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Psychology B.A.Sc.

Psychology
College of Education and Human Service Professions
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 56
  • The online major is designed to extend UMD's outreach by targeting students who would have a difficult time re-locating in order to earn a bachelor's degree. Likewise, there is a potential collaboration with the UM Crookston campus to provide an opportunity for students currently enrolled at that campus to earn a psychology degree.
  • Degree: Bachelor of Applied Science
The bachelor of applied science (B.A.Sc.) in psychology provides students with a firm grounding in the methods, history, and content areas of the discipline. Students are prepared for graduate study leading to advanced degrees in psychology or for paraprofessional positions requiring some application of research or human service delivery skills. The core curriculum covers the research methods used in the scientific study of behavior, and surveys theories, findings, and historical applications in a variety of psychology subfields. Students apply their methodology training to a topic of their choice in a faculty-supervised independent research project during the design and methodology courses of the core curriculum. In addition, the core curriculum requires some exposure to the main areas of the discipline. Students also have the opportunity to focus their study toward either graduate training or paraprofessional employment through their selection of elective courses (recommended as "tracks"), independent studies, or internships. Students should consult with faculty advisors to select appropriate elective courses to meet their career goals. Students may qualify for department, college or University awards and scholarships. Please visit https://cehsp.d.umn.edu/students/scholarships. Students are encouraged to present their research findings at the Twin Ports Undergraduate Psychology Conference or the National Council for Undergraduate Research. Distance Education - Many psychology courses are available online. An online major is available to students who have completed an associate degree or Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MTC) or have verification of registration from a transfer institution where completing remaining credits for AA degree or MTC. The requirements for the online major are identical to those of the existing major but are structured to facilitate the delivery in the online medium. The online psychology major admits students every fall semester. Please call the Department of Psychology or visit the website at https://cehsp.d.umn.edu/departments-centers/psy for more information. Honors Requirements: Senior students who have a minimum GPA of 3.80 within the psychology major and also have an overall GPA minimum of 3.00 may earn department psychology honors by doing one of the following: 1) complete an honors research project (PSY 3986) under the supervision of a psychology faculty member; 2) earn a grade of B or higher in a 5XXX-level psychology course; or 3) apply for and conduct a UROP (Undergraduate Research Opportunity Project) under the supervision of a psychology faculty member. Students must apply to the psychology department to be considered for departmental honors by the UMD deadline to apply for graduation in their final term. Students eligible for honors are urged to consult with their advisors or a psychology department faculty member on how they wish to pursue departmental honors before the end of their junior year.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
  • completely online (all program coursework can be completed online)
Admission Requirements
Students must complete 24 credits before admission to the program.
Freshmen are usually admitted to pre-major status before admission to this major.
A GPA above 2.0 is preferred for the following:
  • 2.50 already admitted to the degree-granting college
  • 2.50 transferring from another University of Minnesota college
  • 2.50 transferring from outside the University
Students are admitted to UMD as pre­-psychology majors. Pre­-psychology majors who have an overall GPA of 2.50, a minimum of 24 completed credits, and have taken PSY 1003 ­General Psychology or equivalent may declare psychology as a major by contacting the Psychology Department. Students with other declared majors who meet these requirements may declare psychology as a major by contacting the CEHSP Advising and Academic Services Office. Progress towards completion of degree requirements is continuously tracked by the UMD Registrar's APAS system. To apply for admission to the online major, graduates from partner community colleges must have a 2.50 GPA. It is best if students have already completed a course in general psychology. Admissions are for fall only.
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Required prerequisites
Introductory Course (1 cr)
This course will be waived for transfer students or students who change colleges from a college where it is not required. Register course for 1 credit.
UST 1000 - UMD Seminar (1.0-2.0 cr)
General Requirements
The Board of Regents, on recommendation of the faculty, grants degrees from the University of Minnesota. Requirements for an undergraduate degree from University of Minnesota Duluth include the following:
  1. Students must meet all course and credit requirements of the departments and colleges or schools in which they are enrolled including an advanced writing course. Students seeking two degrees must fulfill the requirements of both degrees. However, two degrees cannot be awarded for the same major.
  2. Students must complete all requirements of the Liberal Education Program.
  3. Students must complete a minimum of 120 semester credits.
  4. At least 30 of the last 60 degree credits earned immediately before graduation must be awarded by UMD.
  5. Students must complete at least half of their courses at the 3xxx-level and higher at UMD. Study-abroad credits earned through courses taught by UM faculty and at institutions with which UMD has international exchange programs may be used to fulfill this requirement.
