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2014-15 Catalog

PSY - PSYCHOLOGY

PSY A111: General Psychology (3 CR) 

Contact Hours:  3 + 0
Course Attributes: UAA GER Social Sciences Requirement.
Introduces methods, theories, and research in the psychological sciences.  Core topics include psychological research methods, biopsychology, learning, cognition, lifespan development, personality, psychological disorders, and social psychology.  

PSY A143: Death and Dying (3 CR) 

Contact Hours:  3 + 0
Special Fees.
An examination of the event of death and the process of dying in contemporary society.  Psychological aspects of loss, grieving, and acceptance of one’s own mortality are presented along with an exploration of helping services available in the local community.  Social issues involving death are discussed. 

PSY A150: Lifespan Development (3 CR) 

Contact Hours:  3 + 0
Course Attributes: UAA GER Social Sciences Requirement.
Reviews physical, cognitive, and socio-emotional aspects of human growth, maturation, and development across the lifespan.  Special attention is given to the effects of broader sociocultural influences on development. Classical and contemporary theories relating to development across the lifespan are considered. 

PSY A153: Human Relations (3 CR) 

Contact Hours:  3 + 0
Crosslisted with: HUMS A153.
Special Fees.
A survey of human relations to include communication, problem solving, interaction, relationship, choice and change skills. 

PSY A260: Statistics for Psychology (3 CR) 

Contact Hours:  3 + 0
Prerequisites: [MATH A105 with minimum grade of C or MATH A107 with minimum grade of C or MATH A108 with minimum grade of C or MATH A172 with minimum grade of C or MATH A200 with minimum grade of C] and PSY A111 with a minimum grade of C.
Special Note: Concurrent enrollments A260L is strongly recommended. Students must earn a grade of C or higher in PSY A260 before being admitted to PSY A261, PSY A355 and/or psychology capstone courses. Presents basic descriptive and inferential statistical techniques used in psychology. Covers scales of measurement, central tendency, variability, normal distributions, standard scores, correlation, regression, hypothesis testing, parametric and nonparametric tests for independent and dependent groups, one- and two-way analysis of variance. 

PSY A260L: Statistics for Psychology Lab (1 CR) 

Contact Hours:  0 + 2
Prerequisites: [MATH A105 with minimum grade of C or MATH A107 with minimum grade of C or MATH A108 with minimum grade of C or MATH A172 with minimum grade of C or MATH A200 with minimum grade of C] and PSY A111 with minimum grade of C.
Registration Restrictions: Either prior completion or concurrent enrollment in PSY A260.
Special Fees.
Special Note: Either prior completion of PSY A260 or concurrent enrollment in PSY A260 is required. Students must earn a grade of C or higher in PSY A260L before being admitted to PSY A261, PSY A355 and/or psychology capstone courses.
Laboratory that builds on the material covered in PSY A260, giving hands-on experience with data-analysis software. Includes the use of software for graphing, descriptive statistics, correlation, simple regression, t-tests, analysis of variance, and chi-square. 

PSY A261: Research Methods in Psychology (4 CR) 

Contact Hours:  3 + 3
Prerequisites: ENGL A111 with minimum grade of C and PSY A111 with minimum grade of C and PSY A260 with minimum grade of C and PSY A260L with minimum grade of C.
Special Note: Students must earn a grade of C or higher in PSY A261 before being admitted to PSY A355 and/or psychology capstone courses.
The lecture component introduces the scientific approach to studying behavior and mental processes and covers and practices, data collection and analysis, and APA style writing. The laboratory component provides applied experience with designing research projects and data collection as well as analysis, interpretation, and reporting of results. 

PSY A313: Psychology of Women (3 CR) 

Contact Hours:  3 + 0
Prerequisites: PSY A111 with minimum grade of C.
Class Standing Restriction: Must be Junior or Senior.
Registration Restrictions: Junior level standing, or 6 credits of psychology.
Examines women’s physical, social, and emotional development across the lifespan from cultural, social, and biological perspectives. The course covers important facets of women’s lives, including love and relationship, sexuality, pregnancy and motherhood, physical and mental health, education and work, and discrimination and violence against women. 

PSY A345: Abnormal Psychology (3 CR) 

Contact Hours:  3 + 0
Prerequisites: PSY A111.
Introduces the psychology of abnormal behavior through research and clinical applications using a biopsychosocial model.  Psychological disorders are presented within their multicultural, gender, and developmental contexts.  Topics also include history, assessment, suicide, psychopharmacology, mental institutions, psychotherapy, and prevention as well as contemporary legal issues.

PSY A355: Learning and Cognition (4 CR) 

Contact Hours:  3 + 3
Special Fees.Prerequisites: [PSY A111 with minimum grade of C and PSY A150 with minimum grade of C and PSY A260 with minimum grade of C and PSY A260L with minimum grade of C and PSY A261 with minimum grade of C and ENGL A111 with minimum grade of C] and [ENGL A211 with minimum grade of C or ENGL A212 with minimum grade of C or ENGL A213 with minimum grade of C or ENGL A214 with minimum grade of C].
Special Note: The required laboratory includes work in both learning and cognition, and requires that students be familiar with research design, statistical calculations, and APA style.
Overview of major learning principles including classical conditioning and operant conditioning. Also includes a contemporary review of the memory system, the representation of knowledge, skill acquisition, memory retrieval, forgetting, and aspects of language processing. 

PSY A366: Perception (3 CR) 

Contact Hours:  3 + 0
Prerequisites: PSY A111 and PSY A261.
Special Fees.
Presents current theories and phenomena which effect how we perceive the world around us.  Explores the capacities and limitations of the sensory apparatus, particularly vision.  Considers implications of the human tendency to “Misperceive” situations. 

PSY A368: Personality (3 CR) 

Contact Hours:  3 + 0
Prerequisites: ENGL A111 with minimum grade of C and [PSY A111 or PSY A150].
Survey of modern and contemporary theories of personality and personality development. Emphasizes research findings on the measurement of personality and biological and social bases of personality.

PSY A370: Biological Psychology (3 CR) 

Contact Hours:  3 + 0
Prerequisites: ENGL A111 with minimum grade of C and [PSY A111 with minimum grade of C or PSY A150 with minimum grade of C] and [BIOL A102 with minimum grade of C or BIOL A111 with minimum grade of C or BIOL A115 with minimum grade of C] and [ENGL A214 with minimum grade of C]. Class Standing Restriction: Must be Junior or Senior.
Registration Restrictions: Junior or senior standing.
Course Attributes: UAA GER Integrative Capstone.
Special Note: Although this course is one option for a university-wide integrative capstone, it does not meet the Psychology major capstone requirement.
Examines how behavior and cognition are mediated by biological processes.  The course overviews neural activity, the organization of the nervous system, psychopharmacology, and biological basis of normal and abnormal behaviors. 

PSY A375: Social Psychology (3 CR) 

Contact Hours:  3 + 0
Prerequisites: ENGL A111 with minimum grade of C and [MATH A105 or MATH A107 or MATH A108 or MATH A172 or MATH A200] and [PSY A111 or PSY A150].
Focuses on individuals in social situations and the scientific study of how individuals think about, influence, and relate to one another.  Includes theory and research on subjective beliefs about the self and the social world; attitudes and behaviors; genes and culture; conformity; persuasion; group dynamics; prejudice; aggression; attraction; and altruism. 

PSY A412: Foundations of Modern Psychology (3 CR) 

Contact Hours:  3 + 0
Prerequisites: PSY A111 with minimum grade of C and PSY A150 with minimum grade of C and PSY A260 with minimum grade of C and PSY A260L with minimum grade of C and PSY A261 with minimum grade of C and [ENGL A211 with minimum grade of C or ENGL A212 with minimum grade of C or ENGL A213 with minimum grade of C or ENGL A214 with minimum grade of C] .
Special Note: Course meets the departmental capstone requirement for the Psychology major.
Provides an overview of psychology’s history that leads up to a discussion of the most significant issues in contemporary psychology.  The course provides a historical perspective that is used to understand key issues in current psychological theory and research. 

PSY A425: Clinical Psychology (3 CR) 

Contact Hours:  3 + 0
Prerequisites: PSY A111 and PSY A345.
Historical developments and contemporary applications of clinical psychology.  Survey of major counseling and psychotherapy approaches, including basic assumptions, techniques, and related research findings. 

PSY A465: Cross-Cultural Psychology (3 CR) 

Contact Hours:  3 + 0
Prerequisites: PSY A111.
Registration Restrictions: Three other psychology courses; PSY A425 recommended.
May be stacked with: PSY A654.
Explores ethnic-cultural values, attitudes and beliefs as they relate to interpersonal relationships and human behavior.  Examines how behavioral styles, manifestations of psychopathology and effective psychotherapy methods are affected by ethnic-cultural factors.

PSY A485: Health Psychology (3 CR) 

Contact Hours:  3 + 0
Prerequisites: PSY A111 and PSY A370.
Course examines psychological, physical, and environmental factors that influence mental and physical health.  Topics include: epidemiology, stress theories, brain anatomy, psychophysiology, psychoneuroimmunology, chronic pain, tobacco/alcohol abuse, diet, exercise, terminal illness, and how doctor/patient communication affects basic health care delivery.  The bio-psychosocial orientation is presented from both disease and prevention strategies.

 
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