Students will engage in mentored research with a faculty member in the department. Students may either serve as a research assistant for a project conducted by the faculty mentor or carry out a project of their own design. Responsibilities may include conducting a literature review, developing a research proposal, designing study materials, data collection and analysis, or preparing research for presentation or publication. Students will also be required to meet regularly with the faculty mentor. Prerequisite: 330. Restricted to students with junior standing or higher.
This course introduces students to the study of behavior and mental processes including cognition, learning, memory, motivation, emotion, interpersonal interactions, psychological disorders, and much more. Students receive exposure to the breadth of the scientific field of psychology with an emphasis on evaluating behavior from a biopsychosocial perspective. SS
This course introduces students to a range of behavior disorders including anxiety disorders, depressive and bipolar disorders, trauma- and stressor-related disorders, substance-related disorders, schizophrenia spectrum disorders, and personality disorders.
Independent reading and/or research under the supervision of a psychology faculty member. Refer to the academic policy section for independent study policy. An independent study contract is required. May be repeated for credit.
This course provides an overview of chemical abuse and dependence, examining the impact on society, families, and individuals. Students will be introduced to the scope and nature of the field of chemical dependency, including a historical perspective. Special emphasis will target the Biopsychosocial model of addiction, prevention, family dynamics, special populations, and treatment modalities.
Health psychology is an exciting interdisciplinary field of study that explores the complex bi-directional relationship between psychological and physical health. This course examines the interactions between chronic medical conditions and psychological factors, such as stress, psychological states, and personality. Students will also learn about strategies for coping with stress and improving health and well-being, as well as the benefits of stress. Prerequisite: 171.
In the capstone course, students reflect on their learning in their major and identify their future goals. Students prepare a formal report in APA style of their internship, practicum, or advanced research experience, and present it to a scholarly audience. Students also explore career and graduate study options, and develop materials (e.g., C.V., cover letter) to assist them in their search for employment or graduate school opportunities. Restricted to students with junior standing or higher. Prerequisite: 481 or 487 or 489.
This course will examine the major theories, research methodology, and research findings focusing on developments in physical, cognitive, language and social-emotional development, and the contexts that influence development. Prerequisite: 171.
This course discusses the application of psychological theory and research to sports and recreation. Topics will include motivation, competition and cooperation, arousal, stress and anxiety, group and team dynamics, group cohesion, intrinsic motivation, leadership, imagery, concentration, athletic injuries and psychology, burnout and overtraining, children and sport psychology, and aggression in sports. Prerequisite: 171.
Applied Statistics prepares students to understand and conduct data analysis in the social sciences. The emphasis of the course is: 1) understanding concepts of probability and sampling error, 2) interpretation of confidence intervals, and 3) learning to write about statistical results. Topics include descriptive statistics (e.g., central tendency and variability), mean differences (e.g., t-tests, ANOVA), correlation, regression, and meta-analysis. Students will learn to use a variety of software programs to conduct analyses (e.g., Excel, JASP, and SPSS).