Psychology (PSYC)

PSYC 10000 The Psychology of Adjustment (LA)

Introduction to the psychology of human behavior; intended for non-psychology majors who want a broad overview of those aspects of psychology most relevant to problems of living. (F-S,Y)
Attributes: 1, SO, SS, TMBS
3 Credits

PSYC 10300 General Psychology (LA)

Introduction to the study of behavior, focusing on the influences of physiological, cognitive, social, and personality factors on behavior, including discussion of the major theories in psychology and related research. (F-S,Y)
Attributes: 1, SS
3 Credits

PSYC 10400 Introduction to Developmental Psychology (LA)

Introduction to the study of developmental processes, with an emphasis placed on genetic and environmental influences on the organism's physical, cognitive, social, and personality development across the life span. (F-S,Y)
Attributes: 1, SO, SS, TIDE
3 Credits

PSYC 11400 Psychology Professional Development I (LA)

Introduction to the profession of psychology, career opportunities for psychology majors, the psychology program at Ithaca College, APA style and professional communication in psychology. Introduction to published psychological literature, writing for the discipline, research procedures, and data collection skills. Open only to psychology/applied psychology majors. Prerequisites: PSYC 10300 (may be taken concurrently). (F-S,Y)
Attributes: SS
3 Credits

PSYC 15300 Selected Topics: Psychology (LA)

Courses offered on various topics chosen by faculty members or resulting from students' requests. This course may be repeated for credit when topics vary. Prerequisites appropriate to the course level will be announced when course descriptions are distributed. Offered on demand only.
Attributes: NS
1-3 Credits

PSYC 20200 Motivation (LA)

Examination of the biological, cognitive, and social aspects of psychological motivation. Covers principal theories of motivation, research methods and findings, as well as applied issues. For psychology majors, this course satisfies the APA Communication Skill development requirement. Prerequisites: PSYC 11400. (F-S,Y)
Attributes: 1, ACS
3 Credits

PSYC 20700 Statistics in Psychology (LA)

Introduction to the computation and , interpretation, application, and communication of basic descriptive and inferential statistics used in the behavioral sciences. Emphasis is placed on analyzing data using statistical software (SPSS). Prerequisites: Math group 1, 2, or 3; passing score on QL readiness exam; PSYC 10300 or PSYC 10400. (F-S,SUM Y)
Attributes: 2B, ESTS, NS, QL
4 Credits

PSYC 20800 Positive Psychology (LA)

Exposure to important theories and concepts in the field of positive psychology, including the determinants of happiness, positive emotions, resilience, and optimism. For psychology majors, this course satisfies the APA Communication Skill development requirement. Prerequisites: PSYC 11400. (Y)
Attributes: ACS
3 Credits

PSYC 21700 Mental Health in Historical and Social Contexts (LA)

Explores the historical and contemporary contexts of mental health and distress from both sociological and psychological perspectives. Examination of the social construction of mental health through time, and consideration of how social and cultural factors such as race, class, and gender intersect with diagnostic paradigms and clinical treatment models employed by practitioners. This course counts toward the social change core area requirement for sociology majors and minors.For psychology majors, this course counts towards the Sociocultural Competence requirement. Cross listed as SOCI 21700. Students may not receive credit for PSYC 21700 and SOCI 21700. Prerequisite: Restricted to Counseling minors; one 100-level sociology course or PSYC 10300. (F-S,Y)
Attributes: CC, DV, SO1, SS
3 Credits

PSYC 23100 Health Psychology (LA)

Examines the ways in which biology, behavior, and social context influence health and illness, as well as the contributions of psychological research to the understanding, prevention, and treatment of a variety of health concerns. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing. (Y)
Attributes: SO, SS, TMBS
3 Credits

PSYC 23200 Matters of the Mind: The Neuron and Beyond (LA)

Introduces the basic principles of neuroscience with a focus on the scientific exploration of neurological impairments. Examines the role of the human brain in interpreting the physical world and forming concepts of ourselves, society and ‘reality’. Prerequisite: sophomore standing. (F-S, Y)
Attributes: NS, SC, TMBS
3 Credits

PSYC 23500 Conservation Psychology: Psychology for a Sustainable World (LA)

