PSY Courses

PSY101 - General Psychology (3 cr.)

Introductory course with major emphasis on basic concepts which characterize the laws of behavior. Topics include observation and measurement, learning, motivation, and important physiological, social and personality influence on normal and abnormal behavior are studied. Liberal Arts. Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

PSY105 - General Psychology Recitation/Laboratory (1 cr.)

An introduction to scientific inquiry in psychology - involving lab studies of representative topics in psychology, data analysis and interpretation, group discussion, and written assignments. Liberal Arts Corequisite(s): PSY101. Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring.

PSY199 - Independent Study (1 to 15 cr.)

Project individually arranged by student and faculty sponsor. Requires completion of the Independent Study form and approval by the Faculty Sponsor, Academic Advisor, Department Chair and Academic Dean. Semester(s) Offered: Fall.

PSY205 - Experimental Design (3 cr.)

Overview of research methods in psychology, with emphasis on the design of experiments and descriptive research studies to investigate psychological phenomena, and on communicating the procedures and findings from such studies clearly and concisely using APA format. Prerequisite(s): PSY101. Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring.

PSY206 - Psychological Statistics (3 cr.)

Overview of statistical methods in psychological research. Topics covered include measures of central tendency and dispersion, hypotheses testing, t-tests, analysis of variance (ANOVA), correlation, regression, and nonparametric tests. Liberal Arts Prerequisite(s): PSY101. Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

PSY299 - Independent Study (1 to 15 cr.)

Project individually arranged by student and faculty sponsor. Requires completion of the Independent Study form and approval by the Faculty Sponsor, Academic Advisor, Department Chair and Academic Dean. Semester(s) Offered: Summer.

PSY301 - Applied Psychology Practicum (1 to 4 cr.)

This course is designed for students who will work under the supervision of a faculty member on some applied project such as assisting in the instruction of a course or working in a service agency in the community. A statement of the specific responsibilities of each student will be filed in the office of the department. Prerequisite(s): POI; limited to two enrollments during undergraduate career. Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring.

PSY302 - Research Apprenticeship in Psychology (1 to 4 cr.)

Supervised research experience in laboratory or field settings through assisting a faculty member in some phase of his or her research. Content will be arranged individually between students and sponsoring faculty member. A statement of the specific responsibilities of each student will be filed in the office of the department. May be repeated for credit. Liberal Arts Prerequisite(s): POI. Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring.

PSY304 - Junior Psychology Seminar (3 cr.)

Seminar dealing with a current topic of interest in psychology. The goals of the course are to improve written and oral communication skills and to develop and improve ability to function in, contribute to, and to benefit from a small group, intellectual experience. Approved AWR. Liberal Arts Prerequisite(s): ENG101, PSY101, PSY205, PSY206. Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring.

PSY311 - Survey of Human Development (3 cr.)

An interdisciplinary survey of developmental changes over the human lifespan, and of the various influences accounting for them. From prenatal development of the fetus, to dying as an individual and social process, the major life periods are examined sequentially. Liberal Arts Prerequisite(s): PSY101. Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

PSY321 - Cognitive Psychology (3 cr.)

Examines the process by which information is extracted, interpreted, stored, retrieved and used. Topics may include sensation, perception, attention, memory, concept formation, imagery, language, problem solving, reasoning, decision making and social inference. Liberal Arts Prerequisite(s): PSY101. Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring.

PSY331 - Introduction to Biopsychology (3 cr.)

A survey of biological components of behavior. The course assumes that evolution by natural selection applies to both biological and ecological components of behavior. Physiological mechanisms covered include those that relate to motivation and learning. Ecological considerations include the behaviors involved in the solution of ecological problems such as food, shelter, mates and predator avoidance. Liberal Arts Prerequisite(s): PSY101. Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer.

PSY340 - Personality (3 cr.)

Contemporary perspectives on personality are examined. Emphasis is given to methods of research, theoretical conceptions, behavior change strategies and assessment techniques. Liberal Arts Prerequisite(s): PSY101. Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

PSY361 - Social Psychology (3 cr.)

Major studies and theories concerning the individual's relations to other individuals and groups. Topics: affiliation, social perception, altruism, aggression, social influence. Liberal Arts Prerequisite(s): PSY101 or SOC101. Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

PSY399 - Independent Study (1 to 15 cr.)

Project individually arranged by student and faculty sponsor. Requires completion of the Independent Study form and approval by the Faculty Sponsor, Academic Advisor, Department Chair and Academic Dean. Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring.

PSY400 - Special Topics in Psychology (1 to 9 cr.)

Course will specify particular set of clear objectives designed to deal with particular topics in psychology and particular course format. Liberal Arts Prerequisite(s): variable. Semester(s) Offered: Summer.

PSY408 - Psychology Senior Exam (0 cr.)

Course consists of administration of Psychology Senior Exam and reporting of results to students. Passing the exam with a grade of D or better is a graduation requirement for psychology majors. Prerequisite(s): PSY101 and PSY205 and PSY206 and PSY311 and PSY321 and PSY331 and PSY340 and PSY361 and PSY409. Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

PSY409 - History and Modern Systems of Psychology (3 cr.)

The background to the development of psychological systems for pre-Greek times to the present; the assumptions, historical origins, characteristics, and comparative achievements and shortcomings of each. Liberal Arts Prerequisite(s): junior status and PSY101 and PSY205 and PSY206. Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer.

PSY412 - Educational Psychology (3 cr.)

A study of how psychological theory and research are used to enhance the effectiveness of learners and teachers. Topics may include: assessment and evaluation, child and adolescent development, individual differences and learning needs, motivation, theories of learning and instruction, and classroom design and management. Liberal Arts Prerequisite(s): PSY101 and PSY311. Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring.

PSY414 - Psychology of Infancy and Childhood (3 cr.)

The period of development from conception to adolescence covering the physical, emotional, social, intellectual and moral phases of child growth and development. An equal emphasis given to the periods of infancy and childhood, theoretical issues, research findings and applications. Liberal Arts Prerequisite(s): PSY311. Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring.

PSY415 - Adolescence, Youth, and Early Adulthood (3 cr.)

Institutional, social and biological factors which interact to thrust the child into adolescence; youth and adulthood examined. Emphasis: development of psychological mechanisms which enhance the life of the individual. Occupational and marital adjustment; emphasis: pleasures and stresses of parenting and effective child rearing practices studied. Liberal Arts Prerequisite(s): PSY311. Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring.

PSY416 - Psychology of Adult Development and Aging (3 cr.)

Theories and research evidence concerning developmental changes in person-environment interactions over second half of the lifespan. Normative characteristics, sex differences, and normal variation among individuals are noted in personality, intellectual abilities, and social behavior. Attention is given to clinical aspects of old age. Field experience with older persons is required. Liberal Arts Prerequisite(s): PSY311. Semester(s) Offered: Spring.

PSY422 - Human Learning and Memory (3 cr.)

Basic research and theory in human learning and memory. Information processing, verbal learning, conditioning and social learning models. Applications to issues in behavior. Liberal Arts Prerequisite(s): PSY101, PSY321. Semester(s) Offered: Spring.

PSY424 - Perception and Sensory Processes (3 cr.)

A living organism interacts continuously with physical stimulus energies which provide it with information about states of itself and the external world. This course is concerned with the physical structures and the psychological processes by which the organism transduces those energies into neutral events and transforms those events into meaningful information for guiding behavior. Topics include species comparisons, physiological mechanisms in sensory systems, perception of form, depth, speech and motion, the perceptual constancies and illusions, color perception. Liberal Arts Prerequisite(s): PSY321. Semester(s) Offered: Fall.

PSY430 - Neural Science and Behavior (3 cr.)

Topics in biopsychology and cellular/molecular biology within the field of neuroscience as it relates to normal as well as abnormal/deviant behavior. Liberal Arts Prerequisite(s): PSY101; PSY331 or BIO326. Semester(s) Offered: Fall.

PSY440 - Psychological Assessment (3 cr.)

