Psychological Science Courses

101 Introduction to Psychology (1)
Covers the principal areas of psychology. Participation in faculty-supervised experiments required of students age 18 and over. Psychology 101 is a prerequisite for all other psychology courses. Staff.

187, 188, 189 Selected Topics (1/4, 1/2, 1)
An examination of subjects or areas not included in other courses. Staff.

204 Research Design and Analysis I (1)
Prerequisites: Psychology 101 with a grade of 2.0 or higher and a 200-level lecture-based course, or permission of instructor.
An introduction to the theory and practice of research methods in psychology with an emphasis on descriptive designs. Focuses on naturalistic, archival, and survey methodology with discussion of descriptive statistics, probability, Chi-square, z-scores, correlation, and multiple regression. Lecture and laboratory. Course normally taken during second year. Christopher, Elischberger, Francis, Hill, Jechura, Wieth, Staff.

206 Research Design and Analysis II (1)
Prerequisite: Psychology 204 with a grade of 2.0 or higher, or permission of instructor.
Further exploration of the theory and practice of research methods in psychology with an emphasis on experimental designs. Focuses on both simple and complex designs with discussion of z-test, t-test, ANOVA (one-way, repeated measures and factorial), and MANOVA. Lecture and laboratory. Course normally taken during second year. Christopher, Elischberger, Hill, Jechura, Wieth, Staff.

210 Educational Psychology (1)
Prerequisite: Psychology 101 or Education 101.
Educational psychologists develop and apply theories of teaching, learning, and human development to determine the most effective ways for educators to teach students. Ideas about human learning and development impact many teaching activities, including lesson planning, structuring exercises, and diagnosing learning difficulties. Students will discuss how educational psychologists have studied and contributed to educational approaches worldwide including instructional design, educational technology, curriculum development for different content areas, classroom organizational learning, special education and classroom management. This course advances students’ understanding of what constitutes typical learning and development, and the mechanisms that influence learning in educational settings across the globe. Francis.

236 Social Psychology (1)
Prerequisite: Psychology 101.
The scientific study of the ways people think, feel and behave in social situations. Topics include self-perception and self-presentation, person perception, stereo-typing and prejudice, interpersonal attraction and close relationships, altruism, aggression, attitudes and persuasion, conformity, and group processes. Also examines theory and research in several applied areas of social psychology, including law and health. Hill, Staff.

241 Neuroscience I: Brain Structure and Function (1)
Prerequisite: Psychology 101, or Biology 195, or permission of instructor.
An introduction to brain structure and function. Emphasis on the way the nervous system is organized to process information, construct representations of the world and generate adaptive behavior. Lecture, discussion, dissection. Same as NEUR 241. Jechura, Keyes, Schmitter, Wieth, Wilson.

243 Psychology of Perception (1)
Prerequisite: Psychology 101.
Operation of sensory systems and major principles of perception. Addresses the classical question, "Why do things look as they do?'' Not offered every year. Wieth.

245 Psychology of Learning (1)
Prerequisite: Psychology 101.
A survey of major concepts and issues in conditioning, learning and memory processes. Emphasizes research dealing with the ways learning and memory interact with other variables such as development and species-typical behavior. Lecture and laboratory. Not offered every year. Wilson.

251 Child and Adolescent Development (1)
Prerequisite: Psychology 101.
Focuses on physical, cognitive, social and emotional development with emphasis on the periods of infancy, childhood and adolescence. Reviews methods for studying the developing person and major theoretical approaches. Elischberger, Francis, Keyes, Staff.

260 Psychology of Language (1)
Prerequisite: Psychology 101.
Examines the relationship between the uniquely human cognitive capacity of language and other cognitive processes. Acquisition, comprehension, production, and utilization are studied with particular reference to structure and meaning. Not offered every year. Staff.

265 Abnormal Psychology (1)
Prerequisite: Psychology 101.
Reviews major theories of abnormal behavior as well as related techniques of diagnosis and therapy; considers various emotional/behavior problems (e.g., schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, eating disorders and depressions). Keyes, Staff.

267 Psychology of Personality (1)
Prerequisite: Psychology 101.
Examines the major theories of personality. Attention is given to the relevance of each personality theory to the students' own personality development. Staff.

287, 288, 289 Selected Topics (1/4, 1/2, 1)
Prerequisite: Psychology 101.
An examination of subjects or areas not included in other courses. Staff.

304 Psychological Assessment (1)
Prerequisite: Psychology 204.
The principles of psychological assessment and the general process of clinical diagnosis. Deals with the construction, evaluation, administration and interpretation of widely-used measuring instruments. Offered in alternate years. Staff.

330 Health Psychology (1)
Prerequisites: Psychology 101 and 204, or permission of instructor.
The role of behavior in the prevention of disease and in the enhancement of health. Looks at behavior in relation to stress, pain, cardiovascular disease, cancer, alcohol abuse, weight control, psychoneuroimmunology. Contrasts biomedical and biopsychosocial approaches to health and disease. Jechura.

