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Courses - Summer 2024
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06/22/2024 at 10:30 PM
The Department of Psychology enforces course prerequisites. Students who do not meet the course prerequisites will be administratively dropped from the course.
PSYC100
Introduction to Psychology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS or DSNS
A basic introductory course intended to bring the student into contact with the major problems confronting psychology and the more important attempts at their solution.
PSYC200
Statistical Methods in Psychology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: FSAR
Prerequisite: PSYC100; and 1 course with a minimum grade of C- from (STAT100, MATH107, MATH111, MATH120, MATH130, MATH136, or MATH140).
A basic introduction to quantitative methods used in psychological research.
For the summer, restriction is not in effect. Students of all majors who have prerequisites are eligible to register and take this course.
PSYC202
Introduction to Neuroscience
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSNS
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in BSCI170 and BSCI171.
Cross-listed with: NEUR200.
Credit only granted for: PSYC309U, NEUR200, PSYC202 or PSYC301.
Formerly: PSYC309U.
In an evolutionary sense, the job of the nervous system is to produce, control, and coordinate behaviors that help an animal survive and reproduce. Neuroscience is the study of how the nervous system does that. Provides a broad introduction to neuroscience, always keeping the behavioral consequences in view.
For the summer, restriction is not in effect. Students of all majors who have prerequisites are eligible to register and take this course.
PSYC221
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS or DSSP
Prerequisite: PSYC100.
The influence of social factors on the individual and on interpersonal behavior. Includes topics such as conformity, attitude change, personal perception, interpersonal attraction, and group behavior.
PSYC234
Living the Good Life: The Psychology of Happiness
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, SCIS
Credit only granted for: PSYC234 or PSYC289D.
Formerly: PSYC289D.
What are the secrets to living a happy life? Can happiness be found within the context of war, a depressed economy, violence and other major stressors? Are some people born happier than others? This course will teach you the scientific process that psychologists use to study happiness (and related emotional variables) and give you the opportunity to practice applying that process in a number of ways. You will learn how we (a) gather and critically evaluate research findings in the existing literature, (b) integrate those findings into coherent and testable theories, (c) design and conduct valid scientific research that tests those theories and extends our knowledge, and (d) effectively communicate our theories and findings to a wide range of audiences. The result of the process is a more accurate and objective understanding of happiness, and that is what prepares you to apply your scientific understanding to explain and influence a wide range of outcomes.
PSYC237
Psychology of Evil
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS or DSSP, SCIS
Credit only granted for: PSYC237 or PSYC289E.
Formerly: PSYC289E.
Why is there evil in the world? Are some born evil, or do social, environmental and cultural forces create evil? What makes otherwise good people do evil things? The scientific study of evil epitomizes the fundamental challenge that psychology faces in dissecting the role of biology (nature) and the social context (nurture).
PSYC300
Research Methods in Psychology Laboratory
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP
Prerequisite: PSYC200.
Restriction: Must be in Psychology program.
A general introduction and overview to the fundamental theoretical, conceptual, and practical issues in psychological research in both the laboratory and the field.
For the summer, restriction is not in effect. Students of all majors who have prerequisites are eligible to register and take this course.
PSYC302
Fundamentals of Learning and Behavior
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PSYC100, BSCI170, and BSCI171.
Restriction: Restricted to psychology majors during the registration period; all other majors will be placed on a hold file.
Overview of the fundamental types of learning that occur without formal instruction. The course covers fundamentals of classical and instrumental conditioning as studied in a variety of species in addition to more modern theories of learning. We will then explore how these principles influence diverse processes such as memory, attention, extinction, categorization, motivation, and in some cases, how they are implemented in the brain and disrupted in disease.
PSYC309J
Special Topics in Psychology; Cyberpsychology: The Psychology of Technology and the Internet
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
This course examines the way people interact with the internet, technology, and virtual environments. Students will study topics such as internet and social media use, online aggression, online relationships, human interaction with AI, and technology for education.

Prerequisite: PSYC100.
PSYC310
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PSYC100. And CHEM103; or PHYS121; or (BSCI160 and BSCI161); or (BSCI170 and BSCI171); or BSCI105; or BSCI106.
Restriction: Must not have completed PSYC410.
A survey of phenomena and theories of perception including psychological, anatomical, physiological, and environmental factors important in determining how we perceive the world. Historical background will be examined as well as contemporary research.
PSYC334
Psychology of Interpersonal Relationships
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PSYC100.
Research, theory and their practical applications pertaining to the development, maintenance and dissolution of human relationships. Processes critical to successful relating (e.g., communication, bargaining, conflict resolution), and issues associated with troubled dyadic relations with equal partners (e.g., jealousy, spouse abuse, divorce).
PSYC344
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PSYC100; or permission of instructor.
Restriction: Must be in the Psychology program; or must be in a major within the School of Public Health; or permission of instructor.
Credit only granted for: PSYC489U or PSYC344.
Formerly: PSYC489U.
An examination of how psychological, biological, and social factors impact physical health and well-being. Students will use the biopsychosocial model to analyze topics including stress, health disparities, pain, addiction, disease states (e.g., cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer), and primary prevention.
For the summer, restriction is not in effect. Students of all majors who have prerequisites are eligible to register and take this course.
PSYC353
Adult Psychopathology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PSYC100.
Restriction: Must be in Psychology program.
The nature, diagnosis, etiology, and treatment of mental disorders.
For the summer, restriction is not in effect. Students of all majors who have prerequisites are eligible to register and take this course.
PSYC354
Multicultural Psychology in the U.S.
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS
Prerequisite: PSYC100.
What are the psychological implications of racism, sexism, homophobia and other structures of inequality in the United States? How do socio-cultural privilege and oppression influence individual and group thoughts, feelings, and behaviors? This course will take a current events focus to understanding multicultural and social justice issues in psychology with an emphasis on self-reflection, mental health, cross-cultural communication, and strategies for social change.
PSYC355
Developmental Psychology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PSYC100.
Survey of research and theory of psychological development from conception through childhood, stressing physiological, conceptual and behavioral changes, and the social and biological context in which individuals develop.
For the summer, restriction is not in effect. Students of all majors who have prerequisites are eligible to register and take this course.
PSYC389
(Perm Req)
Experiential Learning
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
A course for undergraduate psychology majors to earn academic credit for an approved psychology-related internship experience. Information about the course may be obtained in BPS1121, or by contacting the instructor. Restricted to PSYC majors only.
PSYC404
Introduction to Behavioral Pharmacology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PSYC202 or NEUR200.
Restriction: Must be in Psychology program.
Theoretical viewpoints on the interaction of drugs and behavior. Basic principles of pharmacology, the effects of drugs on various behaviors, experimental analysis of drug dependence and abuse, and neuropharmacology and behavior.
For the summer, restriction is not in effect. Students of all majors who have prerequisites are eligible to register and take this course.
PSYC433
Basic Helping Skills: Research and Practice
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PSYC300.
Restriction: Must be in Psychology program; and must have earned a minimum of 85 credits; and must not have completed or be concurrently enrolled in EDCP 310.
Credit only granted for: EDCP210, EDCP310, or PSYC433.
Theories and research regarding effective helping relationships, with a focus on applications to counseling and psychotherapy. Students will practice helping skills with each other and will conduct research projects evaluating their helping skills. Students should be willing to talk about personal issues in class. Attendance in labs is mandatory and contributes to the course grade; thus, students should only enroll in a lab section that they will be able to attend consistently.
For the summer, restriction is not in effect. Students of all majors who have prerequisites are eligible to register and take this course.
PSYC436
Introduction to Clinical Psychology: From Science to Practice
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PSYC300.
Critical analysis of clinical psychology, with particular emphasis on current developments and trends.
PSYC437
The Assessment and Treatment of Addictive Behaviors
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PSYC100; and 9 credits in PSYC courses.
Explores the current research in assessment and treatment of addictive behaviors. Topics may include addictions in the areas of alcohol, drugs, nicotine, gambling, and eating.
For the summer, restriction is not in effect. Students of all majors who have prerequisites are eligible to register and take this course.
PSYC478
Independent Study in Psychology
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
PSYC479
(Perm Req)
Special Research Problems in Psychology
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
PSYC489K
Advanced Special Topics in Psychology; Mediation, Moderation, and Conditional Process Analysis
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PSYC300 or permission of the instructor

Researchers in psychology and other sciences are driven to discover whether a cause (X) changes an outcome (Y). Although such relationships are the building block of science, it is no longer sufficient to study whether X causes Y given the complexity of theory/statistics. Researchers can instead study when or for whom the size/sign of an effect changes (moderation analysis) or how or by what means one variable transmits its effect on another (mediation analysis). By the end of this class, you will be able to translate research questions into equations, analyze them in software, and interpret the model results.
PSYC489W
Advanced Special Topics in Psychology; Psychology of Men and Masculinity
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
What is masculinity, and how does one earn their manhood? What does masculinity look like across cultural differences? How do psychologists and mental health professionals understand and address mental health concerns among men? This course will address psychological theories related to gender development, diversity among men and their experiences, the connection between masculinity and violence, positive masculinity, and mental health concerns specific to men. We will investigate masculinity from an intersectional perspective as well as review and critically analyze research related to men, masculinity, and mental health.

