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PSYCHOLOGY (PSY)
 
PSY 120 General Psychology 3 cr
A survey of the basic theories, concepts, principles, and research findings in the field of Psychology. Core Course.
 
PSY 121 Honors General Psychology (H) 4 cr
This course will provide a survey of the basic theories, concepts, principles, and research findings in the field of Psychology. Along with the broad overview provided by the course, students will participate in a more in-depth examination of selected special topics (e.g. those topics generating controversy in the research community and in our society) as selected by the instructor. By contrast with the PSY 120 General Psychology course already being taught, the Honors General Psychology course will provide a more thorough coverage of selected copies, and will involve additional weekly laboratory demonstrations and discussions in a small group format. Prerequisite: Special permission.
 
PSY 220 Research Design and Analysis I 3 cr
Research methods in psychology with an emphasis on the experimental method. Prerequisite: PSY 120 or PSY 121.
 
PSY 250 Life Span Development 3 cr
An overview of human development from conception to death. Special emphasis will be placed on cognitive and social development. Core Course.
 
PSY 270 Psychology of Black Experience 3 cr
Theories and principles of psychology pertaining to the experience of black Americans. Includes the development of the black psychological perspective, African-American historical developments and philosophy, identify development and determinants of the black personality, and contemporary issues in the black community.
 
PSY 290 Special Topics 1-3 cr
Selected topics in psychology. May be repeated for credit when course content varies. Prerequisite: PSY 120 or PSY 121.
 
PSY 310 Introduction to Physiological Psychology 3 cr
The structure and function of the brain and nervous system as they relate to behavior. Prerequisite: PSY 120 or PSY 121.
 
PSY 320 Research Design and Analysis II (C) (W) 3 cr
Experience in applying methodological and statistical concepts introduced in PSY 220 and ST 210, as well as instruction in additional topics such as research and analysis. The course will emphasize the use of computers in conducting behavioral research (e.g., literature searches, collecting data, analyzing data, writing research reports). Prerequisites: PSY 120 or PSY 121, and ST 210 , and EH 102. Fee.
 
PSY 340 Abnormal Psychology 3 cr
Nature and development of deviant behavior. Prerequisite: PSY 120 or PSY 121.
 
PSY 350 Child and Adolescent Development 3 cr
The developmental and psychosocial aspects of childhood and adolescence. Prerequisites: PSY 120 or PSY 121.
 
PSY 356 Adult Development and Aging 3 cr
The developmental and psychosocial aspects of adulthood and late life. Prerequisite: PSY 120 or PSY 121.
 
PSY 394 Directed Study 1-3 cr
Specific topics and research findings introduced through the reading of appropriate professional and scientific literature. Prerequisite: PSY 120 or PSY 121.
 
PSY 410 History and Systems of Psychology (W) 3 cr
The historical foundations of modern psychology and the development of major theories in psychology. Prerequisite: PSY 120 or PSY 121, and EH 102.
 
PSY 416 Cognition 3 cr
An overview of psychological research and theory in cognitive psychology. The course will emphasize how people gather, process, represent, and use information to guide thought and action. Prerequisites: PSY 120 or PSY 121 and PSY 220.
 
PSY 420 Psychology of Learning 3 cr
Theories, experimental findings, and methods of investigation in learning. Prerequisites: PSY 120 or PSY 121 and PSY 220.
 
PSY 428 Perception 3 cr
A critical analysis of the main theories and research trends in sensation and perception. This course will include computer simulations and demonstrations, and will also emphasize computer applications for data collection, data analysis, and for reporting results. Prerequisites: PSY 120 or PSY 121, PSY 220; PSY 310 or permission of instructor. Fee.
 
PSY 435 Social Psychology 3 cr
A survey and analysis of major theoretical and experimental topics of interest in social psychology, such as how we perceive others, attitude, interpersonal attraction, aggression, prejudice and altruism. Prerequisite: PSY 120 or PSY 121.
 
PSY 440 Psychology of Personality 3 cr
A survey and critical analysis of major historical and current theories about personality. The course will also examine research relevant to the different approaches and consider various techniques of personality assessment. Prerequisite: PSY 120 or PSY 121.
 
PSY 460 Industrial Psychology 3 cr
Application of psychological principles and techniques to business, industry, and government. Prerequisite: PSY 120 or PSY 121.
 
PSY 465 Introduction to Measurements and Tests 3 cr
Theories and principles of psychological testing. Prerequisites: PSY 120 or PSY 121 and ST 210.
 
PSY 470 Mental Retardation 3 cr
The study of theories and research in mental retardation and related areas. Prerequisite: PSY 120 or PSY 121.
 
PSY 475 Comparative and Evolutionary Psychology 3 cr
A critical analysis of the main theories and research trends in comparative and evolutionary psychology. Prerequisites: PSY 120 or PSY 121 and PSY 220.
 
PSY 480 Health Psychology (W) 3 cr
Current theories, research and applications in health psychology. Prerequisites: PSY 120 or PSY 121 and PSY 220, and EH 102.
 
PSY 485 Psychology of Gender 3 cr
The study of psychological research on gender differences and theories regarding the origins of these differences. Prerequisite: PSY 120 or PSY 121.
 
PSY 490 Special Topics 1-3 cr
Selected topics in psychology. May be repeated for credit when course varies. Prerequisite: PSY 120 or PSY 121.
 
PSY 492 Seminar 1-3 cr
A survey of basic theories, concepts, principles, and research findings in a particular focal topic in psychology. Students will study topics in depth by reading and presenting research reports, review papers and book chapters, and through active in-class discussion of the reading materials. Prerequisite: PSY 120 or PSY 121, PSY 220, and permission of department chair.
 
PSY 494 Directed Studies 1-3 cr
Directed study and research. Prerequisite: PSY 120 or PSY 121.
 
PSY 499 Honors Senior Thesis 3-6 cr
Student conducts an independent research project under the supervision of a faculty sponsor. Recommended for psychology majors planning graduate school. Permission of department chair is required prior to registration. Prerequisites: PSY 120 or PSY 121, 3.3 GPA, PSY 220, and senior status, or approval of department chair.
 
NOTE: Enrollment in psychology graduate courses is normally limited to those students admitted to the Psychology Graduate Program. Requests for permission to enroll from other graduate students will be considered on an individual basis if space is available. Such requests should be directed to the department chair. All practicum courses are limited to students formally admitted to the applied psychology concentration. Prerequisites and corequisites for specific courses are listed by each course. A grade of "B" is required in a prerequisite course before enrollment in the subsequent course will be allowed.
 
PSY 500 Research Foundations 1 cr
Research presentations will be given by faculty and advanced graduate students. In addition, discussion of project and thesis requirements and procedures will take place. Required of all students registered for PSY 501, PSY 502 and PSY 503.
 
PSY 501 Quantitative Methods I 4 cr
Elements of modern statistics including sets and functions, probability theory, hypothesis testing, analysis of variance models, correlation, regression, and distribution-free statistics as they relate to psychology. Introduction to computer programs for statistical analysis will be included. Corequisite: PSY 500. Fee.
 

PSY 502

Research Design in Psychology 3 cr
Theories and principles of research design. Emphasis will be placed on the interrelationships among theory, measurement, design and analysis. The use of computer applications such as SPSS to analyze empirical data sets will be covered. Prerequisite: PSY 501. Corequisite: PSY 500.
 
PSY 503 Quantitative Methods II 3 cr
Elements of modern statistics with emphasis on application to psychological research. Multivariate statistical techniques to include multiple regression, multivariate analysis of variance, discriminant, canonical, and factor analysis will be discussed. Prerequisite: PSY 502. Corequisite: PSY 500. Fee.
 
PSY 506 Professional Ethics and Standards 3 cr
An introduction to professional and ethical issues as they pertain to psychology. Focus is on the development of an ethical and professional awareness in the practice of psychology, including teaching and research.
 
PSY 510 Physiological Psychology 3 cr
A survey of recent research and theory in neuroscience as it applies to the understanding of both normal and pathological behavior.
 
PSY 514 Learning 3 cr
A survey of research and theory in learning. (Dual listed.)
 
