Psychology (PSY)

PSY-111  Introduction to Psychology  (3)  

Introduces the scientific study of mental processes and behavior with emphasis on the nervous system, learning and memory, cognition, sensation and perception, motivation and emotion, personality, intelligence, stress, psychological disorders and therapy, and social influence. Stresses roles of both theory and empirical evidence in describing, explaining and predicting behavior. Encourages critical thinking about research methods and ethics. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

Hours per week: 3.0 lecture

Prerequisite: Requires college-level reading and writing. If you have received an Accuplacer Reading score under 73 or ACT Reading under 19, consider taking Effective Reading Strategies in conjunction with this course. If you have received an Accuplacer Writing score under 82 or ACT Writing under 18, consider waiting to take this course until you have successfully completed Elements of Writing. Questions?- Consult your academic advisor.

PSY-121  Developmental Psychology  (3)  

Introduces physical, cognitive and psychosocial development from a lifespan perspective covering conception until death. Provides an introduction to major theories and classic and contemporary research, and examines normative development as impacted by genes, maturation, experience, cohort, gender, race, social class and culture. Discusses topics including developmental research methods; genetics; prenatal development; infancy; childhood; adolescence; early, middle and late adulthood; and death and bereavement. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

Hours per week: 3.0 lecture

Prerequisite: Take PSY-111.

PSY-251  Social Psychology  (3)  

Explores how an individual's thinking, feelings and behavior are affected by others. Covers research methods, ethics, and classic as well as contemporary research on topics including social beliefs and judgments, self and person perception, attitude formation and change, prejudice, aggression and conflict, helping and prosocial behavior, interpersonal attraction, gender-related behavior, conformity and deviation, persuasion, and group influence. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

Hours per week: 3.0 lecture

Prerequisite: Take PSY-111.

PSY-261  Human Sexuality  (3)  

Provides an introduction to psychological, biological, cultural and legal aspects of human sexuality. Examines scientific approaches to the study of sexual anatomy and physiology, conception and contraception, sexual health and illness, sexual development across the lifespan, consensual and nonconsensual behavior, gender, sexual orientation, sexual diversity, intimate relationships, and the sexual marketplace. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

Hours per week: 3.0 lecture

PSY-924  Honors Project  (1)  

Allows a qualified honors student to pursue a special concentration of study under the guidance of a faculty member. Requires completion of an honors project contact. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A; Comments: Requires approval of supervising professor and dean

Hours per week: 1.0 lecture