Bradley, Derenne, De Young, Ferraro, Grabe, Holm, Kehn, Kelly, King, Legerski, Looby, McDonald, Miller, Peters, Petros, Plumm, Poltavski, Ruthig, Terrance, Terrell, Weatherly (Chair), and Wise
College of Arts and Sciences
The Department of Psychology offers B.A. and B.S. degrees in psychology, and also a minor in psychology. There is a core curriculum, described below, that all majors must complete. In addition, students who major in psychology may choose to complete an emphasis, or area of focus within psychology. The emphases are described after the listing of the core curriculum requirements.
College of Arts and Sciences
B.A. or B.S. with Major in Psychology
Required 125 credits (36 of which must be numbered 300 or above and 60 of which must be from a 4-year institution) including:
I. Essential Studies Requirements (see University ES listing).
II. The Following Curriculum:
|At least 36 major hours, including:|
|PSYC 111||Introduction to Psychology *||3|
|PSYC 120||Orientation to the Major||1|
|PSYC 241||Introduction to Statistics||4|
|PSYC 303||Research Methods in Psychology||4|
|PSYC 405||History and Systems of Psychology||3|
|Select one of the following (laboratory-based course):||4|
|Psychology of Learning|
|Motivation and Emotion|
|400-level coursework **||3|
PSYC 111 Introduction to Psychology is prerequisite to all other psychology classes.
At least 3 additional credits of 400-level coursework, NOT including PSYC 405 History and Systems of Psychology, PSYC 485 Seminar in Psychology, PSYC 489 Senior Honors Thesis, PSYC 492 Individual Projects in Psychology, PSYC 493 Tutoring in Psychology or PSYC 494 Advanced Individual Research
Required in other departments:
|Level II proficiency in a foreign language, or equivalent proficiency in American Sign Language||8|
|MATH 103||College Algebra||3|
|Select two of the following (with lab):||4-5|
|Concepts of Biology|
and Concepts of Biology Laboratory
|General Biology I|
and General Biology I Laboratory
|General Biology II|
and General Biology II Laboratory
|Anatomy for Paramedical Personnel|
and Anatomy for Paramedical Personnel Laboratory
|Biological Bases of Behavior (includes lab)|
Additional requirements for B.A.:
Level IV proficiency in a foreign language (201 & 202 level classes) OR 8 additional hours (beyond those used for other requirements) from the Art and Design, English, Fine Arts, History, Humanities, Indian Studies, Languages, Music, Philosophy, Religion, or Theatre Arts departments, and/or from the following courses:
|A&S 252||Introduction to Canadian Studies||3|
|HON 101||Inquiry in the Humanities||3|
|HON 291||Colloquium in the Humanities||1-4|
|HON 391||Advanced Colloquium in the Humanities||1-4|
|TECH 322||Fundamentals of Photography||3|
Additional requirements for B.S.:
Eight additional hours (beyond those used for other requirements) from the Anatomy, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics, or Physics departments, and/or from the following courses:
|ANTH 170||Introduction to Biological Anthropology||3|
|ANTH 270||Introduction to Forensic Anthropology||3|
|ATSC 110||Meteorology I||3|
|GEOG 121||Global Physical Environment||3|
|GEOG 134||Introduction to Global Climate||3|
|HON 103||Inquiry in the Sciences||3|
|HON 293||Colloquium in the Sciences||1-4|
|HON 393||Advanced Colloquium in the Sciences||1-4|
|NUTR 240||Fundamentals of Nutrition||3|
|SPST 200||Introduction to Space Studies||3|
Although no student majoring in psychology is required to complete an emphasis, students may choose to do so in order to gain greater background in their areas of interest in the field of psychology. There are five emphases that students may select from: Psychology of Education and Learning; Psychology of Human Development; Biological and Physiological Psychology; Social and Cultural Psychology; and Clinical Science. It is also possible to earn a research emphasis. Students are encouraged to contact the department or the department’s web site for a description of each emphasis. Courses taken in the core curriculum may count toward completion of an emphasis. Students may complete more than one emphasis and courses listed under more than one emphasis may be counted toward completion of multiple emphases. Students wishing to be recognized for completing one or more emphases must apply with the Psychology Department no later than the deadline for applying to graduate and no earlier than the start of the semester of their intended graduation. Students with declared emphases will receive documentation from the Psychology Department following their graduation.
Minor in Psychology
Required 20 credits, including:
|PSYC 111||Introduction to Psychology||3|
|PSYC 250||Developmental Psychology||4|
|PSYC 270||Abnormal Psychology||3|
Students receiving teaching certification in secondary education must also include:
|PSYC 241||Introduction to Statistics||4|
|PSYC 303||Research Methods in Psychology||4|
Conflict Transformation Certificate
Paranica (program co-coordinator)
The Conflict Transformation Certificate is a program within the College of Arts and Sciences that provides students with conceptual and practical background about conflict and conflict management so that they may better understand conflict in their professional and personal lives and deal with it more effectively. Students—both on-campus pre-professionals and professionals already in the workforce—will learn how the basic conceptual understanding of conflict, taught from a transformative theoretical framework, leads to practical implications for managing conflict interactions. Specifically, students will develop:
- A basic understanding of conflict, its dynamics, and major theoretical explanations.
- Knowledge of the major dispute resolution approaches, their applicability, strengths, weaknesses.
- Familiarity with the practice of transformative mediation and its associated skills.
- Understanding of the application of conflict transformation principles to leadership.
- In-depth knowledge of a chosen conflict topic or practice.
The curriculum consists of 16 credit hours of coursework:
|PSYC 366||Conflict Management||3|
|MGMT 361||Alternative Dispute Resolution||3|
|MGMT 362||Leadership and Conflict Resolution||3|
|PSYC 485||Seminar in Psychology (one-week seminar)||3|
|PSYC 486||Conflict Symposium (one-week symposium with varying topics)||3|
|PSYC 492||Individual Projects in Psychology (application of conflict principles)||1|
The program is jointly administered by the UND Conflict Resolution Center and the Psychology Department.
To officially declare your intent to pursue the Conflict Transformation Certificate contact the office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (701-777-2749 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
PSYC 111 is the prerequisite for all other Psychology courses.
PSYC 111. Introduction to Psychology. 3 Credits.
A survey of the scientific study of behavior and mental processes, with consideration of the nature and scope of psychology as a science and a profession. F,S.
PSYC 120. Orientation to the Major. 1 Credit.
An introduction to careers available to students majoring in psychology and the coursework and other experiences valuable in pursuing those careers. F,S.
PSYC 210. Human Sexuality. 3 Credits.
This course provides an overview of human sexuality--covering anatomical and physiological aspects, psychological aspects, behavioral aspects, and social/cultural aspects. Prerequisite: PSYC 111. S.
PSYC 241. Introduction to Statistics. 4 Credits.
PSYC 250. Developmental Psychology. 4 Credits.
A survey of the psychology of human life span development including intellectual, social, and emotional aspects of the normal individual and emphasizing childhood and adolescent development. Prerequisite: PSYC 111. F,S.
PSYC 270. Abnormal Psychology. 3 Credits.
A survey of the classification, symptoms, and etiology of psychological disorders and behavior pathology. Prerequisite: PSYC 111. F,S.
PSYC 294. Individual Research. 1-4 Credits.
Introductory experience as a research assistant in a research laboratory. A total of 45 hours is typically required over the course of the semester per credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. F,S,SS.
PSYC 299. Special Topics in Psychology. 1-3 Credits.
Repeatable when topics vary. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. On demand.
PSYC 301. Industrial and Organizational Psychology. 3 Credits.
Selection, training, motivation, leadership, job satisfaction, human engineering and working environments as applied to business and industry. Prerequisites: PSYC 111 and any basic statistics course. F.
PSYC 303. Research Methods in Psychology. 4 Credits.
PSYC 313. Educational Psychology. 3 Credits.
Human development; perceptual processes; learning; the home, the school and personality; psychology of school subjects; evaluation of pupils. Prerequisites: PSYC 111 and PSYC 250 or permission of the instructor.
PSYC 330. Biological Bases of Behavior. 4 Credits.
This course will cover the biological bases of psychology in areas of evolution, genetics, the nervous system, and methodology as they pertain to human behavior. Prerequisites: Psychology major and BIOL 111 or BIOL 150 or BIOL 151 or ANAT 204. S.
PSYC 331. Behavior Modification and Therapy. 3 Credits.
Theory and practice in the application of operant and classical conditioning procedures to humans in applied settings. Prerequisite: PSYC 111. S.
PSYC 335. Health Psychology. 3 Credits.
A biopsychosocial approach is used to examine basic concepts, theories, and research in health psychology from the perspectives of the patient, caregiver, health care provider, and researcher. Prerequisite: PSYC 111. F, odd years.
PSYC 355. Adulthood and Aging. 3 Credits.
Basic findings and theoretical issues in the study of human aging from biopsychological and socio-psychological perspectives with an emphasis on the individual. Prerequisites: PSYC 111 plus 3 credits of psychology. F.
PSYC 360. Introduction to Personality. 3 Credits.
Examination of basic concepts in the field of personality. Prerequisite: PSYC 111. F,S.
PSYC 361. Social Psychology. 3 Credits.
Research on individual behavior in its social context: how the individual acts upon the social environment, and interacts with other individuals. Prerequisite or Corequisite: PSYC 111. S.
PSYC 362. Psychology and Law. 3 Credits.
Psychological examination of the legal system, including what psychologists have learned about the law, the many different legal topics psychologists study, and the great promise that psychology holds for improving the legal system. Prerequisite: PSYC 111. F, odd years.
PSYC 365. Psychology of Women. 3 Credits.
Examination of topics relevant to women that are often ignored in traditional psychology courses, such as gender bias in research, gender identity and roles, sexuality and violence. Prerequisite: PSYC 111. S, even years.
PSYC 366. Conflict Management. 3 Credits.
This course provides students with an understanding of conflict, its dynamics, major theoretical explanations, and methods of resolution. Students will also learn some basic conflict resolution skills and processes. Prerequisite: PSYC 111.
PSYC 395. Practical Experiences in Psychology. 1-4 Credits.
A practical work experience associated with the student's academic study of psychology. Arranged by mutual agreement among student, department, and placement site. Prerequisites: PSYC 111, junior or senior status, PSYC 303 with a grade of C or above, and a minimum GPA of 2.0. F,S,SS.
PSYC 397. Cooperative Education. 1-4 Credits.
A practical work experience associated with the student's academic area of psychology. Arranged by mutual agreement among student, department and employer. Students need to contact the Cooperative Education office. Prerequisites: PSYC 111, junior or senior status, PSYC 303 with a grade of C or above, and a minimum GPA of 2.0. F,S,SS.
PSYC 405. History and Systems of Psychology. 3 Credits.
A consideration of the historical background and development of problem areas in psychology and a survey of contemporary psychological theories. Prerequisites: PSYC 303 and senior status. F,S.
PSYC 421. Diversity Psychology. 3 Credits.
Origins and consequences of psychological differences among individual and groups with special emphasis on sex differences and racial differences. Prerequisites: PSYC 111, PSYC 241, and PSYC 250 or consent of instructor. S, even years.
PSYC 433. Psychology of Learning. 4 Credits.
Principles of animal and human learning, with special emphasis on the acquisition, extinction and retention of learned behavior patterns. Course includes recitation and laboratory. Prerequisites: PSYC 111 and PSYC 303. F.
PSYC 434. Motivation and Emotion. 4 Credits.
Survey of theories and experimental work on motivation and emotion. Course includes recitation and laboratory. Prerequisites: PSYC 303 and BIOL 111 or BIOL 150 or BIOL 151 or ANAT 204 or PSYC 330. F, even years.
PSYC 435. Physiological Psychology. 4 Credits.
PSYC 436. Perception. 4 Credits.
PSYC 437. Psychophysiology. 4 Credits.
Examination of the anatomy and physiology of several physiologic systems, the relationships between behavior and physiology, and the importance of individual differences in physiological responses. Course includes recitation and laboratory. Prerequisites: PSYC 303 and BIOL 111 or BIOL 150 or BIOL 151 or ANAT 204 or PSYC 330. F, odd years.
PSYC 439. Cognitive Psychology. 4 Credits.
An examination of theory and research on attention, memory, language, comprehension, reasoning, problem-solving, and decision-making. Course includes recitation and laboratory. Prerequisites: PSYC 111 and PSYC 303. F, odd years.
PSYC 441. Case-Based Applied Statistics. 3 Credits.
Emphasis on the hands-on application and interpretation of a variety of descriptive and inferential statistical procedures using a computer software package (SPSS). Prerequisites: PSYC 111, PSYC 241 and PSYC 303. On demand.
PSYC 451. Adv Developmental Psychology. 3 Credits.
PSYC 460. Advanced Social Psychology. 3 Credits.
In depth examination of the theoretical and empirical literature in social psychology focusing on attitudes, stereotyping and prejudice, interpersonal relationships, social cognition, personality and the self, and group behavior. Prerequisites: PSYC 111, PSYC 303, and PSYC 361 or SOC 361. F.
PSYC 470. Intro Clinical Psychology. 3 Credits.
A systematic survey of the field of clinical psychology; basic concepts in diagnosis, psychotherapy, research and professional problems. Prerequisites: PSYC 111, PSYC 241, and PSYC 270 or consent of instructor. F.
PSYC 475. Psychological Helping Skills. 3 Credits.
This course introduces students to basic helping skills used by mental health professionals and reviews empirically supported models of the helping and change process. Students are given frequent opportunities to apply the skills learned. Prerequisites: PSYC 111, PSYC 270 and PSYC 303. S, even years.
PSYC 485. Seminar in Psychology. 1-3 Credits.
Prerequisites: PSYC 111 and consent of instructor. On demand.
PSYC 486. Conflict Symposium. 3 Credits.
In-depth study of a current topic in the conflict field in the format of a week-long symposium. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. SS.
PSYC 489. Senior Honors Thesis. 1-15 Credits.
Supervised independent study culminating in a thesis. Prerequisite: PSYC 111, consent of the department, and approval of the honors committee. F,S.
PSYC 492. Individual Projects in Psychology. 1-4 Credits.
This course is intended to provide students with indepth experiences not covered adequately in usual course offerings. These experiences may include independent research projects or extensive readings on topics of interest. Prerequisites: PSYC 111 and consent of instructor. F,S,SS.
PSYC 493. Tutoring in Psychology. 2 Credits.
Prerequisites: PSYC 111 and consent of instructor. F,S.
PSYC 494. Advanced Individual Research. 1-4 Credits.
Advanced experience as a research assistant in a research laboratory. A total of 45 hours is typically required over the course of the semester per credit. Prerequisites: PSYC 303 and consent of instructor. F,S,SS.
PSYC 499. Advanced Special Topics in Psychology. 1-4 Credits.
Repeatable when topics vary. Prerequisites: PSYC 111 and consent of instructor. On demand.