Psychology Courses

PSY-100 General Psychology3 credits

An introduction to the basic concepts and problems of psychology. Students are expected to acquire familiarity with the practice of a scientifically based psychology from a variety of perspectives, both academic and applied.

PSY-101 Introduction to Psychological Science3 credits

This course provides a general introduction to research methods in psychology. Topics covered will include understanding the concepts and techniques necessary for conducting psychological research, understanding the types of research designs most commonly used in psychology and the strengths and weaknesses of each, understanding how to propose and conduct research in psychology, analyzing data obtained from research and communicating research findings to others in writing and through oral presentation. The course includes readings and lectures about research and performing experiments.

PSY-105 Explorations in Psychology3 credits

This course is a survey of the field of Psychology using primary and secondary source material. Examples of topics covered include, among others, the latest in research on thinking, motivation, learning, and social psychology. Specific topics covered change yearly based on current findings in psychology. This course is recommended for those interested in exploring psychology or pursuing a minor but will not replace PSY-100, General Psychology for the major.

PSY-128 Human Sexuality & Intimacy3 credits

This course presents the collected theories and data on human sexuality and intimacy. The concepts of gender and sex will be discussed as will the psychology of relationships. The course will also cover current knowledge of patterns of human intimacy and sexual behavior.

PSY-199T.2 Applied Behavior and Learning2 credits


This course utilizes the latest research and principles of behavior and learning utilizing the canine as companion animal as a model. Students will learn to apply behavioral principles to evaluate training practices currently used in companion and service animal training - primary examples will be using canines.

PSY-201 Introduction to Developmental Psychology3 credits


This course is a survey of the psychological development of humans across the life cycle. The course will include a focus on behavioral processes and challenges of the developmental stages from early childhood till late adulthood. The major theories and methods used to study developmental psychology will be considered. Some reading of the primary literature of developmental psychology will be required.

PSY-202 Introduction to Biological Psychology3 credits


This course is one of the four content courses for the core of the psychology major and provides an introduction to the methods and topics of bio-psychology. Topics to be covered include the major assumptions of a bio-psychological approach, basic neuroanatomy (structural and functional), the role of neurophysiological and neurochemical processes on behavior (including psychopharmacological principles), and the biological underpinnings of learning and memory. The concept of neural plasticity is an underlying concept to much of the course. The course will include the methods used to acquire information about the bio-psychology of human and infra-human behavior.

PSY-203 Introduction to Cognitive Psychology3 credits


This course provides an introduction to cognitive psychology. You will learn about the psychology of human perception, attention, memory, language, thinking (including problem solving and reasoning), and consciousness. The material will cover the processes by which researchers develop theories and test evidence. An important part of this methodology concerns the manner in which knowledge of brain function can illuminate theories of cognition. Activities will include lectures, discussions, demonstrations, in-class experiments, and practice on problem-solving exercises. Readings will be drawn from a text and several primary sources.

PSY-206 Social Psychology3 credits


An introduction to the study of individuals in group settings. Topics may include attachment/bonding, affiliation, aggression, helping, and development. For each topic studied, there will be discussion of important findings and the research methods used within the field of study.

PSY-221 Educational Psychology3 credits

Prerequisites:Education concentration or instructor permission.

A study of the psychological principles applicable to educational theory and practice. This course fulfills a state requirement for teacher certification.

PSY-254 Psychology & the Movies3 credits

This course will examine the effects that professional psychology has had on the view of human nature as portrayed in film. Topics will include common presentations of the normal, abnormal, and extra-normal functioning of persons in this medium. There will be consideration of correct and incorrect representations of the categories of abnormality in the current Diagnostics and Statistics Manual of the American Psychiatric Association. Films will be combined with readings and discussion.

PSY-294 Independent Study1 - 3 credits

Prerequisites:Instructor permission

Independent study of special topics in psychology for the non-major or major not yet qualified for PSY-494. See independent study guidelines.

PSY-296 Collaborative Research1 - 3 credits

Prerequisites:Instructor permission

A laboratory or applied research culminating in a paper or other project. Conducted under the supervision of a faculty member in psychology. Examples of final projects would be an APA style paper or presenting a paper or poster at a psychology conference.

PSY-299T.1 Positive Psychology3 credits


An introduction to the field of Positive Psychology which is defined as the scientific study of the strengths and virtues that enable individuals and communities to thrive. Readings and discussion will focus on the three core components of the field; positive emotions, positive individual traits, and positive institutions.

PSY-301 Development of Personality3 credits

Prerequisites:PSY-101 & junior standing.

A study of the classical and contemporary theories of personality development.

PSY-310 Applied Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences3 credits

Prerequisites:PSY-101 & MAT-112 or MAT-212

Introduction to the application of statistics in behavioral science research with emphasis on quantitative methods. Topics include sampling, hypothesis testing, correlation and regression. The course focus will be on the statistical methods used in experimental and quasi-experimental research designs.

PSY-312 Research Design & Analysis I3 credits

Prerequisites:PSY-101 and MAT-112 or MAT-212


An introduction to scientific research methods used in psychology. Includes use of the professional literature of psychology, laboratory experience, and report writing. Course and lab must be taken concurrently.

PSY-312L Research Design & Analysis I Laboratory1 credit

Prerequisites:PSY-101 and MAT-112 or MAT-212


This is the laboratory course for PSY-312.

PSY-313 Research Design & Analysis II3 credits



This course focuses on more advanced research analysis. Extensive laboratory experience and report writing are required. Students will design, execute, and analyze an independent research project.

PSY-313L Research Design & Analysis II Laboratory1 credit



Lab section to accompany PSY-313.

PSY-314 Qualitative Research Methods3 credits


An introduction to the application of qualitative research methods commonly used in psychology and related fields. Students will explore the nature of qualitative research, qualitative research designs, methods for collecting qualitative data, analysis of qualitative results, and the presentation of those findings.

PSY-320 Advanced Topics in Cognition3 credits


In this course, a specific area of cognition will be examined at greater depth. Topics will vary from year to year and may include areas such as Sensation & Perception, Memory, Attention and Complex Cognition. Students will learn the history, theories, and controversies within the chosen area through discussion of primary and secondary source articles.

PSY-330 Introduction to Neuropsychology3 credits

Prerequisites:PSY-202 & junior standing.

A systematic investigation of the structure and functions of the human brain. The course will focus equally on structural and functional explanations. Equal time will be spent on "normal" and "abnormal" brains.

PSY-331 Introduction to Psychopharmacology3 credits

Prerequisites:PSY-312 & PSY-202

An introduction to the effects of drugs on the central nervous system and resulting effects on behavior.

PSY-340 Psychology of Child Development3 credits

Prerequisites:PSY-201 & junior standing

This course provides an advanced exploration of the psychology of child development from the prenatal period through late childhood. Topics covered include but are not limited to a critical analysis of historic and current trends in social, cognitive and language developmental theory and research relating to this life period.

PSY-341 Psychology of Adolescent Development3 credits

Prerequisites:PSY-201 & junior standing.

This course explores the development of youth from pre-adolescence to late adolescence and emerging adulthood from a historical and cultural view as well as theoretical and practical perspectives. Critical thinking based on current research in this field will be emphasized. The influences of heredity, family, culture, school, and peers will be considered as contexts within which adolescents develop.

PSY-350 Introduction to Psychological Counseling3 credits

Prerequisites:Junior standing.

An introduction to current theories, methods, and research in the practice of psychological counseling.

PSY-360 Environmental Psychology3 credits

Prerequisites:Junior standing.

A study of the branch of psychology that deals with the interaction between the physical world and human behavior. Each student will conduct empirical research on some aspect of the relationship between environment and behavior.

PSY-370 Health Psychology & Behavioral Medicine3 credits

Prerequisites:PSY-101 & junior standing.

This course examines the relationships between individual behavior and health. Attention is given to theory as well as clinical and laboratory research. Topics of investigation include sleep, diet, stress patterns, exercise, smoking and other lifestyle variables. Therapeutic strategies will be critically reviewed.

PSY-397 Internship1 - 3 credits

Prerequisites:Instructor permission

Supervised work and study or research in an institution or with an organization providing for the application of psychological theories and principles to current problems. Students majoring in other fields are eligible for consideration. Students are required to observe the guidelines of the American Psychological Association.

PSY-398.1 Practicum in Teaching Psychology1 - 3 credits

Prerequisites:Instructor permission

Training in assisting psychology instruction. Includes regular meetings with professor and working with small groups of students in psychology courses. May be repeated for a maximum of three credits. Pass/Fail.

PSY-399T Special Topics in Psychology1 - 3 credits

These courses are offered covering specific topics that are not a part of the regular curriculum. See courses listed below.

PSY-399T.2 Motivation & Belief3 credits

Prerequisites:PSY-201 or 206 & junior standing.

Students will investigate the research literature related to motivation, cognition and behavioral choice. They will also examine literature regarding true believers, cults, serial killers, and persuasion literature.

PSY-399T.4 Film Noir: The Shadow and Psychology3 credits


The difficult concepts of Jungian Shadow and Lacanian Mirror will be investigated through the medium of the detective film noir. Effects of these two concepts will be examined with the goal of understanding how they have affected the narrative history (theory) of cinema and psychology. Reading and discussion will be combined with viewing the film.

PSY-404 Abnormal Psychology3 credits

Prerequisites:PSY-206 & junior standing.

A critical study of the origin and development of atypical and maladaptive modes of behavior with emphasis on theory, treatment and research.

PSY-405 Seminar: Contemporary Issues3 credits


A senior-level investigation of contemporary issues in psychology with a strong emphasis on individual use of the literature. Topics vary.

PSY-407 Introduction to Forensic Psychology3 credits

Prerequisites:Junior standing.

This course is a senior level course on the issues related to psychology and forensics. Topics to be covered will include: DSM characteristics of offenders, definitions of insanity and the insanity defense, conviction and incarcerating of the mentally ill, psychological issues of criminality, issues of evidence, jury selection issues, stress and law enforcement, and profiling. Students will be expected to read and understand advanced texts including primary source materials. The course will be seminar format.

PSY-424 Motivation & Emotion3 credits

Prerequisites:PSY-206 & junior standing.

The study of theories of motivation and emotion with emphasis on their use in understanding human behavior. The course is conducted as a seminar with reading in original source materials and an active research component.

PSY-430 Learning & Behavior3 credits

Prerequisites:PSY-203 & junior standing.

The study and application of principles of learning that have emerged from an experimental analysis of human and animal behavior. Some of these principles are operant conditioning, reinforcement, discrimination, generalization, and extinction. Each student will demonstrate the application of one or more principles in the modification of behavior.

PSY-494 Independent Study1 - 3 credits

Prerequisites:Instructor permission

Intensive independent study of, or research in, special topics in psychology. It is highly unlikely that permission will be given to students without advanced standing and the preparation necessary for doing original thinking at the undergraduate level. It is strongly suggested that the psychology majors expecting to attend graduate school use this option to conduct original research. Students engaged in research are required to observe the guidelines of the American Psychological Association. See independent study guidelines.

PSY-496 Collaborative Research1 - 3 credits

Prerequisites:Instructor permission

A laboratory or applied research culminating in a paper or other project. Conducted under the supervision of a faculty member in psychology. Examples of final projects would be an APA style paper or presenting a paper or poster at a psychology conference.

PSY-497 Internship1 - 3 credits

Prerequisites:Instructor permission

Supervised work and study or research in an institution or with an organization providing for the application of psychological theories and principles to current problems. Students majoring in other fields are eligible for consideration. Students are required to observe the guidelines of the American Psychological Association.

PSY-498 Psychology Capstone3 credits

Prerequisites:PSY-312 and senior standing.

The capstone course will investigate the field of psychology with the goal of presenting the discipline in social context. Students will respond to readings from the primary literature in psychology which summarize specific areas of the discipline culminating in a term project or paper. A practical investigation of the student's future career will be undertaken and result in materials necessary for application for jobs and/or graduate careers in the field. Each student will take the Major Fields Test in psychology before the end of the term.