COURSE INFORMATION: Undergraduate Program

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This page lists all undergraduate psychology courses, including the course number, title, number of credits, prerequisites, and a brief description.

COURSES
Course Number, Title, Number of Credits, Prerequisites, and a Brief Description

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PSY 101 - Introduction to Psychology

Examination of basic psychological processes utilizing results of research investigations: participation in at least two experiments or equivalent activities is expected.

Credits: 5

 

PSY 117 - The Psychology of Identity

This course examines the development of identity throughout the lifespan with consideration of gender, social class, ethnicity, culture, autobiographical memory, social roles, and self-presentation.

Credits: 5

 

PSY 118 - The Psychology of Happiness and Well-Being

In this course, students will address the question of what comprises happiness and a sense of well-being in life. In particular, students will be exposed to the scientific literature on happiness and well-being within the framework of philosophical perspectives on life. Students will compare and contrast the findings on happiness and well-being in the scientific literature with advice provided in the various popular sources of information (e.g. self-help books, self-help websites, magazines, popular self-help television programs).

Credits: 5

 

PSY 119 - Psychology of Gender

Basic concepts, foundations for sex roles; similarities and differences between the sexes; historical customs, personality theories, cultural, subcultural and cross-cultural perspectives.

Credits: 4

 

PSY 210 – Cognition

Provides an overview of the theories, methods and practical applications of cognitive psychology. The higher mental processes, particularly the ways in which knowledge is acquired, stored and used, will be emphasized. The course also examines how theories and findings from cognitive psychology can help us to understand mental activities in everyday life.

Prerequisites & Notes: PSY 101

Credits: 5

 

PSY 220 - Introduction to Behavioral Neuroscience

An overview of the biological bases of behavior. Basic concepts in neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and neurochemistry will be used to understand the neural bases of normal and abnormal behavior.

Prerequisites & Notes: PSY 101

Credits: 5

 

PSY 230 - Lifespan Developmental Psychology

This class covers biological, cognitive, and psychosocial changes that occur across different periods of life, as well as contexts of development (e.g., culture, school, families, peers). Topics include basic developmental tasks from infancy to old age and theories of development.

Prerequisites & Notes: PSY 101.

Credits: 5

 

PSY 240 - Social Psychology

Socialization (moral development, racial, ethnic and class differences), attitudes and attitude change, conformity, interpersonal attraction. Theories and methods of social psychology stressing applicability of social psychological research and knowledge to contemporary social problems.

Prerequisites & Notes: PSY 101

Credits: 5

 

PSY 250 - Introduction to Personality and Abnormal Psychology

An overview of the research on individuals within social contexts. Topics include models of personality development, stress and coping, social influence on behavior, the relationship between psychological and physical health and development adjustment issues. Also addresses common psychological problems.

Prerequisites & Notes: PSY 101

Credits: 5

 

PSY 274 - Psychology of Child Rearing

Discipline at different developmental stages; parental influences on social and cognitive development; influences on parenting; a systems approach to understanding families; the changing American family.

Prerequisites & Notes: PSY 101.

Credits: 3

 

PSY 301 - Overview of Research Methods

Introduction to research psychology. A variety of research methodologies will be explored. Students will also learn basic description of research data and how to write psychology papers.

Prerequisites & Notes: 15 credits in psychology with a minimum of 5 credits at WWU

Credits: 5

 

PSY 302 - Research Methods and Statistical Analysis: Correlational Approaches

Introduction to correlational research methods in psychology and associated statistics. Review of correlational research methods, design of correlational studies, and development of research instruments such as questionnaires and behavioral observation forms. Methods of data analysis include graphs, bivariate and multivariate descriptive correlational statistics, sampling distributions of statistical inference regarding correlations, and introduction to the t and F tests. Nonparametric statistics such as chi square also will be discussed.

Prerequisites & Notes: PSY 301 with a C- or better

Credits: 5

 

PSY 303 - Research Methods and Statistical Analysis: Experimental Approaches

Continuation of statistical inferencing introduced in PSY 302 as it applies to the special cases of the general linear model. Two sample t-tests and ANOVA models will be introduced at the conceptual and computational level. Appropriate follow-up tests also will be covered. Computer data analysis will be utilized for problem sets and the individual project.

