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PSYCHOLOGY (PSY)
Division of Social Sciences
Division of Social Sciences - Adm
 
PSY 1051 - Introduction to Psychology (SS)
(4.0 cr; fall, spring, every year)
An introduction to the science of mind and behavior. Topics include history of psychology, research methods, biological bases for behavior, life span development, sensation and perception, learning, cognitive and social processes, personality, psychopathology, and applications of psychology.



PSY 1061 - Introduction to the Development of the Child and Adolescent (SS)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1051 or #; spring, every year)
Theory, data, and research approaches in development from birth through adolescence. Prenatal and physical development as well as perceptual, cognitive, language, personality and social development. Multicultural/global perspective. Designed for students aiming for teacher certification, who receive priority in registration. Does not count for elective credit for the 16-credit psychology component of the LAHS major or for the psychology major or minor. Does count toward the 8-credit "other" category for the LAHS major. A more in-depth alternative to this course is Psy 3401 and Psy 3402. Students double majoring in education and psychology should consider the Psy 3401 and 3402 alternative to this course.



PSY 1301 - Psychology and Film (SS)
(4.0 cr; summer, offered periodically)
The application of psychological theories and principles, with emphasis on social psychology, to film. Examination of how films apply to social issues (e.g., media violence) and how audiences impact upon movie viewing. Class activities include watching films and then analyzing them from a psychological perspective.



PSY 1993 - Directed Study
(1.0 - 5.0 cr [max 10.0 cr]; fall, spring, every year)
An on- or off-campus learning experience individually arranged between a student and a faculty member for academic credit in areas not covered in the regular curriculum. Prereq-Approved directed study form.



PSY 2001 - Research Methods in Psychology (SS)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1051, Stat 1601 or Stat 2601, psy major or minor, or #; fall, spring, every year)
Design, analysis, and interpretation of research in psychology. Instruction on different research techniques and ethics in research. Students conduct, analyze, and evaluate empirical research and gain experience preparing APA-style research reports. Includes laboratory/discussion sessions.



PSY 2112 - Psycholinguistics (SS)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1051; A-F only, spring, offered periodically)
An introduction to the crossroads of psychology and linguistics. Topics include: introduction to linguistics, language production and comprehension at various levels, dialogue, language development, reading, and language abnormalities. Specific methods are discussed throughout.



PSY 2311 - Psychology of Excellence (SS)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1051; spring, offered periodically)
Intervention strategies for enhancing performance in life settings as diverse as academics, career, athletics, performing arts, and interpersonal relations. Psychological theories and research pertaining to the strategies are also covered. [Note: no credit for students who have received credit for IS 1042]



PSY 2411 - Introduction to Lifespan Developmental Psychology (SS)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1051; fall, every year)
An introduction to theory, data, and research approaches in development from the prenatal period through childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and aging until the cessation of life. Includes physical, perceptual, cognitive, language, moral, personality, socio-emotional, family, and career development and changes over time, as well as issues of death, dying, and bereavement. Includes a multicultural focus.



PSY 2581 - Drugs and Human Behavior (SS)
(2.0 cr; Prereq-1051 or #; no credit for students who have received credit for Psy 1081; spring, every year)
Survey of psychoactive drugs, their effects on mind and behavior, and prevention and treatment of drug abuse.



PSY 2612 - Environmental Psychology (ENVT)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1051; spring, offered periodically)
Environmental psychology is the study of the relationship between humans and natural and built environments. Traditionally, the emphasis in environmental psychology has been on how human behavior, feelings, and well being are impacted by the environment. Currently, there is an increased emphasis on how humans impact natural environments. This course examines the theories guiding research in this field and reviews the research as it applies to topics such as the effects of weather and climate on behavior, urban and rural environments, crowding, and personal space.



PSY 2993 - Directed Study
(1.0 - 5.0 cr [max 10.0 cr]; fall, spring, every year)
An on- or off-campus learning experience individually arranged between a student and a faculty member for academic credit in areas not covered in the regular curriculum. Prereq-Approved directed study form.



PSY 3051 - The Psychology of Women and Gender (HDIV)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1051 or #; spring, every year)
Exploration of the interactive biological, psychological, and socio-cultural processes that shape the lives of women and the experience of gender. Topics include: the psychobiology of sex; the social construction of sex and gender; socialization and development; media representations; identity and sexuality; language and communication; motivation and personality; relationships; work and family lives; mental and physical health; mid- and later life development; victimization; therapy; intersections of race, class, and gender; and feminist approaches to teaching, learning, and knowing.



PSY 3101 - Learning Theory and Behavior Modification (SS)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-2001 or #; fall, every year)
Major theories of learning and their importance for understanding human and nonhuman behavior. Classical and operant conditioning, generalization, discrimination, stimulus control, animal cognition. Behavior modification theories and techniques and their application to clinical populations. Lab projects demonstrate learning and behavior modification theories, concepts, and techniques and illustrate research methods and theory testing. Includes lab.