A study of assessment and testing practices in psychology. Testing in the areas of intelligence, education, personality, clinical psychology, neuropsychology, and business will be covered with special emphasis on the psychometric properties of tests and the process of test development. Liberal Arts Prerequisite(s): PSY101, PSY205, and PSY340. Semester(s) Offered: Spring.

PSY443 - Abnormal and Deviant Behavior (3 cr.)

A study of human aberrant behavior patterns as evidenced in mental illness, delinquency, crime and poor cultural adaptation. Emphasis is placed upon relating the contributions of the behavioral sciences to an integrated understanding of abnormal and deviant behavior of both individuals and groups. Liberal Arts Prerequisite(s): PSY340. Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

PSY445 - Counseling Psychology (3 cr.)

A study of how psychological principles, theories, and research are applied in counseling settings to improve the functioning of children, adolescents, and adults. Topics may include: counseling as a profession, issues in counseling, and theories and techniques of counseling. Liberal Arts Prerequisite(s): PSY101 and PSY340. Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Summer.

PSY460 - Psychology of Women (3 cr.)

The course examines the biological, cognitive, and social contributions to the development of gender, the nature and magnitude of gender differences, and the psychological implications of experiences unique to women. Liberal Arts Prerequisite(s): PSY361. Semester(s) Offered: Spring.

PSY461 - Evolutionary Psychology (3 cr.)

Theory and research in the field of evolutionary psychology. The relevance and importance of evolutionary theory as it applies to major aspects of human behavior including mating, violence and aggression, altruism, family relationships and language. Liberal Arts Prerequisite(s): PSY101, PSY361. Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

PSY462 - Industrial and Organizational Psychology (3 cr.)

A survey of the ways that psychological theory and research have been applied to understand and enhance the effectiveness of people at work. Topics may include: fair, valid, and legal employee selection procedures; enhancing individual effectiveness through training, evaluation and development; enhancing organizational effectiveness through communication, leadership, employee motivation and organizational change. Liberal Arts Prerequisite(s): PSY340 or PSY361. Semester(s) Offered: Spring.

PSY496 - Teaching Practicum (1 to 4 cr.)

Students will participate significantly in teaching a psychology course. Specific duties may include lecturing; leading laboratory and recitation groups; course, program, or student evaluation; and tutoring. If taken more than once, teaching practicum must be taken in different courses. Liberal Arts Prerequisite(s): junior standing, completion of 12 psychology credits, minimum grade of B in the course in which the student will be teaching, minimum GPA of 3.0 and POI. Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring.

PSY497 - Fieldwork Practicum (1 to 6 cr.)

Fieldwork at local agencies and schools with children and adults. The general goals are to gain experience with prevention and treatment issues with various populations, to learn about the operation of community agencies and educational institutions, and to relate fieldwork experience to psychological principles. Responsible, professional contact with clients is required. Liberal Arts Prerequisite(s): junior standing, 2.50 GPA, POI, relevant course work. Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring.

PSY498 - Internship (1 to 15 cr.)

Internship at local agencies and schools with children and adults. The general goals are to gain experience with prevention and treatment issues with various populations, to learn about the operation of community agencies and educational institutions, and to relate fieldwork experience to psychological principles. Responsible, professional contact with the agencies and clients is required. Prerequisite(s): junior standing, 2.5 cumulative g.p.a., by formal application. Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

PSY499 - Independent Study (0 to 15 cr.)

Project individually arranged by student and faculty sponsor. Requires completion of the Independent Study form and approval by the Faculty Sponsor, Academic Advisor, Department Chair and Academic Dean. Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring.

PSY501 - Psychometrics (3 cr.)

Quantitative analyses and interpretation of data obtained from psychological tests, multivariate statistical methods, and related computer analysis procedures used in evaluating and interpreting test data. Students will learn concepts and analysis procedures to assist them in choosing appropriate assessment tools for diagnostic, instructional, research, or program evaluation purposes, and how to summarize and report the results of such analyses. Prerequisite(s): 9 hours of psychology. Semester(s) Offered: Spring.

PSY503 - Academic Interventions (3 cr.)

