Psychology
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Courses and Syllabi

For course syllabi from before 2011, please see our syllabus archive.

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Undergraduate

100-Level Courses in PSYC

PSYC 100: Basic Concepts in Psychology (3 Credits)

Introduces psychology as scientific discipline. Examines concepts and methods in learning, motivation, development, personality, and measurement. Read More »

3 Sections Currently Scheduled

200-Level Courses in PSYC

PSYC 211: Developmental Psychology (3 Credits)

Review of major developmental theories including perspectives of childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and old age. Read More »

7 Sections Currently Scheduled »

PSYC 231: Social Psychology (3 Credits)

Study of human behavior development in a social matrix, including such topics as socialization, cultural behavior, group norms, and attitude formation. Read More »

6 Sections Currently Scheduled »

300-Level Courses in PSYC

PSYC 300: Statistics in Psychology (4 Credits)

Descriptive and inferential statistics in design, analysis, and interpretation of psychological research with practical application using computers in laboratory. Read More »

15 Sections Currently Scheduled »

PSYC 301: Research Methods in Psychology (3 Credits)

General research design in psychology, with an emphasis on experimental design and control. Topics include use of human participants in research, reliability and validity, observational methods, and survey and longitudinal designs. Read More »

15 Sections Currently Scheduled »

PSYC 304: Principles of Learning (4 Credits)

Principles of animal learning, including such topics as classical and operant conditioning, discrimination learning, and animal cognition. Read More »

6 Sections Currently Scheduled »

PSYC 309: Sensation, Perception, and Information Processing (4 Credits)

Principles of perception, including topics such as psychophysics, perceptual organization, perceptual learning, and perceptual constancies. Read More »

3 Sections Currently Scheduled

PSYC 313: Child Development (3 Credits)

Study of human psychological development from conception to adolescence including such topics as genetic factors, emotional and intellectual growth, and environmental influences. Read More »

3 Sections Currently Scheduled

PSYC 314: Adolescent Development (3 Credits)

Study of the biological and cultural changes accompanying adolescence, including the effect of these changes on emotional, intellectual, and social development. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

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PSYC 317: Cognitive Psychology (3 Credits)

An in-depth overview of important topics in cognitive psychology, including memory, attention, pattern recognition, problem solving, reasoning, and psycholinguistics. Read More »

7 Sections Currently Scheduled »

PSYC 320: Psychological Tests and Measurements (4 Credits)

Examination and application of principles underlying the theory, interpretation, and administration of psychological tests, including a study of tests of intelligence, achievement, and ability. Read More »

3 Sections Currently Scheduled

PSYC 321: Counseling Psychology (3 Credits)

Review of the theories and methods in psychological counseling. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

PSYC 322: Behavior Modification (3-5 Credits)

Examination of experimental principles of human and animal learning within theoretical framework of applied behavior analysis, including design, implementation, and evaluation of operant intervention programs across a wide variety of human situations. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 324: Personality Theory (3 Credits)

Introduction to classical and contemporary theories of personality, and comparative evaluation of major theories in terms of relevant studies. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

PSYC 325: Abnormal Psychology (3 Credits)

Study of development of abnormal behavior patterns, including such topics as methods of diagnosis and prevention of serious mental disorders such as psychosomatic disorders, psychoses, character disorders, and mental retardation. Read More »

6 Sections Currently Scheduled »

PSYC 326: Therapeutic Communication Skills (3 Credits)

Introduction to understanding and use of basic therapeutic communication skills used in clinical and counseling psychology. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 327: Psychology in the Community (3 Credits)

Individual placements in applied psychology settings. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 328: Psychology in the Community Laboratory (1 Credits)

Consists of a one-hour service learning component linked to selected psychology courses. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 333: Industrial and Organizational Psychology (3 Credits)

Examination of application of psychological principles and methods to problems commonly encountered in business and industry. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

PSYC 340: Human Factors Psychology (3 Credits)

Reviews history and current practice of optimal product and system design as a function of psychology. Includes a brief history of human factors psychology, a review of human memory and attentional systems as they relate to product and system design, and an introduction to current methods used to analyze and redesign products and systems for optimal human interaction. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

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PSYC 362: Psychology of Gender (3 Credits)

Behavior and attitudes of women; influence of chromosomes and hormones on behavior, influence of culture on sex role differentiation, and theories of sex role development. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 372: Physiological Psychology (3 Credits)

