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Note: A related one-credit "topics" or workshop course may be offered with certain three-credit Psychology courses. 

GPS 110 General Survey of Psychology (Fall, Spring)
An introduction to psychology as a behavioral science and profession. Topics such as physiology and behavior, learning, memory and forgetfulness, intelligence, life span changes, personality development, social behavior, abnormal behavior and treatment approaches are examined.
4 credits

GPS 201 Developmental Psychology (Spring)
A survey of human development from conception to death with an emphasis on the underlying psychological processes. The unique challenges associated with infancy, childhood, adolescence and adulthood are considered.
Prerequisite: GPS 110. 3 credits

GPS 202 Psychological Foundations of Education (Fall, Spring)
Theoretical and research findings of psychology pertinent to classroom teaching; how children grow, develop, learn; educational and psychological evaluation of school achievement.
Prerequisites: GPS 110, GLL 121. 3 credits

GPS 204 Child Psychology (formerly GPS 203, Child Growth and Development) (Fall, Spring)
An overview of physical, emotional, social, language and cognitive development during childhood. The interplay of heredity and environment on normal and abnormal development is stressed. Students who have completed GPS 203 or GED 203 may not register for this course.
Prerequisite: GPS 110. 3 credits

GPS 213 Social Psychology
An examination of the impact of social influences on attitudes, feelings, and behavior. Selected topics include conformity, obedience, prejudice, attitude change, liking and loving, aggression and conflict, helping and cooperation, group interactions and bystander apathy.
Prerequisite: GPS 110. 3 credits

GPS 216 Adolescent Development (Fall, Spring)
This course examines the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development of adolescents. Topics include genetic, cultural, and social factors that enhance or inhibit development.
Prerequisite: GPS 110. 3 credits

GPS 221 Industrial Psychology (upon request)
Psychological methods for selecting and training employees, enhancing morale of workers and improving their relationships with management are studied. Another focus is the psychology of marketing and advertising.
Prerequisite: GPS 110. 3 credits

GPS 224 Psychology of the Family (formerly Social Psychology of the Family) (Fall, Spring)
An overview of the literature focusing on the psychological dynamics underlying functional and dysfunctional family relationships. Theories and techniques of family therapy are examined.
Prerequisite: GPS 110. 3 credits

GPS 225 Psychology of Aging (Spring)
Physical, cognitive, sensory and personality changes that occur due to aging. Topics include theoretical perspectives, lifestyle changes, family relationships, age-related diseases, health care, as well as death and dying.
Prerequisite: GPS 110. 3 credits

GPS 230 Psychological and Social Aspects of Developmental Disabilities (upon request)
This course will study developmental disabilities from a psychological and sociological perspective. Topics to be covered include the effects of institutional life on development, the role of the family in development, and the influence that peers and staff have on the life of the developmentally disabled person. In addition, the foundations of psychological measurement are presented, including the I.Q controversy. The social stigma attached to being physically challenged is discussed, with an emphasis on research regarding attitude formation and change.
Prerequisite: GPS 110. 3 credits

GPS 231 Psychological Testing (Spring)
The historical, theoretical and statistical foundations of psychological testing. Examination of major tools that assess cognitive ability, achievement, behavior, personality and career interests.
Prerequisite: GPS 110. 3 credits

GPS 232 Behavior Management of Developmental Disabilities (Fall)
This course explores the clinical, treatment and service delivery issues unique to working with the developmentally disabled. Using a biopsycho-social perspective the course discusses challenges facing case managers in reaching clients whose functioning ranges from mild to profound levels of developmental delays. Behavior modification as it applies to developmental disabilities will be explored.
Prerequisite: GPS 110. Co-requisite: GHU 441. 3 credits

GPS 301 Experimental Psychology with Lab (Fall, Spring)
Methodological and experimental approaches to human behavior focusing on sensation, perception, learning, and memory. Experiments are conducted in class, results analyzed, and scientific reports written. Students also design and write a proposal for an experimental project.
Prerequisites: GPS 110 and GSM 140. 4 credits each

