Psychological Sciences (PSYC)

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PSYC 131 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY3 Credits

An introduction to the science of psychology. The course provides an overview of the subfields in the discipline including the biological basis of behavior, sensation and perception, motivation and learning, cognition, developmental psychology, abnormal psychology and social psychology. Emphasis is placed on utilizing the scientific method to investigate, interpret and describe psychological phenomena.

PSYC 160 SPECIAL TOPICS IN PSYCHOLOGY1-3 Credits

Special topics of current interest in psychology are considered in depth. Students may take more than one special topics course for credit when topics have different course content.

PSYC 231 EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY3 Credits

Reviews key theories and research on human learning and development as applied to student-learning assessment and effective instruction. Fifteen hours of school observation are required.

Prerequisites: EDUC 131 with a grade of C or better

PSYC 234 PSYCHOLOGY OF COGNITION AND LEARNING3 Credits

An introduction to the concepts, theories and research associated with cognitive psychology and learning, including attention, memory, and thinking.

Prerequisites: PSYC 131 for Psychology majors

PSYC 242 MEASUREMENT AND RESEARCH DESIGNS3 Credits

Students will explore a variety of measurement methods and understand concepts of experimental design and data quality. Students enhance their scientific literacy with an emphasis on developing effective hypotheses. Additionally, students will examine ethics in research.

Prerequisites: PSYC 131 for Psychology majors

PSYC 331 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY3 Credits

Scientific study of social influence on human thought and behavior. Topics include the effects of attributions and attitudes on cognitive processes and behavior, the psychological effects of culture and gender, and the nature of prejudice, aggression, interpersonal attraction and helping behavior.

Prerequisites: PSYC 131 and Sophomore or above status

PSYC 334 DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY3 Credits

General introduction to the major theories and research findings in developmental psychology including biological, cognitive and psychosocial development from birth through the play years, school years, adolescence and adulthood.

Prerequisites: PSYC 131 and Sophomore or above status

PSYC 350 STATISTICS FOR PSYCHOLOGISTS3 Credits

Computational and graphical techniques in descriptive and inferential data analysis including introductions to measurement scales and their revisions, distributions, measures of central tendency and variability, correlation, regression, null hypothesis; analysis of variance and covariance, interval estimation, effect sizes, significance (clinical, practical, and statistical), sampling, probability theory, and data quality, including reliability and validity. This course utilizes statistical software.

Prerequisites: PSYC 131, PSYC 242, and Sophomore or above status

PSYC 390 INTERNSHIP IN PSYCHOLOGY1-6 Credits

Provides practical experience in psychology. Interested students should contact the Internship and Career Services Office to secure application materials. Application should be made prior to the semester the internship will be started. The amount of credit will be based on the availability of a suitable work position, the qualifications of the applicant and the work hours.

Prerequisites: Sophomore or above status

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PSYC 400 INDEPENDENT RESEARCH1-3 Credits

Guided independent research in the area of psychology. The number of credit hours varies in accordance with the topic and the amount of work required. Permission of the advisor, the instructor, and the Dean of the School of Education, Human Performance, Counseling, Psychology and Social Work required.

Prerequisites: PSYC 131 and permission of the advisor, the instructor, and the Dean of the School of Education, Human Performance, Counseling, Psychology and Social Work

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PSYC 401 TOPICS IN PSYCHOLOGY3 Credits

Individual academic needs of those registered in this course will be accommodated. Normally, the instructor will select the topic in psychology. Permission of the advisor, the instructor, or the Dean of the School of Education, Human Performance, Counseling, Psychology and Social Work required.

Prerequisites: PSYC 131 and permission of the advisor, the instructor, and the Dean of the School of Education, Human Performance, Counseling, Psychology and Social Work

Add Consent: Instructor Consent

PSYC 421 CULTURE AND PSYCHOLOGY3 Credits

The impact of culture on behavioral and psychological processes, with analysis of some of the antecedents of cross-cultural conflicts.

Essential Studies Outcome: ES10

Prerequisites: PSYC 131 and Junior or above status

PSYC 430 INTRODUCTION TO BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE3 Credits

Surveys neural morphology and physiology and addresses biology's role in psychological processes. Students will examine how the brain contributes to and is impacted by behavior, thereby gaining an understanding of neuronal function, neuroplasticity, neurotransmitter systems, neuroreceptor functions, and psychopharmacology principles as they relate to normal brain function and neuropathologies.

Prerequisites: Junior or above status

PSYC 433 ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY3 Credits

Survey of major mental and behavioral disorders by classification and categorical domains, and proposed genetic, neurological, behavioral, cognitive, emotional, social, and interpersonal influences that might contribute or be causative factors of mental health disorders.

Prerequisites: PSYC 131 and Junior or above status

PSYC 435 THEORIES OF PERSONALITY3 Credits

Major theoretical orientations and research findings in personality psychology.

Prerequisites: PSYC 131 and Junior or above status

PSYC 442 HISTORY OF PSYCHOLOGY3 Credits

An examination of the historical emergence of scientific psychology emphasizing its roots in philosophy, neuroscience, methodology, and statistics.

Prerequisites: PSYC 131 and Junior or above status

PSYC 499 EMPIRICAL RESEARCH PROJECT3 Credits

An exercise in application and professional performance, majors in psychology build a psychological experiment which includes data collection and analysis and manuscript preparation with tables, figures, and narrative in APA Publication Manual (6th ed.) style.

Prerequisites: PSYC 131, PSYC 242, PSYC 350, and Junior or above status