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Psychology (Psy)

This discipline is in the Division of the Social Sciences.

Objectives—The psychology curriculum focuses on understanding and applying the scientific method to the problems of the behavioral sciences and of individual and social human behavior. The courses meet the needs of liberal arts students as well as of students planning to specialize in one of the fields of psychology at the graduate level.

Requirements for a Major include Psy 1201, 1202, 1203; 5 credits of Psy 3200, 3210, 3211, 3310, or 3320; Math 1150 or 3605; IS 3855; and 30 additional credits in 3xxx psychology courses, at least 20 credits of which must be earned in courses other than Psy 3425 and 3920, and at least 5 credits of which must be devoted to completion of an approved research project. Usually the project is completed in one of the tutorial courses (Psy 3202, 3420, 3520, 3540) or with an approved senior honors project (Psy 3960H, 3961H, 3962H). Note that not all tutorial activity satisfies the project requirement.

Courses with grades of D are not acceptable to meet the major requirements.

Students who plan to pursue graduate study in psychology or teach psychology at the secondary level are strongly urged to take Psy 3202, 3400, 3525, 3600 (5 cr), 3615; one course selected from 3200, 3310, 3320; one course selected from 3210, 3211, 3410, 3500, 3501, 3502; and one course selected from 3420, 3520, 3540. Students who plan to seek employment requiring baccalaureate-level preparation in the human services are urged to complete Psy 3200 and 3425.

Requirements for a Minor include Psy 1201, 1202, 1203; Math 1150 or 3605; and 20 additional credits in 3xxx psychology courses, at least 5 credits of which must be chosen from Psy 3200, 3210, 3211, 3310, 3320, and at least 10 of which must be earned in courses other than Psy 3425 and 3920.

Courses with grades of D are not acceptable to meet the minor requirements.

Requirements for Teacher Preparation—Students seeking teaching licensure in any of the social sciences must complete a social science major. Psychology majors seeking teaching licensure must also complete a social science major and the required professional education courses including methods (SScE 3940) and student teaching in social studies.

The following courses are recommended for teacher candidates who are not majoring in psychology but expect to teach an occasional psychology course: Psy 1201, 1202, 1203, 3400, 3525, 3615; one course selected from 3200, 3310, 3320; one course selected from 3210, 3211, 3500, 3501, 3502; and Math 1150 or 3605.

Required courses may not be taken S-N unless only offered S-N.

Course Descriptions

Psy 1201f. General Psychology I. (E1; 5 cr)

The mind and behavior. Personality and assessment, heredity and individual differences, human development, consciousness, memory, language and thought processes, learning, history of psychology. This course constitutes only half of an introduction to psychology. It is strongly recommended that students in Psy 1201 also take Psy 1202.

Psy 1202w. General Psychology II. (E1; 5 cr)

The mind and behavior. Abnormal psychology and social psychology, motivation and emotion, the nervous system, sensation and perception. This course constitutes only half of an introduction to psychology. It is strongly recommended that students in Psy 1202 also take Psy 1201, preferably before 1202.

Psy 1203s. Research Methods in Psychology. (W; 5 cr; prereq 1201, 1202, Math 1150 or 3605; lab)

Design and analysis of lab experiments and naturalistic observations. Material and lab exercises drawn from selected areas of experimental psychology. Students conduct, analyze, and evaluate experiments and gain experience writing scientific research reports. How knowledge in psychology is acquired and empirical research is conducted.

Psy 1350f,w. Introduction to the Development of the Child and Adolescent. (E1; 5 cr; 1201 is highly recommended as background preparation)

Theory, data, and research approaches in development from birth through adolescence. Prenatal and physical development as well as perceptual, cognitive, language, personality, and social development. Multicultural/global perspective. Does not count for elective credit for the psychology or LAHS majors or the psychology minor.

Psy 1401w. Human Sexuality. (E1; 4 cr)

Multidisciplinary survey of aspects of human sexuality, including intimacy and communication; male and female anatomy, physiology, and response; development of identity, sex role and gender orientation; varieties of sexual expression; pregnancy and child birth; contraception and disease prevention; sexual coercion and abuse; sexual dysfunctions and therapies.

