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50:830:100. INTRODUCTORY TOPICS IN PSYCHOLOGY (3)
Introductory-level review of selected topics in psychology. 
No prerequisite; does not substitute for 50:830:101. May be taken a maximum of two times for departmental credit, as long as the department agrees that the topics are different.

50:830:101. INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY (R) (3) 
Introduction to the methods, theories, facts, and basic principles in the major fields of psychology, including biological basis of behavior, sensation and perception, learning, cognitive processes, life span development, personality, social psychology, psychological testing, and clinical diagnosis and treatment. Participation in research or completion of an approved, appropriate alternative activity required.

50:830:135. INTRODUCTORY SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY (R) (3)
A survey of research and theory concerning humans as they influence and are influenced by their social environment; includes small group studies, social influences in communication, attitude formation and change, and social perception, as well as aspects of larger interpersonal settings, such as the family and the organization. 
Credit not given for both this course and 50:830:335. Not recommended for psychology majors.

50:830:201. FRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY (3) 
Faculty members and distinguished visiting lecturers lead seminars in their fields of specialization. Students prepare and present papers on assigned topics that change from year to year.
Prerequisite: 50:830:101 or 135.

50:830:203. THE PSYCHOLOGY OF MINORITY GROUPS (D)(3) 
Examination of the personality patterns, psychological dynamics, and social-cultural styles that emerge from the encounter of minority groups with American culture. Attempts made to define the major psychological events within minority groups as they relate to developmental processes, attitudes, perceptions, and identity patterns. 
Prerequisite: 50:830:101 or 135.

50:830:206. PSYCHOLOGY OF MARRIAGE AND THE FAMILY (3)
The psychological study of interpersonal behavior within family units, both nuclear and extended; addresses conjoint personal development, communication networks, and intrafamily conflict. 
Prerequisite: 50:830:101 or 135.

50:830:222. HUMAN DEVELOPMENT(3) 
Human development across the lifespan: A critical examination of psychological constancy and changes throughout the human life span, with emphasis on biological, cultural, intergenerational, social and other systemic experiences and invluences 
Prerequisite: 50:830:101 or 135. Not recommended for psychology majors.  This course and 830:226 can not both count towards the Psychology Major.

50:830:226. PSYCHOLOGY OF CHILDHOOD (3) 
Examination of psychological development from birth through late childhood. Topics include motor abilities, language, intelligence, social and emotional behavior and attitudes, with emphasis on the prevention of maladjustment.
Prerequisite: 50:830:101 or 135.

50:830:231. PSYCHOLOGY OF PERSONALITY (3) 
Examination of theoretical and research approaches to the understanding of individual behavior, considering both individual traits and situational sources of influence. 
Prerequisite: 50:830:101 or 135.

50:830:250. STATISTICS FOR SOCIAL SCIENCE (3)
Introduction to basic concepts of statistics, both descriptive (organization and presentation of data) and inferential (drawing conclusions from data), with emphasis on practical applications in psychological research.
Prerequisite: 50:830:101 or 135.

50:830:255. METHOD AND THEORY IN PSYCHOLOGY (W) (3)
Survey of research methods in psychology, emphasizing the guiding role of theory in scientific research.  Consideration of the nature and history of scientific theories in psychology, hypothesis generation, review of extant literature, measurement, experimental design, control of extraneous variables, analysis, interpretation, replication, and testing the ecological validity of results.  Emphasis on the self-correcting nature of the research process through replication and extension, peer review, increased methodological sophistication, and quantitative analysis. 
Prerequisite: 50:830:101 or 135.

50:830:301. EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY (3)
Examines how individuals develop and learn, with particular emphasis upon the classroom.  Includes motivation, student interests, creating a healthy learning climate, language development, testing, and individual differences.
Prerequisite: 50:830:101 or 135 (starting Spring 2013) 

50:830:303. PSYCHOLOGY OF WOMEN (3)
The psychological impact of being female; a review of research and theory on the development of sex differences in identity and other aspects of personality. 
Prerequisite: 50:830:101 or 135.

50:830:305. PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN SEXUALITY (3)
Examination of major topics and approaches to the psychological study of human sexuality. Begins with introduction to the history of the field, the major obstacles to conducting research in human sexuality, and major theoretical approaches, followed by presentation on anatomy and physiology of the human sexual attraction and relationships, sexual orientation, variations in sexual behavior, commercial sexuality, coercive sexuality, and sexual dysfunctions and therapy.
Prerequisite: 50:830:101 or 135.

50:830:306. HUMAN EMOTIONS (3)
Inquiry into the nature of human emotions, their causes and functions. Topics discussed include: physiological, behavioral, and cognitive approaches to emotions; expressive aspects; motivational aspects; emotional development; individual, gender, and cultural differences; emotional pathology; emotional self-regulation and control. 
Prerequisite: 50:830:101 or 135.

