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Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014


Approved Courses

The following list includes undergraduate courses that have been approved as of  June 2010.  Courses added after that date do not appear in this list.  Courses eliminated after that date may still appear.  Not every course is offered regularly.  Students should consult the Schedule of Classes at www.testudo.umd.edu  to ascertain which courses are actually offered during a given semester.

COURSE NUMBERING SYSTEM

Number   Eligibility
000-099   Non-credit course
100-199   Primarily freshman course
200-299   Primarily sophomore course
300-399   Junior, senior course not acceptable for credit toward graduate degrees
386-387   Campus-wide internship courses; refer to information describing Experiential Learning
400-499   Junior, senior course acceptable for credit toward some graduate degree
500-599   Professional School course (Dentistry, Architecture, Law, Medicine) or post-baccalaureate course
600-899   Course restricted to graduate students
799   Master Thesis credit
899   Doctoral Dissertation credit

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Courses in "PSYC-Psychology"

PSYC - Psychology

PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology (3) A basic introductory course, intended to bring the student into contact with the major problems confronting psychology and the more important attempts at their solution.

PSYC 111 The Psychology of Unethical Conduct (1) Additional information: Online and self-paced course open to all majors. An exploration of the University of Maryland's 10 Principles of Ethical and Responsible Conduct (http://www.responsibleconduct.umd.edu) and the reasons why unethical conduct might occur. Covers a broad range of psychological theories and research with the focus on applying the science for more ethical life, campus and community.

PSYC 200 Statistical Methods in Psychology (3) Prerequisite: PSYC100; and 1 course with a minimum grade of C- from (MATH220, STAT100, MATH111, MATH130, MATH140). Credit only granted for: BIOM301, BMGT230, CCJS200, ECON321, EDMS451, GEOG306, GVPT422, PSYC200, or SOCY201. A basic introduction to quantitative methods used in psychological research.

PSYC 206 Developmental Biopsychology (3) Prerequisite: PSYC100. Biological basis of behavioral development in relation to genetic, constitutional, anatomical, physiological, and environmental factors. Emphasis upon both phylogenetic and ontogenetic research findings in biological psychology.

PSYC 221 Social Psychology (3) Prerequisite: PSYC100. The influence of social factors on the individual and on interpersonal behavior. Includes topics such as conformity, attitude change, person perception, interpersonal attraction, and group behavior.

PSYC 300 Research Methods in Psychology Laboratory (4) Prerequisite: PSYC200. Restriction: Must be in Psychology program. Credit only granted for: PSYC300 or PSYC309R. Formerly: PSYC309R. A general introduction and overview to the fundamental theoretical, conceptual, and practical issues in psychological research in both the laboratory and the field.

PSYC 301 Biological Basis of Behavior (3) Prerequisite: PSYC100 and BSCI105. An introduction to the anatomical structures and physiological processes that determine behavior. After a study of the basic functioning of the nervous system, the course will examine the acquisition and processing of sensory information, the neural control of movement, and the biological bases of complex behaviors such as sleep, learning, memory, sex, language, and addiction.

PSYC 302 Fundamentals of Learning and Behavior (3) Prerequisite: PSYC100 and BSCI105. Restriction: Restricted to psychology majors during the registration period. All other majors will be placed on a hold file. Credit only granted for: PSYC309F or PSYC302. Formerly: PSYC309F. Overview of the fundamental types of learning that occur without formal instruction. The course covers fundamentals of classical and instrumental conditioning as studied in a variety of species in addition to more modern theories of learning. We will then explore how these principles influence diverse processes such as memory, attention, extinction, categorization, motivation, and in some cases, how they are implemented in the brain and disrupted in disease.

PSYC 303 Professional Development for Psychology Majors (1) Prerequisite: PSYC100; and must have completed 3 additional credits in PSYC courses. Or permission of BSOS-Psychology department. Restriction: Must be in a major within BSOS-Psychology department. Credit only granted for: PSYC309C or PSYC303. Formerly: PSYC309C. An investigation of various career and graduate school opportunities available to psychology majors. Students will learn about a wide range of career fields, will learn how to utilize available resources to pursue career goals, and will take steps to advance their professional identity and development.

PSYC 309 Special Topics in Psychology (1-3) Prerequisite: PSYC100. Restriction: Must be in Psychology program; and sophomore standing or higher. Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. Topics of current interest which represent extensions of or additions to topics covered in more general topical courses.

PSYC 310 Perception (3) Prerequisite: PSYC100; and (CHEM103, PHYS121, BSCI106, or BSCI105). Restriction: Must not have completed PSYC410. A survey of phenomena and theories of perception including psychological, anatomical, physiological, and environmental factors important in determining how we perceive the world. Historical background will be examined as well as contemporary research.

PSYC 318 Community Interventions: Theory and Research (3) Prerequisite: PSYC100. Restriction: Must be in one of the following programs (Women's Studies; Psychology) ; and permission of BSOS-Psychology department. Survey and critical examination of a problem in the community and related interventions. Analysis of theory and research relevant to the problem. Historical and current trends discussed. A student who has completed PSYC309 must have permission of the department in order to register for PSYC318.

PSYC 319 Community Interventions: Service Learning (3) Prerequisite: PSYC318. Restriction: Must be in one of the following programs (Women's Studies; Psychology) ; and permission of BSOS-Psychology department. Apply knowledge gained in PSYC318 to provide interventions to individuals dealing with a community problem. Critical analysis of interventions and related research. Ethical and cultural considerations in the provision of services are addressed.

PSYC 330 Child Psychopathology (3) Prerequisite: PSYC100. Restriction: Must be in Psychology program. Credit only granted for: PSYC309B or PSYC330. Formerly: PSYC309B. Etiology, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of emotional disorders of childhood and adolescence.

PSYC 332 Psychology of Human Sexuality (3) Prerequisite: PSYC100. A survey of historical and contemporary psychological views on a wide variety of sexual behaviors; theory and research bearing on the relationship between life span psychological development, psychological functioning, interpersonal processes and sexual behaviors; political and social issues involved in current sexual norms and practices.

PSYC 334 Psychology of Interpersonal Relationships (3) Prerequisite: PSYC100. Research, theory and their practical applications pertaining to the development, maintenance and dissolution of human relationships. Processes critical to successful relating (e.g., communication, bargaining, conflict resolution), and issues associated with troubled dyadic relations with equal partners (e.g., jealousy, spouse abuse, divorce).

PSYC 336 Psychology of Women (3) Prerequisite: PSYC100. Also offered as: WMST336. Credit only granted for: PSYC336 or WMST336. A survey of the biology, life span development, socialization, personality, mental health, and special issues of women.

PSYC 337 Introduction to Community Psychology (3) Prerequisite: PSYC100. Survey and critical examination of the effects of social process and social structure in community life on individual mental health. Includes theoretical models in community psychology.

PSYC 341 Introduction to Memory and Cognition (3) Prerequisite: PSYC200 and PSYC300. An introduction to the basic models, methods of research, and findings in memory, problem-solving, and language and their applications.

PSYC 353 Adult Psychopathology (3) Prerequisite: PSYC200. Restriction: Must be in Psychology program. The nature, diagnosis, etiology, and treatment of mental disorders.

PSYC 354 Cross-Cultural Psychology (3) Prerequisite: PSYC100. Cultural components in theory and research in personality, social, and community psychology. Interplay of individual, ethnic, and cultural factors in psychosocial growth and well-being, cross-cultural and cross-ethnic communication, and counseling and psychotherapeutic interactions.

PSYC 355 Developmental Psychology (3) Prerequisite: PSYC100. Survey of research and theory of psychological development from conception through childhood, stressing physiological, conceptual and behavioral changes, and the social and biological context in which individuals develop.

