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Undergraduate Psychology

2018 Spring Term

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1 Units

INTRODUCTION TO THE PSYCHOLOGY MAJOR

Psychology 101

Introduction to the Psychology Major outlines academic emphases and requirements within the major and introduces students to a breadth of psychological careers. Students will learn basics of APA style, become familiar with paths to graduate school and psychology-related careers, and plot their own course of study in the major.


3 Units

PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN ADJUSTMENT (GS)

Psychology 104

Focuses on the processes of decision-making, conflict resolution, and value judgments. Emphasis will be on understanding practical methods for handling interpersonal relationships. Effective use of coping devices for college students and others will be studied. Enhancing the psychological resources for personal change and growth will be stressed.


3 Units

INTRODUCTORY PSYCHOLOGY (GS)

Psychology 211

A survey of contemporary psychology covering human development, intelligence, abilities, sensation, perception, motivation, emotion, learning, personality structure, disordered behavior, social psychology, and the physiological bases of behavior. Includes an overview of current theory, research methods, and controversial issues in the field.


3 Units

BASIC STATISTICAL METHODS

Psychology 215

An introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics. Topics include preliminary concepts, frequency distribution, graphic methods, measures of central tendency and variability, percentiles, probability, normal distribution, correlation analysis, sampling theory, parametric and selected non-parametric hypotheses-testing procedures. Lectures are supplemented by computational laboratory sessions.


5 Units

RESEARCH METHODS

Psychology 216

A laboratory course in the methodology of psychological research with emphasis on design, measurement, and statistical analysis appropriate for testing hypotheses in perception, learning, memory and other areas of general psychology. Students design and conduct experiments and write reports.


3 Units

INTRODUCTION TO BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE

Psychology 301

A survey of the biological and physiological bases of human and animal behavior, with particular attention to the following: Basic principles of the anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry of the nervous system; sensory and motor systems; sleep; circadian rhythms; sexual behavior; emotion and stress; motivation; learning, memory, and language; neurological disorders; psychopathology.


3 Units

PSYCHOLOGY OF PERSONALITY

Psychology 304

An introduction to the study of the uniqueness of the individual. Emphasis will be on research methods and on theories as well as on some of the more important characteristics on which individuals differ.


3 Units

PSYCHOLOGY OF PERCEPTION

Psychology 305

A study of how sensations emerge from physical energies falling upon sense receptors and get organized into the percepts we call events, objects and object properties of the real world including our self image. Topics include illusions, hallucinations, and normal experiences with all the senses, especially touch, hearing, and vision.


3 Units

PSYCHOLOGY OF CHILDHOOD

Psychology 331

An introduction to the psychological research on child development with emphasis on physical, cognitive, social and emotional development.


3 Units

PSYCHOLOGY OF ADOLESCENCE

Psychology 332

An introduction to the psychological research on adolescent development with emphasis on physical, cognitive, social, emotional, sexual and moral development.


3 Units

ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY

Psychology 345

An introductory survey of abnormal psychology covering the clinical syndromes includes in the diagnostic classification system of the American Psychiatric Association. Current research regarding causal factors, treatment, and outcomes supplement descriptions of maladaptive patterns of behavior.


3 Units

COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY

Psychology 351

Course will explore processes of thought, attention memory, language, and problem-solving. Students will explore various theories of cognition from traditional psychological theories (i.e., linguistic vs. image based thought) to the current computer-based models (i.e., artificial intelligence) and examine relevant evidence to help us gain insight into the workings of the human mind.


3 Units

SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY

Psychology 355

The study of the individual (thus psychological) in social contexts (thus sociological), emphasizing such topics as interpersonal attractions, prejudice, leadership, formal and informal social roles, conflicts, brainwashing, social power, social influence, persuasion, stereotyping, conformity, obedience, group effectiveness, self-perception, and validation in social interaction of beliefs, values, attitudes, self-concepts.


3 Units

PSYCHOLOGY OF EMOTION AND MOTIVATION

Psychology 407

Motivation is fundamental to human behavior, and emotion is intricately involved in motivational processes as both cause and effect. This course offers an introduction to the psychological bases of and interrelations between human emotion and motivation.


3 Units

CROSS-CULTURAL PSYCHOLOGY

Psychology 426

This course examines the relationship between culture and psychological processes. We will explore theories and research in various areas (e.g., self, socialization, cognition, motivation, emotion, and well-being) from the perspective of culture. We will discuss the implications of cultural similarities and differences in these areas for the scientific study of psychology, and for our personal lives in a diverse society.


3 Units

SCHOOL VIOLENCE AND CRISIS MANAGEMENT

Psychology 480

Advanced undergraduates and graduate students who have professional and/or scholarly interests in understanding variables associated violence and crisis management in public school setting. Emphasizes: Psychological, developmental, and risk correlates of childhood aggression; critical examination of prevention and intervention models considered most effective and useful in the school setting; in depth understanding of crisis prevention and response models.


3 Units

ADVANCED HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY

Psychology 483

An examination of how scientific knowledge of the biopsychosocial components in health and disease are applied to the development of prevention and interventions programs for physical disease and disability as well as the promotion of health. Includes attention to theory, assessment, and prevention and intervention techniques with an emphasis on their ethical and evidence-based applications in diverse populations.


3 Units

INTERVIEW AND PSYCHOTHERAPY TECHNIQUES

Psychology 486

A review of the literature on interview techniques as a method of assessment and as a method of helping. Students will observe and discuss demonstrations conducted by faculty members. In addition, students will conduct, role-play, tape, and analyze interviews themselves.


1-3 Units

FIELD TRAINING IN PSYCHOLOGY

Psychology 487

In this course students are placed in a supervised field experience in a selected agency or institution along with a classroom component. The course emphasizes application of psychological concepts and research in an applied setting. Repeatable for maximum of 3 credits in major and maximum of 6 credits in degree.


3 Units

FAMILY THERAPY

Psychology 489

Concepts, theories, and research in family therapy will be reviewed. Students will role-play family problems and treatment skills. This course does not qualify a student to practice family therapy, for which an internship and/or clinical placement and graduate degree are necessary.


1-3 Units

INDEPENDENT STUDY

Psychology 498

Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member. Repeatable in combination with PSYCH 498R, for a maximum of 6 units in major and 12 units in degree..


1-3 Units

INDEPENDENT STUDY - UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

Psychology 498R

Limited to students in the Undergraduate Research Program or to students whose faculty-recommended project meets departmental expectations for undergraduate research. Repeatable, in combination with PSYCH 498, for a maximum of 6 units in major and 12 units in degree.


3-6 Units

SENIOR THESIS

Psychology 499

Students engage in a critical review or an experimental study of a topic of interest to them under the supervision of an honors thesis committee of the psychology department. Repeatable for a maximum of 6 credits in the major.

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