- 110, 111 Psychological Science I, II (3 credits). An introduction to the science of behavior and mental processes. The major psychological systems, theories, methods, and disciplines will be covered. Psyc 110 is offered every fall and covers topics such as research methods, neuroscience, learning, language, cultural psychology, and developmental psychology. Psyc 111 is offered every spring, and covers topics such as scope and methods, perception, intelligence, cognitive psychology, motivation, emotion, social psychology, health psychology, clinical psychology and counseling psychology. Neither course has a prerequisite. (SBA)
- 290 Psychological Research Methods (3 credits). This course is reserved for Psychology majors and minors, and covers topics such as quantitative and qualitative research methods of psychology, observation and collection of data, experimental design, and APA journal style writing. May not be repeated for the major. Prerequisite: at least a B- in either 110 or 111.
- 291 Experimental Statistics (3 credits). Statistics, reduction, display and analysis of data, interpretation and reporting of results. Prerequisites: 110, 111, and at least a “C+” in Psyc 290. (MLC)
Students learn the major theories, principles, research and terminology in the major divisions in psychology. Majors must take four core courses; minors must take one. Either Psyc 302 or Psyc 306 (but not both) may fulfill these requirements. Similarly, either Psyc 301 or Psyc 307 (but not both) may fulfill these requirements.
- 301 Developmental Psychology (3 credits). Topics include the genetic foundation of development, the development of brain and body, cognitive development (e.g., perception, thinking, reasoning, language) and social development (e.g., attachment, aggression, sex and gender). Prerequisites: 110, 111, and at least a C+ in Psyc 290.
- 302 Clinical Psychology: Abnormal (3 credits). Mental and emotional disorders: causes, treatments. Topics such as organic brain syndrome, schizophrenia, the affective disorders and the anxiety-based disorders are discussed. Treatments such as drug therapy, behavior modification, psychoanalysis and humanist existential approaches are also covered. Prerequisites: 110, 111, and at least a C+ in Psyc 290.
- 303 Social Psychology (3 credits). The social influences upon an individual's attitudes and behavior are considered. Prerequisites: 110, 111, and at least a C+ in Psyc 290.
- 304 Cognitive Psychology (3 credits). The acquisition, storage, retrieval and use of knowledge. Topics include perception, attention, pattern recognition, imagery, memory, problem solving, knowledge, reasoning, and decision making. Prerequisites: 110, 111, and at least a C+ in Psyc 290.
- 305 Biopsychology (3 credits). In-depth analysis of how neurobiological factors influence the way we act, think, and feel. What are the biological bases of learning, cognition, sleep, sexual behavior, energy regulation, sensations, movements, and emotions? Prerequisites: 110, 111, and at least a C+ in Psyc 290.
- 306 Clinical Psychology: Personality (3 credits). Major theories of personality including psychoanalytic, humanistic, behavioral, cognitive, and trait are discussed in depth. In addition, research on the relationship between personality and human social behavior is covered. Prerequisites: 110, 111, and at least a C+ in Psyc 290.
- 307 Child Development (3 credits). This course investigates the cognitive and social development of children from infancy to middle childhood (birth to 8 years). The first half of the course will consider infant and toddler develoment with the goal of understanding the origins of knowledge, such as whether children are born with certain innate knowledge and how nature and nurture interact in development. The second half of the course will consider the qualitative shifts in thinking and interacting with others that occur during the preschool and early elementary school years, such as changes in how we remember events from our lives and how we understand what other people think. Prerequisites: PSYC 110, 111, and at least a C+ in PSYC 290.
Students explore topics at an advanced level and acquire skills in research and scientific report writing. All majors must take two research courses (either 361 or 362 - but not both - may be used); all minors must take one. Must be taken within the department.
- 350 Research in TBA (4 credits). Research in special topics (to be announced). Only 350 courses titled "Research in ____" may count toward the Research Course requirement. Prerequisites may vary, but always include at least a C+ in Psyc 290 and 291. (EL)
- 361 Research in Developmental Psychology (4 credits). Qualitative research in developmental psychology (e.g., interviews, content analysis, archival research, etc.). Prerequisites: at least a C+ in Psyc 290, 291 and 301. (EL)
- 362 Research in Clinical Psychology (4 credits). Principles and procedures of psychological testing. The following tests will be covered in depth: MMPI-2, Rorschach, TAT, CPI, Myers-Briggs, intelligence tests, and neuropsychological assessment. Prerequisites: at least a C+ in Psyc 290, 291, and either 302 or 306. (EL)
- 363 Research in Social Psychology (4 credits). Principles and methods of social psychologists. Advanced SPSS training and production of an APA manuscript. Prerequisites: at least a C+ in 290, 291, and 303. (EL)
- 364 Research in Cognitive Psychology (4 credits). Students engage in independent research using SuperLab experiment-generation software to present stimuli to and collect data from participants. Advanced SPSS training and production of an APA manuscript. Prerequisites: at least a C+ in 290, 291, and 304. (EL)
- 366 Research in Learning (4 credits). This course will begin with a survey of basic principles of learning, addressing issues such as the conditions necessary for learning to occur. We will then examine a few theories of learning in detail and design and conduct animal experiments to test predictions derived from some of these theories. Prerequisites: at least a C+ in Psyc 290 and 291. (EL)
- 367 Research in Child Development (4 credits). Students gain hands-on experience observing and studying children. Advanced SPSS training and production of an APA manuscript. Prerequisites: at least a C+ in Psyc 290, 291 and 307. (EL)
Individual Study in Psychology
Internships, Directed Study, Independent Study. Only one of these may fulfill requirements for the major. Departmental approval required. Sample Internship Placements
All psychology majors are required to take either 488 or 490 (with the option to take both). Must be taken within the department.
- 488 Senior Capstone (4 credits). Offered spring and fall terms. Students seek an internship/work placement the semester prior to enrolling in the course. During the capstone semester, students spend several hours on site at their work placement and several hours in class for discussions relating theory to practice. At the end of the semester students will be expected to demonstrate integrative learning in both written and oral reports. Prerequisites: At least a 'C+' in 290 and 291. (EL)
- 490 Senior Thesis (4 credits). Individual study whereby students, under the close supervision of an assigned thesis advisor, conduct experimental research to test original hypotheses. Students interested in this option must seek out a psychology faculty member to serve as thesis advisor, and complete a department-approved thesis proposal the semester prior to enrolling in the course. Offered fall, January and spring terms. Prerequisites: at least a 'C+' in Psyc 290 and 291; a thesis-advisor approved senior thesis proposal; departmental permission. (EL) Sample Thesis Topics