Courses

Course Code Credits

General Psychology

Principles underlying physiological psychology, learning, perception, altered states of consciousness, human development, human memory and emotion, personality, social behavior, intelligence, and the behavior disorders. Pre-requisite for all other courses in the Department except PSY 261. Limited to 35.

PSY101 3

Psychological Science

Early exposure to the research process in a particular subfield of psychology matching a faculty member's area of expertise and/or interest. Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: PSY 101. Priority to First-Year students. Limited to 12.

PSY110 1

Developmental Psychology I

Study of child development from conception through preadolescence. It emphasizes an understanding of developmental research methods and theories and examines the physical, cognitive, social, emotional, personality and moral aspects of development. Pre-requisite: PSY 101. Limited to 30.

PSY201 3

Developmental Psychology II

Study of human development from early adulthood to death. It emphasizes an understanding of developmental research methods and theories and examines the physical, cognitive, social, emotional, personality and moral aspects of development. Pre-requisite: PSY 101. (PSY 201 is not a Pre-requisite for this course.) Limited to 25.

PSY203 3

Human Development in the Young Adult Years

Overview of the theory and research examining psychological processes during adolescence and young adulthood. The focus will be on the fundamental changes of adolescence and young adulthood including, biological, cognitive and social-affective transitions. Emphasis on theoretical perspectives and empirical research findings. Limited to 26.

PSY204 3

Theories of Personality

Surveys the Psychoanalytic, the Neo-Analytic, the Biological, the Existential, the Cognitive, and Trait-Factor approaches to a study of personality. Comparative analysis and case study application of the major constructs as presented in the works of various theorists. Pre-requisite: PSY 101. Limited to 30.

PSY205 3

Abnormal Psychology

Course employs the DSM-IV system of classifying and describing emotional dysfunctioning. It explores the etiology, course, and treatment of major disorders. Dynamics and treatment modalities are approached from the psychodynamic, behavioral, cognitive, and existential models. Examination of research and case studies, and a possible practicum experience. Pre-requisite: PSY 101. Limited to 35.

PSY207 3

Social Psychology

Problems, concepts, and methods in the study of social behavior; including conformity, attitude development and change, interpersonal attraction, group processes, and social cognition. Pre-requisite: PSY 101. Limited to 32.

PSY209 3

Introduction to Statistics

Examines statistical techniques as used in the behavioral sciences. Topics include: descriptive statistics - measures of central tendency and variability; inferential statistics - principles of hypothesis testing, z test, t test, simple ANOVA, correlation and introduction to regression and chi square. Statistical analysis software complements use of computational formulae. Open to Biology, Communication, Interdisciplinary Studies, Multidisciplinary Studies, Neuroscience and Psychology majors and Psychology minors. Limited to 25.

PSY261 3

Intermediate Statistics

Further examination of statistical techniques used in the behavioral sciences. Topics include: Two-way analysis of variance, repeated measures ANOVA, regression analysis, and nonparametric techniques (e.g., Mann-Whitney U, Kruskal-Wallace H test). Statistical analysis software complements use of computational formulae. Pre-requisite: PSY 261. Limited to 25.

PSY262 3

Research Methods in Psychology

Examines the research methods used in Psychology including naturalistic observation, field and laboratory experiments, and survey methods. Discusses ethical standards in research, and critiques research articles. Students design, implement, and write-up research study. Pre-requisites: PSY 101 and PSY 261 or CRM 311 or SOC 311. Limited to 24.

PSY271 4

Group Dynamics

Examination of small group behavior through experiential learning and research. Includes discussion of group formation, norms, communication, leadership, influence, and decision making. Pre-requisite: PSY 101. Limited to 28.

PSY303 3

Theories of Learning

Surveys the functionalistic, associationistic and cognitive schools of learning - applying constructs such as limits, incentives, practice, insight, transfer, and memory to education, child rearing, and adjustment therapy. Pre-requisite: PSY 101. Limited to 30.

PSY305 3

Theories of Counseling

Current approaches to counseling and psychotherapy (Freudian, Adlerian, Rogerian, Gestalt, Behavioral, Rational-emotive, Reality and Transactional Analysis). Integration of research and techniques. Pre-requisite: PSY 101. Limited to 20.

