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Psychology (PSY)

Psychology

283 Park Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4110

Peter Q. Pfordresher
Chair

Micheal L. Dent
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Christa M. Greenberg
Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies / Senior Academic Advisor

Wendy J. Quinton
Director, Psychology Honors Program

Associated Programs

Associated Subjects

PSY Courses

  • The Learning Environment

    The Learning Environment

    • Introduction to Psychology (PSY 101) showcases the diversity of the science of psychology in a large lecture format (~400 students) and incorporates experience with research.
    • 200-level courses (200-300 students) build skills in psychology.
    • 300-level courses (100-300 students) increase knowledge in specific areas of psychology (e.g., abnormal, social, cognitive, biopsychology).
    • Smaller 400-level courses (maximum 42 students) focus on specialty topics (e.g., mood disorders, adolescent development, biological clocks) and are reserved for majors.
    • Students gain experience in writing skills through PSY 295, PSY 450, and 400-level courses.
    • One-on-one instruction is available by participating in research or independent study.
    • The Psychology Honors Program enables students to complete an independent research project, an experience that closely resembles graduate-level work in psychology.
    • Cutting-edge research talks are available through departmental colloquia and the cognitive science speaker series.

    About Our Facilities

    • Fully equipped psychological research labs (most located in Park Hall and Hochstetter Hall) allow faculty and students to conduct a wide variety of experiments utilizing cognitive, affective, behavioral, neurological, and psychophysiological measurements.
    • Shared research space is available for research using specialized measures such as electroencephalography (EEG), electromyography (EMG), and eye-movements.
    • Research facilities downtown include the Clinical and Research for Institute on Addictions, and the Center for Translational Research, which has facilities for functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).
    • Conference rooms in Park Hall are used for small group meetings and seminars.
    • A computer lab on the 4th floor of Park Hall offers specialized statistical software.
    • The James R. Sawusch PhD Psychology Undergraduate Resource Center, in Park Hall 282, is a meeting place and general study area for all students in psychology.

    About Our Faculty

    • The department has 25 tenure-track/tenured and 4 full-time teaching faculty members, all of whom teach undergraduate psychology courses
    • Faculty specializations include the study of:
      • clinical disorders (e.g., depression, addiction)
      • developmental challenges (e.g., bullying, social withdrawal)
      • the self-concept and self-esteem
      • the formation and maintenance of close relationships
      • responses to stressful situations and resilience
      • infant language acquisition
      • auditory perception in humans and non-human animals
      • neural systems for learning and motivation
      • ingestive behaviors, taste, and feeding

    • Faculty conduct research funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institutes of Health (NIH)
    • Faculty members serve as editors for leading journals and as officers in professional organizations
    • Core faculty teach the majority of undergraduate courses. Approximately one-third of undergraduate courses are taught by highly qualified adjunct faculty or graduate instructors

    Faculty List Directory

    Please visit the Psychology department website for additional information about our faculty.

  • PSY 101LEC Introductory Psychology
    View Schedule PSY 101LEC Introductory Psychology Lecture

    General survey of perception; learning and memory; cognitive, developmental, personality, abnormal, and social psychology; and behavioral neuroscience. Requires participation in research or a short paper. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade other than W may repeat the course in the summer or winter; or only in the fall or spring semester with a petition to the College of Arts and Sciences Deans' Office.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • PSY 121LEC Introduction to Substance Use and Abuse
    View Schedule PSY 121LEC Introduction to Substance Use and Abuse Lecture

    Substance Use and Abuse is a survey course designed to familiarize students with the terminology, concepts, and contemporary issues pertaining to drug and alcohol use from a social science perspective. In this course, you will become acquainted at the introductory level with the historical and cultural processes that define addictions today, the pharmacological aspects of drugs and their impact on humans and animals, psychological processes related to alcohol and drug use, the various treatment and recovery modalities available, and ever-evolving policies and public health debates regarding substance use. Students also will learn the methods that researchers use to study alcohol and drug use in animals and humans. This course is the same as SOC 121 and course repeat rules will apply. Students should consult with their major department regarding any restrictions on their degree requirements.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • PSY 198SEM UB Seminar
    View Schedule PSY 198SEM UB Seminar Seminar

    The one credit UB Seminar is focused on a big idea or challenging issue to engage students with questions of significance in a field of study and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world. Essential to the UB Curriculum, the Seminar helps transition to UB through an early connection to UB faculty and the undergraduate experience at a comprehensive, research university. This course is equivalent to any 198 offered in any subject. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade of F or R may not be able to repeat the course during the fall or spring semester.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: Students who have already successfully completed the UB seminar course may not repeat this course. If you have any questions regarding enrollment for this course, please contact your academic advisor.
  • PSY 199SEM UB Seminar
    View Schedule PSY 199SEM UB Seminar Seminar

    The three credit UB Seminar is focused on a big idea or challenging issue to engage students with questions of significance in a field of study and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world. Essential to the UB Curriculum, the Seminar helps students with common learning outcomes focused on fundamental expectations for critical thinking, ethical reasoning, and oral communication, and learning at a university, all within topic focused subject matter. The Seminars provide students with an early connection to UB faculty and the undergraduate experience at a comprehensive, research university. This course is equivalent to any 199 offered in any subject. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade of F or R may not be able to repeat the course during the fall or spring semester.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: Students who have already successfully completed the first year seminar course may not repeat this course. If you have any questions regarding enrollment for this course, please contact your academic advisor.
  • PSY 207LLB Psychological Statistics
    View Schedule PSY 207LLB Psychological Statistics Lecture

    Graphs; permutations; combinations; probability; regression; correlation; analysis of variance; descriptive and inferential statistics; parametric and nonparametric tests appropriate to psychological research. Three hours of lecture and one hour of recitation weekly. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade other than W may repeat the course in the summer or winter; or only in the fall or spring semester with a petition to the College of Arts and Sciences Deans' Office.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
    Prerequisites: ULC 148 or MTH 115 or any General Education Mathematical Sciences course.
  • PSY 295LEC Communicating for Psychological Sciences
    View Schedule PSY 295LEC Communicating for Psychological Sciences Lecture

    This course is designed to introduce students to the ways that psychologists communicate in scientific contexts, including writing technical research reports (journal articles), poster presentations at conferences, and oral presentations. You will learn how to structure a research report and write using the style guidelines of the American Psychological Association (APA). The aim will be to foster confidence in a scientific style of communication one that is often quite different from that taught in the humanities. Conciseness, clarity, and exactness will be the hallmarks of successful written and oral products in the course. At the completion of Communicating in Psychological Sciences, students should have developed each of these traits in their written and oral expression.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: Completion of Communication Literacy 1 or completion of Writing Skills 1 (ENG 101 or placement into ENG 201)
  • PSY 321LEC Psychology of Personality
    View Schedule PSY 321LEC Psychology of Personality Lecture

    Theory, research, and measurement related to the description, development, and dynamics of the normal personality.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Prerequisites: PSY 101
  • PSY 322LEC Abnormal Psychology
    View Schedule PSY 322LEC Abnormal Psychology Lecture

    Theory and description of the major behavior disorders and the psychopathology of everyday life; causes and treatment of these disorders.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
    Prerequisites: PSY 101
  • PSY 323LEC Community Psychology
    View Schedule PSY 323LEC Community Psychology Lecture

    Introduces theoretical concepts and developing practices in community psychology and community mental health. LEC

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: PSY 101
  • PSY 324LEC Clinical Psychology
    View Schedule PSY 324LEC Clinical Psychology Lecture

    Introduces clinical psychology. Methods of assessing abnormal behavior, modes of intervention, theories of treatment, and ethical issues.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Prerequisites: PSY 101
  • PSY 325LEC Health Psychology
    View Schedule PSY 325LEC Health Psychology Lecture

    Introduces the scientific study of the behavioral and social aspects of health.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: PSY 101
  • PSY 331LEC Social Psychology
    View Schedule PSY 331LEC Social Psychology Lecture

    Behavior of individuals and their relations with others; aggression; attraction; attitude formation and change; conformity; obedience; helping; stereotypes; group processes.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
    Prerequisites: PSY 101
  • PSY 332LEC Social Conflict and Its Resolution
    View Schedule PSY 332LEC Social Conflict and Its Resolution Lecture

    Overview of social conflict theory and of conflict resolution practice. Topics include the nature and cause of conflict, strategic choice in conflict, escalation, negotiation, and third-party intervention. Emphasizes psychological approaches, but is not limited to them.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: PSY 101
  • PSY 333LEC Industrial/Organizational Psychology
    View Schedule PSY 333LEC Industrial/Organizational Psychology Lecture

    Theory, research, and practices of organizational psychologists; behavior of individuals within organizations; principles of industrial psychology.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: PSY 101
  • PSY 336LEC Developmental Psychology
    View Schedule PSY 336LEC Developmental Psychology Lecture

    Major developmental changes in areas of human behavior, cognition, personality, and social life from the perspective of current theories about development across the lifespan.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
    Prerequisites: PSY 101
  • PSY 341LEC Cognitive Psychology
    View Schedule PSY 341LEC Cognitive Psychology Lecture

