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Spring 2013 Semester
Apr 19, 2014
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PSYC 1000 - Psychology at Northeastern
Introduces students to the major and to the professional and academic resources available to students at Northeastern University. Introduces students to their faculty, advisors, and fellow students; educates students about the cooperative education program; familiarizes students with undergraduate research and technological resources; and introduces problem-solving and leadership skills, which students need to succeed in school and in their professional endeavors.
1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

PSYC 1101 - Foundations of Psychology
Surveys the fundamental principles, concepts, and issues in the major areas of contemporary scientific psychology. Approaches the study of psychology as a method of inquiry as well as a body of knowledge. Emphasizes the biological, behavioral, cognitive, and social factors that influence and regulate learning and motivation; personality dynamics; psychopathology and its treatment; life-span development; sensory and perceptual processes; and communication and social behaviors. The influence of cultural factors on psychological studies and theories is also explored.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
CAS Core MOI: Social World, NU Core Social Science Lvl 1, UG College of Science

PSYC 1200 - Psychology of Women
Introduces students with little or no background in psychology to the current theories and research on the psychology of women. Critically examines psychological, biological, and social influences on gender differences, gender roles, and gender stereotypes in the light of scientific evidence and individual experience. Assesses their consequences for society. Uses the unique perspective generated in the field of the psychology of women to evaluate the traditional research methods in psychology as wll as the major psychological theories formulated to explain women and the differences between women and men. Emphasizes critical thinking skills.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

PSYC 1204 - Psychology of Prejudice
Searches for universal characteristics of prejudice by examining its expression toward various minorities including colonized peoples, culturally Deaf people, Hispanic and African Americans, women, gays and lesbians, people with disabilities, and those with status in multiple minorities. Reviews research in social psychology on stereotyping and ethnocentrism for the insight it gives into the nature of prejudice. Uses selected films and student minority advocates to allow class members to hear the authentic voice of targets of prejudice.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
NU Core Comp Stdy of Cultures, UG College of Science

PSYC 1208 - Psychology and the Law
Traces the effects of psychological factors through the course of a trial including such issues as accuracy of eyewitness identification, plea bargaining, jury selection, persuasion tactics in the courtroom, presumption of innocence, jury size, jury decision rules, and sentencing and punishment.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

PSYC 1210 - Sports Psychology
Studies the physical, affective, and cognitive behaviors associated with sport participation and also examines the psychological theories and research related to sport and exercise behavior. Introduces students to the field of sport and exercise psychology by providing a broad overview of the major topics in the area, including the history of sport and exercise psychology, leadership, self-confidence, youth sports, aggression, moral development, team dynamics, anxiety and arousal, goal setting, imagery, and motivation. Covers the psychological makeup of athletes, how psychological factors influence involvement and performance in sport, and helps students acquire the skills and knowledge about sport and exercise psychology that they can apply to their everyday lives.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

PSYC 1212 - Psychology and National Security: Intelligence Analysis
Offers an interdisciplinary viewpoint and approach to both security and intelligence analysis through the use of case studies as well as current research in psychology. Consists of four sections: (1) our mental machinery, involving cognition perception and memory; (2) tools for thinking, which encompasses strategies for analytical judgment, the need for more information, keeping an open mind, structuring analytical problems, and analysis of competing hypotheses; (3) cognitive biases, including biases in evaluation of evidence, perception of cause and effect, estimating probabilities, and evaluation of intelligence reporting; and (4) improving intelligence analysis for homeland security and military applications.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

PSYC 1250 - Drugs and Behavior
Provides beginning students with a general overview of the effects of drug use/abuse in many segments of society with particular attention placed on the collegiate population. Describes historical aspects of drug use for treatments of clinical disease states along with psychological theories of drug abuse and strategies for prevention of drug use/abuse. Covers biological effects emanating from several drug categories and the clinical use of drugs to promote positive therapeutic outcomes.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

PSYC 1312 - Psychology of Advertising
Explores how advertising works to influence behavior, and why some ads are memorable and others are forgettable, through the lens of cognitive psychology. Like it or not, advertising is everywhere. Examines popular ads and some of the students’ favorites and analyzes their effectiveness using basic principles of cognitive science such as attention, memory, and reasoning.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

PSYC 1990 - Elective
Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions. Prereq. Permission of instructor.
1.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
1.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Off-campus instruction

