Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
Davie Hall, CB# 3270; (919) 843-5467
DONALD T. LYSLE, Chair
Regina M. Carelli, Associate Chair
Jon S. Abramowitz, Associate Chair
In the undergraduate study of psychology, the emphasis is on a broad acquaintance with the behavioral sciences, not specialization. The subject matter is preparatory to a career in psychology either in basic research and teaching, or in any number of professional applications to various human problems. A psychology major may prove valuable to those planning other professional careers such as medicine, law, education, or business, as well as to those who seek a broad cultural background in the behavioral sciences. The courses in the department available to undergraduate students are listed on the following pages. No courses numbered 700 or above may be taken by undergraduate students. Consult the current directory of classes for each semester's offerings. PSYC 101 is prerequisite to ALL courses offered in the department except for first-year seminars, which are numbered below 100. Students and their advisors should take careful note of the specified prerequisites for advanced offerings in this listing.
Psychology Major, B.A.
PSYC 101 with a grade of C or better (gateway course)
PSYC 210 or 215
One course below 400 from four of the five following psychology program areas: behavioral neuroscience (PSYC 220 or 225), clinical (PSYC 242 or 245), cognitive (PSYC 222, 225, or 230), developmental (PSYC 250), and social (PSYC 260). PSYC 225 can meet either the behavioral neuroscience or cognitive requirement, but not both.
Two additional psychology courses numbered between 400 and 650; may not include PSYC 493
Two additional psychology courses above 101; may include three hours of PSYC 395 and/or up to six hours of PSYC 693H or 694H; may not include PSYC 190
BIOL 101 and 101L
One other physical and life sciences course, which must be from a department other than psychology
One of COMP 101, 110, 116; MATH 130, 152, 231, 241
Three social and behavioral science courses from two departments other than psychology; at least one of the three courses must be an historical analysis (HS) course
A student may submit a maximum of 45 hours of credit in psychology courses (including PSYC 101) toward the completion of the B.A. degree.
Psychology Major, B.S.
PSYC 101 with a grade of C or better (gateway course)
PSYC 210 or 215
One course below 400 each from the behavioral neuroscience (PSYC 220 or 225) and cognitive (PSYC 222, 225, or 230) psychology program areas. PSYC 225 can meet either the behavioral neuroscience or cognitive requirement, but not both.
One course below 400 from two of the three following psychology program areas: clinical (PSYC 242 or 245), developmental (PSYC 250), or social (PSYC 260)
Two additional psychology courses numbered between 400 and 650; may not include PSYC 493
Two additional psychology courses above 101; may include three hours of PSYC 395 and/or up to six hours of PSYC 693H or 694H; may not include PSYC 190
BIOL 101 and 101L
MATH 231 or 241
One of COMP 101, 110, 116; MATH 232, 283
At least four additional nonpsychology physical and life sciences courses, including one with a laboratory and one physical science course chosen from ASTR 101, 205; BIOC 107, 108; CHEM 70, 71, 72, 101, 102, 102H, 200; ENEC 202; GEOG 110, 111, 212; GEOL 7077, 101, 103, 105, 109, 110, 111, 202, 204, 413, 478, 503, 506, 563; MASC 505, 506, 552, 561, 563; MUSC 51; PHIL 150; PHYS 51, 53, 54, 61, 63, 71, 100, 101, 104, 105, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 131
One additional nonhistorical social and behavioral sciences Approaches course, which must be from a department other than psychology (the remaining three social and behavioral sciences Approaches courses must be from departments other than psychology)
All majors must complete PSYC 101 and at least six psychology courses above PSYC 101 with a grade of C (not C-) or better. Students planning to enter graduate programs in psychology are urged to include a research-intensive course such as PSYC 395, 470, 530, or 693H and 694H in their program and as many courses numbered 400 and above as possible.
Details of the student's program may be worked out in consultation with college and departmental advisors.
Cognitive Science Minor
The cognitive science minor consists of five disciplinary areas: behavioral, biological, computational, linguistic, and philosophical. Each course, except the overview, falls into one or more disciplinary areas. Please refer to the appropriate departments for course descriptions.
Students must earn a grade of C or better in at least four of the five courses. Courses used to satisfy psychology core requirements cannot also satisfy requirements in the cognitive science minor. The minor is open to all, including psychology majors, who are still limited to no more than 45 credit hours in the department. Students and their advisors should take careful note of the specified prerequisites for advanced offerings in this listing. The specified courses (or their equivalent from other institutions) provide a necessary background for entry into these advanced courses. Students interested in pursuing the minor should contact the program director for further information.
