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Psychology B.A.

Psychology
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2017
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 36
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Psychology examines human behavior through environmental, genetic, physiological, and social determinants and correlates. The department strives to train students with a strong general background in psychology and an ability to think clearly and critically in a wide variety of settings. Students must fulfill distribution requirements in a variety of psychological topics. Faculty and students work with related University units, including the Institute of Child Development, the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, the Carlson School of Management, the Departments of Psychiatry and Educational Psychology, the Department of Neuroscience, and affiliated research units within the department, such as the Center for Cognitive Sciences, the Center for Interest Measurement Research, and the Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research. While a BA in psychology has proved to be a valuable and useful background for a wide variety of careers, a professional career as a psychologist requires further training.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
Prospective majors are strongly encouraged to complete PSY 3801 (or a Department of Psychology approved equivalent) prior to formally declaring the major. To declare a major, students first complete the online Declaration Module (https://cla.umn.edu/psychology/ undergraduate/majors-minors/declare-your-major) and then schedule an appointment with a Psychology Advisor (psyadvis@umn.edu). Students may declare the major with PSY 1001 (or equivalent) completed and PSY 3801 in progress.
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
General Requirements
All students in baccalaureate degree programs are required to complete general University and college requirements including writing and liberal education courses. For more information about University-wide requirements, see the liberal education requirements. Required courses for the major, minor or certificate in which a student receives a D grade (with or without plus or minus) do not count toward the major, minor or certificate (including transfer courses).
Program Requirements
Students are required to complete 4 semester(s) of any second language. with a grade of C-, or better, or S, or demonstrate proficiency in the language(s) as defined by the department or college.
CLA BA degrees require 4 semesters or the equivalent of a second language. CLA BA degrees require 18 upper-division (3xxx-level or higher) credits outside the major designator. These credits must be taken in designators different from the major designator and cannot include courses that are cross-listed with the major designator. The major designator for the Psychology BA is PSY. Transfer students must complete a minimum of 16 upper-division credits in the Department of Psychology at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities campus. Students may earn no more than one undergraduate degree in psychology: a BA or a BS or a minor. Students may combine the psychology BA with the child psychology minor, but not with the child psychology BA or BS. All incoming CLA freshmen must complete the First Year Experience course sequence.
Major Courses
Take 36 or more total credits including: Foundation Courses, Distribution Area Courses, Senior Project and any Electives needed to reach the minimum 36 credits in Psychology coursework. 3 Foundation Courses, 5 Distribution Area Courses, and Senior Project are all required.
Foundation Courses
Take 3 of the following courses.
PSY 1001 - Introduction to Psychology [SOCS] (4.0 cr)
or PSY 1001H - Honors Introduction to Psychology [SOCS] (4.0 cr)
PSY 3801 - Introduction to Psychological Measurement and Data Analysis [MATH] (4.0 cr)
or PSY 3801H - Honors Introduction to Psychological Measurement and Data Analysis [MATH] (4.0 cr)
PSY 3001W - Introduction to Research Methods [WI] (4.0 cr)
or PSY 3001V - Honors Introduction to Research Methods [WI] (4.0 cr)
Distribution Area Courses
Students are required to take at least five courses from the Distribution Area Courses. Students should take additional Psychology courses from the Distribution Areas lists or the list of "Additional Elective Options" to reach the 36 credit minimum for the major.
