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 introduces students to a variety of research methods in psychology, including experimental and non-experimental designs. Topics include literature review, hypothesis formation, psychological measurement, sampling, design, statistical analysis, ethics, and scientific writing in APA style. This course (with no lab) covers the basic methodological background necessary for upper-level psychology courses but does not involve project-based research. It is recommended for (a) psychology majors pursuing non-psychology careers or who prefer an internship capstone rather than a research capstone, (b) psychology minors, and (c) non-psychology majors preparing to take the MCAT Prerequisites: Psychology 33-104 and Mathematics 52-114, minimum grades of C required. (Spring) (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). (Fall) (ScS)
  • 33-214 Inquiry-Based Research Methods
    This course gives students in-depth experience with the research methods used in psychology, including experimental and non-experimental designs. Topics include literature review, hypothesis formation, psychological measurement, sampling, statistical analysis, ethics, and scientific writing in APA style. This course (which includes a required 1-credit lab; 33-211) involves intense project-based original research, and serves as good preparation for later independent research (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. 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 gives students in-depth experience with the research methods used in psychology, including experimental and non-experimental designs. Topics include literature review, hypothesis formation, psychological measurement, sampling, statistical analysis, ethics, and scientific writing in APA style. This course (which includes a required 1-credit lab; 33-211) involves intense project-based original research with animals, and serves as good preparation for later independent research (capstone research or graduate school). This course is recommended for (a) psychology majors who prefer a research capstone over an internship capstone, (b) students considering applying to graduate school, and (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)
  • 33-334 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)
  • 33-344 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. (Fall and Spring) (ScS)
  • 33-374 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) (ScS)
  • 33-384 Learning and Cognition
    This course provides an examination of the information-processing mechanisms of the mind. The course begins by applying a functional lens to the mind starting with consciousness and attention. The cognitive mechanisms covered increase in complexity to perception and attention systems, then onto memory and traditional areas of learning psychology (e.g., classical and operant condition, modeling). Finally, special topics such as judgment and decision-making are explored. Prerequisite: Psychology 33-104. (Spring) (ScS)
  • 33-434 Attraction and Close Relationships
    This course explores topics surrounding the initiation and maintenance of sexual and romantic relationships. The first half of the course covers attraction and uses an evolutionary perspective to explore how and why people are attracted to others. The second half of the course covers core concepts in the close relationship literature, including relationship formation, development, maintenance, and transitions. Emphasis is placed on healthy practices and behaviors in romantic relationships, including conflict resolution and support. The overarching goal of the course is to better understand how we affect and are affected by sexual and romantic relationships.(May term) (ScS)
  • 33-444 Political Psychology
    See Political Science 32-444. Prerequisite: Psychology 33-104 or Political Science 32-114. (ScS)
  • 33-474 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)
  • 33-484 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. (May term) (ScS)
  • 33-494 Advanced Methods and Statistics
    This course builds upon Inquiry-based Research Methods by covering more advanced methods and statistics which are now common place in Psychological Research. These topics include quasi-experimental designs, longitudinal designs, regression, data management for pre-existing data sets, and applied research. This course is recommended for students who, after taking Inquiry Based Research Methods, want more in depth training on advanced research topics. Similar to Inquiry Based Research Methods, this course involves intense project-based research, and serves as good preparation for both a research capstone and graduate school. Prerequisites: Psychology 33-104, Mathematics 52-114, and Psychology 33-214 or Psychology 33-224; minimum grades of C required. (Fall) (WA) (ScS)
  • 33-524 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, 33-214 or 33-224. Psychology 33-334 recommended. (Spring) (ScS)
  • 33-534 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 or Psychology 33-224 or Biology 50-222/232, and Biology 50-124 or 50-123/121, or permission of instructor. Also Biology 50-324. (Spring)
  • 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). Also Kinesiology 48-544. Prerequisite: Psychology 33-104 and Psychology 33-204 or Psychology 33-214 or Psychology 33-224 or Biology 50-222/50-232 or Kinesiology 48-314 or Sociology 34-314. (Fall) (ScS)
  • 33-564 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 or Psychology 33-224. (Spring) (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 33-224, Psychology 33-534 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 33-524 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 33-224, 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 33-564 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 33-374, and permission of instructor. May be repeated with different experience. (Fall, Spring) (WA) (ScS)