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Course Descriptions

PSY-B 103 Orientation to a Major in Psychology (1 cr.)   This course will help students establish goals for their academic experience in three areas: career, relationships, and personal life. They will be introduced to psychological resources on campus, the faculty, and student organizations. They also will make a curriculum plan to meet their learning objectives.

PSY-B 105 Psychology as a Biological Science (3 cr.)   Research methods and content areas of learning, sensation-perception, psychophysiology, motivation, emotions, and statistics.

PSY-B 110 Introduction to Psychology (3 cr.)   This foundational course introduces students to psychology as a systematic and scientific way to think about the biological and social aspects of behavior and mental processes. Topics include Research Methods, Behavioral Neuroscience, Sensation/Perception, Learning, Memory, Cognition and Language, Motivation/Emotion, Personality, Social, Stress and Health, Psychological Disorders and Treatment, and Life-span Development.

PSY-B 252 Topics in Psychology (1 cr.)   Topics in psychology and interdisciplinary applications. May be repeated, provided different topics are studied, for a maximum of 4 credit hours.

PSY-B 292 Readings and Research in Psychology (1 cr.)  [P:Consent of instructor.]   Independent readings and research on psychology problems. For freshmen and sophomores only.

PSY-B 303 Career Planning for Psychology Majors (1 cr.)   Students will explore careers, practice job search skills, and learn about graduate and professional school application processes. Students will utilize resources across campus and in psychology, map an academic and co-curricular plan, and develop an understanding of how knowledge gained from the discipline of psychology can be integrated into their career.

PSY-B 305 Statistics (3 cr.)  [P:PSY-B 104 or or B 105 or B 110, and 3 credits of mathematics that carry School of Science credit.]    Introduction to basic statistical concepts; descriptive statistics and inferential statistics. Introduction to data analytic software.

PSY-B 307 Tests and Measurement (3 cr.)  [P:3 credit hours of psychology, and B305.]   Overview of statistical foundations of psychological measurement (e.g., test development, norms, reliability, validity). Survey of commonly used assessment instruments (e.g., intelligence/aptitude, personality, academic achievement tests) and applications of psychological testing in different settings (e.g., clinical, industrial/ organizational, school, forensic/legal settings). Recommended for students considering graduate training in clinical, industrial/organizational, school, or related areas of psychology.

PSY-B 310 Life Span Development (3 cr.)   Emphasizes the life span perspective of physical and motor, intellectual and cognitive, language, social and personality, and sexual development. Commonalities across the life span, as well as differences among the various segments of the life span, are examined. Theory, research, and practical applications are stressed equally.

PSY-B 311 Introductory Laboratory in Psychology (3 cr.)  [P:PSY-B 105 and B 110 or consent of instructor.]   Introductory laboratory in experimental methods and statistical treatment of data in several areas of psychology; introduction to experimental report writing.

PSY-B 311 Critical Thinking in Psychology (3 cr.)   This course introduces students to the process of critical thinking that is defined as a process to investigate problems, gather reliable information, logical problem solving and the ability to analyze and synthesize various forms of information and to develop logical conclusions. This course introduces scientific methodology as a process that can be applied in daily living. The course provides experience in fact finding, thinking from alternative perspectives, and various problem solving strategies. Students will practice developing rational arguments while considering claims by alternative points of view. Students will experience and gain skills in posing academic questions and how to respectfully present counterpoints. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits, provided different topics are studied.

PSY-B 320 Behavioral Neuroscience (3 cr.)  [P:PSY-B 305.]   Review of necessary background in neurophysiology and neuroanatomy followed by the relationship of physiology to sensory processes, motivation, and learning. Emphasis on research with animals.

PSY-B 321 Clinical Writing (1 cr.)  [P:3 credit hours of psychology.]   Prepares students to be competent and accurate in clinical documentation in the behavioral health profession. This course includes learning clinical abbreviations, documentation requirements by Medicaid/Medicare, and insurance companies. The course will review clinical documentation from intake to discharge.

PSY-B 325 Professional Ethics (1 cr.)  [P:3 credit hours of psychology.]   Overviews ethical codes and standards for professional practice in behavioral health. Students will explore practices and dilemmas.

PSY-B 328 Working With Families (2 cr.)  [P:PSY-B 104 or B110, or]   Provides a knowledge and skill base for professional practice with families. The course reviews issues regarding confidentiality and mandatory reporting, assessment, and coordination with other social service agencies.

PSY-B 334 Perception (3 cr.)  [P:PSY-B 105 or B110.]   Consideration of the concepts and research in perception. Relation of sense organ systems to human behavior. Some attention to social and cultural factors.

PSY-B 340 Cognition (3 cr.)  [P:PSY-B 105 or B110, or consent of instructor.]   A survey of information processing theories from historical antecedents through current theories. Research methodology and theory will be emphasized throughout the discussion of issues such as perception, attention, memory, reasoning, and problem solving.

PSY-B 344 Learning (3 cr.)  [P:PSY-B 105 or B110, or consent of instructor.]   History, theory, and research involving human and animal learning and cognitive processes.

PSY-B 356 Motivation (3 cr.)  [P:3 credit hours of psychology.]   Study of motivational processes in human and animal behavior, how needs and incentives influence behavior, and how motives change and develop.

PSY-N 358 Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology (3 cr.)  [P:3 credit hours of psychology, or consent of instructor.]   This course surveys various aspects of behavior in work situations using the scientist-practitioner perspective. Traditional areas covered from personnel psychology include selection, training, and performance appraisal; areas surveyed from organizational psychology include leadership, motivation, and job satisfaction.

