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.
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.
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.
PSYC 181 or 6 hrs of sociology or anthropology, or permission.
This course is also appropriate for individuals working in the alcohol fields.
Introduction to the historical, social psychological, and physiological aspects of alcohol use and abuse. Alcoholism definitions and typologies examined and theoretical approaches to the development of this disorder discussed including constitutional, psychological, and sociological conceptualizations, treatment, prevention, and intervention procedures used to cope with the problem of alcoholism.
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.
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.
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.
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.
10 credit hrs in psychology, including PSYC 181; and high school algebra or equivalent.
Introduction to the basic methods employed in behavioral and psychological research and the statistical techniques required for describing and interpreting research results. Includes: philosophy of science, communication of research results, overviews of common research strategies (e.g., naturalistic research, surveys, experimental/quasi-experimental designs) measurement scales, and some elementary statistics. Practical experience with data collection and descriptive statistics.
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.
Survey of the relationships between psychology and the law, legal system and legal process. Issues in research, theory, and practice considered.
Psychology of Gender LINKCrosslisted as WMNS 421/821
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).
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.
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.
Perform, analyze, and report on an individual research project. Grade only
Experimental research techniques and statistical analyses used in psychology. History of research methods and introduction to multivariate research methods. Theory and practice of research procedures, data analyses, and research report writing for single-factor and factorial research design. Perform, analyze, and report on an individual research project.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Behavioral Neuroscience LINKCrosslisted as BIOS 419/819
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.
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).
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.
Human Sexuality and Society LINKCrosslisted as EDPS 471/871, CYAF 471/871, SOCI 471/871
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.
Transpersonal psychology perspective including biological, social, psychological and spiritual aspects in a holistic conception of human nature. Integrates the psychology of Christian Mysticism, Buddhist meditation, and Eastern wisdom with Western scientific personality theory.
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.