Psychology

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Neuroscience


NEUR-101 Introduction to Neuroscience

This course introduces students to the interdisciplinary field of neuroscience: the study of the neural basis of complex behavioral and cognitive phenomena. Topics include the structure and function of the nervous system, basic neurophysiology, development, memory and attention, sensory systems, psychopathology, and the impact of neuroscience research on society. This course includes a laboratory component where students will be actively engaged in the process of scientific inquiry. 4 SH. CC: Scientific Explorations.

NEUR-510 Neuroscience Research I

Neuroscience Student Research I introduces students to methods and techniques of neuroscience research in the context of a collaborative research project. Prerequisite: Senior standing in neuroscience or instructor's permission. Capstone. 4 s.h.

NEUR-511 Neuroscience Student Research II

Collaborative research with an emphasis on presentation of data and explanation of results. Prerequisite: NEUR-510 or instructor's permission. CC: Oral Intensive, Writing Intensive.

Psychology


PSYC-101 Principles of Psychology

Introduces principles and theories of behavior. Topics include biopsychology, sensation and perception, learning and memory, and physical and behavioral development. Also covers personality theory and assessment, social and cultural influences on behavior, and behavior pathology and treatment.

PSYC-123 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences

Methods in collecting, organizing, summarizing, analyzing and interpreting numerical data. Topics include organizing data in table and graph formats; measures of central tendency, dispersion, relative standing, and correlation; probability; and hypothesis testing. Students may earn credit for only one of the introductory statistics courses offered by the departments of Management, Psychology and Mathematical Sciences.

PSYC-201 Special Topics in Psychology

Examines selected topics in psychology, depending on student and instructor interest. Course may be repeated for credit if topic is different. 2 - 4 SH.

PSYC-223 Research Methods in Psychology

Basic research methods. Covers naturalistic observation, surveys, and experimental and quasi-experimental designs. Lecture and lab. Prerequisites: PSYC-101 and PSYC-123.

PSYC-230 Social Psychology

The study of how individuals are influenced by social interactions. Examines social phenomena, such as attitude change, conformity, impression formation, stereotyping, aggression and helping. Emphasizes scientific methods and results, explanatory theories and applications to practical problems. Prerequisite: PSYC-101.

PSYC-232 Environmental Psychology

The study of how people interact with the environment - both natural and built. Topics covered include environmental perception and cognition; worldviews and attitudes toward nature; impact of environmental factors such as weather, on behavior and mood; reactions to natural and technological disasters; personal space, territoriality, and crowding; and psychological factors in urban planning and in residential, educational, and commercial design. Prerequisite: PSYC-101.

PSYC-238 Developmental Psychology: Childhood

Human development during infancy and childhood. Emphasizes development and behavioral changes in the biological, cognitive and social cognitive domains. Includes physical, cognitive, emotional, language, moral, social and self-concept development. Examines culture as a context for development and behavior. Requires 12 hours of field experience. Prerequisite: PSYC-101.

PSYC-239 Developmental Psychology: Adolescence

Human development through adolescence. Emphasizes development and behavioral changes in the biological, cognitive and social cognitive domains. Includes pubertal, intellectual, emotional, communicative, moral, social and identity development. Examines culture as a context for development and behavior. Prerequisite: PSYC-101.

PSYC-240 Developmental Psych: Adulthood & Aging

Human development from the adult years through death. Emphasizes development and behavioral changes in the biological, cognitive and social cognitive domains. Includes physical and hormonal changes, intelligence, emotions, communication, career and retirement issues, family changes, relationships and marriage, and death and dying. Examines culture as a context for development and behavior. Prerequisite: PSYC-101.

PSYC-242 Health Psychology

Reviews important topics in this field, from both the psychological and bio-medical perspective. Topics covered include stress and its management, health-related decision-making, chronic disease and the involvement of psychosocial factors in medical care settings. Emphasis is placed on evaluating the impact of these areas upon everyday life and in clinical settings. Prerequisite: PSYC-101 and sophomore standing.

PSYC-243 Drugs, Society, and Behavior

Examines the physiological and psychological effects of a wide variety of legal and illegal drugs as well as patterns of drug use. Includes behavioral, pharmacological and neurological points of view. Stresses factual and unbiased information which is presented in a non-judgmental fashion.

PSYC-245 Personality

Covers major theoretical perspectives on personality structure and development, with an emphasis on supporting research and practical applications. Prerequisite: PSYC-101.

PSYC-250 Educational Psychology

An overview of psychological and educational principles as they apply to the classroom. Topics include instructional planning, developmental characteristics of students, and learning theories. Also covers evaluation, discipline and classroom management. Requires 20 hours of field experience. Same as EDUC-250.

PSYC-252 Learning Styles and Preferences

Focuses on cognitive and learning styles, learning preferences, learning modalities, multiple intelligences, and emotional intelligence. Similarities and differences among these concepts are explored, and the latest research in each area is examined. Students have the opportunity to assess their own learning styles and preferences and to learn how this knowledge can be beneficial in their daily interactions. Prerequisite: PSYC-101.

PSYC-320 Abnormal Psychology

Examines the causes, symptoms and treatment of mental disorders. Also addresses theoretical perspectives, research methodology, the diagnostic process, assessment procedures, and ethical issues associated with the field. Prerequisite: PSYC-101 and sophomore standing.

PSYC-322 Psychological Testing

Introduces the development, characteristics and use of psychological tests. Covers methods of constructing, administering and evaluating tests. Reviews tests of abilities, personality, interest and attitudes. Also explores technical problems and ethical issues common in psychological testing. Prerequisites: PSYC-101 and PSYC-123.

PSYC-323 Advanced Research Design/Analysis

Continues and expands topics introduced in PS:123 Statistics for Behavioral Sciences. Emphasizes the design and analysis of multifactor experiments. Examines designs,including completely randomized, randomized block and split-plot factorial designs. Also covers Latin and Greco-Latin square designs and covariance designs. Prerequisites: PSYC-101, PSYC-223, and statistics.

PSYC-334 Psychology of Gender

Explores current theory and research in the development of gender and consequences of gender roles. Covers evolutionary, biological, psychoanalytic, cognitive, social learning, and cross-cultural perspectives on gender, as well as approaches that seek to understand interactions among these influences. Prerequisite: PSYC-101 or SOCI-101 and junior standing. Same as WMST-334.

PSYC-337 Psy of Exceptional Individuals

An overview of the characteristics and instruction of children exhibiting developmental disabilities, physical challenges, learning disabilities, social and emotional disorders, sensory impairments, and giftedness. Also considers the history of special education and significant legislation in the field. Requires 12 hours of field experience. Prerequisite: PSYC-101.

PSYC-340 Cognitive Psychology

An examination of how the mind works through the mental process underlying attention, perception, memory, language, reasoning, and decision-making, on both behavioral and physiological levels. Prerequisite: PSYC-101.

PSYC-342 Behavioral Neuroscience

Explores neurophysiological influences on behavior. Topics may include human communication, learning and memory, visual processing, ingestive behavior, sleep, emotion and stress, addiction, aggression, reproductive behavior, and neurological and neuropsychological disorders. Prerequisite: PSYC-101.

PSYC-344 Learning Processes

Examines principles and theories of classical and instrumental conditioning, including the roles of contiguity and contingency, reinforcement, cognitive and behavioral models of classical conditioning and instrumental learning, and factors influencing learning. Prerequisite: PSYC-101.

PSYC-346 Sensation and Perception

Explores how individuals take in information from the environment and interpret it meaningfully. Focuses on the visual and auditory systems, but also covers olfaction, taste, and touch. Covers the anatomy of human sensory systems and the neural and cognitive processes that turn sensations into perceptions of the world. Prerequisite: PSYC-101.

