Psychology Courses

 

PSYC100 Intro to Psychological Science

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]

Introduces students to the field of psychology, the scientific study of behavior, including actions, thoughts, and feelings.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

PSYC102 Child Development
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]An introduction to the major developmental processes that occur in childhood between conception and the onset of adolescence, including both normal and problematic aspects of development.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

PSYC103 Adolescent Development
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]An introduction to the major developmental processes that occur during the period of adolescence and early adulthood (from the onset of puberty to the mid-20s), including both normal and problematic aspects of development.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: None


 

PSYC111 Psychology of Early Childhood

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

An in-depth examination of the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social processes and products of development that typically occur from conception through middle childhood, including both normal and problematic aspects of development.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

PSYC119 First Year Student Seminar

[Minimum Semester Hours: 1 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 1 sh]

An introduction to the culture and mission of the university within the context of an academic discipline. The class will explore the purpose of college education, and students will be provided an opportunity to engage within an academic discipline. Students are introduced to basic learning and study skills within a content area. Through class readings, students engage in active learning. Co-curricular activities and the incorporation of a mentoring component facilitate connections with fellow students and faculty.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

PSYC201 Educational Psychology

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

An introduction to the aspects of psychology related to the learning process and to the school as a social system. Among the topics considered are learning theories and their applications, the identification and evaluation of abilities and achievements, the effects of social deprivation on intellectual development, characteristics of students and teachers, styles of teacher leadership, and instructional technology.

Prerequisite: ( PSYC102 ) OR ( PSYC103 ) OR ( PSYC111 )

Corequisite:   None


 

PSYC202 Research Methods in Psychology

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

An exploration of psychological research methodology and theory through readings, lectures, discussions, and exercises.  Students acquire knowledge and skills in the use of science to answer questions related to psychology.  Experimental, quasi-experimental, and non-experimental methodologies are explored.  A central focus is to guide and assist students to become effective consumers of psychological information contained within both professional journals and the popular media.

Prerequisite: ( PSYC100 ) OR ( HONR180 )

Corequisite:   None


 

PSYC204 Writing for Psychology

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Focused on writing papers for Psychology courses or professional journal articles.  Students will develop information-seeking strategies, identify types of sources needed, and develop search strategies for locating psychology articles and related reference material.  Students will learn to summarize material and incorporate it into well written experimental and non-experimental papers that conform to APA style.   Emphasis will also be given to basic writing elements, such as grammar, organization, and logical writing.

Prerequisite: ( ENGL100 AND PSYC202 ) OR ( HONR111 AND PSYC202 ) 

Corequisite:   None


 

PSYC205 Applied Psychological Statistics

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]

Designed to enable students to understand and apply descriptive and inferential statistics used in psychological research. Students will learn basic statistical concepts and computational methods used to test psychological hypotheses. Students will become proficient in basic data analysis using a computer statistical analysis package (e.g., SPSS). Emphasis will be on how to select appropriate statistics, interpret statistical results, draw appropriate conclusions from results and communicate results using APA style.

Prerequisite: ( MATH107 AND PSYC100 AND PSYC202 )

Corequisite:   None


 

PSYC207 Careers in Psychology
[Minimum Semester Hours: 2 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 2sh ]
Introduces to psychology majors the wide variety of career options available and the skills and knowledge necessary to achieve them.

Prerequisite: ( PSYC100 )

Corequisite:   None


 

PSYC212 Forensic Psychology
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]
Provides a comprehensive discussion of the growing field of psychology and the law, also known as Legal Psychology or Forensic Psychology. The course introduces how psychological phenomena may influence the criminal justice system, including profiling, custody evaluations, competency evaluations, jury decision-making, and eyewitness testimony. Students will be provided with information on careers in psychology and the law, including the growing field of trial consulting.

Prerequisite: ( PSYC100 ) OR ( HONR180 )

Corequisite: None


 

PSYC215 Foundations of Biopsychology

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Introduces the interacting role of our evolutionary past, our current genome, and immediate brain activity on our thoughts, feelings, and actions. Students will learn the necessary background in evolutionary biology, behavioral genetics, neuroanatomy, and neurophysiology. Subsequently, students will apply those biological principles toward a fuller understanding of mental illness, sexual behavior, cerebral lateralization, memory, and emotion. Students will finish with an ability to understand and reflectively evaluate related science news and research.

Prerequisite: ( PSYC100 ) OR ( HONR180 )

Corequisite:   None


 

PSYC235 Interpersonal & Leadership Skills

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

An introduction to the fundamental interpersonal and leadership skills of empathy, persuasive assertion, self-presentation, and mediation.  The course addresses leadership theory and research in such areas as decision-making, ethics, team building, conflict management, and personal influence.  The course includes service projects that develop skills in these areas.

Prerequisite:  None


 

PSYC240 Lifespan Development

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Introduces students to the major theories of physical, cognitive, and socioemotional development from conception through death. Students will learn about the three major domains of development -- physical, cognitive, and socioemotional -- during each period of the lifespan. Attention will also be given to the ways in which domains interact to guide development.

Prerequisite: ( PSYC100 ) OR ( HONR180 )

Corequisite:   None


 

PSYC250 Social Psychology

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

A study of individual behavior in social situations. The course focus is on how people think about, influence, and interact with others. Topics such as social cognition, social influence and social relations are explored and discussed. Students will learn about social psychological concepts, theories and research. Student will also apply social psychological concepts to everyday life.

Prerequisite: ( PSYC100 ) OR ( HONR180 )

Corequisite:   None


 

PSYC305 Theories of Learning

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]

Investigates the major behavioral, social, cognitive, and physiological theories of human and comparative learning. Emphasis is placed on the practical application of theories to both education and psychotherapy

Prerequisite: ( PSYC100 AND PSYC202 )

Corequisite:   None


 

PSYC306 History & Systems of Psychology
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]An introduction to the historical antecedents of contemporary psychology from its foundation in philosophy and physiology through the major changes in the field over the last 200 years.

