840-104 PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN ADJUSTMENT GS 3 cr
Focuses on the processes of decision-making, conflict resolution, and value
judgments. Emphasis will be on understanding practical methods for handling
interpersonal relationships. Effective use of coping devices for college
students and others will be studied. Enhancing the psychological resources for
personal change and growth will be stressed.
840-202 PSYCHOLOGY OF WOMEN GS 3 cr
Inquiry into the psychology of women with an emphasis on theory and research.
Study of gender differences in behavior and personality from intrapsychic and
sociocultural viewpoint. Personality development and life stages of women.
840-211 INTRODUCTORY PSYCHOLOGY GS 3 cr
A survey of contemporary psychology covering human development, intelligence,
abilities, sensation, perception, motivation, emotion, learning, personality
structure, disordered behavior, social psychology, and the physiological bases
of behavior. Includes an overview of current theory, research methods, and
controversial issues in the field.
840-215 BASIC STATISTICAL METHODS 3 cr
An introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics. Topics include
preliminary concepts, frequency distribution, graphic methods, measures of
central tendency and variability, percentiles, probability, normal
distribution, correlation analysis, sampling theory, parametric and selected
non-parametric hypotheses-testing procedures. Lectures are supplemented by
computational laboratory sessions.
Prereq: 760-143 or 760-152.
840-216 RESEARCH METHODS 5 cr
A laboratory course in the methodology of psychological research with emphasis
on design, measurement, and statistical analysis appropriate for testing
hypotheses in perception, learning, memory and other areas of general
psychology. Students design and conduct experiments and write reports.
Prereq: 840-211 and 840-215.
840-301 PHYSIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY 3 cr
A survey of the biological and physiological bases of human and animal
behavior, with particular attention to the following: Basic principles of the
anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry of the nervous system; sensory and motor
systems; sleep; circadian rhythms; sexual behavior; emotion and stress; motivation; learning, memory, and language; neurological disorders; psychopathology.
Prereq: 840-211 or 5 credits of biology.
840-303 LEARNING AND CONDITIONING 3 cr
Studies the basic processes of how organisms modify their behavior. Topics
include classical and instrumental conditioning, reinforcement, extinction,
punishment and avoidance, generalization and discrimination, and biological
constraints on learning.
840-304 PSYCHOLOGY OF PERSONALITY 3 cr
An introduction to the study of the uniqueness of the individual. Emphasis will be
on research methods and on theories as well as on some of the more important
characteristics on which individuals differ.
840-305 PSYCHOLOGY OF PERCEPTION 3 cr
A study of how sensations emerge from physical energies falling upon sense receptors
and get organized into the percepts we call events, objects and object properties of
the real world including our self image. Topics include illusions, hallucinations,
and normal experiences with all the senses, especially touch, hearing, and vision.
840-323/523 ANALYSIS OF HUMAN BEHAVIOR 3 cr
Examines the relations of environmental variables to stability and change of
individual human behavior by applying principles of respondent (reflexive behavior)
and operant (non-reflexive behavior) analysis to such topics as personality,
emotion, development, social behavior, learning, skill acquisition, self-concepts,
behavior disorders and therapy, etc.; and includes a critical consideration of
assumptions of behavioristic approaches in psychology.
840-331 PSYCHOLOGY OF CHILDHOOD 3 cr
An introduction to the psychological research on child development with emphasis on
physical, cognitive, social and emotional development.
840-332 PSYCHOLOGY OF ADOLESCENCE 3 cr
An introduction to the psychological research on adolescent development with
emphasis on physical, cognitive, social, emotional, sexual and moral development.
840-345/545 BEHAVIOR DISORDERS 3 cr
An introductory survey of abnormal psychology covering the clinical syndromes
includes in the diagnostic classification system of the American Psychiatric
Association. Current research regarding causal factors, treatment, and outcomes
supplement descriptions of maladaptive patterns of behavior.
Prereq: 840-304 or 6 credits in psychology.
840-351 COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY 3 cr
An experimental and theoretical treatment of the processes of thought, memory,
language, and problem solving. Students will explore various theories of cognition,
examine empirical evidence relevant to them, and design and conduct experimental
studies to test and extend them.
840-355 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY 3 cr
The study of the individual (thus psychological) in social contexts (thus
sociological), emphasizing such topics as interpersonal attractions, prejudice,
leadership, formal and informal social roles, conflicts, brainwashing, social power,
social influence, persuasion, stereotyping, conformity, obedience, group
effectiveness, self-perception, and validation in social interaction of beliefs,
values, attitudes, self-concepts.
840-387 FIELD TRAINING IN PSYCHOLOGY 1-3 cr
An opportunity is presented to introduce psychology majors and minors to a
work-study experience in a selected agency or institution.
Repeatable for a maximum of 3 credits in major and a maximum of 6 credits in degree.
Prereq: 9 psychology credits, psychology major or minor, and permission of field
training emphasis committee.
840-391 HISTORY AND SYSTEMS OF PSYCHOLOGY 3 cr
An overview of major psychological theories and theoretical issues designed to
assist the advanced student in organizing and integrating his knowledge of factual
content in psychology and in completing a strong foundation for graduate study.
Prereq: 9 credits in psychology.
