Course Descriptions

          programs

          ABA 100 Principles of Behavior Analysis 4 cr.

          • Offered: Winter
          • Prerequisite: PSY 100 or PSY 101.

           

          An introduction to applied behavior analysis, which places emphasis on learning and conditioning procedures with respect to human behavior. This course includes a focus on the philosophy of behavior analysis and its application towards a variety of populations.  

           

          Note: Formerly PY 203 Applied Behavior Analysis.

          ABA 205 Experimental Analysis of Behavior 4 cr. (3-0-2)

          • Offered: Contact department
          • Prerequisite: ABA 100.

           

          This course is designed to provide background and information on the science of behavior. It covers a wide range of topics within behavior analysis including basic principles such as contingencies of reinforcement and punishment and functions of behavior, as well as respondent and operant conditioning. The course also examines how basic behavior research can be conducted and implemented/consumed in applied settings.

           

          ABA 210 Research Methods in Behavior Analysis 4 cr. (4-0-0)

          • Offered: Contact department
          • Prerequisite: ABA 100.

           

          This course is designed to provide an introduction to research within applied behavior analysis. It covers a brief history of research methods within behavior analysis and the foundations of the methods, how to develop and implement a research project including creating a research agenda and how to appropriately carry out the research of interest, evaluating previous research, how to use research in an applied setting, and how research is shared in the scientific community.

           

          ABA 230 Behavior Change Procedures 4 cr. (3-0-2)

          • Offered: Contact department
          • Prerequisite: ABA 100.

           

          This course is designed to provide a comprehensive introduction and review of procedures used to increase, decrease, modify, and maintain socially relevant behaviors through the use of applied behavior analysis. Emphasis will be placed on the identification of appropriate procedures, description using technological language, and practice of basic implementations. This course includes a lecture content and a laboratory component designed to provide students with the training and practice necessary to apply to sit for the BACB’s Registered Behavior Technician credential.

           

          ABA 320 Conceptual Analysis of Behavior 4 cr. (4-0-0)

          • Offered: Contact department
          • Prerequisite: ABA 100.

           

          This course is designed to provide a comprehensive review of major areas of conceptual and theoretical research in behavior analysis. The course will cover topics relating to radical behaviorism, verbal behavior, and behavior analytic approaches to cognitive phenomenon.

           

           

          ABA 340 Behavior Assessment 4 cr. (4-0-0)

          • Offered: Fall
          • Prerequisite: ABA 100.

           

          This course will cover content relating to the identification of target behaviors, implementing behavior-recording strategies, conducting functional behavior assessments.

           

          Note: Formerly PY 403 Behavior Assessment and Evaluation.

          ABA 350 Practice and Ethics in Behavior Analysis 4 cr. (4-0-0)

          • Offered: Winter
          • Prerequisite: ABA 100, ABA 240, ABA 340, and junior standing, or instructor permission. Must be a behavior analysis major or enrolled in the assistant behavior analyst certificate program.

           

          An introduction to the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts as set out by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. Students will gain experience interpreting the guidelines as they apply to various ‘real world’ scenarios in a variety of applied settings.

           

          Note: Formerly PY 361 Ethics for Behavior Analysts.

          ABA 390 Behavior Analysis Practicum I 4 cr.

          • Offered: Fall
          • Prerequisite: ABA 210, ABA 230; Practicum Admission; minimum grade of a “C” in ABA 100, ABA 210, ABA 230; minimum NMU GPA of 2.5; junior standing and written department permission. Application deadline for following fall: July 1.

           

          This course seeks to provide experiential exposure to behavior analytic procedures and consulting practices. As an approved intensive practicum provider, this course is designed to meet the experience standards and supervisory requirements as stipulated by the BACB. For students not seeking BACB experience, alternative placements will be made available. This is the first practicum course in a series of four.

           

          Note: Formerly PY 492A Practicum.

          ABA 391 Behavior Analysis Practicum II 4 cr. (4-0-0)

          • Offered: Winter
          • Prerequisite: ABA 390, minimum grade of a “C” in ABA 390.

