Psychology Major (B.A.) - Undergraduate - 2013 University Catalog

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A minimum of 120 semester hours of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA, and a minimum 2.0 major GPA. However, more than 120 semester hours may be required depending upon the major field of study. In addition to the major requirement outlined below, all university students must fulfill the set of General Education requirements applicable to their degree.

Psychology majors must earn a grade of C- or above in all Psychology courses.  Psychology course in which grades of less than C- are earned must be repeated and brought up to a minimum grade of C- or they will not count toward the major.


PSYCHOLOGY MAJOR

Complete 38 semester hours with minimum grades of C- in the following 2 requirement(s):

  1. REQUIRED COURSES

    Complete the following 14 semester hours:

    PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology (3 hours lecture) 3
    PSYC 203 Introduction to Psychological Research (3 hours lecture) 3
    PSYC 220 Introduction to Statistical Methods in Psychology (4 hours lecture) 4
    PSYC 301 Experimental Psychology (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab) 4
  2. ELECTIVES

    Complete 24 semester hours from the following:

    1. BIOLOGICAL BASIS OF BEHAVIOR

      Complete 3 semester hours from the following:

      PSYC 305 Physiological Psychology (3 hours lecture) 3
      PSYC 308 Perception (3 hours lecture) 3
      PSYC 353 Comparative Animal Behavior (3 hours lecture) 3
      PSYC 355 Motivation (3 hours lecture) 3
    2. COGNITION

      Complete 3 semester hours from the following:

      PSYC 313 Cognition (3 hours lecture) 3
      PSYC 340 Human Learning and Memory (3 hours lecture) 3
      PSYC 348 Psycholinguistics (3 hours lecture) 3
      PSYC 358 Fundamentals of Conditioning and Learning (3 hours lecture) 3
    3. PERSONALITY

      Complete 3 semester hours from the following:

      PSYC 320 Developmental Psychology I (3 hours lecture) 3
      PSYC 332 Psychological Foundations of Personality (3 hours lecture) 3
      PSYC 365 Abnormal Psychology (3 hours lecture) 3
    4. SOCIAL/APPLIED

      Complete 3 semester hours from the following:

      PSYC 302 Health Psychology (3 hours lecture) 3
      PSYC 304 Social Psychology (3 hours lecture) 3
      PSYC 306 Psychology Of Work: Personnel Psychology (3 hours lecture) 3
      PSYC 307 Psychology 0f Work: Organizational Psychology (3 hours lecture) 3
    5. ADVANCED AND 200 LEVEL ELECTIVES

      Complete 12 semester hours from the following:

      1. ADVANCED ELECTIVES

        Complete from 6 semester hours to 12 semester hours from the following:

        1.  

          PCOM 385 Advanced Community Psychology: Externship 3
          PCOM 387 Methods in Evaluation Research (4 hours lecture) 4
          PSYC 300 The Teaching of Psychology (3 hours lecture) 3
          PSYC 310 Introduction to Psychological Testing (3 hours lecture) 3
          PSYC 314 Psychology of Judgment and Decision Making (3 hours lecture) 3
          PSYC 324 Comtemporary Issues in Child Advocacy (3 hours lecture) 3
          PSYC 330 Forensic Psychology (3 hours lecture) 3
          PSYC 360 History and Systems of Psychology (3 hours lecture) 3
          PSYC 366 Health Psychology: Applications to the Community (3 hours lecture) 3
          PSYC 375 Evolutionary Psychology (3 hours lecture) 3
          PSYC 402 Systems of Psychotherapy (3 hours lecture) 3
          PSYC 488 Seminar in Cognitive Science (3 hours seminar) 3
          PSYC 496 Psychology Honors II (4 hours lecture) 4
        2. If not already used in categories 1-4, the following may also be taken:

