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Faculty Chair: Philip Tolin
Psychology Building 421
Richard V. Alumbaugh, General Experimental, Aggression, Psychometrics
Terry L. De Vietti, Physiological Psychology, Experimental
James L. Eubanks, Organization Development, Performance Management and Training, General Experimental
Roger S. Fouts, General Experimental, Language Acquisition, Primate Behavior, Comparative Psychology
Eugene R. Johnson, School Psychology, Psychological and Educational Evaluation, Exceptional Children
Susan D. Lonborg, Counseling Psychology, Psychotherapy Research, Psychology of Women, Substance Abuse, Sports Psychology
John L. Silva, Emeritus, Clinical, Counseling, Testing
Anthony J. Stahelski, Organization Development, Social Psychology, Small Group Interaction
Stephanie Stein, School Psychology, Behavior Disorders in Children, Lifespan Development, Psychopathology
Elizabeth M. Street, Educational Psychology, Learning Theory, Exceptional Children, Behavioral Analysis
Warren R. Street, Social Psychology, History of Psychology, General Experimental, Computer Methods
Philip Tolin, Sensation and Perception, Human Factors, Experimental
Lisa L. Weyandt, School Psychology, Developmental Neuropsychology, Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder
W. Owen Dugmore, Counseling, Psychology of Adjustment
Stephen B. Schepman, Organization Development, Work Motivation, Personality Theories
Terrence J. Schwartz, Educational Psychology, Counseling Psychology, Statistical Analysis
Wendy A. Williams, General Experimental, Operant Conditioning and Animal Behavior
Jeffrey A. Daniels, Counseling Psychology, Counseling Self-Efficacy
J. Phillip Diaz, School Psychology, Educational Psychology, Pediatric Neuropsychology
Marte Fallshore, Human Learning and Memory, Development of Expertise, Statistics, Cognition, Humor
Sally Kennedy, Counseling Psychology, Identity Development, Values and Attitudes
Megan D.Matheson, General Experimental, Primate Behavior, Comparative Psychology
Jeffrey M. Penick, Counseling Psychology, Health Psychology, Adult Development
Lecturer: Mark Soelling, Clinical, Educational, Developmental Psychology
The Department of Psychology offers an important behavioral science component of the university's liberal arts curriculum. As part of the General Education program, courses in psychology assist students in developing a broadened world view through their understanding of behavior. Our courses also provide students in other majors psychological knowledge and skills that are instrumental to effective action in their area of study. Through our major courses of study students can develop an understanding of the perspectives, content, and methodology of the science and practice of psychology, and prepare for graduate study.
Students wishing to apply for admission to the Psychology major or minor are required to register with and be advised by a member of the department faculty. Contact the department office for current admission requirements. The Department reserves the right to change requirements as circumstances warrant. Application forms may be obtained from the department office.
Students who have not met the admission criteria may be admitted conditionally. However, only students who are fully admitted to the major or minor are eligible to enroll in PSY 301, PSY 461, or PSY 490.
The eligibility requirements for admission to the psychology department honors program include the following:
1. Admission to the program:
The student must be a Psychology major, at least a junior but not more than a first quarter senior; and have completed all core courses with a GPA of at least 3.25 in those courses and have an overall cumulative GPA of 3.0. The student must apply in writing to the Department Chair, with a supporting letter of recommendation from a member of the faculty who agrees to supervise the student's work to completion.
2. Requirements and Procedures:
The student will register for 4-6 credits in PSY 497, Undergraduate Honors Thesis. In consultation with the supervising faculty member, the student chooses a three-person faculty committee. Plans for the honors project, generally an empirical research study, must be approved by the entire committee. The project will culminate in a written research report and a formal defense of the thesis.
PSY 490 is a contracted field experience with a business, industry, government, or social service agency. In addition to the university requirements for a contracted field experience, the Department of Psychology has additional requirements that must be met if permission is to be granted to enroll in PSY 490. These requirements are as follows:
1. Senior standing
2. Full admission to a 60-credit Psychology major
3. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher or three letters of recommendation from Psychology faculty.
45 credits (6485)
60 credits (6490)
The Psychology major is intended for students who wish a liberal arts background in behavioral science or who intend to pursue graduate study in psychology. A faculty advisor can recommend electives appropriate to the student's objectives.
