Psychology examines and explains the behavior and mental processes of humans. Our Psychology courses offer you a balanced curriculum in experimental, psychobiological, social/personality/clinical, and cognitive/developmental areas.
Introduction to Psychobiology and Cognition
Fall, Spring. Credit, four hours. This course is one of a two-course introduction to psychology. There are no prerequisites to enroll, and it is required for the major. This course will introduce the field of contemporary psychology from the perspective of research in biological psychology. It will examine the mechanics and functions of the nervous system and how the operations of this system relate to everyday human functioning. Some specific areas of focus may include neuroanatomy, sensation, perception, learning, memory, emotions, stress, and drugs. Students will also learn how these concepts relate to realworld phenomena, including some areas of controversy and topics presented in the media. AP Psychology credits do not count towards this course.
Introduction to Development, Social Behavior, and Individual Differences
Fall, Spring. Credit, four hours. This course is one of a two-course introduction to psychology. There are no prerequisites to enroll, and it is required for the major. It will cover in broad brushstrokes the major areas of experimental design, social psychology, social and emotional development, personality measurement and theory, psychopathology, and therapeutic interventions. Emphasis will be on the empirical foundations of psychological knowledge and on fostering students’ critical thinking about behavior. AP Psychology credits of 4 or 5 will count as Psychology 111.
Fall, Spring. Credit, four hours. There are no prerequisites to enroll, it fulfills a breadth requirement for the major, and is a required course for nursing students. This course surveys different theories and research concerned with the development of human cognition, personality, and social behavior from infancy through early adolescence. It is centered upon how the ways individuals interact with the world and with each other change dramatically from birth to adolescence. The first goal of child development is to trace changes during infancy, the preschool years, middle childhood, and adolescence in the domains of cognition, language, social behavior, and self concept. The second goal of the course is to examine the factors that influence the course of development, including heredity and the social, cultural, family, and physical environment.
Adult Psychopathology (Adult Abnormal Behavior)
Spring. Credit, four hours. Prerequisite: EITHER Psych 110 or 111. This course fulfills a breadth requirement for the major. Coverage of all major adult psychological disorders in terms of their etiology, diagnosis, and treatment. Particular emphasis will be placed on: (1) exposing students to the major theoretical and conceptual models of abnormal behavior, and (2) providing students with the skills to become more critical consumers of the burgeoning literature on psychopathology.
Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology 222Q/Clinical Neuroscience
Fall. Credit, four hours. No prerequisite. This course is an introduction to the neurobiology of mental disorders such as depression and schizophrenia. Additional topics include: psychoneuroimmunology, stress and coping, and psychopharmacology. A background in neuroscience (as offered in anthropology, biology, chemistry, or psychology) strongly encouraged.
Psychology of Gender
Fall. Credit, four hours. No prerequisite. This course is an elective for the major and is cross listed with Women’s Studies 305. This course is a theoretical and empirical examination of gender roles and an exploration of myths, theories, and research, behavior and experience, and sex and gender in social relationships.
Psychological Conceptions of Giftedness
Fall. Credit, four hours. Prerequisite: EITHER Psych 110 or 111. This course is an elective for the major. Students will study intellectual giftedness, the many different types of creativity, and even critically examine the evidence for ESP. The course will focus on issues of definition, designing effective educational systems, acceptance of the gifted by society, and the latest research findings.
Drugs and Behavior
Every other year. Credit, four hours. There are no prerequisites to enroll, it fulfills a breadth requirement for the major, and is an NBB elective. This course is a survey of the neurobehavioral effects of the various classes of psychoactive drugs, e.g., stimulants, tranquilizers, hallucinogens, etc. Although human experience is taken as the starting point of each drug effect covered, most of the experimental data presented are concerned with attempts to understand behavioral drug effects using nonhuman animal models. A fundamental idea is that by understanding the brain mechanisms through which psychoactive drugs exert their effects, we can understand the brain mechanisms of pain, perception, anxiety, schizophrenia, depression, etc.
Spring, Credit, four hours. Prerequisite: EITHER Psych 110 or 111. This course fulfills a breadth requirement for the major. Examination of the major personality theories as well as the research that informs the theories.
Foundations of Leadership
Spring, Credit, four hours. Psych 111 is a recommended but not required prerequisite. This is a required course for the Pierce Leadership Certificate and is an elective for the Psychology Major. Students will study the development and changing nature of effective, ethical leadership.
Special Topics in Psychology
TBA. Variable credit. Prerequisites: at least one 100-level psychology course and permission of instructor. Seminar in selected topics of psychology or directed individual course of study. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.
TBA. Variable credit. Prerequisites: Psychology 110 or Psychology 111, two other psychology courses, a written proposal, and permission of instructor. Independent reading and research under the direction of a faculty member. This course does not satisfy distribution requirements in history and social sciences.