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PSY 100: Orientation to Psychology
1 CH   /  Offered Every Fall

In this course, students will become oriented to the unique self-reflection and interpersonal skills necessary when working with human participants in the field of psychology. (This course meets at the same time as PSY 373 Research with Human Participants.) Offered to first-year psychology majors every fall.

PSY 150: General Psychology
3 CH   /  Offered Every Semester

An introduction to the scientific study of human behavior and cognitive processes including research methods, biological influences, sensation and perception, learning, memory, development, motivation and emotion, intelligence, personality, stress and coping, abnormal behavior and therapeutic approaches. A prerequisite for most other psychology courses.

PSY 210: Positive Psychology: Living a Fulfilling Life
3 CH

This course is designed to be an introduction to the emerging field of Positive Psychology. Students will study and complete exercises that allow them to apply the PERMA (Positive emotions, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, Accomplishment) model for maximizing human potential.

PSY 222: Research Methods
4 CH   /  WIC

A survey of research methods used to describe, predict and explain behavioral and thought processes. The methods of observation, correlation, and experimentation will be emphasized. Students will conduct a number of computer-based experiments and learn how to write experimental reports using the accepted format of the American Psychological Association. (P: PSY 150 and MATH 211)

PSY 230: Introduction to Learning
3 CH

An introduction to the basic concepts and theoretical orientations of 20th century learning theorists including Pavlov, Thorndike, Watson, Guthrie, Tolman, Hull, Skinner, Bandura and Anderson. Processes that affect learning, such as biological constraints, motivation and memory will be discussed, as well as computer simulation models. (P: PSY 150) Offered as needed.

PSY 240: Child Development
3 CH

An introduction to the study of physical, cognitive, social and psychological growth of the individual from infancy through middle childhood. A special effort is made to integrate theoretical concepts with behavioral examples and to show the application of theories to problems in child rearing. (P: PSY 150)

PSY 242: Adolescent Development
3 CH

An examination of current theories concerning human development from late childhood through early adulthood. Physical, cognitive, social and psychological issues will be addressed. (P: PSY 150)

PSY 244: Adulthood and Aging
3 CH

A survey of early, middle and later adulthood. A biopsychosocial model is used to explore changes in biological functioning, information processing, memory, intelligence, personality, mental health and personal relationships. Death and dying issues will also be explored. (P: PSY 150)

PSY 250: Applied Psychology
3 CH

The application of psychological theories and research to topics which are essentially relevant to young adulthood, such as career choice, relationship development and maintenance, sexuality and health and well-being. Class discussion and self-reflection are emphasized as methods of inquiry and evaluation.

PSY 270: Neuropsychology
3 CH   /  Offered Every Spring

Students will be introduced to the biological basis of behavior and cognition. They will learn about the neuron, neuronal communication and the functions of various brain areas. Particular attention will be paid to the topics of psychopharmacology, human learning, human communication and various psychopathologies. (P: PSY 150 or PSY 109)

PSY 300: Abnormal Behavior
3 CH

The study of behavioral dynamics with emphasis on atypical and abnormal behavior. Students will learn to utilize the "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders" to identify, diagnose and better understand mental disorders. (P: PSY 150, two additional psychology courses)

PSY 333: Junior Seminar in Psychology
2 CH

Course is offered pending approval.

PSY 340: Conditioning and Learning
4 CH   /  WIC

An introduction to the important concepts of learning. Pavlovian and operant conditioning, stimulus control of behavior, cognitive control of behavior, biological influences and the encoding, storage and retrieval of information. (P: PSY 150 and two other courses in psychology)

PSY 342: Cognitive Psychology
4 CH   /  WIC

The theory and data of cognition, information systems and memory from the viewpoint of modern cognitive psychology. Emphasis will be placed on the methods of determining and measuring cognitive processes and on the data relating to these processes. Laboratory experiments in sensation, perception, and memory will investigate selected phenomenon from these areas. (P: PSY 150 or PSY 109)

PSY 343: Sensation and Perception
4 CH   /  WIC

An introduction to the sensory systems of the human body, with an emphasis on vision and hearing. Students will also be introduced to the methods of measuring and researching sensation and perceptual processing. This is a lecture course with a complementary lab. (P: PSY 150 or PSY 109 and sophomore status or permission of the instructor.)

