Psychology Courses

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2015-2016, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on October 1, 2015. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

PSYC 101, PSYC 230, PSYC 260, PSYC 294, PSYC 305, PSYC 314, PSYC 316, PSYC 318, PSYC 322, PSYC 324D, PSYC 326, PSYC 328, PSYC 330, PSYC 332, PSYC 336, PSYC 342, PSYC 344, PSYC 347, PSYC 354, PSYC 355, PSYC 356, PSYC 357, PSYC 359D, PSYC 364, PSYC 372, PSYC 374, PSYC 377, PSYC 378, PSYC 414, PSYC 415W, PSYC 422W, PSYC 424W, PSYC 432W, PSYC 436W, PSYC 444W, PSYC 455W, PSYC 457W, PSYC 464W, PSYC 466, PSYC 492, PSYC 494, PSYC 496, PSYC 497, PSYC 498, PSYC 499

PSYC 101 | INTRODUCTORY PSYCHOLOGY

Units: 3

This core curriculum course provides an introduction to the science of psychology and includes the following topics: history of psychology, research methods in psychology, biological bases of behavior, sensation and perception, development, learning, memory, cognition, motivation, emotion, personality, social psychology, psychological disorders, and therapy. (every semester).

PSYC 230 | RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Introduction to the principles and metods of psychological research through lecture, discussion, and participation in laboratory and field research projects. This course will cover multiple research designs including both qualitative and quantitative approaches. Every semester.

PSYC 260 | STATISTICS

Units: 3

Introduction to teh analysis of research data in psychology. Topics include measures of central tendency and variability, correlation, prediction, and hypothesis testing.

PSYC 294 | SPECIAL TOPICS IN PSYCHOLOGY

Units: 1-4

Prerequisites: PSYC 101

The purpose of this course is to provide the beginning undergraduate student with an opportunity to explore a variety of contemporary topics in psychology. These will be in-depth investigations on subjects of special interest to the instructor. Course may be repeated with different topics. Prerequisite vary with topic and/or instructor.

PSYC 305 | ADVANCED STATISTICS

Units: 3

Prerequisites: PSYC 260

This course will build on and extend student knowledge of analyses first introduced in the basic statistics course. After review of basic statistics, key issues to be explored include testing underlying assumptions of parametric statistics, transformations of data, nonparametric statistics, analysis of covariance, multiple regression, partial correlation, and multivariate analysis of variance. Students will learn to enter data on a computer and use a statistical program (SPSS) to perform analyses. Emphasis will be placed on choosing appropriate statistics, carrying out analyses, interpreting results, and reporting findings in APA style.

PSYC 314 | DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY:CHILDHOOD AND ADOLESCENCE

Units: 3

Prerequisites: PSYC 101

The study of growth and development within physical, cognitive, and social domains of the normal individual from conception through adolescence. The influences of maturation and socialization are emphasized as well as the interdependence of the various domains of development. Community service may be required.

PSYC 316 | DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY: ADULTHOOD AND AGING

Units: 3

Prerequisites: PSYC 101

The study of human behavior and development into the adult years. Coverage includes theory and research about aging within physical, cognitive, and social domains from early adulthood through death. Addresses age-related issues as well as the influences of maturation and socialization on development. Community service may be required.

PSYC 318 | CHILD DEVELOPMENT ACROSS CULTURES

Units: 3

Prerequisites: PSYC 101 and PSYC 230 and PSYC 260

This course compares and contrast development among infants, children and adolescents across cultures. It reviews theoretical concepts and empirical findings regarding developmental changes and continuities among typical individuals reared within the U.S. Moreover, the course examines cross-cultural variability and human universals in child development along with sociocultural factors that lead to variability in development among children from differing cultural groups. Pre-requisites: PSYC 101, 230, 260.

PSYC 322 | SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY

Units: 3

Prerequisites: PSYC 101

The study of how people think about, relate to, and are influenced by others. Topics include: group behavior; socialization; social interaction; attitude change; affiliation; aggression; altruism; person perception; and the role of psychological factors in social problems.

PSYC 324D | CROSS-CULTURAL PSYCHOLOGY

Units: 3

Prerequisites: PSYC 101 and PSYC 230

An examination of human behavior in cultural context. Emphasis will be placed on the role of cultural factors influencing such patterns of behavior as perception, cognition, personality, emotion, development, group dynamics, mental and physical health, and language.

