Ithaca College

School of Humanities and Sciences

Psychology Courses

PSYC 10000 - The Psychology of Adjustment 1 LA SS

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 10200 - Orientation to Psychology NLA

Acquaints students with career opportunities available to psychology majors, assists in exploration of individual career goals and aids students in planning experiences and courses to match their goals. Open to Psychology/Applied Psychology majors only. 1 credit. (F-S,Y)

PSYC 10300 - General Psychology 1 LA SS

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 10400 - Introduction to Developmental Psychology 1 LA SS

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 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. Prerequisites: Math group 1, 2, or 3. Prior or concurrent enrollment in PSYC 10300. Not open to students who have earned credit for PSYC 12100. 2 credits. (F-S,Y)

PSYC 15300 - Selected Topics: Psychology LA NS

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 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 1 LA

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 20500 - Life-Span Development: A Cross-Cultural Perspective 1 G LA SS

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 context on development by examining cross-cultural and multicultural research, issues, and findings. Prerequisites: PSYC 10300. 3 credits. (Y)

PSYC 20700 - Statistics in Psychology 2B LA NS

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 LA SS

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 1 LA SS

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 and PSYC 10300. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

PSYC 25300 - Selected Topics: Psychology 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 26100 - Psychology of Women 1 LA SS

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 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 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 LA

The second 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 30400 - Third Semester Research Team LA

The third 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: PSYC11300; PSYC20700; consent of instructor. 2 credits. (F-S,Y)

PSYC 30800 - Research Methods in Psychology 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 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 - Advanced Psychology Lab in Social Psychology 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 for credit. Prerequisite: PSYC 11300; PSYC 20700; permission of instructor. (IRR)

PSYC 31002 - Advanced Psychology Laboratory in Cognitive Psychology 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 for credit. Prerequisite: PSYC 11300; PSYC 20700; permission of instructor. (IRR)

PSYC 31003 - Advanced Psychology Laboratory in Developmental Psychology 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 for credit. Prerequisite: PSYC 11300; PSYC 20700; permission of instructor. (IRR)

PSYC 31004 - Advanced Psychology Laboratory in Biological Psychology 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 for credit. Prerequisite: PSYC 11300; PSYC 20700; permission of instructor. (IRR)

PSYC 31005 - Advanced Psychology Laboratory in Clinical Psychology 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 for credit. Prerequisite: PSYC 11300; PSYC 20700; permission of instructor. (IRR)

PSYC 31006 - Advanced Psychology Labortaory in Applied Psychology 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 for credit. Prerequisite: PSYC 11300; PSYC 20700; permission of instructor. (IRR)

PSYC 31100 - Behavioral Neuroscience 2A LA NS

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 20500, PSYC 20700, BIOL 20300, BIOL 20600, PHYS 21700, PHYS 21800, PHYS 21800 or SLPA 21200. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

PSYC 31200 - Behavioral Neuroscience Lab LA NS

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 1 LA SS

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, PSYC 20500 or PSYC 20700. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

PSYC 32000 - Personality LA SS

This course presents an overview and encourages critical analysis of the major perspectives (e.g. trait, biological, cross-cultural, psychodynamic, cognitive), scientific issues, applications, and research findings in the area of personality. Prerequisites: PSYC 20100, PSYC 20200, PSYC 20500 or PSYC 20700. 3 credits. (F,Y)

PSYC 32100 - Abnormal Psychology LA SS

Introduction to dynamics of abnormal behavior with special emphasis on the etiology, diagnosis, treatment and evaluation of interventions for psychiatric diagnoses and common forms of psychological distress. Prerequisites: PSYC 20100, PSYC 20200, PSYC 20500, PSYC 20700, OTBS 20100 or OTBS 20200. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

PSYC 33000 - Cognition 2A LA NS

Topics in cognitive psychology, including perception, attention, memory, language, problem solving, decision making, and reasoning. Developmental changes, individual differences in cognitive skills, and applications of cognitive research to fields such as law, education, and business are considered. Prerequisites: PSYC 20100, PSYC 20200, PSYC 20500, PSYC 20700, BIOL 20300, BIOL 20600, PHYS 21700, or PHYS 21800. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

PSYC 33400 - Industrial and Organizational Psychology LA SS

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 20100, PSYC 20200, PSYC 20500, PSYC 20700, MGMT 20600, or STCM 21000. 3 credits. (F,Y)

PSYC 33500 - Program Evaluation LA SS

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 LA SS

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 of issues related to pharmacological treatments and methods of evaluating the outcome of treatment interventions. Prerequisite: PSYC3 2100. 3 credits. (S,Y)

PSYC 35100 - Independent Supervised Study 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 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 35300 - Selected Topics: Psychology 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 35400 - Psychology Laboratory Techniques NLA

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

PSYC 36500 - Development in Adolescence 1 LA SS

Examination of psychological development from pubescence through the transition to adulthood. Attention is given to cognitive, personality, and social development. Special topics include the issues of 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 1 LA SS

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 40800 - Special Problems in Abnormal Psychololgy LA SS

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 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 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 1 H HU LA

Investigates the development of theories of psychology and the nature of their research paradigms. Examines 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 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)