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Courses

PSY-B 110 Introduction to Psychology

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: This foundational course introduces students to psychology as a systematic and scientific way to think about the biological and social aspects of behavior and mental processes. Topics include Research Methods, Behavioral Neuroscience, Sensation/Perception, Learning, Memory, Cognition and Language, Motivation/Emotion, Personality, Social, Stress and Health, Psychological Disorders and Treatment, and Life-span Development.
  • Prerequisites: Consent of instructor
  • Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Course Equivalent: IU PSY-P 155 and PU PSY 12000

PSY-B 201 Foundations of Neuroscience

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: An introduction to neuroscience that explores how our brains develop, how they work, and how they are changed by life experiences. Topics include neural communication, localization of brain function, neural systems, and control of behavior.
  • Prerequisites: B110 or equivalent, or BIOL-K 101, or BIOL K102

PSY-B 203 Ethics and Diversity in Psychology

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: This course introduces students to values and professional issues in psychology, with an emphasis on ethics and diversity. Students will learn to recognize the importance of ethical behavior in all aspects of science and practice of psychology and that sociocultural factors and personal biases may shape research and practice.
  • Prerequisites: PSY-B110 or equivalent
  • Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

PSY-B 252 Topics in Psychology

  • Credit Hours: 1-3
  • Course Summary: Topics in psychology and interdisciplinary applications. May be repeated, provided different topics are studied, for a maximum of 4 credit hours.
  • Prerequisites: PSY-B110 or equivalent

PSY-B 292 Readings and Research in Psychology

  • Credit Hours: 1-3
  • Course Summary: Independent readings and research on psychology problems. For freshmen and sophomores only. Students must identify a mentor before registering for this course.
    • Step 1: Learn about the research going on in the department and beyond and identify two or three areas that interest you.
      • Visit faculty web pages to learn about their fields of interest.
      • Talk to your advisor.
      • Talk to other students and your TA's about their research.
      • Look at the posters in the hallways of the department.
    • Step 2: Contact two or three faculty members and ask for an appointment to discuss their research and the possibility of an undergrad position on their team. If you don't hear back within a few weeks, send another email or drop by their office. If that particular professor is not interested or does not have time to mentor you, don't give up! Try another professor, or ask whether he or she has a graduate student that may need assistance with a thesis or dissertation project.
  • Prerequisites: Consent of instructor
  • Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

PSY-B 303 Career Planning for Psychology Majors

  • Credit Hours: 1
  • Course Summary: Students will explore careers, practice job search skills, and learn about graduate and professional school application processes. Students will utilize resources across campus and in psychology, map an academic and co-curricular plan, and develop an understanding of how knowledge gained from the discipline of psychology can be integrated into their career.
  • Prerequisites: PSY-B110 or equivalent and Sophomore status or above.
  • Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Course Equivalent: IU PSY-P 199

PSY-B 305 Statistics

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: Introduction to basic statistical concepts; descriptive statistics and inferential statistics. Introduction to data analytic software.
  • Prerequisites: PSY B110 or equivalent and three (3) credit hours of mathematics that carry School of Science credit
  • Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Course Equivalent: IU PSY-K 300, PSY-K 310, and PU PSY 20100

PSY-B 307 Tests and Measurement

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: Overview of statistical foundations of psychological measurement (e.g., test development, norms, reliability, validity). Survey of commonly used assessment instruments (e.g., intelligence/aptitude, personality, academic achievement tests) and applications of psychological testing in different settings (e.g., clinical, industrial/ organizational, school, forensic/legal settings). Recommended for students considering graduate training in clinical, industrial/organizational, school, or related areas of psychology.
  • Prerequisites: PSY B110 or equivalent and B305
  • Semester(s) Offered: Spring
  • Course Equivalent: IU PSY-P 336 and PU PSY 20200

PSY-B 310 Life Span Development

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: Emphasizes the life span perspective of physical and motor, intellectual and cognitive, language, social and personality, and sexual development. Commonalities across the life span, as well as differences among the various segments of the life span, are examined. Theory, research, and practice applications are stressed equally.
  • Prerequisites: PSY-B110 or equivalent
  • Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Course Equivalent: PU PSY 23000

