Psychological Sciences (PSYC)

Head of Department: Professor James Green

Department Office: Room 102, Bousfield Psychology Building

Major requirements

1100. General Psychology I

Three credits. Two class periods and one 1-hour demonstration discussion. Ordinarily this course should be taken in the fall semester.

Basic principles that underlie mental processes and behavior; research methodology, biopsychology, sensation, perception, learning, memory and language. CA 3.

1101. General Psychology II

Three credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 1100. Not open for credit to students who have passed PSYC 1103. May not be taken concurrently with PSYC 1103.

Psychology as a social science. Research methodology, developmental, personality, clinical, abnormal and social psychology. CA 2.

1103. General Psychology II (Enhanced)

Four credits. Three lecture periods and one 1-hour discussion section. Prerequisite: PSYC 1100. Not open for credit to students who have passed PSYC 1101. May not be taken concurrently with PSYC 1101.

Psychology as a social science. Research methodology, developmental, personality, clinical, abnormal and social psychology. Applications of theory, writing, and demonstrations during discussion periods. CA 2.

2100Q. Principles of Research in Psychology

Four credits. Three 1-hour lectures and one 2-hour laboratory/discussion. Prerequisite: PSYC 1100, and 1101 or 1103 and STAT 1000 or 1100 (or Statistics Q 1000-level).

Design, analysis, and reporting of psychological research. Experimental and quasi-experimental designs, laboratory and correlational techniques, research ethics.

2100WQ. Principles of Research in Psychology

Four credits. Three 1-hour lectures and one 2-hour laboratory/discussion. Prerequisite: PSYC 1100, and 1101 or 1103 and STAT 1000Q or 1100Q (or Statistics Q 1000-level); ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Design, analysis, and reporting of psychological research. Experimental and quasi-experimental designs, laboratory and correlational techniques, research ethics.

2101. Introduction to Multicultural Psychology

Three credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 1100, and 1101 or 1103.

General introduction to cross-cultural and multicultural issues and the role psychology has played in understanding the experiences of diverse groups. CA 4.

2110. Psychology of Human Sexuality

Three credits. Recommended preparation: PSYC 1100.

Sexuality from across psychological science, highlighting relevant theoretical perspectives, methodology, and empirical research.

2200. Physiological Psychology

Three credits. Prerequisite: BIOL 1102 or 1107 or PNB 22642265, and PSYC 1100.

Physiological processes related to motivation, emotion, sensory processes, motor skills, learning, and psychiatric conditions.

2201. Drugs and Behavior

Three credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 1100 or BIOL 1107.

An overview of drug effects on chemical transmission in the nervous system, with an emphasis on the behavioral/psychological effects of drugs.

2208. Sensory Systems Neuroscience

Three credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 1100 or BIOL 1107 or BIOL 1108. Recommended preparation PSYC 2200.

Cellular, circuit, and neural systems basis of sensation and perception including evolutionary and ecological differences among mammals.

2300. Abnormal Psychology

Three credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 1100, and PSYC 1101 or 1103.

Nature of abnormal behavior, theories and data regarding symptoms, etiology, treatment and prevention of mental disorders.

2300W. Abnormal Psychology

Prerequisite: PSYC 1100, and PSYC 1101 or 1103; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011

2301. The Study of Personality

Three credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 1100, and PSYC 1101 or 1103.

Theories, methods, and research in both clinical and experimental approaches to personality.

2400. Developmental Psychology

Three credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 1100, and PSYC 1101 or 1103.

Social behavior, personality, perception, cognition, language, intelligence, learning, biobehavioral processes, and research methodology in developmental perspective.

2500. Learning

Three credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 1100, and PSYC 1101 or 1103.

Learning and memory principles found in animal research and their relationship to human behavior. Human and other species’ specific types of unique learning abilities.

2501. Cognitive Psychology

Three credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 1100, and PSYC 1101 or 1103.

Different views of mental representation and processes involved in memory, language comprehension, perception, attention, and problem solving. Historical development of models in cognitive psychology.

2600. Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Three credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 1100, and PSYC 1101 or 1103.

Applications of psychology in the workplace: Measurement, personnel decisions, performance appraisal, training, motivation, worker attitudes, leadership, ergonomics and job design, workplace health and safety.

2700. Social Psychology

Three credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 1100, and 1101 or 1103.

Attitudes, social cognition, social influence, interpersonal relations, group dynamics.

2701. Social Psychology of Multiculturalism

Three credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 1100, and 1101 or 1103. Recommended preparation: PSYC 2700.

Introduction to theoretical perspectives and behavioral research that seek to explain the nature and mechanisms of intergroup relations and the psychology of culture, prejudice, and biased behavior. CA 4.

3100. The History and Systems of Psychology

Three credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 1100, 1101 or 1103; PSYC 2300W or 2301 or 2400 or 2600 or 2700; PSYC 2200 or 2500 or 2501 or 3201 or 3500 or 3501.