PSYC 326 | ORGANIZATIONAL/INDUSTRIAL PSYCHOLOGY

Units: 3

Prerequisites: PSYC 101

A study of the application of psychological principles in organizational settings. Topics include: organizational structure; personnel selection, social influence and human relations in organizations, leadership, and organizational change.

PSYC 328 | STEREOTYPING, PREJUDICE AND DISCRIMINATION

Units: 3

Examination of stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination from a social psychology perspective. Focus on theory and research about what causes stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination; why these social ills are so resistant to change and how they can be reduced.

PSYC 330 | PSYCHOLOGY OF GENDER

Units: 3

Prerequisites: PSYC 101 and PSYC 230

This course involved an overview of psychological research and theory concerning differences and similarities between women and men in the areas of in cognition, attitudes, personality, and social behavior and the causes of those differences. There is an emphasis on topics such as stereotypes, sexism, aggression, close relationships, leadership, and the workplace.

PSYC 332 | LEARNING AND BEHAVIOR

Units: 3

Prerequisites: PSYC 101 and PSYC 230

The study of learning in humans and animals. Topics include: theories of learning; classical conditioning; instrumental learning; observation learning; and perceptual-motor and verbal learning and cognition. Current research will be stressed.

PSYC 336 | COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY

Units: 3

Prerequisites: PSYC 101 and PSYC 230 and PSYC 260

Scientific study of how people process information. Topics include perception, attention, memory, imagery, language, concept formation, decision making, and problem solving. Both basic and applied issues will be addressed. The course will focus on current models, including information processing and neural networks.

PSYC 342 | BIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY

Units: 3

Prerequisites: PSYC 101 and PSYC 230

Study of the biological bases of behavior, stressing evolutionary, genetic, neural, and hormonal processes. Topics include: anatomy and physiology of the nervous, sensory, and motor systems; and the biological bases of emotion, motivation, learning, memory, sleep, individual differences, and psychopathology. Current research will be stressed.

PSYC 344 | ANIMAL BEHAVIOR: COMPARATIVE PSYCHOLOGY AND ETHOLOGY

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: PSYC 101 and PSYC 130

Study of animal behavior through a synthesis of the work of ethologists and comparative psychologists. Stresses the adaptive nature of behavior and its role in evolution. Topics include research strategies, classification of behavior, evolution and development of behavior, the concept of instinct, communication, and social behavior. Current research will be stressed.

PSYC 347 | BEHAVIOR GENETICS

Units: 3

Prerequisites: PSYC 101

Explores the past and current status of the nature/nurture controversy in psychology as an introduction to the methods of research in behavior genetics. Hereditary influences on perception, learning, intelligence, temperament, personality, and psychopathology will be investigated through a consideration of current research in these areas. (Summer or Intersession).

PSYC 354 | BEHAVIOR DISORDERS OF CHILDHOOD

Units: 3

Prerequisites: PSYC 101

This course will examine the causes of emotional disorders in childhood and the various methods of treatment for childhood disorders.

PSYC 355 | ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY

Units: 3

Prerequisites: PSYC 101

Reviews the current literature on the etiology, prevalence, classification, and treatment considerations relating to abnormal behavior and mental disorders. Course assumes an integrated biopsychosocial perspective and focuses on adult psychopathology. Gender effects and cultural considerations as they relate to the study of abnormal behavior and adult mental disorders are examined.

PSYC 356 | PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT

Units: 3

Prerequisites: PSYC 101 and PSYC 230 and PSYC 260

Principles of psychological testing, selection, evaluation, and interpretation of test results.

PSYC 357 | HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY

Units: 3-4

Prerequisites: PSYC 101 and PSYC 230

An examination of the psychological variables contributing to the development and/or progress of disease, and of the effects of illness on injury and behavior. Areas to be considered include the impact of various types of stress on illness, pain mechanisms, psychophysiological disorders, psychological approaches to prevention and management, and treatment compliance.

PSYC 359D | HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY OF WOMEN AND ETHNIC GROUPS

Units: 3

Prerequisites: PSYC 101

Recent advances in health care have discovered the necessity for specific treatment, instruction, research, and preventive measures focusing on women and ethnic health. This course is designed to investigate the specific needs of these populations in maintaining and obtaining the best medical care for their physical health. The interplay of biological, psychological, and social factors with health and illness as they specifically apply to these populations is the focus of the course. The role of traditional medical practices, particularly Native American and Asian American health practices is also described.

PSYC 364 | SPORT PSYCHOLOGY

Units: 3

Prerequisites: PSYC 101

This course examines the psychological factors influencing the experience of sports. Topics include theoretical basis of competition, motivation, group dynamics, aggression, fan behavior, and social facilitation.

