Psychology
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Courses and Syllabi

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Psychology Summer 2017

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. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture, Recitation

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2 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. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: PSYC 100 or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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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. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: PSYC 100 or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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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. Notes: Students are strongly encouraged to take PSYC 301 concurrently. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: 6 credits of PSYC and 3 credits of MATH course work or permission of instructor.
Recommended Corequisite: Students are strongly encouraged to take PSYC 301.
Schedule Type: Laboratory, Lecture

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3 Sections Currently Scheduled

PSYC 301: Research Methods in Psychology (4 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. Notes: Students are strongly encouraged to take PSYC 300 concurrently. Laboratory work will include designing and running research studies and writing manuscripts using appropriate style and format. May not be repeated for credit.
Specialized Designation: Writing Intensive in the Major
Recommended Prerequisite: PSYC 100 and either PSYC 300, STAT 250, or STAT 350 or equivalent.
Schedule Type: Laboratory, Lecture

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PSYC 304: Principles of Learning (4 Credits)

Principles of animal learning, including such topics as classical and operant conditioning, discrimination learning, and animal cognition. Notes: Laboratory projects require working with computer simulations. May not be repeated for credit.
Specialized Designation: Writing Intensive in the Major
Recommended Prerequisite: PSYC 300 or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Laboratory, Lecture

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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. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: PSYC 100 or equivalent.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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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. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: Six credits of psychology or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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PSYC 321: Clinical Psychology (3 Credits)

Examines evidence-based psychological assessment and psychotherapy techniques to understand, prevent, and treat psychological distress and dysfunction and promote well-being. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: PSYC 325 or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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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. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: PSYC 100 or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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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. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: PSYC 100 and either PSYC 211, 231, or 324 or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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2 Sections Currently Scheduled

PSYC 327: Psychology in the Community (3 Credits)

Individual placements in applied psychology settings. Notes: A maximum of 6 credits of PSYC 327, 328, 421, and 422 can be applied to the psychology major. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 6 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: PSYC major with 6 hours of PSYC and permission of associate chair for undergraduate studies.
Schedule Type: Internship

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

Consists of a one-hour service learning component linked to selected psychology courses. Notes: A maximum of 6 credits of PSYC 327, 328, 421, and 422 can be applied to the psychology major. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 6 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: PSYC major with 6 hours of PSYC and permission of instructor and associate chair for undergraduate studies.
Schedule Type: Internship

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PSYC 333: Industrial and Organizational Psychology (3 Credits)

Examination of application of psychological principles and methods to problems commonly encountered in business and industry. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: PSYC 100 and PSYC 300; or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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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. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: PSYC 100, BIOL 103, and BIOL 104 or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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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. Students may earn credit for PSYC 372 and either PSYC 375 or PSYC 376, but they may not earn credit for all three. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: PSYC 100, BIOL 103 and 104; or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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PSYC 373: Physiological Psychology Laboratory (1 credit. 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. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: PSYC 372 or 375, or permission of instructor. Concurrent enrollment is also permitted.
Schedule Type: Laboratory

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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. Notes: Students may earn credit for 372 and either 375 or 376, but they may not earn credit for all three. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: PSYC 100 with a grade of C- or better, and BIOL 103, 104 or BIOL 213; or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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PSYC 376: Brain and Behavior (3 Credits)

Second half of a comprehensive survey of neuroscience, including neural mechanisms underlying normal and abnormal behavior. Notes: Students may earn credit for 372 and either 375 or 376, but they may not earn credit for all three. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: C or better in PSYC 375 or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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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. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Recommended Prerequisite: PSYC 100 or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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PSYC 380: Introduction to Forensic Psychology (3 Credits)

Explores the differing, yet varied facets of the field of forensic psychology including landmark legal cases relevant to psychology, potential careers in forensic psychology, police psychology, expert testimony, forensic psychological assessment, psychopathy, homeland security, ethics, correctional psychology, and issues in working in the juvenile justice system. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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2 Sections 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. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Synthesis
Recommended Prerequisite: PSYC 100 or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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2 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. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: PSYC 313 and 325 or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 461: Special Topics (1-3 Credits)

Selected topics reflecting interest in specialized areas. Notes: Topic announced in advance. May be repeated when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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Topics in PSYC

PSYC 461: Special Topics (1-3 Credits)

Selected topics reflecting interest in specialized areas. Notes: Topic announced in advance. May be repeated when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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Graduate

500-Level Courses in PSYC

PSYC 592: Special Topics (1-6 Credits)

Special topics reflecting interests in specialized areas. Notes: Topic announced in advance. May be repeated when topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 9 credits.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

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Topics in PSYC

PSYC 592: Special Topics (1-6 Credits)

Special topics reflecting interests in specialized areas. Notes: Topic announced in advance. May be repeated when topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 9 credits.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

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PSYC 734: Seminar in Human Factors and Applied Cognition (not currently offered) (3 Credits)

Emphasizes current research and application of human factors, ergonomics, applied cognition, and applied perception. Notes: May be repeated when topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 9 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: Six graduate credits in Human Factors and Applied Cognition or permission of instructor.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Non-Degree level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar

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. Notes: May be repeated when topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 9 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: 6 graduate credits in human factors and applied cognition or permission of instructor.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Non-Degree level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

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. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the degree.
Recommended Prerequisite: PSYC 754.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Non-Degree level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

PSYC 892: Special Topics in Psychology (not currently offered) (1-6 Credits)

Selected topics reflecting specialized areas in psychology. Notes: Open only to PhD students. Content varies. May be repeated when topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 17 credits.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture