Psychology (PSCH)

Subject Number Title Hours Catalog Description General Education Category
PSCH 100 Introduction to Psychology 4 hours. Survey of basic concepts of contemporary psychology. Introduction to the nervous system, perception, motivation, learning and memory, social behavior, personality, developmental and clinical psychology. Students under 18 years of age need parental consent to participate in research experiments that are part of the course. Instructions for obtaining parental consent will be provided during class early in the semester.  Individual and Society course.
PSCH 201 The Psychology of African Americans 3 hours. Historical analysis of various psychological approaches to the African American experience and identity. Special attention to development of African American psychology as a disciplinary orientation. Same as AAST 201. Prerequisite(s): PSCH 100 or consent of the instructor. Individual and Society, and US Society course.
PSCH 202 African American Behavioral Patterns 3 hours. Formal theories on personality in terms of interdependence between personal characteristics, African American culture, and oppression; social-psychological aspects of black identity and interpersonal behavior. Same as AAST 202. Prerequisite(s) PSCH 100 or consent of the instructor. Recommended background: Credit in AAST 201. Individual and Society, and US Society course.
PSCH 210 Theories of Personality 3 hours. Survey of major theoretical approaches to the study of personality and the evidential basis underlying each approach. Prerequisite(s): PSCH 100.  Individual and Society course.
PSCH 231 Community Psychology 3 hours. Psychological principles, research and interventions concerning community settings; community human services, primary prevention, consultation, advocacy, social ecology, organizational change, and citizen participation. Prerequisite(s): PSCH 100.  Individual and Society course.
PSCH 242 Introduction to Research in Psychology 3 hours. Techniques and problems associated with the study of behavior. Emphasis on measurement, descriptive statistics, and the principles of experimental design. Exercises involving data collection. Participation in research. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in PSCH 100. 
PSCH 262 Behavioral Neuroscience 3 hours. Research and theories concerning the physiological bases of behavior. Understanding of basic brain organization with emphasis on neural substrates of learning, motivation and perception. Prerequisite(s): PSCH 100. 
PSCH 270 Abnormal Psychology 3 hours. A survey course covering the assessment, description, causes, and treatments of many psychological disorders, including depression, anxiety disorders, psychosis, sexual dysfunction, and personality disorders. Prerequisite(s): PSCH 100.  Individual and Society course.
PSCH 303 Writing in Psychology 3 hours. Teaches students the fundamentals of scientific writing including literature reviews, research reports and book reviews. Students will write a minimum of three papers dealing with psychological topics. Prerequisite(s): PSCH 242 and ENGL 161 with a minimum grade of C; MATH 118 (or the equivalent) with a minimum grade of C or MATH 090; or consent of the instructor. For psychology majors only.  
PSCH 305 History of Psychology 3 hours. The history of scientific psychology with emphasis on forerunners of modern psychological issues. Prerequisite(s): 15 hours in psychology. 
PSCH 312 Social Psychology 3 hours. Survey of theory and research in social psychology, emphasizing experimental investigations of attitudes and social cognition, and interpersonal relations and group processes. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in PSCH 242.
PSCH 313 Laboratory in Social Psychology 3 hours. Conduct laboratory and field experiments in social psychology on problems in attitudes and social cognition, and interpersonal relations and group processes. Prerequisite(s): PSCH 343 and credit or concurrent registration in PSCH 312. 
PSCH 315 Psychology of Women and Gender 3 hours. Critical examination of research on women and gender across the life span, including psychological aspects of reproduction, and the way that gender shapes cognition, sexuality, family, friendship, and work experiences. Same as GWS 315. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in PSCH 242 or consent of the instructor.
PSCH 320 Developmental Psychology 3 hours. Analysis of research and theory concerning social, cognitive, and biopsychological aspects of human development. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in PSCH 242.
PSCH 321 Laboratory in Developmental Psychology 3 hours. Survey of dominant research strategies in contemporary developmental psychology. Laboratory experience in developmental research. Prerequisite(s): PSCH 343 and credit or concurrent registration in PSCH 320. 
PSCH 330 Industrial and Organizational Psychology 3 hours. The application of psychological principles and methods to problems and issues in work organizations.  Employee selection, decision making, performance appraisal, group dynamics, leadership, job design.   Prerequisite(s):  Grade of C or better in PSCH 242.
PSCH 331 Laboratory in Community and Prevention Research 3 hours. Examines how researchers conceptualize, design, implement, and evaluate school and community programs to enhance competence, promote empowerment, and prevent behavioral problems. Prerequisite(s): PSCH 231 and PSCH 343. 
