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101 General Psychology
Introduces the student to the science of human and animal behavior. The scientific basis of psychology is examined. Basic topics covered are biological and cognitive foundations of behavior, individual differences, measurement techniques, personality theories and development, motivation and emotion, normal vs. abnormal behavior, perception, social behavior and learning.

201 Organizational Psychology
Examines the application of psychology to the general field of industry and organizations. Specific areas covered are measurement and analysis of jobs and job proficiency, personnel selection procedures, interview techniques, psychological testing, and conditions affecting work productivity.

202 Child Psychology
The psychological development of the individual from conception to pre- adolescence, including areas of cognition, personality, learning, as well as the physical and the emotional development of the child.

203 Adolescent Psychology
The psychological development of adolescence. Areas covered are the development of the physical, intellectual, emotional, social, and moral aspects of adolescence. Special consideration is paid to family interaction and the current forces affecting the behavior of youth today.

204 Psychology of Adulthood and Aging
This course examines the biological, intellectual, personal and social development of adults beginning with early adulthood and continuing to the end of life. Students will explore the research that has been conducted in the field of adulthood, and study the events of adulthood, such as occupational choice, marriage, parenthood, and retirement. Some of the fundamental concerns and controversies that accompany the study of adult development and aging are also addressed.

205 Psychology of Addiction and Dependency
The psychological aspects of addiction and dependency are surveyed. The construct of addiction is entertained in this framework. Chemicals that modify human behavior and emotion are studied as they relate to Psychopathology and the functioning of the healthy individual. Other compulsive non-chemical addictions are also discussed. Additional topics include behavioral pharmacology and clinical treatment of addiction and dependency.

206 Health Psychology
The role of psychological factors in four health-related areas: the prevention and treatment of mental and physical illness; the development of mental and physical illness; the promotion and maintenance of good health behavior; and the organization and formation of health-care policy and the health-care system. The student will be exposed to the underlying psychological theories and methods employed in this area, as well as their clinical applications.

207 Psychology of Gender
This course explores the meaning and significance of "gender," focusing on the view of this construct from within psychology. Included are investigations of most of the major subfields within psychology (e.g. perception/cognition, neuroscience, social/ personality, developmental). Relevant psychological theories, approaches to research, and research results are critically discussed and evaluated. Related topics covered include biological differences between males and females, intimate relationships, stereotypes, and language.

208 Psychology and Law
This course addresses psychological knowledge as it pertains to law. Emphasis is in two broad areas. First, is presentation and critical analysis of the application of Psychology-based research to areas of law, such as the influence of sensation and perception on witness memory. Second, is the presentation of usual and customary practice of Psychology in areas of law, such as assessing police personality, jury selection, child abuse evaluations and effects of imprisonment on behavior.

209 Political Psychology
Application of psychological theory to the practical political realm to identify rationales and motivations associated with political thinking processes and behavior. Topics include political communication, information processing, persuasion, socialization, social conflict, negotiation and bargaining, and mass media effects.

210 Special Topics in Psychology
Detailed examination in a seminar format, of a topic of current psychological interest or concern. The department will choose and announce the topic prior to course registration.

211 Cross Cultural Psychology
This course is designed to explore the research and application of cross cultural psychology to understand the ways in which culture explains differences in perception, communication, personality, and social processes. Students will gain knowledge about recent research while also exploring ways in which their cultural experience has shaped their personality, perception, and communication patterns. Special emphasis will be placed on creating greater cultural competency when working with members of non-dominant cultures. Using text, primary source material, media, experiential learning activities and writing assignments the course will introduce students to major theoretical orientations and provide opportunities for critical evaluation of cross cultural theory.

212 Sports and Exercise Psychology
Research and clinical applications in the study of sport and exercise psychology are offered in this course. This course includes cognitive, affective, behavioral and social factors involved in the assessment and application of psychological principles to this discipline.

301 Behavioral Statistics
This introductory course begins with a review of basic mathematics. Next, descriptive and inferential statistics are presented. Descriptive to include single subject methods and inferential to cover both parametric and non-parametric methods. This course will introduce the student to laboratory resources and use of computers in assisting design, analysis and presentation of results.

Prerequisites: Psychology 101

302-303 Experimental Psychology: Research Methods and Design I-II
Introduction to the methods of conducting psychological research including ethics. Laboratory activities include practice in designing, conducting, analyzing, and writing reports. The second semester is devoted to completing the senior thesis with collaborative problem-solving and close faculty supervision.

