Psychology Course Descriptions

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PSY 2003: General Psychology

ACTS Common Course - PSYC 1103

An introduction to basic concepts in the study of behavior and to elementary principles of genetics, individual differences, motivation, emotion, personality, sensation, and perception.

PSY 2023: Consumer Psychology

An introduction to the application of psychological principles to the study of the acts of individuals involved in obtaining and using economic goods and services, including the decision making processes that precede and determine these acts. Emphasis is placed on the role of perception, learning, personality, and attitude change.

PSY 2033: Psychology of Adjustment

A course to provide a broad introduction to psychology as applied to human behavior. Focus is on the theoretical and experimental issues underlying the development and function of mental and emotional states. Emphasis is on normal functioning.

$20 testing fee.

PSY 2053: Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences

Cross-listed: SOC 2053

Prerequisites: MATH 1003, or higher, and PSY 2003 or SOC 1003, or consent.

An introduction to descriptive and inferential statistical methods pertinent to behavioral sciences research, including correlation, sampling distributions, t-tests, chi square and analysis of variance. Emphasis is upon the logical and applied aspects.

PSY 2063: Research Design for the Behavioral Sciences

Cross-listed: SOC 2063

Prerequisite: PSY 2003 or SOC 1003

This course is designed to introduce you to the foundations of behavioral science, the logic of research design and the many possible modes of operation. This class focuses on teaching students in the behavioral sciences the basic principles that guide the research process, the elements of research design, how to read and critique research articles, and how to write a literature review for a research project.

PSY 2074: Experimental Psychology

Prerequisites: PSY 2003 and PSY (SOC) 2053

A study of research methods in psychology. Emphasis is placed upon developing skills in data gathering and analysis, report writing and application of basic research strategies.

Three hours lecture, two hours laboratory per week.

PSY 2093: Human Sexuality

A survey of the psychological themes associated with human sexuality. Topics include, but are not limited to: love and intimacy, sexual behaviors, sexual problems, gender, and sexual orientation.

PSY 2133: Cross-Cultural Psychology

This course is designed to link basic principles in cross-cultural developmental psychology and practical everyday events and questions as above ones together to help students cultivate a global and multicultural perspective on human behavior and gain an understanding of, and appreciation for, human development as it takes place in diverse cultural settings throughout the world. Experiential learning will be an important component of this course. Each student will have a chance to observe the behavior of a child/adolescent of different ethnic background from his or her own and develop their own cross-cultural viewpoint on human development.

PSY 3003: Abnormal Psychology

Prerequisite: PSY 2003

This course focuses on the theories and representative research about the presentation, etiology, and treatment of mental disorders.

PSY 3013: Psychosocial Aspects of Death and Dying

Cross-listed: SOC 3013

Prerequisite: Upper division standing.

This course studies the psychosocial and sociological aspects of death. The course will provide a basic insight into the dynamics surrounding death from the individual and societal level, its impact on survivors, and the effect death has on the living.

PSY 3033: The Criminal Mind

Cross-listed: CJ 3033

Prerequisite: PSY 2003

The course familiarizes students with various models, theories, and research regarding criminality from a psychological perspective. Genetic, constitutional, and biological factors will be emphasized, and some practical applications to dealing with criminals will be considered.

PSY 3053: Physiological Psychology

Prerequisites: PSY 2003, BIOL 2124, or BIOL 1014

An introduction to the physiological correlates of behavior, with emphasis upon the nervous system.

PSY 3063: Developmental Psychology I

Prerequisite: PSY 2003

A study of how the maturation process affects an individual's physical and psychological state from conception through adolescence. Representative topics include (but not limited to) genetic influences, child cognitive processes, moral reasoning, and testing.

PSY 3073: Psychology of Learning

Prerequisite: Twelve hours of psychology.

An introduction to the basic processes in learning and conditioning, including human and animal experimental findings. Emphasis will be placed on conditioning paradigms, reinforcement principles, memory functions and their use in behavior change.

PSY 3083: Psychology of Women

The purpose of this course is to examine the lives of girls and women, including topics such as gender stereotypes, the development of gender roles, gender comparisons, women and work, love relationships, women's physical and mental health, violence against women, and women in later adulthood. Students who take this course should acquire an understanding of what it means to be female in North America.

PSY 3093: Industrial Psychology

Prerequisite: PSY 2003

A survey of psychological applications in industrial settings with emphasis upon selection, placement, and training techniques; organizational theory; and decision making processes.

