DCF94280-E8F7-F166-A62F886D097067AC
DCFBE660-C8A8-F3F9-09D0716C5C541EB0

Courses and Requirements

A concentration in psychology consists of nine courses: 101; 201; either 204 or 205; one laboratory course numbered between 300 and 329 (except 320 or 328); 380; and four additional courses at the 300 level or above, including the Senior Project. Concentrators who place out of Introductory Psychology with a 4 or 5 on the Psychology AP exam must still take a total of nine courses. Students should plan to complete their lab requirement by the end of their junior year. Departmental honors in psychology recognize the distinguished achievement of students who excel in their coursework in the concentration. The Senior Project involves an extensive research and theoretical inquiry, culminating in a written thesis and an oral presentation. The project can be completed in one or two semesters; therefore, concentrators must enroll in 500 and/or 501 during their senior year.

A minor in general psychology consists of five courses: 101; 201; either 204 or 205; one laboratory course numbered between 300 and 329 (except 320 or 328); and one other course.

The departments of Biology and Psychology offer an interdisciplinary concentration in neuroscience. See the description under Neuroscience.

101F,S Introductory Psychology.
An introduction to the science of human behavior. Topics include the nervous system, perception, learning, motivation, cognitive and social development, personality, individual differences, social behavior and psychopathology. In class laboratory exercises to emphasize the use of research methods and data to describe and examine behavior. (Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning.) (Oral Presentations.) The Department.
More information ...

198F,S Collaborative Research in Psychology I.
Collaborative research under the supervision of a faculty member. Focus on data collection and/or analysis. Three to four hours per week of lab work. Prerequisite, Permission of the instructor. Student performance will be evaluated as Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. One-quarter credit per semester. May be repeated for credit, but does not count toward concentration requirements. (Same as Neuroscience 198.) The Department.

201F,S Statistics and Research Methods in Psychology.
The application and interpretation of descriptive and inferential statistics in the study of psychological processes. Some instruction in research design and methodological issues. Students will learn to use the statistical computer program SPSS to analyze data. Topics include the principles of hypothesis testing, t tests, analysis of variance, regression, and some non-parametric statistics. (Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning.) Prerequisite, 101. (Same as Neuroscience 201.) McKee (Fall); Borton and Grysman (Spring).

204F,S Human Neuropsychology.
Study of human brain function from the standpoint of experimental and clinical research in behavioral and cognitive neuroscience. Survey of research involving animals and humans, addressing presumed neural mechanisms for cognitive, motivational and emotional states. Analysis of aphasia, agnosias, apraxias and disconnection syndromes. Prerequisite, 101. Not open to students who have completed Psych/Neuro 232. (Same as Neuroscience 204.) Bejjanki (Fall) and Thiruchselvam (Spring).

205F Introduction to Brain and Behavior.
Study of the structure and function of the nervous system as it relates to consciousness and behavior. Emphasis on psychobiological explanations of perception, learning, attention, motivation, emotion and behavior disorders. (Oral Presentations.) Prerequisite, 101 or Biology 102 or 115. (Same as Neuroscience 205.) Robinson.

297F,S Peer Counseling.
Students will serve as peer counselors under the supervision of a Counseling Center staff psychologist. Six to eight hours per week of peer counseling, weekly supervision meetings, written case reports, and outreach presentations. Training will occur prior to the start of counseling. Student performance will be evaluated as Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. One-half credit per semester. May be repeated for credit, but does not count toward concentration requirements. (Oral Presentations.) Prerequisite, Permission of the instructor. Maximum enrollment, 20. Walden.

298F,S Collaborative Research in Psychology II.
Collaborative research under the supervision of a faculty member. Focus on data collection and/or analysis. Six to eight hours per week of lab work, plus final oral presentation or research paper. Prerequisite, Permission of the instructor. Student performance will be evaluated as Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. One-half credit per semester. May be repeated for credit, but does not count toward concentration requirements. The Department.