Take 5 or more course(s) from the following:
Distribution Area A: Cognitive and Brain Sciences
Take 2 or more course(s) from the following:
· PSY 3011 - Introduction to Learning and Behavior (3.0 cr)
· PSY 3031 - Introduction to Sensation and Perception (3.0 cr)
· PSY 3051 - Introduction to Cognitive Psychology (3.0 cr)
· PSY 3061 - Introduction to Biological Psychology (3.0 cr)
· PSY 4011 - Applied Behavior Analysis (3.0 cr)
· PSY 4016 - Behavior Analysis and Autism (4.0 cr)
· PSY 4021 - Creativity Sciences: Minds, Brains, and Innovation (3.0 cr)
· PSY 4032 - Psychology of Music (3.0 cr)
· PSY 4036 - Perceptual Issues in Visual Impairment (3.0 cr)
· PSY 5014 - Psychology of Human Learning and Memory (3.0 cr)
· PSY 5015 - Cognition, Computation, and Brain (3.0 cr)
· PSY 5018H - Mathematical Models of Human Behavior (3.0 cr)
· PSY 5031W - Perception [WI] (3.0 cr)
· PSY 5036W - Computational Vision [WI] (3.0 cr)
· PSY 5037 - Psychology of Hearing (3.0 cr)
· PSY 5038W - Introduction to Neural Networks [WI] (3.0 cr)
· PSY 5054 - Psychology of Language (3.0 cr)
· PSY 5062 - Cognitive Neuropsychology (3.0 cr)
· PSY 5063 - Introduction to Functional MRI (3.0 cr)
· PSY 5064 - Brain and Emotion (3.0 cr)
· PSY 5065 - Functional Imaging: Hands-on Training (3.0 cr)
· PSY 5066 - Neuroscience, Philosophy and Ethics (3.0 cr)
· Distibution Area B: Clinical, Personality, and Social
Take 2 or more course(s) from the following:
· CPSY 3301 - Introduction to Child Psychology for Social Sciences (4.0 cr)
· CPSY 4303 - Adolescent Psychology (3.0 cr)
· PSY 3201 - Introduction to Social Psychology (3.0 cr)
· PSY 3206 - Introduction to Health Psychology (3.0 cr)
· PSY 3301 - Introduction to Cultural Psychology (3.0 cr)
· PSY 3604 - Introduction to Abnormal Psychology (3.0 cr)
· PSY 3617 - Introduction to Clinical Psychology (3.0 cr)
· PSY 3633 - Happiness: Integrating Research Across Psychological Sciences (3.0 cr)
· PSY 3666 - Human Sexuality (3.0 cr)
· PSY 5202 - Attitudes and Social Behavior (3.0 cr)
· PSY 5204 - Psychology of Interpersonal Relationships (3.0 cr)
· PSY 5205 - Applied Social Psychology (3.0 cr)
· PSY 3101 - Introduction to Personality (3.0 cr)
or PSY 5101 - Personality Psychology (3.0 cr)
· PSY 4207 - Personality and Social Behavior (3.0 cr)
or PSY 5207 - Personality and Social Behavior (3.0 cr)
· Distribution Area C: Individual Differences, Quantitative, and Applied
Take 1 or more course(s) from the following:
· PSY 3121 - History and Systems of Psychology (3.0 cr)
· PSY 3511 - Introduction to Counseling Psychology (3.0 cr)
· PSY 3711 - Psychology in the Workplace (3.0 cr)
· PSY 4501 - Psychology of Women and Gender (3.0 cr)
· PSY 4520 - Psychology of Stress and Trauma (3.0 cr)
· PSY 5136 - Human Abilities (3.0 cr)
· PSY 5137 - Introduction to Behavioral Genetics (3.0 cr)
· PSY 5501 - Vocational and Occupational Health Psychology (3.0 cr)
· PSY 5708 - Organizational Psychology (3.0 cr)
· PSY 5862 - Psychological Measurement: Theory and Methods (3.0 cr)
· PSY 5865 - Advanced Psychological and Educational Measurement (4.0 cr)
· PSY 3135 - Introduction to Individual Differences (3.0 cr)
or PSY 5135 - Psychology of Individual Differences (3.0 cr)
· PSY 5701 - Employee Selection and Staffing (3.0 cr)
or PSY 5707 - Personnel Psychology (4.0 cr)
· Additional Elective Options
Students may count up to 6 combined credits of PSY 3960/4960/5960, 3993, 4993/5993, 3996 and 4996H; OR up to 9 combined credits of PSY 4993/5993 toward this sub-requirement.
Take at most 6 credit(s) from the following:
· PSY 3960 - Undergraduate Seminar in Psychology (1.0-5.0 cr)
· PSY 3993 - Directed Study (1.0-6.0 cr)
· PSY 3996 - Undergraduate Fieldwork and Internship in Psychology (1.0-4.0 cr)
· PSY 4960 - Seminar in Psychology (1.0-4.0 cr)
· PSY 4993 - Directed Research: Special Areas of Psychology and Related Sciences (1.0-6.0 cr)
· PSY 4996H - Honors Internship/Externship (1.0-6.0 cr)
· PSY 5960 - Topics in Psychology (1.0-4.0 cr)
· PSY 5993 - Research Laboratory in Psychology (3.0 cr)
or Take at most 9 credit(s) from the following:
· PSY 4993 - Directed Research: Special Areas of Psychology and Related Sciences (1.0-6.0 cr)
· PSY 5993 - Research Laboratory in Psychology (3.0 cr)
Senior Project
Students completing a double major in another CLA department who choose to complete that department's major project must complete 36 total credits in psychology, using additional electives to replace credits that would have been earned through psychology's major project.