PSYC 330 (prerequisites PSYC 101 and 210)
Four other courses distributed over at least two disciplinary areas, at least two of which must be numbered 400 or above, as follows:
Behavioral: ANTH 143; BIOL 278, 455; INLS 512; PSYC 222, 225, 230, 425, 430, 432, 433, 434, 461, 469
Biological: BIOL 278, 455, 469; PSYC 225
Computational: COMP 101, 116, 401, 455; INLS 382, 500, 509, 512, 523, 541, 582, 613; MATH 566; PSYC 433; STOR 215, 305, 435, 565
Linguistic: ANTH/LING 520; INLS 512; LING 200, 201, 202, 401, 523, 540, 547; PHIL 145, 445; PSYC 432
Philosophical: ANTH 146; ANTH/CMPL/FOLK 435; LING/PHIL 455; PHIL 145, 155, 164, 230, 335, 340, 440, 445
The minor is open to all students, including psychology majors. However, students should note that they are limited to no more than 45 credit hours within a specific department. Students must earn a grade of C or better in at least four of the five courses.
PSYC 315 (prerequisite PSYC 101 or BIOL 101)
Four courses distributed over at least two academic departments, selected from the following lists:
Psychology: PSYC 225, 245, 320, 401, 402, 403, 404, 425, 426, 427, 428, 429, 431, 434, 437, 455, 469, 507, 533, 568, 602
Biology: BIOL 252, 278, 431, 450, 451, 452, 455, 552
Chemistry: CHEM 430
Computer Science: COMP 555
Exercise and Sport Science: EXSS 380
Mathematics: MATH 383, 452, 528, 529, 547, 564, 566, 577
Physics: PHYS 405
º Statistics and Operations Research: STOR 215, 445, 455,
All psychology majors have a primary academic advisor in Steele Building. Students are strongly encouraged to meet regularly with their advisor and review their Tar Heel Tracker each semester. Several faculty members (see list at psychology.unc.edu/undergraduate-studies/academic-advising) are available to meet with current and prospective majors by appointment. Students who are considering graduate studies in psychology are particularly encouraged to contact departmental academic advisors. Additional information about courses, undergraduate research opportunities, the honors program, and the Psychology Club may be obtained from the department's Web site.
Special Opportunities in Psychology
Honors in Psychology
Any major in the program with an overall grade point average of 3.3 or higher and a psychology grade point average of at least 3.5 is eligible for enrollment in the departmental senior honors program. Each candidate for honors participates in a two-semester course sequence (PSYC 693H and 694H) and carries out independent research in an area of the student's choice under the guidance of a psychology faculty member. Please see the department Web site for the application form and additional information (psychology.unc.edu/undergraduate-studies/honors-program).
Membership in the Psychology Club is open to any interested psychology major. There is no minimum grade point average requirement. The club meets frequently to discuss psychology-related topics and learn about careers in psychology.
Several opportunities for experiential education are available. The Karen M. Gil Internship Program offers both course credit and a monthly stipend to selected psychology majors who are placed in approved internship sites in the community. Interns are selected through a competitive process (minimum grade point average is 3.4). See psychology.unc.edu/undergraduate-studies/gil-internship for more information. Other experiential education opportunities include PSYC 395 Independent Research; PSYC 294 Service Learning in Psychology; APPLES, performed either through the APPLES program or in conjunction with a specific psychology class; and other classes for which service learning is a central focus. See course listings for details.
The David Bray Peele Award (administered in the Department of Psychology) and several fellowships and grants administered through the UNC Office for Undergraduate Research are available to students who conduct research in psychology. Each year, the Dashiell-Thurstone Prize is awarded for the best undergraduate research project. An additional honor is election to Psi Chi, the national honor society for psychology undergraduates. Psychology majors who have completed at least three courses in psychology and who have a grade point average of at least 3.2 at UNCChapel Hill will be invited to join Psi Chi.
Qualified students interested in doing independent research under the direction of a faculty member may enroll for independent research credit (PSYC 395). Students interested in this option should speak directly with psychology faculty members regarding opportunities in their laboratories. Additional information is available at psychology.unc.edu/undergraduate-studies/undergraduate-research.
Graduate School and Career Opportunities
Both the B.A. and B.S. degree programs prepare students for entry into graduate programs in psychology and a large number of related areas. Both programs, augmented by courses dictated by various graduate and professional schools, also provide training that has proved beneficial for those applying to business, law, and medical schools.
