Courses at the 400-level

PSYC 400: Issues in Child Growth and Development

Theories and empirical evidence relating to contemporary issues in child development and learning are considered. Representative topics include intelligence, personality, adjustment, social behavior, self-concept, and cognitive development.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Graduate status
  • 6 credit hours of psychology courses
  • or consent of the department chair
PSYC 402: The Social Psychology of Adolescence

Patterns of development and social interaction are analyzed within a social-psychological frame of reference. The adolescent’s peer group interactions and the adolescent’s search for identity are examined.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Graduate status
  • 6 credit hours of psychology courses
  • or consent of the department chair
PSYC 421: Behavior Modification

The principles of behavior modification are studied. These principles are applied to a variety of behaviors and settings.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • PSYC 221 or equivalent.
PSYC 422: Psychological Testing

The basic principles of construction, selection, and interpretation of psychological tests are introduced. Also considered are reliability, validity, and norms.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • PSYC 221 or equivalent.
PSYC 423: Psychology and the Law

Psychological theory and research are applied to the legal system. Topics may include the psychological factors influencing eyewitness testimony and jury deliberations.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • PSYC 215 and 221 or equivalents.
PSYC 424: Health Psychology

The psychological influences on how people stay healthy, become ill, and respond when they are ill are examined. Emphasis is on the application of psychological research and theory to health promotion.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • PSYC 221 and either PSYC 215 or 251 or equivalents.
PSYC 425: Community Psychology

Relationships between people in their social context, environmental conditions, and the behavioral health of communities are explored. Focus is on evidence-based practices for community groups. (Formerly PSYC 453.)
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • PSYC 110 (or 215)
  • PSYC 221
PSYC 445: Behavioral Neuroscience

Advanced assessment of neural systems and function is presented, with an emphasis on techniques and laboratory approaches. Neuroscience labs include anatomical, physiological, pharmacological, genetic, and behavioral analyses in animal models. Credit cannot be received for both PSYC 445 and BIOL 445.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • PSYC 110, 221, 345
PSYC 451: Psychology of Race, Class, and Gender

Psychological factors relating to gender, social class, and racial differences are presented. Included are the historical and contemporary effects of discrimination and methods of reducing intergroup conflict.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • PSYC 110 or 215
  • PSYC 221
  • or consent of the department chair
PSYC 452: Theories of Psychological Intervention

Theory and methods of psychological and behavioral interventions are presented. Focus is on an evidence-based approach to treating psychological disorders, including substance abuse.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • PSYC 217
  • PSYC 354
  • or equivalents
PSYC 453: Community Psychology

The relationships between environmental stressors and emotional reactions are examined. Strategies for the prevention of disorders by altering environmental factors and social interactions are considered.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • PSYC 451
  • PSYC 452
  • or equivalents
PSYC 471: Practicum in Chemical Dependency/Addiction Studies

Students practice intervention strategies, with emphasis on self-awareness and self-assessment. Observation and evaluation is conducted by the practicum supervisor. Students cannot receive credit for both NURS 471 and PSYC 471.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • acceptance into the B.S. in chemical dependency/addiction studies program and PSYC 351 and 452
PSYC 472: Internship in Chemical Dependency/Addiction Studies

Students gain field experience in an agency providing substance abuse services. Included are weekly seminar sessions, on-site visits, and field consultation. Students cannot receive credit for both NURS 474 and PSYC 472.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • PSYC 425, 471, and approval of practicum and internship instructors
PSYC 473: Research Methods III: Developmental Lab

Standard laboratory and field procedures, research design, and the analysis and interpretation of data from developmental psychology are presented. Lecture and laboratory. (Formerly Research Methods in Developmental Psychology.)
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • PSYC 320 and at least one course from PSYC 331, 332, 335, 339, 422, or equivalent.
PSYC 475: Research Methods III: Personality/Social Lab

Laboratory and field procedures, research design, and the analysis and interpretation of data from personality and social psychology are presented. (Formerly Research Methods in Personality and Social Psychology.)
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • PSYC 320 and at least one course from PSYC 353, 354, 356, 357, 422, 423, 424, or equivalent.
PSYC 476: Research Methods III: Applied Lab

Standard research procedures, research design, and analysis and interpretation of data from the applied and human services areas of psychology are presented. (Formerly Research Methods in Applied Psychology.)
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • PSYC 320 and at least one course from PSYC 354, 356, 357, 421, 422, 423, 424, 425
PSYC 477: Research Methods III: Experimental Lab

Standard laboratory procedures, research design, and data analysis in cognition, learning, or behavioral neuroscience topics are presented. Laboratory assignments may involve human and/or animal behavior. Consult instructor for details. (Formerly Research Methods in Experimental Psychology.)
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • PSYC 320 and at least one course from PSYC 341, 344, 345, 349, 422, or equivalent

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