Psychology

General Prerequisites: with the exception of Psychology 1500 and 1520, students may not enroll in psychology courses unless they are eligible to enroll in Mathematics 1115 or 1125 and English 1157 or have credit in mathematics and English at the college level.

PSYC 1000           General Psychology                                                                       3 cr.
Offered each semester. A general introduction to the scientific study of the behavior of organisms. An honors section (1009) is available for qualified students.

PSYC 1009           General Psychology Honors                                                                       3 cr.
Offered each semester.  A general introduction to the scientific study of the behavior of organisms; for students in the Honors Program.

PSYC 1500           The Psychology of Personal Adjustment                                               3 cr.
Offered each semester. The psychology of daily living with emphasis on identification and coping with the stressors of life. Topics include personality, stress and anxiety, interpersonal relationships, and substance abuse

PSYC 1520           Human Sexual Behavior                                                              3 cr.
Offered each semester. Aspects of human sexuality including behavior, anatomy, physiology, cross-cultural comparisons, and historical and current perspectives.

PSYC 2091           Special Topics in Psychology                                                      3 cr.
Prerequisite: PSYC 1000 or 2200. Topics will vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for a total of six semester hours credit.

PSYC 2100           Lifespan Developmental Psychology                                            3 cr.
A survey of lifespan developmental psychology, with emphasis on emotional, learning, motivation, perceptual, and verbal processes across the lifespan.

PSYC 2110           Child Psychology                                                                             3 cr.
Prerequisite: PSYC 1000, 2100, or 2200. Study of the physical, social, and psychological development of the child.

PSYC 2120           Adolescent Psychology                                                                 3 cr.
Prerequisite: PSYC 1000, 2100, or 2200. Study of the physical, social, and psychological development of the adolescent.

PSYC 2200           Educational Psychology                                                                                3 cr.
Applications of psychology to the educative process.

PSYC 2310           Introduction to Statistics for Behavioral Science                                        3 cr.
Offered each semester. Prerequisites: PSYC 1000 and MATH 1115 or higher. Introduction to the application of statistics for behavioral and psychological sciences. Frequency distributions, measures of central tendency and dispersion, correlation, discrete and continuous probability functions, tests of significance including t-test and chi-square. Introduction to analysis of variance, correlation, regression, and non-parametric tests of significance. Two hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory.

PSYC 2340           Motivation and Emotion                                                                                 3 cr.
Prerequisite: PSYC 1000 or 2200. Survey of classes of behavior seen in human and infra-human forms, including general activity and exploration, consummatory behavior, aggression, social affiliation, social approval, achievement, and goal-setting behavior; discussion of concepts of instinct, drive, habit, reinforcement, expectancy, and incentive.

PSYC 2380           Psychology of Cognition                                                                             3 cr.
Prerequisite: PSYC 1000 or 2200. The study of concept formation, problem-solving, understanding, and language with emphasis on the development thereof; theory, research, and application.

PSYC 2400           Social Psychology                                                            3 cr.
Prerequisite: three hours of psychology or sociology. Survey of the cultural forces as they affect attitudes, social learning, perception, and communication of the individual and the group.

PSYC 3090           Independent Research in Psychology                                                                    3 cr.
Offered each semester. Prerequisite: PSYC 3300 and consent of department. The individual student is responsible for the selection of the area of reading or research. May be repeated for a total of six semester hours credit.

PSYC 3095           Field Experience in Applied Psychology                                                    3 cr.
Prerequisites: PSYC 3300 and completion of a 4000-level content course in an area relevant to the proposed field experience, and consent of department. Students will be placed in an agency or office setting which has been approved by the appropriate departmental committee, to gain supervised experience in the applications of psychology in field settings. Students usually work eight hours a week at times mutually agreeable to the individual and the applied setting. In addition, students must meet regularly with the faculty supervisor, and the student's work must be evaluated by both the faculty supervisor and the site supervisor. May be repeated for a total of six semester hours credit.

PSYC 3099           Senior Honors Thesis                                                                               3 cr.
Offered each semester. Prerequisite: PSYC 3300, consent of department, consent of director of the Honors Program, and grade point averages of at least 3.5 in psychology and 3.25 overall. Senior honors thesis research in psychology under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated for a total of six semester hours credit.