           

          This course seeks to provide experiential exposure to behavior analytic procedures and consulting practices. As an approved intensive practicum provider, this course is designed to meet the experience standards and supervisory requirements as stipulated by the BACB. For students not seeking BACB experience, alternative placements will be made available. This is the second practicum course in a series of four.

           

          Note: Formerly PY 492B Advanced Practicum.

          ABA 460 Staff Training and Clinical Supervision 4 cr. (4-0-0)

          • Offered: Fall
          • Prerequisite: ABA 100.

           

          The primary objective of this course is to have students develop an understanding of behavior analytic procedures with respect to staff training and clinical supervision, such as behavior skills training, best practices for providing supervision and oversight of staff, and increasing employee motivation/satisfaction.

           

          ABA 490 Behavior Analysis Practicum III 4 cr. (4-0-0)

          • Offered: Fall
          • Prerequisite: ABA 340, ABA 391; minimum grade of a “C” in ABA 340, ABA 350, and ABA 391; minimum NMU GPA of 2.5.

           

          This course seeks to provide experiential exposure to behavior analytic procedures and consulting practices. As an approved intensive practicum provider, this course is designed to meet the experience standards and supervisory requirements as stipulated by the BACB. For students not seeking BACB experience, alternative placements will be made available. This is the third practicum course in a series of four.

           

          ABA 491 Behavior Analysis Practicum IV 4 cr. (4-0-0)

          • Offered: Contact department
          • Prerequisite: ABA 490, minimum grade of a “C” in ABA 460 and ABA 490.

           

          This course seeks to provide experiential exposure to behavior analytic procedures and consulting practices. As an approved intensive practicum provider, this course is designed to meet the experience standards and supervisory requirements as stipulated by the BACB. For students not seeking BACB experience, alternative placements will be made available. This is the forth practicum course in a series of four.

           

           

          PSY 100 Introduction to Psychological Science 4 cr. (3-0-2)

           

          An introduction to the principles and content areas of the science of psychology. This course includes a focus on the philosophy and methodology of science, using selected problems from psychology as examples for application and demonstration. Includes laboratory experience.

           

          Note: Formerly PY 100 Introduction to Psychology (4 cr.). Can not earn credit for both PSY 100 and PSY 101. PSY 100 will repeat PSY 101.

            PSY 101 General Psychology 3 cr. (3-0-0)

             

            This course provides an overview of the scientific study of human behavior. Topics include the application of the scientific method in psychological research, biological psychology, learning, motivation, cognition, personality theory, social psychology, mental disorders, and other relevant topics.

             

            Note: Can not earn credit for both PSY 100 and PSY 101. PSY 101 will repeat PSY 100.

            PSY 160 Seminar for Psychology Majors 1 cr. (1-0-0)

            • Offered: Fall, Winter
            • Prerequisite: Psychology major.

             

            An introduction to careers and areas of research in the field of psychology.

             

              PSY 201 Psychological Research I: Statistical Applications 4 cr. (3-0-2)

               

              The interpretation and application of basic descriptive statistics and an introduction to statistical inference, including correlations, chi square, and analysis of variance. Includes coverage of basic research designs. Statistical software used for computation work as a laboratory experience.

               

              Note: Formerly PY 305 Psychological Statistics (4 cr.).

              PSY 202 Psychological Research II: Experimental Design and Methodology 4 cr. (3-0-2)

              • Offered: Fall, Winter
              • Prerequisite: PSY 201.

               

              An introduction to the methods and designs used to acquire knowledge within the psychological sciences, both causal (i.e., controlled experimental) and non-causal (e.g., survey, correlation and naturalistic observation). Empirical studies conducted in a laboratory experience.

               

              Note: Formerly PY 205 Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology (4 cr.)

              PSY 210 Lifespan Developmental Psychology 4 cr.

              • Offered: Fall, Winter
              • Prerequisite: PSY 100 or PSY 101.

