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Course Listing

Below is a listing of all the undergraduate psychology courses currently offered at the College. Most upper level courses require PSYC 201, 202, 301, and 302 as prerequisites and some of them need consent by the instructor, the department chair, or the dean of sciences. The descriptions for introductory courses 201 and 202 are based on previous course syllabi and may not reflect changes made by individual instructors.

Please remember that except for the introductory classes (201 and 202), Statistics (301) and Research Methods (302), not all courses are taught every semester. Please check the Dynamic Schedule for the most updated listing of courses for the current semester.  

Key:

(GER1-3)  These courses fulfill the General Education Requirements
*  These courses may be taken only with the consent of the instructor
†  These courses may be taken only with the consent of the chair of the department or the dean of Arts and Sciences



PSYC 150/150W: Freshman Seminar
(3 or 4) 

This course is designed to introduce freshmen to selected topics in Psychology.


PSYC 201: Introduction to Psychology as a Natural Science
(GER 2B)  (3)

The study of basic principles of behavior, in sensation and perception, conditioning and learning, drives and motivation, response menchanisms and cognitive processes.

The following description for this course is based on previous course syllabi and may not reflect changes made by individual instructors.

This course is designed to give you an introduction to some of the topics studied by psychologists. It is designed to complement Psych 202. In Psych 201, our focus will be on the areas of biological bases of behavior, sensation and perception, learning, and motivation.
Concepts Covered:
Research methods
Biological bases of behavior
Sensation and perception
Consciousness
Learning
Memory
Motivation

Research Requirement: Psyc 201 requires students to participate in three hours of laboratory research, or to complete an alternate assignment of comparable magnitude as determined by the professor. As studies become available throughout the semester, students will sign up to participate online, through the link on the main menu bar called “Research Participation System.” Students are advised to carefully record when they have signed up to participate, as students who fail to show up for a study without prior warning will be penalized.

Note:  Students enrolled in Psyc 201 and 202 during the same semester are required to complete only the research participation hours for one of the two courses. However, those students need to take care to inform SONA of their dual enrollment. 


PSYC 202: Introduction to Psychology as a Social Science
(GER 3)  (3)

An examination of basic concepts in abnormal, developmental, personality and social psychology, normality and deviation, behavior modification, stages of development, personality traits, motives, attitudes and social perceptions.

The following description for this course is based on previous course syllabi and may not reflect changes made by individual instructors.

This course will survey basic concepts, issues, and research finding in the following four areas of psychology: developmental, abnormal, social, and personality. The 202 course is complementary to 201 in that together they cover all the major fields of psychology, however either can be taken singly.
Concepts Covered:
Research methods
Intelligence
Human development across the lifespan
Social cognition and behavior
Personality
Stress, coping, and health
Psychological disorders
Psychological treatment

Research Requirement: Psyc 202 requires students to participate in three hours of laboratory research, or to complete an alternate assignment of comparable magnitude as determined by the professor. As studies become available throughout the semester, students will sign up to participate online, through the link on the main page called “Research Participation System.” Students are advised to carefully record when they have signed up to participate, as students who fail to show up for a study without prior warning will be penalized.

Note: Students enrolled in Psyc 201 and 202 during the same semester are required to complete only the research participation hours for one of the two courses. However, those students need to take care to inform SONA of their dual enrollment.


PSYC 270: Perception In Art
(3)

This course will cover visual perception and representation in art and architecture.


PSYC 301: Elementary Statistics

(GER 1)  (3)  Prerequisite: PSYC 201 or PSYC 202. Corequisite: PSYC 301L.

An introduction to statistics, both descriptive and inferential, including analysis of variance and correlation. Hypothesis testing and the analysis of research data are strongly emphasized.


PSYC 302: Experimental Methods
(4)  Prerequisites: PSYC 201, PSYC 202, PSYC 301. Corequisite: PSYC 302L.

An introduction to empirical research with emphasis upon the methods by which psychological data are obtained. The course will consider naturalistic and correlational methods as well as experimental techniques. Please note other statistics courses cannot be used to replace PSYC 301 as a prerequisite for this course. 


PSYC 305: Sexuality (new course number effective Fall 2011)
(GER 3) (3) Prerequisities: PSYC 201, PSYC 202. Junior or senior standing

The study of behaviors associated with courtship and reproduction with an emphasis on humans. Topics include biological and environmental determinants of sexual behavior, physiology and psychology of sexual response, and gender differences.


PSYC 310: Developmental Psychology
(GER 3)  (3)  Prerequisite: PSYC 202.

A survey of human development from prenatal development through adolescence with emphasis on perceptual, cognitive, and socio-emotional processes.


