Psychology Graduate Courses

Some courses may not be offered every year. Check with the college or department office for current information about when specific courses are offered.  

 

For course syllabi, see the departmental website.

 

PSY  561 BIOLOGICAL BASES OF BEHAVIOR      (3)

An in-depth analysis of the human brain and the role it plays in emotions and motivated behaviors, states of consciousness such as sleep and dreaming, sensation and perception, learning and memory, behavioral disorders such as autism, depression and schizophrenia, language and communication, movement and movement disorders.  Letter grade only.

 

PSY  566 LEGISLATIVE INTERNSHIP      (1-12)

Supervised internship in the Arizona Legislature during spring semester. You must apply during fall semester; selection is competitive, and you must be a candidate for a graduate degree. Registration is handled by the internship coordinator after the legislature has made its final selection. Pass-fail only.  Department consent.  

 

PSY  575 SUBSTANCE ABUSE SCREENING AND ASSESSMENT SKILLS      (1)

Students will receive training in essential interviewing skills, use of standardized tests, and ethical issues needed to screen, assess, and refer for substance-related problems.  Students will be familiarized with ethical issues in the context of screening, assessment, and referral issues as related to substance abuse.

 

PSY  599 CONTEMPORARY DEVELOPMENTS      (1-3)

Examines recent trends and investigations in a selected area of a particular field of study.  May be offered no more than three times before being submitted for a permanent course number.  May be repeated for credit.  Letter grade only.  

 

PSY  601 INTRODUCTION TO CLINICAL SKILLS       (4)

Basic verbal and nonverbal communications skills and their application in psychological and health-care settings. Microskills training format.  Prerequisite: Admission to Psychology (MA) or Psychology-Health (MA)

 

PSY  608 FIELDWORK EXPERIENCE      (1-12)

Supervised field experience in an appropriate agency, organization, or situation.  May not exceed 12 hours of credit.  Department consent required.  Pass-fail only.  Course fee required.  

 

PSY  610 PSYCHOLOGY OF PERSONALITY      (3)

Critically examines theories and research in the area of personality. Recommended: undergraduate course in personality.

 

PSY  620 PSYCHOLOGY OF LEARNING      (3)

Critically examines theories and research in the area of learning. Recommended: undergraduate course in learning.  

 

PSY  621 COGNITIVE PROCESSES      (3)

Critically examines theories and research in the area of cognitive processes. Recommended: undergraduate course in cognitive psychology.

 

PSY  625 INTERMEDIATE STATISTICS      (3)

Advanced descriptive and inferential statistics including parametric and nonparametric procedures.  Undergraduate course in statistics required before taking PSY 625.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.

 

PSY  630 FOUNDATIONS OF HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY      (3)

Role of psychologists in health-care settings, psychobiological factors in bodily disease, stress theory and adaptation, and research dimensions.  Prerequisite: Admission to Psychology (MA) or Psychology-Health (MA)

 

PSY  633 DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY       (3)

Seminar in advanced developmental psychology covering theories, history, and methods; cross-cultural issues; and research in subspecialty areas. Recommended: undergraduate course in developmental psychology.

 

PSY  635 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY      (3)

Critically examines theories and research in the area of social psychology. Recommended: undergraduate course in social psychology.

 

PSY  636 SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL EPIDEMIOLOGY      (3)

This course covers social, behavioral, and biological determinants of major diseases and causes of death.  Included are studies of the distribution of health and disease by person, place and time, as well as the application of this study to prevent disease and promote health.  Crosslisted as HP 636.

 

PSY  640 HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY ASSESSMENT      (3)

Skill development in behaviorally oriented assessment of psychological/behavioral dysfunction, as practiced in health-care settings, including traditional personality assessment.  Letter grade only.  Prerequisite: PSY 601

 

PSY  645 BEHAVIOR MEDICINE PRACTICUM: INDIVIDUAL      (1-6)

Supervised behavioral medicine assessment and therapy experience with individuals.  Pass/Fail only. Prerequisite or Corequisite: PSY 601 and PSY 640 and PSY 681 and PSY 683 and PSY 690

 

PSY  646 HEALTH PROMOTION PRACTICUM: GROUP      (1-6)

Supervised health promotion practicum in a group setting.  Prerequisite or Corequisite: PSY 601 and PSY 640 and PSY 681 and PSY 683 and PSY 690

 

PSY  650 PHYSIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY      (3)

Critically examines theories and research in the area of physiological psychology. Undergraduate physiological psychology course required before taking PSY 650.  Letter grade only.

