PSY 110 - Foundations of Psychology I (3 credits)
An overview of the foundational theoretical perspectives and empirical findings in psychology. Topics to be covered include the history of psychology, psychological research methods, biological bases of behavior, sensation and perception, states of consciousness, conditioning and learning, memory, motivation and emotion, health and stress and basic statistical applications of psychology. Transfer students who have taken Introduction to Psychology elsewhere would receive credit for this course. Fall, Spring (L11)
PSY 111 - Foundations of Psychology II (3 credits)
An overview of the theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and applications in the major sub-disciplines of psychology. Topics to be covered include a review of psychological research methods, developmental psychology, cognition and creativity, intelligence, sexuality, personality, abnormal behavior, therapies, social behavior, cultural psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, community psychology, and other areas of applied psychology. Fall, Spring (L11)
PSY 200 - Human Sexuality (3 credits)
The evolution of psychosexual behavior from conception through old age. Emphasis is placed on the interplay of cognitive, affective, familial, and cultural influences in shaping adult attitude and behavior. Topics include the biological basis of sexuality and gender differentiation; infantile and childhood sexuality; puberty and adolescence; adult sexuality; sex and love; aging sexuality; history of sex attitudes and sex research; sexual identity and gender dysphoria; the sexual response cycle; sexual orientation; the nature and treatment of sexual dysfunction; and the paraphilias. Fulfills diversity requirement. Prerequisite: successful completion of PSY 110 or PSY 111 with a C or better. Not open to freshmen. Fall, Spring
PSY 250 Developmental Psychology: Childhood
A study of the major frameworks of child development and child psychology. Topics to be covered include principles and theories of development, prenatal development and birth, infancy, attachment and separation, early experience, deprivation and plasticity, cognitive development, language development, maladaptive parenting, pro-social behavior and moral development, and gender typing and gender identity. Emphasis on the reciprocal influence of parents and children in the family setting. Prerequisite: successful completion of PSY 110 or PSY 111 with a C or better. Spring (L11)
PSY 252 Developmental Psychology: Adolescence and Adulthood
An empirical study of physical, cognitive, social and emotional development through adolescence, the transitional period, early adulthood, middle and old age. Emphasis is on the predictable crises and developmental tasks faced during each period. Topics include puberty, identity formation, autonomy, maturity, sexuality during adolescence, the college years, dating and marriage, love, parenthood, divorce, singlehood, cohabitation, work, mid-life crisis, menopause, infidelity, adult sexuality, retirement and aging. Prerequisite: successful completion of PSY 110 or PSY 111 with a C or better. Fall
PSY 255 Parenting: Psychological Theory and Research (3 credits)
A review of psychological findings and theories applicable to parenting. A research-oriented approach will be emphasized. Topics to be covered include basic prenatal and childcare issues, theoretical perspectives, research on attachment and effective discipline strategies and techniques for building healthy parent-child relationships across the life span. Prerequisite: successful completion of PSY 110 or PSY 111 with a C or better. Offered as needed.
PSY 260 Psychology of Gender (3 credits)
A study of the major theories of the psychology of gender. Empirical research will be analyzed to ascertain how gender influences both women's and men's attitudes, aspirations and actions. Topics to be covered include gender differences and similarities, stereotypes, sex roles, achievement, women and work, intimate relationships, female sexuality and the psychology of men. Prerequisite: successful completion of PSY 110 or PSY 111 with a C or better. Offered as needed.
PSY 262 Forensic Psychology (3 credits)
PSY 262 Forensic Psychology is cross listed with CJS 262. This course will explore the application of behavioral science to the civil and criminal justice system. Addressing key topics in each of three major course areas - criminal behavior, forensics, and social behavior in law. This course will explore how forensic behavioral science has contributed to the understanding of the criminal and crime prevention.
PSY 280 Psychology of Love (3 credits)
An introduction to the psychological study of loving relationships. From a developmental perspective, contemporary theories and empirical evidence on young adult relationships (the initiation and casually dating stage), love and relationship development (the in-love and seriously dating stage), premarital relationship decay and termination of the development of marital relationships are covered. Prerequisite: successful completion of PSY 110 or PSY 111 with a C or better. Offered as needed.