               

              Lifespan development brings together and applies knowledge from psychology to better understand the needs and critical issues facing humans from conception through old age and death.

               

              Note: Formerly PY 344 Lifespan Development Psychology (4 cr.).

              PSY 220 Social Psychology 4 cr. (3-0-2)

              • Offered: Winter
              • Prerequisite: PSY 100 or PSY 101.

               

              A focus on social facilitation, interpersonal attraction, group processes, leader behavior, attitude measurement and attitude change, inter-group conflict, helping behavior and environmental psychology with both field and laboratory research.

               

              Note: Formerly PY 335 Social Psychology (4 cr. ).

              PSY 223 Psychology of Gender 4 cr.

              • Offered: Contact department
              • Prerequisite: PSY 100 or PSY 101.

               

              An introduction to studies on gender and an examination of its impact on personal lives. Topics include biological aspects of sex differences and similarities, social development and sex role stereotypes.

               

              Note: Formerly PY 235 Psychology of Gender (4 cr.).

              PSY 230 Learning and Cognition 4 cr. (4-0-0)

              • Offered: Fall, Winter
              • Prerequisite: PSY 100 or PSY 101.

               

              This course will survey primary aspects of human learning and cognition, including stimulus conditioning, complex reasoning, and decision making.

               

              PSY 240 Abnormal Psychology 4 cr.

              • Offered: Fall, Winter
              • Prerequisite: PSY 100 or PSY 101.

               

              Examination of disordered or dysfunctional behavior, mental illness and the perspectives through which they may be understood, in the context of relevant theory, research and treatment techniques.

               

              Note: Formerly PY 355 Abnormal Psychology (4 cr. ).

              PSY 245 Psychology of Human Sexuality 4 cr.

              • Offered: Contact department
              • Prerequisite: PSY 100 or PSY 101.

               

              Psychological perspectives on sexual behavior human sexuality from historical, cross-cultural and clinical contemporary viewpoints. The course will focus on implications of this material for the student in order to lead to knowledgeable personal decision making.

               

              Note: Formerly PY 255 Sexual Behavior: Psychological Perspectives (4 cr.).

                PSY 250 Brain and Behavior 4 cr. (3-0-2)

                 

                Study of the biological bases of behavior with emphasis on central nervous system anatomy and physiology and its relation to various psychological functions, drug effects and neuropsychological disorders, with structured laboratory experience.

                 

                Note: Formerly PY 204 Physiological Psychology (4 cr.).

                PSY 251 Topics on Brain and Behavior 4 cr. (4-0-0)

                • Offered: Contact Department
                • Prerequisite: PSY 100 or PSY 101 or BI 111.

                 

                Study of the biological bases of behavior with emphasis on the major areas of study in this field. Topics include the relationship between central nervous system anatomy and physiology to sensation and perception, movement, emotion, motivation, and neuropsychological disorders.

                 

                PSY 295 Special Topics in Psychology 1-4 cr.

                • Offered: Contact department
                • Prerequisite: PSY 100 or PSY 101.

                 

                The formal study of content areas of psychology that have a research or theoretical base, but that are not regularly offered as part of the curriculum.

                 

                Note: May be repeated if topic differs. Formerly PY 295 Special Topics in Psychology.

                PSY 296 Special Topics in Psychology 1-4 cr.

                • Offered: Contact department
                • Graded: S/U
                • Prerequisite: Freshmen or sophomore standing only.

                 

                Basic course in area of study.

                 

                Note: May be repeated if topic differs. Formerly PY 296 Special Topics in Psychology.

                PSY 297 Directed Research/Directed Study 1-4 cr.

                • Offered: Contact Department
                • Graded: S/U
                • Prerequisite: Written department permission.

                 

                Directed individual laboratory research of current problems in psychology.

                 

                Note: May be repeated if topic differs. Does not count as a repeat of PSY 298. Formerly PY 297 Directed Research/Directed Study.

                PSY 298 Directed Research/Directed Study 1-4 cr.

