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Undergraduate & Graduate Dates to Remember*

Fall Term 2009

August 26-30 Wolfpack Welcome
August 31 Classes begin
September 4
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October 30 Last day to withdraw & last day
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December 11 Last day of classes
December 12-18 Final Exams

Spring Term 2010

January 8 New Student Orientation
January 11 Classes begin
January 15 Add deadline
March 12 Last day to withdraw & last day to apply for graduation
April 28 Last day of classes
April 30 - May 6 Final Exams
May 8 Commencement - all colleges

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Humanities and Natural Sciences

PSYC A100 Introduction to Psychology 3 crs.

This course is a survey of the major fields of psychology. It is a prerequisite for all other psychology courses.

PSYC A230 Developmental Psychology 3 crs.

This course covers the development of behavior and psychological activity through the prenatal period, infancy, childhood, adolescence, maturity, and old age with emphasis on the normal person.

Prerequisite: PSYC A100.

PSYC A235 Abnormal Psychology 3 crs.

This course is a survey of psychological disorders with emphasis on clinical "picture," explanatory theories, and etiological research. Intervention procedures are briefly addressed.

Prerequisite: PSYC A100.

PSYC A240 Social Psychology 3 crs.

Social determinants of individual behavior and of group interaction are examined with emphasis on current research literature.

Prerequisite: PSYC A100.

PSYC A241 Psychology of Personal Adjustment 3 crs.

Good personal adjustment is defined as the effective solution of individual problems and the creation of a viable system of personal values. The constraints and conditions affecting these behaviors are examined.

Prerequisite: PSYC A100.

PSYC A245 Psychology of Sport and Exercise 3 crs.

This course is an introduction to theory, research, and application in the field of sport and exercise psychology. The focus is on psychological factors that affect participation, involvement, and performance in sport and exercise.

Prerequisite: PSYC A100.

PSYC A301 Introduction to Research 3 crs.

This course concerns the application of scientific methods to psychology with emphasis on designing research and on report writing.

Prerequisite: 9 hrs. in PSYC, including PSYC A100, or 6 hrs. and concurrent enrollment in 3 PSYC hrs.

PSYC A303 Statistics and Methods 3 crs.

This course focuses on descriptive and inferential statistics. This course stresses the analysis and interpretation of data, frequency distribution analysis, tests of significance, correlational methods, analysis of variance, and selected nonparametric tests.

Prerequisites: PSYC A301; one college-level math course.

PSYC A305 Experimental Design/Statistics 3 crs.

This course is an advanced treatment of experimental designs and statistical applications using computers to work with data problem sets from a variety of actual research projects.

Prerequisite: PSYC A303.

PSYC A315 Physiological Psychology 3 crs.

This course is an investigation of the biological basis of behavior. The focus is on neural and hormonal regulation and control of behavior.

Prerequisite: PSYC A303.

PSYC A316 Physiological Psychology Laboratory 1 cr.

This course involves structured laboratory experiences which approximately parallel the course content of PSYC A315. It is an optional lab to accompany PSYC A315.  Lab fee $75.

Co-requisite: PSYC A315.

PSYC A320 Psychology of Learning 3 crs.

This course is an examination of contemporary theories and problems of learning.

Prerequisite: PSYC A303.

Co-requisite: PSYC A321.

PSYC A321 Animal Operant Lab 1 cr.

This course involves structured laboratory experiences in the operant conditioning of the laboratory rat. It is an obligatory lab to accompany PSYC A320.  Lab fee $75.

Co-requisite: PSYC A320.

PSYC A322 Cognition 3 crs.

The purpose of this course is to familiarize the student with the cognitive processes underlying human behavior, their experimental origins, and their theoretical significance.

Prerequisite: PSYC A303.

PSYC A323 Cognition Lab 1 cr.

This course involves structured laboratory experiences in traditional and contemporary areas of cognitive psychology. It is an optional lab to accompany PSYC A322.  Lab fee $75.

Co-requisite: PSYC A322.

PSYC A326 Environmental Psychology 3 crs.

This course is a survey of environmental psychology. Areas of focus include ambient envorinmental variables, environmental stressors, density and crowding, architecture and behavior, and pro-environmental behaviors. Living, learning, working, and recreational environments are considered, as are instiutional environments.

Prerequisite: PSYC A100.

PSYC A327 Studies in Psychology of Women 3 crs.

This course investigates the life span development of women. The predominant focus concerns the ways in which class, gender, race, and cultural background affect the individual. Also addressed are issues and factors related to societal stereotypes of women.

Prerequisite: PSYC A100.

PSYC A345 Psychology of Testing and Measurement 3 crs.

This course is a survey of the principles and practice of basic psychological testing, theory of measurement, test construction, and reliability/validity of test instruments. Emphasis is on tests of intelligence, aptitude, interests, organic brain dysfunction, and personality functions.

Prerequisite: PSYC A303.

PSYC A346 Test and Measurements Lab 1 cr.

This course involves supervised laboratory experience in administration, scoring, and interpretation of psychological tests. It is an obligatory lab to accompany PSYC A345.  Lab fee $75.

