University of Nebraska at Kearney
College of Natural and Social Sciences
Department of Psychology
- 190GS. Dynamics of Personal Adjustment - 3 hours
- This course is designed to help the student gain a greater awareness of interpersonal
- 192. Death and Dying - 1 hour
- Issues of death and dying are discussed from the perspectives of medicine, psychology,
religion, philosophy, law and other fields. Spring only.
- 203GS. General Psychology - 3 hours
- The fundamental concepts of psychology as derived through the scientific investigation
of behavior are described. Students have the option of selecting a class taught with the
traditional lecture-discussion method or with the Personalized System of Instruction
(P.S.I.) which involves self-pacing and mastery methods.
- 204. Advanced General Psychology - 3 hours
- Prerequisite: PSY 203. A more detailed investigation of
some of the topics covered in General Psychology, using experiential methods to facilitate
the understanding of both the content and methods of psychology.
- 210H. Issues in Psychology - 3 hours
- The field of psychology is introduced through exposure to unresolved theoretical and
- 230GS. Human Development - 3 hours
- Human growth and development is surveyed from the prenatal period through old age and
death. Emphasis is placed on physiological, cognitive, and social/personality developments
at the various age levels.
- 231. Abnormal Behavior and Society - 3 hours
- An introduction to the various models for understanding abnormal behavior, e.g., genetic
and developmental models; the descriptions of predominant mental disorders, and major
modern treatment interventions. The course addresses these issues from a societal context
and is recommended for those majoring in fields other than psychology, such as nursing,
allied health sciences, and criminal justice majors.
- 250. Behavioral Statistics - 4 hours
- Prerequisite: PSY 203GS. College algebra is recommended.
The methodology used in scientific research is described along with the special problems
that psychologists face in the interpretation of research results. One laboratory each
- 270. Experimental Psychology - 4 hours
- Prerequisite: PSY 250. Advanced methods in data collection
are presented. Research designs and their appropriateness for specific areas of study are
reviewed. One laboratory each week.
- 290. Special Topics - 3 hours
- Topics which are not assigned or covered in other courses in the department are studied.
- 300. Seminar in Psychology - 1 hour
- Prerequisite: PSY 270 and a declared major in Psychology.
An informal review of academic, professional, and career planning issues of a psychology
- 310. Learning and Conditioning - 3 hours
- Prerequisite: PSY 203GS. The concepts and principles of
learning are studied in detail. Data from human and animal experimentation are considered.
Spring only, even years.
- 310L. Learning and Conditioning Laboratory - 1 hour
- Prerequisite: PSY 270. Aspects of conditioning and learning
are demonstrated. Must be taken concurrently with PSY 310. Spring only, even years.
- 312. Sensation and Perception - 3 hours
- Prerequisite: PSY 203. Sensory and perceptual systems are
examined in detail. Fall only, odd years.
- 312L. Sensation and Perception Laboratory - 1 hour
- Prerequisite: PSY 270. Sensory and perceptual phenomena are
reviewed within a laboratory setting. Must be taken concurrently with PSY 312. On demand.
- 313. Physiological Psychology - 3 hours
- Prerequisite: PSY 203. The relationships between
physiological processes and human behaviors are studied. Fall only.
- 313L. Physiological Psychology Laboratory - 1 hour
- Prerequisite: PSY 270. The techniques and methodology used
in the study of the biological influences on behavior are introduced. Must be taken
concurrently with PSY 313. Fall only.
- 317. Biopsychology - 3 hours
- Prerequisite: PSY 203. Biopsychology deals with the
interaction of biology and behavior from the molecular to the molar level. All levels of
interaction are investigated. Spring only, odd years.
- 317L. Biopsychology Laboratory - 1 hour
- Prerequisite: PSY 270. Biopsychology Laboratory uses the
methods of Ethology and Comparative Psychology to investigate the relationship between
biology and behavior. Must be taken concurrently with PSY 317. Spring only, odd years.