PSY 290 Thanatology (3 credits)
An academic study of adaptation to separation and loss in human development. Emphasis on death as the ultimate loss. Topics include attachment and loss throughout the life cycle; grief, mourning, and bereavement; disenfranchised grief; anticipatory grief; parental grief; widowhood; complicated mourning; palliative care for the terminally ill; suicide; euthanasia; sudden vs. anticipated death; nearing-death awareness; near-death experience; the symbolic language of the dying, end-of-life ritual; helping the bereaved cope with loss. Prerequisite: successful completion of PSY 110 or PSY 111 with a C or better. Fall, Spring
PSY 292 Motivation (3 credits)
An examination of the factors that serve to initiate, maintain, and direct human and animal behavior. Theories and research in motivation from the biological, behavioral, and cognitive/social perspectives will be considered. Prerequisite: successful completion of PSY 110 or PSY 111 with a C or better. Offered as needed.
PSY 295 Research Methods and Statistics I - Quantitative Methods (4 credits)
An introduction to psychological research strategies and statistical applications. Topics to be covered include an overview of the most commonly used descriptive and basic inferential statistics that are used in psychological research, basic research design and an introduction to using SPSS for analyzing and understanding data. Prerequisites: successful completion of PSY 110 with a C or better. Students must achieve an appropriate score on the Mathematics Placement exam. Co-requisite: Students must have completed already (with a C or better) or be concurrently enrolled in PSY 111. Fall
PSY 299 Research Methods and Statistics II - Design and Analysis (4 credits)
A continuation of PSY 295. This course involves further examination of psychological research strategies and statistical applications. In this course, students will be required to complete a psychological study that includes a review of the relevant literature, hypothesis formation, data collection, data analysis and interpretation, and submission of a final report that conforms to the format detailed for manuscripts in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th Edition). Fulfills writing-intensive requirement. Prerequisite: successful completion of PSY 295 with a C or better. Spring
PSY 301 Social Psychology in Film (3 credits)
This course will apply basic social psychological perspectives to character studies in major motion pictures. Perhaps more than any other discipline, psychology and its constructs are often conveyed in film, many times correctly and completely, but sometimes dramatic effect takes precedence. Major topics to be covered include attribution and interpersonal communication, persuasion and attitude change, prejudice, friendships and loving relationships, social influence, aggression and altruism. In short, we will examine how psychological research corresponds to current pop culture portrayals in the movies. What we know about psychology, based on empirical evidence, is not always what is illustrated for entertainment value. Prerequisite: successful completion of PSY 110 or PSY 111 with a C or better. Offered as needed
PSY 310 Social Psychology (3 credits)
An analysis of individual behavior in a social setting through the use of the scientific method. Emphasis will be placed on empirical research in the areas of social perception, cognition, attitude development and change, prejudice, obedience, altruism, interpersonal attraction, conformity, aggression and environmental psychology. Fulfills diversity requirement. Prerequisite: successful completion of PSY 110 or PSY 111 with a C or better. Spring (L11)
PSY 320 Physiological Psychology (4 credits)
An examination of the biological basis of behavior. Included are examinations of the brain, nervous system and endocrine system, and their respective roles in the production of behavior and cognition. Lab Fee. Prerequisite: successful completion of PSY 110 or PSY 111 with a C or better. Spring and Fall semesters
PSY 330 Neuropsychology (4 credits)
The purpose of this course is to provide a detailed understanding of brain/behavior relationships in humans. Students will learn the neural substrates (cortical and subcortical) responsible for producing behavioral deficits following different forms of brain damage. General behavioral topics may include mnemonic impairments, emotional abnormalities, and motivational deficits. Students may examine the neurobiology of neuropsychiatric disorders such as Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Disease, and Schizophrenia. Students may learn about current issues in neuropsychology including learning disabilities, recovery of function following neural damage, and some basic assessment of neuropsychological disorders. This course will not involve the use of laboratory animals. Lab Fee. Prerequisite: successful completion of PSY 110 or PSY 111 with a C or better. Spring
PSY 345 Introduction to Psychopharmacology (3 credits)
This course will review a variety of drug treatments for clinical disorders including depression, mania, anxiety disorders, insomnia, schizophrenia, epilepsy, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, and stroke. Pharmacological treatment issues associated specifically with pediatric and geriatric issues will also be discussed. Prerequisite: successful completion of PSY 110 or PSY 111 with a C or better. Offered as needed.
PSY 350 Forgetting and Amnesia (3 credits)
A detailed coverage of the literature on sources of forgetting and amnesia. Discussions will include context dependent forgetting, retrograde and anterograde amnesia, traumatic head injury, effects of emotion on memory, and the concept of multiple memory systems. Prerequisite: successful completion of PSY 110 or PSY 111 with a C or better. Offered as needed.
