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Courses from the Department of Psychology


PSYX 100IS   Intro to Psychology
PSYX 223 Research Design and Analysis I
PSYX 225 Research Design & Analysis II
PSYX 230 Developmental Psychology
PSYX 235D Contemp Issues in Human Sexual
PSYX 263CS The Psychology of Film
PSYX 270 Found 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 & Cognition
PSYX 384 Consciousness
PSYX 385 Psychology of Personality
PSYX 400 History & System in Psychology
PSYX 461 Indust & Organiz Psych
PSYX 462 Psychology of Prejudice
PSYX 463 Social Cognition
PSYX 475 Advanced Behavior Analysis
PSYX 477 Science of Psych Well-Being
PSYX 481 Judgment & Decision Making
PSYX 482 Psycholinguistics
PSYX 490R Undergraduate Research
PSYX 491 Special Topics
PSYX 492 Independent Study
PSYX 494 Seminar
PSYX 495 Field Pract in Applied Psy
PSYX 499R Senior Thesis/Capstone
PSYX 501 Adv Rsch Design & Analysis
PSYX 502 Advanced Design/Stat I
PSYX 539 Physiological Processes
PSYX 541 Cognitive Processes
PSYX 542 Learning
PSYX 543 Memory
PSYX 544 Social Psychology
PSYX 546 Social Cognition
PSYX 575 Professional Paper and Project
PSYX 589 Graduate Consultation
PSYX 590 Master's Thesis
PSYX 591 Special Topics
PSYX 592 Independent Study
PSYX 594 Seminar
PSYX 598 Internship

PSYX 100IS Intro to Psychology
Offered Fall, Spring, Summer Semesters
-- 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
Offered Fall, Spring Semesters
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 & Analysis II
Offered Fall, Spring Semesters
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
Offered Fall Semesters
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 Contemp Issues in Human Sexual
Offered Spring Semesters
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 The Psychology of Film
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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 Found Psychology of Learning
On Demand
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
PREREQUISITE: PSYX 231.
-- 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
Offered Fall, Spring Semesters
-- Directed undergraduate research which may culminate in a written work or other creative project. Course will address responsible conduct of research. May be repeated.

PSYX 291 Special Topics
On Demand
Max 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
Max 6 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Consent of instructor.
-- Directed research and study on an individual basis.

PSYX 325 Applied Critical Thinking
On Demand
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
Offered Spring Semesters
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
Offered Fall Semesters
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
Offered Fall Semesters
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
Offered Fall Semesters
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
Offered Fall Semesters
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
Offered Fall Semesters
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
Offered Spring Semesters
PREREQUISITE: PSYX 231.
-- 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
Offered Fall Semesters
PREREQUISITE: PSYX 231 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
Offered Fall, Spring Semesters
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
PREREQUISITE: PSYX 231 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
Offered Spring Semesters
PREREQUISITE: PSYX 231
-- 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 & System in Psychology
On Demand
PREREQUISITE: PSYX 231.
-- 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
PREREQUISITE: PSYX 231.
-- 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
Offered Spring Semesters
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
Offered Fall Semesters
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
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PREREQUISITE: PSYX 231 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 Science of Psych Well-Being
Offered Fall Semesters
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
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
Offered Fall Semesters
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
Offered Fall, Spring, Summer Semesters
Max 12 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Junior or Senior standing, PSYX 231 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. May be repeated.

PSYX 491 Special Topics
On Demand
Max 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
Max 6 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Junior standing, consent of instructor.
-- Directed research and study on an individual basis.

PSYX 494 Seminar
On Demand
Max 4 cr.
PREREQUISITE: PSYX 231, 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 Pract in Applied Psy
On Demand
--Field Practicum gives psychology majors direct experience in applied settings relevant to psychology. Students arrange an internship and submit progress reports summarizing their field experience while relating it to psychological principles and readings. Graded A – F.

PSYX 499R Senior Thesis/Capstone
Offered Fall, Spring Semesters
PREREQUISITE: PSYX 490 (minimum 3 cr.) or PSYX 491.
-- Senior capstone course. Written and oral presentation of senior thesis work.

PSYX 501 Adv Rsch Design & Analysis
Offered Fall Semesters
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing or PSYX 231 .
-- Advanced topics in the design and analysis of psychological research.

PSYX 502 Advanced Design/Stat I
Offered Spring Semesters
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
Offered Spring Semesters
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
Offered Spring Semesters
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
-- Theories, methods, findings, and applications concerning memory and cognitive processes.

PSYX 542 Learning

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
Offered Fall Semesters
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
Offered Fall Semesters
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 546 Social Cognition
Offered Spring Semesters
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 Professional Paper and Project
Offered Fall, Spring Semesters
Max 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
Offered Fall, Spring Semesters
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
Offered Fall, Spring Semesters
Max 15 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing.

PSYX 591 Special Topics
On Demand
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
Max 6 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing, consent of instructor.
-- Directed research and study on an individual basis.

PSYX 594 Seminar
On Demand
Max 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.

PSYX 598 Internship


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