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New Mexico State University
Undergraduate Catalog
2012-2013

PSY-PSYCHOLOGY

PSY 201G. Introduction to Psychology - 3 cr. (3+3P)
Methods and principles of behavior. Topics include human evolution and development, biopsychology, perception, learning, thinking, motivation, social interaction, and the diagnosis and treatment of abnormal behavior.
PSY 211. Introduction to Research - 1 cr.
Introductory skills in library and on-line research. Emphasizes the scientific method including oral and written presentation of research according to the APA Style Handbook. Does not replace PSY 310 as requirement in B.A. degree. Community Colleges only.
PSY 266. Applied Psychology - 3 cr.
Explanation of the psychological principles of everyday living. Emphasizes motivation, learning of intelligent behavior, and applications of psychology to social issues. Community Colleges only.
PSY 270. Special Topics - 1-3 cr.
Specific subjects to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits. Community College campus only.
PSY 274. A Study of Substance Abuse through Service Learning - 3 cr.
Physiological and psychological impact of drug use on human behavior. Emphasizes practical applications of intervention and prevention in the community. Community Colleges only.
PSY 290. Psychology of Adjustment - 3 cr.
Analyzes the responses people have to conflict, emotional stress, and frustration. It focuses on adapting to these problems and examines both normal and neurotic responses. Community College campus only.
PSY 301. Introduction to Psycholinguistics - 3 cr.
Psychological aspects of language, including linguistic theories of grammar, psychological factors influencing language performance, primary language acquisition and the relationship of language to thought processes. Prerequisites: PSY 201G and one of: STAT 251G, STAT 271G, or E ST 311; and PSY 310 or consent of instructor. Same as LING 301.
PSY 302. Abnormal Psychology - 3 cr.
Introduces the types, causes, and treatment of mental disorders. Descriptions and explanations of the neuroses, affective disorders and the psychoses. Case histories are also analyzed. Prerequisites: PSY 201G, MATH 120 and Eng 111G.
PSY 303. Community Psychology - 3 cr.
Emphasizes prevention (not treatment) of mental health problems through early intervention programs. The role of paraprofessionals, and nontraditional interventions in such fields as education and criminal justice are reviewed. Prerequisite: PSY 201G.
PSY 310. Experimental Methods - 4 cr. (2+4P)
The basic skills of literature search, experimental design, research methodology, and research reporting are emphasized; includes laboratory. Prerequisite(s): STAT 251G, STAT 271G, or E ST 311.
PSY 311. Advanced Research Seminar - 4 cr. (2+4P)
Psychological research in conjunction with designing, conducting, writing, and presenting an independent research project. May also include various computer applications. Will discuss issues regarding application to graduate programs. Course should be taken no later than the first semester of senior year. Prerequisite: PSY 310.
PSY 315. Emotion - 3 cr.
An overview of the past century of research on human emotion from WIlliam James to Antonio Damasio. Explores a cognitive science perspective on emotion that includes questions about developmental, physiological, and evolutionary aspects of emotion and an exploration of the proximate and ultimate functions of emotion. Topics range from understanding the feeling component of emotion to understanding the role of facial displays of emotion. Prerequisite(s): PSY 201G, and one of: STAT 251, STAT 271, or A ST 311G, and PSY 310 or consent of instructor.
PSY 317. Social Psychology - 3 cr.
Ways in which people are influenced by the behavior of others are analyzed. Includes aggression, altruism, conformity, attraction, sexual behavior, prejudice, and nonverbal behavior. Prerequisites: PSY 201G, MATH 120, and ENGL 111G.
PSY 320. Learning - 4 cr. (3+2P)
Covers: habituation, Pavlovian conditioning, Thorndikian learning, stimulus generalization, transfer of training, and the learning and forgetting of related and unrelated material. Prerequisites: PSY 201G, and one of: STAT 251G, STAT 271G, or E ST 311, and PSY 310.
PSY 321. Psychology of Personality - 3 cr.
