Department of Psychology Undergraduate Course Descriptions
11762 General Psychology (3)
Introduction to the scientific approach to understanding human behavior and mental processes, such as emotions, perceptions and cognitions. Topics may include personality, social and environmental factors, biological aspects of behavior, the experience of emotion and psychological disorders. Prerequisite: none. This course may be used to satisfy the Kent Core and diversity requirements.
20651 Child Psychology (3)
A review of the data, concepts and theories of psychology that contribute to the understanding of child development from conception to age 14. Prerequisite: PSYC 11762. This course may be used to satisfy the Kent Core and diversity requirements.
21211 Psychology of Everyday Life (3)
A review of theories, concepts and data that contribute to the understanding of human adjustment. Topics may include the following: personality, stress and coping, transitions from adolescence to adulthood, psychological disorders and psychotherapy. Prerequisite: PSYC 11762. This course may be used to satisfy the Kent Core and diversity requirements.
21621 Quantitative Methods in Psychology I (3)
Application of quantitative, statistical methods in psychological research. Descriptive and inferential methods (includes ANOVA, t-test and correlation). Prerequisite: PSYC 11762.
22221 Multicultural Psychology (3)
Examination of areas of psychology upon which diversity issues have a bearing and focused study of psychological issues relevant to African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic/Latino-American and American Indian groups. Prerequisite: PSYC 11762. This course may be used to satisfy the Kent Core and diversity requirements.
30111 Forensic Psychology (3)
Surveys major areas of forensic psychology, which focuses on the application of the science and profession of psychology to legal settings. Topics include roles and responsibilities of forensic psychologists, forensic assessment, psychological theories of criminal behavior, law enforcement psychology and eyewitness testimony. Prerequisite: PSYC 11762.
30651 Adolescent Psychology (3)
A review of the theories, concepts and data that contribute to our understanding of the physical, intellectual, educational, personality and social development of adolescents in contemporary society. Prerequisite: PSYC 11762.
30652 Social and Personality Development (3)
Processes and findings in social and personality development, with a focus on childhood and adolescence. Will include the examination of individual differences as well as developmental changes in social function and personality. Prerequisite: PSYC 11762 and one of PSYC 20651 or HDFS 24012.
30655 Children’s Thinking (3)
The course focuses on how children’s cognitive processes and mental representations change from infancy to early adulthood. Theoretical claims, empirical findings, and methodological issues are critically evaluated. Topics include children’s visual and auditory perception, language and literacy, learning and memory, mathematical and spatial thinking, logical and scientific reasoning, problem solving, theory of mind, and social cognition. Prerequisite: PSYC 11762 and one of PSYC 20651 or HDFS 24012.
30656 Psychology of Aging (3)
(Cross-listed with GERO 30656) Exploration of basic research and theory on the psychological consequences of aging and psychological factors that affect the behavior of older persons. Prerequisite: PSYC 11762.
30821 Psychology of Motivation (3)
Factors that provide the energy and direction for behaviors, emotions and cognitive processes. Seeks to answer the question "why" concerning the things people do, feel and think. A survey approach is used to include both the traditional and newly-emerging concepts in motivation. Prerequisite: PSYC 11762.
31141 Perception (3)
Investigates how humans detect, organize and interpret information from the environment. Considers how both biological and psychological processes create and influence our perception of the world. Prerequisite: PSYC 11762.
31282 Personality (3)
A review of the data, concepts and theories of psychology that contribute to our understanding of personality. Prerequisite: PSYC 11762.
31498 Undergraduate Research (1-6)
(Repeatable for a total of 16 credit hours but see arts and sciences and psychology major/minor requirements for applicability limits) Individual research open to qualified students. S/U grading, IP grade permissible. Prerequisites: PSYC 11762 and special approval.
31532 Social Psychology (3)
Study of environmental/situational influences on our own and others' thoughts, behaviors and feelings-focus on topics, such as aggression, attitudes and behaviors, conformity, helping, personal relationships and social cognition. Prerequisite: PSYC 11762.
31574 Research Methods in Psychology (3)
The rationale, logic and procedures of scientific research in psychology, with an emphasis on measurement, causal inference and research design. Prerequisites: PSYC 11762 and 21621.
31634 Animal Cognition (3)
This course focuses on the nature of cognition and intelligence in nonhuman animals. Topics include animal studies of perception and attention, associative learning, memory, spatial cognition, concept formation, reasoning, and language in nonhuman animals. Prerequisite: PSYC 11762
31684 Quantitative Methods in Psychology II (3)
Small sample theory, analysis of variance, linear regression and nonparametric statistics (e.g., Chi Square). This course may include qualitative analyses and computer based data analyses with SPSS. Prerequisite: PSYC 21621.
31773 Industrial Psychology (3)
Application of principles, facts and theories of psychology to people at work. Includes motivation and satisfaction at work, personnel selection and placement, training and development, performance appraisal, organizational development, quality of work life, ergonomics and consumer psychology. Prerequisite: PSYC 11762.
40111 Abnormal Psychology (3)
Survey of the definitions as well as the biological, psychological and sociocultural causes of various psychological disorders. Illustrations of these disorders with cases. Overview of treatment approaches to these disorders may be included. Prerequisite: PSYC 11762.
40112 Psychological Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence (3)
This course covers the biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors influencing the development of psychological disorders in children and adolescents. Emphasis will be placed on conceptual and research issues and the application of knowledge to understanding diagnosis and case studies of specific disorders. Prerequisite: PSYC 11762 and one of PSYC 20651 or HDFS 24012.
