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  • Prerequisites
  • General Education
  • Writing Emphasis
  • Travel Course
  • Repeatable
  • Additional Fees
Credits3
Lecture
Spring
Fall
PSYCH-102

Introduction to Psychology

Understanding of behavior from psychophysiological, cognitive, social and clinical perspectives; important issues, methods and findings in the study of psychological process.

  • Gen Ed: Social Sciences 1
Credits3
Lecture
PSYCH-198

First Year Seminar

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Prerequisites
Reserved for New Incoming Freshman
    Credits1-4
    Field EXP
    PSYCH-299

    Travel Course

    • Pre-Requisites
    • General Education
    • Travel Course
    • Repeatable

    Travel courses are conducted to various parts of the world and are led by one or more faculty members. May be repeated to different locations.

    Prerequisites
    P: cons of instr & prior trip arr & financial deposit.
    • Gen Ed: World Culture
    • Travel Course
    • Course is repeatable for credit.
    Credits4
    Lecture
    Spring
    Fall
    PSYCH-300

    Experimental Psychology

    Experimental methods in psychological research; designing and drawing conclusions from experimental research; critiques of research reports; individual and group laboratory projects.

    Prerequisites
    P: Psych 102; Comm Sci 205 or Math 260 or BUS ADM 215 and 217 or BUS ADM 216. REC: Comm Sci 205.
      Credits3
      Lecture
      Spring
      PSYCH-305

      Psychology of Stereotyping and Prejudice

      • Pre-Requisites
      • General Education
      • Writing Emphasis

      This course provides an overview of the causes and effects of stereotyping and prejudice from a psychological perspective. It also explores when stereotypes are used, how they are measured, and how they can be reduced.

      Prerequisites
      P: Psych 102
      • Gen Ed: Ethnic Studies
      Credits3
      Lecture
      Spring
      Fall
      PSYCH-308

      Physiological Psychology

      Introduction to the biological bases of behavior. Basic sensory, motor, and brain mechanisms are described in reference to normal and abnormal behaviors. Drugs and hormone effects on infants and adults are also discussed.

      Prerequisites
      P: Psych 102 AND Hum Biol 102 or Biology 202
        Credits3
        Lecture
        Spring
        PSYCH-310

        Drugs and Behavior

        Psychoactive drugs will be studied regarding their effects on the brain, behaviors and society.

        Prerequisites
        P: Psych 102 AND Hum Biol 102 or Biology 202
          Credits3
          Lecture
          Spring
          Fall
          PSYCH-330

          Social Psychology

          An exploration of theory, method, and empirical results regarding individual behavior in groups. Major topics include social cognition, aggression, helping, and attraction.

          Prerequisites
          P: Psych 102 AND Psych 300 or Comm Sci 301 or Hum Dev 302.
            Credits3
            Lecture
            Fall
            PSYCH-350

            Psychology and Culture

            A cross-cultural examination of core psychological processes and areas of study, such as cognition, emotion, development, and personality.

            Prerequisites
            P: Psych 102; Psych 300 or Comm Sci 301 or Hum Dev 302.
            • Gen Ed: World Culture
            Credits3
            Lecture
            Spring
            PSYCH-390

            Environmental Psychology

            Human-environment relationships; examines ways in which the physical environment influences human behavior.

            Prerequisites
            P: Psych 102.
              Credits3
              Lecture
              Spring
              Fall
              PSYCH-401

              Psychology of Women

              The psychology of women examines traditional and feminist approaches to women in psychological theory and research as frameworks for understanding women's development and experience in family, academic, work, and relationship roles. The interacting influences of biology, socialization, and cultural context are considered.

              Prerequisites
              P: Psych 102.
                Credits3
                Lecture
                Fall
                PSYCH-415

                Organizational and Personnel Psychology

                Examines the human side of organizations from a scientific framework. Topics include job analysis, performance appraisal, employee selection, training, motivation, job satisfaction, work teams, leadership, and organization development.

