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 should 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 BC1088 Science of Living Well. 4 points
What does it mean to live a life well lived? Can science inform how you can live your own best life? What does it take to realize your full potential and be your best self in the face of competing conflicts (inner conflicts as well as external pressures)? The main mission of this course is to provide an up-to-date understanding of theoretical, empirical, and applied advances in the science of well-being and self-actualization. Consideration will be given to conflicting viewpoints and their respective empirical support, including the benefits of embracing both comfortable and uncomfortable emotions, the measurement and development of different models of well-being, and the implications of deliberately attempting to increase well-being. While this course will cover the latest science of well-being, the course is deeply grounded in humanistic psychology. As such, the course will cover essential human needs, including health, security, growth, mindfulness, self-esteem, connection, love, creativity, resiliency, purpose, flow, gratitude, awe, and other forms of self-transcendence. We will also cover the implications of the latest science for cultivating healthy institutions— spanning education, work environments, healthy families, humane leadership, and the development of civic virtues— that are growth-fostering and bring out the best in everyone. Throughout the course we will engage in experiential learning and practical exercises to further help you become a whole person, which will inform our theoretical and empirical understanding of the latest scientific findings. My hope is that in addition to enhancing your appreciation of how the scientific method can advance understanding of the human condition, the activities and information in this course will also help you in your own personal journey to satisfy the fundamental needs of human existence and become more fully human— accepting and becoming flexible with the totality of your being.

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.