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PSychology (PSY) 

College of Liberal Studies
Department Chair: Betsy Morgan
335A Graff Main Hall, 608-785-8440
e-mail: morgan.bets@uwlax.edu

Professors: Cerbin, Hitch, Martin-Stanley, Morgan, Oyster; Associate Professors: Bogart, Dehn, Johnson, E., Moore, Seebach, E., Taylor, M., Van Voorhis, Wilson, C.; Assistant Professors: Blumentritt, Cary, De Boer, Dixon, R., Sullivan, S.; Lecturers: Caya, Satory.  

Psychology Major  (All colleges) — a minimum of 35 credits from the following eight categories plus MTH 145 or 250. Credits from categories three through seven may be listed under category eight as electives.

A.   Category I: General Psychology (one 3-credit required course): PSY 100 required; PSY 200 strongly recommended.

B.   Category II: Experimental and Research Methods (4 required courses totaling 7 credits in psychology): PSY 231 and 232, 451; and MTH 145 or 250. (MTH 145 or 250 should be completed before the start of the junior year).

C.   Category III : Psychopathology/Social/Personali-ty (at least 6 credits required): Select from PSY 304,  341, 402. Students interested in human service related work or graduate school should take 304 and 402 as one of their courses in this category.

E.   Category IV: Developmental Psychology (3 credits required): 210.  Three additional credits recommended from 310 or 311 or 312 or 314.

F.   Category V: Advanced Experimental and Biopsychology (at least 6 credits required). PSY 335 or PSY 435, and three credits from 437, 438, 430 OR 434.

G.   Category VI: Application Courses (at least 3 credits required): PSY 334, 343, 347, 370, 376, 401

H.   Category VII: Experiential (at least one credit required) PSY 295, 308, 309, 405, 450, 481, 482, 485. The department strongly encourages students to take more than one credit in this category, particularly as a 309 or 450.

I.    Category VIII: Elective Credit. Six additional credits from psychology courses – three from general psychology electives:  PSY 107, 280, 285, 318 (also count toward General Education electives), and/or 200, 205, 259, 305, 310, 311, 312, 313, 314, 317, 320, 330, 382, 395, PSY/PHL 301, 333; and three from advanced psychology electives including any additional 400-level courses from categories V and VI and 403, 404, 410, 417, 420, 426, 431, 436, 441, 444, 461, 489, 490. 

We strongly recommend that all psychology students take PSY 231 and PSY 232 in their sophomore years or early in their junior years. Once a student has completed their General Education requirements and declared psychology as a major, he/she should plan on at least four semesters to complete the sequence of courses necessary for graduation with a psychology degree. We also recommend that students seriously consider taking PSY 200 “Orientation to the Psychology Major” early in their psychology careers and that students consider volunteer work and/or fieldwork as an important part of their psychological training. The psychology major provides solid training in the liberal arts and in research methods. However, the courses you elect to take can help you toward your general career goals. Students should pick up a flyer titled “Psychology Coursework and Career Planning” from the psychology department. It also includes advice on minors and emphases. 

NoteA student must obtain a C or better in both PSY 100 and MTH 145 or 250, complete the new major tutorial and meet with an adviser. Transfer students must have obtained a “C” or better in their “Introductory Psychology” course.

Students must declare the psychology major in order to enroll in key major courses that are prerequisites to other courses. 

Dual Degree: Psychology and Occupational Therapy    

This is a special dual degree program which enables a student to receive both a Bachelor of Science (Psychology major) and a Master of Science degree (Occupational Therapy) from UW-L. The total length of time for both degrees is expected to be five and one half years plus summers. Students will typically complete their BS in Psychology at the conclusion of the fall semester in their 5th year. In order to complete their BS, students must complete a minimum of 120 credits, including the General Education requirements, the CLS core requirement, the program option of 18 credits at the 300/400 level outside of psychology, and the psychology major. The psychology degree and the occupational therapy degree will share approximately 12 credits (via specific course substitutions) which allows for the shorter course sequence for the students. Both the psychology department and the occupational therapy program have coursework check sheets to help students plan each semester of their program and to be sure that the prerequisite requirements for the occupational therapy program are also being met. Students who express interest in the dual degree program will be selected for entrance into the occupational therapy graduate program based on the standard admissions criteria. Interested students should contact the occupational therapy program as early in their college careers as possible. The dual degree option is available to students with 60 or less credits completed towards their undergraduate degree and a 3.0 GPA. 

