Required Upper Division Courses*

Examples of Acceptable Courses

NOTE: The examples listed below are merely an effort to describe the type of courses we are looking for. Therefore, although the courses you take to meet the prerequisite requirements may not exactly match the courses listed below, the content should be comparable.

SDSU UCSD
Physiological Psychology

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Biological Bases of Behavior
 

PSY 360. Behavioral Neuroscience
Biological and physiological underpinnings of behavior: genetics, hormones, transmitters, plasticity/regeneration, development, and metabolism/nutrition. Analysis of their role in normal behavior, psychopathology, neurological disorders, and treatment of behavioral disturbances.

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PSY 362. Cognitive Neuroscience
Functional organization of the human brain, including sensorimotor and cognitive systems and their functional interactions; development and evolution; normal and pathological plasticity. Approaches applied to healthy human brain, such as neuroimaging and event-related potentials.

PSYC 106. Introduction to Physiological Psychology
Intensive introduction to current knowledge of physiological factors in learning, motivation, perception, and memory.
Intermediate/Advanced Statistical Methods PSY 470. Intermediate Statistics for Psychological Research
Theoretical foundations of statistics including probability theory, distribution theory, and statistical inference. Model-based statistical comparisons. Application of statistical theory to psychological research questions.
PSYC 111A. Research Methods IDesigned to provide training in the applications of advanced statistical methods in the context of initial instruction in experimental design. Emphasis will be placed on the development of statistical problem-solving skills, practical computer applications, and scientific report writing.

AND

PSYC 111B. Research Methods II
Designed to extend the material of Psychology 111A. Focusing on the techniques developed previously. Participate in data collection, data organization, statistical analysis, and graphic displays, emphasis placed on developing scientific report writing, presentations, and critical thinking about experimental methods.

Testing and Measurement PSY 370. Psychological Testing and Measurement
Measurement theory and the basic principles of testing. Selection, construction and critical evaluation of group tests of intelligence, personality, aptitude, interest and achievement.
PSYC 151. Tests and Measurement
This course provides an introduction to psychological testing presented in three components: 1) psychometrics and statistical methods of test construction; 2) application of psychological tests in industry, clinical practice, and other applied settings; and 3) controversies in the application of psychological tests.
Abnormal Psychology PSY 350. Abnormal Psychology
Causes and treatment of abnormal behavior with emphasis on major behavior disorders.
PSYC 163. Abnormal Psychology
Surveys origins, characteristics and causes of abnormal behavior and the biological and environmental causes of abnormality. Prerequisites: upper-division standing.
Life Span Developmental Psychology*

*Desirable – Not Required for 2014 Admission.  Will be required for all future admission

PSY 331. Psychology of Infant and Child Development
Psychological development of normal child from infancy through childhood focusing on physical, social, cognitive, and linguistic aspects of development.

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PSY 332. Psychology of Adolescent and Early Adult DevelopmentPsychological development of normal individual from adolescence through early adulthood focusing on physical, social, and cognitive aspects of development.

COGS 107A. Neuroanatomy and Physiology
This first course in the sequence focuses on principles of brain organization, from neurons to circuits to functional networks. It explores developmental plasticity, neuronal connectivity, cellular communication, complex signaling, and how these various dimensions form functional brain systems.

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COGS 107B. Systems Neuroscience
This course focuses on the electrical dynamics of neurons and how their patterns relate to perception, thought, and action. Neural activity patterns underlying vision, touch, audition, proprioception, and head orientation are examined in detail. Also examined are motor control, sleep/wake state production, action planning, learning, memory, attention, spatial cognition and function of the cerebellum, basal ganglia, and hippocampus.

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COGS 107C. Cognitive NeuroscienceThis course reviews research investigating the neural bases for human mental processes, including processing of affective, social, linguistic, and visuospatial information, as well as memory, attention, and executive functions. Also discussed are brain development and brain aging, and the nature of intelligence and creativity.

Social Psychology PSY 340. Social Psychology
Major problems and findings concerning group behavior and group membership, the socialization of the individual, and processes of social interaction.
PSYC 104. Introduction to Social Psychology
An intensive introduction and survey of current knowledge in social psychology.
Advanced Experimental Laboratory in Psychology** 

**The specific content of the lab does not matter, but rather the experience of hands-on research.  This requirement could also be fulfilled by providing evidence that you have worked as an active part of an organized research team for a minimum of a year.  This involvement must be more than merely entering data.

PSY 410. Advanced Research Methods Laboratory
Use of research design, quantitative methods, and research reports as applied to all areas of psychology.
PSYC 107. Lab/Substance Abuse Research
This lab course examines theory and research design and methods for substance abuse in adolescent adult populations. This course serves as preparation for individual research topics culminating in a paper.

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PSYC 109. Lab/Applied Behavior AnalysisThis course will provide students with hands-on training in the application of behavioral research technology to a clinical population. Students will meet weekly for lecture, discussion, research article reviews, and specific technique training. In addition, students will work on a research project.

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PSYC 114. Laboratory in Psychophysiological Perspectives on the Social Mind
Lab course on the use of psychophysiological methods to investigate “the social mind,” or the cognitive and emotional processes involved in understanding and reacting to other people. Overview of major research topics and methods applying selected techniques in actual experiments. Students will engage in developing individual research questions to actively participate in designing and conducting the experiments.

*PLEASE NOTE: Final evaluation of prerequisite course suitability will be made ONLY after an applicant has been invited for an interview.