Psychology

Courses

Below you will find a list of our current or recent offerings. See the course catalog for descriptions and updated information.

  • 33-104 Principles of Psychology
    Students will be introduced to the methods and findings of both classic and current psychological research, as well as to the practical applications of this work. Emphasis is placed on acquiring a foundation of knowledge and critical skills that are necessary to evaluate psychological research. (Each semester) (ScS)
  • 33-204 Survey of Research Methods
    This course will introduce students to the wide variety of research methods in contemporary psychology, including experimental and non-experimental designs. Topics include literature review, hypothesis formation, psychological measurement, sampling, survey research, experimental design, statistical analysis using SPSS, ethics in conducting research, and scientific writing and APA style. This course (which does not contain a lab) covers the basic methodological background necessary for upper-level psychology courses but does not involve as much project-based research PSY33-214. It is recommended for (a) psychology majors/double-majors pursuing non-psychology careers or who prefer an internship capstone rather than a research capstone, (b) psychology minors, (c) non-psychology majors preparing to take the MCAT, and (d) transfer students who want credit for a methods course taken elsewhere. Prerequisites: Psychology 33-104 and Mathematics 52-114, minimum grades of C required. (Fall) (WA) (ScS)
  • 33-211 Lab for Inquiry Based Research Methods
    This 1-credit lab is designed to give students practical, hands-on experience in designing, conducting, analyzing, and writing up original research. This lab is required for Inquiry-Based Research Methods. Co-requisite: Concurrent registration in 33-214, with the same professor, is required. You must register for lecture and lab with matching section numbers (e.g. 33-214-01 & 33-211-01). Also Animal Behavior 09-211. (Fall) (ScS)
  • 33-214 Inquiry-Based Research Methods
    This course is designed to give students in-depth experience with the research methods used in contemporary psychology, including experimental and non-experimental designs. Topics include literature review, hypothesis formation, psychological measurement, sampling, survey research, experimental design, statistical analysis using SPSS, ethics in conducting research, and scientific writing and APA style. This course (which contains a required 1-credit lab; 33-211) involves more intense project-based original research, and serves as good preparation for later independent research, such as capstone research or graduate school. Tthis course is recommended for (a) psychology majors who prefer a research capstone over an internship capstone, and (b) students considering applying to graduate school in psychology. Also Animal Behavior 09-214. Co-requisite: Concurrent registration in 33-211, with the same professor, is required. You must register for lecture and lab with matching section numbers (e.g. 33-214-01 & 33-211-01). Prerequisites: Psychology 33-104 and Mathematics 52-114, minimum grades of C required. (Fall) (WA) (ScS)
  • 33-221 Lab Inquiry Based Research Mthd W/ Anim
    This 1-credit lab is designed to give students practical, hands-on experience in designing, conducting, analyzing, and writing up original research in animal behavior. This lab is required for Inquiry-Based Research Methods (with ANIMALS). Co-requisite: Concurrent registration in 33-224, with the same professor, is required. You must register for lecture and lab with matching section numbers (e.g. 33-224-01 & 33-221-01). (Fall) (ScS)
  • 33-224 Inquiry Based Research Methods W/ Animal
    This course is designed to give students in-depth experience with the research methods used in contemporary psychology, including experimental and non-experimental designs. Topics include literature review, hypothesis formation, psychological measurement, sampling, survey research, experimental design, statistical analysis using SPSS, ethics in conducting research, and scientific writing and APA style. This course (which contains a required 1-credit lab; 33-221) involves more intense project-based original research studying animal behavior, and serves as good preparation for later independent research, such as capstone research or graduate school. This course is recommended for (a) psychology majors who prefer a research capstone over an internship capstone, and (b) students considering applying to graduate school in psychology (c) students interested in the Animal Studies Minor. Co-requisite: Concurrent registration in 33-221, with the same professor, is required. You must register for lecture and lab with matching section numbers (e.g. 33-224-01 & 33-221-01). Prerequisites: Psychology 33-104 and Mathematics 52-114, minimum grades of C required. (Fall) (WA) (ScS)
  • 33-234 Personality Theory and Research
    A survey course that provides an overview of the major personality theories and the methods and findings of personality research. The trait approach will be fully explored, but significant attention will also be paid to both classical and modern modifications of psychoanalytic theories and to biological, learning-based (behavioral), cognitive, and humanistic theories. The emphasis will be on examination and evaluation of the experimental evidence pertinent to each theory. Prerequisite: Psychology 33-104. (Fall) (ScS)
  • 33-244 Lifespan Development
    This course will provide a broad view of the biological, psychological, and social aspects of development from conception through old age. Students who plan to enroll in professional programs in nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant, or speech pathology upon graduation should strongly consider taking this course. Prerequisite: Psychology 33-104. (Spring) (ScS)
  • 33-254 Animal Behavior
    See Animal Behavior 09-254.