Psychology Minor (Liberal Studies, Science and Allied Health and EESHR non-teacher certification programs) — 20 credits, including PSY 100 and electives in psychology. Students may not receive credit for both PSY 210 and 212. 12 of the 20 credits must be at the 300 or 400 level. 

Psychology Minor (Business) — 20 credits, including PSY 100, 341, 343 or CST 250 or SOC 334, 376, and electives in psychology, including at least one of the following recommended courses: PSY 212, 231 and 232, 382, 402, 420, or 451. Students may not receive credit for both PSY 210 and 212. 

Psychology Minor (Teacher Certification Programs) — 25 credits, including PSY 100, 231, 232, 304, 335 or 435, and twelve credits of electives excluding PSY 212. Students may not receive credit for both PSY 210 and 212. 

Psychology Department Honors Program

The honors program is designed to give qualified students the opportunity to develop their understanding of and skills in psychological research. The honors project is an extensive piece of research designed and conducted by the student under the supervision of a faculty adviser. 

Requirements for admission to the program:

1.  Junior standing (during Honors Seminar-PSY 489)

2.  Completion of PSY 100, 231, 232, MTH 145 or 250 before beginning Honors Seminar. PSY 420 before PSY 489 or concurrently with PSY 489

3.  3.25 cumulative grade point average in psychology courses

4.  A cumulative overall grade point average of 3.00

5.    Recommendation from two psychology department faculty members

6.  Completion of an application to the program

 Selection into the honors program by the departmental honors program selection committee


Requirements for earning a degree with honors in psychology are:

1.  Completion of psychology major

2.  3.50 cumulative grade point average in psychology courses*

3.  A cumulative overall grade point average of 3.25*

4.  Completion of Honors Seminar (PSY 489, three credits total)

5.  Completion and presentation of Honors Project (PSY 482, three   credits, of which at least one must be completed in the candidate’s
 last semester) 

Exhibit continuous appropriate professional behavior as defined departmental standards 

Psychology Credit by examination

Students may earn credit by examination for PSY 100, General Psychology, a three credit course. The following examinations are acceptable:  Advanced Placement Program (APP) in Psychology with a score of 3, 4, or 5; the “Higher Level” International Baccalaureate (IB) with a score of 4 or above; or the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) with a score of 47 or above.  Students should contact the Counseling and Testing Center for information about CLEP;  however, once a student has enrolled in PSY 100 they may not petition to earn credit with a CLEP exam. 

Child/Youth Care Emphasis See p. 91 for description. 

Gerontology Emphasis See p. 147 for description. 

Note: Most of the psychology courses require the purchase of course packs that contain handouts and readings associated with class activities. 

The psychology department incorporates a significant amount of writing through the required courses instead of identifying particular courses as writing emphasis courses. Students who complete the psychology major will fulfill the university writing emphasis requirement. 

*GPA calculations are based on the last term prior to the term of graduation. 

+ above a course number indicates a
General Education course.

PSY    100   Cr. 3
General Psychology
A comprehensive introduction to contemporary basic principles and theories of behavior and related processes along with supporting scientific evidence and applications. Topics include sensory processes, perception, learning, memory, motivation, emotion, developmental change, measurement, social interaction and abnormal behavior.  

PSY/BIO 107 Cr. 3
Brain Basics: Linking Society and Neuroscience

Students will be introduced to the field of neuroscience, including an examination of the cells that make the brain operate, how they operate together to form structures and systems, and how the operation of these systems relates to human behavior. The range of behaviors to be examined will include everyday learning and memory, sleeping and dreaming, as well as an exploration of the brain when abnormal behaviors occur. We will also investigate the impact that advances in the neurosciences have had on society in general. (Cross-listed with BIO; may only earn credit in PSY or BIO, not both.) Not applicable to a biology major. Offered Sem. II.

PSY 200   Cr. 1
Orientation to the Psychology Major
This course is an orientation to psychology as a major. It is designed for sophomore level students who have either declared or are considering psychology as a major. it is also appropriate for second semester freshmen or first semester juniors. The field of psychology as a discipline will be discussed as will career options related to the field. Students will be required to complete a variety of tasks designed to identify and/or clarify career paths and goals and increase their understanding of psychology as both an empirical and applied field. Prerequisite: PSY 100. Pass/Fail grading. 