PSCH 333 Laboratory in Clinical Psychology 3 hours. Laboratory practicum in self-change processes, empirically validated treatments, experimental psychopathology, and clinical assessment development. Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): PSCH 100 and PSCH 242 and PSCH 343; and PSCH 270 or PSCH 210. Class Schedule: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Lecture-Discussion and one Laboratory.
PSCH 340 Psychological Testing 3 hours. Introduction to principles of psychological assessment, with an overview of representative techniques. Particular emphasis is placed on objective tests. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in PSCH 242.
PSCH 343 Statistical Methods in Behavioral Science 4 hours. Introduction to statistical inference, probability distributions, sampling, hypothesis testing, correlation and analysis of variance. Credit is not given for PSCH 343 if the student has credit for IDS 371. Prerequisite(s):  PSCH 242 and ENGL 161 with a minimum grade of C; MATH 118 (or the equivalent) with a minimum grade of C or MATH 090; or consent of the instructor.  For psychology majors only.  
PSCH 350 Sensation and Perception 3 hours. Survey of theories and empirical findings in the study of sensation and perception. Emphasis on human vision and audition as information processing systems. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in PSCH 242.
PSCH 351 Laboratory in Perception 3 hours. Laboratory practicum in sensation and perception. Prerequisite(s): PSCH 343, and credit or concurrent registation in PSCH 350. 
PSCH 352 Cognition and Memory 3 hours. Survey of experimental findings in human learning, memory, attention, knowledge representation, problem solving, conceptual behavior, and psycholinguistics. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in PSCH 242.
PSCH 353 Laboratory in Cognition and Memory 3 hours. Laboratory practicum in memory, psycholinguistics, problem solving, and reasoning. Prerequisite(s): PSCH 343, and credit or concurrent registration in PSCH 352. 
PSCH 354 Knowledge Acquisition 3 hours. Introduction to belief formation, conceptual change, cognitive development, discovery and invention, schema abstraction, skill acquisition and other cognitive change processes. Research and practical applications. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in PSCH 242.
PSCH 360 Learning and Conditioning 3 hours. Principles of learning; emphasis on parameters of acquisition, extinction and retention of classical and instrumental conditioning and stimulus control of reflexive and voluntary behavior. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in PSCH 242.
PSCH 361 Laboratory in Learning and Conditioning 3 hours. Laboratory practicum in conditioning and simple learning using animal subjects. Emphasis on operant conditioning. Animals used in instruction. Prerequisite(s): PSCH 343 and credit or concurrent registration in PSCH 360. 
PSCH 363 Laboratory in Physiological Psychology 3 hours. Laboratory practicum and demonstrations of research techniques used to study the physiological bases of behavior. Animals used in instruction. Prerequisite(s): PSCH 343 and credit or concurrent registration in PSCH 262. 
PSCH 366 Cognitive Neuroscience 3 hours. Survey of neural basis of cognitive processes; perceptual and motor systems, attention, memory, symbolic representation, executive control of behavior. Prerequisite(s): PSCH 242.
PSCH 367 Laboratory in Cognitive Neuroscience 3 hours. Laboratory practicum in attention, memory, decision-making and symbolic cognitive processes. Prerequisite(s): PSCH 343 and credit or concurrent registration in PSCH 350 or PSCH 366.Class Schedule: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Lecture and one Laboratory.
PSCH 381 Psychology of Interviewing 3 hours. Theory, research, and practice of interviewing. Emphasis on developing skills for interviewing individuals. Prerequisite(s): PSCH 210 or PSCH 231 or PSCH 312; and a grade of C or better in PSCH 242.
PSCH 382 Psychological Interventions 3 hours. Application of psychological theories and principles used in psychotherapy and behavior change. Emphasis will be on models for assessment of change, the evaluation of psychotherapy, and selecting appropriate interventions. Prerequisite(s): PSCH 210 or PSCH 231 or PSCH 312; and PSCH 270 and a grade of C or better in PSCH 242.
PSCH 383 Psychology of Groups 3 hours. Application of psychological theory and research to group functioning and change. Survey of intervention methods emphasizing the development of competence in group participation and leadership. Prerequisite(s): PSCH 210 or PSCH 231 or PSCH 312; and a grade of C or better in PSCH 242.