Students may choose either a 45 credit major (6485) or a 60 credit major (6490). Those who have a second major or who have a minor in a related discipline may opt for the 45 credit major.
Psychology Core Requirements Credits PSY 101, General Psychology 5 PSY 300, Research Methods in Psychology 5 PSY 301, Learning 5 PSY 362, Introductory Statistics 4 PSY 363, Intermediate Statistics 4 PSY 461, History and Systems of Psychology 5 Psychology Core Total 28 Required Courses Credits Psychology Core Requirements 28 Select one or more courses from each of the following clusters: Cluster I. 4 PSY 346, Social Psychology (4) PSY 444, Tests and Measurements (4) PSY 456, Industrial and Organizational Psychology (4) Cluster II. 3-4 PSY 313, Developmental Psychology (4) PSY 447, Psychology of Adolescence (3) PSY 452, Adult Development and Aging (4) Cluster III. 3-5 PSY 450, Perception (4) PSY 460, Cognitive Psychology (5) PSY 473, Psychology of Thought and Language (4) PSY 478, Physiological Psychology (3) PSY 478.l, Techniques in Physiological Psychology (2) Cluster IV. 4-5 PSY 445, Clinical, Counseling and Community Psychology (5) PSY 449, Abnormal Psychology (4) PSY 453, Theories of Personality (5) *Department approved electives 0-19 45 credit major (0-3) 60 credit major (14-18) *May include a maximum of five lower division credits Total 45-60
Psychology: Teaching Major (6507)
or Area Endorsement
Secondary teachers with a major in Psychology must also complete a major in another discipline in which the major portion of a full-time teaching assignment can be expected. This combination will qualify the student for teaching both psychology and the second major field.
Non-majors who seek a subject area endorsement to teach psychology at the secondary level should contact the Psychology Department Chair or the Director of Certification for information.
Psychology Minor (6500)
The Psychology minor is designed to provide an informed background in the discipline of psychology while complementing a variety of majors. The minor consists of a common set of core courses plus additional upper-division courses in psychology. Students may choose a general psychology minor or a minor emphasizing development or community psychology. A list of approved electives is available in the department office. Or, in consultation with a faculty advisor, the student may choose a minimum of 11 upper division elective credits appropriate to individual interests or professional goals.
Required Courses Credits PSY 101, General Psychology 5 PSY 300, Research Methods in Psychology* 5 PSY 303, Analysis of Everyday Behavior 4 PSY 346, Social Psychology 4 Approved upper division Psychology electives 11-14 Total 29-32 *Students majoring in Law & Justice, Sociology, or Social Services may substitute another upper- division psychology course for PSY 300.
PSY 101. General Psychology (5). An introduction to the science of behavior.
PSY 205. Psychology of Adjustment (5). The nature of the adaptive process and the means by which people adjust to their environment.
PSY 235. Relationships and Personal Development (3). Also listed as FCSF 235. Students may not receive credit for both. May not be used for breadth if SOC 248 has been taken.
PSY 275. Community Development in Residence Halls (3). By Permission only. Components of successful student development in residential settings. Educational philosophy of residence halls, community development and problem solving. Credits do not apply toward Psychology major or minor.
PSY 295. Laboratory Experience in Psychology (1-5). Permission of Department Chair required. PSY 101 recommended. May be repeated. Not more than 5 credit hours may be applied to a psychology major. Grade will be S or U.
PSY 298. Special Topics (1-6).
PSY 299. Seminar in Psychology (3).
PSY 300. Research Methods in Psychology (5). Prerequisites, PSY 101 and MATH 130.1. It is recommended that PSY 362 be taken concurrently. Four hours lecture plus 2 hours laboratory each week.
PSY 301. Learning (5). Prerequisites, PSY 300, 362 and admission to the Psychology major or minor. It is recommended that PSY 363 be taken concurrently. Conditioning, memory and cognitive processes. Four hours lecture per week plus 20 hours of laboratory.
PSY 303. Analysis of Everyday Behavior (4). Prerequisite, PSY 101. Environmental, cognitive, and biological influences on behavior in daily life.
