PSYC 1100 Introduction to Biological Psychology
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Explores the relationships of physiology and environment with behavior and mental processes. Examines the role of evolution through natural selection in shaping nervous system design and behavior, and the interplay of genetics and environment in both physiological and behavioral development. Emphasizes lower-level mechanisms of sensation and perception, motor action, and hormone effects, as well as higher-level processes involved in emotion, cognition, language, and social behavior. These topics are examined in both humans and nonhuman animals.

PSYC 1101 Introduction to General Psychology
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

A broad survey of the major topics in psychology including, but not limited to, research methodology, biological and social factors influencing abnormal behavior, development, learning, memory, and personality.

PSYC 2030 Careers in Psychology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PSYC 1101 for majors and pre-majors only (or permission of instructor)
Description

This course focuses on career planning and development issues for psychology majors. Using a combination of lecture, readings, and exercises, students will be exposed to information designed to assist in clarification, selection, and pursuit of a career in psychology or a related field. Topics include an overview of the undergraduate major in psychology, career options in psychology and related fields, preparation for employment with a bachelor’s degree, preparing for and succeeding in graduate school, and applying for a job or to a graduate school.

PSYC 2040 Introduction to Applied Psychology
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

The goal of this course is to provide an overview of the major areas of applied psychology. How psychology has been applied toward improving individual well-being (e. g. , clinical/counseling psychology), toward improving human performance (e. g. , industrial/organizational psychology), and in the public interest (e. g. , community psychology).

PSYC 2050 Introduction to Drugs and Behavior
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as BIOL 2050.) Provides an introduction to the effects of drugs on behavior. Topics include how drugs affect the brain and, consequently, behavior; the underlying brain and environmental factors thought to be responsible for drug addiction, tolerance and sensitivity; treatment of major psychological disorders (e. g. , depression, mania, anxiety) with drug therapy; and the classification of common psychoactive drugs.

PSYC 2060 Introduction to Positive Psychology
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Explores and examines the empirical findings in the areas of positive emotions, happiness and well-being, meaning of life, resilience, optimism, happiness and relationships, and techniques for improving moods and emotions.

PSYC 2070 Introduction to Human Sexuality
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Examination of human sexuality from three perspectives: physiological, clinical, and social. Topics include the neuroendocrine processes in sexual behavior, theories of psychosexual development, and the nature of contemporary sex roles.

PSYC 2080 Sex, Evolution, and Human Behavior
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Examines human behavior from an evolutionary perspective, beginning with an overview of the fundamentals of contemporary evolutionary theory. Topics include selfish-gene approach, evolutionary stable strategies, the evolution of sex, and sexual selection.

PSYC 2090 Special Topics in Psychology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PSYC 1101 for majors and pre-majors only (or permission of instructor)
Description
PSYC 2101 Introduction to the Psychology of Adjustment
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PSYC 1101 for majors and pre-majors only (or permission of instructor)
Description

An introductory examination of the applied psychological theory and research concerning mental health and well- being.

PSYC 2103 Introduction to Human Development
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PSYC 1101 for majors and pre-majors only (or permission of instructor)
Description

An introductory, non-laboratory-based examination of human development across the lifespan with an emphasis on normal patters of physical, cognitive, and social development.

PSYC 2107 Introduction To Social Psyc
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PSYC 1101 for majors and pre-majors only (or permission of instructor)
Description

An introductory, non-laboratory based examination of the influences of social and cultural factors on individual behavior and psychological functioning. Among the topics covered in the course are social psychological research methods, the relationship between self-knowledge and social influence, social cognition, conformity, obedience, aggression, predjudice, interpersonal attraction, affiliation, persuasion, attitude formation and change, group processes, helping and altruism, and conflict and conflict resolution. The course will include an examination of cultural influences on individual behavior and psychological functioning.

PSYC 2618 Introduction to Psychology of Women
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PSYC 1101 for majors and pre-majors only (or permission of instructor)
Description

This course is designed to examine the current status of theory and research on women’s experiences and behavior. Emphasis is placed on the integration of findings from physiological, personality, developmental, socio-cultural, and abnormal psychology. Gender differences and the. theories advanced to understand such differences are critically evaluated.