                • Offered: On demand
                • Prerequisite: Written department permission.

                 

                Directed individual laboratory research of current problems in psychology.

                 

                Note: May be repeated if topic differs. Does not count as a repeat of PSY 297. Formerly PY 298 Directed Research/Directed Study.

                PSY 299 Apprenticeship 1-2 cr.

                • Offered: Contact Department
                • Prerequisite: Written department permission.

                 

                Directed apprentice activities in laboratory sections of courses, in research and in service.

                 

                Note: May be taken twice. Formerly PY 299 Apprenticeship.

                PSY 312 Child Psychology 4 cr. (4-0-0)

                • Offered: Fall, Winter
                • Prerequisite: PSY 100 or PSY 101; PSY 201, PSY 202 and PSY 210.

                 

                This course examines current theories, methods of study, and research in the study of human development from conception through the early childhood years, and the interrelationships among biological, social, and psychological aspects of development. Connections to practical and professional experiences will be made throughout the semester.

                 

                Note: Formerly PY 241 Child Psychology (4 cr.).

                PSY 313 Introduction to Linguistic Theory 4 cr. (3-0-2)

                • Offered: Contact department
                • Prerequisite: EN 211, junior standing or instructor permission.

                 

                An introduction to modern (Chomskyan) linguistics as the foundation of empirical psycholinguistics. This course emphasizes morphological, syntactic and semantic analyses of language and language behavior.

                 

                Note: Cross-listed with EN 313. Formerly PY 313 Introduction to Linguistic Theory (4 cr.).

                PSY 314 Adolescent Psychology 4 cr. (4-0-0)

                • Offered: Contact Department
                • Prerequisite: PSY 100 or PSY 101; PSY 201, PSY 202, and PSY 210.

                 

                This course examines current theories, methods of study, and research in the study of human development during the adolescent years, and the interrelationships among biological, social, and psychological aspects of development. Connections to practical and professional experiences will be made throughout the semester.

                 

                PSY 316 Psychology of Adulthood and Aging 4 cr. (4-0-0)

                • Offered: Contact Department
                • Prerequisite: PSY 100 or PSY 101; PSY 201, PSY 202, and PSY 210.

                 

                Theory and empirical research concerning developmental processes across the adult life span; psychological, cultural and biological factors which influence development in young adulthood, middle adulthood and old age. Connections to practical and professional experiences will be made throughout the semester.

                 

                PSY 322 Social Cognition 4 cr. (4-0-0)

                • Offered: Contact Department
                • Prerequisite: PSY 100 or PSY 101; PSY 201 and PSY 202; PSY 220.

                 

                This course will survey all aspects of social cognition--from implicit memory formation to social judgement and perception. The course draws from social psychology and cognitive theory to study of how people perceive, interpret, and remember information about themselves, other people, and social groups.

                 

                 

                PSY 325 Psychology of Personality 4 cr.

                • Offered: Contact department
                • Prerequisite: PSY 100 or PSY 101; PSY 201, PSY 202, and PSY 220.

                 

                The basic principles of psychology involved in the development, assessment and modification of personality and a description and analysis of major personality theories.

                 

                Note: Formerly PY 351 Psychology of Personality (4 cr.).

                PSY 333 Animal Behavior 4 cr. (3-0-2)

                • Offered: Contact department
                • Prerequisite: PSY 250 or PSY 251.

                 

                An ethological survey of behavioral forms and mechanisms displayed by various animal species, taken from a psycho-biological and evolutionary point of view. Laboratory and field investigations included.

                 

                Note: Formerly PY 304 Animal Behavior (4 cr.).

                PSY 340 The Ethics and Practice of Clinical Psychology 4 cr.

                • Offered: Contact department
                • Prerequisite: PSY 100 or PSY 101; PSY 201, PSY 202, and PSY 240.

                 

                An introduction to the field of clinical psychology including the history of clinical work, American Psychological Association code of ethics, current professional issues, educational requirements, training, assessment procedures and therapeutic interventions.

