Schedule of Classes

To see a list of all courses in each area offered by the Division of Science this semester, please consult the Schedule of Classes.

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Course Descriptions

PSY-B 103 Orientation to a Major in Psychology (1 cr.)   B103 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 104 Psychology as a Social Science (3 cr.)   B104 Psychology as a Social Science (3 cr.) Equiv. to IU PSY P102 and PU PSY 120. Fall, Spring, Summer. Introduction to scientific method, individual differences, personality, developmental, abnormal, social, and industrial psychology.

PSY-B 105 Psychology as a Biological Science (3 cr.)   B105 Psychology as a Biological Science (3 cr.) Equiv. to IU PSY P101 and PU PSY 120. Fall, Spring, Summer. Research methods and content areas of learning, sensation-perception, psychophysiology, motivation, emotions, and statistics.

PSY-B 252 Topics in Psychology (1-3 cr.)   B252 Topics in Psychology (1-3 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 (1-3 cr.)   B292 Readings and Research in Psychology  (1-3 cr.) P: consent of instructor. Fall, Spring. Independent readings and research on psychology problems. For freshmen and sophomores only.

PSY-B 305 Statistics (3 cr.)   B305 Statistics (3 cr.) P: B104 or B105, and 3 credits of mathematics that carry School of Science credit. Equiv. to IU PSY K300, PSY K310, and PU PSY 201. Fall, Spring, Summer. Introduction to basic statistical concepts; descriptive statistics and inferential statistics. Introduction to data analytic software.

PSY-B 307 Tests and Measurement (3 cr.)   B307 Tests and Measurement (3 cr.) P: Three (3) credit hours of psychology and B305. Equiv. to IU PSY P336 and PU PSY 202. 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.)   B310 Life Span Development (3 cr.) Fall, Spring, Summer. Equiv. to PU PSY 230. 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.)   B311 Introductory Laboratory in Psychology  (3 cr.) P: B105 and B305 or consent of instructor. Equiv. to IU PSY P211, and PU PSY 203. Fall, Spring. Introductory laboratory in experimental methods and statistical treatment of data in several areas of psychology; introduction to experimental report writing.

PSY-B 320 Behavioral Neuroscience (3 cr.)   B320 Behavioral Neuroscience (3 cr.) P: B105. Equiv. to IU PSY P326 and PU PSY 220. 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 334 Perception (3 cr.)   B334 Perception (3 cr.) P: B105. Equiv. to IU PSY P329 and PU PSY 310. 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.)   B340 Cognition (3 cr.) P: B105 or consent of instructor. Equiv. to IU PSY P335 and PU PSY 200. 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.)   B344 Learning (3 cr.) P: B105. Equiv. to IU PSY P325 and PU PSY 314. History, theory, and research involving human and animal learning and cognitive processes.

PSY-B 356 Motivation (3 cr.)   B356 Motivation (3 cr.) P: Three (3) credit hours of psychology. Equiv. to IU PSY P327 and PU PSY 333. 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.)   B358 Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology (3 cr.) P: Three (3) credit hours of psychology or consent of instructor. Equiv. to IU PSY P323 and PU PSY 372. 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.)   B360 Child and Adolescent Psychology (3 cr.)  P: Three (3) credit hours of psychology. Equiv. to IU PSY P316 and PU PSY 235. 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.)   B362 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.)   B365 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.)   B370 Social Psychology (3 cr.) P: Three (3) credit hours of psychology. Equiv. to IU PSY P320 and PU PSY 240. Fall, Spring, Summer. 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.)   B374 Group Dynamics Theory and Research  (3 cr.) P: B370. 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.)   B375 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.)   B376 The Psychology of Women (3 cr.) P: Three (3) credit hours of psychology. Equiv. to IU PSY P460 and PU PSY 239. 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.)   B380 Abnormal Psychology (3 cr.) Equiv. to IU PSY P324 and PU PSY 350. Fall, Spring, Summer. Various forms of mental disorders with emphasis on cause, development, treatment, prevention, and interpretation.

PSY-B 382 Practicum in Community Psychology (3 cr.)   B382 Practicum in Community Psychology (3 cr.) P or C: B370 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.)   B386 Introduction to Counseling (3 cr.) P: B104, 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.)   

PSY-B 394 Drugs and Behavior (3 cr.)   B394 Drugs and Behavior (3 cr.) P: B105. Equiv. to PU PSY 428. 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 396 Alcohol, Alcoholism, and Drug Abuse (3 cr.)   B396 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 (1-3 cr.)   B422 Professional Practice (1-3 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.)   B424 Theories of Personality (3 cr.) P: Three (3) credit hours of psychology. Equiv. to IU PSY P319 and PU PSY 420. 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.)   B425 Capstone Laboratory in Personality (3 cr.) P: B305, B311 and B424. Demonstrations and experiments in personality research.

PSY-B 452 Seminar in Psychology (1-3 cr.)   B452 Seminar in Psychology (1-3 cr.) P: B305 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.)   B471 Capstone Laboratory in Social Psychology (3 cr.) P: B311 and B305. P or C: B370. Equiv. to IU PSY P421. Observational, correlational, and experimental studies in social psychology.

PSY-B 472 Practicum in Group Dynamics (3 cr.)   B472 Practicum in Group Dynamics (3 cr.)  P: Six (6) credit hours of psychology and consent of instructor. Equiv. to IU PSY P321. Application in the field of group dynamics through experience as a participant in group sensitivity training.

PSY-B 492 Readings and Research in Psychology (1-3 cr.)   B492 Readings and Research in Psychology  (1-3 cr.) P: consent of instructor. Equiv. to IU PSY P495 and PU PSY 390 and 391. Fall, Spring, Summer. Independent readings and research on psychological problems.