PSY-B 311 Research Methods in Psychology

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: Introduction to the science of psychology and to the basic research methods that psychologists use to study thoughts, feelings, and behavior. Topics include measurement, research design (descriptive, correlational, experimental), scientific writing, and ethical issues. By the end of the course, you should be ready to design and analyze your own research.
  • Prerequisites: PSY B110 or equivalent and B305.
  • Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Course Equivalent: IU PSY-P 211 and PU PSY 20300

PSY-B 320 Behavioral Neuroscience

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: This course focuses on how behavior emerges from the organ that produces it, the brain. Topics include evolution and anatomy of the brain, neurophysiology, how brain networks function, and what happens to behavior when the brain has problems. A better understanding of structure-function relationships within the central and peripheral nervous system will be achieved through examples from human neuropsychology and animal behavior. Psychology majors should take B320 unless they plan to also major or minor in neuroscience; those students need to take the PSY-B201/PSY-B301 sequence.  Credit given for only one of B301 or B320.
  • Prerequisites: PSY-B110 or equivalent
  • Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Course Equivalent: IU PSY-P 326 and PU PSY 22200

PSY-B 322 Introduction to Clinical Psychology

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: A survey of various aspects of the practice of clinical psychology from a scientist-practitioner perspective. Aspects of the historical framework of clinical psychology will be discussed. In addition, various aspects of the present state of clinical psychology will be covered in addition to directions for the future.
  • Prerequisites: PSY-B110 or equivalent

PSY-B 334 Perception

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: Consideration of the concepts and research in perception. Relation of sense organ systems to human behavior. Some attention to social and cultural factors.
  • Prerequisites: Three (3) credit hours of introductory psychology
  • Course Equivalent: IU PSY-P 329 and PU PSY 31000

PSY-B 340 Cognition

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: A survey of information processing theories from historical antecedents through current theories. Research methodology and theory will be emphasized throughout the discussion of issues such as perception, attention, memory, reasoning, and problem solving.
  • Prerequisites: PSY-B110 or equivalent
  • Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring
  • Course Equivalent: IU PSY-P 335 and PU PSY 20000

PSY-B 344 Learning

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: History, theory, and research involving human and animal learning and cognitive processes.
  • Prerequisites: PSY-B110 or equivalent
  • Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring
  • Course Equivalent: IU PSY-P 325 and PU PSY 31400
  • Course Documents: B344 Course Syllabus, Fall 2012, Goodlett

PSY-B 346 Theories of Personality

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: Methods and results of the scientific study of personality, including the development, structure, and functioning of the normal personality.
  • Prerequisites: PSY-B110 or equivalent
  • Semester(s) Offered: Fall
  • Course Equivalent: IUPUI PSY-B 424, IU PSY-P 319 and PU PSY 42000

PSY-B 356 Motivation

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: Study of motivational processes in human and animal behavior, how needs and incentives influence behavior, and how motives change and develop.
  • Prerequisites: PSY-B110 or equivalent
  • Semester(s) Offered: Spring
  • Course Equivalent: IU PSY-P 327 and PU PSY 33300

PSY-B 358 Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: This course surveys various aspects of behavior in work situations using the scientist-practitioner perspective. Traditional areas covered from personnel psychology include selection, training, and performance appraisal; areas surveyed from organizational psychology include leadership, motivation, and job satisfaction.
  • Prerequisites: PSY-B110 or equivalent
  • Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring
  • Course Equivalent: IU PSY-P 323 and PU PSY 37200

PSY-B 360 Child and Adolescent Psychology

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: Development of behavior in infancy, childhood, and adolescence, including sensory and motor development and processes such as learning, motivation, and socialization.
  • Prerequisites: PSY-B110 or equivalent
  • Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Course Equivalent: IU PSY-P316 and PU PSY 23500
  • Additional Information: This course is offered online only.

PSY-B 365 Health Psychology

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: This course will familiarize students with the study of physical health within the field of psychology. Topics include the relationship between stress and health, health promotion, health behaviors, chronic illness, and the patient-physician relationship. Research methods in health psychology as well as major theories underlying the field will be examined and evaluated. Psychological variables related to physical health will be examined within the framework of these theories. Practical application of constructs will be emphasized through activities and writing assignments.
  • Prerequisites: PSY-B110 or equivalent
  • Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Additional Information: Online only in Spring and Summer

PSY-B 370 Social Psychology

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: Study of the individual in social situations including socialization, social perception, social motivation, attitudes, social roles, and small group behavior.
  • Prerequisites: PSY-B110 or equivalent
  • Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Course Equivalent: IU PSY-P 320 and PU PSY 24000

PSY-B 375 Psychology and Law

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: This course provides an overview of the U.S. legal system from a behavioral science perspective. Topics include: careers in psychology and law; theories of crime; police investigations and interrogations; eyewitness accuracy; jury decision-making; sentencing; assessing legal competence; insanity and dangerousness; and the psychology of victims.
  • Prerequisites: PSY-B110 or equivalent

 

PSY-B 376 The Psychology of Women

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: A survey of topics in psychology as related to the biological, social, and psychological development of women in modern society.
  • Prerequisites: PSY-B110 or equivalent
  • Semester(s) Offered: Fall
  • Course Equivalent: IU PSY-P 460 and PU PSY 23900

PSY-B 380 Abnormal Psychology

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: Various forms of mental disorders with emphasis on cause, development, treatment, prevention, and interpretation.
  • Prerequisites: PSY-B110 or equivalent
  • Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Course Equivalent: IU PSY-P 324 and PU PSY 35000

PSY-B 386 Introduction to Counseling

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: This course will help students acquire a repertoire of basic counseling interview skills and strategies and expose students to specific helping techniques. This will be an activity-based course and students will enhance the general-education goals of listening and problem solving.
  • Prerequisites: PSY-B110 or equivalent
  • Semester(s) Offered: Spring

PSY-B 394 Drugs and Behavior

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: An introduction to psychopharmacology, the study of drugs that affect behavior, cognitive functioning, and emotions, with an emphasis on drugs of abuse. The course will explore how drugs alter brain function and the consequent effects, as well as the long-term consequences of drug exposure.
  • Prerequisites: PSY-B110 or equivalent
  • Semester(s) Offered: Spring
  • Course Equivalent: PU PSY 42800

PSY-B 396 Alcoholism and Drug Abuse

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: Introduction to the use and abuse of alcohol and other psychoactive drugs. Topics include theories of alcohol and other drug use, neurobiology, and the factors that influence use, abuse, and addiction. Addiction assessment, recovery, treatment, relapse, and prevention are also covered.
  • Prerequisites: PSY-B110 or equivalent
  • Course Equivalent: PU PSY 42800

PSY-B 398 Brain Mechanisms of Behavior

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: An advanced topical survey of the neurobiological basis of behavior, focusing on the neural substrates and the cellular and neurochemical processes underlying emotions, motivation and goal-directed behavior, hedonic experience, learning, and cognitive function. Integrates experimental research across different levels of analysis (genetic, molecular, cellular, neural systems).
  • Prerequisites: B320
  • Semester(s) Offered: Spring

PSY-B 422 Professional Practice

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: For students who have applied for and are approved to be a Peer Advisor in the Psychology Advising Office or have been approved to be a Teaching Assistant for a psychology course. Faculty or staff must approve and oversee activity. Registration is by permission only. (due each year by the Friday, April 14, 2017)
  • Prerequisites: consent of instructor
  • Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Course Documents: Peer Advisor Scholarship Description and Application

PSY-B 433 Capstone Laboratory in Psychology

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: This advanced research course builds on the skills and knowledge students have acquired during their undergraduate education that will enable them to conduct a research project in a specialized area of psychology in order to further develop and consolidate their understanding of psychology as a science. Fall: Neuroscience majors only. Spring: Psychology majors
  • Prerequisites: B305, B311, and at least two 300-level PSY foundation courses
  • Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring

PSY-B 452 Seminar in Psychology

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: Topics in psychology and interdisciplinary applications. May be repeated, provided different topics are studied, for a maximum of 6 credit hours. Spring 2013 offering: Psychology of Mental Health and Recovery. Staying healthy, and recovering one's mental health (e.g., after illness, substance abuse, life stressors), require specific knowledge, skills, and supports.  Effectivestrategies to manage mental health will be taught through a combination of didactic material and experiential exercises based on research findings.   Topics include: setting meaningful life goals, understanding the relationship between stress and health, identifying problematic symptoms, using medications, social support, and coping strategies effectively, managing substance abuse, preventing relapses, and getting needs met through the mental health system.
  • Prerequisites: Three (3) credit hours of introductory psychology or consent of instructor

