Psychology (PS)

PS-101 General Psychology

LASC Categories: HBS

Introduction to history of psychology, scientific method, brain/nervous system, development, learning, motivation, sensation/perception, personality, psychopathology, psychotherapy, cognitive processes, social behavior.

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

PS-193 Special Topics in Psychology for First Year Students

LASC Categories: FYS

Introductory level course covering topics of sepcial interest to first year students. Offered only as a First Year Seminar.

Fall only and every year. 3 Credits

PS-205 Research Methods

LASC Categories: WAC

Prerequisites: PS-101 and EN102

The design, conduct, analysis and reporting of research are stressed. A broad range of laboratory experiments and demonstrations are conducted.

Every year. 3 Credits

PS-210 Developmental Psychology

LASC Categories: HBS

Prerequisites: PS-101

Physical, social, emotional, intellectual, and moral development from conception to adolescence is examined within a framework of various theories.

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

PS-222 Introduction to Health Psychology

Prerequisites: PS-101

Introduction to the areas and methods of Health Psychology. Topics include: epidemiology, behavior change, compliance, alternative medicine, healing, chronic illness.

Other or on demand and every year. 3 Credits

PS-224 Positive Psychology

Prerequisites: PS-101

Exploration of the psychology research on a fulfilling and flourishing life including happiness, self-esteem, love, goal setting, mindfulness and spirituality.

Other or on demand and other or on demand. 3 Credits

PS-230 Brain and Behavior

Prerequisites: PS-101. Credit will not be granted for both PS 230 and PS 380

An introduction to the biological basis of behavior.

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

PS-250 Social Psychology

Prerequisites: PS-101

The psychological dynamics of social interaction including verbal and non-verbal communication, group dynamics and attitude formation and change.

Other or on demand and every year. 3 Credits

PS-252 Applied Social Psychology

Prerequisites: PS-101

Survey of applied social psychology including psychology in educational, organizational, and legal settngs; diversity, environmental, health, media, and consumer issues.

Other or on demand and every year. 3 Credits

PS-254 Persuasion

Prerequisites: PS-101

Explores the areas of persuasion, social influence, and compliance gaining in various situations by utilizing psychological theories/approaches to explain behavior.

Other or on demand and every year. 3 Credits

PS-255 Psychological Foundations of Diversity

Prerequisites: PS-101

Explores the gender, racial/ethnic, multiple-group membership, cultural, social class, religious, disability and sexual orientation facets of diversity.

Other or on demand and every year. 3 Credits

PS-260 Psychology of Human Sexuality

Prerequisites: PS-101.

Sexuality as a foundation of personality. The wide range of human sexuality is explored; sexual development, roles, attitudes and behaviors.

Other or on demand and every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

PS-261 Couples and Family Psychology

Prerequisites: PS-101

Couples and family psychology will be explored, focusing on dating, partnering, separation, divorce, intimacy, sexuality, prenting, and aging families.

Other or on demand and every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

PS-263 Psychology of Women

Prerequisites: PS-101

Women's psychological development throughout the lifespan will be examined, including female development, achievement, stereotyping, stress, violence and psychological disorders.

Other or on demand and every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

PS-270 Drugs and Behavior

Prerequisites: PS-101

This course will explore the effects of psychotropic drugs on the brain and subsequent effects on behavior.

Other or on demand and every year. 3 Credits

PS-275 Psychological Statistics

LASC Categories: QR, QAC

Prerequisites: PS 101 and a passing grade in a college level math or an accuplacer score of 3 or higher

Data tabulation; graphing; measurement of central tendency, variability and correlation; hypothesis testing applied to psychological and sociological data. Hand and computer analysis.

Fall and Spring and every year. 4 Credits

PS-276 Research Methods

LASC Categories: WAC

Prerequisites: PS-101 EN-102 PS-275, and 3 credits in another 200 level Psychology course.

Exploration of psychological research methodologies including: scientific method, design, conduction, analysis, and reporting of research, ethical principles and APA format.

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

PS-280 Sensation and Perception

Prerequisites: PS-101

Selected sensory and perceptual processes are studied in the context of current theory and research.

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

PS-295 Special Topics in Psychology

Prerequisites: PS-101

Selected areas of mutual interest to instructor and students. Topics and prerequisites are announced in advance.

Other or on demand and other or on demand. 3 Credits

PS-297 Independent Study: Research in Psych

Prerequisites: PS-101, and PS-275 or PS-276.

Students pursue an area of research interest under faculty supervision. May include assisting fac with ongoing research. Written report required.

Fall and Spring and every year. 1-3 Credits

PS-307 Applied Research Methods

LASC Categories: WAC

Prerequisites: PS-101, PS-205 or PS-276, PS-275 EN-102

Extension of research design and methods introduced in PS-276: Research Methods, including applied research design, statistical analysis, and scientific writing.

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

PS-310 Development of Exceptional Children/Youth

Prerequisites: PS-101 and PS-210.

Characteristics and needs of children with exceptionalities: including behavior retardation, giftedness, physical or sensory disabilities, emotional or social maladjustments.

Other or on demand and every year. 3 Credits

PS-312 Psychology of Adolescence

Prerequisites: PS-101 and PS-210.

The mental, emotional, social and physical changes of contemporary adolescence are examined with emphasis on family, peer and school influence.

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

PS-315 Physical and Sexual Abuse

Prerequisites: PS-101

Etiology, characteristics, consequence, treatment and prevention of various forms of physical, sexual and emotional abuse in children, adolescents and adults.