Philosophical and scientific origins and major schools, including structuralism, functionalism, behaviorism, gestalt, and psychoanalysis.

3100W. The History and Systems of Psychology

Three credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 1100, 1101 or 1103; PSYC 2300/W or 2301 or 2400 or 2600 or 2700; PSYC 2200 or 2500 or 2501 or 3201 or 3500 or 3501; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011

3101. Psychological Testing

Three credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 2100Q or 2100WQ.

Practical and theoretical interpretation of common personality, industrial, educational, cognitive, and attitude tests. Evaluating utility, test bias, and error. Using tests in clinical, educational, and workplace settings.

3102. Psychology of Women

(Also offered as WGSS 3102). Three credits. Prerequisite: Three credits of 2000 to 3000-level psychology.

Gender roles, socialization, women and work, women’s relationships, violence against women, and other topics. Theory and research. CA 4.

3103. Motivation and Emotion

(Also offered as COMM 3103.) Three credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 1100, and PSYC 1101 or 1103; open to juniors or higher.

Cognition, brain mechanisms, biofeedback, aggression, sex, competence, social influence, and conformity.

3104. Environmental Psychology

Three credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 2700.

Reciprocal relationships between built and natural environments and human behavior.

3105. Health Psychology

Three credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 1100, and PSYC 1101 or 1103.

The interface between psychology and health is examined using a biopsychosocial model. Topics include stress and coping, health promotion, adjustment to chronic illness, and the psychology of health behaviors.

3106. Black Psychology

(Also offered as AFRA 3106.) Three credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 1100, and PSYC 1101 or 1103.

Empirical and theoretical literature on psychological experiences of African Americans. Impact of race, culture, and ethnicity on psychological development. CA 4.

3150. Laboratory in Health Psychology

Three credits. Two hours lecture, two hours laboratory. Prerequisite: PSYC 3105.

Introduction to experimental design and research methods in health psychology. Includes a class research project.

3200. Introduction to Behavioral Genetics

Three credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 1100, and BIOL 1102, or 1107 and 1108; open to juniors or higher.

Methods, concepts and findings of behavioral genetics in animals and humans.

3200W. Introduction to Behavioral Genetics

Prerequisite: PSYC 1100, and BIOL 1102, or 1107 and 1108; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011 ; open to juniors or higher.

3201. Animal Behavior

(Also offered as EEB 3201.) Three credits. Prerequisite: BIOL 1102 or 1107, and PSYC 1100.

Principles of animal behavior derived from a review of descriptive and analytic studies in laboratory and field. Sometimes offered in multimedia format.

3250W. Laboratory in Animal Behavior and Learning

Prerequisite: PSYC 2100Q or PSYC 2100WQ and PSYC 2200 or 2500 or 3201, and consent of instructor; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011

3251. Laboratory in Physiological Psychology

Three credits. One 3-hour laboratory period and additional hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: PSYC 2100Q or 2100WQ, and PSYC 2200, which may be taken concurrently.

Techniques employed in experimental investigation of the anatomical and physiological bases of behavior.

3252. Drugs and Behavior Laboratory

Three credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 2100Q or 2100WQ and PSYC 2201.

Techniques employed in the experimental investigation of drug action. Laboratory exercises illustrate behavioral and neural effects of various psychoactive pharmacological agents such as stimulants, antipsychotics, antidepressants, antiparkinsonian drugs, anxiolytics, and sedatives/hypnotics.

3253. Sensory Neuroscience Laboratory

Three credits. A one-hour lecture and two 2-hour laboratories each week. Prerequisite: PSYC 2100Q or 2100WQ and PSYC 3501.

Techniques employed in the experimental investigation of sensory neuroscience. Laboratory exercises in psychophysics and assessment of human and animal sensory abilities. Elementary computer programming is used to synthesize and process sound files and analyze psychophysics data.

3270. Current Topics in Behavioral Neuroscience

Three credits. Prerequisite: Instructor consent required. With a change in topic, course may be repeated for credit.

Selected topics vary with each offering (e.g., The Neurobiology of Memory and Decision-Making, Sensory Coding and Decoding, Animal Models of Basal Ganglia Dysfunction, Animal Models of Developmental Disorders)

3300. Abnormal Child Psychology

Three credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 2400.

Theory, research, treatment, and prevention in developmental psychopathology from infancy through adolescence.

3301. Introduction to Clinical Psychology

Three credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 2300 or 2300W.

History of clinical psychology as a profession; graduate training and ethical responsibilities; assessment and treatment of psychological disorders; and clinical sub-specialties.

3302W. Autism and Developmental Disorders

Three credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 2300 and 2400; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Identification, treatment, education, and support of individuals with developmental concerns, particularly autism spectrum disorders.

3350W. Laboratory in Personality

Prerequisite: PSYC 2100Q or 2100WQ or STAT 1100Q, PSYC 2301 and consent of instructor; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Experimental design and methodology in personality research, followed by a class project written individually by each student.

