Courses in Psychological Science (PSYS)

PSYS 001 - Intro to Psychological Science
Introduction to the entire field, emphasizing the behavior of the normal adult human being.
Credits: 3.00
PSYS 005 - Intro to Major in Psyc Science
Introduction to the profession of Psychological Science and preparation for success as a Psychological Science major at UVM. Enriches experience of PSYS 001.
Credits: 1.00
PSYS 053 - Research Methods
Basic course in principles of research methodology, including design and reporting. Prepares students to understand and evaluate psychological research in a variety of areas of psychology. Prerequisite: PSYS 001.
Credits: 0.00 to 3.00
PSYS 054 - Statistics for Psych Sci
Analysis of quantitative data in psychology. Calculation and interpretation of common statistical tests, including t-test, correlation, regression, chi-square, and ANOVA. Laboratory experiences. Prerequisite: PSYS 053.
Credits: 0.00 or 4.00
PSYS 095 - Special Topics
See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.
Credits: 1.00 to 18.00
PSYS 096 - Special Topics
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Credits: 1.00 to 18.00
PSYS 107 - Intro to Psycholinguistics
Psycholinguistics studies the cognitive processes involved in acquiring, understanding, and producing language. Speech perception, word recognition, and sentence processing are some of the topics covered. Prerequisite: LING 080 or PSYS 001. Cross-listed with: LING 171.
Credits: 3.00
PSYS 108 - Second Language Acquisition
This course explores first language influence, individual cognitive differences, and age in second language acquisition. The role of interaction, socialization, and identity are also considered. Prerequisite: LING 080 or PSYS 001. Cross-listed with: LING 177.
Credits: 3.00
PSYS 111 - Learning, Cognition & Behavior
Behavioral and cognitive principles underlying learning, memory, and action inside and outside the laboratory. Includes conditioning, motivation, biological constraints, and mechanism of remembering and forgetting. Prerequisite: PSYS 001.
Credits: 3.00
PSYS 115 - Biopsychology
Biological bases of behavior: classical and contemporary issues, including introduction to nervous system, behavioral effects of drugs, chemical bases of behavioral disorders. Prerequisites: PSYS 001 or BIOL 001.
Credits: 3.00
PSYS 130 - Social Psychology
An introduction to theory and research on the science of how one's situation influences individual thoughts, feelings, and behavior. Prerequisite: PSYS 001.
Credits: 3.00
PSYS 150 - Developmental Psych: Childhood
Survey of research and theories on child development from conception to adolescence emphasizing experimental analyses of early social and cognitive development. Prerequisite: PSYS 001.
Credits: 3.00
PSYS 170 - Abnormal Psychology
Describing and defining abnormal behavior; models of etiology; research evidence for biological and social models; methods of intervention and prevention. Prerequisite: PSYS 001.
Credits: 3.00
PSYS 195 - Intermediate Special Topics
Intermediate courses or seminars on topics beyond the scope of existing departmental offerings. See Schedule of Courses for specific titles. Prerequisite: PSYS 001.
Credits: 1.00 to 18.00
PSYS 196 - Intermediate Special Topics
Intermediate courses or seminars on topics beyond the scope of existing departmental offerings. See Schedule of Courses for specific titles. Prerequisite: PSYS 001.
Credits: 1.00 to 18.00
PSYS 197 - Supervised Rsrch Experience
Individual research under faculty supervision. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
Credits: 0.00 to 6.00
PSYS 198 - Supervised Rsrch Experience
Individual research under faculty supervision. Prerequisite: Instructor permission only.
Credits: 0.00 to 6.00
PSYS 211 - Learning
Analysis of theory and research on the basic learning process and behavior. Prerequisites: PSYS 053 and PSYS 111.
Credits: 3.00
PSYS 212 - Cognition
Research and theories on the major areas within cognition: perception, attention, pattern recognition, memory, knowledge representations, mnemonic strategies, problem-solving and neurocognition. Prerequisites: PSYS 053 and PSYS 110.
Credits: 3.00
PSYS 213 - Motivation
Theory and research on motives, including hunger, fear, sex drive, and addiction, their influence on behavior, relationship to other psychological processes, and biological correlates. Prerequisites: PSYS 053 and PSYS 111.
Credits: 3.00
PSYS 215 - Physiological Psychology
Structure and function of mammalian nervous system, emphasizing neurological correlates of sensory experience and perception. Individual laboratory experience. Prerequisites: PSYS 053; and PSYS 115 or NSCI 110.
Credits: 0.00 or 4.00
PSYS 216 - Psychopharmacology
Effects of drugs (both medical and recreational) on behavior. Topics such as drug effects on learning, memory, motivation, perception, emotions, and aggression. Prerequisites: PSYS 053; and PSYS 115 or NSCI 110.