PSYC 311: Cognitive Psychology
(3)   Prerequisite: PSYC 201.

The course examines human cognition. Topics include: perception, action, attention, memory, thinking, and language. Students will be introduced to the major theoretical perspectives and important empirical research findings from related fields of cognitive psychology, cognitive science and cognitive neuroscience.


PSYC 312: Personality Theory
(3) Prerequisite: PSYC 202.

A survey of contemporary theory in the field with emphasis upon its empirical foundations and future possibilities.


PSYC 313: Physiological Psychology
(GER 2B)  (3)  Prerequisite: PSYC 201.

Physiological basis of behavior with emphasis on mechanisms in perception, learning, emotion and motivation.


PSYC 314: Social Psychology
(3)  Prerequisite: PSYC 202.

This course examines the effects of social context on the behavior of the individual, with emphasis on prominent theories and research. Topics include social perception, attitude organization and change, the social consequences of individual motives, interpersonal influence, and the application of social psychology to contemporary social issues.


PSYC 315: Foundations of Learning & Memory
(3)  Prerequisite: PSYC 201.

Explores the basis of complex human and animal behavior from a general-process approach seeking to understand evolved processes of learning that apply to many different situations. Topics: why behavior changes, classical and instrumental conditioning, punishment, biological basis of learning, and animal cognition.


PSYC 317: Sensation & Perception
(3)  Prerequisite: PSYC 201.

Survey of topics with specific emphasis on the perceptual experiences in the mind and brain.


PSYC 318: Abnormal Psychology
(GER 3) (3) Prerequisite: PSYC 202.

A survey of behavior pathology including the neuroses and psychoses and their relationship to current conceptions of normal personality.


PSYC 351: Evolutionary Psychology: The New Science of the Mind (new course number effective Fall 2011)
(3) Prerequisites: PSYC 201, PSYC 202.

An approach to psychological science based on the assumption that human brains/minds were designed by natural selection to solve adaptive problems faced recurrently by our distant ancestors, with important implications for understanding behavior in contemporary environments.


 

PSYC 350: Community Psychology and Prevention
(3) Prerequisite: PSYC 202

This course explores community psychology and the role of illness prevention and health promotion in mental health. Contemporary prevention theory emphasizing an ecological and developmental approach to understanding risk and protective factors is presented. State-of-the-art model programs and community-based approaches are highlighted. Community-based preventionists make presentations. 


PSYC 352: Cross-Cultural Psychology
(3) Prerequisites: PSYC 202

This course is intended to introduce students to the field of cross-cultural psychology.  Students will learn about the contributions of cross-cultural research to the field of psychology, and how cross-cultural research to the field of psychology, and how cross-cultural research has expanded our understanding of the applicability of prevalent psychological theories to non-Western populations.


PSYC 353: History and Systems of Psychology
(3) Prerequisites: PSYC 201, PSYC 202

From Greek Philosophy to the present with special emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries. The rise of the major systems: Existential and Humanistic Psychology, Structuralism, Functionalism, Gestalt Psychology, Psychoanalysis, Behaviorism. Some current issues such as the "cognitive revolution," dialectics, genetic epistemology and phenomenological research will be discussed.


 PSYC 354: Motivation & Emotion (new course number effective Fall 2011)

(3) Prerequisite: PSYC 201, PSYC 202

Theories and facts of motivation and emotion and consideration of their differences. Emphasis on theory and research.


 PSYC 355: Cognitive Science

(3) Prerequisite PSYC 201.

This course surveys a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches to the scientific study of intelligent thought and behavior in humans, other animals and machines. We will address questions like: how does the mind work? Can computers be conscious? Does language shape thought? Students will explore possible answers to these questions and others by approaching them from the fields of philosophy, computer science, neuroscience, linguistics and cognitive psychology.


 PSYC 356: Health Psychology (new course number effective Fall 2011) 

(GER 3) (3) Prerequisites: PSYC 201, PSYC 202.

An overview of psychological theory, research and practice concerning the prevention, treatment, and progression of illness and the promotion of health. Specific topics include changing health habits, stress, pain, chronic and terminal illness, and the health-care delivery system.


PSYC 402: Exceptional Children
(3) Prerequisites: PSYC 201, PSYC 202, PSYC 310.

A consideration of the problems involved in providing psychological programs for the care of exceptional children. An overview of relevant research and treatment techniques will be combined with practical experience in field settings with exceptional children.


PSYC 404: Practicum in Community Psychology and Prevention
(3) Prerequisites: PSYC 201, PSYC 202, PSYC 320.

