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The following courses may involve the use of animals. Students who are concerned about the use of animals in teaching have the responsibility to contact the instructor, prior to course enrollment, to determine whether animals are to be used in the course, whether class exercises involving animals are optional or required and what alternatives, if any, are available.
The Department of Psychology enforces course prerequisites. Students who do not meet the course prerequisites will be administratively dropped from the course.
PSYC100
Introduction to Psychology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SB
GenEd: DSHS or DSNS
A basic introductory course, intended to bring the student into contact with the major problems confronting psychology and the more important attempts at their solution.
Discussion sections do not meet until after first lecture. Research requirement: may involve participation in research.
PSYC123
The Psychology of Getting Hired
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg
Designed to introduce students to the science behind the hiring process and to prepare individuals with the academic and practical training required. Together we will explore psychological principles that influence the selection process and how individuals can apply them for the competitive edge that makes others Fear the Turtle!
PSYC200
Statistical Methods in Psychology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: FSAR
Prerequisite: PSYC100. And 1 course with a minimum grade of C- from (STAT100, MATH107, MATH111, MATH120, MATH130, MATH140); or must have completed MATH220 with a minimum grade of C-.
Credit only granted for: BIOM301, BMGT230, CCJS200, ECON230, ECON321, EDMS451, GEOG306, GEOL351, GVPT422, JOUR405, PSYC200 or SOCY201. (These courses do not necessarily meet the same major requirements-check with your advisor to see which of these courses will count for your major).
A basic introduction to quantitative methods used in psychological research.
Restricted to PSYC, ENSP and BSCI majors. All other majors require permission in BPS 1107.
PSYC221
Social Psychology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SB
GenEd: DSHS or DSSP
Prerequisite: PSYC100.
The influence of social factors on the individual and on interpersonal behavior. Includes topics such as conformity, attitude change, person perception, interpersonal attraction, and group behavior.
PSYC221H
(Perm Req)
Social Psychology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SB
GenEd: DSHS or DSSP
Prerequisite: PSYC100.
The influence of social factors on the individual and on interpersonal behavior. Includes topics such as conformity, attitude change, person perception, interpersonal attraction, and group behavior.
Open to students in the University Honors programs only.
PSYC289D
Living the Good Life: The Psychology of Happiness
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SB
GenEd: DSHS, SCIS
PSYC300
Research Methods in Psychology Laboratory
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP
Prerequisite: PSYC200.
Restriction: Must be in Psychology program.
Credit only granted for: PSYC300 or PSYC309R.
Formerly: PSYC309R.
A general introduction and overview to the fundamental theoretical, conceptual, and practical issues in psychological research in both the laboratory and the field.
For PSYC majors only.
PSYC301
Biological Basis of Behavior
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSNS
Prerequisite: PSYC100. And BSCI170 and BSCI171; or BSCI105.
An introduction to the anatomical structures and physiological processe that determine behavior. After a study of the basic functioning of the nervous system, the course will examine the acquisition and processing of sensory information, the neural control of movement, and the biological bases of complex behaviors such as sleep, learning, memory, sex, language, and addiction.
Restricted to PSYC (major code 20010) students only.
PSYC302
Fundamentals of Learning and Behavior
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PSYC100. And BSCI170 and BSCI171; or BSCI105.
Restriction: Restricted to psychology majors during the registration period. All other majors will be placed on a hold file.
Credit only granted for: PSYC309F or PSYC302.
Formerly: PSYC309F.
Overview of the fundamental types of learning that occur without formal instruction. The course covers fundamentals of classical and instrumental conditioning as studied in a variety of species in addition to more modern theories of learning. We will then explore how these principles influence diverse processes such as memory, attention, extinction, categorization, motivation, and in some cases, how they are implemented in the brain and disrupted in disease.
PSYC303
Professional Development for Psychology Majors
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PSYC100; and must have completed 3 additional credits in PSYC courses. Or permission of BSOS-Psychology department.
Restriction: Must be in a major within BSOS-Psychology department.
Credit only granted for: PSYC309C or PSYC303.
Formerly: PSYC309C.
