Exploration of ethical and professional issues faced by clinical psychologists. Detailed analysis of the American Psychological Association's Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct.


PSY - 6270/7270 CHILD CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY
[3 hours] Advanced study of the psychopathology and treatment of behavioral, developmental, and emotional disturbances in childhood. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor


PSY - 6280/7280 COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL PSYCHOTHERAPIES
[3 hours] Presentation and exploration of several cognitive-behavioral and behavioral psychotherapies. Applications to different clinical populations


PSY - 6290/7290 PSYCHODYNAMIC/EXPERIENTIAL THERAPIES
[3 hours] Overview of the major therapeutic approaches within the psychodynamic and humanistic-experiential traditions, specifically, brief dynamic and interpersonal treatments; and client-centered, gestalt and process-experiential therapies. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor


PSY - 6390/7390 CLINICAL LABORATORY
[4 hours] Clinical interviewing, diagnostic assessment, case conceptualization, and oral presentation of clinical cases. Diagnostic, therapeutic, and professional issues are addressed via didactic coursework and practicum work with clients in the Psychology Clinic.


PSY - 6400/7400 COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY
[3 hours] An intensive examination of human information processing. Topics include neural bases of cognition, perceptual and attentional processing, mental imagery, memory, problem solving and reasoning.


PSY - 6410/7410 SEMINAR IN COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY
[3 hours] An advanced seminar focusing on selected topics from the general area of Cognitive Psychology.


PSY - 6420/7420 SEMINAR ON THE PSYCHOLOGY OF LANGUAGE
[3 hours] An advanced seminar focusing on selected topics concerned with the psychology of language. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor


PSY - 6500/7500 DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
[3 hours] Advanced treatment of the theoretical and empirical literature in developmental psychology, and of the major issues of the field.


PSY - 6510/7510 SEMINAR IN DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
[3 hours] Readings and evaluative discussions of the primary research literature in developmental psychology. Prerequisite: PSY 6500


PSY - 6600/7600 BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE
[3 hours] Structure and function of neurons and the neural mediation of behavior, both normal and abnormal.


PSY - 6610/7610 SEMINAR IN PSYCHOBIOLOGY AND LEARNING
[3 hours] Readings and evaluative discussions of the primary research literature in psychobiology, behavioral neuroscience, neuroanatomy, learning, motivation, and perception. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor


PSY - 6620/7620 COMPARATIVE NEUROANATOMY
[3 hours] -001 Laboratory; identification of structures in all of the major functional systems in histological brain sections of at least three different species. -002 Laboratory; neurohistological techniques including sectioning and staining. Prerequisite: PSY 6600 or equiv; Permission


PSY - 6630/7630 SENSORY PROCESSES
[3 hours] In-depth treatment of the neural organization of the sensory and motor systems. A comparative and evolutionary approach to the study of perception is emphasized. Prerequisite: 6600 or equiv


PSY - 6700/7700 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
[3 hours] Social cognition and behavior, interpersonal influence and social relations will be addressed.


PSY - 6710/7710 SEMINAR IN SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
[3 hours] In depth treatment of selected topics in Social Psychology.


PSY - 6930/7930 SEMINAR IN PSYCHOLOGY
[3 hours] Readings and evaluative discussions of the primary research literature in psychology. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor


PSY - 6940/7940 COMMUNITY EXTERNSHIP
[4 hours] Supervised applied assessment, therapeutic, and consultative experience in community settings. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor


PSY - 6960 M.A. THESIS
[1 - 6 hours] Developing, conducting and analyzing the thesis research project, writing the thesis.


PSY - 6980/7980 SPECIAL TOPICS
[1 - 3 hours] Professional issues in academic and scientific psychology.


PSY - 6990/7990 INDEPENDENT STUDY
[1 - 15 hours] Directed reading and/or experimentation on a topic selected by the study in conjunction with a faculty mentor. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor


PSY - 7960 M.A. THESIS
[1 - 6 hours] Developing, conducting and analyzing the thesis research project, writing the thesis.


PSY - 8960 PHD DISSERTATION
[1 - 15 hours] Developing, conducting and analyzing the dissertation research project; writing the dissertation.

Last Updated: 5/5/14