PSYC 3130           Adult Development and Aging                                                                  3 cr.
Prerequisite: PSYC 3300 or 6 hours of PSYC at 2000 level or above. Study of the physical, social, and psychological development of the adult.

PSYC 3300           Experimental Design and Methodology                                                     3 cr.
Offered each semester. Prerequisite: PSYC 1000 and any one of the following: PSYC 2310, MATH 2314, or a first course in statistics. Introduction to scientific method, experimental and statistical design, scientific writing, and psychophysical and psychological research methodology. Two hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory.

PSYC 3320           Introduction to Biopsychology                                                               3 cr.
Prerequisites: PSYC 1000 or BIOS 1083 or BIOS 1303. It is recommended that students have taken both PSYC 1000 and (BIOS 1083 or 1303). The study of the brain and nervous system, sensory processing, movement, development, sleep and arousal, motivation, emotion, learning, memory, cognitive function, and language.

PSYC 4000           Psychology Comprehensive Exam                                                        0 cr.
Prerequisites:  PSYC 3300, credit in any psychology course at the 4000 level, and junior standing.  Open only to Psychology majors. This is a required, zero credit course, that psychology students must take in order to graduate. Communications for this course are conducted online. Students meet on campus once to take a comprehensive psychology exit exam.

PSYC 4010           History of Modern Psychology                                                          3 cr.
Offered each semester. Prerequisite: PSYC 3300. A historical survey of psychology with special reference to schools of psychology.

PSYC 4091           Special Topics in Psychology                                                      3 cr.
Prerequisite: PSYC 3300. The topics will vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for a total of six semester hours credit.

PSYC 4310           Intermediate Statistics for Behavioral Science                                            3 cr.
Prerequisite: PSYC 3300. An intensive treatment of descriptive and inferential statistics for applications in behavioral sciences, including the analysis of variance. Consideration is given to special correlation procedures, including complex multiple regression analysis.

PSYC 4320           Physiological Psychology                                                                             3 cr.
Prerequisite: PSYC 3320. A continued exploration of PSYC 3320 content examining the function of the nervous system with respect to sensation, perception, learning, and motivation.

PSYC 4330           Comparative Psychology                                                                              3 cr.
Prerequisite: PSYC 3300 or 6 hours of PSYC at 2000 level or above. Similarities and differences in behavior between and within various animal species, influences of heredity and experience on behavior. Two hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory.

PSYC 4350           Psychology of Learning                                                                 3 cr.
Prerequisite: PSYC 3300 or 6 hours of PSYC at 2000 level or above. The study of behavior from the standpoint of learning. A critical review and analysis of recent experimental literature in the learning area plus a consideration of the major theories of learning. Two hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory.

PSYC 4365           Sensation and Perception           3 cr.
Prerequisite: PSYC 3300 or 6 hours of PSYC at 2000 level or above. A consideration of the sensory systems (including vision, audition, olfaction, gustation, somesthesis) and a survey of perceptual phenomena, scaling, psychophysics, the organization of perception, perceptual learning, and sensation-perception distinctions.

PSYC 4510           Personality                                                                                                         3 cr.
Prerequisite: Six hours of psychology courses at the 2000 level. Determinants and dynamics of personality.

PSYC 4530           Psychopathology                                                             3 cr.
Prerequisite: six hours of psychology courses at the 2000 level or above. In-depth study of current theoretical and research formulations of psychological disorders.

PSYC 4550           Clinical Psychology                                                                         3 cr.
Prerequisite: PSYC 3300 or 6 hours of PSYC at 2000 level or above. Introduction to the history, clinical techniques, research methods, ethics, and political concerns of clinical psychology.

PSYC 4600           Psychological Tests and Measurements                                                  3 cr.
Prerequisite: PSYC 3300. Test construction, standardization, validation; intelligence, clerical, mechanical, spatial aptitude tests; interest and personality tests; test batteries.

PSYC 4700           Introduction to Personnel and Industrial Psychology                                 3 cr.
Prerequisite: PSYC 3300 or 6 hours of PSYC at 2000 level or above. A review of scientific methodology and statistical concepts applicable to the industrial situation; followed by the contributions of psychology to personnel selection, training, human relations, environmental engineering, organizational structure, and consumer research.

