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Top PSY 199 SPECIAL TOPICS (1-16) 
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top PSY 201 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Scientific study of behavior and experience. Biological bases of behavior; sensation and perception; conditioning, learning and memory; thinking, problem solving, language, and consciousness; cognitive, personal and social development. (SS) (Bacc Core Course)

Top PSY 202 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Motivation and emotion; personality; measurement of human differences; adjustment, psychopathology and psychotherapy; attitudes and social behavior. (SS) (Bacc Core Course)

Top PSY 301 RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Study of scientific methodology in psychology, including experimental and observational techniques. Topics include problem identification and hypothesis formation, research design, application of statistics, collection and interpretation of data, computer usage, and research report writing. Lec/lab. PREREQS: PSY 201 and PSY 202 and (ST 211 or ST 351 or ST 351H)

Top PSY 330 BRAIN AND BEHAVIOR (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Introduction to the relationships of the structure and functioning of the human brain to behavior. Information from neuroanatomy, neurochemistry, neurosurgery and neurology is combined with psychological research on both normal and abnormal human behavior. (SS) PREREQS: PSY 201 and PSY 202

Top PSY 340 COGNITION (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Theories, research and applications concerning cognition. Topics include perception, attention, memory, learning, thinking and language. (SS) PREREQS: PSY 201 and PSY 202

Top PSY 350 HUMAN LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENT (4)  Offered in current or future terms
An introduction to physical, social, cognitive and linguistic development with an emphasis on theory and methodology. (SS) PREREQS: PSY 201 and PSY 202

Top PSY 360 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY (4)  Offered in current or future terms
The study of behavior and experience in a social context. Topics include person perception, attribution, attraction and love, attitudes and attitude change, aggression, social influence and group dynamics. Applications of social psychological principles to other fields, e.g. law, health care, etc. (SS) PREREQS: PSY 201 and PSY 202

Top PSY 360H SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY (4) 
The study of behavior and experience in a social context. Topics include person perception, attribution, attraction and love, attitudes and attitude change, aggression and social influence and group dynamics. Applications of social psychological principles to other fields, e.g., law, health care, etc. (SS) PREREQS: PSY 201 and PSY 202 and Honors College approval required.

Top PSY 370 PERSONALITY (4)  Offered in current or future terms
An overview of major theories of personality is followed by an introduction to personality testing and research. (SS) PREREQS: PSY 201 and PSY 202

Top PSY 381 ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Survey of various forms of psychological disorders; theories regarding etiology and treatment. Special emphasis on research approaches to such disorders. PREREQS: PSY 201 and PSY 202

Top PSY 381H ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY (4) 
Survey of various forms of psychological disorders; theories regarding etiology and treatment. Special emphasis on research approaches to such disorders. PREREQS: PSY 201 and PSY 202 and Honors College approval required.

Top PSY 399 SPECIAL TOPICS (1-6) 
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 6 credits.

Top PSY 399H SPECIAL TOPICS (1-6) 
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 6 credits. PREREQS: Honors College approval required.

Top PSY 401 RESEARCH (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top PSY 402 INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
Graded P/N. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top PSY 403 THESIS (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top PSY 405 READING AND CONFERENCE (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top PSY 406 PROJECTS (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top PSY 407 SEMINAR (1-16) 
Graded P/N. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top PSY 408 WORKSHOP (1-16) 
Graded P/N. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top PSY 410 FIELD EXPERIENCE IN HUMAN SERVICES (1-16) 
Practicum/internship placement in community human service agencies. Includes regular on-site supervision, relevant readings, projects, and faculty site visits. Graded P/N. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top PSY 426 PSYCHOLOGY OF GENDER (4)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Survey of theories, life cycles and contemporary problems of women and men in a social context. Scientific examination of gender related to psychological functioning and behavior. Topics can include psychological research on human similarities and differences in gender attitudes, relationships, sexuality, violence, employment, and mental health. (Bacc Core Course) PREREQS: PSY 202

Top PSY 432 PHYSIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Basic vertebrate neurophysiology and neuroanatomy in relation to behavior. Neural and hormonal correlates of sensation, learning, memory and motivation. PREREQS: PSY 330 and /or equivalent biological science background.