PSY 3133: Self and Society

Cross-listed: SOC 3133

Prerequisite: SOC 1003 or PSY 2003

A sociological survey of the ways in which social structure and personality interact. Topics typically covered are: socialization, attitudes and value formation and change, and group influences upon self-concept and self-esteem.

PSY 3141, 3142, 3143, 3144: Seminar in Psychology

A directed seminar in an area of psychology. The specific focus will depend upon research underway, student need, and current developments in the field of psychology.

Note: May be repeated for credit if course content differs.

PSY 3153: Theories of Personality

Prerequisite: Six hours of psychology.

An introduction to the various theoretical viewpoints of the normal personality structure and its development.

PSY 3163: Developmental Psychology II

Prerequisite: PSY 2003

The study of how the maturation process affects an individual's physical and psychological state from adolescence through old age. Representative topics include (but not limited to) early, middle, and late adulthood biological, psychosocial and cognitive development.

PSY 3173: Psychology of Consciousness

Prerequisite: Upper division standing.

An introduction to the various theoretical viewpoints as to the topic of consciousness and how it is investigated.

PSY 3184: Animal Behavior

Cross-listed: BIOL 3184

Prerequisite: sophomore standing in biology or psychology, or approval of instructor.

An introductory course in animal behavior covering behavioral responses in primitive and advanced animals exposed to a wide range of environmental and social conditions. Laboratory exercises will include field as well as in-lab exercises and will focus on observational techniques and analyses of behavioral patterns in vertebrates and invertebrates.

Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours. $40 laboratory fee.

PSY 3813: Lifespan Development

Prerequisites: NURS major, PSY major with 90 earned hours, or instructor permission.

A study of the processes of human development from conception through the lifespan. Research, application, and other considerations for nursing majors will be emphasized. Topics include, but are not limited to: how the maturation process affects an individual's physical and psychological state, genetic influences, child cognitive processes, moral reasoning, and early, middle, and late adulthood biological, psychosocial, and cognitive developmental processes.

PSY 4003: Advanced Research Method and Lab for Psychology

Prerequisites: PSY 2003, 2053, and 2063

A study of research methods in psychology. Emphasis is placed upon developing skills in data gathering and analysis, report writing and application of basic research strategies.

PSY 4013: History of Psychology

Prerequisite: PSY 2003

A survey of the developments in psychology from the ancient Greeks to the emergence of psychology as a modern experimental science.

PSY 4033: Psychological Tests and Measurements

Prerequisites: Twelve hours of psychology and PSY (SOC) 2053.

Theory of psychological testing, statistical procedures, and training in administration, scoring and profiling of various tests of ability, achievement, interests, and personality.

$20 testing fee.

PSY 4043: Social Psychology

Cross-listed: SOC 4043

Prerequisite: Upper division standing or permission.

The study of how individuals are influenced by the actual or implied presence of other persons. Emphasis is placed on attitudes, social cognition, social influence, aggression, altruism, self and other perception.

PSY 4053: Psychology of Perception

Prerequisite: Nine hours of psychology or consent.

The study of general perceptual process. While the main senses will be covered, emphasis will be placed on visual functioning. The role of perception in organismic adaptation will be explored.

PSY 4073: Cognitive Psychology

Prerequisite: 60 hours including 9 hours of psychology or permission of instructor.

A study of the basic principles of mental processes, and their influence on behavior. Specifically, the course focuses on the conscious and unconscious processes involved in the acquisition, storage, transformation, and use of knowledge.

PSY 4133: Psychopharmacology

Prerequisites: PSY 2003, 2053, or permission of instructor.

An introduction to the field of psychopharmacology. Representative topics include (but are not limited to) neuronal structures and processes, neurochemicals and neurotransmission, and the biological basis and pharmacological treatment of neurodegenerative diseases and mental illness.

PSY 4951, 4952, 4953, 4954: Undergraduate Research in Psychology

Offered: On demand

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

Advanced students carry out independent research activity relating to a significant problem in a major field of study. Supervised by faculty member. Formal report and presentation required. One to four credits depending on problem selected and effort made.

PSY 4991, 4992, 4993, 4994: Special Problems in Psychology

Prerequisites: Eighteen hours of psychology and prior permission of instructor.

Independent work under individual guidance of a faculty member.