General Sequence
Take 1 or more course(s) totaling 3 or more credit(s) from the following:
· PSY 3901W - Major Project - Research Laboratory [WI] (3.0 cr)
· PSY 3902W - Major Project - Individual Interests [WI] (3.0 cr)
· PSY 3903W - Major Project - Community Engagement [WI] (3.0 cr)
or Honors Sequence
Honors students must take PSY 4994V prior to taking PSY 4902V. PSY 4994V is typically taken in the Spring semester of Junior year. Students should plan this sequence with Psychology Advising and Psychology Honors faculty. Students must enroll in PSY 4902V for a minimum of 3, but no more than 6 credits. To complete the Honors Senior Project, take the following 2 courses for 7-10 credits:
PSY 4994V - Honors Research Practicum [WI] (4.0 cr)
PSY 4902V - Honors Project [WI] (1.0-6.0 cr)
Upper Division Writing Intensive within the major
Students are required to take one upper division writing intensive course within the major. If that requirement has not been satisfied within the core major requirements, students must choose one course from the following list. Some of these courses may also fulfill other major requirements.
Take 0 - 1 course(s) from the following:
· PSY 3001W - Introduction to Research Methods [WI] (4.0 cr)
· PSY 3001V - Honors Introduction to Research Methods [WI] (4.0 cr)
· PSY 3901W - Major Project - Research Laboratory [WI] (3.0 cr)
· PSY 3902W - Major Project - Individual Interests [WI] (3.0 cr)
· PSY 3903W - Major Project - Community Engagement [WI] (3.0 cr)
· PSY 4902V - Honors Project [WI] (1.0-6.0 cr)
· PSY 5031W - Perception [WI] (3.0 cr)
· PSY 5036W - Computational Vision [WI] (3.0 cr)
· PSY 5038W - Introduction to Neural Networks [WI] (3.0 cr)
 
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PSY 1001 - Introduction to Psychology (SOCS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00518 - PSTL 1281/Psy 1001/Psy 1001H
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Scientific study of human behavior. Problems, methods, findings of modern psychology.
PSY 1001H - Honors Introduction to Psychology (SOCS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00518 - PSTL 1281/Psy 1001/Psy 1001H
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Scientific study of human behavior. Problems, methods, findings of modern psychology. prereq: Honors
PSY 3801 - Introduction to Psychological Measurement and Data Analysis (MATH)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01316 - Psy 3801/Psy 3801H
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Descriptive/basic inferential statistics used in psychology. Measures of central tendency, variability, t tests, one-way ANOVA, correlation, regression, confidence intervals, effect sizes. Psychological measurement. Graphical data presentation. Statistical software. prereq: High school algebra, [PSY 1001 or equiv]; intended for students who plan to major in psychology
PSY 3801H - Honors Introduction to Psychological Measurement and Data Analysis (MATH)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01316 - Psy 3801/Psy 3801H
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Descriptive/basic inferential statistics in psychology. Measures of central tendency, variability, t tests, one-way ANOVA, correlation, regression, confidence intervals, effect sizes. Psychological measurement. Graphical data presentation. Statistical software. prereq: [1001 or equiv], high school algebra, honors; intended for students who plan to major in psychology
PSY 3001W - Introduction to Research Methods (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01269
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Concepts/procedures used to conduct/evaluate research, especially in social sciences. Benefits/limitations of traditional research methods. Evaluating scientific claims. prereq: [1001, [2801 or 3801 or equiv]] or dept consent
PSY 3001V - Honors Introduction to Research Methods (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01269 - Psy 3001W/Psy 3005W
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Concepts/procedures used to conduct/evaluate research, especially in social sciences. Benefits/limitations of traditional research methods. Evaluating scientific claims. prereq: [1001, [2081/3801 or equiv]]or dept consent, PSY major, honors student
PSY 3011 - Introduction to Learning and Behavior
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Methods/findings of research on learning and behavior change. Twentieth-century theoretical perspectives, including contemporary models. Emphasizes animal learning and behavioral psychology. prereq: 1001
PSY 3031 - Introduction to Sensation and Perception
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Psychological, biological, and physical bases of sensory experience in humans and animals. Emphasizes senses of vision/hearing. prereq: PSY 1001
PSY 3051 - Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Scientific study of the mind in terms of representation and processing of information. Research and theory on cognitive abilities such as perception, attention, memory, language, and reasoning. Aspects of computational modeling and neural systems. prereq: 1001
PSY 3061 - Introduction to Biological Psychology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Psy 3061/5061
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Neurophysiology/neuroanatomy, neural mechanisms of motivation, emotion, sleep-wakefulness cycle, learning/memory in animals/humans. Neural basis of abnormal behavior, drug abuse. prereq: 1001 or BIOL 1009 or NSci 1100
PSY 4011 - Applied Behavior Analysis
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Fundamental concepts of applied behavior analysis. Practical techniques of behavior modification with humans/animals. Emphasizes functional analyses of behavioral deficits/excesses, development/implementation of programs to bring about meaningful behavior change. prereq: 3011 or instr consent
PSY 4016 - Behavior Analysis and Autism
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02583 - Psy 4016/Psy 5016
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Off-campus work with autistic children, under professional supervision. Professional ethics, social responsibility, scientific methods, moral philosophy. At least eight hours per week, for 12 weeks, at service-learning site. One on-campus evening meeting per week. prereq: Individual auto transportation, instr consent
PSY 4021 - Creativity Sciences: Minds, Brains, and Innovation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Creativity and innovation play a pivotal role in our individual and collective lives. How do our minds, brains, and environments together enable the generation of useful novel ideas? This course investigates this question, using empirical findings and methods from the cognitive and brain sciences and other disciplines. Both close readings of original empirical research articles and active hands-on/minds-on within-class experiments and collaborative activities are core parts of the course. Two integrative themes throughout the course are the need for dynamically adaptive (contextually sensitive) variation in both levels of cognitive control and goal guidance (deliberate to spontaneous to automatic) and our level of representational specificity (concrete and specific to mid-level to abstract). prereq: Psy 1001
PSY 4032 - Psychology of Music
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Sound, hearing, music perception. Cognitive neuroscience of music appreciation/production. Concepts in perception/production of sound/music. Music psychology topics. Recent primary research. prereq: Grad or [[jr or sr], [3011 or 3031 or 3051 or 3061]] or instr consent
PSY 4036 - Perceptual Issues in Visual Impairment
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Challenges/capabilities of people who are blind or have low vision. Reading, space perception, mobility. Strengths/weaknesses of adaptive technology. prereq: 1001 or instr consent
PSY 5014 - Psychology of Human Learning and Memory
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Human memory encoding/retrieval. How we adaptively use memory. Brain systems that support memory. Episodic/semantic memory. Working/short-term memory. Procedural memory. Repetition priming. Prospective remembering. Autobiographical memory. prereq: 3011 or 3051 or honors or grad student
PSY 5015 - Cognition, Computation, and Brain
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Human cognitive abilities (perception, memory, attention) from different perspectives (e.g., cognitive psychological approach, cognitive neuroscience approach). prereq: [Honors or grad] or [[jr or sr], [3011 or 3031 or 3051 or 3061]] or instr consent
PSY 5018H - Mathematical Models of Human Behavior
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Mathematical models of complex human behavior, including individual/group decision making, information processing, learning, perception, and overt action. Specific computational techniques drawn from decision theory, information theory, probability theory, machine learning, and elements of data analysis. prereq: Math 1271 or instr consent
PSY 5031W - Perception (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: NSc/Psy 5031
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Cognitive, computational, and neuroscience perspectives on visual perception. Topics include color vision, pattern vision, image formation in the eye, object recognition, reading, and impaired vision. prereq: 3031 or 3051 or instr consent
PSY 5036W - Computational Vision (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Applications of psychology, neuroscience, computer science to design principles underlying visual perception, visual cognition, action. Compares biological/physical processing of images with respect to image formation, perceptual organization, object perception, recognition, navigation, motor control. prereq: [[3031 or 3051], [Math 1272 or equiv]] or instr consent
PSY 5037 - Psychology of Hearing
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: NSc/Psy 5037
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Biological and physical aspects of hearing, auditory psychophysics, theories and models of hearing, perception of complex sounds including music and speech. Clinical/other applications. prereq: [MATH 1271, [3031 or 3051 or 3061]] or grad student
PSY 5038W - Introduction to Neural Networks (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Parallel distributed processing models in neural/cognitive science. Linear models, Hebbian rules, self-organization, non-linear networks, optimization, representation of information. Applications to sensory processing, perception, learning, memory. prereq: [[3061 or NSC 3102], [MATH 1282 or 2243]] or instr consent
PSY 5054 - Psychology of Language
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Theories/experimental evidence in past/present conceptions of psychology of language. prereq: Grad or [[jr or sr], [3011 or 3031 or 3051 or 3061]] or instr consent
PSY 5062 - Cognitive Neuropsychology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Consequences of different types of brain damage on human perception/cognition. Neural mechanisms of normal perceptual/cognitive functions. Vision/attention disorders, split brain, language deficits, memory disorders, central planning deficits. Emphasizes function/phenomenology. Minimal amount of brain anatomy. prereq: Grad or [[jr or sr], [3011 or 3031 or 3051 or 3061]] or instr consent
PSY 5063 - Introduction to Functional MRI
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
How to understand and perform a brain imaging experiment. Theory and practice of functional MRI experimental design, execution, and data analysis. Students develop experimental materials/acquire and analyze their own functional MRI data. Lectures/lab exercises. prereq: Jr or sr or grad or instr consent
PSY 5064 - Brain and Emotion
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Introduction to affective neuroscience. How brain promotes emotional/motivated behavior in animals/humans. Biological theories of emotion in historical/current theoretical contexts. Fundamental brain motivational systems, including fear, pleasure, attachment, stress, and regulation of motivated behavior. Implications for emotional development, vulnerability to psychiatric disorders. prereq: 3061 or 5061 or instr consent
PSY 5065 - Functional Imaging: Hands-on Training
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Basic neuroimaging techniques/functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). First half of semester covers basic physical principles. Second half students design/execute fMRI experiment on Siemens 3 Tesla scanner. prereq: [3801 or equiv], [3061 or NSCI 3101], instr consent
PSY 5066 - Neuroscience, Philosophy and Ethics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Neuroscience increasingly allows us to explain the human experience in terms of mechanistic, electrochemical processes. The current course explores philosophical issues sparked by these developments in two modules. The first module examines the ways in which human neuroscience may shed new light on age-long philosophical quagmires such as mind-body dualism, free-will, and consciousness. For example, will neuroscience solve the mind-body problem by providing a wholly physical account of human nature? Is the neural view of decision making as a logical consequence of brain states incompatible with free-will? Can all of conscious experience (qualia) be reduced to neurobiology? The second module turns to neuro-ethical questions regarding the potential benefits and harms neuroscience might bring to the moral fabric of society.
CPSY 3301 - Introduction to Child Psychology for Social Sciences
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01677 - CPsy 2301/CPsy 3301
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
The science of child behavior; review of theory and research. Designed for majors in psychology, sociology, and related disciplines; not suggested for child psychology majors.
CPSY 4303 - Adolescent Psychology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Overview of development in the second decade of life. Interactions of adolescents with family, school, and society. prereq: Psy 1001
PSY 3201 - Introduction to Social Psychology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Overview of theories/research in social psychology. Attitudes/persuasion, social judgment, the self, social influence, aggression, prejudice, helping, and applications. prereq: 1001 or instr consent
PSY 3206 - Introduction to Health Psychology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Theories/research in health psychology. Bi-directional relationships between psychological factors and physical health. Stress/coping, adjustment to chronic illness. Psychological factors in etiology/course of disease. Health behavior change. prereq: 1001
PSY 3301 - Introduction to Cultural Psychology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Theories/research on how culture influences basic psychological processes (e.g., emotion, cognition, psychopathology) in domains that span different areas of psychology (e.g., social, clinical, developmental, industrial-organizational) and of other disciplines (e.g., anthropology, public health, sociology). prereq: 1001
PSY 3604 - Introduction to Abnormal Psychology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Psy 3604/5604
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Diagnosis, classification, etiologies of behavioral disorders. prereq: 1001
PSY 3617 - Introduction to Clinical Psychology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Historical developments, contemporary issues. Trends in psychological assessment methods, intervention strategies, and clinical psychology research. Theories behind, empirical evidence for, usefulness of psychological intervention strategies. prereq: 3604 or 5604H
PSY 3633 - Happiness: Integrating Research Across Psychological Sciences
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Nature of human happiness/fulfillment. Insights from cognitive, personality, and social psychology, and from biology and economics. Integrative approach to feelings that make life worth living. prereq: 3001W or 3001V or instr consent
PSY 3666 - Human Sexuality
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Overview of theories, research, and contemporary issues in human sexual behavior from an interdisciplinary perspective. Sexual anatomy/physiology, hormones/sexual differentiation, cross-cultural perspectives on sexual development, social/health issues, and sexual dysfunction/therapy. prereq: 1001
PSY 5202 - Attitudes and Social Behavior
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Theory/research on social psychology of beliefs/attitudes. Persuasion principles. prereq: 3201 or instr consent
PSY 5204 - Psychology of Interpersonal Relationships
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Introduction to interpersonal relationship theory/research findings. prereq: Honors or grad student or instr consent
PSY 5205 - Applied Social Psychology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Applications of social psychology research/theory to domains such as physical/mental health, education, the media, desegregation, the legal system, energy conservation, public policy. prereq: 3201 or grad student or instr consent
PSY 3101 - Introduction to Personality
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00084 - Psy 3101/5101
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Covers the major issues in personality psychology, including personality traits, their assessment, and their roots in genetic and environmental influences; personality development and the effects of personality on life outcomes; psychological and biological processes related to personality; and the importance of goals, roles, and narrative identity. Various contemporary and historical perspectives are considered, including psychodynamic, humanistic, behaviorist, and evolutionary approaches. prereq: 1001
PSY 5101 - Personality Psychology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Psy 3101/5101
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Current theory and research on personality functioning and personality structure. Descriptive, biological, evolutionary, cognitive, developmental, cultural, and narrative perspectives on personality. prereq: [3001W or equiv], [honors undergrad or grad student]
PSY 4207 - Personality and Social Behavior
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02458
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Conceptual/methodological strategies for scientific study of individuals and their social worlds. Applications of theory/research to issues of self, identity, and social interaction. prereq: 3101 or 3201 or honors or grad student or instr consent
PSY 5207 - Personality and Social Behavior
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02458
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Conceptual/methodological strategies for scientific study of individuals and their social worlds. Applications of theory/research to issues of self, identity, and social interaction. prereq: 3101 or 3201 or honors or grad student or instr consent
PSY 3121 - History and Systems of Psychology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Survey of the history, methods, and content of modern psychological theory, research, and application. Schools of psychology (e.g., structuralism, functionalism, behaviorism, Gestalt psychology) and central theories of psychology reviewed in their historical and philosophical context. prereq: PSY 1001
PSY 3511 - Introduction to Counseling Psychology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
History, theories, and research related to counseling psychology. Development/application of counseling theories to diverse populations. Psychological research on counseling process. Psychological mechanisms that promote change in people's lives. prereq: 1001
PSY 3711 - Psychology in the Workplace
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Application of psychological theory/research to recruitment, personnel selection, training/development, job design, work group design, work motivation, leadership, performance assessment, job satisfaction measurement. prereq: 1001, [2801/3801 or equiv] or SCO 2550 or instr consent
PSY 4501 - Psychology of Women and Gender
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Theory/research regarding psychology of women and psychological sex differences/similarities. Issues unique to women (e.g., pregnancy). Research comparing men/women in terms of personality, abilities, and behavior. prereq: [[Jr or sr], psych major] or instr consent
PSY 4520 - Psychology of Stress and Trauma
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: PSY 1001 and 3001W
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
This course covers the major theories and research findings related to stress and trauma, including the effects of stress and trauma on mental and physical health, factors related to more effective coping with stress/trauma and interventions designed to decrease the negative effects of stress and trauma. The course focuses on both research methods and personal application of research findings. prereq: PSY 1001 and 3001W
PSY 5136 - Human Abilities
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Theory, methods, and applications of research in human abilities. Intelligence, aptitude, achievement, specific abilities, information processing/learning and intelligence, aptitude/treatment interactions, and quantitative measurement issues. prereq: [3001W or 3001V], [3135 or 5135], [5862 or equiv] or instr consent
PSY 5137 - Introduction to Behavioral Genetics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Genetic methods for studying human/animal behavior. Emphasizes nature/origin of individual differences in behavior. Twin and adoption methods. Cytogenetics, molecular genetics, linkage/association studies. prereq: 3001W or equiv or instr consent
PSY 5501 - Vocational and Occupational Health Psychology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Survey of history, concepts, theories, methods, and findings of vocational/occupational health psychology. Burnout, personality, violence, stressors/stress-relations, counter productive behaviors, coping in workplace. Vocational development/assessment, career decision-making/counseling, person-environment fit. prereq: 3001W or equiv or instr consent
PSY 5708 - Organizational Psychology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00416 - Psy 5702/5705/5708
Typically offered: Every Spring
Psychological causes of behavior in work organizations. Consequences for individual fulfillment and organizational effectiveness. Individual differences, social perception, motivation, stress, job design, leadership, job satisfaction, teamwork, organizational culture.
PSY 5862 - Psychological Measurement: Theory and Methods
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Types of measurements (tests, scales, inventories) and their construction. Theory/measurement of reliability/validity. prereq: 3801H or MATH 1271 or grad student
PSY 5865 - Advanced Psychological and Educational Measurement
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: EPsy 8222/Psy 5865
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Topics in test theory. Classical reliability/validity theory/methods, generalizability theory. Linking, scaling, equating. Item response theory, methods for dichotomous/polytomous responses. Comparisons between classical, item response theory methods in instrument construction. prereq: 5862 or instr consent
PSY 3135 - Introduction to Individual Differences
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Psy 3135/5135
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Differential methods in studying human behavior. Psychological traits. Influence of age, sex, heredity, environment in individual/group differences in ability, personality, interests, social attitudes. prereq: [1001, [3801 or equiv]] or instr consent
PSY 5135 - Psychology of Individual Differences
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Psy 3135/5135
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Differential methods in study of human behavior. Psychological traits. Influence of age, sex, heredity, and environment in individual/group differences in ability, personality, interests, and social attitudes. prereq: [3001W or equiv] or [5862 or equiv] or instr consent
PSY 5701 - Employee Selection and Staffing
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01663 - Psy 5701/Psy 5703/Psy 5707
Typically offered: Every Fall
Application of psychological research/theory to issues in personnel recruitment/selection and to measurement of job performance. Applying principles of individual differences, psychological measurement to decision making in organizations (recruitment, selection, performance appraisal).
PSY 5707 - Personnel Psychology
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01663 - Psy 5701/Psy 5707
Typically offered: Every Fall
Application of psychological research/theory regarding individual differences, psychological measurement, decision making, and learning to personnel selection, performance assessment, and occupational training. Job analysis, recruitment, selection decisions, performance appraisals, and training design, evaluation, and practice. prereq: [[3001W or equiv], 3711] or instr consent
PSY 3960 - Undergraduate Seminar in Psychology
Credits: 1.0 -5.0 [max 45.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Undergraduate seminars in subjects of current interest in psychology. prereq: 1001
PSY 3993 - Directed Study
Credits: 1.0 -6.0 [max 24.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Independent reading leading to paper or to oral or written exam. Prereq instr consent, dept consent, college consent.