                Prerequisites
                P: jr. st.; Psych 102 AND Psych 300 or Comm Sci 301 or Hum Dev 302.
                  Credits3
                  Lecture
                  Spring
                  Fall
                  PSYCH-417

                  Psychology of Cognitive Processes

                  Contemporary theory and research on thinking processes; how people understand and interpret events around them; attention, recognition, thinking, memory, language, imagery and problem-solving.

                  Prerequisites
                  P: jr. st.; Psych 102 AND Psych 300 or Comm Sci 301 or Hum Dev 302
                    Credits3
                    Lecture
                    Spring
                    Fall
                    PSYCH-420

                    Test and Measurements

                    An overview of the uses and underlying psychometric concepts of psychological tests. Examines selected tests in the areas of intelligence, personality, achievement, and interest assessment. Discusses controversial social, legal, ethical, and cultural issues related to testing.

                    Prerequisites
                    P: jr. st.; Psych 102 AND upper level Psch or Hum Dev course AND Psych 300 or Comm Sci 301 or Hum Dev 302.
                      Credits3
                      Lecture
                      Fall
                      PSYCH-424

                      Psychology of Emotion

                      This is an advanced undergraduate psychology course designed to expose students to the science of emotion. Students will become acquainted with the many ways in which biological, cultural, cognitive, and other factors can contribute to our emotions.

                      Prerequisites
                      P: Psych 102 and Psych 300 or Hum Dev 302.
                        Credits3
                        Lecture
                        Spring
                        Fall
                        PSYCH-429

                        Theories of Personality

                        Major ideas about the organization, function, change and development of human personality as discussed by a variety of personality theorists.

                        Prerequisites
                        P: Psych 102 AND Psych 300 or Comm Sci 301 or Hum Dev 302.
                          Credits3
                          Lecture
                          PSYCH-430

                          History and Systems of Psychology

                          Major schools, figures, trends and systems of thought in the field of psychology; shifts in the conceptualization of the problems, phenomena, methods and tasks for psychology.

                          Prerequisites
                          P: Psych 102 and 300 and one upper level Psych course and jr st.
                            Credits3
                            Lecture
                            Spring
                            Fall
                            PSYCH-435

                            Abnormal Psychology

                            Major psychological, biological, and sociocultural models of abnormal behavior, including problems of childhood, adolescence, and aging. Contextual issues are emphasized, including the influence of culture, social class, and gender on diagnosis and treatment.

                            Prerequisites
                            P: Psych 102
                              Credits3
                              Lecture
                              Spring
                              Fall
                              PSYCH-438

                              Counseling Across the Lifespan

                              An introduction to the various contemporary approaches to the theory of counseling; a developmental approach to counseling children and adults across the lifespan; a consideration of values, ethics, and culture in the counseling process.

                              Prerequisites
                              P: jr. st.; Psych 102 AND upper level Psych or Hum Dev course AND Psych 300 or Comm Sci 301 or Hum Dev 302.
                                Credits3
                                Lecture
                                Spring
                                PSYCH-440

                                Multicultural Counseling and Mental Health

                                This course involves an exploration of cultural groups, beliefs, and practices within the U.S. and focuses on ways that culture, race, ethnicity, and associated concepts, such as oppression and privilege, influence definitions and treatments of mental illness.

                                Prerequisites
                                P: Jr st; Psych 102 AND Psych 435 or 438.
                                • Gen Ed: Ethnic Studies
                                Credits3
                                Lecture
                                Spring
                                PSYCH-450

                                Health Psychology

                                This course examines how health, illness, and medicine can be studied from a psychological perspective. Topics include coping with stress, leading a healthy lifestyle, factors influencing smoking, alcohol use, and exercise, the patient-practitioner interaction, and chronic and terminal illness.

