Florida State University General Bulletin 1998-1999

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Academic Departments and Programs (course descriptions)


Department of Psychology

College of Arts and Sciences

Chair: Robert Contreras;
Associate Chair: Berler;
Professors: Bailey, K. Berkley, Brigham, Carbonell, Charness, Contreras, Ericsson, Glendenning, Hokanson, Kennedy, Kistner, Lang, Madsen, Megargee, Ouimet, Rashotte, Smith, Stephan, Torgesen, Wagner, Weaver, Whitney;
Associate Professors: Boroto, Hagen, Hyson, Joiner, Kelley, B. Licht, M. Licht, Meyer, Patrick;
Assistant Professors: Carrier, Johnson, Lonigan, Zwaan;
Associates in Psychology: Akbar, Berler, Henderson, Warmath;
Assistant in Psychology: Sachs-Ericsson;
Administrative and Professional: Bigbie, Brunelle, Donaldson, Sarg-Mendez, Saunders;
Associated Faculty: Annis, Bilek, Daniels, Deitchman, Hampton, Kerr, Piotrowski, Schmidt, Shook;
Professors Emeriti: Baker, Kenshalo, May, Miller, Scarborough

The undergraduate program in psychology offers introductory survey courses to give the liberal studies student a broad background in the study of behavior, as well as upper-division courses for the advanced student who has more specialized interests. The undergraduate major includes a rigorous course of study that covers the methodology and content needed to understand the causes of behavior in humans and animals. It is the intent of the program that the level of knowledge attained by the successful major will be such that the student is well prepared for graduate-level studies in any of the specialty areas in psychology or for advanced training in a professional school. Although some students may not wish to pursue graduate studies, this program assures that the successful major will attain a strong science-based liberal arts education.

Majors are required to take several laboratory courses and qualified students are encouraged to work in the departments research laboratories or to participate in research in educational and clinical settings. Students preparing for graduate school are strongly encouraged to consult early with the departmental advisement office about opportunities for intensive study in a specialty area while pursuing the major. The optional areas of emphasis include clinical psychology, cognitive psychology, psychobiology/neuroscience, social psychology, and performance management. For the student wishing to study abroad for a semester, courses in psychology may be available at the London Study Center in social sciences.

Admission Requirements

Due to limitations in the number of faculty and physical resources, admission to the undergraduate program for students who began college work in Fall 1992 or thereafter will be based on a minimum GPA and the successful completion of prerequisite course requirements. Students who began college work prior to Fall 1996 should check with the Psychology Department Advising Office for specific requirements that may apply to them. Admission for students who began college work Fall 1996 or thereafter will be based on the completion of the following requirements: 1) completion of at least fifty-two (52) semester hours; 2) a minimum GPA of 2.6 in all courses attempted; and 3) completion with a C or better of STA 2122 or equivalent, PSY 2012 or equivalent, and one biology course as specified in the common course prerequisites.

In an effort to maintain quality and to give students a direct way to affect the program, the Department of Psychology randomly selects 20% of its graduating seniors to participate in an interview. Each selected student is required to meet with a member of the undergraduate training committee for approximately twenty minutes and answer a few questions about their experiences in and impressions of the department. For these students, completion of the interview is required for graduation.

State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites

The State of Florida has identified common course prerequisites for this University degree program. Specific prerequisites are required for admission into the upper-division program and must be completed by the student at either a community college or a state university prior to being admitted to this program. Students may be admitted into the University without completing the prerequisites, but may not be admitted into the program.

The following lists the common prerequisites or their substitutions necessary for admission into this upper-division degree program:

  1. one course [three (3) semester hours] in any level general biology course or BSC X200209 or ZOO X010;
  2. PSY X012;
  3. one course [three (3) semester hours] from any level in statistics.

Note: the following course, though not required for admission into the upper division major, is required for completion of the degree:

a)one course [three (3) semester hours] in any lower level psychology class within the psychology inventory. This course cannot be used to meet major requirements.

Course Requirements for a Major

Please review all college-wide degree requirements summarized in the College of Arts and Sciences section of this General Bulletin.

