Psychology and Neuroscience

Davie Hall, CB# 3270
(919) 962-7149

First Session, 2019

PSYC 101 General Psychology (3)

No prerequisite. A survey of major principles of psychology and introduction to scientific modes of thought about behavior. Students participate in ongoing psychological research in the department.

PSYC 175 Introduction to Neuroscience (3)

No prerequisite. Provides an introduction to the structure and function of the nervous system. Fundamental principles will be introduced, including nervous system anatomy; molecular and cellular properties of the nervous system; sensory and motor systems; current methods used in neuroscience; and how the nervous system produces behavior and cognition. This course provides greater breadth and depth of neuroscience topics, as compared to Biopsychology (PSYC 220). Previously offered as PSYC 315.

PSYC 210 Statistical Principles of Psychological Research (4)

Prerequisite, PSYC 101. Consideration of the methodological principles underlying psychological research, descriptive and inferential techniques, and the manner by which they may be employed to design psychological experiments and analyze behavioral data. Two extra hours, two days per week.

PSYC 225 Sensation and Perception (3)

Prerequisite, PSYC 101. Topics in vision, audition, and the lower senses. Receptor mechanisms, psychophysical methods, and selected perceptual phenomena will be discussed. “Maymester section available.”

PSYC 230 Cognitive Psychology (3)

Prerequisite, PSYC 101. Topics in attention, memory, visual, auditory, and other forms of information processing, decision making, and thinking.

PSYC 242 Introduction to Clinical Psychology (3)

Prerequisite, PSYC 101. Overview of clinical psychology: history, scientific basis, and major activities and concerns, including assessment, psychotherapy and other psychological interventions, community psychology, ethics, and professional practice. Note – This course replaces the older PSYC 505 (Introduction to Clinical Psychology) and will NOT count toward the Psychology major if a student has previously taken PSYC 505 for credit.

PSYC 245 Abnormal Psychology (3)

MAYMESTER. ALSO ONLINE. Prerequisite, PSYC 101. Major forms of behavior disorders in children and adults, with an emphasis on description, causation, and treatment.

PSYC 250 Child Development (3)

Prerequisite, PSYC 101. Study of the development of social and intellectual behavior in normal children and the processes that underlie this development. Emphasis is typically on theory and research.

PSYC 260 Social Psychology (3)

ONLINE. Prerequisite, PSYC 101. Introductory survey of experimental social psychology covering attitudes, interpersonal processes, and small groups.

PSYC 270 Laboratory Research in Psychology (4)

Prerequisites, PSYC 101 and 210. Experiments in biological, behavioral, cognitive, developmental, personality, and social psychology are discussed, prepared, performed, and reported. Five lectures and four/five lab meetings per week.

PSYC 320 Drugs and Human Behavior (3)

Prerequisite, PSYC 101. This course will examine the use of drugs to alter behavior. Social implications of drug use and methods for preventing and treating drug abuse also will be considered.

PSYC 330 Introduction to Cognitive Science (3)

MAYMESTER. Prerequisite, PSYC 101. Recommended preparation, PSYC 210 or another quantitative reasoning course. An introduction to the interdisciplinary study of the mind, intelligent behavior, information processing, and communication in living organisms and computers.

PSYC 501 Theoretical, Empirical Perspectives on Personality (3)

MAYMESTER. Prerequisite, PSYC 101. An in-depth coverage of the traditional clinically based personality theories of the early 20th century contrasted with more recent empirically based perspectives.

PSYC 566 Attitude Change (3)

Prerequisite, PSYC 101, 210, and 260. A detailed consideration of the theoretical issues in attitude and belief change.

PSYC 993 Master’s Thesis (Var.)

PSYC 994 Doctoral Dissertation (Var.)

Second Session, 2019

PSYC 101 General Psychology (3)

No prerequisite. A survey of major principles of psychology and introduction to scientific modes of thought about behavior. Students participate in ongoing psychological research in the department.

PSYC 175 Introduction to Neuroscience (3)

ONLINE. No prerequisite. Provides an introduction to the structure and function of the nervous system. Fundamental principles will be introduced, including nervous system anatomy; molecular and cellular properties of the nervous system; sensory and motor systems; current methods used in neuroscience; and how the nervous system produces behavior and cognition. This course provides greater breadth and depth of neuroscience topics, as compared to Biopsychology (PSYC 220). Previously offered as PSYC 315.

PSYC 210 Statistical Principles of Psychological Research (4)

Prerequisite, PSYC 101. Consideration of the methodological principles underlying psychological research, descriptive and inferential techniques, and the manner by which they may be employed to design psychological experiments and analyze behavioral data. Two extra hours, two days per week.

PSYC 220 Biopsychology (3)

ONLINE. Prerequisite, PSYC 101. Study of the biological basis of behavior. Emphasis will be placed on human findings and applications.

PSYC 222 Learning (3)

ONLINE. Prerequisite, PSYC 101. Topics in Pavlovian and operant (instrumental) conditioning, learning theory, higher order cognitive learning, and application of those principles to mental-health related situations.

PSYC 230 Cognitive Psychology (3)

Prerequisite, PSYC 101. Topics in attention, memory, visual, auditory, and other forms of information processing, decision making, and thinking.

PSYC 245 Abnormal Psychology (3)

ONLINE. Prerequisite, PSYC 101. Major forms of behavior disorders in children and adults, with an emphasis on description, causation, and treatment.

PSYC 250 Child Development (3)

Prerequisite, PSYC 101. Study of the development of social and intellectual behavior in normal children and the processes that underlie this development. Emphasis is typically on theory and research.

PSYC 260 Social Psychology (3)

Prerequisite, PSYC 101. Introductory survey of experimental social psychology covering attitudes, interpersonal processes, and small groups.

PSYC 270 Laboratory Research in Psychology (4)

Prerequisites, PSYC 101 and 210. Experiments in biological, behavioral, cognitive, developmental, personality, and social psychology are discussed, prepared, performed, and reported. Five lectures and four/five lab meetings per week.

PSYC 504 Health Psychology (3)

Prerequisites, PSYC 101 and 245. An in-depth coverage of psychological, biological, and social factors that may be involved with health.

PSYC 993 Master’s Thesis (Var.)

PSYC 994 Doctoral Dissertation (Var.)