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  • CAS PS 542: Child Development and Public Policy
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PS 241 or CAS PS 243.
    Impact of law and government institutions on the development of children in the United States. Federal and state policy toward social services, education, and welfare; laws concerning the family, custody, child abuse, delinquency, and the rights and disabilities of minors.
  • CAS PS 544: Developmental Neuropsychology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PS 241 or CAS PS 243; or consent of instructor.
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    Study of the neural mechanisms underlying behavioral development. Topics include the plasticity of the developing brain in response to deprivation or damage and mechanisms underlying specific syndromes (e.g., aphasia, dyslexia, learning disabilities, hyperactivity, autism, and Tourette's syndrome). Also offered as CAS NE 544.
  • CAS PS 545: Language Development
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PS 241 or CAS PS 243; or consent of instructor.
    Language development in children. The acquisition of phonological, morphological, and syntactic systems; the role of both parent and child in the acquisition of communicative competence.
  • CAS PS 546: Cognitive Development
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PS 241 or CAS PS 243.
    Cognitive development from birth through early adolescence. Relationship of cognition to other traditional areas of psychology (e.g., perception, language, learning, memory, physiology, and psychopathology).
  • CAS PS 549: Developmental Psychopathology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PS 241 or CAS PS 243, and CAS PS 371
    Developmental deviations and psychological disorders of childhood. Examination of assessment techniques, treatment theories, and prevention methods. Developmental etiologies of neurotic and psychotic disturbances, effects of family patterns on the character of parent-child pathology, influence of childhood pathology on adult functioning.
  • CAS PS 550: Childhood Adversity: Risk and Resilience
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PS 241 or CAS PS 243.
    Consideration of why some children overcome adversity while others have maladaptive outcomes. Concepts of risk and resilience are applied to contexts of childhood adversity: poverty, maltreatment, homelessness, orphanages, and natural disasters. Discussion of implications for prevention, intervention, and policy.
  • CAS PS 554: Senior Seminar in Forensic Psychology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: PS senior standing or consent of instructor.
    Examines scope, empirical foundations, and ethical issues of forensic psychology. Topics include eyewitness testimony; use of hypnosis, polygraphs, and criminal profiling; scientific jury selection; risk assessment; child abuse evaluations; determinations of insanity, competency, and child custody.
  • CAS PS 560: Cross-Cultural Psychology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: PS senior standing.
    Comparative study of psychological variables under different cultural conditions in order to identify universal aspects of human behavior, and to identify cultural influences on behavior. Applications to psychotherapy, public health, child development, education, business, and foreign relations.
  • CAS PS 572: Psychology of Women
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: psychology majors with PS senior standing.
    Consideration of research topics in the psychology of women. Topics covered include various stages in the life cycle, women's work and family lives, aspects of victimization, and women's position in the larger society.
  • CAS PY 104: Physics of Health Sciences
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: some knowledge of algebra and trigonometry.
    Recommended for students majoring in athletic training, physical therapy, or speech, language & hearing sciences. A one-semester physics course for students who do not require a two-semester sequence. Cannot be taken for credit in addition to CAS PY105 or PY106. Students considering application to medical, dental, or veterinary schools should take PY 105/106 or another two-semester sequence instead of PY 104.
  • CAS PY 105: Physics 1
    The CAS PY 105/106 sequence satisfies premedical requirements. PY105 covers some of the basic principles underlying the physics of everyday life, including forces and motion, momentum and energy, harmonic motion, rotation, and heat and thermodynamics. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Scientific Inquiry I, Quantitative Reasoning I, Critical Thinking.
    • Scientific Inquiry I
    • Quantitative Reasoning I
    • Critical Thinking
  • CAS PY 106: Physics 2
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PY 105; or equivalent.
    The CAS PY 105/106 sequence satisfies premedical requirements. PY106 covers some of the basic principles underlying the physics of everyday life, including electricity and magnetism, direct-current circuits, waves, optics, and modern physics. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Scientific Inquiry II, Quantitative Reasoning II, Critical Thinking.
    • Scientific Inquiry II
    • Quantitative Reasoning II
    • Critical Thinking
  • CAS PY 107: Physics of Food and Cooking
    Physical science concepts of thermal / soft matter physics and molecular biophysics such as phase transitions and gelation, viscosity, elasticity illustrated via cooking. Labs and demos using molecular gastronomy methods of sous-vide cooking, pressure cooking, making desserts, cheese, emulsions, foams, gels, ice creams. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Scientific Inquiry I, Quantitative Reasoning I, Critical Thinking.
    • Scientific Inquiry I
    • Quantitative Reasoning I
    • Critical Thinking
  • CAS PY 195: Freshman Seminar for Physicists
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: freshmen with declared majors in physics.
    Seminar where freshman physics majors learn successful strategies for studying physics and become familiar with BU's policies, procedures, resources, and extracurricular activities. Exploration of research and career opportunities through invited speakers, book discussions, and laboratory tours.
  • CAS PY 211: General Physics
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS MA 123; or consent of instructor for students concurrently taking MA 123.
    For premedical students who seek a more analytical course than CAS PY 105/106, and for science majors and engineers. Basic principles of physics emphasizing Newtonian mechanics, conservation laws, and thermal physics. Lectures, discussion, and laboratory. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS.
  • CAS PY 212: General Physics
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PY 211; or consent of instructor for students concurrently taking MA 123.
    For premedical students who seek a more analytical course than CAS PY 105/106, and for science majors and engineers. Basic principles of physics emphasizing electricity, magnetism, and geometrical optics. Lectures, discussion, and laboratory. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS.
  • CAS PY 231: The Physics in Music
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: musical performance experience or consent of instructor (no physics prerequisite).
    An introduction to musical acoustics, which covers vibrations and waves in musical systems, intervals and the construction of musical scales, tuning and temperament, the percussion instruments, the piano, the string, woodwind and brass instruments, room acoustics, and the human ear and psychoacoustical phenomena important to musical performance. Some aspects of electronic music are also discussed. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS.
  • CAS PY 241: Principles of General Physics 1
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS MA 123.
    Calculus-based introduction to principles and methods of physics. Mechanics, heat, light, electricity and magnetism, atomic and nuclear physics, and relativity are treated. Topics relevant to medical science are emphasized. Ideal for premedical students. Lectures, discussions, and laboratory. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS.
  • CAS PY 242: Principles of General Physics 2
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PY 241.
    Calculus-based introduction to principles and methods of physics. Mechanics, heat, light, electricity and magnetism, atomic and nuclear physics, and relativity are treated. Topics relevant to medical science are emphasized. Ideal for premedical students. Lectures, discussions, and laboratory. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS.
  • CAS PY 251: Principles of Physics 1
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS MA 123; or equivalent.
    Introduction to mechanics, conservation laws, heat, and thermodynamics. Primarily for physics, mathematics, and astronomy majors, but open to other students with a strong background in mathematics. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS.