Course Descriptions


101: Introduction to Psychology presents basic concepts in the scientific study of behavior including motivation, sensation, perception, learning, cognition, development,social,and personality. (3 hr)

151: General Experimental Psychology gives the student experiences in applying the scientific method to basic problems in psychology. Emphasis is placed on the design and conduction of experiments and the development of fundamental concepts. Includes a lab. (4 hr)

205: Child Development presents a systematic study of physical, social, cognitive, and personality development from conception through the elementary school years. Emphasis is placed upon different theoretical perspectives. Prerequisite: 101. (3 hr)

220: Pre-school Practicum provides supervised experience in the application of pshycological principles. Students work in an off-campus child care facility four hours per week (or 40 clock hours, depending on the placement) and participate in a variety of in-service training programs. Grade S/U. (1 hr)

221: Infant and Toddler Practicum provides supervised experience in the application of psychological principles. Students work in an off-campus child care facility four hours per week (or 40 clock hours, depending on the placement) and participate in a variety of in-service training programs. Graded S/U. (1 hr)

222: General Practicum provides supervised experience in the application of psychological principles. Students work in one of the department laboratories, an outside laboratory, a counseling center, a mental health clinic, or other human service agency. The course requires four hours of practical experience per week (or 40 clock hours, depending on the placement) and participate in a variety of in-service training programs. Graded S/U. (1 hr)

232: Behavioral Statistics deals with experimental design, statistical analysis, and the philosophy of science as they are related to the scientific analysis of behavior. (3 hr)

271: Industrial Psychology deals with psychological principles encountered in industrial life. It considers such topics as the interview, selection, employee relations, motivation, management, performance appraisal, and leadership. Prerequisite: 101. Offered in alternate years. (3 hr)

281: Physiological Psychology studies the basic principles of brain organization and function. Emphasis is placed on understanding the relationships between brain activity and behavior. Prerequisites: 101. (3 hr)

290: Theories of Personality introduces and examines major contemporary theories of personality in terms of concepts and the individuals involved in the development of the theory. Prerequisite: 101. Offered in alternative years. (3 hr)

305: Cognitive Processes measures human behavior in order to infer the mental processes associated with the perception, organization, retention, and subsequent use of stimulus information. Specifically, readings address the issue of verbal learning, imagery, memory, thinking, and concept formation. Includes a lab. Prerequisite: 101, 151. Offered in alternate years. (4 hr)

307: Learning and Motivation considers the biological and acquired bases of drives and attempts to integrate these considerations into a study of the kinds of modifications of behavior that are labeled learning. Includes a lab. Prerequisite: 101, 151. Offered in alternate years. (4 hr)

308: Adolescence and Youth examines the period of adolescence within a sociocultural context. Emphasis is placed upon research that is concerned with current challenges and social problems. A major goal is learning about oneself. Prerequisite; 101, 205. Offered in alternate years. (3 hr)

309: Adulthood and Aging examines the biological, social, personality, and cognitive changes that occur during adulthood and later years of the human lifespan. The continuation of developmental processes in maturity is emphasized. Prerequisite: 101, 205. Offered in alternate years. (3 hr)

321: Social Psychology examines psychological principles and concepts involved in socialization, attitude formation and change, group tensions, public opinion, and a variety of other group processes. Prerequisite: 101 and one additional psychology course. (3 hr)

351: Advanced Experimental Psychology gives the student experiences in applying the scientific method to basic problems in psychology. Emphasis is placed on the design and conduction of experiments with emphasis on independent research. Includes a lab. Prerequisite: 151, 232 (4 hr)

359: Psychological Testing considers the theories and procedures of psychological measurement. Topics covered include: reliability, validity, construction, standardization, and evaluation. Includes a lab. Prerequisite: 101, 232. (4 hr)

361: Sensation and Perception surveys the relationship between the various sensory modalities and behavior. The emphasis is on the interaction between such variables as basic sensory neurophysiology, environmental factors, personal experiences, and the ultimate process of perception. Includes a lab. Prerequisite: 101, 151. Offered in alternate years. (4 hr)

363: Abnormal Psychology emphasizes the physiological, social, and psychological factors involved in mental health, mental disorders, preventive and therapeutic techniques. Includes a lab. Prerequisite: 101, one additional psychology course. (4 hr)

381: Advanced Psychobiology explores the relationship between physiological and psychological response. Central control of neuromuscular, autonomic, and endocrinological systems are examined, and topics such as emotions and the effects of psychoactive drugs are covered. Includes a lab. Prerequisite: 101, 151. Offered in alternate years. (4 hr)

390: Counseling Theory and Practice

391: Comparative Psychology presents a phylogenetic comparison of animal behavior. Behavioral similarities and differences between man and animals are studied within the historical framework of the development of the field in America and Europe. Prerequisite: 101. Offered in alternate years. (3 hr)

397: Mental Health Internship (2) requires 80 hours of practical experience and a written report and is typically completed during the junior year. The internship experience is directed by a departmental advisor and an on-site supervisor with placement in a local human services agency or hospital. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. (2 hr)

398: Research Internship (2) provides an opportunity to engage in independent research under the direction of a department faculty member. Students are required to make a final professional report of their findings. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. (2 hr)

399: Developmental/Educational Internship requires 80 hours of practical experience and a written report, and is typically completed during the junior year. The internship experience is directed by a departmental advisor and an on-site supervisor. Placements include human services agencies and schools, or the department's Center for Child Development. Prerequisites: permission of instructor. (2 hr)

407: History and Systems of Psychology analyzes the more important theoretical systems of behavior study. Attention is given to the forces in history and the individuals contributing to the emergence of trends in psychology. Prerequisite: 101, two additional psychology courses. Offered alternate years. (3 hr)

409: Readings in Psychology offers the student an opportunity to read extensively and discuss with Department faculty any topic not offered as part of the existing curriculum. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing and instructor permission. (3 hr)

493: Comprehensive Review is a weekly review of current research and student projects. It is designed to synthesize our program. Students write and present research proposals which serve as the basis for their senior studies projects. This course is required of all senior psychology majors and is completed when the student submits an acceptable literature review with a research proposal and passes a comprehensive examination, based on the GRE subject test in psychology. (2 hr)

495: Senior Studies is an independent study program designed to provide opportunities to practice inquiry and discovery while intensively researching some fundamental issue or problem in behavior. Individualized studies are expected to eventuate into an empirical investigation, a written report and an oral presentation to the Department. It is an extension of the Comprehensive Review projects, which are continually presented during weekly review sessions. Prerequisite: senior standing in psychology. (2 hrs.)


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