311F The Self in Social Psychology.
Theoretical and methodological understanding of the study of the self in social psychology. Topics include organization of self-concept and its effect on information processing; self-awareness; self-esteem maintenance processes; cultural influences; stigmas; and self-regulation. Class time devoted to discussion of research articles. Laboratory component involves conducting two research projects. Data collection, statistical analysis, papers based on findings, oral and poster presentations. Three hours of class and three hours of laboratory. (Writing-intensive.) (Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning.) (Oral Presentations.) Prerequisite, Psych/Neuro 201. Not open to students who have taken 361. Maximum enrollment, 20. Borton.

[312S] Environmental Psychology.
Addresses how people think about and react to environmental problems from littering to climate change, with a focus on individual behaviors. Topics include risk perceptions, group identity, social influence, environmental effects on mood and performance, and the interdisciplinary challenges of collective action problems. Class time will focus on the discussion of research articles. The laboratory component will include two research projects, including design, data collection, statistical analysis, papers based on findings, and oral and poster presentations. Six hours of class and laboratory. (Writing-intensive.) (Oral Presentations.) Prerequisite, Psych/Neuro 201. Maximum enrollment, 20.

316S Developmental Psychology of Self-Control.
Developmental Psychology of Self-Control. Theoretical and methodological examination of the psychological processes involved in regulating thoughts, behavior, and emotions. Emphasis on childhood and adolescence. Questions covered will include: What is executive function and how does it develop? What are the consequences of low or delayed self-control abilities across the lifespan? How can we improve self-control? Data collection, statistical analysis, papers based on findings, oral and poster presentations. Three hours of class and three hours of laboratory. (Writing-intensive.) (Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning.) (Oral Presentations.) Prerequisite, Psych/Neuro 201. Maximum enrollment, 20. Rachel White.

320S Psychology and Neuroscience of Learning.
An exploration of theoretical and methodological questions involved in the study of learning and neural plasticity. Questions covered will include: What is learning? What are the mechanisms that support neural plasticity, and how do they contribute to learning-induced changes in behavior? How does learning change across the lifespan? Laboratory exercises will include the development of original experiments to elicit and measure learning at the behavioral and neural levels, as well as the analysis of neural data. Three hours of class and three hours of laboratory. (Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning.) (Oral Presentations.) Prerequisite, Psych/Neuro 201 and Psych/Neuro 204 or 205. Does not count toward the lab requirement in Psychology. (Same as Neuroscience 320.) Maximum enrollment, 20. V Bejjanki.

[322] Autobiographical Memory.
Methodological and theoretical examination of autobiographical memory. Students will study the relationships among cognitive, social, and developmental factors, such as the influence of early experiences and memory development in early childhood, or the role of gender and older age on memory for specific events. Laboratory component will include developing methods for collecting data, analyzing event narratives, and designing and writing original empirical studies. Three hours of class and three hours of laboratory. (Writing-intensive.) (Oral Presentations.) Prerequisite, Psych/Neuro 201. Maximum enrollment, 20.

327F Affective Neuroscience.
An exploration of theoretical and methodological questions in the study of affect, addressed through neuroscience. Questions covered will include: What is affect? What functions does affect serve and how does affect become dysfunctional in psychopathology? How does affect shape cognition? How do individuals regulate affect? Class time will be devoted to discussion of research articles. Laboratory exercises will include the development of original experiments to elicit and measure affect, as well as the analysis of neural data. Three hours of class and three hours of laboratory. (Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning.) (Oral Presentations.) Prerequisite, Psych/Neuro 201. (Same as Neuroscience 327.) Maximum enrollment, 20. Thiruchselvam.

[328F] Cognitive Neuroscience.
Study of brain processes involved in cognition, with a focus on current research designs and techniques. Class discussions will focus on primary research articles covering perception, attention, memory and language systems. Laboratory exercises will include the analysis of structural brain scans and electroencephalographic data, and the design, programming and presentation of original experiments. Three hours of class and three hours of laboratory. (Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning.) (Oral Presentations.) Prerequisite, Psych/Neuro 201 and Psych/Neuro 204 or 205. Does not count toward the lab requirement in Psychology. (Same as Neuroscience 328.) Maximum enrollment, 20.

