Department of Psychology

Course Descriptions

PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to the study of behavior as a natural science, including the following topics: research methods, biological foundations of behavior, sensation and perception, human development, motivation and emotion, learning and cognition, personality, psychopathology, and social behavior. This course is a prerequisite for all departmental courses, except PSY 201. Cr 3.

PSY 201 Statistics in Psychology
A general introduction to the techniques of descriptive, predictive, and inferential statistics. Emphasis is placed on measures of central tendency and variability, correlation, hypothesis testing, and simple analysis of variance. Prerequisite: SAT Math score at least 570, Accuplacer QAS score at least 263, or grade of C- or higher in MAT 100. Cr 3.

PSY 205 Experimental Methodology
Emphasis on the principles, methods, and techniques of experimental psychology. Applications of general methodology and specific techniques to the design of experiments in behavioral research. Prerequisites: grades of C- or higher in PSY 100 and either PSY 201 or LOS 120; corequisite: PSY 206. Cr 3.

PSY 206 Methodology Lab
This course applies the scientific method to selected areas of experimental psychology. Such areas may include animal learning, physiological, sensation-perception, cognition, social-personality, and developmental psychology. Report writing and interpretation of statistical results will be emphasized. Prerequisites: grades of C- or higher in PSY 100 and either PSY 201 or LOS 120; corequisite: PSY 205. Cr 1.

PSY 220 Psychology of the Lifespan
This is a broad introductory course focusing on the theories, research methods, and the status of scientific knowledge about human development across the lifespan. The course focuses on the interplay of psychological and environmental factors in physical, cognitive, social, and personality development from birth through adulthood. Prerequisite: grade of C- or higher in PSY 100. Cr 3.

PSY 230 Social Psychology
This course considers major theories, research, and applications related to the social behavior of the individual. Topics include person perception and social cognition, attitudes and persuasion, aggression and helping behavior, interpersonal attraction, conformity and compliance, and group processes. Prerequisite: grade of C- or higher in PSY 100. Cr 3.

PSY 233 Abnormal Psychology
The etiology, development, and manifestation of the major forms of mental illness with particular emphasis upon the neuroses and psychoses. Psychological, social, and biological factors that contribute to maladjustment are examined. Credit may not be earned for both SBS 303 and PSY 233. Prerequisite: grade of C- or higher in PSY 100. Cr 3.

PSY 315 Psychology of Human Sexuality
This course provides an introduction to the psychological study of human sexuality. It will engage students in real world issues and provide opportunities to develop the expertise and practice the skills required to make informed choices about sexuality for themselves and their families. Prerequisite: grade of C- or higher in PSY 100. Cr 3.

PSY 316 Psychology of Gender
This course provides in depth exposure to the psychology of gender and the psychological literature relevant to men, women, and people who use other labels to describe their gender. Prerequisite: grade of C- or higher in PSY 100. Cr 3.

PSY 317 Cross-Cultural Psychology
The goal of this course is to provide an introduction to the central concepts and issues related to cross-cultural psychology. It will focus on defining and studying culture, as well as the ways culture interacts with and shapes a variety of psychological phenomena, including human development, cognition, interpersonal interactions, and mental health. Prerequisite: grade of C- or higher in PSY 100. Cr 3.

PSY 318 Applied Behavior Analysis
This course will focus on functional behavior assessment and behavior modification, introducing students to the principles of applied behavior analysis from an applied/clinical perspective. Specific topics of concentration will include observing, measuring, and graphing behavior; functional behavior assessment methods; reinforcement, punishment, and extinction; and developing, evaluating, and monitoring positive behavior intervention plans. Prerequisite: grade of C- or higher in PSY 100. Cr 3.

PSY 323 Psychology of Infancy and Childhood
This is an advanced course where students with a solid background in developmental psychology will explore in detail the psychological issues and events that occur during the course of infancy and childhood. Current research focusing on the interplay of psychological and environmental factors in physical, cognitive, social, and personality development of individuals from conception to puberty will be explored. Prerequisites: grades of C- or higher in PSY 100 and either PSY 220 or HRD/SBS 200. Cr 3.

PSY 325 Psychology of Adulthood and Aging
This is an advanced course in developmental psychology focusing on the adult portion of the lifespan. The course will provide an overview of the major theories, issues, and research in the scientific study of adulthood. The interplay of biological and cognitive factors, interpersonal relationships, social structure, and cultural values in shaping the individual's development will be examined. Prerequisites: grades of C- or higher in PSY 100 and either PSY 220 or HRD/SBS 200. Cr 3.

PSY 326 Psychology of Social and Linguistic Development
This seminar explores research addressing infant and child social and linguistic development. The main focus is on brain development, temperament, attachment, linguistic growth, and early social cognition as the basis for children's emergent social and communicative competence. Students are expected to contribute to discussion and debates each week. Prerequisites: grades of C- or higher in PSY 100 and either PSY 220 or HRD/SBS 200. Cr 3.

