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Psychology


PSYX 100IS INTRODUCTORY PSYCHOLOGY

PSYX 223   RESEARCH DESIGN AND ANALYSIS I

PSYX 225   RESEARCH DESIGN AND ANALYSIS II

PSYX 230   DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY

PSYX 235D  CONTEMP ISSUES IN HUMAN SEXUALITY

PSYX 263CS PSYCHOLOGY OF FILM

PSYX 270   FUND PSYCHOLOGY OF LEARNING

PSYX 274   PSYCHOLOGICAL MEASUREMENT

PSYX 290R  UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

PSYX 291   SPECIAL TOPICS

PSYX 292   INDEPENDENT STUDY

PSYX 325   APPLIED CRITICAL THINKING

PSYX 333   PSYCHOLOGY OF AGING

PSYX 335   PSYCHOLOGY OF GENDER

PSYX 340   ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY

PSYX 350   PHYSIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY

PSYX 354   SENSATION & PERCEPTION

PSYX 360   SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY

PSYX 370   PSYCHOLOGY OF LEARNING

PSYX 375   BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION

PSYX 380   MEMORY AND COGNITION

PSYX 384   CONSCIOUSNESS

PSYX 385   PSYCHOLOGY OF PERSONALITY

PSYX 400   HISTORY & SYSTEMS OF PSYCHOLOGY

PSYX 461   INDUST & ORGANIZ PSYCH

PSYX 462   PSYCHOLOGY OF PREJUDICE

PSYX 463   SOCIAL COGNITION

PSYX 475  ADVANCED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS

PSYX 477  THE SCIENCE OF PSYCHOLOGICAL WELL-BEING

PSYX 481   JUDGMENT & DECISION MAKING

PSYX 482   PSYCHOLINGUISTICS

PSYX 490R  UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

PSYX 491   SPECIAL TOPICS

PSYX 492   INDEPENDENT STUDY

PSYX 494   SEMINA

PSYX 495   FIELD PRACTICUM IN APPLIED PSYCHOLOGY

PSYX 499R  SENIOR THESIS/CAPSTONE

PSYX 501   ADVANCED RESEARCH DESIGN AND ANALYSIS

PSYX 502   ADVANCED RESEARCH DESIGN AND ANALYSIS I

PSYX 539   PHYSIOLOGICAL PROCESSES

PSYX 541   COGNITIVE PROCESSES

PSYX 542   LEARNING

PSYX 543   MEMORY

PSYX 544   SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY

PSYX 545   ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY

PSYX 546   SOCIAL COGNITION

PSYX 575   RESEARCH OR PROFESSIONAL PAPER/PROJECT

PSYX 589   GRADUATE CONSULTATION

PSYX 590   MASTER'S THESIS

PSYX 591   SPECIAL TOPICS

PSYX 592   INDEPENDENT STUDY

PSYX 594   SEMINAR



Course Equivalency Tool (Montana University System Common Course Changes)

PSYX 100IS INTRODUCTORY PSYCHOLOGY
F,S,Su 4 cr. LEC 3 LAB 1
-- Introduction to methods and approaches to psychology including exploration of problems in physiological psychology, learning, memory and information processing, abnormal behavior, and social psychology, with selected individual study of other areas related to the student's interests.

PSYX 223 RESEARCH DESIGN AND ANALYSIS I
F,S 4 cr. LEC 3 LAB 1
PREREQUISITE: PSYX 100 and either M 145 (or higher) or STAT 216.
-- Introduction to the design and analysis of psychological research. Topics include logic and philosophy of psychological research, conceptualizing research questions, hypothesis testing, data collection and analysis strategies used by researchers in psychology, and introduction to using statistical software for data analysis.

PSYX 225 RESEARCH DESIGN AND ANALYSIS II
F,S 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: PSYX 223.
-- Continuation of PSYX 223. Topics include experimental, quasi-experimental, and non-experimental designs and methodological issues; assessing research questions; reliability and validity of psychological measures; ethics of psychological research; writing research reports; using statistical software for data analysis.

PSYX 230 DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
F 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: PSYX 100.
-- Human development across the lifespan using major theories of development including psychoanalytic, psychosocial, learning, and cognitive. Physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and personality development are explored from conception to death.

PSYX 235D CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN HUMAN SEXUALITY
S 3 cr. LEC 3

PREREQUISITE: PSYX 100.
-- Issues of diversity and difference in human sexuality will be examined. The development and expression of sexual behavior as a complex sociocultural, biological, psychological, and historic phenomenon will be discussed. Course will examine sexual behavior and identity in both the majority culture and other cultures in the U.S. and world.