                 

                Note: Formerly PY 360 The Ethics and Practice of Clinical Psychology (4 cr.).

                PSY 342 Health Psychology 4 cr. (4-0-0)

                • Offered: Contact Department
                • Prerequisite: PSY 100 or PSY 101; PSY 201 and PSY 202; PSY 250 or PSY 251.

                 

                This course examines the relationships of social, biological, behavior, and cognitive factors that affect physical and mental health. Topics include health promotion and illness prevention, medical treatment factors, stress and coping, psychosocial adjustment for serious health problems, and lifestyle factors.

                 

                PSY 343 Causes and Control of Aggression 4 cr.

                • Offered: Contact department
                • Prerequisite: PSY 100 or PSY 101 and one of the following: ABA 205, PSY 250, PSY 251, PSY 230 or PSY 312.

                 

                Study of the factors that influence aggression including possible biological, environmental and social influences. The aggression and violence that occurs in various settings will be considered in light of these influences, and methods for preventing and controlling aggression will be discussed.

                 

                Note: Formerly PY 302 Causes and Control of Aggression (4 cr.).

                PSY 350 Neuropsychology 4 cr.

                • Offered: Fall
                • Prerequisite: PSY 100 or PSY 101; PSY 201, PSY 202 and PSY 250.

                 

                A focus on the relationship between brain mechanisms and neurocognitive theory toward the understanding of human psychological functions such as memory, language, cognition and emotion and the study of how these functions become impaired as a consequence of brain damage or other neurological disorders.

                 

                Note: Formerly PY 303 Human Neuropsychology (4 cr.).

                PSY 399 Advanced Apprenticeship 1-2 cr.

                • Offered: Contact department
                • Prerequisite: Written department permission.

                 

                Directed apprentice activities in laboratory sections of courses, in research and in service.

                 

                Note: Formerly PY 399. May be repeated for a total of four credits. However, the total combined credit for PSY 299 and PSY 399 may not exceed six credits.

                PSY 400 History of Psychology 4 cr.

                • Offered: Contact department
                • Prerequisite: PSY 100 or PSY 101, junior standing.

                 

                Examination of the philosophical and historical roots of psychology culminating in an analysis of major theoretical perspectives leading to modern scientific psychology.

                 

                Note: Formerly PY 400 History of Psychology (4 cr.).

                PSY 420 Psychology of Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Culture 4 cr. (4-0-0)

                • Offered: Contact Department
                • Prerequisite: PSY 100 or PSY 101; PSY 201, PSY 202, and PSY 220.

                 

                This course explores the influences of race, ethnicity, gender, and culture on emotion, thoughts, and behavior.  Self-perception, judgements of others, human behavior, and how we interpret the social behavior of others will all be examined through psychological research.

                 

                PSY 423 The Psychology of Organizational Behavior 4 cr. (3-0-1)

                • Offered: Contact department
                • Prerequisite: PSY100 or PSY101; PSY201 and PSY202; PSY 220 recommended.

                 

                A focus on empirically researched areas of organizational behavior including performance management, leader behavior, organizational environments, feedback, etc., and on implementing programmatic changes through the use of researched psychological techniques. Field and laboratory investigations included when appropriate.

                 

                Note: Formerly PY 436 The Psychology of Organizational Behavior (4 cr.).

                PSY 440 Psychological Assessment 4 cr. (4-0-0)

                • Offered: Contact Department
                • Prerequisite: PSY 100 or PSY 101; PSY 201, PSY 202, and PSY 240.

                 

                Advanced examination of the variety of mental health psychology patterns of disordered or dysfunctional behavior and the procedures through which they may be understood and assessed. Course will include relevant theory in psychological assessment, basic principles of psychometrics, and practical applications of psychological assessment.

                 

                PSY 450 Methods in Psychophysiology 4 cr. (3-0-2)

                • Offered: Fall
                • Prerequisite: PSY 100 or PSY 101; PSY 250 or PSY 251; PSY 201 and PSY 202 recommended.