PSY 338 Theories of Personality
This course is a survey of major classical and contemporary approaches to the study of personality and individual differences. Different theories are examined in detail, their influence on current thinking is considered, and their research contributions are evaluated. Prerequisite: grade of C- or higher in PSY 100. Cr 3.

PSY 350 Psychology of Learning
Experimental findings on the fundamental principles that underlie the acquisition and retention of new behavior. Emphasis is placed on operant and respondent conditioning and the experimental analysis of behavior. Prerequisite: grade of C- or higher in PSY 100. Cr 3.

PSY 360 Cognitive Processes
A review of contemporary experimental and theoretical work on human information processing. Topics include pattern recognition, memory, attention, decision making, language, problem solving, and creativity. Emphasis will be placed on research methodology and on the interpretation of experimental findings. Prerequisite: grade of C- or higher in PSY 100. Cr 3.

PSY 361 Sensation and Perception
An examination of perceptual processes and sensory systems. Emphasis is on experimental methodology, research findings, and theoretical interpretations. Prerequisite: grade of C- or higher in PSY 100. Cr 3.

PSY 363 Human Factors in Regulatory Compliance and Social Policy
Introduces classic and contemporary theory within psychology, sociology, anthropology, and legal studies to understand why regulations exist and how human beings create, respond to, and navigate them. Students learn about core constructs that impact both individual and group-level (e.g., corporate) decision-making and policy making, and to use these analytical frameworks to understand the role of poverty, affluence, education, and governmental structure on how regulatory control is created and sustained within social systems. Prerequisites: grades of C- or higher in PSY 100 and ENG 100. Cr 3.

PSY 365 Physiological Psychology
Basic neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and endocrinology, and the relationships between nervous system functioning and behavior. Physiological analysis of sensory function, motivation, and learning. Prerequisite: grade of C- or higher in PSY 100. Cr 3.

PSY 366 Drugs, Mind, and Behavior
Introduces principles of psychopharmacology, mechanisms of action, and effects of drugs on behavior, including therapeutic and recreational use of drugs and theories relating to use and misuse of drugs that can lead to addiction. Changes in brain function related to use or misuse of drugs will be discussed. Prerequisite: grade of C- or higher in PSY 100; PSY 365 is recommended. Cr 3.

PSY 368 Health Psychology
This course is designed to introduce the student to the discipline of health psychology from a bio-psychosocial perspective. An integrative approach will be provided via discussion of the biological and psycho-physiological foundations of health and disease, including the topics of stress and coping, prevention, diet, substance abuse, and chronic illness. Prerequisite: grade of C- or higher in PSY 100. Cr 3.

PSY 371 History and Systems of Psychology
This course will reflect upon the field of psychology by examining the history and evolution of ideas over time. Students will evaluate early philosophical approaches that informed the questions and methods of psychologists, including Greek philosophy and classical systems of psychology. They will consider how social and cultural contexts may have shaped psychologists’ views and influenced the directions of research. Prerequisites: grade of C- or higher in PSY 100, and junior or senior standing. Cr 3.

PSY 375 Psychology in the Public Interest
The major objective of public interest advocacy is to solve fundamental problems of human justice concerning the equitable and fair treatment of all segments of society. This course is designed for motivated students who are eager to apply their knowledge of psychological science to confront some of society's most difficult social problems. This course will help students develop the skills and expertise necessary to advocate successfully on public interest issues. Students will be expected to produce a variety of writing samples and written documents and an advocacy video that illuminate their developing understanding of the issue they choose as well as the related experiences and skills necessary to facilitate change. Prerequisites: grade of C- or higher in PSY 100, and junior or senior standing. Recommended: successful completion of the Ethical Inquiry, Social Responsibility, and Citizenship general education requirement. Cr 3.

PSY 400 Independent Study
This course provides junior and senior psychology majors the opportunity to pursue guided reading/research on a topic of their choosing. Each independent study project will be conducted with advice and guidance from the sponsoring faculty member. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing, grades of C- or better in PSY 205 and PSY 206, completion of independent study application describing the proposed reading/research project, and permission of faculty sponsor. Cr 1-3.

PSY 401 Research Apprenticeship
This course provides students the opportunity to develop further insight into the research process through direct involvement with ongoing faculty research. Prerequisites: completion of application and permission of faculty sponsor. Cr 1-3.

PSY 405 Teaching Apprenticeship
This course provides students the opportunity to assist teaching faculty and to develop deeper understanding of course materials and college teaching. Teaching apprentices are selected by faculty. Prerequisites: completion of application and permission of faculty sponsor. Cr 1-3.

PSY 410 Internship/Field Experience
This course provides junior and senior psychology majors the opportunity to apply their psychology training in organizations and community service projects. Prerequisites: completion of application describing the tasks or activities students will perform, permission of faculty sponsor and department chair. Cr 0.5-6.