3370W. Current Topics in Clinical Psychology

Prerequisite: PSYC 2300W or 3750 or instructor consent; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011

3400. Theories in Developmental Psychology

Three credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 2400.

Historical and contemporary theories of development. Includes Piaget, Vygotsky, Freud, Erikson, social-learning theory, ethological theory, and information-processing theory.

3440. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Survey of current research and methods in developmental cognitive neuroscience, an interdisciplinary scientific field at the boundaries of neuroscience, developmental psychology, and cognitive science.

3450W. Laboratory in Developmental Psychology

Four credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 2400 and PSYC 2100Q or 2100WQ; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

The techniques necessary for performing psychological research on young children; advanced topics.

3470. Current Topics in Developmental Psychology

Three credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 2400 or instructor consent. With change of topic, may be repeated for credit.

Selected topics (e.g., infant development, peer relations, cognitive development, and developmental psychobiology) that may vary with each offering.

3500. The Psychology of Language

Three credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 1100, and PSYC 1101 or 1103.

Those aspects of language that make it a uniquely efficient vehicle for communication and thought.

3501. Sensation and Perception

Three credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 1100, and PSYC 1101 or 1103.

Sensory and perceptual processes in vision, hearing, touch, taste, and smell.

3502. Psychology of Consciousness

Three credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 1100.

The role of consciousness in human cognition is examined by comparing the conscious and unconscious operation of mental faculties including perception, memory, learning, and thought.

3503. Computer Modeling of Cognitive Processes

Three credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 2501 or 3501.

Symbolic and connectionist approaches to modelling vision, problem solving, planning, deduction, language understanding, learning, and memory.

3550W. Laboratory in Cognition

Three credits. One 3-hour laboratory period and additional hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: PSYC 2100Q or 2100WQ, and PSYC 2500 or 2501, which may be taken concurrently; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Selected experiments from the following topics: memory processes, categorization, language comprehension and problem solving.

3551W. Psycholinguistics Laboratory

Three credits. Two 3-hour laboratory periods. Prerequisite: PSYC 2100Q or 2100WQ; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011. Recommended preparation: PSYC 2501 or 3500. May be taken concurrently.

Introduction to the experimental study of language understanding and use. Topics selected from among speech perception, word recognition, sentence processing, language production, and corpus phenomena.

3552. Laboratory in Sensation and Perception

Three credits. Two 3-hour laboratory periods. Prerequisite: PSYC 2100Q or 2100WQ, and PSYC 3501, which may be taken concurrently.

Techniques for the study of sensory capacities and perceptual processes.

3600. Social-Organizational Psychology

Three credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 2600. Recommended preparation: PSYC 2700.

Social psychological phenomena in the workplace. Social perceptions, personality, stress, work-related attitudes, motivation, team decision-making and effectiveness, leadership and influence, organizational culture.

3601. Human Factors Design

Three credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 1100.

Application of information about human abilities and limitations to the design of systems, products, tools, computer interfaces, tasks, jobs, and environments for safe, comfortable and effective human use.

3670. Current Topics in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Three credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 2600 or 3601 or instructor consent. May be repeated for credit with a change of topic.

3670W. Current Topics in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Prerequisite: PSYC 2600 or 3601 or instructor consent; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011

3750. Laboratory in Social Psychology

Three credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 2100Q/WQ or STAT 1100Q; PSYC 2700; and consent of instructor.

Methods and techniques of research in social psychology. Supervised research investigations.

3770. Current Topics in Social Psychology

Three credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 2700 and consent of instructor. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit.

Selected topics (e.g., social influence, person perception, pro-social behavior) vary with each offering.

3880. Field Experience

Credits, not to exceed six per semester, and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: PSYC 1100, and PSYC 1101 or 1103; open only with consent of instructor. With a change in content, this course may be repeated for credit. Students taking this course will be assigned a final grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory).

Supervised field work in clinical, community, or organizational settings.

3883. Foreign Study

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Consent of Department Head or advisor may be required prior to the student’s departure. May be repeated for credit.

Special topics taken in a foreign study program.

3884. Seminar in Psychology

Three credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 1100, and PSYC 1101 or 1103 and consent of instructor. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit.

Recent developments in psychology. Topics vary with each offering.

3885. Special Topics

Credits and hours by arrangement. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit. Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary.

3889. Undergraduate Research

Credits, not to exceed six per semester, and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Open only with consent of instructor. Recommended preparation: PSYC 2100Q or 2100WQ. With a change in content, this course may be repeated for credit.

Participant activities related to research.

3899. Independent Study

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: PSYC 2100Q or 2100WQ; open only with consent of instructor. With a change in content this course may be repeated for credit.

Students are expected to develop their own plan for a research project, conduct the research, and write-up this research, consulting periodically with a faculty member.

4197W. Senior Thesis in Psychology

Three credits. Hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Three credits of PSYC 3889 or PSYC 3899; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open only to Honors students with consent of instructor and Department Head.

 

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