                 

                Seminars on relevant topics, selected by students, including independent laboratory experience involving psychophysiological research in bio-behavioral or sensory processes of humans or other animals. Includes a focus on neuroscience techniques.

                 

                Note: Formerly PY 404 Advanced Physiological Psychology (4 cr.).

                PSY 451 Sensation and Perception 4 cr.

                • Offered: Contact department
                • Prerequisite: PSY 100 or PSY101; and PSY201, PSY 202, and PSY 230; and PSY 250 or PSY 251.

                 

                Scientific exploration of sensory and perceptual phenomena with emphasis on relevant psychological laws, neurological mechanisms, the relationship between brain function and mental experience, and the practical implications of each. Laboratory investigation of methods and phenomena.

                 

                Note: Formerly PY 410 Sensation and Perception (4 cr.).

                PSY 453 Affective Neuroscience 4 cr. (4-0-0)

                • Offered: Winter
                • Prerequisite: PSY 100 or PSY 101; PSY 201 and PSY 202; PSY 250 or PSY 251.

                 

                This course explores how emotions interact with cognition and other mental processes to motivate behavior. The underlying brain basis of emotional behaviors and emotional states are explored in this course.

                 

                PSY 457 Psychopharmacology 4 cr. (4-0-0)

                • Offered: Contact department
                • Prerequisite: PSY 100 or PSY 101; PSY 201 and PSY 202; PSY 250 or PSY 251.

                 

                This course provides advanced coverage of psychoactive drugs used for recreational or therapeutic purposes. The major topics covered include basic pharmacology, psychoactive drug effects on nervous system functioning and behavior, recreational drugs, and pharmacotherapeutic drugs.

                 

                Note: Formerly PY 309 Psychopharmacology (4 cr.).

                PSY 460A Practicum / Research: Brain and Behavior 2 cr.

                • Offered: Contact Department
                • Prerequisite: PSY 100 or PSY 101; PSY 201 and PSY 202; Concentration in Brain and Behavior required. Permission of instructor required.

                 

                A supervised practicum or research experience in brain and behavior sciences.

                 

                Note: Course may be repeated up to 4 credits.

                PSY 460B Practicum / Research: Developmental Psychology 2 cr.

                • Offered: Contact Department
                • Prerequisite: PSY 100 or PSY 101; PSY 201 and PSY 202; Concentration in Developmental Psychology required. Permission of instructor required.

                 

                A supervised practicum or research experience in developmental psychology. 

                 

                Note: Course may be repeated up to 4 credits.

                PSY 460C Practicum / Research: Mental Health / Pre-Clinical Psychology 2 cr.

                • Offered: Contact Department
                • Prerequisite: PSY 100 or PSY 101; PSY 201 and PSY 202; Concentration in Mental Health / Pre-Clinical Psychology required. Permission of instructor required.

                 

                A supervised practicum or research experience in mental health / pre-clinical psychology.

                 

                Note: Course may be repeated up to 4 credits.

                PSY 460D Practicum / Research: Social / Personality Psychology 2 cr.

                • Offered: Contact Department
                • Prerequisite: PSY 100 or PSY 101; PSY 201 and PSY 202; Concentration in Social / Personality Psychology required. Permission of instructor required.

                 

                A supervised practicum or research experience in social or personality psychology. 

                 

                Note: Course may be repeated up to 4 credits.

                PSY 470 Psychological Aspects of Athletic Performance 3 cr.

                • Offered: Winter
                • Prerequisite: PSY 100 or PSY 101, junior standing or instructor permission.

                 

                Study of psychological applications in the field of sports and coaching. Topics include behavioral coaching of motor skills, competition anxiety analysis and management, mental rehearsal techniques and aggression control.

                 

                Note: Cross-listed as ES 470. Formerly PY 470 Psychological Aspects of Athletic Performance (2 cr.).

                PSY 489 Graduate Assessment for Psychology Majors 0 cr.

                • Offered: Fall, Winter, Summer
                • Graded: S/U
                • Co-requisite: Registration for graduation is required for enrollment.