336 Research in Social Psychology (1)
Prerequisites: Psychology 206 with a grade of 2.0 or higher and 236, or permission of instructor.
Focuses on either social cognitive processes or interpersonal relations. Guides the upper-division student through an intensive review of social psychological theory in either social cognition or interpersonal relations. Emphasizes how to assess and employ methodologies that affect explanations, interpretations, and applications of human social cognition and behavior. Laboratory work stresses the inextricable link between theory, methodology, and statistical analyses. Projects relating to one of these two areas closely parallel the process of professional research in social psychology. Christopher, Hill, Staff.

346 Industrial and Organizational Psychology (1)
Prerequisites: Psychology 101 or E&M 101 and Psychology 204 or E&M 235, or permission of instructor.
Focuses on personnel selection, evaluation and employee training and development. Emphasizes criterion development, motivation, job satisfaction, leadership and conflict resolution in industrial and organizational settings. Christopher, Staff.

348 Research in Behavioral Neuroscience (1)
Prerequisites: Psychology 206 with a grade of 2.0 or higher, 241, and 336 or 378, or permission of instructor.
Examines the methodology of behavioral neuroscience research. Focuses on a review of the major means by which brain/behavior relations can be determined (i.e., lesion, stimulation, and recording studies) as well as an examination of much that has been learned using these procedures. Laboratory work covers at least two of these procedures in detail: human electrophysiology and a lesion, stimulation, or drug experiment in animals. Jechura, Wilson.

351 Research in Developmental Psychology (1)
Prerequisites: Psychology 206 with a grade of 2.0 or higher, 251, and 336 or 378, or permission of instructor.
Focuses on either social/emotional development or cognitive development in infancy, childhood, and adolescence. Covers issues of ethics in research, rapport-building, and subject-recruitment. Emphasizes research techniques (design, data collection, analysis and write-up) used in the study of development. Laboratory work includes experience observing children. Elischberger, Staff.

353 Psychology of Adolescence (1)
Prerequisites: Psychology 101 and 251, or permission of instructor.
Examines the psychological, physical, historical and social forces from early adolescence to young adulthood. Major topics include physical, cognitive and social/emotional development, as well as identity formation, ethnicity, adolescent sexuality, health, delinquency and the impact of schools. Staff.

354 Lifespan Developmental Psychology (1)
Prerequisites: Psychology 101, 204, and 251, or permission of instructor.
Focuses on physical, cognitive, social and emotional development across the lifespan. Adopts an integrative and interdisciplinary approach to understanding the human experience from birth to death. Elischberger, Keyes, Staff.

378 (278) Research in Cognitive Psychology (1)
Prerequisites for 378: Psychology 101 and 206 with a grade of 2.0 or higher.
Prerequisite for 278: Psychology 101. 204 recommended.
A review of recent studies of attention, memory, concept formation, problem solving and related areas. Focuses on the ability of humans to select, code, store, organize and retrieve information. Lecture and laboratory. Offered occasionally as 278, Cognitive Psychology, lecture only. Wieth.

380 Introduction to Counseling (1)
Prerequisites: Psychology 101, 204, 267.
A study of the major theories and current approaches to counseling and psychotherapy. Emphasizes important communication skills necessary in providing a helping relationship to another person. Opportunity is provided through videotape for students to learn and practice some of these basic skills. Staff.

387, 388, 389 Selected Topics (1/4, 1/2, 1)
Prerequisite: Psychology 101 or permission of instructor.
An examination of subjects or areas not included in other courses. May be taken more than once for credit. Staff.

390 Neuropsychopharmacology (1)
Prerequisite: Psychology 204 and 241, or permission of instructor.
Examines the effects of drugs (recreational, therapeutic and experimental) on the physiology of the nervous system and on behavior in order to elucidate the mechanisms by which behavior is controlled by the brain. Introduces the methods and conclusions of modern neuroscience research as it relates to the pharmacology of behavior. Wilson.

395 Forensic Psychology (1)
Prerequisites: Psychology 204, 251 and 265, or permission of instructor.
Explores the psychology of criminal behavior, from causes through prevention or intervention and ending with punishment and rehabilitation. Provides an understanding of the criminal mind, based on knowledge of developmental and abnormal psychology. Staff.

396 History and Philosophy of Psychology (1)
Prerequisites: Psychology 101, 204 and junior or senior standing, or permission of instructor.
Examines the emergence of modern psychology from ancient Greek speculations about the mind and its relation to physical nature. Survey of the major psychological schools and their assumptions about the subject matter and methods of psychology. Jechura, Staff.

398, 399 Practicum (1/2, 1)
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor and declared psychology major, human services concentration, or neuroscience concentration, junior or senior standing.
Supervised experience in an applied setting and the opportunity to reflect upon and evaluate this experience in a weekly group meeting. May be repeated once. Offered on a credit/no credit basis. Keyes.

401, 402 Seminar (1/2, 1)
Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing.
The study of a specific problem area in the discipline. Examples of topics include Psychology of Women and Men, History of Psychology, Psychology and Law, and Culture and Cognition. Staff.

411, 412 Directed Study (1/2, 1)
Highly recommended for majors. Admission is by permission of instructor. Staff.

416 Senior Research Seminar (1)
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
Guides students completing a senior thesis through all aspects of the research process. Focuses on data analysis, interpretation and reporting on the results of student research projects. Considers both theoretical and practical research issues. Staff.