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2006-2007 University Catalog

Psychology

PSY 100 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY (3)

Three hours lecture per week

An introduction to the theories, research and applications that constitute the field of psychology. Emerging issues in the field of psychology, what different types of psychologists do, and how to critically evaluate psychological literature will be covered.

GenEd: D,E

 

PSY 202 BIOSTATISTICS (3) [top]

Three hours lecture/laboratory per week

Prerequisite: A passing score on the Entry Level Mathematics Exam (ELM) or MATH 105 or equivalent

Critical reasoning using a quantitative and statistical problem-solving approach to solve real-world problems. Uses probability and statistics to describe and analyze biological data collected from laboratory or field experiments. Course will cover descriptions of sample data, probability and empirical data distributions, sampling techniques, estimation and hypothesis testing, ANOVA, and correlation and regression analysis. Students will use standard statistical software to analyze real world and simulated data.

Same as BIOL 202, MATH 202

GenEd: B3

 

PSY 210 LEARNING, COGNITION AND DEVELOPMENT (3) [top]

Three hours lecture per week

This course presents an overview of the theories of learning, cognition, and human development. Major theories of learning and of psychological, emotional, ethical and physical development will be covered with emphasis on the application of these theories in real life settings such as schools and other organizations.

GenEd: E

 

PSY 211 COGNITION AND LEARNING (3) [top]

Three hours lecture per week

Examines psychological theories of cognition as they apply to learning. Theories introduced in this course will seek to explain learning phenomenon and provide a conceptual framework for understanding and discussing behavior and cognition. Practical applications and current research in the cognitive sciences will also be discussed.

 

PSY 212 NEUROBIOLOGY & COGNITIVE SCIENCE (3) [top]

Three hours lecture per week

Prerequisite: BIOL 100 or BIOL 200 or BIOL 201

Principles of brain organization and function underlying behavior. Topics include neuroanatomy and physiology of language, vision, sexual behavior, memory and abnormal behavior.

Same as BIOL 212

GenEd: B2,E

 

PSY 213 DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY (3) [top]

Three hours lecture per week

Prerequisite: PSY 100

This course represents an in-depth survey of theory and research in developmental psychology throughout the life span. The course introduces students to the biological, cognitive, emotional, social, and linguistic development from the prenatal period to adulthood.

GenEd: D,E

 

PSY 217 THEORIES OF PERSONALITY (3) [top]

Three hours lecture per week

This course considers the major theoretical, application, research, and assessment issues in the study of personality. Emphasis will be placed on the theoretical aspects of personality and the different ways in which these theories are validated. The course will also explore some of the more commonly used personality assessment measures, cultural influences on personality theory, as well as at least one non-Western theory of personality.

 

PSY 220 HUMAN SEXUAL BEHAVIOR (3) [top]

Three hours lecture per week

This course covers knowledge about the processes and variations in: sexual functions and reproduction; intimate relationships; sexual and gender role development and behavior; and the social, cultural, historical and moral contexts of sex and love.

GenEd: E

 

PSY 300 PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH AND STATISTICAL METHODS I (3) [top]

Two hours lecture and two hours laboratory per week

Prerequisite: PSY 202, PSY 212, PSY 213, PSY 217 and Upper Division standing, or consent of the instructor

Introduction to research methodology and a basic framework to evaluate social and behavioral science research. Topics include how to apply the scientific method within the field of psychology and the social sciences, ethical guidelines and issues related to the research in, and practice of, psychology, how to evaluate research and popular claims in psychology with a critical eye, and computer applications related to statistics and research. Coursework on inferential and descriptive statistical methods will build on material from PSY 202.

 

PSY 301 PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH AND STATISTICAL METHODS II (3)  [top]

Two hours lecture and two hours laboratory per week

Prerequisite: PSY 300 with grade C or better

A continuation of PSY 300. Advanced research methodology within the empirical framework in the behavioral sciences. Topics include how to apply the scientific method within the field of psychology and the social sciences, ethical guidelines and issues related to the research in, and practice of, psychology, how to evaluate research and popular claims in psychology with a critical eye, and computer applications related to statistics and research. Coursework on inferential and descriptive statistical methods will build on material from PSY 300.

 

 

 

 

PSY 303 STATISTICAL APPLICATIONS IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES (3) [top]

Four hours lecture/laboratory per week

Prerequisites: MATH 105 or equivalent

This course introduces students to quantitative methods as used in social science research and prepares them for statistical literacy. Students will learn to use descriptive and inferential statistics to test hypotheses. Basic topics covered in the class include graphical representations, central tendency and variability, chi-squared and other nonparametric techniques, correlation and regression, and mean difference tests as applied to research methods and data commonly used in the social sciences. Measurement and psychometric issues unique to social science data will be covered. Students will use SPSS to analyze data.

Same as SOC 303, POLS 303

 

PSY 310 HISTORY & SYSTEMS OF PSYCHOLOGY (3) [top]

Three hours lecture per week

Prerequisite: Upper Division standing or consent of the instructor

This course examines the historical development of psychological thought and methodology, from its origins in philosophy, its attempts to emulate the natural sciences, through the Diaspora of contemporary psychological thought. The major schools of psychology will be explored in context of their philosophical, cultural and ethical influences.

 

PSY 312 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY (3) [top]

Three hours lecture per week

Prerequisite: Upper Division standing or consent of the instructor

This course is an in-depth survey of the major areas of social psychology. Emphasizes an understanding of the important methods, terms, theories, and findings in the field of social psychology.

 

PSY 313 CLINICAL & ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY (3) [top]

Three hours lecture per week

Examines the major diagnostic, etiologic, and treatment options for a variety of psychopathologies and psychological disorders. Areas to be covered include how psychologists diagnose, assess, understand the etiology, and treat psychological illness and problems. Topics include: disorders related to anxiety, stress & trauma, mood, schizophrenia and psychosis, eating and substance abuse, memory & organic dysfunctions, personality; social, cultural, and legal issues related to psychopathology.

 

PSY 314 BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE (4) [top]

Three hours lecture and two hours laboratory per week

Neuroanatomy, physiology, pharmacology and their application to cognition, emotion, language, learning, motivation, perception and memory.

 

PSY 316 SENSATION AND PERCEPTION (3) [top]

Three hours lecture per week

Prerequisite: Upper division standing

This course will examine the psychological and physiological mechanisms underlying sensation and perception. Topics include the measurement of sensation and the physiological basis of sensation and perception.

 

PSY 333 MEASUREMENT AND TESTING OF GROUPS AND INDIVIDUALS (3) [top]

Three hours lecture per week

Prerequisite: Upper Division standing

Covers the principles of measurement as applied to group standardized measures of achievement, special aptitude, intelligence, personality, and interest for use in educational settings. Survey the administering, scoring, and interpreting of these measures. Language and culture issues related to testing will be explored.

GenEd: D,Interdisciplinary

 

PSY 337 PSYCHOLOGICAL ETHICS AND MORAL PHILOSOPHY (3) [top]

Three hours lecture per week

Prerequisite: Upper Division standing

Provides students with a broad overview of some of the main philosophical and moral ideas that are used as a basis for resolving debates in psychology, the mental health fields and public health.

GenEd: D,Interdisciplinary

 

PSY 338 PSYCHOLOGY OF ART AND ARTISTS (3) [top]

Three hours lecture per week

An inquiry into the mind of the artist and the psychological dynamics that underlie the creative process. Emphasis is placed on deciphering personal allegory and universal symbolism hidden within a wide range of visual and conceptual genre in painting, sculpture, film and music. The self-image of the artist will be examined from private and public point of view.

Same as ART 338

GenEd: C1,E,Interdisciplinary

 

PSY 339 PSYCHOLOGY AND LITERATURE (3) [top]

Three hours lecture per week

This course looks at the ways in which human psychology manifests in literature and the ways literature instructs us about human psychology. Through reading, writing about, and discussing texts with particularly rich psychological content, issues related to mental health and the human condition will be explored. The course will also cover some theoretical and technical aspects of psychology relevant to the readings.

Same as ENGL 339

GenEd: C2,D,Interdisciplinary

 

PSY 340 HISTORY AND PSYCHOLOGY OF NAZI GERMANY (3) [top]

Three hours lecture per week

Prerequisite: Upper Division standing

Examines the historical and psychological roots of the Nazi movement in Germany. Areas covered will include the mass psychology of fascism, the psychopathology of Nazi leaders, and the psychological impact of the holocaust.

Same as HIST 340

GenEd: D,E,Interdisciplinary

 

PSY 344 PSYCHOLOGY AND TRADITIONAL ASIAN THOUGHT (3) [top]

Three hours lecture per week

Prerequisite: Upper Division standing or consent of instructor

This course examines the differences and similarities between the Western practice of psychology and traditional Asian systems of philosophy and religion. Topics include: health, well-being and enlightenment, pathology, Buddhism, Daoism, and depth psychologies.