PSYC 5010           History of Modern Psychology                                                                  3 cr.
Offered each semester. Prerequisite: PSYC 3300. A historical survey of psychology with special reference to schools of psychology.

PSYC 5091           Special Topics in Psychology                                                                      3 cr.
Prerequisite: PSYC 3300. The topics will vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for a total of six semester hours credit.

PSYC 5100           Lifespan Developmental Psychology                                      3 cr.
A survey of lifespan developmental psychology, with emphasis on emotional, learning, motivation, perceptual, and verbal processes across the lifespan.

PSYC 5310           Intermediate Statistics for Behavioral Science                                   3 cr.
Prerequisite: PSYC 3300. An intensive treatment of descriptive and inferential statistics for applications in behavioral sciences, including the analysis of variance. Consideration is given to special correlation procedures, including complex multiple regression analysis.

PSYC 5320           Physiological Psychology                                                             3 cr.
Prerequisite: PSYC 3320. A continued exploration of PSYC 3320 content examining the function of the nervous system with respect to sensation, perception, learning, and motivation.

PSYC 5330           Comparative Psychology                                                              3 cr.
Prerequisite: PSYC 3300 or 6 hours of PSYC at 2000 level or above. Similarities and differences in behavior between and within various animal species, influences of heredity and experience on behavior. Two hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory.

PSYC 5350           Psychology of Learning                                                                 3 cr.
Prerequisite: PSYC 3300 or 6 hours of PSYC at 2000 level or above. The study of behavior from the standpoint of learning. A critical review and analysis of recent experimental literature in the learning area plus a consideration of the major theories of learning. Two hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory.

PSYC 5365           Sensation and Perception                                                                           3 cr.
Prerequisite: PSYC 3300 or 6 hours of PSYC at 2000 level or above. A consideration of the sensory systems (including vision, audition, olfaction, gustation, somesthesis) and a survey of perceptual phenomena, scaling, psychophysics, the organization of perception, perceptual learning, and sensation-perception distinctions.

PSYC 5510           Personality                                                                         3 cr.
Prerequisite: Six hours of psychology courses at the 2000 level. Determinants and dynamics of personality.

PSYC 5530           Psychopathology                                                                             3 cr.
Prerequisite: six hours of psychology courses at the 2000 level or above. In-depth study of current theoretical and research formulations of psychological disorders.

PSYC 5550           Clinical Psychology                              3 cr.
Prerequisite: PSYC 3300 or 6 hours of PSYC at 2000 level or above. Introduction to the history, clinical techniques, research methods, ethics, and political concerns of clinical psychology.

PSYC 5600           Psychological Tests and Measurements                                                       3 cr.
Prerequisite: PSYC 3300. Test construction, standardization, validation; intelligence, clerical, mechanical, spatial aptitude tests; interest and personality tests; test batteries.

PSYC 5700           Introduction to Personnel and Industrial Psychology                                       3 cr.
Prerequisite: PSYC 3300 or 6 hours of PSYC at 2000 level or above. A review of scientific methodology and statistical concepts applicable to the industrial situation; followed by the contributions of psychology to personnel selection, training, human relations, environmental engineering, organizational structure, and consumer research.

PSYC 6050           Seminar on Professional Problems                                                                         3 cr.
Prerequisite: consent of department. Review of licensing requirements in Louisiana and other states; ethical standards in practice, teaching, and research; and laws governing the use of humans and animals in research. Review of research grant application procedures, practicum responsibilities, and an overview of standard practices in the instruction of psychology courses.

PSYC 6090           Independent Research in Psychology                                                                    3 cr.
Prerequisite: consent of department. This course may be repeated for credit. Research experience with psychological topics not being taken concurrently for thesis or dissertation credit. The individual student is responsible for the selection of the area of research.

PSYC 6091           Seminar                                                                                                               1 cr.
Prerequisite: Consent of Department. All graduate students will be expected to participate in a report and discussion group in the field of psychology. Must be taken for credit a minimum of four times.

PSYC 6101           Fundamentals of Applied Developmental Psychology I                          3 cr.
Prerequisite: admission to graduate program in psychology and consent of department. A review of research and theory in life-span developmental psychology. Special consideration will be given to age-related changes in cognitive structure, language acquisition, sensation and perception, experiential influences, and social-emotional development.

PSYC 6102           Fundamentals of Applied Developmental Psychology II                                 3 cr.
Prerequisite: PSYC 6101 and Consent of Department. This course is concerned with how psychological research and intervention strategies are combined in health and human services settings. Social policy and available services will be discussed.

PSYC 6170           Problems in Social-Emotional Development                                      3 cr.
Prerequisite:PSYC 6101 and Consent of Department. A review and evaluation of research in social-emotional development throughout the life-span. Emphasis will be given to the determinants of deviant social-emotional development in childhood, maturity, and senescence. Techniques for the assessment and management of deviant development will be presented.

PSYC 6191           Practicum in Applied Developmental Psychology                  3 min. cr. - 6 max. cr.
Prerequisites: PSYC 6050 6101 6311 6312 6350 6801 and either 6102 or 6802 and Consent of Department. Supervised experience in various fields of applied developmental psychology. Amount of credit to be stated at time of registration. May be repeated for credit.

PSYC 6195           Advanced Seminar in Applied Developmental Psychology                3 cr.
Prerequisite: PSYC 6101 and Consent of Department. The topics vary from semester to semester and may include current topics in social, personality, and cognitive development, developmental methods, or new or developing areas of application. This seminar may be repeated for credit.

PSYC 6311           Advanced Statistics I                                                      3 cr.
Prerequisite: admission to graduate program in psychology and consent of department. Machine calculation, coding, measures of centrality and variation, regression, correlation, prediction, probability, statistical inference, chi square, t and F distributions, simple analysis of variance, multiple prediction, reliability and validity of measurements.

PSYC 6312           Advanced Statistics II                                                                     3 cr.
Prerequisites: PSYC 6311 and Consent of Department. Complex analysis of variance designs: factorial, treatments-by-subjects, groups-within-treatments, mixed, random replications, Latin and Greco-Latin Squares. Analysis of covariance, trend tests, non-parametric tests, sequential analysis, curve fitting.

PSYC 6350           Advanced Learning                                                                         3 cr.
Prerequisite: admission to graduate program in psychology and consent of department. An advanced study of the principles and theories of learning, including both animal and human learning. Two hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory.

PSYC 6395           Advanced Seminar in Statistics                                                                 3 cr.
Prerequisites: PSYC 6311 6312 and consent of department. The topics will vary from semester to semester and may include such topics as Regression, Multivariate Analysis, Factor Analysis and Psychometric Theory. The seminar may be repeated for credit.

PSYC 6400           Social Psychology                                                                            3 cr.
(SOC 6573 and PSYC 6400 are cross-listed) Analysis of the relationship between human behavior and social context, emphasizing the impact of social forces on social action and cognition. Topics include theoretical paradigms in social psychology, language use and interaction, small groups, self and identities, collective behavior, attitudes, and behavior. Critical analysis of existing theory and research methodology will be considered for each topic.

PSYC 6500           Seminar in Psychological Interventions                 3 cr.
Prerequisite: consent of department. Topics will vary from semester to semester. Each seminar will focus on a single model or method of intervention and practical considerations in its implementation. This seminar may be repeated for credit.

PSYC 6550           Psychopathology                                                                     3 cr.
Prerequisite: consent of department. An introduction to the experimental analysis of deviant behavior.

PSYC 6610           The Measurement of Intelligence                                                           3 cr.
Prerequisite: consent of department.

PSYC 6620           Developmental Assessment of Psychopathology                                3 cr.
Prerequisite: consent of department. The theory and techniques used in the assessment of psychopathology from a developmental perspective.

PSYC 6801           Fundamentals of Applied Biopsychology I                                      3 cr.
Prerequisite: admission to graduate program in psychology and consent of department. Review of anatomical, physiological, and biochemical bases of behavior with special consideration of the consequences of disease or injury-caused disturbances.

