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Jacqueline Woolley, Chair The University of Texas at Austin, SEA 4.212, Austin, TX 78712 • (512) 475-7596

Juan M Dominguez

Associate Professor Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo

Juan M Dominguez

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Biography

Juan Dominguez received his Ph.D. in behavioral neuroscience from the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. His postdoctoral fellowship was conducted with dual appointments in the Department of Psychiatry and the Department of Cell Biology at The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Following postdoctoral training, Dr. Dominguez joined the research faculty of the neuroscience program at Florida State University. Before joining the UT faculty, he was an assistant professor of psychology at American University in Washington, DC. The goals of his lab are to elucidate the underlying neural and endocrine mechanisms regulating motivated behaviors, specifically, using the study of sexual behavior as a prototypic model for understanding motivation, its acquisition and associated disorders.

Selected Representative Publications

D.J. Tobiansky, P.G. Roma, T. Hattori, R.G. Will, V.L Nutsch,  J.M. Dominguez (2013). The medial preoptic area modulates cocaine-induced activity in female rats. Behavioral Neuroscience, 127: 293-302.

D.J. Tobiansky, T. Hattori, J.M. Scott, V.L. Nutsch, P.G. Roma, J.M Dominguez (2012). Sex-relevant olfactory stimuli activate the rat brain in an age-dependent manner. NeuroReport, 23: 1077-1083.

J.M. Dominguez and E.M. Hull (2010). Serotonin impairs copulation and attenuates ejaculation-induced glutamate activity in the medial preoptic area. Behavioral Neuroscience, 124: 554-557.

J.M. Dominguez (2009). A role for preoptic glutamate in the regulation of male reproductive behavior. The Neuroscientist, 15: 11-19.

J.M. Dominguez, M.E. Balfour, H.S. Lee, J.L. Brown, B.A. Davis, L.M. Coolen (2007). Mating activates NMDA receptors in the medial preoptic nucleus. Behavioral Neuroscience, 121: 1023-1031.

E.M. Hull and J.M. Dominguez (2007). Sexual behavior in male rodents. Hormones and Behavior, 52: 45-55.

J.M. Dominguez, J.H. Brann, M. Gil, E.M. Hull (2006). Sexual experience increases nitric oxide synthase in the medial preoptic area of male rats. Behavioral Neuroscience, 120: 1389-1394.

J.M. Dominguez, M. Gil, E.M. Hull (2006). Preoptic glutamate facilitates male sexual behavior. The Journal of Neuroscience, 26: 1699-1703.

J.M. Dominguez and E.M. Hull (2005). Dopamine, the medial preoptic area, and male sexual behavior. Physiology & Behavior, 86: 356-368.

J.M. Dominguez, J.W. Muschamp, J.M. Schmich, E.M. Hull (2004). Nitric oxide mediates glutamate-evoked dopamine release in the medial preoptic area. Neuroscience, 125: 203-210.

J. M. Dominguez, J.V. Riolo, Z. Xu, E.M. Hull (2001). Regulation by the medial amygdala of copulation and medial preoptic dopamine release. The Journal of Neuroscience, 21: 349-355.

 

Interests

Neural regulation of motivated behaviors, esp. mating, sexual behavior as a prototypic model for understanding motivation and its associated disorders, and neuroendocrinological factors of depression and addiction

PSY 308 • Biopsychology

43570 • Fall 2014
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm NOA 1.124
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Introduction to the biological bases of psychological processes and behavior. Overview of the physiology and anatomy of the nervous system, followed by a survey of brain mechanisms of perception, cognition, learning, and emotion;biological perspectives on drug action and mental disease. Three lecture hours a wekk for one semester. Prerequisite: Psychology 301 with a grade of at least C.

PSY 394P • Curr Tpcs In Behav Neurosci

43900 • Fall 2014
Meets W 300pm-600pm SEA 4.244
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Current Topics in Behavioral Neuroscience. Brain-behavior relationships, particularly recent research in behavioral neuroscience, including the anatomical and neurochemical mechanisms of behavioral events, and behavioral influences on the brain. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Neuroscience 394P (Topic 1: Current Topics in Behavioral Neuroscience) and Psychology 394P (Topic 1) may not both be counted.

