Course Descriptions - Psychology

PSY 1000 General Psychology (3)

Introduction to the scientific study of behavior: biological bases of development and behavior, learning, motivation, perception, cognition, personality, abnormal behavior, measurement of behavior, and social behavior. Foundation for those interested in the behavioral sciences of human service occupations.

Disciplinary/Interdisciplinary Distribution Requirement in Social Sciences


PSY 2000 Professional Psychology: Principles and Practices (3)

This course is intended to establish basic skills necessary for planning and pursuing a career in psychology. Students will be introduced to different methods of conducting psychological research and exposed to the diverse areas of study in psychology and career preparation. Students will become familiar with the history of measurements and the professional ethical code of conduct.

Prerequisite: PSY 1000


PSY 2100 Child Psychology (3)

Examination of development from conception to adolescence. Emphasis on the developmental effects of maturation and experience and the interactional nature of physical, cognitive, emotional, social, and cultural development on the psychological development of the child.

Prerequisite: PSY 1000.


PSY 2110 Psychology of Adolescence (3)

Developmental processes in adolescence, emphasizing the interaction between physiological, social, emotional, and cognitive domains of development. Topics include influence of family and peer group, identity, achievement, vocational development, sexuality, and adjustment.

Prerequisite: PSY 1000.


PSY 2630 Psychological Perspectives on Prejudice and Racism (3)

Use of psychological theory and research to explore the nature and causes of prejudice and racism. Students will examine their behavior and beliefs in the context of psychological theory and their own socialization. Methods of reducing prejudice and promoting fairness and multicultural sensitivity are examined.

Prerequisite: PSY 1000 or equivalent. 

 

PSY 2640 Marriage & Family (3)

This course is designed to provide an overview of the formation, meaning, and function of marriage and family relationships.  Different issues such as intimacy, communication, sexuality, ethnicity, dysfunctional behavior, and treatment will also be examined.

Prerequisite: PSY 1000 or equivalent.  

 

PSY 3000 Cross Cultural Psychology (3)

Cultural factors that shape and affect human behavior. Factors include roles, norms, human-made objects, ideas, values, and institutions. Fields of psychology, examined from levels of the individual and universal, with culture-specific perspectives.

Prerequisite: PSY 1000. 

 

PSY 3110 Life-Span Developmental Psychology (3)

Examination of the psychological development of the individual across the life-span. The influence of biological, sociological, and historical changes on psychological development is discussed. Developmental concepts and theories are reviewed and applied in the study of the various ages.

Prerequisite: PSY 1000.


PSY 3120 Adult Psychology (3)

Human development from young adulthood into later maturity: application of the developmental approach as a systematic framework for viewing the adult years and the aging process; interaction of psychological, social, and physiological aspects of development.

Prerequisite: PSY 1000, PSY 2100 or 2110.


PSY 3130 The Psychology of Aging (3)

Developmental processes in later life: the effects of aging on various aspects of behavior, including motivation, memory, learning, motor performance, intellectual ability, problem solving, personality, social adjustment and psychopathology.

Prerequisites: PSY 1000, PSY 2100 or 2110.


PSY 3200 Psychological Statistics (3)

Introduction to both descriptive and inferential statistics, including measures of central tendency, variability, hypothesis testing, probability, correlation, regression, t-tests, analysis of variance and chi square and the use of computer-based statistical software package.

Prerequisite: PSY 1000.


PSY 3300 Research Design and Analysis (3)

An introduction to research design emphasizing quasi-experimental and correlational strategies. Students will carry out research studies, analyze their data via computer, and interpret their results. Analyses will include factorial ANOVA, correlation and regression.

Prerequisites: PSY 1000, PSY 3200.

 

PSY 3310 Psychology of Learning (3)

Behavioral, sociocultural, cognitive, and neurophysiological theories of learning. Learning research, processes, principles, and applications in education, child rearing, clinical psychology, and self-regulation.

Prerequisite: PSY 1000.


PSY 3320 Theories of Personality (3)

Various systematized conceptualizations of personality including psychoanalytic, behavioral, cognitive, personalistic, and phenomenological. Current areas of research including cognitive and biological factors. Relationships to clinical applications.

Prerequisite: PSY 1000. 

 

PSY 3330 Psychology of Consciousness (3)

Survey of recent trends and findings in the psychological investigation of consciousness. Topical areas include theories of the mind, brain bilaterality, experienced time, dreams and hypnosis, language, meditation, biofeedback and consideration of the mind/body problem.

Prerequisites: Six hours of psychology and Junior standing.


PSY 3340 Psychology of Women (3)

An exploration of the theories and research on the physiological and psychological factors affecting contemporary women. Topics of interest to both males and females.

Prerequisite: PSY 1000. 

 

PSY 3350 Evolutionary Psychology (3)

Evolutionary psychology and theories on the origins of human nature. Perspectives on human behavior and contemporary traits, as originating in the ancestral environment. The controversies and issues of domain-specific modules of brain/mind and psychological mechanisms. Parenting, kinship, mating strategies, issues of human group living and culture are explored. Theapproaches of evolutionary psychology, human behavioral ecology, memetic evolution, sociality, and multi-level selection are utilized.

Prerequisite: PSY 1000. 

 

PSY 3360 Theories of Motivation (3)

Motivation studied through systematic theory and current research. Topics include physiological and regulatory system, ethology, drives, arousal, hedonism, reinforcement, need-systems and motivation as related to personality theory.

Prerequisite: PSY 1000. 

 

PSY 3370 Psychology of the Attention (3)

This course is an introduction to the multidisciplinary field of human attention.  Important issues, theories, and models of attention from cognitive psychology, neuroscience, computational modeling and human factors will be explored.  Discussion of the application of the various models to understanding attentional impairments, clinical diagnosis, and rehabilitation will also be included.

Prerequisites: PSY 1000. 

 

PSY 3380 Psychology of the Arts (3)

The psychological processes that make possible the creation of and response to the arts are explored by examining the psychology of the participants in the artistic process—the artist, the performer, the audience, and the critic.

Prerequisites: Six hours of psychology. 

 

PSY 3400 Organizational Behavior (3)

Psychological perspectives on aspects within work organizations. Representative aspects include basic processes and problems; motivation, personnel policies, authority issues and control, organizational information processing, productivity, job redesign, organization development and workers’ participation.

Prerequisite: PSY 1000.


PSY 3420 Environmental Psychology (3)

Principles of psychology applied to experienced physical settings and their effects upon various aspects of human behavior. Selected topics include the built environment, psycho-environmental issues, environmental stresses, crowding, perceptual and motivational aspects of work, play and therapeutic environments.

Prerequisite: PSY 1000. 

 

PSY 3540 Abnormal Psychology (3)

The study of psychopathology from bio-psychosocial perspectives, emphasizing understanding, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.

Prerequisite: PSY 1000. 

 

PSY 3630 Social Psychology (3)

The social determinants of behavior. An examination of theories and current research in such areas as: aggression, attitudes, communication, conformity, group processes and interpersonal perception.

Prerequisite: PSY 1000.


PSY 3650 Understanding Self and Others (3)

Theory of group dynamics through small group interaction and structured exercises. Experientially based opportunities for learning about individual behavior in groups. Emphasis on building group skills applicable to family, social and work groups.

Prerequisite: PSY 1000.


PSY 3660 Community Psychology (3)

Emphasis on the transactions between people and social systems. Methods of intervention in and evaluation of the ways persons and various levels of environment fit together. Origins and developments of community psychology examined. Applications for psychologists and other community service providers considered.

Prerequisite: PSY 1000.

 

PSY 3680 Positive Psychology (3)

An introduction to Positive Psychology, including meaning, measurements and its relationships with attributes such as self-regulation, happiness, and character strengths.

Prerequisite: PSY 1000.

 

PSY 4200 Psychological Tests and Measurements (3)

An introduction to psychological tests and practices as used in educational, employment and counseling settings. Includes discussion of classical measurement concepts and selected measures of intelligence, aptitude, achievement, interest and personality.

Prerequisites: PSY 1000, PSY 3200.

 

PSY 4205 Honors Psychological Tests and Measurements (3)

An introduction to psychological tests and practices as used in educational, employment and counseling settings. Discussion of classical measurement concepts and selected measures of intelligence, aptitude, achievement, interest and personality. Completion of a major project applying classical measurement theory. Can be substituted for PSY 4200. Credit may not be received for both PSY 4200 and PSY 4205.

Prerequisites: PSY 1000, PSY 3200, 3.5 GPA and permission of instructor.


PSY 4230 Experimental Psychology (4)

Systematic methods used in conducting and evaluating psychological research, primarily experimental. Topics include identifying and defining research problems, classifying variables, experimental design and analysis, collecting and evaluating data, use of computers as an experimental tool, and writing research reports (includes laboratory sessions). Credit may not be received for both PSY 4230 and PSY 4235.

Prerequisites: PSY 1000, PSY 3200.


PSY 4235 Honors Experimental Psychology (4)

Systematic methods used in conducting and evaluating psychological research, primarily experimental. Topics include identifying and defining research problems, classifying variables, experimental design and analysis, collecting and evaluating data, use of computers as an experimental tool, and writing research reports (includes laboratory sessions). Credit may not be received for both PSY 4230 and PSY 4235.

Prerequisites: PSY 1000, PSY 3200; 3.5 GPA in Psychology; interview with honors committee.


PSY 4310 History and Systems of Psychology (3)

History of psychology from its origins to its modern systematic conceptualizations. The influence of early systems, theories and schools on contemporary psychology.

Prerequisite: PSY 1000.


PSY 4360 Physiological Psychology (3)

Study of basic physiological processes involved in human behavior. Fundamentals of neuronal and synaptic activity in the nervous and endocrine systems, and their impact on behavior. Overview of perception, memory systems and psychological disorders.

Prerequisite: PSY 1000.


PSY 4380 Psychology of Perception (3)

Major mechanisms of human sensation and perception, neurophysiological pathways, cognitive processes which contribute to sensory information, and relations between sense modalities.

Prerequisite: PSY 1000.


PSY 4390 Cognitive Processes (3)

Processes of cognition including perception, sensory memory, short-term or working memory, long-term memory, retrieval from memory, response formulation, problem solving, creativity, concept formation, language acquisition, and intelligence.

Prerequisite: PSY 1000.


PSY 4400 Principles of Behavioral Analysis (3)

Predicting and modifying human behavior. The terms, concepts, methodologies, theoretical and ethical issues, and research findings of the scientific analysis of behavior based on classical and operant conditioning.

Prerequisite: PSY 1000, PSY 3310


PSY 4420 Industrial/Organizational Psychology (3)

Principles of psychology applied to industrial problems and organization. Selected topics in personnel selection and training, human factors engineering, worker morale, consumer and organizational psychology.

Prerequisites: PSY 1000 and a course in statistics.

 

PSY 4430 Forensic Psychology (3)

An introduction to the field of forensic psychology through examination of the relationship between psychology and the legal system.  The course will address the nature of forensic psychology, ethical issues, criminal causality, offender responsibility, and discrimination issues.

Prerequisites: PSY 1000. 


PSY 4440 Functional Neuropsychology (3)

Review of neurological variation and disorders associated with behavioral dysfunction or atypical development. Remediation alternatives based on neuropsychological research on such topics as brain organization, sensory-motor integration, dysphasia, biofeedback, and behavioral controls.

Prerequisites: BIO 2402 and PSY 3540.


PSY 4450 Survey of Therapeutic Psychology (3)

Introduction to basic principles, major theories and research in therapeutic psychology. Includes psychoanalytic, humanistic and behavioral models.

Prerequisite: PSY 1000, PSY 3540.


PSY 4940 Seminar: Issues in Contemporary Psychology (3)

A synthesis of student’s previous course work in psychology, with a consideration of significant current developments in theory, research and practice. Course content will integrate the liberal arts’ foundation with the entirety of the students’ experience in the psychology major. Students cannot receive credit for both PSY 4940 and 4945.

Major/General Education Capstone Course.

Prerequisite: Open only to senior psychology majors.


PSY 4945 Honors Seminar: Issues in Contemporary Psychology (3)

Synthesis of student’s previous course work in psychology with a consideration of significant current developments in theory, research and practice. Completion of senior research project: data collection and analysis, oral and written presentations. May be substituted for PSY 4940. Credit cannot be received for both PSY 4940 and 4945.

Major/General Education Capstone Course.

Prerequisite: PSY 4235 and permission of honors committee.


PSY 4950 Field Experience in Psychology (3)

A learning experience derived from a field experience, usually off-campus, related to the major. Specific job or volunteer work in institutional, industrial, governmental or social setting to be arranged in conference with course instructor. Weekly seminar to integrate course knowledge with field experience.

Prerequisites: Junior or senior psychology major. Minimum 3.00 GPA in psychology, courses appropriate to specific placement and permission of instructor.

 

PSY 4960 Special Topics in Psychology (3)

Study of a particular area of psychology not covered comprehensively in one of the other advanced psychology courses.  Topics to be announced by department.  A student may receive credit more than once for PSY 4960 if a different topic is covered each time.

Prerequisites: PSY 1000, at least one Psychology course at the 3000 level and permission of instructor. 


PSY 4970 Independent Study in Psychology (3)

In-depth study of an appropriate topic of individual interest under the supervision of a member of the department. Meeting hours arranged by the student and the instructor to consist of the equivalent of thirty 75-minute periods. Content not to duplicate any existing course.

Prerequisites: Senior psychology major, 3.00 GPA in major, permission of instructor and department chairperson.

 

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