Other or on demand and every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

PS-318 Behavior Management Techniques

Prerequisites: PS-101

Considers the basic concepts of behavior management, including behavior modification for exceptional and normal populations.

Other or on demand and every year. 3 Credits

PS-320 Development of Thinking and Knowing

Prerequisites: PS-101 and PS-210

Spring only and every year. 3 Credits

PS-322 Psychology of Aging

Prerequisites: PS-101 and PS-210.

Adulthood and old age are studied with special emphasis on current developmental theories.

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

PS-325 Psychology of Learning

Prerequisites: PS-101

Learning as a fundamental concept in understanding behavior; examines principles and theories of learning, emphasizing experimental findings.

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

PS-330 Theories of Personality

Prerequisites: PS-101

A survey of major theories of personality. Why people behave as they do is explored through the different theories.

Other or on demand and every year. 3 Credits

PS-335 Abnormal Psychology

Prerequisites: PS-101

Etiology, dynamics and treatment of psychopathology and their relation to normal personality are considered from traditional and contemporary perspectives.

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

PS-340 Introduction to Psychometrics

Prerequisites: PS-101 and PS-275

Methods and instruments used in the evaluation of the psychological attributes of human beings.

Other or on demand and every year. 3 Credits

PS-345 Cognitive Psychology

LASC Categories: WAC

Prerequisites: PS-101 PS-275 PS-276 and EN-102

This course introduces students to areas of cognitive psychology including memory, language processing and decision making.

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

PS-355 Social and Personality Development

Prerequisites: PS-101 and PS-210.

This course will examine social and personality development from Piagetian, Neo-Piagetian and Sociocultural perspectives.

Fall only and every year. 3 Credits

PS-365 Cultural Psychology

LASC Categories: TLC, HBS, WAC

Prerequisites: PS-101, EN-102, PS-210

This course addresses the role culture plays in human psychological processes and approaches to researching cultural aspects of human action.

Other or on demand and every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

PS-380 Physiological Psychology

Prerequisites: PS-101

Psychobiological problems; current physiological research in emotion, motivation, and learning and the use of physiological methods in psychology.

Other or on demand. 3 Credits

PS-381 Physiology of Behavior

Prerequisites: PS-101. Take PB-200 or PS-230 or PS-380.

The use of physiological methods in physiological research covering topics such as emotion, motivation, sleep, and learning.

Every year. 3 Credits

PS-385 Motivation

Prerequisites: PS-101

A study of conditions that arouse, direct and sustain behavior. Topics include: goals, competence, control, arousal, self-esteem, achievement and stress.

Other or on demand and every year. 3 Credits

PS-400 Internship in Psychology

Provides opportunity to advanced students to increase experience through internship with sponsoring community organization, institution, or business under appropriate supervision.

Fall and Spring and every year. 1-3 Credits

PS-405 Independent Study: Topics in Psychology

Prerequisites: PS-101 and PS-275. Take PS-205 or PS-276.

Student will pursue an area of special interest through research or field work under close supervision of a faculty member.

Fall and Spring and every year. 1-3 Credits

PS-407 Independent Study: Advanced Research in Psychology

Prerequisites: PS-101 PS-275 and PS-307. Take PS-205 or PS-276.

Students undertake empirical research under faculty supervision. Written report(s) required.

Fall and Spring and every year. 1-3 Credits

PS-408 Directed Study: Psychology

Directed study offers students, who because of unusual circumstances may be unable to register for a course when offered, the opportunity to complete an existing course with an established syllabus under the direction and with agreement from a faculty member.

3 Credits

PS-410 Capstone: Seminar in Developmental Psychology

LASC Categories: CAP

Prerequisites: PS-101 PS-210 PS-275 PS-276 and PS-307. Take PS-312 or PS-322 and PS-325 or PS-345. Take PS-230 or PS-380. Take 3 electives from PS-310, PS-318, PS-320, PS-355, PS-400

Patterns of physical, mental and emotional development are explored with emphasis on independent work.

Fall only and every year. 3 Credits

PS-435 Clinical Psychology

Prerequisites: PS-101 and PS-335

Practical issues, methods and techniques of current psychotherapies with emphasis on psychonanalytic, client-centered, and behavioral approaches.

Fall only and every year. 3 Credits

PS-450 Capstone: Contemporary Issues in Psychology

LASC Categories: CAP

Prerequisites: PS-101 PS-275 PS-276 PS-307. Take six courses in the major.

A Capstone course dealing with recent and emerging topics, issues, and methods in psychological science. Content and format varis with instructor.

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

PS-485 Psychobiology of Mental Disorders

Prerequisites: PS-101. Take PS-230 or PS-380.

Other or on demand and every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

PS-492 Capstone: Seminar in Mental Health

LASC Categories: CAP

Prerequisites: Completed Mental Health Concentration Required PS-330 and PS-335 and PS-340 and PS-435 Take PS-400 or PS-318 or PS-315;

A capstone course dealing with recent and emerging topics, issues, and methods in mental health. Content and format varies with instructor.

Spring only and every year. 3 Credits

PS-495 Special Topics: Psychology

Prerequisites: PS-101

Selected areas of mutual interest to instructor and students. Topics and prerequisites are announced in advance.

Other or on demand. 3 Credits

PS-499 Honors Thesis

Prerequisites: PS-101 PS-276 PS-275 PS-307
Prerequisites or Corequisite: PS-407 or consent of instructor.

Students participate in a seminar, complete an ongoing Honors Project, and prepare a thesis and summary poster for presentation.

Spring only and every year. 1 Credit