PSCH 385 Field Work in Applied Psychology 3 hours. Supervised practicum as a paraprofessional worker for a minimum equivalent of one day per week in a mental health, developmental disabilities, or industrial-organizational setting.  Prerequisite(s): Restricted to the majors in the Applied Concentration of Psychology.  Students must have completed PSCH 340 and PSCH 343; and PSCH 330 or PSCH 381 or PSCH 382 or PSCH 383 or PSCH 386. 
PSCH 386 Crisis Counseling Techniques I 3 hours. Application of psychological theories and principles used for telephone crisis counseling, crisis intervention, and referral.  Emphasis will be on models for interviewing and assessment and appropriate intervention in crisis situations. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in PSCH 242; and PSCH 210 or PSCH 231 or PSCH 270; and consent of the instructor.
PSCH 387 Crisis Counseling Techniques II 1 hour. Students will work a minimum of one three-hour evening shift per week conducting telephone crisis interventions. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. Field work required. Prerequisite(s): PSCH 386; and consent of the instructor.
PSCH 394 Special Topics in Psychology 1 TO 3 hours. Lectures devoted to an announced topic. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in PSCH 242.
PSCH 395 Seminar in Psychology 1 TO 3 hours. Seminar devoted to special topics in psychology. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): PSCH 242. 
PSCH 396 Directed Research 1 TO 3 hours. Participation in ongoing research in psychology under the direction of a faculty member. A final report describing the research and its theory is required. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated. Students may register in more than one section per term. A combined maximum of 8 hours of credit in PSCH 387, PSCH 396, PSCH 397, and PSCH 399 may be applied toward the degree. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in PSCH 242. Must consult intructor for permission to enroll.
PSCH 397 Readings in Psychology 1 TO 3 hours. Bibliographic research on a special topic under the direction of a faculty member. Paper is required for course credit. May be repeated. Students may register in more than one section per term. A combined maximum of 8 hours of credit in PSCH 387, PSCH 396, PSCH 397, and PSCH 399 may be applied toward the degree. Prerequisite(s): PSCH 343 and consent of the instructor. Must consult instructor for permission to enroll.
PSCH 399 Independent Research 1 TO 4 hours. Individual research on a special topic under the direction of a faculty member. A paper is required for course credit. May be repeated. Students may register in more than one section per term. A combined maximum of 8 hours of credit in PSCH 387, PSCH 396, PSCH 397, and PSCH 399 may be applied toward the degree. Prerequisite(s): PSCH 343; one from PSCH 313, PSCH 321, PSCH 351, PSCH 353, PSCH 361, PSCH 363; a 3.00 grade point average; membership in one of the departmental distinction programs; consent of the instructor and the director of undergraduate studies.
PSCH 403 Writing for Social Scientists 3 hours. Training to write for the social sciences, including how to edit effectively, formulate a thesis statement, construct an argument, and begin and conclude a paper. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing or consent of the instructor. Recommended background:  PSCH 303 or PSCH 399 or any laboratory course in psychology.
PSCH 411 Stereotyping, Prejudice, and Racism 3 hours. Psychological research and theory concerning stereotyping, prejudice, and racism. Historical conceptualization, development, causes, expression, and psychological consequences of prejudice, as well as theories of prejudice reduction. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing in psychology or consent of the instructor. 
PSCH 415 Social Bases of Health Behavior 3 hours. Psychological theory and research concerning the coronary-prone personality, pain management, controlling adherence to medical regimens, biofeedback, smoking, and weight control. Prerequisite(s): PSCH 270 and consent of the instructor, or graduate standing. 
PSCH 417 Psychology and Law 3 hours. Application of psychological theories to the development, operation and effects of law; evaluation of different and similar approaches of law and psychology. Prerequisite(s): PSCH 312 or consent of instructor. 
PSCH 420 Social Development of Urban Children 3 OR 4 hours. General principles of social development and socialization during childhood and the factors common to urban children that illustrate and modify these principles. Same as EPSY 420. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): Admission to a graduate program in education or psychology, or consent of the instructor. 
PSCH 422 Advanced Developmental Psychology and Educational Processes 3 hours. Focuses on cognitive and social development from birth to adolescence. Examines relations between development, learning, and educational processes. Same as ED 422. Prerequisite(s): PSCH 100 and any one from ED 210, PSCH 259, PSCH 320; or graduate standing and consent of the instructor. 
PSCH 423 Characteristics of Early Adolescence 3 hours. Physiological, social, emotional and cognitive development of early adolescence. The relationship between these developmental characteristics and success in the middle grades. Same as EPSY 446. Prerequisite(s): ED 210 or ED 421 or ED 422 or PSCH 422 or the equivalent, and approval of the College of Education; or admission to the PhD in Psychology program; or consent of the instructor.