GenEd: C3B,E,Interdisciplinary

 

PSY 345 INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES IN SOCIETY (3) [top]

Three hours lecture per week

Major types of disabilities and giftedness, including definitions, causes, characteristics, and educational implications. Topics include: disability perspectives and social, legal, and educational considerations of disability issues.

Same as SPED 345

GenEd: D,E,Interdisciplinary

 

PSY 346 HUMAN MOTIVATION (3) [top]

Three hours lecture per week

Examines different biological, social, learning and cognitive approaches to the topic of motivation. The key theories of motivation will be reviewed and applied. Topics include: contemporary, psychological, biological and sociocultural principles, issues including drug addiction and gang affiliation.

GenEd: E,Interdisciplinary

 

PSY 400 CASE STUDIES IN PSYCHOPATHOLOGY AND CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY (3) [top]

Three hours lecture per week

Prerequisites: PSY 313 or consent of the instructor

An advanced undergraduate course on the etiology, classification, and treatment of human psychopathology.

 

PSY 410 PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING (3) [top]

Three hours lecture per week

Prerequisite: PSY/MATH/BIOL 202 or consent of the instructor

Surveys the administration and interpretation of objective and projective personality and educational assessment instruments. Basic assessment issues will be discussed as well as ethical and cultural issues related to testing.

 

PSY 415 ASSESSMENT OF CHILDREN (3) [top]

Three hours lecture per week

Prerequisite: PSY 333 or PSY 410

An intensive study in the cognitive-intellectual, emotional, and developmental assessment of children. Topics include: testing instruments, concepts of intelligence, cognition, emotional development, and specific developmental disorders in children, issues of language and culture related to the assessment of children.

 

PSY 432 SEMINAR IN LEADERSHIP (3) [top]

Three hours seminar per week

Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor

This course gives students an opportunity to both study and experience communicative, managerial, psychological, and sociological perspectives related to leadership. This includes in-depth study of aggression and dominance, group structure and behavior, decision-making, and the role of personality in leadership.

GenEd: D,E,Interdisciplinary

 

PSY 436 PSYCHOLOGY AND HISTORY OF EAST ASIAN WARRIOR CULTURES (3) [top]

Three hours lecture per week

Prerequisite: Upper division standing or consent of the instructor

Examines the psychological and historical roots of warrior cultures in East Asia. Characteristics such as duty, enlightenment, honor, loyalty, and discipline will be examined in the context of the individual and group psychology of warrior cultures throughout history. Psychological and historical conceptions of violence, aggression, and strategy will also be explored. Students will be encouraged to relate values derived from Asian warrior cultures to their own lives, while reflecting on the applicability of these ideas to modern life.

Same as HIST 436

GenEd: D,E,Interdisciplinary

 

PSY 441 THE PSYCHOLOGY OF SPACE (3) [top]

Three hours lecture per week

Prerequisite: Upper division standing

Examines different psychological views of space and time, including how we define, and organize space and place. The course will examine the idea of psycho-geography as represented in the works of Yi Fu Tuan, Gaston Bachelard's The Poetics of Space, and Mircea Eliade's concept of sacred space, and James Hillman's concept of the anima mundi. The course will also look at how different cultures understand space through an examination of traditional philosophies, religions, myths and rituals.

GenEd: D,E,Interdisciplinary

 

PSY 445 ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT (3) [top]

Three hours lecture per week

Prerequisite: Upper Division Standing, PSY 213 or Consent of the Instructor

Psychosocial dynamics of adolescents and young adults. Topics include physical and maturational development, theories of adolescence, family and peer group influences, sexuality, cognitive and vocational development, schooling and youth culture.

GenEd: D,E,Interdisciplinary

 

PSY 449 HUMAN-COMPUTER INTERACTION (3) [top]

Three hours lecture in the lab per week

Prerequisite: Programming experience or consent of the instructor

The information exchange between humans and computer systems will be examined. Aspects of input/output devices, software engineering, and human factors will be discussed with respect to human-computer interactions. Topics include: text and graphic display; user modeling; program design, debugging, complexity and comprehension; and current research studies and methodologies.