840-394/594 DIRECTED RESEARCH IN PSYCHOLOGY 3 cr
Students, under faculty supervision, participate in some of all phases of research projects, literature search, design, data collection and analysis, and preparation of research reports. Repeatable for a maximum of 6 credits in the psychology major or minor. Typics vary from term to term.
Prereq: 840-216 and/or permission of instructor and junior standing.
840-415/615 RESEARCH DESIGN 3 cr
Several research strategies will be investigated. These will include using
questionnaires, attitude and personality research, and interview research. Some of
the statistical techniques covered will be: t-tests, chi-square, and various
correlational techniques. A thorough discussion of numerous analysis of variance
techniques will constitute a major portion of this course.
Prereq: 840-215 or equivalent and junior standing.
840-420/620 FOUNDATIONS OF PROFESSIONAL 3 cr
An examination of the history, foundations, legal/ethical, and role and function
issues in school psychology. Particular attention will be focused on the
exploration of specific models of school psychological service delivery, including
direct intervention and school-based consultation with education and agency
Prereq: Admission to the School Psychology Program or consent of instructor.
840-424/624 HUMAN LEARNING 3 cr
A survey of findings and theoretical analyses of how people acquire, forget, and
transfer verbal information. The structures (sensory, short-term, and long-term
memory) and processes (attention, encoding, storage, and retrieval) of human memory
will be studied and related to the current theories of human information processing.
Prereq: 840-303 or equivalent or consent of instructor and junior standing.
840-440/640 PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS AND MEASUREMENTS 3 cr
Demonstrates the principles of psychological measurement. Demonstrates contents and
uses of specific tests of mental ability, achievement, personality, interests, and
special abilities. Field work: Group examination of regional schools' testing
program - analysis of tests of this program.
Prereq: 840-215 and junior standing.
840-444/644 PRINCIPLES OF BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION 3 cr
A survey of the various methods used in behavior modification programs. The
background and theory of specific techniques will be carefully considered. The
variables to be reviewed in establishing a sound program will be presented and
Prereq: 840-303 or 840-323 and junior standing.
840-446/646 INTRODUCTION TO CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY 3 cr
A survey course designed to acquaint the student with the types of behavior
personality problems with which the clinical psychologist deals, the use of
diagnostic methods including projective techniques, and to provide an orientation to
the various methods of psychotherapy.
Prereq: 840-304 or 840-345 or consent of instructor and junior standing.
840-451/651 INTERPERSONAL RELATIONS AND SOCIAL 3 cr
Theory, research and exercises in interpersonal perception, communication,
motivation, leadership and problem-solving within groups.
Prereq: Junior or senior standing.
840-486/686 INTERVIEW AND PSYCHOTHERAPY TECHNIQUES 3 cr
A review of the literature on interview techniques as a method of assessment and as
a method of helping. Students will observe and discuss demonstrations conducted by
faculty members. In addition, students will conduct, role-play, tape, and analyze
Prereq: 840-304 or 840-345 and junior standing.
840-487 FIELD WORK EXPERIENCE IN PSYCHOLOGY 5-10 cr
Supervised experience in providing psychological services in a mental health,
community service, school or business setting. Options are 16 hours per week for 5
credits per semester or 32 hours per week for 10 credits per semester. To begin
field placement, completion of three of the four required courses is necessary.
Prereq: 840-440, 840-444, 840-451, and 840-486.
840-488 FIELD WORK SEMINAR IN PSYCHOLOGY 2 cr
Seminar for psychological technicians enrolled in field work experiences. Issues
pertinent to placement experiences, interpretation of clinical devices, integration
of findings of a battery of psychological tests and data from various sources,
current researches and professional problems in clinical psychology with emphasis on
recent literature are treated.
Coreq link: 840-487.
840-489/689 FAMILY THERAPY 3 cr
Concepts, theories, and research in family therapy will be reviewed. Students will
role-play family problems and treatment skills. This course does not qualify a
student to practice family therapy, for which an internship and/or clinical
placement and graduate degree are necessary.
Prereq: 840-486 or senior or graduate standing or consent of instructor.
840-490/690 WORKSHOP 1-6 cr
Repeatable for a maximum of 6 credits in degree. Prereq: Senior standing or consent
840-494 SEMINAR IN PSYCHOLOGY 1-3 cr
Repeatable, with permission of the Psychology Department, for a maximum of 6 credits
in major/degree. Prereq: 12 credits in psychology and consent of instructor.
840-496/696 SPECIAL STUDIES IN PSYCHOLOGY 1-3 cr
Repeatable, with permission of department, for a maximum of 6 credits in
major/degree. Prereq: 12 credits in psychology or consent of instructor and junior
840-498 INDEPENDENT STUDY 1-3 cr
Repeatable for a maximum of 6 credits in major. Prereq: Minimum 2.75 g.p.a.,
minimum of 9 credits in psychology, junior or senior standing, and consent of
840-499 HONORS THESIS 3-6 cr
Repeatable for a maximum of 6 credits in the major. Students engage in a critical review or an experimental study of a topic of interesttto them under the supervision of an honors thesis committee of the psychology department.
Prereq: Psychology major or minor with at least 21 credits in psychology courses and a minimum overall GPA of 3.5.