PSY-B 454 Capstone Seminar in Psychology

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: Students will learn to integrate key themes in Psychology using critical thinking skills, including  topics in psychology and interdisciplinary applications, which have been approved to fulfill the capstone course requirement.
  • Prerequisites: B305, B311, and at least two 300-level PSY foundation courses.
  • Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

PSY-B 456 Capstone Service Learning in Psychology

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: The primary goal of the course is to provide an opportunity for students to integrate and apply the content and discipline-specific ways of thinking from their program of study within the context of service learning. This course is designed to connect service experiences, psychology content knowledge, and critical reflection. As such, community engagement is enhanced, academic concepts are more deeply understood, and personal growth is facilitated. RISE designation: Significant Time in Organized Community Service.
  • Prerequisites: B305, B311, and at least two 300-level PSY foundation courses. 
  • Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring

PSY-B 482 Capstone Practicum in Clinical Psychology

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: Students are placed in a clinical/community setting and gain applied practicum experience working with individuals who have psychological, medical, and/or physical health problems. Relevant multicultural issues will be addressed. Fulfills the "E" requirement of the RISE Challenge. For more information, please review the following document:  Application for Capstone Clinical Psy (due each year by the first Friday in April)
  • Prerequisites: B305, B311, B386, and consent of instructor
  • Semester(s) Offered: Fall

PSY-B 492 Readings and Research in Psychology

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: Gain hands-on research experience in a research lab or with an independent research project mentored by an instructor in the psychology department. For highly motivated students who are planning to attend graduate school or work in a field that requires a solid foundation in research. Projects need to be pre-arranged with faculty and registration is by permission only.
    • Step 1: Learn about the research going on in the department and beyond and identify two or three areas that interest you.
      • Visit faculty web pages to learn about their fields of interest.
      • Talk to your advisor.
      • Talk to other students and your TA's about their research.
      • Look at the posters in the hallways of the department.
    • Step 2: Contact two or three faculty members and ask for an appointment to discuss their research and the possibility of an undergrad position on their team. If you don't hear back within a few weeks, send another email or drop by their office. If that particular professor is not interested or does not have time to mentor you, don't give up! Try another professor, or ask whether he or she has a graduate student that may need assistance with a thesis or dissertation project.
  • Prerequisites: PSY-B110 or equivalent
  • Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Course Equivalent: IU PSY- P 495 and PU PSY 39000 and 39100

PSY-B 499 Capstone Honors Research

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: Independent readings and research resulting in a research paper. Students apply in April for the following academic year. The Capstone Honors Research option is intended to serve advanced students who desire to work closely with a faculty member on an individual research project that will culminate in an honors thesis that fulfills the capstone graduation requirement. In the course of this year-long experience, you will learn how psychological research is conducted from start to finish, you will develop a close relationship with a faculty mentor who can serve as one of your primary references for future letters of recommendation, and you will hopefully develop friendships with a small group of about 10-12 psychology majors who share similar interests in psychological science.  Completing a research project and writing an honors thesis typically requires a commitment of approximately10 hours per week for an academic year. The honors research project should be one in which you, as a student, contribute to the development of the idea and the methodology. Before participating, you must complete Statistics (PSY-B305) and Research Methods in Psychology (PSY-B311) and a core course related to your area of interest (e.g., B320 if you wish to pursue an honors thesis in behavioral neuroscience; B370 if you wish to pursue an honors thesis in social psychology). You must maintain an overall GPA of 3.3, with 3.5 GPA in Honors and Psychology courses. This course fulfills the "R" requirement of the RISE Challenge.  For more information, please review the following documents: Procedures for Capstone Honors ResearchFAQs Regarding B499 Application for Capstone Research (due each year by the last Friday in April)
  • Prerequisites: B305, B311, at least two 300-level PSY foundation courses, and consent of instructor
  • Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring 

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