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
Do not publish in schedule, UG College of Science

PSYC 2300 - Research in Psychology
Introduces research methods in psychology such as field research, content analysis, case research, survey methods, simulations, and laboratory experiments. Examines issues of research fairness and evaluating research methods. Explores basic statistical notions including sampling, variability, and correlation. Prereq. PSYC 1101; psychology majors only.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

PSYC 2306 - Food, Behavior, and Eating Disorders
Investigates what starts and stops eating behavior. Examines taste, nutrition, metabolism, the brain, food experiences, and societal factors that control feeding behavior. Emphasizes the biological/psychological interaction in normal eating and in pathological eating, such as anorexia, bulimia, and extreme obesity. Prereq. PSYC 1101.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

PSYC 2320 - Statistics in Psychological Research
Offers an integrated lecture/lab one-semester course covering descriptive and inferential statistics with a focus on psychological applications. Includes a lab to provide hands-on experience with important concepts. Covers standard material in undergraduate statistics including distributions, central tendency, variability, z-scores, the normal distributions, correlation, regression, probability, hypothesis testing (using the z, t, F, and Chi-square statistics), and confidence intervals. This course should be taken before the end of the sophomore year. Prereq. PSYC 1101.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
NU Core Math/Anly Think Lvl 2, UG College of Science

PSYC 2350 - Researching Consciousness
Introduces the varied scientific approaches to the study of consciousness and the diverse theories of consciousness and the mind. Explores biology and consciousness; drug-induced states of consciousness, dreaming, hypnosis, meditative states, pain perceptions, and anomalistic psychology (that is, near-death experiences and ESP). Examines data, theory, and methodological and conceptual problems. Prereq. PSYC 1101.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

PSYC 2352 - Childhood Mental Illness
Focuses on mental illnesses that are first diagnosed in childhood—such as autism, phobias, conduct disorders, and attention deficit disorder. Overviews childhood depression and suicide and disorders of eating and sleeping. Prereq. PSYC 1101.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

PSYC 2354 - Psychology and Film
Uses selected films to investigate psychological subjects including human development over the life cycle (particularly childhood and adolescence), family dynamics, sexuality, and psychopathology (trauma, anxiety and eating disorders, and psychosis). Prereq. PSYC 1101.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

PSYC 2356 - Nonverbal Communication
Examines the messages we send by posture, facial expression, voice quality, gestures, touch, gaze, and interpersonal distance. Examines origins and consequences of these behaviors as well as differences related to culture, personality, power, gender, and age. Prereq. PSYC 1101.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

PSYC 2360 - Applied Mental Health Psychology
Introduces the etiology, development, and diagnosis of psychopathology. Lectures, discussions, readings, and assignments focus on various theoretical perspectives on psychopathology. Addresses individual, interpersonal, contextual, and cultural factors contributing to the development of psychopathology. Highlights and discusses specific psychological disorders. Students participate in a “service-learning track.” Students are placed in a facility for treating emotionally disturbed children or adolescents, and/or mentally ill adults. Students spend at least three hours each week participating in the milieu and/or treatment hospital of these clients/patients, working under the supervision of a volunteer coordinator and instructor. Weekly discussion groups help students process and learn from their experiences. Required papers focus on integrating practical (service-learning) experiences and assigned readings. Fulfills the CAS experiential education requirement for psychology majors. Prereq. PSYC 1101.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

PSYC 2362 - Aggression and Antisocial Behavior in Youth
Examines maladaptive aggression and antisocial behavior in children and adolescents. Explores the origins, development, outcomes, and treatment of what appears to be a growing epidemic among today’s youth. Topics include the types and prevalence of aggressive and antisocial behavior; the interplay among psychiatric, psychosocial, and psychobiologic processes in etiology; known risk and protective factors; gender variables; and why and how some children “grow out of” aggressive tendencies. Also addresses current approaches to clinical assessment and diagnosis as well as the evidence for widely used psychosocial and pharmacological interventions. Prereq. PSYC 1101.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

PSYC 2366 - Psychology and Meditation
Introduces the interface between scientific psychology and meditation. Focuses on the scientific investigation of meditation, particularly mindfulness meditation. Draws upon scientific research and theory in the fields of neuroscience, cognitive science, learning and motivation, developmental psychology, and other areas to explore meditative experiences and their effects on the nervous system, behavior, intention, perception, attention, thought, and bodily functions. Also explores the practical applications and efficacy of meditation in dealing with stress, pain, and other medical and psychological problems. Prereq. PSYC 1101; restricted to students in the College of Arts, Media and Design; College of Computer and Information Science; Bouvé College of Health Sciences; College of Science; and College of Social Sciences and Humanities.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

PSYC 2990 - Elective
Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions. Prereq. Permission of instructor.
1.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
1.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Off-campus instruction

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
Do not publish in schedule, UG College of Science

PSYC 3358 - Behavior Therapies
Offers a study of successful projects that have provided effective remediation and rehabilitation in institutions for the mentally ill, the mentally retarded, and the developing human (schools). Prereq. PSYC 3450 or PSYC 3451.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

PSYC 3400 - Personality
Offers a systematic study of the normal personality and its development. Focuses on behavioral, dynamic, social, and cognitive determinants, assessment of personality, and current research topics; surveys the major theories of personality. Prereq. PSYC 1101.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

PSYC 3402 - Social Psychology
Provides an introductory survey of social psychology. Topics include aggression, attribution, attitude formation; and change, attraction, gender and culture, conformity, impression formation, and group processes. Prereq. PSYC 1101.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

PSYC 3404 - Developmental Psychology
Examines change throughout the life span in social relationships, emotional functioning, language, cognition, and other psychological domains, with emphasis on infancy through adolescence. Introduces major theories of development. Stresses the interaction of social and cognitive factors in development, and the interaction of the developing person with the environment. Also explores individual and cross-cultural differences in patterns of development, and research issues in developmental psychology. Prereq. PSYC 1101.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

PSYC 3406 - Abnormal Psychology
Surveys patterns of psychological abnormality. Addresses diagnosis, theoretical perspectives, anxiety, and defense mechanisms. Examines the symptomatology, etiology, and treatment of a number of disorders including anxiety, dissociative, somatoform, affective (depression, mania), and schizophrenic disorders. Prereq. PSYC 1101.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

PSYC 3450 - Learning and Motivation
Offers an introduction to the basic learning and motivational principles that permit humans and animals to adapt effectively to a changing environment. Emphasizes research and theories of operant and Pavlovian conditioning, with discussions of discriminations and generalization, avoidance and punishment, acquired motivational states (for example, addiction), concept formation, biological constraints on learning and behavior, animal cognition, and other related topics. Relates learning and motivational principles to the understanding and treatment of behavioral, affective, cognitive, and motivational disorders. Prereq. PSYC 1101.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

PSYC 3451 - Learning Principles and Behavior Analysis
Introduces the basic concepts and theories of applied behavior analysis as they relate to learning and motivation. Topics include operant and classical conditioning, reinforcement, punishment, extinction, discrimination training, stimulus control, concept formation, and generalization. Throughout the course, offers students an opportunity to apply these principles to learning that occurs in their everyday lives as well as in the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities and other learning disorders. Prereq. PSYC 1101; restricted to students in the College of Arts, Media and Design; College of Computer and Information Science; Bouvé College of Health Sciences; College of Science; and College of Social Sciences and Humanities.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

PSYC 3452 - Sensation and Perception
Discusses how our five senses work to aid us in perceiving states of the body and of the world, how our perceptions are modified by what we know and expect, and how sensation and perception develop (especially in infancy). Includes discussion of neural and anatomical bases of sensation and perception. Prereq. PSYC 1101; PSYC 3458 is highly recommended.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

PSYC 3458 - Psychobiology
Focuses on the relation between brain function and human behavior. Examines how nerve cells function individually and work together both in small networks and in the nervous system; the structure of the nervous system; how our sense organs provide the nervous system with information about the outside world; how the brain controls movement; and how psychological concepts from motivation to language and memory are represented in the brain. Prereq. PSYC 1101.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

PSYC 3464 - Psychology of Language
Provides a basic introduction to psycholinguistics. Topics include the nature and structure of languages, processes involved in the production and comprehension of language, the biological bases of language, and aspects of language acquisition. Examines current theories of language processing and related experimental findings. Prereq. PSYC 1101.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

PSYC 3466 - Cognition
Provides a basic introduction to human cognition. Topics include pattern recognition, attention, memory, categorization and concept formation, problem solving, and aspects of cognitive development. Examines current theories of cognitive processing and related experimental findings. Prereq. PSYC 1101.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

