Psychology Program Changes Effective Fall 2019

Overview

The Department of Psychological Science faculty revised courses and created new courses to be enacted for the 2019-2020 academic bulletin. The course revisions ensure that our content remains updated and on the cutting edge. New courses allow us to provide a broader coverage of the field. The renumbering and renaming of existing courses provides a rational numbering system to these courses and an improved description of the course content.

If you are an NMU student currently majoring or minoring in psychology, refer to the table below to see which revised courses equate to courses you still need for your major or minor. The revised equivalent course will be automatically counted as a substitute for degree evaluations (i.e., the registrar's office is aware of the course equivalencies). This also means that taking the revised course will be counted as a repeat of the original course. For example, if you took PY204 Physiological Psychology, and later take PSY250 Brain and Behavior, your grade in PSY250 will replace the grade and the credits for PY204.

Common questions (as of 3/19/19)

Does PSY100 Introduction to Psychological Science still include a natural science lab?  Does it still count for Scientific Inquiry for the General Education Curriculum?

ANS: Yes and yes.

Does PSY250 Brain and Behavior (the revision to PY 204 Physiological Psychology) still include a natural science lab?  Does it still count for Scientific Inquiry for the General Education Curriculum?

ANS: Yes and yes.

Where do I sign up for PSY and ABA courses?

ANS:  The registration system has listed the few remaining "PY" prefix courses under "Psychology." The revised and new courses with a PSY prefix are listed under "Psychological Science" in the registration system.  Go to that list to find the majority of the department's PSY courses. Similarly, ABA courses will be listed under "applied behavior analysis" in the registration system.

What do I take in place of PY305 Psychological Statistics?

ANS: The course name for PY305 was changed to PSY201 Psychological Research I: Statistical Applications. The revised course is a substitute for the original one, so make sure to take PSY201 if you need to take PY305.  PSY201 will be listed under the "Psychological Science" category 

For the neuroscience major, what should I take in place of PY211 Learning (which is no longer offered)?

ANS:  For this major, take PSY230 Learning and Cognition as a replacement for PY211.

For Current Psychology Majors

Follow this guidance for the psychology major if you are following the 17-18 or 18-19 academic year bulletin

For Current Behavior Analysis Majors

Follow this guidance for the behavior analysis major if you are following the current or past bulletins.

For Current Neuroscience Majors

Follow this guidance for psychology course changes for the neuroscience major.

 

Table showing course revisions, new courses, and course equivalencies

Current

Equivalent or New Course

Description

PY 100 Introduction to Psychology (4 cr.)

PSY 100 Introduction to Psychological Science (4 cr.)

 

 

PSY 101 General Psychology (3 cr.)

A non-laboratory alternative to PSY100 (a 3-0-0) 3 cr. Course. Offered for Global Campus students (off campus students) taking the online psychology major.

 

PSY 160 Seminar for Psychology Majors (1 cr.)

A new course on research & careers in the field of psychology.

PY 305 Psychological Statistics (4 cr.)

PSY 201 Psychological Research I: Statistical Applications (4 cr.)

Changed to precede the 200-level Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology course. Course adjusted for 200-level. Changed to 3-0-2 to add scheduled lab.

PY203 Applied Behavior Analysis

ABA 100 Principles of Behavior Analysis

Changed to 100-level for purpose of having entry-level course for the behavior analysis major.

PY 205 Research Methods in Psychology (4 cr.)

PSY 202 Psychological Research II: Experimental Design and Methodology (4 cr.)

Lab added (3-0-2), and PSY 201 (formerly PY305) added as a prerequisite course.

PY 344 Lifespan Development (4 cr.)

PSY 210 Lifespan Developmental Psychology (4 cr.)

Changed to a sophomore level course (most appropriate level for this course)

PY 335 Social Psychology (4 cr.)

PSY 220 Social Psychology  (4 cr.)

Changed to PSY 220 Social Psychology (sophomore level)

PY 235 Psychology of Gender (4 cr.)

PSY 223 Psychology of Gender (4 cr.)

 

 

PSY 230 Learning and Cognition (4 cr.)

A new course on learning & cognitive theory in the field of psychology. PY211 Learning and PY311 Thinking and Cognition will no longer be offered.

PY 355 Abnormal Psychology (4 cr.)

PSY 240 Abnormal Psychology (4 cr.)

Moved to sophomore level.