    Information-processing approach to human behavior; how people interpret and understand the environment; recognition; memory; language.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
    Prerequisites: PSY 101
  • PSY 342LEC Introduction to Cognitive Science: Concepts of the Mind
    View Schedule PSY 342LEC Introduction to Cognitive Science: Concepts of the Mind Lecture

    An interdisciplinary approach to the understanding of knowledge and mind, guided by principles of formal systems and computation. Concepts and approaches from psychology, philosophy, artificial intelligence, linguistics, and neuroscience. This course is the same as LIN 342 and course repeat rules will apply. Students should consult with their major department regarding any restrictions on their degree requirements.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Prerequisites: PSY 101
  • PSY 343LEC Sensory Processes and Perception
    View Schedule PSY 343LEC Sensory Processes and Perception Lecture

    This class explores how humans and other animals sense the environment around them. We cover the structure and function of the sensory organs, the perceptual organization of the world, and the neurophysiology involved in sensation and perception. This course will also cover the history and theories of perception and the experimental data that support how we see, hear, taste, smell, and touch.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
    Prerequisites: PSY 101
  • PSY 347LEC Psychology of Learning
    View Schedule PSY 347LEC Psychology of Learning Lecture

    This course covers the ways in which humans and animals acquire new patterns of behavior, factors which control and/or limit those acquisition processes, and the theories which have been proposed to explain the mechanisms underlying learning.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: PSY 101
  • PSY 350LEC Scientific Inquiry in Psychology
    View Schedule PSY 350LEC Scientific Inquiry in Psychology Lecture

    The research process; observational, correlational and survey, experimental techniques; nature of theory; hypothesis testing and empirical data; scientific knowledge and its applications.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
    Prerequisites: PSY 207 Or STA 119.
  • PSY 351LEC Biopsychology
    View Schedule PSY 351LEC Biopsychology Lecture

    Physiological studies, mainly on the nervous system, relevant to selected theoretical issues in perception, learning, motivation, and problem solving.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
    Prerequisites: PSY 101
  • PSY 402LEC Psychopharmacology
    View Schedule PSY 402LEC Psychopharmacology Lecture

    Basic brain chemistry and its influence on behavior. Distribution and elimination of drugs, drug-receptor interactions, and the neuroanatomical distribution of specific neurotransmitter systems. Special topics in biological psychiatry.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: Psychology majors only. PSY 351 and 45 credits completed.
  • PSY 403LEC Stress and Coping
    View Schedule PSY 403LEC Stress and Coping Lecture

    From the pressure of taking an exam to the threat of global terrorism, from irritation over commuting to grief over a loved one?s death, stress is an inescapable part of life. And stressful experiences, through their psychological and physiological effects, can affect human health and well-being. The influence of stress can be seen in health problems including depression, anxiety disorders, cardiovascular disease, infectious diseases, and cancer...to say nothing of the reduced quality of life we all feel when we?re under stress. In this course, we will come to understand more about the nature of stress and its effects by exploring classic and cutting-edge theory and research.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: Psychology majors only. PSY 101, completion of at least one 300 level PSY course, and 45 credits completed.
  • PSY 404LEC Alcohol and Health
    View Schedule PSY 404LEC Alcohol and Health Lecture

    The relationship between alcohol use and psychological, social, and physical well-being. Conceptualizes problem drinking within a social psychological paradigm; implications of different conceptions for the prevention and treatment of alcohol problems.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only, 45 credits completed and completion of at least one 300 level PSY course.
  • PSY 405LEC Data Analysis Techniques
    View Schedule PSY 405LEC Data Analysis Techniques Lecture

    Instruction and application of R statistical package to conduct univariate and multivariate analyses. Tests reviewed include nonparametric statistics, t-tests, various ANOVA forms (e.g. repeated measures, factorial, ANCOVA), correlation and regression, factor analysis, and MANOVA.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only, 45 credits completed and completion of at least one 300 level PSY course.
  • PSY 407SEM Consciousness and the Self
    View Schedule PSY 407SEM Consciousness and the Self Seminar

    Examines how the unconscious mind works, how much of the self resides in the unconscious, and how the unconscious can and can not be accesses. Class is broken up into a number of different activities; each is designed to develop different skills while learning about consciousness and the self.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only, 45 credits completed and completion of at least one 300 level PSY course.
  • PSY 408LEC Small-Group Processes
    View Schedule PSY 408LEC Small-Group Processes Lecture

    Reviews research on small-group dynamics, with attention to applying these concepts to improve groups in organizations.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only, 45 credits completed and completion of at least one 300 level PSY course.
  • PSY 409LEC Organizational Development and Change
    View Schedule PSY 409LEC Organizational Development and Change Lecture

