2021 Fall Term
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INTRODUCTION TO THE PSYCHOLOGY MAJOR
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.
PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN ADJUSTMENT
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.
PSYCHOLOGY OF WOMEN
Inquiry into the psychology of women with an emphasis on theory and research. Study of gender differences in behavior and personality from intrapsychic and sociocultural viewpoint. Personality development and life stages of women.
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.
BASIC STATISTICAL METHODS
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.
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.
THE BIOLOGICAL BASIS OF EMOTION
Explores the biological function of emotion, the physiological, neural, and psychological structure of emotion, and the biological mechanisms by which emotion interacts with other aspects of human behavior. Understanding of how scientific researchers explore the biology of behavior, and skills in reading, summarizing, and critiquing primary literature will be developed.
LEARNING AND CONDITIONING
Studies the basic processes of how organisms modify their behavior. Topics include classical and instrumental conditioning, reinforcement, extinction, punishment and avoidance, generalization and discrimination, and biological constraints on learning.
INTRODUCTION TO THE SCIENTIST-PRACTITIONER DISCIPLINES IN PSYCHOLOGY
A survey course designed to offer a comprehensive overview of the applied scientist-practitioner professions in psychology (e.g., clinical, school, industrial/organizational, and counseling psychology). Examines roles, activities, (assessment, diagnosis, consultation, intervention, and prevention), and current issues.
This course provides an examination of the biological, cognitive, social and emotional development of humans from conception to death. The course emphasizes typical developmental stages and patterns of adjustment to differing life-time demands as well as the role of cultural difference in the developmental process. The theories and principles of human development are examined in light of contemporary research.
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.
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.
In this course, students will study the inter-relationship between psychology and health. Students will gain an understanding of the mind-body connection in the context of evidence-based approaches to disease prevention and wellness promotion through the lens of the biopsychosocial model.
ADVANCED AND MULTIVARIATE DATA ANALYSIS FOR THE LIFE SCIENCES
An introduction to multifactorial and multivariate data analyses commonly used in life sciences such as psychology and biology. Analyses include analysis of variance and covariance, multiple analysis of variance and covariance, multiple regression, foundations of structural equation modeling (path analysis and latent factor analysis), discriminant analysis and logistic regression.
FOUNDATIONS OF PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY
An examination of the history, foundations, legal/ethical, and role and function issues in school psychology. Particular attention will be focused on the exploration of specific models of school psychological service delivery, including direct intervention and school-based consultation with education and agency professionals. Instructor Consent required.
PSYCHOLOGY OF CHILDHOOD
An in-depth overview of the core theories, scientific methods, and major research findings for studying young children. Multiple aspects of early child development, including neurological/cognitive and social/emotional development from infancy through middle childhood, are considered. The approach to these topics is scientific, with an emphasis on recent research findings in developmental psychology.
PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS AND MEASUREMENTS
Demonstrates the principles of psychological measurement. Demonstrates contents and uses of specific tests of mental ability, achievement, personality, interests, and special abilities. Field work: Group examination of regional schools' testing program - analysis of tests of this program.
PRINCIPLES OF BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION
A survey of the various methods used in behavior modification programs. The background and theory of specific techniques will be carefully considered. The variables to be reviewed in establishing a sound program will be presented and evaluated.
SCHOOL VIOLENCE AND CRISIS MANAGEMENT
Advanced undergraduate 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.
FIELD TRAINING IN PSYCHOLOGY
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.
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.
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..
INDEPENDENT STUDY - UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
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.
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.