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Psychology - Spring 2017

PSYC 100S
Understanding Psychology

4 Credit Hours
Crane, Lauren
Prerequisites: None
An introductory-level survey course in psychology with a focus on how psychology can be applied to other fields of study and life in general. Covers topics in biological foundations of behavior, learning and memory, developmental psychology, motivation and emotion, abnormal psychology and psychotherapy, personality, and social psychology. This course is designed for individuals that are not planning to major or minor in Psychology and is not to be taken in conjunction with or in addition to Psychology courses 110-160.

PSYC 100S
Understanding Psychology

4 Credit Hours
Woehrle, Nancy
Prerequisites: None
An introductory-level survey course in psychology with a focus on how psychology can be applied to other fields of study and life in general. Covers topics in biological foundations of behavior, learning and memory, developmental psychology, motivation and emotion, abnormal psychology and psychotherapy, personality, and social psychology. This course is designed for individuals that are not planning to major or minor in Psychology and is not to be taken in conjunction with or in addition to Psychology courses 110-160.

PSYC 110N
Prosem I – Physiological

2 semester hours
Woehrle, Nancy
Prerequisites: None
Introduction to the study of the biological bases of behavior, including the structure and function of neurons, brain organization, and sensation and perception. Every year.

PSYC 130S
Proseminar III - Developmental

2 Credit Hours
Zembar, Mary Jo
Prerequisites: None
Exploration of developmental changes that occur across the life span. Physical, cognitive, social, emotional and personality development are emphasized. Every year.

PSYC 140S
Proseminar IV - Differential

2 Credit Hours
Brookings, Jeffrey
Prerequisites: None
Introduction to psychological tests and their applications, and a survey of the structure and dynamics of personality. Every year.

PSYC 150S
Proseminar V - Abnormal

2 Credit Hours
Little, Stephanie
Prerequisites: None
Introduction to the powerful motivations and emotions of animals and humans. The central role of motives and emotions in mental illness and its treatment is examined. Every year.

PSYC 160S
Proseminar VI – Social

2 Credit Hours
Brown, Clifford
Prerequisites: None
Social psychology is the scientific study of how others influence our beliefs, emotions and behavior. Topics examined include conformity, persuasion, social cognition, attribution, attitudes, prejudice, aggression and nonverbal communication. Every year.

PSYC 201Q
Statistics

4 Credit Hours
Brown, Clifford
Prerequisites: To register for PSYC 201Q, a student must have a 2 (or 22, 23, 12, 13) or higher Mathematics Placement Level. Contact the Math Workshop for details regarding this prerequisite. A student may not receive credit for more than one introductory statistics course. (e.g., Math 127, Mgt. 210)
This is a course in applied statistics. Its emphasis is on the mechanics of summarizing and analyzing data, with examples from the behavioral sciences. The purpose of the course is to prepare students for other courses in Psychology and related disciplines and to help them conduct and interpret statistical analyses.

PSYC 202M
Experimental Design

5 Credit Hours
Crane, Lauren
Prerequisite: PSYC 201Q or another statistics course.
This laboratory course gives you hands-on experience with the basic principles of research in psychology: the logic and methodologies of collecting data in a scientific manner, and the concepts and techniques of applying statistics to collected data in order to draw conclusions. We will cover a variety of methodologies, emphasizing how you can use each of them yourself. As part of this course, you will design and implement a number of studies that involve collecting, analyzing, and interpreting original data, as well as reporting your findings. Each study will illustrate a different type of analytic tool or procedure, but the specific questions to be addressed in these studies will be determined by you.

PSYC 211N
Sensation and Perception

4 Credit Hours
Woehrle, Nancy
Prerequisite: PSYC 110N
Study of the sensory systems and human perception from physiological, sensory, psychophysical, information-processing and cultural perspectives.

PSYC 253
Introduction to Mental Health Practice

4 semester hours
Little, Stephanie
Prerequisite: PSYC 150S
This course provides an introduction to the mental health field. Historical and current trends in the field will be covered, as well as assessment and intervention techniques. Major theories of psychotherapy to be covered include humanistic-existential, cognitive-behavioral, and psychodynamic. Topics to be covered will be applicable to a broad range of mental health careers (e.g., social work, case management, guidance counseling).