PSYC 2621 Introduction to Abnormal Psychology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PSYC 1101 for majors and pre-majors only (or permission of instructor)
Description

This course is a survey of major theoretical perspectives on abnormal behavior, the DSM system, and major psychological disorders. A variety of major psychological disorders are covered including, but not limited to, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, schizophrenic disorders, personality disorders, and substance-related disorders.

PSYC 3110 Psychology of Interpersonal Behavior
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PSYC 1101 with grade of C or higher, or equivalent
Description

Conceptual and practical aspects of effective and ineffective interpersonal behaviors and communication. Practice in the development of effective interpersonal behaviors.

PSYC 3140 Psychopathology and Abnormal Psychology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PSYC 1101 with grade of C or higher, or equivalent
Description

An examination of the defining characteristics, causes, and treatments of abnormal or maladaptive behaviors and psychopathology.

PSYC 3450 Health Psychology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PSYC 1101 with grade of C or higher, or equivalent
Description

Emotional, social, and behavioral aspects of wellness, illness, disability, and death. The underlying biopsychological basis of these topics will be studied as well as the relevant intervention methodologies.

PSYC 3510 Introduction to Research Design and Analysis
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites MATH 1070, MATH 1101, MATH 1111, MATH 1113 or MATH 1220 with grade C or higher
Description

Course provides an introduction to research design, data analysis, and scientific communication as applied to psychological research questions. Topics include research ethics, fundamentals of hypothesis testing and research design, descriptive data collection techniques, and data analysis and interpretation using z-scores, correlation and regression, chi-square tests of independence, and t-tests. Concepts are introduced to the full class through lecture and discussion, then applied during learning groups and online activities. Student progress is assessed via online quizzes and in-class examinations. Students who are unable to pass PSYC 3510 with a grade of C or higher in two attempts shall not be permitted to repeat the course or to enroll in any departmental courses for which PSYC 3510 is a prerequisite.

PSYC 3520 Introduction to African-American Psychology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PSYC 1101 with grade of C or higher, or equivalent
Description

(Same as AAS 3050.) Examination of theory and research pertaining to African-Americans with emphasis on the Afrocentric perspective.

PSYC 3530 Advanced Research Design/Data Anylasis CTW
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites a C or higher in PSYC 3510
Description

PSYC 3530 provides psychology majors with experience in research design, data analysis, and scientific communication needed for 4000-level courses. Topics include experimental design, comparisons of multiple groups, and the structure and style of scientific writing in psychology. PSYC 3530 serves as one of the two Critical Thinking Through Writing (CTW) courses required of all psychology majors. Students who are unable to pass PSYC 3530 with a grade of C or higher in two attempts shall not be permitted to repeat it or to enroll in courses for which it is a prerequisite.

PSYC 3570 Multicultural Issues in Psychology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PSYC 1101 with grade of C or higher
Description

Exposes students to broad range of psychological topics and issues associated with diversity and explores human diversity from a wide range of theoretical and methodological perspectives that reflect cultural influences. Global Perspectives Course.

PSYC 3690 Honors Readings
Credit Hours 1.0 - 3.0
Prerequisites Good standing with the Honors College and consent of instructor
Description

Discussion and readings on selected topics.

PSYC 3901 Study Abroad in Psychology
Credit Hours 1.0 OR 6.0
Prerequisites Permission of instructor
Description

Crosslisted with AAS 4970. Special international topics in psychology completed at a study abroad location.

PSYC 4000 Lab Experience in Psychology
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Provides psychology majors with experience in research design, data analysis, and scientific communication needed for the development and writing of senior-year theses and graduate study. Topics include designing an original research project on a psychological topic, analyzing data, and presenting the findings in an APA-style research report. PSYC 4000 serves as one of the two Critical Thinking Through Writing (CTW) courses required of all psychology majors.

PSYC 4020 Social Psychology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PSYC1101 and 3510 with grades of C or higher, or equivalent
Description

A survey course that covers perception of the self and others; communication and influence; interpersonal attraction and aggression; altruism; group performance and conflict; and cultural differences. Cognitive and biological factors, the importance of social settings, and the interplay between personality and social interaction are emphasized.

