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Psychology Course Descriptions

PSYCHOLOGY (PSY)2013-2014 Course Catalog

1305 Introductory Psychology TCCNS: PSYC 2301

A survey course introducing the student to the field of psychology.

2402 Statistics

Prerequisite(s): PSY 1305 and either MTH 1320, 1321 or STA 1380.

An introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics used in behavioral science research. Emphasis is placed on techniques of data analysis through the use of computers.

2405 Research Methods in Psychology

Prerequisite(s): PSY 1305 and 2402.

Research methods used in psychology, including various research designs, appropriate statistical analyses for the research designs, and writing reports using APA style.

3111 Laboratory in Cognitive Psychology (Cross-listed as NSC 3111)

See NSC 3111 for course information.

3119 Laboratory in Clinical Neuroscience (Cross-listed as NSC 3119)

See NSC 3119 for course information.

3120 Laboratory in Learning and Behavior (Cross-listed as NSC 3120)

See NSC 3120 for course information.

3123 Laboratory in Sensation and Perception (Cross-listed as NSC 3123)

See NSC 3123 for course information.

3308 Theories of Psychotherapy and Counseling

Prerequisite(s): PSY 1305 and 2402.

The major schools and current trends in psychotherapy. Discussion also includes issues involving ethical practices and empirical aspects of psychotherapy.

3310 Social Psychology

Prerequisite(s): PSY 1305 and 2402 or consent of instructor.

A study of individual behavior as affected by cultural and social stimuli.

3311 Cognitive Psychology

See NSC 3311 for course information.

3314 Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Prerequisite(s): PSY 1305 and 2402 or consent of instructor.

A survey of personnel and organizational psychology. Topics include job satisfaction, leadership, formal organizational structures, and issues relevant to the human relations field.

3318 Psychology of Memory

Prerequisite(s): NSC 1106-1306, PSY 1305 and 2402 or consent of instructor.

An introduction to the study of human memory, including both laboratory studies and clinical data. This information will be related to major contemporary theories of memory, as well as to a range of phenomena including mnemonics, eyewitness testimony, retention of course content, and supranormal memory. Demonstrations and experiments will complement lecture material.

3319 Clinical Neuroscience (Cross-listed as NSC 3319)

See NSC 3319 for course information.

3320 Learning and Behavior (Cross-listed as NSC 3320)

See NSC 3320 for course information.

3321 Abnormal Psychology

An introduction to historical and modern views of abnormal behavior and a survey of the field of psychological disorders. For nonmajors only.

3323 Sensation and Perception (Cross-listed as NSC 3323)

See NSC 3323 for course information.

3330 Psychopathology

Prerequisite(s): PSY/NSC 1106-1306 and PSY 1305.

The paradigms and processes involved in understanding the etiology, course, treatment, and prevention of psychological disorders. For majors only.

3341 A Survey of Human Development (Cross-listed as MH 3341)

A survey of the field of developmental psychology. Consideration is given to the development of human behavior from conception to death. For nonmajors only.

3350 Lifespan Human Development

Prerequisite(s): PSY/NSC 1106-1306 and PSY 1305.

Human development across the lifespan with emphasis on research, theory and influences on change. For majors only.

3355 Drugs and Behavior (Cross-listed as NSC 3355)

See NSC 3355 for course information.

3360 Psychology of Gender

Prerequisite(s): PSY 1305 and 2402 or consent of instructor.

An introduction to topics in the psychology of gender, with a focus on understanding interconnections of social and cultural processes with biological and psychological factors. Theories of gender differences will be studied.

3380 Forensic Psychology

Prerequisite(s): PSY 1305 and 2402 or consent of instructor.

Psychology as it relates to criminal and civil law.

3399 Positive Psychology and Well-Being

Prerequisite(s): PSY 1305 and 2402.

Posititive pyschology theroy, research and interventions.

3406 Comparative Psychology

Prerequisite(s): NSC 1106-1306, PSY 1305 and 2402 or consent of instructor.

A phylogenetic comparison of animal behavior. Class and field studies stress evolution and the function of behavior. The laboratory consists of four overnight or day field trips which emphasize studies of animal populations, their relationships to local environments, habitat analysis, and ecological research methods.

3425 Group Processes

Prerequisite(s): PSY 1305 and 2402, or consent of instructor.

Group dynamics, leadership roles in problem solving, and analysis of interpersonal behavior.

3V90 Community Volunteer Work in Psychology 1 to 3 sem. hrs.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 3321 or 3330 or consent of instructor.

A contracted number of forty, eighty, or one hundred-ten hours of volunteer work during the semester in a community agency dealing with behavioral problems for the one, two, or three semester hours credit respectively. The course may be repeated once. No change in number of credit hours permitted after contract is made.

4130 Laboratory in Behavioral Neuroscience (Cross-listed as NSC 4130)

See NSC 4130 for course information.

4300 Advanced Statistics I (Cross-listed as STA 4300)

Prerequisite(s): PSY 2402 or STA 2381 or equivalent,upper-level.

Logical nature of statistical reasoning. Sets, probability, density functions, random variables and their distributions, estimation, and hypothesis testing.

4302 Human Development

Prerequisite(s): PSY 1305 and 2402 or consent of instructor.

Research related to human growth and development.

4312 Behavioral Medicine (Cross-listed as NSC 4312 and MH 4312)

See NSC 4312 for course information.

4315 Psychological Assessment and Psychometrics

Prerequisite(s): PSY 2402.

Commonly employed psychological tests and the statistical techniques used to develop and validate these tests.

4317 Literature of Behavioral Neuroscience (Cross-listed as NSC 4317)

See NSC 4317 for course information.

4324 Research on the Senses and Perception (Cross-listed as NSC 4324)

See NSC 4324 for course information.

4327 Theories of Personality

Prerequisite(s): PSY 1305 and 2402 or consent of instructor.

Major theories of personality.

4329 Consciousness and Mind

Prerequisite(s): NSC 1106-1306 and PSY 1305 or consent of instructor.

A study of various theoretical views of the mind and the impact of the cognitive movement in psychology; relevant experimental studies are examined.

4330 Behavioral Neuroscience (Cross-listed as NSC 4330)

See NSC 4330 for course information.

4339 Psychology of Religion

Prerequisite(s): PSY 1305 or consent of instructor.

Psychological processes in religious experience and related phenomena with a focus on religious development through the life cycle and the major psychological interpretations.

4355 Psychology of Aging

Prerequisite(s): PSY 1305 or consent of instructor.

Normal and abnormal changes in behavior that occur between early maturity and later maturity, with emphasis on changes in sensation and perception, intelligence, learning, and personality, as well as other areas of a more social psychological nature such as social roles and the impact of environmental change on older people.

4371 Advanced Research in Psychology

Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.

An in-depth laboratory research experience in psychology as supervised by a faculty mentor.

4380 Psychology of Personal Relationships

Prerequisite(s): PSY 1305 and 2402; and upper-level standing.

Classic and contemporary theories and research pertaining to personal and social relationships.

4385 Psychology of Film

Prerequisite(s): PSY 1305 and upper-level standing or consent of instructor.

The psychological aspects of film, as related to content, audience and individual viewers. Also covers the portrayal of mental illness and mental healthcare professionals.

4395 History of Psychology

Prerequisite(s): PSY 1305 and 2402 or consent of instructor.

A survey of the history of psychology stressing significant persons and theories with some emphasis on contemporary and emerging trends.

4V96 Special Topics in Psychology I 1 to 4 sem. hrs.

Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.

Course may be repeated once with change in content.