PSY 308 • Biopsychology

43915 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm NOA 1.126
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Introduction to the biological bases of psychological processes and behavior. Overview of the physiology and anatomy of the nervous system, followed by a survey of brain mechanisms of perception, cognition, learning, and emotion;biological perspectives on drug action and mental disease. Three lecture hours a wekk for one semester. Prerequisite: Psychology 301 with a grade of at least C.

PSY 308 • Biopsychology

43635 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm NOA 1.124
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Introduction to the biological bases of psychological processes and behavior. Overview of the physiology and anatomy of the nervous system, followed by a survey of brain mechanisms of perception, cognition, learning, and emotion;biological perspectives on drug action and mental disease. Three lecture hours a wekk for one semester. Prerequisite: Psychology 301 with a grade of at least C.

PSY 394P • Curr Tpcs In Behav Neurosci

43930 • Fall 2013
Meets W 300pm-600pm SEA 4.244
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Current Topics in Behavioral Neuroscience. Brain-behavior relationships, particularly recent research in behavioral neuroscience, including the anatomical and neurochemical mechanisms of behavioral events, and behavioral influences on the brain. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Neuroscience 394P (Topic 1: Current Topics in Behavioral Neuroscience) and Psychology 394P (Topic 1) may not both be counted.

PSY 308 • Biopsychology

43265 • Spring 2013
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm NOA 1.124
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Introduction to the biological bases of psychological processes and behavior. Overview of the physiology and anatomy of the nervous system, followed by a survey of brain mechanisms of perception, cognition, learning, and emotion;biological perspectives on drug action and mental disease. Three lecture hours a wekk for one semester. Prerequisite: Psychology 301 with a grade of at least C.

PSY 308 • Biopsychology

43170 • Fall 2012
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm NOA 1.124
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Introduction to the biological bases of psychological processes and behavior. Overview of the physiology and anatomy of the nervous system, followed by a survey of brain mechanisms of perception, cognition, learning, and emotion; biological perspectives on drug action and mental disease.

PSY 341K • Neurosci Of Motivatn & Reward

43325 • Fall 2012
Meets TTH 930am-1100am SEA 2.108
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When finished with this course, you will have a greater understanding of how the brain and hormones modulate motivated behaviors and associated disorders. Additionally, you will be familiar with recent advancements in the field pertaining to neuroendocrine mechanisms of motivation.

PSY 308 • Biopsychology

43125 • Spring 2012
Meets TTH 330pm-500pm WEL 3.502
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When finished with this course, you will have a greater understanding of how the brain regulates behavior and its associated disorders. Additionally, you will be familiar with recent advancements in the field of behavioral neuroscience.

Topics (Presented in approximate order of discussion. We may or may not cover all topics).

  1. Introduction

  2. The Major Issues (Chapter 1)

  3. Nerve Cells and Nerve Impulses (Chapter 2)

  4. Synapses (Chapter 3)

  5. Anatomy of the Nervous System (Chapter 4)

  6. Exam 1

  7. Development and Plasticity of the Brain (Chapter 5)

  8. Vision (Chapters 6)

  9. The Other Sensory Systems (Chapter 7)

  10. Movement (Chapter 8)

  11. Exam 2

  12. Wakefulness and Sleep (Chapter 9)

  13. Internal Regulation (Chapter 10)

  14. Reproductive Behaviors (Chapter 11)

  15. Emotional Behaviors (Chapter 12)

  16. Exam 3

  17. The Biology of Learning and Memory (Chapter 13)

  18. Cognitive Functions (Chapter 14)

  19. Mood Disorders and Schizophrenia (Chapters 15)

  20. Possible additional Topics

  21. Exam 4

PSY 341K • Neurosci Of Motivatn & Reward

43265 • Spring 2012
Meets TTH 930am-1100am SEA 2.108
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Description

This course will focus on the neural and hormonal basis of behavior
reinforcement, including brain mechanisms for incentive motivation,
reward, aversion, and addiction. We will underscore the role of these
neural and endocrine mechanisms on sensory-motor integration in the
hindbrain, hypothalamus and the basal ganglia in the control of behavior
for food, water, sex, affiliation, and drugs. Related clinical topics
include eating disorders, depression, and drug abuse. Reports and
presentations on peer-reviewed research will lead to term papers.