PSYC-350 Psych, Culture, and Ethnicity

A critical examination of the role of culture in human development and behavior. Explores: (a) the universality and diversity of human biological, cognitive, social, and emotional development and behavior within and across racial, ethnic, and cultural groups, (b) the contexts in which multiple cultures intersect or interact with one another and the historical, institutional, and personal factors that influence or regulate these interactions, and (c) the theoretical and methodological approaches psychologists use to explore these issues. Prerequisite: PSYC-101 or SOCI-101 and junior standing.

PSYC-360 Behavioral Neuroscience Laboratory

Using behavioral neuroscience methods and procedures to investigate action potential dynamics, neuroanatomy, visual processing, learning and memory processes, and emotion regulation. Prerequisite: PSYC-342 to be taken concurrently or as a prerequisite.

PSYC-361 Cognitive Psychology Laboratory

Investigates cognitive phenomena including attention, memory, and problem-solving, using appropriate experimental methodology and techniques. Prerequisite: PSYC-340 to be taken currently or as a prerequisite.

PSYC-362 Learning Processes Laboratory

This course provides an experience with the experimental methods employed in the study of learning. The course utilizes laboratory techniques to examine the principles and theories of classical and instrumental conditioning. Prerequisite: PSYC-344 to be taken concurrently or as a prerequisite.

PSYC-363 Sensation and Perception Lab

Accompanies PSYC-346 Sensation and Perception. Provides direct experience with this topic area through participation in perception studies, collection and analysis of data, and reading and discussion of relevant source literature. Prerequisite: PSYC-346 to be taken concurrently or as a prerequisite.

PSYC-400 Advanced Topics in Psychology

Examines selected advanced topics in psychology, depending on student and instructor interest. Course may be repeated for credit if topic is different. Prerequisite: any 200-level or higher psychology course, junior or senior standing.

PSYC-421 Directed Research

Student/faculty collaborative research in the student's area of interest. Introduces the methodologies and problems of doing original research in psychology. Lecture and lab. Prerequisites: PSYC-101, PSYC-223, and permission of the instructor.

PSYC-450 Introduction to Counseling

An introduction to the counseling profession. Includes basic helping skills, selected intervention techniques, issues in counseling special client populations and professional ethics. Prerequisite: PSYC-320 and junior standing.

PSYC-500 Internship

Practical experience in an approved work setting. The student is responsible for arranging the internship and completing a learning contract with the faculty supervisor. May be repeated once for a maximum of 6 SH. 2 or 4 SH.

PSYC-501 Independent Study

PSYC-505 Research Apprenticeship

Provides student with the opportunity to collaborate on a faculty research project as part of a close mentoring relationship where students learn advanced research methods and data management in a one-on-one setting. Involves a commitment of 5 hours per week per SH of course credit. Open only to students who meet criteria set by supervisor and only when positions are available. May be taken multiple times to a total of 4 SH. Prerequisites: Permission of faculty supervisor.

PSYC-510 Independent Study

Provides an opportunity to work individually with the instructor for focused reading, study, and reflection about a particular topic area. Permission of the instructor required.

PSYC-525 Independent Research

Students complete an individual research project in their area of interest working closely with a faculty supervisor. Prerequisites: PSYC-421 and permission of supervisor.

PSYC-526 Independent Research

Students complete an individual research project in their area of interest, working closely with a faculty supervisor. Prerequisites: PSYC-421 and permission of supervisor.

PSYC-527 Practicum

Supervised field experience in student-selected applied settings. Includes related writing assignments. Prerequisites: Qualified juniors and seniors only. PSYC-101, PSYC-320, and PSYC-450. Minimum 2.80 GPA and permission of the instructor.

PSYC-528 Practicum

Supervised field experience in student-selected applied settings. Includes related writing assignments. PSYC-527 and PSYC-528 may be taken consecutively or concurrently. Prerequisites: Qualified juniors and seniors only. PSYC-101, PSYC-320, and PSYC-450. Minimum 2.80 GPA and permission of instructor.



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