Courses Taught


INT 101 - Understanding Self and Others

As the term “integrated” implies, first-year students do not take individual courses on writing or speech, but rather, will take an interdisciplinary Understanding Self and Others course. (This may be taken as part of the Great Books Program). These are small seminar courses, with the student: faculty ratio limited to 18:1. The courses will explore a variety of subtopics. For example, you may find yourself engaged in the topic of “What does it mean to be a human?” by reading Frankenstein, delving into the ancient Chauvet cave paintings, examining your own DNA profile, reading studies by Jane Goodall, volunteering with Hospice, and researching and writing a story from your family history.

PSY 101 - Introduction to Psychology

An introduction to and survey of the major content areas of psychology. The topics include biological, cognitive, social, and environmental influences on behavior, as well as the variety of philosophical, theoretical, and empirical approaches adapted by the discipline.

PSY 185 - Special Topics: Writing in Psychology 

This course is a special topics course which selects a psychological topic for critical analysis and extensive writing instruction. Through close examination of a variety of original sourses and media, as well as writing (both formal and informal) in multiple genres with opportunities for revision, students will develop skills in critical thinking, writing, and scientific literacy. Students enrolled in PSY 185 must be co-enrolled in WRT 120.

PSY 212 - Drugs and Behavior 

This course will provide an overview of the basic pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and behavioral outcomes of the major categories of drugs. Both licit and illicit drugs will be considered with particular emphasis on the most commonly used drugs in our society and those drugs that are associated with a high abuse potential. 

PSY 225 - Sensation and Perception

This course will provide the student with an understanding of how humans sense and perceive the surrounding environment. Topics will include the visual, auditory, vestibular, olfactory, and somatosensory systems. 

PSY 302 - Behavioral Statistics

This course will provide the student with an understanding of basic behavioral statistics and the ability to report them in written and oral formats. Topics will include descriptive statistics, basic research design, and inferential statistics. Assignments include laboratory investigations and written reports. 

PSY 310 - Biological Bases of Behavior

An investigation of the relationship between biological and psychological processes. The biological bases of human and animal behavior will be explored and analyzed from the perspectives of psychophysiology, ethology, and behavior genetics. Laboratory investigations and written reports of experimental findings are required. 

PSY 414 - Hormones & Behavior

This course provides an in-depth analysis of major research findings that relate to behavioral endocrinology. Course topics include basic endocrine function/regulation, hormonal maintenance of homeostasis, and hormonal modulation of a variety of social interactions, reproductive behaviors, and stress.

PSY 485 - Special Topics in Psychology: Hormones and Behavior

This seminar covers the major areas of Behavioral Neuroendocrinology in which students are provided an overview of the endocrine system and how it interfaces with the nervous system to affect behavior.  The remainder of the course is devoted to reading and discussing primary scientific literature and constructing a theoretical paper exploring a given area of this research.