An investigation of various career and graduate school opportunities available to psychology majors. Students will learn about a wide range of career fields, will learn how to utilize available resources to pursue career goals, and will take steps to advance their professional identity and development.
PSYC309R
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in Psychology; PREP for Research
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
For psychology majors enrolled in the Psychology Research Empowerment Program (PREP).
PSYC318D
Community Interventions: Theory and Research; Community Interventions: Domestic Violence
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as WMST498A. For PSYC majors only. Theories and research related to domestic violence and interventions with abused women will be studied, and students will think critically regarding ethical and multicultural issues related to domestic violence. Community resources and strategies for ending domestic violence in the United States will be discussed.
PSYC334
Psychology of Interpersonal Relationships
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PSYC100.
Research, theory and their practical applications pertaining to the development, maintenance and dissolution of human relationships. Processes critical to successful relating (e.g., communication, bargaining, conflict resolution), and issues associated with troubled dyadic relations with equal partners (e.g., jealousy, spouse abuse, divorce).
Restricted to PSYC (major code 20010) students only.
PSYC336
Psychology of Women
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: D
GenEd: DSHS
Prerequisite: PSYC100.
Also offered as: WMST336.
Credit only granted for: PSYC336 or WMST336.
A survey of the biology, life span development, socialization, personality, mental health, and special issues of women.
Restricted to undergraduate PSYC students only. Students will be expected to meet face-to-face during class time to comp lete small group work on 5-6 Fridays during the semester.
PSYC341
Introduction to Memory and Cognition
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PSYC200 and PSYC300.
An introduction to the basic concepts of cognitive psychology, the scientific study of mental processes. Topics will include perception, attention, memory, reasoning, and language, with an emphasis on how findings from cognitive psychology can inform real-life thinking (e.g., memory strategies for studying, pitfalls of multitasking, and how/why our memories can fail us).
Restricted to PSYC (major code 20010) students only.
PSYC353
Adult Psychopathology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PSYC100.
Restriction: Must be in Psychology program.
The nature, diagnosis, etiology, and treatment of mental disorders.
Restricted to undergraduate PSYC students only.
PSYC354
Cross-Cultural Psychology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: D
GenEd: DSHS
Prerequisite: PSYC100.
Cultural components in theory and research in personality, social, and community psychology. Interplay of individual, ethnic, and cultural factors in psychosocial growth and well-being, cross-cultural and cross-ethnic communication, and counseling and psychotherapeutic interactions.
PSYC355
Developmental Psychology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PSYC100.
Survey of research and theory of psychological development from conception through childhood, stressing physiological, conceptual and behavioral changes, and the social and biological context in which individuals develop.
Restricted to undergraduate PSYC students only.
PSYC361
Survey of Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PSYC100.
A general survey of the field of industrial organizational psychology including such topics as organizational entry (recruitment, selection, training, socialization); organizational psychology (motivation, leadership, job attitudes); and productivity in the work place (performance appraisal, absenteeism, turnover). The role that the larger environment plays in influencing work behaviors and work attitudes.
Restricted to PSYC (major code 20010) students only.
PSYC389
(Perm Req)
Experiential Learning
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
For PSYC majors only. A course for undergraduate psychology majors to earn academic credit for an approved psychology-related internship experience. Information about the course may be obtained in BPS1107, or by contacting the instructor. Restricted to PSYC majors only.
PSYC407
(Perm Req)
Behavioral Neurobiology Laboratory
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PSYC300 and PSYC301; and permission of instructor.
Restriction: Must be in Psychology program; and must have earned a minimum of 85 credits.
Laboratory exercises introducing concepts and techniques of behavioral neurobiology. Activities emphasize design of neurobiology experiments, hands-on experience with behavioral and neurobiological techniques, data collection, and analysis of the results. Most exercises use living animals.
Permission required (contact professor, ddyager@umd.edu)
PSYC409
(Perm Req)
Topics in Neurosciences Seminar
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg
For students in the neuroscience minor. Research presentations on selected topics in neuroscience. Review and discussion of background readings related to research presentations take place on alternate weeks. Restricted to students in the neuroscience minor.
