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Psychology


The B.S. degree with a major in Psychology.

Minor in Psychology.
Honors in Psychology.
Outreach Program.
Courses of Instruction

(PSYC)

Available as a major on the B.A. and B.S. degree and as a minor on the B.A. and B.S. degree.

Although the programs may be used to achieve a variety of objectives, they are designed with three primary goals in mind: (1) to provide majors with a strong background for graduate or professional training in psychology or related fields, (2) to educate intelligent consumers who can seek, evaluate and apply selected psychological services effectively, and (3) to provide fundamental information for a critical understanding of psychological knowledge and problems.

In addition to basic coursework, the programs offer learning experiences that include research projects, individual career planning, special seminars, and supervised off-campus activities. Such courses, primarily for juniors and seniors, require approval from the students' adviser or the instructor during the semester prior to the one in which the student intends to enroll. Students are encouraged to consult with their academic adviser at least once each semester to plan an appropriate selection of courses to meet their individual goals. Further information regarding the psychology curriculum may be obtained from the chairman of the department.

The B.S. degree with a major in Psychology. Recommended for students planning graduate work in Psychology or a related field or who anticipate a career in a psychology-related field. Requirements in Psychology. A minimum of 42 hours including either 10213, 10514, or 10524, plus 30503 and 40993. At least one course must be taken from each of the following five areas, plus at least one additional course from A,B,C, or D.

Area A: 30463, 30483, 50513;

Area B: 30433*, 30473*, 30414*

Area C: 30453*, 30423*, 40433*

Area D: 30443, 40493*, 30353 or 30343*

Area E: 30363, 30373, 40463

[* = courses that require MATH10043 (Elementary Statistics) and PSYC30503 (Behavioral Research) as prerequisites]. A maximum of 6 hours of 40960 and/or 40970 may be applied to the 42 minimum required hours in psychology, but additional hours may be taken as psychology electives.

Associated Requirements. MATH 10043 plus one of the following: Option 1: A second major of at least 24 hours. Option 2: A minor in another field of at least 18 hours. Option 3: The Combined Science Minor. The total number of hours required for the B.S. degree is 124.

Suggested Plan for Completion of the B.S. Degree in Psychology:

Year 1: Principles of Behavior or General Psychology, plus Elementary Statistics

Year 2: Behavioral Research, plus courses in Areas A-E

Year 3: Courses in Areas A-E, additional Psychology courses

Year 4: Senior Seminar, Courses in Areas A-E, additional Psychology courses

The B.A. degree with a major in Psychology. This degree is suited for students who have a general interest in psychology but do not plan a career in psychology or a psychology-related field. It may prove suitable for a variety of career objectives not subsumed under the B.S. program. Requirements in Psychology. A minimum of 30 hours including either 10213, 10514, or 10524 , plus 30503 and 40993. At least one course must be taken from each of the five areas listed in Areas A-E under the B.S. degree requirements. A maximum of 6 hours of 40960 and/or 40970 may be applied to the 30 minimum required hours in psychology, but additional hours may be taken as psychology electives.

Associated Requirements: Same as for B.S. degree. The total number of hours required for the B.A. degree is 124.

Requirements for a minor in Psychology. A minor in psychology requires 18 hours in psychology, including either 10213, 10514, or 10524. A maximum of 3 hours of 40960 and/or 40970 may be applied to the minor in psychology.

Area of Specialization for Secondary Certification in Psychology. Required: 10213, 10514, or 10524, plus 30503. Also, select enough from the courses listed in Areas A-E under the B.S. degree requirements to make a total of at least 24 semester hours.

Honors in Psychology. A student wishing to complete Departmental Honors in Psychology must be enrolled in the Honors Program and complete 30003 and 40003. It is recommended that students enroll in 40003 for the fall semester of the senior year.

Outreach Program. The Outreach Program is designed to afford qualified students the opportunity to participate in psychology-related internships in local community settings. The program has two purposes:

1. The major goal of the Outreach Program is to increase student awareness of professional psychology by allowing students to engage in activities similar to those of a counseling or clinical psychologist. Many psychology majors are interested in becoming helping professionals, and it is our belief that these students can make more informed decisions about their careers if they have experienced these professional activities first hand.

2. A second goal of the Outreach Program is to help students to build their resumes through professionally-related internship experiences. In this way they can not only include the field work experience on their resumes, but they also have the opportunity to earn letters of recommendation from off-campus professionals.