  6. If a minor is required, students must take at least three upper division credits in their minor field from UMD.
  7. The minimum cumulative UM GPA required for graduation will be 2.00 and will include only University of Minnesota coursework. A minimum UM GPA of 2.00 is required in each UMD undergraduate major and minor. No academic unit may impose higher grade point standards to graduate.
  8. Diploma, transcripts, and certification will be withheld until all financial obligations to the University have been met.
Program Requirements
1. 20 credits of PSY 3xxx or higher applied to the B.A.Sc. must be taken in residence at UMD. 2. Degree candidates must complete at least 30 degree credits at UMD. At least 20 of the last 30 degree credits immediately before graduation must be taken at UMD. 3. A minor program or 18 additional 3xxx credits or higher outside the major. 4. Compliance with general regulations governing granting of degrees. Students are required to review their degree status in the CEHSP Student Advising & Academic Services Office early in their senior year. 5. Students are strongly encouraged to take advanced writing before taking PSY 3021. 6. Students are encouraged to select at least 1 personal experience that fosters engagement with psychology: active membership in Psi Chi & Psychology Club; peer advisors; becoming a research and/or teaching assistant in cooperation with a psychology faculty member; applying for a UROP or conducting research or a project through guided independent study PSY 3994, 3986, 3989. Students can have a supervised internship experience in an organization PSY 3011, prereq 3010. 7. To qualify for admission to the online program, students who have completed an AA degree or MN Transfer Curriculum or have verification of registration from transfer institution where completing remaining credits. Students are admitted every fall semester. Study abroad: psychology students may elect to study abroad using the many opportunities UMD offers. Information is available at www.d.umn.edu/ieo.
Core Requirements (35 - 41 cr)
Core A
Note: PSY 3020 or 5052, 3021, 3022 must be completed in sequence. PSY 2003, 3020 are prereqs for PSY 3021.
PSY 1003 - General Psychology [LE CAT6, SOC SCI] (4.0 cr)
PSY 2003 - Psychology: Discipline and Profession (1.0 cr)
PSY 3021 - Experimental Design and Methodology (4.0 cr)
PSY 3022 - Applied Methods and Measurement (4.0 cr)
PSY 3081 - History and Systems of Psychology (3.0 cr)
BIOL 1001 - Biology and Society [LE CAT4, NAT SCI, SUSTAIN] (4.0 cr)
or BIOL 1011 - General Biology I [LE CAT4, NAT SCI] (5.0 cr)
PSY 3020 - Statistical Methods (4.0 cr)
or PSY 5052 - Advanced Statistics I (3.0 cr)
Core B
Take 2 or more course(s) from the following:
· PSY 2021 - Developmental Psychology [LE CAT6, LECD CAT06, SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY] (4.0 cr)
· PSY 3111 - Theories of Personality (3.0 cr)
· PSY 3121 - Abnormal Psychology (4.0 cr)
· PSY 3520 - Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology (4.0 cr)
· PSY 3201 - Social Psychology (3.0 cr)
or PSY 5401 - Advanced Social Psychology (3.0 cr)
Core C
Take 2 or more course(s) from the following:
· PSY 3611 - Learning and Behavior (4.0 cr)
· PSY 3613 - Applied Behavior Analysis and Behavior Change (4.0 cr)
· PSY 3697 - Sensation and Perception (4.0 cr)
· PSY 3621 - Cognition (4.0 cr)
or PSY 5621 - Cognition and Emotion (3.0 cr)
· PSY 3061 - Physiological Psychology (4.0 cr)
or PSY 5631 - Biological Bases of Behavior (3.0 cr)
Electives (11 - 17 cr)