PSYC 372 | HISTORY AND SYSTEMS OF PSYCHOLOGY

Units: 3

Prerequisites: PSYC 101

A survey of the major ideas that have affected the development of Western psychology. The empirical, rationalistic, and materialistic roots of modern psychology will be discussed.

PSYC 374 | PSYCHOLOGY AND THE LAW

Units: 3

Prerequisites: PSYC 101

Research dealing with psychological factors in the legal system will be surveyed. Particular emphasis will be placed on applying psychological theory and methods to the criminal justice system in an attempt to understand the behavior of its participants.

PSYC 377 | THEORIES OF PERSONALITY

Units: 3

Prerequisites: PSYC 101

This course surveys the major theoretical schools of thought in the study of personality. Psychoanalytic, psychoanalytic-social, behavioral, cognitive, trait, social learning, and biological theories are examined.

PSYC 378 | EXPLORATIONS IN HUMAN SEXUALITY

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: PSYC 100

Sexuality is a fundamental part of everyone's life. During the past decade, discussions about sexual identity, sexual orientation, sexual behavior and gender issues have become increasingly common in society and education. Sexuality is an important issue of diversity and has been the basis of discrimination, a legacy of isolation, history of violence and exclusionary practices. This course provides an examination of the major variables affecting human sexuality including the physiological, psychological, and sociocultural variables associated with the development and manifestation of sexual identity, sexual behavior, and sexual disorders. The course will also examine the historical and societal factors that have led to inequities for those who do not represent the power hierarchy of being male and heterosexual.

PSYC 414 | SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

Units: 3

Prerequisites: PSYC 101 and PSYC 230 and PSYC 314

This course focuses on some of the primary social relationships and experiences that humans have as they develop, including the normative features of key social interactions and relationships, variability among individuals, and potential problems within these social exchanges. Moreover, the course addresses the impact of these social experiences on emotional, personality, and socio-cognitive development as well as on concurrent or subsequent social relations.

PSYC 415W | ADVANCED RESEARCH METHODS / LABORATORY IN DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY

Units: 3

Prerequisites: ENGL 121 and PSYC 101 and PSYC 230 and PSYC 260 and (PSYC 314 or PSYC 316 or PSYC 318)

In-depth study of research methods in developmental psychology. Emphasis will be placed on the factors that make developmental research unique, on the appropriateness of particular methods for specific research questions, and on the critical evaluation of research reports. Written project reports as well as literature review and research proposal will be required.

PSYC 422W | ADVANCED RESEARCH METHODS / LABORATORY IN SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY

Units: 3

Prerequisites: ENGL 121 and PSYC 101 and PSYC 230 and PSYC 260 and PSYC 322 (Can be taken Concurrently)

This course provides students with hands-on experience in experimental research and scientific writing in social psychology. Along with reviewing the basics of experimental research design, students will design an experimental study, collect and analyze data, and present their project in an APA style research paper.

PSYC 424W | ADVANCED RESEARCH METHODS / LABORATORY IN CROSS-CULTURAL PSYCHOLOGY

Units: 3

Prerequisites: ENGL 121 and PSYC 101 and PSYC 230 and PSYC 260 and (PSYC 324 (Can be taken Concurrently) or PSYC 324D (Can be taken Concurrently))

This course explores the research methods, both laboratory and field, used in the study of human behavior across cultures. The course requires reading of original research, completion of laboratory projects, and a research paper.

PSYC 432W | ADVANCED RESEARCH METHODS / LABORATORY IN LEARNING

Units: 3

Prerequisites: ENGL 121 and PSYC 101 and PSYC 230 and PSYC 260 and PSYC 322 (Can be taken Concurrently)

This course is designed to give the student an in-depth, hands-on experience with the research methods used in the study of conditioning and learning. Projects involving both human and nonhuman subjects will be conducted to illustrate the equipment, research designs, and procedures commonly employed in the area. Written project reports, as well as a literature review and research proposal, will be required.

PSYC 436W | ADVANCED RESEARCH METHODS / LABORATORY IN COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY

Units: 3

Prerequisites: ENGL 121 and PSYC 101 and PSYC 230 and PSYC 260 and PSYC 336 (Can be taken Concurrently)

This course integrates an in-depth exploration of selected topics with an emphasis on experimental research methods. Readings in original research, active participation in laboratory replications, complete research report preparation, and write-ups will accompany each topic. The course will culminate in the preparation of an original research project.

