University of Vermont

UVM Course Directory

Term: Fall 2019

Subject: Psychological Science

PSYS 001 - Intro to Psychological Science

Introduction to the entire field, emphasizing the behavior of the normal adult human being.

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.

PSYS 095 - Special Topics

See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

PSYS 190 - Internship

On-site supervised work experience combined with a structured academic learning plan directed by a faculty member or a faculty-staff team in which a faculty member is the instructor of record, for which academic credit is awarded. Will include an in-class component. Offered at department discretion.

PSYS 191 - Teaching Assistantship

Undergraduate student service as a teaching assistant, usually in an introductory level course in the discipline, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.

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.

PSYS 198 - Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate student work on individual or small team research projects under the supervision of a faculty member, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion. Prerequisite: Instructor permission only.

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 054 and PSYS 111.

PSYS 214 - Adv Cognitive Neuroscience

Cognitive Neuroscience studies thinking processes (e.g., attention, memory, problem solving) by investigating brain function. Focuses on dominant theories and relevant empirical data including a focus on non-invasive brain imaging of humans. Prerequisites: PSYS 053; PSYS 111 or PSYS 115 or NSCI 111.

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; PSYS 115 or NSCI 111.

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; PSYS 115 or NSCI 111.

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; PSYS 115 or NSCI 110 or NSCI 111.

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.

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.

PSYS 268 - Fit Kids Applied Research

Covers the science and practice of using structured physical activity to promote better school readiness, performance, and adjustment in young children. Students will learn how to implement age-appropriate physical activity in the context of a combined service learning/research experience. Prerequisites: PSYS 001 or EDSP 005 or EDEC 001;Junior Standing; Instructor Permission.

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.

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.

PSYS 281 - Advanced Fit Kids: Applied Res

Mentorship and close supervision for advanced students serving as on-site supervisors for a structured physical activity curriculum in local schools. Also provides in-depth critical discussion of research on use of physical activity to promote school adaptation. Prerequisites: PSYS 268 or PSYS 269; Instructor permission.

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.

PSYS 300 - History of Psychology

Review of major theoretical and empirical developments in psychology, including schools of psychology that have influenced contemporary models of psychology. Prerequisite: Psychology graduate standing only.

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: Psychological Science or Neuroscience Graduate standing only.

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.

PSYS 371 - Adult Psychopathology

An advanced course dealing with models of classification, diagnosis, epidemiology of behavior disorders in adults. Prerequisite: Psychology graduate standing only.

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.

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.

PSYS 389 - Internship in Clinical Psyc

Clinical psychology internship experience. Prerequisite: Psychology graduate standing only.

PSYS 391 - Master's Thesis Research

Research leading toward completion of the master's thesis. Prerequisite: Psychology graduate standing only.

PSYS 393 - Adv Professional/Research Sem

Discussion of current research and student research presentation in areas of concentration ("clusters"). Prerequisite: Psychology graduate standing only.

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.

PSYS 396 - Advanced Special Topics

See Schedule of Courses for specific titles. Prerequisites: Psychology Graduate Standing Only; Instructor permission.

PSYS 491 - Doctoral Dissertation Research

Research leading toward completion of the doctoral dissertation. Prerequisite: Psychology graduate standing only.