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Psychology Course Descriptions

Psychology 101 is a prerequisite 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. (Except where noted, this course is a prerequisite for all other courses in the department.) (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.

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. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.; Laboratory: 11/2 hrs/wk. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or permission.

205 (now 202) 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 permission.

210 (now 321) Child Development
Behavior and development of the child from conception to puberty. (1) (PSYC 210(321) may not be counted towards the major if PSYC 215 has been taken. Students wishing to complete the Concentration in Human Development should take 210 and 211). Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or permission.

211 (now 322) Adolescent Development
Behavior and development of the individual from puberty to early adulthood. (1) Students wishing to complete the Concentration in Human Development should take 210 and 211). Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or permission.

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

215 Child & Adolescent Development
An examination of development from conception through adolescence.  Physical, cognitive and socioemotional development will be discussed in the context of psychological theories, research, current applications and historical events.  Psychology 215 may not be counted towards the major if 210(321) has been taken.  Students wishing to complete the Concentration in Human Development should take 210(321) and 211(322).  (1)Lecture: 3hrs/wk. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or permission.

220 (now 344) Creative Thinking and Problem-Solving
An introduction to creative thinking and creative problem-solving, including definitions, theories, and assessment of creativity as well as research about creativity and the creative process. Attention will be given to skills of creative thinking and presentation of a creative problem-solving model. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or permission.   

225 (now 355) 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. Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or permission.

230 (now 381) Abnormal  Psychology
Study of individual psychopathology and deviant behavior, including diagnosis, theories, causes, and treatments. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or permission.

240 (now 319) 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. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or permission.

250 (now 382) Industrial-Organizational Psychology
Application of principles and methods of psychology to business, industry, and other organizations, with emphasis on selection of employees and organizational behavior. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or permission.

260 (now 372) Human Sexuality
Human reproduction and sexual behavior; contemporary and historical norms; dysfunction; cross-cultural perspective; the bonding function of sexuality; and its expression in the arts, religion, ethics, and law. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or permission.

270 (now 332) 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 permission   

280 (now 375) 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 hr/wk. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or permission.   

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

300 (now 415) 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. Prerequisite: PSYC 202 and 204 and a 300-level course or permission.

305, 306 (now 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.

315 (now 351) 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 permission.   

316, 317 Internship
Practical experience in a setting in which psychology is applied. Placements in mental health facilities and other community agencies and institutions. Seminar on relevant topics. (One unit may be counted as an elective in the major). (1, 1) Prerequisite: Written application approved by department.

318, 319 (now 306, 307) Research Practicum
Directed study and empirical research under the supervision of a faculty member. (Open to majors with the approval of the department. One unit may be counted as an elective in the major). (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.

325 (now 251) Social Psychology
Study of the influence of people on each other's behavior, including social influence and social interaction. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. Prerequisites: PSYC 101 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 INQ260PY or BIOL 120 or permission.

340 (now 241) Cognitive Psychology
An examination of the research and theory of complex cognitive processes. Topics covered include memory, cognitive development, language, thinking, concept formation, pattern recognition, and problem solving. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. Prerequisites: PSYC 101 or permission.

350 (now 336) 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 NEUR 330.   

360 (now 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 NEUR 360). (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk  Prerequisite: PSYC/NEUR 330 or permission.  

375 (now 383) 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.; Lab: 2hrs/wk. Prerequisites: PSYC 101, PSYC 230/381 or PSYC 315/351.

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

420 (now 410) 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 204 and 205/202 and a 300 level PSYC course.

430 Research Seminar: Neuroscience
An advanced, research-oriented seminar in human neuroscience. (Cross-listed with NEUR 430). (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. Prerequisites: PSYC/NEUR 330 or permission.

450 (now 390) History of Psychology
Examination of the major systems in psychology with an emphasis on its 19th-century origins to the present. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. Prerequisite: Senior standing or by 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.