Psychology (PSY)

PSY 230 Introduction to Statistics. (3) F, S, SS
Basic concepts in descriptive and inferential statistics, emphasizing applications to psychology. The course has both self-paced (PSI) and lecture sections. Prerequisites: MAT 117; PGS 101. General Studies: N2.

PSY 290 Research Methods. (4) F, S
Planning, execution, analysis, and reporting of experiments. Literature, procedures, and instruments in representative areas of psychological research. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab. Prerequisite: PSY 230. General Studies: L1/S2.

PSY 320 Learning and Motivation. (3) F, S, SS
Principles of conditioning and motivation; approaches to learning, including acquisition of verbal materials, concepts, and motor skills; memory and transfer. Prerequisite: PSY 290.

PSY 323 Sensation and Perception. (3) F, S
Underlying processes of vision, audition, and the other senses. Application of current research and theory in a laboratory environment. Prerequisite: PSY 290 or instructor approval.

PSY 324 Memory and Cognition. (3) F, S, SS
Processes underlying information storage and retrieval, including different kinds of memory, forgetting, depth of processing, and control processes. Prerequisite: PSY 290.

PSY 325 Physiological Psychology. (3) F, S, SS
Relationships of physiological processes to behavior. Emphasis is on nervous system functioning. Prerequisites: PSY 290 (or 2 courses in biological science); instructor approval.

PSY 330 Statistical Methods. (3) S
Advanced application of statistics to psychology. Highly recommended for students interested in attending graduate school. 3 hours lecture, 1 hour lab. Prerequisite: PSY 230. General Studies: N2.

PSY 390 Experimental Psychology. (3) S
Continuation of concepts in PSY 290, with emphasis on multifactor designs and programmatic sequence of experiments. Lecture, lab. Prerequisite: PSY 290. General Studies: L2.

PSY 420 Analysis of Behavior. (3) N
Research, applications, and philosophy of the analysis and control of human behavior. Prerequisite: PSY 290. General Studies: L2.

PSY 424 Genetic Psychology. (3) S
Introduction to the concepts, methodologies, and findings of behavioral genetics for Psychology majors. Prerequisites: PGS 100; PSY 230, 290. General Studies: L2.

PSY 425 Biological Bases of Behavior. (3) N
Critical study of physiological psychology; brain mechanisms underlying motivation, and learning. Prerequisite: PSY 325. General Studies: L2.

PSY 426 Neuroanatomy. (4) N
Structure and function of mammalian brain, including sheep brain dissection. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab. Prerequisite: PSY 325 or equivalent. General Studies: L2.

PSY 434 Cognitive Psychology. (3) S
The human organism as a processor of information, from perception to cognition. Abstract concepts, semantic memory, attention, and mental imagery. Prerequisite: PSY 323 or 324 or instructor approval. General Studies: L2.

PSY 437 Human Factors. (3) F
Emphasis on human factors in high technology systems. Specific topics include systems development, systems analysis techniques, displays, and controls. Prerequisites: PSY 290 and upper-division standing or instructor approval. General Studies: L2.

PSY 470 Psychopharmacology. (3) F, S
Basis of drug action at physiological and behavioral levels. Psychological and medical applications and limitations of drugs used in the treatment of mental illness. Prerequisites: PSY 325; 1 semester each of biology and chemistry.

PSY 484 Internship. (1–12) N

PSY 494 ST: Special Topics. (1–4) N

PSY 499 Individualized Instruction. (1–3) N

PSY 501 Supervised Teaching. (4) F
Experience in and examination of perspectives on teaching undergraduate psychology. Prerequisites: graduate standing in psychology; instructor approval.

PSY 506 Survey of Research in Environmental Psychology. (3) F
Major topics and paradigms in the study of person-environment relationships. Prerequisite: instructor approval.

PSY 512 Advanced Learning. (3) N
Principles and theories of learning, emphasizing research literature. Prerequisite: instructor approval.