          PSYC 302 Health Psychology (3 hours lecture) 3
          PSYC 304 Social Psychology (3 hours lecture) 3
          PSYC 305 Physiological Psychology (3 hours lecture) 3
          PSYC 306 Psychology Of Work: Personnel Psychology (3 hours lecture) 3
          PSYC 307 Psychology 0f Work: Organizational Psychology (3 hours lecture) 3
          PSYC 308 Perception (3 hours lecture) 3
          PSYC 313 Cognition (3 hours lecture) 3
          PSYC 320 Developmental Psychology I (3 hours lecture) 3
          PSYC 332 Psychological Foundations of Personality (3 hours lecture) 3
          PSYC 340 Human Learning and Memory (3 hours lecture) 3
          PSYC 348 Psycholinguistics (3 hours lecture) 3
          PSYC 353 Comparative Animal Behavior (3 hours lecture) 3
          PSYC 355 Motivation (3 hours lecture) 3
          PSYC 358 Fundamentals of Conditioning and Learning (3 hours lecture) 3
          PSYC 365 Abnormal Psychology (3 hours lecture) 3
      2. 200 LEVEL AND OTHER MAJOR ELECTIVES

        Complete 0 semester hours to 6 semester hours from the following:

        1.  

          PCOM 245 Introduction to Community Psychology (3 hours lecture) 3
          PCOM 391 Cooperative Education in Psychology 4-9
          PSYC 201 Child Psychology (3 hours lecture) 3
          PSYC 202 Adolescent Psychology (3 hours lecture) 3
          PSYC 224 Children's Rights and Child Advocacy (3 hours lecture) 3
          PSYC 225 Psychology of Adjustment (3 hours lecture) 3
          PSYC 227 Psychological Aspects of Human Sexuality (3 hours lecture) 3
          PSYC 230 Environmental Psychology (3 hours lecture) 3
          PSYC 231 Psychology of Aggression (3 hours lecture) 3
          PSYC 235 Psychology of Exceptional Children and Youth (3 hours lecture) 3
          PSYC 245 Hispanic/Latino Psychology (3 hours lecture) 3
          PSYC 246 Psychology of the Black Experience (3 hours lecture) 3
          PSYC 248 Psychology and Law (3 hours lecture) 3
          PSYC 265 Psychology of Women (3 hours lecture) 3
          PSYC 268 Psychological Aspects of Aging (3 hours lecture) 3
          PSYC 294 Psychology of Leadership: Theory and Application (3 hours lecture) 3
          PSYC 420 Packaged Computer Programs for Psychology (1 hour lecture) 1
          PSYC 459 Special Topics in Psychology (3 hours lecture) 3
          PSYC 491 Independent Study I: Research 1-3
          PSYC 492 Independent Study II: Research 1-3
          PSYC 495 Psychology Honors I (4 hours lecture) 4
        2. One of the following may also be used:

          CMPT 288 Introduction to Cognitive Science (3 hours lecture) 3
          LNGN 288 Introduction to Cognitive Science (3 hours lecture) 3
          PHIL 288 Introduction to Cognitive Science (3 hours lecture) 3
          PSYC 288 Introduction to Cognitive Science (3 hours lecture) 3

Course Descriptions:

CMPT288: Introduction to Cognitive Science (3 hours lecture)

An introduction to the multidisciplinary field of cognitive science. Topics include: the mind-body problem, thought as computation and the computer model of the mind, the role of representation in mental activity. Emphasis will be upon the methodological approaches found in artificial intelligence, cognitive psychology, cognitive anthropology, cognitive neuroscience, linguistics, and philosophy. Cross listed with Linguistics LNGN 288, Philosophy and Religion PHIL 288, and Psychology PSYC 288. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ANTH 100 or CMPT 183 or LNGN 210 or PHIL 100 or PSYC 101.

LNGN288: Introduction to Cognitive Science (3 hours lecture)

An introduction to the multidisciplinary field of cognitive science. Topics include: the mind-body problem, thought as computation and the computer model of the mind, the role of representation in mental activity. Emphasis will be upon the methodological approaches found in artificial intelligence, cognitive psychology, cognitive anthropology, cognitive neuroscience, linguistics, and philosophy. Cross listed with Computer Science CMPT 288, Philosophy and Religion PHIL 288, and Psychology PSYC 288. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ANTH 100 or CMPT 183 or LNGN 210 or PHIL 100 or PSYC 101.

