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Psychology Course Descriptions

PY130 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY (4). The study of human behavior including biological bases of psychology, human development, motivation, emotion, personality, learning, perception, social processes, psychological disorders, and general application of psychological principles to psychological research. [Skills: I,T]

PY231 DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY (4). This course introduces the study of developmental growth and behavior throughout the life span. Frameworks for understanding physical, cognitive, psychosocial, and moral development will be addressed. Major concepts, terms, and theories in developmental psychology will be presented and evaluated.  [Skill: T] Prerequisite: PY130

PY331 HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY (4) This course will provide an introduction to the field of health psychology, which is concerned with the roles of behavioral/lifestyle, psychological and social factors on health, illness and chronic disease. Prerequisite: PY130.

PY334 PSYCHOLOGY OF PERSONALITY (4). This course will explore the science of personality from various perspectives including traits, biological, psychoanalytic, humanistic, social, cognitive/behavioral approaches. Major concepts, terms, and key figures in each domain will be presented and evaluated. The course will also focus on personality assessment, cultural variation of personality, and the ways in which personality can relate to healthy/unhealthy adaptation. Prerequisite: PY130.

PY336 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY (4). In this course, we will explore topics that are related to the influence of other people on individuals’ thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. We will discuss such issues as the factors that affect the way that we perceive ourselves and others; how people influence others; what causes us to like, love, help, or hurt others; and how social psychology helps to understand questions about law, business, and health. [Skill: T] Prerequisite: PY130.

PY350 TOPICS IN PSYCHOLOGY (4). The exploration of area of psychology in greater depth than existing courses. Potential topics include: psychology of women, sport psychology, cross-cultural psychology, psychology of leadership, media psychology, psychology of stigma, advanced social psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, counseling psychology, clinical psychology, school psychology, and others. May be repeated when topics vary. Prerequisite: CJ130, PS130, PY130, SW130, or SY130.

PY352 COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY (4). This course introduces the study of human cognition, a broad term referring to the many types of high-level mental activities of which the brain/mind is capable. Course topics include an introduction to cognitive psychology, research methods in cognitive psychology, visual perception, attention, long-term memory, working memory, executive processes, problem-solving, and language. Major concepts, terms, and theories in cognitive psychology will be presented and evaluated. Prerequisites: PY130.

PY356 THE PSYCHOLOGY OF INTIMATE RELATIONSHIPS (4). This course will encourage students to think critically about the components of healthy relationships, including romantic relationships, as well as relationships among family members and friends. Prerequisite: PY130.

PY358 HUMAN SEXUALITY (4). An exploration of psychological factors in human sexuality including developmental, biological, and social perspectives. Such topics as sexual orientation, gender identity and roles, sexual relationships, sexual dysfunction, power and violence, and commercialization will be covered. [Skill: T] Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing. One introductory social science course is recommended.

PY430 MOTIVATION AND EMOTION (4). In this course, we will examines theories and research of human motivation and emotion. We will discuss topics such as physiological needs, intrinsic and extrinsic motivaiton, emotions and moods. Prerequisite: PY130.

PY433 ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY (4). This course covers major issues in abnormal psychology, the classification and diagnosis of mental disorders based on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM IV-TR) of the American Psychiatric Association, frameworks for understanding maladpative behavior, the history of psychopathology, its epidemiology, and a variety of treatment models. Prerequisite: PY130.

PY435 NEUROSCIENCE (4). Introduction to the neuronal and behavioral foundations of neuroscience/psychobiology including neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neuropharmacology, and behavioral ecology. The course will be overview the physiological underpinnings of psychology, attitudes and behaviors, and discuss the newest research in psychological, psychiatric, and medical fields. In addition, biochemical, neurophysiological, psychological, and behavioral effects of drugs will be a key focus. [Skill: T] Prerequisites: PY130 and junior or senior standing.

PY496 CAPSTONE SEMINAR IN PSYCHOLOGY (4). Examines critical issues that impact psychology, in a seminar setting. The issue will be determined each semester by instructor and may include topics such as issues in abnormal, social, industrial or organizational, personality, developmental, biological, or other areas. Special emphasis on the role of the individual in directing and influencing social change, fostering the rights of individuals, and embracing & acting on the values of making a difference. [Skills: O,W] Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing.