Courses & Syllabi

Courses in the Psychology Department are clustered under the themes Mind, Brain and Behavior, Mental Health and Intervention, and Social, Developmental and Organizational Studies. A list of courses organized by theme can be found here.

Please scroll to the bottom of this page for a list of all available PSYC courses' syllabi.

Please Note: Bolded courses are 4-credit psychology labs. 

Foundation Courses

Number TitlePrerequisitesSpring '17Summer '17Fall '17
PSYC100 Introduction to Psychology 
PSYC200Statistical Methods in PsychologyPSYC100 + (MATH111, 140, 220, 130, or STAT100)
PSYC300

Research Methods in Psychology (4 credit lab)

PSYC100 + PSYC200

 

THEME I - Mind, Brain & Behavior

NumberTitlePrerequisitesSpring '17Summer '17Fall '17
PSYC206Developmental BiopsychologyPSYC100  
PSYC301 Biological Basis of BehaviorPSYC100 + BSCI105 
PSYC302Fundamentals of Learning & BehaviorPSYC100 + BSCI105  
PSYC310PerceptionPSYC100 + (BSCI170 or 160, CHEM131 & 132, or PHYS121)    
PSYC341Introduction to Memory & CognitionPSYC100 + PSYC200 + PSYC300 
PSYC355Developmental PsychologyPSYC100 
PSYC401Biological Basis of Behavior & Laboratory (4 credit lab)PSYC100 + PSYC300 + PSYC301 + 85 credits + Permission of Instructor  
PSYC402Neural Systems & BehaviorPSYC100 + PSYC301  
PSYC403Animal BehaviorPSYC100 + PSYC301   
PSYC404Introduction to Behavioral PharmacologyPSYC100 + PSYC301   
PSYC406NeuroethologyPSYC100 + PSYC301  
PSYC407Behavioral Neurobiology Laboratory (4 credit lab)PSYC100 + PSYC300 + PSYC301 + 85 credits + Permission of Instructor  
PSYC410Experimental Psychology: Sensory Processes I (4 credit lab)PSYC100 + PSYC300 + PSYC310 & 85 credits   
PSYC411Introduction to Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging PSYC100 + PSYC200 + PSYC300 + PSYC301  
PSYC413Developmental Cognitive/Social NeurosciencePSYC100 + (PSYC355 or PSYC301)   
PSYC414Science of Sleep and Biological RhythmsPSYC100 + PSYC300 or permission of instructor   
PSYC440Experimental Psychology: Cognitive Processes (4 credit lab)PSYC100 + PSYC300 + PSYC341 + 85 credits   
PSYC442Psychology of LanguagePSYC100 + PSYC300 + PSYC341   
PSYC443Thinking & Problem SolvingPSYC100 + PSYC300 + PSYC341   
PSYC455Cognitive DevelopmentPSYC100 + PSYC300 + (PSYC355 or PSYC341)  
PSYC489AAdvanced Special Topics in Psychology: Human Factors PsychologyPSYC100 + PSYC300   
PSYC489GAdvanced Special Topics in Psychology: Hormones and Behavior PSYC301  
PSYC489MAdvanced Special Topics in Psychology: The Biopsychology of AggressionPSYC100 + PSYC301   
PSYC489NAdvanced Sepcial Topics in Psychology: Evolution of the ForebrainPSYC301   
PSYC489RAdvanced Special Topics in Psychology: Human and Animal IntelligencePermission from Department   
PSYC489XAdvanced Special Topics in Psychology: Musical Perception and CognitionPermission from Department  

 

THEME II - Mental Health & Interventions

NumberTitlePrerequisiteSpring '17Summer '17Fall '17
PSYC210Personality & TemperamentPSYC100   
PSYC289DPsychology of HappinessI-series course -- no prerequisites 
PSYC318DCommunity Interventions: Theory & ResearchPSYC100 + Permission of Instructor  
PSYC319DCommunity Interventions: Service LearningPSYC100 + PSYC318D + Permission of Instructor  
PSYC330Child PsychopathologyPSYC100 
PSYC332Psychology of Human SexualityPSYC100   
PSYC336Psychology of WomenPSYC100
PSYC337Introduction to Community PsychologyPSYC100 + PSYC200   
PSYC353Adult PsychopathologyPSYC100 + PSYC200 
PSYC425Psychology & LawPSYC100 + PSYC300 
PSYC432Introduction to Counseling PsychologyPSYC100 + PSYC200
PSYC433Basic Helping Skills: Research and Practice (4 credit lab)PSYC100 + PSYC300 + either 235, 334, 353, 432, 434, 435, or 436 + 85 credits
PSYC434Severe Mental Disorders: Etiology & TreatmentPSYC100 + PSYC300 + PSYC301 + PSYC353   
PSYC435Theories of Personality & PsychotherapyPSYC100 + PSYC200   
PSYC436Introduction to Clinical PsychologyPSYC100 + PSYC300 
PSYC437Addictive BehaviorsPSYC100 + PSYC200 
PSYC444CyberpsychologyPSYC100 + PSYC200  
PSYC445The Psychology of Video Games and EntertainmentPSYC200  
PSYC457Consensual Qualitative Research Methods (4 credit lab)PSYC100 + PSYC300 + 85 credits + Permission of Instructor   
PSYC489QAdvanced Special Topics in Psychology: Social Media and Social ComputingPSYC300  
PSYC489VAdvanced Special Topics in Psychology: Children Living in Poverty   
PSYC489WAdvanced Special Topics in Psychology: Addiction   

