Courses 2013-2014

PSY 100   General Psychology  3 credits
An introduction to psychology including research methodology, biological bases of behavior, human development, sensation, perception, intelligence, cognition, language, states of consciousness, learning, memory, motivation, emotion, personality, abnormal behavior and stress and health. GT-SS3

PSY 197   Special Topics  1-6 credits

PSY 200   Statistics and Data Analysis   3 credits
An introduction to statistical procedures often encountered in the analysis of data from behavioral science research.  Statistical methods covered include measures of central tendency and variability, correlation, regression, t-tests and analysis of variance. Prerequisites: PSY 100; MATH 105, MATH 131, or MATH 140 with a minimum grade of "C-", or instructor permission.

PSY 210   History of Psychology  3 credits
Introduces psychology majors to the philosophical underpinnings and historical context underlying the development of the discipline.  Prerequisite: PSY 100.

PSY 258   Introduction to Personality  3 credits
An examination of the fundamental theories of personality including the psychoanalytic, trait, behavioral, social-learning, humanist and existential perspectives.

PSY 270   Developmental Psychology  3 credits
A critical look at the change and continuity that occurs throughout the life span, emphasizing the interrelationships among physical, cognitive and psychosocial realms of human development. Current research findings are emphasized.

PSY 297   Special Topics  1-6 credits

PSY 301   Research Methods  3 credits
An examination of experimental and non-experimental research methods, the design of research studies, measurement issues, research ethics, research reporting and advanced topics in data analysis using computer statistical software.  Students design and conduct their own study and present the results following APA approved format.  Prerequisite: PSY 200.

PSY 324   Forensic Psychology  3 credits
An overview of the different tasks performed by forensic psychologists, including assessment, civil commitment, jury selection, eyewitness testimony, behavioral profiling, provision of clinical services to incarcerated individuals, and custody evaluations. Prerequisites: PSY 100 or instructor permission. 

PSY 335  Learning and Behavior  4 credits
An exploration of the relationship between behaviors and their consequences through the application of basic behavioral principles. Topics include classical conditioning, instrumental conditioning, stimulus control, aversive control, and the biological constraints on learning. Students conduct their own experiments to apply the behavioral principles discussed throughout the course.  Prerequisite:  PSY 200 or instructor permission. 

PSY 336   Psychology of Motivation  3 credits
A systematic consideration of a theoretical context for the study of motivation. Analysis of several current theories of motivation and explanations of recurrent instrumental and consummatory behaviors. Prerequisite: PSY 200.

PSY 338  Cognitive Psychology  3 credits
A theoretical and empirical investigation into the processes and outcomes of thinking.  Topics such as memory and forgetting, problem solving and creativity, cognitive dissonance and consistency, defensive repression, language, optimism, and attribution are studied in relation to current scientific research findings. Prerequisites: PSY 100 and minimum sophomore standing or instructor permission. 

PSY 345   Biological Psychology (with laboratory)  4 credits
An investigation of the physiological basis of human behavior. Topics include functional neuroanatomy, neurophysiology and the activity of the nervous system in relation to behaviors such as sexual behavior, drug effects, emotion, and memory.  Prerequisite:  PSY 200.

PSY 361   Industrial and Applied Psychology  3 credits
A course designed to show how psychology is directly related to the student’s career and the student’s life as a job applicant, employee, manager, and consumer. Topics covered include worker morale, leadership, work climate, communication networks, and productivity.

PSY 368   Abnormal Psychology  3 credits
A systematic study of the etiology, symptoms, assessment, and treatment of major forms of psychopathology. An interdisciplinary approach is employed as a basis for understanding disordered behavior.   Prerequisite: PSY 100, PSY 258, or PSY 270.

PSY 369  Health Psychology   3 credits
An overview of the emerging, multidisciplinary field of health psychology, which synthesizes research from clinical psychology, behavioral medicine and alternative therapies.   Psychological aspects of prevention, health promotion and wellness are addressed. Content is both theory and application-based.

PSY 397   Special Topics  1-6 credits

PSY 399   Internship in Psychology  1-9 credits
An opportunity for psychology majors to obtain field experience through direct, supervised contact with professionals in psychology and related areas. Graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory only.  Prerequisite: completion of a minimum of 18 credits in psychology, including six credits at Western.

PSY 437   Sensation and Perception  3 credits
Considers the relationship between the physical world and our internal perceptions.  Attention is given to the visual, auditory, and olfactory systems from both a scientific and philosophical perspective. Students are involved in classroom demonstrations of various perceptual phenomena. Prerequisites: PSY 200, PSY 345.

PSY 457   Social Psychology  3 credits
A discussion of theories and research findings concerning the individual in social situations with an emphasis on their applications to current social issues. Included are such topics as interpersonal attraction, persuasion, altruism, morality, aggression, and intra-group relations.

PSY 460   Psychological Testing  3 credits
An introduction to the general methodology and theory of psychological testing. Students have the opportunity to take, score, administer and interpret several common assessment instruments. Ethics and limitations of testing are emphasized.  Prerequisite: PSY 100, PSY 258, or PSY 270.

PSY 475   Clinical Psychology  3 credits
An introduction to the profession of clinical/counseling psychology through the presentation and analysis of different theoretical orientations and their respective techniques. Students have in-class opportunities to practice basic skills. Professional ethics in the delivery of mental health services are addressed.  Prerequisites: PSY 100, PSY 258, or PSY 270.

PSY 480  Behavioral Genetics  3 credits
A discussion of the mechanisms of genetic inheritance and the quantitative methods used to assess the relative contribution made by both genetic and environmental factors to individual differences in human behavior.  Students evaluate evidence for and against genetic, environmental and evolutionary determinants of behavioral characteristics such as intelligence, personality, mate choice, and psychopathology.  Prerequisite:  PSY 345.

PSY 491   Topical Seminar in Psychology  1-3 credits
A seminar involving advanced reading, discussion, and research. Different areas of study are selected as student and faculty interests dictate. A goal of this course is to stimulate critical thinking and analysis.

PSY 492   Independent Study 1-4 credits
An opportunity for detailed study and research for advanced students. Topics and course requirements are determined in consultation with the sponsoring faculty member.

PSY 497   Special Topics  1-6 credits

PSY 498   Seminar in Psychology  3 credits
This capstone course is required for all psychology majors, except those who opt to complete the capstone internship.  It is intended to provide the opportunity for the synthesis of the ideas and concepts acquired during undergraduate education in psychology. The seminar includes a discussion of controversial issues and ethical considerations in both experimental and applied areas, the completion of a comprehensive literature review and a consideration of the future of the field.  Prerequisites: completion of a minimum of 18 credits in psychology including PSY 210.

PSY 499   Capstone Internship in Psychology  3 credits
An opportunity for psychology majors to gain field experience through direct, supervised contact with professionals in psychology and related fields. In addition to on-site responsibilities, students write a comprehensive paper integrating the field experience and psychological theory and later formally present the paper in an open forum.  Prerequisites: completion of a minimum of 18 credits in psychology, including six credits at Western.