Psychology

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College of Arts & Sciences

Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

General Psychology

CAS PS 101

Basic introduction to the field of psychology. Topics include theories and findings governing learning, memory, perception, development, personality, and social and abnormal psychology. Carries social science divisional credit in CAS. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Social Inquiry I, Critical Thinking. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800

Summer 1 (May 21-June 27)

Summer 2 (July 2-August 8)

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Introduction to Experimental Design

CAS PS 211

Prereq: (CAS PS 101). Introduction to the logic and processes involved in descriptive and inferential statistics for psychology. Topics include statistical inference, significance, t-tests, ANOVAs, correlation, and statistical software analysis. This is a hybrid class: class time is reserved for hands on activities. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Scientific Inquiry II, Quantitative Reasoning I. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800

Summer 1 (May 22-June 26)

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Psychology of Learning

CAS PS 234

Prereq: (CAS PS 101). How do we learn to associate stimuli together? How do we learn to associate behaviors with their consequences? How is memory applicable to learning? What are the different memory processes and systems responsible for learning? The aim of this course is to review the major traditional and current theories of learning and memory. Students begin with an understanding of simple learning, including theories and basic principles of classical and operant conditioning. Students then are introduced to the memory system, the three stages of memory, implicit and explicit memory processes. Carries social science divisional credit in CAS. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Scientific Inquiry I, Social Inquiry I, Critical Thinking. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800

Summer 1 (May 21-June 27)

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Developmental Psychology

CAS PS 241

Prereq: (CAS PS 101). Critical review of research and theories pertaining to intellectual and social development of infants and children. Role of early experiences and biological factors in later formation of personality, and intellectual and motivational behaviors; includes theories of Erikson, Piaget, and Freud. Carries social science divisional credit in CAS. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Social Inquiry I, Critical Thinking. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800

Summer 1 (May 22-June 26)

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Psychology of Personality: Theories and Application

CAS PS 251

Prereq: (CAS PS 101). Emphasizes the historical development of personality theories and their application to social and clinical concerns. Classic theories of personality (e.g., psychoanalytical, behavioral, trait, humanistic, cognitive, and social roles) are explored and evaluated through lectures, readings, and case materials. A consideration of trait-based approaches and personality disorder with regards to DSM 5 criteria is also included. Carries social science divisional credit in CAS. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Historical Consciousness, Social Inquiry I, Critical Thinking. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800

Summer 1 (May 22-June 26)

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Social Psychology

CAS PS 261

Prereq: (CAS PS 101). Provides an understanding of how behavior, feelings, and thoughts of individuals are influenced and determined by characteristics of a situation. Topics include attraction, attitudes, prejudice, social rules, aggression, person perception, and groups. Readings cover theories, experimental research, and application. Carries social science divisional credit in CAS. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800

Summer 2 (July 1-August 7)

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Experimental Psychology: Personality

CAS PS 325

Prereq: ((CAS PS 211 or (CAS MA 115 & CAS MA 116)) and (CAS PS 251 or CAS PS 252)). Systematic approaches to the study of personality. Experimental and observational investigations of selected aspects of personality. Demonstration of experimental procedures and student participation in laboratory and field studies. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800

Summer 1 (May 22-June 26)

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Drugs and Behavior

CAS PS 333

Prereq: (CAS PS 101) and (CAS PS 231 or CAS NE 101) and PS junior or senior standing; or consent of instructor. Comprehensive survey of drug influences on behavior; introduces a neuroscience approach to behavior. Several classes of drugs are discussed, including abused and addictive substances and psychoactive and therapeutic agents. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800

Summer 1 (May 21-June 27)

Summer 2 (July 2-August 8)

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Neuropsychology

CAS PS 338

Prereq: (CAS PS 231 or CAS BI 325). Survey of theoretical aspects and major empirical findings in human neuropsychology, including memory, language, spatial function, attention, emotion, and abstract thought. Emphasis is on the relation between brain disorders (resulting from head injury, stroke, degenerative disease, etc.) and abnormal behavior. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800

Summer 1 (May 21-June 27)

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Abnormal Psychology

CAS PS 371

Prereq: (CAS PS 101). Attention to the wide range of ways in which personality may become disordered, and emphasis on normal behavior development as highlighted by psychopathology. Evidence and theories concerning problems of treatment are also considered. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800

Summer 1 (May 21-June 27)

Summer 2 (July 2-August 8)

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Introduction to Clinical Psychology

CAS PS 473

Prereq: (CAS PS 371) and PS junior or senior standing. Introduction to current diagnostic and treatment techniques in clinical psychology from empirical, applied, and theoretical perspectives. Topics covered include clinical interviewing, psychological testing, and a comparison of humanistic, analytic, and systems approaches to therapy. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800

Summer 2 (July 1-August 7)

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