PSYC 100: Understanding Psychology
An introductory-level survey course in psychology with a focus on how psychology can be applied to other fields of study and life in general; intended for students who do not plan to major or minor in psychology. Covers topics in biological foundations of behavior, learning and memory, developmental psychology, motivation and emotion, abnormal psychology and psychotherapy, personality and social psychology.
PSYC 107: Statistics
Prerequisites: To register for Psychology 107, a student must have a 23 or higher Mathematics Placement Level. Contact the Math Workshop for details regarding this prerequisite. A student may not receive credit for more than one statistics course.
This is a course in applied statistics. Its emphasis is on the mechanics of summarizing and analyzing data, with examples from the behavioral sciences. The purpose of the course is to prepare students for other courses in Psychology and related disciplines and to help them interpret data.
PSYC 120: Proseminar II: Learning
This course is an introduction to the scientific bases, methods, theories, and findings in the study of learning and memory in humans and animals. Includes operant conditioning laboratory exercises. Grade is based on exams and lab performance. In addition, students are required either to participate in a limited number of research studies or to write a research paper.
PSYC 130: Proseminar III: Developmental
(2 sem hrs.)
This course examines the history of psychology and development across the life span. The first third of the course focuses on the history of psychology and how research is carried out. The second third of the course focuses on prenatal development and the changes in physical, motor, cognitive and social skills that take place in the early years of life. The last third of the course focuses on developmental issues unique to adolescents (puberty, at-risk behavior) adults (marriage, career development) and the aged (retirement, Alzheimer’s disease). Students are required to participate in a limited number of research studies and to gain practical experience with children and adults by completing an observational and interview project.
PSYC 207: Experimental Design
Prerequisite: Psychology 107 or another statistics course.
This laboratory course offers a systematic introduction to relevant aspects of the scientific enterprise, namely the design and analysis of experiments. The focus of the course is on the design of experiments in an analyzable manner, and on their subsequent statistical analysis. In the laboratory, participants will perform statistical analysis by calculator and computer. Course performance evaluation is based on lab projects, tests, and class participation.
PSYC 251: Abnormal Psychology
Prerequisite: Psychology 150
A study of the etiology, diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorders in adults. Various theories, models and diagnostic and therapeutic procedures are investigated in the context of research and case studies. An advanced course which primarily serves students interested in clinical psychological, social work, counseling, and related health specialties. Writing Intensive. Service Learning 100 is possible with this course.
PSYC 280: Special Topics in Psychology
This course will be on a special psychology related topic.
PSYC 311: Behavioral Neuroscience
Prerequisites: Psychology 107 or another statistics course and Psychology 110.
This course provides the student with a solid background in the biological basis of behavior. Topics covered in lectures include the study of neurons, gross and fine neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, sensory systems, and the physiological basis of motivation (thirst, hunger, sex, and sleep), emotions, learning, memory, brain damage and psychopathology. Final grade is based on four tests, in different formats, a final exam, and laboratory reports on weekly 3-hour laboratory sessions.
PSYC 341: Psychological Testing
Prerequisites: Psychology 140 and Psychology 207.
This is a laboratory course examining principles of test construction, validation, and interpretation, with emphasis on measures of cognitive ability, personality characteristics, and vocational interests. Classes will be in lecture/discussion format. Lab exercises emphasize psychometric evaluation of published psychological tests. A group project requires students to construct and validate a psychological test.
PSYC 390: Junior Seminar
This seminar meets one hour per week and is designed to help students understand their various options as psychology majors. This includes topics such as senior research projects and internships, senior comprehensive and GRE exams, possible career paths, graduate school applications, and graduate school and job interviews. Students are required to take this no-credit seminar for one semester during their junior year.
PSYC 400: Research: Developmental
Prerequisite: Psychology 130, Psychology 107, or another statistics course, Psychology 232 or Psychology 231 and permission of instructor.
The purpose of this course is to provide the student with research experience with children/adolescents. Students will become familiar with the literature in a specific area, they will learn how to administer assessment tools, collect and analyze data and write a research paper using the APA format. Great emphasis is placed on refining writing skills as numerous drafts of the paper are encouraged. The final grade is based on class contribution, drafts of the paper and the final paper. The class typically meets twice a week and is writing intensive.
PSYC 400: Research: Physiological Psychology
Prerequisite: Psychology 110, and Psychology 107 or another statistics course.
This is an advanced course designed to sharpen students’ skills in conducting physiological research. Students will read and prepare oral and written reports of published research articles, design and conduct a research project of their own, and write and revise a paper describing the results of their study, using the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.