  • 33-274 Evolutionary Psychology
    This survey course will provide a solid theoretical foundation for the study of psychology from an evolutionary perspective. We will apply to humans the same lens that evolutionary biology has applied to other species. This perspective cuts across cognition, motivation, attention, social behavior, and many other aspects of psychology. The course will begin with an in-depth introduction to evolutionary theory as it applies to human psychology and behavior, followed by a survey of more specific psychological phenomena studied from an evolutionary perspective. Prerequisite: Psychology 33-104. (Spring of alternate years) (ScS)
  • 33-284 Psychology of Learning
    This course provides a survey of the traditional areas of learning psychology including current theoretical and research considerations of classical conditioning, instrumental conditioning, behavioral control, and modeling. Prerequisite: Psychology 33-104. (Spring of alternate years) (ScS)
  • 33-344 Political Psychology
    See Political Science 32-444. Prerequisite: Psychology 33-104.
  • 33-354 Psychoanalysis
    See Philosophy 18-394. (H)
  • 33-374 Forensic Psychology
    This course focuses on the application of psychological knowledge in the civil and criminal justice systems. As a seminar course with emphasis on critical discussion and student presentations, it will include an exploration of the role that psychologists play in the courtroom (e.g. case preparation, jury selection) and in criminal investigation (e.g. profiling, interrogations). Emphasis will also be placed on the role of psychologists in evaluating various states of mind or behavioral dispositions which bear on judicial process, such as competency (to stand trial), insanity (defense), dangerousness (involuntary commitment), and criminally relevant forms of psychopathology (e.g. psychopathy, sexual deviance). (May term) (ScS)
  • 33-384 Human Sexuality
    This course is an introduction to the psychology of human sexuality. It covers a broad range of topics, including male and female physiology, sexual orientation, sexual expression and variation, sexual difficulties, birth control, reproduction, prostitution, pornography and many others. The primary goal of this course is for students to develop a greater understanding of their own sexuality and the sexuality of others, as well as to become more knowledgeable about the topic of sex. Decisions and choices related to human sexuality affect people throughout their entire lives. The idea of this course is that the more knowledgeable and comfortable people are with these issues, the better able they will be to make informed decisions that reflect their own moral values, whatever those may be. (May term) (ScS)
  • 33-424 Abnormal Psychology
    An overview of the field of clinical psychology that involves the scientific study of mental illness (psychopathology). The focus is on an empirically grounded examination of the symptomatic presentation, classification and cause of a broad range of psychological disorders. Methods used in the field to assess, treat and conduct research on the disorders will also be studied. Prerequisite: Psychology 33-204 or Psychology 33-214. Psychology 33-234 recommended. (Spring) (ScS)
  • 33-434 Behavioral Neuroscience
    An introduction to the neurosciences with an emphasis on the techniques used to study the neurobiological basis of behavior. The anatomy and function of the central nervous system is a primary focus of the course and specific topics include how the central nervous system mediates perception, emotions, motivation, sleep, learning and memory. Prerequisite: Psychology 33-204 or Psychology 33-214 and Biology 50-114 or 50-123/121 , or permission of instructor. (Spring) (ScS)
  • 33-444 Cognitive Psychology
    Cognitive psychology is the scientific study of the mechanisms and processes involved in the acquisition and use of information from the world. This course will provide a comprehensive functional analysis of topics related to the information-processing mechanisms of the mind, including consciousness, perception, attention, memory, conceptual knowledge, language, and decision-making. Prerequisite: Psychology 33-204 or Psychology 33-214. (Spring) (ScS)
  • 33-464 Social Psychology