For the bachelor of science (BS) degree in psychology, the requirements listed below, along with the requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences, must be fulfilled. For the bachelor of arts (BA) degree, nine (9) additional semester hours in the humanities and history are required above and beyond the requirements for the BS degree.

Any of the courses listed below, if presented by the student toward fulfillment of the major, must be completed with a minimum grade of C. All courses included in the students minor must also be completed with a minimum grade of C. A student who has accumulated more than four (4) grades below C (F, D, D, D+, U) in psychology courses taken for credit at The Florida State University or elsewhere, whether or not repeated, will not be permitted to continue toward a degree with a major in psychology.

In an effort to maintain quality and to give students a direct way to affect the program, the Department of Psychology randomly selects 20% of its graduating seniors to participate in an interview. Each selected student is required to meet with a member of the undergraduate training committee for aproximately twenty minutes and answer a few questions about their experiences in and impressions of the department. For these students, completion of theinterview is required for graduation.

Class Attendance

The Department of Psychology enforces a strict first-day attendance policy. Students missing the first day of any class will be dropped.

Required Upper-Level Courses in Psychology

Thirty-three (33) semester hours of upper-level psychology courses are required for the major. These hours must include:

  1. EXP 3000 and 3000L;
  2. Two of DEP 3103, SOP 3004, PPE 3004, CLP 4143 ;
  3. Two of EXP 3422/3422L, EXP 3503/3503L, EXP 3202/3202L, PSB 3004/3004L;
  4. PSY 4604 ;
  5. One of PSB 2000,CBH 3304, EXP 3203/3203L, PSB 4240, or PSB 4854 (not required if EXP 3202/3202L or PSB 3004/3004L is taken)
  6. Twelve (12) additional semester hours of psychology courses, including a minimum of three (3) semester hours at the 4000 level. A maximum of six (6) semester hours of directed individual studies may be applied to these twelve (12) elective semester hours in psychology.

Honors in the Major

The Department of Psychology offers a program in honors in the major to encourage talented juniors and seniors to undertake independent and original research as part of the undergraduate experience. For requirements and other information, see the University Honors Program and Honor Societies section of this General Bulletin.

Requirements for a Minor in Psychology

Twelve (12) semester hours of psychology, including PSY 2012, are required for a minor in psychology. Grades below C will not be accepted for credit toward the minor. A minimum of six (6) of the required semester hours must be completed at The Florida State University. No courses used for satisfying liberal studies requirements may also count toward the minor. Exceptions: 1) transfer students with an approved AA from an SUS community college and 2) students whose major does not require a minor.

Specialty Areas

Several areas of emphasis are available for students, especially those planning a graduate career in psychology or another field of science. The speciality areas are clinical psychology, cognitive psychology, neuroscience, performance management, and social psychology. A recommended course listing in each area of emphasis is available from the psychology departments undergraduate advising office. The recommended curriculum provides students with a strong background in scientific method and content pertinent to their areas of particular interest.

Bachelors Degree in Psychology at Panama City

Students may complete the requirements for the bachelor of science in psychology at the Panama City Campus. Students transferring to the Panama City Campus must have completed an approved A.A. degree (or equivalent). Students should refer to the common core requirements for this degree program.

Specific course rotation varies, based on the availability of instructional faculty and the needs of current students; no firm schedule of course offerings is possible. Within each calendar year (including the summer term), however, an attempt is made to offer both EXP 3000 and PSY 4604. In addition, at least one course from Area A below typically is available each year. Several courses from Area B usually are offered every year.

Admission Requirements

For all students who first began college work during the Fall 1996 semester or thereafter, admission requirements include:

  1. an approved A.A. degree;
  2. a minimum GPA of 2.6 in all attempted courses;
  3. completion with a C or better of STA 2122 or equivalent, PSY 2012 or equivalent, and one biology course as specified in the common course prerequisites.

Note: the following course, though not required for admission into the upper division major, is required for completion of the degree:

  1. one course [three (3) semester hours] in any lowerlevel psychology class within the psychology inventory. This course cannot be used to meet major requirements.

Required Upper-Level Courses for a Psychology Major

Thirty (30) semester hours of upper-level psychology courses and three (3) semester hours of PSY 2012 General Psychology are required for the major. Please note that PSY 2012 is not offered at the Panama City Campus.

