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Undergraduate Courses - Department of Psychological Sciences

Undergraduate Courses

Psychology courses offered by Department of Psychological Sciences faculty begin with the PSYS prefix.  Some courses offered by the Department of Psychological Sciences are also offered in the Department of Psychology (PSY). Please consult your degree program to determine which courses will count toward your degree requirements.

PSYS 100 / PSY 100 / PSYC 100C. INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY. (3 hours) An introductory course dealing with principles of behavior, scientific methods of psychology, measurement, learning, perception, motivation, development, personality, abnormal behavior, social behavior, intelligence, and other topics.

PSYS 210 / PSY 210. RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY. (3 hours) Prerequisites: PSYS 100 / PSY 100 with a grade of "C" or higher. Corequisite: PSYS 211 / PSY 211. Introduction to scientific thinking, research design, and research methods in psychology. Includes the nature of scientific explanations, validity, reliability, measurement scales, the rationale underlying hypothesis testing, critical evaluation of scientific evidence presented in journals and popular media, and how to write research reports.

PSYS 211 / PSY 211. RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY LABORATORY. (1 hour) Prerequisites: PSYS 100 / PSY 100 with a C or better. Corequisite: PSYS 210 / PSY 210. Laboratory course to accompany PSY 210. Laboratory exercises involving research design, methodology, data collection, methods of organizing and presenting data, and research report writing.

PSYS 220 / PSY 220 / PSYC 220C. INTRODUCTION TO DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY. (3 hours) A general course in developmental psychology covering the entire life span. Included are a description of growth stages, theories of development, and research methods of development.

PSYS 290 / PSY 290. SUPERVISED STUDY IN PSYCHOLOGY. (1-3 hours) Prerequisite: PSYS 100 / PSY 100. Directed readings or research under faculty supervision. Students must make their own arrangements in advance for supervision by a faculty member. May be repeated for a total of up to six hours, with no more than three hours counted in the first 37 hours of a psychology major.

PSYS 313 / PSY 313. STATISTICS IN PSYCHOLOGY. (3 hours) Prerequisites: PSYS 210 / PSY 210 and PSYS 211 / PSY 211 with a grade of "C" or better. Methods of organizing, describing, and analyzing psychological data.

PSYS 321. CHILD DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY. (3 hours) Prerequisite: PSYS 100 / PSY 100 or PSYS 220 / PSY 220. An introduction to the factors influencing normal psychological development during infancy and childhood. Theories, methodology, and current research in child development, including prenatal, physical, language, cognitive, social, and personality development, are considered.

PSYS 331 / PSY 331. PSYCHOLOGY OF LEARNING. (3 hours) Prerequisites: PSYS 210 / PSY 210 and PSYS 211 / PSY 211 with a grade of "C" or better, and junior standing or permission of instructor. Facts and principles of human and animal learning, especially as these have been treated in theories attempting to provide a general framework for understanding what learning is and how it takes place.

PSYS 333. COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY. (3 hours) Prerequisites: PSYS 210 / PSY 210 and PSYS 211 / PSY 211 with a grade of "C" or better, and junior standing or permission of the instructor. Overview of theory and research in human cognition, with primary emphasis on attention, memory, judgment and decision-making, and problem solving. Cognition in special populations (e.g., elderly, brain-injured, mentally disordered) is also covered.

PSYS 350 / PSY 350. SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY. (3 hours) Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. A general introduction to social psychology for majors and non-majors in psychology. The psychology of how people think about and relate to others. Topics include love, altruism, aggression, conformity, behavior in groups, leadership, intergroup conflict, prejudice, and persuasion.

PSYS 360. BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE. (3 hours) Prerequisites: PSYS 210 / PSY 210 and PSYS 211 / PSY 211 with a grade of "C" or better, and junior standing or permission of the instructor. An examination of the neurological bases of human and animal behavior emphasizing brain processes and structures underlying major psychological constructs such as sensation and perception, learning and memory, motivation and emotion, communication, reproductive behavior, and neurological and psychological disorders.

PSYS 363. SENSORY AND PERCEPTUAL SYSTEMS. (3 hours) Prerequisites: Sophomore standing or permission of the instructor. Examination of human/animal sensory and perceptual systems using neurophysiological and psychophysical methods. Examination of both subcortical and cortical brain functioning. Emphasizes the visual, tactile/haptic, and auditory systems.

PSYS 370. INDUSTRIAL / ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY. (3 hours) Prerequisite: PSYS 100 / PSY 100. The application of psychological principles and research techniques to industrial and personnel problems including selection, efficiency, management models, and organizational behavior.

PSYS 413. PSYCHOLOGICAL MEASUREMENT. (3 hours) Prerequisites: PSYS 210 / PSY 210 and PSYS 211 / PSY 211, or permission of the instructor. The consideration of methodological, theoretical, and ethical problems involved in test construction and use. Topics which are covered include reliability, validity, predictive efficiency, structure of human abilities, achievement tests, and projective techniques.

PSYS 423. PSYCHOLOGY OF ADULT LIFE AND AGING. (3 hours) Prerequisites: PSYS 100 / PSY 100 and junior standing or permission of the instructor. Psychological processes in adulthood and aging. Emphasis on contemporary theories, methodological issues, and interactions of psychological, biological, social, and environmental factors in adulthood and aging.

