Psychology (PSYC)

PSYC 101  - Introduction to Psychology  (3 Credits)  

An introduction to and survey of the basic concepts and findings within the field of psychology.

Carolina Core: GSS

PSYC 103  - Psychology of Adjustment  (3 Credits)  

Introduction to theories and processes underlying and facilitating human adjustment in the community, family, and workplace.

PSYC 226  - Research Methods in Psychology  (3 Credits)  

Basic principles and methodology.

Prerequisites: PSYC 101 or SCHC 130.

Graduation with Leadership Distinction: GLD: Research

PSYC 227  - Psychological Statistics  (3 Credits)  

Introduction to statistical methods essential for psychological research.

Prerequisites: PSYC 226 and MATH 111 or placement out of MATH 111.
PSYC 228  - Laboratory in Psychology  (2 Credits)  

Laboratory in psychology in which research methods and statistical methods are integrated. One lecture and one two-hour laboratory per week.

Prerequisites: PSYC 226 and PSYC 227.
PSYC 300  - Human Sexual Behavior  (3 Credits)  

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

PSYC 301  - Psychology of Marriage  (3 Credits)  

The psychological, physiological, and social characteristics of marriage.

Cross-listed course: WGST 301

PSYC 310  - Psychology of Women  (3 Credits)  

Women’s experiences: childhood and adolescence, work, family, cultural images, adjustment, and social change.

Cross-listed course: WGST 310

PSYC 320  - Psychology of Religion  (3 Credits)  

The development of the religious consciousness and its various expressions, the psychological dynamics of growth and conversion, response to crisis, and the relation of spiritual practice to health and wholeness.

Cross-listed course: RELG 361

PSYC 330  - Psychology and the African-American Experience  (3 Credits)  

Psychological theory and research as it applies to African Americans. Explores Africentric and other perspectives and roles of culture, racism, and historical phenomena.

Graduation with Leadership Distinction: GLD: Diversity and Social Advocacy

PSYC 350  - Industrial Psychology  (3 Credits)  

Psychological techniques applied to various industrial problem areas, such as management and supervision, morale, efficiency, training, personnel selection and placement, and relations among personnel.

PSYC 360  - Applied Psychology  (3 Credits)  

Uses of psychological knowledge and techniques in practical contexts; clinical, school, industrial, consumer, and environmental psychology.

PSYC 370  - Psychology of Consciousness  (3 Credits)  

Theories, controversies, and research findings on the nature of various states of consciousness; topics such as sleep/dreams, hypnosis, drug-induced states, and psychic phenomena.

PSYC 380  - Sport Psychology  (3 Credits)  

The role of sports in socialization, personality development and competence, including: spectator-performer interactions, motivation, competition effects; and the application of psychological techniques to performance enhancement.

PSYC 399  - Independent Study  (1-6 Credits)  

Closely supervised project or research experience in psychology. Approved contract required. May be repeated for up to six credits. Not for psychology major credit.

Prerequisites: PSYC 101.

Graduation with Leadership Distinction: GLD: Research

PSYC 400  - Survey of Learning and Memory  (3 Credits)  

Research and applications concerning the acquisition of new behavior and knowledge, including accounts based on classical and instrumental conditioning and on information-processing models.

Prerequisites: PSYC 101 or SCHC 130.
PSYC 405  - Cognitive Psychology  (3 Credits)  

Research and theories on sensory memory, attention, short-term and working memory, human learning and forgetting, imagery, long-term memory, speech perception, reading, language, thinking and problem solving, and decision making.

PSYC 410  - Behavioral and Mental Disorders  (3 Credits)  

Covers the classification, diagnosis, etiological theories, and treatments of the major mental and emotional disorders.

Prerequisites: PSYC 101 or SCHC 130.
PSYC 420  - Survey of Developmental Psychology  (3 Credits)  

Psychological development from conception to late adulthood. Topics include physical, cognitive, and social processes associated with development at each stage of the life cycle.

Prerequisites: PSYC 101 or EDPY 335 or SCHC 130.
PSYC 430  - Survey of Social Psychology  (3 Credits)  

Introduction to theory and research in social psychology from a psychological viewpoint. Topics include social perception, social cognition, attitudes, interpersonal relationships, aggression, prosocial behavior, and group processes.

Prerequisites: PSYC 101 or SCHC 130.

Graduation with Leadership Distinction: GLD: Professional and Civic Engagement Leadership Experiences

PSYC 432  - Men and Masculinity  (3 Credits)  

This course provides an overview of psychological, social, physical, and emotional issues related to men's lives. Major topics include: gender construction, men and work, men and health, men in relationships, male sexualities, men in families, and masculinities in the media and popular culture.

PSYC 440  - Survey of Personality  (3 Credits)  

Covers the major theories and research on personality and the dynamics of human motivation.

Prerequisites: PSYC 101 or SCHC 130.

Graduation with Leadership Distinction: GLD: Research

PSYC 450  - Sensation and Perception  (3 Credits)  

Processing of information from the environment. Physiological, physical, psychological, and contextual determinants of perception.