The course introduces the Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS) model and the Response to Intervention (RtI) model for educational institutions. Includes overview of federal and state regulations targeting general and special education, components of an effective classroom and academic learning, evidence-based interventions, and monitoring progress of interventions. Prerequisite(s): school psychology graduate student. Semester(s) Offered: Fall.

PSY504 - Master's Thesis (3 cr.)

The Master's thesis is written on a topic chosen by the student in consultation with faculty sponsors. The thesis may be in one of four categories: original research; replication of research; scholarly critique and analysis; or theoretical formulation or development of a statistical technique. Prerequisite(s): School Psychology graduate majors only. Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring.

PSY509 - Foundations of School Psychology (3 cr.)

Students are introduced to the roles and functions of school psychologists, with emphasis on "best practices" in the field. An overview of the profession is provided, and students will begin to develop perspectives of the profession. Prerequisite(s): School Psychology Majors only. Semester(s) Offered: Fall.

PSY516 - Advanced Development (3 cr.)

A comprehensive survey of human development from conception to late adolescence including biological, social/cultural and psychological factors influencing human development. Prerequisite(s): 9 hrs. of psychology. Semester(s) Offered: Fall.

PSY520 - Learning and Cognition (3 cr.)

Study of the basic human learning processes and cognitive and academic skills. Emphasis is on the relevance of recent research and theoretical developments in cognitive psychology to instructional settings, and on appreciating diversity in learning and cognitive abilities. This course builds a foundation of knowledge that will enable students to later develop and evaluate appropriate cognitive and academic goals for students with different abilities, disabilities, strengths, and needs. Topics include theories of learning, attention, memory, problem solving, reasoning, metacognition, social cognitive theory, attribution theory, and experimental paradigms for the study of cognition and learning. Prerequisite(s): 9 hours in psychology. Semester(s) Offered: Spring.

PSY531 - Neuropsychology (3 cr.)

This course focuses on the development of psychoeducational and neuropsychological assessment and interpretation skills with children and adolescents and includes: neural resources associated with domains of cognition, methods of assessing domains of cognition, neuropsychological interpretation of assessment results, and formulation of evidence-based recommendations. Prerequisite(s): PSY543 and school psychology graduate student only. Semester(s) Offered: Spring.

PSY543 - Learning Disabilities (3 cr.)

A comprehensive, applied course in the theories and research involving learning disabilities. The course has as its focus the Federal Regulations concerning children with handicapping conditions (IDEA, ADA) as well as New York State regulations (Part 200). The class is taught from the psychoeducational perspective and includes discussion of alternative service delivery systems and procedures for selecting appropriate environments for students who are learning disabled. Readings, lectures, case law, and case studies lead to knowledge of clinical differentiation based on current research on learning disabilities. Prerequisite(s): PSY545. Semester(s) Offered: Spring.

PSY544 - Cognitive Assessment (3 cr.)

Cognitive Assessment is designed for students to become familiar with the administration, scoring, and interpretation of commonly used tests of cognitive ability. Students will acquire assessment skills that can be generalized to the use of other tests administered by school psychologists. Prerequisite(s): school psychology graduate student. Semester(s) Offered: Fall.

PSY545 - Assessment Issues in School Psychology (3 cr.)

Provides students with exposure to a variety of methods in the assessment of learning and socio-emotional disorders. The course will emphasize "best practices" in the assessment and diagnosis of learning and behavior disorders. Students will develop skill in the administration, scoring, interpretation, and report writing of select measures. Prerequisite(s): PSY544. Semester(s) Offered: Fall.

PSY546 - Child and Adolescent Psychopathology (3 cr.)

This course is designed to examine factors contributing to the most prominent disorders in children and adolescents. Issues pertaining to definition, identification, assessment, clinical course, etiology, differential diagnosis, and selection and implementation of behavioral/academic interventions will be addressed, and multicultural variables affecting identification and treatment of these disorders reviewed. Prerequisite(s): school psychology graduate student only. Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

PSY550 - Consultation and Intervention I (3 cr.)

