Academic Catalog

PSYC - Psychology (PSYC)

PSYC U101  Introduction to Psychology  3 Credit Hours  

Survey of major topics in psychology (learning, perception, motivation, intelligence, etc.), and an introduction to methods used in psychological investigation.

PSYC U225  Psychological Statistics  3 Credit Hours  

Statistical principles, including measures of central tendency, variability, relative standing, probability, techniques of regression and correlation, statistical hypothesis testing, analysis of variance and nonparametric statistics with applications in the social sciences.

Prerequisite(s): PSYC U101 and placement in MATH U121 or higher.  
PSYC U300  Topics in Psychology  3 Credit Hours  

Survey of a selected topic planned around an area of faculty interest. Course may be repeated for additional credit during the same semester & subsequent semesters as topics vary.

Prerequisite(s): PSYC U101.  
PSYC U302  Developmental Psychology  3 Credit Hours  

Introduction to life span developmental psychology providing an overview of cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development from conception to senescence.

Prerequisite(s): PSYC U101.  
PSYC U303  Psychology of Learning and Memory  3 Credit Hours  

Introduction to basic principles and theories of learning and memory including such topics as habituation, classical and instrumental conditioning, verbal learning, social learning theory, behavior modification, and modeling.

Prerequisite(s): PSYC U101.  
PSYC U304  Cognitive Psychology  3 Credit Hours  

Higher mental processes including such topics as pattern recognition, attention, memory, language perception and production, decision making, problem solving, concept formation and cognitive growth. Behavioral and neuropsychological perspectives are considered.

Prerequisite(s): PSYC U101.  
PSYC U305  Sensation and Perception  3 Credit Hours  

The basic principles involved in vision, audition, taste, smell and skin senses. Topics include the structure and function of the various sensory systems and related brain areas, measurement of sensory experiences, and perceptual information processing such as perception of color, pattern, movement, depth, music, and speech.

Prerequisite(s): PSYC U101.  
PSYC U306  Cognitive Neuroscience  3 Credit Hours  

Introduction to neuroanatomy and the brain structures involved in cognitive processes such as memory, attention, language, emotion, and social decisions. Emphasis is placed on achieving an understanding of and practical experience with current methods in the field.

Prerequisite(s): PSYC U101.  
PSYC U307  Social Psychology  3 Credit Hours  

The principles governing human interaction including factors such as group dynamics, leadership, prejudice and propaganda.

Prerequisite(s): PSYC U101.  
PSYC U308  Physiological Psychology  3 Credit Hours  

Basic neural and endocrine processes and their correlation with behavior.

Prerequisite(s): PSYC U101.  
PSYC U309  Psychology of Personality  3 Credit Hours  

The major theories of personality and the factors involved in the development of personality.

Prerequisite(s): PSYC U101.  
PSYC U310  Psychological Disorders  3 Credit Hours  

The nature of mental and emotional disorders including such topics as theories of emotional disorders and the causes and treatment of various disorders.

Prerequisite(s): PSYC U101.  
PSYC U311  Industrial and Organizational Psychology  3 Credit Hours  

Survey of the theoretical and empirical foundations of human behavior in industries and organizations. Special consideration is given to applied problems as they relate to improving relationships between individuals and organizations.

Prerequisite(s): PSYC U101.  
PSYC U312  Health Psychology  3 Credit Hours  

Behavioral, emotional, and cognitive contributions to physical health.

Prerequisite(s): PSYC U101.  
PSYC U313  Psychology & Law  3 Credit Hours  

Study of the legal system from a psychological perspective. The course will use psychological concepts to facilitate one's understanding of the legal system, policies, procedures, and practices, as well as how psychology factors into the nature of criminal responsibility, victimization, discrimination, and punishment. Topics include, but are not limited to, jury decision making, law enforcement techniques, confessions, and eyewitness testimony.

Prerequisite(s): PSYC U101.  
PSYC U317  Stereotypes and Prejudice  3 Credit Hours  

Attitudes, beliefs, and behavior towards individuals based on group membership. Emphasis is placed on social-psychological empirical findings and relevant theoretical approaches to understanding and reducing intergroup bias.

Prerequisite(s): PSYC U101.  
Typically Offered: Upstate Spring Offering  
PSYC U325  Research Methods for Psychology  4 Credit Hours  

Introduction to research methods for the study of behavior. Lectures, class discussion, and laboratory exercises drawn from diverse areas of psychology are used to provide practical knowledge and skill in data analysis, experimental design, and writing technical reports.