Prerequisites: PSYC 101 or SCHC 130.
PSYC 455  - Introduction to Neuroscience  (3 Credits)  

Function of the brain including basic neuroanatomy, neurophysiology and neurochemistry, neural systems, and psychopharmacology as it relates to behavior.

PSYC 460  - Brain and Behavior  (3 Credits)  

How the brain mediates simple and complex behavior and how we can apply basic research about the brain to real world problems.

Prerequisites: PSYC 101 or SCHC 130.
PSYC 465  - Health Psychology  (3 Credits)  

Application of psychological theories and assessment and treatment methodologies for health maintenance and the diagnosis and treatment of illness.

Prerequisites: PSYC 101 or SCHC 130
PSYC 470  - Introduction to Language Sciences  (3 Credits)  

Introduction to the linguistic component of human cognition. Properties of speech, the organization of language in the mind/brain, cross-linguistic universals, child language acquisition, and aspects of adult language processing.

Cross-listed course: ANTH 373, LING 300

PSYC 475  - Survey of Clinical Psychology  (3 Credits)  

The scientific basis of clinical psychology. Topics include history, theory, research, ethics, and best practices. For students interested in graduate school in psychology or other mental health professions.

Prerequisites: B or better in PSYC 228 and PSYC 410.
PSYC 480  - Multi-Cultural Psychology  (3 Credits)  

This course provides an introduction to theories and research in the study of psychosocial issues of racial, ethnic and cultural groups.

Prerequisites: PSYC 101.
PSYC 487  - Community Psychology  (3 Credits)  

Application of knowledge from other areas of psychology to the study of the role of the individual in the community.

Prerequisites: PSYC 101 or SCHC 130 and at least 3 hours in psychology at 400 level or above.

Graduation with Leadership Distinction: GLD: Community Service, GLD: Diversity and Social Advocacy, GLD: Research

PSYC 489  - Community Psychology Practicum  (3 Credits)  

Supervised, structured field experience in a community agency, applying psychological principles, theory, and research. May be repeated once for credit.

Prerequisites: 15 hours in psychology.

Graduation with Leadership Distinction: GLD: Community Service, GLD: Professional and Civic Engagement Internships, GLD: Research

Experiential Learning: Experiential Learning Opportunity

PSYC 495  - Internship in Psychology  (1-6 Credits)  

A supervised experiential course in psychology. Contract approved by instructor, advisor, and Office of Academic Programs is required for undergraduate students.

Prerequisites: C or better in PSYC 226.
PSYC 498  - Advanced Independent Study  (1-6 Credits)  

Closely supervised project or research experience in psychology. Approved contract required. May be repeated for up to six credits.

Prerequisites: 9 hours of psychology.

Graduation with Leadership Distinction: GLD: Research

PSYC 501  - Human Factors Psychology  (3 Credits)  

Application of research in experimental psychology to ergonomics, the design of human-environment systems, with emphasis on work settings.

Prerequisites: PSYC 101 and 9 hours of upper-level courses all in psychology, business, engineering, or nursing.
PSYC 503  - Psychology of Drug Use and Effects  (3 Credits)  

Research and theoretical considerations of substance abuse. Pharmacological, sociological, psychological, medical, economic, forensic, and other relevant research and treatment disciplines.

Prerequisites: PSYC 450 or PSYC 455 or PSYC 460.
PSYC 506  - Psychology of Language  (3 Credits)  

Theories of speech perception, linguistic theories of syntax and semantics, the brain mechanisms underlying language, the development of language in children, and the role of language in thought.

Cross-listed course: LING 567

PSYC 507  - Cognitive Neuroscience  (3 Credits)  

Research and theories on the role of the brain in facets of cognitive behavior, including attention, short-term and working memory, perception, language, executive function, thinking, and problem solving.

Prerequisites: C or better in PSYC 405, highly recommended PSYC 455 or PSYC 460.
PSYC 510  - Child Behavioral and Mental Disorders  (3 Credits)  

Theories, description, and assessment of child behavior problems and disorders; methods of intervention.

Prerequisites: PSYC 420 or PSYC 410.

Graduation with Leadership Distinction: GLD: Community Service

PSYC 520  - Psychology of Child Development  (3 Credits)  

Examination of development from conception through older childhood. Specific cognitive and social processes will be given in-depth study.

Prerequisites: PSYC 420.
PSYC 521  - Psychology of Adolescence  (3 Credits)  

Theories and research examining social, emotional, and intellectual development in adolescence. Explores influence of family, peer, school, and cultural contexts.

Prerequisites: PSYC 420.
PSYC 522  - Psychology of Early and Middle Adulthood  (3 Credits)  

Developmental changes in abilities, personality, and behavior which occur between adolescence and old age.

Prerequisites: PSYC 420.
PSYC 523  - Psychology of Aging  (3 Credits)  

Psychological, social, and biological phenomena associated with maturity and aging.

Prerequisites: PSYC 420.
PSYC 524  - Nature of Students with Mental Retardation  (3 Credits)  

Nature and causes of mental retardation; behavior and potentialities of persons with mental retardation.

Prerequisites: a course in the areas of child psychology-child development.

Graduation with Leadership Distinction: GLD: Diversity and Social Advocacy

PSYC 525  - he Psychology of the Midlife Woman  (3 Credits)  

Biological, social, and psychological aspects of the midlife woman.

PSYC 526  - Prevention of Psychological Problems in Children and Youth at Risk  (3 Credits)  

Etiology, prevention of, and intervention in behavioral, social, emotional, educational, and psychological problems in children and youth at risk.

Prerequisites: PSYC 410 or PSYC 420 or equivalent.

Graduation with Leadership Distinction: GLD: Diversity and Social Advocacy

PSYC 528  - Psychology of Children with Exceptionalities  (3 Credits)  

Characteristics, causes, needs, and intervention strategies for children with a broad range of exceptionalities including mental, physical, social/emotional difficulties and atypical gifts and talents.

Prerequisites: PSYC 420 or PSYC 520.
PSYC 529  - Nature of Students with Specific Learning Disabilities  (3 Credits)  

Children with average/above average intelligence and specific learning impairments; diagnostic and remedial techniques. Offered by both the College of Education and the Department of Psychology.

Prerequisites: EDEX 523 or PSYC 528.

Cross-listed course: EDEX 531

PSYC 530  - Advanced Social Psychology  (3 Credits)  

Intensive study of topics selected from the field of social psychology.

Prerequisites: PSYC 430.
PSYC 550  - Advanced Sensation and Perception  (3 Credits)  

Intensive study of topics selected from the field of sensation and perception.

Prerequisites: PSYC 450.
PSYC 560  - Advanced Topics in Neuroscience  (3 Credits)  

Intensive study of topics selected from the field of neuroscience.

Prerequisites: PSYC 455 or PSYC 460.
PSYC 565  - Psychology of Physical Activity  (3 Credits)  

Introduction to psychosocial factors in physical activity. Topics include mental health effects of exercise, behavior change theories applied to physical activity, and physical activity determinants and interventions.

Prerequisites: PSYC 101, PSYC 228.
PSYC 570  - Neuroscience Laboratory  (3 Credits)  

Practice in surgical, histological, and behavioral testing methodology. Two lectures and one three-hour laboratory per week.

Prerequisites: PSYC 460.
PSYC 571  - Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory  (3 Credits)  

Methods of observation and experimentation in cognitive neuroscience. Two lectures and one three-hour laboratory per week.

Prerequisites: PSYC 227 and C or better in two courses from PSYC 405, PSYC 450, PSYC 455, PSYC 460, or PSYC 507.
Prerequisite or Corequisite: one course from PSYC 400, PSYC 405, PSYC 450, PSYC 455, or PSYC 460.
PSYC 572  - Cognitive Psychology Laboratory  (3 Credits)  

Practice in the experimental techniques used in the study of cognitive psychology. Two lectures and one three-hour laboratory per week.

Prerequisite or Corequisite: PSYC 405.
PSYC 574  - Sensation and Perception Laboratory  (3 Credits)  

Concepts and principles in the study of sensation and perception in the laboratory. Two lectures and one three-hour laboratory per week.

Prerequisite or Corequisite: PSYC 450.
PSYC 575  - Developmental Psychology Laboratory  (3 Credits)  

Methods of observation and experimentation on human psychological development. Two lectures and one three-hour laboratory per week.

Prerequisites: PSYC 226 and PSYC 227.
Prerequisite or Corequisite: PSYC 420 or PSYC 520.
PSYC 580  - Intermediate Statistics for Psychologists  (3 Credits)  

Advanced analysis of the uses and applications of statistics to research in psychology, and interpretation of statistics in the psychological literature.

Prerequisites: B or better in PSYC 227.
PSYC 583  - Psychological Tests and Measurement  (3 Credits)  

Introduction to the theory and practice of measuring psychological attributes. Emphasis on test construction in a laboratory setting. Hands-on experience in designing, administering, and analyzing psychological tests and measures.

Prerequisites: B or better in PSYC 227 and PSYC 228.
PSYC 584  - History and Systems of Psychology  (3 Credits)  

Systematic approaches to psychology.

Prerequisites: 9 hours in psychology at 400 level or above.
PSYC 585  - Advanced General Psychology  (3 Credits)  

Review and integration of general principles of psychology. Primarily for students planning graduate study in psychology.

Prerequisites: 12 hours in psychology courses numbered above 300.
PSYC 589  - Selected Topics in Psychology  (3 Credits)  

Course content varies and will be announced in the schedule of classes by title.

PSYC 598  - Individual Research  (3 Credits)  

Planning and execution of supervised research in psychology. Approved contract required.

Prerequisites: 15 hours of psychology.
PSYC 599  - Individual Research  (3 Credits)  

Planning and execution of supervised research in psychology. Approved contract required.

Prerequisites: 15 hours of psychology.