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PSYCHOLOGY

To satisfy the requirements of the psychology minor, the student must take Introduction to Psychology and four other psychology courses. Independent studies and winter terms may not be used for this purpose, and at least one of the four additional courses must be a 300-level course. No more than two transfer classes may count toward the psychology minor.

All courses for the minor must be passed with a grade of C- or better.

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PS 101S: Introduction to Psychology
The scientific study of human behavior and cognitive processes, including biopsychology, learning, memory, motivation, development, personality, abnormality, and social processes.

PS 200: Statistics and Research Design I
First part of a two-semester sequence that integrates basic statistics with principles of research design. Emphasis on descriptive statistics, correlation and regression, and ethics of psychological research. Introduction to SPSS and writing in APA format. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or permission of instructor.

PS 201M: Statistics and Research Design II
Second part of two-semester sequence that integrates basic statistics with the principles of research design. Emphasis on inferential statistics, observational research, survey methodology, and experimentation. Continued instruction in SPSS and writing in APA format. Prerequisite: PS200.

PS 202: Psychology of Childhood and Adolescence
Integrative study of human development from conception through adolescence. Examines physical, cognitive, social, and emotional facets of development, including peer and family relationships, personality development, and contemporary issues. Prerequisite: PS 101S.

PS 205: Human Learning and Cognition
Examination of the cognitive processes involved in learning and memory, language, problem solving, reasoning, and decision making. Prerequisite: PS 101S.

PS 209: Abnormal Psychology
Examination of thoughts and behaviors that deviate from the social norms, are maladaptive, and/or cause distress. Emphasis on etiology and treatment of psychological disorders from a biopsychosocial perspective. Prerequisite: PS 101S or HD 101S.

PS 212: Comparative Psychology
Examine the behavior and mental lives of many species. Topics include the theoretical foundation of comparative psychology, research methods and observation techniques, and current research topics in the field. Prerequisites: PS 101S.

PS 234: Health Psychology
Study of the psychological, physiological, and behavioral factors in the etiology and prevention of illness. Topics studied include stress and coping, mind-body relationships, pain management, and health promotion. Prerequisite: PS 101S.

PS 302: Social Psychology
Study of the individual in a social environment, with an emphasis on the experimental approach to understanding the impact of social forces. Topics covered include group influence, attraction, aggression, attitude formation and change, and altruism. Prerequisites: PS 101S.

PS 306: Personality Theory and Research
Study of individual differences and personality processes using classical and contemporary perspectives, including psychodynamic, behavioral and cognitive, humanistic, trait, narrative, and neurobiological approaches. Prerequisites: PS 201M and JR/SR status.

PS 309: Biopsychology
Application of neurological and neurophysical principles to understanding human behavior and thought, emotion and motivation, learning and memory. Prerequisite: PS 101S and junior standing.

PS 312: Psychology of Interpersonal Conflict
Examination of the causes of conflict between individuals and groups. Focus on the cognitive and emotional processes associated with conflict, and possible solutions to the problem of conflict. Prerequisite: PS 101S.

PS 314: Sensation and Perception
Integrative study of sensory perception, with an emphasis on individual differences and cognitive factors that affect perception. Topics include vision, hearing, tatse, smell, touch, pain, and vestibular perception. Prerequisite: PS 205.

PS 321: Advanced Statistics and Research Design
Primarily for students pursuing the BS degree in psychology. Development of research skills in psychology including advanced statistical analyses, complex research design, and writing in APA format. Prerequisite: PS 201M.

PS 337: Psychological Tests and Measurements
Primarily for students pursuing the BS degree in psychology. Focus in statistical concepts underlying test construction and examination of psychological tests measuring achievement, aptitude, intelligence, and personality. Prerequisite: PS 201M.

PS 344: Internship in Psychology
Field work in the community which allows for the practical application of psychological principles. Requires 130 hours of supervised work in a clinical setting. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing and permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit (PS 444).

PS 345S: Psychology of Male/Female Relations
Analytical and applied understanding of the challenges of intimate male/female relationships. Topics include gender socialization, expectations, interpersonal attraction, communication, and relationship skills. Prerequisite: JR/SR standing.

PS 410: History and Systems
Senior capstone seminar for students pursuing the BS degree in psychology. A synthetic overview of the history and major theoretical systems of modern psychology. Prerequisites: Senior standing or permission of the instructor.

PS 428: Advanced Research
Primarily for students pursuing the BS degree in psychology. Experience in designing and conducting research. Prerequisite: PS 321.

PS 444: Internship in Psychology II
Second semester of field work in the community which allows for the practical application of psychological principles. Requires 130 hours of supervised work in a clinical setting. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing and permission of instructor.

PS 498: Comprehensive Examination
Offered each Winter Term and required for psychology majors intending to graduate in the upcoming semester. Written examination covering all areas required for the BA in psychology and an oral presentation of major research project in the field. Only open to students who have passed the writing competency requirement.

PS 499: Senior Thesis
Directed research project by invitation of the faculty only.

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