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Course Offerings

Below is a list of available courses offered by the Psychology Department. Consult the Registrar’s Office and the College Catalog for registration information.

Course List

PSYC 105 - INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY

This course will survey basic principles of psychology. Topics include history of psychology, research methods, neuroscience and behavior, nature, nurture, development through the lifespan, thinking and language, psychological disorders, sensation and perception, states of consciousness, learning, memory, emotions, and social psychology. Additional topics could include motivation, personality, intelligence, health/stress, and therapy. Hours credit: 3.

PSYC 202 - PERSONALITY PSYCHOLOGY

The study of theories and research on individual differences and the sense of self. Readings and discussion focus on the major theoretical perspectives on the structure and development of human personality, and on methods for assessing individual differences. Cultural differences in theories of personality are considered, and current research studies on biological and environmental influences on personality are explored. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: PSYC 105R. Alternate years.

PSYC 205 - SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY

An introduction to the scientific study of social behavior. Traditional areas such as attitudes, aggressive and prosocial behavior, interpersonal attraction, person perception, and group dynamics are covered, as well as the application of social psychological research to contemporary social problems. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: Psychology 105R.

PSYC 208 - DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY

An overview of growth, maturation, and change in the human from conception through adolescence. The topics discussed include prenatal effects on the development of behavior, development of cognitive abilities in early childhood, and the effects of social interactions on development of personality and cognition. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: Psychology 105R or permission of the instructor.

PSYC 209 - SENSATION AND PERCEPTION

How do we come to learn about the world around us? How do we construct a conception of physical reality based on sensory experience? This course will cover the basic theories and methods of studying sensation and perception. The major emphasis is on vision and audition, although other modalities may be covered. Representative topics include receptor function and physiology, color, motion, depth, psychophysics of detection, perceptual constancies, adaptation, pattern recognition, and the interaction of knowledge and perception. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: PSYC 105. Alternate years.

PSYC 211 - COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY

This course is an introduction to human cognition and will cover how humans learn to deal with information from the environment. Students will concentrate on the classic topics including memory, attention, categorization, problem solving, language, reasoning, and decision making. Included is a discussion of the established theories and findings of cognitive psychology, how they relate to brain structure and functions, how these findings can be applied to real world problems, and how different methods of cognitive research can be used to understand mental processes. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: PSYC 105. Alternate years.

PSYC 212 - PSYCHOLOGY OF GENDER

Consideration of how gender is related to the way people think, feel, and act in the world, and how gender-related differences develop. Course will focus on theories, questions, methods, and findings of psychological research on gender and gender development. The role of gender will be studied in relation to gender roles, identity, child and adolescent development, sexuality, health (physical and mental), close relationships, family life, work (paid and unpaid), violence, and harassment. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: PSYC 105R or G ST 201. Offered alternate years.

PSYC 213 - PSYCHOLOGICAL DISORDERS

A survey of the etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of the various forms of psychopathology, e.g., a comparison of the physiological and environmental explanations of depression and the implication of each of these explanations for treatment. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: Psychology 105R.

PSYC 227 - RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY I

An introduction to statistical analysis as it is practiced in Psychology. Topics include sampling, descriptive statistics, statistical inference, and introduction to both nonparametric and parametric statistical tests. Students will also gain experience reading articles from the research literature. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: PSYC 105R or permission of the instructor. A student may receive credit for two of these courses: MATH 227, POL 231, PSYC 227, or SOC 395.

PSYC 228 - RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY II

Discussion of techniques used in psychological research. Topics include basic research designs, ethical concerns, the use of descriptive and inferential statistics within psychological research, drawing conclusions from results, and writing and reporting findings. Throughout the semester, students will develop an original research hypothesis and will write a research proposal in an APA-style paper. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: Psychology 105R and 227.

PSYC 230 - EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY

Students learn how to critically evaluate published psychological research from the major sub-divisions of the discipline, design and conduct experiments, analyze data using SPSS, and write research reports in APA style. Students design and carry out an experiment and present it in a conference-style presentation. This course is writing intensive. Psychology majors have priority registration. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite or corequisite: PSYC 228.

PSYC 251 - BIOLOGICAL BASES OF BEHAVIOR

This course presents a survey of the biological bases of human behaviors. The first part of the course consists of an introduction to structure and functions of the nervous system including the role of hormones in that function. The latter part of the course explores the application of those concepts to explanations of behavior with a special focus on humans. Credit hours: 3. Prerequisite: PSYC 105 or permission of the instructor. Alternate years.

PSYC 305 - RESEARCH PROBLEMS IN PSYCHOLOGY

Each student investigates a special problem under the direction of the instructor. The research is supplemented by readings and individual conferences with the instructor. Hours credit: 1, 2, or 3. Open only to psychology majors in consultation with faculty. Individual conferences to be arranged. Prerequisite: Psychology 228R. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of 9 semester hours. Sections might be offered on a Pass/Fail basis at the discretion of the instructor.

