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Undergraduate: Psychology

-PSY101: Introductory course with major emphasis on basic concepts which characterize the laws of behavior. Topics include observation and measurement, learning, motivation, and important physiological, social and personality influence on normal and abnormal behavior are studied.

 -PSY105: Methods and techniques of scientific inquiry used in psychology, including computer-simulated demonstrations, laboratory projects, small group discussion and written assignments.

-PSY205: Overview of research methods in psychological experimentation. Emphasis on the nature of scientific problems, the development of testable hypotheses and the design of experiments and descriptive research relevant to psychological phenomena.

-PSY206: Overview of statistical methods in psychological research. Topics covered include measures of central tendency and dispersion, hypotheses testing, t-tests, analysis of variance (ANOVA), correlation, regression, nonparametric tests.

-PSY302: Supervised research experience in laboratory or field settings through assisting a faculty member in some phase of his research. Content will be arranged individually between students and sponsoring faculty member. A statement of the specific responsibilities of each student will be filed in the office of the department.

-PSY304: Seminar dealing with a current topic of interest in psychology. The goals of the course are to improve written and oral communication skills and to develop and improve ability to function in, contribute to, and to benefit from a small group, intellectual experience.

-PSY311: An interdisciplinary survey of developmental changes over the human lifespan, and of the various influences accounting for them. From prenatal development of the fetus, to dying as an individual and social process, the major life periods are examined sequentially.

-PSY321: Examines the process by which information is extracted, interpreted, stored, retrieved and used. Topics may include sensation, perception, attention, memory, concept formation, imagery, language, problem solving, reasoning, decision making and social inference.

-PSY331: A survey of biological components of behavior. The course assumes that evolution by natural selection applies to both biological and ecological components of behavior. Physiological mechanisms covered include those that relate to motivation and learning. Ecological considerations include the behaviors involved in the solution of ecological problems such as food, shelter, mates and predator avoidance.

-PSY340: A study of the major theories of personality including psychoanalytic, dispositional, phenomenological and behavioral strategies. Approaches to research in personality, personality assessment and measurement, and personality change and modification are examined.

-PSY361: Major studies and theories concerning the individual's relations to other individuals and groups. Topics: affiliation, social perception, altruism, aggression, social influence.

-PSY408: Course consists of administration of Psychology Senior Exam and reporting of results to students. Passing the exam is a graduation requirement for psychology majors.

-PSY409: The background to the development of psychological systems for pre-Greek times to the present; the assumptions, historical origins, characteristics, and comparative achievements and shortcomings of each.

-PSY412: A study of the cognitive and developmental psychological variables in the teaching-learning situation and their relation to individual and group instruction.

-PSY414: The period of development from conception to adolescence covering the physical, emotional, social, intellectual and moral phases of child growth and development. An equal emphasis given to the periods of infancy and childhood, theoretical issues, research findings and applications.

-PSY415: Institutional, social and biological factors which interact to thrust the child into adolescence; youth and adulthood examined. Emphasis: development of psychological mechanisms which enhance the life of the individual. Occupational and marital adjustment; emphasis: pleasures and stresses of parenting and effective child rearing practices studied.

-PSY443: A study of human aberrant behavior patterns as evidenced in mental illness, delinquency, crime and poor cultural adaptation. Emphasis is placed upon relating the contributions of the behavioral sciences to an integrated understanding of abnormal and deviant behavior of both individuals and groups.

-PSY445: Principles, theories and research issues in counseling psychology. Counseling process. Counseling ethics. Counseling as a profession.

-PSY461: Theory and research in the field of evolutionary psychology. The relevance and importance of evolutionary theory as it applies to major aspects of human behavior including mating, violence and aggression, altruism, family relationships and language.

-PSY496: Students will participate significantly in teaching a psychology course. Specific duties may include lecturing; leading laboratory and recitation groups; course, program, or student evaluation; and tutoring. May not be taken more than twice, and must be in different courses.

