Course Descriptions


A grade of C or better in Psychology (PSYC) A101 is a prerequisite for all courses unless otherwise specified.

PSYC A101 - Introductory Psychology   (3)
An introduction to the areas of the study of human behavior, theories and facts, research and application.

PSYC A298 - Introduction to Psychological Research   (1)
An introduction to the research process through participation in lab meetings of one or more psychology faculty. May be repeated once for credit. May not be used for major credit.
Prereq: Departmental permission; Pass/Fail only

PSYC A300 - History and Systems of Psychology   (3)
Introduction to the historical foundations of psychology, its influence on contemporary psychological thought, and the growth of psychology as a science. The course covers concepts of various schools of psychological thought and contemporary theoretical systems as they have evolved historically, including ideas expressed by philosophers, physiologists, and psychologists. Emphasis will be on the major systems (or schools) of psychology, namely structuralism, functionalism, behaviorism, psychoanalysis, and cognitive psychology within a broad context of both science and society. A consideration of how external events shaped the field and how science informs psychological practices will be discussed. The impact of various forms of diversity on the science and study of psychology will be covered.

PSYC A310 - Developmental Psychology   (3)
A survey of human development from conception through senescence, the description and explanation of changes resulting from maturation and environmental experiences.

PSYC A320 - Abnormal Psychology   (3)
A survey of the major types of behavior pathology, their determinants and therapeutic interventions.

PSYC A325 - Quantitative Analysis in the Behavioral Sciences   (3)
An applied introduction to the analysis of data.
Prereq: Grade of C or better in MATH A108, placement above MATH A108, or permission of instructor

PSYC A326 - Quantitative Analysis Laboratory   (1)
Practice in the analysis of data using activity-based learning. Emphasis will be on the use of standard computer statistical analysis systems and the interpretation of results. Students will learn to access data files from the Internet for analysis. Required of all psychology majors. Optional for other majors. One three-hour laboratory per week.
Prereq or coreq: PSYC A325 or consent of instructor

PSYC A328 - Method and Design in the Behavioral Sciences   (4)
A survey of the goals, problems, and methods of the contemporary study of behavior. Three lectures and three laboratory hours per week.
Prereq: Grades of C or better in PSYC A325 and PSYC A326 or consent of instructor

PSYC A330 - Personality Psychology   (3)
The major theoretical perspectives of normal personality development, structure, dynamics, assessment, and change.

PSYC A331 - Personality Assessment Laboratory   (1)
Practice in developing a measure of various personality traits and testing hypotheses that some traits are related to each other. One three-hour laboratory per week.
Prereq: Grades of C or better in PSYC A325 and PSYC A326; Prereq or coreq: PSYC A330; or consent of instructor

PSYC A340 — Social Psychology   (3)
The study of interpersonal processes including topics such as conformity, attraction, altruism, aggression, prejudice, persuasion, and group dynamics.

PSYC A341 - Social Research Laboratory   (1)
Practice in measuring various psychosocial processes such as attitudes and social behaviors. One three-hour laboratory per week.
Prereq: Grades of C or better in PSYC A325 and PSYC A326; Prereq or coreq: PSYC A330; or consent of instructor

PSYC A350 - Principles of Learning and Behavior   (3)
An examination of classical and instrumental (operant) conditioning principles within classic and contemporary theoretical frameworks. Concepts such as habituation, reinforcement, punishment, aversive learning, extinction, memory, and biological constraints on learning will be addressed. The research focus will be on animal learning experiments, with relevance to the analysis of human behavior illustrated.

PSYC A351 - Principles of Learning and Behavior Laboratory   (1)
Practice in experimental techniques in the study of learning. One three-hour laboratory per week.
Prereq: Grades of C or better in PSYC A325 and PSYC A326; Prereq or coreq: PSYC A350; or consent of instructor

PSYC A360 - Cognitive Processes   (3)
Classical and contemporary approaches to the study of human memory, attention, cognitive growth, problem solving, and language.

PSYC A361 - Cognitive Processes Laboratory   (1)
Practice in experimental techniques to measure cognitive phenomena, including perception, attention, memory, and language. One three-hour laboratory per week.
Prereq: Grades of C or better in PSYC A325 and PSYC A326; Prereq. or coreq: PSYC A360; or consent of instructor

PSYC A370 - Cognitive Neuroscience   (3)
Examination of theories and research of the neural bases of various cognitive functions, such as memory, attention, perception, and problem solving.

PSYC 371 - Cognitive Neuroscience Lab   (1)
Practice in experimental techniques to measure cognitive phenomena, including perception, Practice in the various behavioral and electrophysiological research methodologies in the study of the neural bases of cognitive functions. One three-hour laboratory per week.
Prereq: Grades of C or better in PSYC A325 and A326 or permission of instructor; Prereq or Coreq: PSYC A370

PSYC A375 - Neurobiology of Stress   (3)
An examination of empirical research focusing on basic, translational, and clinical research of stress and its effect on the brain and behavior. Topics will include structural, physiological, and adaptive plasticity; pathophysiology of stress; acute and chronic stress; effects of stress on memory and cognition; stress-related neuropsychiatric disorders (depression, trauma, PTSD); and neuropsychopharmacology.

PSYC A380 - Motivation   (3)
The study of human behavior as it is determined by motives and emotions. An analysis?of primary and learned motivators in the context of contemporary research and theory, with emphasis on the relationship of motives and emotions to the reward, punishment, and energization of behavior.

PSYC A381 - Motivation Laboratory   (1)
Practice in the experimental techniques in the study of human motives and emotions. Students will develop methodological skills in the assessment and manipulation of the physiological, cognitive, and behavioral determinants of the motives and emotions. One three-hour laboratory per week.
Prereq: Grades of C or better in PSYC A325 and PSYC A326; Prereq or coreq: PSYC A380; or consent of instructor

PSYC A398 - Intermediate Psychological Research   (1-3)
Students will participate in on-going psychological research. Students will be expected to produce a written or oral report of their research activities. May be repeated for a maximum of three credit hours. May not be used for major credit.
Prereq: PSYC A298; prereq or co-req: PSYC A325, PSYCA 326, and departmental permission; Pass/Fail only

PSYC A400 - Psychology of the Exceptional Child   (3)
A study of the mentally, sensory, or physically handicapped or disabled child and the gifted/talented child; the characteristics, causes, needs and guidance of development. Stability and change in cognition, social behavior, and personality will be explored.
Prereq: PSYC A310

PSYC A405 - Infant and Child Psychology   (3)
Theories, methods, and substantive issues of development. Stability and change in cognition, social behavior, and personality will be explored.
Prereq: PSYC A310

PSYC A410 - Psychology of Adolescence   (3)
Theories, methods, and substantive issues of development. Stability and change in cognition, The intellectual, emotional and social development of adolescent individuals, challenges, and adjustments.
Prereq: PSYC A310

PSYC A415 - Adult Development   (3)
Intellectual, emotional, and social changes from young adulthood through death and dying. Life tasks relevant to young, middle, and old ages will be covered.
Prereq: PSYC A310

PSYC A420 - Behavior Modification   (3)
An introduction to methodological behaviorism including topics pertaining to behavioral change strategies, behavioral measurement, research designs, and interventions in treatment settings.

PSYC A421 - Behavior Modification Laboratory   (1)
Practice in the application of behavioral principles to alter human and animal behavior. Specific principles and techniques from operant conditioning and respondent conditioning will be used.

PSYC A425 - Childhood Psychopathology   (3)
An introduction to the field of abnormal child psychology and the associated major theories. Students will be exposed to the pathogenic process (i.e. developmental sequence) of psychological disorders from early childhood to late adolescence. A major goal of the course is to promote critical thinking on major issues such as the genetic, biological, and environmental influences on behavior, emotions, and personality in conjunction with associated assessment, diagnostic, and treatment procedures.