PSY 352 Health Psychology (3 credits)
An examination of the applications of psychological research and theories to health. Topics covered include: stress and coping, motivations for health protective or health compromising behaviors, pain, psychoneuroimmunology, the relationship between health care professionals and patients, coping with chronic illness and death, as well as issues involved in specific diseases (cardiovascular disease, cancer AIDS, and diabetes). Throughout the course, a biopsychosocial model of health will be emphasized. Prerequisite: successful completion of PSY 110 or PSY 111 with a C or better. Offered as needed.
PSY 360 Social Neuroscience (3 credits)
Social neuroscience examines how the central and peripheral nervous systems, endocrine system, and immune system play a role in sociocultural processes. This integrative discipline looks at the reciprocal relationship between the brain and social cognition and behavior. Social neuroscience uses a systems approach to integrate the relatively molar level of analysis provided by social psychology with the relatively more molecular levels of analysis provided by biopsychology. Social neuroscience also combines both the methodologies and theories from social psychology and neuroscience. Prerequisite: successful completion of PSY 110 or PSY 111 with a C or better. Offered as needed.
PSY 363 Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)
An analysis of how psychologists diagnose, study and treat persons with psychological disorders. Emphasis will be placed on the etiology, prognosis and prevalence of the major mental disorders recognized by the American Psychological Association. Major disorders and their treatments are covered, including Anxiety Disorders, Mood Disorders, Sexual Disorders, Addiction Disorders, Personality Disorders, and Schizophrenia. Prerequisite: successful completion of PSY 110 or PSY 111 with a C or better. Spring (L11)
PSY 365 Introduction to Psychotherapy (3 credits)
This course provides an overview of the major systems of psychotherapy, including cognitive, behavioral, analytic, and family systems approaches. Theories, techniques, processes and assessment of the practice of therapeutic approaches will be discussed. Prerequisite: successful completion of PSY 110 or PSY 111 with a C or better. Open only to juniors and seniors. Permission of the instructor or department chair required. Offered as needed.
PSY 370 Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience
This course involves an advanced exploration of the neuroscientific mechanisms of behavior and cognition. Topics may include action potentials, neurotransmitter release, spatial cognition, attention, learning, memory, language and consciousness. Lab Fee. This course involves the use of laboratory animals. Students with severe animal allergies or concerns about the use of animals in research should consider PSY 330 for their lab course. Prerequisites: successful completion of PSY 110 or PSY 111 and PSY 320 with a C or better or instructor's permission. Offered alternating fall semesters.
PSY 385 Cross-Cultural Psychology (3 credits)
What does psychology look like outside of the USA, Candada, and Europe? Can western psychological theories, methods, and findings provide accurate understandings of people in other cultures? How might psychologists best understand people from cultures other than their own? How is 'indigenous' psychology developing in countries across the world and what do they contribute to our understanding of basic psychological development and functioning? We will seek to address these questions in the course by comparing US/Canadian/European cultures and psychologies with those of Japan, India, China, Southeast Asia, Ghana, Taiwan, and other places around the world. Prerequisite: successful completion of PSY 110 or PSY 111 with a C or better. Fall
PSY 391 Learning (4 credits)
An overview of the major theories that attempt to account for the dynamics of behavior and learning and their neurobiological mechanisms in animals and humans. Emphasis is on the empirical research findings that describe the processes of classical and operant conditioning. Lab Fee. This course involves the use of laboratory animals. Students with severe animal allergies or concerns about the use of animals in research should consider PSY 330 for their lab course. Prerequisite: successful completion of PSY 110 or PSY 111 and PSY 320 with a C or better. Alternating Fall Semesters.
PSY 400 Personality (3 credits)
An in-depth examination of the major personality theorists, including Psychodynamic, Humanistic, Trait, Behavioral, Social Learning, and Cognitive perspectives. Emphasis will be placed on the evaluation and empirical validity of each perspective. Prerequisite: successful completion of PSY 110 or PSY 111 with a C or better. Offered as needed. (L11)
PSY 401 Preparation for a Career in Psychology (0 credits)
This course will provide students with information on how to apply to graduate school and/or obtain a job after obtaining their bachelors degree. Students will be expected to research specific careers and/or graduate programs, write a resume and cover letter, write a personal statement, and participate in practice interviews. Class discussions will surround these topics as well as related topics (e.g., GRE).
PSY 410 Psychometrics (3 credits)
Psychological and statistical techniques applicable to the measurement of human behaviors and characteristics. Attention is paid to the theoretical constructs and social issues underlying psychological testing, as well as to the technical issues of sampling, reliability, validity and interpretation. Prerequisite: successful completion of PSY 110 or PSY 111 with a C or better. Psychology majors must also complete PSY 295 with a C or better. Offered as needed.