PSYX 263CS PSYCHOLOGY OF FILM
S,Su 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: College Writing (W) and University Seminar (US) core.
-- Uses psychological science to understand the persuasive power of media as portrayed in popular films. Evaluates the media's ability to both reflect and affect behavior. Focus is on contemporary themes such as aggression, drug use, sexuality, and prejudice.

PSYX 270 FUND PSYCHOLOGY OF LEARNING
On Demand 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: PSYX 100.
-- Introduction to scientific principles, theories, and applications of learning, including respondent and operant conditioning, social learning, verbal learning. Other types and approaches to learning will also be discussed.

PSYX 274 PSYCHOLOGICAL MEASUREMENT
On Demand 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: PSYX 225.
-- Principles of psychological testing and measurement as related to intelligence, aptitudes, attitudes, occupations, and personality. Topics include nature and types of psychological tests, test construction, test administration, basic psychometric theory, methods for estimating the reliability and validity of psychological tests, and ethical issues regarding psychological testing and measurement.

PSYX 290R UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
F,S 1-6 cr. IND May be repeated
-- Directed undergraduate research which may culminate in a written work or other creative project. Course will address responsible conduct of research.

PSYX 291 SPECIAL TOPICS
On Demand 1 - 4 cr. Maximum 12 cr.
PREREQUISITE: None required but some may be determined necessary by each offering department.
-- Courses not required in any curriculum for which there is a particular one-time need, or given on a trial basis to determine acceptability and demand before requesting a regular course number.

PSYX 292 INDEPENDENT STUDY
On Demand 1 - 3 cr. IND Maximum 6 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Consent of instructor.
-- Directed research and study on an individual basis.

PSYX 325 APPLIED CRITICAL THINKING
On Demand 3 cr. LEC 2 RCT 1
PREREQUISITE: PSYX 100, and any Quantitative core course.
-- Study of critical thinking skills through an understanding of psychological factors involved. Practical strategies are explored in relation to hypothesis formation and evaluation, decision making, problem solving and creativity, reasoning, and memory. Applications are emphasized.

PSYX 333 PSYCHOLOGY OF AGING
S 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: PSYX 100 and Junior standing or consent of instructor
-- Surveys different domains in which human behavior is influenced by aging. Topics include the influence of age on cognitive processes (e.g., attention and memory), social processes (e.g., personality and well being), and biological processes (e.g., brain-related changes).

PSYX 335 PSYCHOLOGY OF GENDER
F 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: PSYX 100
-- Traditional and feminist perspectives on psychological needs and concerns specific to women, including gender stereotyping and beliefs, cognitive differences between the sexes, psychological disorders common to women, women's sexuality; and cultural and biological roles and norms.

PSYX 340 ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY
F 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: PSYX 100.
-- Historical and current perspectives on psychopathology, including neuroscience, behavioral cognitive, psychodynamic, and humanistic/existential approaches. Traditional approaches and recent innovations in therapy and diagnosis are considered along with current diagnostic categories, especially DSM.

PSYX 350 PHYSIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY
F 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: PSYX 100 and BIOL 100, BIOL 102, or BCHM 104.
-- Introduction to the biological bases of behavior; brief review of functional neuroanatomy and physiology in relation to such topics as sensation, movement, motivation, emotion, sleep, learning and memory, consciousness, and abnormal behavior.

PSYX 354 SENSATION & PERCEPTION
F 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: PSYX 350.
-- Basic principles of sensory systems (with emphasis on the visual system), contemporary psychophysical procedures, and principles of perception.

PSYX 360 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
F 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: PSYX 100.
-- Experimental research and theoretical viewpoints in social psychology, including such topics as: interpersonal attraction, perception, aggression, attitudes and attitude change, altruism, group behavior, social influence, stereotypes and prejudice, and the self.

PSYX 370 PSYCHOLOGY OF LEARNING
S 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: PSYX 225.
-- Examines basic principles and theories of learning and motivation. Classical and operant conditioning, discrimination learning, incentive motivation, reward and punishment, and concept learning.

PSYX 375 BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION
F 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: PSYX 225 and PSYX 270 or PSYX 370.
-- Human behavior change with emphasis on practical techniques for changing individual and group behavior in real-life situations.