PSYC 280
Topic: Psychology of Gender

4 semester hours
Anes, Michael
Prerequisite: Permission Required
This is a course where we address in a detailed way the influence of gender on psychological functioning. We are reminded of the tools of the scientific method and use these tools to understand the influence of gender in all phases of development and in many different contexts such as the family, the workplace and social groups. The philosophical and political implications of gender research are discussed throughout the course and students learn about gender differences in privilege and gender-based inequalities. Specific areas of coverage include different conceptions of sex and gender, the possible existence of sex differences, cross-cultural differences in ideas about gender, gender roles and attitudes, gender role attitudes in western societies, achievement and communication differences, the role of gender in physical health, mental health, and in various kinds of relationships.

PSYC 321B
Learning, Memory & Cognition

5 Credit Hours
Anes, Michael
Prerequisite: Psychology 120 and Psychology 207
This is a course in which we study major operations of the human mind; perceiving, remembering, acting, and thinking.  Specific areas of coverage include attention, visual search and object recognition, visual memory, general memory mechanisms (working and long-term), language, imagery, reasoning, and judgment. We will discuss learning and memory in other species as well, and attempt to draw parallels that inform our understanding of human cognition. Specific proposals about how the mind accomplishes particular tasks (models) have been advanced in the short, 50-year history of modern cognitive psychology. We will see how these models have been tested, in part by participating in replications of classic cognitive psychology experiments. Data, including the data we generate ourselves, will be discussed in detail.  We will write APA-style papers describing the nature of these tasks, the methods used, and the results obtained in the tasks.  Finally, we will plan and execute group experiments. Writing Intensive.

PSYC 341B
Psychological Testing

5 Credit Hours
Brookings, Jeffrey
Prerequisites: Psychology 107 or another statistics course and Psychology 140
This is a laboratory course examining principles of test construction, validation, and interpretation, with emphasis on measures of cognitive ability, personality characteristics, and psychological disorders. Classes will be in lecture/discussion format. Lab exercises emphasize psychometric evaluation of published psychological tests and hands-on experience administering and scoring simulated diagnostic tests. A group project requires students to construct and validate a psychological test.

PSYC 390
Junior Seminar

0 semester hours
Brown, Clifford
Prerequisite: Junior or Senior Class Standing
This seminar meets one hour per week and is designed to help students understand their various options as psychology majors. This includes topics such as senior research projects and internships, senior comprehensive and GRE exams, possible career paths, graduate school applications, and graduate school and job interviews. This class may include guest speakers and field trips based on students’ interests. Psychology majors are required to take this no-credit seminar for one semester during their junior year.

PSYC 400
Research: Interpersonal Behavior

4 Credit Hours
Brown, Clifford
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
Students in this course will work with the instructor on interpersonal behavior research in the area of social psychology. Students will become familiar with the current literature in a specific area of social psychology, and meet twice weekly to discuss research literature, develop hypotheses, and design studies to test their hypotheses. Then, students will conduct their studies, analyze the data, and write research papers summarizing the findings. It is anticipated that these papers will be submitted to regional conferences. Writing Intensive.

PSYC 410
Senior Thesis

0-5 Credit Hours
Staff
Prerequisite: Department Permission
Students must submit an Independent Study - Senior Thesis proposal to the Registrar's Office, Recitation Hall, for final approval. After final approval, the student will be officially registered for the credits.

PSYC 490
Independent Study

1-4 Credit Hours
Staff
Prerequisite: Department Permission
Students must submit an Independent Study proposal to the Registrar's Office, Recitation Hall, for final approval. After final approval, the student will be officially registered for the credits.

PSYC 492
Research Internship

1-8 Credit Hours
Staff
Prerequisite: Department Permission
Students must submit an Internship proposal to Career Services, Shouvlin Center, Room 215, for final approval. After final approval, the student will be officially registered for the credits.

PSYC 493
Clinical Internship

1-8 Credit Hours
Staff
Prerequisite: Department Permission
Students must submit an Internship proposal to Career Services, Shouvlin Center, Room 215, for final approval. After final approval, the student will be officially registered for the credits.

PSYC 499
Senior Honors Thesis

0-8 Credit Hours
Staff
Prerequisite: Department Permission
Students must submit an Honors Thesis proposal to the Honors Program, Matthies House for final approval. After final approval, the student will be officially registered for the credits.

 

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