Psy 1711w,s. Drugs and Human Behavior. (E1; 2-3 cr)

Survey of major psychoactive drugs, their effects on mind and behavior, and prevention and treatment of drug abuse.

Psy 3004s. The Psychology of Women. (5 cr)

Feminist approach to the psychological study of women's personality, behavior, development, language issues, motivation, work and family lives, sexuality, health and psychobiology, adjustment and therapy, and victimization experiences. Focuses on women of color, feminist research methodology, and feminist analysis of psychological theories of women.

Psy 3200f,s. Learning Theory, Behavior Modification, and Motivation. (5 cr; prereq 1203, Math 1150 or 3605 or ¶Math 1150 or ¶Math 3605 or #; lab)

Major theories of learning and motivation and their importance for understanding animal and human behavior. Classical and operant conditioning, generalization, discrimination, discrimination learning, drive, incentives. Behavior modification techniques and their application to animals and humans. Lab projects illustrate important research methods and theory testing.

Psy 3202f,w,s. Tutorial in Experimental Psychology. (W; 1-5 cr; prereq Math 1150 or 3605, #)

Tutorial lab experiment on any topic studied in Psy 3200, 3210, 3211, 3310, 3320 or 3600, including sensation, perception, comparative psychology, physiological psychology, motivation, conditioning, learning, and decision and other cognitive processes.
Psy 3203f,w,s. Tutorial in Experimental Psychology. (W, C2; 1-5 cr; prereq Math 1150 or 3605, #)

Psy 3204Hw. Psychology of Creativity. (E1; 5 cr; prereq # for students not in Honors Program; not offered 1998-99)

Theories of creativity and the creative process. Biographical, historical, introspective, and empirical data on the nature of creativity in various fields of human endeavor.

Psy 3210s. Perception. (E9-L; 5 cr; prereq 1203; lab)

Senses and perceptual systems with emphasis on vision and audition. Anatomy and physiology of sense organs, psychophysics, constructivist and ecological theories of perceptual organization.

Psy 3211w. Cognitive Psychology. (5 cr; prereq 1203; lab; not offered 1997-98)

Lab study of imagery, attention, memory, information processing, concept formation, decision making, language, and other topics relevant to thinking.

Psy 3310s. Comparative Psychology. (E9-L; 5 cr; prereq 1203 or Biol 1114 or #; lab)

Same as Biol 3310. Phylogenetic comparison of animal behavior emphasizing mechanisms of adaptation. Mechanisms of speciation, behavior genetics, evolution and ontogeny of the central nervous system, ethological determinants of behavior and learning.

Psy 3320w. Physiological Psychology. (E9-L; 5 cr; prereq 1203 or Biol 1114 or #; lab)

Same as Biol 3320. Neurological and physiological basis of sensory processes and behavior, including the relation of the reticular formation, limbic system, and neurohormonal system to motivation and emotion. Physiological correlates of learning. Ethological analysis of motivation.

Psy 3400f. Personality. (5 cr; prereq 1201, 1202, Math 1150 or 3605 or 3611 or #)

Human psychological organization. Nature of personality constructs and theories, human motivation and emotion, anxiety, aggression, affiliation, personal identity, self-direction and self-control. Nature and measurement of personal traits; their factor structure, stability, and heritability.

Psy 3410w. Psychopathology. (5 cr; prereq 3400 or #)

Behavior, inner experience, causes, and outcomes of the neuroses and psychoses (especially depression and schizophrenia), psychophysiological disorders, psychopathy, drug and alcohol use, suicide, and similar problems.

Psy 3420f,w,s. Tutorial in Personality. (W; 1-5 cr; prereq #)

Individual reading or empirical research on any topic studied in Psy 3400 or 3410 or on related topics. Objective is greater depth than is possible in Psy 3400 or 3410.
Psy 3421f,w,s. Tutorial in Personality. (W, C2; 1-5 cr; prereq #)

Psy 3425s. Helping Relationships. (5 cr; prereq 3400 or #)

Approaches to counseling and psychotherapy. Theories of helping relationships. Acquisition of helping skills, including attending behavior, reflection of feeling, paraphrasing, confrontation, and summarization. Major humanistic, cognitive, and behavioral approaches. Didactic instruction, observation of counseling and psychotherapeutic techniques, and practical experiences.

