Psychology (PSY) Undergraduate Course Descriptions
PSY 115. Introduction to Psychology [Goal 5]
Survey of contemporary scientific psychology. Includes: biological bases of behavior, cognitive mechanisms, learning/behavioral adaptation, development, social influences, personality, disorders, and treatment. 3 Cr. F, S, SUM.
PSY 116. Introduction to Psychology Laboratory Methods
Psychological study of human behavior and evaluation of psychological research. Use of the scientific method, interactive demonstrations. Integrated Lab. Prereq.: 115. For intended majors only. 2 Cr. F, S.
PSY 201. Psychology Statistics
Descriptive and inferential statistics. Sampling procedures, data analysis, probability, estimation, statistical decision making. Parametric and non-parametric approaches. Prereq.: 115, psychology major or instructor's permission. 3 Cr. F, S, SUM.
PSY 202. Methodology in Psychology
Experimental and descriptive research design and methodology. Integrated lab. Prereq.: 115, 116, 201, or instructor's permission. 3 Cr. F, S, SUM.
PSY 225. Psychology of Women [Goal 5] (Diversity/MGM)
Psychological research, theories and issues relevant to women. Critical analysis of similarities and differences between women and men. Integrated Lab. 3 Cr. F, S, SUM.
PSY 228. Conservation Psychology [Goal 5, Goal 10]
Psychological aspects of conservation and sustainability in the context of environmental, ecological, evolutionary and cross-cultural perspectives including attitudes, values, risk perception, environmental identity, human-nature interactions, behavioral interventions. 3 Cr. S.
PSY 240. Developmental Psychology [Goal 5]
Human development from a life span perspective, including multicultural, theoretical, and research perspectives. Careers in developmental psychology. 3 Cr. F, S, SUM.
PSY 250. Cognitive Psychology
Attention and consciousness, memory, thinking, problem solving, perception and cognitive development. Integrated lab. Prereq.: 115 or instructor's permission. 3 Cr. F, SUM.
PSY 270. Social Psychology
Attitudes, social cognition, attraction, aggression, altruism, prejudice, intimate relationships, the self, and group dynamics. Prereq.: 115 or instructor's permission. 3 Cr. S, SUM.
PSY 282. Human Learning and Memory
Classical and operant conditioning, verbal learning, and memory processes. Integrated lab. 3 Cr. F, SUM.
PSY 323. Environmental Psychology
The environment, use of space, stressors and esthetics as related to human beings, the optimum design of buildings, homes and institutions, and the effect of humans on the natural environment. 3 Cr. F.
PSY 325. Psychology and Modern Life
The impact of modern thought on individuals and society, especially on the family, religion, education, business, and government. 3 Cr. F, S, SUM.
PSY 327. Motivation and Emotion
Biological, learned, and cognitive components of motivated behavior and emotional responses. Prereq.: 115. 3 Cr. F.
PSY 329. Psychology of Sleeping and Dreaming
Psychological, physiological and biochemical aspects of sleeping and dreaming; treatments of sleep disorders; theories of dream interpretation. 3 Cr. DEMAND.
PSY 330. Cross-Cultural Psychology
Exploration of issues influencing individuals and groups in cross-cultural and multicultural contexts. Cultural influences on perception, cognition, emotions, behavior, attitudes, and human development. Prereq.: 115 or instructor's permission. 3 Cr. DEMAND.
PSY 345. Psychology of Death and Dying
Psychological research and theory concerning death and dying rituals and practice. Multicultural rituals and practices. 3 Cr. S, SUM.
PSY 353. Sensation and Perception
Sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch. Classical psychophysics and signal detection theory. Integrated lab. Prereq.: 115, or instructor's permission. 3 Cr. F.
PSY 355. Psychology of Problem Solving and Decision Making
Theoretical models, heuristics, and biases. Applications. Prereq.: 115 or instructor's permission. 3 Cr. S.
PSY 360. Industrial Psychology
Psychological study of people and the world of work. 3 Cr. S.
PSY 375. Psychology of Altruism, Helping and Holocaust Rescue
Definitions and theories of altruism and helping. Topics of altruistic personality, situational determinants, racism/ethnocentrism, emotions, social norms, genetics, development, help seeking, and responses to aid. Case histories of helping and altruistic behavior during the Holocaust of World War II. Prereq.: 115 or instructor's permission. 3 Cr. F.
PSY 378. Theories of Personality
Personality theories and methods for assessing personality. Relations between personality theories and other major areas in psychology. Prereq.: 115 or instructor's permission. 3 Cr. F.
