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Courses and Syllabi

We offer a variety of courses every semester. We provide the information below to assist with course and degree planning. Courses are not offered every semester and some might be offered only every few years. Please consult with an advisor if you have questions about the frequency of courses. Past syllabi can be viewed by going to a past semester in the Howdy schedule, and searching for PSYC courses - all courses offered in that semester, and their syllabus, can be seen there. The syllabus will change every semester and with every instructor, but the past syllabi can give you an idea of what the course will involve. Current syllabi are available in the first week of classes through the HOWDY system.
Course NumberCourse NameCreditsDescription
PBSI 107Introduction to Psychology3Introductory course dealing with elementary principles of human behavior.
PBSI 206Black Psychology3Critical examination of psychological experience, theories, and methods from perspectives grounded in the “Black experience.”
PBSI 208Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Minority Experience3Overview of theory and research relating to stereotyping, prejudice, discrimination, and minority experiences from a social psychological perspective.
PBSI 209Psychology of Culture and Diversity3Introduction to various issues surrounding an increasingly interconnected and globalized world by critically examining the dynamic relationship between psychological processes and diverse (e.g., motivation, memory, self, prejudice) socio-cultural contexts.
PBSI 210Psychological Aspects of Human Sexuality3Interface between human sexuality, reproductive development, and gender roles across the lifespan;
theoretical and research literature promotes understanding of hormonal influences, learning processes, cultural differences, sexual response, and love and attraction.
PBSI 251Survey of Industrial/Organizational Psychology3Literature and research in the basic theories and practices of I/O psychology including selection, testing, job analysis, performance appraisal, training, employee motivation, job satisfaction, leadership, and group processes within organizations.
PBSI 285Directed Studies0-3 Directed readings or research problems in selected areas designed to supplement existing course offerings.
PBSI 289Special Topics 1-4Selected topics in an identified area of psychology.
PBSI 291Research0-3 Research conducted under the supervision of a chosen faculty member in the department of psychology; involves discussion and weekly presentation of student research projects.
PBSI 300Psychology of Women3 Theoretical and research literature relevant to psychological assumptions about the female personality. How
these assumptions are being questioned or verified by recent experimental studies.
PBSI 301Elementary Statistics for Psychology4Practical knowledge of statistics up through analysis of variance. Practice sessions devoted to numerical problems. Will not satisfy mathematics requirement in College of Liberal Arts curricula.
PBSI 302Research Methods and Design in Psychology4Research techniques in psychology with emphasis on the experimental method; laboratory exercises applied to specific problems in psychology.
PBSI 303Psychology of Women of Color3Interdisciplinary theories to study the unique yet intersectional experiences of women from different racial groups, ethnicities, nationalities and cultural backgrounds; scholarly research from the diversity science field; contemporary topics that have developed in a global context; examination of complex issues, which affect women of color across the lifespan.
PBSI 304Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity3The relationship of psychology to sport; topics include history, application of learning principles, social
psychology, personality variables, psychological assessment, youth sport, women in sport, the psychology of coaching, sports law and ethics.
PBSI 305Psychology of Adjustment3Adjustment problems of normal people; application of psychological principles to family, school and community life.
PBSI 306Abnormal Psychology3Survey of behavior pathology; functional and organic psychoses, psychoneurosis, character disorders, psychophysiological disorders, alcohol and drug addiction and mental retardation; therapeutic and diagnostic methods.
PBSI 307Developmental Psychology3Growth and development of normal child from infancy to adolescence with emphasis on elementary school
PBSI 311Psychology of Animal Behavior3Problems, principles, and methods of animal psychology; animal learning, motivation, discriminative processes and abnormal, social and instinctual behaviors.
PBSI 315Social Psychology3Social psychological variables operating on the individual; results of experimental laboratory findings; interaction of personality and social behavior.
PBSI 319History and Systems of Psychology3Historical analysis of pre-scientific psychology in philosophy and physiology through the period of the
psychological “schools.”
PBSI 320Sensation-Perception3Review of sensory physiology, sensory and perceptual phenomena and the major perceptual theories; current
research in the field.
PBSI 323Psychology of Adolescence3Psychological problems of normal teenage individual; ways and means of aiding youth to meet these
problems constructively.
PBSI 330Personality3Review of personality theories, techniques of assessment and research relevant to understanding individual differences.
PBSI 331Social Neuroscience3Integration of biological and psychological explanations of social behavior; recent research and theories in social neuroscience; emotion, motivation, aggression, face processing, empathy, social cognition, and social relationships.
