Psychology Undergraduate 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  101 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY      (3)

Surveys the science of psychology, including history of psychology, physiology, development, health, abnormal, learning, sensation, perception, motivation, personality, and intelligence.  SPW

 

PSY  101H INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY - HONORS      (3)

Surveys the science of psychology, including history of psychology, physiology, development, health, abnormal, learning, sensation, perception, motivation, personality, and intelligence.  Prerequisite:  Honors student group.  Prerequisite: Honors Student Group SPW

 

PSY  199 SPECIAL TOPICS      (1-3)

Foundations of intellectual inquiry.  In-depth study of a substantive problem.  Letter grade only.  May be repeated for up to 6 hours of credit.  

 

PSY  227 INTRODUCTION TO PERSONALITY      (3)

Theories and topics in personality including its development, measurement, research, and behavior-change techniques.  Prerequisite: PSY 101 or 101H or International Exchange Student Group

 

PSY  230 INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS IN PSYCHOLOGY      (4)

Basic concepts of statistical analysis and design in psychological research.  3 hrs. lecture, 2 hrs. lab.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.

 

PSY  240 DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY      (3)

Surveys physical, social, and cognitive development from conception through adulthood.  Prerequisite: PSY 101 or 101H or International Exchange Student Group SPW

 

PSY  250 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY      (3)

Scientific theory and research on how people think about self and others, influence other people, and form relationships with others.  Prerequisite: PSY 101 or 101H or International Exchange Student Group SPW

 

PSY  277 HUMAN SEXUALITY      (3)

Introduction to the academic study of human sexuality.  Emphases include cross-cultural interpretations of sexualities; gender; sexual health; sexuality through the life span; sexual orientations; sexual pathology and treatment.  Letter grade only.  Prerequisite: PSY 101 or 101H or International Exchange Student Group

 

PSY  299 SPECIAL TOPICS      (1-3)

In-depth study of an aspect, concept, or problem.  Letter grade only.  May be repeated for up to 6 hours of credit.

 

PSY  302W RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY      (4)

Introduces scientific methodologies as used in psychological research including projects in conducting research.  This course fulfills NAU's junior-level writing requirement.  3 hrs. lecture, 2 hrs. lab.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.  Prerequisite: ([PSY 101 or 101H] and PSY 230) or International Exchange Student Group JWRT

 

PSY  320 PRINCIPLES OF LEARNING      (3)

Methods, principles, applications, and theoretical issues of learning. Topics may include classical and instrumental conditioning and social learning theory.  Prerequisite:  ([PSY 101 or 101H] and PSY 230 and PSY 302W) or International Exchange Student Group

 

PSY  325W GROUP BEHAVIOR      (3)

Surveys psychological approaches to group processes and functions. Topics may include structure, influence, leadership, conflict, and performance. This course fulfills NAU's junior-level writing requirement. Prerequisites: PSY 101 and 230; recommended: PSY 250.  JWRT

 

PSY  340 CHILD AND ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT      (3)

Studies development from conception through adolescence.  Prerequisite: ([PSY 101 or 101H] and PSY 240) or International Exchange Student Group SPW

 

PSY  345W PSYCHOLOGY OF ADULT DEVELOPMENT AND AGING      (3)

Studies the adult aging process from multiple perspectives including biological, sociological, and cross-cultural. This course fulfills NAU's junior-level writing requirement. Prerequisite: ([PSY 101 or 101H] and PSY 240) or International Exchange Student Group SPW

 

PSY  346 INDUSTRIAL ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY      (3)

Studies applications of psychological theory and methodology to organizational issues: selection, training, motivation, leadership, work settings, and consumer behavior.  Prerequisite: PSY 101 or 101H or International Exchange Student Group

 

PSY  347 PERSONNEL PSYCHOLOGY      (3)

Psychological theory applied to human resources, focusing on job analysis, selection, training, performance appraisal, and legal and ethical concerns. recommended: PSY 346.  Prerequisite: PSY 101 or 101H or International Exchange Student Group

 

PSY  348 ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY      (3)

Studies individual, group, and organizational influences on behavior, focusing on motivation, leadership, conflict, and organizational structure and development. recommended: PSY 346.  Prerequisite: PSY 101 or 101H or International Exchange Student Group