Combined with Core Requirements, students must take PSY 2xxx or higher to total 52 PSY credits. PSY 2020 cannot be used towards this requirement. Recommended electives for areas of interest from the following:
Take 11 - 17 credit(s) including 0 or more sub-requirements(s) from the following:
Clinical/Counseling
Take 0 or more course(s) from the following:
· PSY 2021 - Developmental Psychology [LE CAT6, LECD CAT06, SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY] (4.0 cr)
· PSY 3111 - Theories of Personality (3.0 cr)
· PSY 3121 - Abnormal Psychology (4.0 cr)
· PSY 3122 - Child and Adolescent Abnormal Psychology (3.0 cr)
· PSY 3201 - Social Psychology (3.0 cr)
· PSY 3524 - Basic Helping Skills (4.0 cr)
· PSY 3613 - Applied Behavior Analysis and Behavior Change (4.0 cr)
· PSY 4121 - Foundations of Clinical Psychology (3.0 cr)
· PSY 4500 - Health Psychology (3.0 cr)
· PSY 5120 - Career and Lifestyle Development (2.0 cr)
· PSY 5121 - Psychopathology Over the Lifespan (3.0 cr)
· Developmental
Take 0 or more course(s) from the following:
· PSY 2021 - Developmental Psychology [LE CAT6, LECD CAT06, SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY] (4.0 cr)
· PSY 2023 - Marriages and Families Worldwide [LE CAT8, LEIP CAT08, GLOBAL PER] (4.0 cr)
· PSY 2223 - Gender in Society [LE CAT8, LECD CAT08, CDIVERSITY] (4.0 cr)
· PSY 3122 - Child and Adolescent Abnormal Psychology (3.0 cr)
· PSY 3215 - Topics in Human Sexuality (3.0 cr)
· PSY 3371 - Child and Adolescent Psychology (3.0 cr)
· PSY 3381 - Adult Development and Aging (3.0 cr)
· PSY 3661 - Psychology of Language (3.0 cr)
· PSY 5021 - Advanced Developmental Psychology (3.0 cr)
· Experimental
Take 0 or more course(s) from the following:
· PSY 3061 - Physiological Psychology (4.0 cr)
· PSY 3201 - Social Psychology (3.0 cr)
· PSY 3231 - Psychology of Drug Use (3.0 cr)
· PSY 3613 - Applied Behavior Analysis and Behavior Change (4.0 cr)
· PSY 3621 - Cognition (4.0 cr)
· PSY 3661 - Psychology of Language (3.0 cr)
· PSY 3697 - Sensation and Perception (4.0 cr)
· PSY 5131 - Mind-Body Connection (3.0 cr)
· PSY 5155 - Forensic Psychology (3.0 cr)
· PSY 5401 - Advanced Social Psychology (3.0 cr)
· PSY 5621 - Cognition and Emotion (3.0 cr)
· PSY 5631 - Biological Bases of Behavior (3.0 cr)
· Human Services
Take 0 or more course(s) from the following:
· PSY 2023 - Marriages and Families Worldwide [LE CAT8, LEIP CAT08, GLOBAL PER] (4.0 cr)
· PSY 3010 - Internship Preparation (2.0 cr)
· PSY 3011 - Internship in Psychology (3.0 cr)
· PSY 3211 - Group Dynamics (3.0 cr)
· PSY 3524 - Basic Helping Skills (4.0 cr)
· PSY 3601 - Psychology of Personal Development (3.0 cr)
· Industrial/Organizational
Take 0 or more course(s) from the following:
· PSY 3010 - Internship Preparation (2.0 cr)
· PSY 3011 - Internship in Psychology (3.0 cr)
· PSY 3520 - Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology (4.0 cr)
· PSY 3525 - Behavior Analysis in the Workplace (3.0 cr)
· PSY 3701 - Personnel Psychology (3.0 cr)
· Organizational Psychology
· PSY 3707 - Organizational Psychology (3.0 cr)
or PSY 5702 - Advanced Organizational Psychology (3.0 cr)
· Personnel Psychology
· PSY 3701 - Personnel Psychology (3.0 cr)
or PSY 5701 - Advanced Personnel Psychology (3.0 cr)
Advanced Writing (3 cr).
Students are strongly encouraged to take advanced writing before taking PSY 3021.
WRIT 3140 - Advanced Writing: Human Services (3.0 cr)
or WRIT 3160 - Advanced Writing: Social Sciences (3.0 cr)
Program Sub-plans
A sub-plan is not required for this program.
Online Psychology Major
B.A.Sc. psychology major (only) in an online format. The remaining credits can be taken at another institution, which allows for great flexibility.
