Department of Psychology

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science

Bernard C. Beins, Professor and Chair

The Department of Psychology is committed to enhancing critical and creative thinking through a scientifically grounded approach to the field of psychology. Faculty and staff seek to foster the growth of intellectual curiosity, rigor, ethical practice, and an appreciation and respect for diverse ideas, peoples and cultures.

Consistent with the mission statement of Ithaca College, we believe that competence is established when knowledge is tempered by experience. We value dynamic and hands-on modes of teaching, integrative and experiential learning, mentorship and collaboration with students, and the importance of solving complex problems by considering multiple perspectives.

The department offers two degrees, a bachelor of arts in psychology and a bachelor of science in applied psychology, as well as a minor in psychology. The department also helps to support two interdisciplinary minors. The neuroscience minor bridges psychology and biology, employing varied approaches in clinical applications and basic sciences. The counseling minor provides broad, interdisciplinary perspectives of psychology and sociology in the field of mental health and has a required internship component to provide practical experience.

The Department of Psychology also offers a number of general psychology courses from which students majoring in other disciplines may select depending upon their individual interests.

Requirements for Honors in Psychology

Students have the opportunity to graduate with departmental honors in psychology. To be eligible, a student must be a psychology major or minor in the junior year, with a 3.00 average in psychology and an overall GPA of 3.00. In exceptional cases, a student with a GPA as low as 2.70 may be considered if performance in psychology courses is outstanding. In any case, grades in psychology courses must not be lower than C.

Honors projects may be lab or field studies or may be based on library research. A student seeking departmental honors needs a faculty sponsor from the psychology department. Other advisers may be required depending on the nature of the project. The project must fall clearly within the field of psychology.

Once the student and sponsor have identified a topic, the student proposes the project to the faculty, both orally and in writing following APA format. After approval, work on the project may begin. While such projects are under way, meetings are scheduled to confirm that progress is being made toward completion. The student must present the finished project to the faculty, both orally and in writing, and the faculty must vote to approve it for honors.

Ordinarily, a student may take no more than 6 credits of honors work in psychology.

Advanced Placement

Students may receive equivalent credit for PSYC 10300 if they score 4 or 5 on the AP examination in psychology.

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 10200 Orientation to Psychology (NLA)

Acquaints students with career opportunities available to psychology majors, assists in exploration of individual career goals, and aids students in planning experiences and courses to match their goals. Open to psychology/applied psychology majors only. (F,Y)
1 Credit

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. Not open to Psychology majors, or students who have credit for PSYC 20100 or PSYC 20500. (F-S,Y)
Attributes: 1, SO, SS, TIDE
3 Credits

PSYC 11300 Introduction to Research in Psychology (LA)

Primarily for majors and minors in psychology. Designed to complement PSYC 10300. Students are introduced to a variety of research techniques in psychology and learn how to collect and analyze data and how to write research reports. One hour of lecture and two hours of laboratory work are required each week. Prerequisites: Math group 1, 2, or 3. Prior or concurrent enrollment in PSYC 10300. (F-S,Y)
2 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 20100 Proseminar in Development (LA)

An examination of the role of biological, experiential, and societal factors in the development of perceptual, cognitive, and interpersonal processes, with an emphasis placed on major developmental theories and methods of study. Not open to students who have credit for PSYC 10400 or PSYC 20500. Prerequisites: PSYC 11300. (F-S,Y)
Attributes: UND
3 Credits

PSYC 20200 Proseminar in 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. Prerequisites: PSYC 11300. (F-S,Y)
Attributes: 1, UND
3 Credits

PSYC 20500 Life-Span Development: A Cross-Cultural Perspective (LA)

An examination of theory and research within the field of developmental psychology, with attention paid to similarities and differences in development across cultures. This course emphasizes the role of the social and cultural context on development by examining cross-cultural and multicultural research, issues, and findings. Not open to students who have completed PSYC 10400 or PSYC 20100. Prerequisites: PSYC 10300. (Y)
Attributes: 1, G, SS
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, 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. Prerequisites: PSYC 10300 or PSYC 10400. (O)
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. 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: 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. (IRR)
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 24100 Family Dynamics and Therapy (LA)