PSY 415 Seminar in Clinical Psychology (3 credits)
This course will provide a focused discussion of topics and issues that are central to the practice of psychology in the helping professions. Specific therapeutic approaches and/or theoretical perspectives will be explored in detail as a capstone experience for students in the Clinical concentration. An overview of the ethical concerns and responsibilities faced by professional psychologists will also be presented. Students will be required to complete a major term paper. Offered as needed.
PSY 420 Cognitive Psychology (3 credits)
A study of how humans attend to, recognize, learn and remember information. Applied topics that will be covered include language, consciousness, and creativity. Emphasis will be placed on empirical research findings that provide a theoretical understanding of mental processes. Prerequisite: successful completion of PSY 110 or PSY 111 with a C or better. Fall
PSY 490 Internship (1-6 credits)
Students should identify a location for an internship in conjunction with a full-time Psychology department faculty member. Interns must be supervised by a full-time member of the department and by an on-site supervisor throughout the semester. Students must have a minimum overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a Psychology GPA of 3.0 to qualify for an internship. Students must also receive permission of the department prior to registering for an internship.
PSY 493 Independent Research I
Students will develop an empirical research prospectus which, upon completion, will be submitted to their advisor for departmental approval as described in the Independent Research Guidelines available on the Psychology Department web page. Upon approval of the prospectus, students will acquire permission to conduct their research from the appropriate oversight committee (IRB or IACUC) and will accumulate the materials necessary for data collection. This course is open to all students meeting the prerequisites, but has been designed specifically for students seeking Research Honors in Psychology. Students must take Independent Research I and Independent Research II in consecutive semesters unless specific permission is otherwise obtained. Students must select a primary advisor who will oversee the project during both semesters and must earn a grade of B or higher in order to be eligible for Research Honors. Course Prerequisites: PSY 299 and permission of a project advisor from the Psychology Department. Research honors Requirements: A minimum GPA of 3.2 at the time of graduation and a grade of B or higher in this course.
PSY 494 Independent Research II
Students will collect and analyze their data, compose a publication quality manuscript, and do a public oral presentation and defense of their research project proposed in Independent Research I. Students should consult the Independent Research Guidelines on the Psychology webpage for details regarding this course. Independent Research II is open to all students meeting the prerequisites, but has been designed specifically for students seeking Research Honors in Psychology. Students must take Independent Research I and Independent Research II in consecutive semesters unless special permission is obtained. Course prerequisites: PSY 493 and permission of a project advisor from the Psychology department. Research Honors Prerequisites/Requirements: A grade of B or higher in PSY 493 and a minimum GPA of 3.2 overall and in Psychology at the time of graduation is required.
PSY 495 Directed Research (1-6 credits)
Students must make specific arrangements for Directed Research with a full-time faculty member in the Psychology department prior to registration.
PSY 497 Senior Seminar: History and Systems (3 credits)
This course will provide an opportunity to study the intellectual roots of modern psychology, including contributions from ancient and modern philosophy and evolutionary theory. The founders and other figures in the history of psychology are discussed, as well as their schools of thought: structuralism, functionalism, gestalt psychology, behaviorism, psychoanalysis, humanism, cognitive psychology, and contemporary and modern psychology, including efforts to create a unified theory of psychology. Additional topics included are the history of clinical psychology (views and treatment of mental illness) and the rise of mental testing. Fulfills writing-intensive requirement. Prerequisite: PSY 299 completed with a C or better. Successful completion of the seminar with a grade of C or better and successful completion of the comprehensive exam are required for graduation. Open only to senior Psychology majors. Spring.
PSY 498 Senior Seminar: Research in Psychology (3 credits)
This course is designed to provide Psychology majors with a capstone experience. Each student in this course will be required to successfully complete and present a project on a significant question or topic that is being addressed by psychologists currently working in the discipline. Students will also prepare for the department's comprehensive examination that will provide an outcome assessment of each student's accomplishments within the major. Students must pass the comprehensive exam to successfully complete this course. Fulfills writing-intensive requirement. Prerequisite: PSY 299 completed with a C or better. Successful completion of this seminar, with a C or better, is required for graduation. Open only to senior Psychology majors. Fall
PSY 499 Independent Study (1-6 credits)
Students must receive instructor approval on an Independent Study Proposal form prior to registration. Independent studies are permitted only for topics that are not already covered in courses offered by the department.
Psychology Course Descriptions (2011)