M.S. in Psychological Sciences Course Descriptions

Major Field Core Courses

Developmental Psychology

PSYC 6331 (HCS 6331) Cognitive Development (3 semester hours) Survey of cognitive development theories and research in a variety of domains including perception, memory, language, and problem solving. (3-0) Y

PSYC 6350 (HCS 6350) Social Development (3 semester hours) Foundations of social and personality development. Includes survey of psychodynamic, social learning, behavior genetic, family systems, and social-cognitive approaches to the study of attachment, parenting, aggression, peer relationships, sex typing, and other contemporary issues. (3-0) Y

PSYC 6368 (HCS 6368) Language Development (3 semester hours) Advanced study of normal oral language development. Focus on research in child language and recent theories of language acquisition. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. (3-0) Y


PSYC 6330 (HCS 6330, ACN 6330) Cognitive Science (3 semester hours) Cognitive, computational, and neural processing approaches to understanding perception, memory, thought, language and emotion. (3-0) Y

PSYC 6333 (HCS 6333, ACN 6333) Memory (3 semester hours) Research and theory on the acquisition, representation and retrieval of information by the mind/brain.  Includes information processing and neuropsychological perspectives. (3-0) T

PSYC 6395 (HCS 6395, ACN 6395) Cognitive Psychology (3 semester hours) Theory and research on perception, learning, thinking, psycholinguistics, and memory. Prerequisites: CGS 3361 (PSY 3361) or consent of instructor. (3-0) Y

Social/Personality Psychology
PSYC 6327 (HCS 6327) Personality (3 semester hours) Survey of cognitive, analytic, and learning theory approaches to study of personality. Emphasis on intensive exploration of selected concepts and related research (3-0) R
PSYC 6376
(HCS 6376) Social Psychology (3 semester hours) Overview of the social bases of behavior.
 Topics may include social cognition and self justification, biases in judgment, attitudes and persuasion, conformity, compliance, group dynamics, prejudice and stereotyping, interpersonal attraction and relationships, aggression and altruism, cultural diversity, and applications relevant to these aspects of the human experience.  Special attention to research paradigms of interest to students developing their own empirical work. (3-0) Y


PSYC 6346 (HCS 6346, ACN 6346) Systems Neuroscience (3 semester hours) Integrative systems level study of the nervous system. Aspects of neural mechanisms and circuitry underlying regulation of motor behaviors, sensory and perceptual processing, biological homeostasis, and higher cognitive functions. (3-0) Y
and current research in cognition and neuroscience.
(May be repeated for credit.) (3-0) R
PSYC 7344 (HCS 7344, ACN 7344) Functional Human Neuroanatomy (3 semester hours) Function of each major brain system as related to the organization and synaptic connections of their principal nuclei.
Function of each system related to the neurological disorders associated with disease or lesions at specific locations. (3-0) T

Research Methods Courses

PSYC 6312 (HCS 6312, ACN 6312) Research Methods in Behavioral and Brain Sciences - Part I (3 semester hours) Applying, understanding, and interpreting various statistical techniques in behavioral science context. Participants have the opportunity to learn appropriate statistical details for basic descriptive and inferential statistics, the interrelationships among techniques, and computer skills required for data analyses.  Students without the necessary background knowledge of basic statistics and experimental design will be required to take PSY 3392 before registering for PSYC 6312. (3-0) Y

PSYC 6313 (HCS 6313, ACN 6313) Research Methods in Behavioral and Brain Sciences - Part II (3 semester hours) Topics in general linear modeling including regression analysis correlation, simple analysis of variance, factorial analysis of variance, analysis of covariance, between and within subject designs, and multiple regression. Prerequisite: PSYC 6312 or consent of instructor. (3-0) Y

Other Courses

PSYC 7318  Special Topics in Psychological Sciences (3 semester hours) Selected topics of current research in psychological sciences.  (May be repeated for credit.) (3-0) R

PSYC 7V50  Internship in Psychological Sciences (1-6 semester hours). Applied placement in community agency or other approved site.  (May be repeated for credit) ([1-6]-0) S
PSYC 8V80 (HCS 8V80) Research in Behavioral and Brain Sciences
(1-9 semester hours) Supervised research experience. (May be repeated for credit.) ([1-9]-0) S