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Psychology


Prerequisite/Corequisite Key

P = Course must be taken previously C = Course must be taken concurrently E = Course can be taken previously or concurrently
(RQ) = Required (RM) = Recommended  

PSYCH 101

Introduction to Psychology

3 credit hours

This course introduces the student to the scientific method as it is applied to the study of psychological processes and surveys theory and research in such areas as sensation and perception, conditioning and learning, motivation, emotion, human development, personality, psychopathology and other aspects of human behavior.

PSYCH 199

Lifespan Development

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) PSYCH-101

This course is a survey of theory and research on development throughout the life span from conception to death. The course focuses on considering the normal physical, emotional, social and cognitive changes.

PSYCH 200

Child Development

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) PSYCH-101

This course is a study of the physical, psychological and social development of the individual from infancy through childhood.

PSYCH 201

Adolescent Development

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) PSYCH-101

This course examines the maturation, developmental tasks and difficulties which typically characterize adolescence and the transition to adulthood with the establishment of autonomy and adult life roles during the 20's.

PSYCH 204

Abnormal Psychology

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) PSYCH-101

This course is an introduction to the understanding of problematic behaviors, their development, symptoms, and suggestions for treatment.

PSYCH 206

Social Psychology

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) PSYCH-101

This course focuses on principles, methods and applications of the study of the effects of people and the broader social environment on human behavior. Topics include social perception, social cognition, relationships, group processes and others.

PSYCH 224

Adulthood and Aging

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) PSYCH-101

This course considers physical changes with aging and psychological and sociological theory and research concerned with the changes and developmental tasks characteristic of mature adulthood, middle age and aging.

PSYCH 232

Personality Theories

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) PSYCH-101

This course covers representative theories and research from each of the major approaches to the study of personality: psychoanalytic, learning, cognitive, dispositional, humanistic, and intervention strategies derived from these approaches.

PSYCH 242

Stress Management

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) PSYCH-101

This is an experiential course focusing on the sources and consequences of stress. Students learn how to cope with stress, and they will be exposed to a wide range of stress-reduction techniques.

PSYCH 300

Statistics for the Social Sciences

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) PSYCH-101, grade of a C or better in MATH-112

This course is an introduction to the basic concepts of and applications of descriptive (central tendency, variability, normal, distribution, correlation) statistics and inferential (parametric and nonparametric) statistics. Students will test hypotheses via statistical software, such as IBM SPSS.

PSYCH 301

Research Methods

4 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) PSYCH-101 and PSYCH-300 with a grade of a C or better

This course is a comprehensive analysis of the design of experiments and the methods used in psychological research. Review of research findings and methods in major topic areas in experimental psychology. Laboratory work is included in this course.

PSYCH 303

Human Motivation

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) PSYCH-101

This course focuses on the question of 'why people do what they do?' The course involves exploration of biological, learned and cognitive factors influencing human behavior. Specific topics may include: emotions, curiosity and exploration, achievement, aggression, addiction, stress, work and others.

PSYCH 311

Physiological Psychology

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) PSYCH-101

This course is a study of the physiological and neurochemical correlates of perception, motivation, emotion and learning. Includes background information on the structure and physiology of the nervous system.

PSYCH 312

Perception

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) PSYCH-101

This course covers research on and theoretical formulations of the phenomena of perception. This will entail an in-depth analysis of the sensory systems, the various aspects of the environment they detect, and the theories that have been developed to account for these phenomena.

PSYCH 313

Learning and Memory

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) PSYCH-101

Examines experimental procedure, research data, and theories for such topics as learning, structure of knowledge, memory, retrieval, forgetting and others. Laboratory demonstrations and experimentation are included in this course.

PSYCH 315

Cognitive Psychology

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) PSYCH-101

This course examines human thought processes primarily from the information-processing viewpoint. Topics include: learning, memory, problem solving, pattern recognition, language and artificial intelligence. Laboratory demonstrations are included in this course.

PSYCH 317

History of Psychology

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) PSYCH-101 and consent of instructor

This course is a study of the historical sources of contemporary psychology. Topics include survey of major historical movements such as structuralism, functionalism, Gestalt psychology, behaviorism, existential and phenomenological psychology, and others. As the course fulfills the psychology degree capstone requirement, it is recommended that students have successfully completed many of their required psychology courses prior to enrollment.

PSYCH 319

Hormones and Behavior

3 credit hours

This course is taught from a comparative perspective, and includes examples of hormone-behavior interactions in a variety of organisms. Animal data will be related to human development, physiology and ultimately human behavior.

PSYCH 321

Children With Exceptionalities

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) PSYCH-101, PSYCH-200

This course is an introduction to the child with intellectual, communicative, physical or emotional disorders. The course focuses on the psychological experience and the educational/rehabilitation services available to those atypical children.

PSYCH 323

Behavior Management

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) PSYCH-101

This course is a study of theory and research in conditioning with particular attention to their applications to practical problems in a variety of settings such as psychotherapy, the schools, the family, hospitals, etc.

PSYCH 325

Individual and Group Therapy

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) PSYCH-101, PSYCH 200

This course is designed to introduce students to theories and research in the area of counseling and psychotherapy and to introduce intervention strategies and skills. Lectures and readings address theories of therapy. Experiential learning activities and counseling lab exercises promote interpersonal effectiveness in interactions with individuals and groups. Modules addressing career awareness, diversity awareness, ethical decision-making and personal development are features of the course.

PSYCH 326

Introduction to Clinical Psychology

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) PSYCH-101, PSYCH-204, PSYCH-325, consent of instructor

This course will introduce students to basic aspects of clinical psychology and mental health service delivery. Students will participate in weekly discussions of relevant topics such as mental health career paths, psychological assessment, differential diagnosis, evidence-based treatment, case presentation, and ethics related to the provision of mental health care. As the course fulfills the psychology degree capstone requirement, it is recommended that students have successfully completed many of their required psychology courses prior to enrollment.

PSYCH 328

Psychology and Gender

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) PSYCH-101

This course explores ways in which gender impacts upon human development and social experience. Physical, cognitive, social and emotional aspects of gender are considered. Psychological theories and research pertaining to gender development are discussed.

PSYCH 341

Health Psychology

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) PSYCH-101

This course is an interdisciplinary study of health and psychology. The primary emphasis of the course is a biopsychosocial one. Content includes the history and focus of health psychology; an examination of stress, its relation to illness, and methods for coping with and reducing it, physical and psychological pain and methods for managing and controlling it, and procedures to enhance health and prevent illness.

PSYCH 361

Special Topics in Psychology

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) PSYCH-101

This course is a concentrated study of a special topic within the field of psychology. The subject matter of this course will vary depending on student interest and faculty resources.

PSYCH 390

Research Seminar

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) PSYCH-101, PSYCH-300, PSYCH-301, consent of instructor

This course will offer to senior students the option to explore and research a special topic in psychology within a small group setting. Each student will attempt to produce an advanced research paper, and present to their peers at the conclusion of the course. As the course fulfills the psychology degree capstone requirement, it is recommended that students have successfully completed many of their required psychology courses prior to enrollment. Enrollment is limited to 20 students, and preference given to students in their senior year.

PSYCH 391

Directed Research

1 to 3 credit hours

This course is designed to provide students with advanced experiences in research. Students may be engaged in any number of activities related to a research project with a faculty member. These activities could include collecting data, conducting literature searches, working with data, writing manuscripts, presenting project results, etc., as determined by the faculty member. These opportunities will take place at the individual level or in a small group setting.

PSYCH 399

Independent Study

1 to 6 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) PSYCH-101, consent of instructor

This course is a student-initiated independent program of study or research experience.