    Studies methods of working with organizations to improve their effectiveness. Involves individual, group, and organizational-level change processes.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only, 45 credits completed and completion of at least one 300 level PSY course.
  • PSY 411LEC Self and Self-Esteem
    View Schedule PSY 411LEC Self and Self-Esteem Lecture

    Social psychological theory and research on the self. How the self-concept and self-esteem develop; consequences of self-views on affect, cognition, and behavior.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only, 45 credits completed and completion of at least one 300 level PSY course.
  • PSY 412LEC Psychology of Aggression and Violence
    View Schedule PSY 412LEC Psychology of Aggression and Violence Lecture

    Theory and data about the causes and control of human violence and aggression.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only, 45 credits completed and completion of at least one 300 level PSY course.
  • PSY 413LEC Social Cognition
    View Schedule PSY 413LEC Social Cognition Lecture

    Overview of recent theory and research in social cognition, including automatic and controlled processing, stereotyping, social memory, and cultural influences on cognition.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: Psychology majors only, PSY 331 and 45 credits completed.
  • PSY 414LEC Assessment of Individual Differences
    View Schedule PSY 414LEC Assessment of Individual Differences Lecture

    Personality differences and intellectual functioning; IQ tests; projective tests; behavioral assessments.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only, 45 credits completed and completion of at least one 300 level PSY course.
  • PSY 415LEC Psychology and Law
    View Schedule PSY 415LEC Psychology and Law Lecture

    Examines legal issues related to selected social problems in light of psychological theory, research, and clinical experience.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only, 45 credits completed and completion of at least one 300 level PSY course.
  • PSY 416LEC Reasoning and Problem Solving
    View Schedule PSY 416LEC Reasoning and Problem Solving Lecture

    Discusses some principles of rational thought and some of the psychological processes that lead to successful and unsuccessful resolution of problems and other conceptual tasks. Explores how age and experience affect these processes.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: Psychology majors only. PSY 341 or PSY 342 and 45 credits completed.
  • PSY 417LEC Psychology of Identity
    View Schedule PSY 417LEC Psychology of Identity Lecture

    Conceptions of identity or self as they appear in current psychological literature; how people develop and maintain a view of self and the self-referent nature of their world.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only, 45 credits completed and completion of at least one 300 level PSY course.
  • PSY 419LEC Biological Bases of Memory
    View Schedule PSY 419LEC Biological Bases of Memory Lecture

    Surveys recent research in the neurosciences concerning the processes involved in long-term registration of information in the central nervous system. These processes range from the level of single synapses to complex brain systems.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: Psychology majors only. PSY 351 and 45 credits completed.
  • PSY 420LEC Close Relationships
    View Schedule PSY 420LEC Close Relationships Lecture

    Focuses on current research and theory concerning close relationships. Topics to be covered will include attachment, attraction, love, interdependence, communication, relationship conflict, social support, and health.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only, 45 credits completed and completion of at least one 300 level PSY course.
  • PSY 421LEC History of Psychology
    View Schedule PSY 421LEC History of Psychology Lecture

    Historical antecedents and the evolution of contemporary theoretical approaches and concepts of psychology.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only, 45 credits completed and completion of at least one 300 level PSY course.
  • PSY 422LEC Anxiety Disorders
    View Schedule PSY 422LEC Anxiety Disorders Lecture

    In-depth analysis of the symptoms, etiology, and treatment of the major anxiety disorders from the perspective of both the practicing clinician and the research scientist.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: Psychology majors only. PSY 322 and 45 credits completed.
  • PSY 423LEC Mood Disorders
    View Schedule PSY 423LEC Mood Disorders Lecture

    Contemporary ideas and research on mood disorders, including their classification, epidemiology, etiology, and treatment.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: Psychology majors only. PSY 322 recommended; 45 credits completed.
  • PSY 424LEC Abnormal Child Psychology
    View Schedule PSY 424LEC Abnormal Child Psychology Lecture

    Description, diagnosis, causes, and treatment of childhood disorders, including ADHD, aggression, depression, anxiety, autism, and others.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: PSY 322 recommended; Psychology majors only.
    Other Requisites: PSY 424
  • PSY 426LEC Experimental Models of Psychological Disorders
    View Schedule PSY 426LEC Experimental Models of Psychological Disorders Lecture

    Biological factors in mental disorders; for example, in schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, depression, and obsessive-compulsive disorders.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only, 45 credits completed and completion of at least one 300 level PSY course.
  • PSY 427LEC Adult Development and Aging
    View Schedule PSY 427LEC Adult Development and Aging Lecture

    Developmental theory, methods, and empirical evidence needed to describe and understand the psychological changes that take place in adulthood and old age.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only, 45 credits completed and completion of at least one 300 level PSY course.
  • PSY 428LEC Language Development
    View Schedule PSY 428LEC Language Development Lecture

