Psychology

DEPARTMENT





Psychology Courses

ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT PSY 220 PSY (4.00 credits)
The major goal of this course is to provide an introduction to adolescent development. This course will cover the major biological, cognitive, and social transitions that occur during adolescence in addition to providing an overview of the major developmental tasks of adolescence which include developing identity, autonomy, intimacy, and sexuality. Important contexts, such as family relationships, peer relationships, and school environments, in which adolescents develop, will also be explored. Cross-listed: None. Offered: F Prerequisite: PSY 101 J.
ADULT DEVELOPMENT AND AGING PSY 440 2 PSY (4.00 credits)
This course provides a broad overview of the multiple perspectives of adult development from young adulthood to late adulthood. The emphasis is on breadth--the range of influences on individual growth and development during the adult years--rather than an in-depth focus on one or two facets of adult development. As the field of adult development and aging has been interdisciplinary from its inception, biological, psychological, sociological, cognitive, gender, and cross-cultural theories will be explored. The current status of research and implications for practice in a variety of adult settings with diverse populations will also be examined, as well as the political and social implications of aging and development in the United States. Cross-listed: None. Offered: No Information Provided. Prerequisite: Completion of COR 1 or COR 199 or COR 199 in progress; two full-time semesters of college credit, excluding retro credits, AP credits, and college credit earned while in high school.
ANIMAL BEHAVIOR PSY 430 S PSY (4.00 credits)
The study of animal behavior from an ecological and evolutionary perspective. Cross-listed: None. Offered: No Information Provided. Prerequisite: BIO 152 or consent of the instructor.
ASSESSMENT & TREATMENT - SUBSTANCES PSY 360 PSY (4.00 credits)
This course emphasizes that assessing individuals for potential substance use disorders, developing effective treatment plans, and providing the required treatment and aftercare should all be part of one seamless process. Various assessment instruments, interviewing methods, and diagnostic tools will be reviewed. Included will be a full discussion of Prochaska and Miller's Stages of Change Model and Motivational Interviewing. A review of treatment options will include 12-step and other self-help groups, outpatient individual and group therapies, hospital based interventions and long-term residential treatment. Cognitive-behavioral, family systems, interpersonal and psychopharmacological approaches to treatment will all be explored. Prerequisites: None.
BIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY PSY 445 V PSY (4.00 credits)
This course examines the relationship between the functions of the central nervous system and behavior. Topics include basic structure and function of brain cells, and the physiological mechanisms of sensory perception, motor coordination, sleep, memory, language, aggression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and depression. Cross-listed: BIO 445. Offered: F/S Prerequisite: PSY 101 or BIO 151, BIO 152, BIO 155, BIO 181, BIO 182.
CAREERS IN PSYCHOLOGY PSY 285 PSY (1.00 credits)
This course will comprehensively cover career options in psychology on different degree level. We will focus on experiences and practical skills needed at each level. Course objectives include introducing different career options to psychology majors, gaining knowledge of experiential requirements for different career options and gaining experience writing cover application materials for graduate schools and jobs. This course will be taught in a hybrid format, primarily over Blackboard, with four in person meeting throughout the semester. This course cannot be used for the Psychology Minor. Cross-listed: None. Offered: No Information Provided. Prerequisite: None
CASE MANAGEMENT PSY 301 PSY (4.00 credits)
Basic knowledge and skills for working directly with individuals and families (i.e.., micropractice). Special attention will be given to the competencies of case management and interviewing, emphasizing communication skills and management of the helping relationship. The generalist perspective from social work will be used in a context of multiculturalism. Professional values and ethics will be employed as guiding principles to micropractice skills and decisions. In a practice course students should be prepared to take an active role in "hands-on" learning using demonstrations, dyads and small group-work. Cross-listed: HS 300. Offered: No Information Provided. Prerequisite: None.
CHILD DEVELOPMENT PSY 210 PSY (4.00 credits)
The major goal of this course is to introduce students to the field of child psychology by providing an understanding of development from conception through adolescence. Major topics include cognitive development, language development, emotional and social development, and contexts of development. Two main questions guide the course: how do children develop the knowledge, skills, and personality characteristics that allow them to become successful adults and how do differences in children come about? Cross-listed: None. Offered: S Prerequisite: PSY 101 J.