Introduction to systems theory and an examination of the varied dynamics of the American family. Students will be introduced to theories of normal and disturbed family functioning and the use of systems theory to produce positive change. Special emphasis is placed on tracing disturbed patterns of functioning from one generation to the next. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing and PSYC 10300. (F-S,Y)
Attributes: 1, SS
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. Prerequisites: PSYC 10300 or PSYC 10400; sophomore standing. (F,Y)
Attributes: 1, DV, SS
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 11300; PSYC 20700. (F-S,Y)
Attributes: UND
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 11300; PSYC 20700. (F-S,Y)
Attributes: UND
3 Credits

PSYC 31001 Advanced Psychology Laboratory (LA)

An advanced laboratory course in which students will conduct one or more investigations in psychological topic areas that will vary by semester. This course will emphasize ethics, knowledge of research design, statistical analysis, becoming familiar with research relevant to the investigation(s), and working collaboratively. In addition, students will learn how to read scientific papers and write laboratory reports organized in APA style. In consultation with the supervising faculty member this course may be repeated for up to two credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 20700; permission of instructor. (IRR)
1 Credit

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 of the following: PSYC 20100, PSYC 20200, PSYC 20500, PSYC 20700, BIOL 20600, BIOL 22700, or SLPA 21200. (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
1 Credit

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: PSYC 20100, PSYC 20200, PSYC 20500 or PSYC 20700. (F-S,Y)
Attributes: 1, 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: PSYC 20100, PSYC 20200, PSYC 20500 or 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: PSYC 20100, PSYC 20200, PSYC 20500, PSYC 20700, PSYC 21700, SOCI 21700, OTBS 20100 or OTBS 20200; or PSYC 10400 and RLS 24300. (F-S,Y)
Attributes: 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 of the following: PSYC 20100, PSYC 20200, PSYC 20500, PSYC 20700, BIOL 20600, or BIOL 22700. (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: PSYC 20100, PSYC 20200, PSYC 20500, PSYC 20700, MGMT 20600, or STCM 21000. (S,O)
Attributes: SS
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. Prerequisite: PSYC 32100. (S,Y)
Attributes: SS
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 Techniques (NLA)

A training course for students who have been selected as lab assistants for the General Psychology Laboratory course. The course is designed to provide students with skills in operating lab equipment, leading group discussion, and scoring lab reports. Prerequisites: PSYC 11300; PSYC 20700; consent of instructor. (F-S,Y)
Attributes: UND
1 Credit

PSYC 36500 Development in Adolescence (LA)

Examination of psychological development from pubescence through the transition to adulthood. Attention is given to cognitive, personality, and social development. Special topics include the issues of sexuality, delinquency, emotional disturbance, and education. The focus is on adolescence in the United States, but cross-cultural perspectives are included. Prerequisites: Completion of three social science courses, including PSYC 10300, PSYC 10400, PSYC 20100, or PSYC 20200; junior standing. (S,O)
Attributes: 1, SS
3 Credits

PSYC 36600 Psychology of Aging (LA)

Examination of the biological, societal, and individual factors that influence the age-related changes in perceptual, cognitive, and social-personality processes in the middle and later years of life, with an emphasis placed on major developmental theories and methods of study. Prerequisites: PSYC 10400, PSYC 20100, PSYC 20500, OTBS 20100 or OTBS 20200. (F,Y)
Attributes: 1, SL, SS
3 Credits

PSYC 40800 Special Problems in Abnormal Psychology (LA)

Study of the etiology and symptomatology of neurotic and psychotic behavior and other forms of personality disorder. Prerequisites: PSYC 32100; junior standing. (IRR)
Attributes: SS
3 Credits

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 and three of the following courses: PSYC 10300, PSYC 20100, PSYC 20200, PSYC 21700, SOCI 21700, PSYC 24100, PSYC 32100, PSYC 34100. Psychology and applied psychology majors, psychology minors, and counseling minors only. (F-S,Y)
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 47000 History of Psychology (LA)

Investigates the development of theories of psychology and the nature of their research paradigms. Examines the antecedents of psychology in philosophy, the natural sciences, and medicine. Prerequisites: One level-3 psychology course and junior standing. (S,E)
Attributes: 1, H, HU
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