- 318. Experimental Social Psychology - 3 hours
- Prerequisite: PSY 203. An exploration of the theories,
methods and research regarding the relationship of the individual to others and to
society. Topics include person perception, interpersonal attraction, attitudes, and
attitude change, conformity and leadership. Fall only.
- 318L. Experimental Social Psychology Laboratory - 1 hour
- Prerequisite: PSY 270. A review of social psychological
research methods, including experimental and quasi-experimental designs, unobtrusive
measures, field studies, behavioral and verbal measurement, the avoidance of bias, and
ethical issues in research. Fall only.
- 370. History and Systems of Psychology - 3 hours
- Prerequisite: PSY 203. The ideas of individuals who have
influenced the development of psychology as a science from the ancient Greeks to the 20th
century are reviewed.
- 371. Environmental Psychology - 3 hours
- Prerequisite: PSY 203. The relationships between behavior
and natural and man-made environments are addressed. Every other year.
- 374. Psychology of Gender - 3 hours
- Motivational levels, goals, self-concept, and various personality characteristics which
differentiate between women and men are studied. Rearing differences between boys and
girls and their accompanying behavioral expectations will be studied as well as the
development of sex differences in intellectual and biological functions.
- 376. Psychology and Criminal Behavior - 3 hours
- Prerequisite: PSY 203. Criminal behavior and rehabilitative
efforts will be investigated in light of psychological research, theory and clinical
experience. Various potential causes of criminal behavior will be explored. Psychology's
role within the legal system will also be addressed.
- 380. Introduction to Clinical Psychology - 3 hours
- Prerequisites: PSY 203, junior standing. The student will
be introduced to the various professional activities and settings of clinical
psychologists (psychologists trained to independently assess, diagnose, and treat mental
disorder.) Special emphasis will be given to psychotherapeutic interventions.
- 380F. Field Experience in Clinical Psychology - 3 hours
- Prerequisites: PSY 203, junior standing. Students will
visit a clinical facility for three hours a week and process their learning experiences in
a one hour weekly lab. Opportunities to interact with patients and staff are included.
Must be taken concurrently with PSY 380. Permission of instructor required.
- 399. Psychology Apprenticeship Programs - 1-3 hours
- Prerequisite: PSY 203. Students assist faculty members as
research assistants, as classroom discussion leaders, as proctors in PSI courses, or in
preparing special lectures or programs. Departmental permission required. PSI proctoring
is recommended for those students preparing to take the Graduate Record Exam.
- 403/803P. Motivation - 3 hours
- Prerequisite: PSY 203. The principal issues, methods, and
theories of motivation are thoroughly examined. Offered on an irregular basis.
- 406/806P. Theories of Personality - 3 hours
- Prerequisites: PSY 203, PSY 370
recommended. Personality theories from Freud to contemporary theorists are discussed.
- 407/807P. Psychopathology - 3 hours
- Prerequisites: PSY 203. Current theoretical models and
research are applied toward understanding the descriptions and causes of the predominant
mental disorders. The course is based on the diagnostic system employed by most mental
- 410/810P. Industrial Psychology - 3 hours
- Prerequisite: PSY 203. The application of the concepts of
psychology to people at work is addressed. Topics include personnel selection and
appraisal, motivation, job satisfaction, employee development, industrial engineering, and
- 416/816P. Eastern Psychology - 3 hours
- Prerequisite: PSY 203. The psychological aspects of various
Eastern philosophical traditions including Sufism, Yoga, Taoism, and Buddhism are
examined. The psychology of Zen is emphasized. Experiential as well as theoretical
approaches are used. Fall only.
- 417/817P. Humanistic Psychology - 3 hours
- Prerequisite: PSY 203. The tenets and methods of humanistic
psychology, its historical roots, theoretical concepts, and how it is distinguished from
Psychoanalysis and Behaviorism are reviewed. Group discussion format is used. Spring only.