COGNITION & PERCEPTION PSY 288 S PSY (4.00 credits)
In this course, we will explore the neural processes underlying cognitive functions such as attention, reasoning, imagery, language, problem solving, sensation, and perception. We will examine these phenomena in the context of the evolution of the cognitive system in the natural world, and the physiological mechanisms that enable them. Within the body of this course, we will understand Cognitive Science as a foundational laboratory science, and we will cover many theoretical and empirical approaches to Cognitive Science, with a focus on Perception. This course will provide students with knowledge and experience in the theories and techniques that are the foundations of experimental psychology and our understanding of the basic functional properties of the human brain. Prerequisites: PSY 101 and any S Tagged Course.
DRUGS AND BEHAVIOR PSY 350 PSY (4.00 credits)
Overview of the ways that substance use impacts individuals, families and society. Various models of abuse and addiction will be discussed, with an emphasis on the Biopsychosocial Model. Demonstrates an appreciation of how biological, genetic, developmental, psychological, environmental, historical and cultural factors all interact to explain substance use, abuse and dependency. Considerable emphasis on the psychopharmacological aspects of substance use and gaining an understanding of the way that specific drugs affect individuals on physical, emotional and behavioral levels. Prerequisites: None.
EMOTION & MOTIVATION PSY 391 PSY (4.00 credits)
This course will cover emotion and motivation from a scientific perspective, with an emphasis on current research findings. Students will gain expertise in behaviors and neural substrates of the emotion system in general with a special emphasis on stress. Cross-listed: None. Offered: No Information Provided. Prerequisite: PSY 101 J.
EVALUATING PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH PSY 498 KUX PSY (4.00 credits)
Senior psychology majors write and present to the Psychology Department a critical review of the primary research literature on a topic in psychology of their choice. They will exhibit skills in searching data sources (e.g., PsychInfo), writing conceptual frameworks for the reviews, analyzing and summarizing the research articles, critically evaluating the research, and writing the final review paper in APA style. Cross-listed: None. Offered: F/S Prerequisite: W tag; PSY 375; psychology major declaration; senior standing.
GEL INTERNSHIP: HUMAN SERVICES PSY 495C PSY (4.00 - 6.00 credits)
Students work in an agency under the supervision of a licensed social worker. This internship is taken by in the Human Services Concentration and is administered by the Social Science Department. Cross-listed: HS 400. Offered: No Information Provided. Prerequisite: HS 300, HS 302 and consent of instructor.
GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY PSY 101 J PSY (4.00 credits)
An introduction to psychology as a science. Emphasis on major topics and areas of research in psychology including: biology and behavior, perception, memory, learning, states of consciousness, emotions, personality, psychological disorders, and psychotherapies. Cross-listed: None. Offered: F/S Prerequisite: None.
GROUP PSYCHOTHERAPY PSY 390 PSY (4.00 credits)
Designed to provide students with knowledge in the theory and practice of group therapy, the course will explore basics in group selection and formation, therapeutic issues for group work, dealing with problems in process and participant behavior, and application with different populations. Cross-listed: None. Offered: F Prerequisite: PSY 101 J.
INDEPENDENT RESEARCH PSY 392 PSY (1.00 credits)
An intermediate level research experience in which students will engage in independent research. This could be a new research project, or the continuation of a project. Students may gain skills in study design, data collection, data analysis, and presentation. This may be the second stage of a developmental research process and can fulfill the internship requirement. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.
INDEPENDENT RESEARCH PSY 285R PSY (1.00 - 4.00 credits)
A course that enables students to become involved with faculty doing empirical research on a wide variety of topics in psychology. Learning will involve direct instruction as well as applied experiences. The activities and requirements of the course will vary depending upon the type of research. Students will be expected to work 3 hours per week per credit hour. A maximum of two credits in Independent Research can be applied toward the major. Cross-listed: None. Offered: No Information Provided. Prerequisite: PSY 101 and consent of instructor.
INDEPENDENT STUDY - DSM V PSY 679 PSY (1.00 credits)
Participate in PSY 679 by attending all classes, and actively being engaged in class participation. Outcome: to become proficient in the DSM V diagnostic criteria. Assessment: At end of semester, student will be assessed by Dr. Fabian on familiarization of the DSM. Grade: will be pass/fail.