 

Theme III -- Social, Developmental, and Organizational Studies

NumberTitlePrerequisitesSpring '17Summer '17Fall '17
PSYC221Social PsychologyPSYC100
PSYC221HSocial PsychologyPSYC100  
PSYC289EPsychology of EvilI-series course -- no prerequisites  
PSYC334Psychology of Interpersonal RelationshipsPSYC100
PSYC354Cross Cultural Psychology PSYC100 
PSYC356Psychology of AdolescencePSYC100   
PSYC357Psychology of Adulthood & AgingPSYC100   
PSYC361Survey of Industrial & Organizational PsychologyPSYC100 
PSYC362Introduction to NegotiationPSYC100 + (PSYC221  or PSYC361)   
PSYC416Development of Child & Adolescent AttachmentPSYC100 + PSYC355  
PSYC420Experimental Psychology: Social Processes I (4 credit lab)PSYC100 + PSYC300 + PSYC221 + 85 credits 
PSYC423Advanced Social PsychologyPSYC100 + PSYC420   
PSYC424Communication & PersuasionPSYC100 + PSYC200 + PSYC221  
PSYC450Field Research in Organizational Psychology (4 credit lab)PSYC300 + PSYC361 + 85 credits   
PSYC451Principles of Psychological TestingPSYC100 + PSYC200   
PSYC452Psychology of Individual DifferencesPSYC100 + PSYC200   
PSYC456Research Methods in Developmental Psychology (4 credit lab)PSYC100 + PSYC300 + 85 credits + Permission of Instructor   
PSYC460Psychological Foundations of Personnel Selection & TrainingPSYC100 + PSY 200 + PSYC361  
PSYC463Psychology of Motivation & Attitudes in Organizational SettingsPSYC100 + PSYC200 + PSYC361   
PSYC464Psychology of Leaders in Work OrganizationsPSYC100 + PSYC200 + PSYC361   
PSYC465Psychology of Organizational ProcessesPSYC100 + PSYC200 + PSYC361   
PSYC489CAdvanced Special Topics in Psychology: Early Social CognitionPSYC100 + PSYC300   
PSYC489HAdvanced Special Topics in Psychology: Motivated Social Cognition PSYC100 + PSYC300   
PSYC489IAdvanced Special Topics in Psychology: Group BehaviorPSYC100 + PSYC300   
PSYC489JAdvanced Statistics in PsychologyPSYC100 + PSYC300    
PSYC489PAdvanced Special Topics in Psychology: Doing the Right ThingPSYC300  
PSYC489ZAdvanced Special Topics in Psychology: Asian American Psychology   

 

Additional Courses and Independent Studies (do not apply towards degree requirements)

NumberTitlePrerequisitesSpring '17Summer '17Fall '17
PSYC111Psychology of Unethical ConductNo prerequisites   
PSYC123Psychology of Getting Hired Not offered for seniors 
PSYC303Professional Development for Psychology MajorsPSYC100 + 3 additional credits in PSYC 
PSYC389Experiential Learning in Psychology9 credits in PSYC + 3.0 GPA in PSYC + 2.8 cumulative GPA
PSYC468HField Experience & Special Assignments in Honors   
PSYC469HHonors Thesis Proposal PreparationPermission Required 
PSYC478Independent Study in Psychology9 credits in PSYC + 3.0 GPA in PSYC + 2.8 cumulative GPA 
PSYC479Special Research in Psychology9 credits in PSYC + 3.0 GPA in PSYC + 2.8 cumulative GPA 
PSYC499HHonors Thesis ResearchPermission Required 

 

Listed below are syllabi from courses that are being taught or have been taught in the past. Please note that syllabi for courses may differ by instructor. Visit www.testudo.umd.edu/ScheduleOfClasses.html for current course offerings.