PSY 516 Cognition 3 cr
A survey of research and theory in cognitive psychology. (Dual listed.)
 
PSY 520 Personality Research and Theory 3 cr
A critical analysis and evaluation of major theories and current research trends in personality. (Dual listed.)
 
PSY 522 Social Psychology 3 cr
An analysis of the current major theories, research topics, and methodology in social psychology. (Dual listed.)
 
PSY 524

Developmental Psychology

3 cr
A review of theory and research in life-span developmental psychology. Special consideration will be given to cognitive development and social-emotional development.
 
PSY 528 Perception 3 cr
A critical analysis of the major theories and research trends in sensation and perception. Dual listed: graduate credit will require an additional project specified by the instructor. Credit for both PSY 428 and PSY 528 will not be allowed. Fee.
 
PSY 530 Introduction to Applied Psychology 3 cr
Theories, principles and techniques of interviewing, behavioral observation and classification of psychological disorders.
 
PSY 532 Research and Theory in Psychopathology 3 cr
Current research and theoretical aspects of psychopathology in children and adults.
 
PSY 540 Theories of Psychological Assessment 3 cr
Theories and method of test construction and principles of measurement and evaluation in the behavioral sciences.
 
PSY 542 Intelligence Testing 4 cr
Principles and methods of individual intelligence testing, including the administration of the Wechsler and the Stanford-Binet tests. Practical experience in the administration, interpretation and report writing of a psychological evaluation using intelligence tests. Prerequisites: PSY 530 and PSY 540.
 
PSY 544 Personality Assessment 4 cr
Theory, development and interpretation of selected personality assessment instruments. Methods and procedures in administering and interpreting personality, aptitude and career interest tests. Prerequisites: PSY 540 and PSY 542.
 
PSY 550 Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy 3 cr
Study of the theoretical and empirical foundations of the major system of psycho-therapeutic change.
 
PSY 552 Child and Family Therapy 4 cr
Theories, principles and techniques of psychological interventions for children and families. Practical experience in the application of psychological assessment and treatment procedures with children and families. Prerequisites: PSY 532 and PSY 550.
 
PSY 554

Psychotherapy with Adults

4 cr
Study of psychotherapeutic techniques available for cognitive, emotional, and behavior change in adults. Supervised experience in psychotherapeutic procedure with adult clients. Includes seminars and case conference. Prerequisites: PSY 532 and PSY 550.
 
PSY 556 Practicum Elective 1-4 cr
Supervised experience with specific client populations or with specialized techniques and procedures. Prerequisites: PSY 532 and PSY 550.
 
PSY 558 External Practicum 3-5 cr
Supervised placement in an applied setting. Prerequisites: PSY 552 and/or PSY 554.
 
PSY 570 Mental Retardation 3 cr
A study of theories and research in mental retardation and related areas. (Dual listed.)
 
PSY 572 Child Psychopathology 3 cr
The description and etiology of deviant behavior patterns in children and adolescents. Prerequisite: PSY 532.
 
PSY 575 Comparative and Evolutionary Psychology 3 cr
A critical analysis of the main theories and research trends in comparative and evolutionary psychology. (Dual listed)
 
PSY 590 Special Topics in Psychology 3 cr
Selected topics in psychology. May be repeated for credit when course content varies.
 
PSY 594 Directed Individual Study 1-3 cr
Individual study under the direction of a member of the graduate faculty. May be repeated for up to nine hours credit.
 
PSY 598 Project in Psychology 1-6 cr
Completion of a research project, program proposal, program evaluation, major literature review or other comparable experience under the direction of a member of the graduate faculty. IRB or Animal Use and Care Committee approval may be required for some projects. May be repeated for up to six hours credit. A minimum of three hours credit is required to meet degree requirements.
 
PSY 599 Thesis Research 1-6 cr

Completion and oral defense of a master's thesis based upon original research. May be repeated for up to nine hours credit. A minimum of six hours credit is required to meet degree requirements. Prerequisite: Approval of research prospectus including IRB or Animal Use and Care Committee approval if applicable.

 

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