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PSY 1004 General Psychology
This course is a prerequisite to all other psychology courses. A combined theoretical, experimental, and clinical approach to the science of human behavior. An introduction to the rudiments of psychology from a social science perspective. II Social Science

PSY 2001 Introduction to Psychological Research
An introduction to psychological research by collaborating on a research project of a faculty member or student, under faculty supervision. (1/4 course unit.) Course may be repeated twice for credit. Prerequisites: PSY 1004 and permission of instructor.

PSY 2034 Experimental Psychology of Learning
Survey of research design, method, and theory in the study of learning and motivation. Prerequisite: PSY 1004. IV; V

PSY 2054 Theories of Personality
A study of the development, structure, and dynamics of the personality. Major contemporary theories are surveyed with comparative and critical treatment. Prerequisite: PSY 1004. IV

PSY 2064 Positive Psychology
This course focuses on an emerging movement in psychology called positive psychology, and explores the social, motivational, cognitive, and applied research on well-being, virtue, and personal growth. In addition to examining the empirical research in this area, students will participate in a several semester-long projects designed to enhance their own psychological well-being. Prerequisite: PSY 1004. IV

PSY 2114 Human Development: Childhood and Adolescence
An exploration of (1) dominant trajectories of, and individual differences in, physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development from infancy through adolescence; and (2) how the contexts in which children and adolescents develop shape development and contribute to similarities and differences between developmental trajectories. Prerequisite: PSY 1004. IV; V

PSY 2124 Human Development: Adulthood
An exploration of physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development in adulthood through the lens of our cultural narratives, which lay out the tasks of adulthood as engaging in love, work, and parenthood, while dealing with aging and making sense of our lives. This course explores psychological, sociological, and cultural understandings of these tasks of adulthood as they impact individual development. Prerequisite: PSY 1004. IV; V

PSY 2224 Research Methods for Psychology
Introduction to the major aspects and issues of the research processes in psychology. Includes examination of selecting research problems, operationalizing concepts, research design, methods of observation and analysis, reporting results, and ethical issues in research. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: PSY 1004. IV

PSY 2234 Statistical Analysis for the Social Sciences
An introduction to and practice in using and evaluating quantitative analysis in the social sciences. Coverage includes univariate, bivariate, and multivariate analytic techniques. Focus on proper use and interpretation of these techniques. Computation will be performed on computer. No mathematical or computer background is necessary. Prerequisites: PSY 1004 and PSY 3244, 2034, or 2224. Also listed as PS 2234 and SOC 2234. IV

PSY 2244 Research Lines in Psychology
In previous psychology courses you’ve been exposed to many research studies, all used to support or contradict some assertion. In this course, you will have the opportunity to see how those individual studies evolved from the particular psychologist’s interests, theories and theoretical perspective, and prior studies. By examining one research line, you will gain an understanding of how knowledge in psychology emerges, how psychologists answer "big questions," and explore a specific issue in depth. Prerequisite: PSY 1004.IV

PSY 2294 Special Topics in Psychology
An introduction to selected topics in psychology focusing on concepts and methods used by psychologists. Topics may include gerontology, neuropsychology, cognitive psychology, states of consciousness, and writings of major psychological theorists. Directed by a faculty member having specific competence in the topic under study. May be repeated for credit as long as the topic is different. Prerequisite: PSY 1004. IV

PSY 2304 Evolutionary Psychology
An examination of the contribution of evolutionary history to human behavior. Evaluates the extent to which current behavioral phenomena can be explained by human evolution, by current cultural trends, or by a combination of the two, and explores the role that ideology plays in interpreting behavior. Prerequisite: PSY 1004. IV

PSY 2324 Cultural Psychology
An examination of culture and psychological processes as mutually constituting agents. The course will be positioned within broad themes, including diversity in psychological functioning, cultural grounding of psychological experience and processes, and psychology of culture. Topics include self and identity, human development, relationships, emotions, cognition and perception, motivation and health. Prerequisite: PSY 1004 or ANTH 1024. Also listed as ANTH-2324. IV