Survey of neuroscience, including basic neuroanatomy, neural and synaptic transmission, neural mechanisms underlying normal and abnormal behavior, and biological mechanisms of drug action. Read More »

5 Sections Currently Scheduled »

PSYC 373: Physiological Psychology Laboratory (1 Credits)

Functional anatomy and physiology of the brain, including dissection of brain and eye, and a demonstration and practice in research methods for studying physiological mechanisms underlying behavior. Read More »

8 Sections Currently Scheduled »

PSYC 375: Brain and Sensory Processes (3 Credits)

First half of comprehensive survey of neuroscience, including basic neuroanatomy, neural and synaptic transmission, neural mechanisms underlying normal and abnormal behavior, and biological mechanisms of drug action. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

PSYC 376: Brain and Behavior (3 Credits)

Second half of a comprehensive survey of neuroscience, including neural mechanisms underlying normal and abnormal behavior. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

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PSYC 379: Applied Cross-Cultural Psychology (3 Credits)

A review of important landmarks in cross-cultural research, showing how this research impacts psychology as a discipline. Emphasizes an empirical approach to cross-cultural study and includes topics such as theoretical and empirical developments in cross-cultural psychology, development of coherent schemas to guide cross-cultural research and interventions, comparison of psychology's goals and assumptions in Western and other cultures, and integration of course materials into educational and career goals of students. Read More »

4 Sections Currently Scheduled »

PSYC 399: Professional Issues in the Social Sciences: From College to Career (2 Credits)

Emphasizes development and readiness for a profession in the social sciences through self-assessment and professional skill acquisition. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

400-Level Courses in PSYC

PSYC 405: Mystery, Madness, and Murder (3 Credits)

Multidisciplinary approach to taboo topics that fascinate and frighten us. Instructors from disciplines across the arts and sciences bring expertise and diverse perspectives to provocative issues such as cannibalism and serial murder. Students learn to think critically and objectively while examining use in myth, literature, and popular culture. Read More »

7 Sections Currently Scheduled »

PSYC 414: Behavior Disorders of Childhood (3 Credits)

Review of the theories, methods, and research dealing with emotional and behavioral disorders of children. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 415: Psychological Factors in Aging (3 Credits)

Examination of the sensory, perceptual, intellectual, personality, health, and familial changes that occur as people age and adjust into their later years. Common and more serious adjustment difficulties and developments are discussed with attention to impacts on the individual and the family. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 417: Science of Well Being (3 Credits)

This course will examine and interpret the latest research in social, personality, and clinical psychology on well-being, character strengths, and personal growth. Emphasis will be placed on the ways in which scientists generate hypotheses regarding the nature of positive psychological traits and processes and the methods by which these ideas are tested. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 418: Death, Dying, and Grieving (3 Credits)

Advanced survey of processes of grieving and their relationship to death and dying. Topics include ways of dying, effects of death on loved ones, and care for the terminally ill. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 427: Community Engagement for Social Change (3 Credits)

Explores social problems and interpersonal, intrapersonal, and social aspects of addressing them. Addresses both theoretical aspects of social problems through readings and class discussion and application through community service. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

PSYC 461: Special Topics (1-3 Credits)

Selected topics reflecting interest in specialized areas. Read More »

13 Sections Currently Scheduled »

PSYC 466: Psychology of Intimate Relationships (3 Credits)

Advanced survey of theories and research related to intimate relationships, including romantic relations and those among family members and friends in diverse cultural and relationship contexts. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 467: The Psychology of Working in Groups and Teams (3 Credits)

Teaches knowledge and the skills to meet communication, interpersonal, and task-related challenges that arise when functioning in work teams. Through readings, classroom activities, and applied problem-solving exercises, students acquire or refine team-related competencies. Students study theory of group and team processes while gaining insight from feedback on their behavior in exercises to become more effective team members. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 472: Current Topics in Brain and Behavior (3 Credits)

Rotating topics. Physiological mechanisms underlying behavior. Selected topics include neuronal bases of learning and memory, Alzheimer's disease, and biological bases of addiction. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 491: Psychology Honors II (3 Credits)

Introduces advanced statistics, research methodologies, statistics packages, computing and information technology, and library technology appropriate for psychological research and pedagogy. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

Topics in PSYC

PSYC 461: Special Topics (1-3 Credits)

Selected topics reflecting interest in specialized areas. Read More »

13 Sections Currently Scheduled »

Graduate

500-Level Courses in PSYC

PSYC 518: Death, Dying, and Grieving (3 Credits)

