Psychology Course Descriptions

PSYCHOLOGY (PSY) 2020-2021 Course Catalog

1101 New Student Seminar in Psychology and Neuroscience (Cross-listed with NSC 1101).
 An introduction to the PSY and NSC majors including the faculty and degree requirements of their major, techniques for academic success, and professional and career options. Satisfies U1000 requirements and is required of all first-year students with a declared major in Pre-PSY or Pre-NSC.

1305 Psychological Science: Understanding Human Behavior
 A survey course investigating the connection between mind, brain, and behavior.

2402 Statistics
Pre-requisite(s): PSY 1305 and a C or better in either MTH 1320, MTH 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. Fee: $50

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. Fee: $100

3111 Laboratory in Cognition (Cross-listed as NSC 3111)
 See NSC 3111 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.

3309 Introduction to Clinical Psychology
Prerequisite(s): PSY 1305 and 2402.
 Students will learn about models of training in clinical psychology and the basic tools used by clinical psychologists in research, assessment/diagnosis, and treatment.

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 Cognition (Cross-listed as NSC 3311)
 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.

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 non-majors only.

3323 Sensation and Perception (Cross-listed as NSC 3323)
 See NSC 3323 for course information.

3330 Psychopathology
Prerequisite(s): 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.

3333 Biopsychology of Health Disparities
Pre-requisite(s): PSY 1305.
 The study of the biopsychosocial factors leading to socioeconomic health disparities.

3335 Child Psychopathology
Pre-requisite(s): PSY 1305.
 Introduction to the fi eld of abnormal child and adolescent psychology, including the causes, maintenance, and treatment of children’s behavioral, social-emotional, and cognitive disorders from a developmental perspective.

3341 A Survey of Human Development
 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 Developmental Psychology
Pre-requisite(s): NSC 1106-1306 and PSY 1305.
 Social, emotional, cognitive, and psychological growth and development. For majors only.

3355 Drugs and Behavior
Prerequisite(s): NSC 1306 or consent of instructor.
 A study of the major drugs used to modify mood and behavior; examination of tolerance, dependence, addiction, and treatment. Substances studied include alcohol, anti-psychotic medications, sedatives, stimulants, analgesics, hallucinogens, and other psychoactive substances.

3360 Psychology of Gender
Prerequisite(s): PSY 1305 and 2402 or consent of instructor.
 Introduction to the psychology of gender, with focus on interconnections of social and cultural processes with biological and psychological factors. Additional emphasis on psychological and sociological origins and implications of gender differences as well as similarities.

3370 Affective Neuroscience (Cross-listed as NSC 3370)
 See NSC 3370 for course information.

3375 Sleep (cross-listed as NSC 3375)
Pre-requisite(s): NSC 1306.
 The psychology and neuroscience underlying healthy sleep, the effects of sleep deprivation on medical outcomes, changes in sleep across the lifespan, sleep disorders, and solutions for improving sleep.

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.
 Positive psychology theory, 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. Fee: $50

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.
(3-3) Fee: $50

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.

4119 Laboratory in Clinical Neuroscience (Cross-listed as NSC 4119)
 See NSC 4119 for course information.

4130 Advanced Laboratory in Neural Science (Cross-listed as NSC 4130)
 See NSC 4130 for course information.

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)
 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.

4319 Clinical Neuroscience (Cross-listed as NSC 4319)
 See NSC 4319 for course information.

4324 Research on the Senses and Perception (Cross-listed as NSC 4324)
 See NSC 4324 for course information.

4325 Sports and Exercise Psychology
Prerequisite(s): PSY 1305 or consent of instructor
 Examines psychological theories and research related to sport and exercise behavior, providing a broad overview of the major topics in the area.

4327 Theories of Personality
Prerequisite(s): PSY 1305 and 2402 or consent of instructor.
 Major theories of personality.

4329 Consciousness
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 Advanced Principles of Neural Science (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 and 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.
Fee: $50

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 health care 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.

4400 Advanced Statistics I
Pre-requisite(s): PSY 2402 or STA 2381 or equivalent; and upper-level standing.
 Logical nature of statistical reasoning. Sets, probability, density functions, random variables and their distributions, estimation and hypothesis testing.

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.