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Engaging Minds, Transforming Lives

Psychology

Curriculum

Below you will find a list of our current or recent offerings. See the course catalog for descriptions and updated information.

  • 33-001 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 33-002 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 33-003 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 33-004 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 33-104 PRINCIPLES OF PSYCHOLOGY
    Students will be introduced to the methods and findings of both classic and current psychological research, as well as to the practical applications of this work. Emphasis is placed on acquiring a foundation of knowledge and critical skills that are necessary to evaluate psychological research. (Each semester) (ScS)
  • 33-204 RESEARCH METHODS I: NON EXPERIMENTAL MET
    This course is the first part of a two-semester sequence designed to give students in-depth experience with the research methods used in contemporary psychology. The first semester of this year-long course emphasizes non-experimental research designs (e.g., observational research, survey/correlational research) and covers topics such as literature review, hypothesis formation, psychological measurement (including naturalistic observation), sampling, correlational research and analysis, ethics in conducting research, and scientific writing in APA style. Compared to the Survey of Research Methodologies in Psychology course, this course involves more in-depth, hands-on experience in the design, conduct, analysis, and write up of empirical studies and serves as a good preparation for independent research. As such, this course is strongly recommended for all psychology majors who are considering applying to graduate school, and it is required for all students who want to complete a research capstone in psychology. Also Animal Behavior 09-204. Prerequisites: Psychology 33-104 and Mathematics 52-114. (Fall) (WA) (ScS)
  • 33-214 RESEARCH METHODS II: EXPER METHOD
    This course is the second part of a two-semester sequence designed to give students in-depth experience with the research methods used in contemporary psychology. The second semester of this year-long course emphasizes experimental research designs (both one-way and factorial) and covers topics such as systematic and error variance, hypothesis testing, t-tests, analysis of variance, ethics in conducting experimental research, and scientific writing in APA style. Compared to the Survey of Research Methodologies in Psychology course, this course involves more in-depth, hands-on experience in the design, conduct, analysis, and write up of empirical studies and serves as a good preparation for independent research. As such, this course is strongly recommended for all psychology majors who are considering applying to graduate school, and it is required for all students who want to complete a research capstone in psychology. Also Animal Behavior 09-214. Prerequisite: Psychology 33-204. Students will take the same instructor for both Research Methods I and II. (Spring) (WA) (ScS)
  • 33-224 SURVEY OF RESEARCH METHODOLIGIES IN PSYC
    This course is designed to introduce students to the wide variety of research methodologies (including both experimental and non-experimental designs) used in contemporary psychology. Topics include literature review, hypothesis formation, psychological measurement, sampling, correlational research and analysis, experimental design and analysis, ethics in conducting research, and scientific writing and APA style. This course covers the basic methodological background necessary for several advanced psychology courses but does not involve as much project-based research as does the yearlong sequence (PSY 33-204 and PSY 33-214). As such, this course is recommended for psychology minors, non-psychology majors preparing to take the MCAT, and majors/double majors who are pursuing a non-psychology career (e.g., law, social work, medicine, nursing). Prerequisite: Psychology 33-104, Mathematics 52-114 and permission of instructor. (Fall) (ScS)
  • 33-234 PERSONALITY THEORY AND RESEARCH
    A survey course that provides an overview of the major personality theories and the methods used in personality research. Included are type theories, trait theories and dynamic theories. The emphasis is on examination and evaluation of the experimental evidence pertinent to each theory. Prerequisite: Psychology 33-104. (Spring)
  • 33-244 LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENT
    This course will provide a broad view of the biological, psychological, and social aspects of development from conception through old age. Students who plan to enroll in professional programs in nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant, or speech pathology upon graduation should strongly consider taking this course. Prerequisite: Psychology 33-104.
  • 33-254 ANIMAL BEHAVIOR
    See Animal Behavior 09-254.
