Psychology Course Information
The Department of Psychology provides relevant courses for many undergraduate students. Students in many different majors elect to complement their education, and improve the understanding of self and others, by completing course work in Psychology. Students who major in Psychology should expect to receive a general/liberal education. Psychology students take the introductory course, sample basic sub-disciplinary courses, and receive training in methods and data analysis to exercise judicious long-range planning by incorporating prerequisite course work into their schedules early in their academic careers.
Description of Courses
Psychology Course Descriptions, as well as all MSU course descriptions are available at: http://www.reg.msu.edu/Courses/Search.asp
Schedule of Courses
To locate when and where courses are offered, the Schedule of Courses is very helpful. You can find it on-line at: http://schedule.msu.edu/
Psychology On-line Summer Course Information
Information about Psychology On-line courses is available at: http://psychology.msu.edu/Undergrads/OnlineCourseInformation.aspx
Psychology Course Syllabi
The Psychology Department posts all of their course syllabi on-line at the beginning of each semester. They can be found at: Syllabi (Past/Present)
Psychology Transfer Credit Request
This form is for students who have taken or plan to take a Psychology course at another institution AND the course is not listed on the MSU Transfer credit system (https://transfer.msu.edu/)
Psychology Transfer Credit Request Form
On occasion, overrides are given to students needing a course that is full. Every department on campus takes care of their own overrides, so the Psychology Department cannot give overrides to other courses outside of Psychology. If you need an override outside of Psychology, contact the department offering the desired course to find out the override procedure for that particular department. If you would like to request an override for a Psychology course, please print off the Psychology Override Form and take it to the instructor of the course. The signed form can be returned to 100 Psychology so that the override can be given. You will then still need to enroll in the course. If permission for the override has taken place via your MSU e-mail account, please forward the e-mail from the instructor to Keitha Kasel
along with your name, PID number, semester taking course, course number and section, and your major.
Psychology Course Override Form
Prep for On-line Classes
The Department of Psychology has greatly increased its summer offerings of on-line courses over the past few years. Many students have questions about how to take these courses and also what technology requirements there are. The following website will provide students with information about Psychology On-line Courses: Online Course Information
Areas of Psychology
The undergraduate degree is constructed in such a way that you will sample various sub-disciplines and complete some advanced course work in one or two of them. This versatility will enhance your employment opportunities in the private sector, as well as your appeal to a graduate admissions committee.
|PSY 200||  Cognitive Psychology|
|PSY 401||  Memory and Skill|
|PSY 402||  Sensation and Perception|
Cognitive psychologists study how humans select, store, and use information. Problems of interest include understanding attention (how we select information), sensory mechanisms (e.g., vision), reading, memory, language comprehension and production, thinking, decision making, and skill development.
|PSY 209||  Brain and Behavior|
|PSY 402||  Sensation and Perception|
|PSY 409||  Psychobiology of the Lifespan|
|PSY 410||  Neurobiology of Learning and Memory|
|PSY 411||  Psychobilogy of Motivation|
|PSY 413||  Laboratory in Behavioral Neuroscience|
Neuroscientists in the department are interested in studying brain-behavior relations. Faculty in this sub-discipline study a variety of phenomena including biological rhythms, mammalian social development, neuroendocrinology, puberty, photoperiodism, and reproductive behavior.
|PSY 235||  Social Psychology|
|PSY 339||  Psychology of Women|
|PSY 440||  Attitudes and Social Cognition|
Social psychologists are interested in studying behaviors and mental activities that relate to humans in the social environment. Social psychologists in the department study a variety of phenomena and problem areas including attitudes, biases in interpersonal behavior, cooperation, decision making, distributive justice decisions, gender differences, group performance, presentation of self, psychology and the law, self concept and stereotypes.
|PSY 236||  Personality Psychology|
|PSY 280||  Abnormal Psychology|
|PSY 475||  Personality Theories|
Personality psychologists study individual differences in behavior and human motivation. Psychologists in the sub-discipline of clinical psychology, particularly in academic settings, are likely to be interested both in accumulating knowledge about personality and applying that knowledge to solve human problems. Faculty in the sub-disciplines of personality and clinical psychology study human motivation and social systems, interpersonal skill enhancement, parenting, family therapy, clinical intervention, psychotherapy, depression, and schizophrenia. Students can take undergraduate courses taught by clinical psychologists, but professional clinical training is provided only in a graduate program.
|PSY 244||  Developmental Psychology: Infancy Through Childhood|
|PSY 444||  Developmental Psychology: Adolescence Through Youth|
|PSY 424||  Child and Family Psychopathology|
Developmental psychologists are interested in social, cognitive, and emotional development throughout the lifespan. Faculty in this sub-discipline study a variety of phenomena including alcoholism, conduct disorders, friendships, handedness, school achievement, temperament and learning, and changes with age in behavioral and cognitive functioning. Sex differences in social and cognitive development are also studied.
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
|PSY 255||  Industrial and Organizational Psychology|
|PSY 455||  Personnel Research Techniques|
|PSY 382||  Business Psychology Summer Internship|
Industrial and Organizational psychology applies principles of psychology to people, problems in industry, business, marketing, equipment design, and other practical situations in which normal adults relate to each other. Faculty in this sub-discipline study a variety of phenomena and problem areas including decision making, job satisfaction, employee evaluation, personnel selection, work motivation and productivity, teamwork, technological innovation, and training programs for employees.
|PSY 270||  Community Psychology|
|PSY 316||  Children's Exposure to Domestic Violence: Promoting Resiliency|
|PSY 317||  Sexual Assault: Context, Interventions and Prevention|
|PSY 371||  Psychological Innovations and Research I|
|PSY 372||  Psychological Innovations and Research II|
|PSY 381||  Internship Training in Psychology|
|PSY 382||  Human Service Internship in Psychology|
Community psychologists bring humanitarian and scientific thought and research to bear upon critical human problems. Faculty in this sub-discipline study a variety of interests including child abuse and neglect, community mental health treatments, intervention programs and innovations, sociocultural influences on mental health, and stress and coping in children. Students can participate in these studies through practicum and internship experiences.