Psychology 550 is the first in a two semester course sequence designed to provide a foundation of skills in the areas of behavioral consultation and academic and behavioral assessment and intervention. Students will build knowledge about and practice of data-based problem solving in the Multi-Tier System of Supports. Prerequisite(s): school psychology graduate majors only. Semester(s) Offered: Spring.

PSY551 - Consultation and Intervention II (3 cr.)

Psychology 551 is the second in a two semester course sequence designed to provide a foundation of skills in areas of behavioral consultation and academic and behavioral interventions. Students apply skills learned about school consultation in psychology 550 through work with intervention cases. Students will develop a repertoire of behavioral and academic intervention skills. Prerequisite(s): PSY550. Semester(s) Offered: Fall.

PSY552 - Counseling and Crisis Intervention in Schools (3 cr.)

This course emphasizes the development of skills in individual and group counseling, and crisis intervention as relevant to the school setting. Direct application of these skills will occur through work in the classroom and school setting. Prerequisite(s): School Psychology graduate majors only. Semester(s) Offered: Spring.

PSY553 - Information Technology Lab (1 cr.)

The Information Technology Lab is designed to provide students with knowledge and skills in using information technologies available to school psychologists. Students will receive training in the use of current software utilized in intellectual, achievement, behavioral, and neurophysical assessment, and utilized in the analysis and storage of data. Students will also receive training in how to use technology to access information sources relevant to providing quality services, and in how to use technology to safeguard protected information. Prerequisite(s): School Psychology graduate majors only. Semester(s) Offered: Fall.

PSY554 - Advanced Counseling & Crisis Intervention in Schools (3 cr.)

This course emphasizes counseling skills and knowledge necessary to successfully engage children and adolescents at differing developmental stages and various presenting problems. Understanding the developmental needs and abilities of children and adolescents, and matching counseling techniques and strategies to common psychological and behavioral issues is the focus of the class. Direct application of these skills will occur through work in the classroom and school. Prerequisite(s): graduate majors only. Semester(s) Offered: Spring.

PSY581 - Research Methods (3 cr.)

Overview of research design, statistical analysis, and interpretation of research in applied settings. Includes experimental and quasi-experimental design, survey research, and qualitative research with an emphasis on program evaluation. Prerequisite(s): school psychology graduate student only. Semester(s) Offered: Fall.

PSY589 - Advanced School Psychology Practicum (3 cr.)

This course is designed to provide opportunity to apply skills learned in other course work this semester. As in PSY597 students continue to work individually and in teams in local schools and the university Psychoeducational Clinic in a variety of capacities, including psychoeducational assessments and interventions, school-based programs and counseling. In addition, students are expected to take a more active role in each capacity. Prerequisite(s): School psychology graduate majors only. Semester(s) Offered: Spring.

PSY590 - Internship (3 or 6 cr.)

The Internship is designed to advance the graduate student's professional skill through full-time placement in the schools. Under the direct supervision of an on-site or state or nationally certified School Psychologist, the Intern will complete assignments which encompass the full range of school psychologist leadership and functioning in schools. The Internship is the culmination of classroom and field experience from the first three semesters, and will prepare the graduate student for employment in a school setting upon graduation. May be repeated for a total of 9 credits. Prerequisite(s): satisfactory completion of all program requirements (with the exception of PSY504 Master's Thesis) and a State Education Department Internship Certificate. Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

PSY597 - School Psychology Practicum (2 to 6 cr.)

This course is designed to provide opportunity to apply skills learned in coursework that semester. Students work individually and in teams in local schools and the university Psychoeducational Clinic in a variety of capacities, including psycheducational assessments and interventions, school-based program implementation and evaluation, and counseling. Can be repeated twice (three times total) for a total of six credits. Prerequisite(s): graduate majors only. Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring.

PSY599 - Independent Study (1 to 9 cr.)

The Independent Study is designed to allow students to conduct research or to investigate a line of study that is unavailable through regular course selection. Under the direct supervision of a faculty member, the student will conduct the research in a format preapproved by the faculty sponsor, faculty advisor, Department Chair, and Dean. The study may involve a range of approaches from a literature review to an application of theory. Prerequisite(s): minimum of 4 graduate hours in psychology. Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring.

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