PSY 524 Advanced Physiological Psychology. (3) N
Contributions of physiological processes and brain function to fundamental behavioral processes. Prerequisite: instructor approval.

PSY 528 Sensation and Perception. (3) N
Principles of sensory and perceptual processes, emphasizing research literature. Prerequisite: instructor approval.

PSY 529 Correlation and Psychometric Theory. (3) S
Principles of correlational techniques, including regression and multiple correlation. Psychometric theory, including reliability and validity. Prerequisite: instructor approval.

PSY 530 Intermediate Statistics. (3) F
Continuation of PSY 529. Psychological statistics, emphasizing the analysis of variance and the design of experiments. Prerequisite: PSY 529 or instructor approval.

PSY 535 Cognitive Processes. (3) N
Theoretical/empirical treatment of the human organism as a processor of information, including abstraction, memory structure, problem solving, and thinking. Prerequisite: instructor approval.

PSY 541 Research in Cognitive Development. (3) N
Theoretical and empirical issues in the study of children’s knowledge and cognitive processes. Comparison of research in Piagetian and other traditions. Prerequisite: admission to Psychology Ph.D. program or instructor approval.

PSY 542 Social Development. (3) N
Major issues in the area of social development are topics for review and critique. Theory, research, and content are covered. Prerequisite: instructor approval.

PSY 550 Advanced Social Psychology. (3) F, S
Theory and research concerning interpersonal perception, decision making, attitude formation and change, group processes, social motivation, and interaction processes. Prerequisite: instructor approval.

PSY 551 Advanced Social Psychology. (3) F, S
Continuation of PSY 550. Prerequisite: PSY 550 or instructor approval.

PSY 553 Social Influence. (3) N
Research literature relevant, for example, to attitude formation and change, conformity, obedience, power, compliance, and altruism. Prerequisite: PSY 551 or instructor approval.

PSY 555 Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Designs for Research. (3) N
Review of research techniques. Laboratory and field research analyzed; applications to specific topics. Prerequisite: instructor approval.

PSY 569 Advanced Study of Personality. (3) N
Personality as a theoretical concept in psychology, including definitional problems, behavioral and traditional approaches, the measurement of personality, and current research issues. Prerequisite: instructor approval.

PSY 572 Psychological Assessment. (3) F
Theory and research on assessment of personality, psychopathology, and intelligence, and construction of psychological assessment instruments. Prerequisite: admission to clinical Ph.D. program or instructor approval.

PSY 573 Psychopathology. (3) F
Theory and research relating to the contribution of psychological, social, physiological, and genetic factors to the development and persistence of abnormal behavior. Prerequisite: admission to Psychology Ph.D. program or instructor approval.

PSY 574 Psychotherapy. (3) S
A detailed survey of the theoretical and empirical literature relating to verbal psychotherapy and interviewing methods. Structured role-playing practice in the major procedures. Prerequisite: admission to the clinical Ph.D. program or instructor approval.

PSY 578 Child Psychopathology. (3) N
Major theories and research related to the development of deviant behaviors in children, including some supervised experience in child assessment. Prerequisite: PSY 572 or instructor approval.

PSY 582 Community Psychology. (3) SS
Community systems, intervention techniques, consultation models, history and current status of community mental health movement, and conceptualization of the roles of community psychologists in social system intervention. Prerequisite: advanced standing in Psychology Ph.D. program or instructor approval.

PSY 588 Consultation Methods. (3) N
Several theories and strategies of organizational consultation. The development of consultative skills through simulation and practical experience. Prerequisite: advanced standing in Psychology Ph.D. program or instructor approval.

PSY 624 Clinical Neuroscience. (3) S
An examination of the biological underpinnings of psychological disorders at the molecular, cellular, and system levels (schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, etc.). Lecture, pro-seminar. Prerequisites: graduate standing; instructor approval.

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