50:830:312. PSYCHOLOGY OF CONSCIOUSNESS (3) 
Examination of various aspects of consciousness from psychological perspectives, including those of cognition, neuroscience, phenomenology, and evolution. Topics include sleep and dreams, perception and thought, effects of psychoactive drugs, introspective reports, and brain function in healthy and injured people. 
Prerequisite: 50:830:101 or 135.

50:830:316. PSYCHOLOGY AND THE LAW (3)
Explores the relation between the field of psychology and the legal system, the decision-making process of judges and juries, eyewitness reliability, criminal insanity, the use of psychological knowledge to raise legal issues, and assumptions that the legal system makes about human nature.
Prerequisite: 50:830:101 or 135.

50:830:318. ETHICS IN PSYCHOLOGY (3)
Provides an overview of the ethical questions and dilemmas that psychologists encounter in their everyday practice, research, and teaching, with the goal of familiarizing students witht he role of ethical behavior and decision making in psychology
Prerequisite: 50:830:101 or 135.

50:830:319. INDUSTRIAL PSYCHOLOGY (3)
Personnel selection and placement; psychology of industrial and human relations; worker morale, motivation, and efficiency; human factors in equipment design, marketing, and advertising research.
Prerequisite: 50:830:255.

50:830:326. PSYCHOLOGY OF ADOLESCENCE (3)
A survey of development during the adolescent and early adult years. Contemporary theories and research will be used to help students understand issues central to adolescence including: pubertal development; cognitive development; identity, dating and sexuality; family and peer relationships; adolescents at school and work; culture and the media; and the challenges faced by adolescents. Adolescence will be discussed both as a distinct stage of life, and as an integral component of development across the life span. 
Prerequisite: 50:830:101 or 135.

50:830:328. PSYCHOLOGY OF AGING (3) 
Survey of the psychology of aged people in our society. Topics include the effects of physical change, social habitat, and impending death upon the personality and behavior of the aged person. 
Prerequisite: 50:830:101 or 135.

50:830:335. SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY (3)
Psychological theory and research examining how individuals influence and are influenced by their social environment. Topics include social cognition, bultural influences, conformity, persuasion, group behavior, prejudice aggression, interpersonal attraction, and prosocial behavior. 

Prerequisite: 50:830:101. Credit not given for both this course and 50:830:135.

50:830:340. ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY (3) 
Focus on describing different types of psychological disorders, as defined by the primary diagnostic system used by clinicians and researchers. To a lesser extent, examination of the causes of these disorders and the treatments for them. 
Prerequisite: 50:830:101 or 135. 

50:830:345. INTRODUCTION TO CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY (3)
Introduction to theory and practice of clinical psychology, with a focus on case studies and workshop design. It also includes individual, couples and family therapy models. 
Prerequisites: 50:830:255 and 340.

50:830:348. HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY (3)
Focuses on understanding psychological processes that influence health. Topics include stress and illness, personality and disease, chronic illness and death, health promotion and disease prevention through behavior change, and relationships between patients and practitioners. The changing health care environment and the need to understand the role of individuals’ lifestyles in determining their health are emphasized.

Prerequisites: 50:830:255.

50:830:355. PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS AND MEASUREMENTS (3)
Introduction to the history, development, and principles of psychological testing, including techniques of administration, scoring, and interpretation. Intelligence, aptitude, achievement, interest, and personality tests studied theoretically and empirically. The impact of testing on the individual and on society. 
Prerequisites: 50:830:250 and 255.

50:830:360. COGNITIVE PROCESSES (3)

Examines research on human information processing, including attention, pattern recognition, memory, thought, and problem solving. Discusses laboratory techniques, theoretical models, and research applications to practical concerns such as reading, training strategies, and human engineering. 
Prerequisite: 50:830:255.

50:830:365. CULTURAL PSYCHOLOGY(3)
Examines how culture influences the way people process information about themselves and the world. Topics include cultural differences in self-construal, cognition, perception, and other basic psychological processes.
Prerequisite: 50:830:101 or 135.

50:830:380. LABORATORY IN EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY (1)
Examines scientific methods of approaching the study of behavior. Students gain practical experience in research techniques used in selected areas of psychology.
Prerequisites:  50:830:101, 250, and 255.  Corequisites: 50:830:381.

50:830:381. EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY (3)
Designed to introduce the student to experimental techniques and methodological problems involved in the investigation of psychological phenomena. Prepares the student to conduct research, analyze data, and interpret and report results of experiments.
Prerequisites: 50:830:101, 250, and 255.  Corequisites: 50:830:380.

50:830:382. EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY LABORATORY II (1)
An advanced laboratory in psychology. 
Prerequisites: 50:830:380, 381 and permission of instructor. Corequisite: Lecture course designated by department (changes each term).

50:830:434. PSYCHOLOGY OF EATING (3)
Focuses on understanding the psychological processes underlying humans’ development of eating behaviors and the adoption of both healthy and maladaptive cognitions and behaviors concerning food, eating, and our bodies. Issues to be addressed include: food choice, the development of food preferences, motivation to eat, cultural influences on eating patterns, weight regulation, body image, dieting behaviors, obesity, eating disorder, and treatment of unhealthy and clinical eating problems. The psychological, not physiological, processes of eating will be emphasized. 
Prerequisites: 50:830:101 or 135, and 255

50:830:438. THE PSYCHOLOGY OF STRONGLY HELD BELIEFS (3)
Inquiry into the origins, structure, and psychological functions of strongly held systems of belief, such as political liberalism and conservatism, attitudes toward war and peace, and attitudes toward social issues (e.g., abortion, racial attitudes, etc.). Topics include relationships of personality, personal experiences, and socialization to political beliefs. 
Prerequisite: 50:830:255 and 335.

50:830:440. DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOPATHOLOGY (3)
Applies a developmental approach to the understanding of childhood disorders such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Depression, and Anxiety disorders. 
Prerequisite: 50:830:255.

50:830:441. THEORIES OF PSYCHOTHERAPY (3)
Examination of different approaches to psychotherapy including psychoanalytic, humanistic, gestalt, existential, cognitive, behavioral, and solution-focused approaches. The focus will be on the theory behind each approach. While techniques used by the different approaches will be briefly discussed, students will not be taught how to do therapy.
Prerequisite: 50:830:255.

50:830:457, 458,459, 461, 462, 463, 464. SPECIAL TOPICS IN PSYCHOLOGY (2-3)
Selected theoretical, experimental, and applied problems in psychology. Specific topics covered are rotated from term to term depending on the interests of participating faculty and students. 
Prerequisites: 50:830:101 or 135, and junior or senior status or permission of instructor.

50:830:465. LEARNING AND MEMORY (3)
Critical survey of the outstanding attempts to understand the nature of learning and memory. Emphasis on classical and current theories and their implications. Demonstrates a range of phenomena from simple conditioning to complex verbal learning. 
Prerequisite: 50:830:255.

50:830:467. PERCEPTION (3)
Examines what we need to know about the objects and events that surround us, how our eyes and ears sense this information, how the patterns of neural activity in our brain represent this information, and finally, what scientists know about our visual and auditory experiences. 
Prerequisite: 50:830:255.

50:830:471. BEHAVIORAL PHARMACOLOGY (3)
Formerly 50:830:437. 
Prerequisites: 50:830:255, and junior or senior status or permission of instructor.
The action of drugs on the nervous system and behavior. Topics include principles of drug action, drug-environment interactions, drug abuse, drugs and therapeutic agents, and drugs as tools in psychological research.

50:830:475. PHYSIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY (3)
50:830:484. 
Prerequisite: 50:830:255.
This course examines the relationship between biology and behavior.  By studying the workings of animal brains, the functional deficits  of brain damaged humans, and the genetics of behavior, scientists have identified some of the biological mechanisms that underlie language, addiction, anxiety, depression, learning, aggression and other aspects of human psychology.

50:830:476. PSYCHOLOGICAL ANALYSIS OF ANIMAL BEHAVIOR (3)
Formerly 50:830:486. 
Prerequisite: 50:830:255.
Review of the behavior patterns of lower animals with emphasis on the evolution of instinctual and experiential determiners of these patterns. Topics include communication, behavior-structure relationships, adaptive ability versus specialization, and the evolution of intelligence.

50:830:493. INDIVIDUAL SUPERVISION OF FIELDWORK IN PSYCHOLOGY (R) (1-3)
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. This course (combined with 494, 495, and 498) may be repeated for a maximum of 10 credits.
Provides advanced psychology majors with an opportunity to integrate and expand their knowledge of psychology through applied experiences in the community. Students are encouraged to develop their own placements, but prearranged placements are also available. Individual supervision in the conceptualization and carrying out of projects will be provided.

50:830:494,495. ADVANCED INDEPENDENT STUDY IN PSYCHOLOGY (R) (1-3)
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. This course (combined with 494, 495, and 498) may be repeated for a maximum of 10 credits.
The student is required to undertake a term-long or year-long laboratory or library project under the supervision of a member of the department. Strongly recommended for students planning to attend graduate school. (This course does not substitute for Experimental Psychology with Lab, for that course see 50:830:498: Independent Study in Psychology Capstone.)

50:830:496,497. HONORS PROGRAM IN PSYCHOLOGY (3,3)
Prerequisite: By permission only.
Design, execution, analysis, and presentation of original research, undertaken after departmental approval of an honor’s research proposal and conducted under the supervision of one or more faculty members. May be taken only with departmental approval.

50:830:498. Independent Study in Psychology Capstone (4)
Prerequisite: By permission only.
This course is an alternative to Experimental Psychology in which students work directly with faculty on a Capstone research project. Students enrolled in this course are expected to write a research paper that is approved by a department committee and present their findings at the annual Celebration of Undergraduate Research Conference.