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PSYC-105: Psychology: Understanding Human Behavior 4:1 (3)

Survey of the social bases of behavior and the individual foundations of group and social behavior. The concepts and methodologies of psychology in such areas as social learning, motivation, personality, sex similarities and differences, and abnormal behavior. The interaction between the individual and social institutions is emphasized. Usually offered every term.



PSYC-115:
Psychology as a Natural Science 5:1 (3)

Through lectures and discussion, students are introduced to the many experimental questions addressed in psychology, e.g., biological bases of behavior, conditioning and learning, memory and cognition, and drug use and abuse, as well as to the specific methods used in psychological research and the general research approaches used in science. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite: completion of the University Mathematics Requirement or concurrent enrollment in a mathematics or statistics course that has MATH-15x Finite Mathematics as a prerequisite. Must be taken concurrently with PSYC-116.



PSYC-116:
Psychology As a Natural Science Lab 5:1 (1)

Through laboratory experiments and simulations, students are exposed to the various techniques, procedures, and designs used in the study of behavior. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite: completion of the University Mathematics Requirement or concurrent enrollment in a mathematics or statistics course that has MATH-15x Finite Mathematics as a prerequisite. Must be taken concurrently with PSYC-115.


 
PSYC-196: Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic.



PSYC-200: Behavior Principles 5:2 (3)

The experimental analysis of behavior (EAOB) systematically relates a behavior's probability to its consequences (reinforcement and punishment). Principles derived from the EAOB are used to explain simple animal learning, stimulus control, behavioral sequences and patterning, verbal and other complex human behavior, and emotion. Issues raised by a behavioral approach to human conduct are discussed. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite for General Education credit: BIO-100 or BIO-110 or PSYC-115.



PSYC-205: Social Psychology 4:2 (3)

The processes of social thinking, such as the attribution of causality and the relation of attitudes to behavior; social influence, such as conformity, obedience, and persuasion; and social relations, including aggression, altruism, prejudice, and attraction. Focus on the individual in social settings. Research methods are emphasized. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite for General Education credit: ANTH-150 or PSYC-105 or SOCY-100 or WGST-125.



PSYC-215: Abnormal Psychology and Society 4:2 (3)

Focuses on behavior labeled as abnormal by society. Abnormal behavior as a function of the individual's interaction with social institutions (family, school, legal system, mental-health system, etc.). Introduction to the major concepts, theories, and issues of abnormal psychology. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite for General Education credit: ANTH-150 or PSYC-105 or SOCY-100 or WGST-125.



PSYC-220: The Senses 5:2 (3)

An introductory discussion of why things appear as they do. Investigation of our perceptual experiences - their origins, refinements, interpretations, and applications. Discussion of scientific theory and research on the senses. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite for General Education credit: BIO-100 or BIO-110 or PSYC-115.



PSYC-235: Theories of Personality 4:2 (3)

Students explore and critically compare four major approaches to understanding uniqueness in human behavior, emotion, and thought: holistic, dynamic, learning, and trait/biological. Class debates, exercises, and a paper help students use these theories to understand their own and others' personalities. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite for General Education credit: ANTH-150 or PSYC-105 or SOCY-100 or WGST-125.



PSYC-240:
Drugs and Behavior 5:2 (3)

This introduction to psychoactive drugs and their effects includes an overview of general physiology, neurochemistry, and pharmacology as well as a survey of the basic physiological, pharmacological, and behavioral effects of drugs. The course focuses on the etiology and consequences of addiction and dependence. Critical evaluation of research methodology in drug assessment is stressed. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite for General Education credit: BIO-100 or BIO-110 or PSYC-115.



 
PSYC-296: Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic.



PSYC-300: Cognitive Psychology (3)

This course provides an overview of cognitive psychology and addresses attention, pattern recognition, perception, memory, language, and thinking. The so-called higher mental processes are studied through discussion of current empirical research, and through classroom demonstrations and development of pilot projects. Usually offered alternate springs. Prerequisite: PSYC-115 or permission of instructor.



PSYC-301:
Research Methods in Psychology (3)

An introduction to the basic tools of research used by psychologists. Includes principles of the scientific method, experimental and correlational research, single-subject research, validity and reliability of measurements, ethical issues, and research reporting. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite: PSYC-115 and STAT-202.



PSYC-310:
Introduction to Forensic Psychology (3)

Psychologists who work effectively with the legal system combine an understanding of the law with pertinent clinical information to communicate psychological findings in the adjudicative setting. This course focuses on the practice of forensic psychology with an emphasis on the relationship between law and behavioral sciences. Usually offered every spring. Prerequisite: PSYC-310.



