Psychology Department

Psychology Undergraduate Upper-Division Courses

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 

Offered once a year


Exploration of contemporary issues in the science of psychology in conjunction with independent research project under the supervision of psychology faculty member. Open only to students formally accepted into the Department of Psychology honors program. Prer., PSY 2100, PSY 2110, junior status and consent of instructor required.

1 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 

Not offered in recent years


Students participate in supervised service or research activities. Prer., Consent of instructor. 

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 

Offered occasionally


Introductory course on the application of psychological principles to the enhancement of physical health. Class utilizes an experiential format with students actually conducting their own health behavior change program. Prer., PSY 1000.

4 Credits (Minimum) 4 Credits (Maximum) 

Offered about once a year


The role of statistical models in psychological research. Includes models of error and inference, selected analyses of variance and regression, and SPSS applications. Prer. or Coreq., PSY 2100 and PSY 2110.

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum)

Offered about once a year 


Survey of animal and human theories of learning and an introduction to contemporary theories of human cognition including memory and information processing. Prer., PSY 1000.

4 Credits (Minimum) 4 Credits (Maximum) 

Not offered in recent years


A survey of the core areas of human cognition: attention, reasoning, memory, problem solving, and decision making. History, theory, methodology, and research from related disciplines are discussed. Prer., PSY 2100 and PSY 2110.

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 

Offered occasionally


Psychological and physiological factors in the motivation of behavior. Prer., PSY 1000.

4 Credits (Minimum) 4 Credits (Maximum) 

Not offered in recent years


Course designed to provide an overview of learning. An emphasis will be placed on the theoretical formulation of the conditions that are necessary for learning and retention. Practical applications of learning principles will be considered. Prer., PSY 2100 and PSY 2110.

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 

Offered occasionally


Covers in substantive form the interdisciplinary field of human sexuality. The topic is approached from the perspectives of physiology, endocrinology, behavior, sociology, ethnology, and anthropology. Prer., PSY 1000.

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 

Offered at least every other year


A review of various theories of personality including psychodynamic, behavioristic, humanistic, and existential approaches. Prer., PSY 1000.

4 Credits (Minimum) 4 Credits (Maximum) 

Not offered in recent years


Behavior of animals from an evolutionary perspective. Principles of behavior in a variety of animal species, including humans. Prer., PSY 1000, or consent of instructor.

4 Credits (Minimum) 4 Credits (Maximum) 

Offered every Fall and Spring semester


A broad survey course in the biological basis of behavior. Anatomy, physiology and chemistry of the nervous system (with special emphasis on the brain), endocrinology, and genetics are discussed as they apply to the study of behavior. Approved for LAS Natural Science area requirement. Approved for Compass Curriculum requirement: Explore-Physical and Natural World. Prer., PSY 1000 or consent of instructor.

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 

Offered every Fall and Spring semester


The origin, symptoms, classification, and treatment of abnormal behavior. Prer., PSY 1000.

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 

Offered at least once a year


Survey of contemporary social psychological theory and research. Analysis of basic principles underlying human social behavior. Approved for Compass Curriculum requirement: Explore: Society, Institutions, and Health. Prer., PSY 1000.

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum)

Offered at least every other year 


A basic survey of myths and realities of multiculturalism and diversity using the theories and data from several subfields within psychology. Racial and ethnic diversity are emphasized, but diversity due to gender, age, sexual preference, and socioeconomic status will also be explored. Prer., PSY 1000.

1 Credits (Minimum) 4 Credits (Maximum) 

Offered at least once a year


Subject matter will change depending upon individual instructors and time of offering. The topic for any given semester will be specified in the Schedule of Courses. May be repeated for credit. Prer., PSY 1000.

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 

Offered at least once a year


An overview of geropsychology covering such topics as the aging central nervous system, cognitive aging, cultural contexts of aging, personal transitions in later life, mental disorders, and geropsychology in the future. Prer., PSY 1000. Meets with GRNT 4630.

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 

Offered at least every other year


This course examines gender as it applies to human psychology, with a special focus on the experience of women and girls. A primary goal is to understand how psychologists study the complex relationships between gender and psychosocial functioning. Prer., PSY 1000. Meets with WEST 3450.

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 

Offered at least every other year


An introduction to the diversity in the aging experience for women throughout the major regions of the world. Current, historical, social, economic, legal, and health realities of older women are explored. Approved for LAS Global Awareness requirement. Meets with GRNT 3560 and WEST 3560.

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 

Offered every Fall and Spring semester


Survey of human development from conception to death emphasizing physical, cognitive, emotional, and psychosocial development. Prer., PSY 1000.

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 


Child sexual abuse and commercial sexual exploitation of children are viewed from psychological, social, and criminal justice perspectives. Approved for LAS Social Sciences area requirement. Prer., PSY 1000.

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 

Offered occasionally


This survey course studies children with learning and cognitive differences, behavioral and emotional disorders, and sensory and physical differences. Emphasis on etiology, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of various disorders from different theoretical perspectives. Prer., PSY 1000.

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 

Offered occasionally


Organization, function, and dysfunction of the human brain across the life span. Neuropsychological assessment techniques. Reviews behavioral, cognitive, and personality changes as a result of disease, injury, and aging. Prer., PSY 1000 or consent of instructor.

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 

Offered every Fall and Spring semester


As a service-learning course, students will serve in the community and learn beginning helping skills. Assistance will be provided in locating volunteer positions. Prer., Consent of instructor. 

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 

Not offered in recent years


A review of the area of clinical psychology including such topics as clinical assessment, therapies, and community intervention. Prer., PSY 1000.

