Psychology Lower-Division Courses

10. Introductory Psychology. (4) Lecture, four hours. General introduction including topics in cognitive, experimental, personality, developmental, social, and clinical psychology; six hours of psychological research and a grade of C or better required of all departmental premajors. P/NP or letter grading.

15. Introductory Psychobiology. (4) Lecture, three hours. Designed for nonmajors. Survey of genetic, evolutionary, physiological, pharmacological, and experiential factors affecting behavior. Using comparative approach where appropriate, emphasis on relevance of biological mechanisms to understanding of humans and their interaction with their environment. P/NP or letter grading.

19. Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars. (1) Seminar, one hour. Discussion of and critical thinking about topics of current intellectual importance, taught by faculty members in their areas of expertise and illuminating many paths of discovery at UCLA. P/NP grading.

20A. MATLAB Programming for Behavioral Sciences. (4) Lecture, two hours; laboratory, one hour. Prior programming experience not required. Introduction to MATLAB and programming methods useful in experimental psychology. Reading and writing of code for conducting experiments, analyzing data, and modeling. P/NP or letter grading.

20B. Advanced Topics in MATLAB Programming for Behavioral Sciences. (4) Laboratory, one hour. Requisite: course 20A. Introduction of advanced topics in MATLAB programming for behavioral sciences, including Psychtoolbox, advanced MATLAB graphics and input/out, simulations and modeling, and efficient MATLAB coding. Active programming during class and for homework required. P/NP or letter grading.

85. Introduction to Cognitive Science. (4) Lecture, three hours. Exploration of computer metaphor of mind as an information-processing system, focusing especially on perception, knowledge representation, and thought based on research in cognitive psychology, neuropsychology, and artificial intelligence. Many examples from visual information processing.

88A-88Z. Lower Division Seminars. (4 each) Seminar, three hours. Enforced requisite: course 10. Limited to freshmen/sophomores. Intensive analysis in seminar situations of selected topics of current psychological interest. Consult Schedule of Classes for topics and instructors. May be repeated for credit:

88A. Stress, Adaptation, and Coping. (4) Limited to freshmen. Physiological and psychological processes related to stresses and strains of daily living and potential relation of these processes to disease states. Examination of multifaceted nature of coping with stressors and exploration of strategies for stress management. P/NP or letter grading.

89. Honors Seminars. (1) Seminar, three hours. Limited to 20 students. Designed as adjunct to lower-division lecture course. Exploration of topics in greater depth through supplemental readings, papers, or other activities and led by lecture course instructor. May be applied toward honors credit for eligible students. Honors content noted on transcript. P/NP or letter grading.

89HC. Honors Contracts. (1) Tutorial, three hours. Limited to students in College Honors Program. Designed as adjunct to lower-division lecture course. Individual study with lecture course instructor to explore topics in greater depth through supplemental readings, papers, or other activities. May be repeated for maximum of 4 units. Individual honors contract required. Honors content noted on transcript. Letter grading.

97. Variable Topics in Psychology. (4) Seminar, three hours. Enforced requisite: course 10. Study of selected topics in psychology at introductory level; seminar format designed for freshmen/sophomores. P/NP or letter grading.

99. Student Research Program. (1 to 2) Tutorial (supervised research or other scholarly work), three hours per week per unit. Entry-level research for lower-division students under guidance of faculty mentor. Students must be in good academic standing and enrolled in minimum of 12 units (excluding this course). Individual contract required; consult Undergraduate Research Center. May be repeated. P/NP grading.