INDEPENDENT STUDY - PSYCHOLOGY PSY 479 PSY (0.00 - 4.00 credits)
Topics and credits will be determined and approved by the Department of Psychology. Cross-listed: None. Offered: No Information Provided. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
INDEPENDENT STUDY - PSYCHOLOGY PSY 379 PSY (1.00 - 4.00 credits)
Cross-listed: None. Offered: No Information Provided. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
INTRO TO FAMILY THERAPY PSY 487 PSY (4.00 credits)
Addresses the major concepts of the field including both theory and the application of Family Therapy. Practical applications and demonstrations given in class to foster the student's beginning skills as a therapist. Cross-listed: None. Offered: S Prerequisite: PSY 101 J.
INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOTHERAPIES PSY 380 PSY (4.00 credits)
This course is an introduction to the major therapy methods in use today. It gives a brief examination of the nature of mental health and dysfunctions from the organic, interpersonal and intra-psychic perspectives and a study of the theories and treatment methods of contemporary psychotherapies. Cross-listed: None. Offered: F/S Prerequisite: PSY 101 J.
LEARNING & MEMORY PSY 230 PSY (4.00 credits)
This course is an empirical and theoretical examination of the processes of learning and memory, examining the origin and history of concepts and theories in learning and memory. Specifically, students will learn to understand theories about how human beings learn (encode), store, and retrieve (remember) all of the amazing things we are able to remember. Topics included are habituation, classical and operant conditioning; cognitive behavioral theories and cognitive theories; social learning; human memory; neurobiology of learning and memory and other selected topics.   Prerequisites: PSY 101.
LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENT PSY 345 PSY (4.00 credits)
An integrated study of the processes and major influences throughout the human experience from the beginnings of life through aging. Learning, cognitive, self-actualization theories as well as the psychoanalytic tradition will be examined. Cross-listed: None. Offered: F/S Prerequisite: PSY 101 J.
MULTICULTURAL COUNSELING PSY 382 D PSY (4.00 credits)
In this course we will focus on the theories, ethics, and issues related to counseling within a multicultural context. Working effectively with diverse clients requires self-awareness, the skills for successful interaction, and knowledge of information specific to various cultures/populations, and the ability to engage in a relationship with those from other cultures/populations. Implications of cultural ethnic, geographic, and sexual diversity are considered as they relate to developing a multicultural perspective in studying and understanding human behavior, as well as its application in professional settings. Cross-listed: ETHS 401 D. Offered: F/S Prerequisite: PSY 101 J or consent of the instructor.
NEURAL SCIENCE PSY 490 S PSY (4.00 credits)
The goal of this course is to explore the fundamentals of neuroscience research. By reading classic academic articles in the field and current research, students will be able to follow the historical evolution of neuroscience research through to its evolving present state. We will build upon the knowledge of basic cellular mechanisms from BIO 151 and basic neuroscience from PSY 445. We will explore complex cellular mechanisms, functional and structural brain connectivity, network activation, and related behavioral correlates. We will gain expertise in many basic neuroscientific methods by testing hypotheses using neural network models, neuron and brain simulation software, neuro-imaging data analysis and connectivity software, and physiological data collection. Cross-listed: None. Offered: No Information Provided. Prerequisite: PSY/BIO 445 and any S Tagged Course
PARENT-CHILD RELATIONSHIPS PSY 315 2G PSY (4.00 credits)
This course considers parenting practices across diverse cultures around the world and within the United States. It draws on research from several disciplines (primarily psychology, sociology, and anthropology) to inform students' understanding of parenting in diverse cultures. An interdisciplinary approach will be employed to examine how geographic, political, religious, cultural, and economic characteristics of the country/region/community affect specific childrearing approaches and practices. The course will also cover a smaller number of "controversial" topics, including: child discipline; grandparents as parents; fatherhood; parenting children with special needs; gay/lesbian parenting; and child abuse. In trying to understand parenting practices, students will also examine parenting practices in their own communities through a community engagement activity outside of class. Cross-listed: None. Offered: No Information Provided. Prerequisite: Completion of COR 1 or COR 199 or COR 199 in progress; two full-time semesters of college credit, excluding retro credits, AP credits, and college credit earned while in high school.