PSYC-315:
Self-Management (3)

Principles of cognitive-behavioral self-control for achievement of personal goals. Self-management research is reviewed in weight loss, studying, self-esteem, giving up smoking, drug addiction, depression, time management, and enjoying oneself. Students conduct self-modification projects in group settings. Usually offered alternate falls. Prerequisite: PSYC-105 and PSYC-215, or PSYC-230, or permission of instructor.



PSYC-318:
Fundamentals of Human Neuropsychology (3)

Concerned primarily with the structure, organization, and function of the human brain and the manner in which it produces thoughts, feelings, movement, perceptions, language, and memories. Explores normal brain functioning as well as neurological disorders. Of particular value to students interested in cognition, psychopathology, neurology/medicine, and linguistics. Usually offered alternate falls. Prerequisite: PSYC-115 or permission of instructor.



PSYC-320: Women and Mental Health (3)

This course focuses on women's functioning. Includes theories of the personality of women, common adjustment problems faced by women, and emotional problems prevalent in women. Usually offered alternate springs. Prerequisite: PSYC-105.



PSYC-325:
Neurobiological Bases of Behavior (3)

Introduction to the biological bases of behavior. Includes basic neurophysiology (activation of neurons and communication among cells); the basic organization of the nervous system; the role of the brain in receiving stimuli; and the neurobiology of motivated behavior, learning, and behavior disorders. Usually offered alternate falls. Prerequisite: PSYC-115 or permission of instructor.



PSYC-333: Health Psychology (3)

An exploration of how psychological theories and techniques can minimize unnecessary morbidity and premature mortality. Behavioral, cognitive, and affective targets for primary and secondary prevention efforts are identified from epidemiological theory and research. Ways in which psychological methods can contribute to provision of outpatient and inpatient medical services. Usually offered every spring. Prerequisite: PSYC-105 or permission of instructor.



PSYC-335: Psychology of Religion (3)

Classic and contemporary views of religion from a psychological perspective. Review of research methodologies as well as major theorists including Freud, Jung, James, Rizzuto, Erikson, Otto, Girgensohn, Allport, Fromm, and Maslow. Usually offered alternate springs.



PSYC-345: Community Psychology (3)

The community rather than the individual is the subject and client in community psychology. Psychological techniques are combined with flexible research designs and concrete measures to find and document effective and cost-effective solutions to socio-political problems such as energy conservation, delinquency, homelessness, traffic safety, health promotion, and unemployment. Usually offered alternate springs. Prerequisite: one introductory and two additional psychology courses.



PSYC-350: Child Psychology (3)

Introduction to development from infancy through adolescence. Emphasis on theory and research in normal development: genetics, growth, and maturation; sensation and perception; motivation; cognitive and social functioning. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite: PSYC-105 or PSYC-115 or permission of instructor.



PSYC-360: The Evolution of Behavior (3)

Approaches to the study of animal and human behavior with emphasis on the explanation of these behaviors in light of ecology and evolution. Includes aggression, language, sex differences, intelligence, development, learning, and instinct. Usually offered every spring. Prerequisite: PSYC-115 or PSYC-105 or permission of instructor.



PSYC-370: Learning and Behavior (3)

Research and theory in animal learning. Covers classical and instrumental conditioning. Ethology and biological constraints on learning. Usually offered alternate falls. Prerequisite: PSYC-115 or permission of instructor.



PSYC-390: Independent Reading Course in Psychology (1-6)

Prerequisite: permission of instructor and department chair.


 
PSYC-396: Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic.



PSYC-415: Psychology of Music (3)

This interdisciplinary course focuses on the cognitive processing of music--how it is sensed, perceived, remembered, and interpreted at both micro and macro levels. Includes music therapy, performance anxiety, developmental and cross-cultural perspectives, and neurological aspects. Meets with PSYC-415. Prerequisite: PERF-120 or equivalent music experience and two psychology courses.



PSYC-420: Adolescent Psychology (3)

Study of adolescence as a period of transition. Includes research and theory on hormonal, emotional, social, and cognitive development in adolescence. The influence of peer pressure, need for self-individuation, and problems of adolescence are also considered. Usually offered alternate springs. Prerequisite: PSYC-105.



PSYC-425: Psychology of Eating Disorders and Obesity (3)

The study of theory, research, diagnosis and treatment as it pertains to nutrition, dieting, exercise, body image, obesity, anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. Usually offered alternate springs. Prerequisite: PSYC-105 or PSYC-115.



PSYC-430:
Human Sexual Behavior (3)

Basic physiological knowledge, sex education, sexual myths, premarital and marital sexual behavior, homosexuality, pornography, etc. Emphasis on psychological aspects of sex and sexuality. Usually offered every fall.



PSYC-433: Research Design and Methods: Social Science Psychology Research (4)

Introduces basic principles of psychological measurement and research design. Explains methods of identifying and developing reliable and valid psychological tests and behavioral observation systems. Reviews experimental and correlational research designs, as applied to social science areas of psychology (e.g. psychotherapy outcome research). Usually offered every fall. Prerequisite: STAT-202, and either PSYC-105 or PSYC-115.



PSYC-440: Social Psychological Approaches to Clinical Issues (3)

Examines applications of social psychology to clinical psychology. Includes using social psychology to understand disorders such as depression; applying social psychology to treatment issues, such as persuading people to remain in therapy; and considering diagnosis as a problem in social cognition. Usually offered alternate falls. Prerequisite: PSYC-205 or permission of instructor.



PSYC-450: Psychology of Well-Being (3)

An overview of the theory, research, and applications in the psychology of well-being. Includes self-esteem, relationships and intimacy, competence and achievement, crisis and loss, and meaning and values in life. Usually offered every spring. Prerequisite: PSYC-105 or PSYC-115.



PSYC-456:
Controversial Issues in Psychology (3)

A seminar that considers some of the fundamental ideas in psychology through reading and discussion. Usually offered every spring. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.



PSYC-470: Introduction to Clinical Psychology (3)

The focus is on two major activities of clinical psychologists: assessment and clinical intervention (psychotherapy and program models). Also includes the functions, history, training, and ethics of the profession. Usually offered alternate falls. Prerequisite: PSYC-105 or PSYC-115, and either PSYC-215 or PSYC-230.



PSYC-480: Research Design and Methods: Experimental Psychology (4)

Data and research methods in core areas of psychology. Review of experimental design. Individual and group experiments. Usually offered alternate springs. Prerequisite: STAT-202, and PSYC-105 or PSYC-115.



PSYC-490: Independent Study Project in Psychology (1-6)

Prerequisite: permission of instructor.



PSYC-491: Internship (1-3)

Practical experience in a professional setting in the metropolitan area for advanced psychology majors. Prerequisite: permission of instructor and department chair.



 
PSYC-496: Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic.



PSYC-497: Topics in Psychology (3)

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Each section is an intensive course in a specialized area of psychology, such as community psychology, social and clinical judgement, and psychology of infancy. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite: three psychology courses, junior standing and permission of instructor.



PSYC-498:
Senior Thesis Seminar (3)

May be repeated for credit. Students participate in research under the supervision of individual faculty (which should be arranged before enrolling). The proposal, analysis, and conclusions of this research are discussed among other students as well as with departmental faculty. Honors students are required to take two semesters. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.



PSYC-501: Physiological Psychology (3)

Anatomical and physiological substrata of behavior. Usually offered alternate springs. Prerequisite: two psychology courses, and junior or graduate standing.



PSYC-502: History and Systems of Psychology (3)

Philosophical and scientific background of modern psychology and contemporary problems of theory construction. Usually offered alternate falls.



PSYC-505:
Advanced Personality Psychology (3)

Examines contemporary research in personality psychology, focusing on expectancies, motivation, self-concept, and genetic and environmental influences on personality development. Gender and cultural issues are considered, as are applications of personality psychology in the study of mental and physical health. Usually offered alternate springs. Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor.



PSYC-510: Advanced Forensic Psychology (3)

This course expands on topics covered in PSYC-310 Introduction to Forensic Psychology and is organized around reading primary sources in important areas of forensic psychology including torture, predatory sexual behaviors, bullying, and battering, among others. Students gain an in-depth exposure to and increased understanding of Axis II, Cluster B personality disorders, as described in the DSM-IV, and have extensive exposure to the most scientific research on these phenomena. Prerequisite: PSYC-310. Usually offered every spring.



PSYC-513:
Neuropharmacology: The Biochemistry of Behavior (3)

Following an overview of central nervous system physiology, this class gives a detailed examination of the range of neurotransmitters involved in neural communication and modulation. Each neurotransmitter is described in the context of its biochemistry, distribution, pharmacology, and involvement in both normal and abnormal behavior. Usually offered every fall. Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor.



PSYC-514: Industrial/Organizational Psychology (3)

Application of psychological principles to the field of work. Includes selection, training, evaluation, leadership, motivation, decision making, job attitudes and satisfaction, organizational structure and theory, and human factors. Usually offered alternate falls. Prerequisite: two psychology courses and one statistics course.



PSYC-518
: Advanced Human Neuropsychology (3)

Explores the empirical, anatomical, and theoretical aspects of clinical and cognitive human neuropsychology. Includes object and face recognition; spatial perception; voluntary action; language (oral, writing, and reading comprehension, word and sentence processing, speech production); problem-solving and calculation; memory; and dysfunctions (i.e., agnosias, apraxias, amnesias, and aphasias) illustrated with clinical case studies. Usually offered every fall. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.



PSYC-521: Ethnic and Minority Issues in Psychology (3)

A review of ethnic and minority issues as they relate to testing, psychotherapy, research, and other aspects of scientific and professional psychology. Usually offered alternate falls. Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor.


PSYC-522: Stress, Coping, and Emotion (3)

This course introduces students to the theory, methods, and applications of stress and coping research, while allowing them to understand and manage their own experiences of stress. Reading assignments and lectures address the nature of psychological stress, its relation to appraisals, coping, and emotion, and the specific methodological challenges of studying stress and coping. It includes models of stress responses, personality, gender, and culture. Personal growth, stress and health, depression, and clinical interventions are also discussed. Usually offered alternate springs. Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor


PSYC-530: Conditioning and Learning (3)

Seminar for advanced graduate students in psychology. Advanced analysis of operations and principles developed through the systematic study of classical and operant conditioning. Usually offered alternate springs. Prerequisite: PSYC-200 or PSYC-370 or graduate standing or permission of instructor.



PSYC-533: Cognitive Behavior Therapy (3)

This seminar examines critically the cognitive revolution in behavior therapy. We review the theoretical basis, clinical procedures, and empirical status of several major forms of cognitive behavior therapy, which share the premise that maladaptive thinking is at the core of psychological distress. Usually offered alternate springs. Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor.



PSYC-540:
Advanced Social Psychology (3)

Psychological factors in human social behavior. Examination of research literature with emphasis on design and methodology. Theoretical problems in social behavior and current trends in experimentation. Usually offered alternate springs. Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor.



PSYC-545: Psychology of Sex Similarities and Differences (3)

Examines the ways that the behavior of males and females are comparable by examining the psychological literature to understand what biological and social-cultural factors influence these behaviors. Considers what conclusions can be drawn from the existing data and what types of research should be done to further knowledge of gender issues. Usually offered alternate springs. Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor.



PSYC-550: Psychological Research (3)

An in-depth examination of experimental design and methods of conducting research in clinical, social, experimental, and bio-psychology. Usually offered every fall. Prerequisite: PSYC-480 or graduate standing or permission of instructor.



PSYC-551:
Psychopathology: Theory and Research (3)

Case-study seminar on psychopathological behavior. Focus on symptoms and syndromes from conflict/stress-defense model. Usually offered every spring. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.



PSYC-555:
Improving Human Services (3)

To measure, monitor, and maximize the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of mental health treatment, substance abuse programs, and other human services, concrete strategies are presented for collecting, analyzing, presenting and using data on resources, procedures, processes, and outcomes. Readings are augmented with case studies and findings from evaluations by the faculty and students. Usually offered alternate falls. Prerequisite: PSYC-105 and STAT-202, or graduate standing, or permission of instructor.



PSYC-560: Advanced Child Psychology (3)

Current theoretical and research issues in child psychology. Areas of emphasis include socialization, affective development, and cognitive development. Students, from their readings and discussion, critically analyze existing data and formulate questions for further investigation. Usually offered alternate falls. Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor.



PSYC-568: Alternative Medicine (3)

This course explores the art and science of alternative (also known as integrative, complementary, or holistic) medicine. It investigates the scientific, cultural, and spiritual dimensions of healing, including scientific research as well as historical and global healing traditions. The modern perspective of mind-body-spirit healing is considered in context with specific alternative therapies, including acupuncture, meditation, herbal and homeopathic medicine, bio-energy healing, psychotherapy, nutrition, chiropractic, and more. Usually offered every spring. Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor



PSYC-575: Human Cognition (3)

After a short review of the field in general this course focuses on some specific issues, both theoretical and applied, that are of current interest in areas such as attention, perception, human memory, and thought processes. Usually offered alternate springs. Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor.



PSYC-590: Independent Reading Course in Psychology (1-6)

Prerequisite: permission of instructor and department chair.



 
PSYC-596: Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic.



PSYC-597:
Topics in Psychology (3)

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Each section is an intensive course in a specialized area of psychology. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.



PSYC-598:
Seminar in Behavior, Cognition, and Neuroscience (3)

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. An examination of neuroscience issues through articles, texts, and group presentations. The seminar extends the foundations of the psychology core curriculum and demonstrates the application of these foundations to cutting edge and controversial research. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor.



