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Pass/No pass only. Students should take this course as early in their studies as possible, even if they have not taken PSYC 181.
Survey of careers frequently sought by psychology majors, and recommendations for course work and experience for attaining students' career goals. Includes departmental, college, and university resources of value to students' educational and career objectives, and preparation for graduate study in psychology and related fields.
Credit Hours: 1
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
Structure, requirements, and nature of health careers.
Credit Hours: 1
Course Format: Lecture 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
Introduction to concepts and research in the areas of personality, attitudes, emotion, learning, memory, perception, and physiological bases of behavior. While the course is a prerequisite for all other psychology courses, the content is presented in a manner appropriate for students planning to take only a minimum of courses in psychology.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 6
Prereqs:
Good standing in the University Honors Program or by invitation.
Equivalent to PSYC 181 for purposes of prerequisites for other psychology courses. Serves as both an introduction to the field for those desiring only one psychology course, and as a stepping-stone to more advanced psychology courses.
Introduction to concepts and research in the areas of personality, attitudes, emotion, learning, memory, perception, and physiological bases of behavior.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 6
Prereqs:
Good standing in the University Honors Program or by invitation
University Honors Seminar 189H is required of all students in the University Honors Program. Letter grade only.
Topic varies.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 6
PSYC 233/233X
Prereqs:
PSYC 181 or equivalent.
Aggressive behavior from biological, developmental, social, and psychological perspectives.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom, Web
ACE Outcomes: 6
PSYC 261
Conflict and Conflict ResolutionCrosslisted as ANTH 261, POLS 261, SOCI 261
Core course for minors in conflict and conflict resolution
Introduction to the study of the biological, economic, political-historical, and cultural bases of war and group conflict.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom, Web
Prereqs:
Introduction to the psychological processes involved in pattern recognition, memory, human learning, problem solving, language development, verbal communication, and decision making, as viewed from an information processing standpoint.
This course is a prerequisite for: PSYC 360, PSYC 463, PSYC 466
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 6
Prereqs:
PSYC 181 or 6 hrs of sociology or anthropology, or permission.
Introduction to factors relevant to drug use and substance-use disorders including biological, social, cognitive and clinical. Issues in research, theory and practice are considered.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
PSYC 181 or equivalent.
Introduction to processes of instrumental and classical conditioning in animals and humans, and to theories of and research on motivation.
This course is a prerequisite for: PSYC 461, PSYC 464
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
PSYC 181, BIOS 101 and 101L, or equivalent.
Application of modern evolutionary theory to contemporary societal problems. Understanding human behaviors such as aggression, parenting and social systems, the role of evolutionary thought in medicine, and evolutionary approaches to cognition and intelligence.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
PSYC 181 or equivalent.
Introduction to factors influencing personality and its development; the dynamics of personality adjustment.
This course is a prerequisite for: PSYC 380
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
PSYC 181 or equivalent.
Social factors influencing the values, attitudes, and behavior of the individual, including language, propaganda leadership, and group identifications.
This course is a prerequisite for: PSYC 483
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 6
Prereqs:
PSYC 181 or equivalent.
Developmental approaches to human behavior from conception to senescence. Theories, methods, and results of research.
This course is a prerequisite for: EDPS 362, EDPS 457
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 6
Prereqs:
Completion of PSYC 181 taught via the Keller Plan (PSI) with an grade of A or A+; and permission of Keller Plan instructor.
P/N is not allowed.
General psychology in the context of a self-paced course. Working one-to-one with students in an introductory psychology course.
This course is a prerequisite for: PSYC 396, PSYC 496
Credit Hours: 3-4
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Sophomore or junior standing; prior arrangement with and permission of individual faculty member.
P/N only.
Experience within a psychological perspective in a variety of off-campus settings.
Credit Hours: 1-24
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Permission.
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 1-3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Sophomore or junior standing; prior arrangement with and permission of individual faculty member.
Psychological research or reading.
Credit Hours: 1-24
Course Delivery: Classroom
PSYC 310
Psychology of ImmigrationCrosslisted as ETHN 310
Prereqs:
PSYC 181 or permission.
Examines psychological theory and research on the topic of immigration. Includes the impact of immigration on individual development (e.g., socialization, identity formation, acculturation) and family functioning (e.g., intergenerational relations, gender roles), especially as exemplified by the experiences of Latinos from diverse national backgrounds.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Survey of theory and research on the psychological aspects of ethnicity and racism, gender, sexual orientation, including biological, social, and cultural influences. Causes and nature of prejudice in US society towards minorities and women. Research methods for key topics with these identified groups.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 9
Prereqs:
10 credit hours in Psychology, including PSYC 181.
PSYC 350 is offered each semester and is a pre-requisite for PSYC 425, 449, 450, 451, 460, 462, and 470.