1. An online major is available to students who have completed an associate degree or Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MTC) or have verification of registration from transfer institution where completing remaining credits for AA degree or MTC and assumes 59 credits completed before starting the online major. 2. The requirements for the online major are identical to those of the existing major but are structured to facilitate the delivery in the online medium. 3. Students are admitted every fall semester. Please call the Department of Psychology or visit the website at www.d.umn.edu/psy/ for more information. 4. The research methods courses are considered to be the capstone experience for the program. The research methods courses require students to design and conduct a study.
 
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UST 1000 - UMD Seminar
Credits: 1.0 -2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02403 - EHS 1000/UST 1000
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Facilitates the successful transition into college learning and student life at UMD. Credit will not be granted if already received for EHS 1000.
PSY 1003 - General Psychology (LE CAT6, SOC SCI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Scientific study of behavior; current knowledge of biological, social, and cognitive areas of psychology. Assessment, research methods, human development, personality, mental disorders, and therapy.
PSY 2003 - Psychology: Discipline and Profession
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Orientation to psychology: the major, discipline, and professions available. Subfields of psychology, ethical issues, careers, preparation for graduate school, and opportunities for professional development. Introduction to research, available resources, and preparation for writing assignments required in upper-division psychology courses. prereq: Pre-psychology or psychology major
PSY 3021 - Experimental Design and Methodology
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to problems and methods of experimentation in psychology; logical and scientific basis of experimental psychology; problems and techniques of designing, conducting, and reporting experiments. prereq: 2003, 3020, Psychology major
PSY 3022 - Applied Methods and Measurement
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Designing, conducting, and reporting experiments; constructing, choosing, and interpreting psychological instruments; experimental procedures and research findings from various areas within psychology. prereq: psychology major, PSY 3020, 3021 or instructor consent
PSY 3081 - History and Systems of Psychology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Survey of historical development and current status of contemporary systems and theories in psychology. prereq: 1003 or instructor consent
BIOL 1001 - Biology and Society (LE CAT4, NAT SCI, SUSTAIN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This course covers basic biology as it pertains to contemporary issues. Biology coverage includes cell biology, genetics, evolution and ecology. In addition to helping students understand biology, students will learn to more critically evaluate science that is presented in the media. (3 hrs lect, 2 hrs lab) prereq: For nonmajors
BIOL 1011 - General Biology I (LE CAT4, NAT SCI)
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02401 - BIOL 1011/BIOL 1013
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Fundamental concepts of biology, including chemical basis of life, cell structure and function, energy transformations, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, genetics, molecular biology, DNA technology, development, origin of life, and evolution. (4 hrs lect, 2.5 hrs lab) prereq: 1 yr high school Chem or 1 semester college Chem, Math ACT 21 or higher or MATH 1005 or higher; credit will not be granted if already received for BIOL 1013
PSY 3020 - Statistical Methods
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Descriptive statistics; introduction to correlational analysis and regression; sampling techniques and statistical inference; applications of simple and factorial design analysis of variance and other parametric and nonparametric hypothesis-test statistics in the behavioral sciences. prereq: Math ACT 21 or higher or MATH 1005
PSY 5052 - Advanced Statistics I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Advanced statistics used for experimental and correlational research in psychology; analyze data from simple and complex research designs analysis of variance and linear regression techniques; hypothesis testing; nonparametric statistics; assumptions of tests and diagnosis of assumption violations; interpretations of results; use of common statistical software (e.g., SPSS or R). prereq: Math placement level 4 or MACT 23 or higher or graduate student in psychology or instructor consent required.
PSY 2021 - Developmental Psychology (LE CAT6, LECD CAT06, SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Major processes in human development, conception through lifespan; biological and cultural influences on physical-motor, cognitive, social, and emotional development; effects of diverse cultural traditions and values; social policy implications.
