Catalog: 2014–2015 Catalog Year

Course Descriptions

Psychology (PSY)

Liberal Arts Division

PSY 101: General Psychology

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none

Introduces the field of psychology. Covers major principles and their application to the study of human behavior.

PSY 102: Psychology of Personal/Social Adjustment

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none

Focuses on understanding and applying psychological principles and theories to personal development and human relationships.

PSY 120: The Psychology of Human Performance

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: PSY 101 or consent of instructor

Surveys the psychology of human performance. Explores the psychological, emotional, and strategic dimensions of human performance. Emphasis will be to provide students with a comprehensive background that they can apply to their own performance areas.

PSY 130: Human Sexuality

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none

Covers major topics in human sexuality such as gender, sexual anatomy, sexually-transmitted diseases, sexual response and disorders, sexual orientation, sexual coercion, and commercial sex.

PSY 210: Introduction to Statistical Methods

Units (Credits): 4; Prerequisites: PSY 101, SOC 101, MATH 096 or consent of instructor

Develops an understanding of statistical methods and training in the useful presentation and interpretation of behavioral science data, including elementary computer use. Same as SOC 210.

PSY 220: Principles of Educational Psychology

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: PSY 101 or consent of instructor

Introduces the application of psychology principles of learning and cognitive development.

PSY 230: Introduction to Personality Psychology

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none

Introduces students to personality testing and the major approaches to the study of personality, including the influence of heredity, learning, the unconscious, etc.

PSY 233: Child Psychology

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: PSY 101 or consent of instructor

Explains the growth and development of children from conception through early adolescence.

PSY 234: Adolescent Psychology

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: PSY 101 or consent of instructor

Examines psychological development during adolescence with emphasis on special problems in American society: drug abuse, pregnancy, and familial problems.

PSY 240: Introduction to Research Methods

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: PSY 101 or consent of instructor

Introduces how hypotheses are objectively tested in the social sciences, including research design, data collection, and interpretation of results.

PSY 241: Introduction to Abnormal Psychology

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: PSY 101 or consent of instructor

Covers causes, symptoms, and treatments of major psychological disorders, including anxiety, dissociative, mood, somatoform, eating, schizophrenia and substance-related disorders.

PSY 261: Introduction to Social Psychology

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: PSY 101, SOC 101 or consent of instructor

Examines how the presence of others influences thoughts and behavior, including research on close relationships, persuasion, stereotyping, aggression, and group dynamics.

PSY 270: Understanding Psychology Through Film

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none

Covers major psychological concepts and principles as they are illustrated through contemporary, international, and independent film.

PSY 271: Psychology & the Family

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none

Explores the relationship of the individual and the family.

PSY 275: Undergraduate Research

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: PSY 101 & PSY 210 & PSY 240

Requires independent or collaborative research.

PSY 280: Understanding Men and Women

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: PSY 101 or consent of instructor

Explores the similarities and differences between the sexes, the consequences of these differences for the individual and society, and how to analyze explanations of gender/sex related behaviors. The course fulfills the diversity requirement for the core curriculum at UNR.

PSY 290: Internship in Psychology

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: PSY 101 , completion of 30 college units, and a GPA of 2.5 or greater

Provides an opportunity for students to apply knowledge of psychology to work settings. Students work with a faculty member in psychology and work supervisor to develop a program that allows students to use skills and knowledge from psychology.

PSY 299: Special Topics

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none

Explores special topics which vary across semesters. A maximum of three credits may be applied towards a WNC degree.



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