PBSI 332Neuroscience of Learning and Memory3Brain mechanisms of learning and memory from molecular to behavioral levels; synaptic plasticity, model systems, multiple memory systems, diseases of learning and memory.
PBSI 333Biology of Psychological Disorders3Neurobiology and clinical explanation of molecular mechanisms underlying psychiatric disorders and their drug treatments; depression and bipolar, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, psychosis and schizophrenia.
PBSI 335Physiological Psychology3Physiological bases of sensation, motor functions, emotion, motivation and complex psychological processes.
PBSI 336Drugs and Behavior3Physiological, pharmacological and behavioral effects of psychoactive drugs, including short-term and longterm effects of psychoactive drugs, properties of addictive drugs, etiology of addiction, and treatments of drug addiction and withdrawal.
PBSI 340Psychology of Learning3Survey of significant concepts, experimental methods and principles of learning.
PBSI 345Human Cognitive Processes3Human cognition and information processing: perception, attention, memory, reasoning and problem solving;
experimental methods and data, and contemporary theories of human cognition.
PBSI 346Psychology of Language3Examines theories of how language is acquired, comprehended, produced, stored and used in normal and brain-impaired individuals.
PBSI 350Cognitive Neuroscience3Research in cognitive neuroscience; methodological advances that enable the study of the human brain safely in the laboratory; complex aspects of the mind like emotion, social behavior and consciousness.
PBSI 352Organizational Psychology3Literature and research in basic theories and practices of organizational psychology including employee motivation, leadership, job satisfaction, counterproductive work behaviors, organizational commitment, culture, climate, communication, and group processes within organizations.
PBSI 353Personnel Psychology3Literature and research in basic theories and practices of personnel psychology including job analysis, testing and validation, selection, performance appraisal, training, and legal issues in employment decision making.
PBSI 354Conflict and Negotiation3Examination of the field of conflict and negotiation, including the structure and causes of common interpersonal, intragroup, and intergroup conflicts, effective negotiation strategies, ethics, mediation, and the development of negotiating skills.
PBSI 360Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine3Health psychology emphasizing behavioral and lifestyle factors in health and illness, prevention and
modification of health-compromising behaviors, health care utilization, and psychological management of chronic disorders and psychological management of chronic disorders and terminal illnesses.
PBSI 365Psychology of Aging3Examination of the psychological aspects of the aging process including physiology and health, memory and intellectual functioning, personality and social relationships, emotional health and late life transition.
PBSI 371Forensic Psychology3Interface between psychology and the legal system; role of psychological theories and data, as well as mental health expertise, in the resolution of criminal trials and civil disputes; legal system’s impact on the practice of psychology.
PBSI 407Behavioral Disorders of Children3Behavior problems related to childhood; psychological aspects of mental retardation, emotional disturbance,
physical handicaps and other disorders; causative factors, preventative and therapeutic methods explored; where feasible, practical experience included as requirement.
PBSI 411Psychology of Self3Overview of psychological theory and research on issues related to the self, the self-concept and identity, and how these phenomena are integral to the human experience and to mental health and well-being.
PBSI 414Behavior Principles3Behavioral analysis of humans’ complex interactions with their environments: how behavioral repertories are constructed during maturation process; how existent behaviors are strengthened, weakened or eliminated; and how features of environment exercise control over behavioral components within a repertory.
PBSI 432Diversity and Inclusion in Organizations3Psychological and organizational theory and research on the experience of diversity and inclusion in
PBSI 440Hormones and Behavior3Principles of hormones and the endocrine system; relationships among hormones, the nervous system and a variety of behaviors in vertebrates including humans
PBSI 450Clinical Psychology3Analysis of the field of clinical psychology with a particular focus on the theoretical and scientific bases for the practice of clinical psychology.
PBSI 470Psychological Testing and Measurement3Theories and techniques of measurement of psychological concepts; a range of measurement models and procedures; critical tasks of evaluating strategies for measuring psychological concepts and drawing inferences and interpretations from commonly used psychological assessments.
PBSI 484Field Experiences0-6Participation in an approved mental health, mental retardation, school, industrial or other approved setting; field experiences supervised by an appropriate professor within an area of student interest; course requirements vary with the setting, the supervising professor and the needs of the individual student. May be repeated for credit.
PBSI 485Directed Studies0-3Directed readings or research problems in selected areas designed to supplement existing course offerings. May be repeated for credit.
PBSI 489Special Topics1-4Selected topics in an identified area of psychology. May be repeated for credit.
PBSI 491Research0-3Research conducted under the supervision of a chosen faculty member in the department of psychology; involves discussion and presentation of student research projects. May be repeated for credit.