Assignments & Grading

A 20-page research paper will be required by the end of the semester. The
topic will be of the student's choosing, but will be restricted to issues
pertaining to brain and/or endocrine regulation of naturally
rewarding/motivating behavior (e.g. eating, reproduction, affiliation) or
disorders of motivation (e.g. addiction, depression). In addition to their
research paper, students
will be required to submit weekly review papers dealing with a previously
assigned research article. Students will also be required to give in class
presentations.

Course grade will come from the following distribution:
Mid term exam 20%
Final exam 20%
Oral presentation 10%
Review papers 20%
Research paper 30%.

Text

There will not be a required book, but assigned readings, articles, etc.

PSY 308 • Biopsychology

43070 • Fall 2011
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm NOA 1.124
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Topics (Presented in approximate order of discussion. We may or may not cover all topics).

  1. Introduction

  2. The Major Issues (Chapter 1)

  3. Nerve Cells and Nerve Impulses (Chapter 2)

  4. Synapses (Chapter 3)

  5. Anatomy of the Nervous System (Chapter 4)

  6. Exam 1

  7. Development and Plasticity of the Brain (Chapter 5)

  8. Vision (Chapters 6)

  9. The Other Sensory Systems (Chapter 7)

  10. Movement (Chapter 8)

  11. Exam 2

  12. Wakefulness and Sleep (Chapter 9)

  13. Internal Regulation (Chapter 10)

  14. Reproductive Behaviors (Chapter 11)

  15. Emotional Behaviors (Chapter 12)

  16. Exam 3

  17. The Biology of Learning and Memory (Chapter 13)

  18. Cognitive Functions (Chapter 14)

  19. Mood Disorders and Schizophrenia (Chapters 15)

  20. Possible additional Topics

  21. Exam 4

PSY 301 • Introduction To Psychology

43595 • Spring 2011
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm NOA 1.124
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 Topics (Presented in approximate order of discussion. We may or may not cover all topics).

1. Introduction to Psychology and Scientific Methods in Psychology (Chapters 1 and 2)

2. Biological Psychology/ Behavioral Neuroscience (Chapter 3)

3. Sensation and Perception (Chapter 4)

 4. Exam 1

5. Development (Chapter 5)

6. Learning & Memory (Chapters 6 and 7)

7. Cognition & Language (Chapter 8)

 8. Exam 2

9. Intelligence (Chapter 9)

10. Consciousness (Chapter 10)

11. Motivation (Chapter 11)

12. Emotion & Stress (Chapter 12)

 13. Exam 3

14. Social Psychology (Chapter 13)

15. Personality (Chapter 14)

16. Abnormality (Chapters 15)

17. Specific Disorders (Chapter 16)

 18. Exam 4

EXAM DATES: Dates are 2/10 for Exam I, 3/10 for Exam II, 4/12 for Exam III, and 5/5 for Exam IV. If these

dates change, I will make an in-class announcement.

 COURSE OBJECTIVE: Psychology is the science of behavior. This course will serve as an introduction to the field,

especially as it pertains to the specialty areas within psychology. When you complete this course, you should have a

greater understanding of the study of behavior as a science and how it applies to every day life.

 FORMAT: A lecture format will be employed to explore these topics. Attendance to all classes is expected.

 REQUIREMENTS:

Your performance on four exams and several unannounced quizzes and take-home assignments will determine your

grade. There will be no make up exams, quizzes, or assignments, unless there is a documented emergency.

1. Exams (comprise 80% of final grade):

Four multiple choice/short answer exams will be administered during the semester and an optional-cumulative

final. Exam grades will comprise 80% of your final grade. All exams will be administered in class. No make-up

exams will be administered, unless there is a documented emergency.