Presentation of basic designs, methods, and data analysis techniques employed in psychological and behavioral research. Critical review of existing research, development of empirical hypotheses, design of research to test those hypotheses, statistical analysis and interpretation, and presentation of results. Create, perform, and present an individual research project.
This course is a prerequisite for: PSYC 425, PSYC 450, PSYC 451, PSYC 460, PSYC 462, PSYC 470
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lab 2, Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom, Web
ACE Outcomes: 10
Prereqs:
PSYC 181 or equivalent; PSYC 263 and 350.
Introduction to one of the most important human behaviors, language, from the viewpoint of the psychologist.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
PSYC 373/373X
BiopsychologyCrosslisted as BIOS 373/373X
Prereqs:
PSYC 181 and BIOS 101/101L or their equivalents.
Critical introduction into methods and concepts useful in analyzing the biological basis of animal behavior. Topics surveyed are the physiological, genetic, developmental, and environmental mechanisms controlling behavior in various species of animals including humans.
This course is a prerequisite for: PSYC 458, PSYC 465
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom, Web
ACE Outcomes: 4
Prereqs:
6 hrs psychology including one of the following: PSYC 287, 288, 289, or 350.
Etiology and development of abnormal behavior, including the constitutional, cultural, and experimental factors; the psychological aspects of the psychoses and neuroses.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom, Web
PSYC 394
Seminar in Behavioral BiologyCrosslisted as BIOS 394
Prereqs:
PSYC/BIOS 373.
May be repeated for credit under different topics.
Critical reading and discussion of literature on topics dealing with the biological bases of behavior.
Credit Hours: 1
Max credits per semester: 24
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
At least 6 hrs of PSYC 296 and permission of Keller Plan instructor.
P/N is not allowed.
Advanced practicum for students having completed PSYC 296.
Credit Hours: 3-4
Course Delivery: Classroom
PSYC 399H
Prereqs:
For candidates for degrees with distinction, with high distinction, and with highest distinction in the College of Arts and Sciences.
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 1-4
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
12 hours psychology.
Survey of the relationships between psychology and the law, legal system and legal process. Issues in research, theory, and practice considered.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
PSYC 421/821
Psychology of GenderCrosslisted as WMNS 421/821
Prereqs:
12 hrs PSYC.
Theory and research on the role of gender in human behavior and attitudes. Diverse theoretical positions on the development of gender and the biological, social, and cultural bases that influence the relationship between gender and a variety of areas of human experience (e.g., intelligence and achievement, emotion, relationships, sexuality, physical fitness, stress, and coping).
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
PSYC 425/825
Psychology of RacismCrosslisted as ETHN 425
Prereqs:
For psychology majors: PSYC 350.
For non-psychology majors: any research methods course.
Major terms and issues in psychology that pertain to race and racism in the United States. General principles of the psychology of racism that are universal. Psychology of the major racial minority groups in the United States examined through their unique cultures, histories, traditions, and collective identities. Research methods for the psychology of racism reviewed as a basis for interpreting research results.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
PSYC 428/828
Prereqs:
Junior standing.
The relationship between psychological factors and physical health. Health behavior, health decision-making, health promotion and coping from a variety of theoretical perspectives.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Junior Standing
Overview of the multiple forms of family violence through a psychological perspective, including child maltreatment (physical abuse, neglect, sexual abuse, psychological maltreatment), intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and elder abuse. Scope of the problem, etiology, consequences, intervention, prevention, and current controversies are addressed.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom, Web
Phenomenon of terrorism and related forms of extremist violence, focusing on explaining the formation of terrorist groups and the motivations behind terrorist behavior.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
12 hrs psychology.
Currently important fundamental issues in psychology considered within a framework of their philosophical foundations and historical perspectives.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
PSYC 446
Psychology of Adult Development and AgingCrosslisted as GERO 446/846
Prereqs:
Major social and psychological changes that occur as a function of aging. Both normal and abnormal patterns of developmental change including their implications for behavior.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
PSYC 350 with a grade of B or better.
PSYC 450/850 (usually offered in the fall) and PSYC 451/851 (usually offered in the spring) can be taken in any order.
Presentation of advanced, experimental, quasi-experimental, and non-experimental research designs and statistical models employed in psychological and behavioral research. Factorial ANOVA and ANCOVA designs and analysis, with interpretation and presentation of the results in oral, written, and web-based formats. Create, perform, and present an individual research project.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lab 3, Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
PSYC 350 with a grade of B or better
PSYC 450/850 (usually offered in the fall) and PSYC 451/851 (usually offered in the spring) can be taken in any order.
Presentation of multivariate research designs and statistical models employed in psychological and behavioral research. Analysis using multiple regression and linear discriminant function models; interpretation and presentation of the results in oral, written, and web-based formats. Create, perform, and present an individual research project.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lab 3, Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
PSYC/BIOS 373.