PSYC 356 Psychology of Adolescence (3) Prerequisite: PSYC100. A description of adolescent development based on research and theory interrelating psychological, intellectual, and social changes during the teen years and the systems dealing with those changes.

PSYC 357 Psychology of Adulthood and Aging (3) Prerequisite: PSYC100. Theory, research, and implications of developmental stability and change in physiological, intellectual, and interpersonal functioning in the social context from early adulthood through the aging years.

PSYC 361 Survey of Industrial and Organizational Psychology (3) Prerequisite: PSYC100. A general survey of the field of industrial organizational psychology including such topics as organizational entry (recruitment, selection, training, socialization); organizational psychology (motivation, leadership, job attitudes); and productivity in the work place (performance appraisal, absenteeism, turnover). The role that the larger environment plays in influencing work behaviors and work attitudes.

PSYC 362 Introduction to Negotiation (3) Prerequisite: PSYC221 or PSYC361; or permission of BSOS-Psychology department. Restriction: Must be in Psychology program. Credit only granted for: PSYC309F or PSYC362. Formerly: PSYC309F. Additional information: Restricted to PSYC majors during preregistration. Overview of the field of negotiation and the social-psychological and contextual factors that facilitate and inhibit successful negotiation agreements. Students will engage in a variety of negotiation exercises individually and as a team.

PSYC 389 Experiential Learning (1-6) Prerequisite: PSYC100; and permission of BSOS-Psychology department; and 9 credits in PSYC courses. Restriction: Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8; and must have earned a minimum 3.0 Psychology GPA. Formerly: PSYC386. Internship in psychology-related fields.

PSYC 401 Biological Bases of Behavior Laboratory (4) Prerequisite: PSYC300 and PSYC301. Restriction: Permission of instructor; and must be in Psychology program; and must have earned a minimum of 85 credits. A laboratory course to introduce students to some of the basic physiological and anatomical techniques of contemporary neuroscience. Exercises look at specific neurons or groups of neurons and how they control such simple behaviors as swimming, prey capture, and species recognition. The lab exercises use living invertebrates and cold-blooded vertebrates.

PSYC 402 Neural Systems and Behavior (3) Prerequisite: PSYC301. Additional information: Priority is given to PSYC majors. Research on the physiological basis of behavior, including considerations of sensory phenomenon, motor coordination, emotion, drives, and the neurological basis of memory.

PSYC 403 Animal Behavior (3) Prerequisite: PSYC301. Reviews the theoretical framework underlying the study of animal behavior. The genetic, hormonal and physiological basis of behavior, and the relation to ecological and evolutionary processes will be discussed using examples that range from invertebrate animals to humans.

PSYC 404 Introduction to Behavioral Pharmacology (3) Prerequisite: PSYC301. Restriction: Must be in Psychology program. Theoretical viewpoints on the interaction of drugs and behavior. Basic principles of pharmacology, the effects of drugs on various behaviors, experimental analysis of drug dependence and abuse, and neuropharmacology and behavior.

PSYC 406 Neuroethology (3) Prerequisite: PSYC301. Restriction: Must be in Psychology program. A merger between the disciplines of neuroscience and ethology (animal behavior) studies the behavioral functions of nervous systems using a comparative and evolutionary approach. Students will learn how the nervous system controls behavioral patterns in a variety of different organisms ranging from insects to mammals.

PSYC 407 Behavioral Neurobiology Laboratory (4) Prerequisite: PSYC300 and PSYC301. Restriction: Must be in Psychology program; and must have earned a minimum of 85 credits. Laboratory exercises introducing concepts and techniques of behavioral neurobiology. Activities emphasize design of neurobiology experiments, hands-on experience with behavioral and neurobiological techniques, data collection, and analysis of the results. Most exercises use living animals.

PSYC 409 Topics in Neurosciences Seminar (1) Restriction: Permission of BSOS-Psychology department; and junior standing or higher. Repeatable to 4 credits if content differs. Current research in neurosciences will be presented, read, and discussed. Emphasis will change each term.

PSYC 410 Experimental Psychology: Sensory Processes I (4) Prerequisite: PSYC300. Restriction: Must be in Psychology program; and must have earned a minimum of 85 credits; and permission of BSOS-Psychology department. A systematic survey of the content, models, and methodology of sensory and perceptual research.

PSYC 411 Introduction to Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (3) Prerequisite: PSYC200, PSYC301, and PSYC300. Restriction: Must be in a major within BSOS-Psychology department. Credit only granted for: PSYC309N or PSYC411. Formerly: PSYC309N. An introduction to functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Students will be taught about formulating testable hypotheses with fMRI, utilizing basic methods in fMRI studies, and understanding existing limitations of fMRI studies in the literature.

PSYC 413 Developmental Cognitive/Social Neuroscience (3) Prerequisite: PSYC355 or PSYC301; or permission of instructor. Restriction: Restricted to psychology majors and neuroscience minors during the registration period. All other students can reserve a position on the hold file, and will be offered a seat on a space-available basis. Credit only granted for: PSYC309D, PSYC309H, or PSYC413. Formerly: PSYC309D, PSYC309H. Developmental cognitive/social neuroscience is the study of how the brain underlies the acquisition, refinement, and maintenance of complex cognitive and social abilities. The goal of this course is to gain an understanding of current research, methods, and theories in developmental cognitive/social neuroscience through lecture and discussion.

PSYC 415 History of Psychology (3) Prerequisite: PSYC100. Origins of psychology in philosophy and biology, and the development of psychology as a science in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Consideration of current theoretical perspectives and experiments in relation to the enduring problems of psychology, and of the role of culture, science, and technology in the development of psychological ideas.

PSYC 420 Experimental Psychology: Social Psychology Laboratory (4) Prerequisite: PSYC300 and PSYC221. Restriction: Must be in Psychology program; and must have earned a minimum of 85 credits. A laboratory course to provide a basic understanding of experimental method in social psychology and experience in conducting research on social processes.

PSYC 423 Advanced Social Psychology (3) Prerequisite: PSYC420. A systematic review of research and points of view in regard to major problems in the field of social psychology.

PSYC 424 Communication and Persuasion (3) Prerequisite: PSYC221 and PSYC200. Effect of social communication upon behavior and attitudes. Theory and research concerning attitude change and social influence.

PSYC 425 Psychology and Law (3) Prerequisite: PSYC100, PSYC200, and PSYC300. Restriction: Must be in Psychology program. Credit only granted for: PSYC309K, PSYC325, or PSYC425. Formerly: PSYC309K. An introduction to the intersection of psychology and the criminal justice sytem, known as the field of legal psychology. The material covered will span the course of the criminal justice process and examine each aspect from a psychological perspective beginning with profiling and moving on to eyewitness memory and judgements through perpetrator memories and interrogation techniques. These apsects will be evaluated with a research lens as well as an applied outlook.

PSYC 432 Counseling Psychology: Theories, Research, and Practice (3) Prerequisite: PSYC200. Analysis of research and intervention strategies developed and used by counseling psychologists. Historical and current trends in content and methodology.

PSYC 433 Basic Helping Skills: Research and Practice (4) Prerequisite: PSYC300; and (PSYC434, PSYC334, PSYC353, PSYC435, PSYC436, or PSYC432). Restriction: Must be in Psychology program; and must have earned a minimum of 85 credits. Theories and research regarding effective helping skills. Students will practice helping skills with each other and will conduct research projects evaluating their helping skills. Students should be willing to talk about personal issues in class. Because of the participatory nature of this class, attendance normally will be included in the computation of grades.

PSYC 434 Severe Mental Disorders: Etiology and Treatment (3) Prerequisite: PSYC300, PSYC353, and PSYC301. Restriction: Must be in Psychology program. Examines multiple perspectives on severe mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and the major affective disorders. Integrates the biological findings with the human experience of these illnesses, their cultural and socio-political aspects, and their psychological, pharmacological, and social service treatments.