PSYC 6802           Fundamentals of Applied Biopsychology II                                                        3 cr.
Prerequisite: PSYC 6801 and an advanced undergraduate or graduate neuroanatomy lab and consent of department.  Lectures and readings on the application of the fundamental principles of neurology and biology to the traditional subdisciplines of biopsychology, including sensation and perception, control of movement, emotion, motivation, learning and memory, and disorders of thought and mood.

PSYC 6810           Psychopharmacology                                                                     3 cr.
Prerequisite: PSYC 6801 and consent of department. Interrelations of human biochemistry and behavior with particular attention to neural transmitters, the endocrine system, and clinical applications.

PSYC 6820           Psychophysiology                                                                           3 cr.
Prerequisite: PSYC 6801 and consent of department. Review of physiological concomitants of normal and disturbed behavioral processes. Topics will include evoked potentials galvanic skin response and brainstem potentials. Two hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory.

PSYC 6830           Neuropsychology                                            3 cr.
Prerequisite: PSYC 6801 and consent of department. Review and evaluation of research in and the diagnosis and treatment of brain dysfunction.

PSYC 6840           Behavioral Medicine                                     3 cr.
Prerequisite: PSYC 6801 and consent of department. Summary of biological and behavioral interactions in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of psychosomatic disorders such as headaches, insomnia, sexual dysfunction, and cardiovascular diseases.

PSYC 6891           Practicum in Applied Biopsychology                               3 min. cr. - 6 max. cr.
Prerequisites: PSYC 6050, 6101, 6311, 6312, 6350, 6801, and either 6102 or 6802 and consent of department. Supervised experience in various fields of applied biopsychology. Amount of credit to be stated at time of registration. May be repeated for credit.

PSYC 6895           Advanced Seminar in Applied Biopsychology                                                     3 cr.
Prerequisite: PSYC 6801 and consent of department. The topics vary from semester to semester and may include such current topics as brain function theory, biopsychological methods, or new or developing areas of application. This seminar may be repeated for credit.

PSYC 7000           Thesis Research                                                                               1 min. cr. - 9 max. cr.
Prerequisite: Consent of Department. To be repeated for credit until thesis is accepted. Section number will correspond with the credit to be earned.

PSYC 7010           Teaching of Psychology                                                                3 cr.
Requisites: Masters degree and consent of department. Supervised experience in teaching an undergraduate lecture class in psychology. Provides didactic and practical experience in designing a coherent course structure, developing a syllabus, using innovative teaching methods, designing effective exams, evaluating teaching effectiveness, and being sensitive to ethical issues involved in teaching and interacting with students.

PSYC 7040           Examination or Thesis Only                                                                        0 cr.
Prerequisite: Consent of Department. Open to students in a thesis program who have only (other than application for degree) the final typing and acceptance by the Graduate School of their thesis or dissertation or to students in a non-thesis program who have only (other than application for degree)to pass the final examination to complete graduation requirements.

PSYC 7050           Dissertation Research                                                                   1 min. cr. - 9 max. cr.
Prerequisite: Consent of Department. Preparation of dissertation by Ph.D. candidate under direction of major professor and dissertation committee. Section number will correspond with credit to be earned. To be repeated for credit until dissertation is accepted

PSYC 7191           Internship in Applied Developmental Psychology              6 min. cr. - 9 max. cr.
Offered each semester. Prerequisites: Completion of course work and general examination and consent of department. Only open to Applied Developmental Psychology graduate students nominated by the Department of Psychology and accepted by a departmentally-approved internship site. An internship normally involves the equivalent of 12 months of supervised full-time experience. To qualify as an internship, a minimum of 1500 hours at the site must be completed within 24 months. The internship is an intensive, advanced supervised experience required to be a practicing psychologist. May be repeated for credit. Pass/fail grading.

PSYC 7891           Internship in Applied Biopsychology                                        6 min. cr. - 9 max. cr.
Offered each semester. Prerequisites: Completion of course work and general examination and consent of department. Open only to applied biopsychology graduate students nominated by the Department of Psychology and accepted by a departmentally-approved internship site. An internship normally involves the equivalent of 12 months of supervised full-time experience. To qualify as an internship, a minimum of 1500 hours at the site must be completed within 24 months. The internship is an intensive, advanced supervised experienced required to be a practicing psychologist. May be repeated once for credit. Pass/fail grading.