PSY 304. Effective Thinking (4). The nature, function, and limits of intelligence; interactions with emotions and values; analyzing and constructing arguments; problem solving techniques; conflict management; group processes and leadership.
PSY 313. Developmental Psychology (4). Prerequisites, PSY 101. Students may not receive credit for both PSY 313 and PSY 314.
PSY 314. Human Development and the Learner (4). Development through the life cycle. Prerequisite, admission to teacher education program or on a space available basis with permission of the Chair, and PSY 101. Student may not receive credit for both PSY 314 and PSY 313.
PSY 315. Educational Psychology (4). Prerequisites, PSY 313 or PSY 314, and either admission to the teacher education program or on a space available basis with permission of the Chair. Learning theories, instructional principles, evaluation processes, classroom management.
PSY 340. Teaching of Psychology (3). Prerequisites, completion of course in which teaching or assisting is to be done and approval of Department Chair. May be taken twice for credit. Grade will be S or U.
PSY 346. Social Psychology (4). Recommended prerequisite, PSY 101. Social influences on individual behavior.
PSY 350. Sleep and Dreaming (3). Prerequisite, PSY 101 with PSY 300 recommended. Research and theory concerning the functions and dysfunctions of sleep and dreaming. Theories of dream interpretation and control.
PSY 355. Environmental Psychology (4). Behavioral responses to everyday natural and artificial environments.
PSY 362. Introductory Statistics (4). Prerequisite, MATH 130.1 or equivalent course in mathematics. Descriptive statistics and introduction to inferential statistics.
PSY 363. Intermediate Statistics (4). Prerequisite, PSY 362. Analysis of variance and selected non-parametric inferential techniques.
PSY 396. Individual Study (1-6). Prerequisite, permission of the instructor. May not be repeated, except by honor students.
PSY 398. Special Topics (1-6).
PSY 401. Psychology of Sport (4). Prerequisite PSY 101. Current theory and research on sports psychology; application of psychological interventions in sports and fitness.
PSY 425. Advanced Chemical Dependency Counseling (3). Prerequisite, admission to the Chemical Dependency program (Community Health) or Master's degree program in Psychology. Individual, group and family counseling as it relates to chemical dependency treatment and recovery.
PSY 437. Diagnosis and Assessment of Chemical Dependency (3). Prerequisite, admission to the Chemical Dependency program (Community Health) or Master's degree program in Psychology. Examinations of the practice of diagnosis and assessment of chemical dependency.
PSY 438. Chemical Dependency and the Family (3). An overview of theory and research regarding chemical dependency in the family with a conceptual understanding of models and methods that shape treatment.
PSY 444. Tests and Measurements (4). Prerequisite, PSY 315 or 362. Psychological and educational tests, theory and practice.
PSY 445. Clinical, Counseling and Community Psychology (5). Prerequisite, PSY 101, PSY 449 recommended. History, current trends, fields of employment, professional ethics, methods of psychological diagnosis and treatment.
PSY 446. Experimental Personality and Social Psychology (4). Prerequisites, PSY 346 and 363. Research methods, theories, and review of selected topics.
PSY 447. Psychology of Adolescence (3). Prerequisite, PSY 101. Physiological, cognitive, and social aspects of maturation; problems of vocational choice and of increasing autonomy.
PSY 448. Sexual Behavior (4). Prerequisite, PSY 101. The scientific study of the learned and innate bases of sexual behavior in humans and lower animals.
PSY 449. Abnormal Psychology (4). Prerequisites, PSY 101 and four additional credits in psychology. Symptoms, etiology and treatment of psychopathology and behavior problems.
PSY 450. Sensation and Perception (4). Prerequisites, PSY 300 with BIOL 201 recommended. Research, theoretical models of sensory and perceptual processes.
PSY 452. Adult Development and Aging (4). Prerequisite, PSY 313 or 314 recommended. Principles of adult psychological development and the aging process. Examination of adult behavior, life styles, crises in adult development, and cognitive, personality, and intellectual changes with aging.
PSY 453. Theories of Personality (5). Prerequisites, PSY 101 and four additional credits in psychology or permission of instructor.
PSY 454. The Helping Interview (3). Theory and practice of supportive interviewing skills.
