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Psychology Courses

PSYC 3105. Pseudopsychologies and the Paranormal (3-0-3) Prerequisite: PSYC 1101 with a grade of "C" or better. An objective analysis of popular psychological and paranormal phenomena to evaluate scientific credibility and develop critical thinking skills. Students may attempt the course only three times.

PSYC 3125. Abnormal Psychology (3-0-3) Prerequisite: PSYC 1101 with a grade of "C" or better. An introduction to the explanation of abnormal behavior and intervention techniques. Students may attempt the course only three times.

PSYC 3145. Clinical Psychology (3-0-3) Prerequisite: PSYC 1101 with a grade of "C" or better. Introduction to the activities of the clinical psychologist, including psychodiagnosis, psychotherapy, and clinical research. Students may attempt the course only three times.

PSYC 3155. Social Psychology (3-0-3) Prerequisite: PSYC 1101 with a grade of "C" or better. An introduction to how people think about, influence, and relate to one another. Topics covered may include attitudes, persuasion, stereotypes/prejudice, attraction, and the application of social psychology research. Students may attempt the course only three times.

PSYC 3165. Cross-Cultural Psychology (3-0-3) Prerequisite: PSYC 1101 with a grade of "C" or better. An introduction to how cultures differentially affect human psychology. Psychological universals, sources of psychological diversity, and the Western culture bias that historically exists in the psychological research literature will be presented. Students may attempt the course only three times.

PSYC 3185. Child Development (3-0-3) Prerequisites: PSYC 1101 and PSYC 2103 with a grade of "C" or better. An introduction to research and theories in human physical, cognitive, and emotional development through infancy, childhood, and adolescence. Students may attempt the course only three times.

PSYC 3215. Tests and Measurement (3-2-4) Prerequisites: PSYC 3211 with a grade of "C" or better. An introduction to basic theories and facts about how psychologists construct and use tests to measure behavior. Laboratory will be used to provide experience with commercially available tests commonly used to measure various characteristics such as intelligence, personality traits, etc. Students may attempt the course only three times. (Course fee required.)

PSYC 3245. Applied Behavior Analysis (3-2-4) Prerequisite: PSYC 1101 and PSYC 3235 with a grade of "C" or better. A conceptual, empirical, and practical introduction to the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. Research techniques and learning principles used in applied research are covered. The course reviews literature demonstrating the efficacy of ABA interventions and addresses major ethical concerns. Students complete projects requiring ABA fieldwork, research, and reporting. (Course fee required.)

PSYC 3265. Evolutionary Psychology (3-0-3) Prerequisite: PSYC 1101 and BIOL 1215 both with a grade of "C" or better. An introduction to psychological topics that have been addressed from an evolutionary perspective, including mating strategies, sexual jealousy, cheater detection, parental nurturance and negligence, spatial memory, and aggression and violence. Students may attempt the course only three times.

PSYC 3555. Selected Topics in Psychology with Lab (3-2-4) Prerequisite: PSYC 1101 with a grade of "C" or better. Various topics offered to meet interests and needs of students or to emphasize a contemporary topic not otherwise included in the major curriculum. Includes a laboratory component. May be repeated for credit with consent of advisor if topics differ. (Course fee required.)

PSYC 3565. Selected Topics in Psychology ({1-3}-0-{1-3}) Prerequisite: PSYC 1101 with a grade of "C" or better. Various topics offered to meet interests and needs of students or to emphasize a contemporary topic not otherwise included in the major curriculum. May be repeated for credit with consent of advisor if topics differ.

PSYC 4105. Psychology of Aging (3-0-3) Prerequisites: PSYC 1101 and PSYC 2103 each with a grade of "C" or higher. An introduction to cognitive, emotional, and physical development in adulthood. Multidisciplinary research evidence focusing on the nature and needs of the adult population will be presented. Students may only attempt the course three times.

PSYC 4106. Biological Psychology (3-0-3) Prerequisites: PSYC 1101 and BIOL 1215, both with a grade of "C" or better. An introduction to the biological basis of behavior. Relationships between physiology, anatomy, and psychological phenomena will be presented. Students may attempt the course only three times.

PSYC 4115. History and Systems (3-0-3) Prerequisites: PSYC 1101 with a grade of "C" or better. A treatment of psychology's roots in the disciplines of philosophy and physiology and perspectives in contemporary psychology that have developed from these beginnings. Students may attempt the course only three times.

PSYC 4116. Comparative Animal Behavior (3-0-3) Prerequisites: PSYC 1101 and BIOL 1215, both with a grade of "C" or better. An introduction to the evolution, development, function, and causes of animal behavior. Comparisons will be made across species using learning, ecological, and evolutionary perspectives. Students may attempt the course only three times.

PSYC 4125. Theories of Personality (3-0-3) Prerequisite: PSYC 1101 with a grade of "C" or better. An introduction to basic theories and facts about the nature and origins of human individual differences. Students may attempt the course only three times.

PSYC 4165. Motivation (3-0-3) Prerequisites: PSYC 1101 and BIOL 1215 both with a grade of "C" or better. An introduction to basic theories and facts about the question of what energizes and gives direction to behavior including topics such as sex, achievement motivation, and addictive behaviors. Students may only attempt the course three times.

PSYC 4185. Sensation and Perception (3-0-3) Prerequisites: PSYC 1101 and BIOL 1215, both with a grade of "C" or better. A biopsychological analysis of sensory systems and the organization of sensory input into perception. Students may attempt the course only three times.

PSYC 4235. Learning and Behavior Analysis (3-2-4) Prerequisites: PSYC 1101 with a grade of "C" or better. An introduction to various forms of learning, including classical and operant conditioning, and to the experimental analysis of behavior. Findings from human and non-human animal research will be presented. Laboratories will illustrate principles and methods of behavior analysis. Students may attempt the course only three times. (Course fee required.)

PSYC 4275. Cognitive Psychology (3-2-4) Prerequisites: PSYC 1101 and BIOL 1215 both with a grade of "C" or better. An introduction to the basic principles and theories of human cognition, including findings from cognitive neuroscience. Laboratories will demonstrate principles and methods of cognitive psychology. Students may attempt the course only three times. (Course fee required.)

PSYC 4497. Teaching Apprenticeship in Psychology (2-2-3) Prerequisites: PSYC 1101 with a grade of "C" or better, Junior or Senior standing, and Approval of the instructor. Students will assist psychology faculty and students in various capacities, which include but are not limited to: supplemental peer instruction, course preparation, organization of educational materials, and in-class assistance. Students will develop public speaking and presentation skills, increased knowledge of pedagogy, and a deeper understanding of psychology. (Course fee required.)

PSYC 4698. Internship ({1-9}-0-{1-9}) Prerequisites: PSYC 1101, at least nine hours of upper-level psychology courses. Students must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA and approval by departmental faculty. Supervised experience in the field with an approved agency, company, or institution. (S/U grading.)

PSYC 4899. Independent Study (0-0-{1-9}) Prerequisites: PSYC 1101 with a grade of "C" or better and approval of departmental faculty. Research conducted under faculty supervision, requiring all or some of the following: study design, execution, and quantitative analysis of data gathered in a behavioral research project. Project culminates in a formal paper or presentation. (Course fee required.)