Credits: 3.00
PSYS 217 - Animal Behavior
Behavior of animals under controlled experimental conditions and in their natural environments. Consideration of evolution, development, function, and control of behavior. Prerequisites: PSYS 053; and PSYS 111 or PSYS 115 or NSCI 110.
Credits: 3.00
PSYS 218 - Hormones and Behavior
A study of the involvement of hormones in cognition, emotion, the stress response, circadian and homeostatic mechanisms that affect mental state, psychopathology, and reproductive behavior. Prerequisites: PSYS 053 and PSYS 115.
Credits: 3.00
PSYS 219 - Sel Topics Behavioral Neurosci
Selected topics examining the role of the central nervous system in determining behavior, including innate behaviors, arousal, motivation, learning, and memory. Prerequisites: PSYS 053; and PSYS 115 or NSCI 110.
Credits: 3.00
PSYS 230 - Advanced Social Psychology
In-depth discussion of select topics centering on how situations influence individuals' thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Prerequisite: PSYS 053 and PSYS 130.
Credits: 3.00
PSYS 232 - Self and Social Cognition
An advanced course in social psychology that covers theory and research on the self and social cognition. Prerequisites: PSYS 053 and PSYS 130.
Credits: 3.00
PSYS 240 - Organizational Psychology
Study of the psychological impact of macro and micro features of organizations upon leadership, decision making, workforce diversity, group process, conflict, and organizational performances. Prerequisite: PSYS 053; and PSYS 111 or PSYS 130 or PSYS 150 or PSYS 170.
Credits: 3.00
PSYS 252 - Emotional Devlmt & Temperament
Development of emotion and temperament from infancy through middle childhood, including links between these topics and physiology, and context (e.g. attachment, parenting, family conflict). Prerequisites: PSYS 053 and PSYS 150.
Credits: 3.00
PSYS 253 - Cognitive Development
Examination of research and theory concerning developmental changes in the human processing of information from infancy to adulthood centered around the work of Piaget. Prerequisites: PSYS 053 and PSYS 150.
Credits: 3.00
PSYS 254 - Social Development
Examination of theory and research concerning interpersonal development in humans from infancy through adulthood. Emphasizes relationships among language, cognition, and social development. Prerequisites: PSYS 053 and PSYS 150.
Credits: 3.00
PSYS 255 - Psychology of Gender
Examines psychological theories, methods, and research about gender. Explores social, situational, individual, and biological explanations of gender similarities and differences and their development. Prerequisite: PSYS 111 or PSYS 115 or PSYS 130 or PSYS 150 or PSYS 170. Cross-listed with: GSWS 260.
Credits: 3.00
PSYS 256 - Infant Development
Biological, cognitive, and social aspects of infant development in context; opportunities to evaluate and design research and apply knowledge to parenting, prevention, and social policy. Prerequisites: PSYS 053 and PSYS 150.
Credits: 3.00
PSYS 257 - Adolescence
Analysis of current theory and research in adolescent development. Covers biological, cognitive, and social changes; family, peer, and school influences; and normative and problematic development. Prerequisites: PSYS 053 and PSYS 150.
Credits: 3.00
PSYS 258 - Psyc of Adult Develmt & Aging
Psychological development in the final third of the life span emphasizing theory and research concerning social, cognitive, perceptual, and mental health transitions and support interventions. Prerequisites: PSYS 001; and HDFS 020 or HDFS 195 or HDFS 295.
Credits: 3.00
PSYS 259 - Psychology of Families
An introduction to the theory and research in the study of families. Topics include dating, mate selection, adult attachment, marriage, parenting, divorce, single parenting, remarriage, and issues pertaining to race, ethnicity, and culture. Prerequisites: PSYS 053; and PSYS 150 or PSYS 170.
Credits: 3.00
PSYS 270 - Behav Disorders of Childhood
An overview of theory, research, and practice in developmental psychopathology from infancy through adolescence. The major disorders of social and emotional development reviewed. Prerequisites: PSYS 053; and PSYS 150 or PSYS 170.
Credits: 3.00
PSYS 271 - Intro to Clinical Psychology
Study of basic principles of interviewing, testing, assessment from life situations, and report writing. Examination of the most common approaches to psychotherapy. Prerequisites: PSYS 053 and PSYS 170.
Credits: 3.00
PSYS 274 - Advanced Behavior Change
This course covers theoretical background for behavioral interventions with children, practical applications, and case studies. Through an integration of these methods, students will develop a working knowledge of best practices for working with children with behavioral challenges. Prerequisites: PSYS 053 and PSYS 170.
