2022 - 2023 Undergraduate Bulletin

Courses

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PSY 100 Introduction to Psychological Science 4 cr.  (3-0-2)
  • Offered: Fall Winter

An introduction to the principles and content areas of the science of psychology. This course includes a focus on the philosophy and methodology of science, using selected problems from psychology as examples for application and demonstration. Includes laboratory experience.

Notes:

Formerly PY 100 Introduction to Psychology (4 cr.). Can not earn credit for both PSY 100 and PSY 101. PSY 100 will repeat PSY 101.

PSY 101 General Psychology 3 cr.  (3-0-0)
  • Offered: Contact Department

This course provides an overview of the scientific study of human behavior. Topics include the application of the scientific method in psychological research, biological psychology, learning, motivation, cognition, personality theory, social psychology, mental disorders, and other relevant topics.

Notes:

Can not earn credit for both PSY 100 and PSY 101. PSY 101 will repeat PSY 100.

PSY 201 Psychological Research I: Statistical Applications 4 cr.  (3-0-2)
  • Offered: Fall Winter
  • Prerequisites: PSY 100 or PSY 101.

The interpretation and application of basic descriptive statistics and an introduction to statistical inference, including correlations, chi square, and analysis of variance. Includes coverage of basic research designs. Statistical software used for computation work as a laboratory experience.

Notes: Formerly PY 305 Psychological Statistics (4 cr.).
PSY 202 Psychological Research II: Experimental Design and Methodology 4 cr.  (3-0-2)
  • Offered: Fall Winter
  • Prerequisites: PSY 201.

An introduction to the methods and designs used to acquire knowledge within the psychological sciences, both causal (i.e., controlled experimental) and non-causal (e.g., survey, correlation and naturalistic observation). Empirical studies conducted in a laboratory experience.

Notes: Formerly PY 205 Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology (4 cr.)
PSY 210 Lifespan Developmental Psychology 4 cr.
  • Offered: Fall Winter
  • Prerequisites: PSY 100 or PSY 101.

Lifespan development brings together and applies knowledge from psychology to better understand the needs and critical issues facing humans from conception through old age and death.

Notes: Formerly PY 344 Lifespan Development Psychology (4 cr.).
PSY 220 Social Psychology 4 cr.  (3-0-2)
  • Offered: Winter
  • Prerequisites: PSY 100 or PSY 101.

A focus on social facilitation, interpersonal attraction, group processes, leader behavior, attitude measurement and attitude change, inter-group conflict, helping behavior and environmental psychology with both field and laboratory research.

Notes: Formerly PY 335 Social Psychology (4 cr. ).
PSY 223 Psychology of Gender 4 cr.
  • Offered: Contact department
  • Prerequisites: PSY 100 or PSY 101.

An introduction to studies on gender and an examination of its impact on personal lives. Topics include biological aspects of sex differences and similarities, social development and sex role stereotypes.

Notes: Formerly PY 235 Psychology of Gender (4 cr.).
PSY 230 Learning and Cognition 4 cr.  (4-0-0)
  • Offered: Fall Winter
  • Prerequisites: PSY 100 or PSY 101.

This course will survey primary aspects of human learning and cognition, including stimulus conditioning, complex reasoning, and decision making.

PSY 240 Abnormal Psychology 4 cr.
  • Offered: Fall Winter
  • Prerequisites: PSY 100 or PSY 101.

Examination of disordered or dysfunctional behavior, mental illness and the perspectives through which they may be understood, in the context of relevant theory, research and treatment techniques.

Notes: Formerly PY 355 Abnormal Psychology (4 cr. ).
PSY 245 Psychology of Human Sexuality 4 cr.
  • Offered: Contact department
  • Prerequisites: PSY 100 or PSY 101.

Psychological perspectives on sexual behavior human sexuality from historical, cross-cultural and clinical contemporary viewpoints. The course will focus on implications of this material for the student in order to lead to knowledgeable personal decision making.

Notes: Formerly PY 255 Sexual Behavior: Psychological Perspectives (4 cr.).
PSY 250 Brain and Behavior 4 cr.  (3-0-2)
  • Offered: Fall Winter
  • Prerequisites: PSY 100 or PSY101 or BI 111.

Study of the biological bases of behavior with emphasis on central nervous system anatomy and physiology and its relation to various psychological functions, drug effects and neuropsychological disorders, with structured laboratory experience.

Notes: Formerly PY 204 Physiological Psychology (4 cr.).
PSY 251 Topics on Brain and Behavior 4 cr.  (4-0-0)
  • Offered: Contact Department
  • Prerequisites: PSY 100 or PSY 101 or BI 111.

