Graduate Course Descriptions


HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

611. Advanced Independent Study

Advanced research on a specific topic selected by the student with the approval of the student's committee. May be repeated up to two times for a maximum of 15 units credit with approval of the student's committee and the psychology department chair. Only 5 units are required for the master's degree. Prerequisites: PSYC 640 and consent of psychology department. (2-5 units)

612. Directed Readings

Supervised readings of special topics under the direction of a faculty member. Prerequisites: graduate standing and consent of psychology department. (2-5 units)

614. Theories of Child Development

Overview of major child development theories. Prerequisites: classified standing in the M.A. in Child Development and consent of department. (4 units)

645. Advanced Infancy and Early ChildhoodDevelopment

Research and theory relating to prenatal development through age five. Classic theory and current literature concerning development in physical, cognitive, language, social and emotional domains will be examined. Prerequisites: classified standing and consent of department. (4 units)

646. Advanced Middle Childhood and Adolescent Development

Theoretical and empirical contributions to understanding physical, cognitive, and social-emotional development during the school-age period (6-12) and adolescence (13-18). A survey of empirical findings from both basic and applied research will focus on methods, applications, and interventions relevant to these age groups. Prerequisites: classified standing and consent of department. (4 units)

648. Social-Emotional Development

Research and theories of social and emotional development from birth to adolescence. Emphasis on major facets of social-emotional development. Prerequisites: classified standing and consent of department. (4 units)

651. Advanced Cognitive Development

Research theory in the development of perception, language, memory, problem solving, reasoning, and other cognitive processes from birth through adolescence. Includes allied disciplines such as the brain sciences and applications to the field of education. Formerly a topic under PSYC 655. Prerequisites: classified standing and consent of department. (4 units)

659. Early Childhood Assessment

Review of major approaches to early childhood assessment practices. Prerequisites: classified standing and consent of department. (4 units)

689. Externship in Child Development

Supervised field work, relating to child development, in a public or private setting for additional training and extension of skills developed in the graduate program. The externship requires approval by a faculty supervisor. Graded credit/no credit. Prerequisites: PSYC 640 and consent of department. (2 to 5 units)

690. Families and Parenting

A review of research on selected topics related to family and parenting issues, and the relation of such to child development. Prerequisite: classified graduate standing. (4 units)

695. Graduate Project

Preparation and implementation of a project based on thorough review of theory and empirical research under the guidance of an advisor in the Department of Psychology. Includes completion of a written document containing the elements described above and a formal defense. Prerequisites: PSYC 611, 640, advancement to candidacy and consent of instructor. (5 units)

699. Thesis

Independent graduate research conducted under the guidance of the major advisor and resulting in a written thesis. Prerequisites: HD 640 or PSYC 641, advancement to candidacy, and consent of psychology department. (5 units)

999. Comprehensive Examination

An assessment of the student's ability to integrate the knowledge of the area, show critical and independent thinking and demonstrate mastery of the subject matter. Prerequisites: advancement to candidacy and consent of psychology department, completion of coursework in the M.A. in Child Development, and in good academic standing. (0 units)

PSYCHOLOGY

Upper Division

538. Introduction to Psychopharmacology

Examination of the basic pharmacological principles of psychoactive drugs. Particular emphasis is placed on neuronal functioning, mechanisms of drug action, and behavioral attitudes. Prerequisites: HD 324, PSYC 324, 333 or 363; or consent of instructor. (4 units)

540. Work, Retirement and Leisure

Theory and research on work, retirement and leisure during the adult years. (Also offered as HD 540. Students may not receive credit for both.) Prerequisite: PSYC 100. (4 units)

581. Seminar in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Selected topics in industrial/organizational psychology. M.S. I/O option candidates are required to take all four topics. Same topic may not be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: upper-division or graduate standing and consent of department.

  1. Current Professional Issues (2 units)
  2. Organizational Leadership (2 units)
  3. Processes of Work Groups (2 units)
  4. Training and Executive Development (2 units)
  5. Ethical Issues in Organizations (2 units)
  6. Diversity in Organizations (2units)

Graduate/Post Baccalaureate

601. Performance Assessment

Current research and methods of performance appraisal. Topics include the study of job analysis, performance appraisal process and instrumentation, and job evaluation. Formerly PSYC 661. Prerequisite: classified graduate standing in M.A. or M.S. degree program or consent of department. (4 units)

602. Organizational Development

Critical review of current psychological theories and methods of organizational change. Topics include organization processes and interventions at the organizational and group levels. Formerly PSYC 660. Prerequisite: classified graduate standing in M.A. or M.S. degree program or consent of department. (4 units)

603. Personnel Selection and Validation

Principles and methods of personnel selection, including validation strategies and the effects of governmental and legal issues on personnel actions. Formerly PSYC 662. Prerequisite: classified graduate standing in M.A. or M.S. degree program or consent of department. (4 units)

604. Work Motivation and Leadership

Review and critical discussion of major theories and current research of motivation in the workplace, including examination of research on reward and compensation systems, and a review and discussion of their application in work organizations. Prerequisite: classified graduate standing in M.A. or M.S. degree program or consent of department. (4 units)

609. Graduate Research in Psychology

Original research in psychology conducted under the direction of a faculty member. Units may not count towards the M.A. and M.S. in Psychology. Graded credit/no credit. Prerequisite: classified graduate standing and consent of instructor. (2-5 units)

611. Advanced Independent Study

Advanced research on a specific topic selected by the student with the approval of the student's committee. May be repeated up to two times for a maximum of 15 units credit with approval of the student's committee and the department chair. Only five units are required for the master's degree. Prerequisites: PSYC 640 or 641; advancement to candidacy and consent of department. (2-5 units)

612. Directed Readings

Special topics involving supervised readings under the direction of a faculty member. Prerequisites: graduate standing and consent of department. (2-5 units)

613. Short-term Counseling

Counseling skills and strategies for short-term therapeutic intervention. Prerequisites: classified standing and consent of department. (4 units)

614. Couples Counseling

Theory and practice of counseling with couples. Prerequisites: classified standing and consent of department. (4 units)

615. Group Counseling

Theory and practice of group counseling. Prerequisites: classified standing and consent of department. (4 units)

616. Child and Spousal/Partner Abuse

Theory and research on the psychological aspects of child and spousal/partner abuse. Detection, assessment and treatment of the abuse. Formerly a topic under PSYC 678. Prerequisites: classified standing and consent of department. (4 units)

617. Clinical Psychopharmacology

Theory and application of psychotropic principles for the major DSM psychiatric disorders, including the examination of the effects of the psychotropic medications on experience, behavior and symptoms. (4 units)

630. Teaching of Psychology

Instructional methods for teaching of psychology at the college level. Prerequisites: classified graduate status in psychology and consent of department. (2 units)

633. Professional Ethics and Law

Ethical and legal considerations involved in counseling practice, including statutory law, legal trends, and ethical behavior in the mental health profession. Prerequisites: classified standing in Psychology M.S. degree program and consent of department. (4 units)

636. Cross-Cultural Counseling

Study of how cultural values and ethnic backgrounds influence counseling process and outcome, with focus on counseling with Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, and Native Americans. Prerequisites: classified standing in Psychology M.S. or M.A. degree program and consent of department. (4 units)

638. Substance Abuse: Detection, Assessment and Treatment

Assessment and treatment of substance abuse, including alcoholism and other forms of chemical dependency with a focus on etiological factors and relapse prevention. Prerequisites: classified standing in Psychology M.S. or M.A. degree programs and consent of department. (4 units)

640. Advanced Methods in Psychological Research

Those aspects of philosophy of science and methods of inquiry as applied to procedures for obtaining and evaluating data as well as issues in experimental design. Prerequisites: classified standing and consent of department. (4 units)

641. Analysis of Variance

Review of concepts of statistical inference. Applications of statistical techniques to the design and interpretation of experimental research with an emphasis on Analysis of Variance (ANOVA). Statistical computer packages will be introduced in the laboratory section. Four hours lecture and three hours laboratory. Prerequisites: classified standing and consent of department. (5 units)

642. Regression and Nonparametric Statistics

Review of concepts of statistical estimation. Applications of statistical techniques to the design and interpretation of applied correlational and quasi-experimental research with an emphasis on correlation, regression, and nonparametric techniques. Statistical computer packages will be introduced in the activity section. Three hours lecture and two hours activity. Prerequisites: classified standing and consent of department. (4 units)

643. Multivariate Methods

Multivariate models used in psychological research, including multiple regressions, discriminate function analysis, factor analysis, canonical analysis, and multiple analysis of variance. Prerequisites: PSYC 641 or equivalent, classified standing and consent of department. (4 units)

644. Applied Psychological Measurement

Theories, methods, and issues of psychological measurement and assessment. Topical coverage will include test construction, test evaluation, survey development, ethics, and testing in applied settings. Formerly PSYC 663. Three hours lecture and two hours activity. Prerequisite: classified graduate standing in M.A. or M.S. program or consent of department. (4 units)

647. Advanced Adulthood and Aging Development

Key topics in developmental psychology concerning young, middle aged and older adults. Specialized methodological and measurement concerns will be discussed as well as age-related changes and theoretical/empirically based applications. Prerequisites: PSYC 654 and classified graduate status. (4 units)

650. Advanced Cognitive Psychology

Research and theories in the psychology of thinking, knowing and remembering. Prerequisites: classified graduate standing in Psychology M.A. or M.S. degree programs and consent of department. (4 units)

652. Advanced Learning and Motivation

Major theories and research in learning and motivation with emphasis on current issues. Prerequisites: classified graduate standing in Psychology M.A. or M.S. degree programs and consent of department. (4 units)

654. Advanced Life-Span Developmental Psychology

Examination of the developmental processes, theories, issues and research in life-span developmental psychology. Prerequisites: classified graduate standing in Psychology M.A. or M.S. degree programs and consent of department. (4 units)

655. Advanced Seminar in Developmental Psychology

Selected current issues and advanced topics of theoretical, research or applied interest in developmental psychology. Formerly PSYC 582, credit may not be received twice for the same topic. Prerequisites: classified standing and consent of department. (4 units)

656. Advanced Biological Psychology

Study of biological bases of behavior with emphasis on recent research. Prerequisites: classified graduate standing in Psychology M.A. or M.S. degree programs and consent of department. (4 units)

658. Advanced Personality and Social Psychology

Major theories, methods and empirical findings in personality and social psychology. Prerequisites: classified graduate standing in Psychology M.A. or M.S. degree programs and consent of department. (4 units)

664. Applied Life-Span Developmental Psychology

Conceptual, methodological and policy related issues in the application of developmental psychology to applied settings. Prerequisites: classified standing and consent of department. (4 units)

665. Psychopathology

Major types of human psychopathology, including descriptive symptomatology, etiological factors and treatment considerations. Prerequisites: classified standing in Psychology M.S. degree program and consent of department; or PSYC 390, classified standing in Psychology M.A. degree program and consent of department; or PSYC 390 and consent of department. (4 units)

667. Family Processes

Normal and dysfunctional family processes, including analysis of family systems, family communication and strategies for therapeutic intervention. Formerly PSYC 666. Prerequisites: classified standing and consent of department. (4 units)

671. Marriage and Family Therapy Skills I

Foundational skills in counseling, the therapeutic alliance, crisis management and treatment planning. Three hours lecture and six hours laboratory. Prerequisites: classified standing in the Psychology M.S. degree program; concurrent enrollment in PSYC 687A and consent of department. (5 units)

672. Marriage and Family Therapy Skills II

Advanced counseling skills used to identify and modify familial, relational, emotional, cognitive and behavioral aspects of individual, couple and family functioning. Three hours lecture and six hours laboratory. Prerequisites: grade of no less than "B" in PSYC 671; concurrent enrollment in PSYC 687B and consent of department. (5 units)

673. Marriage and Family Therapy Skills III

Advanced counseling skills used with children, adolescents and their families. Three hours lecture and six hours laboratory. Prerequisites: classified standing in the M.S. in Psychology, grade of no less than "B-" in PSYC 672 and 687B; concurrent enrollment in PSYC 687C and consent of department. (5 units)

675. Practicum in Applied Psychology

Training in the application of methods and theories of psychology to the solution of practical problems within organizations. The course will include both a classroom component and practical applications. Prerequisites: classified graduate standing in M.A. or M.S. degree program and consent of department. (4 units)

678. Advanced Topics in Psychology

Selected advanced psychology topics with specific focus within relatively narrow content area. Formerly PSYC 578, credit may not be received twice for the same topic. Prerequisites: classified standing and consent of department. (2 units)

679. Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy

Comparative analysis of major theories related to current practice of counseling and psychotherapy. Formerly PSYC 583. Prerequisites: classified standing and consent of department. (4 units)

680. Advanced Seminar in Psychology

Selected advanced topics which encompass areas of current theoretical and/or research interest in psychology. Formerly PSYC 580, credit may not be received twice for the same topic. Prerequisites: classified standing and consent of department. (4 units)

682. Clinical Assessment

Methods of intellectual, vocational and personality assessment with children and adults. May not be taken for credit by students who have received credit for PSYC 683. Prerequisites: classified standing and consent of department. (4 units)

684. Topics in Counseling Psychology

Selected topics within counseling psychology. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Prerequisites: classified standing and consent of department. (4 units)

687 . Marriage and Family Therapy Practicum

Supervised counseling practicum. Graded credit/no credit.

  1. Prerequisite: consent of department. Corequisite: concurrent enrollment in PSYC 671. (2 units)
  2. Prerequisite: consent of department. Corequisite: concurrent enrollment in PSYC 672. (2 units)
  3. Prerequisite: consent of department. Corequisite: concurrent enrollment in PSYC 673. (2 units)

689 . Externship in Applied Psychology

Supervised field work in a public or private setting for additional training and extension of skills developed in the graduate program. The externship requires approval by a faculty supervisor. A total of five units may apply toward the I/O Option. Graded credit/no credit. Prerequisites: PSYC 640 and consent of department. (2-5 units)

691. Human Sexuality and Treatment

Study of human sexuality with emphasis on both healthy sexuality and sexual dysfunction. Clinical interventions to enhance sexual functioning and to treat sexual dysfunctions will be presented. Formerly PSYC 591. Prerequisites: classified standing and consent of department. (4 units)

697. Advanced Practicum in Counseling Psychology

Supervised counseling field work in private or public mental health agencies. Designed to be taken three times (year long) for maximum of 12 units of credit. Graded credit/no credit. Prerequisites: classified standing in the Psychology M.S. degree program, PSYC 671, 672, 687A, 687B, 687C; a grade of "A" or "B" in PSYC 673; and consent of department.

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698. Continuous Enrollment for Graduate Candidacy Standing

Independent study leading to completion of requirements (other than course work) for the master's degree. To retain classified standing in the master’s program, a student must enroll in 698 each quarter until the project or thesis is accepted or the comprehensive examination is passed. Cannot be used to satisfy degree requirements. Students who enroll in 698 through the university have full use of all university facilities. Prerequisites: advancement to candidacy and approval of graduate program coordinator. Earned units are not degree-applicable nor will they qualify for financial aid.(0 units)

699. Thesis

Independent graduate research conducted under the guidance of the major advisor and resulting in a written thesis. Prerequisites: PSYC 640 and/or 641; PSYC 611; advancement to candidacy and consent of department. (5 units)

999. Comprehensive Examination

An assessment of the student's ability to integrate the knowledge of the area, show critical and independent thinking and demonstrate mastery of the subject matter. Prerequisites: advancement to candidacy, approval of department, completion of coursework in the master's program and in good academic standing.

  1. Clinical Counseling (0 units)
  2. Child Development (0 units)