Undergraduate psychology majors seek and find employment in a wide range of occupations, and many continue their education and training in graduate school. Students should understand that many of the occupations traditionally associated with psychology (e.g., clinical psychologist) are licensed specialties that require graduate training.
Jonathan S. Abramowitz, Donald H. Baucom, Daniel J. Bauer, Regina M. Carelli, Martha J. Cox, Patrick Curran, Linda A. Dykstra, Barbara L. Fredrickson, Karen M. Gil, Peter C. Gordon, Mark Hollins, Joseph Hopfinger, Andrea M. Hussong, Deborah J. Jones, Beth E. Kurtz-Costes, Joseph C. Lowman, Donald T. Lysle, Neil Mulligan, Peter A. Ornstein, Abigail T. Panter, B. Keith Payne, David Penn, Mitchell J. Picker, Mitchell J. Prinstein, J. Steven Reznick, Paschal J. Sheeran, Todd Thiele, David M. Thissen, Eric A. Youngstrom.
Jennifer Arnold, Anna Bardone-Cone, Carol L. Cheatham, Stacey B. Daughters, Enrique W. Neblett, Jean Louis Gariepy, Kelly Giovanello.
Sara B. Algoe, Charlotte A. Boettiger, Laura Castro-Schilo, Sylvia Fitting, Kathleen M. Gates, Kurt J. Gray, Kristen A. Lindquist, Kathryn J. Reissner, Lilly Shanahan.
Erica Wise, Jennifer K. Youngstrom.
Research Associate Professor
Montserrat N. Thiele.
Research Assistant Professors
Aaron Boulton, Nisha Gottfredson, April Harris-Britt, Nicole Heilbron, John Sideris.
Adjunct Assistant Professors
Deanna Larus, William Sampson.
Elizabeth Jordan, Jeannie Loeb, F. Charles Wiss, Viji Sathy.
Steven Buzinski, Desiree Griffin, Marsha Penner.
Paul M. Brinich, Elliot M. Cramer, David Eckerman, Samuel Fillenbaum, Chester A. Insko, Edward S. Johnson, Lyle V. Jones, Richard King, Robert C. MacCallum, Paul G. Shinkman, Vaida M. Thompson.
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PSYC 50 First-Year Seminar: Stress Management (3). This course will address basic stress management skills; how to develop emotion-focused coping skills and how to use exercise, time management, and assertive communication skills to reduce stress.
PSYC 51 First-Year Seminar: The Mind and the Computer (3). This course will examine the nature of human thought in relation to the operations of contemporary computers and will also consider how computers will likely develop in the future.
PSYC 52 First-Year Seminar: Evolutionary Psychology (3). Students will gain an in-depth understanding of evolutionary psychology, a current amalgam of evolutionary biology, psychology, and anthropology that aims to view complex social and personality features of human behavior.
PSYC 53 First-Year Seminar: Talking about Numbers: Communicating Research Results to Others (3). This course introduces the many ways that research results are disseminated to the public in our everyday livesthrough advertising and mass media, Internet, and research-based policy statements.
PSYC 54 First-Year Seminar: Families and Children (3). This course will consider family from a life-course perspective and family influences on child development. Research and theory concerning divorced and step families, single parents, gay and lesbian parents, and family processes that shape children's development will be examined.
PSYC 55 First-Year Seminar: Children's Eyewitness Testimony (3). The course will address relevant literature on children's memory and cognition involving allegations of child sexual abuse.
PSYC 56 First-Year Seminar: Human Infancy (3). The goals of this course are to describe what we know about the psychological development of human infants, to evaluate the procedures that have given rise to that knowledge, and to explore the implications of the knowledge.
PSYC 58 First-Year Seminar: The Psychology of Mental States and Language Use (3). Examines how language use is affected by one's reasoning about the mental activities of others. We will examine the development of language, adult language use, and the language of autistic individuals, who are known to have difficulty reasoning about others' minds. This seminar will follow a discussion format.
PSYC 62 First-Year Seminar: Positive Psychology: The Science of Optimal Human Functioning (3). This course invites students to explore the opportunities presented by the vibrant and emerging field of positive psychology.
PSYC 64 First-Year Seminar: Prejudice and Stereotyping (3). This course explores the psychological underpinnings of prejudice and discrimination.
PSYC 65 First-Year Seminar: Judgment and Decision Making in Everyday Life (3). This course focuses on understanding people's judgment and decision-making processes in everyday life. Students will draw upon other areas of psychology and other interdisciplinary approaches (e.g., economics, decision sciences).
PSYC 66 First-Year Seminar: Eating Disorders and Body Image (3). Students will learn about anorexia and bulimia nervosa, as well as prevention and treatment efforts. The course explores factors related to these disorders and body image from a psychosocial perspective. Learning will occur through discussions, readings, videos, guest speakers, experimental assignments, writing assignments, and research projects.
PSYC 67 First-Year Seminar: The Senses of Animals (3). This course deals with the sensory systems of animals. A description of the human senses is included, but senses that differ from our own are emphasized. Some treatment of research methods is also included. Classes will be a mixture of lecture, discussion, and student reports.
PSYC 68 First-Year Seminar: Psychology of Emotion (3). This first-year seminar is designed for students interested in exploring the psychological study of emotion. Topics include theoretical models of emotion process and structure, as well as a review of research questions about emotional expressions, autonomic physiology, affective neuroscience, emotion and reasoning, emotion and health.
PSYC 89 First-Year Seminar: Special Topics (3). Content varies by semester.
PSYC 101 General Psychology (3). A survey of major principles of psychology and an introduction to scientific modes of thought about behavior. Students participate in ongoing psychological research in the department. PSYC 101 is a prerequisite for all psychology courses.
PSYC 190 Special Topics in Psychology (3). An undergraduate seminar course that is designed to be a participatory intellectual adventure on an advanced, emergent, and stimulating topic within a selected discipline in psychology. This course does not count as credit towards the psychology major.
PSYC 210 Statistical Principles of Psychological Research (3). Prerequisite, PSYC 101. Consideration of the methodological principles underlying psychological research, descriptive and inferential techniques, and the manner by which they may be employed to design psychological experiments and analyze behavioral data. Three lecture hours and one laboratory hour a week.
PSYC 215 Statistical Principles of Psychological Research (B.S. Majors) (3). Prerequisites, MATH 231 and PSYC 101. Considers the methodological principles underlying psychological research, descriptive, and inferential techniques. This section is for students in the B.S. psychology program or for B.A. students with a calculus background and strong interest in quantitative psychology. Note: PSYC 215 will substitute for PSYC 210 as a prerequisite for other psychology courses.
PSYC 220 Biopsychology (3). Prerequisite, PSYC 101. Study of the biological basis of behavior. Emphasis will be placed on human findings and applications.
PSYC 222 Learning (3). Prerequisite, PSYC 101. Topics in conditioning, verbal learning, memory, and problem solving.
PSYC 225 Sensation and Perception (3). Prerequisite, PSYC 101. Topics in vision, audition, and the lower senses. Receptor mechanisms, psychophysical methods, and selected perceptual phenomena will be discussed.
PSYC 230 Cognitive Psychology (3). Prerequisite, PSYC 101. Topics in attention; memory; visual, auditory, and other forms of information processing; decision making; and thinking.
PSYC 242 Introduction to Clinical Psychology (3). Prerequisite, PSYC 101. Overview of clinical psychology: history, scientific basis, and major activities and concerns, including assessment, psychotherapy and other psychological interventions, community psychology, ethics, and professional practice. Students may not receive credit for both PSYC 242 and 505.
PSYC 245 Abnormal Psychology (3). Prerequisite, PSYC 101. Major forms of behavior disorders in children and adults, with an emphasis on description, causation, and treatment.
PSYC 250 Child Development (3). Prerequisite, PSYC 101. Study of the development of social and intellectual behavior in normal children and the processes that underlie this development. Emphasis is typically on theory and research.
PSYC 260 Social Psychology (3). Prerequisite, PSYC 101. Introductory survey of experimental social psychology covering attitudes, interpersonal processes, and small groups.
PSYC 270 Laboratory Research in Psychology (4). Prerequisites, PSYC 101, and 210 or 215. Experiments in biological, behavioral, cognitive, developmental, personality, and social psychology will be discussed, prepared, performed, and reported. One lecture hour and four laboratory hours per week.
PSYC 290 Current Topics in Psychology (1>3). Prerequisite, PSYC 101. Various special areas of psychological study, offered as needed. Course may be repeated for credit.
PSYC 294 Service Learning in Psychology: APPLES (13). Permission of the instructor. Service-learning component for students enrolled in psychology APPLES courses. May not count toward the major.
PSYC 310 Applied Statistical Methods in the Psychological Sciences (3). Prerequisite, PSYC 210, SOCI 252, or STOR 155. This course extends statistical and data analytic concepts covered in PSYC 210 with direct applications to empirical data commonly encountered in psychological research. Topics include measurement, group comparisons, linear associations, and prediction. An equal balance is placed on statistical concepts, computer-based data analysis, and interpretation of findings.
PSYC 315 Introduction to Neuroscience (3). Prerequisite, PSYC 101 or BIOL 101. Neuroscience seeks to understand the structure and function of the nervous system and brain. This course provides a broad overview of the field. Topics include current methods used in neuroscience, the function of nerve cells, neuroanatomy of the mammalian brain, neuroplasticity, and diseases of the brain.
PSYC 320 Drugs and Human Behavior (3). Prerequisite, PSYC 101. This course will examine the use of drugs to alter behavior. Social implications of drug use and methods for preventing and treating drug abuse also will be considered.
PSYC 330 Introduction to Cognitive Science (3). Prerequisites, PSYC 101, and 210 or 215. An introduction to the interdisciplinary study of the mind, intelligent behavior, information processing, and communication in living organisms and computers.
PSYC 390 Current Topics in Psychology (13). Prerequisite, PSYC 101. Various special areas of psychological study, offered as needed. Course may be repeated for credit.
PSYC 395 Independent Research (13). Prerequisite, PSYC 101. Also required, two additional psychology courses, at least one of which must be numbered 200 or greater, a minimum of a 2.5 grade point average, and permission of the instructor. Supervised research resulting in a written report. May be repeated for credit up to six hours.
PSYC 400 Conditioning and Learning (NBIO 400) (3). Prerequisites, PSYC 101 and 222. A comprehensive survey of the methods, findings, and theories of classical and operant conditioning. Skills necessary to evaluate, integrate, and summarize significant original literature will be developed.
PSYC 401 Animal Behavior (NBIO 401) (3). Prerequisites, PSYC 101, and BIOL 101 or PSYC 222. PSYC 270 recommended. Ethological, genetic, and physiological variables will be studied in relation to their behavioral effects.
PSYC 402 Advanced Biopsychology (NBIO 402) (3). Prerequisites, PSYC 101 and 220. Elements of neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, and neurochemistry as they apply to the understanding of brain-behavior relationships.
PSYC 403 Advanced Biopsychology Laboratory (3). Prerequisites, PSYC 101, and 220 or 402. "Hands on" laboratory course designed to introduce students to experimental protocols emphasizing "brain-behavior" relationships. Topics include gross neuroanatomy, stereotaxic surgery, and the effects of drugs on behavior.
PSYC 404 Clinical Psychopharmacology (3). Prerequisite, PSYC 101. This course will investigate the pharmacological effects and the clinical efficacy of drugs used to treat behavior disorders.
PSYC 415 History of Neuroscience (3). Prerequisite, PSYC 220 or 315. In this class, we will consider how neuroscience emerged as a multidisciplinary field. The class will cover key research findings that propelled the field forward. We will also delve into the autobiographies of some of the pioneering researchers who made these important discoveries.
PSYC 425 Advanced Perceptual Processes (3). Prerequisites, PSYC 101, and one of PSYC 220, 225, or 230. The perception of objects and events; the role of cognitive factors in perception.
PSYC 426 Molecular Mechanisms of Memory (3). Prerequisite, PSYC 220 or 315. This course focuses on current knowledge about the cellular and molecular basis of learning and memory. Course material focuses primarily on hippocampus-dependent memory, considering behavior, cellular physiology, and molecular and genetic contributions. In addition, we will consider learning and memory disorders, including Alzheimer's disease.
PSYC 427 Neurobiology of Aging (3). Prerequisite, PSYC 220 or 315. This course will survey clinical and experimental literature regarding the neurobiology of aging, considering different theories of aging, how aging is studied in the laboratory, and recent findings. Biochemical, molecular, physiological, and behavioral changes associated with both "normal" and pathological aging will be considered.
PSYC 428 Neuroscience, Society, and the Media (3). Prerequisite, PSYC 220 or 315. Neuroscience is a "hot" topic in popular media. In this course we will consider media coverage of neuroscientific research by reading the popular press versions of studies alongside the findings from primary sources. We will also consider what kinds of topics are most often covered by the media and why.