PSY 308 • Biopsychology

43025 • Fall 2010
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm NOA 1.124
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Course Description

OBJECTIVE: When finished with this course, you will have a greater understanding of how the brain regulates behavior and its associated disorders. Additionally, you will be familiar with recent advancements in the field of behavioral neuroscience.

FORMAT: A lecture and discussion format will be employed to explore these topics. Attendance to all classes is expected.

Course Requirements

Your performance on four exams, several assignments and quizzes will determine your grade. No make up exams or quizzes will be administered, unless there is a documented emergency.

Grading Policy

Four multiple choice/short answer exams will be administered during the semester and an optional-cumulative final. Exam grades will total 80% of your final grade. No make-up exams will be administered, unless there is a documented emergency.

Quizzes and assignments (total 20% of final grade): Unannounced quizzes and assignments will be administered. The grades you earn in these will count towards 20% of your final grade. Quizzes will be brief (generally 5 to 10 min), but may be given anytime during class. No make-up quizzes or assignments will be administered.

Texts

TBA

PSY 301 • Introduction To Psychology

43720 • Spring 2010
Meets TTH 930-1100 NOA 1.124
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Basic problems and principles of human experience and behavior. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, or the equivalent in independent study.

PSY 308 • Biopsychology

43789 • Spring 2010
Meets TTH 930-1100 NOA 1.124
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PSY 308, Biopsychology, Spring 2010
 
Juan M. Dominguez
Office hours: Tues. & Thurs. 11:00- 12:30 PM, or by appt.
Office: SEA 5.252
E-mail: dominguez@psy.utexas.edu
 
Teaching assistant: 
- Mitzi Gonzales, e-mail: mitzi2020@gmail.com, office hours will be announced during the first week of class.
 
Text/ Readings: 
- Biological Psychology, 10th Edition (required) 
By James W. Kalat
 
- Study Guide for Biological Psychology (optional)
 By Elaine M. Hull and Juan M. Dominguez
 
- Additional readings (e.g. assigned articles, online assignments, etc).  These will be assigned throughout the
semester. 
 
NOTE: You will have access to grades, assigned articles, and additional information via the Blackboard website. 
Please make certain that your Blackboard account is active and that you are familiar with navigating in it.
 
Class meetings: Tues & Thu, 9:30 - 11:00 AM, room NOA 1.124
 
Topics (Presented in approximate order of discussion. We may or may not cover all topics). 
1. Introduction
2. The Major Issues (Chapter 1)
3. Nerve Cells and Nerve Impulses (Chapter 2)
4. Synapses (Chapter 3)
5. Anatomy of the Nervous System (Chapter 4)
6. Exam 1
7. Development and Plasticity of the Brain (Chapter 5)
8. Vision (Chapters 6)
9. The Other Sensory Systems (Chapter 7)
10. Movement (Chapter 8)
11. Exam 2
12. Wakefulness and Sleep (Chapter 9)
13. Internal Regulation (Chapter 10)
14. Reproductive Behaviors (Chapter 11)
15. Emotional Behaviors (Chapter 12)
16. Exam 3
17. The Biology of Learning and Memory (Chapter 13)
18. Cognitive Functions (Chapter 14)
19. Mood Disorders and Schizophrenia (Chapters 15)
20. Possible additional Topics
21. Exam 4
 
EXAM DATES: Dates are 2/11 for Exam I, 3/11 for Exam II, 4/15 for Exam III, and 5/6 for Exam IV.  If these
dates change, I will make an in class announcement.
 
COURSE OBJECTIVE: When finished with this course, you will have a greater understanding of how the brain
regulates behavior and its associated disorders.  Additionally, you will be familiar with recent advancements in the
field of behavioral neuroscience.
 
FORMAT:  A lecture and discussion format will be employed to explore these topics. Attendance to all classes is
expected. 
 