PSYC 444W | ADVANCED RESEARCH METHODS / LABORATORY IN ANIMAL BEHAVIOR

Units: 3

Prerequisites: ENGL 121 and PSYC 101 and PSYC 230 and PSYC 260 and PSYC 344 (Can be taken Concurrently)

This course will explore the research methods used in the study of animal behavior in both laboratory and field settings. Observational skills will also be developed. Completion of a field project at an appropriate site will be required. Several laboratory projects and demonstrations will be conducted. Project reports, as well as a research paper, will be written.

PSYC 455W | ADVANCED RESEARCH METHODS / LABORATORY IN CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY

Units: 3

Prerequisites: ENGL 121 and PSYC 101 and PSYC 230 and PSYC 260 (Can be taken Concurrently) and (PSYC 354 (Can be taken Concurrently) or PSYC 355 (Can be taken Concurrently))

The course is designed to increase competency in designing, conducting, evaluating, and writing research papers in clinical psychology. This goal will be met through lectures, readings, and class discussion on the process of conducting research and the process of disseminating research in written and oral forms. This course satisfies an upper division writing lab so the course will focus on all stages of the writing process, including pre-writing, drafting, revising, and editing. Writing requirements include brief papers and a series of draft reviews and revisions that will result in a major APA style research paper.

PSYC 457W | ADVANCED RESEARCH METHODS / LABORATORY IN HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY

Units: 3

Prerequisites: ENGL 121 and PSYC 101 and PSYC 230 (Can be taken Concurrently) and PSYC 260 (Can be taken Concurrently)

This course is designed to provide in-depth discussion about the various methods, concepts, and techniques in the field of health psychology. Emphasis will be placed on the types of issues and methods that make health psychology unique. Requirements include written critical reviews of various journal articles, a literature review, and a research proposal.

PSYC 464W | ADVANCED RESEARCH METHODS / LABORATORY IN SPORT PSYCHOLOGY

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: ENGL 121 and PSYC 101 and PSYC 230 and PSYC 260 and PSYC 364 (Can be taken Concurrently)

This course provides students with hands-on experience in experimental research and scientific writing in sport psychology. Along with reviewing the basics of experimental research design, students will design a study, collect and analyze data, and present their project in an APA-Style paper.

PSYC 466 | METHODS OF EVIDENCE-BASED PSYCHOTHERAPY

Units: 3

Prerequisites: PSYC 101

This course will familiarize student with both the theory underlying various evidence-based psychosocial interventions as well as the practical techniques used in those interventions. Psychotherapy methods pertaining to children and adults and to a variety of clinical disorders will be reviewed, demonstrated, and role played. Application to a variety of presenting problems and client types will be discussed.

PSYC 492 | MAJOR FIELD TEST IN PSYCHOLOGY

Units: 0

As part of the department's assessment program, each graduating senior is required to take a major field test in psychology and senior exit survey. A student who fails to do so may be restricted from graduating.

PSYC 494 | SPECIAL TOPICS IN PSYCHOLOGY

Units: 1-4 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

The purpose of this course is to provide the advanced undergraduate student with an opportunity to explore a variety of contemporary topics in psychology. These will be in-depth investigations on subjects of special interest to the instructor. Course may be repeated with different topics.

PSYC 496 | RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

Units: 1-2 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Experience in serving as a researcher in a project conducted by a faculty member. By invitation. P/F only. Requires the consent of the instructor.

PSYC 497 | APPLIED EXPERIENCE IN PSYCHOLOGY

Units: 1-2 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Prerequisites: PSYC 101

Practical experience in a community/field setting under professional supervision. Each student is required to complete a minimum of 40 hours (1 unit section) or 80 hours (2 unit section) of supervised training in an assigned field setting over the course of the semester. Fieldwork is under the joint supervision of agency personnel and the course instructor. A time log and written summary of the experience by the student and a performance evaluation by the supervisor are required.

PSYC 498 | INTERNSHIP IN PSYCHOLOGY

Units: 3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Prerequisites: PSYC 101

Practical experience in a community/field setting under professional supervision. Each student is required to complete a minimum of 120 hours of supervised training in an assigned field setting over the course of the semester. Fieldwork is under the joint supervision of agency personnel and the course instructor.

PSYC 499 | INDEPENDENT STUDY

Units: 1-3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Prerequisites: PSYC 101

Library, laboratory, or field research of the student's own design conducted under faculty supervision. A written application and final report are required. Requires the consent of the instructor.

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