PSYC-609: Ethics and Professional Practices (3)

Theoretical and conceptual questions and social problems in the area of ethics and professional practice. Ethical standards, codes, and legislation of psychologists and related professions, and ethical problems of community mental health are examined. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.



PSYC-618: Principles of Neuropsychological Assessment (3)

Introduces theoretical and empirical principles of neuropsychological assessment. Emphasis on developing skills of behavioral and cognitive observation coupled with an understanding of the underlying functional organization of the human nervous system. Students study representative tests and, in the laboratory and/or in supervised clinical settings, practice their administration, scoring, and interpretation. Usually offered alternate falls. Prerequisite: PSYC-518, PSYC-633 and permission of instructor.



PSYC-630:
Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, and Practice (3)

A survey of research literature relevant to the therapist, the client, the relationship and process of psychotherapy. Major theoretical orientations and techniques are reviewed. Usually offered every fall.



PSYC-633: Psychological Assessment I (3)

Introduces students to basic principles of psychological assessment. Emphasizes conceptual issues much more than practical applications, though substantive psychological research is used to illustrate the concepts. Helps students learn how to critically evaluate, and contribute to, knowledge regarding measurement of psychological functioning. Usually offered every fall.



PSYC-652: Assessment of Intellectual Function and Personality (3)

Introduction to administration and interpretation of WAIS-III, MMPI-II, and Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV. Also includes integration across tests, holistic case conceptualization, and report writing. Usually offered every fall. Prerequisite: PSYC-551, PSYC-633, and permission of instructor.



PSYC-653: Advanced Assessment: Projective Personality (3)

Review of the Rorschach, TAT, and other projective tests. Integration and interpretation of projective tests in conjunction with interview and intelligence data and other testing. Includes report writing and hands-on assessment experience. Usually offered alternate springs. Prerequisite: PSYC-633 and PSYC-652, or permission of instructor.



PSYC-654: Advanced Assessment: Integrative Battery (3)

This advanced testing course builds on PSYC-633 and PSYC-652. Students are trained to administer batteries of tests, score them, and write reports that integrate the findings from the tests. Usually offered alternate springs. Prerequisite: PSYC-633 and PSYC-652, or permission of instructor.

PSYC-670: Behavioral Medicine (3)

Acquaints students with psychological theory, research, and practical techniques for maintaining health, preventing dysfunctions, and remediating health problems. Includes cognitive-behavioral techniques for cardiovascular risk reduction (smoking, obesity, stress, diet), exercise enhancement, time management, adherence to medical regimens, and problems with nervous, respiratory, gastrointestinal, and musculoskeletal systems. Prerequisite: admission to graduate program in psychology or health fitness management.


PSYC-680: Experiential Psychotherapy Practicum I (3)

Interviewing techniques and practice in skills related to counseling psychotherapy by systematic exposure to critical elements in interviews through supervision and guided observation. Usually offered every fall. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Note: may be taken pass/fail only.



PSYC-681:
Experiential Psychotherapy Practicum II (3)

Continuation of PSYC-680. Usually offered every spring. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Note: may be taken pass/fail only.



PSYC-690: Independent Study Project in Psychology (1-6)

Prerequisite: permission of instructor and department chair.



PSYC-696: Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic.



PSYC-698: Directed Research (3-6)

May be repeated for credit. May not be used in place of PSYC-796, PSYC-797, PSYC-798, or PSYC-799. Usually offered every term.



PSYC-710: Cognitive-Behavior Therapy Practicum I (3)

Review of behavior therapy and cognitive-behavioral techniques. Supervision and co-therapy in application of techniques. Usually offered every fall. Prerequisite: admission to clinical psychology doctoral program. Note: may be taken pass/fail only.


PSYC-711: Cognitive-Behavior Therapy Practicum II (3)

Review of behavior therapy and cognitive-behavioral techniques. Supervision and co-therapy in application of techniques. Usually offered every spring. Prerequisite: admission to clinical psychology doctoral program. Note: may be taken pass/fail only.



PSYC-791: Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Practicum I (3)

Usually offered every fall. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Note: may be taken pass/fail only.



PSYC-792: Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Practicum II (3)

Usually offered every spring. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Note: may be taken pass/fail only.



PSYC-796:
Master's Thesis Seminar (3)

 

PSYC-797: Master's Thesis Research (1-3)

Prerequisite: PSYC-796.



PSYC-798:
Doctoral Dissertation Seminar (3)

 

PSYC-799: Doctoral Dissertation Research (1-9)

Prerequisite: PSYC-798.