Psychology

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Courses and Syllabi

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Undergraduate

100-Level Courses in PSYC

PSYC 100: 3 Credits

Basic Concepts in Psychology

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: 3 Credits

Developmental Psychology

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

6 Sections Currently Scheduled »

PSYC 231: 3 Credits

Social Psychology

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: 4 Credits

Statistics in Psychology

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

18 Sections Currently Scheduled »

PSYC 301: 3 Credits

Research Methods in Psychology

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 »

18 Sections Currently Scheduled »

PSYC 304: 4 Credits

Principles of Learning

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: 4 Credits

Sensation, Perception, and Information Processing

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

3 Sections Currently Scheduled

PSYC 313: 3 Credits

Child Development

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: 3 Credits

Adolescent Development

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

3 Sections Currently Scheduled

PSYC 317: 3 Credits

Cognitive Psychology

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: 4 Credits

Psychological Tests and Measurements

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: 3 Credits

Counseling Psychology

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

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

PSYC 322: 3-5 Credits

Behavior Modification

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

  • Section 001 — Rebecca Susan Morse — 12:00 PM to 01:15 PM MW — Art & Design Building 2026

PSYC 324: 3 Credits

Personality Theory

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: 3 Credits

Abnormal Psychology

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: 3 Credits

Therapeutic Communication Skills

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

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 327: 3 Credits

Psychology in the Community

Individual placements in applied psychology settings. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 328: 1 Credits

Psychology in the Community Laboratory

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

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 333: 3 Credits

Industrial and Organizational Psychology

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

3 Sections Currently Scheduled

PSYC 340: 3 Credits

Human Factors Psychology

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

PSYC 362: 3 Credits

Psychology of Gender

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

  • Section 002 — Eden B King — 09:00 AM to 10:15 AM TR — Robinson B208

PSYC 372: 3 Credits

Physiological Psychology

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 »

6 Sections Currently Scheduled »

PSYC 373: 1 Credits

Physiological Psychology Laboratory

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 »

6 Sections Currently Scheduled »

PSYC 375: 3 Credits

Brain and Sensory Processes

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: 3 Credits

Brain and Behavior

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

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 379: 3 Credits

Applied Cross-Cultural Psychology

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 schema's 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 »

400-Level Courses in PSYC

PSYC 405: 3 Credits

Mystery, Madness, and Murder

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 »

6 Sections Currently Scheduled »

PSYC 414: 3 Credits

Behavior Disorders of Childhood

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

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 417: 3 Credits

Science of Well Being

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

  • Section 001 — Todd B. Kashdan — 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM TR — East Building 122

PSYC 418: 3 Credits

Death, Dying, and Grieving

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

  • Section 001 — Rebecca Susan Morse — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM M — Planetary Hall (formerly Science & Tech I) 124

PSYC 423: 3 Credits

Group Psychotherapy Techniques

Review of theory and methods of group therapy with emphasis on humanistic and interpersonal approaches, including applications to family therapy, alcoholism, and drug abuse. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 427: 3 Credits

Community Engagement for Social Change

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 »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 460: 1-4 Credits

Independent Study in Psychology

Advanced research methods in psychology in context of individual student projects or assisting with research on faculty projects; individual sections by arrangement with faculty. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 461: 1-3 Credits

Special Topics

Selected topics reflecting interest in specialized areas. Read More »

4 Sections Currently Scheduled »

PSYC 465: 3 Credits

History and Systems in Psychology

Historical background and major theoretical systems in modern psychology. Approaches include behaviorism, cognitive/information processing approaches, and psychodynamic theories. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 466: 3 Credits

Psychology of Intimate Relationships

Advanced survey of theories and research related to intimate relationships, including romantic relationships and those among family members and friends. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 467: 3 Credits

The Psychology of Working in Groups and Teams

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: 3 Credits

Current Topics in Brain and Behavior

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: 3 Credits

Psychology Honors II

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

  • Section 001 — Linda Doss Chrosniak — 01:30 PM to 02:45 PM MW — Nguyen Engineering Building 1107

Topics in PSYC

PSYC 461: 1-3 Credits

Special Topics

Selected topics reflecting interest in specialized areas. Read More »

4 Sections Currently Scheduled »

Graduate

500-Level Courses in PSYC

PSYC 518: 3 Credits

Death, Dying, and Grieving

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

  • Section 001 — Rebecca Susan Morse — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM M — Planetary Hall (formerly Science & Tech I) 124