PSY 3111 - Sensation and Perception (SS)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-2001 or #; fall, every year)
Empirical study of sensory processes and perceptual organization with emphasis on vision and audition. Anatomy and physiology of sense organs, psychophysics, signal detection theory, attention, speech perception, and perceptual-motor coordination. Includes lab.



PSY 3112 - Cognition (SS)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-2001 or #; spring, every year)
Empirical study of memory, language behaviors, representation of knowledge, judgment, decision making, problem solving, and creative thinking. Includes lab.



PSY 3201 - Comparative Psychology (SCI-L)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-[1051, 2001] or Biol 2111; spring, every year)
Comparison of the causations of human and non-human animal behavior from both an evolutionary and biological point of view. The contributions of evolutionary selection pressures, genetics, environment, learning, and culture on the expression of behavior in a wide variety of species, through topics such as adaptation, fitness, altruism, social behavior, parental care, reproductive behavior, mating systems, and aggression. Focus on explaining modern human behavior as informed by non-human behavior. Includes lab component.



PSY 3211 - Biological Psychology (SCI-L)
(5.0 cr; Prereq-[1051, 2001] or Biol 1101 or Biol 1111; fall, every year)
Brain organization and function; an emphasis on an understanding of the neural processes that underlie human and nonhuman behavior. Incorporates information from psychology, neuroscience, endocrinology, physiology, chemistry, neurology, and zoology to investigate the physiological bases of behavior. Topics include sensory processes, drugs and addiction, biological rhythms, sexual differentiation, reproduction, methods in neuroscience, neuropsychological disorders, and clinical assessment. Lab projects focus on neuroanatomical organization and function of the brain. (4 hrs lect, 1 hr lab)



PSY 3221 - Behavioral Biology of Women (SCI)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-(3201 or 3211) or Biol 2111 or #; spring, odd academic years)
Exploration of proximate and ultimate influences on female behavior in human and nonhuman species. Topics include sexual differentiation, gender differences in cognition, biological basis of sexual orientation, female sexual selection, dominance, and other topics of interest to students. Readings consist of primary journal articles.



PSY 3261 - Human Sexuality (SS)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1051, 2001; no credit for students who have received cr for Psy 1071; fall, every year)
Survey of aspects of human sexuality, including intimacy and communication; male and female anatomy, physiology, and response; development of sexual differentiation, gender identity, gender role, and gender orientation; varieties of sexual expression; pregnancy and child birth; contraception and disease prevention; sexual coercion and abuse; sexual dysfunctions and their treatment.



PSY 3302 - Personality (SS)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1051 or #; spring, every year)
Nature of personality constructs and theories. Conscious vs. nonconscious processes; emotion and motivation; nature and measurement of personal traits; their dimensional structure, stability, development, and heritability.



PSY 3313 - Psychopathology (SS)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1051 or #; spring, every year)
Psychological disorders and their treatment, including anxiety, personality, mood, schizophrenia, eating, substance and other recognized disorders of adults.



PSY 3314 - Child and Adolescent Psychopathology (SS)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1051 or #; A-F only, fall, every year)
Broad overview of child and adolescent psychopathology--initially focusing on understanding basic concepts, historical context, developmental influences, theoretical perspectives, research methodology, and issues related to classification and assessment--followed by comprehensive information concerning the major childhood disorders (e.g., ADHD, depression, anxiety, pervasive developmental disorders).



PSY 3315 - Parenting and Family Therapy (SS)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1051; spring, every year)
Examination of the effects of parenting on the growth and development of children. Emphasizes specific parenting styles and practices and their effects on the social/emotional development and functioning of children at each stage of life. Provides an overview of the theory and practice of family counseling/therapy. Major systemic theoretical orientations are explored.



PSY 3401 - Developmental Psychology I: Child Psychology (SS)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1051 or #; fall, every year)
Theory, data, and research in development from conception to adolescence. Prenatal and physical development as well as perceptual, cognitive, personality, and social development. Language acquisition and Piaget's theory of cognitive development.



PSY 3402 - Developmental Psychology II: Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood (SS)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1051 or #; spring, every year)
Theory, data, and research in adolescent development with emphasis on physical, cognitive, and social development.



PSY 3403 - Developmental Psychology III: Adulthood and Aging (E/CR)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1051 or #; fall, every year)
An overview of current concepts, theories, and methods in the study of adult development and aging.