Introduces personality theories and supporting research. Psychoanalytic, physiological, and behavioral theories as they apply to personality are examined. Focuses on normal personality functioning. Prerequisites: PSY 201G, and one of: STAT 251G, STAT 271G, or E ST 311, and PSY 310.
PSY 324. Sexual Behavior - 3 cr.
Examines viewpoints of the evolution, control and function of human sexual behavior. Includes human sexuality, reproduction, male-female conflicts and the social implications of sex. Prerequisites: PSY 201G, MATH 120, and ENG 111G
PSY 325. Health Psychology - 3 cr.
Life stress, surgical stress, coronary-prone behavior, biofeedback, pain control, psychosocial approaches to geriatrics and cancer, behavioral treatments for addictions, obesity, and interpersonal issues in health care. Prerequisite: PSY 201G.
PSY 330. Psychology and the Law - 3 cr.
Discretionary practices in the judicial system including pretrial procedures, jury selection, jury decision making, eyewitness testimony, insanity, expert witnesses, and probation judgments. Prerequisite: PSY 201G.
PSY 340. Cognitive Psychology - 3 cr.
Review of research and theory in the study of human cognitive processes. Topics include information processing, pattern recognition, memory, attention, language, problem solving, decision making, and reasoning. Prerequisites: PSY 201G, and one of: STAT 251G, STAT 271G, or E ST 311, and PSY 310.
PSY 342. Cognitive Neuroscience - 3 cr.
Introduction to the study of the neural mechanisms underlying cognitive processes. Topics include relations between neural processes and attention, perception, memory, thinking and language; measuring changes in electrical activity, blood flow , and metabolism in the brain during cognition; the problem of consciousness; and evolutionary perspectives. Prerequisites: PSY 201G and PSY 310.
PSY 345. Human Factors Psychology - 3 cr.
Concepts, methods and findings in the study and prediction of human performance. Emphasizes the human operator as a unified system which receives, stores, and processes information, enumerates and selects alternatives, and acts. Prerequisites: PSY 201G, and one of: STAT 251G, STAT 271G, or E ST 311, and PSY 310 or consent of instructor.
PSY 350. Developmental Psychology: Conception through Childhood - 3 cr.
Covers a wide range of topics concerning human psychological development from conception through childhood with special emphasis on current research and theory. Prerequisite: PSY 201G.
PSY 351. Developmental Psychology: Adolescence through Old Age - 3 cr.
Covers a wide range of topics concerning human psychological development from adolescence through old age with special emphasis on current research and theory. Prerequisite: PSY 201G.
PSY 358. Individual and Group Differences - 3 cr.
The influence of biological and social factors (heredity, race, sex, age, environment, social class) upon psychological variables (intelligence, aptitude, ability, achievement, personality, interests, values). Prerequisites: PSY 201G, and one of: STAT 251G, STAT 271G, or E ST 311, and PSY 310 or consent of instructor.
PSY 359. Psychology of Women - 3 cr.
Examines theories and research on the psychological functioning of women in North American society. Influential theories of gender in psychology and current controversies in the psychological literature. Topics include women s development across the lifespan, women and work, women s physical and mental health and sexuality, the victimization of women, gender stereotypes, biological, social, and cultural influences on women s behavior, and gender comparisons in abilities and personality. Prerequisite: PSY 201G. Same as W S 359.
PSY 370. Special Topics - 1-3 cr.
May be taken under different subtitles announced in the Schedule of Classes for unlimited credit. Prerequisite: PSY 201G. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits.
PSY 372. Aviation Psychology - 3 cr.
Human performance in aviation systems: cockpit (displays, controls), National Airspace System, Air Traffic Control, crew coordination, selection, training, simulation, reliability, and analytic strategies. Prerequisites: PSY 201G, and one of: STAT 251G, STAT 271G, or E ST 311, and PSY 310 or consent of instructor.
PSY 374. Psychopharmacology and Toxicology - 3 cr.
How and why drugs and environmental chemicals affect behavior. Prerequisites: PSY 201G, PSY 310 and PSY 311.
PSY 375. Behavioral Neuroscience - 3 cr.
Brain mechanisms that underlie cognition, emotion, and behavior. Prerequisite(s): PSY 201G, PSY 310, PSY 311 and one of: STAT 251, STAT 271, or A ST 311G, BIOL 211G, or consent of instructor.
PSY 376. Evolutionary Psychology - 3 cr.
This course introduces the student to the science of Evolutionary Psychology. In this class we will explore how evolutionary psychologists think about a variety of topics ranging from our capacity for (and appreciation of) art, emotions, and beauty to an exploration of the "design" of our minds in regards to mating, status striving, social behavior and cultural production. Prerequisite(s): PSY 201G, and one of: STAT 251, STAT 271, or A ST 311G, and PSY 310 or consent of instructor.
PSY 380. Perception - 4 cr. (4+4P)
Primary emphasis on vision. Topics include measurement of sensations, development of visual-motor coordination, reading, speech perception, picture perception, illusions, 3-dimensional space, and causes and consequences of visual abnormalities. Prerequisites: PSY 201G, and one of: STAT 251G, STAT 271G, or E ST 311, and PSY 310.
PSY 383. Memory - 3 cr.
Examines facets of human memory from the information processing viewpoint, including encoding, storage, and retrieval and memory-aiding techniques. Prerequisites: PSY 201G, and one of: STAT 251G, STAT 271G, or E ST 311, and PSY 310 or consent of instructor.
PSY 384. Perceptual and Cognitive Development - 3 cr.
Development across the lifespan in perception, memory, attention, reasoning, language and academic skills. Prerequisites: PSY 201G, and one of: STAT 251G, STAT 271G, or E ST 311, and PSY 310 or consent of instructor.
PSY 400. Research - 1-3 cr.
Individual research projects supervised by a department faculty member. Prerequisites: PSY 310 and consent of instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.
PSY 401. Directed Readings - 1-3 cr.
Prerequisites: PSY 201G and consent of instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.
PSY 402. Field Experience - 1-3 cr.
Working with preschool, juvenile delinquent, handicapped, aged, convict, or mentally ill. Approximately five hours scheduled work per week per credit. May be repeated to 6 credits. Prerequisites: 6 psychology credits and consent of instructor.
PSY 417V. Intercultural Relations - 3 cr.
Exploration of cultural and subcultural differences from a psychological perspective. Emphasis on modern cultural settings. Issues may include: ethnocentrism, stereotyping, intercultural communication, culture shock, cultural differences, nonverbal behavior, conflict management, and developing intercultural interaction skills. Prerequisite: PSY 201G.
PSY 430. Human-Computer Psychology - 3 cr.
Theories, methodologies, and data from psychology applicable to interface design, with an emphasis on construction and application of conceptual psychological models. Prerequisites: PSY 201G, and one of: STAT 251G, STAT 271G, or E ST 311, and PSY 310 or consent of instructor.
PSY 440. History and Systems of Psychology - 3 cr.
History of scientific method emphasizing outstanding methodological problems of contemporary science, especially psychology. Also covers recent history of psychology and development of schools of psychology. Prerequisites: PSY 201G, and one of: STAT 251G, STAT 271G, or E ST 311, and PSY 310 or consent of instructor.
PSY 442. Thinking - 3 cr.
Research and theory pertaining to human thinking and problem solving. Effective problem-solving methods and common obstacles to problem solving are analyzed. Prerequisites: PSY 201G and PSY 310.
PSY 445. Clinical Psychology - 3 cr.
Basic theories in clinical psychology and techniques of psychotherapy. Prerequisites: PSY 201G, PSY 302, and one of: STAT 251G, STAT 271G, or E ST 311, and PSY 310 or consent of instructor.
PSY 450. Senior Thesis - 3 cr.
A laboratory or field research project conducted under faculty supervision. Requires written research proposal, conduct of research, data analysis, and final written report. Prerequisites: PSY 310, 6 additional psychology credits, consent of supervising faculty member, and junior or above standing. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.
PSY 470. Special Topics - 1-3 cr.
Specific subjects to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits.