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Undergraduate Program

List of Courses

PSY 1310 Introduction to Psychology

An introduction to the discipline of psychology as a natural science and as an applied social science. This course includes topics such as the biological bases of behavior, sensation and perception, learning and memory, emotions, personality, abnormal psychology, therapy, developmental and social psychology. Previous course numbers: PSY 1310 replaces the previous PSY 1313/1323 sequence. PSY 1310 may be repeated to replace a grade for PSY 1313.

PSY 2401 Basic Statistics for Psychologists

(Texas Common Course Number is PSYC 2317)
A practical study of the procedures used in handling psychological data including descriptive statistics, central tendency, variation, correlation and inference. Equivalent Course: May be counted as ANTH 2401; a student may receive credit in only one course. Prerequisites: MATH 1340 or higher (except EMAT 2306) and three hours of the following: PSY 1310, ANTH 1323, ANTH 1324 or ANTH 1342.

PSY 3324 Social Psychology

An overview of how groups and society infl uence behavior and thinking. The main topics include conformity, obedience, prosocial behavior (cooperation and helping others), the behavior of groups, attitudes and prejudice, as well as research on interpersonal attraction, including physical attractiveness and romantic love. The course also examines how everyday people are implicit psychologists, trying to explain and understand the behavior of others as well as their own. Prerequisite: Three hours of social science credit.

PSY 3325 Research Methods in Psychology

This course provides a lecture-laboratory approach to learning the scientific methodology of empirical psychological research. Basic principles and methods of research design, hypothesis testing, data collection and analysis and result interpretation are covered in this course. Prerequisites: PSY 1310 and PSY 2401.

PSY 3332 Developmental Psychology: Infancy and Childhood

An overview of human development from conception to adolescence. Topics include biological foundations, physical growth, language and cognition, social and personality development. Traditional and recent theoretical perspectives are reviewed. Prerequisite: PSY 1310.

PSY 3333 Psychology of Adulthood: Maturity and Old Age

A study of such aspects of adulthood as job selection, marriage, child rearing and old age. Prerequisite: Six hours of psychology.

PSY 3337 Developmental Psychology: Lifespan

The field of developmental psychology is an overview of the physical, cognitive, social, emotional and personality domains of the changes that occur over time. The course focuses on normal development from conception through death. Traditional and theoretical perspectives are reviewed. Prerequisites: PSY 1310 and junior standing.

Psychology 3338 Gender Development

This course is designed to provide students with knowledge about gender development from infancy through adulthood, including the many similarities and differences among physical, educational/employment, and interpersonal experiences of men and women during each developmental stage of life.

PSY 3340 Stress Management

This course introduces the student to a wide variety of stress reduction techniques and their implications for health. Practical experiences as well as research in such areas as biofeedback, relaxation training and meditation are provided. Prerequisite: PSY 1310.

PSY 3343 Tests and Measurements in Psychology

Concentrates on the theoretical aspects of test construction and on extensive survey of the major types of standardized tests used in industry, schools and mental health settings. Prerequisites: PSY 1310 and PSY 2401.

PSY 3345 Psychology of Learning

An introduction to the methods, results and interpretations of experimental studies of learning, including both animal conditioning and human memory. Emphasis will be placed on classical and instrumental conditioning procedures.

PSY 3353 Physiological Psychology

An analysis of the basic physiological mechanisms underlying behavior with emphasis on the role of the central nervous system in sensation, emotion, motivation, learning and memory. A knowledge of biology is helpful but not necessary. Prerequisite: PSY 1310.

PSY 3373 Sensation and Perception

A study of the basic mechanisms underlying sensation and perception. Experimental methods, research findings and theory are emphasized. Prerequisite: PSY 1310.

PSY 3383 Animal Behavior

An introduction to the methods, results and interpretation of studies of animal behavior from the perspectives of comparative psychology and ethology. An emphasis will be placed on social and communicative behavior. Prerequisite: PSY 1310.

PSY 3405 Behavior Modification

An overview of principles of social learning, operant conditioning and the application of these principles to personal development, relationships and problem behavior. Three hours lecture and a three-hour lab. Prerequisite: PSY 1310.

PSY 4182 Directed Readings

Students will complete individually assigned readings on a selected topic under the supervision of a faculty member with whom specific arrangements have been made. May be repeated for up to two hours credit. Prerequisite(s): Nine hours of psychology and consent of instructor.

PSY 4302 Primate Behavior

A review of the behavior of selected representatives of the order primates, based upon research conducted in both laboratory and field. In addition, students will collect data on a representative primate group at the Gladys Porter Zoo. Equivalent Course: May be counted as ANTH 4302; a student may receive credit in only one course. Previous course number: PSY 3384; a student may receive credit in only one course. Prerequisites: PSY 1310 and PSY 3383, or ANTH 1324, or consent of instructor.

PSY 4312 Female and Male

An examination of the physiological and psychological influences of sex role development, including such topics as human liberation, sexual behavior, child rearing practices and career opportunities. Prerequisite: Nine hours of psychology or consent of instructor.

PSY 4313 Abnormal Psychology

A comprehensive analysis of various emotional disorders, neuroses and psychoses, their symptoms, etiologies and treatment and approaches. Prerequisite: PSY 1310.

