Please note that changes in programs of the Experimental Psychology BA, Experimental Psychology BS, and the Neuroscience minor, a new course proposal for PSYC 455, course name and description change for PSYC 460, course name changes for both PSYC 560 and 570, and prerequisite changes for PSYC 503, 507 and 571 are all linked to each other. The Neuroscience minor program change reflects a name change in BIOL 635 which has been proposed.
Justification: The term “Physiological Psychology” dates from the 1960’s and is no longer used by anyone in the field. The Department of Psychology have majors who have different backgrounds; some are more science-oriented and others tend to have more of an applied interest. We are proposing to add a new course so that there are two courses focusing on the brain but with the two different orientations emphasized. The new PSYC 455 Introduction to Neuroscience course would be part of the Neuroscience minor in addition to being part of the Psychology major. . The PSYC 460 course would cover brain and behavior from a more applied perspective. There would be less of an emphasis on the neurochemistry and neurophysiology that requires a science background.
Students in the Psychology major may only count either PSYC 455 or PSYC 460 towards the major. There is overlap in the learning objectives