PSYC 435 Theories of Personality and Psychotherapy (3) Prerequisite: PSYC200. Major theories of personality and research methods and findings relevant to those theories.

PSYC 436 Introduction to Clinical Psychology: From Science to Practice (3) Prerequisite: PSYC300. Critical analysis of clinical psychology, with particular emphasis on current developments and trends.

PSYC 437 The Assessment and Treatment of Addictive Behaviors (3) Prerequisite: PSYC100; and 9 credits in PSYC courses. Credit only granted for: PSYC309E (taken in the Winter Term) or PSCY437. Formerly: PSYC309E. Explores the current research in assessment and treatment of addictive behaviors. Topics may include addictions in the areas of alcohol, drugs, nicotine, gambling, and eating.

PSYC 440 Experimental Psychology: Cognitive Processes (4) Prerequisite: PSYC341 and PSYC300. Restriction: Must be in Psychology program; and must have earned a minimum of 85 credits. A survey of the content, models, and methods in cognitive psychology with an emphasis on auditory and visual pattern recognition, information processing, attention, memory, learning, problem solving, and language.

PSYC 442 Psychology of Language (3) Prerequisite: PSYC300 and PSYC341. Restriction: Must be in Psychology program. Introductory survey of the psychology of language, focusing on the cognitive processes that enable us to produce and understand language. Topics include speech perception, speech production, syntactic processing, language development, language disorders, and the brain bases of language.

PSYC 443 Thinking and Problem Solving (3) Prerequisite: PSYC341 and PSYC300. Restriction: Must be in Psychology program. Historical development, current theory and data, and research methods in problem solving. Formal problem solving theory and computer models of thinking and human problem-solving behavior. The uses of strategies to improve students' own thinking processes and problem-solving behavior.

PSYC 444 Cyberpsychology: The Psychology of Human/Computer Interactions (3) Prerequisite: PSYC200. Credit only granted for: PSYC309E or PSYC444. Formerly: PSYC309E. Explores traditional psychological processes in the rapidly changing world of computer and internet technologies. Students will address how the use of computers impacts many of the major topics in psychology.

PSYC 445 The Psychology of Video Games and Entertainment (3) Prerequisite: PSYC200. Restriction: Must be in Psychology program; or permission of BSOS-Psychology department. Credit only granted for: PSYC309V or PSYC445. Formerly: PSYC309V. An exploration of the diverse elements and theories in the psychology of video games and entertainment. The history and taxonomy of video games, cognitive and affective elements, virtual reality and social presence, video game violence, and educational and ethical issues will be covered.

PSYC 450 Field Research in Organizational Psychology (4) Prerequisite: PSYC300 and PSYC361. Restriction: Must be in Psychology program; and must have earned a minimum of 85 credits. Methods of field research applicable to organizational settings are examined, including field experiments and quasi-experiments, observation, interviewing, surveys, content analysis, and various forms of qualitative inquiry.

PSYC 455 Cognitive Development (3) Prerequisite: PSYC300; and (PSYC341 or PSYC355). Restriction: Must be in Psychology program. Theory and research in cognition from a life-span developmental perspective including memory, reasoning, attention, spatial cognition, and conceptual organization, and discussions of implications of current research for a variety of educational interventions.

PSYC 456 Research Methods in Developmental Psychology Laboratory (4) Prerequisite: PSYC300; and permission of BSOS-Psychology department. Restriction: Must be in Psychology program; and must have earned a minimum of 85 credits. A presentation of major research designs used in developmental psychology and of the methodology used in developmental research, such as observational research, program evaluation, and laboratory experimentation.