 

PSY  350 PHYSIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY      (4)

Studies brain functions.  Topics may include biological drives, sensory systems, memory, and behavior disorders.  3 hrs. lecture, 2 hrs. lab.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.  Prerequisite: ([PSY 101 or 101H] and PSY 230 and PSY 302W) or International Exchange Student Group

 

PSY  355 SENSATION AND PERCEPTION      (3)

Basic methods, research, and theory in vision, hearing, and other senses. Topics may include form, depth, and motion perception; color vision; touch and auditory perception. recommended: PSY 350.  Prerequisite:  ([PSY 101 or 101H] and PSY 230 and PSY 302W) or International Exchange Student Group

 

PSY  365 THE PSYCHOLOGY OF STRESS MANAGEMENT      (3)

Current theories of stress, with primary focus on stress management techniques including autogenics, imagery, progressive muscle relaxation, time management, cognitive techniques, conflict management, and lifestyle change.  Includes practice implementing techniques.  Letter grade only.  Prerequisite: PSY 101 or 101H

 

PSY  370 MOTIVATION AND EMOTION      (3)

Analyzes social, biological, and cognitive factors involved in motivated behaviors and emotional states. recommended: PSY 350.  Prerequisite:  ([PSY 101 or 101H] and PSY 230 and PSY 302W) or International Exchange Student Group

 

PSY  375 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY OF SELF AND IDENTITY      (3)

Theory and research on the structure and functioning of self, emphasizing the identity dimensions of gender, ethnicity, class, and sexuality.  Prerequisite: ([PSY 101 or 101H] and PSY 250) or International Exchange Student Group SPW

 

PSY  378 POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY: UNDERSTANDING HUMAN STRENGTHS      (3)

Positive psychology explores the factors that make life worth living and the human strengths that enable individuals to confront challenges, overcome adversities, appreciate others, and regard daily experiences as meaningful.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite: PSY 101 or 101H

 

PSY  380 PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING       (3-4)

Analyzes test theory and construction, and survey of contemporary psychological assessment techniques in intelligence, aptitude, interest, and personality measurement.  Prerequisite: ([PSY 101 or 101H] and PSY 230) or International Exchange Student Group

 

PSY  381 PSYCHOLOGY OF EMERGENCY RESPONSE AND RESPONDERS      (3)

This course explores the psychological processes relevant to emergency responders (primarily police offices and firefighters) and to the victims and perpetrators associated with the emergencies.  Letter grade only.  Prerequisite: PSY 101 or 101H

 

PSY  389 COOPERATIVE EDUCATION      (1-12)

Individualized preplanned cooperative employment experience related to your field of study or career objectives. Pass-fail only.  Fee required.  No repeat limit.

 

PSY  399 SPECIAL TOPICS      (1-3)

In-depth study of an aspect, concept, or problem within a program of study. Letter grade only.  May be repeated for up to 6 hours of credit.  

 

PSY  402 INTERVIEWING      (4)

Develops interviewing skills using videotape analysis and review of theory and research focusing on human resource applications: employment, appraisal, exit, and survey interviews. 3 hrs. lecture, 1 hr. lab.

 

PSY  405C CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY      (3)

Introduces the principles and processes of applying psychology to the clinical setting. Includes professional issues, assessment, diagnosis, and psychotherapy.  Letter grade only.  Prerequisite: ([PSY 101 or 101H] and PSY 227) or International Exchange Student Group CAP

 

PSY  408C FIELDWORK EXPERIENCE      (1-12)

Supervised field experience in an approved agency or organization.  Department consent required.  Pass-fail only.  Course fee required.  Prerequisite: Admission to Psychology (BA) or Psychology-Ext Major (BA) or Psychology (BS) or Psychology-Ext Major (BS) or Psychology (BAILS) or Psychology (MINOR)  and Junior Status or higher CAP

 

PSY  415 ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY      (3)

Symptoms, explanations, treatment, and classification of psychological disorders.  Prerequisite: ([PSY 101 or 101H] and PSY 227) or International Exchange Student Group

 

PSY  420 HUMAN COGNITION      (3)

