Preview of Courses

The following are courses that have been offered or are usually offered by the Department of Psychological Sciences. For a comprehensive list of courses, please refer to the current Schedule of Classes or Course Catalog.

PSYC 222. Biological Bases of Behavior
Introduces the neural, genetic, biochemical, and structural mechanisms that underlie normal and abnormal human behavior. Lecture, films, and visual aids. Prerequisite: PSYC 100.

PSYC 242. Child Psychology
Introduces the major theories and issues relevant to physical, emotional, social, and cognitive development from conception through preadolescence. Includes consideration of ethical issues relevant to the study of children, live observations of typically developing infants, preschool-, and school-age children in natural settings, and a presentation on autism. Prerequisite: PSYC 100 and instructor permission.

PSYC 266. Psychology of Human Sexuality
A review of human sexuality with a focus on personal decision making and communication, as well as physiological, psychological, and sociological influences on sexual behavior and sexual identity. Prerequisite: PSYC 100.

PSYC 352. Social Psychology
Issues, theories, and research in social psychology; non-verbal communication, person perception, attitudes, social influence, aggression and helping, social exchange, interpersonal relationships. Prerequisite: PSYC 100 or SOC 100.

PSYC 372. Abnormal Psychology
Study of the description, causes, and treatments of dysfunctional behaviors; includes both clinical and empirical research perspectives. Prerequisite: PSYC 100.

PSYC 382. Health Psychology
A study of the relationships among mental processes, behavior, and physical health, with an emphasis on the role of psychology in prevention and treatment of illness as well as promoting optimum health. Prerequisite: PSYC 100.