PSY 3404 - Culture and Human Development (HDIV)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1051; spring, every year)
Examination of the role of culture in human development through current research and examples from around the world. Learn about similarities and cultural differences in human development, and the regularities that explain these variations. Topics include the concept of culture in developmental psychology, diversity in child rearing practices, enculturation, gender roles, schooling, development in multicultural contexts, and the influence of technology and cultural change on development. Students learn to think culturally about their own development and see how it applies to their future careers.



PSY 3501 - Social Psychology (SS)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1051 or Soc 1101 or #; fall, every year)
Theories and research in the study of interpersonal behavior. Topics include aggression, prejudice, altruism, persuasion, group dynamics, and social influence.



PSY 3502 - Psychology and Law (SS)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1051; spring, even academic years)
A psychological perspective to the law and to the legal system. Topics include jury decision making, forensic psychology, trial processes, eyewitness testimony, and sentencing.



PSY 3503 - Consumer Psychology (SS)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-Stat 1601 or Stat 2601 or #; spring, odd academic years)
Psychological basis for understanding consumers. Some of the topics include consumer behavior, consumer cognitive processes, and consumer judgments and decisions.



PSY 3504 - Educational Psychology (SS)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1051; spring, offered periodically)
Discussion of psychological principles/theories in relation to learning in academic settings. Topics may include: a consideration of developmental and social issues that are likely to impact the learner; a discussion of individual differences in learning; an examination of different theoretical approaches to learning applied specifically to educational settings; an analysis of factors related to student motivation and behavior; and a discussion of issues related to testing and measurement in academic settings.



PSY 3513 - Negotiation (SS)
(4.0 cr; =[MGMT 3513]; Prereq-3501 or Mgmt 3221 or Psy/Mgmt 3701; spring, offered periodically)
Same as Mgmt 3513. Examines the theoretical and applied aspects of negotiation. Topics include negotiation theory, strategy, skills and tactics, communication processes, global negotiation, and ethics. Use of negotiation simulations.



PSY 3521 - Health Psychology (SS)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1051; spring, every year)
Health implications of interactions among behavioral, environmental, and physiological states. Physiological bases of behavior and health; stress and coping; behavioral antecedents of disease; psychoneuro-immunology; disease prevention and health promotion.



PSY 3542 - Multicultural Psychology (HDIV)
(4.0 cr; =[PSY 3541]; Prereq-1051; fall, every year)
Theoretical and methodological approaches to multicultural psychology. Multicultural psychology is the systematic study of behavior, cognition, and affect settings where people of different backgrounds interact. Exploration of these interactions both within and outside of the United States. Topics may include worldviews, communication styles, acculturation, prejudice, white privilege, identity development, physical and mental health, and multicultural competencies.



PSY 3611 - History and Philosophy of Psychology (HIST)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1051 or #; spring, even academic years)
Historical roots and comparative features of major theoretical systems in psychology, including scientific methodology, research interests, and techniques. Movements within psychology that are discussed include: structuralism, functionalism, behaviorism, Gestaltism, psychoanalytic, and existential movements and their modern syntheses, as well as other topics of interest to students.



PSY 3701 - Organizational Behavior (SS)
(4.0 cr; =[MGMT 3701]; Prereq-Stat 1601 or Stat 2601, jr or sr; fall, offered periodically)
Same as Mgmt 3701. Uses the theories and research of the behavioral sciences to understand how organizations function at the individual, group, and organizational levels. Topics include stress in the workplace; group dynamics; power, leadership, and attribution theory.



PSY 3800 - Research Practicum
(1.0 - 12.0 cr [max 12.0 cr]; Prereq-#; S-N only, fall, spring, every year)
Research activity carried out under the supervision of a psychology faculty member.



PSY 3993 - Directed Study
(1.0 - 5.0 cr [max 10.0 cr]; fall, spring, every year)
An on- or off-campus learning experience individually arranged between a student and a faculty member for academic credit in areas not covered in the regular curriculum. Prereq-Approved directed study form.



PSY 4101 - Helping Relationships
(4.0 cr; Prereq-3302 or 3313; fall, spring, every year)
Approaches to counseling and psychotherapy. Theories of helping relationships. Acquisition of helping skills, including attending behavior, reflection of feeling, paraphrasing, confrontation, and summarization. Major humanistic, cognitive, and behavioral approaches. Didactic instruction, observation of counseling and psychotherapeutic techniques, and practical experiences.



PSY 4102 - Intro to Prof Conduct, Legal Constraints, Ethics in Human Services (E/CR)
(2.0 cr; Prereq-jr, 8 cr 3xxx or 4xxx human services courses or #; no credit for students who have received credit for IS 4101; fall, spring, every year)
Concepts of professional ethics in human services professions; ethically relevant legal mandates and constraints on professional practice; practical problems in the application of ethical principles.