Contemporary research and theory in human information processing. Topics may include attention, memory, problem solving, and language. recommended: PSY 355.  Prerequisite:  ([PSY 101 or 101H] and PSY 230 and PSY 302W) or International Exchange Student Group

 

PSY  432 PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGY OF DRUGS AND BEHAVIOR      (3)

Introduces physiological and synaptic mechanisms by which therapeutic and illicit drugs affect behavior. Prerequisite: (PSY 101 or 101H) and Junior Status or higher

 

PSY  450C HISTORICAL SYSTEMS OF PSYCHOLOGY      (3)

Surveys and compares different theories and methods of psychology and their historical background. Evaluates those theories and methods from philosophical and scientific standpoints.  Prerequisite: 85 earned hours or International Exchange Student Group CAP

 

PSY  460C COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY      (3)

Understanding the application of psychology to real-world social problems. Emphases on person-environment fit, models of prevention, and personal and social resources.  Prerequisite: 85 earned hours or International Exchange Student Group CAP

 

PSY  466 LEGISLATIVE INTERNSHIP      (1-12)

Supervised internship in the Arizona Legislature during spring term. Students are selected on a competitive basis, and you must apply during the fall term. (To be eligible, you must be a candidate for a bachelor's degree, have completed all lower-division requirements, and have attained senior status at the end of the fall term preceding the internship.) Course enrollment is handled by the associate provost for academic administration after the legislature has made its final selection. Pass-fail only.  Department consent required.

 

PSY  480C HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY       (3)

Comprehensive study of contributions of psychology to health promotion and maintenance, illness prevention and treatment, and related health issues. Prerequisite:  PSY 350 and (85 earned hours or International Exchange Student Group) CAP

 

PSY  485 UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH      (1-6)

Original research under the supervision and approval of a research adviser.  May be repeated for up to 12 units of credit.  Department consent required.  Pass-fail only.  Course fee required.  Prerequisite:  (PSY 101 or 101H) and PSY 230 and PSY 302W

 

PSY  486C SENIOR CAPSTONE: ADVANCED RESEARCH EXPERIENCE      (3)

Provides opportunities for advanced work in research with a faculty member to fulfill the Psychology Capstone requirement.  Successful completion of at least one semester of PSY 485 and instructor permission required.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.  Prerequisite: PSY 485 CAP

 

PSY  490C SENIOR CAPSTONE: SPECIAL TOPICS      (3)

Explores the various kinds of thematic foci and essential skills in psychology.  Drawing on past and concurrent coursework, the focus of this course will be in a selected area of a particular major field of study.  Letter grade only.  Prerequisite: (PSY 101 or 101H) and PSY 230 and PSY 302W and Senior Status or higher CAP

 

PSY  491 PSYCHOLOGY OF WOMEN      (3)

Psychological theory and research regarding the impact of gender on women's lives, personalities, abilities, relationships, sexuality, and physical and mental health.  Prerequisite: PSY 101 or 101H or International Exchange Student Group

 

PSY  494 ECOLOGICAL APPROACHES TO PERCEPTION AND ACTION       (3)

Theory and research in human and animal environment systems. Topics include perception, action, learning, communication, and development. Prerequisite: ([PSY 101 or 101H] and Junior Status or higher) or International Exchange Student Group

 

PSY  495 ANIMAL INTELLIGENCE      (3)

Research and theory of animal intelligence. Topics include concept learning, tool use, imitation, self-recognition, numerical competence, and language acquisition.  Prerequisite: ([PSY 101 or 101H] and Junior Status or higher) or International Exchange Student Group

 

PSY  497 INDEPENDENT STUDY       (1-6)

Individualized approach to selected topics by guided reading and critical evaluation under supervision and approval of an instructor. Pass-fail only.  Department consent required.  Prerequisite: 12 hours of PSY-Psychology coursework

 

PSY  499 CONTEMPORARY DEVELOPMENTS      (1-3)

Examines recent trends and investigations in a selected area of a particular major field of study.

 

PSY  499H CONTEMPORARY DEVELOPMENTS-HONORS      (1-3)

Examines recent trends and investigations in a selected area. Letter grade only. No repeat limit.  Prerequisite: Honors Student Group