PSYC 3506 - Neuropsychology of Fear
Explores our understanding of the physiological and cognitive aspects of fear, from early theories of emotion to current research in both humans and animal models. Emphasizes linking brain structure to function—how do different brain regions contribute to fear processing and expression? Also focuses on psychiatric illnesses whose symptoms suggest a maladaptive fear response, such as post-traumatic stress disorder and phobias. What causes these illnesses, and how does our understanding of the neural basis of fear inform our treatment strategies for these disorders? Prereq. PSYC 3458 or permission of instructor; behavioral neuroscience, biology, and psychology majors only or permission of instructor.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

PSYC 3508 - Behavioral Endocrinology
Presents an overview of the field of behavioral endocrinology from a psychological perspective. Examines how hormones influence brain structure and function; how hormones affect behavior and vice versa; sex differences in brain and behavior; and the role of hormones in mood disorders, cognition, and stress. Prereq. PSYC 3458; behavioral neuroscience, biology, and psychology majors only or permission of instructor.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

PSYC 3536 - Developing Education and Intervention Programs for Eating Disorders
Offers students the opportunity to apply the concepts learned in PSYC 2364 about eating disorders in college populations to their own and neighboring campuses. Students conduct a research project in which they design and implement an education, information, and prevention program for at-risk populations including school athletes, dormitory residents, and students coping with academic and social stresses. Students interested in early intervention focus on middle and high school curricula, while other students develop media, Internet, and other educational materials designed to promote awareness and behavioral change. Prereq. (a) PSYC 2306 or PSYC 3516 and (b) ENGL 1111 or ENGL 1102.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
NU Core Experiential Learning, NU Core Writing Intsv in Majr, UG College of Science

PSYC 3990 - Elective
Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions. Prereq. Permission of instructor.
1.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
1.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Off-campus instruction

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
Do not publish in schedule, UG College of Science

PSYC 4502 - Social-Personality Roundtable
Develops skills in conceptualization and discourse on current topics in social and personality psychology. Uses discussion, readings, and topical papers to promote critical thinking in social/personality psychology. Prereq. PSYC 3400 or PSYC 3402.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

PSYC 4505 - Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Surveys the psychological fundamentals underlying performance in work settings. Topics include psychological testing; performance evaluation; training, motivating, and leading employees; and the social psychology of organizations. Emphasizes ethical and affirmative action issues. Prereq. PSYC 3402.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

PSYC 4510 - Psychopharmacology
Examines interactions between drugs, brain, and behavior. Focuses on such topics as synaptic transmission, behavioral functions of specific neurotransmitter systems, pharmacological treatment of mental and neurological disorders, and drug abuse. Prereq. PSYC 3458.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

PSYC 4512 - Neuropsychology
Examines the behavior of neurological patients and normal patients to develop an understanding of how the human brain works to produce higher mental functions. Topics include discussions of brain scans, human neuroanatomy, cerebral lateralization, language, memory, neurological disorders, and neural plasticity and recovery of function. Prereq. PSYC 3458.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

PSYC 4514 - Clinical Neuroscience
Explores the neurobiological, genetic, and neurochemical etiology of mental illness as described and categorized according to the DSM IV. In the class we discuss how psychology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and medicine come together to manage mental illness. For each specific mental illness covered we investigate how changes in physiology and biology might manifest in the aberrant behaviors that define psychopathology. Lastly, we examine how pharmacology is often used to treat these various mental illnesses and how genetic expression is involved in predisposing some people to these disorders while sparing others. Prereq. PSYC 3458; not open to students who have completed PSYC 1202.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

PSYC 4516 - Studies in College Eating Behavior
Offers students the opportunity to investigate and identify the reasons for the increasing incidence of maladaptive eating behaviors in college populations. Students focus on a specific area of interest including sociocultural, cross-cultural, developmental, and gender factors involved in unhealthy dieting and exercise patterns in college students. Students survey the clinical literature to evaluate current models of intervention and prevention of eating disorders on campus, as well as school policies and strategies to cope with this growing health problem. Introduces participants to such interventions as peer counseling, in-service training to campus residential, athletic, and social organizations, community outreach, as well as development of a referral and resource center. Prereq. PSYC 2306.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