PSYC 316 - TESTING & MEASUREMENTS

This course explores the theory and practice of psychological assessment. Major topics include test construction and validation, with attention to statistical techniques; appropriate test use, including legal and ethical issues; and major tests for measuring mental abilities, achievement, personality, and psychopathology. Throughout the semester, students will develop and validate an original measurement tool and will report on their research in an APA-style paper. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: Psychology 228R. Offered alternate years.

PSYC 320 - ENVIRONMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY

This course explores the interaction of humans with the designed physical environment and with natural environments. Topics include cognitive maps and wayfinding, personal space, territoriality, privacy, and environmental attitudes and behavior. Emphasis is placed on theories of environment-behavior relationships and applications of environmental psychology in architecture and urban planning, with particular focus on contributions of psychology to design of sustainable buildings and communities. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: PSYC 228R or permission of the instructor. Alternate years.

PSYC 330 - HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY

A study of psychological influences on health, illness, coping, stress, pain, and health-related behaviors. Discussion of how health is related to attitudes, emotions, personality, and social support. A focus on health-enhancing and health-compromising behaviors will allow students to develop and implement a personal health behavior modification program. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: PSYC 228R or permission of instructor. Offered alternate years.

PSYC 334 - MYTHS & CONTROVERSIES IN PSYCHOLOGY

This course is a careful examination of common myths, controversies, and misconceptions in psychology. Topics include memory, learning, technologies, and psychopathology. For each topic, students will read and debate popular and professional presentations as well as new research articles to settle these issues. In doing so, students will strengthen their skills in evaluating research methodology and review advanced statistical practices. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: PSYC 228R or permission of the instructor.

PSYC 338 - COG NEUROSCIENCE

This course explores the link between processes of mind and brain. The class will investigate how scientists utilize current technologies to understand the neuronal activity and anatomy of the brain that supports perception, memory storage, and recall, among other topics. Students will read and evaluate scientific sources and compare those findings to one popular culture depiction of a mind - zombies. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: PSYC 228R or permission of the instructor.

PSYC 341 - EVOLUTIONARY PSYCHOLOGY

An examination of how the processes of evolution have influenced the development of human thinking and behaviors. Exploration may include the study of reproductive behaviors, parental behaviors, aggression, altruism, emotional expression, language, and others. The course will be conducted primarily as a seminar and include readings from popular press texts, theoretical scholarly articles, and original reports of research results. Hours Credit: 3. Prerequisite: PSYC 228 or permission of instructor.

PSYC 343 - PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY

This course presents a look at the ways that drugs can affect behavior. The course will include an in depth review of neurotransmission including neurotransmitter systems and functions of the synapse. The effects of both recreational drugs and psychotherapeutic drugs on those systems will be presented along with discussion of behavioral consequences of using those drugs. Primary source readings will be used to explore the methodology of research in this area. Historical and contemporary social and medical policy for use and misuse of these drugs will also be considered. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: PSYC 228. Alternate years.

PSYC 351 - HISTORY OF PSYCHOLOGY

This course addresses the roots of modern psychological thought and methodology, from their origins in philosophy and the natural sciences through the refinements of psychology in its current form. In addition to learning about the major schools of psychology, e.g., Behaviorism, Psychoanalysis, students will explore how cultural forces shape psychological theories and the experiences of the people who develop them. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: twelve hours in psychology and junior standing or permission of the instructor.

PSYC 361 - ADVANCED TOPICS IN PSYCHOLOGY

Exploration of a focused research area of psychology through primary source readings and discussion. Topics will vary from year to year. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: PSYC 228.

PSYC 493 - SENIOR SEMINAR

This seminar is focused on supporting development and execution of a senior research project. Supporting assignments include discussion of issues in contemporary psychology, research ethics, methodology, and style of presentation for psychological research. During the first semester each student, in consultation with faculty, develops a proposal for a research project in a chosen area of psychology. These projects are carried out during the second semester and are presented both in an American Psychological Association style research paper and orally to the seminar. Students present the results of their research at a regional conference. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: Psychology 228R, 229L, or permission of the instructor.

PSYC 494 - SENIOR SEMINAR

This seminar is focused on supporting development and execution of a senior research project. Supporting assignments include discussion of issues in contemporary psychology, research ethics, methodology, and style of presentation for psychological research. During the first semester each student, in consultation with faculty, develops a proposal for a research project in a chosen area of psychology. These projects are carried out during the second semester and are presented both in an American Psychological Association style research paper and orally to the seminar. Students present the results of their research at a regional conference. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: Psychology 228R, 229L, or permission of the instructor.

PSYC 497H - HONORS IN THE MAJOR

PSYC 498H - HONORS IN THE MAJOR

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