Course Descriptions Psychology Furman University

111 General Psychology
GER: HB (Empirical Study of Human Behavior)
Comprehensive introduction to psychology as a behavioral science through a survey of historical, empirical, and theoretical perspectives of psychological research. Topics include: biological bases of behavior, development, learning, personality, cognition, perception, motivation, behavior disorders, and social psychology. Students must either participate in research projects or write summaries of published research articles. 4 credits.

150 Psychology in the Archives
The history of psychology through archival fieldwork. Students will create an online exhibit that showcases a key researcher or concept from the history of psychology based on information gathered from archives. May Experience ONLY. May Experience ONLY. 2 credits.

152 Discovering Psychology's European Roots
Study the history of psychology by visiting the original laboratories and cultures that gave rise to the discipline. Includes the culture and historical context influencing early psychological theories and the relevance of these theories for contemporary psychology. May Experience ONLY. 2 credits.

201 Research Methods and Statistics I
GER: HB (Empirical Study of Human Behavior)
Prerequisite: PSY-111
Introduction to the principles of science, research design, data collection with animals and/or humans, statistical analysis, and scientific writing. Designed to acquaint students with the scientific methods used to study behavior; covers the fundamental methodological, statistical, and writing skills necessary for most advanced psychology courses. Lab work, computer analysis of data, and written reports of laboratory projects are integral to the course. 4 credits.

202 Research Methods and Statistics II
Prerequisite: PSY-201 (enrolled consecutively in the same semester)
Continuation of first research methods and statistics course. Introduction to the principles of science, research design, data collection with animals and humans, statistical analysis, and scientific writing. Designed to acquaint students with the scientific methods used to study behavior; covers the fundamental methodological, statistical, and writing skills necessary for most advanced psychology courses. Lab work, computer analysis of data, and written reports of laboratory projects are integral to the course. 4 credits.

211 Childhood and Adolescence
GER: HB (Empirical Study of Human Behavior)
Prerequisite: PSY-111
The psychological principles and processes of human development from conception through adolescence. Theory and empirical research related to physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development are reviewed. A student may not enroll in both EDU-120 and PSY-211. A student may not receive credit for both EDU-120 and PSY-211. 4 credits.

212 Social Psychology
GER: HB (Empirical Study of Human Behavior)
Prerequisite: PSY-111
Study of individual human behavior as it affects and is affected by other people. Topics include the self, attitudes, group dynamics, prejudice, interpersonal attraction, impression formation, attribution, aggression, and prosocial behavior. 4 credits.

213 Adulthood and Aging
GER: HB (Empirical Study of Human Behavior)
Prerequisite: PSY-111
Developmental changes across adulthood. Includes topics such as changes in memory functioning, physicality, caregiving, and socio-emotional processing. Selected topics related to atypical aging, such as Alzheimer's disease and living to be a centenarian will also be addressed. 4 credits.

214 Health Psychology
Prerequisite: PSY-111
Issues of health and illness from a biopsychosocial perspective. Examining how the body responds to stress, the role of personality, social relationships, coping and socio-economic status in health and chronic disease. Students will conduct a term-long personal health behavior project. 4 credits.

215 Organizational Psychology
Prerequisite: PSY-111
An introduction to the study of industrial and organizational psychology, major techniques and initiatives employed by those in the field, and the challenges facing organizations and leaders today and in the future. Topics include job analysis, job evaluation, legal issues in employee selection, recruiting, interviewing, references and testing, employee performance, job satisfaction, work motivation, leadership development, group behavior, teamwork, and work-life balance. 4 credits.

216 Personality
Prerequisite: PSY-111
Study of the major theories of personality that have provided the historical groundwork and perspective for current personality research. Topics include psychoanalytic, trait, cognitive, behavioral, and humanistic theories. Students will learn about different personality theories and how they are tested empirically, become familiar with different methodologies for studying personality, and better understand what personality is and the role it plays in our lives. 4 credits.

218 Abnormal Psychology
Prerequisite: PSY-111
An introduction to the study of psychopathology. Topics include the definition of mental illness, classification of psychopathology, a survey of the types of disorders, their etiologies, epidemiology and symptoms. 4 credits.

314 Psychometrics and Assessment
Prerequisite: PSY-202 or BIO-222 and PSY-111
An introduction to the psychometric principles of test construction and test use and to the theories and methods of psychological assessment. 4 credits.

318 Clinical Psychology
Prerequisite: PSY-202, BIO-222 or HSC-201 and PSY-218
Advanced study of how clinical psychologists assess, diagnose, and treat psychopathology. Topics include historical basis of clinical psychology, evidence-based assessments and treatments, ethics and multicultural competency, and professional training and practice. Designed for upper-level students considering a career in mental health or some other health-related field. 4 credits.

320 Introduction to Biopsychology
GER: NWL (Empirical Study of the Natural World with laboratory)
Prerequisite: PSY-202 or BIO-222
Study of the biological bases of behavior. Appropriate for all majors, particularly those with potential interest in neuroscience or neuropsychology. Fundamentals of brain structure (gross and fine anatomy)
and function (neurophysiology and chemical transmission). Overview of sensory systems from peripheral to central processing, including perception. Study of motor pathways and diseases of movement. Introduction to human neuropsychology, motivation, mood, memory and cognition. Lab projects focus on neuroanatomy and sensory systems. 4 credits.

321 Psychopharmacology
Prerequisite: PSY-320
An introduction to the mechanisms of drug action, effects, use and abuse. General topics include principles of pharmacology, neural substrates underlying drug addiction, and the therapeutic use of drugs for mental function. 4 credits.