PSYS 424. TOPICS IN DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY. (3 hours) Prerequisite: PSYS 220 / PSY 220 or PSYS 321 / PSY 321 and junior standing or permission of the instructor. A consideration of special topics to acquaint students with theoretical and research issues of particular interest in developmental psychology. May be repeated for credit provided the topic differs.

PSYS 431. PSYCHOLOGY OF LANGUAGE. (3 hours) Prerequisites: PSYS 210 / PSY 210 and PSYS 211 / PSY 211 with a grade of "C" or better, and junior standing or permission of the instructor. Overview of scientific study of human language abilities, with primary emphasis on individual psychological mechanisms.

PSYS 433. JUDGMENT AND DECISION MAKING. (3 hours) Prerequisites: PSYS 210 / PSY 210 and PSYS 211 / PSY 211 or permission of the instructor. Description and analysis of how actual decisions differ from optimal decisions. Survey of judgments under risk and uncertainty and of major topics in judgment research.

PSYS 440 / PSY 440. ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY. (3 hours) Prerequisites: Six hours in Psychology, including PSYS 100 / PSY 100, and junior standing or permission of instructor. Introduction to abnormal psychology emphasizing forms of abnormal behavior, etiology, developmental factors, interpretations, behavioral manifestations and treatment programs.

PSYS 450. PSYCHOLOGY OF PERSONALITY. (3 hours) Prerequisites: Six hours of psychology, including PSYS 100 / PSY 100 and junior standing or permission of instructor. Overview of the major theoretical approaches to the study of personality, including historical as well as contemporary theorists, avenues of analysis, and concepts.

PSYS 451. PSYCHOLOGY OF RELIGION. (3 hours) Prerequisites: Nine hours of psychology, including PSYS 100 / PSY 100, and junior standing; or permission of the instructor. PSYS 210 / PSY 210, PSYS 313 / PSY 313, and PSYS 450 are preferred but not essential. Classical theories and current research in the psychology of religion.

PSYS 453. PSYCHOLOGY OF WOMEN. (3 hours) Prerequisites: Six hours in psychology, including PSYS 100 / PSY 100, and junior standing. Scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of girls and women. Topics include gender differences and similarities, inclusion of females in psychological research, psychological development of girls and women, sexuality, and mental health issues.

PSYS 462. NEUROSCIENCE OF LEARNING AND MEMORY. (3 hours) Prerequisites: PSYS 333 or PSYS 331 / PSY 331, and PSYS 360. Introduction to the neural basis of learning and memory. Topics include cellular and molecular mechanisms of learning and memory, neural substrates of different learning and memory systems, impairment of learning and memory tied to brain disorders.

PSYS 463. EVOLUTIONARY PSYCHOLOGY. (3 hours) Prerequisites: PSYS 100 / PSY 100 and junior standing or permission of the instructor. A survey of the research methods and core concepts of evolutionary psychology as they apply to human adaptive problems, including problems of survival, sex and mating, parenting and kinship, and aggression.

PSY 465. PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY. (3 hours) Prerequisites: Junior standing or permission of the instructor. Examination of psychoactive drugs and their effects upon the brain and neural mechanisms responsible for mind and behavior.

PSYS 473. TRAINING IN BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY. (3 hours) Prerequisite: MGT 311 or PSYS 370 or permission of the instructor. An introduction of theories, research, and methods of training needs analysis, program design, implementation, and evaluation. Equivalent to MGT 473.

PSYS 481 / PSY 481. HISTORY OF PSYCHOLOGY. (3 hours) Prerequisites: PSY 100 / PSYS 100 and junior standing or permission of the instructor. Overview of major historical developments in psychology and related scientific disciplines, such as medicine, neurophysiology, and physics.  Emphasizes developments over the past 500 years. History of the scientific study of human/animal behavior, as well as cognitive, perceptual, and mental functioning.

PSYS 482. PSYCHOLOGY OF SEXUALITY. (3 hours) Prerequisite: PSYS 100 / PSY 100 or PSYS 220 / PSY 220. Explores psychological, social, emotional, spiritual and cultural aspects of sexuality including sexual development across the life span, consensual and coercive sexual behavior, sex and gender, sexual orientation, sexuality and religious traditions, and sexuality education.

PSYS 490 / PSY 490. RESEARCH, READINGS OR SPECIAL PROJECTS IN PSYCHOLOGY. (1-3 hours) Prerequisites: PSYS 100 / PSY 100, junior standing, and permission of the faculty project supervisor. Advanced students will conduct research and / or readings or projects concerning issues in psychology under the direction of faculty members. The course may be repeated. Only three hours will count within the first 37 hours of an undergraduate psychology major.

PSYS 499 / PSY 499. SENIOR SEMINAR IN PSYCHOLOGY. (3 hours) Prerequisites: 12 hours in Psychology, including PSYS 100 / PSY 100, and senior level classification. Seminar in which major concepts and issues in psychology are considered. Directed reading, guest lectures, field trips, and / or oral reports by students are utilized.

 

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