The semesters listed after course descriptions indicate when courses are expected to be offered. Schedules are subject to change; students should confirm semester offerings with the department when planning degree programs. Click here to go directly to special and advanced courses in psychology.
100. General Psychology (3) (SOCIAL SCIENCE)
An overview of the facts, principles and methods of the science of behavior and psychological processes. Topics typically include learning, research methodology, memory, perception, cognition, psychobiology, social psychology, abnormal behavior and psychotherapy. Students may be required to participate in a limited number of experiments conducted by faculty members or advanced students (or to complete an alternative assignment). FALL, SPRING.
205. Developmental Psychology (3)
Theory and research on psychological development from birth through adulthood. (Open to freshmen. Prerequisite: PSYC 100). FALL, SPRING.
206. Health Psychology (3)
Behavioral factors in health and illness. Topics typically include stress, prevention of illness, pain and patient-practictioner interaction. Applicants are made to specific illnesses. (Open to freshmen. Prerequisite: PSYC 100). SPRING.
211. Statistics for Psychology (4)
The application of elementary research design and descriptive and inferential statistics to psychological data. Students can expect to gain first-hand familiarity with basic statistical analyses. (Prerequisites: PSYC 100, MATH 101 or equivalent proficiency). FALL, SPRING.
212. Research Methods for Non-Majors (4)
An introduction to the principles of psychological research and elementary statistics. This course CANNOT be used toward a major in psychology. (Prerequisite: PSYC 100).
214. Social Psychology (3)
Individual behavior as it is influenced by the behavior of others within a variety of social contexts. Topics typically include affiliation, attitude and behavior change; interpersonal attraction; social influence; prosocial behavior and aggression. (Prerequisite: PSYC 100). FALL.
216. Human Sexuality (4)
The physiological, psychological and social dimensions of sexual development and behavior. (This course DOES NOT count towards the major or minor in Psychology). OFFERED AS NEEDED.
265. Research Methods for Majors (4)
An introduction to, and application of, the scientific method in psychology. Laboratory periods are directed toward understanding scientific methodology and developing research skills. (Prerequisite: PSYC 211). FALL, SPRING.
300. Topics in Psychology (1-4)
An in-depth study of a special topic, which varies from semester to semester. Recent courses have focused on current psychotherapies, forensic psychology and psychology in the cinema. May be repeated with a different topic. (Prerequisite: PSYC 100). OFFERED AS NEEDED.
303. Abnormal Psychology (4)
The study of behavioral and emotional disturbance. Current research and theory are applied to the description, assessment, causes and treatment of psychopathology. Students will compete a service-learning project at an agency. (Prerequisite: PSYC 100). OFFERED AS NEEDED.
304. Theories and Principles of Psychotherapy (3)
The nature of counseling and psychotherapy with an emphasis on dominant theories, research, current practice and ethics. The basic counseling skills of empathy and listening are covered. (Prerequisite: PSYC 303). OFFERED AS NEEDED.
305. Child Psychopathology (3)
An overview of psychopathology in children and adolescents. Areas to be explored include the DSM criteria, assessment, etiology and treatment of various psychological disorders. An emphasis will be placed in empirical research in these areas. (Prerequisite: PSYC 205). OFFERED AS NEEDED.
306. Psychology of Gender (3)
Explores theories and research regarding the roots and impact of sex and gender. Typically covered are the effects of being female and male on personality, relationships, achievement, health, mental health and social life. (Prerequisite: PSYC 100). OFFERED AS NEEDED.
311. Personality Theory and Research (3)
An examination of various approaches toward understanding personality including Freudian, humanistic, trait, behavioral/social learning and cognitive. The research generated by each of the theories will also be examined. (Prerequisite: PSYC 100). FALL.
313. Cognitive Psychology (3)
The study of cognitive processes. Topics include perception, attention, memory, problem solving, reasoning and language. (Prerequisite: PSYC 100). SPRING.
321. Psychology and Law (3)
Psychological principles drawn from sub-disciplines (e.g., social, clinical, cognitive) in terms of their relevance and application to the legal system. Topics will include forensic psychologists’ roles, problems in the field, techniques of criminal investigation; insanity and competency; dangerousness/risk assessment; eyewitness identification; interrogations and confessions and child sexual abuse. (Prerequisites: PSYC 100 and junior or senior standing). FALL.
322. Learning Theory (3)
An examination of the philosophical and scientific concepts important to the development of psychology through the work and biographies of historically significant contributors to the field. (Prerequisite: completion of 12 semester hours in PSYC and junior or senior standing). SPRING.
342. Biopsychology (3)
Biological bases of behavior, including topics such as neuroanatomy, neural transmission, sensory transduction, genetics, emotion, sleep, learning, language and psychological disorders. (Prerequisite: PSYC 100). FALL.
348. Industrial/Organizational Psychology (3)
The application of psychological theories and research to problems associated with the world of work. Topics typically include research methodology, motivation, job satisfaction, personnel selextion and placement and leadership. Also offered as BAD 348. (Prerequisite: PSYC 100). OFFERED AS NEEDED.
440. Current Research in Psychology: MPA (1-2)
Exposure to current experimental research in psychology. Student attend presentations at the Midwestern Psychological Association annual meeting, which usually takes place in Chicago in early May. Reading from current journals is also required. Students enrolling for 2 semester hours are required to do an additional integrative project. (Prerequisite: completion of 14 hours in PSYC, including PSYC 265). OFFERED AS NEEDED.
444. Advanced Research (2)
Capstone preparatory course. Under supervision of a faculty member, each student chooses a research topic of interest, conducts an in-depth literature review, formulates hypotheses and predictions, designs an experiment, obtains IRB approval and prepares a formal research proposal. Proposed research will be conducted in PSYC 445. (Prerequisites: PSYC 265, junior standing, departmental permission). SPRING.
445. Capstone: Senior Research (2)
Under supervision of a faculty member, each student prepares an experiment, conducts a pilot study, presents results to the class for review, revises the research design and conducts the research. Each student prepares a research article following APA publication guidelines and presents the findings in a public form. (Prerequisite: PSYC 265, senior standing, departmental permission). FALL.
199. Exploratory Internship (1-3)
(Prerequisite: junior or senior standing and written departmental permission).
299. Experimental Course (1-3)
399. Professional Internship (1-12)
(Prerequisite: junior or senior standing, written departmental permission).
451. Independent Study (1-3)
Supervised reading or research in an area of special interest to the student; the project may be theoretical or experimental. (Prerequisites: PSYC 100 and permission of instructor).