PSY-B 360 Child and Adolescent Psychology (3 cr.)  [P:3 credit hours of psychology.]   Development of behavior in infancy, childhood, and adolescence, including sensory and motor development and processes such as learning, motivation, and socialization.

PSY-B 362 Practicum in Child Psychology (3 cr.)  [P:Consent of instructor.]   Experience working with children in field setting. May be repeated once.

PSY-B 365 Stress and Health (3 cr.)   This course will familiarize students with the study of physical health within the field of psychology. Topics include the relationship between stress and health, health promotion, health behaviors, chronic illness, and the patient-physician relationship. Research methods in health psychology as well as major theories underlying the field will be examined and evaluated. Psychological variables related to physical health will be examined within the framework of these theories. Practical application of constructs will be emphasized through activities and writing assignments.

PSY-B 370 Social Psychology (3 cr.)  [P:3 credit hours of psychology.]   Study of the individual in social situations including socialization, social perception, social motivation, attitudes, social roles, and small group behavior.

PSY-B 374 Group Dynamics Theory and Research (3 cr.)  [P:PSY-B 370.]   An intensive survey of research and theory on the behavior of small groups and the research methods by which groups are studied.

PSY-B 375 Psychology and Law (3 cr.)   This course provides an overview of the U.S. legal system from a behavioral science perspective. Topics include: careers in psychology and law; theories of crime; police investigations and interrogations; eyewitness accuracy; jury decision-making; sentencing; assessing legal competence; insanity and dangerousness; and the psychology of victims.

PSY-B 376 The Psychology of Women (3 cr.)  [P:3 credit hours of psychology.]   A survey of topics in psychology as related to the biological, social, and psychological development of women in modern society.

PSY-B 380 Abnormal Psychology (3 cr.)   Various forms of mental disorders with emphasis on cause, development, treatment, prevention, and interpretation.

PSY-B 382 Practicum in Community Psychology (3 cr.)  [P:or C: PSY-B 370 or B380 and consent of instructor.]   Experience working with individuals who may have a wide range of psychological problems. Focus is upon both the individual and helping agency as factors in the community.

PSY-B 386 Introduction to Counseling (3 cr.)  [P:PSY-B 104 or B110, B310, and B380.]   This course will help students acquire a repertoire of basic counseling interview skills and strategies and expose students to specific helping techniques. This will be an activity-based course and students will enhance the general-education goals of listening and problem solving.

PSY-B 388 Human Sexuality (3 cr.)   This course provides a scientific approach to the study of human sexuality. The course will go over important topics in the field, develop and enhance critical thinking skills, and facilitate self-exploration and personal growth.

PSY-B 390 Psychology of the Movies (3 cr.)  [P:PSY-B 110 or equivalent.]   This course introduces students to critical thinking and analysis of psychological concepts and theories as they are portrayed in movies. Topics include the interplay of personalities, social dynamics, stereotypes, prejudice, social policy and social justice. The course presents strategies and models to complete analysis of various psychological aspects of movies including the psychological effects of special effects, cinematography, sound, and other media art forms. May be repeated for up to 6 credits total.

PSY-B 394 Drugs and Behavior (3 cr.)  [P:PSY-B 105 or B110.]   An introduction to psychopharma-cology, the study of drugs that affect behavior, cognitive functioning, and emotions, with an emphasis on drugs of abuse. The course will explore how drugs alter brain function and the consequent effects, as well as the long-term consequences of drug exposure.

PSY-B 395 Issues in Substance Abuse Counseling (3 cr.)  [P:Consent of instructor.]   Focuses on building knowledge and skills in substance abuse counseling. This course explores the issues and challenges for clients and counselors.

PSY-B 396 Alcohol, Alcoholism, and Drug Abuse (3 cr.)   Provides introduction to the use, misuse, and dependent use of alcohol and other mood-altering drugs. Topics include basic principles of drug action, the behavioral and pharmacological effects of drugs, and the factors that influence use, abuse, and addiction. Addiction assessment, treatment, and treatment outcome also will be covered.

PSY-B 422 Professional Practice (1 cr.)  [P:Consent of instructor.]   Can include a professional internship in the community, peer advising in the psychology advising office, or teaching internship in the department. Faculty mentor must approve and oversee activity. Academic work will be required to earn credit.

PSY-B 424 Theories of Personality (3 cr.)  [P:3 credit hours of psychology.]   Methods and results of the scientific study of personality, including the development, structure, and functioning of the normal personality.

PSY-B 425 Capstone Laboratory in Personality (3 cr.)  [P:PSY-B 305, B311 and B424.]   Demonstrations and experiments in personality research.

PSY-B 452 Seminar in Psychology (1 cr.)  [P:PSY-B 305 and B311.]   Topics in psychology and interdisciplinary applications. May be repeated, provided different topics are studied, for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

PSY-B 471 Capstone Laboratory in Social Psychology (3 cr.)  [P:PSY-B 311 and B305.]   Observational, correlational, and experimental studies in social psychology.

PSY-B 472 Practicum in Group Dynamics (3 cr.)  [P:6 credit hours of psychology and consent of instructor.]   Application in the field of group dynamics through experience as a participant in group sensitivity training.

PSY-B 492 Readings and Research in Psychology (1 cr.)  [P:Consent of instructor.]   Independent readings and research on psychological problems.

PSY-B 497 Capstone Individual Research (3 cr.)  [P:PSY-B 305, B311, and consent of instructor.]   Independent research projects. This course requires the student to develop a research question, design a research study, and complete a research paper. Additionally, students are required to present their research at an approved conference. This activitiy has been approved to fulfill capstone course requirements.