40231 Psychological Assessment (3)
Introduction to psychometrics and test theory. Use and basic interpretation of intellectual and personality tests. Skills in using tests at a professional level not given. Prerequisites: PSYC 11762 and 21621.
40383 Introduction to Clinical Psychology (3)
Application of psychological principles and techniques to the problems of the individual. This course is designed to introduce the field of clinical psychology, including models of understanding abnormal behavior, treatment of individuals, and ethics and professional issues. Prerequisite: PSYC 11762.
40445 Cognitive Psychology (3)
Covers the mental processes that underlie human thought and behavior, such as, attention, memory, comprehension, reasoning, problem solving and language. Considers established and current theoretical models, research methods, and experimental results. Prerequisite: PSYC 11762.
40446 Cognitive Neuroscience (3)
This course covers the cognitive and neural processes that underlie vision, attention, spatial processing, memory, language, social processes, executive functioning, and action. The course introduces basic brain structure and the behavioral and functional imaging techniques used to study the brain bases of cognition. Data from patients with neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's aphasia, amnesia and others will also be examined. Prerequisite: PSYC 11762.
40461 Psychology of Language (3)
Investigates psychological processes involved in language production, comprehension and development. Within each broad area, emphasis is on theories, psychological experiments, key findings and the relationships between theory, method and data. Prerequisites: PSYC 11762 and 30445.
40625 Development of Gender Role and Identity (3)
A life span, developmental model is used to analyze the changes which occur with age in gender-related role performance and identity formation. Prerequisite: PSYC 11762. This course may be used to satisfy the diversity requirement.
40974 History of Psychology (3)
Course examines the historical context, influences and individuals instrumental in the development of psychology. Course organization is designed to compare and contrast systems, theories and fundamental issues with which psychologists have concerned themselves in past and contemporary stages of the science. Prerequisites: PSYC 11762 and special approval.
41043 Basic Learning Processes (3)
Examination of basic principles of Pavlovian conditioning, instrumental conditioning, animal learning and memory processes and animal cognition. Emphasis on major empirical phenomena derived from research with animals, with reference to related psychological processes in humans. Prerequisite: PSYC 11762.
41363 Biopsychology (3)
Covers the relationship between brain and behavior at the physiological, chemical and anatomical levels. Focuses on the association between the central nervous system and various processes and behaviors such as learning, emotions, neurological disorders and psychopathology. Prerequisite: PSYC 11762.
41364 Drugs and Behavior (3)
This course provides an overview of drug taking in society, the actions of drugs in the body, and the effects of drugs on behavior. The course will focus on drugs and the nervous system, psycho-pharmacology, and actions and side effects of such drugs as alcohol, opiates, stimulants, marijuana, hallucinogens, depressants, and performance-enhancing drugs. Particular focus will be on medications for psychiatric disorders, abuse-potential, and the causes of addition, dependence, and relapse. Prerequisite: PSYC 11762.
41492 Internship in Psychology (1-6)
Application of psychological knowledge and skills in applied settings. Allows academic credit for participation as an intern at approved internship sites including social service, non-profit agencies, government agencies and hospital settings. Must have 3.0 GPA in all psychology courses. Open to psychology majors and minors only. Prerequisites: 3.0 cumulative GPA; 9 credit hours in psychology; psychology (PSYC) majors or minors; junior standing.
41495 Special Topics in Psychology (3)
(Repeated registration permissible) In-depth examination of particular topics of current interest to faculty and students. Specialized areas of research, theory or methodology may be covered. Specific topics announced. Prerequisites: junior standing and special approval. Recent offerings: Applied Behavior Analysis; Body Image in the 21st Century; Memory; Sex and Romance in the 21st Century
41498 Individual Investigation (1-6)
(Repeatable for a total of 16 credit hours but see arts and sciences and psychology major/minor requirements for applicability limits) Involves participation in empirical research, review of psychological literature and preparation of a paper or annotated bibliography. IP grade permissible. Prerequisite: PSYC 11762 and special approval.
41573 Laboratory Experience in Psychological Research: Social/Clinical (3)
Intensive experience in the conduct, analysis and reporting of empirical research in social or clinical psychology. Specific content will vary with the instructor. Repeatable once with instructor and departmental special approval if topic is different. Prerequisites: 3.20 GPA and PSYC 11762 and 21621 and 31574. This course may be used to satisfy the writing-intensive requirement.
41574 Laboratory Experience in Psychological Research: Cognitive/Learning (3)
Intensive experience in the conduct, analysis and reporting of empirical research in cognitive psychology or human/animal learning. Specific content will vary with the instructor. Repeatable once with instructor and departmental special approval if topic is different. Prerequisites: 3.20 GPA and PSYC 11762 and 21621 and 31574 and special approval. This course may be used to satisfy the writing-intensive requirement.
41581 Health Psychology (3)
Role of psychological and social factors in health and illness, typically covering three general areas: 1) psychological factors affecting disease, 2) psychological and social consequences of illness, and 3) psychotherapeutic interventions. Prerequisite: PSYC 11762.
41990 Writing in Psychology (1)
Writing-intensive course taken in conjunction with a 3-credit-hour upper-division psychology course (except PSYC 31498, 41498, 41573, 41574 or 41993). Prerequisite: departmental special approval. This course may be used to satisfy the writing-intensive requirement with approval of major department.
41991 Seminar in Psychology (3)
Seminar on various content areas of psychology. Specific topics announced. Prerequisite: PSYC 11762.
41993 Variable Title Workshop in Psychology (1-6)
Variable topic offered as need arises. Specific topics are announced in the Schedule of Classes. S/U graded. Prerequisites: PSYC 11762 and special approval.