Top PSY 433 PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Drug-brain-behavior interactions. Psychoactive drugs and their relationships to normal and abnormal behavior in humans. PREREQS: Upper-division standing. Biological science background helpful.

Top PSY 434 BRAIN AND BEHAVIOR METHODS (4)  Offered in current or future terms WIC Core Course
Methodology primarily in the area of neuropsychological research. Topics include the finding and interpretation of background literature, critical evaluation of research, hypothesis formulation, experimental design, data interpretation, reporting of results and methods, and weaving a conclusion and review article. (Writing Intensive Course) PREREQS: PSY 301 and PSY 330

Top PSY 437 MOTIVATION (4) 
Biological, learning, and cognitive approaches to human and animal motivation. Topics include evolution, homeostasis, drive, arousal, incentive motivation, achievement motivation, and social motivation. PREREQS: (PSY 330 or PSY 340) and PSY 301

Top PSY 440 COGNITION RESEARCH (4)  Offered in current or future terms WIC Core Course
Advanced scientific methodology primarily in the areas of attention, learning, memory, and thinking. Students will design their own research projects, collect and analyze data, and write a professional report. (Writing Intensive Course) PREREQS: PSY 301 and PSY 340

Top PSY 442 PERCEPTION (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Fundamental concepts of animal and human sensation and perception, with emphasis on audition and vision. Applications of psychophysical methods to research in all sensory modalities. Includes review workshops on basic mathematical, physical and physiological concepts necessary to interpret research in this field. PREREQS: PSY 301 and (PSY 330 or PSY 340)

Top PSY 444 LEARNING AND MEMORY (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Experimental and theoretical work on learning, conditioning, and memory in animals and humans. PREREQS: PSY 301 and PSY 340

Top PSY 448 CONSCIOUSNESS (4) 
Psychological, phenomenological, and physiological approaches to the content and processes of subjective awareness. Topics include philosophical issues, cortical and reticular neurophysiology, sleeping and dreaming, selective attention, imagery, and self-awareness. PREREQS: PSY 301 and PSY 340

Top PSY 454 COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT (4) 
Discusses intellectual development from infancy to adulthood. Topics include the origin of thinking, the development of perception, attention, memory, problem solving, language, academic skills, and social cognition. Piaget, Vygotsky, and information processing approaches will be discussed. PREREQS: PSY 350

Top PSY 456 SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Covers theories and research concerning human social development. Topics include theories of socialization; the development of social relationships; the self-concept; emotion; sex roles; social cognition; pro-social behavior; morality; self-control; and aggression. PREREQS: PSY 350

Top PSY 458 LANGUAGE ACQUISITION (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Psychological processes involved in the acquisition and use of language throughout childhood. Biological, cognitive, and social influences on language will be discussed, as well as personal uses of language, such as language in thought and reading. PREREQS: PSY 350

Top PSY 460 ADVANCED SOCIAL RESEARCH METHODS (4)  Offered in current or future terms WIC Core Course
Advanced experimental research methods in the social sciences. Issues in psychological construct operationalization, experimental design, data collection, analysis, and report writing will be emphasized. (Writing Intensive Course) PREREQS: PSY 301 and PSY 360

Top PSY 464 SOCIAL COGNITION (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Research and theory concerning cognitive structures and processes underlying social judgment and social behavior. Topics include attribution theory, social inference, person memory, schema-based information processing. PREREQS: PSY 360

Top PSY 466 FAT STUDIES (4)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Examines body weight, shape, and size as an area of human difference subject to privilege and discrimination that intersects with other systems of oppression based on gender, race, class, age, sexual orientation, and ability. Employs a multi-disciplinary approach spanning the behavioral sciences and humanities. Frames weight-based oppression as a social justice issue, exploring forms of activism used to counter weightism perpetuated throughout various societal institutions. CROSSLISTED as WGSS 466/WGSS 566. (Bacc Core Course) PREREQS: WS 223 or WS 223H or WGSS 223 or WGSS 223H or WS 224 or WGSS 224

Top PSY 470 PSYCHOMETRICS AND PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING (4)  Offered in current or future terms WIC Core Course
An introduction to psychological measurement is provided with emphasis on the notions of reliability and validity; advanced correlation techniques are introduced. These methods are applied to contemporary tests of personality, aptitude, and achievement. (Writing Intensive Course) PREREQS: PSY 301 and (PSY 340 or PSY 370 or PSY 380 or PSY 381 or PSY 481)

Top PSY 480 CLINICAL RESEARCH METHODS (4)  Offered in current or future terms WIC Core Course
Advanced research methods used in clinical psychology research. Design of studies, assessment, data collection, and interpretation will be discussed. The clinical content area focused on will vary. (Writing Intensive Course) PREREQS: (PSY 301 and (PSY 380 or PSY 381 or PSY 481) )

Top PSY 482 PSYCHOTHERAPY (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Survey of the theory, techniques and research on the major contemporary systems of psychotherapy. PREREQS: PSY 370 or PSY 380 or PSY 381 or PSY 481

Top PSY 483 DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOPATHOLOGY (4) 
Developmental perspective on child and adolescent psychological disorders including causal factors, associated features, and research-supported interventions. PREREQS: PSY 350 or PSY 381 or PSY 481 and /or equivalent.

Top PSY 485 BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Review of basics of operant and classical conditioning. Research on behavior modification and behavior therapy with both normal and abnormal animals, human adults, and children. Application areas include behavior problems, handicaps, eating disorders, time management, self-control stress management, contingency contracts, and cognitive therapies. PREREQS: PSY 350 or PSY 380 or PSY 381 or PSY 481 and /or equivalent work in family life or education.

Top PSY 492 CONSERVATION PSYCHOLOGY (4) 
Explores connections between the study of human behavior and the achievement of conservation goals. Understanding how people think about and interact with nature is crucial for promoting environmental sustainability and human well-being. Students will examine theory and research on human cognitive, emotional, and behavioral responses to nature. PREREQS: PSY 201 and PSY 202

Top PSY 494 ENGINEERING PSYCHOLOGY (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Survey human capabilities and limitations in human-machine interaction, including vision, memory, attention, motor control, and human error. Emphasis on theory and implications for system designs. PREREQS: (PSY 301 and PSY 340)

Top PSY 496 INDUSTRIAL AND ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY (4) 
Survey of psychological research and theory relevant to organizations, industry, and other work settings. Topics include training, employee selection, performance evaluation, work attitudes, and motivation. PREREQS: PSY 360 or PSY 370

Top PSY 498 HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Psychological factors in the maintenance of good health and in the prevention of, treatment of, and recovery from illness: Behavioral contributions to illness, life-style risk factors, stress and the immune system, psychological response to symptoms and care-givers, health habits and self-care, management of pain and chronic illness, disability and terminal illness. PREREQS: PSY 330 or PSY 340 or PSY 350 or PSY 360 or PSY 370 or PSY 381 or PSY 481

Top PSY 499 SPECIAL TOPICS (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
Newly emerging or specialized topics that can only be offered occasionally or for particular purposes. Each offering will be structured with a syllabus. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 30 credits. PREREQS: To be determined for each offering.

Top PSY 499H SPECIAL TOPICS (1-16) 
Newly emerging or specialized topics that can only be offered occasionally or for particular purposes. Each offering will be structured with a syllabus. PREREQS: To be determined for each offering and Honors College approval.

Top PSY 501 RESEARCH (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
Graded P/N. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top PSY 502 INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
Graded P/N. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top PSY 503 THESIS (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 999 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top PSY 505 READING AND CONFERENCE (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top PSY 506 PROJECTS (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
Graded P/N. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top PSY 507 SEMINAR (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
Graded P/N. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top PSY 508 WORKSHOP (1-16) 
Graded P/N. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top PSY 510 FIELD EXPERIENCE IN HUMAN SERVICES (3-15) 
Practicum/internship placement in community human service agencies. Includes regular on-site supervision, relevant readings, projects, and faculty site visits. Graded P/N. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top PSY 526 PSYCHOLOGY OF GENDER (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Survey of theories, life cycles and contemporary problems of women and men in a social context. Scientific examination of gender related to psychological functioning and behavior. Topics can include psychological research on human similarities and differences in gender attitudes, relationships, sexuality, violence, employment, and mental health. PREREQS: PSY 202

Top PSY 532 PHYSIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Basic vertebrate neurophysiology and neuroanatomy in relation to behavior. Neural and hormonal correlates of sensation, learning, memory and motivation. PREREQS: PSY 330 or equivalent biological science background.

Top PSY 533 PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Drug-brain-behavior interactions. Psychoactive drugs and their relationships to normal and abnormal behavior in humans. PREREQS: Graduate standing. Biological science background helpful.

Top PSY 534 BRAIN AND BEHAVIOR METHODS (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Methodology primarily in the area of neuropsychological research. Topics include the finding and interpretation of background literature, critical evaluation of research, hypothesis formulation, experimental design, data interpretation, reporting of results and methods, and weaving a conclusion and review article. PREREQS: PSY 301 and PSY 330

Top PSY 537 MOTIVATION (4) 
Biological, learning, and cognitive approaches to human and animal motivation. Topics include evolution, homeostasis, drive, arousal, incentive motivation, achievement motivation, and social motivation. PREREQS: PSY 301 and (PSY 330 or PSY 340)

Top PSY 540 COGNITION RESEARCH (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Advanced scientific methodology primarily in the areas of attention, learning, memory, and thinking. Students will design their own research projects, collect and analyze data, and write a professional report. PREREQS: PSY 301 and PSY 340

Top PSY 542 PERCEPTION (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Fundamental concepts of animal and human sensation and perception, with emphasis on audition and vision. Applications of psychophysical methods to research in all sensory modalities. Includes review workshops on basic mathematical, physical and physiological concepts necessary to interpret research in this field. PREREQS: PSY 301 and (PSY 330 or PSY 340)

Top PSY 544 LEARNING AND MEMORY (4) 
Experimental and theoretical work on learning, conditioning, and memory in animals and humans. PREREQS: PSY 301 and PSY 340

Top PSY 548 CONSCIOUSNESS (4) 
Psychological, phenomenological, and physiological approaches to the content and processes of subjective awareness. Topics include philosophical issues, cortical and reticular neurophysiology, sleeping and dreaming, selective attention, imagery, and self-awareness. PREREQS: PSY 301 and PSY 340

Top PSY 554 COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT (4) 
Discusses intellectual development from infancy to adulthood. Topics include the origin of thinking, the development of perception, attention, memory, problem solving, language, academic skills, and social cognition. Piaget, Vygotsky, and information processing approaches will be discussed. PREREQS: PSY 350 and graduate standing.

Top PSY 556 SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Covers theories and research concerning human social development. Topics include theories of socialization; the development of social relationships; the self-concept; emotion; sex roles; social cognition; pro-social behavior; morality; self-control; and aggression. PREREQS: PSY 350 and graduate standing.

Top PSY 558 LANGUAGE ACQUISITION (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Psychological processes involved in the acquisition and use of language throughout childhood. Biological, cognitive, and social influences on language will be discussed, as well as personal uses of language, such as language in thought and reading. PREREQS: PSY 350

Top PSY 560 ADVANCED SOCIAL RESEARCH METHODS (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Advanced experimental research methods in the social sciences. Issues in psychological construct operationalization, experimental design, data collection, analysis, and report writing will be emphasized. PREREQS: PSY 301 and PSY 360

Top PSY 564 SOCIAL COGNITION (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Research and theory concerning cognitive structures and processes underlying social judgment and social behavior. Topics include attribution theory, social inference, person memory, schema-based information processing. PREREQS: PSY 360 and graduate standing.

Top PSY 566 FAT STUDIES (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Examines body weight, shape, and size as an area of human difference subject to privilege and discrimination that intersects with other systems of oppression based on gender, race, class, age, sexual orientation, and ability. Employs a multi-disciplinary approach spanning the behavioral sciences and humanities. Frames weight-based oppression as a social justice issue, exploring forms of activism used to counter weightism perpetuated throughout various societal institutions. CROSSLISTED as WGSS 466/WGSS 566 PREREQS: WS 223 or WS 223H or WGSS 223 or WGSS 223H or WS 224 or WGSS 224

Top PSY 570 PSYCHOMETRICS AND PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING (4)  Offered in current or future terms
An introduction to psychological measurement is provided, with emphasis on the notions of reliability and validity; advanced correlational techniques are introduced. These methods are applied to contemporary tests of personality, aptitude, and achievement. PREREQS: PSY 301 and (PSY 340 or PSY 370)

Top PSY 580 CLINICAL RESEARCH METHODS (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Advanced research methods used in clinical psychology research. Design of studies, assessment, data collection, and interpretation will be discussed. The clinical content area focused on will vary. PREREQS: PSY 301 and (PSY 380 or PSY 381 or PSY 481)

Top PSY 582 PSYCHOTHERAPY (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Survey of the theory, techniques and research on the major contemporary systems of psychotherapy. PREREQS: PSY 370 or PSY 381

Top PSY 583 DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOPATHOLOGY (4) 
Developmental perspective on child and adolescent psychological disorders including causal factors, associated features, and research-supported interventions. PREREQS: PSY 350 or PSY 381 or PSY 481

Top PSY 585 BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Review of basics of operant and classical conditioning. Research on behavior modification and behavior therapy with both normal and abnormal animals, human adults, and children. Application areas include: behavior problems, handicaps, eating disorders, time management, self-control, stress management, contingency contracts, and cognitive therapies. PREREQS: PSY 350 or equivalent work in family life or education.

Top PSY 592 CONSERVATION PSYCHOLOGY (4) 
Explores connections between the study of human behavior and the achievement of conservation goals. Understanding how people think about and interact with nature is crucial for promoting environmental sustainability and human well-being. Students will examine theory and research on human cognitive, emotional, and behavioral responses to nature. PREREQS: PSY 201 and PSY 202

Top PSY 594 ENGINEERING PSYCHOLOGY (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Survey human capabilities and limitations in human-machine interaction, including vision, memory, attention, motor control, and human error. Emphasis on theory and implications for system designs. PREREQS: (PSY 301 and PSY 340)

Top PSY 596 INDUSTRIAL AND ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY (4) 
Survey of psychological research and theory relevant to organizations, industry, and other work settings. Topics include training, employee selection, performance evaluation, work attitudes, and motivation. PREREQS: PSY 360 and PSY 370

Top PSY 598 HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Psychological factors in the maintenance of good health and in the prevention of, treatment of, and recovery from illness: Behavioral contributions to illness, life-style risk factors, stress and the immune system, psychological response to symptoms and care-givers, health habits and self-care, management of pain and chronic illness, disability and terminal illness. PREREQS: 300-level course in psychology.

Top PSY 599 SPECIAL TOPICS (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 99 credits. PREREQS: To be determined for each offering.



 
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