 

PSY  653 PSYCHOLOGY OF AGING      (3)

Examines human development through adulthood and old age, taking biopsychological and sociopsychological perspectives, with an emphasis on the individual.  Recommended:  Undergraduate course in development or aging.  

 

PSY  655 PSYCHOLOGY OF PERCEPTION      (3)

Critically examines current theory and research in the area of perception. Recommended: undergraduate course in perception.  

 

PSY  656 PROGRAM EVALUATION      (3)

Applications of social research methods and theory to the evaluation of human services and public health programs. Cross-listed with SOC 656.  Letter grade only.

 

PSY  665 PSYCHOLOGY TEACHING PRACTICUM      (3)

Supervised psychology teaching experience. Seminar and practical experience in instructional techniques, course design, classroom management, and evaluation methods. Letter grade only.

 

PSY  670 PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY      (3)

Detailed overview of the principles of synaptic pharmacology, emphasizing the psychobiological correlates and treatments of major mental disorders.  Prerequisite: PSY 650

 

PSY  673 TECHNIQUES OF PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH      (3)

Examines current methods of data collection, with attention to observational, correlational, experimental, quasi-experimental, and single-subject research designs.  Undergraduate course in statistics and an undergraduate research methods course are required before taking PSY 673.  Letter grade only.

 

PSY  675 HISTORY OF PSYCHOLOGY      (3)

Examines development of modern psychology with emphasis on systematic phases of early psychological thought, issues during the growth of psychology as a discipline, and recent trends in the field.

 

PSY  678 HUMAN SEXUALITIES IN THE CONTEMPORARY WORLD      (3)

Graduate seminar examining discourses of contemporary sexualities from interdisciplinary perspectives.  Emphases include investigation of dominant cultural forces that frame interpretations of sexuality, sexual and gender identity, and enacted sexual behavior.  Letter grade only.  Prerequisite:  Graduate status

 

PSY  681 TECHNIQUES OF BEHAVIOR CHANGE      (3)

Application of learning principles in human behavior change, including an introduction to cognitive, behavioral, and other contemporary interventions.  Letter grade only.  Prerequisite: PSY 601

 

PSY  683 PSYCHOPATHOLOGY       (3)

This course familiarizes students with theoretical and practical issues in adult psychopathology, including major diagnostic entities contained in the DSM-IV-TR.  Each diagnostic entity will be reviewed with an emphasis on diagnostic criteria, etiology, assessment and treatment.  Psychiatric co-morbidity and cultural influences on the expression of mental disorders will be discussed using case examples.  Undergraduate abnormal psychology course recommended before taking PSY 683.   Letter grade only.

 

PSY  685 GRADUATE RESEARCH      (1-6)

Individualized directed research on selected topics.  Pass-fail only.  Department consent required.

 

PSY  690 BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE: BIOFEEDBACK AND HYPNOSIS      (3)

Basic training in the foundations, practice, and research in biofeedback and neurofeedback applications to a broad range of psychopsysiological disorders and clinical hypnosis applications to stress management, pain management, ego-enhancement, specific habit disorders, and specific behavioral medicine disorders.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite: PSY 601

 

PSY  694 ECOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY      (3)

Examines ecological aspects of various psychological phenomena, with particular attention to the areas of perception, learning, and memory.  

 

PSY  697 INDEPENDENT STUDY      (1-3)

Individualized directed study on selected topics.  Pass-fail only.  Department consent required.

 

PSY  698 GRADUATE SEMINAR      (1-3)

Reading and discussion on selected advanced topics. Letter grade only.  Department consent required.

 

PSY  699 THESIS      (1-9)

Individualized directed research, writing, and oral defense of selected thesis topic.  May be repeated as needed.  Department consent required.  Prerequisite:  Admission to master's program.  Prerequisite: Admission to Psychology (MA) or Psychology-Health (MA)

 

PSY  725 MULTIVARIATE STATISTICS      (3)

Application of multivariate techniques to research.  Undergraduate course in statistics required before taking PSY 725.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.