PSYC 429 Neuroeconomics and the Science of Consequence (3). Prerequisite, PSYC 220 or 315. This seminar will cover current research on psychological, economic, and neuroscientific aspects of decision-making behaviors. Topics will include decisions involving risk and uncertainty, decisions that involve learning from experience, and decisions in strategic interactions and games. In addition, we will consider the neural underpinnings of these processes.
PSYC 430 Human Memory (3). Prerequisites, PSYC 101, and 222 or 230. This course explores classic and current issues in the study of human memory. Topics include working memory, encoding and retrieval processes, implicit memory, reconstructive processes in memory, eyewitness memory, developmental changes in memory, neuropsychology and neuroscience of memory and memory disorders, memory improvement, and the repressed/recovered memory controversy.
PSYC 432 Psychology of Language (3). Prerequisites, PSYC 101 and 230, or LING 101, or 400. This course examines the mental representations and cognitive processes that underlie the human ability to use language. Covers what people know about language, how they process it, and how people make inferences about the speaker's meaning based on context. Recent work in experimental psycholinguistics is discussed.
PSYC 433 Behavioral Decision Theory (3). Prerequisite, PSYC 101. Simple mathematical and psychological models of judgment and choice, and related experiments, are treated, as are applications to real world problems in medical, environmental, policy, business, and related domains.
PSYC 434 Cognitive Neuroscience (3). Prerequisites, PSYC 101, and 210 or 215; and one of PSYC 220, 222, 225, 230, or BIOL 450, 455. Introduction to cognitive neuroscience. Higher mental processes including attention, memory, language, and consciousness will be covered, with an emphasis on the neural mechanisms that form the substrates of human cognition.
PSYC 436 Cognitive Science and the Novel (3). Prerequisite, PSYC 220, 222, 225, 230, 260, 330, 432, 433, or 469. Introduces topics in cognitive science by reviewing their use in recent novels. Explores their influence on the novel, and how the novelist might offer relevant insights.
PSYC 437 Neurobiology of Learning and Memory (3). Prerequisites, PSYC 101 and 220. BIOL 101 recommended. This course surveys current knowledge about and research into the neurobiological basis of learning and memory. Using a combination of lectures and student-led discussions, we will critically evaluate the molecular, cellular, systems, and behavioral research that strives to explain how the brain learns and remembers.
PSYC 461 Cognitive Development (3). Prerequisites, PSYC 101 and 250. An examination of the development of attention, perception, learning, memory, and thinking in normal children.
PSYC 463 Development of Social Behavior and Personality (3). Prerequisites, PSYC 101 and 250, and 210 or 215. Developmental processes during early childhood as these relate to social behavior and personality.
PSYC 465 Poverty and Development (3). Prerequisites, PSYC 101 and 250. Poverty is one of the most consistent and influential risk factors for problematic development. This course focuses on the scientific study of how poverty affects development across the human life span.
PSYC 467 The Development of Black Children (3). Prerequisites, PSYC 101 and 250. PSYC 210 or 215 recommended. A survey of the literature on the development of black children. Topics include peer and social relations, self-esteem, identity development, cognitive development, school achievement, parenting, family management, and neighborhood influences.
PSYC 468 Family as a Context for Development (3). Prerequisites, PSYC 101 and 250, and 210 or 215. Explores how the family influences children's development. Topics include family theories, genetics, family structure (e.g., single parents, working mothers, divorce), discipline, parent behavior and values and beliefs, fathers and ethnic diversity.
PSYC 469 Evolution and Development of Biobehavioral Systems (3). Prerequisites, BIOL 101 and PSYC 101, and 210 or 215. Examines the evolution and development of behavior patterns and their physiological substrates.
PSYC 470 Developmental Research on the Family (3). Prerequisites, PSYC 101 and 250, and 210 or 215. Child and adolescent development within the context of family is examined. Course topics include family theory, cognitive development, divorce, poverty, and gender. Each student will complete a research project.
PSYC 471 The Study of Adolescent Issues and Development (3). Prerequisites, PSYC 101, 210 or 215, and 250. The developmental period of adolescence is studied from a multidisciplinary perspective. The course will distinguish among early, middle, and late adolescence and will cover several theoretical perspectives.
PSYC 472 Racial Discrimination and Minority Youth (3). Prerequisites, PSYC 101, 210 or 215, 250, and 260. This course examines the effects of racial discrimination among African American, Latino, Asian American, and Native American adolescents using a psychological perspective to critically examine empirical research. The course examines racial discrimination, power, and equity and is recommended for students interested in serious, thought-provoking discussions.
PSYC 475 Practical Perspectives on Early Psychological Development: Parents, Practitioners, and Politicians (3). Prerequisites, PSYC 101, 210 or 215, and 250. A description and discussion of research on various aspects of early psychological development that are relevant for the decisions faced by parents, practitioners, and politicians.
PSYC 490 Current Topics in Psychology (3). Various special areas of psychological study, offered as needed. Course may be repeated for credit.
PSYC 493 Internship in Psychology (3). Prerequisite, PSYC 101. Required preparation, minimum of two other psychology courses and junior/senior standing. Designed for highly motivated psychology majors interested in exploring professional opportunities in psychology-related areas. Students complete hands-on internships at community sites for approximately 120 hours across the semester. Students also attend a weekly one-hour class with other interns.
PSYC 500 Developmental Psychopathology (3). Prerequisites, PSYC 101, 245, and 250. A survey of theories bearing on atypical development and disordered behavior, and an examination of major child and adolescent behavior problems and clinical syndromes.
PSYC 501 Theoretical, Empirical Perspectives on Personality (3). Prerequisite, PSYC 101. An in-depth coverage of the traditional clinically based personality theories of the early 20th century contrasted with more recent empirically based perspectives.
PSYC 502 Psychology of Adulthood and Aging (3). Prerequisites, PSYC 101 and 250. A developmental approach to the study of adulthood, from young adulthood through death. Topics include adult issues in personality, family dynamics, work, leisure and retirement, biological and intellectual aspects of aging, dying, and bereavement.
PSYC 503 African American Psychology (3). Prerequisite, PSYC 101. This course examines race and culture in the psychological processes and behavior of African Americans.
PSYC 504 Health Psychology (3). Prerequisites, PSYC 101 and 245. An in-depth coverage of psychological, biological, and social factors that may be involved with health.
PSYC 506 Assessment and Treatment of Older Persons (3). Prerequisites, PSYC 101 and 245. Addresses methods to assess, treat, and rehabilitate older persons with serious mental health disorders.
PSYC 507 Autism (3). Prerequisites, PSYC 101, 245, and 250. Intensive service-learning seminar on autism includes a supervised community placement. Topics include historical diagnostic issues, etiological theories, assessing patterns of functioning, developmental/life span issues, family concerns, and intervention approaches.
PSYC 509 Applied Behavioral Analysis (3). Prerequisites, PSYC 101 and 245. PSYC 222 recommended. A survey of applications of learning theory in solving clinical, educational, and societal problems. Practicum experience included.
PSYC 512 Popularity, Friendship, and Peer Relations (3). Prerequisite, PSYC 101. This course will review literature regarding peer relations among children and adolescents, including peer acceptance/rejection, popularity, bases of friendship selection, peer crowds, romantic relationships, and theories of peer influence.
PSYC 514 Mania and Depression (3). Prerequisites, PSYC 101 and 245. The social, developmental, and biological contributions to mania and depression are examined, as well as the impact of these moods on the brain, creativity, relationships, quality of life, and health.
PSYC 515 Psychological Approaches to Prevention Science (3). Prerequisite, PSYC 270. Permission of the instructor required. Prevention science is an interdisciplinary field between research and practice, with the goal of developing prevention programs for people's lives. Course will emphasize psychological approaches to preventing substance use as a motivating example. Discussions, lectures, a research project, and an experiential learning component.
PSYC 516 Child Maltreatment, Trauma, and Trauma-Focused Treatment (3). Prerequisite, PSYC 101. This course offers a multidisciplinary perspective on child maltreatment, including the types of maltreatment to which children are exposed, the prevalence of child maltreatment, and the impact of maltreatment on individual, familial, and societal functioning.
PSYC 517 Addiction (3). Prerequisite, PSYC 101. PSYC 245 and 270 recommended but not required. This course will provide students with a comprehensive overview of the etiology and treatment of addiction, along with exposure to real-life stories of addiction.
PSYC 530 Design and Interpretation of Psychological Research (3). Prerequisites, PSYC 101 and 270. Emphasis on the methodological principles underlying experimental and correlational research. Interaction of theory and practice in the design and interpretation of psychological studies.
PSYC 531 Tests and Measurement (3). Prerequisites, PSYC 101, and 210 or 215. Basic psychometric theory underlying test construction and utilization. Detailed study of issues and instruments used in assessing intellectual functioning, educational progress, personality, and personnel selection.
