Undergraduate Catalog 2009-2011



Note: Junior standing is recommended for 300-level courses; junior or senior standing is required for 400-level courses.

PSY 112     General Psychology I    3

Major areas involved, with emphasis on scientific methods and application to systematic study of human behavior. Required of all psychology majors and minors in the B.A. and B.S. programs. Study Area III


PSY 113     Exploring Psychology    1

Prereq.:  PSY 112 (may be taken concurrently). Introduction to the academic, professional, and ethical aspects of the field of psychology. Develops critical thinking, research, library, and information acquisition for psychology. Also explores career options. Open only to Psychology majors or with permission of instructor.  

PSY 125     Environment & Behavior  3

Prereq.:  PSY 112. Effects of built and natural environment on human behavior, cognition, and emotion. Study Area III


PSY 200     Learning & Memory 3

Prereq.:  PSY 112. Introduction to theories, methods, and research in the study of learning and memory. Underlying mechanisms of behavior and models of memory derived from animal and human research will be emphasized. Study Area III


PSY 202     Peace Psychology  3

Overview of psychological process involved in peace and war and how humans manage conflict in a way that generates justice and equity rather than destruction. Examines international, societal, and personal levels of conflict. Promotes critical thinking skills, tolerance for rival viewpoints, nonviolent resolutions of conflict and social responsibility. Cross listed with PES 202. No credit given to students with credit for PES 202. Irregular.


PSY 221     Research Methods in Psychology I    4

Prereq.:  PSY 112 (C- or higher) and STAT 215 (C- or higher). Introduction to research problems in psychology, with an emphasis on experimental designs which employ a single independent variable. Student will plan an independent research project which will be done outside of the class setting. Lecture, discussion, and instructor-supervised research activities will take place during class time. Class will meet 4 hours per week.  


PSY 222     Research Methods in Psychology II   4

Prereq.:  PSY 221 (C- or higher). Controlled experiments are contrasted with non-experimental designs, such as naturalistic observation, surveys, and field studies. Factorial, mixed, and multivariate designs are discussed. Student will complete the independent project proposed in PSY 221. This work will be done outside of the class setting. Lecture discussion, and instructor-supervised research activities will take place during class time. Class will meet 4 hours per week.  


PSY 234     Industrial and Organizational Psychology  3

Prereq.:  PSY 112 or permission of instructor. Application of psychological theory, knowledge, and methods to behavior in industry and organizations.


PSY 236     Life-Span Development   3

Human development from conception through old age, considering physical, emotional, social, and intellectual factors. Required of all psychology majors. Study Area III

PSY 241     Introduction to Health Psychology   3

Prereq.: PSY 112. Examination of how psychological processes impact health, both positively and negatively. Topics include health-related behaviors, stress, coping, and management of chronic illness such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and HIV/AIDS. Study Area III

PSY 250     The Psychology of Community Service 3

Prereq.:  PSY 112. Integration of psychology concepts and principles with community experience to understand service to our communities. Significant community service experience in a new setting required during the course. Fall.


PSY 270     Psychology and the Law  3

Prereq.:  PSY 112. Interaction between psychology and the U.S. legal system. Application of basic psychological science findings to the investigation and adjudication of criminal and civil matters including forensic psychology. Applied psychology research and practice that has focused explicitly on legal issues. Spring.

PSY 281     Cognitive Psychology    3

Prereq.:  PSY 112. Overview of current theory concerning the processing of information by the human mind. Emphasis placed on relevant contributions from the areas of perception, memory, language, and thinking. Study Area III

PSY 330     Abnormal Psychology     3

Prereq.:  PSY 112 and one other psychology course. Symptoms, causes and treatment of deviant behavior, anxiety disorders, psychoses, personality disorders, substance abuse disorders.

PSY 342     Sensation & Perception  3

Prereq.:  Six credits in psychology or permission of instructor. Study of the physiological, psychophysical, and psychological processes through which organisms interact with the environment. Fall.

PSY 350     Cross-Cultural Psychology     3

Prereq.:  PSY 112 and 6 additional credits in psychology. Exploration of topical areas in psychology from a multicultural, multiethnic perspective. Students will become more aware of the role that culture and ethnicity play in shaping human behavior and student's awareness of the range of cultural variation will be raised. [I]

PSY 361     Psychology of Early Childhood 3

Prereq.:  PSY 236.  Study and observation of young children (birth to age six), with emphasis on the development, origins, and dynamic processes of behavior within this age range.


PSY 362     Child Psychology  3

Prereq.:  PSY 236. Advanced study in developmental psychology through the childhood years. Emphasis on topics in the areas of social, emotional, personality, and cognitive development.

PSY 363     Adolescent Psychology   3

Prereq.:  PSY 236. Research studies pertaining to adolescence, with special emphasis on psychological development and problems characteristic of the age.

PSY 364     Adult Development & Aging     3

Prereq.:  PSY 236 or permission of instructor. Study of behavior, dynamics and developmental processes from early adulthood through old age and death.

PSY 365     Psychology of the Exceptional Child 3

Prereq.:  PSY 236. Psychological characteristics of exceptional children (gifted, retarded, emotionally disturbed, physically handicapped, etc.) with emphasis on implications of these characteristics for classroom procedures.


PSY 370     The Psychology of Loving Relationships    3

Prereq.:  PSY 112 and 3 additional credits in psychology.  Analysis of current psychological theories and research on loving relationships with emphasis on the meaning of love and how to enhance interpersonal relationships. Spring.