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

PSY 245 Psychology of Human Sexuality (4 cr.)

 

PY 204 Physiological Psychology (4 cr. )

PSY 250 Brain and Behavior (4 cr.)

 

 

PSY 251 Topics in Brain and Behavior (3 cr.)

A non-laboratory alternative to PSY 250 Brain and Behavior (formerly PY 204 Physiological Psychology). Offered for Global Campus students (off campus students) taking the online psychology major.

PY 295 Special Topics in Psychology

PSY 295 Special Topics in Psychology

 

PY 296 Special Topics

PSY 296 Special Topics

 

PY 297 Directed Research/Directed Study

PSY 297 Directed Research/Directed Study

 

PY 298 Directed Research/Directed Study

PSY 298 Directed Research/Directed Study

 

PY 299 Apprenticeship

PSY 299 Apprenticeship

 

PY241 Child Psychology (4 cr.)

PSY 312 Child Psychology (4 cr.)

Changed to PSY 312 Child Psychology. PSY210 Lifespan Developmental Psychology should be taken first, in order to provide a greater preparation for the material covered in Child Psychology.

PY 313 Introduction to Linguistic Theory (4 cr.)

PSY 313 Introduction to Linguistic Theory (4 cr.)

 

 

PSY 314 Adolescent Psychology (4 cr.)

A new course on adolescent developmental psychology.

 

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

A new course on the developmental psychology of adulthood, including old age.

 

PSY 322 Social Cognition (4 cr.)

A new course focused on the integration of cognitive function in groups.

PY 320 Behavior Measurement   Course will remain for behavior analysis majors under the 18-19 academic year bulletin or earlier bulletin.

PY 351 Psychology of Personality (4 cr.)

PSY 325 Psychology of Personality (4 cr.)

 

PY 304 Animal Behavior (4 cr.)

PSY 333 Animal Behavior (4 cr.)

 

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

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

 

 

PSY 342 Health Psychology  (4 cr.)

A new course on the field of health psychology.

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

PSY 343 Causes and Control of Aggression (4 cr.)

 

PY 303 Human Neuropsychology (4 cr.)

PSY 350 Neuropsychology (4 cr.)

 

PY 399 Advanced Apprenticeship

PSY 399 Advanced Apprenticeship

 

PY 400 History of Psychology (4 cr.)

PSY 400 History of Psychology (4 cr.)

 

 

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

A new course focused on social and personality psychology theories and research on race, ethnicity, gender, and culture.

PY436 The Psychology of Organizational Behavior (4 cr.)

PSY 423 Organizational Psychology (4 cr.)

 

 

PSY 440 Psychological Assessment (4 cr.)

A new course focused on theory and implementation of psychological assessments.

PY 404 Advanced Physiological Psychology (4 cr.)

PSY 450 Methods in Psychophysiology (4 cr.)

The title and bulletin description were changed to reflect the course’s emphasis on techniques and procedures used in psychophysiological measurement.

PY 410 Sensation and Perception (4 cr.)

PSY 451 Sensation and Perception (4 cr.)

 

 

PSY 453 Affective Neuroscience (4 cr.)

A new course on the neuroscience of emotion

PY 309 Psychopharmacology (4 cr.)

PSY 457 Psychopharmacology (4 cr.)

 

 

PSY 460 A, B, C or D Practicum/Research (2 cr.)

Students will have a practicum or research experience for some concentration areas in the revised major. Letter refers to the concentration.

PY 470 Psychological Aspects of Athletic Performance (3 cr.)

PSY 470 Psychological Aspects of Athletic Performance (3 cr.)

 

 

PSY 489 Graduate Assessment for Psychology Majors 0 cr.

Mechanism to require an assessment test for psychology majors registered for graduation.

PY 492A Practicum (4 cr.)

ABA 390 Behavior Analysis Practicum I (4 cr.)

 

PY 492B Advanced Practicum (4 cr.)

ABA 391 Behavior Analysis II (4 cr.)

 

PY 495 Special Topics in Psychology

PSY 495 Special Topics in Psychology

 

PY 496 Special Topics in Psychology

PSY 496 Special Topics in Psychology

 

PY 497 Directed Research/Directed Study

PSY 497 Directed Research/Directed Study

 

PY 498 Directed Research/Directed Study

PSY 498 Directed Research/Directed Study

 

 

 

 

Updated 3/18/2019

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