MSU Billings Course Descriptions
PSYX - Psychology
* PSYX 100 Introduction to Psychology
[formerly PSYC 101 General Psychology]
3 cr. (F, Sp, Su) Presents an overview of the psychological functioning of the individual, including such topics as the biological bases of behavior, learning, cognition, motivation, developmental and social processes, psychological disorders and their treatment.
PSYX 222 Psychological Statistics
[formerly PSYC 205 Research Analysis in Psychology]
3 cr. Prerequisites: PSYX 100 and STAT 141. (F, Sp) Introduces the principles of psychological research and their applications to the analysis and statistical interpretation of experimental data.
PSYX 223 Research Design and Analysis I
[formerly PSYC 206 Research Design in Psychology]
3 cr. Prerequisite: PSYX 100. (F, Sp) Provides an opportunity for the student to learn about design, control, and measurement techniques through actual construction and implementation of a research plan. Includes laboratory exercises related to topics discussed Lab required.
PSYX 224 Research Design and Analysis I Lab
1 cr. (F, Sp)
PSYX 230 Developmental Psychology: Development Over the Lifespan
3 cr. Prerequisite: PSYX 100. (F, Sp, Su) Provides a comprehensive overview of human development across the life-course. Contemporary theory and research are presented from a multi-disciplinary perspective that emphasizes the integration of biological, psychological, socio-cultural, and developmental influences over time. The course will cover common developments and challenges encountered at various life stages as well as the emergence of individual differences that account for our unique characteristics.
* PSYX 231 Human Relations
[formerly PSYC 271 Human Relations]
3 cr. (Su) Considers the psychological nature of interpersonal relationships, including nonverbal communication, defensiveness, anger, empathy, feedback, listening, and conflict; uses role-playing to practice improving relationships.
PSYX 294 Seminar/Workshop
[formerly PSYC 292 Seminar]
3 cr. Provides students an opportunity to investigate intensively special topics in Psychology.
PSYX 294 Seminar/Workshop
[formerly PSYC 293 Workshop]
V1-8 cr. Provides an opportunity for experimental study in an area of Psychology.
PSYX 298 Cooperative Education/Internship
[formerly PSYC 296 Cooperative Education/Internship]
V1-9 cr. Provides university credit for a sophomore work experience in the area of Psychology, supervised by faculty. Learning agreement must be completed prior to registration (restricted).
PSYX 320 Research Methods III
[formerly PSYC 428 Statistics for Psychology]
3 cr. Prerequisite: PSYX 222. (Sp) Enables the student to conduct more advanced statistical analyses of the results of psychological research, through the use of both descriptive statistics, including measures of central tendency, dispersion, skewness, kurtosis, and correlation, and inferential statistics, including parametric statistics, such as the analysis of variance and nonparametric statistics. Lab required.
PSYX 321 Research Methods III Lab
1 cr. (Sp)
PSYX 330 Child Psychology
[formerly PSYC 380 Developmental Psychology]
3 cr. Prerequisite: PSYX 100. (F, Sp, Su) Provides a comprehensive overview of child development prior to puberty. Contemporary theory and research will be presented from multiple perspectives that emphasize the integration of biological, cognitive, social, emotional, and cultural influences over time.
PSYX 332 Adult Psychology
[formerly PSYC 382 Adult Psychology]
3 cr. Prerequisite: PSYX 100. (Sp, Su) Considers development through adulthood. Traces the individual’s emotional, cognitive, social and physical adjustment.
PSYX 333 Psychology of Aging
[formerly PSYC 383 The Psychology of Aging]
3 cr. Prerequisite: PSYX 100. (Sp) Considers the various aspects of the aging process as they relate to the psychological functioning of people in later life. Theories, data, and applications are considered as they relate to the wellbeing of older people.
PSYX 335 Psychology of Gender
[formerly PSYC/A&SC 309 Psychology of Gender Differences]
3 cr. Prerequisite: PSYX 100. (F) Explores the factors that influence the development of differences in cognitive and social/emotional functioning between males and females and the effects of those differences on psychological functioning.
PSYX 340 Abnormal Psychology
[formerly PSYC 470 Abnormal Psychology]
3 cr. Prerequisite: PSYX 100. (F, Su) Covers the various categories of mental disorders, as classified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. For each disorder, information about features, causes, and treatments is examined.
PSYX 350 Physiological Psychology
[formerly PSYC 338 Physiological Psychology]
3 cr. Prerequisite: PSYX 100. (F) Presents the physiological basis of human and animal behavior. Primarily concerned with the structure and function of the central nervous system as it relates to the behavior of organisms. Laboratory will concentrate on the neuroanatomy of the brain and demonstrations of techniques used in the discipline. Lab required.
PSYX 351 Physiological Psychology Lab 1 cr. Prerequisite: PSYX 100. (F)
PSYX 352 Comparative Psychology
[formerly PSYC 336 Comparative Psychology]
3 cr. Prerequisite: PSYX 100. Explores the diversity of behavior among different species. Examines research dealing with early experience, courtship, reproduction, conflict, aggression, communication and specialized adaptations which permit the survival of a species in its environment. Includes laboratory exercises related to topics discussed in class, including the collection, analysis, and presentation of observational data in various animal species. Explores many settings such as field, laboratory, and zoological. Lab required.
PSYX 353 Comparative Psychology Lab 1 cr.
PSYX 354 Sensation & Perception
[formerly PSYC 316 Sensation and Perception]
3 cr. Prerequisites: PSYX 100, PSYX 222 and PSYX 223. Covers the psychological and physiological aspects of sensory and perceptual experience in humans. Explores the historical and scientific backgrounds of sensation and perception. Laboratory exercises demonstrate psychophysics, measures of perceptual phenomena and sensory physiology. Lab required.
PSYX 355 Sensation & Perception Lab 1 cr.
PSYX 358 Drugs and Behavior
3 cr. (3 lec/wk) Prerequisite: PSYX 100. Corequisite: PSYX 359. (Sp) Explores the physiological and psychological effects of licit and illicit drugs, including drug-related topics in biology, neuroscience, history, and law. Shows how drug taking behavior helps us comprehend human behavior in a biological environment
PSYX 359 Drugs and Behavior Lab
1 cr. (1.5 lab/wk) Prerequisite: PSYX 100. Corequisite: PSYX 358. (Sp) Explores the effects of drugs on the brain and human behavior using statistical modeling and drug use surveys on national populations. Students will learn research techniques useful in the field of pharmacology and psychology. The lab supports topics covering the Drugs and Behavior course.
PSYX 360 Social Psychology (crosslisted with SOCI 382)
[formerly PSYC/SOCL 471 Social Psychology]
3 cr. Prerequisites: PSYX 100 or consent of instructor. (Sp) Studies how the thought, feeling, and behavior of individuals are influenced by the actual, implied, or imagined presence of others. Emphasis is given to the symbolic interactionist perspective and the relationship between culture and cognitive processes.
PSYX 370 Psychology of Learning
[formerly PSYC 314 Learning and Motivation]
3 cr. Prerequisite: PSYX 100. (even Sp) Explores the facts and principles of learning, motivation and memory. Covers the historical and theoretical background of learning, motivation and memory. Laboratory exercises demonstrate learning, motivation and memory processes. Lab required.
PSYX 371 Psychology of Learning Lab 1 cr. (even Sp)
PSYX 378 Introduction to Clinical Psychology
[formerly PSYC 476 Introduction to Clinical Psychology]
3 cr. Prerequisite: PSYX 100. (odd Sp) Surveys the major approaches to psychotherapy, with emphasis on theoretical foundations. Also addresses the issues of treatment efficacy, common factors, eclecticism, and current controversies.
PSYX 380 Memory & Cognition
[formerly PSYC 317 Cognitive Processes]
3 cr. Prerequisites: PSYX 100, PSYX 222 and PSYX 223. (F) Considers such topics as language and thought, attention, visual information processing, and short term and long term memory. Laboratory replicates and extends classical experiences in the field. Lab required.
PSYX 381 Memory & Cognition Lab 1 cr. (F)
PSYX 382 Forensic Psychology
[formerly PSYC 350 Forensic Psychology]
3 cr. Prerequisite: PSYX 100 or consent of instructor. (Sp) Applies psychology to the legal system. Topics include jury selection and decision-making, memory as evidence, eyewitness testimony, psychological assessment and the insanity defense, and psychological profiling of criminal behavior.