PSY    205   Cr. 3
Effective Behavior
Human adjustment processes in meeting inner needs and the demands of physical and social environment. Prerequisite: PSY 100. 

PSY    210   Cr. 3
Developmental Psychology
Designed for the psychology major as an introduction to developmental psychology, the course emphasizes the historical, theoretical and methodological approaches to human development across the life-span. Psychological principles, concepts, and historical and recent research in the areas of prenatal, cognitive, language, social/emotional, and physical development are explored. Prerequisite: PSY 100. Open to psychology majors only. 

PSY    212   Cr. 3
Life-Span Development
An overview of human development from conception through death. It emphasizes major developmental milestones in several domains, including physical, cognitive and social/emotional. It also introduces students to prominent historical, theoretical, and methodological approaches to human development as well as to practical applications. Does not apply to the psychology major. 

PSY    231   Cr. 2
Experimental Psychology and Research Methods
This course provides an introduction to experimental and other research methods as used in psychology. The emphasis is on the scientific method, techniques of data collection, and the principles and theories employed in the study of behavior and mental processes. Must be taken concurrently with PSY 232. Prerequisite: PSY 100. Open to psychology majors and minors only. 

PSY    232   Cr. 2
Experimental Psychology Laboratory
This course develops skills in observation, formulating research ideas and hypotheses, designing and conducting research, data analysis, and scientific report writing. Lab. 4. Must be taken concurrently with PSY 231. Prerequisite: PSY 100; open to psychology majors and minors only. 

PSY/ESS/W-S  259     Cr. 1
Girls and Women in Sport
An introduction to the involvement of girls and women in sport. Topics include a historical perspective on women’s sport participation, cultural images of women athletes, physiological and psychological benefits of sport participation as well as negative correlates, teaching and coaching implications of current research, Title IX, and recreation/leisure approaches to physical activity. (Cross-listed with ESS and W-S. May only earn credit in PSY, ESS or W-S). Offered Sem. II.  

PSY    280   Cr. 3
Cross-Cultural Development
This course represents a blend of cross-cultural concepts and human development (across the lifespan) and will seek to explore the influence of culture on various aspects of human development. More specific topics include the role of culture on: socialization, physical growth, cognition, self and personality, sex and gender, social behavior, family relations, and health. Prerequisites: PSY 100; ANT 101 or HIS 101 or HIS 102. 

PSY    285  Cr. 3
Culture and Mental Health: An Applied Perspective
This course provides an examination of the relationship between culture and mental health. Specific attention is given to the impact of racism, prejudice, and minority status on the lives of various American minority groups and how the effects of these factors reveal themselves within a mental health framework. An eclectic, multidisciplinary approach that draws from clinical and social psychology, as well as sociology, is utilized. Prerequisite: PSY 100 and sophomore standing. Offered Sem. I.  

PSY    295 Cr. 1-3
Foreign Study in Psychology
Opportunity for students to participate in a variety of supervised projects limited to foreign study, directed readings, and structured discussions. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Repeatable for credit — maximum 3. 

PSY/PHL   301 Cr. 3
Theory of Knowledge
An intensive examination of three major questions: (1) What are the principal grounds of knowledge?  (2) How certain can we properly be of what we think we know? (3) Are there limits beyond which we cannot reasonably hope to extend knowledge? Strong emphasis is placed on the problem of perception, learning, and knowledge representation. Prerequisite: PSY 100 or PHL 100. (Cross-listed with PHL 301; may only earn credit in PSY or PHL, not both.) Offered occasionally.  

PSY    304   Cr. 3
Abnormal Psychology
The study of the clinical descriptions, and the biopsychosocial causes and associated treatments of psychological disorders. Special emphasis on mood and anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and assessment and diagnosis. Prerequisite: PSY 100 or 212 plus second semester sophomore standing (minimum 45 credits). 

PSY    305   Cr. 3
Human Sexuality
A study of psychology of sexual attitudes and behaviors, including typical and atypical variations. Prerequisite: PSY 100.  

PSY    308 Cr. 1-2
Research Apprenticeship
This course offers research experience under the supervision of a faculty member. The student will assist a faculty member in any phase of the research process including literature searches, formulation of instruments, pilot studies, data collection, data coding, and computer analysis. Prerequisite: PSY 231, 232, departmental approval (minimum 60 credits). Pass/Fail grading. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6.  

PSY    309   Cr. 1
Volunteer Experience in Psychology
This course provides students with opportunities to gain practical experience through interaction with a variety of age groups. This supervised fieldwork requires 30 hours on site per semester. Prerequisite: PSY 100 and 210; psychology major. Pass/Fail grading. Repeatable for credit — maximum 2.  

PSY    310   Cr. 3
Child Development
This course focuses on basic principles, theories, and research in human development from conception through middle childhood. Topics include physical, cognitive, language, social/emotional and personality development. Both the biological/genetic (nature) and the environmental (nurture) influences on development will be examined within each developmental area. Prerequisite: PSY 100 and 210, or 212. 

PSY    311   Cr. 3
Adolescent Development
Focuses on the developmental tasks of adolescence and the influence of family, peers, school and society. Topics include historical perspectives, cognitive and moral development, self-concept, sexuality, vocational choice, and problems of adolescence. Prerequisite: PSY 100 and 210, or 212.  

PSY    312   Cr. 3
Adulthood and Aging
An overview of the “journey of adulthood” including both continuity and change. It introduces students to major historical and theoretical perspectives on adult development as well as primary methodological techniques for studying adult development. It examines milestones and transitions in traditional developmental domains (physical, cognitive and social and emotional) and explores individual responses and adjustments to these experiences. Prerequisite: PSY 100 and 210, or 212. Offered Sem I.  

PSY    313   Cr. 1
Psychology of Aging
The study of aging and older persons from a psychological perspective. It highlights physical, cognitive, emotional and social characteristics of old people and developmental changes associated with aging processes. Special attention is focused on the differences between typical aging and disease-related conditions associated with aging. Attention also is focused on diversity in the experience of aging and on practical applications. Prerequisites: PSY 312 or concurrent enrollment.  Offered occasionally. 

PSY    314   Cr. 3
Infant Development: A Multidisciplinary Approach
This course will provide students with an in-depth examination of infant development (conception through approximately age two) from a multidimensional perspective. Normative development in the following areas will be examined: prenatal, physical, perceptual, cognitive, language, social and emotional. The legal and public policy implications will be discussed. Research methodology and theoretical perspectives will be integrated throughout each topic area. Prerequisite: PSY 100 and 210 or 212. Offered occasionally.  

PSY    317   Cr. 3
Psychology of Individual Differences
Nature, extent, development, and source of psychological differences among individuals and groups. Consideration of intelligence, aptitudes, interest, and achievement as related to hereditary and environmental factors. Prerequisite: PSY 100. Offered occasionally. 

PSY    318   Cr. 3
Psychology of Women
Theories and research concerning the biological, psychological, and social aspects of female functioning will be evaluated. The course will analyze psychological literature that addresses itself to the experience, development, and behavior of women from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Prerequisite: PSY 100 and sophomore standing. 

PSY    320   Cr. 3
Human Motivation
 This course examines contemporary and historical psychological conceptions, principles, and theories of human motivation. Concern is given  to cognitive, emotional, and social factors that influence the intensity and choices of goal-directed behavior. Research and applications to education, industry, and everyday situations are included. Prerequisite: PSY 100 and 210. Offered occasionally. 

PSY    330   Cr. 2
Drugs and Behavior
A study of the major drug groups, their influence on neural processes, and correlated changes in motivation, perception, learning, and psycho-motor performance. Emphasizes drugs with clinical applications. Prerequisite: consent of instructor and junior standing.  

PSY/PHL    333            Cr. 3
Philosophy of Mind
A study of the problems regarding the nature of mental events, mind-body relations, behaviorism, mentalism, and the relation of these topics to scientific methodology. Prerequisite: PSY 100 or PHL 100. (Cross-listed with PHL; may only earn credit in PSY or PHL, not both.) Offered occasionally. 

PSY    334   Cr. 3
Health Psychology
This course will examine the role of psychological factors in health, wellness, and illness. The focus will be on the interdependence of physiological and psychological factors in the experiencing and treatment of both acute and chronic illnesses. Medical disorders will also be considered from the perspectives of health research methodology, illness prevention, and traditional and non-traditional treatments. Ethical considerations and public policy issues in treatment and research will be considered. Prerequisite: PSY 100, 231 and 232 or BIO 312. 

PSY    335   Cr. 3
Learning and Memory
A study of the fundamental concepts and principles of human and animal learning and contemporary topics in human memory. Specific topics include classical and operant (instrumental) conditioning, concept and skill learning, memory storage, and retrieval, forgetting, and the use of information. Prerequisite: PSY 100 and 231, 232. Offered Sem II.   

PSY 341 Cr. 3
Social Psychology
Studies social behavior of individuals, including attitudes, friendship, helping, aggression, conformity and leadership. Also examines individual interactions with groups and the environment. May be taken in lieu of SOC 330. Prerequisite: PSY 100 or SOC 110.

PSY    343   Cr. 3
Group Dynamics
This course focuses on the structure and function of groups. Topics covered may include communication, process losses, leadership, problem-solving, improving the effectiveness of groups and intergroup relations. Prerequisites: PSY 100 or SOC 110. Not open for credit to students who have completed or are enrolled in CST 250 and/or SOC 334.  

PSY    347   Cr. 3
Empathic Listening Skills
This course is designed to clearly define empathic listening skills within a multicultural context. Students will learn to differentiate listening from psychotherapy and will practice listening skills. Topics include values identification, basic listening skills, in-depth exploration skills, and action planning without counseling. Ideal for those who will plan to work in a human services setting. Prerequisite: PSY 100 and second semester sophomore standing.

PSY    370   Cr. 3
Educational Psychology
This course examines the application of psychological principles to school learning. Topics covered include theories of learning, individual differences, motivation, classroom management, measurement and evaluation, and effective teaching. The content will be discussed in relation to current issues and problems.  Prerequisite: PSY 100 and 210 OR PSY 212 and concurrent or previous enrollment in one of the following: EFN 210/C-I 211 or SHE 210 or ESS 225/226. 

PSY    376   Cr. 3
Industrial Psychology
Psychological principles, concepts and methods applicable to organizational and industrial situations and practices. Topics include personnel selection, placement and evaluation; training; motivation; leadership; and social factors in organizations. Prerequisites: 6 credits in psychology and junior standing. Offered Sem II. 

PSY 382      Cr. 3
Cross-Cultural Psychology
An orientation to the definitions, concepts, theories, and methodologies of cross-cultural psychology. Included is an examination of cultural and ecological factors and their influences on perceptual and cognitive processes, personality, language, and other psychological variables. Prerequisite: PSY 100. 

PSY    395 Cr. 1-3
Workshop in Applications of Psychology
Instructional units designed to develop specialized skills, competencies and knowledge representing applications of methods and techniques of psychology in education and other professional areas. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Repeatable for credit — maximum 3. Departmental option for Pass/Fail grading. 

PSY    401   Cr. 3
Behavior Modification
Theory and techniques of systematic behavior management and behavior control. Consideration of applied social learning theory, reinforcement, modeling, cognitive and rational techniques, extinction, aversive procedures, relaxation training, and token economies. Course will include the planning and completion of an intervention program. Prerequisite: PSY 100 or 212 and junior standing. 

PSY    402/502 Cr. 3
Personality Theories, Models and Measures
Exploration and evaluation of major theories of personality. Particular attention is paid to psychoanalytic, neopsychoanalytic, behavioral, trait and humanistic theories of personality. This course will also address current research in the field of personality psychology and issues in personality measurement.  Prerequisites: PSY 100 or 212 and junior standing. Offered Sem I. 

PSY    403/503 Cr. 3
Advanced Psychopathology
This course focuses on selected topics in the area of clinical and abnormal psychology and is designed to provide indepth knowledge of advanced current issues in the field. It helps prepare students for the field of human services by offering additional information beyond that conveyed in the abnormal psychology course on the diagnosis and treatment of a number of psychological disorders. Prerequisite: PSY 304. Offered occasionally.  

PSY    404   Cr. 3
Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy
A comprehensive conceptual review of theories of psychotherapy and counseling with a focus on the processes of change. The theories examined include the Psychodynamic, Person-Centered, Gestalt, Behavioral, Cognitive-Behavioral, Solution-Focused, Gottman Marital Therapy, and Yalom’s group therapy. Divergence and convergence among the theories will be examined. This course will focus on the presentation of a transtheoretical analysis of these major theoretical views and methods used in psychotherapy. The course will emphasize the pragmatic and integrated qualities of major theories of psychotherapy. Prerequisite: PSY 304. Offered Sem. I. 

PSY    405 Cr. 1-2
Teaching Apprenticeship in Psychology
This course provides preparation and experience in a variety of instructional practices, strategies and techniques. Students study theory and research on teaching and practice teaching skills under the guidance of faculty members. Prerequisite: junior standing, minimum 3.25 GPA. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6. 

PSY    410/510 Cr. 3
Advanced Developmental Psychology
An in-depth study of important topics in developmental psychology. Relevant theories and recent research in social development, cognitive development, moral development, language development, and emotional development will be evaluated. Prerequisite: PSY 210, 231, 232, and MTH 145 or 250, or consent of instructor. Offered occasionally. 

PSY    417   Cr. 3
Child and Adolescent Psychopathology
An examination of psychological disorders which first appear during infancy, childhood and adolescence. This course covers the etiology, diagnosis, classification, treatment, and prevention of psychological disorders from different theoretical orientations. Special emphasis is placed on applying basic concepts and empirical data to various professional settings and to social policy issues. Prerequisite: PSY 210 or 212, and 304. Offered Sem. II. 

PSY    420/520 Cr. 3
Advanced Research Methods
An advanced course in the quantitative and logical aspects of statistical analysis, interpretation and design of behavioral science research and experimentation. Major emphasis is on the conceptual rather than the computational aspects of quantitative methods. Recommended for those planning graduate work in psychology or related fields. Prerequisite: PSY 100, 210, 231, 232; MTH 145 or 250. Offered Sem. II. 

PSY    426/526 Cr. 3
Psychology of Addictive Behaviors
Study of the personality characteristics of individuals experiencing substance abuse, dependency, and compulsive behaviors such as eating disorders and gambling. The focus will be on abuse as a maladaptive response to the demands of life. Special topics will include consumptive patterns, level of dependence, neurological status, assessment, and contemporary treatment techniques. Prerequisite: PSY 100 and 304. Offered occasionally. 

PSY    430   Cr. 3
Physiological Psychology
A study of the biological basis of behavior. Focus is on explaining behavior via the functioning of the brain and the rest of the nervous system. Language and the nature of consciousness, as well as vision, hearing, movement and sexual behavior will be discussed.  Prerequisite: PSY 100; PSY/BIO 107; PSY 231 or BIO 312; MTH 145 or 250. Offered Sem I. 

PSY 431      Cr. 3
The Study of Consciousness
A comprehensive examination of conscious and nonconscious states of awareness. The course will explore contemporary cognitive theories on the nature of consciousness and its role and functioning in human behavior. The course also will cover states of consciousness (i.e., sleep and dreaming) as well as alterations in consciousness through hypnosis and psychedelic drugs. Prerequisite: BIO/PSY 107 or BIO 312, and either PSY 231, 232 or PHL 333. Offered occasionally.  

PSY    434   Cr. 3
Introduction to Clincial Neuropsychology
This course examines the relationship between brain functioning and cognition, behavior, and emotion. The course covers neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and neuropsychological assessment. The history, rationale, goals, and procedures of neuropsychological assessment will be explored along side the role that neuropsychologists play in the evaluation and treatment of individuals with disorders. Specific disorders likely to be covered include traumatic brain injury, dementia, psychiatric disorders, alcohol and drug abuse, cerebrovascular disorders, seizure disorders, and learning disabilities. Prerequisite: PSY 100; PSY/BIO 107; MTH 145 or 250; PSY 231 or BIO 312. 

PSY    435/535 Cr. 3
Cognitive Processes
This course examines theories, models, and related experimental research concerning human mental processes. Topics include acquisition of information, memory, decision-making, problem solving, and language. Prerequisite: PSY 231, 232, MTH 145 or 250. Offered Sem. I. 

PSY    436/536 Cr. 3
Psychology of Language
An introductory course in psycholinguistics concerned with the comprehension, production and acquisition of language. Other topics include: language and thought, reading, writing, bilingualism, figurative language, metalinguistic skills, and the neuropsychology of language. Prerequisite: PSY 100, PSY 231, 232. Offered occasionally. 

PSY    437   Cr. 3
The Human Senses
A course designed to foster an appreciation of the human senses and the fundamental role they play in the attainment of knowledge and the regulation of behavior. The description and measurement of behavioral and physiological responses are emphasized. Prerequisite: PSY 231, 232, or BIO 312. Offered Sem. I. 

