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+PSYC 105. Introductory Psychology 3 credits
A basic introduction to psychology as a scientific discipline.  History, theory and research across a variety of areas within psychology, including biological bases of behavior and cognition, sensation and perception, learning, memory and psychological disorders.

+PSYC 201. Personal Adjustment 3 credits
Serves in the process of self-examination, clarification of personal goals, skills, interpersonal relations, and study habits.  Innovative techniques, such as group dynamics..

+PSYC 203. Psychology of Gender 3 credits
Overview of theory and research on the biological, psychological, and social aspects of gender, covering differences and similarities between men and women's behavior and cognitive processes, as well as how perceptions of gender affect behavior and cognition.   Prerequisite: PSYC 105.

PSYC 205. Psychology of Human Sexuality 3 credits
Physical, psychological, and social aspects of sexuality as a natural part of human living, including various problems associated with this interpersonal role. Prerequisite: PSYC 105.

PSYC 215. Research Methods 3 credits
An introduction to research methods used in studying human and animal behavior and cognitive processes. Provides skills for critical evaluation, public and professional literature dealing with the scientific study of behavior. Topics include the philosophy of scientific psychology, methods of investigation, principles of experimental design and control, psychological testing, and discussion of applications in several areas of research. Some practice in design, implementation, and analysis of research. Prerequisite: PSYC 105.

PSYC 294, 394, 494. Research Practicum 1–3 credits
Practical and/or research experience working directly with a faculty member on scientific or applied projects of mutual interest.  Maximum of 3 credits can apply toward major.  Prerequisites: PSYC 105 and instructor permission.

+PSYC 305. Life-Span Developmental Psychology 3 credits
Biological, behavioral, cognitive, and social processes and development from conception through death and dying. Topics include the role of genetics in development, physical and cognitive growth, environmental influences on development, intelligence, and moral development. Prerequisite: PSYC 105.

PSYC 306. Social Psychology 3 credits
Examines how the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors of individuals are influenced by others.  Research and theory will be presented on topics including social cognition, person perception, attitudes and persuasion, stereotypes, conformity, obedience to authority, and group behavior. Prerequisite: PSYC 105.

PSYC 309. Educational Psychology: Tests and Measurements 3 credits
Psychological principles in teaching and learning, preparation and use of devices to evaluate learning and instruction. Lecture. Prerequisites: PSYC 105; EDUC 205, 304. (Same as EDUC 309)

WI-PSYC 312. Women and Aging 3 credits
Biological, cognitive, social, and emotional development of women from age 20 through death. Includes a survey of the research that is focused on women's development, an exploration of the changing roles and expectations for women today, and of how women can maximize their adult experiences. Prerequisite: PSYC 105.

WI-PSYC 314. Human Motivation 3 credits
Study of a variety of contemporary theories of human motivation from biological, cognitive, and behavioral perspectives.  Emphasis on applications to daily experience and writing in the discipline of psychology.  Co-requisite PSYC 215 or permission of instructor.

PSYC 321. Psychology and Law
An overview of the interface between psychology and the law (sometimes called Forensic Psychology).  Examines the use of psychology and psychological experts in the legal system. Topics include evaluation of mental competency of defendants, assessment of potential dangerousness, and expert testimony about the legal definition of insanity, jury selection, witness preparation, and children/adolescents in the judicial system.
Prerequisite: PSYC 105.

PSYC 323. Personality Theories 3 credits
Major theories of personality, including psychoanalytic, trait-factor, behavioral and humanistic (including positive psychology) approaches. Prerequisite: PSYC 105.

+PSYC 324. Abnormal Psychology 3 credits
Introductory course to acquaint students with the hypothesized biological, psychological, and sociocultural causes of various mental disorders.  it also includes a presentation of different treatment modalities for abnormal behavior.  Students are provided with an introduction to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.  Prerequisite:  PSYC 105.

PSYC 325. Psychology of Criminal Behavior 3 credits
Allows students to become familiarized with the most common psychological disorders in the offender population.  Additionally, treatment options in various settings (i.e., jail, prison, forensic hospital,  or outpatient clinic) will be explored with the legal implications discussed.  Much of the course covers general topics related to offenders with mental disorders.  Treatment of special types of offenders will be discussed (i.e., sex offenders, offenders with mental retardation, and juvenile offenders), victims of crime (i.e., victimology) will also be covered as time allows. Prerequisite: PSYC 105, 321.

 PSYC 331. Learning and Memory 3 credits
Research and theories in classical conditioning, operant conditioning and human memory. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: PSYC 105.

PSYC 332. Psychological Tests and Measurements 3 credits
Develop competencies in selection, evaluation, and interpretation of psychological tests while understanding ethical concerns in assessement.  Prerequisites: PSYC 105, STAT 213, or instructor permission. Offered alternate years.