Prerequisites & Notes: PSY 302 with a C- or better

Credits: 5

 

PSY 310 - Sensation and Perception

The basic principles involved in seeing, hearing, touch, taste and smell will be presented. Ecological constraints on perceptual processes will be discussed in the context of illusions and other perceptual demonstrations as well as underlying physiological mechanisms.

Prerequisites & Notes: PSY 210, PSY 220, PSY 301

Credits: 5

 

PSY 311 - Human Memory

Reviews memory theories, empirical findings, and applications. Topics include encoding, storage, and retrieval from short- and long-term memory; implicit and explicit memory; autobiographical memory; eyewitness memory.

Prerequisites & Notes: PSY 210, PSY 301

Credits: 5

 

PSY 318 - Psychology of Language

An overview of the psychological study of language. Topics include language comprehension, language acquisition, speech errors, bilingualism, dyslexia, language and the brain, and animal communication systems.

Prerequisites & Notes: PSY 210, PSY 220, PSY 301

Credits: 5

 

PSY 319 - Cognitive Neuroscience

Discussion of the brain systems underlying human cognition, with a focus on how inferences about brain systems are drawn from neuropathological, neuroimaging, and behavioral studies.

Prerequisites & Notes: PSY 210, PSY 220 and PSY 301.

Credits: 5

 

PSY 320 - Topics in Behavioral Neuroscience

Detailed examination of key areas of physiological psychology, emphasizing the anatomical, physiological and neurochemical bases of behavior.

Prerequisites & Notes: PSY 220; PSY 301 or comparable research course; instructor permission

Credits: 5

 

PSY 321 – Learning

A survey of conditioning and learning.

Prerequisites & Notes: PSY 101, PSY 301.

Credits: 5

 

PSY 322 – Motivation

Theoretical and empirical study of human and subhuman motivational process. Topics covered range from basic physiological drives to achievement motivation and conformity. Emphasis on both biological and social sources of motivation.

Prerequisites & Notes: PSY 220, PSY 301

Credits: 5

 

PSY 323 – Psychopharmacology

Introduction to behavioral pharmacology and the effects of therapeutic and recreational drugs on the function of the nervous system and behavior.

Prerequisites & Notes: PSY 220; PSY 301 or comparable research course; instructor permission

Credits: 5

 

PSY 324 - Comparative Psychology

A phylogenetic comparison of animal behavior, focusing on learning, motivation and sensory processes in selected species of animals.

Prerequisites & Notes: PSY 210, PSY 240, PSY 301

Credits: 5

 

PSY 327 - Cognitive Neuroscience Lab

Introduction to laboratory methods and techniques used in cognitive neuroscience. Concentration will be on large scale brain imaging of cognition using EEG. Students will collect and analyze data from participants undergoing a broad range of cognitive paradigms.

Prerequisites & Notes: PSY 220 and at least one of PSY 310, PSY 311, or PSY 319.

Credits: 4

 

PSY 328 - Techniques in Behavioral Neuroscience

Introduction to laboratory methods and techniques used in behavioral neuroscience. Two hours lecture and four hours lab each week; students will be introduced to basic techniques in histology, neurophysiology, neurochemistry, molecular biology, or behavioral analyses. May require live animal research. Repeatable to a maximum of 8 credits.

Prerequisites & Notes: PSY 220 and PSY 301 (or a comparable research design course and permission of instructor); and PSY 320 or concurrent.

Credits: 4

 

PSY 330 - Child Development

In-depth coverage of social and cognitive development in children and adolescents. Emphasis on the implications and practical applications of research findings in these areas.

Prerequisites & Notes: PSY 230 and PSY 301

Credits: 5

 

PSY 331 - Adult Development and Aging

Examines developmental processes that occur in later life, with a focus on theory, research and practical issues. Topics include a) theoretical and methodological issues, b) biological changes and health issues, c) changes in memory and intelligence, d) personality across adulthood and e) death and dying.

Prerequisites & Notes: PSY 230, PSY 301

Credits: 5

 

PSY 332 - Adolescent Development

Examines adolescent cognitive, social, physiological and intrapsychic development from a variety of theoretical perspectives. Emphasis on current research findings in this area. Students cannot get credit for both PSY 332 and 373.

Prerequisites & Notes: PSY 230, PSY 301

Credits: 5

 

PSY 333 - Infant Development

Examines social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development of infants and toddlers from diverse theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches. Emphasis on current research findings, application of research findings, and considering infant development in socio-cultural context.

Prerequisites & Notes: PSY 230 and PSY 301.