PSY311 3

Psychology of Women

Examination of how and why women behave as they do, both from the perspective of cultural beliefs and scientific research. Topics include: contemporary psychodynamic and social constructionist theories of women's psychology; theoretical models of gender identity and gender roles as well as empirical bases for claims about gender differences; specific disorders associated with women; trends in current theory building; and language and communication bias. Pre-requisite: PSY 101. Open to Criminology, Education, Gender Studies, Healthcare, Interdisciplinary Studies, Multidisciplinary Studies, Psychology and Sociology majors and Psychology minors. Limited to 18.

PSY315 3

Introduction to Health Psychology

Examination of how biological, psychological, and social factors interact with and affect health, recovery and adjustment of patients with serious health problems (e.g. cancer and heart disease), the efforts people make in promoting good health and preventing illness(weight control, smoking cessation, etc.), the treatments received and the strategies used to cope with medical problems and their stress/pain. Pre-requisites: PSY 101 and PSY 207. Open to Biology, Healthcare Administration, Interdisciplinary Studies, Multidisciplinary Studies, Neuroscience and Psychology majors and Psychology minors. Limited to 20.

PSY320 3

Sport Psychology

Examination of theories related to sport, team behavior and sport cognition, and how psychological and social factors affect performance, behavior, and coaching. Topics include: Motivation, Coaching, Team Dynamics, Mental skills and Performance Enhancement, Confidence, Drug Use and Eating Disorders in Sport, and Youth Sport. Pre-requisite: PSY 101. Limited to 19.

PSY323 3

Identity & Moral Development

Examines issues related to moral development, meaning and purpose, which are fundamental to human existence. Using writings of various psychologists, novelists and philosophers, students will address moral development issues such as the formation of identity and selfhood, the possibilities and burdens of making choices, finding meaning in a world which seems to promote isolation and anonymity, discerning one's vocation and what it means to be a "good person." Pre-requisite: PSY 101. Limited to 19.

PSY324 3

Research in Social Psychology

In-depth training in conducting research in the field of Social Psychology. Students are involved in the design of the study, preparation of materials, collection of data, data analysis, and preparation of the scientific report. Permission of instructor. Limited to 8.

PSY341 3

Research in Developmental Psychology

In-depth training in conducting research in the field of Developmental Psychology through active participation in an ongoing program of research. Students are involved in the design of the study, preparation of materials, collection of data, data analysis, and preparation of the scientific report. Permission of instructor. Limited to 8.

PSY342 3

Research in Biopsychology

Internship course involving in-depth research training in the field of Biopsychology/Neuroscience. Held at the Brockton V.A. Hospital research facilities; includes assisting in the conduct of sleep research in animals and schizophrenia research in humans. Scientific approaches range from neuropsych testing & behavioral studies to neuroanatomical & molecular investigations. Coursework includes: 8 to 12h/wk hands on lab work; attendance at 1h/wk seminar; a 20 min oral presentation or written paper; VA hospital employee paperwork & medical clearance. Lab work and seminar schedule determined based on each student's schedule. Pre-requisite: PSY 101. Permission of Instructor. Course may be taken twice. Recommended: PSY 261 and PSY 271 and PSY 415 and BIO 412 and BIO 412 Lab. Limited to 20.

PSY343 3

Research in Health Psychology

Training in the various facets of conducting health psychology research including hypothesis generation, study design and methods, data collection, and data analysis/interpretation. Projects may include the examination of existing data, the initiation of new projects or participation in ongoing projects at the UMASS Medical Center. Topic may include coping with cancer, eating disorders, substance abuse, etc. Pre-requisites: PSY 271 and PSY 320. Course may be taken twice for credit. Permission of instructor. Limited to 8.

PSY347 3

Child Psychopathology & Its Treatment

Description of psychological disorders which present themselves in infancy and childhood (birth - 12 year olds). Exploration of specific treatment approaches used to date. Discussion of the impact of childhood psychopathology on the family, school system, neighborhood, and nation. Pre-requisites: PSY 101 and PSY 201. Open to Healthcare, Interdisciplinary Studies, Multidisciplinary Studies, Neuroscience and Psychology majors and Psychology minors. Limited to 18.