GPS 302 Experimental Psychology II (Fall, Spring)
More advanced research design and experimental approaches to human behavior including learning, perception, and problem-solving. Scientific reports including possible honors thesis proposals prepared by students.
Prerequisite: GPS 301. 3 credits

GPS 315 Motivation and Personality (upon request)
The personality theories of Freud, Jung, Fromm, Sullivan, Rogers, Perls and Skinner and the motivational theories of Maslow and McClelland are studied.
Prerequisite: GPS 110. 3 credits

GPS 317 Human Sexuality (Fall, Spring)
The psychological, physiological, social and developmental dimensions of sexuality. Physical components of sexual behavior, sexual identity, sexual behavior over the life span, dysfunctions and treatments are among the topics.
Prerequisite: GPS 110. 3 credits

GPS 320 Drugs and Behavior (Fall)
An overview of legal and illegal psychoactive drugs. Topics include the nature of drug dependency and addiction, societal influences, biological and psychological bases of drug use and abuse, psychological and pharmacological treatments, prescription drug treatment for psychological disorders, and issues surrounding restriction and legalization.
Prerequisite: GPS 110. 3 credits

GPS 325 Psychology of Minority Families (Spring)
The patterns and dynamics of minority families in the United States. Changing demographics, diversity of familial structures, difficulties surrounding immigration and acculturation, educational concerns, functional and dysfunctional family relationships, as well as treatment and therapeutic issues, are among the included topics.
Prerequisite: GPS 110. 3 credits

GPS 330 Psychology of Minority Women (Fall)
Social and cultural conditions affecting minority women in the United States. Relationships, attitudes, achievements, mental health, as well as therapeutic issues and strategies, are examined.
Prerequisite: GPS 110. 3 credits

GPS 332 History and Systems of Psychology (upon request)
The origins of modern psychology within the discipline of philosophy during the 19th century. Conception and growth of experimental psychology, psychoanalysis, Gestalt psychology, humanistic psychology, behaviorism, psychobiology, and cognitive psychology, as well as new directions, are considered.
Prerequisite: GPS 110. 3 credits

GPS 335 Abnormal Psychology (Fall, Spring)
An overview of psychological disorders with emphasis on etiology, symptoms, diagnostic tools and treatments. The major theories of psychopathology are considered.
Prerequisite: GPS 110. 3 credits

GPS 345 Health Psychology (Fall)
Psychological aspects of physical health and illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, AIDS, and obesity are covered. Students also investigate the role of health providers and their institutions in improving the prognoses of patients. Treatments such as biofeedback, relaxation training, and hypnosis are also examined.
Prerequisite: GPS 110. 3 credits

GPS 351 Biological Psychology (Fall, Spring)
The biological basis of behavior. Topics include anatomy and physiology of the nervous system and sense organs, drugs and behavior, sleep and dreaming, eating, brain disorders and abnormal behavior.
Prerequisite: GPS 110 or GSB 101. 3 credits

Optional one-credit laboratory
GPS 400 Topics in Psychology (upon request)
Prerequisite: Departmental and Dean's approval.

GPS 401 Psychology of the Exceptional Child (Spring)
Special problems of children who differ markedly from the average: mentally retarded, brain damaged, psychologically disturbed, sociopathic, physically handicapped, culturally deprived, and gifted children. Genetics, neuropsychological, and sociological aspects as well as causes, assessment, and remediation.
Prerequisite: GPS 110. 3 credits

GPS 420 Obesity and Eating Disorders (Spring)
The etiology, description, and treatment of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorders associated with obesity. Relation between eating disorders and other psychopathology.
Prerequisite: GPS 110. 3 credits

GPS 485 Internship in Psychology
Students work in organizations such as schools, community agencies or clinics to gain practical experience. Performance is assessed by the site supervisor and a department faculty member.
Prerequisite: GPS 110, senior status and permission of the department Chair. 3 credits

GPS 493 Advanced Topics in Psychology (Fall)
Prerequisite: Senior status or departmental approval. 3 credits

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