Ithaca College

School of Humanities and Sciences

Psychology Courses

PSYC-10000 The Psychology of Adjustment SS LA 1

Introduction to the psychology of human behavior intended for the freshman non-psychology major who wants a broad overview of those aspects of psychology most relevant to problems of living for the late adolescent and young adult years. Juniors and seniors need consent of instructor. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

PSYC-10300 General Psychology SS LA 1

Introduction to the study of behavior, focusing on the influences of physiological, cognitive, social, and personality factors on behavior, including discussion of the major theories in psychology and related research. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

PSYC-11300 General Psychology Laboratory LA

Primarily for majors and minors in psychology. Designed to complement PSYC-10300. Students are introduced to a variety of experimental techniques in psychology, and learn how to collect and analyze data and how to write scientific papers. One hour of lecture and two hours of laboratory work are required each week. Not open to students who have earned credit for PSYC-12100. Prerequisites: Math Group 1, 2, or 3; PSYC-10300 (may be taken concurrently). 2 credits. (F-S,Y)

PSYC-10400 Introduction to Developmental Psychology SS LA 1

Introduction to the study of developmental processes, with an emphasis placed on genetic and environmental influences on the organism's physical, cognitive, social, and personality development across the life span. For majors in areas other than psychology. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

PSYC-15300, PSYC-25300, PSYC-35300, PSYC-45300
Selected Topics NS/SS/U LA

Courses offered on various topics chosen by faculty members or resulting from students' requests. This course may be repeated for credit when topics vary. Prerequisites appropriate to the course level will be announced when course descriptions are distributed. Offered on demand only. 1-3 credits.

PSYC-20100 Proseminar in Development U LA

An examination of the role of biological, experiential, and societal factors in the development of perceptual, cognitive, and interpersonal processes, with an emphasis placed on major developmental theories and methods of study. For majors; nonmajors need consent of instructor. Prerequisites: PSYC-11300. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

PSYC-20200 Proseminar in Motivation U LA 1

An examination of the biological, individual, and social aspects of psychological motivation, including a study of principal theories of motivation, research methods, and findings. For majors; nonmajors need consent of instructor. Prerequisites: PSYC-11300. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

PSYC-20300 Principles of Psychology SS LA 1

Introduction to the field of psychology for upper-level students not majoring in psychology. Emphasis is placed on the experimental approach to psychology with coverage of a variety of areas in the field, different methodologies, and major psychological theories. Students learn how psychologists conduct research, and how the data they collect and analyze contribute to knowledge in the field. Not open to students who have earned credit for PSYC-10300. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing. 3 credits. (IRR)

PSYC-20400 Principles of Developmental Psychology SS LA 1

Introduction to developmental psychology from an experimental perspective for upper-level students not majoring in psychology. Emphasizes the nature of developmental research and important theories in developmental psychology. Integrates the content of developmental psychology with its methods; students study not only what psychologists have learned about development, but also how they make their discoveries. Not open to students who have earned credit for PSYC-10400. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing. 3 credits. (IRR)

PSYC-20500 Life-Span Development: A Cross-Cultural
Perspective SS LA 1, g

An examination of theory and research within the field of developmental psychology, with attention paid to similarities and differences in development across cultures. This course emphasizes the role of the social and cultural contexts on development by examining cross-cultural and multicultural research, issues, and findings. Prerequisites: PSYC-10300. 3 credits. (Y)

PSYC-20700 Statistics in Psychology NS LA 2b

Introduction to the computation and interpretation of the basic descriptive and inferential statistics used in the behavioral sciences. Emphasis is placed on analyzing data using statistical software (SPSS). Prerequisites: Math group 1, 2, or 3; PSYC-10300, PSYC-10400, or PSYC-11300. 4 credits. (F-S,Y)

PSYC-21010 Educational Psychology SS LA

Study of human development from infancy through adolescence, including cognitive and behavioral approaches to learning in the context of school and other instructional situations. Attention given to the empirical (scientific) attitude in relating theory and practice in various educational settings. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

PSYC-24100 Family Dynamics and Therapy SS LA 1

Introduction to systems theory and an examination of the varied dynamics of the American family. Students will be introduced to theories of normal and disturbed family functioning and the use of systems theory to produce positive change. Special emphasis is placed on tracing disturbed patterns of functioning from one generation to the next. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; PSYC-10300. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

PSYC-26100 Psychology of Women SS LA 1

In-depth examination of the psychology of women in contemporary society. Review of the research on gender differences and consideration of the theories (social learning, psychoanalytic, and biological) that have attempted to explain the differences. Focuses on some of the central experiences of women's lives (including relationships, work, mothering, sexuality, and mental health) with particular attention to the ways in which women's psychological development differs from that of men's in a patriarchal society. Prerequisites: PSYC-10300 or PSYC-10400; sophomore standing. 3 credits. (F,Y)