PSY 4301 - Clinical Assessment and Therapeutic Interventions
(4.0 cr; Prereq-3313 or 3314 or 4101; spring, every year)
Evaluation of psychological assessments and interventions from different perspectives. Topic examples: structured and unstructured assessments; career counseling and assessment; motivational interviewing; family and couples therapy; interpersonal therapy; group therapy; and solution-focused therapy.



PSY 4770 - Empirical Investigations in Psychology
(1.0 - 6.0 cr [max 12.0 cr]; Prereq-2001, #; only 12 cr may be applied to the BA or the Psy major; fall, spring, every year)
Independent research study by a student in any area of psychology. A research proposal may be required by a faculty member prior to approval to enroll in the course.



PSY 4771 - Independent Research in Psychology
(1.0 - 6.0 cr [max 12.0 cr]; Prereq-2001, #; A-F only, fall, spring, every year)
Supervised independent research by a student in any area of psychology. A research proposal may be required by a faculty member prior to approval to enroll in the course. The student will be required to write an APA style research paper or give a public presentation.
Effective: Fall 2015


PSY 4896 - Field Experiences in Psychology
(1.0 - 4.0 cr [max 4.0 cr]; Prereq-#, which normally requires 4101, 4102, other courses appropriate to field experience; only 4 cr may be applied to the BA or the Psy major; S-N only, fall, spring, every year)
Individually arranged, supervised observation of and assistance with activities of professional psychologists in schools, clinics, hospitals, and other field settings.



PSY 4910 - Advanced Seminar in Cognitive Psychology
(4.0 cr; =[PSY 4710]; Prereq-2001, 3111 or 3112, sr status, #; A-F only, fall, every year)
Advanced seminar on selected topics in the area of Cognitive Psychology. Members of the seminar read and discuss primary source material on a topic of common interest. In addition, each student investigates a related topic in greater depth. The student writes a paper and gives a public presentation based on the in-depth investigation.



PSY 4920 - Advanced Seminar in Biological or Comparative Psychology
(4.0 cr; =[PSY 4720]; Prereq-2001, 3201 or 3211, sr status, #; A-F only, spring, every year)
Advanced seminar on selected topics in the area of Biological and Comparative Psychology. Members of the seminar read and discuss primary source material on a topic of common interest. In addition, each student investigates a related topic in greater depth. The student writes a paper and gives a public presentation based on the in-depth investigation.



PSY 4930 - Advanced Seminar in Personality or Clinical Psychology
(4.0 cr; =[PSY 4730]; Prereq-2001, 3302 or 3313, sr status, #; A-F only, spring, every year)
Advanced seminar on selected topics in the area of Personality or Clinical Psychology. Members of the seminar read and discuss primary source material on a topic of common interest. In addition, each student investigates a related topic in greater depth. The student writes a paper and gives a public presentation based on the in-depth investigation.



PSY 4940 - Advanced Seminar in Developmental Psychology
(4.0 cr; =[PSY 4740]; Prereq-2001, 3401 or 3402 or 3403, sr status, #; A-F only, fall, every year)
Advanced seminar on selected topics in the area of Developmental Psychology. Members of the seminar read and discuss primary source material on a topic of common interest. In addition, each student investigates a related topic in greater depth. The student writes a paper and gives a public presentation based on the in-depth investigation.



PSY 4950 - Advanced Seminar in Social Psychology
(4.0 cr; =[PSY 4750]; Prereq-2001, 3501, sr status, #; A-F only, spring, every year)
Advanced seminar on selected topics in the area of Social Psychology. Members of the seminar read and discuss primary source material on a topic of common interest. In addition, each student investigates a related topic in greater depth. The student writes a paper and gives a public presentation based on the in-depth investigation.



PSY 4960 - Advanced Seminar in Health Psychology
(4.0 cr; =[PSY 4760]; Prereq-2001, 3521 (or 3201 and 3211), sr status, #; A-F only, fall, every year)
Advanced seminar on selected topics in the area of Health Psychology. Members of the seminar read and discuss primary source material on a topic of common interest. In addition, each student investigates a related topic in greater depth. The student writes a paper and gives a public presentation based on the in-depth investigation.



PSY 4970 - Advanced Seminar in Psychology
(4.0 cr; Prereq-2001, one or more courses from 3 of the 5 psy major cores, sr status, #; A-F only, fall, spring, every year)
Advanced seminar on selected topics in the area of Psychology. Members of the seminar read and discuss primary source material on a topic selected by the instructor. In addition, each student investigates a related topic in greater depth. The student writes a paper and gives a public presentation based on the in-depth investigation.



PSY 4993 - Directed Study
(1.0 - 5.0 cr [max 10.0 cr]; fall, spring, every year)
An on- or off-campus learning experience individually arranged between a student and a faculty member for academic credit in areas not covered in the regular curriculum. Prereq-Approved directed study form.



 
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