PSYC 532 Quantitative Psychology (3). Prerequisite, PSYC 210 or 215 or SOCI 252 or STOR 155. This course examines the science of quantitative psychology. Topics include the analysis of data, the design of questionnaires, and the assessment of psychological attributes, among others.
PSYC 533 The General Linear Model in Psychology (3). Prerequisite, ECON 400 or PSYC 210 or 215 or SOCI 252 or STOR 155. Consideration of multiple regression and the general linear model in psychological research, including hypothesis testing, model formulation, and the analysis of observational and experimental data.
PSYC 560 Self and Society (3). Prerequisites, PSYC 101 and 260, and 210 or 215. PSYC 270 recommended. Content, structure, and functions of the self-concept. How the self-concept is shaped by society and developmental processes; ways in which the self-concept affects perception of others; self-esteem. Class participation and presentations required.
PSYC 561 Social Cognition (3). Prerequisites, PSYC 101 and 260, and 210 or 215. Theory and research in social psychology, which explores the cognitive processes underlying social phenomena. Specific topics covered include attributions, emotions, automaticity, heuristics, self, goals, stereotyping, expectancies, social motives, and others.
PSYC 563 Small Groups (3). Prerequisites, PSYC 101 and 260, and 210 or 215. Intensive survey of research and theory on behavior in small groups combined with appropriate experience in studying various structured groups.
PSYC 564 Interpersonal Processes (3). Prerequisites, PSYC 101 and 260, and 210 or 215. Intensive coverage of normal interpersonal processes, focusing on the dyad.
PSYC 565 Stereotyping, Prejudice, and Discrimination (3). Prerequisites, PSYC 101 and 260, and 210 or 215. PSYC 270 recommended. Examines the determinants, functions, processes, and consequences of stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination. Prospects for change are considered. Class presentations and participation required.
PSYC 566 Attitude Change (3). Prerequisites, PSYC 101 and 260, and 210 or 215. A detailed consideration of the theoretical issues in attitude and belief change.
PSYC 567 Research in Positive Psychology (3). Prerequisites, PSYC 101 and 270, and 210 or 215. Majors only. This advanced course in positive psychology is research intensive and intended as a capstone for majors in psychology.
PSYC 568 Emotion (3). Prerequisite, PSYC 101. This course will provide a comprehensive overview of the scientific study of emotion. Topics will include theoretical models of emotion process and structure. A range of perspectives, including social, cultural, developmental, clinical, and cognitive psychology, as well as behavioral neuroscience, will be considered.
PSYC 569 Practical Wisdom from Advanced Social Psychology (3). Prerequisites, PSYC 101, 260, and 270. Surveys cutting-edge research across the field of social psychology and how it matters for everyday life. Topics include morality, mind perception, judgment and decision making, happiness, affective forecasting, emotion, relationships, negotiation, personality, free will, stress/health, and religion. Clear communication of research also emphasized through figures, presentations, and papers.
PSYC 570 The Social Psychology of Self-Regulation (3). Prerequisites, PSYC 101, 260, and 210 or 215. PSYC 270 recommended. An intensive review of self-regulation theory and research, focusing on the cognitive, motivational, and affective processes involved in goal commitment, monitoring, and overriding behavioral responses.
PSYC 600 Historical Trends in Psychology (3). Prerequisite, PSYC 101. Limited to senior majors or to graduate students in psychology; others by permission of the instructor. Overview of the origins of psychological concepts, movements, and fields of study.
PSYC 601 Psychology and Law (3). Prerequisites, PSYC 101, and 210 or 215. Examines the legal system from the perspective of psychology methods and research, with a focus on criminal law. Discusses dilemmas within the law and between the legal system and psychology.
PSYC 602 Evolutionary Psychology (3). Prerequisite, PSYC 101. Major topics of general psychology are examined from an evolutionary perspective with an emphasis on empirical studies asking why much current human behavior and experience would have been adaptive for our early ancestors.
PSYC 693H Honors in Psychology I (3). By application to the psychology honors committee and enrollment in the honors program. To be taken as the first course in the two-semester honors sequence. Students conduct research under the direction of a faculty advisor and receive classroom instruction in research-related topics.
PSYC 694H Honors in Psychology II (3). Prerequisite, PSYC 693H. Admission to the psychology honors program required. To be taken as the second course in the two-semester honors sequence. Students conduct research under the direction of a faculty advisor and receive classroom instruction in research-related topics.