                 

                All graduating students must take the psychology exam as part of the Department of Psychological Science’s outcomes assessment effort. The two hour test will be given at multiple times during each semester.

                 

                PSY 495 Special Topics in Psychology 1-4 cr.

                • Offered: Contact department
                • Prerequisite: Junior standing and instructor’s permission.

                 

                The formal study of content areas of psychology that have a research or theoretical base, but that are not regularly offered as part of the curriculum.

                 

                Note: Formerly PY 495. May be repeated if topic differs.

                PSY 496 Special Topics in Psychology 1-4 cr.

                • Offered: Contact department
                • Graded: S/U
                • Prerequisite: Junior standing and instructor's permission.

                 

                Formal study of content areas of psychology that have a research or theoretical base but are not regularly offered as part of the curriculum.

                 

                Note: Formerly PY 496. May be repeated if topic differs.

                PSY 497 Directed Research/Directed Study 1-4 cr.

                • Offered: Contact department
                • Graded: S/U
                • Prerequisite: Junior standing and department permission.

                 

                Directed individual laboratory research of current problems in psychology. This course requires regular meetings with the instructor throughout the semester.

                 

                Note: Formerly PSY 498. May be repeated if topic differs. Does not count as repeat of PSY 498. Formerly PY 497 Directed Research/Directed Study.

                PSY 498 Directed Research/Directed Study 1-4 cr.

                • Offered: Contact department
                • Prerequisite: Junior standing and department permission.

                 

                Directed individual laboratory research of current problems in psychology. This course requires regular meetings with the instructor throughout the semester.

                 

                Note: Formerly PY 498. May be repeated if topic differs. Does not count as a repeat of PSY 497. Formerly PY 498 Directed Research/Directed Study.

                 

                PSY 500 Development of Modern Psychology 4 cr.

                   

                  Content addresses the beginnings of modern psychology from the late 19th century founding of the American Psychological Association (1892) through the 20th-century developments of physiological, learning theory, cognitive, Gestalt, humanistic, behavioral, social, psychoanalytic, and the various applied psychologies of the 21st century. Students will also learn about the structure of the American Psychological Association and its role in both the academic and professional components of the discipline.

                   

                  PSY 504 Behavioral Neuroscience 4 cr.

                  • Prerequisite: PY 204 or BI 201, BI 202 or consent of instructor

                  Foundation course in the biological basis of behavior: neuronal function, sensory and motor systems, limbic system, and higher cortical functions.

                  PSY 505 Advanced Research Methods in Behavioral Sciences 3 cr.

                  • Prerequisite: Graduate level standing

                   

                  Survey of designing qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research in the behavioral sciences. The course will emphasize database searching and thesis preparation.

                   

                  PSY 506 Advanced Statistics in the Behavioral Sciences 3 cr.

                  • Prerequisite: Graduate level standing

                   

                  Provides a conceptual approach to learning descriptive and inferential statistical procedures in the behavioral sciences, including topics on statistical decision theory, analysis of variance, factorial designs, multiple comparison procedures, correlation, and regression. This course emphasizes the use of statistical software.

                   

                  PSY 508 Program Evaluation 4 cr.

                  • Prerequisite: Prerequisites: PY 305, PY 505, PY 506 or consent of instructor

                  Basic methods of evaluation research allowing the student to undertake systematic evaluation of community and social programs.

                  PSY 512 Advanced Learning: Theory and Methods 4 cr.

                  • Prerequisite: PY 211 and senior or higher standing or consent of instructor

                  Learning theory, historically crucial experiments, and modern developments in learning, with laboratory and independent research activity.

                  PSY 535 Social Psychology: Advanced Theory and Methods 4 cr.

                  • Prerequisite: PY 435 or consent of instructor

                  Provides an overview of the major research areas in social psychology, including their major theories and historical origins and examples of recent research.

                  PSY 541 Advanced Developmental Psychology 4 cr.

