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Psychology Course Descriptions

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PSYC 210  (3-3-0)  General Psychology: An introduction to the study of psychology as a science and the application of the scientific method in the understanding of behavior, with emphasis on such behavioral phenomena as learning, motivation, emotions, memory and problem solving, personality and development, behavior disorders, and psychotherapy.
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PSYC 233  (4-4-0)  Statistics for Psychology: A study of basic statistical theory and techniques appropriate to psychology and related fields; introduction to statistical inference and the testing of hypotheses. This course includes a lab which incorporates the use of computer packages for statistical analyses.
Prerequisite: PSYC 210 And MATH 123 Or higher
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PSYC 300  (3-3-0)  Psychology of Personal Adjustment: A study of coping mechanisms and adjustment strategies for meeting the everyday demands of life and dealing with special psychological problems, such as stress, depression, anxiety, deviant sexual behavior, sexual dysfunction, and other everyday problems.
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PSYC 310  (3-3-0)  Theories of Personality: An investigation of theories concerning the development and functioning of the normal personality, with attention to empirical findings related to individual adjustment or maladjustment.
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PSYC 320  (3-3-0)  Theories of Learning: A review of major theories of human and animal learning and motivation, with emphasis on individual and environmental factors affecting learning and performance in various contexts, including experimental and educational settings.
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PSYC 331  (3-3-0)  Developmental Psychology: An introduction to developmental psychology, focusing on the period from conception through adolescence, with emphasis on developmental principles and theories in the areas of cognitive, emotional, social, personality, and physical development.
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PSYC 332  (3-3-0)  Psychology of Aging: An introduction to adult development and human aging, including a survey of major developmental principles, theories, and current research in the areas of biological, cognitive, social, personality, and emotional development.
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PSYC 342  (3-3-0)  Introduction to Clinical and Counseling Psychology: A survey of the history, theories, and applications of clinical and counseling psychology, with an emphasis on analyses of the various approaches to counseling and therapy.
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PSYC 343  (3-3-0)  Multicultural Psychology: A study of the development of ethnic psychology, with emphasis on related theories and research and on the interactions of ethnic Americans with educational, political, religious, and social institutions.
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PSYC 345  (3-3-0)  Positive Psychology: This course is designed to provide an introduction to positive psychology. Positive psychology focuses on the scientific study of human strengths and virtues. The course will examine human behavior that is effective, valuable, and results in positive contributions to human development. The format of the course will be didactic, experiential, and interactive.
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PSYC 350  (3-3-0)  Industrial and Organizational Psychology: A study of psychological factors influencing performance in work settings, especially group processes, employee motivation, leadership, selection, and training, with additional emphasis on the analysis and design of jobs and organizations.
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PSYC 352  (4-3-1)  Research Methodology: A lecture and laboratory course covering the design, analysis, implementation, and interpretation of experimental research in areas of general psychology, such as learning, memory, and perception, and in social psychology.
Prerequisite: PSYC 233
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PSYC 354  (3-3-0)  Writing for Psychology: The course is designed to teach students the basic mechanics of writing in psychology. Topics to be discussed in this course will include orderly and precise presentation of ideas, smoothness and economy of expression, and the preparation of manuscripts according to the standards of the American Psychological Association.
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PSYC 360  (3-3-0)  Social Psychology: A study of individual behavior influenced and affected by social factors, with emphasis on socialization, attitude formation, and change, with additional attention to interpersonal attraction, leadership, and other behaviors in group settings.
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PSYC 365  (3-3-0)  Health Psychology: An examination of the links between medicine and psychology, including the relevance of biological, personal, cognitive, developmental, social, environmental, and cultural variables to health and illness. Health, illness, health and illness behavior will be studied with the aim of greater understanding of health issues and the individuals┐ relationship to these issues within individual, cultural and cross-cultural contexts.
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PSYC 370  (3-3-0)  Introduction to Biopsychology: A study of background and contemporary research relating behavior to biological processes. Data on neural and hormonal systems are summarized and used in examining such complex behaviors as learning, perception, and motivation.
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PSYC 380  (3-3-0)  Behavior Modification: A study of applications of learning theories and laboratory findings to behavior problems in educational, clinical, and social settings, with emphasis on empirical research demonstrating the effectiveness of behavior modification and cognitive/behavioral techniques.
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PSYC 381  (3-3-0)  Child Psychopathology: A survey of factors affecting psychological development from infancy through adolescence, with emphasis on conceptual models, assessment approaches, and treatment of abnormalities.
Prerequisite: PSYC 331
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PSYC 390  (3-3-0)  Psych Tests and Measurements: A survey of the major methods of evaluating and comparing psychological and physical abilities, including methods of measurement, basic statistical concepts relative to evaluation, and applications of psychological testing.
Prerequisite: PSYC 233
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PSYC 400  (3-3-0)  History and Systems of Psychology: A survey of the development of psychology in historical and socio-cultural perspective. A review of the major historical and contemporary systems of psychology, and their relation to the philosophy of science and to the selection of problems and methodologies.
Prerequisite: PSYC 352
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PSYC 403  (3-3-0)  Psychopharmacology: A study of the effect of pharmacological agents on the brain and behavior. This class fosters a multilayered approach, from the receptor level to system and behavioral level. Every drug and its psycho-physiological effects are discussed in the social context where it occurs.
Prerequisite: PSYC 370
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PSYC 420  (3-3-0)  Sensation and Perception: A study of the structures and functions of the sensory systems, with particular attention to perceptual processes influenced and affected by physical factors in the environment and by psychological aspects of the perceiving organism.
Prerequisite: PSYC 370
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PSYC 421  (3-3-0)  Cognitive Psychology: A study of theoretical approaches and research findings relevant to the complex processes of thinking, linguistic expression, problem solving, and decision making, with attention to the relation of these processes to intelligence and creativity.
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PSYC 422  (3-3-0)  Abnormal Psychology: A survey of disturbances of personality and behavior and of the major viewpoints regarding causes, prevention, and treatment.
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PSYC 430  (3-3-0)  Advance Seminar Sex and Gender: This senior seminar will explore how various areas of psychology conceptualize and investigate the relationship between sexuality and gender. The study of gender/sexual relations will be approached from many different perspectives, including individual, social, cultural, historical, and biological. Sources will include journal articles, books, and fictional stories.
Prerequisite: PSYC 352
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PSYC 433  (3-3-0)  Psychology of Language: Understanding language is an important part of understanding human behavior. Different areas of scientific study emphasize different aspects of language processing. This class reviews the biological bases of language development, word recognition, meaning and use of language, as well as language production. Combining insights from neuroscience and psycholinguistics, this class has a cognitive emphasis and it requires that the student is familiar with general concepts of Cognitive Psychology.
Prerequisite: PSYC 421
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PSYC 443  (3-3-0)  Introduction to Animal Behavior: This course focuses on understanding the evolution, expression, organization, and modification of animal behavior. Behavioral variation as well as the conservative nature of many behavioral responses will be addressed. The course will consider how the study of behavior in animals other than humans may help us to understand human behavior as well as to better conserve threatened or endangered species.
Prerequisite: PSYC 233 And PSYC 352
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PSYC 460  (3-3-0)  Senior Seminar: A study of selected contemporary topics examining the functional interrelationships of research, theory, and/or application within the various areas of psychology.
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PSYC 465  (3-3-0)  Biopsychology Laboratory: The aim of the Biopsychology Laboratory is to introduce students to paradigms for the explanation and study of behavior that are characterized by a focus on the functioning of the nervous system. This lab will examined these functions within the broader framework of the structures of behavior (innate and acquired), as well as functional systems (sensation, perception, motor control and cognition).
Prerequisite: PSYC 370
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PSYC 469  (3-3-0)  Advanced Biopsychology: Examines broad range of questions about how the nervous systems are organized, and how they function to generate behavior. These questions are explored using the analytical tools of molecular and cell biology, genetics; questions are explored using the analytical tools of molecular and cell biology, genetics, systems anatomy, and physiology. The student will focus on an advanced understanding of central nervous system processes.
Prerequisite: PSYC 370
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PSYC 470  (3-3-0)  Emotions: This course is designed to provide an overview of emotion, focusing on a variety of theoretical perspectives: cognitive, biological, developmental, evolutionary, historical, and social/ cultural. Emphasis will be placed on the examination of the neural and neurohormonal correlates of emotional behaviors and emotional experiences. Emphasis is placed upon the similarity between the emotional behaviors of humans and other species and in determining both normal and abnormal human emotional experiences.
Prerequisite: PSYC 370
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PSYC 475  (3-3-0)  Introduction to Evolutionary Psychology: This course is designed to convey the historical antecedents of evolutionary psychology and provide a reasonably thorough and balanced assessment of its methods, potential, and the criticisms leveled against it. This course will include a survey of the areas of research in evolutionary psychology and such topics as the evolution of action and feeling; cooperation; development and family dynamics; and higher cognition.
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PSYC 485  (3-3-0)  Individual Topics in Psychology: Systematic review of various topics on issues of psychological relevance, such as stress management, and sexual reinstatement.
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PSYC 489  (3-3-0)  Independent Study I: Supervised library, laboratory, and/or field research in psychology on a student's topic of choice (topic determined in consultation with a faculty supervisor).
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PSYC 490  (3-3-0)  Independent Study II: Supervised library, laboratory, and/or field research in psychology on a topic of choice of a student.
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PSYC 491  (3-3-0)  Independent Study III: Supervised library, laboratory, and/or field research in psychology on a student's topic of choice (topic determined in consultation with a faculty supervisor).
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PSYC 492  (3-3-0)  Independent Study IV: Supervised library, laboratory, and/or field research in psychology on a student's topic of choice (topic determined in consultation with a faculty supervisor).
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PSYC 493  (3-3-0)  Independent Study V: Supervised library, laboratory, and/or field research in psychology on a student's topic of choice (topic determined in consultation with a faculty supervisor).
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