PSYC411
Introduction to Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: PSYC200, PSYC301, and PSYC300.
Restriction: Must be in a major within BSOS-Psychology department.
Credit only granted for: PSYC309N or PSYC411.
Formerly: PSYC309N.
An introduction to functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Students will be taught about formulating testable hypotheses with fMRI, utilizing basic methods in fMRI studies, and understanding existing limitations of fMRI studies in the literature.
PSYC420
Experimental Psychology: Social Psychology Laboratory
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PSYC300 and PSYC221.
Restriction: Must be in Psychology program; and must have earned a minimum of 85 credits.
A laboratory course to provide a basic understanding of experimental method in social psychology and experience in conducting research on social processes.
Restricted to PSYC (major code 20010) students only.
PSYC425
Psychology and Law
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PSYC100, PSYC200, and PSYC300.
Restriction: Must be in Psychology program.
Credit only granted for: PSYC309K, PSYC325, or PSYC425.
Formerly: PSYC309K.
An introduction to the intersection of psychology and the criminal justice sytem, known as the field of legal psychology. The material covered will span the course of the criminal justice process and examine each aspect from a psychological perspective beginning with profiling and moving on to eyewitness memory and judgements through perpetrator memories and interrogation techniques. These apsects will be evaluated with a research lens as well as an applied outlook.
PSYC432
Counseling Psychology: Theories, Research, and Practice
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PSYC200.
Analysis of research and intervention strategies developed and used by counseling psychologists. Historical and current trends in content and methodology.
Restricted to undergraduate PSYC majors only. Students will be expected to meet face-to-face during class time to complete small group work on 5-6 Fridays during the semester.
PSYC433
Basic Helping Skills: Research and Practice
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: PSYC300; and (PSYC434, PSYC334, PSYC353, PSYC435, PSYC436, or PSYC432).
Restriction: Must be in Psychology program; and must have earned a minimum of 85 credits.
Theories and research regarding effective helping skills. Students will practice helping skills with each other and will conduct research projects evaluating their helping skills. Students should be willing to talk about personal issues in class. Because of the participatory nature of this class, attendance normally will be included in the computation of grades.
Restricted to undergraduate PSYC majors who have completed 85 credits.
PSYC436
Introduction to Clinical Psychology: From Science to Practice
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PSYC300.
Critical analysis of clinical psychology, with particular emphasis on current developments and trends.
Restricted to undergraduate PSYC majors only.
PSYC437
The Assessment and Treatment of Addictive Behaviors
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PSYC100; and 9 credits in PSYC courses.
Credit only granted for: PSYC309E (taken in the Winter Term) or PSCY437.
Formerly: PSYC309E.
Explores the current research in assessment and treatment of addictive behaviors. Topics may include addictions in the areas of alcohol, drugs, nicotine, gambling, and eating.
PSYC445
The Psychology of Video Games and Entertainment
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PSYC200.
Restriction: Must be in Psychology program; or permission of BSOS-Psychology department.
Credit only granted for: PSYC309V or PSYC445.
Formerly: PSYC309V.
An exploration of the diverse elements and theories in the psychology of video games and entertainment. The history and taxonomy of video games, cognitive and affective elements, virtual reality and social presence, video game violence, and educational and ethical issues will be covered.
PSYC460
Psychological Foundations of Personnel Selection and Training
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PSYC361 and PSYC200.
An examination of issues and processes involved in the design and evaluation of personnel selection and training programs in a variety of organizational settings: job, person and organizational analysis; organizational choice; development of predictors; evaluation of instructional and training systems; criteria for performance evaluation, promotion and training.
For PSYC majors only.
PSYC469H
(Perm Req)
Honors Thesis Proposal Preparation
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restricted to undergraduate PSYC majors only.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
PSYC478
(Perm Req)
Independent Study in Psychology
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Information about independent study may be obtained in BPS 1107. Restricted to PSYC majors (20010) only. The student must have completed 9 hours in PSYC with at least a 3.0 GPA in PSYC and a 2.8 overall GPA.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
PSYC479
(Perm Req)
Special Research Problems in Psychology
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Information about research credit may be obtained in BPS 1107. Restricted to PSYC majors (20010) only. The student must have completed 9 hours in PSYC with at least a 3.0 GPA in PSYC and a 2.8 overall GPA.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
PSYC489X
(Perm Req)
Advanced Special Topics in Psychology; Musical Perception and Cognition
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
For students enrolled in the Psychology Honors program. Email lkader@umd.edu to request permission.
PSYC499H
(Perm Req)
Honors Thesis Research
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
In addition to the department and instructor, the director of the honors program may be contacted to obtain a section number. Prerequisite: permission of the thesis advisor. Permission may be obtained in BPS 1147. Restricted to undergraduate PSYC majors only.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
PSYC601
(Perm Req)
Quantitative Methods I
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: PSYC200; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
A basic course in quantitative/mathematical analysis and statistical methods in psychology with an emphasis on conceptual understanding. Topics include issues in measurement, probability theory, statistical inference and hypothesis testing, parameter estimation, bivariate regression, and correlation.
For PSYC majors only. For all non-psychology graduate students, written permission of the instructor and department is required.
PSYC604
Fundamentals of Social Psychology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Credit only granted for: PSYC604 or PSYC640.
Formerly: PSYC640.
A survey of classic and contemporary theories, research and methods in social psychology.
PSYC612
Affective Science Perspectives on Temperament & Personality
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Scientific requirements for a personality theory. Postulates and relevant research literature for several current personality theories.
What makes each of us unique? How do these differences contribute to enduring differences in health & wealth? Review work in humans/non-humans aimed at understanding the psychobiological mechanisms underlying trait-like differences in personality (Negative/Positive Emotionality & Self-Control). Discuss phylogenetic/ontogenetic origins of temperment (e.g. Behavioral Inhibition), measurement issues, fundamental dimensions, mechanisms contributing to stability/change, heritability, implications for psychopathology & therapeutic intervention, & implications for public policy. Drill deeply into the neurobiology of fear/anxiety (systems- level & molecular/genetic/epigenetic evidence).
PSYC622
(Perm Req)
Research Methods in Clinical Psychology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Restriction: Permission of instructor.
Credit only granted for: PSYC622 or PSYC718.
Formerly: PSYC718.
Examines issues and strategies in conceptual systems, designs and methodologies of current research in clinical and community psychology. Readings include critical analyses of published research. Course requirements include preparation of a research proposal for a thesis level study.
PSYC624
Adult Psychopathology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Restriction: Permission of instructor; and must be in one of the following programs (Psychology (Master's); Psychology (Doctoral)).
Credit only granted for: PSYC624 or PSYC719.
Formerly: PSYC719.
Examines the scientific and clinical literature relevant to normal and pathological behavior in adults and associated nosological systems for categorizing psychopathology. Issues relevant to etiology, differential diagnosis, and treatment planning are also considered.
PSYC629
(Perm Req)
Clinical Laboratory
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: S-F
Contact department or instructor for details.
PSYC638
Externship in Professional Psychology
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: S-F
For PSYC majors only.
PSYC639
Internship in Professional Psychology
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: S-F
For PSYC majors only.
PSYC643
Ethical and Professional Issues in Clinical Psychology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Restriction: Permission of instructor; and must be in one of the following programs (Psychology (Master's); Psychology (Doctoral)).
Credit only granted for: PSYC643 or PSYC719.
Formerly: PSYC719.
An overview of the ethical and professional issues involved in psychological research, instruction, and practice, with special attention to advocacy and ethical decision making regarding a variety of primary, secondary, and tertiary clinical/community interventions.
PSYC644
Basic Foundation of Clinical Interventions
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Permission of instructor; and must be in one of the following programs (Psychology (Master's); Psychology (Doctoral)).
General introduction to behavior theory and the basic behavioral principles that underlie behavior therapy. Provides an introduction to the philosophical, theoretical and empirical contributions of basic behavior analysis as they relate to behavior therapy, including examples of how behavior therapy is disconnected from its roots.
PSYC651
Writing and Critical Thinking
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Restriction: Must be enrolled in and have completed 4 terms of the Clinical Psychological Science MPS program.
A capstone experience to integrate knowledge learned throughout the program and improve critical thinking and research writing skills. This will be done through the production of a major research paper in an area relevant to the current or future career goals of the student and by emphasizing critical thinking skills.
PSYC652
Analytical Thinking: Statistical Methods at Work
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Additional information: Students will be taught how to conduct analyses in R, SPSS, SAS, Stata, and excel; students are encouraged to practice analyses on at least two of these programs.
Personal and organizational growth begins with asking and answering great questions. Correspondingly, this course begins with demonstrations of how to translate business questions into research questions. Statistical methods used to answer business questions are taught first conceptually, then computationally using statistical software. This course emphasizes interpreting results, the regression model, and other issues salient to business research, such as handling large datasets. Students will be provided with a simulated dataset that they will use in learning how to frame and answer business questions using the techniques covered in this course. At the conclusion of this course, students will be required to provide an executive-level presentation on the business question, their findings, and resulting implications.
PSYC662
Understanding Trauma and Recovery I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Must be in the Graduate Certificate of Professional Studies in Treating Survivors of Violence, Torture, and Trauma: Theoretical Foundations and Mental Health; or permission of instructor.
This course is designed to provide students with an overview of psychological trauma and an introduction to treatment of trauma survivors. Current theoretical approaches to understanding trauma and treatment from psychological, developmental, neurobiological, cognitive, and ecological perspectives will be presented.
PSYC692
Assessment in Counseling Psychology I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: PSYC680.
Credit only granted for: PSYC692 or PSYC721.
Formerly: PSYC721.
Broad introduction to the construction of psychological tests and measures, and experience in test interpretation, with consideration of historical, legal, ethical, and cultural issues surrounding the assessment process.
PSYC695
(Perm Req)
Ethical and Professional Issues in Counseling Psychology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Must be in the Counseling Psychology program.
Also offered as: EDCP695.
Credit only granted for: EDCP669, EDCP688, EDCP695, PSYC688, or PSYC695.
Formerly: EDCP669 and EDCP688.
Exploration of ethical and professional issues in Counseling Psychology
PSYC698
(Perm Req)
Advanced Didactic-Practicum in Counseling Psychology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: S-F
PSYC700
(Perm Req)
Theories and Strategies of Counseling Psychology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Restriction: Permission of BSOS-Psychology department.
Credit only granted for: PSYC700 or PSYC711.
Formerly: PSYC711.
Introduction to the professional field, examination of pertinent scientific and philosophical backgrounds, and survey of the major theories, principles, and training models in counseling. Correlated laboratory analogue experiences in dyadic and group interrelationships.
PSYC764
(Perm Req)
Comparative Neuroanatomy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Permission of instructor.
Demonstrations and lectures on the gross, microscopic and ultrastructural morphology of the central nervous system of vertebrates.
PSYC779A
Seminar in Human Performance Theory; Seminar in Cyberpsychology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
A review of psychological issues relevant in the design and use of automated systems. Cognitive issues include perception, attention, motivation, memory, reasoning, judgment and decision making. Automated systems range from personal computers and mobile devices to global command and control systems.
PSYC789
Special Research Problems
Credits: 1 - 4
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
PSYC798B
Graduate Seminar; The Psychology of Teaching
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
PSYC798K
Graduate Seminar; Multilevel Theory and Dynamics
Credits: 1 - 4
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
An exploration and critical examination of principles, methodologies, and analytical approaches for research involving multilevel systems and dynamics that are relevant to organizational psychology and organizational behavior (OP/OB).
PSYC799
(Perm Req)
Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
For PSYC majors only. For all non-psychology graduate students, written permission of the instructor and department is required.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
PSYC819D
Seminar in Personality and Development; Attachment Theory
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
PSYC888A
Research Methods in Psychology; Developmental Seminar
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
PSYC889
Research Methods in Psychology
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
PSYC898
Pre-Candidacy Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: Reg, S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.
PSYC899
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg, S-F
For PSYC majors only. For all non-psychology graduate students, written permission of the instructor and department is required.
Contact department for information to register for this course.