PSY 4314 Child/Adol Abnormal Psychology

This class is a survey of research on the psychological symptoms, concerns, and disorders that mainly affect young people or that are predominantly diagnosed in children or adolescents. This will require discussion of human development, general psychopathology, learning, cognition, and other domains. This is not a class about treatment, though this will be discussed as appropriate. Prerequisite: PSY 4313(Abnormal Psychology) plus six additional hours of psychology OR twelve total hours of psychology, OR instructor permission.

PSY 4318 Theories of Learning

A historical review of major theoretical positions in the field of animal and human learning. Prerequisite: PSY 1310 or consent of instructor.

PSY 4319 Cognitive Psychology

The study of intellectual activities. Topics include attention, perception, pattern recognition, memory, concept formation, language processing, reasoning, judgment, decision making, problem solving, and creativity. Prerequisite: PSY 1310.

PSY 4320 Memory

The study of the acquisition, storage, retrieval and forgetting of information. Emphasis is on basic research and theory about adult memory processes, but some consideration is also given to applications and developmental aspects of memory such as memory in childhood and memory and aging. Prerequisite: PSY 1310.

PSY 4326 Cross-Cultural Psychology

The course examines how culture shapes our cognition and behavior. In addition to exploring intercultural contact and cross-cultural research methods, the following areas in psychology are analyzed from a cross-national perspective: perception, cognition, human development, attitudes and interpersonal relations. Prerequisite: PSY 1310.

PSY 4327 Personal Relationships

Theories and research findings on a variety of close relationships are explored, including friendships and romantic love. Although the course focuses on everyday dynamics, clinical issues such as shyness, loneliness and jealousy are also covered. In addition to analyzing how personal relationships are developed and maintained, the course also examines the process of breakup and dissolution. Prerequisite(s): Nine hours of psychology.

PSY 4328 Psychological Issues in the Mexican-American Community

Mexican-American personality development and assessment, ethnic identity and acculturation are examined in the course, as are Chicano perceptions of abnormal conduct and the use of alternative therapists. Selected community issues, such as immigration and prosocial behavior, are also explored from a psychological perspective. Prerequisite: PSY 1310.

PSY 4330 Human Motivation

Human motivation is about the scientific study of the causes, sustaining, intensity, directions, and termination of behaviors and mental states. Topics include human nature, desires for food, sex, sleep, intimacy, fear, anger, striving for achievements and power, developing interests and growing competencies, and making plans and setting goals. Prerequisite: PSY 1310.

PSY 4333 Theories of Personality

Emphasis is placed on the major theories of personality that attempt to explain the psychological nature and behavior of people. Some consideration is given to the process involved in developing a theory of personality. Prerequisite: PSY 1310.

PSY 4342 Psychology and Law

This course is designed to give students an appreciation of behavioral phenomena as they apply to our legal system. A general survey of related topics such as the trial process, the psychology of evidence and the psychology of juries will be covered.

PSY 4343 Human Factors

Human factors is concerned with the optimal interaction between humans and their working environments, including machines, instruments, computers, and physical environments. The course draws from several areas of psychology, including sensation, perception, memory, cognition, physiology, learning, and motivation. The goal is to optimize the design of operation systems by considering human capabilities and limitations. Prerequisites: PSY 1310 and a course in perception or memory.

PSY 4350 Sexual Abuse & Offense

This course will be a survey of research in the area of sexual abuse, focusing both on the study of victim and offender factors. The focus of the course is on empirical research in this expanding domain of study, not personal experiences or case studies. Students will sample and digest current information from a large and growing body of research. In addition, they may be required to conduct their own research, including planning the project, collecting data through interviews or surveys, and reporting results. Prerequisite: Nine credt hours of psychology courses completed, one of which must be PSY 1310. Alternatively: approval of instructor.

PSY 4355 Psychology and Mythology

This course will study the impact and interrelationships of psychological thought and mythological theory. The impact of the theories of Freud, Adler, Jung, Levi-Strauss and others on mythology will be studied. Equivalent Course: ANTH 4355; a student may receive credit for only one course. Prerequisite: PSY 1323 or ANTH 1323 or ANTH 1353 or instructor’s consent.

PSY 4356 Mind-Body Interactions

This course is designed to demonstrate the inseparability of mind and body. Although our Western approach to medicine still focuses on illness and treatment as biologically based, there is increasing evidence that psychological and social factors play a part in the healing process. The course is divided into three areas of content: examination of how alterations of the body can affect the mind, examination of how the mind can affect the body, especially as a result of stress and, lastly, an evaluation of complementary/alternative medicine. Prerequisite: PSY 1310.

PSY 4363 Systems and Theories in Psychology

A history of the development of psychology and a study of theories in contemporary psychology. Prerequisite: PSY 1310.

PSY 4380 Adv Research Seminar

Students will have the opportunity to conduct faculty-supervised research in an area of mutual interest resulting in oral and written presentations of their work to other students and faculty. The course will provide an opportunity to obtain hands-on research experience for undergraduate students who intend to pursue graduate degrees. May be repeated for up to six hours credit. Prerequisites: PSY 2401 and PSY 3325, and consent of instructor.

PSY 4381 Psychology Internship

An extensive application of psychological concepts and skills within a community organization, government agency, mental health setting or business enterprise related to the student's career goals. Specific assignments will vary by instructor and internship site. Prerequisite(s): Nine hours of psychology and consent of instructor.

PSY 4383 Special Problems

Selected topics assigned according to the interest of the class and/or student. Sequential registration for up to nine hours is permitted as topics vary. Prerequisites: Nine hours of psychology and consent of instructor.