Prerequisites: Psychology 101, 301

304 Cognitive Psychology
The scientific study of the workings of the human mind. Topics to be covered include perceptual processes and attention, memory, mental imagery, language, reading, problem solving, reasoning, decision making, and cognitive and language development. The basic theme is the examination of how humans process information.

Prerequisites: Psychology 101, or permission of the instructor

305 Behavioral Neuroscience
This course introduces the neurobiological foundations of mental processes and behavior. In addition to the mechanics and gross anatomy of the regulatory systems, topics covered in this course include: sensory systems, motivational systems (e.g., sleep and hunger), emotion, memory and psychopathology.

Prerequisite: Psychology 101, or permission of the instructor.

306 Psychology of Personality
An explanation of personality structure, function, dynamics, and development. The scientific bases of the study of the personality are established. Main points of view of leading personality theorists are analyzed. The normal personality is emphasized.

Prerequisite: Psychology 101 or permission of the instructor.

307 Abnormal Psychology
This course introduces the theoretical approaches and empirical research regarding the etiology, assessment, classification, prevention and treatment of personality and psychological disorders such as antisocial personality disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) to name two.

Prerequisite: Psychology 101 or permission of the instructor.

308 Methods of Clinical Psychology
A review of the status of clinical psychology. Evaluation and diagnostic techniques are presented and the growth of psychotherapy is examined from Freud to recent behavioral modification techniques. Individual and group methods are evaluated.

Prerequisite: Psychology 101, 307, or permission of the instructor.

309 Contemporary Issues in Psychology
The consideration of current advancements and challenges in the study of Psychology are considered in this course. Primary readings, films, laboratory and field experiences will be utilized for students to gain insight regarding topics related to the faculty member's expertise.

Prerequisite: PY101 or permission of the instructor

310 Humanistic Psychology
Concentrates on the developments of the Humanistic movement from the 1950s to the present. Emphasis is placed on the normal and fully actualizing human, as well as other areas of human behavior ignored by traditional psychology.

Prerequisite: Psychology 101, 306, or permission of the instructor.

311 Neuropsychological Assessment
An introduction to the theory and practice of Neuropsychology. Students will gain an understanding of the field through clinical case studies and the tests and measurements utilized by neuropsychologists. Students will gain experience administering some tests, evaluating individual differences, and completing summary reports.

Prerequisite: Psychology 101 and 301.

312 History and Systems of Psychology
The historical roots of the development of modern psychology are entertained. Major areas include the behavioral and cognitive revolutions. Additionally psychoanalysis and reactions from the developing field are considered. Current topics and their roots include neuroscience, perception and intelligence.

Prerequisite: Psychology 101 or permission of the instructor.

313 Psychology of Learning and Motivation
Traditional approaches to studying the science of behavior are discussed including classical (Pavlovian) conditioning, operant conditioning, and their interactions. Several laboratory projects are conducted throughout this course. Many applications of learning theory are also entertained. Additional topics include motivation, emotion, drives, and incentive learning. Major theorists and their contributions to learning theory are discussed.

Prerequisite: Psychology 101 or permission of the instructor.

314 Childhood Psychopathology
An examination of childhood psychological disorders, including etiology, approaches to treatment and research issues. Topics include autism, mental retardation, anxiety disorders, and learning disabilities, as well as the child's interaction with family and society.

Prerequisite: Psychology 202 or permission of the instructor.

315 Social Psychology
This course deals with the psychology of the individual interacting with his/her social environment, that is, how we influence and are influenced by friends, groups, organizations, and cultures. Topics include social thinking, understanding the psychological causes of our social behaviors and beliefs, attitudes and attitude change, group psychology, romantic attraction, aggression, prejudice, and altruism.

Prerequisite: Psychology 101

316 Sensation and Perception
This course introduces the neurobiology of the sensory systems, the acquisitions of environmental energy, and the formation of perception. The five traditional senses are examined with an emphasis on the visual system and visual perception (e.g., depth and color).

Prerequisite: Psychology 101, or permission of the instructor.

400 Independent Study
Under the supervision of a faculty member in the department, a student may explore a topic of their own choosing which is not listed as a course offering.

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor

401 Seminar in Psychology
Written papers and presentation of individual research projects which reflect an integration of the field of psychology. Required of all senior psychology majors.

Prerequisite: Psychology 303

402-403 Internship
Qualified students may be offered the opportunity to work as interns in agencies which offer significant roles for psychologists, e.g., schools, clinics, rehabilitation centers, or in industry or other typical organizations which offer opportunities to integrate academic studies in the liberal arts and in psychology with the practical aspects available in the site locations.

Prerequisite: Junior or Senior Standing in the major