PSY 380. Experimental Psychology
Classic experiments in psychology; collection, manipulation, and report of data. Integrated lab. Prereq.: 115, 116, 201, 202 or instructor's permission. 3 Cr. S.
PSY 386. Physiological Psychology
Physiological and biochemical correlates of such phenomena as arousal, emotion, motivation, learning, and memory. Prereq.: BIOL 103 or equivalent course, PSY 115 or instructor's permission. 3 Cr. S.
PSY 401. Field Experience
Arrangement to be made with supervising professor and field institution supervisor. May be internship, practical experience, volunteer work, etc. Prereq.: 21 hrs. of psychology credits including 115, 116, 201, 202. 3 Cr. F, S.
PSY 402. Psychological Scaling and Measurement.
Measurement in psychology, scaling, data matrices, basic statistics, test development and evaluation, reliability, validity, norms, measurement error, quasi-experimental designs. Prereq.: 202. 3 Cr. DEMAND.
PSY 428. Psychology Teaching Practicum
Training and practical experience in applying instructional and peer advising techniques in educational settings. Course may be repeated for a total of 6 credits. Instructor's permission required. 1-3 Cr. per semester. F, S.
PSY 429. History/Systems of Psychology
The origin and development of current ideas in psychology. Prereq.: 18 psychology credits, or instructor's permission. 3 Cr. S.
PSY 430. Advanced Topics
In-depth exploration of selected topics in psychology such as social cognition, cognitive neuropsychology, new models of intelligence testing, psychobiographical analysis, climate for creativity in organizations, etc. Prereq.: 21 hrs. of psychology credits including 115, 116, 201, 202. 3 Cr. F, S.
PSY 432. Research Topics in Psychology
Literature reviews, research design, data collection, and reporting for research in psychology. May be repeated with different topics up to 6 credits. Prereq.: 21 hrs. of psychology credits, including 115, 116, 201, 202. 3 Cr. F, S.
PSY 435. Readings in Psychology: Classic and Contemporary
Integrative review of the major areas of psychology using classic and contemporary primary sources. Prereq.: completion of PSY core and nine additional PSY credits. 3 Cr. SUM.
Psychology (PSY) Courses for Advanced Undergraduate and Graduate Students
PSY 425/525. Psychology of Creativity
Creativity from the perspective of social, cognitive, transpersonal, organizational, and neurological psychology. Assessment and development of creativity. Prereq.: 115 or permission of instructor. 3 Cr. F, S.
PSY 426/526. Topical: Seminar in Psychology
Topics in psychology, including an in-depth exploration with readings and discussion. Can be repeated with different topics up to 9 credits. Prereq.: 115 or instructor's permission. 3 Cr. DEMAND.
PSY 427/527. Research on Psychology of Women
Psychological research dealing with women and women's issues. Reducing sex bias in psychological research. Prereq.: 225 or instructor's permission. 3 Cr. F.
PSY 441/541. Child Psychology
Study of childhood, current research, theory, and development of children in various cultures. Integrated lab. Prereq.: 115 or equivalent course. 3 Cr. F.
PSY 442/542. Psychology of Adolescence
Study of adolescence: current research, theory, and development of adolescents in various cultures. Integrated lab. Prereq.: 115 or equivalent course. 3 Cr. S.
PSY 443/543. Psychology of Adult Development and Aging
Study of adulthood and aging, current research, theory and development of adults in various cultures. Integrated lab. Prereq.: 115 or equivalent course. 3 Cr. S.
PSY 460/560. Organizational Psychology
Theory and research of organizational behavior. Leadership, culture, work motivation, and job satisfaction. Prereq.: Instructor's permission. 3 Cr. DEMAND.
PSY 473/573. Aggression, Anger, and Violence
Psychological origins and determinants of human and animal aggression. Applications. 3 Cr. S.
PSY 489/589. Psychology of Learning
Psychological theories of learning. Human and animal research. Constraints on learning. Prereq.: 282, 325 or other learning course. 3 Cr. S.
PSY 490/590. Psychological Disorders
Classification, description, etiology and treatment of the disorders of personality organization and behavioral integration. 3 Cr. F, S, SUM.
PSY 492/592. Health Psychology
Research, theory and practice involved in the interrelationship of behavior, psychological states, physical health and social well being. Discussion of prevention, development of major illness, and health care policy. Prereq.: Instructor's permission. 3 Cr. S.