PCOM245: Introduction to Community Psychology (3 hours lecture)

Integration of social psychology with mental health in the resolution of problems in the community. Social psychological theories and empirical strategies are used to study the dynamics of power, membership, change and deviance. Accent is also on comprehensive mental health center and roles of community psychologist. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PSYC 101.

PCOM385: Advanced Community Psychology: Externship

Supervision is provided in a variety of community action programs which have preventive as well as treatment goals. Day and hour assignments can usually be arranged, but effective study participation will require a 3 hour block of time in order to serve directly in a community setting. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PCOM 245.

PCOM387: Methods in Evaluation Research (4 hours lecture)

This course focuses on the application of psychological research methods and knowledge to the evaluation of the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of community programs. Emphasis will be on techniques for program planning and for constructive innovations in community settings. Meets the University Writing Requirement for majors in Psychology. 4 sh.

Prerequisites: PCOM 385.

PCOM391: Cooperative Education in Psychology

The cooperative education option integrates academic study with a supervised employment experience outside the formal classroom environment. The co-op term is a semester off-campus, during which a student is supervised by a faculty coordinator and the Office of Cooperative Education, and is responsible for completing the terms of a learning contract. Contact Office of Cooperative Education. 4 - 9 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.

PHIL288: Introduction to Cognitive Science (3 hours lecture)

An introduction to the multidisciplinary field of cognitive science. Topics include: the mind-body problem, thought as computation and the computer model of the mind, the role of representation in mental activity. Emphasis will be upon the methodological approaches found in artificial intelligence, cognitive psychology, cognitive anthropology, cognitive neuroscience, linguistics, and philosophy. Cross listed with Computer Science CMPT 288, Linguistics LNGN 288, Psychology PSYC 288. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ANTH 100 or CMPT 183 or LNGN 210 or PHIL 100 or PSYC 101.

PSYC101: Introduction to Psychology (3 hours lecture)

This course is an introduction to the study of human behavior and surveys major topics within the diverse discipline of psychology. Topics covered will come from each of four core areas offered by the psychology department: Social/Applied (e.g., Social, Industrial-Organizational, Health), Biological Basis of Behavior (e.g., Physiology, Perception, Motivation/Emotion, Comparative Animal Behavior), Cognition (e.g., Learning and Memory, Conditioning and Learning, Cognition, Language) and Personality (e.g., Personality, Abnormal, Development). Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science for non-psychology majors only. 3 sh.

PSYC201: Child Psychology (3 hours lecture)

Covers growth, development and behavior of children. Physical, intellectual, social and emotional development and their interaction. Scientific method exemplified through the literature and intensive study of individual children. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PSYC 101.

PSYC202: Adolescent Psychology (3 hours lecture)

Covers biological, psychological and social factors that shape the transition from childhood to adulthood: Normal and deviant patterns of development in morals, intellect, emotions and judgment; problems of adolescents with practical application to oneself and others. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PSYC 101.

PSYC203: Introduction to Psychological Research (3 hours lecture)

The course will introduce students to different methods of psychological research including survey, correlational and experimental methods. Introductory descriptive statistics and correlational analysis will be covered. Basic aspects of sound scientific writing, including conducting a literature search and writing a scientific manuscript following American Psychological Association guidelines, will be emphasized. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PSYC 101.

PSYC220: Introduction to Statistical Methods in Psychology (4 hours lecture)

An introduction to basic statistical methods in the behavioral sciences. The course begins with a review of descriptive statistics. The main course emphasis will be on probability theory and inferential statistics and their application to psychological research. This includes such methods as z-tests, t-tests, analysis of variance, correlation and nonparametric statistics. Laboratory sessions provide students with the opportunity to apply concepts from class using computers, particularly statistical software packages. 4 sh.