Age-related behavioral changes in humans and other animals using genetic, neural, hormonal, and evolutionary concepts and data. Behavioral systems, such as sexual and parental behaviors, aggression, communication, social affiliation, and cognition.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
PSYC 458/858
Prereqs:
12 hrs psychology or 12 hrs biological sciences, including PSYC 373 or BIOS 373
Introduction to concepts and research in behavior genetics. The role of heredity in normal and disordered behaviors will be examined, with a special emphasis on the mechanisms by which genetic variation influences individual differences in behavior.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
PSYC 460/860
Prereqs:
12 hrs psychology, including PSYC 350.
Issues in human memory within the context of cognitive psychology: attention; short and long term memory; retrieval processes; semantic memory; how long-term memory is involved in comprehension and knowledge; how emotion affects memory; and the major research paradigms used in the study of memory.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
PSYC 461/861
Prereqs:
12 hrs psychology, including PSYC 268.
Theoretical evaluation of studies of learning, thinking, and perception.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
PSYC 462/862
Prereqs:
12 hrs psychology, including PSYC 350.
Major problems and methods involved in the study of motivation and emotion including theoretical considerations.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
PSYC 463/863
Prereqs:
12 hrs psychology, including either PSYC 263 or 373.
Analysis and comparison of approaches to the study of current problems in human perception and information processing. Psychophysical judgment, signal detection theory, perception of form and space, and the role of imagery in perception.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Understanding behavioral and psychological phenomena using pharmacological tools. Topics from neurobiology of receptor functioning to the concerted actions of neural mechanisms that are believed to produce such phenomena as fear and anxiety, substance abuse, and neurological disorders.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
PSYC 465/865
Behavioral NeuroscienceCrosslisted as BIOS 419/819
Prereqs:
12 hrs psychology or 12 hrs biological sciences, including PSYC 373 or BIOS 373.
Relationship of physiological variables to behavior, an introduction to laboratory techniques in neuropsychology.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Theory and research on human attention and the critical link between attention and performance within the context of cognitive psychology. The influence of various factors on attention (e.g., emotion, video games, cognitive disorders) and how these influence behavior (e.g., eye movements, perception, motor control, search).
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Application of advanced scientific research methods and standard psychological concepts from physiological, sensory-perceptual, learning, social, and abnormal psychology to provide naturalistic explanations of experiences and events which have been labeled "paranormal". Includes psychic powers (extra-sensory perception, clairvoyance), dowsing, astrology, hypnosis, ghosts, reincarnation, UFO sightings, and UFO abductions.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
PSYC 471/871
Human Sexuality and SocietyCrosslisted as EDPS 471/871, CYAF 471/871, SOCI 471/871
Prereqs:
Junior standing and 12 hrs in one of the departments in which the course is listed.
Open to advanced students planning careers in the professions in which knowledge of human behavior and society is important (e.g., helping professions, medicine, law, ministry, education, etc.).
Interdisciplinary approach to the study of human sexuality in terms of the psychological, social, cultural, anthropological, legal, historical, and physical characteristics of individual sexuality and sex in society.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
12 hrs PSYC, including PSYC 288.
Current problems, methods, and findings in the study of individual behavior as it is influenced by the social environment.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
12 hrs psychology, including one 200-level Group 2 course.
Detailed comparative study of the classic and modern theories of personality from the point of view of conflicts in the philosophies of science and images of man implied in the various theories.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
PSYC 486/886
Prereqs:
12 hrs psychology, including one 200-level Group 2 course.
Fundamental procedures in clinical practice, a critical evaluation of diagnostic and therapeutic techniques.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
12 hrs psychology, including one 200-level Group 2 course.
Current issues in theory and research in developmental psychology examined (e.g., emotional development, the changing American family, the preschool years, social understanding), along with methods of research in these and other areas.
This course is a prerequisite for: PSYC 490
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Parallel enrollment in PSYC 489.
Demonstrations and exercises in child psychology in laboratory or community settings.
Credit Hours: 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
At least 6 hrs of PSYC 296 and permission of Keller Plan instructor.
P/N is not allowed.
For students who wish to work one-to-one with the students in PSYC 296 and 396 in the context of a Keller Plan Introductory Psychology course.
Credit Hours: 3-4
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Junior standing; prior arrangement with and permission of individual faculty member.
P/N only.
Experience within a psychological perspective in a variety of off-campus settings.
Credit Hours: 1-24
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Variable, including permission.
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 1-24
Course Delivery: Classroom, Web
Prereqs:
Junior standing; prior arrangement with and permission of individual faculty member.
Psychological research or reading.
Credit Hours: 1-24
Course Delivery: Classroom