Co-requisite: PSYC A345.

PSYC A350 Industrial/ Organizational Psychology 3 crs.

This course involves applications of psychological principles to human problems in organizations, individual needs, and motives as they affect group achievement.

Prerequisite: PSYC A303.

PSYC A414 Health Psychology 3 crs.

This course focuses on the relationship between psychological theory, principles, and methods and the assessment, prevention, maintenance, and restoration of physical health. Doctor-patient relationships and their impact on health are also considered.

Prerequisite: PSYC A303 or permission of instructor.

PSYC A415 Psychopharmacology 3 crs.

This course covers principles of pharmacology and a detalied study of therapeutic and abused drug classes that affect psychological functioning and behavior. Mechanisms of action, neurobiological bases, clinical applications, tolerance and dependence, side effects, and abuse potentials are considered.

Prerequisites: PSYC A303, A315 or permission of instructor.

PSYC A416 Sensation and Perception 3 crs.

This course is an intensive study of sensory processes and perceptual organization. Prerequisite: PSYC A303.

PSYC A417 Sensation and Perception Lab 1 cr.

This course involves structured laboratory experiences in sensation and perception which parallels and complements PSYC A416. Included are experiments in classical psychophysics. It is an optional lab to accompany PSYC A416.  Lab fee $75.

PSYC A420 Behavior Therapy 3 crs.

This course is a survey of theoretical bases and techniques used in modifying behavior in educational and therapeutic settings.

Prerequisite: PSYC A235.

PSYC A430 Psychology of Human Aging 3 crs.

This course is an examination of the physical, social, and psychological changes that accompany normal human aging.

Prerequisite: PSYC A230.

PSYC A440 Theories of Personality 3 crs.

This course is a review and critical evaluation of major personality theories and their supporting evidence with readings from original sources.

Prerequisite: PSYC A235.

PSYC A441 Clinical Psychology 3 crs.

This course includes a brief history of clinical psychology, roles of the modern clinical psychologist, description of assessment and therapy techniques, current journal articles, experiential exercises to illustrate some areas of discussion, and an integrative final paper.

Prerequisites: PSYC A301, A235.

PSYC A455 Emotion and Motivation 3 crs.

This course is a survey of contemporary theories, research, and critical review of their relevant problems.

Prerequisites: PSYC A303 and A315 or A320 or A322.

PSYC A456 Comparative Psychology 3 crs.

This course is a topic-oriented survey of animal behavior. Opportunities for research are included.

Prerequisite: PSYC A303.

PSYC A459 Naturalistic Observation Lab 1 cr.

This laboratory course addresses the ways that behavioral data can be obtained through systematic, unbiased, naturalistic observations. Topics include sources of bias, scheduling observations, ethograms, and sampling techniques.

Prerequisite: PSYC A303 or permission of instructor.

PSYC A470 History and Systems of Psychology 3 crs.

This required capstone course for majors addresses those historical antecedents to contemporary psychology as well as the several systems or schools of psychology that have given direction to the discipline.

Prerequisite: PSYC A303.

PSYC A488 Senior Research 2 crs.

This course is an intensive literature review which culminates in the preparation of a formal written proposal for an undergraduate thesis.

Prerequisites: permission of instructor; advanced junior standing.

PSYC A489 Senior Thesis 1 cr.

This course involves the completion of an empirical research project and writing of an undergraduate thesis.

Prerequisites: PSYC A488 and permission of instructor.

PSYC A493 Directed Readings 3 crs.

Research and readings are on selected topics. Open only to second-semester junior or senior psychology students.

Prerequisite: permission of department chair.

PSYC A495 Special Project arr.

Learning experiences will be designed to meet the special needs of advanced majors. Content, activities, credit, and frequency of scheduling are variable.

Prerequisite: permission of department chair.

PSYC A496 Seminar 3 crs.

Course content varies each semester but is keyed to student and faculty interest.

Prerequisite: permission of department chair.

PSYC A497 Practicum in Applied Psychology 3 crs.

This course involves supervised field experience in cooperation with New Orleans area agencies. On-campus meetings and written assignments are required.

Prerequisites: advanced junior standing; permission of instructor.

PSYC A499 Independent Studies arr.

PSYC H434 Gender Differences in Cognition 3 crs.

An interdisciplinary examination of gender differences focusing on the psychosocial aspects of gender differences (political implications, measurement issues, differences at school/work, gender roles, and differences in verbal, math, spatial abilities) as well as biological influences (differences in brain anatomy/function and hormonal effects).

Prerequisites: junior standing and 3.3 GPA.

PSYC X230 Models of Human Behavior 3 crs.

Common Curriculum: Behavioral/Social Sciences Modern

This course provides a multidisciplinary survey of 10 theorists–Freud, Skinner, Rogers, Lorenz, Marx, Sartre, Plato, Augustine, Aristotle, and Aquinas. Human behavior is considered as a function of human nature, which in turn reflects varying perspectives on reality, truth, and values.