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USA Undergraduate/Graduate Bulletin 2014-2015

PSYCHOLOGY (PSY)

PSY 120    General Psychology     3 cr   

A survey of the basic theories, concepts, principles, and research findings in the field of Psychology. Core Course. Fee.   

PSY 121    Honors General Psychology (H)     3 cr   

This course will provide a survey of the basic theories, concepts, principles, and research findings in the field of Psychology. Along with the broad overview provided by the course, students will participate in a more in-depth examination of selected special topics (e.g. those topics generating controversy in the research community and in our society) as selected by the instructor. By contrast with the PSY 120 General Psychology course already being taught, the Honors General Psychology course will provide a more thorough coverage of selected copies. Pre-requisite: Special permission.   

PSY 220    Research Design and Analysis I    3 cr   

Research methods in psychology with an emphasis on the experimental method. Pre-requisite: PSY 120 or PSY 121. Co-requisite: PSY 221.    
PSY 221     Research Design and Analysis I: Laboratory     1 cr   
Laboratory in research methods in psychology with an emphasis on the experimental method. Pre-requisites: PSY 120 or PSY 121, and EH 102. Co-requisite: PSY 220. Fee.    

PSY 250    Life Span Development     3 cr   

An overview of human development from conception to death. Special emphasis will be placed on cognitive and social development. Core Course.   

PSY 270    Psychology of Black Experience    3 cr   

Theories and principles of psychology pertaining to the experience of black Americans. Includes the development of the black psychological perspective, African-American historical developments and philosophy, identify development and determinants of the black personality, and contemporary issues in the black community.   

PSY 290    Special Topics     1-3 cr   

Selected topics in psychology. May be repeated for credit when course content varies. Pre-requisite: PSY 120 or PSY 121.   

PSY 310    Biological Psychology    3 cr   

An introductory survey of research and theory in neuroscience as it applies to the understanding of behavior. Focus will be on understanding basic mechanisms of neuron function and general coverage of topics such as sensory and motor systems, motivation and emotions, learning and memory, language and thinking, and mental disorders. Pre-requisite: PSY 120 or PSY 121.   
PSY 317    Applied Behavior Analysis I: Introduction     3 cr    
An introduction to the Principles of Behavior intended as a Pre-requisite to the specific strategies and procedures practiced by Behavior Analysts. This course will present the historical and scientific foundations of Behavior Analysis as applied in educational and other human service settings. Pre-requisites: PSY 120 or PSY 121 and PSY 220 or Education Teacher candidacy.    

PSY 320    Research Design and Analysis II (C) (W)     3 cr    

Experience in applying methodological and statistical concepts introduced in PSY 220 and ST 210, as well as instruction in additional topics such as research and analysis. The course will emphasize the use of computers in conducting behavioral research (e.g., literature searches, collecting data, analyzing data, writing research reports). Pre-requisites: PSY 120 or PSY 121, and PSY 220 and ST 210, and EH 102 or EH 105. Co-requisite: PSY 321. Fee.    
PSY 321     Research Design and Analysis II: Laboratory     1 cr    
Laboratory in research methods in psychology with an emphasis on applying methodological and statistical concepts introduced in PSY 220 and PSY 320. Pre-requisites: PSY 120 or PSY 121, and PSY 220/221, and ST 210, and EH 102. Co-requisite: PSY 320. Fee.    

PSY 340    Abnormal Psychology     3 cr   

Nature and development of deviant behavior. Pre-requisite: PSY 120 or PSY 121.   

PSY 350    Child and Adolescent Development    3 cr   

The developmental and psychosocial aspects of childhood and adolescence. Pre-requisites: PSY 120 or PSY 121.   

PSY 394     Directed Study     1-3 cr   

Specific topics and research findings introduced through the reading of appropriate professional and scientific literature. Pre-requisite: PSY 120 or PSY 121.   
PSY 395     Psychology Practicum     3 cr    
Supervised experience in an area of psychology. May include supervised placement in an applied setting. Pre-requisite: PSY 120 or PSY 121 and instructor approval.    