 
REQUIREMENTS: 
Your performance on four exams, several assignments and quizzes will determine your grade. No make up exams or
quizzes will be administered, unless there is a documented emergency.  
1. Exams (total 80% of final grade): 
Four multiple choice/short answer exams will be administered during the semester and an optional-cumulative
final. Exam grades will total 80% of your final grade. All exams will be administered in class. No make-up exams
will be administered, unless there is a documented emergency.
 If you choose to take the final exam, you’re welcome to come into the classroom, look at the exam, and take
the exam; but once you hand it in, it will replace your lowest grade (even if the new grade for your final is lower).
There will be NO MAKE-UP EXAMS, unless there is a documented emergency. You are required to bring a picture
ID to show when submitting an exam.
2. Quizzes and assignments (total 20% of final grade): 
Unannounced quizzes and assignments will be administered. The grades you earn in these will count towards 20%
of your final grade.  Quizzes will be brief (generally 5 to 10 min), but may be given anytime during class.  No make-
up quizzes or assignments will be administered.
 
Feel free to visit during office hrs or make an appt. if you need additional help. 
 
Grading policy:
 -No make-up exams and no extra credit assignments
 -Exam I ……………………… 20 points
 -Exam II …………………….. 20 points 
 -Exam III ……………………. 20 points
 -Exam IV ……………………. 20 points
 -Quizzes & Assignments ….. 20 points
 ------------------------------------------------------
 -Total ………………………… 100 points
 
Total points earned will determine your final grade, using the following distribution:
93-100 = A  
90-92   = A-
87-89 = B+
83-86 = B
80-82 = B-
77-79 = C+
73-76 = C
70-72 = C-
67-69 = D+
63-66 = D
60-62 = D-
< 60   = F
 
Note: Though not foreseeable, any changes or deviations from this syllabus (e.g. order in which topics are covered)
will be announced in class.  
 
Academic integrity: Students are expected to uphold the Student Standard of Conduct published in the University
of Texas website (http://deanofstudents.utexas.edu/sjs/acint_student.php), section 11-801. Generally, do not
plagiarize, do not collaborate with colleagues when doing work that should be your own, do not cheat on exams, and
do not submit work as your own that was obtained or purchased from someone else. 
 
Disability services: If you experience difficulty in this course for any reason, please don’t hesitate to consult with
me. In addition to the resources of the department, a wide range of services are available to support you in your
efforts to meet the course requirements. The University of Texas at Austin provides upon request appropriate
academic accommodations for qualified students with disabilities.  For more information, contact the Office of the
Dean of Students at 471-6259, 471-4641 TTY.
  If you qualify for accommodations because of a disability, please notify me in a timely manner so that we can
make arrangements to address your needs.

PSY 301 • Introduction To Psychology

43935 • Fall 2009
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm ART 1.120
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PSY 301, Introduction to Psychology, Fall 2009

 

Juan M. Dominguez

Office hours: Tues. & Thurs. 11:00- 12:30 PM, or by appt.

SEA 5.252

E-mail: dominguez@psy.utexas.edu

 

Teaching assistant:

-Annie Steele, e-mail: steele@mail.utexas.edu

Office hours will be announced during the first week of class.

 

Text/ Readings:

- Psychology

By Schacter, Gilbert, & Wegner

- Additional readings (e.g. assigned articles, online assignments, etc).  These will be assigned throughout the semester.

NOTE: You will have access to grades, assigned articles, and additional information via the Blackboard website.  Please make certain that your Blackboard account is active and you are familiar with using it.

 

Class meetings: Tues & Thu, 12:30 - 2:00 PM, room ART 1.120

 

Topics (Presented in approximate order of discussion. We may or may not cover all topics).

  1. Introduction
  2. Scientific Method in Psychology (Chapters 1 and 2)
  3. Biopsychology/ Behavioral Neuroscience (Chapter 3)
  4. Sensation and Perception (Chapter 4)
  5. Exam 1
  6. Development (Chapter 11)
  7. Learning & Memory (Chapters 5 and 6)
  8. Language (Chapter 7)
  9. Exam 2
  10. Intelligence (Chapter 9)
  11. Consciousness (Chapter 8)
  12. Emotion and Motivation (Chapter 10)
  13. Personality (Chapter 12)
  14. Exam 3
  15. Social Psychology (Chapter 16)
  16. Stress (Chapter 15)
  17. Abnormality (Chapters 13 and 14)
  18. Exam 4

 

EXAM DATES: Dates are 9/24 for Exam I, 10/20 for Exam II, 11/12 for Exam III, and 12/3 for Exam IV.  If these dates change, I will make an in class announcement.