Advanced survey of processes of grieving and their relationship to death and dying. Topics include ways of dying, effects of death on loved ones, and care for the terminally ill. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 530: Cognitive Engineering: Cognitive Science Applied to Human Factors (3 Credits)

Application of cognitive theory to understand and predict interactions among human cognition, artifact, and task. Discusses recent research and case studies that emphasize empirical research, analytical modeling techniques, systems design, and development of tools and methods. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 555: Neuroimaging (3 Credits)

Covers functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) methods, experimental design and analysis issues in fMRI, structural MRI techniques and how they can contribute to cognitive neuroscience, and event-related potential methods. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 557: Psychometric Methods (3 Credits)

Examines concepts of psychological measurement with emphasis on predictor test and criterion development. Discusses reliability, validity, and specialized techniques to develop tests of ability, interest, and personality. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 558: Neuronal Bases of Learning and Memory (3 Credits)

Examines neuronal mechanisms involved in learning and memory, in animals ranging from invertebrates to humans. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 566: Cognitive and Perceptual Development (3 Credits)

Survey of theory and the research on development of perception, memory, concepts, problem solving, intelligence, and academic skills in children. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 592: Special Topics (1-6 Credits)

Special topics reflecting interests in specialized areas. Read More »

3 Sections Currently Scheduled

600-Level Courses in PSYC

PSYC 611: Advanced Statistics (4 Credits)

Test must be passed to take course. Open only to degree students. Integrates basic psychological statistics with overview of research methodology including experimental, quasi-experimental, field approaches, and measurement issues from advanced perspective. Lab work includes using computer packages for data handling and analyses. Read More »

7 Sections Currently Scheduled »

PSYC 619: Applied Behavior Analysis: Principles, Procedures, and Philosophy (3 Credits)

Focuses on basic principles and procedures of applied behavior analysis; identification of factors that contribute to behavioral problems and improved performance; and procedures that can be used to minimize behavioral problems, improve performance, teach new behaviors, and increase probability of behaviors occurring under appropriate circumstances. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 636: Survey of Industrial Psychology (3 Credits)

Intensive survey of historical and current issues in major areas of applied (nonclinical) psychology. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 639: Survey of Organizational Processes (3 Credits)

Trains at conceptual/theoretical and empirical levels in organizational processes. Includes individual, interpersonal, intra-group, and intergroup phenomena as they exist in context of organizational settings. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 654: Naturalistic Methods in Psychology (3 Credits)

Theory and techniques involved in studying people in their natural environment. Primary emphasis on quasiexperimental designs and methods of systematic observation. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 668: Personality: Theoretical and Empirical Approaches (3 Credits)

Presents comprehensive overview of current theoretical and empirical approaches to personality. Emphasizes areas of special relevance to clinical, developmental, and industrial/ organizational psychology. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 671: Role and Function of the School Psychologist (3 Credits)

Considers roles, functions of school psychologist in educational environment, including certification and ethical standards, issues, and trends. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 673: Prevention, Intervention, and Consultation in Schools (4 Credits)

Examines theory and practice of behavior modification and consultation in school environment. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

700-Level Courses in PSYC

PSYC 702: Biological Bases of Human Behavior (3 Credits)

Surveys biological bases of behavior, including such topics as neural conduction, role of specific neurotransmitters, cortical functioning, and brain disorders. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 704: Life-Span Development (3 Credits)

Surveys theories and research regarding lifespan development and personality formation. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 709: The Measurement of Intelligence (4 Credits)

Administration, scoring, and interpretation of major infant, child, and adult intelligence tests, with emphasis on individual tests. Development of IQ tests, theories of intelligence, and current trends and developments in intellectual assessment. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

PSYC 734: Seminar in Human Factors and Applied Cognition (3 Credits)

Emphasizes current research and application of human factors, ergonomics, applied cognition, and applied perception. Read More »

3 Sections Currently Scheduled

PSYC 739: Seminar in Industrial/Organizational Psychology (3 Credits)

Rotating topics such as leadership theories and management development, and performance appraisal. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 751: School Psychology Assessment Practicum II (2 Credits)

Practical experience in school psychology. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 768: Advanced Topics in Cognitive Science (3 Credits)

Emphasizes current research in cognitive science. Topics may include computational cognitive models, nature of expertise, diagrammatic reasoning, display-based problem solving, visual attention, decision making, goal-based versus event-based cognition, and situated action. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 780: Applied Developmental Psychology (3 Credits)