                  • Prerequisite: Graduate standing. An undergraduate course in developmental psychology is recommended.

                   

                  Theory and research concerning physiological and psychological development with an emphasis on current research findings and methodology.

                   

                  PSY 561 Cognition: Advanced Theory and Methods 4 cr.

                  • Prerequisite: PY 211 or PY 311; PY 305 and PY 205 or consent of instructor

                   

                  Advanced course in cognition and selected issues in cognitive psychology. Includes theoretical review of memory and cognition issues and seminar-style presentations of selected topics in cognition.

                   

                  PSY 587 Advanced Seminar in Psychological Science 3 cr. (3-0-0)

                  • Graded: A/F
                  • Prerequisite: Enrollment in the MS in Psychology Program or instructor permission

                   

                  Advanced study of specialized content areas of psychology which have a research or theoretical base, but which are not regularly offered as part of the curriculum.

                  Note: This course may be repeated for credit if topic differs.

                   

                  PSY 588 Topics in Psychological Science 1 cr. (1-0-0)

                  • Graded: A/F
                  • Prerequisite: Enrollment in the MS in Psychology Program or instructor permission.

                   

                  A weekly seminar for students in the MS Program in Psychological Science. Students, faculty, and/or external speakers will make research, career development, or other psychological science related presentations during the weekly seminar.

                  Note: PSY 588 is offered at 1cr. and taken for a total of 4cr.

                   

                  PSY 589 Advanced Research 1-2 cr.

                  • Graded: A/F
                  • Prerequisite: Enrollment in the MS in Psychology Program.

                   

                  Advanced research activity under the supervision of a member of the department. Students enrolled in PSY 589 will participate in research-related laboratory activities in psychological science. Faculty supervisor and research project(s) must be established prior to enrollment in the course.

                  Note: Course may be repeated for up to 4 credits.

                   

                  PSY 590 Applied Research 2 cr.

                  • Graded: A/F

                   

                  A capstone experience designed to evaluate the student’s ability to analyze key theories, principles and current research.  Focusing on an identified professional or organizational issue, problem or need the student, employing their analytical skills, will complete a scholarly research project addressing the subject.

                   

                  PSY 591 Internship 2-6 cr.

                  • Graded: A/F
                  • Prerequisite: Requires instructor/adviser approval.

                   

                  A supervised work experience designed to afford the student the opportunity to apply concepts learned in the classroom to actual challenges faced by training, development, and performance improvement professionals.  Work is assigned and directly supervised by the participating organization with the student reporting regularly to the faculty member assigned to monitor and grade the student experience.  Specifics of the student internship learning plan must be developed prior to enrollment in the course; enrollment requires instructor approval.

                   

                  PSY 592 Psychology Practicum 1-4 cr.

                  • Prerequisite: PY403, PY 503 and PY511, permission of instructor and a valid clear/cleared criminal background report on file with the university

                   

                  Focus will be on providing students with experience in conducting assessments, designing, implementing, and supervising behavior change programs as well as instruction on the use of behavior change systems, effective management and supervision of persons responsible for carrying out behavior change programs.  Experience in multiple settings with multiple populations is encouraged.  May be repeated for a total of 12 credits.

                   

                  PSY 593 Research Development 3 cr. (0-0-3)

                  • Graded: A/F
                  • Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Master’s of Science in Psychology Program.

                   

                  This course is for the development and/or conductance of an independent research project such as the student’s Thesis.

                   

                  PSY 598 Directed Studies 1-4 cr.

                  • Graded: A/F
                  • Prerequisite: Consent of instructor and department head

                   

                  Independent study under the supervision of a member of the department. Supervisor and study must be selected prior to enrollment in the course and appropriate directed study forms must be completed.

                   

                  PSY 599 Thesis 3 cr.

                     

                    The student develops a thesis with the help of a thesis committee. Appropriate thesis forms must be completed prior to enrollment. The thesis must be approved by the thesis committee and the Office of Graduate Education and Research. The student should consult the department and the Office of Graduate Education and Research for specific requirements.