Psy 3500f. Developmental Psychology I: Child Psychology. (5 cr; prereq 1201, 1202 or #)

Theory, data, and research in development from birth to adolescence. Prenatal and physical development as well as perceptual, cognitive, personality, and social development. Language acquisition and Piaget's theory of cognitive development.

Psy 3501w. Developmental Psychology II: Adolescence. (5 cr; prereq 1201, 1202 or #)

Theory, data, and research in adolescent development with emphasis on physical, cognitive, and social development.

Psy 3502s. Developmental Psychology III: Adulthood, Aging, and Death. (5 cr; prereq 1201, 1202 or #)

Theory, data, and research concerning the age group from young adulthood to old age. Emphasis on physical, cognitive, and social changes.

Psy 3520f,w,s. Tutorial in Developmental Psychology. (W; 1-5 cr; prereq 3500 or 3501 or 3502 or #)

Individual reading or empirical research on any topic studied in Psy 3500, 3501, 3502, or related topics. Objective is greater depth than is possible in Psy 3500, 3501, or 3502.
Psy 3521f,w,s. Tutorial in Developmental Psychology. (W, C2; 1-5 cr; prereq 3500 or 3501 or 3502 or #)

Psy 3525w,s. Social Psychology. (E1, E4; 5 cr; prereq Psy 1201 and 1202 or Soc 1100 or #)

Same as Soc 3525. Theories and research in the study of interpersonal behavior. Role, self, social learning, exchange, person perception, cognitive consistency, and interpersonal transactions.

Psy 3535f. Health Psychology. (5 cr; prereq 1202 or #)

Health implications of interactions among behavioral, environmental, and physiological states. Physiological bases of behavior and health; stress and coping; behavioral antecedents of disease; psychoneuroimmunology; disease prevention and health promotion.

Psy 3540f,w. Tutorial in Social Psychology. (W; 1-5 cr; prereq 3525 or #; offered when feasible)

Same as Soc 3540. Individualized and seminar instruction in an area of student and staff interest. Typically the student completes a library or empirical research paper. May be taken spring by permission.
Psy 3541f,w. Tutorial in Social Psychology. (W, C2; 1-5 cr; prereq 3525 or #; offered when feasible)

Psy 3600f. Quantitative Methods in Psychology: Intermediate Statistics and Experimental Design. (C2; 5 cr; prereq 1203, Math 1150 or 3605 or 3611 or #)

Intermediate course in research design and data analysis. Analysis of variance, regression and correlation, some nonparametric methods. Microcomputer statistical packages.

Psy 3615s. History and Philosophy of Psychology. (5 cr; prereq at least one of 1201, 1202, 1203 or #)

Historical roots and comparative features of major theoretical systems in psychology, including their viewpoints on scientific methodology, research interests, and techniques. Component variables, hypotheses, and laws of structural, functional, behavioristic, Gestalt, psychoanalytic, and existential movements and their modern syntheses.

Psy 3920f,w,s. Field Experiences in Psychology. (1-5 cr; repeatable, but no more than 5 cr may be applied toward the 180 cr for the BA or toward the major requirements in psych; prereq #, which will normally require 3425 for work in psychiatric settings, 3400 and either 3500 or 3501 for work in schools; S-N only)

Individually arranged, supervised observation of and assistance with activities of professional psychologists in schools, clinics, hospitals, and other field settings.

Psy 3950f, 3951w, 3952s. Directed Study. (1-5 cr per qtr; prereq #)

Individualized instruction for advanced undergraduates. Content and manner of instruction depends on interests of students and staff. Individual research and reading projects in selected areas supervised by staff members as well as seminars concerned with in-depth exploration of topics of current interest; topics to be announced.

Psy 3960Hf, 3961Hw, 3962Hs. Senior Honors Project. (1-5 cr per qtr; prereq participation in Honors Program, #)

A substantial scholarly or creative work (at the undergraduate level) within the discipline. Successful completion of the senior honors project is one of the requirements for graduating from UMM "with honors."

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