Psychology course descriptions:
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|PSY 201, 202 General Psychology*||PSY 445 Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology*
A study of the science of human behavior and experience. Areas covered include: research methods, biological bases of behavior, learning, memory, motivation, perception, cognition and development.
PSY 202 General Psychology 4 hours
A study of the science of human behavior and experience. Areas covered include: consciousness, personality, health psychology, motivation, intelligence, abnormal behavior, psychotherapy and social psychology.
A survey of psychological topics relevant to education settings. These topics may include child and adolescent development, learning, memory, cognitive processes, motivation, assessment and behavioral management. This course is designed for Education majors. Psychology majors should not take this course.
Introduces students to the psychology major and explores career opportunities and graduate school. Professional and career development theory will be reviewed. Students are encouraged to apply class material to personal decision making.
PSY 301W Introduction to Research Methods 4 hours
An exploration of psychological research including topics of design, methodology, statistical analysis and report writing. Course activities include a significant student research project, and may include meetings with the instructor outside of regularly scheduled class meeting times. Prerequisites: PSY 201 and 202, or equivalent.
The psychological study of human development from conception to death. Stages and issues of developmental throughout the lifespan are identified and examined. Prerequisite: Psy 201 or 218 or equivalent.
A survey of theories of adequate and optimal psychological functioning. A study of processes which may lead to the development of adaptive functioning and its maintenance and how these processes may be brought into play in the individual’s environment or community. Prerequisite: Psy 201 and 202 or equivalent.
Interdisciplinary field that examines the function and mechanisms underlying how people think about, influence, and relate to one another. A central theme is the continual interaction between the person and the situation. Social psychological research has broad applications, extending from law to health and beyond. Topics covered: formation and changing of attitudes; strategies of social influence; intricacies of close relationships; interpersonal conflict and aggression; helping behavior; and group productivity and decision making. Prerequisite: PSY 201 or 218, or equivalent.
Explores the relationship between the study of psychology and law. Specifically, how psychological practice and theory can be utilized by law enforcement, courts, and others involved with the justice system to help arrive at appropriate decisions regarding such issues as incarceration, treatment, guilt and innocence. In addition, topics related to expert testimony, psychopathic deviance, child sexual abuse and custody determination, as well as criminal investigation techniques are some of the areas that may be covered. Prerequisites: PSY 202; PSY 201 recommended.
A survey of behavior modification topics including principles of learning and relevant methodology. An exploration of practical applications. Prerequisite: Psy 201 or 218 or equivalent.
Introduction to the study of psychology from an evolutionary perspective. We will apply to humans the same adaptationist lens that evolutionary biologists apply to other species. The evolved function of various psychological mechanisms will be considered. Course will begin with an in-depth introduction to evolution by natural selection, followed by a survey of more specific psychological phenomena studied from an evolutionary perspective. Prerequisite: PSY 201 and PSY 202 or equivalent, or consent of instructor.
This class provides an overview of basic topics in cognitive psychology including learning, memory, attention, sensation, perception, language/phonology and problem solving. Prerequisite: Psy 201 or equivalent.
Survey of fundamental concepts of learning, including classical, instrumental, and operant conditioning. Investigates the spectrum of learning and human behavior from reflexes and simile learning to thinking and language. Prerequisite: Psy 201 or 218 or equivalent.
Graduate school application process will be explored in detail. Various professional opportunities and roles resulting from graduate study in psychology will be explored. Students will complete the required materials for graduate applications. Prerequisite: Psy 201 and 202 or equivalent and consent of instructor.
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Designed for individual or special studies in a defined area of interest under the guidance of a designated faculty member. Course may be repeated for credit if content is different.
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Field experience in applied psychology. Course may be repeated for credit if content is different. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
Student will serve as a mentor for an “at risk” middle school or high school student. Mentors help students develop skills for academic success, emotional and social growth, and provide a forum for developing problem solving approaches to concerns and issues. Students receive training on the mentoring process, goal setting and communication. Does not apply toward a psychology major/minor. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
Students continue to mentor, collect, analyze and present data on mentoring progress toward goals. Prerequisite: PSY 410
This course will survey the current state of the psychology of sports. Psychological theory and research findings will provide the basis for suggestions about applications to sport situations. A central focus will be on the critical and empirical evaluation of the common knowledge in this area. Prerequisite: Psy 201 and 202 or equivalent.
Each time course is offered, a single special topic in geropsychology or gerontology will be studied in-depth. Topics may include diseases of older adulthood, applied applications of gerontology, social aspects of aging, long-term care issues, regulatory issues, brain health, or the effects of positive lifestyles on the aging process. May be repeated if subject matter is not repeated. Prerequisites: PSY 201 and PSY 311 or equivalent.
Exploration of the interview as a method of information gathering and social influence. Topics include the uses of interviews, the strengths and weakness of the interview as a methodology, training in specific interviewing skills, and the relation of the interview to other methods of appraisal of human behavior. Applications will be drawn from many areas of human interaction including the helping professions and business. Prerequisite: Psy 201 and 202 or equivalent.
Provides an overview of the current knowledge related to substances and the psychological assessment of substance use. Objectives include increased knowledge about the co-occurrence of substance use and other mental health concerns or disability statuses; diversity and ecological perspectives about substance abuse; and the ethical assessment, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of substance abuse concerns. Prerequisites: PSY 201 and 202, or equivalent, or consent of instructor; PSY 423 recommended.
Historical study of psychologists, basic psychological concepts and theories. Prerequisite: minimum of 15 hours of upper-division psychology courses. Prerequisites: PSY 201 and 202 or equivalent.
Assesses both individual and community crisis assessment and intervention for people with disabilities. Included the impact of crisis, disaster, and other trauma causing events for people with disabilities; as well as the role counselors play in the intervention process. Students will understand the operation of an emergency management system within the community. Students will learn how to screen for, as well as the procedures necessary for, assessing dangerous behavior and develop a safety plan. Understanding the importance of diagnosis of disability during crises will be reviewed. Prerequisites: PSY 201 & 202, or equivalent, or consent of instructor. PSY 423 recommended.
Major historical and contemporary theories of personality development and function and their relation to current issues in psychology. Research resulting from the theories, as well as personal application of the theories, will be emphasized. Prerequisite: PSY 201 & PSY 202, or equivalent.
An in-depth study of several social-psychological theories and their application to social issues and interactions. Topics may include small group interaction and functioning, social cognition, attitudes and persuasion, social influence and social relations. Prerequisite: Psy 334 or equivalent.
Designed to delve deeper into many of the challenging practical, moral and social dilemmas faced within the complex and often controversial field of forensic psychology. Course builds on material covered in PSY 336 and introduces new material that is central to the effective practice of Forensic Psychology. Students will apply a critical focus to the utility of psychological practices (both research and psychotherapeutic) in the courtroom, as well as gain an understanding of the legal personnel with whom they may interact. Specific topics including: serial murder, and the role of mass media; psychopathy; familicide; treatment within corrections; sex offending, and child welfare (abuse and custody considerations) will be discussed in depth. Students will emerge from this course with a sensitivity and understanding of critical psychological issues that are relevant within the legal field. Prerequisites: PSY 336
Examines psychological factors and principles that help explain positive outcomes, well-being and personal growth in humans. Areas of focus will include positive emotional experiences and appraisals such a happiness, life satisfaction, well-being, positive personal characteristics, interests and values, and positive institutions as they promote growth and fulfilling experiences. There will be a significant applied component of the class in which students will explore their own reactions and personal qualities. Prerequisites: PSY 201 and 202 or equivalent.
Provides students with opportunity to increase self-awareness of their existing teamwork skills, develop stronger teamwork skills, as well as learn and apply social psychological principles aimed at increasing group effectiveness. Topics covered include: group development, social interdependence, group communication and decision making, managing conflict, enhancing group creativity, and leveraging diversity. Course activities may include several large scale group projects and meetings with other students in their groups outside of regularly scheduled class time. Prerequisites: PSY 201 and 202 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. PSY 334 recommended.
Students will examine how psychology is applied to workplace in settings such as industry, business, government, and social service. Topics include trends in organizational and job design, personnel selection and placement, training, performance appraisal, work motivation, job satisfaction and leadership. Course activities include weekly quizzes, several projects interviewing members of various organizations, keeping a work journal and in-class participation in the form of analyzing case studies. Prerequisites: PSY 201 and 202 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. PSY 334 recommended.
Introduction to leadership, focusing on what it means to be a good leader. Emphasizes the practice of leadership. Examines topics such as: the nature of leadership, recognizing leadership traits, developing leadership skills, creating a vision, setting the tone, listening to out-group members, handling conflict, overcoming obstacles, and addressing ethics in leadership. Helping students understand and improve their own leadership performance. Activities may include a service learning component with a community organization, analyzing case studies, and developing individual leadership portfolios. Prerequisites: PSY 201 and 202 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. PSY 334 recommended.
Students will identify and enhance their skills for effective managing and/or consulting within a variety of organizations. Topics include: building process consulting skills, models of organization change; diagnosis and feedback of organizational challenges; evidence-based intervention strategies at the individual, group, inter-group, and organization level; and minimizing resistance to change. Course activities may include lectures and discussions; role plays; exercise; and simulations. Prerequisites: PSY 201 and 202 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. PSY 445 recommended.
Topics may include at different times: strategic planning and implementation; productivity issues; career development with organizations; managerial participative management programs, negotiation, mediation and arbitration processes; and other topics of special interest. May be repeated under different subtitles. Prerequisites: PSY 201 and 202 or equivalent. PSY 334 recommended.