Credits: 3.00
PSYS 279 - Intro to Health Psychology
Psychology of the cause, treatment, and prevention of physical illness and disability. Topics include: stress, health behavior, medical compliance, patient-provider relationships, coping with illness. Prerequisites: PSYS 053 and PSYS 170.
Credits: 3.00
PSYS 295 - Advanced Special Topics
See Schedule of Courses for specific titles. Prerequisites: PSYS 053; and PSYS 111 or PSYS 115 or PSYS 130 or PSYS 150 or PSYS 170.
Credits: 1.00 to 18.00
PSYS 296 - Advanced Special Topics
See Schedule of Courses for specific titles. Prerequisites: PSYS 053; and PSYS 111 or PSYS 115 or PSYS 130 or PSYS 150 or PSYS 170.
Credits: 1.00 to 18.00
PSYS 303 - Seminar in Psyc Research Meth
Topics may include but are not limited to: factor analysis, discriminant function analysis, multivariate analysis of variance, advanced experimental design, and computer application in data collection and analysis. Prerequisites: Psychology graduate standing and PSYS 304.
Credits: 3.00
PSYS 304 - Adv Statistical Methods I
Statistical methods for evaluating psychological data. Emphasizes exploring data with respect to research hypotheses. Critical study of hypothesis tests on means, chi-square, and correlational techniques. Prerequisite: Psychology or Neuroscience graduate standing only.
Credits: 3.00
PSYS 305 - Adv Statistical Methods II
Continuation of PSYS 304. In-depth study of the analysis of variance and multiple regression. Further study of analysis and interpretation of data from the behavioral sciences. Prerequisites: Psychology or Neuroscience graduate standing and PSYS 304.
Credits: 3.00
PSYS 306 - Analysis of Longitudinal Data
Statistical methods for the analysis of data collected over time, with an emphasis on linear mixed models (LMMs) in applied psychological research. Prerequisites: Psychology or Neuroscience graduate standing; and PSYS 304 and PSYS 305.
Credits: 3.00
PSYS 307 - Structural Equation Modeling
Introduction to confirmatory factor analysis, path analysis, and structural equation methods, with an emphasis on applied psychological research. Prerequisites: Psychology graduate standing; and PSYS 304 and PSYS 305.
Credits: 3.00
PSYS 311 - Seminar in Learning Theory
Review and analysis of contemporary theories of associative learning. Prerequisite: Psychology graduate standing only.
Credits: 3.00
PSYS 312 - Cognitive Neuroscience
Exploration of the neural bases of complex cognitive functions in humans, including memory, attention, executive functions, and consciousness, through a survey of recent journal articles. Prerequisite: Psychology or Neuroscience graduate standing only.
Credits: 3.00
PSYS 313 - Emotion
Analysis of research and theory on emotion from biological, psychological, cognitive, and psychosocial perspectives. Research literature considering clinical disorders of emotion will also be considered. Prerequisite: Psychology graduate standing only.
Credits: 3.00
PSYS 315 - Biobehavioral Proseminar
Advanced survey and analysis of behavioral and biological psychology, with special emphasis on learning theory and behavioral neuroscience. Prerequisite: Psychology and Neuroscience graduate standing only.
Credits: 3.00
PSYS 316 - Neuropsychopharmacology
Explores the foundations of behavior by examining the role of neurotransmitters, neuromodulators, and drugs in the production of normal and abnormal behavior. Prerequisite: Psychology or Neuroscience graduate standing only.
Credits: 3.00
PSYS 319 - Neurobio of Learning & Memory
Exploration of the neural bases of learning and memory, using a brain systems approach, through a survey of recent journal articles. Prerequisite: Psychology or Neuroscience graduate standing only.
Credits: 3.00
PSYS 320 - Animal Minds
Examination of historical and modern scientific research literature on cognition as it is represented in the behavior of animals. Considers evolutionary, behavioristic, and cognitive perspectives. Prerequisite: Psychology or Neuroscience graduate standing only.
Credits: 3.00
PSYS 330 - Proseminar in Exp Social Psych
Advanced analysis of experimental social psychology, including examination of social psychological theories, methods, and key research findings. Prerequisite: Psychology graduate standing only.
Credits: 3.00
PSYS 332 - Cognition in Social Behavior
Examination of social attribution, interpersonal set, perspectives in social encounter, and the formulation of interpersonal strategies. Prerequisite: Psychology graduate standing only.
Credits: 3.00
PSYS 350 - Developmental Proseminar
This seminar focuses on key issues in developmental psychology, including an examination and critique of psychological theories, methods, and research in child and adolescent development. Prerequisite: Psychology graduate standing only.
Credits: 3.00
PSYS 351 - Advanced Developmental Psyc
Critical analysis of selected topics in developmental psychology with emphasis on research and theory in areas such as moral development, infancy, and early conceptual development. Prerequisite: Psychology graduate standing only.
Credits: 3.00
PSYS 354 - Social Development
This course will include an examination and critique of psychological theories, methods, and research about social development from infancy through young adulthood. Prerequisite: Psychology graduate standing only.
Credits: 3.00
PSYS 361 - Developmental Psychopathology
Provides an overview of theoretical, methodological, and analytic approaches in developmental psychopathology. Prerequisite: Psychology graduate standing only.
Credits: 3.00
PSYS 370 - Child Psychopathology
An advanced course dealing with models of classification, diagnosis, epidemiology of behavior disorders in children. Prerequisite: Psychology graduate standing only.
Credits: 3.00
PSYS 371 - Adult Psychopathology
An advanced course dealing with models of classification, diagnosis, epidemiology of behavior disorders in adults. Prerequisite: Psychology graduate standing only.
Credits: 3.00
PSYS 372 - Child & Adolescent Psyc Assess
Interviewing, intelligence testing, behavioral assessment, social cognition, family environments, specific disorders of childhood. Supervised assessment practicum (100 hours) in in-patient and out-patient mental health settings and schools. Prerequisite: Psychology graduate standing only.
Credits: 0.00 or 3.00
PSYS 373 - Adult Psychological Assessment
Theories and strategies of psychological intervention. Supervised service delivery (150 hours) at University Counseling and Testing Center including individual and group therapy and crisis intervention. Prerequisite: Psychology graduate standing only.
Credits: 0.00 or 3.00
PSYS 374 - Behavior Therapy: Children
Review of literature relating to theory, practice, research. Emphasis on the evaluation of a variety of procedures applied to behavior disorders in children. Prerequisite: Psychology graduate standing only.
Credits: 3.00
PSYS 375 - Adult Cognitive & Behav Thrpy
Review of literature relating to theory, practice, research. Emphasis on the evaluation of a variety of procedures applied to behavior disorders in adults. Prerequisite: Psychology graduate standing only.
Credits: 3.00
PSYS 376 - Cross Culture Clin Interv/Rsrc
Issues for psychologists regarding clinical intervention and research with Black, Latino/a, Native American, Asian American, and international populations of color with an eye toward cultural competence. Prerequisite: Psychology graduate standing only.
Credits: 3.00
PSYS 377 - Clinical Human Neuropsychology
Clinical seminar on effects on human behavior of neocortical dysfunction. Review of theoretical, clinical approaches to brain function, emphasis on recent developments in diagnostic techniques, ensuing theoretical developments. Prerequisite: Psychology graduate standing only.
Credits: 3.00
PSYS 380 - Professional Affairs & Ethics
The origins of professions and of psychology in particular. Accreditation, laws affecting psychology, organization of the profession, licensing certification, and the code of ethics for psychology. Prerequisite: Psychology graduate standing only.
Credits: 3.00
PSYS 385 - Advanced Clinical Practicum
Year-long, 20 hours/week supervised service delivery involving psychological intervention assessment and consultation. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Psychology graduate standing only.
Credits: 0.00 to 1.00
PSYS 389 - Internship in Clinical Psyc
Clinical psychology internship experience. Prerequisite: Psychology graduate standing only.
Credits: 0.00
PSYS 390 - Contemporary Topics
Selected topics in depth; emphasis on critical analysis of original literature. Prerequisite: Psychology graduate standing only.
Credits: 3.00
PSYS 391 - Master's Thesis Research
Research leading toward completion of the master's thesis. Prerequisite: Psychology graduate standing only.
Credits: 1.00 to 18.00
PSYS 393 - Adv Professional/Research Sem
Discussion of current research and student research presentation in areas of concentration ("clusters"). Prerequisite: Psychology graduate standing only.
Credits: 1.00 to 2.00
PSYS 395 - Advanced Readings/Research
Readings, with conferences, to provide graduate students with background and specialized knowledge relating to an area in which an appropriate course is not offered. Prerequisite: Psychology graduate standing only.
Credits: 1.00 to 6.00
PSYS 396 - Advanced Special Topics
See Schedule of Courses for specific titles. Prerequisites: Psychology Graduate Standing Only; Instructor permission.
Credits: 1.00 to 18.00
PSYS 491 - Doctoral Dissertation Research
Research leading toward completion of the doctoral dissertation. Prerequisite: Psychology graduate standing only.
Credits: 1.00 to 18.00