    Starting with a consideration of the infant's basic perceptual capacities, examines the role of innate and experiential factors in developing the capacity to speak and understand language.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: Psychology majors only. PSY 341 or PSY 342 or PSY 343 and 45 credits completed.
  • PSY 429LEC Psychophysiology
    View Schedule PSY 429LEC Psychophysiology Lecture

    Basic physiological processes; physiological aspects of behavior, emotions, and cognition; psychophysiological methods.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only, 45 credits completed and completion of at least one 300 level PSY course.
  • PSY 431LEC Mind-Body Connection in a Social World
    View Schedule PSY 431LEC Mind-Body Connection in a Social World Lecture

    The connection between mind and body from a social psychological perspective; effects on various physiological systems; using body responses to understand psychological process.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only, 45 credits completed and completion of at least one 300 level PSY course.
  • PSY 434LEC Animal Behavior
    View Schedule PSY 434LEC Animal Behavior Lecture

    In this course, we will take an integrative approach to the study of behavior in animals looking at topics such as learning, animal personalities, aggression, play, cooperation, communication, natural selection, and foraging.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: Psychology majors only. PSY 351 and 45 credits completed.
  • PSY 435LEC Psychology of Reproduction
    View Schedule PSY 435LEC Psychology of Reproduction Lecture

    Research on brain and hormone involvement in the control of behaviors relevant to all phases of reproduction (parental behavior and sex); infrahuman and human systems.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: Psychology majors only. PSY 351 and 45 credits completed.
  • PSY 436LEC Neuropsychology
    View Schedule PSY 436LEC Neuropsychology Lecture

    Reviews and, wherever possible, synthesizes research studies carried out mainly on humans that increase our understanding of how the brain works.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: Psychology majors only. PSY 351 and 45 credits completed.
  • PSY 437LEC Cross-Cultural Psychology
    View Schedule PSY 437LEC Cross-Cultural Psychology Lecture

    Examines the difference in concepts of the self, interpersonal processes, and group processes across cultures.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only, 45 credits completed and completion of at least one 300 level PSY course.
  • PSY 438LEC Sport and Exercise Psychology
    View Schedule PSY 438LEC Sport and Exercise Psychology Lecture

    Topics include the nature of sport psychology, personality and sport, motivational orientations in sport, self-referent thought in sport and physical activity, the arousal-athletic performance relationship, gender and sport behavior, and group dynamics.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only, 45 credits completed and completion of at least one 300 level PSY course.
  • PSY 439LEC Biopsychology of Stress
    View Schedule PSY 439LEC Biopsychology of Stress Lecture

    Stress and the body's various reactions to it.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: Psychology majors only. PSY 351 and 45 credits completed.
  • PSY 440LEC Hormones and Behavior
    View Schedule PSY 440LEC Hormones and Behavior Lecture

    Familiarizes students with the structure, function, and principles of the endocrine/neuroendocrine system and how this system helps to initiate and regulate behavior (e.g. stress, reproduction, cyclicity in behavior, ingestion, and aggression).

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: Psychology majors only. PSY 351 and 45 credits completed.
  • PSY 441LEC Behavioral Genetics
    View Schedule PSY 441LEC Behavioral Genetics Lecture

    The purpose of this course is to provide students with an introduction to the fundamental principles of genetics, especially in terms of their application to the study of behavior. Using this natural-science perspective, we will examine how genetic variables influence behavior of both humans and nonhumans, and how these variables interact with environmental factors. We will discuss the basic principles of Mendelian and molecular genetics, how these principles are studied in the laboratory and what they mean for behavior in the real world. At all times, we will evaluate the material from a rigorous scientific perspective. This course is dual-listed with PSY 715.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: Psychology majors only. PSY 351 and 45 credits completed.
  • PSY 442LEC Biopsychology of Ingestive Behavior
    View Schedule PSY 442LEC Biopsychology of Ingestive Behavior Lecture

    Familiarizes students with the biological basis of feeding and drinking. Covers broader concepts including homeostasis, sensory systems, structure and function of the nervous system, chemical signaling, learning and public health, all in the context of the control of feeding and drinking.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: Psychology majors only. PSY 351 and 45 credits completed.
  • PSY 443LEC The Neurobiology of Communication in Animals
    View Schedule PSY 443LEC The Neurobiology of Communication in Animals Lecture

    Focuses on the evolution, function, design, and diversity of animal communication systems such as song and visual signaling in birds, calls and echolocation in dolphins, echolocation and olfactory signaling in bats, olfactory signaling in insects, and electrical signaling in fish.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: Psychology majors only. PSY 351 and 45 credits completed.
  • PSY 444LEC Biological Rhythms in Behavior
    View Schedule PSY 444LEC Biological Rhythms in Behavior Lecture