PSYC 4520 - Language and the Brain
Focuses on language behavior from a neuropsychological viewpoint. Examines models of how the brain controls the production and comprehension of language. Considers localization of cerebral functions and hemispheric lateralization; experimental and clinical evidence for functional models; aphasia, dyslexia, and other language pathologies; and evidence from neuroimaging studies. Prereq. PSYC 3464 or PSYC 3466.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

PSYC 4522 - Psychology of Reading
Provides an overview of issues in the psychology of reading. Topics include the nature of the reading process as a perceptual and cognitive activity, eye movement patterns in reading, stages of reading development, and dyslexia. Examines current theories of reading and text comprehension. Prereq. PSYC 3464 or PSYC 3466.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

PSYC 4524 - Cognitive Development
Explores cognitive processes in infancy and childhood, how those processes change with age, and theoretical explanations for those changes. Topics may include understanding the physical world, memory, categorization, reasoning, problem solving, social cognition, language and conceptual development, and individual and/or group differences in cognitive development. Emphasis may vary by semester. Prereq. PSYC 3404 or PSYC 3466.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

PSYC 4526 - Categorization and Reasoning
Examines one of the basic goals of cognitive psychology, which is to describe categorization—how humans organize what they know—and reasoning—how they use what they know to make guesses about what they don’t know. Gives an in-depth look at psychological research and theory relevant to these issues. Topics include similarity, categorization, models of conceptual structure, inductive and deductive reasoning, mental models, problem solving, and expertise. Prereq. PSYC 3464 or PSYC 3466.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

PSYC 4530 - Sensory Processes
Studies our senses, with emphasis on vision, hearing, touch, taste, and smell. Focuses on how we measure our sensory abilities and relates findings to the functioning of sensory organs—eyes, ears, skin, mouth, and nose—and of the sensory nervous system. Prereq. PSYC 3452.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

PSYC 4532 - Selected Topics in Perception
Offers a study of our awareness of the world around us, with an emphasis on visual and auditory perception. Covers perception of light; sound; space; form; motion; auditory scene analysis; and one or more of color, attention, music, and speech perception. Discusses biological reductionism, Gestalt theory, Gibson’s direct perception theory, and Marr’s computational theory. Prereq. PSYC 3452.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

PSYC 4534 - Human Factors in Psychology
Introduces the application of information about human characteristics and behavior to the design of machines, environments, and systems. Emphasis is on the sensory, perceptual, and cognitive characteristics of people (for example, their ability to respond to differently colored warning lights, recall instructions, and make appropriate decisions), and how those characteristics interact with technological systems. Topics may include decision making, displays and warning signals, control devices, human-computer interaction, aviation and other transportation systems, consumer products, and medical systems. Prereq. PSYC 3452.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

PSYC 4600 - Laboratory in Research Design
Addresses the theoretical concepts, design, execution, analysis, and communication of research in psychology. Provides students with various methods to acquire hands-on experience performing a research project of their own creation. Students move systematically through the research process, from refining their original idea in the context of existing literature to interpreting and communicating their results. Prereq. (a) ENGL 1111 or ENGL 1102 and (b) PSYC 2320 and (c) and research-area course; junior or senior standing.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
NU Core Experiential Learning, NU Core Writing Intsv in Majr, UG College of Science

PSYC 4602 - Experiments in Learning and Motivation
Offers students the opportunity to assess the generality, specificity, and robustness of learning and motivational principles, through field experiments with free-ranging feral animals. Students design and conduct experiments and write reports on operant and Pavlovian conditioning, motivation, and related topics. Focuses on the theoretical and clinical implications of experimental findings. This course does not use laboratory animals. Prereq. PSYC 2320 and PSYC 3450.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

PSYC 4604 - Laboratory in Learning and Motivation
Gives students the opportunity to gain proficiency, through direct experience, in lab analysis of behavior and in evaluating common generalizations about human behavior. Students design and perform experiments in animal and human learning, memory, decision processes, concept formation, and other topics of individual interest. Prereq. PSYC 2320 and PSYC 3450.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

PSYC 4606 - Laboratory in Psychobiology
Introduces the methods of research in psychobiology. Students work in small groups, conducting three to four hands-on laboratory exercises under supervised conditions. Students read selections of the relevant scientific literature, analyze the collected data, and write experimental reports. Prereq. (a) PSYC 2320 and (b) PSYC 3458 and (c) ENGL 1111 or ENGL 1102 and (d) junior or senior standing.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
NU Core Writing Intsv in Majr, UG College of Science