I. The following courses are required for all majors:

EXP 3000;
EXP 3000L (when offered); and
PSY 4604.

II. AREA A: Two of the following lecture/lab combinations are required:

EXP 3202, EXP 3202L (when offered);
EXP 3422, EXP 3422L (when offered);
EXP 3503, EXP 3503L (when offered);
PSB 3004, PSB 3004L (when offered).

III. AREA B: Two of the following courses are required:

CLP 3003, 3305; DEP 3305; EAB 3703; EDP 3003; INP 3003; PPE 3004; SOP 3004.

IV. Other Required Courses:

Twelve (12) additional semester hours of upper-level psychology courses.

For further information about admission, degree requirements, minor requirements, or the foreign language requirements for the bachelors degree program, contact: Undergraduate Advising Office, Department of Psychology, The Florida State University, Tallahassee, Fl 32306-1051, (850) 644-4260.

Definition of Prefixes

CBH Comparative Psychology/Animal Behavior
CLP Clinical Psychology
CYP Community Psychology
DEP Developmental Psychology
EAB Experimental Analysis of Behavior
EDP Educational Psychology
EXP Experimental Psychology
INP Industrial/Applied Psychology
ISC Interdisciplinary Natural Science
PPE Psychology of Personality
PSB Psychobiology and Neuroscience
PSY Psychology
SOP Social Psychology
SPS School Psychology

Undergraduate Courses

General Psychology

PSY 2012. General Psychology (3). An introduction to the field of psychology covering such topics as learning, perception, intelligence, personality, and social behavior.
PSY 2023. Careers in Psychology (1). (S/U grade only.) Prerequisite: PSY 2012. This course is intended for psychology majors who are early in their undergraduate careers. Discussions cover options in psychology and related fields for those students planning to enter the job market or graduate/professional school upon graduation. Students will learn how to best prepare themselves to compete for these options.
EXP 3000. Approaches to the Study of Behavior (3). Prerequisites: PSY 2012; STA 2122 or equivalent. Corequisite: EXP 3000L. Introduction to philosophical and methodological issues in the empirical study of behavior.
EXP 3000L. Approaches to the Study of Behavior Laboratory (1). Prerequisite: STA 2122 or equivalent; Corequisite: EXP 3000. Introduction to the basic logic of experimentation in psychology by running simple experiments, analyzing the data, and interpreting the results. Simple techniques and concepts in data analysis and interpretation will be stressed.
PSY 4604. History and Systems of Psychology (3). Prerequisite: PSY 2012; junior or senior standing; or consent of instructor. Covers the philosophical and scientific antecedents of modern psychology and the history of psychology as an independent scientific discipline.

Experimental Psychobiology/Neuroscience

CBH 3304. Behavioral Genetics (3). Prerequisite: PSY 2012. The effects of inheritance on human and animal behavior with consideration of evolutionary perspectives in psychology.
EXP 3202. Sensation and Perception (3). Prerequisites: EXP 3000, 3000L. Corequisite: EXP 3202L.The role of the senses in behavior and the perceptual organization of sensory information.
EXP 3202L. Sensation and Perception Laboratory (1). Prerequisites: EXP 3000, 3000L; Corequisite: EXP 3202.
EXP 3203. Animal Sensory Processes (3). Prerequisites: EXP 3000, 3000L; Corequisite: EXP 3203L. Animal psychophysics and electrophysiology in the study of animal senses.
EXP 3203L. Animal Sensory Processes Laboratory (1). Prerequisites: EXP 3000, 3000L; Corequisite: EXP 3203.
EXP 3422. Conditioning and Learning (3). Prerequisites: EXP 3000, 3000L. Corequisite: EXP 3422L. How experience affects behavior and physiological functioning of animals and humans.
EXP 3422L. Conditioning and Learning Laboratory (1). Prerequisites: EXP 3000, 3000L; Corequisite: EXP 3422.
PSB 2000. Introduction to Brain and Behavior (3). A study of the basic principles of brain functions and how they relate to animal and human behavior. (Cannot be taken after PSB 3004.)
PSB 3004. Physiological Psychology (3). Prerequisites: PSY 2012; three (3) hours in biology; or permission of instructor. Corequisite: PSB 3004L. Current problems, theories, and techniques in physiological psychology with emphasis on central nervous system mechanisms.
PSB 3004L. Physiological Psychology Laboratory (1). Corequisite: PSB 3004.
PSB 4240. Biological Basis of Brain Dysfunction (3). Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing; PSB 2000 or 3004 or an introductory course in biology. This course will examine the biology of brain dysfunction in schizophrenia, obsessive compulsive disorder, mania, depression, drug abuse, Alzheimers disease, Parkinsons disease, Huntingtons disease, and Tourettes syndrome. These pathological processes will be explored from both biological and psychological perspectives.
PSB 4854. Biopsychology of Sexual Behavior (3). Prerequisites: PSY 2012; PSB 2000, 3004, or three (3) semester hours in biology. A study of biological and sociocultural determinants of sexual development particularly as it relates to sexual orientation, sexual preference, and purported gender differences in personality, cognition, and mental disorders.