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 

Not offered in recent years


Focus on issues in the organization, financing, and delivery of mental health services within the community, innovative techniques for the provision of mental health-related services, the role of community factors in the production of emotional disorders, and technologies of community change. Prer., PSY 1000 and PSY 3280.

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 

Offered occasionally


The use of statistical package software to enter and organize data and the selection and use of appropriate statistical analyses of the data. Prer. or Coreq., PSY 2100 or equivalent.

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 

Not offered in recent years


A psychological and statistical analysis of the principles underlying construction and use of tests of ability and personality. Prer., PSY 2100.

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 

Offered at least once a year


An introduction for the upper-division undergraduate into the theories and techniques of psychotherapy. The course examines foundations to the practice of psychotherapy, professional ethics, and various approaches to psychotherapy (e.g., psychodynamic, cognitive, behavioral, humanistic, existential). Prer., PSY 1000 and PSY 3280.

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 

Offered at least once a year


An introduction to the scientific study of people in work organizations. Emphasis on understanding people in organizations and applying this knowledge to resolve problems of human behavior at work. Prer., PSY 1000.

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 

Offered occasionally


An introductory survey course covering selected topics relating to the interaction of psychology and the law. Prer., PSY 1000.

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 

Offered occasionally


Examines the application of psychological research and theory to "real world" issues: organizational behavior, health and health care, environmental, legal, educational issues, and public policy. Prer., PSY 1000.

1 Credits (Minimum) 1 Credits (Maximum) 

Offered at least once a year


Continuation of Honors Seminar I (PSY 300). Students complete independent research projects and meet together with honors program coordinator. Prer., PSY 2100, PSY 2110, PSY 3000, PSY 3100, and consent of instructor. Open only to students formally accepted into the Department of Psychology honors program.

3 Credits (Minimum) 4 Credits (Maximum) 

Not offered in recent years


The morphological, neurochemical, and physiological bases of behavior. Topics include the physical substrate for emotion, motivation, consciousness, sleep, learning, and memory. Prer., PSY 3270 or consent of instructor. If course is taken for 4 hours credit, one 2-hour lab per week is required.

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 

Offered occasionally


In-depth focus on selected topics in health psychology. Topics will vary. Prer., PSY 2110 and PSY 3060 or PSY 3280.

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 

Not offered in recent years


In-depth focus on selected topics in methodology, statistics, and measurement. Topics will vary. Prer., PSY 2100 and PSY 2110.

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 

Offered occasionally


Psychological research and theories about memory. Its focus will be on the memory abilities of normal-functioning adults. Memory functions and structures will be inferred from research studies, several of which will be demonstrated in class. Some implications for improving memory will be discussed. Prer., PSY 1000.

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 

Offered occasionally


In-depth focus on selected topics in learning and cognition. Topics will vary. Prer., PSY 2110 and PSY 3130 or PSY 4120.

3 Credits (Minimum) 4 Credits (Maximum) 

Offered occasionally


Introduction to psychophysical scaling, the physical senses (with special emphasis on audition and vision), and perceptual phenomena. One 2-hour lab per week required if course taken for 4 hours credit. Prer., PSY 2100 and PSY 2110 or consent of instructor.

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 

Not offered in recent years


Principles of classical and operant conditioning in humans and other animals. Presentation of the theoretical basis of behavior modification. One 2-hour lab required if course taken for 4 hours credit. Prer., PSY 1000.

1 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 

Offered at least every Fall and Spring semester


Laboratory for advanced psychology majors. Emphasis will be on individual projects. Prer., Consent of instructor. 

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 

Not offered in recent years


Introduction to general communication theory with special emphasis on human communication and relation of language to thought. Prer., 16 hours of PSY or consent of instructor.

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 

Offered occasionally


In-depth focus on selected topics in personality. Topics will vary. Prer., PSY 2110 and PSY 3240.

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 

Offered occasionally


In-depth focus on selected topics in biopsychology. Topics will vary. Prer., PSY 2110 and PSY 3270.

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 

Offered at least once a year


In-depth focus on selected topics in abnormal psychology. Topics will vary. Approved for Compass Curriculum requirement: Capstone Experience. Prer., PSY 2110 and PSY 3280.

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 

Offered at least once a year


In-depth focus on selected topics in social psychology. Topics will vary. Approved for Compass Curriculum requirement: Capstone Experience. Prer., PSY 2110 and PSY 3400.

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 

Offered occasionally


In-depth focus on social issues. Topics will vary. Prer., PSY 2110, PSY 3940.

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 

Offered occasionally


A behavioral analysis of the effects of psychoactive compounds including stimulants, depressants and antidepressants, antipsychotics, anxiolytics, opiates, and psychedelics. Presentation of neurobiological models of affective disorders (e.g., schizophrenia, endogenous depression, mania, and anxiety). Prer., 10 hours of PSY or consent instructor. PSY 3270 or introductory biology and/or chemistry recommended.

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 

Offered occasionally


Outline of the development of psychological theories since the Greek philosophies. The story of experimental psychology and its problems. Schools of psychological thinking. Readings of original sources in English and English translations. Prer., PSY 2100, PSY 2110, and Junior status.

3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 

Offered at least once a year


In-depth focus on selected topics in developmental psychology. Topics will vary. Approved for Compass Curriculum requirement: Capstone Experience. Prer., PSY 2110 and PSY 3620.

1 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 

Offered every Fall and Spring semester


A consideration of problems, techniques, and subject matter related to the teaching of psychology. Prer., Consent of instructor.

1 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) 

Offered every semester


Undergraduate. Prer., 20 hours of psychology or equivalent and consent of instructor.

 
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