PSYC 4608 - Laboratory in Animal Behavior Research
Offers students the opportunity to examine key concepts and principles in comparative psychology by conducting field studies at a local zoological park. On-site research is integrated with discussions and readings that identify similarities and differences in the ways that individuals and species adapt behaviorally to their ecological conditions. Topics include adaptive specializations in learning and intelligent behaviors; the advantage of living in a social group; animal communication; cooperation and aggression; and the adaptive roles of males and females. Provides students with some of the basic skills of animal behavior research using a variety of observation tools and strategies. Collecting and analyzing data as well as writing scientific reports on the research projects are important evaluative components of the course. Prereq. (a) PSYC 2320 and (b) ENGL 1111 or ENGL 1102 and (c) junior or senior standing.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
NU Core Experiential Learning, NU Core Writing Intsv in Majr, UG College of Science

PSYC 4610 - Laboratory in Psycholinguistics
Provides students the opportunity to acquire firsthand experience in conducting research on issues in the psychology of language. Focuses on experiments and their implications for broader issues of language processing. Involves students in all aspects of each experiment including collecting and analyzing data and preparing lab reports. Prereq. (a) PSYC 2320 and (b) PSYC 3464 or PSYC 3466 and (c) ENGL 1111 or ENGL 1102 and (d) junior or senior standing.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
NU Core Writing Intsv in Majr, UG College of Science

PSYC 4612 - Laboratory in Cognition
Provides students the opportunity to acquire firsthand experience in conducting research on issues in human cognition. Focuses on experiments and their implications for broader issues of cognitive functioning. Involves students in all aspects of each experiment including collecting and analyzing data and preparing lab reports. Prereq. (a) PSYC 2320 and (b) PSYC 3464 or PSYC 3466 and (c) ENGL 1111 or ENGL 1102 and (d) junior or senior standing.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
NU Core Writing Intsv in Majr, UG College of Science

PSYC 4614 - Laboratory in Social Psychology
Provides an introduction to the methods of social-psychological research. Assists students in developing the ability to read published social research with a critical eye, to pose questions in a testable manner, to apply experimental methods to social research, and to express themselves in APA journal style. Prereq. (a) PSYC 2320 and (b) PSYC 3402 and (c) ENGL 1111 or ENGL 1102 and (d) junior or senior standing.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
NU Core Writing Intsv in Majr, UG College of Science

PSYC 4616 - Laboratory in Personality
Provides an introduction to the methods and areas of personality research. Discusses problems of measurement, control, and interpretation. Critically examines representative published experiments. Students design, collect data for, assess, and write up several experiments. Prereq. (a) PSYC 2320 and (b) PSYC 3400 and (c) ENGL 1111 or ENGL 1102 and (d) junior or senior standing.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
NU Core Writing Intsv in Majr, UG College of Science

PSYC 4620 - Laboratory in Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Provides students with a basic understanding of the types of qualitative and quantitative research conducted in industrial/organizational psychology. Students participate in realistic business projects in which they play the role of business consultants. These projects involve reading articles from the relevant industrial/organizational literatures, planning studies, collecting and analyzing data, writing up reports, and presenting results to the class. Prereq. PSYC 2320 and PSYC 3500.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

PSYC 4622 - Laboratory in Sensation and Perception
Focuses on experiments using psychophysical methods in the various senses, typically including audition, vision, and others. Students collect data on themselves, analyze the data statistically, and write reports. Critical thinking is stressed. Prereq. (a) PSYC 2320 and (b) PSYC 3452 and (c) ENGL 1111 or ENGL 1102 and (d) junior or senior standing.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
NU Core Writing Intsv in Majr, UG College of Science

PSYC 4624 - Laboratory in Affective Science
Provides instruction in the methods of affective science (i.e., the study of what emotions are and how they work). Students are expected to become members of a functioning lab team, which uses a multimethod approach combined with various theoretical frameworks to guide research in affective science. Offers students an opportunity to develop the ability to read the scientific literature; think critically about research questions; design, conduct, and analyze experiments; and write in APA journal style, as well as to gain valuable interpersonal and organizational skills that come from working on a team. Prereq. (a) PSYC 2320 and (b) ENGL 1111 or ENGL 1102 and (c) permission of instructor; psychology majors and combined majors and behavioral neuroscience majors only.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
NU Core Writing Intsv in Majr, UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

