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Department of Psychology

PSYC 100. Interpersonal Skills for Resident Advisers. 1 credit.

Designed to give resident adviser trainees understanding of interpersonal relations. Prerequisite: Limited to students selected as resident advisers.

*PSYC 101. General Psychology I. 3 credits.

A study of the nervous system, biofeedback sensation, perception, altered states of consciousness, learning, memory, language, sex, aggression, emotion and the scientific method.

*PSYC 102. General Psychology II. 3 credits.

Course focuses on human development, social psychology, personality theory, abnormal psychology and psychotherapy.

PSYC 135. Psychology of Adjustment. 3 credits.

A study of the process and dynamics of the well-integrated personality, and the practical application of adjustment theories and behavior change techniques to enhance personal awareness and self-development.

*PSYC 160. Life Span Human Development. 3 credits.

An introduction to human development. Emphasis is on life span processes within physical, emotional, cognitive, pyschosexual, social, personality and moral development.

PSYC 200. Psychological Statistics (3, 2). 4 credits.

Descriptive and inferential statistics as applied to psychology. Includes measurement, derived scores, central tendency and variation, significance tests, correlation and regression, variance analyses and selected non-parametric techniques. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or 102, and either MATH 155, 156, 205, 220 or 235.

PSYC 205. Experimental Psychology (3, 2). 4 credits.

An introduction to experimental methods as applied to selected problems in psychology. Attention is given through lecture and laboratory to the design and conduct of experiments, data analysis and reporting of experimental results. Prerequisite: PSYC 101, 102 and 200.

PSYC 270. Psychology for Teachers of the Pre-adolescent and Adolescent Child. 3 credits.

The psychology of children during middle (preadolescent) and secondary (adolescent) school ages with emphasis on applications for teachers. Classroom observations are required. Course is designed to fulfill teacher licensure requirements for middle and secondary education teaching levels. Not open to students who have taken PSYC 470. Prerequisite: PSYC 160 or equivalent.

PSYC 275. Psychology of Human Intimacy. 3 credits.

Theoretical and applied study of human relationships through case analysis and role play.

PSYC 305. Perception. 3 credits.

Explores the nature and development of human sensory capabilities, processing and storing of sensory information, and how these affect perception of the environment. Prerequisite: PSYC 101.

PSYC 310. Cognitive Psychology. 3 credits.

This course explores the nature and development of human attention, memory, language and thinking processes. An information processing approach to the study of human cognition is emphasized. Prerequisite: PSYC 101.

PSYC 310L. Lab in Cognitive Psychology (0, 2). 1 credit.

This laboratory is designed to complement PSYC 310. It provides experience with experimental research in human cognition. Students will serve as both experimenters and subjects in this course. Prerequisite or corequisite: PSYC 205 and PSYC 310.

PSYC 315. Physiological Psychology. 3 credits.

A survey of the neurological and chemical mechanisms which control behavior. This course examines the brain and how it processes sensation, perception, cognition, movement, motivation, learning, memory and other behavioral processes of interest to psychologists. Prerequisite: PSYC 101.

PSYC 315L. Laboratory in Physiological Psychology (0, 2). 1 credit.

This course explores the experimental techniques of the physiological psychologist through laboratory experiences. Prerequisite or corequisite: PSYC 205 and PSYC 315.

PSYC 320. Psychology of Learning. 3 credits.

Basic principles of learning and conditioning with a consideration of extinction, reinforcement, generalization, discrimination, transfer, concept formation and verbal learning. Prerequisite: PSYC 101.

PSYC 320L. Lab in Psychology of Learning (0, 2). 1 credit.

This course is designed to provide experience with experimental research in the principles of learning. Prerequisite or corequisite: PSYC 205 and PSYC 320.

PSYC 325. Comparative Psychology. 3 credits.

An introduction to the biological, genetic, ecological and evolutionary principles which underlie animal and human behavior. Prerequisite: PSYC 101.

PSYC 325L. Lab in Comparative Psychology (0, 2). 1 credit.

This course explores the experimental techniques used to understand the principles of comparative psychology. Prerequisite or corequisite: PSYC 205 and PSYC 325.

PSYC 330. Psychology of Personality. 3 credits.

Essential elements of leading theories of personality with an emphasis on implications of these theories for human behavior. Prerequisite: PSYC 102.

PSYC 335. Abnormal Psychology. 3 credits.

The origin, symptoms and classification of mental abnormalities. Prerequisite: PSYC 102.

PSYC 340. Psychology of Motivation. 3 credits.

An advanced study of motivation in relation to perception, learning, emotions and problem solving. Prerequisite: PSYC 101.

PSYC 345. Social Psychology. 3 credits.

The study of how an individual's behavior, feelings and thoughts are influenced by other people. Topics include attitude formation and change, social perception, attraction, altruistic and antisocial behavior, conformity, leadership and group dynamics, and applications of social psychology to other fields. Prerequisite: PSYC 102.

PSYC 350. Tests and Measurements. 3 credits.

Standardized psychological tests of mental ability, achievement, aptitude and personality with a review of statistical procedures necessary for interpretation of test results. Prerequisite: PSYC 102.

PSYC 355. Health Psychology. 3 credits.