Examines and integrates a broad range of creativity research in psychology and related scientific fields including anthropology, sociology, and cognitive neuroscience. Topics include individual creativity as well as the social and cultural contexts of creativity, including the role of collaboration in the creative process. Prerequisites: PSY 201 and 202 or equivalent, or consent of instructor.
Exploration of the nature, causes and treatment of various forms of mental health concerns and disorders in adults. A range of abnormality will be examined from reactions to stressful events to psychosis. The criteria for the various mental disorders as defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association will be reviewed. Course will integrate perspectives generated from the biopsychosocial perspective. Prerequisite: PSY 201 & 202, or equivalent.
A study of the ways that the physiology of the body is related to behavior. Sub-topics may include sleep and dreaming, learning and memory, pain, sexual behavior, disordered emotional states and psychopharmacologic agents. Prerequisites: Psy 201 and 202 or equivalent.
Overview of contemporary theory, research, and issues related to language development. Topics include phonological, semantic, syntactic and morphological development, communicative competence and the underlying physiological and cognitive mechanisms of language acquisiton. Prerequisites: PSY 201 and 202. PSY 311 recommended.
This class covers advanced topics in cognitive science including cognitive development, cerebral localization of function, hemispheric interaction/differences, individual differences in cognition, object recognition, face recognition, spatial perception, and neuropsychological disorders. Course may be repeated for credit if content is different. Prerequisite: Psy 360 or Psy 451.
Designed to acquaint students with the fundamentals of psychotropic drugs and their action within the nervous system. Basics of pharmacology, adverse effects, indications, and drug interactions will be discussed.
Examination of the nature, causes and treatment of emotional and social maladjustments in children and adolescents. A broad range of disturbances will be examined from minor problems in living to psychotic breaks with reality and self-destructiveness. The home, school and cultural environments will be examined as well as possible genetic and biological determinations of the mental health of children and youth. Prerequisites: PSY 201 or 218 and 311 or equivalent.
Deals primarily with human motivation. Topics such as stress, conflict, learned motives, arousal and unconscious determinants will be considered. Prerequisite: 3 or more hours of 300-level psychology.
Methods which psychologists use to describe, summarize and make inferences about measurements made on people, things or events. Course activities include a significant student research project, and may include meetings with the instructor outside of regularly scheduled class meeting times. Prerequisite: Psy 301 and MTH 105 or higher (Students completing a BA or AB take MTH 105 or higher. Students completing a BS take MTH 111 or higher)
Experimental, correlational and survey methods employed in psychological research with an emphasis on statistical analysis. Course activities include a significant student research project and may include meetings with the instructor outside of regularly scheduled class meeting times. Prerequisite: Psy 467 with a grade of C- or better.
Principles and theories relating to sensory stimulation and perceptual processes will be explored. Psychophysical methods will be used to demonstrate human visual and auditory processes. Prerequisites: PSY 201 and PSY 202 or equivalent.
Theory and research related to prenatal, infancy, and early childhood phases. Includes study of the motor, emotional, cognitive, social and linguistic domains with emphasis on applications for professionals offering services to young children and their families. Prerequisites: Psy 201 or 218 and 311 or equivalent.
Theory and research related to children who are between school age and adolescence. Emphasis on socialization, cognitive development, and deviations from typical development. Prerequisite: Psy 201 or 218 and 311 or equivalent.
Study of the transitions and issues of adolescence. Includes an overview of theory and research with an emphasis on applications for parents, teachers, and professionals offering services to adolescents and youth. Prerequisite: Psy 201 or 218 and 311 or equivalent.
Examination of current models of aging. Includes theory and research relevant to early, middle, and late adulthood. Emphasis on applications of information concerning the issues of adulthood. Prerequisites: Psy 201 or 218 and 311 or equivalent.
Focuses on numerous topics related to the developmental processes of death, dying and grief throughout the lifespan. Prerequisite: Psy 201, 202, and 311, or equivalent.
Study of the relationship between culture and psychological functioning. Prerequisite: Psy 201 & 202 and 311 or equivalent.
Theories of human development across the lifespan are examined, integrated and compared. Assumptions of major, contemporary theories of development are studied including a review of related research findings and consideration of practical applications. Prerequisite: Psy 201, 202 and 311 or equivalent.
Each quarter that this course is offered, a single special topic in development will be studied in-depth. Topics may include the development of sex roles, moral development, or social skills training. May be repeated under different subtitles. Prerequisite: Psy 201, 202 and 311 or equivalent.
Application of psychological methods to the study of women’s roles and behavior. Sub-topics may include development, sexuality, achievement, aptitudes and work. Prerequisite: Psy 201 and 202 or equivalent.