PSYX 385 Psychology of Personality
[formerly PSYC 460 Theories of Personality]
3 cr. Prerequisite: PSYX 100 or consent of instructor. (F) Surveys the major theories of personality, with secondary attention to the lives of the theorists who formulated them.
PSYX 395 Field Work
[formerly PSYC 396 Field Work]
3 cr. R-6. Prerequisites: Junior standing with 2.50 GPA and consent of instructor. (F, Sp) Provides the student an opportunity to apply academic study to actual work experiences. Offers added meaning to theories and principles learned in class as provided by concrete application on supervised and selected work assignments. Includes weekly case conference with instructor.
PSYX 400 History & Systems in Psychology
[formerly PSYC 401 History and Systems of Psychology]
3 cr. Prerequisite: PSYX 100. (Sp, Su) Covers the historical development of psychology and studies the development and the content of the major systems and ideas.
PSYX 410 Cognitive Learning Theories
[formerly PSYC 410 Cognitive Learning Theories]
3 cr. Prerequisites: PSYX 100. Studies the thought processes that underlie learning. Focuses on unseen mental events (such as thinking and memory) that occur during the learning process. Animals and humans use such processes to develop expectancies concerning behavior and its relationship to external events.
PSYX 461 Industrial & Organizational Psychology
[formerly PSYC 445 Industrial/Organizational Psychology]
3 cr. Prerequisite: PSYX 100 or consent of instructor. (Sp) Introduces students to the field of Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Surveys research and practice of psychological principles to a work setting.
PSYX 470 Psychological Testing
[formerly PSYC 450 Psychological Testing]
3 cr. Prerequisites: PSYX 100 and PSYX 222, or equivalent. (odd Sp) Examines the conceptual foundations of psychological testing and surveys representative tests and measurement instruments.
PSYX 480 Cognitive Development
[formerly PSYC 480 Cognitive Development]
3 cr. Prerequisites: PSYX 100 and PSYX 330. Examines the development of cognition, including logical thinking, language, memory, and concept formation from infancy through adolescence. Emphasis is placed on a critical examination of Piaget’s theory of cognitive development. Lab required.
PSYX 482 Introduction to Psycholinguistics (crosslisted with LING 318)
[formerly PSYC/ENGL 318 Psycholinguistics]
3 cr. Prerequisite: LING 210.Explores the relationship between the human brain and language, including brain anatomy, first and second language acquisition, abnormal language acquisition and functions, and mental language processes.
PSYX 492 Independent Study
[formerly PSYC 491 Independent Study]
V1-4 cr. Prerequisites: enrollment in a major or minor program in Psychology and consent of the department chairperson. Provides outstanding students an individual opportunity to investigate material not covered by regular Psychology courses.
PSYX 494 Seminar/Workshop
[formerly PSYC 485 Senior Seminar]
3 cr. Prerequisites: PSYX 400 and senior status in Psychology. Provides a terminal integration of the undergraduate course of study through an in-depth examination of seminal topics in Psychology.
PSYX 494 Seminar/Workshop
[formerly PSYC 492 Seminar]
V1-3 cr. Provides advanced students an opportunity to investigate intensively topics pertinent to the field of Psychology.
PSYX 494 Seminar/Workshop
[formerly PSYC 493 Workshop]
V1-8 cr. Provides an opportunity for study in an area of Psychology.
PSYX 495 Practicum
[formerly PSYC 490 Practicum]
V1-3 cr. R-6. Prerequisites: Psychology major, Junior or Senior standing and consent of department chairperson. (F, Sp) Provides opportunity of direct use of psychological knowledge in an academic setting. A student may be enrolled in only one practicum during a given semester. If repeated, the second practicum must relate to services in a different course or serve a different function within the same course.
PSYX 498 Internship/Cooperative Education
[formerly PSYC 496 Cooperative Education/Internship]
V1-6 cr. Provides university credits for a work experience in the area of Psychology supervised by faculty. Learning agreement must be completed prior to registration (restricted).
PSYX 499 Senior Thesis
[formerly PSYC 499 Senior Thesis]
3 cr. Prerequisites: PSYX 222, PSYX 223, PSYX 224, and Senior level standing in Psychology. Offered ONLY Online. (F, Sp) Guides students through the process of carrying out a thesis project, including conducting a literature review, designing a study, collecting data, statistical analysis, writing a report, and making an oral presentation.