PSYC 4030 Cross-Cultural Psychology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PSYC 1101 and PSYC 3510 with grades of C or higher, or equivalent
Description

The influence of culture on human cognition, emotion, and behavior with focus on theory and research in developmental, personality-social, health, and organizational psychology.

PSYC 4040 Developmental Psychology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PSYC 1101 with grade of C or higher, or equivalent
Description

Current scientific thinking about development, focusing primarily, but not exclusively, on the development of human infants and children. The integration of theoretical, research, and practical orientations is emphasized. Topics include genetics and prenatal development, infancy, language acquisition, and the cognitive and social developments of early and middle childhood.

PSYC 4050 Drugs and the Nervous System
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PSYC 1100 or PSYC 2050, and PSYC 3510 with grades of C or higher, or consent of instructor
Description

This course provides an in-depth and advanced exploration of the neuronal and chemical mechanisms underlying psychoactive drug action as well as compulsive drug usage. The focus will be both on drugs of abuse as well as pharmacological interventions in neural/behavioral disorders.

PSYC 4100 Cognitive Psychology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PSYC 1101, PSYC 3510, and PSYC 3530 with grades of C or higher, or equivalents
Description

Describes cognitive phenomena, explains and utilizes research methods in cognitive psychology, discusses theories about the phenomena, and considers assumptions on which the theories and research are based.

PSYC 4110 Physiological Psychology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PSYC 1101 with grade of C or higher and PSYC 3510 and PSYC 3530 with grades of C or higher, or equivalents
Description

(Same as NEUR 4110.) Explores the relations between biological and mental processes. Nervous system functions in the control of behavior are emphasized. The anatomy, physiology, and chemistry of the nervous system are reviewed, and the scientific analysis of the relations of these biological processes to psychological phenomena is presented. Evidence from research involving both the physiological manipulation of animal models and the accidental and pathological alterations of humans included.

PSYC 4116 Primate Behavior: Field and Laboratory
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites BIOL 3840 or PSYC 4110 with grade of C or higher, or equivalent, or consent of instructor
Description

Two lecture and two laboratory hours a week. Non-human and human primate origins of cognition, language, mythology, rituals, tool use, nonverbal expressions, symbolism, sexuality, and aggression.

PSYC 4120 Learning
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PSYC 1101, PSYC 3510, and PSYC 3530 with grades of C or higher, or equivalents
Description

Describes learning phenomena, explains and utilizes research methods in learning, discusses theories of learning, and considers assumptions on which the theories and research are based.

PSYC 4125 Learning Lab
Credit Hours 1.0
Prerequisites PSYC 4120 with a grade of C or higher, or equivalent, or current enrollment in PSYC 4120
Description

Students will experience laboratory activities related to the psychological study of learning. Topics and activities will include classical conditioning, operant conditioning, habituation and dishabituation, sensitization, relational learning, memory, and brain-behavior relations. Psychology majors, particularly those who plan to attend graduate school, are encouraged to register.

PSYC 4130 Sensation and Perception
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PSYC 1101, PSYC 3510, and PSYC 3530 with grades of C or higher, or equivalents
Description

(Same as BIOL 4130.) Experimental analysis of sensory and perceptual processes at both a physiological and a psychophysical level. The five primary sensory systems will be covered: vision, audition, touch, taste, and smell.

PSYC 4140 Introduction to Psychophysiology
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites Upper division standing; PSYC 3510 and PSYC 3530 with grades of C or higher, or equivalent; and consent of instructor
Description

Three lecture and two laboratory hours a week. A laboratory course on the area of psychology known as psychophysiology. Covers the use of physiological techniques in understanding psychological phenomena (e. g. , sensation and perception, memory, language, etc.), the rationale and application of various psychophysiological methodologies including heart rate monitoring, electrodermal activity, the electromyogram (EMG), electroencephalogram (EEG, brain waves), event-related brain potentials (ERPs), and other types of brain imaging techniques (functional MRI, PET, and MEG). Demonstrates how these various measures inform scientists about the workings of the brain and peripheral nervous system in producing thinking and behavior.