Credits: 5

 

PSY 340 - Environmental Psychology

Theoretical, methodological and empirical problems and issues relating to behavior in constructed and natural environments.

Prerequisites & Notes: PSY 301 plus one from PSY 210-250

Credits: 5

 

PSY 341 - Psychology and Culture

Cultural and ecological factors and their effect on perception, thinking, language, intelligence, sexuality and other psychological variables. An examination of the “universality” of traditional Euro-American psychological theories.

Prerequisites & Notes: PSY 240, PSY 301

Credits: 5

 

PSY 342 - Social Cognition

Survey of theory and research investigating the cognitive processes that underlie social judgment and behavior.

Prerequisites & Notes: PSY 210, PSY 240, PSY 301

Credits: 5

 

PSY 343 - Social Processes

Examination of selected topics related to formation and functioning of groups, as well as intergroup relations.

Prerequisites & Notes: PSY 240, PSY 301

Credits: 5

 

PSY 344 - Psychology and the Law

An examination of current issues in psychology and the law with an emphasis on the application of social psychological theories and research to the understanding of human behavior in a legal context.

Prerequisites & Notes: PSY 240, PSY 301

Credits: 5

 

PSY 345 - Evolutionary Psychology

The application of evolutionary theory to understanding the characteristics of human functioning including emotion, thinking, and action.

Prerequisites & Notes: One course from PSY 210 to 240; C- or better in PSY 301.

Credits: 5

 

PSY 346 - Stereotyping, Prejudice, & Discrimination

This course will examine issues of and related to stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination from a social psychological perspective with an emphasis on racism and sexism.

Prerequisites & Notes: PSY 240, PSY 301

Credits: 5

 

PSY 351 - Abnormal Psychology

Human behavior patterns culturally labeled as abnormalities, or as mental illness; their etiology, incidence, treatment and social attitudes toward such patterns. Historical review of the concepts used to explain such behavior and the research relating to the treatment of mental disorders.

Prerequisites & Notes: PSY 250, PSY 301

Credits: 5

 

PSY 359 - Introduction to School and Community Counseling

Overview of professional counseling in schools, colleges and communities. Includes counselor roles, ethics, counseling theories and techniques, training and licensing, counseling minorities, outreach, use of paraprofessionals and research.

Prerequisites & Notes: PSY 250, PSY 301; major

Credits: 4

 

PSY 370 - Psychology and the Arts

Concepts from a wide variety of areas in psychology are used to analyze issues in art. Specific works of art - which may include literature, music and visual arts - are considered through class discussion and written essay.

Prerequisites & Notes: PSY 101

Credits: 3

 

PSY 375 - Health Psychology

The course examines health psychology with a focus on theory, research, and pratical issues. Topics include (a) health behavior and prevention, (b) stress and coping, (c) the treatment setting, and (d) management of chronic and terminal illness.

Prerequisites & Notes: PSY 101 and PSY 301.

Credits: 5

 

PSY 376 - Psychology of Romantic Relationships

An overview of the psychology of romantic relationships. Topics bridge social and abnormal psychology and include attraction, relationship formation, maintenance, and dissolution, and theoretical approaches to the clinical treatment of couples’ issues.

Prerequisites & Notes: PSY 240, PSY 250 and PSY 301.

Credits: 5

 

PSY 377 - Positive Psychology

This course is a survey of the science of positive psychology which explores the study of human strengths and virtues. The focus of the course is on the unique characteristics of the human experience that contribute to the physical/psychological health and well-being.

Prerequisites & Notes: PSY 301 or instructor permission.

Credits: 5

 

PSY 410 - Seminar in Cognitive Neuroscience

In-depth coverage of major issues and methods in the study of cognitive neuroscience. Library and laboratory or field research.

Prerequisites & Notes: PSY 210, PSY 220, PSY 230, PSY 240, PSY 250, PSY 303; and one of PSY 310, PSY 311, PSY 319 or PSY 320, all with a C- or better.

Credits: 5

 

PSY 411 - Seminar in Cognition

In-depth coverage of selected topics in memory, cognition, and higher order cognitive processiong. Library and laboratory or field research.

Prerequisites & Notes: PSY 210, PSY 220, PSY 230, PSY 240, PSY 250, PSY 303; and one of PSY 310, PSY 311, PSY 319 or PSY 320, all with a C- or better.