PSY    438   Cr. 3
Processes of Perception
An analysis of various mechanisms through which we interpret and restructure sensory information (size, distance, depth, movement, illusion, time, etc.) as we respond to changes in our surroundings. Prerequisite: PSY 231, 232, or BIO 312. Offered Sem II. 

PSY    441/541 Cr. 3
Advanced Social Psychology
The course will provide coverage of methodology and statistics most frequently encountered in social psychology and cover topics both of classic and current interest such as stereotypes and prejudice, medical social psychology, environmental psychology, social interdependence, leadership, and power. Prerequisite: grade of “B” or better in PSY 341 or SOC 330, PSY 231, 232, MTH 145 or 250. Offered occasionally. 

PSY    444   Cr. 3
Work and Family: Psychological Issues
A course designed to critically evaluate the empirical research on men’s and women’s work and family roles. Topics include; the meaning and experience of work, parenting decisions, the balance of work and family, the relationship of work/family decisions to well-being, and family issue policies. Students are prompted to clarify and develop their career plans as part of the class requirements. Prerequisite: 12 credits in psychology including 231, 232, MTH 145 or 250, junior standing (senior standing recommended.) Offered occasionally. May only earn credit in PSY 444 or SOC 338. 

PSY    450 Cr. 1-3
Fieldwork Exerience in Psychology: Undergraduate Internship
An academically relevant field experience for majors in psychology. The field experience will be arranged through Career Services and supervised by psychology instructional staff. Prerequisite: PSY 100 and 210, cumulative GPA of 2.30, junior standing; psychology major; consent of instructor. No more than three credits may be applied to a major in psychology. Pass/Fail grading.  

PSY    451/551 Cr. 3
Psychological Measurement
Principles and procedures for the psychological measurement of human differences. This course examines the development, quantitative interpretation, uses, distinctive and desired characteristics of tests of intelligence, aptitudes, achievement, occupational interests and personality. Prerequisite: PSY 100, 231 and 232, MTH 145 or 250. 

PSY    452   Cr. 1
Psychological Testing: Administration and Scoring
Supervised practicum in the administration and scoring of some group and individual psycho-logical tests. This course does not treat the interpretation of psychological test results. Prerequisite: PSY 451 and consent of instructor.  Offered occasionally. 

PSY    461   Cr. 3
History and Systems of Psychology
A study of the philosophical and empirical foundations of modern psychology. Outstanding contributions by individual scholars and the development of major systems of thought within the field. Recommended for students considering graduate school in psychology. Prerequisite: PSY 231, 232, MTH 145 or 250, junior standing. Offered occasionally. 

PSY    481 Cr. 1-3
Individual Projects in Psychology
Directed readings, research, or other individualized projects in psychology under the supervision of an instructor. Open to students with 12 credit hours in psychology who are in good standing. Registration requires consent of supervising instructor and department chair. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6. 

PSY    482 Cr. 1-3
Honors Projects in Psychology
This course allows psychology honors students to complete their independent research projects. Honors students must enroll for a total of 3 credits (over 1 or 2 semesters). Prerequisite: PSY 420 and 489. Repeatable for credit — maximum 3. 

PSY    485   Cr. 1
Appraising Psychology Seminar
This seminar is designed to actively involve students in the assessment of their psychology education. Students will complete a variety of measures as well as provide in-depth feedback about the psychology major. Students are expected to reflect on themes, debates, and issues in the field of psychology. Open to senior psychology majors/minors only. Pass/Fail grading. Offered Sem. II, alternate years. 

PSY    489   Cr. 3
Honors Seminar
Students develop introductions and methods for independent research projects. Designing sound proposals and grappling with research design issues are the main foci of the course. Projects are completed under the supervision of a faculty adviser (PSY 481). Prerequisite: acceptance into the Psychology Honors Program, PSY 100, 231, 232, PSY 420 (may be taken concurrently), MTH 145 or 250. Offered Sem. II.  

PSY 490  Cr. 1-3
Contemporary Topics in Psychology
In-depth consideration of significant new areas of development in the field of psychology. Topics of interest to traditional and nontraditional students will be offered on an irregular basis. Credit, prerequisite and format will vary according to the specific topic selected and the target student group. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6.


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