Study of the biological bases of behavior with emphasis on the major areas of study in this field. Topics include the relationship between central nervous system anatomy and physiology to sensation and perception, movement, emotion, motivation, and neuropsychological disorders.

PSY 295 Special Topics in Psychology 1-4 cr.
  • Offered: Contact department
  • Prerequisites: PSY 100 or PSY 101.

The formal study of content areas of psychology that have a research or theoretical base, but that are not regularly offered as part of the curriculum.

Notes: May be repeated if topic differs. Formerly PY 295 Special Topics in Psychology.
PSY 296 Special Topics in Psychology 1-4 cr.
  • Offered: Contact department
  • Graded: S/U
  • Prerequisites: Freshmen or sophomore standing only.

Basic course in area of study.

Notes: May be repeated if topic differs. Formerly PY 296 Special Topics in Psychology.
PSY 297 Directed Research/Directed Study 1-4 cr.
  • Offered: Contact Department
  • Graded: S/U
  • Prerequisites: Written department permission.

Directed individual laboratory research of current problems in psychology.

Notes: May be repeated if topic differs. Does not count as a repeat of PSY 298. Formerly PY 297 Directed Research/Directed Study.
PSY 298 Directed Research/Directed Study 1-4 cr.
  • Offered: On demand
  • Prerequisites: Written department permission.

Directed individual laboratory research of current problems in psychology.

Notes: May be repeated if topic differs. Does not count as a repeat of PSY 297. Formerly PY 298 Directed Research/Directed Study.
PSY 299 Apprenticeship 1-2 cr.
  • Offered: Contact Department
  • Prerequisites: Written department permission.

Directed apprentice activities in laboratory sections of courses, in research and in service.

Notes: May be taken twice. Formerly PY 299 Apprenticeship.
PSY 312 Child Psychology 4 cr.  (4-0-0)
  • Offered: Contact Department
  • Prerequisites: PSY 100 or PSY 101; PSY 201, PSY 202 and PSY 210.

This course examines current theories, methods of study, and research in the study of human development from conception through the early childhood years, and the interrelationships among biological, social, and psychological aspects of development. Connections to practical and professional experiences will be made throughout the semester.

Notes: Formerly PY 241 Child Psychology (4 cr.).
PSY 313 Introduction to Linguistic Theory 4 cr.  (3-0-2)
  • Offered: Contact department
  • Prerequisites: EN 211, junior standing or instructor permission.

An introduction to modern (Chomskyan) linguistics as the foundation of empirical psycholinguistics. This course emphasizes morphological, syntactic and semantic analyses of language and language behavior.

Notes: Cross-listed with EN 313. Formerly PY 313 Introduction to Linguistic Theory (4 cr.).
PSY 314 Adolescent Psychology 4 cr.  (4-0-0)
  • Offered: Contact Department
  • Prerequisites: PSY 100 or PSY 101; PSY 201, PSY 202, and PSY 210.

This course examines current theories, methods of study, and research in the study of human development during the adolescent years, and the interrelationships among biological, social, and psychological aspects of development. Connections to practical and professional experiences will be made throughout the semester.

PSY 316 Psychology of Adulthood and Aging 4 cr.  (4-0-0)
  • Offered: Contact Department
  • Prerequisites: PSY 100 or PSY 101; PSY 201, PSY 202, and PSY 210.

Theory and empirical research concerning developmental processes across the adult life span; psychological, cultural and biological factors which influence development in young adulthood, middle adulthood and old age. Connections to practical and professional experiences will be made throughout the semester.

PSY 322 Social Cognition 4 cr.  (4-0-0)
  • Offered: Contact Department
  • Prerequisites: PSY 100 or PSY 101; PSY 201 and PSY 202; PSY 220.

This course will survey all aspects of social cognition--from implicit memory formation to social judgement and perception. The course draws from social psychology and cognitive theory to study of how people perceive, interpret, and remember information about themselves, other people, and social groups.

 

PSY 325 Psychology of Personality 4 cr.
  • Offered: Contact department
  • Prerequisites: PSY 100 or PSY 101; PSY 201, PSY 202, and PSY 220.

The basic principles of psychology involved in the development, assessment and modification of personality and a description and analysis of major personality theories.

Notes: Formerly PY 351 Psychology of Personality (4 cr.).
PSY 333 Animal Behavior 4 cr.  (3-0-2)
  • Offered: Contact department
  • Prerequisites: PSY 250 or PSY 251.

An ethological survey of behavioral forms and mechanisms displayed by various animal species, taken from a psycho-biological and evolutionary point of view. Laboratory and field investigations included.

Notes: Formerly PY 304 Animal Behavior (4 cr.).