Credits: 5

 

PSY 420 - Seminar in Behavioral Neuroscience

A detailed examination of brain-behavior relations and the neural bases of behavior, based upon review and discussion of current literature in a variety of areas. Library and/or laboratory work.

Prerequisites & Notes: PSY 210, PSY 220, PSY 230, PSY 240, PSY 250; PSY 320 or PSY 323; PSY 303 or comparable research course and permission of instructor, all with a C- or better.

Credits: 5

 

PSY 421 - Seminar in Learning

In-depth study of major theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of learning. Laboratory and field research exercises.

Prerequisites & Notes: PSY 210, PSY 220, PSY 230, PSY 240, PSY 250, PSY 303, and PSY 321, all with a C- or better.

Credits: 5

 

PSY 422 - Seminar in Motivation

In-depth coverage of determinants of behavior in humans and other animals. Topics of interest to individual students are studied in depth and research analyzing motivational issues is conducted.

Prerequisites & Notes: PSY 210, PSY 220, PSY 230, PSY 240, PSY 250, PSY 303, PSY 322, all with a C- or better.

Credits: 5

 

PSY 424 - Seminar in Comparative Psychology

In-depth study of animal behavior where different species in different ecological niches is a major variable. Emphasis on the genetic determinants of behavior differences. Students will examine primary research and will conduct research. Activities will also include class discussion, presentations, and a major integration paper.

Prerequisites & Notes: PSY 210, PSY 220, PSY 230, PSY 240, PSY 250, PSY 303, PSY 324, all with a C- or better.

Credits: 5

 

PSY 428 - Advanced Techniques in Behavioral Neuroscience

Laboratory based study of integrated neural systems underlying behavior, based on advanced techniques in histology, neurophysiology, neurochemistry, molecular biology, or behavioral analyses. Two hours lecture and four hours lab each week; may require live animal research. Repeatable to a maximum of 8 credits.

Prerequisites & Notes: Corresponding section of PSY 328 and PSY 303 or comparable research course and permission of instructor; PSY 420 or concurrent.

Credits: 4

 

PSY 430 - Seminar in Developmental Psychology

In-depth study of central themes of human development. Contemporary research questions addressed in professional literature and field investigations.

Prerequisites & Notes: PSY 210, PSY 220, PSY 230, PSY 240, PSY 250, PSY 303; PSY 330 or PSY 331 or PSY 332, all with C- or better.

Credits: 5

 

PSY 431 - Seminar in Adult Development and Aging

In-depth study of central themes of adult development and aging. Contemporary research questions addressed in professional literature and field investigations.

Prerequisites & Notes: PSY 210, PSY 220, PSY 230, PSY 240, PSY 250, PSY 303, PSY 331, all with C- or better

Credits: 5

 

PSY 440 - Seminar in Environmental Psychology

In-depth study of major issues and methods in the study of psychosocial adaptations to and of the physical environment. Library and laboratory or field research.

Prerequisites & Notes: PSY 210, PSY 220, PSY 230, PSY 240, PSY 250, PSY 303, PSY 340, all with C- or better.

Credits: 5

 

PSY 441 - Seminar in Cross-Cultural Psychology

In-depth study of contemporary issues, perspectives, and methods used in the study of how cultural and ethnic factors affect psychological processes. A basic examination of current topics that are receiving significant attention. Library and/or laboratory and field research.

Prerequisites & Notes: PSY 210, PSY 220, PSY 230, PSY 240, PSY 250, PSY 303, and one of PSY 341, PSY 342, PSY 343, PSY 344, PSY 345, or PSY 346, all with C- or better.

Credits: 5

 

PSY 442 - Seminar in Social Psychology

In-depth study of social psychological theory and research to explain patterns of thought and behavior.

Prerequisites & Notes: PSY 210, PSY 220, PSY 230, PSY 240, PSY 250, PSY 303; one of PSY 341, PSY 342, PSY 343, PSY 344, PSY 345, PSY 346, all with C- or better.

Credits: 5

 

PSY 451 - Seminar in Abnormal Psychology

Advanced study in major issues and research methods in abnormal psychology. Focus on research design and protocols with clinical populations.

Prerequisites & Notes: PSY 210, PSY 220, PSY 230, PSY 240, PSY 250, PSY 303, PSY 351, all with C- or better.

