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1100. General Psychology I

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Basic principles that underlie mental processes and behavior; research methodology, biopsychology, sensation, perception, learning, memory and language. Ordinarily this course should be taken in the fall semester. CA 3.

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1101. General Psychology II

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: PSYC 1100; PSYC 1101 & 1103 may not both be taken for credit.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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1103. General Psychology II (Enhanced)

4.00 credits

Prerequisites: PSYC 1100; Not open for credit to students who have passed PSYC 1101. May not be taken concurrently with PSYC 1101.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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2100Q. Principles of Research in Psychology

4.00 credits

Prerequisites: PSYC 1100; PSYC 1101 or 1103; STAT 1000 or 1100 or Statistics Q 1000 level. Cannot be taken after passing PSYC 3250, 3251, 3450, 3550, 3551, 3552 or 3899.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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2100WQ. Principles of Research in Psychology

4.00 credits

Prerequisites: PSYC 1100; PSYC 1101 or 1103; STAT 1000 or 1100 or STAT Q 1000 level; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011. Cannot be taken after passing PSYC 3250, 3251, 3450, 3550, 3551 or 3552.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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2101. Introduction to Multicultural Psychology

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: PSYC 1100; PSYC 1101 or 1103.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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2110. Psychology of Human Sexuality

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: PSYC 1100

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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2200. Physiological Psychology

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: BIOL 1102 or 1107 or PNB 2264-2265; PSYC 1100.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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2201. Drugs And Behavior

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: PSYC 1100 or BIOL 1107.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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2208. Sensory Systems Neuroscience

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: PSYC 1100 or BIOL 1107 or BIOL 1108

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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2209. Learning and Memory: From Brain to Behavior

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: PSYC 1100 or BIOL 1107 or 1108. Recommended preparation: PSYC 2200.

Grading Basis: Graded

Neurobiological basis of learning and memory, including topics in genetics, evolution and ethology.

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2300. Abnormal Psychology

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: PSYC 1100; PSYC 1101 or 1103.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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2300W. Abnormal Psychology

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: PSYC 1100; PSYC 1101 or 1103; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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2301. The Study of Personality

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: PSYC 1100; PSYC 1101 or 1103.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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2400. Developmental Psychology

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: PSYC 1100; PSYC 1101 or 1103.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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2500. Learning

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: PSYC 1100; PSYC 1101 or 1103.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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2501. Cognitive Psychology

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: PSYC 1100; PSYC 1101 or 1103.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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2600. Industrial/Organizational Psychology

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: PSYC 1100; PSYC 1101 or 1103.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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2700. Social Psychology

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: PSYC 1100; PSYC 1101 or 1103.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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2701. Social Psychology of Multiculturalism

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: PSYC 1100; PSYC 1101 or 1103. Recommended preparation: PSYC 2700.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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3100. The History and Systems of Psychology

3.00 credits

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

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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3100W. The History and Systems of Psychology

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; PSYC 1100; PSYC 1101 or 1103; PSYC 2300 or PSYC 2300W or PSYC 2301 or PSYC 2400 or PSYC 2600 or PSYC 2700; and PSYC 2200 or PSYC 2500 or PSYC 2501 or PSYC 3201 or PSYC 3500 or PSYC 3501.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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3101. Psychological Testing

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: PSYC 2100.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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3102. Psychology of Women

Also offered as: WGSS 3102

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Three credits of 2000 or 3000 level psychology.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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3103. Motivation and Emotion

Also offered as: COMM 3103

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: PSYC 1100; PSYC 1101 or 1103; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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3104. Environmental Psychology

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: PSYC 2700.

Grading Basis: Graded

Reciprocal relationships between built and natural environments and human behavior.

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3105. Health Psychology

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: PSYC 1100; PSYC 1101 or 1103.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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3106. Black Psychology

Also offered as: AFRA 3106

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: PSYC 1100; PSYC 1101 or 1103.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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3150. Laboratory in Health Psychology

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: PSYC 3105

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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3200. Introduction to Behavioral Genetics

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: PSYC 1100 or BIOL 1102, 1103, 1107 or 1108; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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3200W. Introduction to Behavioral Genetics

3.00 credits

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

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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3201. Animal Behavior

Also offered as: EEB 3201

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: BIOL 1102 or 1107; PSYC 1100.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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3250W. Laboratory in Animal Behavior and Learning

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; PSYC 2100; PSYC 2200 or 2500 or 3201.

Grading Basis: Graded

A laboratory course to supplement PSYC 3201.

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3251. Laboratory in Physiological Psychology

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: PSYC 2100; PSYC 2200, which may be taken concurrently.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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3252. Drugs and Behavior Laboratory

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: PSYC 2100 and 2201.

Grading Basis: Graded

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, sedative/hypnotics.

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3253. Sensory Neuroscience Laboratory

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: PSYC 2100 and 3501.

Grading Basis: Graded

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. A one-hour lecture and two two-hour labs each week.

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3270. Current Topics in Behavioral Neuroscience

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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). With a change in topic, course may be repeated for credit.

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3300. Abnormal Child Psychology

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: PSYC 2400.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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3301. Introduction to Clinical Psychology

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: PSYC 2300.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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3302W. Autism and Developmental Disorders

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: PSYC 2300; PSYC 2400; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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3350W. Laboratory in Personality

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: PSYC 2100 or STAT 1100; PSYC 2301; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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3370W. Current Topics in Clinical Psychology

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: PSYC 2300 or 3750; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

May be repeated for credit with a change of topic.

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3400. Theories in Developmental Psychology

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: PSYC 2400.

Grading Basis: Graded

Historical and contemporary theories of development. Includes Piaget, Vygotsky, Freud, Erikson, social-learning theory, ethological theory, and information-processing theory. 3/11/03

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3405. Social Development

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: PSYC 1100, 1101 or 1103; and PSYC 2400 or HDFS 2100.

Grading Basis: Graded

Social development in infancy, childhood, and adolescence. Theoretical approaches and practical applications. Special emphasis on critically evaluating empirical research.

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3440. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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3450W. Laboratory in Development Psychology

4.00 credits

Prerequisites: PSYC 2100 and PSYC 2400; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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3470. Current Topics in Developmental Psychology

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: PSYC 2400.

Grading Basis: Graded

Selected topics (e.g., infant development, peer relations, cognitive development, and developmental psychobiology) that may vary with each offering. With a change of topic, may be repeated for credit.

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3500. The Psychology of Language

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: PSYC 1100; PSYC 1101 or 1103.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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3501. Sensation and Perception

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: PSYC 1100; PSYC 1101 or 1103.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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3502. Psychology of Consciousness

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: PSYC 1100; open to sophomores or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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3550W. Laboratory in Cognition

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: PSYC 2100; PSYC 2500 or 2501, which may be taken concurrently; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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3551W. Psycholinguistics Laboratory

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: PSYC 2100; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011. Recommended preparation: PSYC 2501 or 3500, which may be taken concurrently.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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3552. Laboratory in Sensation & Perception

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: PSYC 2100; PSYC 3501, which may be taken concurrently.

Grading Basis: Graded

Techniques for the study of sensory capacities and perceptual processes.

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3600. Social-Organizational Psychology

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: PSYC 2600. Recommended Preparation: PSYC 2700.

Grading Basis: Graded

Social psychological phenomena in the workplace. Social perceptions, personality, stress, work-related attitudes, motivation, team decision-making, and effectiveness, leadership and influence, organizational culture. SM 10/6/14 PWA-(3600W)

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3601. Human Factors Design

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: PSYC 1100.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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3644. Occupational Health Psychology

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: PSYC 1101 or 1103; and PSYC 2600 or consent of instructor

Grading Basis: Graded

Models, research methods, and research-to-practice applications in the interdisciplinary field of occupational health psychology, and how these are used to enhance the safety, health and well-being of workers in all occupations and to create healthier workplaces and organizations.

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3670. Current Topics in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: PSYC 2600 or 3601 or instructor consent.

Grading Basis: Graded

May be repeated for credit with a change of topic.

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3670W. Current Topics in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

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

Grading Basis: Graded

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3750. Laboratory in Social Psychology

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: PSYC 2100 or STAT 1100; PSYC 2700.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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3770. Current Topics in Social Psychology

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: PSYC 2700.

Grading Basis: Graded

Selected topics (e.g., social influence, person perception, pro-social behavior) vary with each offering. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit.

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3770W. Current Topics in Social Psychology

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: PSYC 2700; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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3880. Field Experience

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: PSYC 1100; PSYC 1101 or 1103.

Grading Basis: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Supervised field work in clinical, community, or organizational settings. Students taking this course will be assigned a final grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory.) With a change in content, may be repeated for credit.

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3883. Foreign Study

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Special topics taken in a foreign study program. May be repeated for credit. Consent of Department Head or advisor may be required prior to the student's departure.

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3884. Seminar in Psychology

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: PSYC 1100; PSYC 1101 or 1103.

Grading Basis: Graded

Recent developments in psychology. Topics vary with each offering. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit.

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3885. Special Topics

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary.

Grading Basis: Graded

With a change in content, may be repeated for credit.

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3889. Undergraduate Research

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: Recommended Preparation: PSYC 2100.

Grading Basis: Graded

Participant activities related to research. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit.

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3899. Independent Study

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: PSYC 2100.

Grading Basis: Graded

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. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit.

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4197W. Senior Thesis in Psychology

3.00 credits

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

Grading Basis: Honors Credit

Hours by arrangement.

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