PSY 412    History and Systems of Psychology (W)     3 cr   

The historical foundations of modern psychology and the development of major theories in psychology. Pre-requisites: PSY 120 or PSY 121, and EH 102 or EH 105.    

PSY 416     Cognition     3 cr   

An overview of psychological research and theory in cognitive psychology. The course will emphasize how people gather, process, represent, and use information to guide thought and action. This course is an approved elective for students seeking gerontology certification. Pre-requisites: PSY 120 or PSY 121 and PSY 220.   
PSY 418     Applied Behavior Analysis II: Methods    3 cr    
Behavioral assessment techniques and operant and respondent methods for deceleration of inappropriate behavior will be covered. Operant methods for accelerating appropriate behaviors, teaching new behaviors, and maintaining behaviors will be covered. Data-based decision making strategies will be used in developing and altering individual programs. Pre-requisites: PSY 417.    
PSY 419     Applied Behavior Analysis III:
Advanced Applications     3 cr    
Behavioral assessment techniques and experimental designs for the evaluation of behavior change programs will be covered. Data-based decision making strategies for formative program evaluation and modification are also included. Pre-requisites: PSY 417.    

PSY 420     Psychology of Learning    3 cr   

Theories, experimental findings, and methods of investigation in learning. Pre-requisites: PSY 120 or PSY 121 and PSY 220.   

PSY 428    Perception     3 cr   

A critical analysis of the main theories and research trends in sensation and perception. This course will include computer simulations and demonstrations, and will also emphasize computer applications for data collection, data analysis, and for reporting results. This course is an approved elective for students seeking gerontology certification. Pre-requisites: PSY 120 or PSY 121, PSY 220; PSY 310 or permission of instructor. Fee.   

PSY 435     Social Psychology    3 cr   

A survey and analysis of major theoretical and experimental topics of interest in social psychology, such as how we perceive others, attitude, interpersonal attraction, aggression, prejudice and altruism. Pre-requisite: PSY 120 or PSY 121.   

PSY 440    Psychology of Personality     3 cr   

A survey and critical analysis of major historical and current theories about personality. The course will also examine research relevant to the different approaches and consider various techniques of personality assessment. Pre-requisite: PSY 120 or PSY 121.   

PSY 456     Adult Development and Aging     3 cr   

The developmental and psychosocial aspects of adulthood and late life. This course is an approved elective for gerontology certification. Pre-requisite: PSY 120 or PSY 121.   

PSY 460    Industrial Psychology    3 cr   

Application of psychological principles and techniques to business, industry, and government. Pre-requisite: PSY 120 or PSY 121.   

PSY 465     Introduction to Measurements and Tests    3 cr   

Theories and principles of psychological testing. Pre-requisites: PSY 120 or PSY 121 and ST 210.   

PSY 470    Intellectual Disabilities    3 cr   

The study of theories and research in intellectual disabilities and related areas. Pre-requisite: PSY 120 or PSY 121.   

PSY 475    Comparative and Evolutionary Psychology    3 cr   

A critical analysis of the main theories and research trends in comparative and evolutionary psychology. Pre-requisites: PSY 120 or PSY 121 and PSY 220.   

PSY 480    Health Psychology (W)    3 cr   

Current theories, research and applications in health psychology. This course is an approved elective for students seeking gerontology certification. Pre-requisites: PSY 120 or PSY 121 and PSY 220, and EH 102 or EH 105.    

PSY 485    Psychology of Gender    3 cr   

The study of psychological research on gender differences and theories regarding the origins of these differences. Pre-requisite: PSY 120 or PSY 121.   

PSY 490    Special Topics    1-3 cr   

Selected topics in psychology. May be repeated for credit when course varies. Pre-requisite: PSY 120 or PSY 121.   

PSY 492    Seminar    1-3 cr   

A survey of basic theories, concepts, principles, and research findings in a particular focal topic in psychology. Students will study topics in depth by reading and presenting research reports, review papers and book chapters, and through active in-class discussion of the reading materials. Pre-requisites: PSY 120 or PSY 121, PSY 220, and permission of department chair.   