Requirements. The Psychology Department's field work experience consists of a two semester sequence, Introduction to Field Work (PSYC 40453) taken in the fall semester, and Advanced Field Work (PSYC 40960) taken in the following spring semester.

Psi Chi. The department sponsors the TCU Chapter of Psi Chi, the national honor society for psychology.

Pass/No Credit Option. Pass/No Credit is acceptable for courses in the major and minor, if any.

The following is a complete list of courses offered by this department. Go to Class Search on Registrar's Page to see which courses are being taught this semester.

Courses of Instruction

10110 TECHNIQUES OF COLLEGE LEARNING. The study of the skills and techniques necessary for efficient learning. Application of the principles of learning, cognition, and motivation to the problems of college learning. (1-3 sem. hrs.)

10213 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY. One of the prerequisites for higher-level psychology courses. The science of psychology, integrating biological, social, cognitive, and learning influences on behavior; basic behavior processes and principles of human and infrahuman behavior. Credit cannot be given for both PSYC10213 and either 10514 or 10524.

10514 PRINCIPLES OF BEHAVIOR I. Recommended for B.S. in Psychology. An introduction to the scientific study of behavior. The nature of scientific inquiry of behavior and relevant behavioral processes will be discussed. Three hours lecture and two hours laboratory per week. Credit cannot be given for both PSYC10213 and 10514.

10524 PRINCIPLES OF BEHAVIOR II. Recommended for B.S. in Psychology. An introduction to the scientific study of behavior. The nature of scientific inquiry of behavior and relevant behavioral processes will be discussed. Three hours lecture and two hours laboratory per week. Credit cannot be given for both PSYC10213 and 10524.

20553 PSYCHOLOGY OF ADJUSTMENT. Basic principles of psychology in relation to the development, assessment, and modification of personality adjustment. Emphasizes patterns of normal adjustment (intra- and interpersonal) to typical contemporary environments.

30003 HONORS TUTORIAL. Prerequisite: Junior standing and membership in the Honors Program. An examination of a major issue in psychology. This course is only offered as a tutorial and the specific topic is determined by consultation with an instructor. Arrangements for this course must be made with an instructor the semester prior to enrollment.

30113 STATES OF CONSCIOUSNESS. Prerequisite: PSYC 10213, 10514, or 10524. An overview of contemporary knowledge about various states of consciousness including both theoretical perspectives and contemporary applications.

30121 INTRODUCTION TO MENTAL RETARDATION. Prerequisite: PSYC 10213,10514, or 10524 or approval of instructor. An introduction to mental retardation, behavioral problems which accompany it, possible causes, and the controversy surrounding placement of retarded in the community.

30133 PARAPSYCHOLOGY: SCIENCE OR PSEUDOSCIENCE? Prerequisite: PSYC 10213,10514 or 10524, or approval of instuctor. The nature of scientific theories and their application to the claims of paranormal events. The emphasis is on a skeptical analysis of such reputed phenomena as extra sensory perception, psychokinesis, clairvoyance, and precognition. Alternative explanations of claims of the paranormal using established scientific principles, laws and theories of behavior are examined.

30263 PROBLEM SOLVING IN TASK ORIENTED GROUPS. Two hours lecture and three hours lab. Prerequisite: PSYC 10213, 10514, 10524 or approval of instructor. Instruction and practice in the elements of effective participation in task oriented groups and in the strategies and techniques of systematic problem solving. Topics in group processes include group membership roles, task oriented roles, leadership roles, group norms, competition, and conflict management. Topics in problem solving include problem definition, brainstorming, means-end analysis, and structured decision making.

30323 CHILD PSYCHOLOGY. Prerequisite: PSYC 10213, 10514, or 10524. Human behavior from conception to adolescence; the influences of heredity and maturation, physical, social and cognitive development, with child observations.

30333 SEXUAL BEHAVIOR IN HUMANS AND OTHER ANIMALS. Prerequisites: PSYC 10213, 10514, or 10524 or approval of instructor. Emphasis on empirical studies of sexuality, encompassing its varied manifestations, its many determinants, and contemporary theories of sexuality, with an emphasis on evolutionary theory. Bodily mechanisms and their development, sexually transmitted diseases, and aspects of reproduction are also covered.

30343 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY(writing emphasis). Prerequisites: 30503. See 30353 for a description. Credit cannot be given for both PSYC 30343 and PSYC 30353.

30353 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY. Prerequisite: PSYC 10213, 10514, or 10524. Methods and principles related to the experience and behavior of individuals in interaction with each other, in group situations, and in relation to items in the sociocultural setting. Credit cannot be given for both PSYC 30343 and PSYC 30353.

30363 ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY. Prerequisite: PSYC 10213, 10514, or 10524. Personality and behavior processes in normal and deviant personalities; variations and causes of psychopathology, problems of classification, diagnosis and management.

30373 ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY. Prerequisite: 10213, 10514, or 10524, or approval of instructor. Analysis of methods, accumulated knowledge, and systematic approaches to problems of group behavior in organizations including personnel management, selection, training, motivation, performance appraisal, leadership, working conditions, and human engineering.

30383 SPORT PSYCHOLOGY: PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENT TECHNIQUES. Prerequisites: PSYC 10213, 10514, or 10524. Introduction to theories and methods of applied sport psychology or performance enhancement. Develops the conceptual basis for the psychological techniques used by sport psychologists, examines empirical evidence for effectiveness of these methods, and elaborates the significance of sports as a metaphor for other life situations where performance is important.

30403 THE HUMAN SENSES. Prerequisites: 30503 A survey of the structure and function of sensory systems, with particular emphasis on vision and hearing.

30414 EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY: LEARNING. Three lectures and one laboratory per week. Prerequisite: 30503. Basic methods and concepts employed in the study of learning.

30423 EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY; PERCEPTION. Two lectures and one laboratory period per week. Prerequisite: 30503. Basic experimental techniques employed in the study of detection, discrimination and recognition.

30433 EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY: MOTIVATION. Prerequisite: 30503. Basic concepts, THEORIES, and techniques employed in the study of motivation.

30443 PSYCHOLOGY OF PERSONALITY. Prerequisite: 10213, 10514, or 10524, or approval of instructor. The factual and theoretical status of the development, structure, and dynamic functioning of the adult personality.

30453 MEMORY AND COGNITION. Prerequisite: 30503. An overview of major issues and topics in modern cognitive psychology with particular emphasis on interpreting basic research in memory and cognitive processes.

30463 PHYSIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY. Prerequisite: 10213, 10514, 10524 or approval of instructor. Study of the nervous system, action systems and sensory systems to provide background for examining the physiological bases of discrimination, motivation, emotions, and learning. (Also offered as Biology 30463).

30473 COMPARATIVE PSYCHOLOGY. Prerequisites: PSYC 30503. Provides knowledge of animal behavior as a field of research based on mechanistic and evolutionary approaches. Provides a basic vocabulary and a conceptual framework which enables the student to appreciate the importance and scope of animal behavior as an interdisciplinary field and to identify areas of interest for further study.

30483 NEUROPSYCHOLOGY. Prerequisites: PSYC 10213, 10514, 10524, or approval of instructor. Presents an approach to the study of human brain function by examining the behavioral syndromes resulting from neurological disease and brain damage. Topics will include an overview of the nervous system; neuropsychological assessment; cortical dysfunction; language disorders; developmental neuropsychology; and recovery of function following brain trauma.

30493 EVOLUTIONARY PSYCHOLOGY. Prerequisites: PSYC 10213 or PSYC 10514. A comprehensive view of human evolution. Topics include the fossil record, primates and hominids, evidence of the effects of natural selection on human anatomy and behavior, the development of human culture, mating patterns, technology, social structures, emergence of art and civilization and the evolutionary shaping of perceptual, cognitive and motivational processes.

30503 BEHAVIORAL RESEARCH. Prerequisite: 10213,10514, or 10524, plus Math 10043. Basic elements of behavioral research-planning, execution, analysis, and interpretation. Includes selection of research problems, measurement of behavioral constructs, development of instruments, and experimental and non-experimental designs as well as the basic statistical methods and concepts needed in behavioral research.

30603 HISTORICAL FOUNDATIONS OF MODERN PSYCHOLOGY. Prerequisite: PSYC 10213,10514, or 10524 or approval of instructor. The roots of modern psychology and the development of the schools of psychology will be discussed. The historical developments in science and philosophy that were the determinants of the founding of psychology will be analyzed.

30993 PSYCHOLOGY OF SEX, VIOLENCE, AND AGGRESSION. Teaches students how to think critically about psychological research on sex, violence, and aggression. The course goal is to educate intelligent consumers of media information and misinformation, teaching them to separate scientifically valid from invalid claims that such factors as genetics, biochemistry, socialization practices, sex differences, ambient temperature, alcohol, television, movies, and video games affect interpersonal violence and aggression.

40003 SENIOR HONORS RESEARCH PAPER. Prerequisite: PSYC 30003, Senior standing, and membership in the Honors Program. A supervised research experience and a thesis that is usually based on the subject matter studied in 30003. This course is offered only as a tutorial. Arrangements for this course must be made with an instructor the semester prior to enrollment. It is recommended that enrollment occur the fall semester of the senior year.

40123 ENVIRONMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY. Prerequisite: 10213,10514, or 10524, and 30503, or approval of instructor. This course examines, from the perspective of a psychologist, how the physical environment influences specific types of human behavior including work, recreation, learning, group interaction, crime prevention and others.

40403 PSYCHOLOGY OF COUNSELING. Prerequisite: 10213, 10514, 10524, or approval of instructor. Counseling in institutional, educational, and community settings; roles and functions of counselors; the relations of the counselor in different settings with clients and organizations.

40413 COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT. Prerequisite: 30323, 30503, 30453, or approval of instructor. Major periods of cognitive development including infancy, early childhood, middle childhood, and adolescence; development of cognitive skills such as reasoning, problem solving, memory, language, and perception; acquisition of applied cognitive skills such as arithmetic, reading, writing, and physics.

40433 DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY. Prerequisite: PSYC 30503. Data and research methods related to the development of the human organism from its prenatal origins through old age.

40453 INTRODUCTORY FIELD EXPERIENCE IN PSYCHOLOGY. Prerequisite: Fifteen semester hours in Psychology. Introduction to Field Work will normally require the following: (a) participation in a seminar that meets once per week for one hour, (b) successful completion of a training program offered by the off-campus organization, and (c) a 6-8 hour per week commitment to the off-campus organization once training is completed.

40463 BEHAVIORAL MODIFICATION. Prerequisite: PSYC 30503. An introduction to the principles and practices of behavior modification and behavior therapy. Emphasis is on applications in education and in problems of children and institutionalized adults.

40473 PSYCHOLOGY OF WOMEN AND MEN. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing. This course is designed to be an overview of theory and research on contemporary American concepts of femininity and masculinity, the implications of these definitions for the average woman or man and some alternative interpretations of the meaning of ones sex role identity.

40483 SEMINAR IN THE BIOLOGICAL MECHANISMS OF BEHAVIOR. Prerequisite: PSYC 30463 or its equivalent, or approval of instructor. A topic seminar with an emphasis on developing an understanding of the interaction of the biological, genetic, psychological, and social factors that underlie the development of behavior.

40493 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGICAL MEASUREMENT. Prerequisite: PSYC 30503. Characteristics of tests and measurement scales; survey of individual and group tests in psychology, education, and clinical settings.

40773 COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY. Prerequisite: 10213, 10514, 10524, or approval of instructor. An introduction to the theory and practice of the community health movement. Includes theories of community health.

40950 CONTEMPORARY TOPICS IN PSYCHOLOGY. Prerequisite: 10213, 10514, 10524, or approval of instructor. Topics of current interest in psychology or society. (1-6 sem. hrs.)

40960 ADVANCED FIELD WORK. Advanced Field Work will normally require (a) successful completion of Introduction to Field Work (PSYC 40453), and (b) a 10-12 hour per week commitment to the off-campus organization.

40970 INDEPENDENT STUDIES. Prerequisites: Twelve semester hours in Psychology and departmental approval. Supervised research or study in specialized areas not covered in regular course offerings. (1-6 sem. hrs.)

40993 SENIOR SEMINAR IN PSYCHOLOGY. Prerequisite: 30503 and senior standing in Psychology. Teaches students how to think critically about ethics and research topics in psychology. Excellent preparation for the Graduate Record Examination in psychology and for graduate school in all areas of psychology. In depth coverage of such topics as Ethics and Methods of Psychology as a Scientific Discipline, Biopsychology, Perception, Learning, Motivation, Emotion Memory, Thinking, Intelligence, Language, Development, Personality, Psychological Disorders, Psychotherapy, and Social Psychology.

50213 DATA ANALYSIS. Prerequisite: PSYC 30503. Introduction to SPSS in application to research in the behavioral sciences, including use of SPSS functions for data analysis. Attention is also given to the use of univariate and multivariate methods of exploratory data analysis.

50303 MODERN EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY. Prerequisite: Senior or graduate standing and approval of instructor. Introduction to current topics in experimental psychology, particularly learning, motivation, perception, and the designs and statistics utilized in their study. Intended for nonpsychology students. Concurrent registration in PSYC 50311 is encouraged.

50311 LABORATORY IN MODERN EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY. One laboratory period per week. Prerequisite: Concurrent registration in PSYC 50303 or approval of the instructor. Theory and application of experimental design.

50403 ADVANCED PHYSIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY. Prerequisite: Senior or graduate standing in Psychology and PSYC 30463 or approval of instructor. An in-depth analysis of the neural and endocrine components of normal and abnormal behavior with emphasis on the classic studies in the field.

50411 THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS OF STATISTICAL INFERENCE. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in Psychology; Ph.D. students must take concurrently with PSYC 50423. Supplements PSYC 50423. Provides an in-depth view of the models and theories underlying analysis of variance, correlation and regression analysis, and the non-parametric techniques.

50413 HISTORY AND SYSTEMS OF PSYCHOLOGY. Prerequisite: Senior or graduate standing in Psychology, or approval of instructor. The scientific and philosophic antecedents of contemporary psychology in relation to their current influence on the field.

50423 GRADUATE STATISTICS. Prerequisite: Senior or Graduate standing or approval of instructor. The conceptual basis of statistical inference. Topics include: analysis of variance models, correlation and regression analysis, and non-parametric techniques.

50453 EXPERIMENTAL SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY. Two lectures and one laboratory period per week. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in Psychology or approval of instructor. Concepts and methods of research on attitudes, communication and persuasion, group structure, and group processes.

50463 FUNDAMENTALS OF NEUROSCIENCE. Prerequisite: Senior or graduate standing, or approval of the instructor. Fundamentals of functional neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, with an emphasis on experimental and theoretical analysis of basic brain-behavior relationships. (Also offered as BIOL 50463.)

50472-50482 LABORATORY IN PHYSIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY AND NEUROSCIENCE. Prerequisite: PSYC 30463 or its equivalent or PSYC 50653 or its equivalent, or concurrent registration in either PSYC 50463 or PSYC 30463. One lecture and one laboratory per week. Emphasis will be on the laboratory techniques employed in physiological psychology and neuroscience in analyzing the neural and hormonal correlates of behavior. (Also offered as BIOL 50472-50482.)

50483 SOCIAL STRUCTURE AND PERSONALITY. Prerequisite: Senior or graduate standing in Psychology, or approval of instructor. Influence of social systems on the development of personality; influence of personality on social structure; analysis of behavior as influenced by combined social and personality variables. (Same as SOCI 50483.)

50493 ADVANCED PERSONALITY. Prerequisite: PSYC 30443 or its equivalent or approval of instructor. Current topics from the empirical and theoretical literature on personality.

50513 PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY. Prerequisite: PSYC 10213, 10514, 10524, or approval of instructor. Theory and principles of behavioral and biochemical methods of assaying drug action, with primary emphasis on the study of the effects of neuropharmacological agents or endogenous systems.

50523 EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN. Prerequisite: PSYC 50423, Graduate standing in Psychology, or approval of instructor. The planning and design of behavioral research including the specification of research problems, development of appropriate designs, the use of appropriate analytic techniques, and the interpretation of results.

50543 ADVANCED GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY. Prerequisite: Senior or graduate standing in Psychology, or approval of instructor. Review and integration of the field of general psychology for the student entering graduate training. Emphasis is on the logical and empirical bases of fundamental psychological concepts.

50563 DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY. Prerequisite: Senior or graduate standing in Psychology, or approval of instructor. Data and research methods related to the development of the human organism from its prenatal origins through old age.

50583 COGNITION. Prerequisite: Senior or graduate standing in Psychology, or approval of instructor. Current topics in the area of cognition including thinking, language, memory, decision making, and problem solving.

50591 PROBLEMS IN THE PHILOSOPHY OF PSYCHOLOGY I. Prerequisite: Senior or graduate standing in Psychology, or approval of instructor. Selected philosophical and methodological issues in psychology and their relation to the functioning of a psychologist. Discussions led by several faculty members.

50603 CONTEMPORARY LEARNING THEORY. Prerequisite: Senior or graduate standing in Psychology, or approval of instructor. Selected theoretical principles important for understanding complex behavior, and their recent extensions and application to human social behavior, autonomic and psychosomatic functioning, etc.