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 may 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.

201 Research Methods & Statistics I
GER: HB (Empirical Study of Human Behavior)
Prerequisite: PSY-111
Introduction to the principles of science, research design, data collection with humans and/or animals, 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 & 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 humans and/or animals, 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 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 pro-social behavior. 4 credits.

213 Adulthood and Aging
GER: HB (Empirical Study of Human Behavior)
Prerequisite: PSY-111
Developmental changes associated with adulthood. Includes topics such as changes in memory functioning, physicality, care giving, 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-212
Applied research and practices in social psychology specific to organizational behavior. Topics covered include: personnel recruitment, performance appraisal, training, leadership, motivation, conflict resolution, strategic planning, development, ethics, and diversity issues. Project involving eight hours of on-site observation and/or participation in a local organization is required. 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.

311 Abnormal Psychology
Prerequisite: PSY-111 and one other course in psychology, BIO-222, or HSC-201
An introduction to the study of psychopathology. Topics include the definition, assessment, and classification of psychopathology; a survey of the types of disorders, their etiologies, symptoms, and treatments. 4 credits.

314 Psychometrics and Assessment
Prerequisite: PSY-202 or BIO-222
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 or BIO-222 and PSY-311
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 mental health-related career. 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
Examination of the research and theories of human memory and cognition. Topics include perception, attention, encoding and retrieval processes, forgetting, the nature of long-term memory, and decision-making. Experimental approaches to studying these topics will be discussed. Lab projects focus on experimental and statistical methods for studying and analyzing cognitive processes. 4 credits.

323 Animal Behavior
Prerequisite: PSY-202 or BIO-222
Comparative analyses of behavior among 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. Lab projects with birds, insects, mammals, fish, and reptiles emphasize the development of adaptive behaviors. 4 credits.

324 Learning
Prerequisite: PSY-202 or BIO-222
Introduction to the empirical facts and theories of animal and human learning. Historical perspective provided for the development of experimental approaches to learning. Topics include classical and instrumental conditioning, reinforcement, learning related to emotion and motivation, generalization, and discrimination. More recent cognitive emphases also considered. A research report is an important aspect of the course. 4 credits.

329 History and Systems of Psychology
Prerequisite: PSY-202 or BIO-222 and at least four other courses in psychology
Historical perspective on contemporary psychology. Various approaches to defining and studying psychology are analyzed in a seminar format. 4 credits.

402 Behavioral Neuroscience
Prerequisite: PSY-320
Advanced study of the relationship between the brain and behavior, including fundamental principles of neurobiology, neuroanatomy and neurochemistry/pharmacology, and application to complex problems in the field of behavioral neuroscience. Seminar discussion of current research in neuroscience, including genetics, mood disorders, drug abuse and cognition. Group and independent laboratory research required. 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. 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 and Practice
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, care giving, social networks and lifestyle. Group and independent research involving on- site observations and working directly with seniors will be required. 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.

503 Individualized Internship
Prerequisite: PSY-202 or BIO-222, at least one other course in psychology and instructor permission
Provides majors with experience in professional psychology. Interns complete a minimum of 25 hours per credit 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. Cannot contribute to major requirements. Pass-no pass only. Variable credit.

505 Structured Internship
Prerequisite: PSY-202 or BIO-222, at least one other course in psychology 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. Pass-no pass only. Variable credit.

509 Supervised Research
Prerequisite: PSY-202 or BIO-222 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. Must produce a written or oral summary of the research project. Does not contribute to major requirements. Variable credit. See the guidelines.

510 Thesis
Prerequisite: PSY-202 or BIO-222 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. See the guidelines.
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