PSY 494     Directed Studies    1-3 cr   

Directed study and research. Pre-requisite: PSY 120 or PSY 121.   

PSY 499    Honors Senior Thesis    3-6 cr   

Student conducts an independent research project under the supervision of a faculty sponsor. Recommended for psychology majors planning graduate school. Permission of department chair is required prior to registration. Pre-requisites: PSY 120 or PSY 121, 3.3 GPA, PSY 220, and senior status, or approval of department chair.   
NOTE: Enrollment in psychology graduate courses is normally limited to those students admitted to the Psychology Graduate Program. Requests for permission to enroll from other graduate students will be considered on an individual basis if space is available. Such requests should be directed to the department chair. All practicum courses are limited to students formally admitted to the applied psychology concentration. Pre-requisites and Co-requisites for specific courses are listed by each course. A grade of "B" is required in a Pre-requisite course before enrollment in the subsequent course will be allowed.   

PSY 500    Proseminar in Psychology     1 cr    

Research presentations will be given by faculty and advanced graduate students. In addition, discussion of project and thesis requirements and procedures will take place. Required of all students registered for PSY 501, PSY 502 and PSY 503.   

PSY 501    Research Design & Stats I     3 cr   

Theories and principles of research design and elements of modern statistics. Introduction to computer programs for statistical analysis will be included. Co-requisite: PSY 500. Fee.    

PSY 502    Research Design & Stats II     3 cr   

Theories and principles of advanced research design and elements of modern statistics. The use of computer applications such as SPSS to analyze empirical data sets will be covered. Co-requisite: PSY 500. Fee.    

PSY 503     Quantitative Methods II     3 cr   

Elements of modern statistics with emphasis on application to psychological research. Multivariate statistical techniques to include multiple regression, multivariate analysis of variance, discriminant, canonical, and factor analysis will be discussed. Pre-requisite: PSY 502. Co-requisite: PSY 500. Fee.   

PSY 510    Physiological Psychology     3 cr   

This course provides a foundation in the techniques of advanced psychophysiological methods. The course covers the history of psychophysiology, including the electrical properties of cells, and major organ systems, with particular emphasis on the electroencephalogram (EEG) and neuroimaging techniques. Students are introduced to the principles of psychophysiological recording, common applications of psychophysiology, safety and ethics in psychophysiological research, instrumentation, and research design issues in psychophysiology. Relevant statistical treatment of psychophysiological data will be discussed, including multiple regression, complex ANOVA, scaling of data, and non-parametric alternatives such as boot-strapping.    

PSY 514    Learning    3 cr   

A survey of research and theory in learning.   

PSY 516     Cognitive Psychology     3 cr   

An advanced survey of research and theory in cognitive psychology. Topics include pattern recognition, attention, memory, language processing, decision making, and problem solving. This course is an approved elective for students seeking gerontology certification.    

PSY 520     Personality Research and Theory     3 cr   

A critical analysis and evaluation of major theories and current research trends in personality.   

PSY 522     Social and Personality Psychology    3 cr   

This course provides a foundation for conducting quantitative research in personality and social psychology. Topics covered will include (a) measurement of personality and individual differences (e.g., narcissism, self-esteem), (b) measurement of cognitive and behavioral outcomes in laboratory and non-laboratory settings (e.g. decision-making, implicit cognitions), and (c) data analytic techniques (e.g. testing for mediation/moderation, structural equation modeling).    

PSY 524   

Lifespan Development

3 cr   

Analysis of theories, research methods, and major findings of sensory, perceptual, social, and cognitive changes across the lifespan, from infancy to late life. Research in social and cognitive disabilities, the underlying mechanisms involved in thinking and learning processes, and age-related cognitive models are central to this course. This course is an approved elective for students seeking gerontology certification.    

PSY 528     Sensation and Perception     3 cr   

This course provides a multidisciplinary analysis of how the sensory systems analyze physical stimuli to support perception and successful actions. Consideration is given to how the anatomy and physiology of the major sensory systems extract information using low- and high-level mechanisms to create meaningful percepts. Other topics include psychophysics, comparative studies, communication, production and performance, face and object recognition, attention, and event perception. Fee.    

PSY 530     Introduction to Applied Psychology and Ethics     3 cr    

Theories, principles and techniques of interviewing, behavioral observation and classification of psychological disorders.   

PSY 532    Psychopathology     3 cr   

Current research and theoretical aspects of psychopathology in children and adults.   

PSY 540     Psychometrics    3 cr   

Theories and method of test construction and principles of measurement and evaluation in the behavioral sciences.   

PSY 542    Cognitive Assessment     3 cr   

Principles and methods of individual intelligence testing, including the administration of the Wechsler and the Stanford-Binet tests. Practical experience in the administration, interpretation and report writing of a psychological evaluation using intelligence tests. Pre-requisites: PSY 530 and PSY 540.   

PSY 544    Practicum Assessment     3 cr   

Theory, development and interpretation of selected personality assessment instruments. Methods and procedures in administering and interpreting personality, aptitude and career interest tests. Pre-requisites: PSY 540 and PSY 542.   

PSY 550     Evidence Based Clinical/Counseling Practicum     3 cr   

Study of the theoretical and empirical foundations of the major system of psycho-therapeutic change.   

PSY 552    Multicultural Issues in Psychology    3 cr   

This course will focus on theoretical models, research, techniques, and interventions for working with culturally diverse populations in various settings. Specific issues to be addressed include world views, acculturation and acculturative stress, prejudice and prejudice-reduction techniques, racial/ethnic identity, culture and assessment, and the nature of multicultural competence in Psychology. Issues related to ethnic and racial identity will form the primary focus; however, other types of diversity (e.g., religion, gender, sexual orientation, physically challenged) will also be considered. Pre-requisites: PSY 506, PSY 530, PSY 532, and PSY 550.    

PSY 554    Cognitive Behavior Therapy    3 cr   

A follow up course to PSY 550, this course will survey theory, research and application of cognitive behavior therapy. Focus will be on treatment strategies and application to a variety of psychological disorders of adults and children. Pre-requisites: PSY 506, PSY 530, PSY 532 and PSY 550.    

PSY 556     Practicum    3 cr   

Supervised experience with adult and children clients. Includes case conference and seminars. May include supervised placement in an applied setting. May be repeated up to five times for a total of 18 credit hours. Pre-requisites: PSY 532 and PSY 550.    

PSY 558    External Practicum    3-5 cr   

Supervised placement in an applied setting. May be repeated up to four times for a total of 15 credit hours. Pre-requisites: PSY 552 and/or PSY 554.   

PSY 570    Mental Retardation    3 cr   

A study of theories and research in mental retardation and related areas.    

PSY 572    Child Psychopathology    3 cr   

The description and etiology of deviant behavior patterns in children and adolescents. Pre-requisite: PSY 532.   

PSY 575    Comparative Psychology    3 cr   

An in-depth analysis of the proximal and ultimate causes of animal and human behavior examined from the perspectives of comparative and evolutionary psychology, psychobiology and ethology. Relevant research in animal models of biological and cognitive systems, learning and motivation, lifespan development and related biopsychosocial factors will be included. **This course is an approved elective for students seeking gerontology certification.    

PSY 590    Special Topics in Psychology    1-3 cr   

Selected topics in psychology. May be requested for credit when course content varies for a total of 12 credit hours.    

PSY 594    Directed Individual Study    1-3 cr   

Individual study under the direction of a member of the graduate faculty. May be repeated for up to nine hours credit.   

PSY 598     Project in Psychology    1-6 cr   

Completion of a research project, program proposal, program evaluation, major literature review or other comparable experience under the direction of a member of the graduate faculty. IRB or Animal Use and Care Committee approval may be required for some projects. May be repeated for up to six hours credit. A minimum of three hours credit is required to meet degree requirements.   

PSY 599    Thesis Research     1-6 cr   

Completion and oral defense of a master's thesis based upon original research. May be repeated for up to nine hours credit. A minimum of six hours credit is required to meet degree requirements. Pre-requisite: Approval of research prospectus including IRB or Animal Use and Care Committee approval if applicable.

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