  • 33-264 DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
    This course is a theory and research-based overview of the many ways in which nature and nurture combine to produce developmental outcomes in the biological, cognitive, intellectual, personality and social domains, with a focus on childhood and adolescence. Prerequisite: Psychology 33-104. (Each semester) (ScS)
  • 33-301 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 33-302 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 33-303 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 33-304 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 33-333 EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
    An examination of psychologys contributions to educational practice. Topics include intellectual and academic assessment principles and instruments, the application of theories of learning and cognitive development to instruction, theories of problem formation and resolution, and the recognition and handling of selected psychological challenges. Also Education 40-333. Prerequisites: Psychology 33-224 and Education major or minor, or permission of instructor. (Fall
  • 33-364 EXOTIC SENSORY SYSTEMS
    This course explores Von Uexkulls concept of the Umwelt, or self-world, a domain defined not only by an animals perceptual capacities but also by its action systems. The course will examine different selfworlds from the perspectives of different species and consider how organism-environment interactions produce their sensory and perceptual worlds. Topics of interest include the biosonar capabilities of bats and dolphins, magnetoreceptors in birds, fish and reptiles, electroreception in fish, and chemical communication through pheromones. The course is taught from an interdisciplinary perspective and students from diverse majors are encouraged to enroll. Prerequisite: Psychology 33-104. (Spring)
  • 33-374 FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY
    This course focuses on the application of psychological knowledge in the civil and criminal justice systems. As a seminar course with emphasis on critical discussion and student presentations, it will include an exploration of the role that psychologists play in the courtroom (e.g. case preparation, jury selection) and in criminal investigation (e.g. profiling, interrogations). Emphasis will also be placed on the role of psychologists in evaluating various states of mind or behavioral dispositions which bear on judicial process, such as competency (to stand trial), insanity (defense), dangerousness (involuntary commitment), and criminally relevant forms of psychopathology (e.g. psychopathy, sexual deviance). (Summer term) (ScS)
  • 33-383 HUMAN SEXUALITY
  • 33-384 HUMAN SEXUALITY
    This course is an introduction to the psychology of human sexuality. It covers a broad range of topics, including male and female physiology, sexual orientation, sexual expression and variation, sexual difficulties, birth control, reproduction, prostitution, pornography and many others. The primary goal of this course is for students to develop a greater understanding of their own sexuality and the sexuality of others, as well as to become more knowledgeable about the topic of sex. Decisions and choices related to human sexuality affect people throughout their entire lives. The idea of this course is that the more knowledgeable and comfortable people are with these issues, the better able they will be to make informed decisions that reflect their own moral values, whatever those may be. (Summer term) (ScS)
  • 33-424 ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY
    An overview of the field of clinical psychology that involves the scientific study of mental illness (psychopathology). The focus is on an empirically grounded examination of the symptomatic presentation, classification and cause of a broad range of psychological disorders. Methods used in the field to assess, treat and conduct research on the disorders will also be studied. Prerequisite: Psychology 33-204 or Psychology 33-224. Psychology 33-234 recommended. (Fall) (ScS)
  • 33-434 BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE
    An introduction to the neurosciences with an emphasis on the techniques used to study the neurobiological basis of behavior. The anatomy and function of the central nervous system is a primary focus of the course and specific topics include how the central nervous system mediates perception, emotions, motivation, sleep, learning and memory. Prerequisite: Psychology 33-204 or Psychology 33-224 and Biology 50-114 or 50-102, or permission of instructor. (Spring) (ScS)
  • 33-444 COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY
    Cognitive Psychology is the scientific study of the mechanisms and processes involved in the acquisition and use of knowledge. The structure and function of working memory and long term memory are central to cognition, and are the primary focuses of the course. Other topics include a brief history of cognitive psychology, major theories of cognition and cognitive development, and the effects of culture on cognition. Prerequisite: Psychology 33-204 or Psychology 33-224. (Spring) (WA) (ScS)
  • 33-454 PSYCHOLOGY OF LEARNING
    Study of the traditional areas of learning psychology, including current theoretical and research considerations of classical conditioning, instrumental conditioning, aversive control of behavior and discrimination learning. Prerequisite: Psychology 33-204 or Psychology 33-224. (Fall) (ScS)
  • 33-464 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
    An introduction to the field of social psychology, which is the scientific study of how the thoughts, feelings and actions of a person are influenced by other people and by social situations. Topics include the self, attitudes and attitude change, group behavior, prejudice and discrimination, prosocial behavior, conformity, relationships and emotion, among others. The focus is on historical development of these topics as well as on current research and theory in these areas. Prerequisite: Psychology 33-204 or Psychology 33-224. (Spring) (ScS)
