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PSYCH 100 - Introductory Psychology

This is a survey course which introduces general psychology in terms of principles of human and animal behavior and their applications. Specifically, the course will cover topics from areas of cognitive, social, developmental, clinical, personality, and biological psychology

PSYCH 105 - Psychology as a Science and Profession

In this course you will learn about the history and methods of psychology as a science and profession, including applications and ethical issues in psychology.

PSYCH 200 - Elementary Statistics in Psychology

This course will provide an introduction to the statistical methods used in psychological research. This course is a departmental requirement and should be relevant to anyone interested in psychological phenomena, because the vast majority of information you learn in any psychology course is to a lesser or greater degree based on the methods you will learn in this course.

PSYCH 212 - Introduction to Developmental Psychology

This course is designed to survey the basic history, theories, and concepts associated with the field of Developmental Psychology. Specifically, we will study the physical, mental, social, and psychological development of humans from conception up to and including adolescence. The topics we will cover range from looking at biological systems and their effects on our behavior to social and cognitive behaviors that affect how we develop and interact with other people.

PSYCH 221 - Introduction to Social Psychology

This course is designed to serve as an introduction to the study of social psychology.  We will be covering a wide variety of research and theory on topics such as interpersonal attraction, aggression, helping, attitudes, attribution, cooperation, competition, and groups, from a psychological perspective.

PSYCH 238 - Introduction to Personality Psychology

This course covers past and recent conceptualizations of key issues and root ideas of personality psychology.  Students will become familiar with psychology research and the five basic approaches to personality.

PSYCH 243 - Introduction to Well-being and Positive Psychology

The overall objective of this course is to learn how to make your life more satisfying and meaningful. You will become familiar with theories and research on ways to make life satisfying and meaningful and will try out some of these ideas by applying them to your own life.

PSYCH 256 - Introduction to Cognitive Psychology

This course is designed as a survey of theories and research in human cognition, a subfield of psychology that includes the study of how we take in information through our senses, how we remember information and make decisions and how we think and solve problems.

PSYCH 260 - Neurological Bases of Human Behavior

This course is designed to be an introduction to and overview of the general field of biopsychology.  Theoretical perspectives and empirical research specific to the neurological basis of behavior will be presented and discussed.  Students will be exposed to both classic and contemporary research in the field as well as the "real world" application of many of these studies.

PSYCH 281 - Introduction to Industrial-Organizational Psychology

This course will introduce methods, practice, research, and theories of industrial and organizational (or I/O) psychology. I/O psychology is a subfield of psychology concerned with various aspects of people in the workplace, including employee productivity and well-being. The industrial part deals with human resource functions, such as analyzing jobs, appraising employee performance, and selecting, placing, and training employees. The organizational part is concerned with the social and psychological aspects of work, including employee attitudes, behavior, emotions, health, motivation, leadership, etc.

PSYCH 301W - Basic Research Methods in Psychology

This course is an Introduction to methods of psychological research, with special attention to hypothesis formation and testing, threats to validity, and data presentation. In order to achieve these goals we will discuss the process of research from idea conception, to experimental design, to data collection, to the presentation of results.

PSYCH 412 - Adolescence

This course covers the physical, cognitive and personality development during adolescence.  Students will gain insight into significant misrepresentations often portrayed about this time period and will be able to critically evaluate and integrate information from empirical research as well as apply knowledge to real-life experiences.

PSYCH 424 - Applied Social Psychology

This course examines how social psychological methods, theory, and research can be applied to foster individual, institutional, and society-wide change. Students will learn how to distinguish between basic social psychology and applied social psychology, be knowledgeable about research methods and intervention techniques, and have an understanding of the causes of a variety of social problems and science-based strategies for solving them.

PSYCH 441 - Health Psychology

This course addresses the impact of psychological and social processes on health.  Topics such ashealth behaviors, the impact of stress on health and strategies for successful coping, how people use health services and communicate with their health care providers, pain and its management, chronic illness, and specific aspects of the most prevalent diseases will be covered.

    PSYCH 470 - Abnormal Psychology

    The overarching goal of this course is to survey psychopathology (a search for the reasons why people behave, think, and feel in abnormal—unexpected, sometimes odd, and possibly self-defeating ways.) Throughout this course we will be reviewing the symptoms and characteristics of various psychological disorders, current research and controversies in the field, and touch briefly on the various treatments available for individuals who experience mental health problems.

    PSYCH 475 - Psychology of Fear and Stress

    Description and evaluation of major trends in research on stress and fear in humans and other animals.

    PSYCH 476 Child Psychopathology

    Etiology, diagnosis, and facilitation of adjustment of the mentally retarded,gifted, physically handicapped, and emotionally disturbed child.

    PSYCH 481 - Introduction to Clinical Psychology

    This course covers diagnostic procedures, treatment approaches, occupational settings, and ethical considerations relevant to the profession of the clinical psychologist.  This will include topics such as the historical roots of the field, the scientific foundation of clinical psychology, and types of assessment techniques and interventions.

    PSYCH 482 - Selection and Assessment in Organizations

    This course emphasizes the scientist-practitioner approach to assessment and its role in selection, promotion, measurement of training effectiveness, performance management and other research and administrative actions used in a variety of organizations. We will explore how this model can be applied to a wide range of problems in “real world” work/organizational settings.

    PSYCH 484 - Work Attitudes and Motivation

    This course is designed to examine issues related to employees' work motivation and job attitudes, and will focus on both the causes and consequences of these constructs. Because there are many different approaches to the study of motivation, the first portion of the course will be spent examining various theories. The latter portion of the course will be devoted to examining the factors that affect motivation and to understanding job attitudes and outcomes. Major topics include the nature of human needs, reward structures, cognitive models of motivation, and job attitudes.

    PSYCH 485 - Leadership in Work Settings

    This course will explore the science and practice of leadership, with an emphasis on leadership in organizational settings. In order to evaluate various approaches to the study of leadership, we will study leadership as it is played out in modern organizations, fiction, drama, and in each student’s life. At the end of the course, students are expected to: understand the scientific study of leadership and be able to identify different leadership perspectives; synthesize ideas into meaningful concepts that can be applied in organizational settings; and critically evaluate and develop their own leadership potential and philosophy.

    PSYCH 490 - Senior Seminar in Psychology

    This course is the capstone experience for senior psychology majors.  Students will be introduced to broad systems based frameworks for thinking about the origins of psychopathology and methods for reducing the impact of risks, as well as the promotions of health and well being. Students will be exposed to how the methods/research findings of psychological science have been applied in multiple real world contexts and will also get simulated "hands on" experiences in the application of psychological science on real world problems across commons settings.

    PSYCH 494 Research Projects

    Supervised student activities on research projects identified on an individual or small-group basis.

    PSYCH 495 Internship

    Supervised off-campus, nongroup instruction including field experiences,practical, or internships. Written and oral critique of activity required. Prior approval of proposed assignment by instructor is required.

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