Prerequisites: PSYC 203 or PSYC 288 or CMPT 288 or LNGN 288 or PHIL 288.

PSYC224: Children's Rights and Child Advocacy (3 hours lecture)

Explores the review and evaluation of the rights, privileges, and responsibilities of young citizens (preschool through adolescence); the process and goals of advocacy; the community services available to and lacking for the optimum development to maturity of young citizens. Psychology, education, sociology, mental health, law enforcement, medicine are domains of study and investigation. 3 sh.

PSYC225: Psychology of Adjustment (3 hours lecture)

Discusses individual and social adjustment; typical varieties of adjustive behavior illustrated by practical examples; factors which facilitate or impede people's adaptation to life situations such as work, marriage, disability, etc. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PSYC 101.

PSYC227: Psychological Aspects of Human Sexuality (3 hours lecture)

Topics include: Behavior and attitudes influenced by basic sexuality; widening perspectives to aid in decision-making; developmental periods and sexual relationships; connections between psychological theory and sexual mores; genetic understandings. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PSYC 101.

PSYC230: Environmental Psychology (3 hours lecture)

Covers the influence of the physical environment on the behavior of organisms: population growth and regulation; crowding; sensory experience, enrichment and deprivation; motivational force of environmental stimulation; adaptation to environment as a function of prolonged exposure; salutary effects of aesthetically pleasing stimulation. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PSYC 101.

PSYC231: Psychology of Aggression (3 hours lecture)

The root causes of violence in America will be examined through case studies, (the protest-movement of the 1960's, sexual and physical abuse, violent-criminal activity, etc.) and familiarization with biochemical, psychological and socio-cultural research into causes and effects of aggression and violence. Meets the World Languages and Cultures Requirement - World Cultures. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PSYC 101.

PSYC235: Psychology of Exceptional Children and Youth (3 hours lecture)

Surveys, current practices and problems of exceptional children and youth. Explores the unique needs of individuals with handicaps that involve intellectual, sensory, motor, neurological, social and emotional origins. Utilizes analysis of case materials for theoretical and practical applications to the psychology of exceptionality. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PSYC 101.

PSYC245: Hispanic/Latino Psychology (3 hours lecture)

Focuses on the personal, social, institutional and cultural forces that affect the psychology of Hispanic/Latino Americans. The course will cover issues such as the measurement of psychological functions, bilingualism, personal values and belief systems, the dynamics of the family and acculturation. A midterm and a final exam as well as a research paper will be required from students. Meets the World Languages and Cultures Requirement - World Cultures. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PSYC 101.

PSYC246: Psychology of the Black Experience (3 hours lecture)

Covers the historical impact of scientific and institutional racism on the psychological study of blacks. Survey and critical analysis of traditional European approaches with non-traditional methods for comparison. Future development and advancement of a black psychology considered. Meets the Human and Intercultural Relations Requirements (HIRR). Meets the World Languages and Cultures Requirement - World Cultures. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PSYC 101.

PSYC248: Psychology and Law (3 hours lecture)

Law and psychology share a common focus: the understanding, prediction and regulation of human behavior. Despite this commonality of interest, different emphasis on these elements and a different mandate have frequently hindered active communication and collaboration between the disciplines. The purpose of this course is to present the common ground of law and psychology, and show how they contribute to each other. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PSYC 101.

PSYC265: Psychology of Women (3 hours lecture)

The course will investigate contemporary issues in the psychology of women (an opportunity for original research will be provided). Theoretical positions and recent research in the area will be examined. Meets the World Languages and Cultures Requirement - World Cultures. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PSYC 101.

PSYC268: Psychological Aspects of Aging (3 hours lecture)

Overview of later maturity and aging. Emphasis on psychological, physiological and sociological aspects. Aging and the cognitive process. Mental health, death, adjustment problems, needs, issues. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PSYC 101.