Supervised learning experiences provide opportunities to relate theoretical knowledge with the delivery of psychological services in the community. Students combine practicum with readings tailored to their placement. A wide range of community based psychological training opportunities is available. One lecture hour, field trips, and four-eight hours/week in the community. 


 PSYC 406: Service Learning in Developmental Psychology

(GER 3)  (3)  Prerequisite: PSYC 202, PSYC 310

Students will engage in a service learning experience that involves five or more hours per week of observation and volunteer work at various community organizations (or “field placements”) for children or adolescents. Classroom meetings will involve discussion of the philosophy of service learning and will provide students with a forum to share their field observations in the context of assigned readings that address various developmental issues and theory.


PSYC 410: Research in Developmental Psychology
(4) Prerequisites: PSYC 201, PSYC 202, PSYC 301, PSYC 302, PSYC 310. Corequisite: PSYC 410L.

An examination of contemporary issues in developmental research. Research methods are considered in conjunction with a review of current literature in areas such as early socialization, cognitive development and behavior problems. Three lecture hours, two laboratory hours.


PSYC 411: Cognition and Thinking
(4) Prerequisites: PSYC 201, PSYC 202, PSYC 301, PSYC 302, PSYC 311. Corequisite: PSYC 411L.

An examination of the research and theory that helps describe and explain the structure and function of the mind. Three lecture hours, two laboratory hours.


PSYC 412: Research in Personality
(4) Prerequisites: PSYC 201, PSYC 202, PSYC 301, PSYC 302, PSYC 312. Corequisite: PSYC 412L.

An overview of research methods in the study of personality. Specific research topics such as achievement, motivation, aggression, anxiety, cognitive styles, intelligence and abilities, interpersonal attraction, locus of control, personalogy, self concept and gender differences will be reviewed in detail. Three lecture hours, two laboratory hours.


PSYC 413: Research in Physiological Psychology
(4) Prerequisites: PSYC 301, PSYC 302, PSYC 313. Corequisite: PSYC 413L.

An advanced course in physiological psychology with emphasis on the anatomical and neurochemical basis of learning and memory. Three lecture hours, two laboratory hours.


PSYC 414: Research Methods in Social Psychology
 
(4) Prerequisites: PSYC 201, PSYC 202, PSYC 301, PSYC 302, PSYC 314. Corequisite: PSYC 414L.

This course concerns the methods used in contemporary social psychology. The primary emphasis is on laboratory experimentation, but other methods, including field research are considered. Students will be required to develop and complete an empirical research project on a course-related topic. Three lecture hours, two laboratory hours.


PSYC 415: Research in Animal Cognition
(4) Prerequisites: PSYC 201,PSYC 301, PSYC 302, PSYC 315. Corequisite: PSYC 415L.

An examination of psychological mechanisms in animals that subserve such cognitive processes as perception, attention, working and reference memory, associative learning, spatial navigation, time perception, counting, concept learning and primate cognition. Three lecture hours, two laboratory hours.


PSYC 417: Research in Sensation & Perception
(4) Prerequisites: PSYC 201, PSYC 202, PSYC 301, PSYC 302, PSYC 317. Corequisite: PSYC 417L.

The course is concerned with the processes by which persons come to understand their environment. It considers what changes in the environment stimulate the senses and how the nervous system operates on this change to form projections about the real world. Three lecture hours, two laboratory hours.


PSYC 418: Research in Abnormal Psychology
(4) Prerequisites: PSYC 201, PSYC 202, PSYC 301, PSYC 302, PSYC 318. Corequisite: PSYC 418L.

This course will cover an in depth study of issues and approaches to classifying and understanding the origins of selected adult mental disorders. Students will also be required to develop and complete an empirical research project on a course-related topic.


PSYC 422: Behavior Modification
(4) Prerequisites: PSYC 201, PSYC 202, PSYC 301, PSYC 302, PSYC 318. Corequisite: PSYC 422L.

This course will acquaint students with both techniques and research issues in behavior modification. Laboratory sessions will be devoted to gaining experience with the processes described and to preparing and implementing individual research projects. Three lecture hours, two laboratory hours.


PSYC 442: Psychology of Decision Making (new course number effective Fall 2011)
(GER 3) (3) Prerequisites for Psychology: PSYC 201, PSYC 202, PSYC 301, PSYC 302. Prerequisites for Business: BUAD 231 and senior social standing. Enrollment will be split 13 from Business and 13 from Psychology.

An examination and analysis of the cognitive factors that aid or hinder choosing alternative courses of action. The major emphasis will be on psychological processes underlying choice and judgment. Applications to business decisions and policy making will be considered. (Cross listed with BUAD 442)


PSYC 445: Psychopharmacology
(3) Prerequisites: PSYC 201, PSYC 313.

The systematic study of the effects of drugs on behavior, cognitive functioning, and emotions. Students will gain an in-depth view of neuro-transmitter systems and the mechanisms by which drugs act on these systems to alter behavior.


PSYC 447: Cognitive Neuroscience
(3) Prerequisites: PSYC 201, PSYC 313, PSYC 311.

This course examines neuroanatomy from a behavioral point of view. Students will learn how different parts of the brain organize into functional circuits that control various aspects of behavior, cognitive function, and emotions.


*PSYC 448: Advanced Statistics (new course number effective Fall 2011)
(3) Prerequisites: PSYC 201, PSYC 202, PSYC 301. This course is a graduate level course that is open to undergraduates. Corequisite: PSYC 448L.

An advanced course in statistics and experimental design. Three class hours, one laboratory hour.


*PSYC 449: Multivariate Statistics (new course number effective Fall 2011)

(3) Prerequisites: PSYC 201, PSYC 202, PSYC 301. Corequisite: PSYC 449L.

An introduction to multivariate statistics including such topics as multiple regression, multivariate analysis of variance and factor analysis.


PSYC 450: Psychology of Religion (new course number effective Fall 2011)
(3)  Prerequisites: PSYC 201, PSYC 202.

Examines the works of William James, Freud, Jung and Gordon Allport in light of current psychological theory and research, emphasizing religious development and the nature, modes and consequences of individual religious experience.


 PSYC 451: Seminar in Evolutionary Psychology

An in-depth examination of selected topics in psychological science from an Evolutionary-Psychology perspective.


PSYC 452: Close Relationships (new course number effective Fall 2011)
(3) Prerequisites: PSYC 201, PSYC 202, PSYC 314.

Examines the scientific body of knowledge concerning the development, maintenance, and deterioration of friendships and romantic relationships. Specific topics include attraction, romantic love, models of relationship satisfaction and individual differences in approaches to close relationships.


PSYC 453: Infancy

(3) Prerequisites: PSYC 201, PSYC 202, PSYC 310.

This seminar explores human development during the first two years of life. Course will cover historical and contemporary perspectives of perceptual, cognitive, and social development.


*PSYC 454: Shame & Self-Respect

(3) Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

This seminar explores the psychology of shame in its constructive role of enforcing ideals and honor as well as its miscarriage in the form of deep self-loathing. Discussion will be informed by readings in psychological texts as well as classic novels.


PSYC 470: Topics in Psychology

(1-4) Prerequisites: PSYC 201, PSYC 202, as determined by individual professor.

Courses concerning special topics not covered in detail in regular course offerings. Courses may be repeated for credit if the topic varies.

PSYC 470-01: Topics in Psychology: Autobiographical Memory
Spring 2011 (3)

PSYC 470-02: Topics in Psychology: Fish Cognition
Spring 2011 (3)

PSYC 470-03: Topics in Psychology: Seminar in Evolutionary Psychology
Spring 2011 (3)


*PSYC 480: Seminar
(3) Prerequisites: PSYC 201, PSYC 202.

Special topics of interest to staff and students will be discussed in seminar fashion. Course may be repeated; contents will vary but the credit each time is the same; three hours.


*PSYC 490: Directed Readings in Psychology
(1-3)  Prerequisites: PSYC 201, PSYC 202.

Individual supervised readings on special topics. Usually for advanced students. A student must have permission of a faculty supervisor before registering. Course may be repeated, contents and credit each time may vary according to an agreement reached between supervisor and student at the time of registration.


*PSYC 491: Independent Research
(1-3) Prerequisites: PSYC 201, PSYC 202.

Individually supervised empirical investigations in the various areas of psychology. A student must have permission of a faculty supervisor before registering. Course may be repeated, contents and credit each time may vary according to an agreement reached between supervisor and student at the time of registration. This course does not meet the advanced research course requirement for the psychology major.


†*PSYC 495-496: Honors
(3) Prerequisites: PSYC 201, PSYC 202, PSYC 301, PSYC 302.

A student admitted to Honors study is eligible for an award of Honors in psychology on graduation. Requirements include: (a) supervised research in the student's special area of interest; (b) presentation by May 1 of an Honors thesis; and (c) satisfactory performance in a comprehensive oral examination in the field of the studentís major interest. See the Department Honors section of the catalog or the Charles Center.


*PSYC 498: Internship
(1-3)

This course is designed to allow students to gain practical experience. The internship includes readings in relevant areas and a written report. The student must have a faculty member willing to supervise the internship, and a site willing to host it. A departmental handout describes the requirements in greater detail. Application required.