PSYC-30100 Methods in Neuroscience U LA

This course is required for the neuroscience concentration and is the first semester of research team VIII for psychology majors. Demonstrations and participation in the various techniques for doing research in the neurosciences. Prerequisites: PSYC-11300; PSYC-20700; consent of instructor. 2 credits. (F-S,Y)

PSYC-30200 First Semester Research Team U LA

The first of three semesters of participation in programmatic research by teams of students under the direction of one or more faculty members. A student may participate in more than one team. Prerequisites: PSYC-11300; PSYC-20700; consent of instructor. 2 credits. (F-S,Y)

PSYC-30300 Second Semester Research Team U LA

See PSYC-30200 for description. Prerequisites: PSYC-30100 or PSYC-30200; PSYC-30800 or PSYC-30900 (may be taken concurrently); consent of instructor. 2 credits. (F-S,Y)

PSYC-30400 Third Semester Research Team U LA

See PSYC-30200 for description. Prerequisites: PSYC-30300; PSYC-30800 or PSYC-30900 (may be taken concurrently); consent of instructor. 2 credits. (F-S,Y)

PSYC-30800 Research Methods in Psychology U LA

Analysis of methodological designs used in psychological research, and application of statistical methods for behavioral sciences with special emphasis placed on the experimental method. Students should be able to use SPSS on the computer. Prerequisites: PSYC-11300; PSYC-20700. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

PSYC-30900 Methods of Testing and Assessment U LA

Behavioral measurement in the context of psychometrics, presented with examples and demonstrations from the areas of "intelligence," aptitude, achievement, interest, and personality assessment. The ethical and technical challenges of test selection, administration, and interpretation are discussed. Prerequisites: PSYC-11300; PSYC-20700. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

PSYC-31001-PSYC-31006 Advanced Psychology Laboratory Special Topics LA

An advanced laboratory course in which students will conduct one or more investigations in psychological topic areas that will vary by semester. This course will emphasize ethics, knowledge of research design, statistical analysis, becoming familiar with research relevant to the investigation(s), and working collaboratively. In addition, students will learn how to read scientific papers and write laboratory reports organized in APA style. No more than two advanced psychology laboratories may be taken. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisites: BIOL-11300; BIOL-20700; permission of instructor. 1 credit. (IRR)

PSYC-31001 Advanced Psychology Laboratory in Social Psychology

PSYC-31002 Advanced Psychology Laboratory in Cognitive Psychology

PSYC-31003 Advanced Psychology Laboratory in Developmental Psychology

PSYC-31004 Advanced Psychology Laboratory in Biological Psychology

PSYC-31005 Advanced Psychology Laboratory in Clinical Psychology

PSYC-31006 Advanced Psychology Laboratory in Applied Psychology

PSYC-31100 Behavioral Neuroscience NS LA 2a

Study of the anatomical structures and biochemical and physiological processes that affect and mediate the emotional, psychological, and behavioral states of the organism. Prerequisites: One of the following: PSYC-20100, PSYC-20200, PSYC-20700, BIOL-20300, BIOL-20600, BIOL-20800, BIOL-21400, BIOL-27800, CHEM-22100, CHEM-22200, PHYS-21700, PHYS-21800, or SLPA-21200. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

PSYC-31200 Behavioral Neuroscience Lab NS LA

Designed to complement PSYC-31100. Students take part in demonstrations and hands-on work with the variety of techniques necessary to understand behavioral neuroscience, including surgery, anatomy, histology, and electrical stimulation and recording. Prerequisites: PSYC-31100 (may be taken concurrently). 1 credit. (F-S,Y)

PSYC-31600 Social Psychology SS LA 1

Study of the psychological determinants of social behavior and interpersonal processes, as well as the social determinants of the development of self-concept, beliefs, and attitudes. Prerequisites: PSYC-20100, PSYC-20200, or PSYC-20700. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

PSYC-32100 Abnormal Psychology SS LA

Introduction to dynamics of normal and abnormal behavior, with special emphasis on causes, patterns, and dynamics of inefficient and inadequate behavior. Prerequisites: PSYC-20100, PSYC-20200, or PSYC-20700. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

PSYC-33000 Cognition NS LA 2a

Selected topics in cognitive psychology, including perception, attention, memory, language, problem solving, decision making, and reasoning. Developmental changes and individual differences in cognitive skills are examined. Throughout the course, applications of cognitive research in fields such as law, education, and business are considered. Prerequisites: One of the following: PSYC-20100, PSYC-20200, PSYC-20200, PSYC-20700, BIOL-20300, BIOL-20600, BIOL-20800, BIOL-21400, BIOL-27800, CHEM-22100, CHEM-22200, PHYS-21700, or PHYS-21800. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