PSYC 4626 - Laboratory in Life-Span Emotional Development
Studies life-span development and how emotional experience, perception, and regulation changes across the life span. Lab teams use a multimethod approach and theoretical frameworks to guide research in emotional development. Offers students an opportunity to learn how to read the scientific literature; think critically about research questions; design, conduct, and analyze experiments; write in the journal style of the American Psychological Association; and gain interpersonal and organizational skills while working on a research team. Prereq. (a) PSYC 2320 and (b) ENGL 1111 or ENGL 1102 and (c) sophomore standing or above and (d) permission of instructor; PSYC 3402 highly recommended; restricted to students in the College of Computer and Information Science, Bouvé College of Health Sciences, and the College of Science.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
NU Core Writing Intsv in Majr, UG College of Science

PSYC 4650 - Seminar in Clinical Case Study
Offers students an opportunity to integrate clinical therapy within the larger framework of etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of specific disorders. Builds a structure within which to evaluate, critique, and clarify values around the mental healthcare delivery systems encountered, as well as to learn how to think about, discuss, and present individual cases among different clinical populations. Prereq. (a) PSYC 3406 and junior or senior standing in the College of Science or in Bouvé College of Health Sciences or (b) permission of instructor.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
NU Core Capstone, NU Core Writing Intsv in Majr, UG College of Science

PSYC 4652 - Seminar in Ethics in Psychology
Allows students to identify and reflect upon ethical concerns (that is, related to confidentiality, animal use, racism, designing and applying research) that they encountered in their prior co-op/research experiences. Considers historical, psychological, philosophical, sociological, and spiritual perspectives. Students use reflective conversation to guide their ethical thinking, research, and problem solving. Evaluates research projects through written and oral reports. Fulfills the College of Arts and Sciences experiential education requirement for psychology majors. Prereq. (a) Junior or senior standing and (b) any professional-related experience (for example, co-op, directed study) in psychology or related discipline (education or human resources management).
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
NU Core Capstone, NU Core Experiential Learning, NU Core Writing Intsv in Majr, UG College of Science

PSYC 4654 - Seminar in Behavioral Modification
Discusses topics in behavior modification in a seminar format. Prereq. (a) PSYC 3358, PSYC 3450, or PSYC 3451 and (b) junior or senior standing.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
NU Core Capstone, NU Core Experiential Learning, NU Core Writing Intsv in Majr, UG College of Science

PSYC 4656 - Seminar in Psychobiology
Offers intensive study, discussion, and practice in lab studies of physiological variables. Covers evolution of the nervous system, neurological disorders, motivation and emotion, sleep, attention and perception, learning, and memory. Prereq. PSYC 3458 and junior or senior standing.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
NU Core Capstone, NU Core Writing Intsv in Majr, UG College of Science

PSYC 4658 - Seminar in Psycholinguistics
Offers intensive study and discussion of issues in the psychology of language. Specific topics vary by semester. Prereq. (a) PSYC 2320 and (b) PSYC 3464 or PSYC 3466 and (c) junior or senior standing.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
NU Core Capstone, NU Core Writing Intsv in Majr, UG College of Science

PSYC 4660 - Seminar in Cognition
Offers intensive study and discussion of issues in cognitive psychology. Specific topics vary by semester. Prereq. (a) PSYC 2320 and (b) PSYC 3464 or PSYC 3466 and (c) junior or senior standing.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
NU Core Capstone, NU Core Writing Intsv in Majr, UG College of Science

PSYC 4662 - Seminar in Personality
Offers intensive study and discussion of issues in personality psychology. Allows students to examine selected topics and present their findings in class. Prereq. PSYC 3400 and junior or senior standing.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
NU Core Capstone, NU Core Writing Intsv in Majr, UG College of Science

PSYC 4664 - Seminar in Social Psychology
Provides an in-depth analysis of specific topics in social psychology. Students read original research and theory papers involving these topics, make presentations, and write papers related to their readings. Prereq. PSYC 3402 and junior or senior standing.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
NU Core Capstone, NU Core Writing Intsv in Majr, UG College of Science

PSYC 4666 - Seminar in Clinical Psychology
Focuses on psychotherapy: theory, methods, and outcome research. Provides an overview of clinical psychology: history, ethical and legal issues, the therapeutic relationship, cross-cultural counseling, the process of change. Students write and present papers on a topic of interest. Prereq. PSYC 3406 and junior or senior standing.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
NU Core Capstone, NU Core Writing Intsv in Majr, UG College of Science

PSYC 4668 - Seminar in Sensation and Perception
Expects students to present in class on topics such as how perceptions are organized, formed, and modified by sensory, attentional, motivational, and cognitive factors, how our sensory systems extract information from the environment in a consistent and logical manner, despite large changes in environmental conditions, and how to account for this in physiological terms. Prereq. PSYC 3452 and junior or senior standing.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
NU Core Capstone, NU Core Writing Intsv in Majr, UG College of Science

PSYC 4670 - Seminar in Selected Topics in Psychology
Offers students the opportunity to study and discuss intensively research literature and issues in one of the department’s areas of research specialization (for example, animal behavior, language and cognition, psychobiology, personality/social, and sensation and perception). With permission of the experiential education adviser, can be used to fulfill the CAS experiential education requirement for psychology majors. Prereq. (a) Junior or senior standing or permission of instructor and (b) some laboratory course work, previous directed study, or permission of instructor.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
NU Core Capstone, NU Core Writing Intsv in Majr, UG College of Science

PSYC 4672 - Seminar in History and Theories of Psychology
Presents in an historical context the core ideas and theoretical positions encountered by students in previous courses. Examines different systematic orientations such as structuralist, functionalist, Gestalt, psychoanalytic, behaviorist, cognitive, and humanistic psychology to demonstrate the extent to which the systems influence contemporary American psychology. Prereq. Junior or senior standing.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
NU Core Capstone, NU Core Writing Intsv in Majr, UG College of Science

PSYC 4949 - Psychology Adjunct
Offers students, under the guidance of a faculty member, the opportunity to work on any of the following projects with a minimum time commitment of three hours per week: explore the experiential component of the experiential education requirement; continue the academic exploration of a previous course subject; or develop specialized skills or materials related to career goals.
1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Individual Instruction

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

PSYC 4970 - Junior/Senior Honors Project 1
Focuses on in-depth project in which a student conducts research or produces a product related to the student’s major field. Culminating experience in the University Honors Program. Combined with Junior/Senior Project 2 or college-defined equivalent for 8-credit honors project. Prereq. Honors Program participation and permission of instructor.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Individual Instruction

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
Honors, Do not publish in schedule, UG College of Science

PSYC 4971 - Junior/Senior Honors Project 2
Focuses on second semester of in-depth project in which a student conducts research or produces a product related to the student’s major field. Culminating experience in the University Honors Program. Prereq. PSYC 4970, Honors Program participation, and permission of instructor.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Individual Instruction

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
Honors, Do not publish in schedule, NU Core Experiential Learning, UG College of Science

PSYC 4990 - Elective
Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions. Prereq. Permission of instructor.
1.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
1.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Off-campus instruction

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
Do not publish in schedule, UG College of Science

PSYC 4991 - Directed Study Research
Offers research experience on a chosen topic under the direction of a faculty member. Research content and requisites depend on the instructor. Prior arrangements must be made with the faculty member at least one term before registration. Prereq. Permission of instructor.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Individual Instruction

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
NU Core Experiential Learning, UG College of Science

PSYC 4993 - Independent Study
Offers a reading course for the student who wants guidance in the archival exploration and in-depth study of a topic of interest. Conducts study through a series of individual tutorials or discussions with a faculty member that typically involve an extensive, analytical review of the literature. Interested students should consult directly with the relevant faculty member or with a department advisor for guidance in locating the most appropriate faculty person at least one semester before the study is undertaken. Prereq. Permission of advisor.
1.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
1.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Individual Instruction

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
Do not publish in schedule, UG College of Science

PSYC 4994 - Internship in Psychology
Offers supervised experiences in the application of psychology in instructional, clinical, or other applied settings. Prereq. Permission of department
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Off-campus instruction

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
NU Core Experiential Learning, UG College of Science

PSYC 4996 - Experiential Education Directed Study
Offers a supervised, scholarly research project that is inspired by an approved prior directed study, independent study, or co-op experience. Restricted to students who are using it to fulfill the experiential education requirement. Prereq. Permission of department.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Individual Instruction

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
Do not publish in schedule, NU Core Experiential Learning, UG College of Science


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