    An introduction to the field of social psychology, which is the scientific study of how the thoughts, feelings and actions of a person are influenced by other people and by social situations. Topics include the self, attitudes and attitude change, group behavior, prejudice and discrimination, prosocial behavior, conformity, relationships and emotion, among others. The focus is on historical development of these topics as well as on current research and theory in these areas. Prerequisite: Psychology 33-204 or Psychology 33-214. (Spring) (ScS)
  • 33-544 Health Psychology
    This course will introduce students to the field of health psychology, which is the application of psychological principles in understanding how the mind, body and behavior interact in health and illness. Emphasis will be placed on the biopsychosocial model, which considers the role of biological, psychological and social factors in health and illness. Topics of interest include health promotion and primary prevention of illness, stress and coping, pain management, health behaviors (e.g., nutrition, exercise, smoking), and a variety of behavior-related medical conditions (e.g. cardiovascular disease, cancer, AIDS, eating disorders). Prerequisite: Psychology 33-104 and Psychology 33-204 or Psychology 33-214 or Biology 50-222/50-232 or Kinesiology 48-314 or Sociology 34-314. (Fall) (ScS)
  • 33-824 Research in Applied Psychology
    Laboratory or field-based research course designed to provide hands-on research experience related to questions concerning applied psychology. Students work directly with a faculty member within the department. Students read and synthesize the literature, design a study, collect and analyze data, and report the results. A written product is required of all students. Prerequisites: Psychology 33-214 and permission of instructor. May be repeated with different experience. (Fall, Spring) (WA) (ScS)
  • 33-834 Research in Behavioral Neuroscience
    Laboratory or field-based research course designed to provide hands-on research experience related to questions concerning neuroscience. Students work directly with a faculty member within the department. Students read and synthesize the literature, design a study, collect and analyze data and report the results. A written product is required of all students. Also Animal Behavior 09-834. Prerequisites: Psychology 33-214, Psychology 33-434 and permission of instructor. May be repeated with different experience. (Fall, Spring) (WA) (ScS)
  • 33-844 Research in Clinical Psychology
    Laboratory or field-based research course designed to provide hands-on research experience related to questions concerning clinical psychology. Students work directly with a faculty member within the department. Students read and synthesize the literature, design a study, collect and analyze data and report the results. A written product is required of all students. Prerequisites: Psychology 33-214, Psychology 33-424 and permission of instructor. May be repeated with different experience. (Fall, Spring) (WA) (ScS)
  • 33-854 Research in Comparative Psychology
    Laboratory or field-based research course designed to provide hands-on research experience related to questions concerning animal learning and animal behavior. Students work directly with a faculty member within the department. Students read and synthesize the literature, design a study, collect and analyze data and report the results. A written product is required of all students. Also Animal Behavior 09-854. Prerequisites: Psychology 33-214, and permission of instructor. May be repeated with different experience. (Fall, Spring) (WA) (ScS)
  • 33-874 Research in Social Psychology
    Laboratory or field-based research course designed to provide hands-on research experience related to questions concerning social psychology. Students work directly with a faculty member within the department. Students read and synthesize the literature, design a study, collect and analyze data, and report the results. A written product is required of all students. Prerequisites: Psychology 33-214, Psychology 33-464 and permission of instructor. May be repeated with different experience. (Fall, Spring) (WA) (ScS)
  • 33-884 Research in Cognitive Evolutionary Psych
    Laboratory or field-based research course designed to provide hands-on research experience on cognitive phenomena from an evolutionary perspective. Students work directly with a faculty member within the department. Students read and synthesize the literature, design a study, collect and analyze data, and report the results. A written product is required of all students. Prerequisites: Psychology 33-214, Psychology 33-274, and permission of instructor. May be repeated with different experience. (Fall, Spring) (WA) (ScS)