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Psychology Courses:101 General Psychology*. (3)
An introductory study of the basic concepts and principles of psychology. (F, S)
*Note: PSY 101 is a prerequisite for all courses in psychology except 200.

200 Basic Learning. (same as 210 Behavior Analysis) (3)
Designed to develop basic knowledge of principles of operant conditioning and behavior modification applicable to teaching, family living, and social relationships. Note: No credit for Psychology major. (Cross-listed as PSY 210 Behavior Analysis for psychology majors.) (F, S)

203 Human Sexuality. (3)
The exploration of physiological, psychological, and sociological factors in human sexual behavior.

205 Child and Adolescent Development. (3)
This course will provide an overview of research and theory on development during the years from infancy through the transition to adulthood. Issues related to physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development will be considered, along with the social and cultural contexts of development.

215 Experimental Psychology. (3)
The basic principles of scientific experimentation with an introduction to research design, methodology, and professional reporting of research results. (F, S)

228 Survey of Drug Use and Abuse. (3)
An introductory survey of the historical and sociological perspectives on drug use and abuse, the physiological and psychological effects of drugs, the identification and pharmacological characteristics of drugs, the legal implications of drug abuse, and the prevention, control, and treatment of drug abuse.

229 Health Psychology. (3)
An introduction to psychological factors in health, disease and illness (including health maintenance and disease prevention). Discussion of personality types, psychophysiological disease, effects of stress, and coping with illness.

270 Psychology Research. (1)
Consent of the psychology faculty. This seminar course involves supervised conduction of scientific experiments. Includes review and discussion of the relevant literature, development of a specific research question, and hands-on implementation of the research.

310 Introduction to Learning. (4)
Prerequisites: PSY 215, PSY 2061. A survey of significant concepts, methods, and principles of learning. The course will focus on classical conditioning, instrumental and operant conditioning, and verbal learning. (F)

322 Personality. (3)
The formation, structure, and function of personality are examined in light of the major theoretical positions. (F, S)

330 Evolutionary Psychology. (3)
This course focuses on the ways in which human behavior and mental abilities evolved over millions of years, and so adapted to specific environmental conditions.

340 Industrial/Organizational Psychology. (3)
An introduction to theory and research on the application of psychological principles to business and industry. Topics will include issues such as work motivation, occupational stress, leadership, group processes and engineering psychology. Personnel management will also be considered, including job analysis, recruitment, selection, training, development and evaluation of employees.

350 Special Topics in Psychology. (1-3)
Prerequisites: To be specified by instructor. Advanced study in specific topics in specialized areas of Psychology. May be taken repeatedly for credit. Course titles will be included on students’ transcript.
Examples of special topics courses: Introduction to Behavioral Statistics, Cultural Psychology, Psychology of Language.

365 Sensation and Perception. (3)
An overview of research and theory on human sensory systems and perception. Examines not only the physiological system required for each sense, but also the factors that can influence our perception. Especially examines the visual, auditory, and olfactory systems.

370 Physiological Psychology. (3)
Prerequisite: BIOL 102. An overview of the physiological correlates of behavior, such as learning, memory, emotion, hunger, thirst, etc. (Satisfies elective credit for Biology major or minor.) (F)

402 Animal Behavior. (3)
The analysis of unlearned and learned behavior, integrating the contributions of ethological and behavioristic research. (Satisfies elective credit for Biology major or minor.)

407 Introduction to Counseling Techniques. (3)
Prerequisite: PSY 322. An introduction to the major theoretical approaches to counseling with emphasis on psychoanalytic, behavioristic, phenomenological, and rational approaches.

412 Cognitive Psychology. (3)
An introduction to the prominent research methods, findings, and theories, of cognitive psychology. The course will cover such topics as memory, attention, categorization, concept formation, problem solving, and language. (S)

415 Advanced Experimental Psychology. (3)
Prerequisites: MATH 105, PSY 215. This course will provide an in-depth and active involvement in all aspects of the experimental process as it applies to psychological research. Included in this process are such topics as conducting a literature review, writing a research proposal, ethics, designing and conducting research, analyzing the data on the computer, and presenting research results in a professional manner. (S)

420 Introduction to Psychological Testing. (3)
Prerequisite: MATH 105. An introduction to the principles underlying the construction and validation of the major varieties of psychological tests. (S)

422 Abnormal Psychology. (3)
Prerequisite: PSY 322. An experimental and theoretical study of the phenomena of psychopathology, as well as a survey of the methods of clinical diagnosis and therapy.

430 Behavior Disorders of Childhood. (3)
Prerequisite: PSY 205. This course is a survey of childhood psychopathology, assessment and treatment. A primary focus of the class is the developmental psychopathology model.

431 History and Systems of Psychology. (3)
Prerequisite: Senior standing. A study of the evolution of psychology with emphasis on the general issues and major theories in relation to the principal schools of psychology. (F)

450 Seminar in Contemporary Psychology. (3)
Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor. Advanced study in specific areas of psychology. Can be taken for credit repeatedly. Course titles will be included on students’ transcript.

455 Psychology Practicum. (3-15)
(To be determined by the psychology faculty.) Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing, consent of the psychology faculty. Supervised practice of psychological techniques in a clinical or institutional setting.

470-471 Independent Study. (1-6)
(To be determined by the psychology faculty and Divisional Chairperson.) Prerequisites: Consent of the psychology faculty and junior or senior standing; background courses to be specified by the project advisor. May be taken as a single course, as two separate independent projects, (that is, reading course, teaching practicum, or research), or as a two-semester plan which must be scheduled consecutively. Final grades will not be given until end of second semester.

480-481 Honors Courses. (3, 3)
Juniors and seniors who qualify for Honors Courses are offered the opportunity to study with individual members of the faculty. This is specialized study apart from conventional classroom work. Interested students should contact the Division Chairperson for further information.

Psychology Mini-Courses

2002 Professional Issues.
The goal of this course is to prepare students to better use their bachelor’s degree in psychology. The course will assist students in selecting an appropriate career in psychology, help them prepare and build a competitive résumé, help guide them in selecting an appropriate graduate program, and examine professional ethics. (F)

2061 Behavior Analysis. (2)
Designed to develop basic knowledge and skills in the application of operant learning and behavior modification principles. (Cross-listed as PSY 200 Basic Learning for non-majors.) (F, S)
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