330S Systems Neuroscience.
The primary focus of this course is on the physiological and chemical basis of behavior from a systems perspective. Topics include analysis of sensory and motor systems; motivated behaviors; stress, anxiety and mental illness; and learning and memory. Laboratory exercises introduce students to the anatomy and physiology of the mammalian central nervous system and to some of the principal techniques used in systems and behavioral neuroscience. Three hours of class and three hours of laboratory. (Oral Presentations.) Prerequisite, 204 or 205 or Biology 101 and 102, or Biology 115. Does not count toward the lab requirement in Psychology. (Same as Biology 330 and Neuroscience 330.) Maximum enrollment, Other. Robinson.

331F Behavioral Genetics.
An introduction to the genetic basis of behavior. Focuses on the concepts of Mendelian genetics, patterns of inheritance, quantitative genetics, gene-environment interactions, and their application to individual differences in health, cognition, personality, substance use, and psychiatric disorders. The course will also explore how our current understanding of behavior genetics contributes to counseling and treatment efforts (e.g., genetic counseling, pharmacogenomics, gene therapy) for genetic disorders. (Oral Presentations.) Prerequisite, Psych/Neuro 201. Christ.

[333S] Contemplative Neuroscience: The Brain and the Buddha.
The Buddha proposed that we can end suffering by training the mind. This course will explore the contribution of Buddhism to psychology and neuroscience. We will ask: Can we train attention to promote resilience, compassion, and well-being? What is the core nature of self and thought? What is the relationship between the brain and consciousness? Although the course will draw upon Buddhist philosophy, we will investigate these questions from the perspective of modern neuroscience, examining empirical studies using methods such as EEG, fMRI, and single-cell electrophysiology. (Oral Presentations.) Prerequisite, Psych/Neuro 201. Next offered spring 2019. (Same as Neuroscience 333.)

336S Conservation Psychology.
This course addresses psychological responses to environmental problems from littering to climate change, focusing on predicting and influencing individual behavior. Topics include risk perceptions, group identity, activism, social influence, and the interdisciplinary challenge of collective action problems. Prerequisite, Psych/Neuro 201. Cannot enroll if previously took Psych. 312 (Environmental Psychology) Brick.

[344] Cognition and Consciousness.
Examination of basic cognitive processes such as perception, memory, attention, language, and decision-making, and application of these processes to the study of consciousness. Text and article readings include attempts to understand consciousness and its evolution. Prerequisite, Psych/Neuro 201.

345F Health Psychology.
An introduction to the use of psychological methods to study the two-way relationship between mind and body. Health psychologists investigate how to promote health, as well as how to prevent, react to, cope, and recover from illness. In this class, we will focus on psychological states such as stress and how they affect the body, as well as the importance of mental processes such as coping and finding meaning, both of which are powerfully associated with positive health outcomes. Other topics include health behavior change, pain, eating and dieting, placebo, and personality. (Oral Presentations.) Prerequisite, Psych/Neuro 201. Brick.

350F Lifespan Development.
An introduction to the science of lifespan development, from conception and prenatal development to older age and death. Focuses on integrating the various domains of development, including the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional domains. This course includes an experiential component whereby students work with individuals of a particular developmental age in an applied setting (e.g., child care center, nursing home). (Oral Presentations.) Prerequisite, Psych/Neuro 201. Not open to students who have taken 351. White.

[351] Child Development.
An introduction to the science of child behavior and the principles of child growth and development from conception to early adulthood. Focuses on integrating the physical, cognitive, social and emotional domains of development. Includes an experiential component whereby students will work with children or adolescents in an applied setting (e.g., child care center or school). (Oral Presentations.) Prerequisite, Psych/Neuro 201.

352S Psychopharmacology.
A study of the effects of drugs on animal and human behavior. Topics include neuropharmacology, antipsychotics, analgesics, stimulants, hallucinogens, antidepressants, alcoholism, addiction, effects of drugs on society, and the implications of drug effects for neurochemical theories of behavior. (Oral Presentations.) Prerequisite, Psych/Neuro 201. Christ.