This course deals with personality and its relation to health and illness behaviors. Topics include psychological factors involved in control and helplessness, conflict management, cardiovascular disorders, cancer, pain, substance abuse and other psychophysiologically related factors. Prerequisite: PSYC 102 or permission of the instructor.

PSYC 360. Psychology of Early Childhood (2, 2). 3 credits.

The psychology of the young child, and philosophy and techniques of early childhood education. Prerequisite: PSYC 160.

PSYC 365. Child Psychology. 3 credits.

Psychological aspects of growth, development and behavior from birth through pre-adolescence. Prerequisite: PSYC 102.

PSYC 370. Growth and Development in Adolescence. 3 credits.

Examination of the essential nature of adolescence. Prerequisite: PSYC 102.

PSYC 373. Psychology of the Young Adult. 3 credits.

Study of the development of the young adult (ages 18-35) including personality and self-concept, career decisions, lifestyles, marriage, parenthood, social and community involvement, self-exploration and application. Prerequisite: PSYC 102.

PSYC 375. Psychology of Adult Development and Aging. 3 credits.

The physical, social and psychological factors faced by adults and their progression through the life span. Prerequisite: PSYC 102.

PSYC/SOCI/KIN 396. Psychological and Sociological Aspects of Sport. 3 credits.

A study of the psychological and sociological implications of sport and effect of sport on the United States and other cultures.

PSYC 400. Topics in Psychology. 1-3 credits.

Exploration of a significant psychological topic in-depth. The topics for each semester will be announced in the Schedule of Classes. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 and 102, or permission of the instructor.

PSYC 405. History and Systems of Modern Psychology. 3 credits.

The development of the history and systems of psychology with emphasis on recent developments. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 and 102, and at least one course from each of curriculum areas I, II and III of the psychology major.

PSYC 410. Industrial/Organizational Psychology. 3 credits.

A survey of the applications of psychological principles in the field of business and industry. Prerequisite: At least one course from experimental core (Area I) or clinical/social core (Area II).

PSYC 425. Introduction to School Psychology. 3 credits.

A survey of the applications of psychology in school settings, including roles and activities school psychologists engage in, and including standards, trends and issues. Prerequisite: At least one course from clinical/social core (Area II) or permission of instructor.

PSYC 430. Modern Clinical Psychology: Theory and Practice. 3 credits.

An introduction to the field of clinical psychology. Prerequisite: PSYC 335 or permission of the instructor.

PSYC 435. Community Psychology. 3 credits.

Focus on emerging trends and models in the application of psychology to community, stress prevention programs, human resources and change. Prerequisite: At least one course from clinical/social core (Area II) or permission of the instructor.

PSYC 440. Basic Counseling Skills. 3 credits.

A basic counseling skills course designed for students interested in human service and mental health fields, and for students from related disciplines who wish to acquire counseling skills. Prerequisite: At least one course from clinical/social core (Area II) and upper class standing.

PSYC 442. Introduction to Small Group Process. 3 credits.

This course is designed to acquaint students with the theories, ethics, skills and processes of small groups. A major requirement will be participation in a group experience. Prerequisite: At least one course from clinical/social core (Area II) or permission of the instructor.

PSYC 445. Principles of Behavior Modification. 3 credits.

Application of learning principles to the modification of behavior. Consideration is given to operant, respondent and cognitive approaches to behavior modification. Prerequisite: At least one course from clinical/social core (Area II).

PSYC 450. Psychology of Child Abuse and Neglect. 3 credits.

Review of current psychological literature on child abuse and neglect including identification, etiology, treatment, prevention and legal aspects. Family violence issues are also discussed. Prerequisite: At least one course from clinical/social core (Area II) or permission of the instructor.

PSYC 452. Child Psychopathology. 3 credits.

The causes, symptoms and classification of childhood psychological disorders. Prerequisite: PSYC 335 or permission of the instructor.

PSYC 460. Death and Dying: Thanatology. 3 credits.

Psychological theories about death including ways in which individuals and society deal with death. Prerequisite: At least one course from developmental core (Area III).

PSYC 470. Educational Psychology. 3 credits.

Applications of psychological principles to classroom settings. Not open to students who have taken PSYC 270. Prerequisite: PSYC 160 and at least one course from developmental core (Area III).

PSYC 490. Directed Readings in Psychology. 1-3 credits.

Designed to give capable psychology majors an opportunity to complete independent reading in an area of psychology under faculty guidance. Prerequisite: Written plan for the reading program must be submitted to the department head for approval one week prior to registration.

PSYC 491. Directed Research in Psychology. 1-3 credits.

Provides psychology majors an opportunity to conduct faculty supervised independent research in psychology. Prerequisite: Written approval from adviser, project supervisor and department head (guidelines available from department head). A written plan for the project must be submitted to the department head for approval one week prior to registration.

PSYC 495. Field Placement in Psychology. 4 credits.

Supervised practicum in a counseling, industrial or human service agency. Orientation to agency's service, policies, personnel and professional ethics is provided. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing. Approval from adviser, course coordinator and department head required one month prior to registration. (Guidelines available in the department office).

PSYC 499. Honors. 6 credits. Year course.

See catalog description entitled "Graduation with Distinction" and "Graduation with Honors."


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