Credits: 5

 

PSY 470 - Psychological Issues in Substance Abuse and Dependence

This class provides advanced information about psychological issues in substance abuse and dependence. In addition to surveying the most common substances of abuse and their effects, this course also addresses etiological theories, assessment and diagnosis, treatment, issues pertinent to diverse groups of individuals, and current controversies in the field.

Prerequisites & Notes: PSY 250 and PSY 351, or current enrollment in the graduate Mental Health or School Counseling Programs.

Credits: 3

 

PSY 471 - Honors Thesis Seminar

In-depth investigation of a selected topic in psychology culminating in an honors thesis. Should be taken the quarter before the thesis is begun and while it is in progress. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 cr. S/U grading.

Prerequisites & Notes: instructor permission

Credits: 2

 

PSY 481 - Seminar in History and Systems of Psychology

An historical perspective of the development of psychological systems and theories and their impact on contemporary psychology.

Prerequisites & Notes: C- or better in: PSY 210-250, PSY 302 plus completion of 45 credits in psychology

Credits: 4

 

PSY 482 - Seminar in Psychological Theory

A seminar examining the philosophical assumptions of science in general and psychology in particular.

Prerequisites & Notes: C- or better in: PSY 210-250, PSY 302 plus completion of 45 credits in psychology

Credits: 4

 

PSY 501 - Behavioral Neuroscience

Examines the basic anatomy, physiology and chemistry of the vertebrate nervous system within the context of both abnormal and normal behaviors. Topics vary but include sensory and motor systems, reward pathways, substance abuse, neural correlates of major mental illness, and regeneration/recovery of function in the central nervous system.

Prerequisites & Notes: admission to MS or MEd program in psychology

Credits: 4

 

PSY 502 - Personality and Psychopathology

Consideration of major theoretical perspectives on human personality and psychopathology to include psychoanalytic and neoanalytic, cognitive social learning, biomedical and humanistic perspectives. Current research into diagnostic classification, etiology, description, diagnosis and treatment of behavioral and mental disorders. Overall orientation is to seek integration of cultural, social, psychological and physiological processes into resultant patterns of personal, social and behavioral maladaptation.

Prerequisites & Notes: admission to MS or MEd program in psychology or instructor permission

Credits: 5

 

PSY 503 – Cognition

Provides an overview of theories, research and applications of cognitive psychology. Topics covered range from basic perception through higher mental processes.

Prerequisites & Notes: admission to MS or MEd program in psychology or instructor permission

Credits: 4

 

PSY 504 - Lifespan Psychological Development

An overview of the major theories and principles in developmental psychology. Theories, issues and principles are highlighted through an analysis of various topics across the lifespan and as they affect the psychological development of the individual.

Prerequisites & Notes: admission to MS or MEd program in psychology or instructor permission

Credits: 4

 

PSY 505 - Social Psychology

Designed to provide a thorough background in social psychology and to motivate a continuing exploration of theoretical problems and issues in the field. Students will be exposed to historical and contemporary theories and methods in social psychology.

Prerequisites & Notes: admission to MS or MEd program in psychology or instructor permission

Credits: 4

 

PSY 509 – Proseminar

Introduction to professional oral presentation, through a range of designs/methodologies. Individual faculty will present ongoing research. Each student will be required to make at least one oral presentation outlining their current research focus. S/U grading.

Prerequisites & Notes: admission to MS program in psychology (Experimental) or instructor permission

Credits: 2

 

PSY 512 - Correlation Methods and Data Analysis

Covers topics in bivariate and multivariate correlation and regression. Students learn to design correlation studies and to analyze correlational data involving one dependent variable and one or more independent variables. Indices covered include regression coefficients, bivariate product-moment correlations and their special cases, partial and semi-partial correlations, and multiple correlations/regression. Use of computer-based statistical software packages for data analysis and interpretation is stressed.

Prerequisites & Notes: admission to MS program in psychology or instructor permission

Credits: 4

 

PSY 513 - Experimental Methods and Data Analysis

Introduces ANOVA models as special cases of the General Linear Model and covers topics in the bivariate distribution. Includes basic topics in research design and data analysis; those ANOVA designs that represent a large portion of published research; the theoretical and mathematical issues that are of concern to the modern researcher. Computer examples of data analysis using computer-based statistical software are used to provide practical experience analyzing data and interpreting the analysis.

Prerequisites & Notes: PSY 512

Credits: 4

 

PSY 515 - Multivariate Analysis

Topics in advanced multivariate analysis including canonical analysis, discriminant functions analysis, cluster analysis and factor analysis. Logical and geometric properties of multivariate techniques and interpretation on research results are stressed.