PSY 2404 Cognitive Neuroscience
An examination of how applying theories in psychology to neuroscience research can contribute to our understanding of how the mind works. Evaluates the extent to which a multidisciplinary approach between biology, psychology and computer science can be used to explain how different brain areas and functions underlie our mental processes and behaviors. Topics include neuroanatomy, attention, learning, memory, emotion, social cognition, and object recognition. Prerequisite: PSY 1004. IV

PSY 2504 Human Sexuality
Explores the psychological and physiological aspects of human sexual behavior. Emphasis is placed on the cultural and biological diversity of sexual expression. Prerequisite: PSY 1004. Also listed as WS 2554. IV

PSY 2524 Psychology of Gender
Provides students with an overview of psychological research and theory on gender. The course provides analysis of the myths and stereotypes associated with women and men in society, the social and psychological gender differences that have been identified in the research, and the evidence and theoretical arguments concerning the origin and functional implications of these differences. Prerequisite: PSY 1004. Also listed as WS 2524. IV

PSY 2534 "Doing Gender" in Marriage
An examination of the ways in which gender is activated and enacted in the institution of marriage in the United States from psychological, sociological, and historical perspectives. Uses a feminist lens to emphasize the roles of psychological and interactional processes between partners, and of cultural narratives and social institutions, in the experience of "doing gender" in marriage. Promotes the goals of authenticity and mindful decision-making as strategies for maximizing success in long-term partnerships. Prerequisite: PSY 1004. Also listed as WS 2534. IV

PSY 2544 Stereotyping and Prejudice
Explores social psychological research on how cultural beliefs about the relative value and nature of different socio-demographic groups transform stereotyping and prejudice (individuals’ cognitive in-group/out-group categorization processes) and give rise to systems of power, privilege, and oppression. Students will examine origins, maintenance, and cognitive underpinnings of stereotypes, racism/white privilege, sexism, and heterosexism, as well as research on effective prejudice reduction techniques. Prerequisite: PSY 1004. IV

PSY 2644 Psychology of Minority Rel. Traditions
The purpose of this course is to examine through novels and films, the practice of religious traditions in cultural contexts, in which the religious tradition is not the mainstream or dominant tradition (e.g. a Hindu residing in a predominantly Muslim cultural space). In some contexts this would be an immigrant religion, in others, it would be a long standing and well-established minority tradition. We will investigate how cultural spaces shape and influence the construction of the non-dominant religious identity. Also listed as REL 2644. IV

PSY 3004 Social Psychology
An overview of theory and research in social psychology. Topics include the self, social perception, conformity, attitudes and attitude changes, prejudice, aggression, altruism, interpersonal attraction, and intergroup conflict. Prerequisite: PSY 1004. IV

PSY 3034 Psychological Testing
The methods, assumptions, and problems involved in psychological measurement and personality evaluation. Anumber of representative tests are used to study the underlying rationale for psychological testing and the construction, administration, interpretation, and evaluation of psychological tests. Prerequisite: PSY 1004. IV

PSY 3044 Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Applications of psychology in organizations. Attention to topics such as motivation, leadership, personnel selection and training, job analysis, human relations, human engineering, and the psychology of organizations. Prerequisite: PSY 1004. IV

PSY 3054 History of Psychology
A survey of the major historical antecedents of contemporary psychology, with emphasis on the development of systematic viewpoints in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Prerequisite: PSY 1004. IV; V

PSY 3124 Abnormal Psychology
A study of psychopathology considering possible cause of emotional disturbances, with techniques of diagnosis and theory employed. Prerequisite: PSY 1004. IV; V

PSY 3134 Motivation and Emotion
Motivation theory and research attempts to answer the Big Question in psychology: Why do people do the things that they do? This course explores the sources of motivation, why motivation varies between individuals and within one person from time to time, and how to increase motivation and enhance its quality. Prerequisite: PSY 1004. IV

PSY 3214 Issues in Developmental Psychology
An in-depth exploration of a particular topic or issue in developmental psychology. The topic (and therefore the prerequisites) may change from term to term and will be announced in advance. May be repeated once for credit as long as the topic is different. Prerequisites: Any 2000/3000-level PSY course or PSY 1004 and permission of instructor. IV

PSY 3244 Health Psychology
Focuses on the relationship of behavioral factors on health and longevity and how behaviors and attitudes have an impact on the quality of our lives. The course will cover how psychological theory and research are used to develop interventions to assist patients in maintaining healthy lifestyles and coping with and managing chronic health problems. Preventing disease will also be a major focus. Among the topics covered will be stress, cardiovascular disease, substance abuse, obesity, and many others. Prerequisite: PSY 1004. IV

PSY 3304 Biopsychology
A survey of biological mechanisms underlying behavior. Topics to be covered include brain anatomy and physiology, physiological processes underlying psychological and neurological disorders, effects of drugs on brain function, physiology of emotions and motivation, and hormonal influences on behavior. Prerequisite: PSY 1004. IV; V

PSY 3324 Experimental: Sensation and Perception
Introduction to design, methods, and theory in experimental psychology; consideration of critical experiments and research methods in the study of sensory and perceptual processes. Prerequisite: PSY 1004 and PSY 3304. IV; V

PSY 3354 Behavioral Pharmacology
A study of the use and abuse of psychoactive drugs. Presents basic principles of pharmacology. Surveys the drugs used to treat psychological and neurological disorders. Also covers the recreational use of drugs and the problems associated with drug addiction and rehabilitation. Prerequisite: PSY 1004. IV

PSY 4004 Independent Research
Individual faculty supervision of student research. Course may be repeated once for credit. Students taking Independent Research for two terms may apply only one unit toward the 11 units required for the major. Prerequisites: PSY 1004, major in psychology, and permission of instructor.

PSY 4014 Theories of Psychotherapy
A survey of the basic principles and theories of psychotherapy and an introduction to counseling techniques. Prerequisites: PSY 1004, PSY 3124, and permission of instructor. IV; V

PSY 4024 Developmental Psychopathology
Covers the major psychological and behavioral disorders of childhood and adolescence. Issues related to the etiology, conceptualization, course, and treatment of childhood maladaptation will be examined. Prerequisites: PSY 1004 and 2114. IV; V

PSY 4034 Issues
Different resource materials will be used to provide a basis for discussion of controversial topics in psychology that cover a gamut of interests. Audiotapes, videotapes, writings, and other materials are used. May be repeated once for credit. Standard or CR/NC grading. Prerequisites: PSY 1004, major in psychology, junior or senior standing, or special permission of instructor. IV

PSY 4044 Interpersonal Psychology
Coming Soon. IV

PSY 4204 Internship in Psychology
Supervised placement of students in organizations or industries employing professional psychologists. Provides students with the opportunity to see how psychology is practiced in the community and lets them apply material from their courses in a work setting. An academic requirement relating psychological theory to practice is included in the internship. CR/NC grading. Prerequisites: PSY 1004 and 4 units in psychology.

PSY 4444 Senior Seminar in Psychology
The culminating experience for the psychology major, designed to integrate and advance knowledge gained from previous courses. A systematic examination of significant current issues in theory, research, and application. Prerequisites: PSY 1004, major in psychology, and senior standing. IV; V

PSY 4904 Senior Honors in Psychology
A creative exploration in psychology. Students pursue an area of interest to satisfy their own intellectual curiosity and to challenge and expand their knowledge of psychology. (1 course unit.) Prerequisites: PSY 1004, senior standing, a major in psychology, permission of instructor, 3.5 grade point average in major, and a 3.0 overall grade point average.

PSY 4908 Senior Honors in Psychology
A creative exploration in psychology. Students pursue an area of interest to satisfy their own intellectual curiosity and to challenge and expand their knowledge of psychology. (2 course units.) Prerequisites: PSY 1004, senior standing, a major in psychology, permission of instructor, 3.5 grade point average in major, and a 3.0 overall grade point average.

PSY 4912 Senior Honors in Psychology
A creative exploration in psychology. Students pursue an area of interest to satisfy their own intellectual curiosity and to challenge and expand their knowledge of psychology. (3 course units.) Prerequisites: PSY 1004, senior standing, a major in psychology, permission of instructor, 3.5 grade point average in major, and a 3.0 overall grade point average.

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