Credit only granted for: PSYC489W or HONR249G.
PSYC625
(Perm Req)
Clinical Assessment: Psychometric Principles, Testing and Behavior
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Restriction: Permission of BSOS-Psychology department.
Credit only granted for: PSYC625 or PSYC721.
Formerly: PSYC721.
An examination of fundamental principles of psychological assessment; application of these principles to the development of evidence-based assessments of clinical conditions and associated behaviors; and application of evidence-based assessments to the evaluation and understanding of clinical conditions evaluated and treated in therapeutic settings.
PSYC629B
Clinical Laboratory; Assessment Practicum
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: S-F
PSYC629D
Clinical Laboratory; Child and Adolescent Therapy Practicum
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: S-F
PSYC629F
Clinical Laboratory; Fundamentals of Supervision and Consultation
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: S-F
PSYC632
Behavioral and Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Children and Adolescents
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Permission of instructor; and must be in one of the following programs (Psychology (Master's); Psychology (Doctoral)).
Formerly: PSYC789A.
Introduces students to the process of therapy with particular focus on behavioral and cognitive behavioral interventions in children and adolescents. Syllabus focuses on theory, research, client diversity, ethics and practical aspects of conducting therapy.
Restricted to students in Clinical Psychological Science Program.
PSYC638
(Perm Req)
Externship in Professional Psychology
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: S-F
PSYC639
Internship in Professional Psychology
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.
PSYC650
Culture and Diversity in Mental Health
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Restriction: Must be enrolled in the Clinical Psychological Science MPS program.
Review literature regarding the role of culture and diversity in mental health and how culture and diversity are integrated into research and are related to mental health and mental health service utilization. Examine principles and concepts of multicultural and cross-cultural psychology to acquire an increased understanding of diverse underrepresented groups and topics to consider when involved with research and/or clinical work with individuals having diverse backgrounds (e.g., cultures, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic status).
Restricted to students in Clinical Psychological Science Program.
PSYC652
Analytical Thinking: Statistical Methods at Work
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Additional information: Students will be taught how to conduct analyses in R, SPSS, SAS, Stata, and excel; students are encouraged to practice analyses on at least two of these programs.
Personal and organizational growth begins with asking and answering great questions. Correspondingly, this course begins with demonstrations of how to translate business questions into research questions. Statistical methods used to answer business questions are taught first conceptually, then computationally using statistical software. This course emphasizes interpreting results, the regression model, and other issues salient to business research, such as handling large datasets. Students will be provided with a simulated dataset that they will use in learning how to frame and answer business questions using the techniques covered in this course. At the conclusion of this course, students will be required to provide an executive-level presentation on the business question, their findings, and resulting implications.
PSYC655
Talent Development
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Must be in the Master of Professional Studies in Industrial/Organizational Psychology Program.
In this course, students will learn how to design and implement effective employee training programs as well as how to encourage informal learning in organizations. This course will review current theories in adult learning (e.g., ADDIE model, action learning, peer feedback/coaching), several popular assessment tools (e.g., MBTI), and best practices for evaluating training programs. Issues relevant to leadership identification and development, including succession planning, will also be covered. As part of this course, students will work in teams to design and deliver a brief training module and practice giving and receiving feedback. Additionally, students will complete, and facilitate a debriefing on, a 360-degree feedback assessment.
Restricted to students in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.
PSYC656
Business Fundamentals and Legal Issues facing Organizations
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Must be in the Master of Professional Studies in Industrial/Organizational Psychology Program.
This course provides an overview of the fundamentals of business, including both issues of finance and legal issues faced by organizations. Topics will include finance, accounting, and marketing. Students will learn core business concepts, about how each major business function enables organizations to run, and how to talk to and understand the leaders of organization. Additionally, this course will provide an overview of common legal challenges organizations face. In addition to introducing students to employment law, this course will review professional ethics standards for IO psychology. This course will use case study methodology to hone students' understanding of the ethical and legal issues faced in day-to-day organizational life.
Restricted to students in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.
PSYC657
Managing Strategic Organizational Change
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Must be in the Master of Professional Studies in Industrial/Organizational Psychology Program.
In this course, students will learn to think about organizations as systems and will explore catalysts of organizational change. Issues of strategy, market pressure, competition, workforce planning, and stakeholder buy-in will be discussed. Finally, students will learn about methods for planning, leveraging, and managing organizational change. Case study methodology will be used to deepen learning on the challenges faced during organizational change and how to guide organizations through change, planned or not.
Restricted to students in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.
PSYC799
Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.
PSYC898
Pre-Candidacy Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
PSYC899
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.