General Education

ENG101, PHI102, MAT161, SOC250, MAT101, SPA111, SPA150, AAS203, MUS110, PED191, LIB105, THE106, HIS102, HIS122, PED192, PHI320, ANT101, FNI191, INT381, PED193, SOC101, ENV101, SOC309, GEG124, PED194, PED420.

Graduate: School Psychology

-PSY501: Quantitative analyses and interpretation of data obtained from psychological tests, multivariate statistical methods, and related computer analysis procedures used in evaluating and interpreting test data. Students will learn concepts and analysis procedures to assist them in choosing appropriate assessment tools for diagnostic, instructional, research, or program evaluation purposes, and how to summarize and report the results of such analyses.

-PSY509: Students are introduced to the roles and functions of school psychologists, with emphasis on "best practices" in the field. An overview of the profession is provided, and students will begin to develop perspectives of the profession.

-PSY516: A comprehensive survey of human development from conception to late adolescence including biological, social/cultural and psychological factors influencing human development.

-PSY520: This course involves the study of the basic human learning processes, and cognitive and academic skills. Emphasis is on the relevance of recent research and theoretical developments in cognitive psychology to instructional settings, and on appreciating diversity in learning and cognitive abilities. This course will build a foundation of knowledge that will enable students to later develop and evaluate appropriate cognitive and academic goals for students with different abilities, disabilities, strengths, and needs. Topics include theories of learning, attention, memory, problem solving, reasoning, metacognition, social cognitive theory, attribution theory, and experimental paradigms for the study of cognition and learning.

-PSY543: A comprehensive, applied course in the theories and research involving learning disabilities. The course has as its focus the Federal Regulations concerning children with handicapping conditions (IDEA, ADA) as well as New York State regulations (Part 200). The class is taught from the psychoeducational perspective and includes discussion of alternative service delivery systems and procedures for selecting appropriate environments for students who are learning disabled. Readings, lectures, case law, and case studies lead to knowledge of clinical differentiation based on current research on learning disabilities.

-PSY544: Intellectual assessment is designed to provide students with an in-depth knowledge of the process of cognitive assessment, including administration, scoring, and interpretation of intellectual ability tests. Students will become familiar with the use of data based assessment skills that can be transferred for use with other tests. Similarities and differences, as well as pros and cons of tests will be discussed.

-PSY545: Provides students with exposure to a variety of methods in the assessment of learning and socio-emotional disorders. The course will emphasize "best practices" in the assessment and diagnosis of learning and behavior disorders. Students will develop skill in the administration, scoring, interpretation, and report writing of select measures.

-PSY546: This course is designed to provide a foundation of knowledge regarding special populations within the school environment. Students will understand the defining characteristics of specific learning, sensory, neurological, and psychological disorders as well as develop skill in the identification and academic interventions for these disorders.

-PSY550: Psychology 550 is the first in a two semester course sequence designed to provide a foundation of skills in the areas of behavioral consultation and academic and behavioral interventions. Students will build knowledge about and practice using the stages of behavioral consultation. This includes understanding of operationalizing a problem and defining goals, functional assessment, and evaluating outcomes.

-PSY551: Psychology 551 is the second in a two semester course sequence designed to provide a foundation of skills in areas of behavioral consultation and academic and behavioral interventions. Students apply skills learned about school consultation in psychology 550 through work with intervention cases. Students will develop a repertoire of behavioral and academic intervention skills.

-PSY553: The Information Technology Lab is designed to provide students with knowledge and skills in using information technologies available to school psychologists. Students will receive training in the use of current software utilized in intellectual, achievement, behavioral, and neurophysical assessment, and utilized in the analysis and storage of data. Students will also receive training in how to use technology to access information sources relevant to providing quality services, and in how to use technology to safeguard protected information.

-PSY581: Design, statistical analysis, and interpretation of research in applied settings. Includes quasi-experimental design, program evaluation, and qualitative research.

-PSY597: This course is designed to provide opportunity to apply skills learned in coursework that semester. Students work individually and in teams in local schools and the university Psychoeducational Clinic in a variety of capacities, including psychoeducational assessments and interventions, school-based program implementation and evaluation, and counseling. Can be repeated twice for a total of six credits.

Electives:

EDS543.

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