PSYC 530: 3 Credits

Cognitive Engineering: Cognitive Science Applied to Human Factors

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 531: 3 Credits

Mammalian Neurobiology

Functional anatomy of brains of mammals, with emphasis on regional and systems neuroanatomy of humans. Anatomy correlated with material from clinical neurology where possible. Laboratory component includes brain dissections and clinical correlations. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Michael B Pritz — 10:00 AM to 11:45 AM T — Krasnow Institute 229
  • 201 Lab for Lecture 001 — Michael B Pritz — 09:00 AM to 11:40 AM R — David King Hall 2074

PSYC 555: 3 Credits

Neuroimaging

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: 3 Credits

Psychometric Methods

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: 3 Credits

Neuronal Bases of Learning and Memory

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

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 592: 1-6 Credits

Special Topics

Special topics reflecting interests in specialized areas. Read More »

5 Sections Currently Scheduled »

600-Level Courses in PSYC

PSYC 611: 4 Credits

Advanced Statistics

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 »

8 Sections Currently Scheduled »

PSYC 619: 3 Credits

Applied Behavior Analysis: Principles, Procedures, and Philosophy

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: 3 Credits

Survey of Industrial Psychology

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

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 639: 3 Credits

Survey of Organizational Processes

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 646: 3 Credits

Issues and Methods in Longitudinal Developmental Research

Examines techniques for measuring developmental change across lifespan. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 667: 3 Credits

Behavior in Small Groups and Teams

Theories, methods, and topics relevant to individual behavior in small group setting. Includes effects of individual on group, effects of group on individual, and interaction effects among individuals. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 671: 3 Credits

Role and Function of the School Psychologist

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: 4 Credits

Prevention, Intervention, and Consultation in Schools

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

1 Section Currently Scheduled

700-Level Courses in PSYC

PSYC 701: 3 Credits

Cognitive Bases of Behavior

Surveys concepts in learning, cognitive, and affective processes, including theories and supporting data and their influences on behavior. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 704: 3 Credits

Life-Span Development

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

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 002 — Rebecca Susan Morse — 10:30 AM to 01:10 PM F — Robinson A105

PSYC 709: 4 Credits

The Measurement of Intelligence

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: 3 Credits

Seminar in Human Factors and Applied Cognition

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

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

PSYC 751: 2 Credits

School Psychology Assessment Practicum II

Practical experience in school psychology. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 768: 3 Credits

Advanced Topics in Cognitive Science

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 790: 3-6 Credits

School Psychology Internship

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

  • Section 001 — Kristin Hockensmith — 05:00 PM to 07:40 PM M

PSYC 792: 1-6 Credits

Practicum in Developmental Psychology, Biopsychology, and School Psychology

Supervised experience in developmental psychology, biopsychology, or school psychology. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

800-Level Courses in PSYC

PSYC 810: 4 Credits

Psychological Assessment I

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: 3 Credits

Scientific Foundations of Clinical Psychology I

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: 1 Credits

Teaching Practicum in Psychology

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: 3 Credits

Introductory Helping Skills and Motivational Interviewing

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

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 861: 3 Credits

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Youth

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

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 862: 3 Credits

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Adults

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

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 881: 1-3 Credits

Practicum in Clinical Psychology

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: 3 Credits

Ethical and Professional Issues in Clinical Practice

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: 0 Credits

Clinical Externship

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

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 890: 1-3 Credits

Seminar in Professional Psychology

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: 1-6 Credits

Special Topics in Psychology

Selected topics reflecting specialized areas in psychology. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

900-Level Courses in PSYC

PSYC 998: 1-6 Credits

Doctoral Dissertation Proposal

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

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 999: 1-9 Credits

Doctoral Dissertation

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

1 Section Currently Scheduled

Topics in PSYC

PSYC 592: 1-6 Credits

Special Topics

Special topics reflecting interests in specialized areas. Read More »

5 Sections Currently Scheduled »

PSYC 678: 1-6 Credits

Topics in School Psychology (not currently offered)

Selected topics reflecting specialized area of school psychology.

PSYC 734: 3 Credits

Seminar in Human Factors and Applied Cognition

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

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

PSYC 737: 3 Credits

Psychology of Human-Technology Interaction (not currently offered)

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

PSYC 757: 3 Credits

Advanced Topics in Statistical Analysis (not currently offered)

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: 1-6 Credits

Special Topics in Psychology

Selected topics reflecting specialized areas in psychology. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled