Psychology (PSY)

PSY S101 Introduction to Psychology

3 credits (3+0)
GER. An introduction to the fundamentals of general psychology and human behavior. Topics include an overview of the field of psychology, research methods, the brain, lifespan development, perception, consciousness, learning, memory, language, intelligence, motivation, emotion, mental disorders, personality and social behavior.
Prerequisite: ENGL S110 or instructor permission.

PSY S245 Child Development

3 credits (3+0)
Study of physical, emotional, cognitive, and social aspects of a child's development from prenatal period through adolescence. Includes theoretical view of development and effects of genetics, environment and socialization.
Prerequisites: PSY S101 or instructor permission.

PSY S250 Lifespan Development

3 credits (3+0)
GER. Introduction to the various aspects of development and changes which occur throughout a person's life span. Covers prenatal period, infancy, childhood and adolescence, and early, middle and late adulthood.
Prerequisite: PSY S101 or instructor permission.

PSY S302 Social Psychology

3 credits (3+0)
Cross-listed as SOC S302. Examines the behavior of individuals in social situations and why they behave, think and feel as they do in the presence of others. Includes research methods, social perceptions and inferences, stereotyping and prejudice, aggression, attitudes, conformity, obedience, group processes, social and environmental influences on behavior.
Prerequisite: PSY S101 or SOC S101 and upper division standing, or permission.

PSY S313 Psychology of Gender

3 credits (3+0)
Examines the impact society and gender roles have on perceptions and behavior (e.g. communication). Students become knowledgeable about psychological research and theories about gender, and connect these with their own experiences. Promotes empowerment through the development of critical thinking.
Prerequisite: PSY S101 or instructor permission.

PSY S333 Human Sexuality Across Cultures

3 credits (3+0)
Cross-listed as SOC S333. Examines biological, historical, social, cultural, and behavioral aspects of human sexuality; focuses on the social construction of sexual identity and behaviors cross-culturally.
Prerequisite: PSY S101 or SOC S101.

PSY S335 Biological Psychology

3 credits (3+0)
Study of the biological basis of human behavior, how behavior and cognition are mediated by biological processes. Emphasizes the functional anatomy and organization of the nervous system to understand normal and abnormal behavior in terms of their psychological development, evolution, and function. Overview of psychopharmacology.
Prerequisite: PSY S101.

PSY S340 Abnormal Psychology

3 credits (3+0)
Critical exploration of human experience and behavior in dimensions generally considered outside the range of normality. Integrates current diagnostic taxonomy with current research and prevailing theoretical perspectives, with attention to cultural and developmental issues.
Prerequisite: PSY S101 or instructor permission.

PSY S375 Current Issues in Psychology: Selected Topics

1-3 credits (variable)
Covers contemporary topics related to the field of psychology. Subjects focus on such areas as: environmental psychology, psychology and religion, stereotyping and prejudice, industrial and organizational psychology, domestic violence, psychology and the media, forensic psychology. May be repeated for credit when content varies.
Prerequisite: PSY S101 or instructor permission.

PSY S386 Psychology and Law

3 credits (3+0)
An overview of the emerging subfields of legal and forensic psychology. Emphasizes legal psychology by exploring the contributions of psychological theory and research in advancing knowledge of the practices and processes in the legal system. Focuses on such topics as the psychology of crime and the police, investigation of suspects and witnesses, jury selection and decision making, sentncing, and reforms.
Prerequisite: PSY S101 or instructor permission.

PSY S406 Personality Theories

3 credits (3+0)
A survey of contemporary theories of personality, with critical examination of theoretical perspectives and theory construction. Emphasizes relevant research findings. Develops understanding for and prediction of human behavior, thought and feeling.
Prerequisite: PSY S250 and one additional psychology course, and upper division standing or permission.

PSY S430 Clinical and Counseling Psychology

3 credits (3+0)
Introduction to major theoretical approaches and to applied issues in clinical and counseling psychology. The students' ability to understand and articulate the relationship between theory and practice is emphasized. Major professional issues are discussed.
Prerequisite: PSY S340 and one additional psychology course; upper division standing or permission.

PSY S440 Learning and Cognition

3 credits (3+0)
Analysis of major approaches to learning and cognition, including behavioral, social, cognitive, and biological. Classical and operant conditioning, observational learning, skill acquisition, memory, and language.
Prerequisite: PSY S101 plus two additional psychology courses and upper division standing; or instructor permission.

PSY S473 Psychological Testing and Assessment

3 credits (3+0)
Overview of fundamental psychometric concepts and principles. Surveys types of assessment related to achievement, behavior, intelligence, personality, and neuropsychology; personnel selection; career counseling; and forensic applications of psychological tests. Topics may include test bias, assessment accommodations, reporting, and practice guidelines.
Prerequisite: PSY S101 and one additional course in psychology, and upper division standing.

PSY S498 Research in Psychology