PSYC-33400 Industrial and Organizational Psychology SS LA

Overview of the application of psychology to the behavior of people in workplace settings. Topics include personnel psychology, organizational behavior, workplace design, and consumer psychology. Prerequisites: PSYC-10300; PSYC-20100, PSYC-20200, MGMT-20600, or OCLD-21000. 3 credits. (F,Y)

PSYC-33500 Program Evaluation SS LA

Techniques and procedures involved in evaluating social, legislative, educational, and policy-related interventions. Procedures used in evaluating such psychologically based interventions as DWI legislation, substance abuse, and corporate training programs are explored. Students learn to apply knowledge and skills to real-world research. Prerequisites: Junior standing; PSYC-20700, MATH-24300, MATH-24400, or MKTG-31000. 3 credits. (IRR)

PSYC-34100 Forms of Therapy SS LA

Introduction to modalities of individual psychotherapy, including cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, and psychodynamic. Goals include achieving an understanding of therapeutic modalities, as well as an appreciation for issues related to pharmacological treatments and methods for evaluating the outcome of treatment interventions. Prerequisite: PSYC-32100. 3 credits. (S, Y)

PSYC-35100 Independent Supervised Study U LA

In-depth study of topic of interest in psychology, chosen in consultation with supervising instructor. A student may undertake more than one independent study. Offered on demand only. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. Variable credit (commensurate with the complexity of the study). (IRR)

PSYC-35200 Independent Supervised Research U LA

Students conduct empirical research on a topic selected in consultation with the instructor. Students may undertake more than one independent, supervised research project. Offered on demand only. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. Variable credit (commensurate with the complexity of the project). (IRR)

PSYC-35400 Psychology Laboratory Techniques NLA

A training course for students who have been selected as lab assistants for PSYC-11300 General Psychology Laboratory. This course is designed to provide students with skills in operating lab equipment, leading group discussions, and scoring lab reports. Prerequisites: PSYC-11300; PSYC-20700; consent of instructor. 1 credit. (F-S,Y)

PSYC-36500 Development in Adolescence SS LA 1

Examination of psychological development from pubescence through the transition to adulthood. Attention is given to cognitive, personality, and social development. Special topics include sexuality, delinquency, emotional disturbance, and education. The focus is on adolescence in the United States, but cross-cultural perspectives are included. Prerequisites: Completion of three social science courses, including PSYC-10300, PSYC-10400, PSYC-20100, or PSYC-20200; junior standing. 3 credits. (S,Y)

PSYC-36600 Psychology of Aging SS LA 1

Examination of the biological, societal, and individual factors that influence the age-related changes in perceptual, cognitive, and social-personality processes in the middle and later years of life, with an emphasis placed on major developmental theories and methods of study. Prerequisites: PSYC-10400 or PSYC-20400; at least one other social science course. 3 credits. (F,Y)

PSYC-40700 Personality SS LA

Introduction to personality theories and their evaluation, including general and integrative theories and biophysical, biophilosophical, biosocial interaction, and learning theories. Prerequisites: One level-3 psychology course; junior standing. Students who are not psychology majors or minors must have the consent of the instructor. 3 credits. (F,Y)

PSYC-40800 Special Problems in Abnormal Psychology SS LA

Study of the etiology and symptomatology of neurotic and psychotic behavior and other forms of personality disorder. Prerequisites: PSYC-32100; junior standing. 3 credits. (IRR)

PSYC-45000 Supervised Internship NLA

Applied experience in a setting appropriate to students' interest and training. Settings include the Mental Health Clinic, Community Dispute Resolution Center, and Suicide Prevention and Crisis Service. Students undergo training at the site, do assigned reading, and write final reports. Arranged individually with departmental approval. Prerequisites: Completion of H&S internship application process. Variable credit. (IRR)

PSYC-45100 Advanced Independent Supervised Study U LA

Intensive study of an individually selected topic in psychology, including honors studies (generally following PSYC-35100). Offered on demand only. Prerequisites: Senior standing; consent of the department. Variable credit.

PSYC-45200 Advanced Independent Supervised Research U LA

Intensive empirical research, including honors research (generally following PSYC-35200). Offered on demand only. Prerequisites: Senior standing; consent of the department. Variable credit.

PSYC-47000 History of Scientific Psychology HU LA 1, h

Investigates the development of theories of psychology and the nature of their research paradigms, as well as the antecedents of psychology in philosophy, the natural sciences, and medicine. Emphasis is given to those elements that differentiate psychology, as a behavioral science, from other empirical disciplines. The effects of world events on psychology are discussed, and the effect of psychology on our own society is presented. Students are exposed to the different approaches to psychology in Europe, Asia, and the former Soviet Union. Prerequisites: One level-3 psychology course or senior standing. Students who are not junior or senior psychology majors or minors need the consent of the instructor. 3 credits. (IRR)

PSYC-49200 Seminar in Psychology U LA

Intensive investigation of selected topics in psychology. A student may participate in more than one seminar. Prerequisites: Senior standing; consent of the instructor. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)