PSY 455. Behavioral Medicine and Health Psychology (4). Prerequisite, PSY 101. PSY 300 recommended. The application pf psychology to the understanding of illness and to its prevention and treatment with special emphasis on current health topics (e.g., stress, HIV/AIDS).
PSY 456. Industrial and Organizational Psychology (4). Prerequisite, PSY 362 or permission of instructor. Application of psychological principles to personnel and organizational problems in labor, industry, government, education, and the military.
PSY 460. Cognitive Psychology (5). Prerequisite, PSY 300. Methods and theories of human cognitionand information processing.
PSY 461. History and Systems of Psychology (5). Prerequisite, PSY 301 and admission to the Psychology major or minor.
PSY 462. Computer Methods for Social Science (4). Prerequisite, at least one course in statistics. Assumes no prior computer experience. How to produce descriptive and inferential statistics and simple graphs using Minitab and SPSSX. Same as CS 462. Students may not receive credit for both.
PSY 465. Psychology and the Law (3). How the discipline of psychology contributes to our understanding of matters related to the law.
PSY 467. Child Psychopathology (3). Prerequisites, PSY 313 or 314 or permission of instructor. Discovery and treatment of the severely maladjusted child; the home, school, and community in relation to the child's mental health; relevant resources and research.
PSY 470. Evolutionary Psychology (4).
PSY 473. Psychology of Thought and Language (4). Prerequisite, PSY 300. Symbolic processes, concept formation, problem solving, language development. Formerly PSY 373. Students may not receive credit for both.
PSY 476. Drugs (4). Common drugs, psychotherapeutic agents and hallucinogens. Behavioral effects and physiological mechanisms.
PSY 478. Physiological Psychology (3). Prerequisite, BIOL 201 or permission of instructor. Problems, methods and techniques of neurophysiology and the physiology of human and infrahuman behavior patterns.
PSY 478.1. Techniques in Physiological Psychology (2). Surgical techniques, ablation techniques, electrical stimulation of the brain, and various methods used in recording responses. One lecture and one two-hour laboratory per week. Must be taken concurrently with PSY 478.
PSY 483. Psychology of Women (3). Prerequisite, PSY 101 or permission of instructor. The psychology of women from a social psychological perspective, which examines gender and situation and male-female interaction.
PSY 484. Violence and Aggression (3). Prerequisite, PSY 101 with PSY 346 recommended. Violence and aggression directed toward self, others, and society. Problems of prevention and treatment, related ethical and legal issues.
PSY 487. Group Processes and Leadership (3). Human relations in group situations. Grade will be S or U. Same as EDCS 487. Students may not receive credit for both.
PSY 488. Group Dynamics and the Individual (3). Prerequisite, PSY/EDCS 487 or permission of instructor. A human interaction laboratory to facilitate the development of self-insight, understanding of the basis of interpersonal operators in groups and the acquisition of skills in diagnosing individual, group, and organized behavior. Grade will be S or U. Same as EDCS 488. Students may not receive credit for both.
PSY 490. Cooperative Education (1-12). Prerequisite, contact the Department office. An individualized contracted field experience with business, industry, government, or social service agencies. This contractual arrangement involves a student learning plan, cooperating employer supervision, and faculty coordination. Prior approval required. May be repeated. Grade will be S or U.
PSY 491. Workshop (1-6).
PSY 495. Directed Research (1-5). Prerequisite, permission of instructor. May be repeated. Not more than four hours of PSY 295 and PSY 495 combined may be applied to a 45-credit Psychology major, and not more than 10 hours combined, to a 60-credit major. Grade will be S or U.
PSY 496. Individual Study (1-6). Prerequisite, permission of instructor. May be repeated by honors students only.
PSY 497. Undergraduate Honors Thesis (2-6). Prerequisite, admission to the Departmental Honors Program. May be repeated up to a total of six credits. Research supervised by three-member committee of the Department of Psychology.
PSY 499. Seminar (1-5). May be repeated.
The following courses are on reserve and may be offered subject to program needs: PSY 404, Psychology of the Gifted (3). PSY 475, Instrumentation of Psychology (2). PSY 477, Neurological Basis of Behavior (4).