353S Adult Psychopathology.
Introduction to the study of mental disorders in adults, including historical and cultural perspectives. Focus on classification, diagnostic assessment, etiology, treatment and evaluation of treatment efficacy for the major disorders including affective, thought, substance and eating disorders. Research methods in clinical psychology emphasized. (Oral Presentations.) Prerequisite, Psych/Neuro 201. Not open to students who have taken 223. McKee.

354S Counseling Psychology.
An overview of the theoretical orientations, treatment approaches and empirical literature in the field of counseling psychology. Examines the mechanisms by which counseling interventions facilitate personal and interpersonal functioning with a focus on emotional, social, educational, vocational and developmental concerns. Prerequisite, Psych/Neuro 201. Not open to students who have taken 234. Walden.

355F Neurobiology of Addiction.
This course is centered on understanding the neurobiology of the “addicted brain.” Strong emphasis on the neurobiological effects of drugs of abuse, including short and longer-term changes in the brain and body that occur in response to drug use and abuse. A sampling of drugs to be discussed include cocaine, heroin, marijuana, hallucinogens and alcohol. Effectiveness of various treatment strategies will also be considered. Some discussion of the social, political and philosophical aspects of addiction to drug and non-drug substances (e.g., food compulsions and pathological gambling). (Oral Presentations.) Prerequisite, Psych/Neuro 201. (Same as Neuroscience 355.) Robinson.

356S Social Psychology.
A survey of social psychology, the study of how and why people behave, think, and feel in social situations. Topics include social cognition, stereotyping and prejudice, the self, social influence, attitudes and persuasion, attraction and relationships, aggression, and helping behavior. Emphasis on experimental research methodology. (Oral Presentations.) Prerequisite, Psych/Neuro 201. Does NOT overlap substantially with Psych 311W. Brick.

357S Human Memory.
An examination of theoretical and empirical research on the creation and structure of memories. Consideration of both theoretical and applied topics within the memory literature, including autobiographical memories, unconscious memories, factors contributing to forgetting, the organization of memories, eyewitness memory, and false memories. (Oral Presentations.) Prerequisite, Psych/Neuro 201. Grysman.

360F Clinical Assessment.
In-depth study of assessment methodologies used in clinical psychology research and practice. Emphasis on design issues, data analysis issues, scale construction, interviewing, testing, self-report and observation. (Oral Presentations.) Prerequisite, Psych/Neuro 201. McKee.

[361] The Social Psychological Study of the Self.
Theoretical and methodological understanding of the study of the self in social psychology. Topics include organization of self-concept and its effect on information processing, self-awareness, self-esteem maintenance processes, cultural influences, stigmas and self-regulation. (Oral Presentations.) Prerequisite, Psych/Neuro 201. Not open to students who have taken 311 or 337.

380F Research Design.
Advanced study of psychological research methods, with a focus on critically evaluating original research, independently designing and executing studies, and writing scientific research reports. Topics include reliability and validity, experimental and non-experimental methods, and effective design of studies. (Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning.) (Oral Presentations.) Prerequisite, Psych/Neuro 201. McKee.

455F Field Study in Psychology.
Seminar in psychological services combined with eight to 10 hours per week of field study in one of several cooperating local agencies and schools. Extensive written project addressing theoretical issues relevant to field work. Topics include methods in provision of psychological, educational and applied services, and methodological and ethical issues in psychotherapy, counseling and educational psychology. Prerequisite, three courses in psychology and departmental permission. Open to juniors and seniors. Maximum enrollment, 8. Morris.

500F-501SF,S Senior Project.
Supervised research on a specific problem in psychology or neuroscience based on proposals submitted to the department by the end of a student’s junior year. (Oral Presentations.) Open to senior concentrators. The Department.

New England Center for Children

(from the Hamilton Course Catalogue)

Contact Information


Psychology Department

198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323
315-859-4367 315-859-4807 psychology@hamilton.edu Psychology Website
Back to Top