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PSYCHOLOGY (PY)

Professor Robert D. Lyman, Chairperson
Office: 348 Gordon Palmer Hall

PY 101 is a prerequisite for all higher-numbered psychology courses. Students are encouraged to complete 6 hours in psychology before enrolling in any 300-level psychology course.

PY 101 Introduction to Psychology. Three hours.

Basic principles of psychology.

PY 105 Honors Introduction to Psychology. Three hours.

Prerequisite: Membership in University Honors Program or minimum 28 ACT or 1240 SAT.

Honors section of PY 101.

PY 207 Psychology of Adjustment. Three hours.

Basic principles of mental health and an understanding of the individual models of behavior.

PY 211 Elementary Statistical Methods. Three hours.

Prerequisite: MATH 109 (or equivalent).

Methods are presented that enable students to make inferences about a population from a knowledge of small samples. Offered each semester and in the summer session.

PY 228 Applied Psychology. Three hours.

Examination of current uses of psychology.

PY 334 Psychology of Religion (same as REL 335). Three hours.

Prerequisite: 3 hours of religious studies courses, 6 hours in psychology courses, or permission of the instructor.

PY 352 Developmental Psychology. Three hours.

Physical, intellectual, emotional, and social development throughout the life span.

PY 355 General Experimental Psychology. Three hours.

Prerequisite: PY 211.

Scientific methods applied to the problems of psychology.

PY 356 Research Laboratory. Two hours.

Prerequisite: PY 211.

Application of experimental and statistical techniques in a laboratory setting.

PY 358 Abnormal Psychology. Three hours.

Etiology, symptomatology, and treatment of the major mental behavioral disorders. Includes supervised contact with mental health clients.

PY 361 Psychology of Learning. Three hours.

Theoretical and applied implications of principal findings in learning, memory, and cognition.

PY 365 Psychology of Aging. Three hours.

The intellectual, social, cognitive, and physical development in adulthood with special emphasis on late adulthood.

PY 371 Psychology of Gender. Three hours.

Review of the contribution of psychological theories and research to the understanding of sex differences in general and to women's roles in particular.

PY 372 Social Psychology. Three hours.

Major aspects of social psychology, including aggression, altruism, attitude change, interpersonal relations, prejudice, leadership, and group dynamics.

PY 373 Attitude Change and Influence. Three hours.

Processes of attitude change in mass media and interpersonal interactions. Topics include persuasion, social power, propaganda, and brainwashing.

PY 377 Psychology, Law Violation, and Justice. Three hours.

Psychological interpretations of criminality, treatment of offenders, and the roles of psychologists and psychological issues in the justice system.

PY 378 Junior Honors Seminar. Three hours.

Prerequisites: Acceptance in the Psychology Honors Program, PY 101, PY 211, and PY 355.

The course is the first semester of a four-semester honors sequence. Exposure to research methods and opportunities for research within the Department of Psychology.

PY 379 Junior Honors Seminar. Three hours.

Prerequisite: PY 378.

The course is the second semester of a four-semester honors sequence. Preparation of a research proposal and approval of thesis committee is required.

The following 400-level courses have as a prerequisite 12 hours in the psychology department, including PY 355 and PY 356.

PY 413 Physiological Psychology. Three hours.

Prerequisite: One year of biology desirable.

Bodily structures (nervous, muscular, and glandular) underlying behavior.

PY 428 Industrial Psychology. Three hours.

Application of psychological principles in industrial settings.

PY 451 Supervised Undergraduate Research. One to three hours.

Prerequisites: Permission and sponsorship of an instructor.

Individual research projects. A maximum of 6 credit hours may be earned in PY 451.

PY 461 Child Psychology. Three hours.

Prerequisite: PY 355.

Observational and research procedures with infants and young children, with emphasis on operant learning and socialization processes. Suggested for undergraduate seniors.

PY 470 Introduction to Cognitive Psychology. Three hours.

Contemporary approaches to cognitive psychology, including topics such as attention and memory.

PY 471 History and Systems in Psychology. Three hours.

Systematic points of view in psychology, with a consideration of their historical origins and significance for modern thought.

PY 478 Senior Honors Seminar. Three hours.

The course is the third semester of a four-semester honors sequence. Implementation of an approved research proposal.

PY 479 Senior Honors Seminar. Three hours.

The course is the final semester of a four-semester honors sequence. Preparation and defense of senior honors thesis.

PY 481 Readings in Psychology. One to three hours.

Prerequisites: Permission and sponsorship of an instructor.

Selected supervised readings. A maximum of 6 credit hours may be earned in PY 481.

PY 491 Seminar in Psychology. Three hours.

Thorough examination of a selected contemporary psychological area. Different topics are offered each semester; descriptions are available at registration. Offered each semester and in the summer session.

PY 495:496 Teaching Internship. Three hours each semester.

Prerequisites: 21 hours in the department, senior standing, 3.0 GPA in psychology courses, and permission of the PY 101 coordinator and the instructor.

Supervised experience and training in teaching, course administration, etc., as additional preparation for students planning to pursue graduate study in psychology.

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