Psychology

 

Following are course descriptions. Check the Annual Schedule to plan your schedule.

 

PSYCHOLOGY & 100
General Psychology (5)

Course provides an introduction to the scientific study of the biological, mental, and social factors that influence human behavior. Topics covered include: personality, learning, memory, critical thinking, intelligence, psychological disorders, and treatments. Mandatory decimal grading.

PSYCHOLOGY & 200
Lifespan Psychology (5)

A survey of human development from conception through death. Physical, emotional, cognitive and psychosocial development will be explored. Mandatory decimal grading.

PSYCHOLOGY 202
Biopsychology (5)

How does our biology influence how we think, feel, and act? How does our behavior impact the way our biology is expressed? This course examines these two questions and explores the interaction between biology and behavior. Topics include: memory, sex, drugs, and mental illness. Prerequisite for UW psychology majors. Prerequisite: PSYC& 100 or equivalent with instructor permission. Mandatory decimal grading.

PSYCHOLOGY 207
The Psychology of Excellence (5)

This course focuses on the application of psychological theories & research to enhancing performance in a variety of life settings. Topics include: self-regulation, goal setting, visualization, stress management, attention control, time management, effective communication, & conflict resolution. Mandatory decimal grading.

PSYCHOLOGY 208
Adulthood, Aging and Development (5)

A study of the basic concepts and issues in adult aging and development. Exploration of the developmental patterns and problems characteristic of the adult years from a cultural perspective. Mandatory decimal grading.

PSYCHOLOGY 209
Fundamentals of Psychological Research (5)

This course covers the key themes and concepts of psychological research and is a foundation course for students planning to take additional courses in psychology. Students will also learn how to critically evaluate scientific findings and claims made by the popular press. A prerequisite for UW psychology majors. Prerequisite: PSYC& 100 or equivalent with instructor permission. Mandatory decimal grading.

PSYCHOLOGY 210
Psychology of Sexuality & Relationships (5)

Survey of social, psychological and biological influences on patterns of human sexual behavior. Sexual dysfunction and therapy, contraception, and venereal disease will also be considered. Mandatory decimal grading.

PSYCHOLOGY & 220
Abnormal Psychology (5)

Introduction to the field of psychopathology. A survey of the symptoms, causes and treatment of psychological disorders will be considered. Prerequisite: PSYC& 100, or equivalent with instructor permission. Mandatory decimal grading.

PSYCHOLOGY 225
Drugs and Behavior (5)

This course surveys the popular recreational drugs in terms of their pharmacological, physiological (health) and psychological impact on the individual. In addition, we will examine issues related to drug use and abuse, addiction, treatment, drug regulation and enforcement, as well as other topical issues. Student option grading.

PSYCHOLOGY 236
Introduction to Personality (5)

Introduction to the scientific study of personality, including personality theories and theorists, personality assessment, and personality constructs. Prerequisite: PSYC& 100 or equivalent with instructor permission. Mandatory decimal grading.

PSYCHOLOGY 245
Social Psychology (5)

An introduction to the scientific study of relations between individuals and groups and the effects of contextual variables such as: race, ethnicity, culture, and gender. Some of the topics included are: group function, self-concept, conflict, aggression, and discrimination. Mandatory decimal grading.

PSYCHOLOGY 293
Special Topics in Psychology (3)

Classes focusing on specific issues and/or topics of interest in psychology. Student option grading.

PSYCHOLOGY 295
Special Topics in Psychology (5)

Classes focusing on specific issues and/or topics of interest in psychology. Student option grading.

PSYCHOLOGY 297
Individual Project in Psychology (1)

Individual project in a specific area of psychology. By arrangement with instructor. Prerequisite: Instructor permission, based on evaluation of students' educational and work experience. Student option grading.

PSYCHOLOGY 298
Individual Project in Psychology (2)

Individual project in a specific area of psychology. By arrangement with instructor. Prerequisite: Instructor permission, based on evaluation of students' educational and work experience. Student option grading.

PSYCHOLOGY 299
Individual Project in Psychology (3)

Individual project in a specific area of psychology. By arrangement with instructor. Prerequisite: Instructor permission, based on evaluation of students' educational and work experience. Student option grading.