Application of psychological science to understanding reciprocal relationships between psychological well-being, environmental sustainability, social-environmental justice, and mitigating human-caused environmental problems. For psychology majors, this course counts towards the Sociocultural Competence requirement. Prerequisites: Sophomore Standing. (S,Y)
Attributes: CC, ENSS, ESSS, SO, SS, TQSF
3 Credits

PSYC 24700 Culture and Psychology (LA)

Introduces the perspective and methods of Cultural Psychology. Focal point is the relationship between cultural context where individuals grow and develop and the behaviors that become established in the repertoire of individuals growing up in a particular culture. This course will help students to recognize and challenge their own assumptions about “human nature,” the “person,” and what is “natural.” For psychology majors, this course satisfies the APA Communication Skill Development requirement and counts towards the Sociocultural Competence requirement. Prerequisites: PSYC 11400. (Y)
Attributes: 1, ACS, CC, G, HN
3 Credits

PSYC 25300 Selected Topics: Psychology (LA)

Courses offered on various topics chosen by faculty members or resulting from students' requests. This course may be repeated for credit when topics vary. Prerequisites appropriate to the course level will be announced when course descriptions are distributed. Offered on demand only.
1-3 Credits

PSYC 26100 Psychology of Women (LA)

In-depth examination of the psychology of women in contemporary society. Review of the research on gender differences and consideration of the theories (social learning, psychoanalytic, and biological) that have attempted to explain the differences. Focuses on some of the central experiences of women's lives (including relationships, work, mothering, sexuality, and mental health), with particular attention to the ways in which women's psychological development differs from that of men's in a patriarchal society. For psychology majors, this course counts towards the Sociocultural Competence requirement. Cross-listed with WGST 26100; students cannot receive credit for both PSYC 26100 and WGST 26100. Prerequisites: sophomore standing. (F,Y)
Attributes: 1, CC, DV, SS
3 Credits

PSYC 27000 Social and Cultural Issues in the History of Psychology (LA)

Survey of psychology’s cultural roots and the development of the discipline. Emphasis on the roles of culture, race, and ethnicity in the development and practice of psychology. For psychology majors, this course satisfies the APA Communication Skill development requirement. Prerequisites: PSYC 11400. (F, Y)
Attributes: ACS, CC
3 Credits

PSYC 30200-30215 First Semester Research Team (LA)

The first of three semesters of participation in programmatic research by teams of students under the direction of one or more faculty members. Prerequisites: PSYC 30800 (may be taken concurrently); permission of instructor. (F-S,Y)
Attributes: UND
2 Credits

PSYC 30300-30313 Second Semester Research Team (LA)

The second of three semesters of participation in programmatic research by teams of students under the direction of one or more faculty members. Prerequisites: PSYC 30200-30299. (F-S,Y)
Attributes: UND
2 Credits

PSYC 30400-30413 Third Semester Research Team (LA)

The third of three semesters of participation in programmatic research by teams of students under the direction of one or more faculty members. In consultation with the supervising faculty member this course may be repeated for up to four credits. Prerequisites: PSYC 30300-30399. (F-S,Y)
Attributes: UND
2 Credits

PSYC 30800 Research Methods in Psychology (LA)

Analysis of methodological designs used in psychological research and application of statistical methods for behavioral sciences, with special emphasis placed on the experimental method. Students should be able to use SPSS on the computer. Prerequisites: PSYC 20700. (F-S,Y)
3 Credits

PSYC 30900 Methods of Testing and Assessment (LA)

Behavioral measurement in the context of psychometrics, presented with examples and demonstrations from the areas of "intelligence," aptitude, achievement, interest, and personality assessment. The ethical and technical challenges of test selection, administration, and interpretation are discussed. Prerequisites: PSYC 20700. (F-S,Y)
3 Credits

PSYC 31100 Behavioral Neuroscience (LA)

Study of the anatomical structures and biochemical and physiological processes that affect and mediate the emotional, psychological, and behavioral states of the organism. Prerequisites: One 200 level PSYC course (except PSYC 20700), or PSYC 10300 and either BIOL 11900 or BIOL 12100. (F-S,Y)
Attributes: 2A, NS
3 Credits

PSYC 31200 Behavioral Neuroscience Lab (LA)

Designed to complement PSYC 31100. Students take part in demonstrations and hands-on work with the variety of techniques necessary to understand behavioral neuroscience, including surgery, anatomy, histology, and electrical stimulation and recording. Prerequisites: PSYC 31100 (may be taken concurrently). (F-S,Y)
Attributes: NS
2 Credits

PSYC 31600 Social Psychology (LA)

Study of the psychological determinants of social behavior and interpersonal processes, as well as the social determinants of the development of self-concept, beliefs, and attitudes. Prerequisites: One 200 level PSYC course (excluding PSYC 20700). (F-S,Y)
Attributes: 1, LMSP, LSSP, SS
3 Credits

PSYC 32000 Personality (LA)

This course presents an overview and encourages critical analysis of the major perspectives (e.g. trait, biological, cross-cultural, psychodynamic, cognitive), scientific issues, applications, and research findings in the area of personality. Prerequisites: One 200 level PSYC course (excluding PSYC 20700). (F,Y)
Attributes: SS
3 Credits

PSYC 32100 Abnormal Psychology (LA)

Introduction to dynamics of abnormal behavior with special emphasis on the etiology, diagnosis, treatment and evaluation of interventions for psychiatric diagnoses and common forms of psychological distress. Prerequisites:One 200-level course from the following list: 200 level PSYC course (except PSYC 20700) SOCI 21700, OTBS 20100 or OTBS 20200; or PSYC 10400 and RLS 24300. (F-S,Y)
Attributes: LMSP, LSSP, SS
3 Credits

PSYC 33000 Cognition (LA)

Topics in cognitive psychology, including perception, attention, memory, language, problem solving, decision making, and reasoning. Developmental changes, individual differences in cognitive skills, and applications of cognitive research to fields such as law, education, and business are considered. Prerequisite: One 200 level PSYC course (except PSYC 20700), or PSYC 10300 and either BIOL 11900 or BIOL 12100. (F-S,Y)
Attributes: 2A, NS
3 Credits

PSYC 33400 Industrial and Organizational Psychology (LA)

Overview of the application of psychology to the behavior of people in workplace settings. Topics include personnel psychology, organizational behavior, workplace design, and consumer psychology. Prerequisites: One 200 level PSYC course (excluding PSYC 207000), MGMT 20600, or STCM 21000. (S,O)
Attributes: SS
3 Credits

PSYC 33600 Forensic Psychology (LA)

Application of psychology to the civil and criminal justice systems. Emphasis on psychology’s role in criminal investigation, legal decision making, assessment of competency and insanity, and understanding and predicting criminal behavior. Prerequisites: PSYC 10300 and one 200 level PSYC course (excluding PSYC 20700), or GBUS 20300. (S, E).
3 Credits

PSYC 34100 Forms of Therapy (LA)

Introduction to modalities of individual psychotherapy, including cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, and psychodynamic. Goals include achieving an understanding of therapeutic modalities as well as an appreciation of issues related to pharmacological treatments and methods of evaluating the outcome of treatment interventions. For psychology majors, this course counts towards the Sociocultural Competence requirement. Prerequisite: PSYC 32100. (S,Y)
Attributes: CC, SS
3 Credits

PSYC 34200 Family Therapy (LA)

Survey of current approaches to family and couples counseling. Emphasis on systemic models of family functioning and therapeutic intervention. Assessment techniques, intervention rationales and the role of the family therapist. For psychology majors, this course satisfies the APA Communication Skill development requirement. Prerequisites: PSYC 32100, or SOCI 21700/PSYC 21700. (F,Y)
Attributes: CC
3 Credits

PSYC 35100 Independent Supervised Study (LA)

In-depth study of topic of interest in psychology, chosen in consultation with supervising instructor. A student may undertake more than one independent study. Offered on demand only. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. Variable credit (commensurate with the complexity of the study). (IRR)
Attributes: UND
1-5 Credits

PSYC 35200 Independent Supervised Research (LA)

Students conduct empirical research on a topic selected in consultation with the instructor. Students may undertake more than one independent supervised research project. Offered on demand only. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. Variable credit (commensurate with the complexity of the project). (IRR)
Attributes: UND
1-5 Credits

PSYC 35300 Selected Topics: Psychology (LA)

Courses offered on various topics chosen by faculty members or resulting from students' requests. This course may be repeated for credit when topics vary. Prerequisites appropriate to the course level will be announced when course descriptions are distributed. Offered on demand only.
1-3 Credits

PSYC 35400 Psychology Laboratory Assistant Seminar (NLA)

A training course for students who have been selected as lab assistants for PSYC 11400. Designed to provide students with skills in teaching, leading group discussion, and scoring assignments. Prerequisites: PSYC 11400; PSYC 20700; Permission of instructor. (F,Y)
1 Credit

PSYC 36100 Infant, Child and Adolescent Development (LA)

This course focuses on the early part of the lifespan development and will emphasize the basic theories and research methods in the field of developmental psychology. Topics include brain development, parenting, identity, moral reasoning, child psychopathology, and challenges in adolescence. For psychology majors, this course counts towards the Sociocultural Competence requirement. Prerequisites: Any 200 level PSYC course (except PSYC 20700); sophomore standing. (S,Y)
Attributes: CC
3 Credits

PSYC 36600 Adulthood and Aging (LA)

Examination of the biological, cognitive, and socioemotional process across the adult lifespan, from emerging and early adulthood through late adulthood and death, with an emphasis on major developmental theories and methods of study. For psychology majors, this course counts towards the Sociocultural Competence requirement. Prerequisites: PSYC 10400 or any 200-level course (except PSYC 20700); sophomore standing. (F,Y)
Attributes: 1, CC, SL, SS
3 Credits

PSYC 39800 Psychology Professional Development II (NLA)

Exploration of career opportunities and options for individuals with an undergraduate degree in psychology or applied psychology, including graduate school (or other professional training) and employment in a related field. Prerequisites: Junior standing. Psychology majors and applied psychology majors only.
1 Credit

PSYC 42000 Professional Seminar in Human Services (NLA)

An opportunity for students enrolled in internships in human services agencies to analyze and discuss individual and general problems related to their experiences. Weekly seminar meetings focus on integration of internship experiences with issues in the human services field, including structure of mental health delivery and patient-practitioner interaction. May be repeated three times for a total of three credits. Corerequisites: PSYC 45000. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Psychology and applied psychology majors, psychology minors, and counseling minors only. (F-S,Y)
Attributes: CC
1 Credit

PSYC 45000 Internship in Psychology (NLA)

Provides students the opportunity to apply psychology under the supervision of the sponsoring agency and a psychology faculty member. Internships are arranged individually. Students must complete the H&S internship application process. May be repeated for up to twelve credits. Prerequisites: Junior standing, permission of instructor. (F-S-SU, Y)
Attributes: UND
1-12 Credits

PSYC 45100 Advanced Independent Supervised Study (LA)

Intensive study of an individually selected topic in psychology, including honors studies (generally following PSYC 35100). Offered on demand only. Prerequisites: Senior standing; consent of the department. Variable credit.
Attributes: UND
1-5 Credits

PSYC 45200 Advanced Independent Supervised Research (LA)

Intensive empirical research, including honors research (generally following PSYC 35200). Offered on demand only. Prerequisites: Senior standing; consent of the department. Variable credit.
Attributes: UND
1-5 Credits

PSYC 46700 Psychopharmacology (LA)

Examination of the effects of psychoactive drugs with a multilevel emphasis on neural effects, cognitive functioning, emotion, and behavior. Covers psychotherapeutic compounds used for the treatment of various psychopathologies, as well as drugs of abuse. Studies basic principles of psychopharmacology, mechanisms of action for major classes of psychoactive agents, and individual and sociocultural favors affecting use and abuse of drugs. Prerequisites: PSYC 31100. (IRR)
3 Credits

PSYC 49200-49210 Senior Seminar in Psychology (LA)

Intensive investigation of selected topics in psychology. Prerequisites: Senior standing; permission of instructor. (F-S,Y)
Attributes: UND
3 Credits

PSYC 49250 Seminar in Neuroscience (LA)

Intensive investigation of selected topics in neuroscience intended primarily for neuroscience minors. Cross-listed with BIOL 49250. Students cannot receive credit for BIOL 49250 and PSYC 49250. Prerequisites: Senior standing; permission of instructor. (S,Y)
3 Credits

PSYC 49800 Capstone in Psychology (LA)

Capstone experience for psychology and applied psychology majors emphasizing self-reflection and professional development. Exploration of connections between study in the major, Integrative Core Curriculum, and other learning experiences with a focus on the meaning and value of a liberal arts education. Prerequisites: Senior standing; restricted to psychology and applied psychology majors. (F-S,Y)
Attributes: CP
1 Credit