WI-PSYC 342. Theories of Counseling 3 credits
Serves as an introduction to different psychological theories and the different counseling strategies used in these approaches. Provides information to individuals in the helping professions and direct references to the lives and social environment of students.  This course is a requirement for many graduate programs in psychology. Prerequisites: Junior status, PSYC 105.

PSYC 343. Family Counseling 3 credits
The structure and process of family counseling, its historical and theoretical foundations, the practice of family counseling and training for and evaluation of family therapy.  Prerequisites: Junior status, PSYC 105 or instructor permission.

PSYC 348. Supervised Field Experience 3 credits
Participation in service projects and field internship placements for which students have had suitable course preparation. Students must arrange a placement site no later than the semester prior to enrollment in the course. (Double majors in sociology and psychology may substitute SOC 386 for PSYC 348.)  Prerequisites: Junior status, PSYC 105, 12 semester credits in psychology, and instructor permission. Transfer students must wait at least one semester before taking 348, but may arrange placement during the first semester.

PSYC 350. Health Psychology 3 credits
Examines psychological influences on the promotion and maintenance of physical health, prevention and treatment of illness and the causes and correlates of health and illness.  Research and theory will be presented on topics including stress and coping, health behaviors and health promotion, use of the healthcare system and pain. Prerequisite: PSYC 105.  Offered alternate years.

PSYC 355. Brain and Behavior 3 credits
Analysis of the anatomy and physiology of the nervous system of animals and humans, with a focus on biological mechanisms most relevant to key issues in psychology. Topics include the mind-body problem, development of language and learning, sexual behavior, alcoholism, psychosomatic illness, anxiety, aggressive behavior, recovery from brain damage, depression and schizophrenia. Prerequisite: PSYC 105.  Recommended:  Introductory biology or chemistry course.

PSYC 360. Behavioral Pharmacology 3 credits
Analyzes the effects of drugs on behavior, with particular emphasis on the development and classification of drugs; the effects of drugs on cognition, emotions, and psychomotor abilities; and the study of the chemical reactions and functions of the individual neuron or small populations of neurons. Takes a biopsychological perspective to build relationships between the empirical and experiential.
Prerequisite: PSYC 105.  Recommended:  Introductory biology or chemistry course.

PSYC 397, 398. Topics in Psychology 3 credits
Courses in areas of psychology not included in other offerings in the department. Class topics will change each semester.  Prerequisites: PSYC 105 and instructor permission.

PSYC 402. Psychology of Sensation and Perception 3 credits
Examination of theoretical knowledge and experimental study of how information is gathered from the environment. Topics include psychophysics, vision, audition, touch and pain, smell and taste.
Prerequisite: PSYC 105. Offered alternate years.

PSYC 403. Behavioral Neuroscience 4 credits
Examination of the functional neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of human beings. Emphasis on the physiology and anatomy of the nervous system and the relationship between the nervous system and behavior and disorders that affect the nervous system.
Prerequisites: PSYC 105, 355; BIOL 101 or 103.  Recommended:  CHEM 101 or 105 or PHYS 203 or 251

WI-PSYC 404. Advanced Experimental Design and Analysis  4 credits
In-depth examination of research and methodology with hands-on research experience during all phases of the course. As a group, students are required to initiate a research project and carry it through to completion under instructor supervision.  Students will develop a research topic, conduct a literature search, develop a research design, obtain IRB approval, collect data, conduct data analysis, and individually write an APA style research paper.  Prerequisites:  PSYC 105, STAT 213 with a C+ or above, PSYC 215 with a C+ or above.

PSYC 414. History of Psychology 3 credits
Historical roots of modern psychology in relation to current trends. Prerequisites: Junior status; PSYC 105, 215.  Offered alternate years.

PSYC 501 Psychopharmacology 1 credit
Analyzes the effects of drugs on behavior, with particular emphasis on the effects of drugs on cognition, emotions, and psychomotor abilities; and study of the chemical reactions and functions of the individual neuron or small populations of neurons.  This course will take a biopsychological perspective in an attempt to build relationships between the empirical and experimental.  This course is designed to complement HS 501 to complete the Behavioral Pharmacology course for Occupational Therapy students, thus allowing 3 psychology credits.  Prerequisites:  PSYC 105, one semester of biology or chemistry, completion of HS 501.

+STAT 213 Applied Statistical Reasoning for the Sciences 3 credits 
Cross-disciplinary course on how and why scientists use statistics to describe and interpret information they gather.  Topics include descriptive statistics and basic inferential statistics.  Prerequisites:  Introductory course in major; MATH 151 or instructor permission.

+ = Applicable toward general education degree requirements
WI = Writing intensive course



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