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Psychology Course Descriptions

Psychology 101 or INQ 260-PY serve as prerequisites for all other courses in the department. Some courses have additional prerequisites, which are indicated in the course descriptions that follow.

101 Introduction to Psychology
An overview of the field of psychology with emphasis on basic processes in human behavior. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.

106, 107 Research Experience
Directed experience conducting empirical research under the supervision of a faculty member.  Open to all students (majors and non-majors). (1/4, 1/4) Prerequisite: Written application approved by department.

202 (old 205) Research Methods in Psychology
An examination of the research methods used in the fields of psychology. Topics include introductions to and evaluations of observational, relational and experimental research methods and designs.  Ethics and research, communication and research, the development of research ideas and the reliability and validity of research are also examined.  (1) Lecture: 3hrs/wk.  Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or INQ 260PY or permission.

204 Quantitative Methods in Psychology
An examination of techniques used by psychologists to measure behavior and to analyze and interpret the data.  The course includes an introduction to computer data analysis through a laboratory component. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.; Laboratory: 1.5 hrs/wk. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or INQ 260-PY or permission.

221 Developmental Psychology
An examination of development of the individual across the lifespan (i.e., from conception until death). (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or INQ 260PY or permission.

231 Biological Psychology
An overview of general principles and areas of research of biological psychology. Topics covered include neuronal functioning, how aspects of human behavior are controlled by the brain, and basic research techniques in biological psychology. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or INQ 260PY or permission.

241 (old 340) Cognitive Psychology
An examination of the research and theory of complex cognitive processes. Topics covered include attention, perception, memory, language, problem solving, and reasoning. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or INQ 260PY or permission. 

251 (old 325) Social Psychology
A study of the influence of people on each other's behavior, including social influence and social interaction. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or INQ 260PY or permission.

306, 307 (old 318,319) Research Practicum
Directed study and empirical experience under the supervision of a faculty member. (1,1) Prerequisite: Written application approved by department.  

311, 312, 313 Independent Study (Literature Review)
Extensive literature review, with faculty supervision. (1/2, 1, 1/2) Prerequisite: Written proposal and application approved by department. 

319 (old 240) Special Topics in Psychology
A course offered in various formats, designed to give students instruction in a subject not regularly offered. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or INQ 260PY or permission.  May be repeated for credit.

321 (old 210) Child Development
An examination of development of the individual from conception to puberty. (1) Lecture: 3hrs/wk. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or INQ 260PY or permission.

322 (old 211) Adolescent Development
An examination of development of the individual from puberty to early adulthood. (1). Lecture: 3hrs/wk. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or INQ 260PY or permission.

323 (old 212) Adult Development and Aging
An examination of development of the individual from early adulthood to old age. (1) Lecture: 3hrs/wk. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or INQ 260PY or permission.

329 Topics in Developmental Psychology
A thorough examination of a particular topic within the domain of human development that is not covered extensively in other regularly offered courses. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or INQ 260PY or permission.

330 Principles of Neuroscience
This course will provide a detailed understanding of neurons and the functional role of different aspects of the human nervous system.  A survey of topic areas relevant to psychology and neuroscience related disciplines will also be included. The laboratory component will introduce techniques in neuroscience research. (Cross-listed with NEUR 330). (1)  Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.; Laboratory: 1.5 hrs/wk. Prerequisites: PSYC 101 or BIOL 190 or permission.  

332 (old 270) Drugs and Behavior
An examination of the mechanisms of actions, uses, effects and abuse liability of range of drugs.  Both therapeutic drugs (such as antidepressants and antipsychotics) and recreational drugs (such as alcohol, stimulants and marijuana) will be addressed. (1) Lecture 3 hrs/wk. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or INQ 260PY or PSYC 330.  

335 Neuropsychology
Examines the field of neuropsychology through the examination of common disorders found in neuropsychology, assessment techniques, and the application of knowledge of the relevant concepts to the interpretation and solution of disorders of brain-behavior relationships. (Cross-listed with PSYC 360). (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. Prerequisite: NEUR/PSYC 330 or permission.   

339 Topics in Biological Psychology
A thorough examination of a particular topic within the domain of biological psychology that is not covered extensively in other regularly offered courses. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or INQ 260PY or permission.

336 (old 350) Sensation and Perception
Study of the functionality of the different senses and how perception arises within the human brain. (1) Lecture: 3 hr/wk. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or INQ 260PY or NEUR 330.   

342 (old 290) Learning
Principles of learning processes, classic and contemporary theories, and methods of research. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.  Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or INQ 260PY or permission.   

344 Creative Thinking and Problem-Solving
An introduction to creative thinking and creative problem solving, including definitions, theories, and strategies of creative thinking and problem solving, as well as assessment and research on creativity and the creative process. (1) Lecture: 3hrs/wk. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or INQ 260PY or permission.

349 Topics in Cognitive Psychology
A thorough examination of a particular topic within the domain of cognitive psychology that is not covered extensively in other regularly offered courses. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or INQ 260PY or permission. 

351 (old 315) Personality
Theories of personality, applications, and extensions of these theories, current research on individual differences, and methods and issues in personality measurement. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or INQ 260PY or permission.

355 (old 225) Cross-cultural Psychology
The study of human behavior and mental processes, including both differences and consistencies, across different cultures.  The aim is to examine systematic relations between cultural factors and behavior, as well as the generalizability of psychological principles across cultures. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or INQ 260PY or permission.

359 Topics in Social-Personality Psychology
A thorough examination of a particular topic within the domain of social-personality psychology that is not covered extensively in other regularly offered courses. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or INQ260PY or permission. 

372 (old 260) Human Sexuality
An overview of theories, research and contemporary issues in the scientific study of human sexual behavior and experience. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or INQ 260PY or permission.

375 (old 280) Evolutionary Psychology
An examination of the human mind as a set of evolved adaptations shaped to address challenges of survival and reproduction, such as avoiding disease and predators, finding a mate, raising children, and living in social groups. The course emphasizes the most current empirical literature connecting evolutionary principles to human psychology.‚Äč (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or INQ 260PY or permission.   

381 (old 230) Abnormal Psychology
A study of individual psychopathology and deviant behavior, including diagnosis, theories, causes, and treatments. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or INQ 260PY or permission.  

382 (old 250) Industrial-Organizational Psychology
An overview of industrial-organizational psychology including current research on individual behavior in complex organizations. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or INQ 260PY or permission.  

383 (old 375) Counseling and Psychotherapy Approaches
An exploration of several of the most important theories of and approaches to counseling and psychotherapy, including a description of skills, strategies, and techniques.  Attention is also given to efficacy and effectiveness of counseling and therapy, the nature of training and education of helping professionals, and ethics in the helping professions. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.; Laboratory: 2 hrs/wk. Prerequisites: PSYC 251 or PSYC 381.   

390 (old 450) History of Psychology
An examination of the major systems in psychology with an emphasis on its 19th-century origins to the present. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. Prerequisites: PSYC 202, PSYC 204, and one 300-level PSYC course or permission.   

405, 406, 407 Independent Study
Empirical research project, with faculty supervision. (1/2, 1, 1/2) Prerequisite: Written proposal and application approved by department.  

410 (old 420) Research Seminar: Psychology
An advanced, research-oriented seminar where students in small groups propose and carry out an empirically based research study. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. Prerequisites: PSYC 202, PSYC 204 and one 300 level PSYC course.   

415 (old 300) Tests and Measurements
Principles and methods of psychological measurement and test construction, with consideration of administration and psychometric evaluation of representative tests. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. Prerequisites: PSYC 202, PSYC 204 and one 300 level PSYC course or permission.  

495, 496, 497 Honors Project
A program of independent study culminating in a paper, artistic creation, or performance. (1/2, 1, 1/2) Prerequisites: To qualify for consideration to receive honors in the major, a student in his/her senior year or in the Summer prior to the senior year, must work under the guidance of his/her committee. A written proposal and application must be approved by the committee and department. A minimum GPA of 3.4 in the major is required. 495 Honors Project is prerequisite for 497 Honors Project. At least 1 unit of Independent Study (311, 312, 313, 405, 406, or 407) is a prerequisite to 495, 496, and 497.