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Psychology 400 Level Courses

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
  • Fall 2018: Advanced Topics in I/O - TR 1:30-2:45 - Taught by Dr. Dennis Devine
    • Description: This course will survey theory and research in some of the most well-established areas of organizational science with an eye towards applying what is known to solve organizational challenges. Focal topics will include the causes and consequences of job performance, job attitudes, counter-productive behavior, and turnover at the individual level, as well as the effects of team composition, diversity, leadership, and group decision making at the workgroup/team level. Human resource applications in the form of personnel selection, performance appraisal, compensation, and legal compliance will be considered. Readings will include a mix of textbook, journal articles, and case studies. Classroom meetings will be primarily discussion-based, and graded work will consist Mainly of small projects where students will collect, analyze, interpret, and/or use data in hypothetical or real-world organizational scenarios.

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, at least two 300-level PSY foundation courses, 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