322 Memory and Cognition
Prerequisite: PSY-202 or BIO-222 and PSY-111
Examination of the research and theories of human memory and cognition. Topics include perception, attention, working memory, getting information into and out of long-term memory, forgetting, imagery, and problem-solving. Experimental approaches to studying these topics will be discussed. Lab projects focus on experimental methods for studying cognitive processes. 4 credits.

323 Animal Behavior
Prerequisite: PSY-202 or BIO-222
Comparative analyses of behavior in a variety of nonhuman species. Evolutionary theory is emphasized in the study of social behavior, aggression, reproductive and parental behavior, territoriality, predator-prey relationships, and other topics. 4 credits.

324 Learning
Prerequisite: PSY-202 or BIO-222 and PSY-111
Introduction to the study of learning, emphasizing laboratory research of Pavlovian and instrumental conditioning in mostly nonhuman species. Topics include reinforcement, extinction, stimulus control of behavior, avoidance, punishment, cognitive animal processes, and application of basic research to human behavior. 4 credits.

327 Functional Neuroanatomy
Prerequisite: PSY-320
The anatomy of the brain and spinal cord, and how the structure of the central nervous system supports functions including homeostasis, perception, action, and cognition. Hands-on, interactive activities and student-centered learning. 4 credits.

403 Perspectives on Self and Identity
Prerequisite: PSY-212 and PSY-202 or BIO-222
Advanced study of current and classic research on the self, particularly the processes involved in maintaining positive self-views. Topics may include the biases inherent in attributions, memories, and self-assessments, and the possible drawbacks associated with such biases. Read and discuss primary literature. Taught in seminar format. 4 credits.

404 Autism
Prerequisite: PSY-211 and PSY-202 or BIO-222
Historical and contemporary theory and scientific research related to autism are examined. Areas of focus include biological and environmental underpinnings of the disorder, aspects of cognition and social development that are affected, and current interventions. An important part of the course is discussion with area experts who specialize in autism. 4 credits.

413 Current Topics in Aging: Research & Prac tice
Prerequisite: PSY-202 and PSY-213
This seminar requires students to read and discuss primary literature on current issues in the study of Adulthood and Aging. Topics may include memory, everyday problem solving, communication, caregiving, social networks and lifestyle. Group and independent research involving on-site observations and working directly with seniors will be required. Group and independent research involving onsite observations and working directly with seniors will be required. 4 credits.

414 The Sleeping Brain
Prerequisite: PSY-320
Why do we sleep? In this seminar course, students explore theories of the cognitive function of sleep through reading and discussion of primary source scientific literature, culminating in the development of a research paper on a topic of students' choosing. 4 credits.

415 Placebo Effect
Prerequisite: BIO-222, HSC-201 or PSY-202. PSY-214 Health Psychology recommended, but not required. PSY-214 Advanced seminar consisting of student-led presentations and class discussions based on literature reviews and empirical journal articles. We will seek to understand the placebo response- why people sometimes derive real benefits from an inert treatment or procedure. Students will design an original empirical test of a placebo-related hypothesis and submit a APA-style manuscript proposing their study. 4 credits.

418 Eating Disorders and Obesity
Prerequisite: PSY-202, BIO-222, HSC-201 and PSY-218
Advanced study of eating disorders and obesity. Topics include clinical and subclinical eating disorders, obesity, diagnostic criteria, etiology, risk, preventive, and maintenance factors with an emphasis on prevention and treatment. Students will lead discussions, write a research proposal, present their research to the class, as well as engage in eating disorder prevention efforts in the community as part of an application lab. 4 credits.

450 Advanced Research Techniques
Prerequisite: PSY-202
An introduction to and preparation for independent research in a specific sub-field of psychology . Topics include specialized research methodologies, advanced statistics, oral and written communication of research findings, and ethics. A literature review, research proposal and oral presentation. May Experience ONLY. 2 credits.

451 Sleep and EEG Research Methods
Prerequisite: PSY-202 or BIO-222
Students learn the fundamentals of EEG data collection and analysis through a mixture of instruction and hands-on experience. During the second half of the course, students will work together in small groups to design, execute, and analyze data from a simple EEG experiment. May Experience ONLY. 2 credits.

503 Individualized Internship
Prerequisite: PSY-111 and instructor permission
Provides majors with experience in professional psychology. Interns complete a minimum of 100 hours (4 credits) or 50 hours (2 credits) of on-site activities related to internship objectives, complete a comprehensive paper, participate in scheduled seminar meetings, and have individual meetings with their faculty and on-site supervisors. Must be enrolled pass-fail and cannot be included in the ten course psychology major. Graded on a pass-no pass basis. Cannot contribute to major requirements. Pass-no pass only. Variable credit.

505 Structured Internship
Prerequisite: PSY-111 and instructor permission
Provides majors with experience in mental-health fields. Students develop objectives for the internship experience, read relevant literature, complete a comprehensive paper, submit weekly reflective summaries of their internship activities, participate in biweekly seminar meetings, and present on their internship experience. Interns complete a minimum of 35 hours of site work per academic credit. Graded on a pass-no pass basis. Interns complete a minimum of 35 hours of site work per academic credit. Pass-no pass only. Variable credit.

509 Supervised Research
Prerequisite: PSY-202 or BIO-222 and PSY-111 and instructor permission
Participation in all or several phases of the research process, including literature review, research design, creation of materials and stimuli, data collection, data entry, and data analysis and interpretation. Mut produce a written or oral summary of the research project. Does not contribute to the 10 course major. May be retaken for credit. Does not contribute to major requirements. Variable credit.

510 Thesis
Prerequisite: PSY-202 or BIO-222 and PSY-111 and instructor permission
Conduct original research under the supervision of a three-person committee (chaired by the supervising faculty member). A proposal, research paper and an oral presentation are required. May contribute only once to major requirements. 4 credits.‚Äč

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