Same as COMP 449

GenEd: B4,E,Interdisciplinary

 

PSY 450 ADVANCES IN NEURAL SCIENCE (3) [top]

Three hours lecture per week

Prerequisite: PSY 212 and PSY 314

Surveys current research on the nervous system, its development, and its control of behavior. The course also describes some neurological and behavioral disorders that are both instructive scientifically and important clinically. Includes inferences that can be made about human brain functions from the effects of neurological trauma and clinical tests.

 

PSY 457 CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR (3) [top]

Three hours lecture per week

Prerequisite: PSY 313 or consent of the instructor

An introduction to the fundamentals of criminal psychology through the study of the psychological factors which relate to or cause criminal behavior in individuals. The practice of forensic psychology, the legal system, law enforcement psychology, prison psychology, and the criminal behavior of groups will also be discussed.

 

PSY 461 ADVANCED TOPICS IN CHILD AND ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT (3) [top]

Three hours lecture per week

Prerequisite: PSY 210 or PSY 313 or consent of instructor

Represents an in-depth study of aspects of growth and development which influence behavior of school-age children and adolescents. Topics include: research methods in child development, practice of child psychology and cross-cultural perspectives in child development.

 

PSY 470 SEMINAR IN FREUD AND OBJECT RELATIONS THEORY (3) [top]

Three hours lecture per week

Prerequisite: PSY 313 or consent of the instructor

An overview of the works of Freud and neo-Freudian schools of thought. Emphasis on both structural and developmental models in psychoanalytic thought as applied to the individual and to society at large. Feminist and non-Western cultural interpretations of these theories will also be discussed.

 

PSY 471 SEMINAR IN JUNGIAN AND ARCHETYPAL PSYCHOLOGY (3) [top]

Three hours lecture per week

Prerequisite: PSY 313 or consent of the instructor

An overview of the works of Jung and neo-Jungian schools of thought. Emphasis on both structural and phenomenological views of Jung's work as applied to the individual and to society at large. Structural theories of mythology both Eastern and Western will be discussed in context of Jung's work.

 

PSY 473 BIZARRE BEHAVIOR AND CULTURE BOUND SYNDROMES (3) [top]

Three hours lecture per week

Prerequisite: PSY 313 or consent of the instructor

This course examines behaviors which seem to be at the extreme edge of the human repertoire. Nevertheless, such behaviors have at different times and cultures been considered normal. Students in this course will examine such behaviors with an open mind, while attempting to understand that so-called normal behaviors in our own culture could be construed as bizarre”.”

 

PSY 483 APPLIED MULTIVARIATE ANALYSIS (4) [top]

Three hours lecture and two hours laboratory per week

Prerequisite: PSY 202 and PSY 301 or consent of the instructor

An applied overview of multivariate data analysis. Topics include multiple regression, discriminant analysis, canonical correlation analysis, factor analysis, cluster analysis, conjoint analysis, multivariate analysis of variance and an introduction to structural equation modeling.

 

PSY 490 TOPICS IN PSYCHOLOGY (1-3) [top]

Up to Three hours lecture per week

Prerequisite: PSY 301 or consent of the instructor

Provides an in-depth study of some aspect of psychology. Repeatable by topic.

 

PSY 492 INTERNSHIP OR SERVICE LEARNING (1-3) [top]

Prerequisite: Upper Division standing and consent of the instructor

Supervised work/volunteer experience in an appropriate setting with supervision in the field from an appropriate person with credentials and/or experience in a specialty related to psychology. Students are required to write a report of their experience. Supervised work/volunteer experience in an appropriate setting. Includes supervision in the field from an appropriate person with credentials and/or experience in a specialty related to psychology. Students are required to write a report of their experience.

 

PSY 494 INDEPENDENT RESEARCH IN PSYCHOLOGY (1-3) [top]

Prerequisite: Upper Division standing and consent of the instructor

An independent research project for undergraduate students supervised by a faculty member. A written report of the research is required.

 

PSY 497 DIRECTED STUDY IN PSYCHOLOGY (1-3) [top]

Prerequisite: Upper Division standing in Psychology and consent of the instructor

An intensive study of some aspect of psychology, usually via an in-depth review of the literature. Intended for undergraduate students supervised by members of the psychology faculty. A written report summarizing the study is required.

 

PSY 499 SENIOR CAPSTONE COURSE (1-3) [top]

Prerequisite: Upper Division standing in Psychology and consent of the instructor

This course is an interdisciplinary experience in which students work in teams, contributing their expertise to a community-based project group.

 

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