Fall 2018 Courses

Adaptive Brain and Behavior

  • Abnormal Psych
    PSYC 3014
    Survey of various types of psychological disorders and of contrasting theoretical views and representative research on the etiology and prognosis of these disorders. Using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5) to diagnose psychopathologies accurately. Ethical issues pertaining to clinical practice. Pre: 1004. (3H, 3C)
  • Cognitive Psych
    PSYC 4144
    An experimentally-oriented survey of human cognitive processes which include attention, memory, and decision making. Role of individual difference variables in each area. Pre: 1004, 1094, 2044 (3H, 3C)
  • Developmental Psych
    PSYC 2034
    Basic principles of human psychological development from the prenatal period through old age. Interactions between biological and environmental influences on the developing individual. Research methods in developmental science. Cultural influence on parenting practices, identity formation, and attitudes toward the elderly. Survey of recent literature within the areas of perceptual, cognitive,
    neurobiological, social, and emotional development. Pre: 1004. (3H,3C)
  • Integrative Health Practices
    HD 2014
    This course covers theories of integrative (mind-body) health and wellbeing, and examines the multidimensional factors (e.g.,stress, personality, relationships, & social environment) that influencing health across the lifespan. Students will also engage in evidence-based, therapeutic and preventative practices for promoting health and managing chronic conditions. (3H,3C)
  • Intro to Health Comm
    COMM 2134
    Introduction to health communication with a focus on current issues and perspectives, including patient-provider communication, cultural conceptions of health and illness, media portrayals of health, communication in health organizations, health communication theories, information technologies in health communication, ethical considerations, and health promotion campaigns. (3H,3C)
  • Introduction to Neuroscience
    NEUR 2025
    Introduction to the fundamental principles of neuroscience. 2025: Structure and function of central nervous system in humans and other animals, signal processing and transmission, development of neural and brain circuits, encoding and transmission of sensory and perceptual information, motor control/movement. 2026: Complex brain processes including learning, memory, emotion, decision making, social behavior, and mental and functioning. Pre: BIOL 1005 or 1105. (3H, 3C)
  • Introductory Psychology
    PSYC 1004
    The scientific study of behavior, with a focus on behavioral research methods, analysis, theoretical interpretations, and applications. Survey of brain structures and their functions, sensory mechanisms, developmental processes, classical and operant conditioning, social processes and cultural norms, approaches to psychotherapy, stress and coping, and applications of psychological science. (3H, 3C)
  • Issues in Aging
    HD 3114
    Seminar which investigates selected contemporary issues in adulthood and old age, such as family and friend relationships; work and retirement; political, legal, and economic issues; and women's concerns. (3H, 3C)
  • Health Psych
    PSYC 3054
    Major theories, strategies, and methods for understanding psychological contributions to health and disease; psychological approaches to the treatment and prevention of disease and unintentional injuries, and health and safety promotion. Pre: 1004 (3H, 3C)
  • Healthy Relationships
    EDCO 2004
    Basic concepts, skills, and theory associated with creating and sustaining healthy relationships in social and professional settings. Self-awareness as it relates to relationship-building. Characteristics and identities of self and others as they relate to relationship-building. Relationship-building skills such as active listening, perspective taking, and empathy. (3H,3C)
  • HD I: Child Development
    HD 1004
    Basic concepts related to normal human development. Emphasis on developmental theories and principles of physical, social, and emotional growth, development, and behavior of children, individually and within families and cultures, from conception through adolesence. Designed as a general survey course for majors and non-majors. (3H,3C)
  • HD II: Adulthood and Aging
    HD 2004
    Introduction to adult development and aging (gerontology). Basic concepts, principles, theories, research methods and social issues of development from emerging adulthood through the end of life. Biopsychosocial analysis of issues affecting aging processes. Includes multicultural and global perspectives and challenges in aging. (3H,3C)
  • Human Behav Natural Environ
    PSYC 3024
    Survey of the effects of natural and human-made environments on health and well-being. Historical changes in human-environment relations. Utilizing psychological research methods to investigate the possible impacts of urbanization on human health and well-being. The impacts of culture, region, and socioeconomics on how we utilize our environments, and our ability to change them. Research pertaining to our relationship with nature, use of natural resources, and strategies to encourage behaviors promoting environmental sustainability. Pre: 1004 (3H, 3C)
  • Motivating Yourself and Others
    EDEP 2444
    Survey of human motivation research and research methodologies in education, psychology, and neuroscience. Application of this research in diverse populations, including analysis of human motivation and design of motivating activities. (3H,3C)
  • Nervous Systems and Behavior
    PSYC 2064
    Introduction to biological factors that produce behavior. Neuroanatomy and neurophysiology. The development of the nervous system, and neuroplasticity. Basic biological processes pertaining to sensation and perception. Conducting neuroscience research, and evaluating neuroscience-related claims in the popular media. The ethical and responsible use of nonhuman animal subjects; the ethical application of research findings in neuroscience to current problems such as psychopathy and neurodegenerative disease. Pre: 1004. (3H, 3C)
  • Neuroeconomics
    NEUR 4454
    Neural processes related to reward, learning, reflection, delay of gratification, and social interaction. Clinical uses of neuroeconomics research techniques. Implications of neuroeconomics in economics, policy, law and business. Pre: 2026, or ECON 3104. (3H, 3C)
  • Neuroscience and Society
    NEUR 2464
    Social, ethical, and legal issues faced by human societies from the perspective of neuroscience. Broader questions about how neuroscience informs education, medicine, law, and public health. Research in neuroscience as it relates to issues of mental health, poverty, stress, and politics. (3H,3C)
  • Physiological Psych
    PSYC 4064
    Presentation of concepts important for the study of neuroscience and behavior with a special emphasis on the classic topics of physiological psychology: brain-behavior relations, sensory integration, physiological correlates of motivation and emotion. Pre: 1004, 1094, 2064. (3H, 3C)
  • Psych of Learning
    PSYC 2044
    Survey of fundamental concepts, phenomena, and principles of learning, such as reinforcement/punishment, classical conditioning, and cognitive explanations of retention/forgetting. Traditional learning research, with particular emphasis on methodology and ethical considerations. The behaviorist perspective, and neurobiological and cognitive approaches to understanding learning. The ethical and responsible use of animal models in learning research, and practical applications of learning theory. Pre: 1004. (3H, 3C)
  • Senior Capstone
    HD 4714
    Intensive learning experiences in critical thinking and analysis. Opportunities to demonstrate breadth of learning while developing leadership skills and honing professional competencies. Topics include leadership and team development, problem solving, grant writing, program evaluation, and electronic portfolios. (3H,3C)
  • War and Medicine
    HIST 3714
    Examines the relationship between war and medicine. Focus on suffering and care during and after major conflicts, both on the battlefield and the home front. Emphasis on race, class, and gender. (3H, 3C)
  • War and the Brain
    NEUR 3984
    Broad overview of neurological and psychological factors associated with military and war. Neuroscientific basis of mental resilience, cognitive enhancement, aggression and violence. Neurotechnological advances that shape soldiers and warfare. Etiology and treatment of brain injuries sustained during war. Ethical considerations of “militarization” of neuroscience.


Creativity and Innovation

  • Creative Code
    ART 3114
    Introduction to computer programming tools within a critical aesthetic context. Creation and analysis of generative and algorithmic artwork as well as consideration of how works derived from logical rulesets, algorithms, and the artful application of randomness can communicate human feelings and ideas. Consideration of ethics of algorithmic systems in our culture and media, and creating art works to address those issues and influence opinion. Course contact to credit hour structure: Lecture (1H,1C), Lab (3L, 1C), Design Lab/Studio (2L, 1C).
  • Innovation in Context
    STS 2254
    Critical examination of diverse definitions and examples of innovation. Discussion of innovation as a process of social change; as technology diffusion; as an economic engine; as an ecosystem; as an ideology; and more. Introduction to methods and ideas from the field of Science and Technology Studies including the analysis of innovation from historical, cultural, and economic perspectives, as well as the study of innovation's consequences and its alternatives. Collaborative projects focused on creatively describing and critiquing local cases of innovative work.
  • Intro to Applied Collaborative Technologies
    TA 2404
    Introduction to principles of collaboration in applied theatre for non-majors. Situational awareness, intrapersonal and interpersonal awareness, audience engagement, effective storytelling, team creativity and conflict resolution, and communicating across difference in public and professional settings.
  • Play to Make
    ART 1114
    Transdisciplinary practice in an inclusive, collaborative environment, through the lens of creative technologies and experiences, to describe and evaluate the convergence between art, technology, and human experience in the arts, sciences, humanities, and engineering. Exploration of play for creation of ideas and artifacts (including, but not restricted to multimedia narratives, learning simulations, immersive/performative experiences, and data exploration). Inclusive collaboration with peers and practicing professionals in diverse fields. Critical consideration of creative technologies and the impacts on history, society, cultures, individuals, and communities. Collaborative research, design, creation, and exhibition of a transdisciplinary project to identify and address a global challenge. Course contact to credit hour structure: Lecture (1H,1C), Lab (3L, 1C), Design Lab/Studio (2L, 1C).


Data and Decisions

  • Computational Thinking 
    CS 1014
    An exploration of basic ideas of computational thinking focusing on the perspectives, thought processes, and skills that underlie computational approaches to problem formulation and problem solving. Applications of computational tools to investigate complex, large-scale problems in a variety of knowledge domains. Basic introduction to algorithms and a practical programming language. Examination of the societal and ethical implications of computational systems.
  • Data in our Lives
    STAT 1984
  • Introduction to Business Information Systems
    ACIS 1504    
    Introduction to Business Information Systems with emphasis on the role of software applications as a tool to develop Business Intelligence to improve decision making. Design and development of spreadsheet and database solutions employing analytical techniques on large data sets to produce quality information. Ethical considerations of information management.   
  • Introduction to Data in the Social Context
    HIST 2604
    Examines the use of data to identify, reveal, explain, and interpret patterns of human behavior, identity, ethics, diversity, and interactions. Explores the historical trajectories of data to ask how societies have increasingly identified numerical measures as meaningful categories of knowledge, as well as the persistent challenges to assumptions about the universality of categories reducible to numerical measures.
  • Research Methods in Political Science
    PSCI 2024
    Introduction to research in political science; formulation of theory, operationalization and measurement, gathering, analysis and interpretation of data.
  • Social Research Methods
    SOC 3204
    Techniques of data collection and analysis employed in the social sciences with emphasis on survey research methods including questionnaire construction, sampling, and analysis of both self-collected and national data; logic behind application of these techniques.
  • Statistics for the Social Science
    STAT 3604
    Statistical methods for nominal, ordinal, and interval levels of measurement. Topics include descriptive statistics, elements of probability, discrete and continuous distributions, one and two sample tests, measures of association. Emphasis on comparison of methods and interpretations at different measurement levels. Includes real-world applications to develop problem-solving skills and ethical reasoning within the context of learning from data.
  • Urban Analytics I: Introduction to Computational Modeling in Urban Context
    SPIA 2005
    Introduction to modeling, simulation, and visualization. How models can be used to examine complex urban problems. Ethical issues in the application of computational models. Basic model building without data. SPIA 2006: Identifying data sources for simulation model building and testing. Developing and using a model to understand a complex urban problem. Manipulating models to achieve desired outcomes. Ethical issues in computational models, including data collection and data use.
  • Urban Analytics II: Data Driven Computational Modeling 
    SPIA 2006
    Introduction to modeling, simulation, and visualization. How models can be used to examine complex urban problems. Ethical issues in the application of computational models. Basic model building without data. SPIA 2006: Identifying data sources for simulation model building and testing. Developing and using a model to understand a complex urban problem. Manipulating models to achieve desired outcomes. Ethical issues in computational models, including data collection and data use.
  • Urban Analytics III: Decision Making with Large Scale Computational Modeling
    SPIA 2104
    Use and critique of large-scale computational models for urban planning and decision-making. Information synthesis, agent-based simulation, and simulation analytics techniques for analysis of urban and regional systems. Value-sensitive design and ethical use of computational models.


Economic and Sustainable Materials

  • Science of Materials in Everyday Life
    MSE 29844/MSE 2984D
    This class will give you a broad science-based overview of materials science and engineering through discussion of everyday applications in buildings, medicine, art, communications, sports, packaging, and energy. We will discuss the properties, processing, structure, environmental implications, ethics and history of the materials used in a variety of common applications. The only requirement is a curiosity about materials and science and a willingness to engage with your fellow students on how scientific methods are used to characterize, select, and use materials throughout society.


Intelligent Infrastructure for Human-Centered Communities

  • Design Appreciation
    ITDS 1114
    Introduction to fundamental design concepts, design methods and the history of design. Examples drawn from architecture, interior design, industrial design, graphic design as well as vernacular craft and design traditions. Key concepts from art, literature and philosophy are discussed in relation to design theory.
  • Energy & Raw Materials: Geopolitics & Sustainable Development
    MINE 2114
    Supply and demand of energy resources and raw materials. Domestic and global trends. Development of energy and mineral resources. Electricity generation, efficiency, and distribution. Energy and raw materials infrastructure Disparities in resource-producing vs. resource-consuming regions. Environmental considerations and engineering management. Land use and reclamation. Greenhouse gas management. Policy, regulations, and incentives. Geopolitical considerations. Conservation and efficiency. Sustainable development. This course is available to undergraduate students of all ranks and all majors.
  • Ethical Perspectives on Intelligent Infrastructure
    PHIL 2984