Psychology

Requirements & Courses

  • Major Requirements
    1. Thirty-six credits in Psychology which must include PSY-121; 201 or 204; 212; 220; 225; 331 or 336; 305; 314 and 4 additional elective credits in PSY.
    2. The ETS Major Field Test for Psychology is required for the comprehensive evaluation.
  • Minor Requirements

    Twenty-four credits of Psychology.

  • Four credits from PSY, with the exception of practicum or independent study courses, count towards the Distributive Requirements in the Natural Sciences — Life Sciences.
  • Neuroscience Major Requirements (NSC)
    1. Thirty-six credits which must include courses from the  four content areas as described below:

    a. Psychology: PSY-121; 201, 204; 256; 310 or 314; 500.

    b. Biology and Chemistry: BIO-121; 204; 301 and CHM-115; 223; 224; 230; BCM-321

    c. Mathematics: Eight credits from MTH-116; 121; or PSY-220

    d. Philosophy: PHL-229 or 347

Courses

  • PSY
    121
    .
    Introduction to Psychology
    4
    Survey of major areas of psychology: learning, perception and cognition, human development, individual differences, social psychology and abnormal psychology. Laboratory. Course fee.
  • PSY
    *
    200
    .
    Animal Behavior
    4
    PSY-121 or BIO-120 and Permission
    Introduction to the ethological approach: aggression, courtship, cooperation, social structure and means of communication in a variety of species. Includes laboratory and field experience in observation and recording of behavior.
  • PSY
    *
    201
    .
    Physiological Psychology
    4
    PSY-121
    Study of physiological processes and structures underlying behavior and development. Laboratory techniques for investigation of electrical and chemical brain activity. Laboratory. Course fee.
  • PSY
    *
    204
    .
    Sensation and Perception
    4
    PSY-121
    Study of sensory processes and their relationship to human perception. Concentrates on vision and audition with attention to recent theoretical approaches to perception. Laboratory. Course fee.
  • PSY
    *
    212
    .
    Personality I
    4
    PSY-121
    Comparison of major conceptual and research strategies in study of personality: psychoanalytic tradition, trait and social learning theories, and humanistic, cognitive and biological approaches. Introduction to psychological testing and journal literature.
  • PSY
    *
    220
    .
    Statistics
    4
    PSY-121 or Permission
    Introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics, and factorial analysis of variance. Appropriate for both life and social sciences.
  • PSY
    *
    225
    .
    Research Methods
    4
    PSY-121 and 220
    Development of skills in conduct and assessment of experimental and field research and of sensitivity to ethical and social aspects of scientific inquiry. For students in psychology, education and business. Course fee.
  • PSY
    *
    231
    .
    Developmental Psychology
    4
    PSY-121
    Consideration of current theoretical perspectives and research on attachment, language acquisition, cognitive and moral development. Attention to role of ideological and philosophical commitments in study of development.
  • PSY
    *
    234
    .
    Psychological Problems of Childhood
    2
    PSY-121
    The nature, consequences, causes, treatment, and prevention of problems psychologically affecting children and adolescents (such as child abuse, delinquency, depression, drug abuse, hyperactivity, and poverty). Service learning component.
  • PSY
    *
    240
    .
    Behavior Modification
    4
    PSY-121
    Application of psychological principles to human concerns including teaching, child care, stress management, study skills, self-control and persuasion.
  • PSY
    *
    244
    .
    Positive Psychology
    2
    PSY-121
    Positive Psychology is the scientific study of happiness, strengths, and optimal functioning. The field also involves applications to counseling, education, business, and other areas.
  • PSY
    *
    245
    .
    Human Sexuality
    4
    PSY-121
    Examination of variety and origins of human sexuality from physiological, evolutionary and social-learning perspectives.
  • PSY
    *
    256
    .
    Neuroscience Seminar
    4
    Designed to give students experience running a complete experience with live animals (laboratory rats). The course covers experiment design, treatment with the independent variable, behavioral testing, and histology. The students also write a laboratory report and present their research in poster form at the yearly departmental poster session.
  • PSY
    *
    260
    .
    Psychology of Aging
    2
    PSY-121
    Examination of current psychological theory and research concerning physical changes, cognition, personality and psychopathology in the later years of life.
  • PSY
    *
    275
    .
    Psychological Testing & Measurement
    2
    PSY-121
