Professors DiLillo, Hall
Associate Professors Brandt, Smith
Assistant Professors Bailey, Bunnell, Henderson, Modica
The department provides a broad spectrum of courses in psychology useful to both students with a general interest in the field and those interested in pursuing graduate or professional training. Although the overall emphasis of the department is to provide students with a broad background in the scientific aspects of the discipline, students also acquire skills necessary to apply that knowledge. Students can focus their study on one or several areas of psychology ranging from the social and intellectual development of the person to the prevention and treatment of psychological disorders, from operant and Pavlovian analyses of behavior to models of human thought processes, from the microscopic analysis of brain circuits to the mechanisms of long-term memory, from the behaviors of persons in isolation to group behavior in organizations, from the biological bases of visual perception to the therapeutic means of treating people with schizophrenia. One-on-one work with a faculty member is strongly encouraged for each major, either in empirical research or in an apprenticeship.
Course prerequisites in Psychology are largely handled through our tiering system. With a few exceptions, courses in Psychology are categorized into three tiers. Introduction to Psychology (PSYC 110 ) is the only Tier 1 course and, as such, has no prerequisites. Tier 2 courses are those that are appropriate for students to take early in their psychology careers, while Tier 3 courses are appropriate for more advanced students.
PSYC 210 is a course that teaches statistical theory and techniques that are used in psychological research. Because of significant content overlap, students may not receive credit for PSYC 210 and credit for any other statistics course (i.e., MATH 105 , MATH 200 3 , or MATH 230 ). When PSYC 210 serves as a required prerequisite for another course in the department, MATH 105 , MATH 200 3 , or MATH 230 will satisfy the prerequisite requirement. Students intending to major in psychology are encouraged to take PSYC 210 as opposed to any of the other statistics courses. A maximum of one freshman honors tutorial may count as a Tier 2 course for the purpose of determining eligibility to enroll in Tier 3 courses. For a comprehensive list of the prerequisites for each course, see the course listing later in the catalog.