 

COURSE OBJECTIVE: Psychology is the science that studies behavior. This course will serve as an introduction to the field, especially as it pertains to the specialty areas within psychology. When you complete this course, you should have a greater understanding of the study of behavior as a science and how it applies to every day life.

 

FORMAT:  A lecture format will be employed to explore these topics. Attendance to all classes is expected.

 

REQUIREMENTS:

Your performance on four exams and several unannounced quizzes and take-home assignments will determine your grade. There will be no make up exams, quizzes, or assignments, unless there is a documented emergency. Incompletes are entertained only in extreme circumstances, which must be supported by official documentation.

Four exams (will total 80% of your final grade):

You will receive four multiple choice/short answer exams during the semester and an optional-cumulative final; all exams will be administered in class. Exam grades will total 80% of your final grade. If you choose to take the final exam, you’re welcome to come into the classroom, look at the exam, and take the exam; but once you hand it in, it will replace your lowest grade (even if the new grade for your final is lower). There will be NO MAKE-UP EXAMS, unless there is a documented emergency. You are required to bring a picture ID to show when submitting an exam.

Quizzes and assignments (total 20% of final grade):

You will receive unannounced quizzes and assignments. The grades you earn in these quizzes and assignments will count towards 20% of your final grade.  Quizzes will be brief (generally 10 min), but may be given anytime during class.  There will be no make-up quizzes or assignments.

 

Feel free to visit during office hrs or make an appt. if you need additional help.

 

Grading policy:

            -No make-up exams and no extra credit assignments

            -Exam I ………………………            20 points

            -Exam II ……………………..            20 points

            -Exam III …………………….            20 points

            -Exam IV …………………….            20 points

            -Quizzes & Assignments …..            20 points

            ------------------------------------------------------

            -Total …………………………            100 points

 

Total points earned will determine your final grade, using the following distribution:

93-100            =            A           

90-92              =            A-

87-89            =            B+

83-86            =            B

80-82            =            B-

77-79            =            C+

73-76            =            C

70-72            =            C-

67-69            =            D+

63-66            =            D

60-62            =            D-

< 60              =            F

 

Note: Though not foreseeable, any changes or deviations from this syllabus (e.g. order in which topics are covered) will be announced in class. 

 

Academic integrity: Students are expected to uphold the Student Standard of Conduct published in the University of Texas website (http://deanofstudents.utexas.edu/sjs/acint_student.php), section 11-801. Generally, do not plagiarize, do not collaborate with colleagues when doing work that should be your own, do not cheat on exams, and do not submit work as your own that was obtained or purchased from someone else.

 

Disability services:

If you experience difficulty in this course for any reason, please don’t hesitate to consult with me. In addition to the resources of the department, a wide range of services are available to support you in your efforts to meet the course requirements. The University of Texas at Austin provides upon request appropriate academic accommodations for qualified students with disabilities.  For more information, contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 471-6259, 471-4641 TTY.

             If you qualify for accommodations because of a disability, please notify me in a timely manner so that we can make arrangements to address your needs.

 

Other requirements:

All students enrolled in PSY 301 must fulfill a research requirement consisting of either participation in psychological research studies as a subject or writing a paper on psychological research, in addition to class work. Failure to satisfy this requirement will result in an Incomplete. Information pertaining this requirement will be discussed in class. Please understand that this is a requirement and must be fulfilled by a due date.

 

PSY 301 • Introduction To Psychology

42950 • Spring 2009
Meets TTH 930-1100 BUR 208
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Basic problems and principles of human experience and behavior. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, or the equivalent in independent study.

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