PSY 3111 - Theories of Personality
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Basic concepts, issues, and methods involved in study of human personality; introduction to selected theories on motives, dynamics, development, and description of human nature. prereq: 1003 or instructor consent
PSY 3121 - Abnormal Psychology
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Mental disorders, including DSM-IV classification system, etiology, and treatment. prereq: 1003 or instructor consent
PSY 3520 - Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Introduction to the field of industrial/organizational psychology. Major content areas within the field will be covered, including selection, training, performance evaluation, motivation, work stress, organizational culture, teams, and leadership. prereq: 1003 or instructor consent
PSY 3201 - Social Psychology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
How thoughts, feelings, and behavior of individuals are affected by others. Social influence and interaction. Attitude measurement and change, conformity, impression formation, attribution theory, aggression, and prosocial behavior. prereq: 1003 or instructor consent
PSY 5401 - Advanced Social Psychology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Examination of core content areas and topics within experimental social psychology with a focus on application within both clinical and industrial/organizational psychology. Topics include attitude formation and attitude change, attribution theory, the self, conformity, prejudice, aggression, and prosocial behavior. prereq: psychology grad student or instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for 3201
PSY 3611 - Learning and Behavior
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Study of basic learning and behavior processes including the evolution of behavior, pavlovian conditioning, instrumental learning, and elementary cognitive processes. prereq: 1003 or instructor consent
PSY 3613 - Applied Behavior Analysis and Behavior Change
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Overview of diverse topics and application of the principles of the science of behavior known as behavior analysis. The philosophical system known as behaviorism that underlies this area of study will be explored, as well as the application of behavioral principles to a number of areas of society, including interpersonal relationship, parenting, clinical applications and treatments for persons with intellectual and other disabilities, business and management, animal behavior, health, sustainability, and more. Students will learn techniques for utilizing the principles of behavior in their own lives, conducting functional behavior assessments, as well as the social benefits associated with the incorporation of behavioral principles into educational, rehabilitative, organizational, and other settings. prereq: 1003
PSY 3697 - Sensation and Perception
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Theories, methods, and findings in study of sensory and perceptual processes; psychophysics and psychophysiology of visual, auditory, gustatory, olfactory, cutaneous, kinesthetic, vestibular, and pain senses; analysis of perceptions of constancy, illusion, space, time, motion, and form. pre-req: PSY 1003 or instructor consent
PSY 3621 - Cognition
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
An overview of cognitive processes, using historical, philosophical, biological, and experimental perspectives. Course topics include attention, perception, knowledge representation memory, language, thinking, reasoning, and decision-making. prereq: 1003 or instructor consent
PSY 5621 - Cognition and Emotion
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Students in this course will read and discuss scholarly reviews and journal articles on theories, research methodology, and topics central to the scientific study of human cognition, emotion, and their applications. There will be discussions on the models of cognitive (perception, memory, language, thinking, and reasoning) and emotional processes and their interrelatedness. Consideration will be given to how these contemporary models are developed and evaluated through empirical studies. Finally, how these theoretical models can be applied to educational, clinical, legal, and workplace settings will be examined. prereq: psychology graduate student or instructor consent
PSY 3061 - Physiological Psychology
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Physiological basis of behavior, including central and peripheral nervous systems, sensory processes as they relate to perception, cognition, emotion, motivation, intelligence, and learning. prereq: 1003 or instructor consent
PSY 5631 - Biological Bases of Behavior
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Understanding how communication within the body (neuronal, endocrinological, immunological) affects behavior and psychological processes and how these systems interact to influence these processes. Examining how perturbations within these systems lead to mental illness and/or problematic behaviors. How psychoactive drugs affect these systems, with respect to clinical treatment and abuse. The neurological mechanisms of reward and drug dependence (withdrawal, cravings) will be investigated. prereq: psychology grad student or instructor consent
PSY 2021 - Developmental Psychology (LE CAT6, LECD CAT06, SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Major processes in human development, conception through lifespan; biological and cultural influences on physical-motor, cognitive, social, and emotional development; effects of diverse cultural traditions and values; social policy implications.
PSY 3111 - Theories of Personality
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Basic concepts, issues, and methods involved in study of human personality; introduction to selected theories on motives, dynamics, development, and description of human nature. prereq: 1003 or instructor consent
PSY 3121 - Abnormal Psychology
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Mental disorders, including DSM-IV classification system, etiology, and treatment. prereq: 1003 or instructor consent
PSY 3122 - Child and Adolescent Abnormal Psychology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Overview of psychological disorders common among children and adolescents, including theoretical approaches, diagnostic criteria, developmental trajectory and framework, etiology, risk and protective factors, and treatment. Ethical considerations, research methodology, and diversity considerations in child clinical psychology will also be covered. prereq: PSY 1003 and PSY 2021 or instructor consent
PSY 3201 - Social Psychology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
How thoughts, feelings, and behavior of individuals are affected by others. Social influence and interaction. Attitude measurement and change, conformity, impression formation, attribution theory, aggression, and prosocial behavior. prereq: 1003 or instructor consent
PSY 3524 - Basic Helping Skills
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Rationale for and practice of basic skills needed for effective interpersonal helping.