PSYC 457 Consensual Qualitative Research Methods Laboratory (4) Prerequisite: PSYC200 and PSYC300; and permission of BSOS-Psychology department. Restriction: Must be in Psychology program; and must have earned a minimum of 85 credits. Credit only granted for: PSYC457 or PSYC498H (taken in Fall 2010 or Fall 2011). Formerly: PSYC498H. An exploration of philosophy of science and methods involved in qualitative research methods in counseling psychology, along with a comparison to quantitative research methods. The laboratory component involves conducting a qualitative study, including reviewing the literature, designing an interview protocol, training to conduct interviews, conducting interviews, analyzing the data, and writing a manuscript.

PSYC 458 Applied Developmental Psychology (3) Prerequisite: PSYC200; and (PSYC356, PSYC355, or PSYC357). Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. An examination of a topic in developmental psychology which has been examined in the laboratory and is central to developmental theories. Extension of these analyses to practical and social issues in the daily life of the developing individual. Topics will vary from semester to semester.

PSYC 460 Psychological Foundations of Personnel Selection and Training (3) Prerequisite: PSYC361 and PSYC200. An examination of issues and processes involved in the design and evaluation of personnel selection and training programs in a variety of organizational settings: job, person and organizational analysis; organizational choice; development of predictors; evaluation of instructional and training systems; criteria for performance evaluation, promotion and training.

PSYC 463 Psychology of Motivation and Attitudes in Organizational Settings (3) Prerequisite: PSYC361 and PSYC200. Theories, research and practice regarding the assessment, understanding, and prediction of motivation at work. Theories, assessment and consequences of various work-related attitudes. An integration of theory, research, and practice.

PSYC 464 Psychology of Leaders in Work Organizations (3) Prerequisite: PSYC200 and PSYC361. The psychological assumptions and implications of various theories of management and leadership. Selections and training; development of careers; influence processes; change of managerial behavior; and the impact of the larger environment, nature of product or service, and organization structure on managerial behavior.

PSYC 465 Psychology of Organizational Processes (3) Prerequisite: PSYC361 and PSYC200. Theories of interpersonal, intra- and inter-group relations, with emphasis on issues of conflict, competition, cooperation and the role of power in organizations. Organizational diagnosis and intervention.

PSYC 468 Field Experience and Special Assignments in Honors (1-3) Prerequisite: Must have permission of supervisor and honors faculty. Restriction: Permission of BSOS-Psychology department. Repeatable to 6 credits. An individual experience arranged by the honors student and his or her supervisor. A proposal submitted to the honors faculty in the semester preceding registration for the course should state the activities anticipated and the method of evaluation.

PSYC 469 Honors Thesis Proposal Preparation (3) Restriction: Permission of BSOS-Psychology department. Repeatable to 3 credits. Development of honors thesis proposal by preliminary research and literature review. Presentation of formal proposal to the thesis committee.

PSYC 478 Independent Study in Psychology (1-3) Restriction: Permission of BSOS-Psychology department; and must have earned a minimum of 9 credits in Psychology; and must have earned a minimum GPA of 3.0 in Psychology; and minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8. Repeatable to 9 credits.

PSYC 479 Special Research Problems in Psychology (1-3) Restriction: Permission of BSOS-Psychology department; and must have earned a minimum of 9 credits in Psychology; and must have earned a minimum GPA of 3.0 in Psychology; and minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8. Repeatable to 9 credits.

PSYC 488 Advanced Psychology I (Honors) (3) Prerequisite: PSYC200. Restriction: Permission of BSOS-Psychology department. Seminar covering topics in sensation, perception, learning, and motivation.

PSYC 489 Advanced Special Topics in Psychology (3) Prerequisite: PSYC300. Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs. Treatment of a specialized topic in psychology.

PSYC 498 Advanced Psychology II (Honors) (3) Prerequisite: PSYC488; or permission of BSOS-Psychology department. Seminar covering topics in measurement, social processes, developmental processes and other subject matter of current interest.

PSYC 499 Honors Thesis Research (3) Prerequisite: PSYC469; and must have permission of thesis advisor.

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