Examines how developmental theory, knowledge base, and methodology can be used to promote health and welfare of individuals across lifespan. Topics include contemporary social issues and child development, research in applied settings, developmental assessment and intervention, and program evaluation. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 790: School Psychology Internship (3-6 Credits)

Supervised field experience of one school year. Advanced school psychology student functions as full-time staff member in school system. Student completes paper on practical research project involving alternative school psychology role in school system. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 792: Psychology Practicum (1-6 Credits)

Supervised experience working in applied, school, or agency settings. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

800-Level Courses in PSYC

PSYC 810: Psychological Assessment I (4 Credits)

First of required two-course sequence that provides comprehensive coverage of principles, strategies, and techniques of psychological assessment. Emphasizes empirically supported methods. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

PSYC 822: Scientific Foundations of Clinical Psychology I (3 Credits)

First of required two-course sequence that provides comprehensive coverage of major psychological problems, including review of empirically supported interventions. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 850: Teaching Practicum in Psychology (1 Credits)

Workshop in effective teaching of selected undergraduate psychology courses. Required of and designed to guide graduate teaching assistants assigned to teach undergraduate course (not a lab) for first time. Topics include course planning, syllabus development, lecture resources, effective lecturing skills, use of audio visuals, leading of classroom discussion, construction and grading of exams, student writing, instructional technology, and handling of student questions and problems. Individual critiques of teaching. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 860: Introductory Helping Skills and Motivational Interviewing (3 Credits)

Teaches fundamental interviewing skills and the theory, research, and practice of motivational interviewing. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 861: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Youth (3 Credits)

Teaches the selection, evaluation, and application of empirically supported interventions for children and adolescents with a focus on cognitive-behavioral interventions.Ê Instruction in evidence based assessments, cognitive-behavioral case conceptualization, outcome evaluation, and consultation.Ê Supervision of cognitive-behavioral therapy with youth. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 862: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Adults (3 Credits)

Teaches the principles of cognitive-behavioral theory, conceptualization and psychotherapy techniques for psychological problems with adults.Ê Supervision of cognitive-behavioral therapy with adults. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 881: Practicum in Clinical Psychology (1-3 Credits)

Supervised clinical work in a professional psychological services setting. Usually includes practice in psychological assessment and clinical interventions, but can also include supervision, consultation, and program evaluation. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 883: Ethical and Professional Issues in Clinical Practice (3 Credits)

Examines ethical principles and professional guidelines to help develop ethical decision-making and behavior to meet the appropriate standards of care in providing clinical services. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 885: Clinical Externship (0 Credits)

Individual placements in psychological assessment or psychotherapy service settings. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 890: Seminar in Professional Psychology (1-3 Credits)

Each section limited to students in one concentration of MA or PhD program. See area coordinator for requirements for section in each track. Read More »

4 Sections Currently Scheduled »

PSYC 892: Special Topics in Psychology (1-6 Credits)

Selected topics reflecting specialized areas in psychology. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

900-Level Courses in PSYC

PSYC 998: Doctoral Dissertation Proposal (1-6 Credits)

Work on research proposal that forms basis for doctoral dissertation. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 999: Doctoral Dissertation (1-9 Credits)

Research on approved dissertation topic under direction of dissertation committee. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

Topics in PSYC

PSYC 592: Special Topics (1-6 Credits)

Special topics reflecting interests in specialized areas. Read More »

3 Sections Currently Scheduled

PSYC 678: Topics in School Psychology (not currently offered) (1-6 Credits)

Selected topics reflecting specialized area of school psychology.

PSYC 734: Seminar in Human Factors and Applied Cognition (3 Credits)

Emphasizes current research and application of human factors, ergonomics, applied cognition, and applied perception. Read More »

3 Sections Currently Scheduled

PSYC 737: Psychology of Human-Technology Interaction (not currently offered) (3 Credits)

Emphasizes current research and development in human-computer interaction, cognitive systems engineering, cognitive ergonomics, and cognitive engineering.

PSYC 757: Advanced Topics in Statistical Analysis (not currently offered) (3 Credits)

Focuses on noncognitive individual differences that predict performance. Published work discussed in seminar format with emphasis on conceptual development, methodological adequacy, and new directions.

PSYC 892: Special Topics in Psychology (1-6 Credits)

Selected topics reflecting specialized areas in psychology. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled