Psychology Courses


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PSY 121, General Psychology, 3 cr, 3 cl hrs

The study of behavior. Includes perception, motivation, learning, personality, social processes, and physiological processes.

[NMCCNS PSYC 1113: General Education AreaIV]


PSY 131, Science and Pseudoscience, 3 cr, 3 cl hrs

This course examines methods for determining whether given claims are science or pseudoscience. Several controversial topics will be explored, with emphasis on coming to objective decisions about such claims. Topics include logical fallacies, the Scientific Method, creationism, global warming and climate change, hidden codes in the Bible, Relativity theory, 9/11 Truth conspiracy claims, Dark Matter, UFO sightings, Perpetual Motion Devices, Quantum Mechanics, Quack medical claims and more.


PSY 151, Human Factors in Science & Engineering, 3 cr, 3 cl hrs

This course explores how human capabilities and limitations influence decision making and performance and how scientists and engineers can use knowledge of these factors to design. We will focus on how cognitive processes and biases in perception, attention, memory and problem solving influence performance. Examples of “human error” and ways in which error can be averted will be studied. Comparisons will be made between human and artificial intelligence.


PSY 205, Experimental Psychology, 4 cr, 3 cl hrs, 2 lab hrs

Prerequisite: PSY 121; a lab usage fee is charged

Basic concepts and research methodology in the study of behavior; emphasis on experimental design, control, and laboratory methods.


PSY 209, Social Psychology, 3 cr, 3 cl hrs

Prerequisite: PSY 121

Study of the manner by which the behavior of one individual is influenced by the behavior and other characteristics of others. Includes social perception and cognition, attitudes, prejudice, interpersonal attraction, cooperation, group behavior, and aggression.


PSY 212, Drugs and Behavior, 3 cr, 3 cl hrs

Prerequisite: PSY 121

An overview of how drugs affect brain and behavior, with an emphasis on self‐administered drugs, addiction and treatment.


PSY 301, Perception, 4 cr, 3 cl hrs, 2 lab hrs

Prerequisites: PSY 205; a lab usage fee is charged

An experimental and theoretical study of the special senses (vision, hearing, smell, taste and touch), including the structure, function and disorders of sensory and perceptual systems.


PSY 305, Cognitive Psychology, 4 cr, 3 cl hrs, 2 lab hrs

Prerequisites: Psychology 205 passed with a C‐ or better; a lab usage fee is charged.

A study of research findings, major issues and theories of mental processes. Topics include attention, learning, memory, imagery, concept formation, language and its development, thinking, problem solving and decision making. The laboratory is designed to give students the opportunity to explore the experimental bases of cognitive processes.


PSY 309, Behavioral Neuroscience, 4 cr, 3 cl hrs, 2 lab hrs

Prerequisites: Psychology 205 passed with a C‐ or better; Biology 111, 112; a lab usage fee is charged

Study of the neural and other physiological bases of behavior. Functional neuroanatomy of sensory and motor systems, motivation and drives, learning and emotion. Laboratory includes the neuroanatomy of sheep and human brains; the electrophysiology of neural circuitry underlying stretch reception in the grasshopper and locomotor patterns in fish; and organizational effects of hormones in a songbird.


PSY 311, Tests and Measurements, 3 cr, 3 cl hrs

Prerequisite: PSY 121

Design, administration, interpretation, and evaluation of psychological and educational tests. Includes measurement theory as well as practical techniques.


PSY 314, Psychotherapeutics, 3 cr, 3 cl hrs

Prerequisites: PSY 212, BIOL 111, 112

A study of approaches to treatment of disorders of the nervous system, from the unction and dysfunction of the nervous system, to in depth explanations of the development and application of pharmacological, gene and cell replacement approaches to treatment of disease.


PSY 320, Psychology of Language, 3 cr, 3 cl hrs

Prerequisites: PSY 121

Language may be the most uniquely human behavior. This class explores the evolutionary origins of language in animal communication abilities; how the brain makes sense of language and plans speech; child development of language understanding and production; and social aspects of human behavior in conversation.


PSY 323, Psychology of Child and Adolescent Development, 3 cr, 3 cl hrs

Prerequisite: PSY 121

The development of human behavior from conception to adolescence. Includes cognitive, social, behavioral, and physical development.


PSY 323L, Psychology of Child and Adolescent Development Lab, 1 cr, 2 cl hrs

Corequisite: PSY 323 and consent of instructor

This course is intended to help students understand, through firsthand observation, theories and ideas taught in Child and Adolescent Development (PSY 323). The class will focus on the biological, perceptual, cognitive, behavioral, linguistic and socialemotional development of preschoolers at the NMT Children’s Center.


PSY 324, Psychology of Adult Development and Aging, 3 cr, 3 cl hrs

Prerequisite: PSY 121

The development of human behavior from early adulthood to old age. Cognitive, social, behavioral, emotional, and physical development. Life tasks, careers, physical and emotional health, leisure, dying, and death.


PSY 330, Abnormal Psychology, 3 cr, 3 cl hrs

Prerequisite: PSY 121

A psychobiological investigation of the cause, presentation, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of behavioral issues.


PSY 350, Psychobiology of Sex, 3 cr, 3 cl hrs

Prerequisite: PSY 121 or consent of instructor

Sexual reproduction in a broad evolutionary context. Topics include sexual and asexual reproduction, sexual selection, the endocrinology of mammalian reproduction, development of the reproductive system and sexually differentiated behaviors, sex differences in the brain, and human behavioral sex differences.


PSY 362, Animal Behavior, 3 cr, 3 cl hrs

Prerequisites: PSY 121 or consent of instructor

An overview of the study of animal behavior, focusing on presentation, adaptive advantage and mechanisms of specific behaviors. (Same as BIOL 362)


PSY 389, Special Topics in Psychology, cr and hrs to be arranged


PSY 391, Directed Study, hrs and cr to be arranged

Prerequisite: Upper‐division standing in psychology

Supervised individual work in psychology. May be repeated for more than one semester’s work.


PSY 400, History of Psychology, 3 cr, 3 cl hrs

Prerequisite: Nine hours in psychology

This course traces central questions and concepts of psychology from their origins in classical philosophy and medicine to modern times. Interactions between historical developments and psychological research are emphasized.


PSY 409, Cell and Molecular Neuroscience, 3 cr, 3 cl hrs

Prerequisite: PSY 121 or BIOL 111

A study of the molecular and cellular basis of the nervous system, covering fundamentals of cell biology, principles of neuronal signaling and neuronal circuits, and cell and molecular approaches to the investigation, diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the nervous system. Shares lecture with BIOL 509 and BIOT 509 with additional expectations for graduate credit. (Same as BIOL 409. )


PSY 410, Neurology, 3 cr, 3 cl hrs

Prerequisite: PSY 121 or BIOL 111

An examination of the non‐cognitive functions of the nervous system (e.g., autonomic function, biological rhythms, and sleep), and the etiology, diagnosis and treatment of selected neurological disorders such as epilepsy, migraine and traumatic brain injury.


PSY 472, Senior Seminar, 1 cr, 1 cl hr each semester

Prerequisite: Upper‐division standing or consent of instructor

Review and discussion of current research in psychology.


PSY 495, Biomedical Senior Thesis I, 3 cr

Prerequisite: PSY 309

For Biomedical Science majors. Mentored, problem‐oriented biomedical research under the direction of a faculty member. Students should consult with their academic advisor and with various Psychology faculty to identify a Thesis advisor. Near the end of the semester, students will give a formal research presentation.


PSY 496, Biomedical Senior Thesis II, 3 cr

Prerequisite: PSY 495

For Biomedical Science majors. Continuation of BIOL 495. Students are required to write a paper on the research project and to give an oral presentation.


New Mexico Tech Psychology Department  Last Updated OCT 2017

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