PSY 360: Social Psychology
3 CH   /  Offered Every Spring

Social psychology is the study of the cognitive and behavioral processes of the individual in relation to the social environment. Topics include the role of the self in social interaction, the influence of others on personal and interpersonal behavior and group formation and dynamics. (P: PSY 150 and junior or senior standing)

PSY 362: Psychology of Religion
3 CH   /  WIC

An examination of the relationship between religious belief and experience and the psychological make-up and functioning of persons. (P: REL 120)

PSY 364: Experimental Social Psychology
4 CH   /  WIC

(P: PSY 150 and two other courses in psychology.) Course is offered pending approval.

PSY 370: Counseling Methods
3 CH

Theory and practice of counseling and interviewing skills as practiced in human service agencies. (P: PSY 150, two additional psychology courses and junior or senior standing)

PSY 371: Microcounseling Skills and Evidence Based Treatment
3 CH   /  PIC

An introduction to the important concepts and skills of clinical practice within the helping professions. Students will learn evidence based treatment strategies and Microcounseling skills such as active listening, attending skills, emphatic highlighting, probing and summarizing, influencing skills, challenging, and rapport building. (P: At least a sophomore; PSY 150 and one additional PSY course.)

PSY 373: Research with Human Participants
4 CH   /  Offered Every Fall   /  Lab Fee   /  WIC

This laboratory course is offered every fall semester for psychology students in the counseling track. Students will facilitate interpersonal process groups throughout the semester as well as gather and analyze date working with human participants. (P: Junior; PSY 371.)

PSY 410: Counseling Special Populations Seminar
3 CH   /  WIC

Focus on putting clinical theory and skills into practice, particularly with regard to special populations. Unique issues that confront persons with particular diagnoses, addictions and life situations will be explored so the student will gain appreciation of such and be equipped to work more effectively with these individuals. A case management approach will be emphasized. (P: PSY 150, junior or senior standing and two additional psychology courses.)

PSY 420: Personal Relationships Seminar
3 CH   /  WIC

An examination of research and issues relevant to the investigation of personal relationships across the lifespan, with an emphasis on the processes of the initiation, maintenance and dissolution of dating and marital relationships. The class is conducted in a seminar format, with the expectation that students contribute a great deal to the discussion and evaluation of various topics. (P: PSY 150 and junior or senior standing, or permission of instructor)

PSY 430: History and Philosophy of Psychology
3 CH   /  WIC

A review of the history of psychology starting with its physiological and philosophical roots. Important schools of thought, such as structuralism, functionalism, behaviorism, Gestalt psychology and the psychoanalytical approach will be emphasized. The important leaders and contextual forces influencing these approaches will be noted. (P: PSY 150, junior or senior standing, and two additional psychology courses)

PSY 440: Cognitive Theories in Psychology
3 CH   /  WIC

A comparison of the contributions of several theoretical perspectives to the understanding of cognition. Special attention will be given to considering neuropsychological approaches to cognition and neuropsychological disorders. (P: PSY 150 and junior or senior standing; PSY 342 is recommended) Offered as needed.

PSY 450: Topics in Psychology
3 CH   /  WIC

Advanced topics in psychology. May be repeated with different topics. (P: PSY 150; two additional courses in psychology, and junior or senior standing)

PSY 455: Cooperative Education
Credit Hours Vary

PSY 467-469: Semester in Washington
8-16 CH

See POSC 467-469.

PSY 470: Special Projects in Psychology
Credit Hours Vary

Designed to meet the individual needs of students in psychology. The student must have the permission of the faculty member with whom he or she wishes to work. The student may conduct directed or independent laboratory studies, field or library research, do concentrated reading in a specialized area of psychology or participate in seminars on various subjects in psychology. (P: PSY 150; PSY 222, MATH 211 and permission of the instructor)

PSY 471: Advanced Study in Psychology II
Credit Hours Vary

Continuation of PSY 470.

PSY 490: Independent Study
Credit Hours Vary

The student may propose a course of study or a project to be carried out under supervision of a faculty member. (P: Must have a GPA of 3.25 or above and permission of the faculty member)

PSY 499: Independent Research
3 CH

Students design and conduct a research project in an area of neuroscience. The research project must include library, laboratory and/or field research, and a written report in the format of a scientific publication. The project is done under the guidance of one faculty member and may be conducted for more than one semester.