PSY 372     Social Psychology 3

Prereq.:  Two courses in psychology. Influence of social factors on behavior, cognition, and emotions of individuals. Analysis of methods of research in social setting.


PSY 380     Psychology of Dying and Death 3

Prereq.:  PSY 112 or equivalent. Psychological issues of death, dying, and suicide. Topics include death and denial, fear of death, grief and bereavement, child's and adolescent's view of death, psychological stages of dying, and euthanasia.

PSY 385     Humanistic Psychology   3

Prereq.:  Two courses in psychology. Study of humanistic approaches to the understanding of behavior. Focus is on the healthy personality and its potential for self-actualization.

PSY 390     Human Sexuality   3

Prereq.:  PSY 112 and one other course in psychology. Survey of social scientific theories and studies relevant to understanding human sexuality. Topics include reproductive technology, attraction, sexual response cycle, therapeutic interventions, sexually-transmitted diseases, and human development.


PSY 410     Media Psychology  3

Prereq.:  One psychology course and at least junior standing or graduate status; or permission of the instructor. Seminar examining the impact of electronic media on human behavior, feelings, thinking, and psychological development. Primary focus on the psychological impact of television and newer electronic media technologies (e.g., computers and the Internet). Summer. [GR]

PSY 430     Psychology of Diversity 3

Prereq.:  PSY 112 or permission of instructor. Open to students with junior or higher standing. Review of psychological research and theories pertaining to the study of diversity. Implications for clinical work and community education will be discussed. [GR]


PSY 440     Motivation  3

Prereq.:  Three courses in psychology. Physiological and psychological variables in selected motivational processes. Problems of measurement, empirical findings, and theoretical research. Readings in contemporary literature. [GR]

PSY 444     Positive Psychology     3

Prereq.:  PSY 112 and 3 additional credits in Psychology or permission of instructor. Scientific study of human strengths. Topics include optimism, creativity, well-being, and resilience. Spring. [GR]

PSY 446     Introduction to Psychotherapy and the Psychology of Counseling    3

Prereq.:  PSY 330 and 6 other credits in Psychology or permission of instructor or admission to M.A. Psychology. An introduction to the basic theories underlying psychotherapeutic process. Explores the primary assumptions of the behavioral, biological, cognitive, humanist-existential, and psychodynamic models. Topics include ethical and professional standards and diversity. Spring. [GR]


PSY 448     Psychology of Women     3

Review of research and theories pertaining to the psychology of women. The dynamic aspects of being female in the development of cognitive, emotional, motivational, and social behavior is emphasized. Psycho-social implications and consequences of changing sex roles will be examined.


PSY 450     Biopsychology     3

Prereq.:  Six credits in psychology or permission of instructor. Analysis of relationships between bodily processes and behavior. [GR]

PSY 451     Psychological Evaluation      3

Prereq.:  Three courses in psychology. Principles and problems basic to construction, choice and use of psychological measuring instruments, and study of application to diagnosis. Special Condition: completion of additional project by graduate students. Fall. [GR]

PSY 454     Drugs and Behavior      3

Prereq.:  PSY 112. Overview of the major classes of psychoactive drugs and their effect on the brain and behavior. Legal drugs, such as alcohol and caffeine, and illegal drugs are considered. [GR]

PSY 458     Human Neuropsychology   3

Prereq.:  PSY 330 and 450, or permission of instructor. Relationship between the brain and behavior is examined. Topics include disorders of speech and memory, common neurological disorders such as dementia and stroke, and alcohol-related disorders. Spring. [GR]

PSY 460     Behavior Modification:  Theory and Practice     3

Prereq.:  PSY 200 or permission of instructor. Application of learning principles to the modification of both normal and abnormal behavior. The settings for application include areas such as personal, social, and marriage counseling; individual and group psychotherapy; formal and informal education and re-education; personal, vocational, and correctional rehabilitation. [GR]

PSY 470     Personality Psychology:  Theories and Research  3

Prereq.:  Three courses in psychology. Nature of personality theory and critical analysis of major contemporary theories of personality, including empirical evidence relevant to these theories. [GR]


PSY 490     History & Systems of Psychology     3

Prereq.:  PSY 112, three other courses in psychology and junior standing. Historical study with emphasis on general philosophical bases, development of psychology as an experimental science, and comparative analysis of principal modes of psychological inquiry.

PSY 496     Internship in Psychological Applications  3

Prereq.:  Written permission of instructor. Supervised work in public and private agencies and institutions requiring the application of psychological principles. A study of appropriate references and a written report of procedures and conclusions required. May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

PSY 497     Psychology Capstone Seminar   3

Prereq.:  PSY 222 and 75+ credits; or permission of instructor. Majors only. Seminar integrating the fields of psychology. Students will demonstrate critical thinking, independent scholarship, oral and written communication through the collective examination and review of primary sources. The project will be at the level which the students can use to present at a national or regional forum. Irregular.


PSY 498     Topics in Psychology    1 TO 3

Study of selected topics in psychology. Topics announced each semester. May be repeated with different topics for a total of 6 credits. [GR]

PSY 499     Independent Reading and Research in Psychology  1 TO 3

Prereq.:  Junior, senior, or graduate standing and written permission of instructor. Directed independent studies in psychology. May be repeated for a total of 6 credits. On demand.

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