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. No prerequisite. Introduction to the biological basis of behavior and the experimental approach to cognition.
Introduction to Psychology II: Development, Social Behavior, and Individual Differences
Fall, Spring. Credit, four hours. Introduction to experimental design, social psychology, social and emotional development, personality measurement and theory, psychopathology, and therapeutic interventions.
Laboratory in Experimental Methods
Spring. Credit, four hours. Introduction to basic methods and design of psychological research in the areas of learning, memory, sensation, perception, personality, and social processes. Laboratory exercises and fundamentals of scientific writing are emphasized. Prerequisites: Psychology 110 or 111 and QTM 100.
Fall, Spring. Credit, four hours. No prerequisite. The purpose of this course is to trace the cognitive, physical, and psychosocial changes of the human being from conception through adolescence and to examine the factors that influence this course of development.
Adult Abnormal Behavior (Adult Psychopathology)
Spring. Credit, four hours. Prerequisite: Psychology 110 or Psychology 111. Descriptions of, explanations for, and treatment of the major adult psychological disorders.
On Demand. Credit, four hours. Description, classification, causal factors, and treatment approaches related to abnormal behavior, and in children and adolescents. Prerequisites: Psychology 110 or 111 or 205.
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 305/Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies 305
Psychology of Gender
Fall. Credit, four hours. Prerequisite: Psychology 110 or Psychology 111. 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.
On Demand. Credit, four hours. Theories and research concerned with biological, cognitive, emotional, and social development during adolescence and with the contexts in which adolescent development occurs. Prerequisites: Psychology 110 or 111 or 205.
Psychological Conceptions of Giftedness
Fall. Credit, four hours. Prerequisite: Psychology 111. 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. A review of the behavioral and neurobiological actions of all the major psychoactive drugs, focusing on how drugs alter behavior by influencing brain mechanisms.
Spring. Credit, four hours. Prerequisite: Psychology 110 or Psychology 111. Examination of the major personality theories as well as the research that informs the theories.
Foundations of Leadership
Spring. Credit, four hours. Prerequisite: Psychology 111. Students will focus on the nature of effective and ethical leadership across cultures as well as within politics, business, and nonprofits.
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.