PSYC100 - Introduction to Psychology (Selterman)

PSYC123 - The Psychology of Getting Hired (Bishop)

PSYC200 - Statistical Methods in Psychology (Tomlinson)

PSYC206 - Developmental Biopsychology (Brauth)

PSYC210 - Personality and Temperament (Shackman)

PSYC221 - Social Psychology (Selterman)

PSYC221H - Social Psychology (Stangor)

PSYC289D - The Psychology of Happiness (Selterman)

PSYC289E - The Psychology of Evil (Roberts)

PSYC300 - Research Methods in Psychology (Bernat)

PSYC301 - Biological Basis of Behavior (Parham)

PSYC302 - Fundamentals of Learning and Behavior (Roesch)

PSYC303 - Professional Development for Psychology Majors (McGann)

PSYC309R - PREP for Research (O'Neill)

PSYC318D - Community Interventions: Theory and Research (O'Brien)

PSYC319D - Community Interventions: Domestic Violence (O'Brien)

PSYC330 - Child Psychopathology (Chronis-Tuscano)

PSYC334 - Psychology of Interpersonal Relationships (Curtis)

PSYC336 - Psychology of Women (Sauber)

PSYC341 - Introduction to Memory and Cognition (Dougherty)

PSYC353 - Adult Psychopathology (Gelso)

PSYC354 - Cross-Cultural Psychology (Salahuddin)

PSYC355 - Developmental Psychology (Riggins)

PSYC361 - Survey of Industrial and Organizational Psychology (Grand)

PSYC362 - Introduction to Negotiation (Gelfand)

PSYC389 - Experiential Learning (Young)

PSYC401 - Neural Systems and Behavior (Yager)

PSYC402 - Neural Systems and Behavior (Brauth)

PSYC406 - Neuroethology (Herberholz)

PSYC407 - Behavioral Neurobiology Laboratory (Yager)

PSYC409 - Topics in Neurosciences Seminar (Glasper)

PSYC411 - Introduction to Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (Pessoa)

PSYC416 - Development of Attachment in Infancy and Childhood (Cassidy)

PSYC420 - Experimental Psychology: Social Psychology Laboratory (Selterman)

PSYC425 - Psychology and Law (Tomlinson)

PSYC432 - Counseling Psychology: Theories, Research, and Practice (Salahuddin)

PSYC433 - Basic Helping Skills: Research and Practice (Mohr)

PSYC433H - Basic Helping Skills: Research and Practice (Hill)

PSYC435 - Theories of Personality and Psychotherapy (Shackman)

PSYC436 - Introduction to Clinical Psychology (Racz)

PSYC437 - The Assessment and Treatment of Addictive Behaviors (Risco)

PSYC440 - Research Methods in Cognitive Psychology (Tomlinson)

PSYC444 - Cyberpsychology

PSYC445 - The Psychology of Video Games and Entertainment (Norman) 

PSYC456 - Research Methods in Developmental Psychology Laboratory

PSYC460 - Psychological Foundations of Personnel Selection and Training (Hanges)

PSYC468H - Field Experience and Special Assignments in Honors

PSYC469H - Honors Thesis Proposal Preparation

PSYC478 - Independent Study in Psychology

PSYC479 - Special Research Problems in Psychology

PSYC489C - Advanced Special Topics in Psychology: Early Social Cognition (Beier)

PSYC489G - Advanced Special Topics in Psychology: Hormones and Behavior

PSYC489H - Advanced Special Topics in Psychology: Motivated Social Cognition

PSYC489O - Advanced Special Topics in Psychology: Historical Viewpoints and Current Theories in Psychology (Hodos)

PSYC489N - Advanced Special Topics in Psychology: Evolution of the Forebrain (Slevc)

PSYC489P - Advanced Special Topics in Psychology: Doing the Right Thing

PSYC489Q - Advanced Special Topics in Psychology: Social Media and Social Computing

PSYC489R - Advanced Special Topics in Psychology: Human and Animal Intelligence

PSYC489T - Advanced Special Topics in Psychology: The Psychology of Terrorism

PSYC489V - Advanced Special Topics in Psychology: Children Living in Poverty

PSYC489W - Advanced Special Topics in Psychology: Addiction

PSYC489X - Advanced Special Topics in Psychology: Musical Perception and Cognition

PSYC489Y - Advanced Special Topics in Psychology: Computer Programming

PSYC499H - Honors Thesis Research