PSYC 4160 Theories of Personality
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PSYC 1101 with grade of C or higher, or equivalent
Description

Includes Freudian psychoanalysis, derivatives of classic psychoanalysis, humanism, existentialism, and behaviorism. Lectures cover contributions of major theorists from each school, key theoretical points from each perspective, critiques of the value of and the limitations of each theory, and comparisons between theoretical ideas.

PSYC 4220 Introduction to Behavior Modification
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PSYC 1101 and PSYC 3510 with grades of C or higher, or equivalent
Description

Basic principles underlying behavior modification and behavior therapy. Emphasis is placed upon empirical findings.

PSYC 4300 Adolescent Psychology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PSYC 1101 with grade of C or higher, or equivalent
Description

Characteristics and theories of adolescent development.

PSYC 4330 Philosophy of Mind
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites One 2000 or 3000-level philosophy course, or consent of instructor
Description

Crosslisted with PHIL 4330, an examination of various theories of the mind-body relationship, such as dualism, identity theory, and functionalism, and of specific issues such as consciousness, mental representation, mental disorders, the emotions, artificial intelligence, personal identity, and free will.

PSYC 4340 Philosophy and Cognitive Science
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites One 2000 or 3000-level philosophy course, or consent of instructor (background in the sciences is not required)
Description

Crosslisted with PHIL 4340. an interdisciplinary examination of the problems, theories, and research strategies central to the study of the human mind and of other cognitive systems. Basic readings will come from a variety of disciplines, including philosophy, neuroscience, and psychology. Topics of investigation may include perception, mental representation, language, modularity, consciousness, emotions, moral psychology, action, mental disorders, folk psychology, and animal minds.

PSYC 4400 Psychology of the Atypical Child
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PSYC 1101 with grade of C or higher, or equivalent
Description

Problems of children with cognitive, physical, learning, or emotional difficulties or limitations, with emphasis upon diagnostic and corrective approaches.

PSYC 4510 Community Psychology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PSYC 1101 with grade of C or higher, or equivalent
Description

Survey of community psychology, including its theoretical and political roots, research approaches, and models of prevention and intervention.

PSYC 4520 Environmental Psychology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PSYC 1101 with grade of C or higher, or equivalent
Description

(Same as GEOG 4782.) Introduction to environmental psychology focusing on the relations between individuals and their natural and built environments. Topics include cognitive mapping of physical space, stress, crowding, and the applications of psychology to alleviating environmental problems.

PSYC 4560 Psychology of Animal Behavior
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PSYC 1101 with grade of C or higher, or equivalent
Description

Psychological, genetic, physiological, and ecological bases of animal behavior. Basic adaptive mechanisms and their importance for understanding human behavior.

PSYC 4605 Psychological Perspectives on Intimate Violence
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PSYC 1101 with grade of C or higher and PSYC 3510 and PSYC 3530 with grades of C or higher, or equivalents
Description

In-depth consideration of psychological perspectives on the development and prevention of, and intervention for, intimate violence including a focus on the use of psychological research in public policy solutions.

PSYC 4610 Psychology of Aging
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PSYC 1101 with grade of C or higher, or equivalent
Description

(Same as GERO 4610.) Psychological contributions to the understanding, prevention, and treatment of normal and abnormal changes of later life.

PSYC 4620 Advanced Psychology of Women
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Psyc 1101 and Psyc 3510 with grades of C or higher, or equivalent.
Description

Historical and developmental themes regarding the psychology of women, issues of capacities, choices, stereotypes, status, psychological adjustment, and diversity in women.

PSYC 4630 Hormones and Behavior
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites BIOL 3840 with grade of C or higher, or equivalent
Description

(Same as BIOL 4241 and NEUR 4420.) Interaction of nervous and endocrine systems in the control of behavior of mammals, including humans, with emphasis on the mechanisms that adapt behavior to the changing physical and social environment.

PSYC 4650 Psychology: Special Topics
Credit Hours 1.0 - 6.0
Prerequisites permission of the instructor
Description

Topics presented by special request.

PSYC 4760 Research Practicum in Psychology
Credit Hours 1.0 - 3.0
Prerequisites Sophomore standing, Psychology GPA of 3.0 or higher, overall GPA of 2
Description

5 or higher, authorization by the department, and advising by the department advisor.
Directed research involving the application of the principles and methods of psychology. Weekly supervisory meetings and written work are required. A full-time faculty supervisor is required. An off-campus supervisor may be used from community-based research practica with the permission of an assigned faculty advisor. This course may include a Signature Experience component.

PSYC 4770 Applied Practicum in Psychology
Credit Hours 1.0 - 3.0
Prerequisites PSYC 3110 with grade of C or higher, or equivalent, sophomore standing, Psychology GPA of 3.0 or higher, overall institutional GPA of 2
Description

5 or higher, authorization by the department, and advising by the department advisor.
Directed experience in the application of the methods and principles of psychology in a non-research activity. Weekly supervisory meetings and written work are required. A full-time faculty supervisor is required. An off-campus supervisor may be used from community-based practica with the permission of an assigned faculty advisor. This course may include a Signature Experience component.

PSYC 4777 Moral Psychology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites One 2000 or 3000-level Philosophy course, or consent of the instructor
Description

Crosslisted with PHIL 4770. Examination of how humans function in moral contexts and how this information may impact debates in ethical theory. Drawing from relevant literature in philosophy, psychology, neuroscience, and other sciences, topics may include moral judgment and intuitions, moral disagreement, reason and emotion, moral agency and responsibility, character traits and virtues, altruism and egoism, and moral development.

PSYC 4780 Neuroethics
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites One 2000 or 3000-level Philosophy course, or consent of the instructor
Description

Crosslisted with PHIL 4780. Neuroethics considers how ethical theories inform neuroscientific practice and how neuroscientific discoveries inform ethical theorizing. Topics may include ehtical protocols for neuroscience research, ethical and legal implications of neuroscientific research, and implications of neuroscience for debates about moral behavior and judgment.

PSYC 4800 Seminar-CTW
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PSYC 3530 with grade of C or higher, be officially enrolled as a Psychology major, and be in good academic standing
Description

Preparation and presentation of survey reports and summaries of recent advances and trends in major areas of psychology (preference to seniors). Serves as one of the two Critical Thinking Through Writing (CTW) courses required of all psychology majors.

PSYC 4801 Seminar – Group I
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PSYC 3530 with a grade of C or higher
Description

Preparation and presentation of survey reports and summaries of recent advances and trends in major areas of psychology (preference to seniors). Fulfills the requirement for Group 1, Advanced Required Courses, under Area G.

PSYC 4802 Seminar – Group II
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PSYC3530 with a grade of C or higher
Description

Preparation and presentation of survey reports and summaries of recent advances and trends in major areas of psychology (preference to seniors). Fulfills the requirement for Group 2, Advanced Required Courses, under Area G.

PSYC 4803 Seminar – Group III
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PSYC 3530 with a grade of C or higher
Description

Preparation and presentation of survey reports and summaries of recent advances and trends in major areas of psychology (preference to seniors). Fulfills the requirement for Group 3, Advanced Required Courses, under Area G.

PSYC 4860 Advanced Research Practicum in Psychology
Credit Hours 1.0 - 3.0
Prerequisites Junior standing; 6 hours of PSYC 4760, Psychology GPA of 3.0 or higher, overall GPA of 2
Description

5 or higher, permission from faculty supervisor, authorization by the department, and advising by the department advisor.
Directed research involving the application of the principles and methods of psychology that goes above and beyond research conducted in PSYC 4760. Weekly supervisory meetings and a final written project are required. A full-time faculty supervisor is required. An off-campus advisor may be used for community-based research practica with the permission of the practicum coordinator. This course may include a Signature Experience component.

PSYC 4870 Honors Thesis: Research
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Good standing with the Honors College and consent of instructor
Description

Readings or research preparatory to honors thesis or project. This course may include a Signature Experience component.

PSYC 4880 Honors Thesis: Writing
Credit Hours 3.0 - 6.0
Prerequisites PSYC 4870 with grade of C or higher, good standing with the Honors College and consent of instructor
Description

Writing or production of honors thesis or project. This course may include a Signature Experience component.

PSYC 4995 Directed Readings B.I.S.-CTW
Credit Hours 3.0 - 4.0
Description

Directed Readings designed for Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies students. This course may satisfy the junior and/or senior-level Critical Thinking Through Writing requirements.