PSY 3996 - Undergraduate Fieldwork and Internship in Psychology
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 16.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Supervised fieldwork/internship in community/industry pertinent to formal academic training in psychology. prereq: 1001, instr consent, dept consent
PSY 4960 - Seminar in Psychology
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 16.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Seminars in subjects of current interest in Psychology. prereq: [1001, psych major] or instr consent
PSY 4993 - Directed Research: Special Areas of Psychology and Related Sciences
Credits: 1.0 -6.0 [max 48.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Directed research projects in psychology. prereq: instr consent, dept consent
PSY 4996H - Honors Internship/Externship
Credits: 1.0 -6.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Supervised internship/externship experience in a community-service or industrial setting relevant to formal academic training/objectives. prereq: Honors, instr consent, dept consent, college consent
PSY 5960 - Topics in Psychology
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 8.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Special course or seminar. Topics listed in Class Schedule. prereq: PSY 1001, [jr or sr or grad student]
PSY 5993 - Research Laboratory in Psychology
Credits: 3.0 [max 18.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Laboratory instruction and seminars in faculty research areas. prereq: instr consent, dept consent
PSY 4993 - Directed Research: Special Areas of Psychology and Related Sciences
Credits: 1.0 -6.0 [max 48.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Directed research projects in psychology. prereq: instr consent, dept consent
PSY 5993 - Research Laboratory in Psychology
Credits: 3.0 [max 18.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Laboratory instruction and seminars in faculty research areas. prereq: instr consent, dept consent
PSY 3901W - Major Project - Research Laboratory (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02183 - Psy 3901W/Psy 3902W/Psy 3903W
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Completion of undergraduate major project. prereq: [3801 or equiv], 3001W, completion of five courses from three distribution areas, PSY major, senior
PSY 3902W - Major Project - Individual Interests (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02183
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Completion of undergraduate major project. prereq: [3801 or equiv], [3001W], completion of five courses from three distribution areas, PSY major, sr
PSY 3903W - Major Project - Community Engagement (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02183 - Psy 3901W/Psy 3902W/Psy 3903W
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Completion of undergraduate major project. prereq: [3801 or equiv], 3001W, completion of five courses from three distribution areas, PSY major, senior
PSY 4994V - Honors Research Practicum (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Practical experience conducting psychological research. Preparation for completion of honors thesis. Research ethics, practical aspects of conducting psychological research, writing research reports. Students assist faculty and advanced graduate students in research. prereq: [3001W or 3001V], psych major, honors
PSY 4902V - Honors Project (WI)
Credits: 1.0 -6.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Critical literature review or empirical study. prereq: instr consent, dept consent
PSY 3001W - Introduction to Research Methods (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01269
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Concepts/procedures used to conduct/evaluate research, especially in social sciences. Benefits/limitations of traditional research methods. Evaluating scientific claims. prereq: [1001, [2801 or 3801 or equiv]] or dept consent
PSY 3001V - Honors Introduction to Research Methods (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01269 - Psy 3001W/Psy 3005W
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Concepts/procedures used to conduct/evaluate research, especially in social sciences. Benefits/limitations of traditional research methods. Evaluating scientific claims. prereq: [1001, [2081/3801 or equiv]]or dept consent, PSY major, honors student
PSY 3901W - Major Project - Research Laboratory (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02183 - Psy 3901W/Psy 3902W/Psy 3903W
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Completion of undergraduate major project. prereq: [3801 or equiv], 3001W, completion of five courses from three distribution areas, PSY major, senior
PSY 3902W - Major Project - Individual Interests (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02183
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Completion of undergraduate major project. prereq: [3801 or equiv], [3001W], completion of five courses from three distribution areas, PSY major, sr
PSY 3903W - Major Project - Community Engagement (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02183 - Psy 3901W/Psy 3902W/Psy 3903W
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Completion of undergraduate major project. prereq: [3801 or equiv], 3001W, completion of five courses from three distribution areas, PSY major, senior
PSY 4902V - Honors Project (WI)
Credits: 1.0 -6.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Critical literature review or empirical study. prereq: instr consent, dept consent
PSY 5031W - Perception (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: NSc/Psy 5031
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Cognitive, computational, and neuroscience perspectives on visual perception. Topics include color vision, pattern vision, image formation in the eye, object recognition, reading, and impaired vision. prereq: 3031 or 3051 or instr consent
PSY 5036W - Computational Vision (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Applications of psychology, neuroscience, computer science to design principles underlying visual perception, visual cognition, action. Compares biological/physical processing of images with respect to image formation, perceptual organization, object perception, recognition, navigation, motor control. prereq: [[3031 or 3051], [Math 1272 or equiv]] or instr consent
PSY 5038W - Introduction to Neural Networks (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Parallel distributed processing models in neural/cognitive science. Linear models, Hebbian rules, self-organization, non-linear networks, optimization, representation of information. Applications to sensory processing, perception, learning, memory. prereq: [[3061 or NSC 3102], [MATH 1282 or 2243]] or instr consent