Courses in psychology are designed to explore the principles of human and animal behavior. The curriculum is designed to meet three goals:
A survey of topics in psychology, and an introduction to scientific methodology. Offered each semester.
An introduction to human development from conception until death. Intended primarily for nursing students. Not for psychology major or minor credit. Offered annually.
Animal behavior is examined in the context of biological theories ranging from classical ethology to sociobiology. The implications of biological perspectives of animal behavior are examined and critically assessed. Offered during May Term.
Research methods and statistical analysis primarily intended for minors. Does not count toward psychology major and students may not receive credit for both this course and psychology 300 (Research Methods in Psychology). Prerequisite: 100. Offered each spring.
An introduction to the principles of learning and conditioning in both humans and animals. Topics include Pavlovian (classical) conditioning, operant conditioning, and applied behavior analysis. Laboratory work includes conditioning of animal subjects. Prerequisite: psychology 100 recommended. Offered each semester.
Overview of perceptual and cognitive psychology. Topics include visual and auditory illusions, motion and depth perception, face recognition, attention, memory and amnesia, first and second language acquisition, problem solving, judgement and decision making, intelligence, and creativity. Students participate in computer-based experiments that are classics in the field of human perception and cognition. Prerequisite: psychology 100. Offered each semester.
An introduction to the structure and function of the neuron, basic neuro-chemistry, neural substrates involved in learning and memory, behavioral disorders, neurodegenerative diseases, and sexual behavior in humans and animals. Prerequisites: biology 101-102 or 107-108 or consent of instructor. Offered each semester.
An introduction to statistical procedures in psychology, with the goal of integrating statistical theory with statistical applications. Topics may include basic measurement, probability, measures of central tendency and variability, correlation, regression, hypothesis testing, the t-test, analysis of variance, and non-parametric techniques. Students may not receive credit toward graduation for both this course and sociology 227 or business administration 227. Offered each semester.
The etiology, assessment, and treatment of patterns of deviant behavior. Emphasis is placed on recent experimental and clinical findings. Psychology 100 recommended. Offered each semester.
Psychological development from conception through adolescence. Emphasis upon theoretical and methodological approaches to studying developmental change. Prerequisite: psychology 100. Offered annually.
Using current theoretical and empirical work, Lifespan Developmental Psychology offers a comprehensive overview of human development from womb to tomb. Topics include the biological, psychological (i.e., cognitive and emotional), and social forces that drive and shape development, and the dynamic impact of context and culture on these processes. Prerequisite: Psychology 100. Offered Annually.
Understanding the individual in a social context. Topics include attitudes, social cognition, stereotypes, aggression, communication, influence, attraction and intimacy, and the application of psychology to social problems. Prerequisite: psychology 100. Offered each semester.
Courses addressing topics of special interest in psychology. See current Program of Classes to determine if this course fulfills general education requirements. Offered annually.
Design, analysis and reporting of psychological research. Prerequisites: psychology 100, psychology 227, and one of the following — psychology 211, 212, 213, 215, 217, or 218. Offered fall and spring.
Principles of drug action and their effects on human behavior. Prerequisites: Biology 101-102 or 107-108. Psychology 213 recommended. Offered occasionally.-
Examination of learning, conditioning, and behavior theory, emphasizing discussion and evaluation of primary sources. Topics include modern theories of classical conditioning, operant-Pavlovian interactions, theories of reinforcement, quantitative models of choice, behavioral economics, superstition, and biological constraints on learning. Laboratory. Prerequisites: psychology 211 and either 202 or 300 or consent of instructor. Offered annually.
An exploration of topics from experimental cognitive psychology. There is an emphasis on reading primary sources, critiquing the research and proposing future studies. Students participate in classic computer-based experiments in higher cognition. Prerequisites: psychology 212 and 300 or consent of instructor. Offered annually
Neural mechanisms of behavior in animals, investigated through laboratory demonstrations and student-conducted experiments. Prerequisites: psychology 213 or consent of instructor. Offered each spring.
Courses addressing topics of special interest in the more traditional experimental areas of Psychology (e.g. behavioral psychology, cognitive psychology, behavioral neuroscience). See current Program of Classes to determine if this course fulfills General Education Requirements.
A study of the historical, philosophical, and conceptual foundations of contemporary psychology. The course will trace "history of ideas" from early Greek philosophy to modern psychology, with particular emphasis on the Darwinian revolution. Prerequisite: two courses in psychology. Offered annually.
Psychological assessment of children, examination of childhood disorders (e.g. autism, attention-deficit hyperactive disorder, and depression), and psychological treatment of children and families. Prerequisites: psychology 215 or 217, and either psychology 300 or consent of instructor. Offered occasionally.
An exploration of psychological perspectives on gender with a particular emphasis on culture, race, social class, and psychological development. Topics include sex and gender, biological bases of gender, sexuality, gender identity, and implications for researchers and practitioners. Prerequisites: psychology 100. Offered annually
Students will learn how to define and analyze dynamics of racism. They will work to develop a sense of agency through advanced readings, dialogues, writing and experiential exercises. Student will learn ways that systems of privilege are perpetuated and explore ways to interrupt the cycle. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Offered occasionally.
An overview of counseling methods, and models of psychological treatment. Approaches covered include behavioral and cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, person-centered, and Gestalt. The course also covers therapeutic response modes, family and group therapy, and community interventions. Prerequisites: psychology 100, 215. Offered occasionally.
Theoretical and empirical perspectives on social psychology. Three or four topics on a rotating basis will be selected for intense study from both classic and contemporary approaches. Possible topics include influence, prejudice, obedience, love, group dynamics, social cognition, stress and coping, disclosure, the self, aggression, and loneliness. Prerequisites: psychology 300 or consent of instructor. Offered annually.
Courses addressing topics of special interest in the more applied areas of Psychology (e.g. clinical, social and developmental psychology). See current Program of Classes to determine if this course fulfills General Education requirements.
This course examines a wide variety of topics in sport and exercise psychology by investigating how psychological factors influence participation and performance in sports and exercise and how, in turn, participation in sports and exercise affects the psychological makeup of an individual. Offered each spring.
Individualized directed readings on a topic of interest to the student which is not normally a part of the curriculum, resulting in the preparation of a significant paper. Prerequisite: consent of the department chair. Offered each semester.
Supervised experiential learning for students in psychology. Placements include, but are not limited to, mental health clinics, educational agencies, and correctional systems. A substantial written project is required. Graded on a Credit/No Credit basis. Prerequisites: Three courses in psychology, declared major or minor in psychology, and consent of the department internship coordinator. Offered each semester.
Experimental or theoretical examination of a topic of interest to the student and cooperating faculty member. A significant paper detailing the findings of the investigation is expected at the conclusion of the work. Prerequisite: consent of the department chair. (1/2 or 1 unit) Offered each semester.
Independent research in collaboration with a faculty member. This course will provide students with research experience. Students will prepare a thesis proposal; the proposed research will be completed in 401. Prerequisites: psychology 300, at least five courses at the 200 level or higher, and approval of a thesis supervisor and the department chair. Offered each fall.
Independent research conducted in collaboration with a faculty member. This course will provide students with research experience that will provide a foundation for graduate study. Students will complete and defend a thesis. Prerequisite: psychology 400. Offered each spring.
As indicated, some Psychology courses meet the following General Education requirements:
LSI – Life Sciences Issues Course
LSL – Life Sciences Lab Course
IT – Intellectual Traditions
U – Encountering U.S. Diversity
W – Writing Intensive Courses