PROF SEMINAR/INTERNSHIP SUB ABUSE PSY 496G PSY (4.00 credits)
Work in a setting for the assessment and treatment of alcohol and other substance abuse. The internship participants will discuss their internship experiences, specifically related to issues of case management and referral, assessment and treatment planning, record keeping, cultural diversity, relapse prevention, aftercare, patient and community education, and the ethical considerations facing professionals working in the field. The senior seminars and GEL internships are the clinical capstone within the Substance Abuse Counseling concentration. Cross-listed: None. Offered: F Prerequisite: PSY 380 or PSY 386.
PROF SEMINAR/INTERNSHIP SUB ABUSE PSY 496H PSY (4.00 credits)
Work in a setting for the assessment and treatment of alcohol and other substance abuse. The internship participants will discuss their internship experiences, specifically related to issues of case management and referral, assessment and treatment planning, record keeping, cultural diversity, relapse prevention, aftercare, patient and community education, and the ethical considerations facing professionals working in the field. The senior seminars and GEL internships are the clinical capstone within the Substance Abuse Counseling concentration. Cross-listed: None. Offered: S Prerequisite: PSY 380 OR PSY 386.
PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT PSY 386 PSY (4.00 credits)
An examination of the basic principles of test construction and interpretation including issues related to reliability and validity. Issues related to test administration, scoring and reporting are explored, with emphasis given to the ethical uses of psychological tests. Attention is also given to emerging trends in the practical uses of tests. Cross-listed: None. Offered: S Prerequisite: PSY 101 J.
PSYCHOLOGY INTERNSHIP PSY 495 PSY (1.00 credits)
Active experiences involving psychology as a science or in psychology as a means to improving human welfare. Students who wish to complete multiple internships beyond the 2 credits required for graudation can complete multiple internships through this course but a maximum of six internship credits can be counted toward the psychology major. Students will contact the Psychology Department internship director and the nature and extent of the internship experience will determine the number of credits. Internships will be available in settings offering psychological services. Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
PSYCHOLOGY INTERNSHIP COR 3 MODULE PSY 497 3 PSY (1.00 credits)
This course may involve clinical counseling, human services, developmental, educational, or other psychology-related service/participation. Students will participate in an internship experience and examine and reflect on their strengths, current limitations, and areas for growth in terms of their work in the internship settings. They will also examine and reflect on the ethical and moral elements of the internship settings, and examine and develop creative and innovative solutions for problems in the internship setting. Lastly, students will determine how their work in the internship contributes to a more just and compassionate world.  Each psychology major is required to complete a minimum of one internship credit for graduation. A student may do multiple internships but a maximum of six internship credits can be counted toward the psychology major. Sixty hours in an internship setting is required for each internship credit. Students will work in a setting offering psychological services.  Students will contact the Psychology Department internship director for assistance in finding internships.  Prerequisites: Psy 380 is a pre-requisite for Clinical Counseling Majors
PSYCHOLOGY INTIMATE RELATIONSHIPS PSY 310 Q PSY (4.00 credits)
This course examines the ways in which couple relationships are formed, maintained, and dissolved. Relevant theory and empirical research will be used to examine a range of relationship processes (including attraction, love, intimacy, commitment, power, communication, and conflict) that may have an impact on the development and quality of an intimate relationship. Throughout our explorations of intimate relationships, we will examine how gender influences relationships processes, and specifically how gendered power affects the quality of intimate relationships. The student will become familiar with theories, research findings, and methodologies used to study features of and changes in intimate relationships. Cross-listed: None. Offered: No Information Provided. Prerequisite: PSY 101 J and sophomore or above standing
PSYCHOLOGY OF MEN AND MASCULINITIES PSY 389 2Q PSY (4.00 credits)
This course, through the multidisciplinary nature of topics discussed, allows for students to explore the ways in which they relate to men in their lives and in the world. It is intended that through engagement with community-based agencies that work with boys and men, we will develop a deeper understanding of the very complex ways boys and men are affected by the experiences of growing up male and having people respond to them as male. Through this integration of scholarly works, class discussion, and community involvement, the student will be fostered into becoming a more socially conscious and compassionate member of greater society. This service learning course expects that students participate in 1-2 hours weekly of community engagement outside of class. Cross-listed: WS 389. Offered: No Information Provided. Prerequisite: Completion of COR 1 or COR 199 or COR 199 in progress; two full-time semesters of college credit, excluding retro credits, AP credits, and college credit earned while in high school.