Prerequisites & Notes: PSY 513

Credits: 3

 

PSY 516 - Structural Equation Modeling

Topics in restricted latent variable analysis including path analysis and structural equation modeling. Course will cover theoretical bases and computations of these procedures as well as the use of statistical software packages, with emphasis on interpreting and reporting results.

Prerequisites & Notes: PSY 515 or instructor permission

Credits: 3

 

PSY 532 - Cross-Cultural Counseling

This seminar is a basic introduction to the cross-cultural perspective in psychology. History of the modern cross-cultural movement will be covered along with a selection of a number of conceptual and methodological issues and problems. Topics include perception, cognition and emotion, developmental topics, social psychological variables, testing and measurement, personality and psychopathology, and virtually all areas of psychology mediated by culture and ethnicity. Some emphasis given to professional applications such as counseling.

Prerequisites & Notes: admission to MS or MEd program in psychology

Credits: 3

 

PSY 541 - Seminar in Behavioral Neuroscience

A detailed examination of brain-behavior relations and the neural bases of behavior. Review and discussion of current literature in a variety of areas.

Prerequisites & Notes: Admission to MS experimental program; PSY 501 and permission of instructor.

Credits: 3

 

PSY 542 - Developmental Psychopathology

Overall working model of mental disorders diathesis-stress model. Presentation of diverse theories (e.g., attachment, family systems, genetic/physiological, individual difference, social cognition). Review of current research literature on assessment, diagnosis and treatment of childhood mental disorders within a developmental framework. Ethical considerations in clinical research and therapy with children highlighted.

Prerequisites & Notes: Admission to MS or MEd program in Psychology and PSY 502 or permission of instructor.

Credits: 5

 

PSY 543 - Seminar in Cognition

In-depth coverage of selected topics in perception, memory, cognition, and higher order cognitive processing. Repeatable up to 9 credits.

Prerequisites & Notes: Admission to MS experimental psychology program and PSY 503; or permission of instructor.

Credits: 3

 

PSY 544 - Seminar in Developmental Psychology

In-depth study of central themes of human development. Contemporary research questions addressed in professional literature and field investigations. Repeatable up to 9 credits.

Prerequisites & Notes: Admission to MS experimental psychology program and PSY 504; or permission of instructor.

Credits: 3

 

PSY 546 - Seminar in Social Psychology

In-depth study of social psychological theory and research to explain patterns of thought and behavior. Repeatable up to 9 credits.

Prerequisites & Notes: Admission to MS experimental psychology program and PSY 505; or permission of instructor.

Credits: 3

 

PSY 550 - Research Methods in Counseling

Covers content and research methods relevant to psychological processes in psychotherapy.

Prerequisites & Notes: admission to mental health counseling curriculum or MEd school counseling program; PSY 512

Credits: 1 TO 3

 

PSY 551 - Developmental School Counseling

A comprehensive overview of professional school counseling with particular emphasis upon recent advances in counseling program development, organization, evaluation and service delivery models.

Prerequisites & Notes: admission to MS mental health counseling curriculum or MEd school counseling program; general psychology program students with instructor permission

Credits: 4

 

PSY 553 - Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy

Basic orientation to counseling theories including the history and development of theories of counseling; comparison of the theories in terms of goals, process, methods; and evaluation and research in counseling. Some consideration of consultation strategies, systemic skills and psychological education models used by psychological counselors and psychotherapists.

Prerequisites & Notes: admission to MS mental health counseling curriculum or MEd school counseling program; general curriculum students with instructor permission

Credits: 3

 

PSY 554 - Standardized Tests

Standardized group tests commonly used in the public schools; selection and administration of tests; interpretation of norms.

Prerequisites & Notes: Admission to MEd school counseling, MS mental health counseling, MS experimental psychology, or instructor permission

Credits: 4

 

PSY 555 - Occupations and Career Development

Critical examination of major theories of career development and vocational counseling. Sources of occupational materials and analysis of their use and distribution in counseling practice.

Prerequisites & Notes: admission to MS mental health counseling curriculum or MEd school counseling program; PSY 553

Credits: 3

 

PSY 556 - The Role of the School Counselor

An advanced seminar in school counseling focusing on the professional roles and responsibilities of the counselor in elementary, middle/junior and high school settings. Particular emphasis placed upon a systems orientation to consultation services within the context of a developmental school counseling program.