PSYX 380 MEMORY & COGNITION
F,S 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: PSYX 100, Junior standing or consent of instructor.
-- Theories and evidence concerning human information processing, focusing especially on attention and memory, problem solving, decision making, reasoning, and related topics.

PSYX 384 CONSCIOUSNESS
On Demand 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: PSYX 225 and PSYX 350
-- Theories and evidence concerning consciousness and altered states of consciousness, including dreaming, meditation, hypnosis, sensory deprivation, psychoactive drug effects, temporal experience, psychic phenomena, and related topics.

PSYX 385 PSYCHOLOGY OF PERSONALITY
S 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: PSYX 225
-- Theories and evidence on processes that underlie consistent and enduring differences in behavior, cognition, and affect. Topics include emotion, motivation, temperament, inner experience, identity and the self, personality change, the influence of sociocultural context, and related topics.

PSYX 400 HISTORY & SYSTEMS IN PSYCHOLOGY
On Demand 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: PSYX 225.
-- Examination of the historical development of major concepts, theoretical ideas, and approaches to psychology, with emphasis on perspectives of broad current interest such as behavioral science, cognitive science, and neuroscience.

PSYX 461 INDUST & ORGANIZ PSYCH
On Demand 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: PSYX 225.
-- Basic concepts and theoretical frameworks for the fundamental areas of industrial and organizational psychology. Topics include history of I/O psychology, personnel selection, psychological testing, personnel training, performance appraisal, managerial decision making, job satisfaction, work motivation, leadership, job stress, organizational conflict, job design, and organizational development.

PSYX 462 PSYCHOLOGY OF PREJUDICE
S 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: PSYX 100 or consent of instructor
-- Reviews theory and research on prejudice. Topics include stereotyping and discrimination, cognitive and affective dynamics of prejudice, causes of prejudice, eliminating prejudice, affirmative action and diversity programs, and psychological effects of prejudice.

PSYX 463 SOCIAL COGNITION
F 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: PSYX 100.
-- Addresses how fundamental cognitive processes (e.g., concept activation, attention, memory) influence social behavior and thought. Topics include impression formation, mental simulations of alternative realities, nonconscious mental processes, subliminal stimuli, mental representations, stereotypes, and heuristics and biases.

PSYX 475 ADVANCED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS
S,Su 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: PSYX 225 and PSYX 375.
-- Advanced Behavior Analysis is designed to deepen students' understanding of antecedent stimuli, behaviors, and consequences. Functional behavioral assessments. systems for increasing appropriate behavior, and ways of promoting generalization will be described. Ethical considerations of Applied Behavioral Analysts will be discussed.

PSYX 477 THE SCIENCE OF PSYCHOLOGICAL WELL-BEING
F 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: PSYX 100 (or 191).
-- The Science of Psychological Well-Being examines topics under the rubric of Positive Psychology. Positive psychology focuses upon identifying, researching, and promoting the development of human strengths, thereby shifting the focus in psychology from psychopathology to human growth and potential.

PSYX 481 JUDGMENT & DECISION MAKING
On Demand 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: PSYX 100, Quantitative core and Junior standing.
-- Theories and evidence on the psychology of judgment and decision making, including rationality, normative rules for choice, irrationality of some human judgments, and group decision making. Applications of decision theory at the personal, organizational, and societal levels are reviewed.

PSYX 482 PSYCHOLINGUISTICS
F 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: PSYX 100 and either PSYX 380 or ENGL 236.
-- Examines the psychological processes that make it possible for humans to learn and acquire language. Emphases on how spoken and written language is understood, how speech is produced, and how language is acquired.

PSYX 490R UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
F,S,Su 1 - 6 cr. IND May be repeated. Max 12 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Junior or Senior standing, PSYX 225 and consent of instructor.
-- Directed undergraduate research/creative activity which may culminate in a research paper, journal article, or undergraduate thesis. Course will address responsible conduct of research.

PSYX 491 SPECIAL TOPICS
On Demand 1 - 4 cr. Maximum 12 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Course prerequisites as determined for each offering.
-- Courses not required in any curriculum for which there is a particular one-time need, or given on a trial basis to determine acceptability and demand before requesting a regular course number.

PSYX 492 INDEPENDENT STUDY
On Demand 1 - 3 cr. IND Maximum 6 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Junior standing, consent of instructor.
-- Directed research and study on an individual basis.