PSCH 429 Constructivist Approaches to Development: Piaget and Vygotsky 3 OR 4 hours. Piaget's and Vygotsky's theories of development of knowledge. Empirical and logico-mathematical forms of knowledge. Thought and action. Thought and language. Same as EPSY 429. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): ED 422 or PSCH 422 or the equivalent and graduate standing in education or graduate standing in psychology or consent of the instructor. 
PSCH 443 Advanced Statistics 3 hours. Design and analysis of experiments: between, within factorial and mixed factorial designs and introduction to multiple regression. For students planning research careers or advanced degrees. Prerequisite(s): PSCH 343. 
PSCH 452 Cognitive Psychology of Memory and Attention 3 hours. A survey of empirical research and theories concerning the human memory system and the encoding, retention, retrieval of information in that system and research and theories of attention.  Prerequisite(s):  Graduate standing; or PSCH 352 and consent of the instructor.
PSCH 454 Cognitive Psychology of Language 3 hours. Provides students with a survey of methods, theory and research in language and discourse processing.  Same as COMM 454, and LING 474. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing or consent of the instructor.
PSCH 455 Cognitive Psychology of Thinking 3 hours. Introduces students to research and theory concerning higher mental processes, including problem solving, reasoning, judgment, and decision making.  Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing; or PSCH 352 and consent of the instructor.
PSCH 457 Cognitive Psychology of Skill and Knowledge Acquisition 3 hours. The course approaches learning from a variety of cognitive perspectives. The instruction is organized around discussions of original research articles.   Prerequisite(s):  Previous knowledge of Cognitive Psychology (with at least an undergraduate survey course) or admittance into the Cognitive Division graduate program.
PSCH 459 Cognitive Methods 3 hours. Hands-on training in the methods of cognitive psychology, especially computational modeling and the analysis of verbal protocols and other types of trace data. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing or consent of the instructor. 
PSCH 460 Advanced Learning 3 hours. Methods, results, and interpretation of experimental studies of basic learning processes in animal and human subjects. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing; or PSCH 360 and PSCH 361 and consent of the instructor. 
PSCH 462 Neural Basis of Learning and Memory 3 hours. Theory and research on the anatomical, electrophysiological and chemical bases of learning and memory in humans and other animals. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing; or PSCH 262 and consent of the instructor.
PSCH 465 Neural Basis of Perception 3 hours. Psychophysical and physiological studies of sensory systems and processes. Primary emphasis on the early processing of visual stimuli. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing; or PSCH 351 and consent of the instructor. 
PSCH 466 Neural Basis of Motivation 3 hours. Review of empirical data and theories concerning the physiological basis of motivational processes in animals and humans. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing; or PSCH 262 and consent of the instructor.
PSCH 467 Fundamentals of Neuroscience 3 hours. Basic principles of neurophysiology and neuropharmacology including logic bases of nerve action, chemistry of synapses and actions of pharmacological agents. Prerequisite(s): PSCH 262 or graduate standing. 
PSCH 481 Interviewing 1 hour. Lecture on the theory and practice of clinical interviewing with supervised experience. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing in psychology or consent of the instructor. 
PSCH 483 Neuroanatomy 4 hours. Organization of the nervous system, with an emphasis on mammals. Same as BIOS 483 and NEUS 483. Animals used in instruction. Prerequisite(s): BIOS 272 or BIOS 286 or BIOS 325 or PSCH 262; or consent of the instructor. 
PSCH 484 Neuroscience I 3 hours. Neuroscience as an integrative discipline. Neuroanatomy of vertebrates, neural development, cellular neurobiology, action potential mechanisms, synaptic transmission and neuropharmacology.   Same as BIOS 484 and PHIL 484.  Prerequisite(s):  BIOS 286 or PSCH 262.
PSCH 485 Neuroscience II 3 hours. Integrative neuroscience; continuation of BIOS/PSCH/PHIL 484. Sensory and motor systems; learning, memory, and language. Pathology of nervous systems. Philosophical perspectives, and modeling.   Same as BIOS 485 and PHIL 485.  Prerequisite(s):  BIOS 484.
PSCH 494 Special Topics in Psychology 1 TO 4 hours. Advanced treatment of an announced topic. May be repeated. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing or consent of the instructor. 
PSCH 495 Seminar in Psychology 1 TO 3 hours. Seminar devoted to special topics in psychology. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 hours. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing or consent of the instructor.