Introductory Psychology Courses and Courses Recommended for First Years

PSYC BC1001 Introduction to Psychology. 3 points
This course is prerequisite for all other psychology courses. It is a lecture course introducing students to the chief facts, principles, and problems of human and animal behavior, through systematic study of a text, lectures, exercises, reading in special fields, and participation in several current experiments (an alternative to participation in experiments can be arranged at the start of the semester at the student's request.) Several sections are offered every semester.

PSYC BC1015 Psychology Research Methods Laboratory. 3 points
Instructor permission is required to enroll in this introductory lab course which is intended for students who have not previously been enrolled in a psychology lab course. It is also highly recommended for First Year and Sophomore students, and those who have no experience in any science laboratory course. Students are expected to have completed BC1001 Introduction to Psychology, or its equivalent, in a previous semester, or be enrolled concurrently. This course is comprised of a three hour laboratory section and a 75 minute lab lecture component. Note that this laboratory is not a requirement for the major, however, if a student chooses to enroll she must do so prior to all other PSYC topical lab courses (see below). 

This is a laboratory-based introduction to experimental methods used in psychological research. Upon successful completion of this course, students will know how to review the primary literature and formulate a hypothesis, design an experiment, analyze data using statistical methods, communicate the results of a scientific study through oral presentation and written manuscript, and carry out research studies under ethical guidelines. Students will be able to apply the acquired knowledge in all disciplines of Psychology and will be prepared to engage in advance research in fields including, but not limited to, Cognition, Learning, Perception, Behavioral Neuroscience, Development, Personality, and Social Psychology. 

Several sections of this course are offered every semester.

PSYC BC1099 Science and Scientists. 1 point
Instructor permission required to enroll. This course consists of weekly meetings with researchers to discuss the nature of scientific inquiry in psychology; and intellectual, professional, and personal issues in the work of scientists. Note that this course cannot be used towards the major but might be useful to a student interested in Psychlogy. This course is offered every semester.

PSYC BC1101 Statistics & PSYC BC1102 Statistics Recitation. 4 points
Instructor permission required to enroll. The lecture and recitation must be taken together in the same semester. Lecture course introducing students to statistics and its applications to psychological research. The course covers basic theory, conceptual underpinnings, and common statistics. Recitation section is devoted to discussion of weekly problem assignments. Note that students who take ECON BC 2411 cannot also receive credit for PSYC BC 1101/1102.
 

Once a student has completed BC1001 or its equivalent, she may enroll in the following topical laboratory courses and lectures. Note that if a student enrolls in a laboratory course she must take the acompanying lecture concurrently; but one can also take the lecture withot the lab. Also, not all courses are offered every semester, but when they are offered there are at least two sections of each lab. 

PSYC BC1107 Psychology of Learning. 3 points. Lecture course covering the basic methods, results, and theory in the study of how experience affects behavior. The roles of early exposure, habitation, sensitization, conditioning, imitation, and memory in the acquisition and performance of behavior are studied.

PSYC BC1106 Psychology of Learning Laboratory. 1.5 pointLaboratory course to accompany BC1107. Students conduct experiments analyzing learning and memory in rats and humans.

PSYC BC1110 Perception. 3 points. Lecture course covering an introduction to problems, methods, and research in perception. Discussion of psychological studies of seeing, hearing, touching, tasting, and smelling.

PSYC BC1109 Perception Laboratory. 1.5 point. Laboratory course to accompany BC1110. Students conduct experiments of seeing, hearing, touching, tasting, and smelling, and learn to report their findings.

PSYC BC1115 Cognitive Psychology. 3 points. Lecture covering selected topics illustrating the methods, findings, and theories of contemporary cognitive psychology. Topics include attention, memory, categorization, perception, and decision making. Special topics include neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience.

PSYC BC1114 Cognitive Laboratory. 1.5 point. Laboratory course to accompany BC1115. Students conduct experiments related to selected topics illustrating the methods, findings, and theories of contemporary cognitive psychology. Topics include attention, memory, categorization, perception, and decision making. Special topics include neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience.

PSYC BC1119 Systems and Behavioral Neuroscience. 3 points. Lecture course covering an introduction to the physiological bases of behavior: development, organization and function of the nervous system; neurochemistry, neurophysiology and synaptic transmission. Topics include: the neural bases of sensory systems; homeostasis; sexual behavior; biological rhythms; emotionality and stress; learning and memory; and psychopathology.

PSYC BC1118 Systems and Behavioral Neuroscience Laboratory. 1.5 point. Laboratory course to accompany BC1119. Students conduct experiments related to the physiological bases of behavior: development, organization and function of the nervous system; neurochemistry, neurophysiology and synaptic transmission. Topics include: the neural bases of sensory systems; homeostasis; sexual behavior; biological rhythms; emotionality and stress; learning and memory; and psychopathology. A portion of this course uses rats as experimental subjects and involves brain dissections.

PSYC BC1125 Psychology of Personality. 3 points. Lecture course covering the principal approaches to personality and their implications for personality development, psychological adjustment, and everyday behavior.

PSYC BC1124 Psychology of Personality Laboratory. 1.5 point. Laboratory consists of experiments related to the principal approaches to personality and their implications for personality development, psychological adjustment, and everyday behavior. Students will participate in all stages of personality research: conceptualizing a personality construct, designing and administering tests, identifying individual differences, and carrying out a study.

PSYC BC1129 Developmental Psychology. 3 points. Lecture course covering cognitive, linguistic, perceptual, motor, social, affective, and personality development from infancy to adolescence.

PSYC BC1128 Developmental Laboratory. 1.5 point. Laboratory course involving experiments related to cognitive, linguistic, perceptual, motor, social, affective, and personality development from infancy to adolescence. The course offers an opportunity for direct observation of children; major areas of research at each level of development are covered.

PSYC BC1138 Social Psychology. 3 points. Lecture course covering contemporary theory and research on social thought and behavior. Issues such as person perception, attitudes, attraction, aggression, stereotyping, group dynamics, and social exchange will be explored. The application of theory and research to addressing social problems will be discussed.

PSYC BC1137 Social Psychology Laboratory. 1.5 point. Laboratory course covering contemporary theory and research on social thought and behavior. Issues such as person perception, attitudes, attraction, aggression, stereotyping, group dynamics, and social exchange will be explored. The application of theory and research to addressing social problems will be discussed.