PSYC 430 - The Psychology of Close Relationships   (3)
An examination of the major theoretical perspectives and current empirical findings in the study of close relationships, focusing on relationship development and maintenance with a particular emphasis on romantic relationships. Topics will include attraction, theories of love, relational processes (attachment and intimacy), common issues in relationships (miscommunication, jealousy, conflict, etc.), and relationships and health.
Prereq: PSYC A340

PSYC 440 - Psychological Testing and Measurement   (3)
An overview and application of psychological tests and measurement techniques. This course will emphasize test construction and psychometric properties of psychological tests, including measure of behavior, personality, intelligence, and aptitude. This course will also cover general ethical, and applied issues of testing.

PSYC A450 - Sensation and Perception   (3)
Classical and contemporary approaches to how we perceive and respond to the environment, including sensory processes, motion perception, art, and illusions.

PSYC A451 - Sensation and Perception Laboratory   (1)
Practice with psychophysics, physiological measures, and other methodologies used to investigate and experience perceptual phenomena. One three-hour laboratory per week.
Prereq: Grades of C or better in PSYC A325 and PSYC A326; Prereq or coreq: PSYC A450; or consent of instructor

PSYC A460 - Introduction to Clinical Psychology   (3)
An introduction to applied psychology including knowledge of theory, diagnosis and assessment, treatment, and ethical issues in clinical psychology. Students will receive some in-class training in clinical interviewing and assessment techniques.

PSYC A461 - Behavioral Therapy Laboratory   (1)
Students will be provided with supervised training and experience in various behavioral therapy/ modification techniques in working with select clinical populations. One three-hour laboratory per week.
Prereq: Grades of C or better in PSYC A325 and PSYC A326; Prereq or coreq: PSYC A320 or PSYC A460; or consent of instructor

PSYC A465 - Psychology of Addictive Behaviors   (3)
An introduction to the psychology of addictive behaviors, including?an overview of the major theories of why people use/ abuse substances. The major approaches used to treat addictive behaviors will be covered. A major goal of the course is to stimulate critical thinking in this area and to increase understanding of the links between theory and intervention. A second goal of the course is to introduce the student to contemporary issues and controversies related to addictions.

PSYC A470 - Neuroscience   (3)
Neuroscience explores how the brain and nervous system function to generate behavior, emotion, and cognition. This course offers an introduction to the mammalian nervous system, with emphasis on the structure and function of the human brain. Topics covered include the function of nerve cells, neuroanatomy, sensorimotor physiology, control of movement and speech, neuroplasticity, learning and memory, emotion, and diseases of the brain.

PSYC A471 - Neuroscience Laboratory   (1)
Practice with biological and behavioral methodologies used to investigate the physiological bases of behavior. One three-hour laboratory per week.
Prereq: Grades of C or better in PSYC 325 and PSYC 326; Prereq. or Coreq: PSYC 470; or consent of instructor

PSYC A475 - Psychopharmacology   (3)
Basic psychopharmacological concepts including the effect of drugs on animal and human behavior, sensation, mood, cognition, and physiology, and the mechanisms underlying these effects. Topics will include the use of medications to treat mental disorders, side effects of drugs, contraindications (drug-to-drug interactions), pharmacogenetics (inherited differences in metabolic pathways), pharmacokinetics (body’s effect on drug), and pharmacodynamics (drug’s effect on body).

PSYC A480 - Health Psychology   (3)
A survey of the psychosocial factors that influence wellness, disease, and the performance of health behaviors. Illness prevention, management, and treatment will be examined.

PSYC A490 - Human Sexuality   (3)
Physiological and psychological aspects of human sexual behavior. A survey and theoretical understanding of normal and abnormal forms of sexual behavior and their treatment.

PSYC A498 - Advanced Psychological Research   (1-3)
Students will take responsibility for developing and conducting a research project within the context of on-going departmental projects. Students will be expected to produce a written or oral report of results. May be repeated for a maximum of six credit hours. A maximum of three hours of either PSYC A498 or PSYC A598 may be used for psychology major credit.
Prereq: PSYC 398, Prereq or coreq: PSYC A328 and departmental permission