Prerequisites & Notes: admission to MS mental health counseling curriculum or MEd school counseling program; PSY 531, PSY 555

Credits: 2

 

PSY 557 - Testing and Appraisal in Counseling

The evaluation and use of various psychological tests, scales and inventories in the assessment of intelligence, personality, interests and other human dimensions. Some consideration of other modes of assessment (e.g., behavioral, projective and neurological). Emphasis is on the practical application of psychological assessment in counseling. Collection, evaluation, application and interpretation of case data.

Prerequisites & Notes: Admission to MS mental health counseling curriculum and PSY 511, or MEd school counseling program and PSY 554

Credits: 3

 

PSY 558 - Family and Couple Counseling

A review of major theories, techniques and research in psychological counseling with families. Emphasis is on parent-child developmental problems and the role of interpersonal relationships within the total family. Students are involved in limited supervised family counseling experiences.

Prerequisites & Notes: Admission to MS mental health counseling curriculum or MEd school counseling program and PSY 553, PSY 564

Credits: 3

 

PSY 560 - Family Counseling Lab

Students observe and conduct family counseling sessions through the psychology department clinic under the supervision of an appropriate faculty member. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 cr. S/U grading.

Prerequisites & Notes: Admission to MS mental health counseling curriculum or MEd school counseling program

Credits: 1 TO 6

 

PSY 561 - Seminar: Professional, Legal and Cultural Issues

Consideration of the professional, cultural, ethical and legal issues and special problems in the application of psychological theories and research in educational settings, community clinics and private practice.

Prerequisites & Notes: Admission to MS mental health counseling curriculum or MEd school counseling program

Credits: 3

 

PSY 564 - Individual Counseling Techniques

Skill development in individual counseling, psychotherapy and behavior modification techniques using actual interviews, simulations, videotape and other laboratory procedures. Prerequisite to practicum in individual counseling and psychotherapy.

Prerequisites & Notes: Admission to MS mental health counseling curriculum or MEd school counseling program

Credits: 5

 

PSY 565 - Group Processes in Counseling

Current group counseling and psychotherapy techniques. Covers task-directed, encounter, decision-making and communication techniques.

Prerequisites & Notes: Admission to MS mental health counseling curriculum or MEd school counseling program

Credits: 4

 

PSY 567 - Professional Practice of Counseling

A comprehensive overview of the history, philosophy, credentialing, and the development of the professional organizations in counseling. Professional roles and topics for counselors such as consultation, outreach, prevention, advocacy, program evaluation, medications, and economic considerations such as funding, managed care, and private practice will also be addressed.

Prerequisites & Notes: Admission to MS mental health counseling curriculum or MEd school counseling program

Credits: 2

 

PSY 570 – Practicum

Professional practice under assigned departmental supervision. Repeatable to a maximum of 15 cr. S/U grading.

Prerequisites & Notes: Admission to MS mental health counseling curriculum or MEd school counseling program

Credits: 1 TO 10

 

PSY 581 - Practicum in College Teaching of Psychology

Repeatable to a maximum of 12 cr. S/U grading.

Prerequisites & Notes: instructor permission

Credits: 1 TO 12

 

PSY 582 - Practicum in Research in Psychology

Student initiates and conducts a project under faculty supervision. Repeatable to a maximum of 12 cr. S/U grading.

Prerequisites & Notes: instructor permission

Credits: 1 TO 12

 

PSY 661 - Advanced Seminar in Professional Issues in Counseling Practice

An advanced seminar in professional, cultural, ethical and legal issues in counseling. For students who are in internships or for counselors with a year of practical experience. Repeatable for credit with different topics with no maximum. S/U grading.

Prerequisites & Notes: Admission to MS mental health counseling curriculum, MEd school counseling program, certification in school counseling or instructor permission

Credits: 1 TO 4

 

PSY 670 – Internship

An extension of PSY 570 with increasingly independent responsibilities for practice in a professional setting. Primary supervision is by appropriate staff in the cooperating agency. Repeatable to a maximum of 30 cr. S/U grading.

Prerequisites & Notes: Admission to MS mental health counseling curriculum or MEd school counseling program

Credits: 1 TO 12

 

PSY 690 – Thesis

S/U grading.

Prerequisites & Notes: advancement to candidacy

Credits: 1 TO 12

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