PSYX 494 SEMINAR
On Demand 1 cr. SEM Maximum 4 cr
PREREQUISITE: PSYX 225, Junior standing and as determined for each offering.
-- Topics offered at the upper division level which are not covered in regular courses. Students help prepare and present discussion material, and attend presentations by guest speakers.

PSYX 495 FIELD PRACTICUM IN APPLIED PSYCHOLOGY
F,S,Su 3 - 12 cr. IND May be repeated. Max 12 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Junior or Senior standing, PSYX 225 and consent of instructor.
-- Exposure to the various roles and demands of a field setting, including specialization in one of the following areas: applied research, behavior modification, psychological assessment, industrial/organizational behavior, or others (to be arranged).

PSYX 499R SENIOR THESIS/CAPSTONE
F,S 3 cr. SEM 3
PREREQUISITE: PSYX 490 (minimum 3 cr.) or PSYX 491.
-- Senior capstone course. Written and oral presentation of senior thesis work.

PSYX 501 ADVANCED RESEARCH DESIGN AND ANALYSIS
F 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing or PSYX 225 .
-- Advanced topics in the design and analysis of psychological research.

PSYX 502 ADVANCED RESEARCH DESIGN AND ANALYSIS I
S 3 cr. SEM 3
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing in psychological science or PSYX 225 and a 3.25 GPA and consent of instructor.
-- This is the first course in a sequence on advanced research design and statistical analysis in psychological science. Topics include designs, methodological issues, hypothesis testing, basic (e.g., t-tests, ANOVA) and advanced statistical tests (e.g., factorial ANOVAs, ANCOVA, and Multiple Regression).

PSYX 539 PHYSIOLOGICAL PROCESSES
S 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
-- Overview of research methods and relevant aspects of neurophysiology, neuroanatomy and neuropharmacology. Applications of prior work to the problem of discovery in biopsychology.

PSYX 541 COGNITIVE PROCESSES
S 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
-- Theories, methods, findings, and applications concerning memory and cognitive processes.

PSYX 542 LEARNING
S 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
-- Principles and theories of learning and motivation. Topics include conditioning, learning, incentive motivation, reward and punishment. Application to organizational and human resource management problems.

PSYX 543 MEMORY
F 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
-- Theories and applications of human memory from cognitive psychological perspective. Topics include memory in social, legal, and educational contexts; memory conformity; memory across the lifespan, memory and expertise; autobiographical memory; metamemory; and forgetting.

PSYX 544 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
F 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
-- Advanced experimental and applied research and theoretical viewpoints in social psychology. Topics include social cognition, interpersonal attraction, aggression, attitudes and attitude change, the self, group dynamics, stereotypes and prejudice, and social influence.

PSYX 545 ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
On Demand 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
-- Introduction to major concepts and theories in organizational psychology through examination of research, theory and application in organizational psychology topics such as: organizational entry and socialization, leadership, motivation, group processes, conflict, job design, and personality.

PSYX 546 SOCIAL COGNITION
S 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing.
-- This course examines decision making, judgment, cognition, and affect from a social-cognitive perspective. Topics may include theory development, stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination, group behavior, attitudes and attitude change, mood and affect, heuristics and biases, memory, the self, and decision making. The primary goal is to understand theory and research in social cognition.

PSYX 575 RESEARCH OR PROFESSIONAL PAPER/PROJECT
F,S 1-6 cr. IND. Maximum 6 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing.
-- A research or professional paper dealing with a topic in the field. The topic must have been mutually agreed upon by the student and his or her major advisor and graduate committee.

PSYX 589 GRADUATE CONSULTATION
F,S 3 cr. TUT.
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing and approval of Division of Graduate Education.
-- This course may be used only by students who have completed all of their course work (and thesis, if on a thesis option) for a master's degree but who need additional faculty help or time.

PSYX 590 MASTER'S THESIS
F,S 1-10 cr. IND. Maximum 15 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing.

PSYX 591 SPECIAL TOPICS
On Demand 1 - 4 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.
-- Courses not required in any curriculum for which there is a particular one time need, or given on a trial basis to determine acceptability and demand before requesting a regular course number.

PSYX 592 INDEPENDENT STUDY
On Demand 1 - 3 cr. IND Maximum 6 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing, consent of instructor.
-- Directed research and study on an individual basis.

PSYX 594 SEMINAR
On Demand 1 cr. SEM Maximum 4 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
-- Topics offered at the graduate level which are not covered in regular courses. Students participate in preparing and presenting discussion material.

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