Human Learning and Cognition

EXP 3404. Human Memory and Learning (3). Prerequisites: EXP 3000, 3000L. Course introduces issues related to human memory and learning. Theories of memory, including memory systems, capacity and duration of memory, and basic memorial processes. Applied issues include disorders of memory (e.g., Alzheimers disease), repressed memories and memory improvement.
EXP 3503. Cognitive Psychology (3). Prerequisites: EXP 3000, 3000L. Corequisite: EXP 3503L. Contemporary approaches to human learning, memory, and higher mental processes.
EXP 3503L. Cognitive Psychology Laboratory (1). Prerequisites: EXP 3000, 3000L; Corequisite: EXP 3503.
EXP 4640. Psychology of Language (3). Prerequisites: psychology majorsEXP 3000; other majorspermission of instructor. This course will focus on the mental processes involved in language use (e.g., speech, comprehension, conversation, and writing). EXP 3000 is required for psychology majors. Majors from relevant areas such as language, communications, philosophy, computer science and education should contact the instructor for permission to take the course.

Clinical Personality

CLP 3003. Psychology of Adjustment (3). Prerequisite: PSY 2012. Human adjustments and the resulting forms of behavior. Abnormal and normal behavior are contrasted. Special emphasis on the determinants of adjustments.
CLP 3305. Clinical and Counseling Psychology (3). Prerequisite: PSY 2012. A survey of the theory, research, and treatment procedures in the clinical process.
CLP 4143. Abnormal Psychology (3). Prerequisite: PSY 2012. Causes of personality disorganization, diagnosis and treatment of mental illness, developments in experimental psychopathology.
CLP 4343r. Current Issues in Clinical Psychology (3). Prerequisites: PSY 2012; junior or senior standing. A study of current issues in clinical psychology. May be repeated to a maximum of six (6) semester hours.
CLP 4524. Research Methods in Clinical Psychology (3). Prerequisites: EXP 3000, 3000L. This course is intended for students who plan graduate work in clinical psychology. The principal research designs and experimental methodologies used in clinical psychology will be reviewed. Students will have opportunities to develop their own research ideas and design clinical investigations.
CLP 4950. Abnormal Psychology Field Experience (1). (S/U grade only.) Prerequisites: CLP 4143, permission of instructor.
PPE 3004. Psychology of Personality (3). Prerequisite: PSY 2012. An introduction to methods, theory, and research in personality.
PSY 4303. Theory, Application, and Evaluation of Tests (3). Prerequisites: EXP 3000, 3000L. Basic test and measurement theory essential in the construction, appropriate use, and evaluation of achievement, aptitude, intelligence, interest, and personality tests.

Life-Span Development

DEP 3103. Child Psychology (3). Prerequisite: PSY 2012. An approach to the study of children.
DEP 3305. Psychology of Adolescent Development (3). Prerequisite: PSY 2012. Recent research dealing with adolescents. Emphasis is placed on the influence of growth and on the role of cultural pressures on behavior.
DEP 4204. Psychology of Exceptional Children (3). Prerequisite: DEP 3103. The identification, causes, and treatment of a variety of psychological disorders of childhood are discussed. Topics covered include assessment and classification of disorders, classroom management, learning disabilities, hyperactivity, mental retardation, and autism.
DEP 4400. Psychology of Adult Development and Aging (3). Prerequisite: PSY 2012. The study of the major psychological issues of adulthood and aging, including: age-related changes in psychological, social, and physical functioning; interpersonal and family relationships; career development and retirement; mental and physical health; death and bereavement; and coping with the process of aging. Prior introductory courses in personality, social, cognition, and/or sensation-perception are not required but they are recommended.
EDP 3003. Educational Psychology (3). Prerequisite: PSY 2012. The application of psychology to the problems of education.

Social

SOP 3004. Social Psychology (3). Prerequisite: PSY 2012. Review of the theories of interpersonal behavior and group dynamics.
SOP 3742. Psychology of Women (3). Prerequisite: PSY 2012. Systematic study of research and theory including psychological differences and similarities between sexes.
SOP 3751. Psychology and the Law (3). Prerequisite: PSY 2012. An examination of the interface between psychology and legal issues. Research on judges, juries, defendants, and police are among topics covered, as well as the role of psychologists in the legal system.
SOP 3782. Psychology of the African-American (3). Prerequisite: PSY 2012. A critical examination of the psychocultural forces which shape and determine the unique behavior of African-Americans.
SOP 4214. Experimental Social Psychology (3). Prerequisites: PSY 2012, SOP 3004. Course covers in-depth analysis of several central areas of social psychology with an emphasis on designing and carrying out research in these areas.

Behavioral-Performance Management

EAB 3703. Applied Behavior Analysis (3). Prerequisite: PSY 2012. This course introduces the basic principles of behavior and exposes students to settings where techniques based on learning theory can be used therapeutically.
INP 3303. Business Psychology (3). Prerequisite: PSY 2012. Vocational selection, psychological principles of supervision and leadership, emotional problems of employees, selling, and advertising.
INP 3313. Behavior Analysis in Business and Industry (3). Prerequisites: PSY 2012; EAB 3703. Behavior principles as they are applied in business, industry, and government.
INP 4314. Advanced Topics in Performance Management (4). Prerequisite: INP 3313 and permission of instructor. Implementation and analysis of performance management principles via a project carried out in a business setting; motivation, compensation, and systems issues in performance technology.

Multiple Areas

ISC 3121. Science, Technology, and Society (3). Science is considered as an enterprise in modern society that produces technological advances and new perspectives on reality. Interrelations among science, technology, and society are examined. Enrollment is open to students who have attained at least junior standing or by permission of instructor.
PSY 3949r. Cooperative Education Work Experience (0). (S/U grade only.)
PSY 4039r. Honors Work (3). May be repeated for a maximum of nine (9) hours.
PSY 4911r-4914r. Directed Individual Study [one to three (1-3) hours each]. (S/U grade only.) Prerequisites: Junior standing, consent of instructor and department chair. Study on a selected topic as designated by the student and the directing professor. Each course may be repeated to a maximum of three (3) semester hours. Only six (6) semester hours may be counted toward the major. These total credits must be reduced by the comparable number of credits taken for PSY 4920r, such that a maximum of twelve (12) credits of PSY 4911r4914r in combination with PSY 4920r may be taken. A total of six (6) credits of PSY 4911r4914r in combination with PSY 4920r may be counted toward the major.
PSY 4920r. Research Topics (1-3). (S/U grade only.) Prerequisites: Junior standing, consent of instructor. Participation in a group research project on a selected topic as designated by the directing professor. May be repeated to a maximum of twelve (12) semester hours; only six (6) semester hours may be counted toward the major. These total credits must be reduced by the comparable number of credits taken for PSY 4911r4914r such that a maximum of twelve (12) credits of PSY 4920r in combination with PSY 4911r4914r may be taken. A total of six (6) credits of PSY 4920r in combination with PSY 4911r4914r may be counted toward the major.
PSY 4930r. Special Topics in Psychology (3). May be repeated to a maximum of nine (9) semester hours. A maximum of two (2) special topics courses may be taken in the same semester.
PSY 4970r. Honors Seminar (1). (S/U grade only.) Prerequisite: Acceptance in the honors in psychology program. Exposure to state-of-the-art research of psychology faculty to increase breadth in the discipline and to help select a thesis topic and research mentor. Forum for informal discussion of project development, research design, data collection and analyses, and thesis presentation. May be repeated to a maximum of four (4) semester hours; only two (2) semester hours may be counted toward the major.
SCE 4939r. Seminar in Contemporary Science, Mathematics, and Science Education (1). For description, see the interdisciplinary science courses listed in the College of Arts and Sciences section of this General Bulletin.