PSYC288: Introduction to Cognitive Science (3 hours lecture)

An introduction to the multidisciplinary field of cognitive science. Topics include: the mind-body problem, thought as computation and the computer model of the mind, the role of representation in mental activity. Emphasis will be upon the methodological approaches found in artificial intelligence, cognitive psychology, cognitive anthropology, cognitive neuroscience, linguistics, and philosophy. Cross listed with Computer Science CMPT 288, Linguistics LNGN 288 and Philosophy and Religion PHIL 288. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ANTH 100 or CMPT 183 or LNGN 210 or PHIL 100 or PSYC 101.

PSYC294: Psychology of Leadership: Theory and Application (3 hours lecture)

This is a service learning course that allows students to develop a sophisticated understanding of leadership from both a theoretical and practical point of view. Students receive in depth information on historical and contemporary psychological theories of leadership. They participate in assessments of their own leadership competencies and capabilities based on theory and research. They then learn to apply, assess, compare, and critically evaluate theory, research, and assessment tools through a multi-week project with a community partner in which they have a chance to observe and practice leadership. Students combine theory and practice through a series of critical reflections that result in students articulating their learnings about leadership, the practice of leadership in the civic environment, and themselves as leaders. This course is not recommended for students who successfully completed PSYC 120. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science for non-psychology majors only. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PSYC 101 or ENWR 105 or CMST 101 or HONP 100.

PSYC300: The Teaching of Psychology (3 hours lecture)

Students in this course will simultaneously learn concepts in teaching psychology, and work with a Psychology professor who will mentor them as the student acts as a teacher's assistant. Students will engage in a critical examination of the teaching of psychology. The course will run as a seminar where issues of curriculum development, teaching techniques, and ethical aspects will be discussed based on journal articles. The work as an assistant includes anonymous record keeping, leading study groups and providing a brief lecture. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PSYC 301; Psychology majors only; departmental permission.

PSYC301: Experimental Psychology (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab)

Introduction to laboratory methods of research in areas such as motivation, perception and learning. Emphasis is on design and execution of exploratory investigations. Meets the University Writing Requirement for majors in Psychology. 4 sh.

Prerequisites: PSYC 203 and PSYC 220;or PSYC 220 and PSYC 288 or CMPT 288 or LNGN 288 or PHIL 288.

PSYC302: Health Psychology (3 hours lecture)

The theoretical, empirical and clinical aspects of health psychology will be presented. The relation of health psychology with other areas of psychology and other scientific disciplines will be discussed. The historical developments of the field, its research methodologies, theoretical models and exemplary interventions will be described. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PSYC 203.

PSYC304: Social Psychology (3 hours lecture)

Focuses on social behavior of the individual and the group, social perception, motivation, and learning; attitudes and values; development and dynamics of social groups; inter-group tension and prejudice; mass phenomena; psychological approaches to social issues. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PSYC 203.

PSYC305: Physiological Psychology (3 hours lecture)

Anatomical, neural and biochemical bases of behavior are studied. Topics include localization of function, neuro-hormonal interaction, sensory and motor functioning, emotions, the relationship of neurophysiological processes and personality. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PSYC 203.

PSYC306: Psychology Of Work: Personnel Psychology (3 hours lecture)

This course will address psychological issues involved in personnel decision making (e.g., job interviewing decisions, hiring decisions). Students will learn about aligning organizational and human resource strategy, and learn about tools and techniques in personnel psychology including job analysis, equal employment opportunity law, performance management, employee selection, and organizational training and development. This course is designed to be an active learning course where students learn about important personnel fuctions and then apply the knowledge in activities and assessments. Students will learn about measurement and assessment of job applicant and how this assessment must be conducted to be fair and successful. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PSYC 203.

PSYC307: Psychology 0f Work: Organizational Psychology (3 hours lecture)

This course will address individual, social and group interactions in work organizations. Students will learn about how social factors such as roles, norms, groups, stereotypes, and culture, influence individual and organizational behavior. Students will study theories and practices in organizations to assess and improve job attitudes, work stress, work motivation, leadership, and organizational functioning. This course is designed to be an active learning course where students learn about the different social factors that influence organizational function, and then apply this knowledge in activities and assessments. Students will gain a better understanding of their own work experiences as a result of this course. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PSYC 203.

PSYC308: Perception (3 hours lecture)

Discusses the theory and procedure of perceptual research. Theoretical approaches; modern psychophysical and perceptual research; traditional problems of perception, constancies of size and color brightness. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PSYC 203.

PSYC310: Introduction to Psychological Testing (3 hours lecture)

Tests of intelligence, aptitude, achievement and personality; principles of psychological testing; approaches to test construction. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PSYC 203.

PSYC313: Cognition (3 hours lecture)

The study of the acquisition, storage, retrieval, and use of knowledge, utilizing behavioral, observational, and computer modeling methods. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PSYC 203.

PSYC314: Psychology of Judgment and Decision Making (3 hours lecture)

This course examines how human beings make decisions and judgments. It reviews how personal values, uncertainty and cognitive, social, and neurological processes affect decision making. This course draws upon a wide range of examples from many fields including psychology, economics, criminology, and medicine. Students will also learn strategies and techniques to enhance judgment. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PSYC 203.

PSYC320: Developmental Psychology I (3 hours lecture)

This course surveys human psychological development from the prenatal period to adolescence. The interacting forces of heredity, environment and physical, cognitive, emotional and socio-cultural factors are reviewed in the light of current research and theory in these areas. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PSYC 203.

PSYC324: Comtemporary Issues in Child Advocacy (3 hours lecture)

An in-depth study of current topics in the field of child advocacy. The impact of Megan's Law, advocacy for adopted children, child right-to-life movement, and repressed memory syndrome are among the possible issues to be explored. A multi-disciplinary focus will be used to enhance student understanding and learning. Previous course PSYC 430 effective through Spring 2013. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Junior or senior Psychology or Justice Studies majors only.

PSYC330: Forensic Psychology (3 hours lecture)

An examination of the interaction between psychology and the legal system. Emphasis placed on the assessment and diagnosis of psychopathic behavior, court-mandated evaluations and the role of the psychologist as expert witness. The application of psychological knowledge within the criminal justice context. Ethical guidelines in forensic psychology. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Junior or senior Psychology or Justice Studies majors only. Starting Fall 2013: PSYC 203 or JUST 300 or LAWS 302.

PSYC332: Psychological Foundations of Personality (3 hours lecture)

Explores current approaches and theories of personality development and organization. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PSYC 203.

PSYC340: Human Learning and Memory (3 hours lecture)

Covers research, language and methods of learning theory. Classical and operant conditioning, complex habits, remembering and forgetting, transfer of training, cognition and behavior modification. Review of animal research but primary emphasis is on people. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PSYC 203.

PSYC348: Psycholinguistics (3 hours lecture)

Explores the study of language through linguistic, behavioral, and cognitive methods. Basic linguistic ideas are used for the explication of problems in grammar, cognitive structure, meaning, and speech production and comprehension. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PSYC 203.

PSYC353: Comparative Animal Behavior (3 hours lecture)

The student will explore experimental and field studies of behavior in a few selected animal species with particular reference to the behavior of vertebrates. The course will involve detailed study of instinctive behavior and imprinting, respondent and operant behavior with emphasis upon the procedures and variables concerned with the acquisition of new forms of behavior. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PSYC 203.

PSYC355: Motivation (3 hours lecture)

The concepts of instincts, homeostasis, drive, reinforcement, arousal and inception are analyzed with reference to data drawn from many areas of experimentation. The primary emphasis is on the experimental, rather than the theoretical literature: motivational concepts relevant to human and animal research. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PSYC 203.

PSYC358: Fundamentals of Conditioning and Learning (3 hours lecture)

Major theoretical problems and theories of learning are considered. Includes experimental analysis of basic phenomena of conditioning and learning, studied primarily through experimental studies of infra-human organisms. Students may study selected topics more extensively. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PSYC 203.

PSYC360: History and Systems of Psychology (3 hours lecture)

Discusses the historical development of psychology, comparative analysis of the major schools of contemporary psychology, and new trends and movements in psychological theory. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PSYC 203.

PSYC365: Abnormal Psychology (3 hours lecture)

Topics include an overview of psychopathological processes: neuroses, psychoses, and characterological disorders; feeling, thinking and behavioral aspects during the life span; diagnostic and treatment procedures. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PSYC 203.

PSYC366: Health Psychology: Applications to the Community (3 hours lecture)

The course will present psychological contributions to interventions designed to promote health, prevent illness and avert further disability. Appropriate techniques to assess, plan, and implement programs at the community level will be discussed. The multidisciplinary, multilevel nature of community programs will be emphasized. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PSYC 203.

PSYC375: Evolutionary Psychology (3 hours lecture)

This course examines behavior from a Darwinian perspective attempting to understand how our behaviors have evolved throughout time. By examining behavior in terms of natural selection, this course provides a new and insightful perspective to all areas of psychology, including cognitive, social, developmental, and neuropsychology. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PSYC 203.

PSYC402: Systems of Psychotherapy (3 hours lecture)

An overview of classical and contemporary systems of psychotherapy. Emphasis is placed on understanding each system in terms of its underlying theory of personality, psychopathology and therapeutic impact. Studies of therapeutic efficacy are also covered. Other issues include such topics as the training of psychotherapists and the ethical issues involved in psychotherapy. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PSYC 354 or PSYC 365 or departmental approval.

PSYC420: Packaged Computer Programs for Psychology (1 hour lecture)

A detailed review on the use of a computer package for the purpose of doing statistical analyses of psychological data. The instructor will select one such package for presentation and choose among SSPS, EcStatic, BMD, SAS, and others. Instruction will be provided on coding, data entry, menu selection, score transformation, and exporting. 1 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.

PSYC459: Special Topics in Psychology (3 hours lecture)

An in-depth view of important theoretical and methodological issues in a specific area of psychology. The area to be covered is chosen by the instructor. The course permits the instructor and students to examine psychological issues which are either not covered in the curriculum or which deserve more in-depth treatment than is possible in a regular course. The course may be repeated once for a maximum of 6.0 credits as part of major degree requirements in psychology. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PSYC 301.

PSYC488: Seminar in Cognitive Science (3 hours seminar)

Seminar discussion of foundation works and contemporary research articles in Cognitive Science. With the instructor's guidance and supervision, each student will define an area of Cognitive Science for comprehensive in-depth review of research and write a literature review. Professional issues in Cognitive Science are discussed. Cross listed with Linguistics LNGN 488. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: LNGN 300 or CMPT 288 or LNGN 288 or PHIL 288 or PSYC 288.

PSYC491: Independent Study I: Research

Individual research project under supervision of a professor in the department. 1 - 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.

PSYC492: Independent Study II: Research

Individual research project under supervision of a professor in the department. 1 - 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.

PSYC495: Psychology Honors I (4 hours lecture)

With the instructor's guidance and supervision, each student will define an area of psychology for a comprehensive, in-depth review of research; generate research questions and hypotheses; delineate appropriate design, methodology and statistical analyses to answer these questions and test these hypotheses; collect and analyze preliminary data; and write an Honors Thesis Proposal. 4 sh.

Prerequisites: PSYC 301; departmental approval; overall GPA of 3.5.

PSYC496: Psychology Honors II (4 hours lecture)

This course constitutes the second semester of Psychology Honors. Students are expected to gather, analyze and interpret the data for their honors project, write the analysis and discussion chapters, and submit their completed honors thesis. Students who successfully complete this course will graduate with honors in psychology. 4 sh.

Prerequisites: Completion of PSYC 495 with a grade of A or A-.