    This course will examine the importance of timing in behavior as well as the internal timekeeping systems that regulate this timing. We will cover a diverse array of biological rhythms with an emphasis on daily and seasonal rhythms to gain an in-depth understanding of their formal properties, underlying physiological mechanisms, importance for animal behavior, and impact on human health. This course is dual-listed with PSY 744.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • PSY 445LEC Memory
    View Schedule PSY 445LEC Memory Lecture

    How knowledge is represented, stored, and retrieved by humans; attention; language comprehension; nature and causes of forgetting.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: Psychology majors only. PSY 341, 342, or 343 and 45 credits completed.
  • PSY 446LEC Animal Cognition
    View Schedule PSY 446LEC Animal Cognition Lecture

    Focuses on animal minds, including perception, attention, representation, concept and rule learning, judgments of time and number, tool use, communication, self-awareness, and awareness of the other. This course is dual-listed with PSY 648.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: Psychology majors only. PSY 341, 342, or 343 and 45 credits completed.
  • PSY 447LEC Psychology of Music
    View Schedule PSY 447LEC Psychology of Music Lecture

    How we perceive, remember, and respond to music. Representation of musical knowledge, emotional and aesthetic response to music, listening styles of novices and experts, music's role in human culture.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: Psychology majors only. PSY 341 or 342 or 343; 45 credits completed.
  • PSY 448LEC Psycholinguistics
    View Schedule PSY 448LEC Psycholinguistics Lecture

    What individuals know when they know a natural language; how that language is acquired; what the facts of language tell us of the structure of the mind.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: Psychology majors only. PSY 341, 342, or 343 and 45 credits completed.
  • PSY 449LEC Motivational Theory
    View Schedule PSY 449LEC Motivational Theory Lecture

    Development of ideas concerning the problem of motivation; important experiments in the development of these ideas; current theories of motivation; data relevant to an examination of these theories.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only, 45 credits completed and completion of at least one 300 level PSY course.
  • PSY 450LEC Advanced Research Methods in Psychology
    View Schedule PSY 450LEC Advanced Research Methods in Psychology Lecture

    Development and application of skills needed to conduct and evaluate research. Strongly recommended for students who plan to attend graduate school.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
    Prerequisites: Psychology majors only, PSY 250 or PSY 350 and 45 credits completed.
  • PSY 451LEC Drug Addiction
    View Schedule PSY 451LEC Drug Addiction Lecture

    The scientific study of drug addiction, emphasizing biological and psychological theories.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Prerequisites: Psychology majors only, PSY 351 and 45 credits completed.
  • PSY 452LEC Psychology of Prejudice
    View Schedule PSY 452LEC Psychology of Prejudice Lecture

    Psychological aspects of historical and contemporary race and gender relations in the United States. Topics include stereotyping, prejudice, discrimination, conflict, and cooperation.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only, 45 credits completed and completion of at least one 300 level PSY course.
  • PSY 455SEM Applied Behavior Analysis with Children 1
    View Schedule PSY 455SEM Applied Behavior Analysis with Children 1 Seminar

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only, 45 credits completed and completion of at least one 300 level PSY course.
  • PSY 456SEM Applied Behavior Analysis with Children 2
    View Schedule PSY 456SEM Applied Behavior Analysis with Children 2 Seminar

    PSY 455 and PSY 456 offer students the opportunity to 1) learn about current assessment and treatment methodologies for school-age children with disruptive behavior problems and 2) apply this knowledge in hands-on interactions with children within actual school settings. Topics covered include an overview of disruptive behavior disorders found in school-age children, functional behavioral assessment tools used with children, and empirically supported treatments for children with disruptive behavior problems.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only, 45 credits completed and completion of at least one 300 level PSY course.
  • PSY 457LEC Cognitive Development
    View Schedule PSY 457LEC Cognitive Development Lecture

    This course surveys core topics and recent work fundamental to the interdisciplinary field of human cognitive development. Major aspects of children?s thinking are reviewed through the examination of the various approaches to the study of early cognition. Emphasis will be placed on early development from infancy until the preschool years.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only, 45 credits completed and completion of at least one 300 level PSY course.
  • PSY 458LEC Adolescent Development
    View Schedule PSY 458LEC Adolescent Development Lecture

    Emphasizes how growth and development during the adolescent period are influenced by contemporary culture. Three major themes of adolescent development (self, stress, and love) are examined, and the course considers various psychological, biological, and sociological theories which attempt to explain changes associated with these themes.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only, 45 credits completed and completion of at least one 300 level PSY course.
  • PSY 461SEM Senior Seminar
    View Schedule PSY 461SEM Senior Seminar Seminar

    Topical seminars and laboratory courses.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only, 45 credits completed and completion of at least one 300 level PSY course.
  • PSY 464SEM Senior Seminar
    View Schedule PSY 464SEM Senior Seminar Seminar

    Topical seminars and laboratory courses.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only, 45 credits completed and completion of at least one 300 level PSY course.
  • PSY 465SEM Senior Seminar
    View Schedule PSY 465SEM Senior Seminar Seminar

    Topical seminars and laboratory courses.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only, 45 credits completed and completion of at least one 300 level PSY course.
  • PSY 466SEM Senior Seminar
    View Schedule PSY 466SEM Senior Seminar Seminar

    Topical seminars and laboratory courses.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only, 45 credits completed and completion of at least one 300 level PSY course.
  • PSY 467SEM Senior Seminar
    View Schedule PSY 467SEM Senior Seminar Seminar

    Topical seminars and laboratory courses.

    Credits: 1 - 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only, 45 credits completed and completion of at least one 300 level PSY course.
  • PSY 468SEM Senior Seminar
    View Schedule PSY 468SEM Senior Seminar Seminar

    Topical seminars and laboratory courses.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only, 45 credits completed and completion of at least one 300 level PSY course.
  • PSY 469SEM Senior Seminar
    View Schedule PSY 469SEM Senior Seminar Seminar

    Topical seminars and laboratory courses.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only, 45 credits completed and completion of at least one 300 level PSY course.
  • PSY 470SEM Senior Seminar
    View Schedule PSY 470SEM Senior Seminar Seminar

    Topical seminars and laboratory courses. PSY 470-PSY 475 are part of the Cognitive and Behavioral neurosciences courses.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only, 45 credits completed and completion of at least one 300 level PSY course.
  • PSY 471SEM Senior Seminar
    View Schedule PSY 471SEM Senior Seminar Seminar

    Topical seminars and laboratory courses. PSY 470-PSY 475 are part of the Cognitive and Behavioral neurosciences courses.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only, 45 credits completed and completion of at least one 300 level PSY course.
  • PSY 473SEM Senior Seminar
    View Schedule PSY 473SEM Senior Seminar Seminar

    Topical seminars and laboratory courses. PSY 470-PSY 475 are part of the Cognitive and Behavioral neurosciences courses.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only, 45 credits completed and completion of at least one 300 level PSY course.
  • PSY 474SEM Senior Seminar
    View Schedule PSY 474SEM Senior Seminar Seminar

    Topical seminars and laboratory courses. PSY 470-PSY 475 are part of the Cognitive and Behavioral neurosciences courses.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only, 45 credits completed and completion of at least one 300 level PSY course.
  • PSY 475SEM Senior Seminar
    View Schedule PSY 475SEM Senior Seminar Seminar

    Topical seminars and laboratory courses. PSY 470-PSY 475 are part of the Cognitive and Behavioral neurosciences courses.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only, 45 credits completed and completion of at least one 300 level PSY course.
  • PSY 476LEC Special Topics
    View Schedule PSY 476LEC Special Topics Lecture

    Current theories, research, and controversies in the major subareas of psychology. Specific topics and content change each semester.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only, 45 credits completed and completion of at least one 300 level PSY course.
  • PSY 477LEC Special Topics
    View Schedule PSY 477LEC Special Topics Lecture

    Current theories, research, and controversies in the major subareas of psychology. Specific topics and content change each semester.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only, 45 credits completed and completion of at least one 300 level PSY course.
  • PSY 478LEC Special Topics
    View Schedule PSY 478LEC Special Topics Lecture

    Current theories, research, and controversies in the major subareas of psychology. Specific topics and content change each semester.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only, 45 credits completed and completion of at least one 300 level PSY course.
  • PSY 479LEC Special Topics
    View Schedule PSY 479LEC Special Topics Lecture

    Current theories, research, and controversies in the major subareas of psychology. Specific topics and content change each semester.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only, 45 credits completed and completion of at least one 300 level PSY course.
  • PSY 480LEC Special Topics
    View Schedule PSY 480LEC Special Topics Lecture

    Current theories, research, and controversies in the major subareas of psychology. Specific topics and content change each semester.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only, 45 credits completed and completion of at least one 300 level PSY course.
  • PSY 481LEC Special Topics
    View Schedule PSY 481LEC Special Topics Lecture

    Current theories, research, and controversies in the major subareas of psychology. Specific topics and content change each semester.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only, 45 credits completed and completion of at least one 300 level PSY course.
  • PSY 482LEC Special Topics
    View Schedule PSY 482LEC Special Topics Lecture

