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Maximize Your Time: Take a Summer Course!

Why should I take summer courses?

Taking summer courses is an excellent option to help relieve some of the stress that comes along with your other semesters. Taking summer courses can help you reach your graduation goal faster and more flexibly, concentrate on one class at a time, and complete prerequisites before fall semester. Summer classes are a great way to save money, since summer per-credit rates are less than fall and spring per-credit rates for regular fee classes and programs! Summer financial aid is also available.

What courses can I take this summer?

PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology

Investigation of mental processes and behavior through the lens of the scientific method. This survey course draws from topics within the American Psychological Association’s five pillars of psychology: Pillar 1 Biological (Neuroscience, Sensation, Consciousness, Motivation); Pillar 2 Cognitive (Cognition, Memory, Perception); Pillar 3 Development (Learning, Life Span Development, Language); Pillar 4 Social and Personality (Social, Personality, Intelligence, Emotion, Multicultural, Gender); and Pillar 5 Mental and Physical Health (Abnormal, Health, Therapies).

  • Section 002 is available online as a 3 credit, 3-week course taught by Professor McCrea from 5/10/2021 – 5/30/2021
  • Section 003 is available online as a 3 credit, 3-week course taught by Professor McCrea from 7/26/2021 – 8/15/2021

PSYC 120 Introduction to the Psychology Major

This course is designed to orient the prospective psychology major to the field of psychology and to inform the student about academic requirements, expectations, opportunities, career options and limitations. PREREQ: PSYC 101.

  • Section 4001 is available online as a 2 credit, 3-week course taught by Professor Landrum from 5/10/2021 – 5/30/2021

PSYC 219 Cross-Cultural Society

Review of cultural similarity and differences in such areas as child development, gender roles, social behavior, language and communication, and mental illness. Focus on psychological theory and research relevant to explaining how cultural factors influence human behavior and thought. PREREQ: PSYC 101.

  • Section 001 is available in-person as a 3 credit, 5-week course taught by Professor Bell from 6/01/2021 – 7/03/2021
  • Section 4001 is available online as a 3 credit, 3-week course taught by Professor Babik from 5/10/2021 – 5/30/2021

PSYC 271 Human Relationships

The study of individual sexuality as well as the dynamics of close relationships from a variety of psychological perspectives. Topics covered include sexuality development, sexual behavior, initial attraction, dating patterns, long-term relationships, familial relationships, intimacy and communication, domestic violence, and relationship development. PREREQ: PSYC 101.

  • Section 001 is available remotely as a 3 credit, 3-week course taught by Professor Henderson from 5/10/2021 – 5/30/2021

PSYC 294 Traumatic Experience

Traumatic experience is often looked at only from the angle of the psychological or cultural investigation.  This workshop will delve into the nature of trauma as experience working into an investigation of its moral, political, epistemic, and embodied nature, including a look at issues in law advocacy.  This workshop will emphasize trauma from violence.

  • Section 1606 is available in-person as a 2-credit course taught by Professor Johnson from 6/12/2021 – 6/20/2021

PSYC 295 Statistical Methods

Statistical concepts and methods commonly used in treatment of data in the social sciences. Topics covered will include: measures of central tendency and of variability, correlation measures, probability, and analysis of variance. PREREQ: PSYC 101.

  • Section 002 is available in-person as a 3 credit, 3-week course taught by Professor Campbell from 5/10/2021 – 05/30/2021
  • Section 4001 is available online as a 3 credit, 7-week course taught by Professor Begic from 5/10/2021 – 6/27/2021
  • Section 4002 is available online as a 3 credit, 14-week course taught by Professor Murray from 5/10/2021 – 8/15/2021

PSYC 301 Abnormal Psychology

A descriptive approach to the study of the etiology, development, and dynamics of behavioral disorders, together with a review of current preventive and remedial practices. PREREQ: PSYC 101, upper-division standing.

  • Section 001 is available remotely as a 3 credit, 3-week course taught by Professor Genuchi from 5/10/2021 – 5/30/2021

PSYC 309 Child Development

Designed for psychology majors, the course emphasizes theories of human development including psychodynamic, behavioral, social-learning, and cognitive. Contemporary views of genetic and environmental contributions will be examined. Research designs appropriate to developmental issues will be explored. The emphasis will be on development from the prenatal period to adolescence. PREREQ: PSYC 101, upper-division standing.

  • Section 4002 is available online as a 3 credit, 3-week course taught by Professor Weaver from 5/10/2021 – 5/30/2021

PSYC 321 Research Methods

The application of scientific methodology to the study of behavior. Design of experiments, methods of analysis, and interpretation of data; reporting of behavioral research. PREREQ: ENGL 102, PSYC 120, PSYC 295, upper-division standing.

  • Section 4002 is available online as a 4 credit, 3-week course taught by Professor Babik from 7/26/2021 – 8/15/2021
  • Section 4003 is available online as a 4 credit, 3-week course taught by Professor Babik from 7/26/2021 – 8/15/2021

PSYC 331 The Psychology of Health

This course focuses on how biological, psychological, cultural, and social factors affect health and illness. It evaluates the best ways to promote healthy living and prevent disease and how people react psychologically when they are diagnosed with an illness or asked to make lifestyle changes. It also covers the influence of stress, coping, personality, culture, and family on health. PREREQ: PSYC 101, PSYC 295 or MATH 254, upper-division standing.

  • Section 4001 is available online as a 3 credit, 5-week course taught by Professor Stevenson from 7/06/2021 – 8/08/2021

PSYC 405 Advanced Statistical Methods

Advanced topics in univariate statistics (for example, repeated measures designs) and multivariate techniques such as discriminant analysis, factor analysis, and principal component analysis. PREREQ: PSYC 321 or equivalent, upper-division standing, or PERM/INST.