Graduate Courses

General

PSY 5605. History and Systems of Psychology (3).
PSY 5705r. Instrumentation in Psychology (1). (S/U grade only.)
PSY 6945. Teaching Psychology Practicum (3).

Psychobiology/Neuroscience

BMS 5026. Anatomy of the Nervous System (3).
BMS 5027L. Neuroanatomy Laboratory (1).
EXP 5406. Conditioning and Learning (3).
EXP 5717. Animal Psychophysics (3).
EXP 6109r. Seminar in Sensory Processes (3).
PSB 5056. Biological Psychology (3).
PSB 5125. Introduction to Experimental Animal Surgery (3).
PSB 5245. Basis of Neurological Disorders (3).
PSB 5605. Functional Neuroscience I: Neural Mechanisms and Sensory Motor Function (3).
PSB 6059r. Seminar in Physiological Psychology (3).
PSB 6070r. Current Problems in Neuroscience (2).(S/U grade only.)
PSB 6920r. Neuroscience Colloquium (1).(S/U grade only.)
PSB 6933r. Seminar in Neuroscience (1-2).

Human Learning and Cognition

EAB 5700. Basic Principles of Behavior (3).
EAB 5701. Basic Methods of Applied Behavior Analysis (3).
EAB 5710. Behavioral Analysis in Developmental Disabilities and Autism (3).
EAB 5711. Behavioral Analysis in Mental Health and Aging (3).
EAB 5721. Behavioral Analysis in Education and Performance Management (3).
EAB 5780. Ethical and Professional Issues in Applied Behavior Analysis (3).
EAB 5796. Research Methods in Applied Behavior Analysis (3).
EAB 6769r. Seminar on Skinners Theory of Behaviorism (3).
EXP 5508. Cognition and Perception (3).
EXP 6609r. Seminar in Higher Mental Processes (3).
EXP 6920r. Current Issues in Cognitive/Behavioral Science (1). (S/U grade only.)

Clinical Personality

CLP 5195. Theories of Psychotherapy (3).
CLP 5196. Techniques of Behavioral Change (3).
CLP 5375. Concepts and Methods of Clinical Psychology (3).
CLP 5475. Child Psychopathology and Intervention (3).
CLP 5932. Law and Ethics (3).
CLP 5941r, 5942r. Clinical Practicum: Psychological Evaluation [one to three (1-3) hours each]. (S/U grade only.)
CLP 6169. Abnormal Psychology for Graduate Students (3).
CLP 6349r. Seminar in Clinical Theory (3).
CLP 6920r. Current Issues in Clinical Psychology (1). (S/U grade only.)
CLP 6944r, 6947r. Clinical Practicum: Change of Behavior [one to three (1-3) hours each]. (S/U grade only.)
PPE 5055. Personality Theory (3).
PSY 5325. Assessment I (3).
PSY 5326. Assessment II (3).
PSY 5327. Assessment III (3).
PSY 6940r. Psychological Clerkship (3-6). (S/U grade only.)
PSY 6948r. Psychological Internship (3-6). (S/U grade only.)

Life-Span Development

DEP 5165. Developmental Psychology (3).
DEP 6109r. Seminar in Child and Developmental Psychology (3).

Social

SOP 5053. Social Psychology (3).

Multiple Area Courses

PSY 5908r. Directed Individual Study (13). (S/U grade only.)
PSY 5916r. Selected Research Topics (3).
PSY 5917r. Supervised Research (15). (S/U grade only.)
PSY 5947r. Supervised Teaching (15). (S/U grade only.)
PSY 5973r. Thesis (16). (S/U grade only.)
PSY 6656r. Contemporary Research: A Critical Review (19). (S/U grade only.)
PSY 6919r. Seminar in Current Research Topics (13).

For listings relating to graduate course work for thesis, dissertation, and masters and doctoral examinations and defense, consult the Graduate Bulletin.