    Current theories, research, and controversies in the major subareas of psychology. Specific topics and content change each semester.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only, 45 credits completed and completion of at least one 300 level PSY course.
  • PSY 483LEC Special Topics
    View Schedule PSY 483LEC Special Topics Lecture

    Current theories, research, and controversies in the major subareas of psychology. Specific topics and content change each semester.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only, 45 credits completed and completion of at least one 300 level PSY course.
  • PSY 484LEC Special Topics
    View Schedule PSY 484LEC Special Topics Lecture

    Current theories, research, and controversies in the major subareas of psychology. Specific topics and content change each semester.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only, 45 credits completed and completion of at least one 300 level PSY course.
  • PSY 485LEC Special Topics
    View Schedule PSY 485LEC Special Topics Lecture

    Current theories, research, and controversies in the major subareas of psychology. PSY 485-PSY 490 are part of the Cognitive and Behavioral neurosciences courses. Specific topics and content change each semester.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only, 45 credits completed and completion of at least one 300 level PSY course.
  • PSY 486LEC Special Topics
    View Schedule PSY 486LEC Special Topics Lecture

    Current theories, research, and controversies in the major subareas of psychology. PSY 485-PSY 490 are part of the Cognitive and Behavioral neurosciences courses. Specific topics and content change each semester.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only, 45 credits completed and completion of at least one 300 level PSY course.
  • PSY 487LEC Special Topics
    View Schedule PSY 487LEC Special Topics Lecture

    Current theories, research, and controversies in the major subareas of psychology. PSY 485-PSY 490 are part of the Cognitive and Behavioral neurosciences courses. Specific topics and content change each semester.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only, 45 credits completed and completion of at least one 300 level PSY course.
  • PSY 488LEC Special Topics
    View Schedule PSY 488LEC Special Topics Lecture

    Current theories, research, and controversies in the major subareas of psychology. PSY 485-PSY 490 are part of the Cognitive and Behavioral neurosciences courses. Specific topics and content change each semester.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only, 45 credits completed and completion of at least one 300 level PSY course.
  • PSY 489LEC Special Topics
    View Schedule PSY 489LEC Special Topics Lecture

    Current theories, research, and controversies in the major subareas of psychology. PSY 485-PSY 490 are part of the Cognitive and Behavioral neurosciences courses. Specific topics and content change each semester.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only, 45 credits completed and completion of at least one 300 level PSY course.
  • PSY 490LEC Special Topics
    View Schedule PSY 490LEC Special Topics Lecture

    Current theories, research, and controversies in the major subareas of psychology. PSY 485-PSY 490 are part of the Cognitive and Behavioral neurosciences courses. Specific topics and content change each semester.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only, 45 credits completed and completion of at least one 300 level PSY course.
  • PSY 495TUT Undergraduate Supervised Teaching
    View Schedule PSY 495TUT Undergraduate Supervised Teaching Tutorial

    Undergraduate teaching assistant (UTA) positions are available for certain psychology courses to those students who have completed the course or its equivalent with a grade of A, have achieved junior status, and have a minimum GPA of 3.0 overall. Students must apply for UTA positions with the appropriate instructor. Credit does not count toward the major. Graded P/F.

    Credits: 1 - 8
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only, 45 credits completed and completion of at least one 300 level PSY course.
  • PSY 496TUT Supervised Applied Experience
    View Schedule PSY 496TUT Supervised Applied Experience Tutorial

    A program of applied work in a community, government, or private agency or organization related to the major in psychology. Must be agreed upon by the student and a faculty sponsor in the department. Credit does not count toward the major. Graded P/F.

    Credits: 1 - 8
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only, 45 credits completed and completion of at least one 300 level PSY course.
  • PSY 497SEM Honors
    View Schedule PSY 497SEM Honors Seminar

    Independent research for two semesters with a faculty member. Apply in junior year.

    Credits: 1 - 8
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only, 45 credits completed and completion of at least one 300 level PSY course.
  • PSY 498TUT Undergraduate Research
    View Schedule PSY 498TUT Undergraduate Research Tutorial

    A program of supervised research to be agreed upon by the student and a faculty sponsor in the department, including procedures for evaluating student performance.. Student receives a letter grade.

    Credits: 1 - 8
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only, 45 credits completed and completion of at least one 300 level PSY course.
  • PSY 499TUT Independent Study
    View Schedule PSY 499TUT Independent Study Tutorial

    A program of scholarship to be agreed upon by the student and a faculty sponsor in the department, including procedures for evaluating student performance. Student receives a letter grade.

    Credits: 1 - 8
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: Psychology majors only, 45 credits completed and completion of at least one 300 level PSY course.
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