  • Section 4001 is available online as a 3 credit, 5-week course taught by Professor Harless from 6/01/2021 – 7/03/2021

PSYC 420 Social Network Analysis

This course introduces and applies concepts and empirical methods of network analysis in a field-based project. Social networks influence learning, economic behavior, and adoption of new products and organizational innovations. PREREQ: Upper-division standing and a statistics course.

  • Section 4001 is available online as a 3 credit, 14-week course taught by Professor Ziker from 5/10/2021 – 8/15/2021

PSYC 421 Psychological Methods

Theory and nature of psychological measurement together with a survey of types of psychological tests currently used. PREREQ: PSYC 321, upper-division standing.

  • Section 4001 is available online as a 3 credit, 14-week course taught by Professor Smithkors from 5/10/2021 – 8/15/2021

PSYC 438 Community Psychology

Focuses on human and social problems in a systemic context. Primary prevention and community empowerment strategies employed are emphasized for individual, community, and social benefit. A course in research methods is recommended but not required. PREREQ: PSYC 101, PSYC 295 or MATH 254, upper-division standing.

  • Section 4001 is available online as a 3 credit, 3-week course taught by Professor McDonald from 5/10/2021 – 5/30/2021

PSYC 441 Learning

Fundamental concepts of learning, with emphasis on classical conditioning, operant conditioning, and observational learning. Human applications of animal learning principles are stressed. PREREQ: PSYC 321, upper-division standing.

  • Section 4001 is available online as a 3 credit, 3-week course taught by Professor Stone from 5/10/2021 – 5/30/2021

PSYC 494 Traumatic Experience

Traumatic experience is often looked at only from the angle of the psychological or cultural investigation.  This workshop will delve into the nature of trauma as experience working into an investigation of its moral, political, epistemic, and embodied nature, including a look at issues in law advocacy.  This workshop will emphasize trauma from violence.

  • Section 1606 is available in-person as a 2-credit course taught by professor Johnson from 6/12/2021 – 6/20/2021

Special Topics Summer Courses

Special topics courses are a great way to fill your upper-division elective requirements! These courses introduce interesting, diverse subjects that are not routinely offered to students. Special topics courses are typically offered one-time-only, so be sure to register while you can!

What special topics courses are offered this summer?

PSYC 397 Lifespan Development

Lifespan development is the study of the sequences and processes underlying human development from the prenatal period to death. Students will learn about the interconnectedness of biological, social and cultural influences on physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development. Students will also learn the research techniques used to study development and the practical applications of developmental research.

  • This 5-week, 3 credit course is offered online from 6/1/2021 – 7/3/2021. The course will be instructed by Professor Campbell.

PSY 497 The Helping Profession Career (section 4005)

This course will expand on the Psychology as a Profession course concepts and take a deep dive into the intricacies of preparing for a career in the helping professions. This will include emphasis on resume development, interview skills, and understanding the business aspects of this field. We will focus on professional development as well as skill building throughout your career. This course will also focus on all aspects of self-care and self-awareness necessary to be successful in the helping professions.

  • This 14-week, 3 credit course is offered online from 5/10/2021 – 08/15/2021. The course will be instructed by Professor Murray.

PSYC 497 Mental Health: BioPsySoc Model (section 4001)

The course will explore the myriad factors that affect human mental health and social functioning, including those that are biological (e.g., neurotransmitters, hormones), psychological (e.g., cognitive processes, coping skills) and social/environmental (e.g., attachment, community support, poverty).  Explicit focus will be on how to use what we know to make the world a better, more mentally healthy place.

  • This 3-week, 3 credit course is offered online from 7/26/2021 – 8/15/2021. The course will be instructed by Professor McDonald.

PSYC 497 Psychology of Aging (section 4002)

This course is designed to provide students with an overview and introduction to the aging process from a psychological perspective. Course content will focus on the behavioral and cognitive changes that occur during the normal aging process. Older adults are more relevant within our society as we have ever seen (i.e. “Baby Boomers”, we are living longer, advancements in healthcare). This means that a slight shift in focus toward the older adult population is imminent. Topics covered in the course include:

  • This 5-week, 3 credit course is offered online from 7/6/2021 – 8/8/2021. The course will be instructed by Professor Stevenson.

PSYC 497 Peace Psychology (section 4003)

This course will provide students with an overview of the theoretical underpinnings of peace psychology, an area of psychology that is concerned with understanding the basis of conflict and the persistent need for peace in all spheres of human life. Peace psychology is a discipline that draws on various aspects of psychology as well as other fields of study, such as history, international relations, and sociology, among others. In this course, you will be introduced to the topics of peace and conflict across a range of international (between nations), societal (between groups within a society), and personal (between individuals and within ourselves) settings.

  • This 3-week, 3 credit course is offered online from 5/10/2021 – 5/30/2021. The course will be instructed by Professor Begic.

PSYC 497 Intro to Qualitative Research (section 4004)

This course will provide an overview of qualitative research methods in social sciences. Qualitative research can be paired with quantitative research or utilized as an independent method of inquiry. In this introductory course, we will examine the foundations of qualitative research and learn about the application of this research approach and its strengths and weakness. The most commonly used qualitative research approaches will be discussed, including case study and ethnographic research, among others.

  • This 5-week, 3 credit course is offered online from 6/1/2021 – 7/3/2021. The course will be instructed by Professor Begic.

Have Questions?

To learn more about the summer sessions, visit boisestate.edu/summer and check out the Summer FAQs.

If you have any questions, give us a call at (208) 426-3295 or summersessions@boisestate.edu.