PSY 3613 - Applied Behavior Analysis and Behavior Change
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Overview of diverse topics and application of the principles of the science of behavior known as behavior analysis. The philosophical system known as behaviorism that underlies this area of study will be explored, as well as the application of behavioral principles to a number of areas of society, including interpersonal relationship, parenting, clinical applications and treatments for persons with intellectual and other disabilities, business and management, animal behavior, health, sustainability, and more. Students will learn techniques for utilizing the principles of behavior in their own lives, conducting functional behavior assessments, as well as the social benefits associated with the incorporation of behavioral principles into educational, rehabilitative, organizational, and other settings. prereq: 1003
PSY 4121 - Foundations of Clinical Psychology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
An overview of clinical psychology as well as contemporary issues and trends within the field. Emphasizes areas in which clinical psychologists are principally involved, including assessment, treatment, and clinical research. prereq: PSY 3121 or instructor consent, no grad credit
PSY 4500 - Health Psychology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Concepts, issues, and methods of health psychology; health maintenance and illness prevention integrating biological, psychological, and social factors; utilization of health psychological assessments; and interdisciplinary aspects of health psychology. prereq: 1003, min 60 cr or instructor consent
PSY 5120 - Career and Lifestyle Development
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Overview of career development and decision theories related to life planning and career choices. Methods and techniques involved in the career counseling process. prereq: Psychology graduate student or instructor consent.
PSY 5121 - Psychopathology Over the Lifespan
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Psychopathology from integrative biopsychosocial and developmental psychopathology perspectives; adult and child psychopathologies including symptomatology, prevalence, etiological evidence, typical course and prognosis, associated features, cultural and social considerations, comorbidity and differential diagnosis. prereq: psychology graduate student or instructor consent
PSY 2021 - Developmental Psychology (LE CAT6, LECD CAT06, SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Major processes in human development, conception through lifespan; biological and cultural influences on physical-motor, cognitive, social, and emotional development; effects of diverse cultural traditions and values; social policy implications.
PSY 2023 - Marriages and Families Worldwide (LE CAT8, LEIP CAT08, GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Family functions and structures worldwide; impact of expectations, gender roles, race, culture, and values on partner and parenting; love, sex, communication, power, abuse, stress, and satisfaction; small group experiences with focus on strengthening families.
PSY 2223 - Gender in Society (LE CAT8, LECD CAT08, CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Sociocultural, historical, and developmental formations of men's and women's roles and experiences in society. Effects on personality, interpersonal relationships, and life choices.
PSY 3122 - Child and Adolescent Abnormal Psychology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Overview of psychological disorders common among children and adolescents, including theoretical approaches, diagnostic criteria, developmental trajectory and framework, etiology, risk and protective factors, and treatment. Ethical considerations, research methodology, and diversity considerations in child clinical psychology will also be covered. prereq: PSY 1003 and PSY 2021 or instructor consent
PSY 3215 - Topics in Human Sexuality
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01438 - Psy 3215/3216
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Biological and psychosocial factors relating to human sexuality, sexual functioning, gender, and related issues. Group discussion of societal factors, values, and attitudes and their impact on behavior. prereq: 1003 or instructor consent
PSY 3371 - Child and Adolescent Psychology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Growth of individual and social forms of human behavior. Interaction of heredity and environment on physical, intellectual, social, and emotional changes from conception to adulthood. prereq: PSY 1003 or instructor consent
PSY 3381 - Adult Development and Aging
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Change and continuity in physiological, psychological, and sociocultural development in early, middle, and late adulthood; theories and research on effects of demographics, cohort, race, ethnicity, gender, culture, family, friends, work, health, education, housing, public policies; dying, grief, bereavement. prereq: PSY 1003 or instructor consent
PSY 3661 - Psychology of Language
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Psychological processes underlying comprehension, production, and acquisition of language(s); cognitive, social, biological, and educational perspectives on language and their applications. prereq: 1003 or instructor consent
PSY 5021 - Advanced Developmental Psychology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Course format involved reading and discussion of reviews and journal articles about theories, research methodology, and topics central to the scientific study of human development from conception through adulthood. The role of theory as a guide for research and practice, and classical as well as contemporary theories will be examined. Normative changes and individual differences will be examined. Theoretical frameworks in the domains of social, cognitive, language, and temperament/personality development will be examined. prereq: PSY graduate student or instructor consent
PSY 3061 - Physiological Psychology
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Physiological basis of behavior, including central and peripheral nervous systems, sensory processes as they relate to perception, cognition, emotion, motivation, intelligence, and learning. prereq: 1003 or instructor consent
PSY 3201 - Social Psychology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
How thoughts, feelings, and behavior of individuals are affected by others. Social influence and interaction. Attitude measurement and change, conformity, impression formation, attribution theory, aggression, and prosocial behavior. prereq: 1003 or instructor consent
PSY 3231 - Psychology of Drug Use
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Basic understanding of drug effects: tolerance and withdrawal; commonality among drugs of abuse; how antischizophrenic, antimanic, antianxiety, and antidepressant drugs are thought to work; reward centers in brain. prereq: 1003 or instructor consent
PSY 3613 - Applied Behavior Analysis and Behavior Change
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Overview of diverse topics and application of the principles of the science of behavior known as behavior analysis. The philosophical system known as behaviorism that underlies this area of study will be explored, as well as the application of behavioral principles to a number of areas of society, including interpersonal relationship, parenting, clinical applications and treatments for persons with intellectual and other disabilities, business and management, animal behavior, health, sustainability, and more. Students will learn techniques for utilizing the principles of behavior in their own lives, conducting functional behavior assessments, as well as the social benefits associated with the incorporation of behavioral principles into educational, rehabilitative, organizational, and other settings. prereq: 1003
PSY 3621 - Cognition
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
An overview of cognitive processes, using historical, philosophical, biological, and experimental perspectives. Course topics include attention, perception, knowledge representation memory, language, thinking, reasoning, and decision-making. prereq: 1003 or instructor consent
PSY 3661 - Psychology of Language
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Psychological processes underlying comprehension, production, and acquisition of language(s); cognitive, social, biological, and educational perspectives on language and their applications. prereq: 1003 or instructor consent
PSY 3697 - Sensation and Perception
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Theories, methods, and findings in study of sensory and perceptual processes; psychophysics and psychophysiology of visual, auditory, gustatory, olfactory, cutaneous, kinesthetic, vestibular, and pain senses; analysis of perceptions of constancy, illusion, space, time, motion, and form. pre-req: PSY 1003 or instructor consent
PSY 5131 - Mind-Body Connection
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Examination of interface between biological and psychological development associated with risks for substance abuse, depression, and conduct disorders; potential commonality of mechanisms. Topics may include communication between brain and endocrine systems, evolution of the brain, homosexuality, psychoneuroimmunology, and psychopharmacology.
PSY 5155 - Forensic Psychology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Examines the application of psychology to the judicial system in such diverse areas as criminal diversion and rehabilitation; expert testimony; jury selection; police training; divorce mediation; and custody evaluations. prereq: 1003 or instructor consent
PSY 5401 - Advanced Social Psychology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Examination of core content areas and topics within experimental social psychology with a focus on application within both clinical and industrial/organizational psychology. Topics include attitude formation and attitude change, attribution theory, the self, conformity, prejudice, aggression, and prosocial behavior. prereq: psychology grad student or instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for 3201
PSY 5621 - Cognition and Emotion
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Students in this course will read and discuss scholarly reviews and journal articles on theories, research methodology, and topics central to the scientific study of human cognition, emotion, and their applications. There will be discussions on the models of cognitive (perception, memory, language, thinking, and reasoning) and emotional processes and their interrelatedness. Consideration will be given to how these contemporary models are developed and evaluated through empirical studies. Finally, how these theoretical models can be applied to educational, clinical, legal, and workplace settings will be examined. prereq: psychology graduate student or instructor consent
PSY 5631 - Biological Bases of Behavior
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Understanding how communication within the body (neuronal, endocrinological, immunological) affects behavior and psychological processes and how these systems interact to influence these processes. Examining how perturbations within these systems lead to mental illness and/or problematic behaviors. How psychoactive drugs affect these systems, with respect to clinical treatment and abuse. The neurological mechanisms of reward and drug dependence (withdrawal, cravings) will be investigated. prereq: psychology grad student or instructor consent
PSY 2023 - Marriages and Families Worldwide (LE CAT8, LEIP CAT08, GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Family functions and structures worldwide; impact of expectations, gender roles, race, culture, and values on partner and parenting; love, sex, communication, power, abuse, stress, and satisfaction; small group experiences with focus on strengthening families.