PSYCHOLOGY OF PERSONALITY PSY 300 PSY (4.00 credits)
This course is an introduction to major theories and empirical research in the field of personality psychology. Topics include the dynamics, structure, and assessment of personality, as well as personality development and change. Biological and socio-cultural influences on personality will be considered. Cross-listed: None. Offered: F/S Prerequisite: PSY 101 J.
PSYCHOLOGY RESEARCH THESIS PSY 492 PSY (2.00 credits)
A two-semester senior level capstone research project. In the first semester, students will develop and implement an independent research project. Students will gain skills in searching data sources, research ethics, reviewing and analyzing empirical research to drive study design, creation and programming of research materials, preparation for data collection, as well as writing the introduction and methods of a research manuscript. This may be the third stage of a developmental research process and can fulfill the internship requirement. In the second semester, students will continue to develop research skills in the form of data collection, data coding and analysis, public research presentation as well as the writing of the results and discussion section of a research manuscript. This may be the fourth stage of a developmental research process and can fulfill the internship requirement.  Prerequisites: PSY 375 and consent of instructor.
PSYCHOPATHOLOGY PSY 340 PSY (4.00 credits)
This course will introduce students to a wide range of psychological disorders and conditions of psychopathology, along with contemporary treatment approaches.  Students are introduced to historical and contemporary, accepted conceptualizations of psychopathology, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) and the basis of diagnosis and classification of psychopathology.  In addition, where applicable critical thinking  multicultural, legal, and ethical issues involved in the field are also addressed.    Prerequisites: PSY 101 J.
RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY PSY 375 PSY (4.00 credits)
This course is an introduction to research in psychology with an emphasis on understanding and learning to conduct research in various areas in psychology and becoming a critical consumer of psychological research. Each student will be required to design, carry out and analyze the results of an original research project. Cross-listed: None. Offered: F/S Prerequisite: PSY 369.
RESEARCH PRACTICUM PSY 292 PSY (1.00 credits)
A beginning level research experience in which students will engage in research in a support role. Students may support the development, implementation or continuation of research projects. Students will gain skills in basic research processes. It may be part of a developmental research process, or a standalone experience. Prerequisites: PSY 101
SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY PSY 349 PSY (4.00 credits)
This course is an overview of theories and research pertaining to the interaction and reciprocal influences between individuals and their societal context. It includes such topics as helping behavior, attribution, group processes, attitude change, racism, sexism, obedience/compliance, and aggression/violence (and others). Emphasis will be placed on both the major thinking in these areas and experimental investigation of these notions. Cross-listed: SOC 349. Offered: S Prerequisite: PSY 101 J.
SOCIAL SCIENCE STATISTICS PSY 369 PSY (4.00 credits)
An introduction to the techniques of descriptive and inferential statistics appropriate to the research methods and forms of analysis used in the social sciences; and to the use of microcomputer statistical programs. Cross-listed: SS 469. Offered: F/S Prerequisite: Completion of a Foundations Math requirement.
TOPICS IN PSYCHOLOGY PSY 385 PSY (4.00 credits)
A different topic in psychology will be examined in each topic course. Knowledge on mood disorders in order to provide students with advanced knowledge on the historical development, classification of the disorders, and the role of genetics and neurobiology. We will also examine the role of gender (both male and female), class issues, culture, personality and developmental factors that can play a role in the development of mood disorders. Course texts will be a combination of theory and research, professional, popular psychology, and autobiographical approaches to mood disorders. A community project or practicum may be required. Cross-listed: None. Offered: No Information Provided. Prerequisite: PSY 101 J.
TOPICS IN PSYCHOLOGY PSY 485 PSY (1.00 - 4.00 credits)
A different topic in psychology will be examined in each topic course. Cross-listed: None. Offered: No Information Provided. Prerequisite: None.
WORKSHOPS PSY 499 PSY (0.00 - 4.00 credits)
Cross-listed: None. Offered: No Information Provided. Prerequisite: consent of Instructor.