    Consideration of principles involved in constructions, use and evaluation of tests of ability and personality. Application to such issues as personnel selection, sex differences and therapeutic practice. Emphasis on actual clinical data, ethical and value issues in test construction and use.
  • PSY
    *
    279M
    .
    Origins of Psychology
    4
    PSY-121 and permission
    The course will examine the historical, cultural, and societal events that have resulted in the development of modern psychology. Among the topics examined will be: the technological innovations that led to the founding of the first psychology lab in Leipzig in 1879; the zeitgeist of 1900 Vienna that led to the development of the psychoanalytic tradition; the rise of the NAZIs and the holocaust leading to many developments in social psychology. Spring Term only.
  • PSY
    *
    280
    .
    Topics in Psychology
    2-4
    PSY-121
    Exploration of areas of mutual interest to instructor and students. Topics include depression, stress and coping, clinical interviewing and counceling, psychological problems of childhood, and neurological disorders. May be taken more than once for credit. May have other prerequisites in addition to PSY-121.
  • PSY
    *
    305
    .
    Motivation & Learning
    4
    PSY-201 or 204; PSY-220, 225 or Permission
    In-depth study of theoretical background and current research on motivation and learning among human and non-human species.
  • PSY
    *
    310
    .
    Cognition
    4
    Three courses in PSY or Permission
    Consideration of the psychology of thinking: input, processing, storage and retrieval of information. Also explores categorization, concept formation, mental structure, language, reasoning, and problem solving.
  • PSY
    *
    312
    .
    Personality II
    4
    PSY-121 and 212
    In-depth examination of personality theory and of major controversial issues in the contemporary literature.
  • PSY
    *
    314
    .
    Abnormal Psychology
    4
    PSY-121 and 212
    Examination of characteristics, causes and treatment of such disorders as depression, schizophrenia and stress-related illness. Discussion of social and ethical issues. Application of material to actual case histories.
  • PSY
    *
    315
    .
    Clinical Interviewing
    2
    PSY-121
    Students develop skills in a mainstream approach to clinical interviewing, including applications to counseling with kids, resistant adults, couples and families, trauma survivors, and people from diverse backgrounds.
  • PSY
    *
    331
    .
    Developmental Psychology
    4
    PSY-121
    Consideration of current theoretical perspectives and research on attachment, language acquisition, cognitive and moral development. Attention to role of ideological and philosophical commitments in study of development.
  • PSY
    *
    336
    .
    Social Psychology
    4
    PSY-121 and SOC-101
    Consideration of current theory and research on person perception, social influence, attitude formation, intergroup relations, altruism and aggression. Emphasis on ethical and social issues in conduct and application of social psychological research.
  • PSY
    *
    342
    .
    Sport and Exercise Psychology
    4
    Junior standing or permission
    This course is devoted to assisting students in learning and using theoretical and practical information related to the psychology of sport and physical activity. Effective mental training skills for successful sport and life performance are also discussed.
  • PSY
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    385
    .
    Psychology Practicum
    2-4
    PSY-121
    Participation in community institutions, agencies, schools and businesses combined with individual faculty supervision to allow students to apply concepts and locate literature relevant to their own experiences.
  • PSY
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    390
    .
    Clinical Field Experience
    4
    PSY-121; 212; 240 or 280; and 314; or Permission
    Participation in programs in hospitals, agencies, schools, businesses or the judicial system. Faculty and on-site professionals provide intensive supervision. Students improve abilities to apply concepts, principles and techniques and reflect on significant conceptual, ethical and personal aspects of the experience in written papers and oral discussions.
  • PSY
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    399
    .
    Psychology Independent Study
    1-4
    Either (1) an individually-designed program of reading on a topic not covered by formal courses or (2) research experience on a faculty-directed project.
  • PSY
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    499
    .
    Psychology Independent Study
    2-4
    Planned program of reading in preparation for senior thesis.
  • PSY
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    500
    .
    Senior Thesis
    2-4
    PSY-499, Senior Standing and Permission
    Development and conduct of original, independent, empirical investigation. Required for departmental honors.