Prerequisite(s): PSYC U101.  
Pre/Corequisite(s): PSYC U225.  
PSYC U330  Applied Psychology  3 Credit Hours  

Introduction to the practical applications of psychology in such areas as mental health, industry, schools, law enforcement, and advertising.

Prerequisite(s): PSYC U101.  
PSYC U350  Psychology of Adjustment  3 Credit Hours  

The process by which people adjust to the demands made upon them as a result of living with others. Basic processes of motivation and learning are examined, especially as these relate to the acquisition of the mechanisms of adjustment.

Prerequisite(s): PSYC U101.  
PSYC U351  Psychology of the Exceptional Individual  3 Credit Hours  

Causes and characteristics of sensory, cognitive, and motor skills and the behavior and potential of exceptional individuals.

Prerequisite(s): PSYC U101.  
PSYC U360  Human Sexual Behavior  3 Credit Hours  

Psychological, physiological, and sociological factors in human sexual behavior and attitudes.

Prerequisite(s): PSYC U101.  
PSYC U374  Psychology of Human and Animal Interaction  3 Credit Hours  

Investigation of cognitive, emotional, and behavioral tendencies across species. Topics center on individual differences and social behavior in humans and animals, considered both jointly and separately.

Prerequisite(s): PSYC U101.  
PSYC U398  Topics in Service Learning  1-3 Credit Hours  

Supervised service learning opportunities with Upstate businesses and industries requiring application of psychological knowledge of human behavior. Course may be repeated for additional semesters with approval of instructor.

Prerequisite(s): PSYC U101 and PSYC U307 or PSYC U311 or PSYC U330.  
PSYC U399  Independent Study  1-6 Credit Hours  

An individualized program of study planned in conjunction with a psychology faculty member. Course may be repeated with a different independent study contract description during the same semester and during subsequent semesters.

Prerequisite(s): PSYC U101.  
PSYC U400  Advanced Topics in Psychology  3 Credit Hours  

Intensive study of a selected topic planned around an area of faculty or student interest. Course may be repeated for additional credit during the same semester and subsequent semesters as topics vary.

Prerequisite(s): PSYC U101 and 54 credit hours earned.  
PSYC U402  Experimental Topics in Psychology  3 Credit Hours  

The formation of testable hypotheses, methodological design, data collection and analysis, critical evaluation and scientific documentation as applied to a particular content area in psychology. Laboratory experiences are an integral part of this course. May be repeated once upon change of topic.

Prerequisite(s): PSYC U101, PSYC U225, and PSYC U325.  
PSYC U409  All About You: Self-Assessment in Personality  3 Credit Hours  

Survey of classic and contemporary methods of assessing personality as accomplished by self-administering, scoring, and interpreting psychological tests. Theoretical foundations for the various methods will also be discussed.

Prerequisite(s): PSYC U101 and 54 credit hours earned.  
PSYC U412  Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy  3 Credit Hours  

The different approaches to counseling and psychotherapy with emphasis on both theory and technique.

Prerequisite(s): PSYC U101 and 54 credit hours earned.  
PSYC U417  Psychological Tests  3 Credit Hours  

Theory, development, and application of intelligence, achievement, aptitude, and personality assessment measures.

Prerequisite(s): PSYC U101 and PSYC U225.  
PSYC U421  History and Systems of Psychology  3 Credit Hours  

Historical roots of modern psychological theories and a survey of various present-day approaches.

Prerequisite(s): PSYC U101 and 54 credit hours earned.  
PSYC U442  Psychology of Women  3 Credit Hours  

Women's experiences, present day status, life-styles, and the biological and cultural antecedents of women's roles.

Prerequisite(s): PSYC U101 and 54 credit hours earned.  
PSYC U499  Psychology Internship  1-6 Credit Hours  

Supervised work experience in community agency or hospital. Fifty hours of work for each credit hour are required. Course may be repeated for additional semesters with approval of instructor.

Prerequisite(s): Psychology major; PSYC U101; grade of C or better in PSYC U325; senior standing; and consent of instructor.  
PSYC U501  Seminar in Distinction  1 Credit Hour  

Preparation for the world beyond Upstate, with a special focus on issues pertaining to entrance to and success in graduate school. Some meetings will entail presentations of research findings and project status updates, others will focus on the production and consumption of technical writing in the form of journal clubs, and still others will focus on practical topics such as choosing graduate programs or careers and preparing materials for job or school applications. May be taken twice for credit.

Prerequisite(s): PSYC U101 and consent of instructor.  
PSYC U502  Senior Seminar: Special Topics in Psychology  3 Credit Hours  

Selected topics in psychology planned around areas of faculty interest and competence.

Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in PSYC U101, PSYC U225, and PSYC U325.