PSY351 3

Counseling Practicum I

Effective listening skills: attending, questioning, paraphrasing, reflecting feelings, summarizing, self-disclosing, confronting; child and adult therapy; field work. Pre-requisite: PSY 205 or PSY 311. Permission of instructor. Limited to 16.

PSY411 4

Counseling Practicum II

Group therapy work; practice applying Adlerian and Gestalt theory to individual counseling; professional and ethical issues; field work. Pre-requisite: PSY 411 or Permission of the Instructor. Limited to 16.

PSY412 4

Experimental Psychology

Laboratory course in human and animal learning. Each student is expected to explore operant shaping, extinction rates, multiple scheduling, chaining, discrimination, and temporal factors in learning. Pre-requisite: PSY 101. Permission of instructor. Limited to 15.

PSY413 3

Brain & Behavior

Structure and function of nerve cells and the nervous system. Research methods in biopsychology, effects of brain damage, physiological principles underlying sleep, eating, abnormal behavior, drug effects, and memory. Pre-requisite: PSY 101. Open to Interdisciplinary Studies, Multidisciplinary Studies, Neuroscience and Psychology majors and Psychology minors. Limited to 24.

PSY415 3

Cognitive Psychology

Examination of the principles of cognition. Among the topics discussed are perception, attention, short-term memory, long-term memory, imagery, language, problem solving, reasoning, and judgment and decision making. Includes a laboratory component which gives students hands-on experience with cognitive phenomena discussed in class. Pre-requisite: PSY 101. Open to Interdisciplinary Studies, Multidisciplinary Studies, Neuroscience and Psychology majors and Psychology minors. Limited to 18.

PSY419 3

Psychology & the Legal System

Overview of the impact of Psychology on the legal system. Topics covered include how psychological research has influenced court decisions, an examination of the insanity defense, how competency to stand trial is determined, what psychological processes are involved in jury selection and jury decision making, the accuracy of eyewitness identification, and how children are viewed in the legal system. Pre-requisite: PSY 101. Open to Criminology, Interdisciplinary Studies, Multidisciplinary Studies, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology majors and Psychology minors. Limited to 25.

PSY421 3

Advanced Psychology Seminar

Capstone course in which, students will review and synthesize major empirical/theoretical areas of psychology, including abnormal, personality, learning, cognition, social, developmental, statistics and physiological. Pre-requisite: PSY 271. Open to seniors. Permission of instructor. Limited to 12.

PSY450 3

Applying Psychological Principles

Capstone course examining and evaluating psychological principles and their application in today's society. Topics include effective studying; breaking bad habits; influencing others and improving personal relationships; dealing with self-defeating behaviors such as shyness, anger and anxiety; raising children; and improving motivation. Pre-requisite: PSY 271. Open to seniors. Permission of instructor. Limited to 15.

PSY451 3

Internship in Applied Psych I

Each student is expected to carry out a supervised assignment in a professional setting with emphasis placed on hospitals, schools, clinics, courts, and personnel departments in the local area. Registration must be approved by the Department Chairperson, by the faculty member supervising the project, and by the institution or agency conducting the program. Open to junior and senior Psychology majors. Minimum GPA of 3.0 required. Permission of instructor. Limited to 18.

PSY475 6

Internship in Applied Psych II

Each student is expected to carry out a supervised assignment in a professional setting with emphasis placed on hospitals, schools, clinics, courts, and personnel departments in the local area. Registration must be approved by the Department Chairperson, by the faculty member supervising the project, and by the institution or agency conducting the program. Pre-requisites: PSY 475. Open to junior and senior Psychology majors. Permission of instructor. Limited to 6.

PSY476 3

Directed Study

Supervised reading and research directed by Department member. Permission of instructor.

PSY490 3

Independent Research

Advanced Research Project under the direction of a Psychology faculty member. Permission of the Faculty member directing the project and the Department Chairperson.

PSY496 3