Undergraduate Courses in Psychology

Subject course numbers in parentheses at the end of the course description represent the course equivalent in the Texas Common Course Numbering system.

 

PSY 1101 Scientific Foundations of Learning (1-0)
This course investigates the basic biological, psychological and sociological determinates of adult learning. The relationships between individual behaviors and social processes that affect adult learning in the university community are studied utilizing theoretical frameworks and applied science. Prerequisite: freshman classification

 

PSY 1302 Introduction to Psychology (3-0)
Introduction to psychology as a scientific discipline. Required of all students who will major or minor in psychology. Recommended for students in other areas of behavioral science. (PSYC 2301)

 

PSY 2304 Introduction to Social Psychology (3-0)
Introduction to social psychology; topics include affiliation, perceptions of others, liking for others, aggression, group structure and leadership, group dynamics, conformity and attitude formation and change. (PSYC 2319) Prerequisite: Psychology 1302 or consent of instructor.

 

PSY 2307 Introductory Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (3-0)
Descriptive statistics and inferential statistics through two-way analysis of variance. Includes both parametric and non-parametric statistics. Required of psychology majors. (PSYC 2317)

 

PSY 2309 Human Sexuality (3-0)
Fundamentals of human sexuality including biological, behavioral and cultural aspects of sexuality. (PSYC 2306)

 

PSY 2310 Developmental Psychology (3-0)
The study of the developing human from birth to death, including physical, cognitive, emotional and moral development. (PSYC 2314) Prerequisite: Psychology 1302 or consent of instructor.

 

PSY 3302 Theories of Personality (3-0)
A survey of the more important theories of personality with an emphasis on comparative analysis. Includes in-depth study of psychoanalytic, neo-Freudian, humanistic and cognitive approaches to personality. Prerequisite: Psychology 1302 or consent of instructor.

 

PSY 3304 Abnormal Behavior (3-0)
An investigation of behavioral disorders and the biological and social factors which may affect them. Prerequisite: Psychology 1302 or consent of instructor.

 

PSY 3308 Experimental Psychology (3-0)
Study of experimental methods and research findings in areas of psychophysics, sensory processes, learning and motivation. Development of experimental design. Prerequisite: Psychology 1302 and Psychology 2307 or consent of instructor.

 

PSY 3309 The Psychology of Learning (3-0)
A review of animal and human research involving explanations of learning in everyday life, which includes how the consequences of behavior affect future actions. Prerequisite: Psychology 1302 or consent of instructor.

 

PSY 3313 Social Attitudes (3-0)
An introduction to the study of political behavioral and attitude research focusing on problems of measurement, empirical findings, theories of acquisition and change, media effects, as well as political socialization and political personality. Prerequisites: Psychology 1302 and Psychology 2307 or consent of instructor.

 

PSY 3314 Multicultural Psychology (3-0)
The concept of culture is investigated as a subject in and of itself and also as a variable that may explain differences in various psychological contexts: conceptions of personhood, therapeutic intervention, family dynamics and expectations for the future. Prerequisite: Psychology 1302 or consent of instructor.

 

Reading and Research (3-0)
Selected readings of research projects to be offered as individual study to meet student needs. May be repeated for credit when the topic varies, with the approval of the major advisor. Variable for one or two semester credit hours.

 

PSY 4306 Biopsychology (3-0)
A systematic review of the theories and research dealing with physiological correlates of learning, motivation, emotion and perception. Prerequisite: Psychology 1302 or consent of the instructor.

 

PSY 4308 Clinical Psychological Methods (3-0)
Theory and methods of clinical psychology; including theory and application of the counseling interview, therapeutic psychology, therapeutic techniques and the therapeutic process. Prerequisite: Psychology 1302 and Psychology 2307 or consent of the instructor

 

PSY 4309 Readings and Research (3-0)
Selected readings or research projects to be offered as individual study to meet student needs. May be repeated for credit when the topic varies with the approval of the major advisor.

 

PSY 4310 Special Topics (3-0)
Special course in psychology on topics not included in the regular curriculum, e.g. advanced statistics, comparative psychology, primate behavior, adult developmental psychology, sensation and perception. Prerequisite: Psychology 1302 and Psychology 2307 or consent of the instructor.

 

PSY 4311 Community Experience in Psychology (0-0)
This course allows students to gain practical experience with human services agencies. Students are assigned to work with an area agency. May be taken only once to meet degree plan requirements. Prerequisite: senior standing.

 

PSY 4315 History of Psychology (3-0)
Students are introduced to the development of psychology as a scientific discipline, beginning with a survey of ancient philosophical thought and leading to the eventual combination of ideas and methods from physiology and philosophy. Current trends in contemporary psychological investigation are discussed in terms of persistent questions regarding, for instance, the mind/body question, nature vs. nurture, the correspondence between reality and understanding the nature of knowledge, and the place of humans in the universe.