PSY 3010 - Internship Preparation
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Prerequisites: Psychology major or instructor consent
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
For psychology majors preparing to complete an internship. Includes career development, site selection, exploration of community or business organizations, and study of ethics. prereq: Psychology major or instructor consent
PSY 3011 - Internship in Psychology
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Internship with a school, community agency or business. Nine hours supervised experience on site and one hour on campus per week. Students complete an internship contract, weekly log, relevant readings, and paper or presentation. Includes direct contact with clients and staff. prereq: 3010 or instructor consent
PSY 3211 - Group Dynamics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Principles and processes of interaction in groups; structure and functioning of groups; leadership, communication, decision making, social influence; aspects of sensitivity training. prereq: 1003 or instructor consent
PSY 3524 - Basic Helping Skills
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Rationale for and practice of basic skills needed for effective interpersonal helping.
PSY 3601 - Psychology of Personal Development
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Focuses on discovery of self and spiritual journey. Examines personal development by exploring ways to change, grow, and achieve creative potential. Individual and group counseling experiences required to increase self-awareness and self-knowledge. prereq: 1003 or instructor consent
PSY 3010 - Internship Preparation
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Prerequisites: Psychology major or instructor consent
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
For psychology majors preparing to complete an internship. Includes career development, site selection, exploration of community or business organizations, and study of ethics. prereq: Psychology major or instructor consent
PSY 3011 - Internship in Psychology
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Internship with a school, community agency or business. Nine hours supervised experience on site and one hour on campus per week. Students complete an internship contract, weekly log, relevant readings, and paper or presentation. Includes direct contact with clients and staff. prereq: 3010 or instructor consent
PSY 3520 - Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Introduction to the field of industrial/organizational psychology. Major content areas within the field will be covered, including selection, training, performance evaluation, motivation, work stress, organizational culture, teams, and leadership. prereq: 1003 or instructor consent
PSY 3525 - Behavior Analysis in the Workplace
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Introduction to performance management in the context of understanding workplace behavior using a non-traditional approach to management, based on principles derived from the field of behavior analysis. Major content areas within the field will be covered, including measurement of performance and results of performance; analysis of performance data and environments in which performance occurs; and the design, implementation, and evaluation of practical solutions to produce positive, effective workplace performance change. prereq: PSY 1003 or instructor consent
PSY 3701 - Personnel Psychology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Introduction to personnel psychology. Testing, selection, performance appraisal, job analysis, job evaluation, validity issues in organizational settings, discrimination, and affirmative action programs. prereq: PSY 1003 or instructor consent
PSY 3707 - Organizational Psychology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Overview of organizational topics within industrial/organizational psychology. Leadership, job satisfaction, motivation theories, goal setting, organizational behavior, organizational development, and industrial relations. prereq: PSY 1003 or instructor consent
PSY 5702 - Advanced Organizational Psychology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This course covers core contents in organizational psychology, with a focus on understanding of research findings to enhance organizational functioning and employee well-being. Topics include employee motivation, job attitudes, work stress, teams, leadership, and organizational justice and culture. prereq: psychology graduate student or instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for 3707
PSY 3701 - Personnel Psychology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Introduction to personnel psychology. Testing, selection, performance appraisal, job analysis, job evaluation, validity issues in organizational settings, discrimination, and affirmative action programs. prereq: PSY 1003 or instructor consent
PSY 5701 - Advanced Personnel Psychology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Students will apply theories and research finding to address issues of personnel recruitment, selection, and classification in the workplace. prereq: psychology graduate student or instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for 3701
WRIT 3140 - Advanced Writing: Human Services
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Study and practice of writing tasks in education as well as other fields related to the human service professions. Designed to prepare students to master their use of Edited Standard Written English while producing professional documents, including a major research project with an oral presentation. Assignments focus on audience, purpose, and the process of writing as they relate to the workplace. prereq: WRIT 1120 or MNTC completed and minimum 60 credits
WRIT 3160 - Advanced Writing: Social Sciences
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Study and practice of writing for those whose professional interests are in sociology, anthropology, geography, criminology, psychology, women's studies, history, political science, and similar fields. Assignments center on producing documents encountered in the workplace, such as career documents, proposals, research projects, oral presentations, observational studies, and position papers. prereq: WRIT 1120 or MNTC completed and minimum 60 credits