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PS 101 Introduction to Psychology (4)
A general survey course prerequisite for all courses in the department.

PS 235 Psychology through Films (4)
Normal and psychopathological individuals as depicted in commercially produced films. An orientation toward an understanding of the behaviors and psychological dynamics that differentiate the normal from the psychopathological individual.

PS 237 Organizational Behavior (4)
An orientation toward understanding the forces that affect behavior in organizations so their effects may be predicted and guided toward more effective organizational functioning and the satisfaction of organizational members. (See MG 237.)

PS 241 Personality and Individual Differences (4)
An introduction to the understanding of individuals and their personalities through the study of the ways persons differ and the meaning of these differences. Offered spring semesters.

PS 243 Introduction to Research Methods and Statistics (4)
An introduction to the research methods and statistical tools used in the psychological and related sciences. Topics include an introduction to some of the most commonly used research methods; defining, measuring, and manipulating variables; descriptive methods and statistics; correlational methods and statistics; probability, hypothesis testing, and inferential statistics; two-group experimental designs and inferential statistics (including t-tests, Wilcoxon and Chi-Square tests.) Offered fall semesters.

PS 244 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics (4)
A continuation of the methods and statistics covered in PS 243. Topics include experimental designs with more than two groups, or more complex designs with more than one manipulated variable (factoral design); One-Way and Two-Way ANOVAs; quasi-experimental designs; introduction to multiple regression; communication of research findings. Offered spring semesters.

PS 261 Drugs and Behavior (4)
A survey of the neural, pharmacological, and psychological mechanisms of psychoactive drugs. Major topics include principles of pharmacology, basic properties of neurotransmission/ neurophysiology, and physiological and psychological aspects of addiction. Psychotherapeutic drugs (e.g., for depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, ADHD), legal drugs of abuse (e.g., alcohol and nicotine), and illegal drugs of abuse (e.g., methamphetamine, opiates, Hallucinogens, club drugs) are surveyed. Attention is also given to drug development and regulations, the problem of drugs in the workplace and treatment options.

PS 272 Educational Psychology (4)
A survey of the theories of learning and development of human potential within the school setting utilizing observations and applied study.

PS 275 Child Development (4)
An interdisciplinary approach to the study of development across the early stages of the lifespan with emphasis on genetic and environmental influences; includes prenatal development through the elementary school years. A prerequisite for PS 312, Adolescent Psychology. (Not open to students who have taken PS 276.) Offered fall semesters.

PS 276 Lifespan Development (4)
An interdisciplinary approach to the study of development across all stages of the lifespan with emphasis on genetic and environmental influences; includes prenatal development through death. (Not open to students who have taken PS 275.) Offered alternate spring semesters.

PS 278 Recreation and Environment (4)
An overview of the interrelated issues in the psychology of recreation and in environmental psychology, including outdoor recreation and environmental values, self and cultural identities, and political and public policy issues related to recreation and our environment.

PS 282 Social Psychology (4)
A study of the psychological and sociological factors of interaction between individuals in social groups and collectives. Offered fall semesters. (See SO 282.)

PS 286 Health Psychology (4)
An introduction to scientific research and theory on the relationship between physical health and mental processes, emotion, and behavior. Topics include current research on stress and stress management, coping and illness, pain, heart disease, cancer, AIDS and health behaviors (e.g., smoking, diet, exercise).

PS 301 Industrial - Organizational Psychology (4)
An in depth look at the principles of psychology as applied to all organizational settings. Course oriented towards student discovering how psychologists have improved the satisfaction, safety, and productivity of the work environment.

PS 309 Psychology of the Exceptional Child (4)
A detailed study of all areas of exceptionality, from the challenged to the challenging.

PS 312 Adolescent Psychology (4)
An interdisciplinary study of adolescents. Focus is on how various social and psychological phenomena affect individuals within this age group. Prerequisite: PS 275, PS 276 or consent of the instructor.

PS 313 Learning (4)
A study of the categories of learning, applicable to both humans and animals.

PS 326 Introduction to Neuroscience and Behavior (4)
An introduction to the physiological substrate of behavior. Topics include brain structure, function and development, sensory and motor systems and the brain basis for a variety of normal and abnormal human behaviors. Laboratory experiences included.

PS 327 Sensation and Perception (4)
A survey of all major senses (vision, hearing, balance, touch, taste, smell) and how we organize and interpret sensory information in the brain to understand the external world. Additional topics include principles of psychophysics; natural history of the senses; development and aging of the sensory systems; and the role of the senses in communication.

PS 328 Animal Behavior (4)
(See BI 328.)

PS 330 Behavioral Genetics (4)
An introduction to the theory and methodology of behavior genetic psychology. Includes twin and adoptive studies, family designs, and molecular genetic approaches to psychology. Prerequisites: PS 101 and PS 243 (or other statistics course) or consent of instructor. Offered alternate spring semesters.

PS 337 Aging (4)
(See SO 337.)

PS 341 Psychological Tests and Measurements (4)
A comprehensive study of the principles of test construction, knowledge of the behavior being measured, and acquaintance with the major types of available tests.

PS 346 Abnormal Psychology (4)
A study of the various patterns of mental, behavioral, and personality disorders. Major emphasis is on the diagnosis and understanding of the disorder. Pertinent legal issues are also discussed.

PS 347 Alcoholism and Addiction (4)
(See SO 347.)

PS 350 Consumer Behavior (4)
Studies the factors affecting consumer behavior of individuals and organizations; provides an overview of explanations of consumption; and surveys consumer decision-making processes and their implications for marketing strategy. Prerequisite: MG 354 or permission of instructor.

PS 365 Understanding Social / Emotional Disorders in Children (4)
A study of the developmental and environmental causes of social and emotional problems in children as related to their characteristic behaviors, with emphasis on identifying these behaviors and diagnosing their probable causes.

PS 371 Therapies (2 - 4)
An orientation toward the differential application and effectiveness of biological, individual, and group therapies in the treatment of psychopathological disturbances.

PS 385 Field Work (1 - 4)
Clinical experience in psychologically relevant facility. Prerequisite: 12 credit hours of course work in Psychology and consent of instructor. Total number of hours of credit cannot be more than four (4).

PS 391 Report Project (2)
An individual directed investigation arranged with an instructor on a topic of mutual interest. Project requires a final report that includes a presentation of the problem, review of the literature, and a description of the specific procedures to be employed. Prerequisite: PS 214.

PS 401, 402 Seminar (4 each semester)
401-Offered fall semesters. 402-Offered spring semesters. Prerequisite: PS101 (formerly PS 201) and consent of the instructor if not a senior.

PS 461, 462 Independent Study in Psychology (1 - 4)
Prerequisite: consent of the instructor.

PS 463, 464 Internship in Psychology (1 - 4)
Clinical experience in psychologically relevant facility. Prerequisite: 12 credit hours of course work in Psychology and consent of instructor. Total number of hours of credit cannot be more than four (4).

PS 465, 466 Independent Research in Psychology (1 - 4)