  • 33-544 HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY
    This course will introduce students to the field of health psychology, which is the application of psychological principles in understanding how the mind, body and behavior interact in health and illness. Emphasis will be placed on the biopsychosocial model, which considers the role of biological, psychological and social factors in health and illness. Topics of interest include health promotion and primary prevention of illness, stress and coping, pain management, health behaviors (e.g., nutrition, exercise, smoking), and a variety of behavior-related medical conditions (e.g. cardiovascular disease, cancer, AIDS, eating disorders). Prerequisite: Psychology 33-104 and Psychology 33-204 or Psychology 33-224 or Biology 50-222/50-232 or Kinesiology 48-314 or Sociology 34-203. (Fall) (ScS)
  • 33-824 RESEARCH IN APPLIED PSYCHOLOGY
    Laboratory or field-based research course designed to provide hands-on research experience related to questions concerning applied psychology. Students work directly with a faculty member within the department. Students read and synthesize the literature, design a study, collect and analyze data, and report the results. A written product is required of all students. Prerequisites: Psychology 33-214 and permission of instructor. May be repeated with different experience. (Fall, Spring) (WA) (ScS)
  • 33-834 RESEARCH IN BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE
    Laboratory or field-based research course designed to provide hands-on research experience related to questions concerning neuroscience. Students work directly with a faculty member within the department. Students read and synthesize the literature, design a study, collect and analyze data and report the results. A written product is required of all students. Also Animal Behavior 09-834. Prerequisites: Psychology 33-214, Psychology 33-434 and permission of instructor. May be repeated with different experience. (Fall, Spring) (WA) (ScS)
  • 33-844 RESEARCH IN CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY
    Laboratory or field-based research course designed to provide hands-on research experience related to questions concerning clinical psychology. Students work directly with a faculty member within the department. Students read and synthesize the literature, design a study, collect and analyze data and report the results. A written product is required of all students. Prerequisites: Psychology 33-214, Psychology 33-424 and permission of instructor. May be repeated with different experience. (Fall, Spring) (WA) (ScS)
  • 33-853 RESEARCH IN COMPARATIVE PSYCHOLOGY
  • 33-854 RESEARCH IN COMPARATIVE PSYCHOLOGY
    Laboratory or field-based research course designed to provide hands-on research experience related to questions concerning animal learning and animal behavior. Students work directly with a faculty member within the department. Students read and synthesize the literature, design a study, collect and analyze data, and report the results. A written product is required of all students. Also Animal Behavior 09-854. Prerequisites: Psychology 33-214, Psychology 33-434 or 33-454, and permission of instructor. May be repeated with different experience. (Fall, Spring) (WA) (ScS)
  • 33-864 RESEARCH IN DEVELOPMENTAL/COGNITIVE
    Laboratory or field-based research course designed to provide hands-on research experience related to questions concerning developmental and cognitive psychology. Students work directly with a faculty member within the department. Students read and synthesize the literature, design a study, collect and analyze data, and report the results. A written product is required of all students. Prerequisites: Psychology 33-214 and 33-224 or 33-444, and permission of instructor. May be repeated with different experience. (Fall, Spring) (WA) (ScS)
  • 33-874 RESEARCH IN SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
    Laboratory or field-based research course designed to provide hands-on research experience related to questions concerning social psychology. Students work directly with a faculty member within the department. Students read and synthesize the literature, design a study, collect and analyze data, and report the results. A written product is required of all students. Prerequisites: Psychology 33-214, Psychology 33-464 and permission of instructor. May be repeated with different experience. (Fall, Spring) (WA) (ScS)
  • 33-901 TUTORIAL
  • 33-902 TUTORIAL
  • 33-903 TUTORIAL
  • 33-904 TUTORIAL
  • 33-944 ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP
    Field placement in an approved setting. Students are expected to complete 120 hours (33-944) or 240 hours (33-948) of supervised experience. All internships have certain prerequisites and require permission of instructor. May be repeated with different experience. Must be taken Pass/D/F. (Spring or Summer) .
  • 33-948 ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP
    Field placement in an approved setting. Students are expected to complete 120 hours (33-944) or 240 hours (33-948) of supervised experience. All internships have certain prerequisites and require permission of instructor. May be repeated with different experience. Must be taken Pass/D/F. (Spring or Summer) .
  • 33-951 INDEPENDENT STUDY
    May be repeated with change in content.
  • 33-952 INDEPENDENT STUDY
    May be repeated with change in content.
  • 33-953 INDEPENDENT STUDY
    May be repeated with change in content.
  • 33-954 INDEPENDENT STUDY
    May be repeated with change in content.
  • 33-984 HONORS
    By invitation only.