Psychology

PSY-P 101 Introduction to Psychology 1 (3 cr.)
Introduction to research methods, data, and theoretical interpretation of psychology in the areas of learning, sensation and perception, and behavioral neuroscience.

PSY-P 102 Introduction to Psychology 2 (3 cr.)
Introduction to individual differences; personality; and developmental, abnormal, and social psychology.

Psychology Advanced

PSY-B 310 Life-Span Development (3 cr.)
P: 3 credit hours in psychology. This course emphasizes a lifespan perspective of physical, motor, intellectual, cognitive, language, social, and personality development. Commonalities across the life span as well as differences among various segments of the life span are examined. Theory and research are equally stressed.

PSY-B 325 Psychology of Learning (3 cr.)
P: 6 credit hours in psychology. Facts and principles of human and animal learning, especially as treated in theories that provide a general framework for understanding what learning is and how it takes place.

PSY-B 354 Adult Development and Aging (3 cr.)
P: PSY-B 310 or consent of instructor. The course content examines changes that occur with age in the following areas: intelligence, memory, personality, sexuality, health, living environments, economics, developmental disorders, and treatment for developmental disorders.

PSY-B 366 Concepts and Applications of Organizational Psychology (3 cr.)
P: 3 credit hours in psychology or consent of instructor. The study and application of psychological principles to understand human behavior in the work setting. Emphasis on the role of psychological theory and research methodology in solving human behavior problems in the workplace. Specific areas of coverage include work motivation, job satisfaction, employee involvement, communication, leadership, team effectiveness, work and well-being, organizational structure and culture.

PSY-B 378 Introduction to Industrial Psychology (3 cr.)
P: 3 credit hours in psychology or consent of instructor. The design and application of psychological analysis and research methods to address personnel issues including recruitment, selection, placement, training and development, compensation, evaluation, and safety. Emphasis on interviewing skills, research methods, performance analysis and improvement, ergonomic solutions, and legal issues.

PSY-B 386 Introduction to Counseling (3 cr.)
P: PSY-P 324 The course is a general overview of the challenges therapists experience in the psychotherapeutic process from first session to termination. Students should gain an understanding of the therapeutic skills clinicians need, understand potential issues and pitfalls, and develop a cohesive understanding of the content of therapy.

PSY-B 388 Human Sexuality (3 cr.)
P: PSY-P 101 and PSY-P 102. This course presents a biopsychosocial model of sexual function and dysfunction. Factors influencing sexual functioning such as chronic illness, substance abuse, and fear of AIDS are explored. Sexual paraphilias will also be discussed.

PSY-B 452 Senior Seminar in Psychology (1-3 cr.)
P: Senior status, completion of PSY-P 250/P 251, and consent of instructor. A capstone course requiring readings, discussion, and typically, a research project. Repeatable for credit up to 12 units, provided different topics are studied.

PSY-P 199 Planning Your Psychology Career (1 cr.)
P: PSY-P 101, PSY-P 102. C: PSY-P 102. Intended for Psychology majors only. Where do you want to be 10 years from now? How can you get there? Information for undergraduate majors to help them intelligently organize their undergraduate studies. Information about what psychologists do, professional and practical issues in career choice, course selection, intern/research experience, and planning a course of study.

PSY-P 220 Introduction to Drugs and Behavior (3 cr.)
Introductory discussion of basic human neuroanatomy and the influence of drugs on the brain and behavior. The study of social and clinical aspects of drug use is covered.

PSY-P 234 Principles of Mental Health (3 cr.)
P: 3 credit hours of psychology. Development and maintenance of mental health by application of psychological and psychiatric principles of normal human behavior.

PSY-P 250 Research Methods & Statistics I (3 cr.)
P: PSY-P 101 and PSY-P 102; and MATH-M 118 or MATH-A 118 or above. Course is designed to enable students to become both a user and an informed consumer of basic statistical techniques used in psychological research. Students will also learn to design and critique the methodology of psychological research. Preparation of research proposals/reports using statistical analysis and knowledge of research methods is required. This course is the first semester of a two-semester course and must be taken the semester before taking P 251. Should be taken prior to enrolling in 300- and 400-level psychology courses.

PSY-P 251 Research and Quantitative Methods in Psychology II (3 cr.)
P: PSY-P 250. Course is a continuation of P 250 that includes statistical analysis, research methods, and proposal/report writing used in psychological research. This course is the second half of a two-semester course and must be taken the semester after P 250. Should be taken before enrolling in 300- and 400-level psychology courses.

PSY-P 301 Psychology and Human Problems (3 cr.)
P: Junior standing. Contemporary human problems considered from a psychological perspective. Representative topics include stress, creativity, environmental impact, behavior control, volunteerism, and drug usage.

PSY-P 303 Health Psychology (3 cr.)
P: 6 credit hours in psychology. Introductory course outlining contributions of psychology to the promotion and maintenance of health and prevention and treatment of illness. Special emphasis on clinical techniques used by psychologists to confront heart disease, cancer, and AIDS.

PSY-P 316 Psychology of Childhood and Adolescence (3 cr.)
P: PSY-B 310 or consent of instructor. Development of behavior in infancy, childhood, and youth; factors that influence behavior.

PSY-P 319 Psychology of Personality (3 cr.)
P: 6 credit hours in psychology. R: PSY-P 102. Methods and results of scientific study of personality. Basic concepts of personality traits and their measurement; developmental influences; problems of integration.

PSY-P 320 Social Psychology (3 cr.)
P: PSY-P 101 and PSY-P 102. Principles of scientific psychology applied to the individual in a social situation.

PSY-P 321 Group Dynamics (3 cr.)
P: 6 credit hours in psychology. Exposes the student to interpersonal processes inherent in group settings. Topics may include group psychotherapy, social factors in groups, group decision making or group violence. Particular focus of course may vary with instructor.

PSY-P 322 Psychology in the Courtroom (3 cr.)
P: PSY-P 101 and PSY-P 102; or consent of instructor. This course considers the psychological aspects of roles and interactions in the courtroom. Topics include definitions of “sanity” and “competency,” eyewitness testimony, jury selection, psychological autopsies, and the psychologist as “expert witness.”

PSY-P 324 Abnormal Psychology (3 cr.)
P: 6 credit hours in psychology. R: PSY-P 102. A first course in adult abnormal psychology; including forms of abnormal behavior, etiology, development, interpretations, and final manifestations.

PSY-P 326 Behavioral Neuroscience (3 cr.)
P: 6 credit hours in Psychology or concurrent enrollment. R: BIOL-L 100 or BIOL-L 105 or AHLT-M 195. An examination of the cellular bases of behavior, emphasizing contemporary views and approaches to the study of the nervous system. Neural structure, function, and organization are considered in relation to sensory and motor function, motivation, learning, and other basic behaviors.

PSY-P 327 Psychology of Motivation (3 cr.)
P: 6 credit hours in psychology. How needs, desires, and incentives influence behavior; research on motivational processes in human and animal behavior, including ways in which motives change and develop.

PSY-P 329 Sensation and Perception (3 cr.)
P: 6 credit hours in psychology. R: AHLT-M 195. This course focuses on the study of vision, hearing, smell, taste, touch, temperature, and pain; as well as topics fundamental to an understanding of sensory and perceptual processes.

PSY-P 335 Cognitive Psychology (3 cr.)
P: 6 credit hours in psychology. Introduction to human cognitive processes, including attention and perception, memory, psycholinguistics, problem solving, and thinking.

PSY-P 336 Psychological Tests and Individual Differences (3 cr.)
P: MATH-K 300, or PSY-P 250/P 251. Principles of psychological testing. Representative tests and their uses for evaluation and prediction. Emphasis on concepts of reliability, validity, standardization, norms, and item analysis.

PSY-P 354 Statistical Analysis in Psychology (3 cr.)
P: PSY-P 101, PSY-P 102, and either MATH-K 300 or PSY-P 250/P 251. Use of statistics in psychological work, including multivariate statistical methods. Understanding of statistics as they are presented in the psychological literature. Use of computer statistical software package to analyze psychological data.

PSY-P 380 Ethical Issues in Psychology (3 cr.)
P: 6 credit hours in psychology. This course introduces students to methods of ethical reasoning, as well as ethical principles and laws that arise in the practice of psychology in academic, research, and clinical settings.

PSY-P 407 Drugs and the Nervous System (3 cr.)
P: 6 credit hours in psychology. Introduction to the major psychoactive drugs and how they act upon the brain to influence behavior. Discussion of the role of drugs as therapeutic agents for various clinical disorders and as probes to provide insight into brain function.

PSY-P 408 Brain and Cognition (3 cr.)
P: PSY-P 326. Discussion of the brain systems involved in cognition and perception. Emphasis upon understanding the anatomy and function of cerebral cortex. Consideration of neural models of brain function.

PSY-P 411 Neural Bases of Learning and Memory (3 cr.)
This course will survey the major work in the field of the neurobiology of memory, approaching the subject from anatomical, physiological, and neurochemical perspectives. Topics covered will include animal models of memory that have proven useful in this research, as well as what has been learned from humans with brain damage and from brain-imaging studies. The facts and fiction of memory-enhancing drugs will also be discussed.

PSY-P 417 Animal Behavior (3 cr.)
P: PSY-P 102. Methods, findings, and interpretations of recent investigations of animal behavior, including ethological studies.

PSY-P 418 Behavior Genetics (3 cr.)
P: PSY-P 101 and PSY-P 102; or consent of the instructor. Broad overview of the application of genetic methods to the study of human behavior. Emphasis is placed upon the use of family, twin, and adoption studies to address psychologically relevant questions concerning the nature and etiology of individual differences in behavior. No prior knowledge of genetics is assumed.

PSY-P 425 Behavioral Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence (3 cr.)
P: PSY-P 324. A survey of major behavior disorders, with emphasis on empirical research and clinical description relative to etiology, assessment, prognosis, and treatment.

PSY-P 430 Behavior Modification (3 cr.)
P: Junior standing and 9 credit hours in psychology. Principles, techniques, and applications of behavior modification, including reinforcement, aversive conditioning, observational learning, desensitization, self-control, and modification of cognitions.

PSY-P 438 Language and Cognition (3 cr.)
P: PSY-P 335. This course surveys the major themes that characterize psycholinguistics. Emphasizes the mental processes that underlie ordinary language use, the tacit knowledge that native English speakers have of their language, and the processes by which children acquire language.

PSY-P 440 Topics in Cognitive Psychology (3 cr.)
P: PSY-P 335. Seminar courses in current areas of research in cognitive psychology. Specific topic determined by instructor offering the course.

PSY-P 442 Infant Development (3 cr.)
P: PSY-B 310 or consent of intructor. Surveys cognitive, socioemotional, and perceptual-motor development during the first two years of life. Emphasis is on theory and research addressing fundamental questions about the developmental process, especially the biological bases for developmental change.

PSY-P 457 Topics in Psychology (1-3 cr.)
P: Junior or senior standing or consent of instructor. Studies in special topics not usually covered in other department courses. Topics vary with instructor and semester. Repeatable for credit up to 6 units, if topics differ.

PSY-P 459 History and Systems of Psychology (3 cr.)
P: PSY-P 101 and PSY-P 102; and 6 additional credit hours in psychology. Historical background and critical evaluation of major theoretical systems of modern psychology: structuralism, functionalism, associationism, behaviorism, Gestalt psychology, and psychoanalysis. Methodological problems of theory construction and system making. Emphasizes integration of recent trends.

PSY-P 460 Women: A Psychological Perspective (3 cr.)
P: 9 credit hours in psychology. Basic data and theories about the development and maintenance of sex differences in behavior and personality.

PSY-P 493 Supervised Research I (2-3 cr.)
P: PSY-P 101 and PSY-P 102, PSY-P 250 and PSY-P 251. Active participation in research. An independent experiment of modest magnitude, or participation in ongoing research in a single laboratory. Repeatable for credit up to 6 units.

PSY-P 494 Supervised Research II (3 cr.)
P: PSY-P 493. A continuation of PSY-P 493. Course will include a journal report of the two semesters of work. Repeatable for credit up to 6 units.

PSY-P 495 Readings and Research in Psychology (1-3 cr.)
P: Written consent of instructor, junior or senior standing. S/F grading. Repeatable for credit up to 9 units.

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