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2006-07 Undergraduate Catalog

Course Descriptions

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

DEP 3053 Developmental Psychology
Credits: 3; Prereq: refer to the department.
Theory and research on psychological development from prenatal stages through adulthood. (S)

DEP 4404 Psychology of Aging
Credits: 3; Prereq: refer to the department.
Topics in the field of gerontology from a life span developmental perspective, including the development of psychological problems of the aged, and theoretical and methodological issues in the study of the aged. (S)

DEP 4930 Revolving Topics in Developmental Psychology
Credits: 3; Prereq: refer to the department.
Advanced study of selected topics in developmental psychology. Precise course content will vary from term to term. Examples of probable topics are cognitive development, psychophysiological aspects of development, intelligence, social-personality development, and sensory development.

GEO 4431 Shelter and Care Options for U.S. Elderly
Credits: 3; Prereq: refer to the department.
The course examines the strengths, weaknesses, and demand for housing and care alternatives addressing the needs of both active and frail American elderly persons.

GEY 2010 Introduction to Gerontology
Credits: 3.
Designed to provide a broad, general introduction to the aging process. Biological, psychosocial, health and applied issues are covered. Required for the minor.(S, I)

GEY 4001 Issues and Concepts in Gerontology
Credits: 3.
This multidisciplinary overview of the field of aging covers biomedical and health issues, psychosocial factors, applied aspects and policy issues.

GEY 4905 Independent Study in Gerontology
Credits: 1 to 3; Prereq: permission of instructor.
Qualified students and the instructor or supervisor concerned may choose a specific area of study related to aging. The student must submit a written report of the work. (S-U)

GEY 4930 Special Topics in Gerontology
Credits: 3; can be repeated with change of content up to 12 credits.
Selected topics in Gerontology; precise course content will be announced in advance. Course provides an opportunity for in-depth study of topics not offered in other courses.

GEY 4949 Community Work in Aging
Credits: 1 to 3; Prereq: permission of director.
Credit is earned through volunteer work with approved community agencies. These agencies serve older adult clientele or patients and provide a range of services. Students work 45 hours per semester credit earned.The following courses are approved for the minor in gerontology, many in association with other departments (courses vary). Special topics, practicum courses and independent studies related to aging can also apply to the minor, with permission. (S-U)

HSC 3574 Nutrition Education for Special Populations
Credits: 3; Prereq: refer to the department.
Development of nutrition education programs for selected population groups. Emphasis on educational techniques utilized to inform special populations of changing nutritional needs. Population groups such as ethnic minorities, the elderly, the pregnant female and the athlete will be discussed.

LEI 3705 Leisure Services for People with Disabilities
Credits: 3.
Leisure and recreation services for special population groups will be examined and studied with a focus on: access/inclusion, barriers to participation, disabling conditions and special population groups, program development and service delivery and legislation.

LEI 3760 Leisure, Recreation and the Older Adult
Credits: 3.
An in-depth study of the responsibilities and opportunities in providing recreation services for the older adult.

LEI 4905 Variable Topics
Credits: 1 to 4; Prereq: permission of department.
Offered upon request to students to meet special interests which are not adequately provided for in other courses, such as Multidisciplinary Perspectives of Gerontology and Health and Physical Aspects of Aging.

OTH 3201 Applied Human Development 2
Credits: 2; Prereq: refer to the department.
Application to occupational therapy of principles of human growth and development from young adulthood to senescence.

PSY 3912 Introduction to Research in Psychology
Credits: 1 to 3 per semester; maximum 4 credits; Prereq: refer to the department.
An introduction to current techniques used in research in the various areas of psychology by participation in on-going research. (S-U)

SYD 4021 Special Study: U.S. Population Issues and Families in Later Life
Credits: 3.

SYO 4400 Medical Sociology
Credits: 3; Prereq: refer to the department.
Effects of group characteristics in the causation, amelioration, and prevention of mental and physical illness and social influences in medical education, medical practice, and hospital administration.

SYP 4730 Sociology of Aging and Life Course
Credits: 3.
Social and personal conditions of post-retirement years; family and housing patterns, income, leisure, health, group processes; and evaluation of institutional care for the aged. (S, I)

SYP 4731 Aging, Self and Society
Credits: 3.
The relationship between the aging, self and communal subcultures. Consideration of the place of images of aging and the life course in self-definition, intergenerational contact, and institutionalization. (S, I)

SYP 4740 Sociology of Death and Survivorship
Credits: 3.
The sociological dimensions of death, bereavement, and widowhood; ritualistic customs and behavior associated with death on both intra- and cross-cultural bases; contemporary issues associated with death-related phenomena; social and environmental factors affecting survivor adaptation.

General Education Categories
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  • Composition (C)
  • Mathematical Sciences (M)
  • Humanities (H)
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (S)
  • Physical (P) and Biological (B) Sciences
  • International (I) and Diversity (D) focus

Symbols Used in Course Descriptions
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  • (WR) indicates the course satisfies the writing requirement.
  • (MR) indicates the course satisfies the math requirement.
  • (S-U) indicates the course must be taken on a satisfactory-unsatisfactory basis.