                                Prerequisites
                                P: jr. st.; Psych 102 AND Psych 300 or Comm Sci 301 or Hum Dev 302.
                                  Credits3
                                  Lecture
                                  Spring
                                  PSYCH-460

                                  Clinical Child Psychology

                                  An in-depth analysis of psychiatric disorders that occur during childhood and adolescence.

                                  Prerequisites
                                  P: Psych 102 AND Psych 435 or 438.
                                    Credits1-6
                                    Field EXP
                                    Spring
                                    Fall
                                    PSYCH-495

                                    Teaching Assistantship

                                    Students will learn the different components related to successful instruction. This will include theoretical perspective, empirical research, and pedagogical techniques relating to teaching that they can apply to a broad array of future teaching and learning experiences.

                                    Prerequisites
                                    P: Psych 102, 3.0 GPA in Psych, and consent of inst; REC: sr st.
                                    • Course is repeatable to 6 credits.
                                    Credits1-6
                                    Field EXP
                                    Spring
                                    Fall
                                    PSYCH-496

                                    Research Assistantship

                                    Students will assist faculty in conducting research. Responsibilities may include literature reviews, library investigations, questionnaire development, recruitment and interviewing of research participants, data collection, management of research studies, data entry, and some statistical analysis.

                                    Prerequisites
                                    P: Psych 102 and consent of instr. REC: Psych 300 or Comm Sci 205.
                                    • Course is repeatable to 6 credits.
                                    Credits1-12
                                    Field EXP
                                    Spring
                                    Fall
                                    PSYCH-497

                                    Internship

                                    Supervised practical experience in an organization or activity appropriate to a student's career and educational interests. Internships are supervised by faculty members and require periodic student/faculty meetings.

                                    Prerequisites
                                    P: jr st and gpa > or = 3.00.
                                    • Course is repeatable for credit.
                                    Credits1-4
                                    IND Study
                                    Spring
                                    Fall
                                    PSYCH-498

                                    Independent Study

                                    Independent study is offered on an individual basis at the student's request and consists of a program of learning activities planned in consultation with a faculty member. A student wishing to study or conduct research in an area not represented in available scheduled courses should develop a preliminary proposal and seek the sponsorship of a faculty member. The student's advisor can direct him or her to instructors with appropriate interests. A written report or equivalent is required for evaluation, and a short title describing the program must be sent early inthe semester to the registrar for entry on the student's transcript.

                                    Prerequisites
                                    P: fr or so st with cum gpa > or = 2.50; or jr or sr st with cum gpa > or = 2.00.
                                    • Course is repeatable for credit.
                                    Credits1-6
                                    Field EXP
                                    PSYCH-499

                                    Travel Course

                                    • Pre-Requisites
                                    • General Education
                                    • Travel Course
                                    • Repeatable

                                    Travel courses are conducted to various parts of the world and are led by one or more faculty members. May be repeated to different locations.

                                    Prerequisites
                                    P: cons of instr & prior trip arr & financial deposit.
                                    • Gen Ed: World Culture
                                    • Travel Course
                                    • Course is repeatable for credit.
                                    Credits3
                                    Lecture
                                    Fall
                                    PSYCH-615

                                    Organizational and Personnel Psychology

                                    Examines the human side of organizations from a scientific framework. Topics include job analysis, performance appraisal, employee selection, training, motivation, job satisfaction, work teams, leadership, and organization development.

                                    Prerequisites
                                    P: gr st.
                                      Credits3
                                      Lecture
                                      Spring
                                      Fall
                                      PSYCH-620

                                      Test and Measurements

                                      An overview of the uses and underlying psychometric concepts of psychological tests. Examines selected tests in the areas of intelligence, personality, achievement, and interest assessment. Discusses controversial social, legal, ethical, and cultural issues related to testing. P: gr st. (F,S)

                                      Prerequisites
                                      P: gr st.
                                        Credits3
                                        Lecture
                                        PSYCH-629

                                        Theories of Personality

                                        P: gr st.

                                        Prerequisites
                                        P: gr st.