- 430/830P. Memory and Cognition - 3 hours
- Prerequisite: PSY 203. Topics concerning intellectual
functioning are reviewed. Emphasis is placed on the information processing approach to the
study of mental life. Topics include perception, attention, consciousness, memory, problem
solving, and language. Spring only.
- 430L. Memory and Cognition Laboratory - 1 hour
- Prerequisite: PSY 270. The methodology used in the study of
cognitive processes is reviewed. Must be taken concurrently with PSY 430. Spring only.
- 450/850P. Psychometrics - 3 hours
- Prerequisite: PSY 203. Basic measurement concepts, the
selection, administration, and interpretation of standardized tests are reviewed. Spring
only, even years.
- 450L/850LP. Psychometrics Lab - 1 hour
- Prerequisite: PSY 203, PSY 250
recommended. Must be taken concurrently with 450/850. Practical experience in test
construction and the application of concepts such as norms, standardization, reliability
and validity. Spring only, even years.
- 453/853P. Developmental Psychology - 3 hours
- Prerequisite: PSY 203. The psychology of child development
is studied. Special emphasis is placed on experimental findings related to the development
of physical, intellectual and cognitive functioning, and the development of personality.
- 453L. Developmental Psychology Laboratory - 1 hour
- Prerequisite: PSY 270. Methods of studying children and
adolescents are investigated. Must be taken concurrently with PSY 453. Fall only, even
- 455/855P. Adolescent Psychology - 3 hours
- Prerequisite: PSY 203. Adolescent development is
comprehensively reviewed. The intellectual, physical, and social/moral development of
adolescents is discussed, along with the special problems of young adults. Offered every
- 462/862P. Adult Development and Aging - 3 hours
- Prerequisite: PSY 203. The changes in physical, cognitive
and social/personality development during adulthood are addressed. Offered every other
- 465/865P. Drugs and Human Behavior - 3 hours
- Prerequisite: PSY 203; background in physiological
psychology and/or biology is recommended. The pharmacological, physiological, and
psychological effects of hypnotics, euphoriants, phantasticants, excitants, and inebriants
are discussed. Spring only, even years.
- 470/870P. Neuropsychology - 3 hours
- Prerequisite: PSY 203. PSY 313
and/or PSY 317 are recommended. The relationship between
human brain function and behavior is investigated. Topics include cerebral asymmetry,
sensory and motor systems, functions of the association cortex, and the rationale of
neuropsychological assessment. Spring only odd years.
- 475. Practicum - 3 hours
- Prerequisites: 24 completed hours of psychology coursework and permission of the
department chairman. This course gives the student the opportunity to gain experience in
the application of psychological principles in various settings.
- 475G. Practicum in Gerontology - 3 hours
- Prerequisites: Completion of 15 hours in the minor and permission of the director of the
gerontology program. This course gives the student the opportunity to work with
professionals in the field of aging. Includes 120-180 actual contact hours during the
- 480/880P. Advanced Seminar in Psychology -
- Prerequisites: At least 12 completed hours of psychology coursework,
Junior/Senior/Graduate standing, and permission of the instructor. An in-depth examination
of a particular topic in one of 13 designated areas of psychology. Taught in seminar
format. Topics will be announced during the preceding semester. Offered on an irregular
- 491/891. Expanded Campus Workshop - 1-3 hours
- Refer to Academic Information section for description.
- 493. Readings in Psychology - 1-3 hours
- Prerequisite: 24 completed hours of psychology coursework and permission of the
department chairman. The student designs a set of readings in a chosen area of psychology.
The work is completed under the supervision of the department chairman.
- 499. Research in Psychology - 3 hours
- Prerequisite: 24 completed hours of psychology coursework, including PSY 270, and permission of the department chairman. The student
engages in a research project of his/her own design. The project is supervised by a
psychology faculty member.
Other Graduate Courses:
890 Directed Research, 3 hours; 896 Thesis 1-6 hours; 899 Directed Reading 1-3 hours. See
Graduate Catalog for course descriptions.