Prerequisite: ( PSYC100 ) and 6 additional sh of psychology

Corequisite:   None


 

PSYC307 Abnormal Psychology
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]
Reviews the scientific study of psychological disorders. Assessment, diagnosis, and treatment are all discussed, with attention paid to the theoretical models that underlie current approaches in these areas. Students will study many of the most commonly diagnosed psychological disorders, along with the possible causes and available treatments for these disorders.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: None


 

PSYC308 Psychology of Personality

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Introduction to the field of personality psychology, focusing on theories of personality. The course will focus on teh various ways in which personality has been explained as well as techniques used to measure personality. Students will critically evaluate personality theories, and develop an understanding of how to scientifically measure personality.

Prerequisite: ( PSYC*** AND PSYC100 ) OR ( HONR180 AND PSYC*** )

Corequisite:   None


 

PSYC310 Cognitive Psychology
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]
Addresses data and theories in perception and human information processing.  An emphasis is placed on attention, memory, and visual as well as auditory processing.

Prerequisite: ( PSYC100 and PSYC202 or BIOL101 or BIOL106)

Corequisite:   None


 

PSYC313 Industrial & Organizational Psychology
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]
An introduction to teh science of human behavior applied to industrial and organizational settings.  Students learn the fundamentals of quality of work life, job analysis, research methods, testing and assessment, training, ergonomics, performance evaluation, work motivation, stress management, leadership, ethics, and group dynamics.  Case studies or field experiences may be incorporated into this course.

Prerequisite: ( PSYC100 )

Corequisite:   None


 

PSYC315 Health Psychology

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

A survey of the psychology of health and wellness. Findings using the biopsychosocial model of health are discussed. Topics include preventive health; health promotion; stress, coping, illness, and responses to treatment; pain management; behavioral aspects of chronic illnesses such as heart disease and cancer; psychoneuroimmunology; patient-provider communication; and positive psychology in health.

Prerequisite: PSYC100 AND BIOL101 or BIOL106 AND wellness general education requirement

Corequisite: None


 

PSYC317 Sec Educ 2 Block: Educ Psycholog

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

A study of knowledge about the learner, the learning process, and instructional planning, execution and assessment methodologies.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

PSYC322 Drugs & Human Behavior

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]

Introduction to information about the physiological, psychological, and social effects of prescription, over the counter, and illegal drugs. Theories of addiction and methods of rehabilitation will be covered and the government agencies and laws which regulate the manufacture and distribution of drugs will also be considered. An emphasis will be placed on the narcotics, stimulants, depressants, hallucinogens, and marijuana.

Prerequisite: ( BIOL101 AND PSYC100 ) OR ( BIOL106 AND PSYC100 ) OR ( BIOL101 AND HONR180 ) OR ( BIOL106 AND HONR180 ) OR ( HLTH130 AND PSYC100 ) OR ( HLTH130 AND HONR180 )

Corequisite:   None


 

PSYC328 Social Science Seminar
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]
This seminar explores various topics in psychology. Specific topic selection is based on the expertise and interest of the faculty.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

PSYC330 Adult Development and Aging
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]
Examines stability and change in the physical, intellectual, emotional, and social dimensions of adult life in typical humans (beginning roughly at age 18). The major challenges, tasks, hazards, crises, achievements, and satisfactions typically experienced at each stage or era will be explored and discussed.

Prerequisite: ( PSYC100 AND PSYC102 ) OR ( PSYC100 AND PSYC103 ) OR ( PSYC100 AND PSYC240 ) OR ( HONR180 AND PSYC102 ) OR ( HONR180 AND PSYC103 ) OR ( HONR180 AND PSYC240 )
Corequisite: None


 

PSYC400 Advanced Topics Seminar

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

An in-depth exploration of three important contemporary topics in psychology in a seminar environment. Active student involvement includes scientific writing, presentation(s), and critical thinking about research design, theory, and results. The instructor teaching the course determines three topic areas to be covered.

Prerequisite: ( PSYC100 AND PSYC202 ) OR ( HONR180 AND PSYC202 )

Corequisite:   None


 

PSYC402 Sensation and Perception

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Explores sensation and perception as complementary processes that result in interpretations of the physical environment. The course will build upon prior knowledge of the biological basis of behavior and psychological research skills. It will focus on analyzing how information is gathered from the physical senses, converted into neural activity, and processed by the brain to create unique perceptions. Students will critically evaluate relevant theories, developing an advanced understanding of the role of sensation in perception.

Prerequisite: ( PSYC100 AND PSYC202 AND PSYC215 )

Corequisite:   None


 

PSYC409 Applying Research Methods in Psychology

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Provides students with practical experience in conducting  psychological research.  Students engage in the following activities:  literature search, hypothesis construction, research design, data collection and analysis, and manuscript preparation.  Students complete at least one class research project and one small group or individually designed research project.  Students write research reports in APA format, as well as create and present a poster of their final project.

Prerequisite: ( PSYC202 AND PSYC205 AND MATH107 )

Corequisite:   None


 

PSYC410 Physiological Psychology

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Provide students with an advanced understanding of the physiological mechanisms that govern human behavior. Neuroanatomical, neurochemical, and neurophysiological principles as related to psychopharmacology, sleep, ingestive behavior, neurological disorders, and schizophrenia will be thoroughly examined. An emphasis on knowledge obtained from experimental research, often involving animals, will allow for the advanced exploration of the biological basis of behavior.

Prerequisite: ( BIOL101 AND PSYC100 AND PSYC215 ) OR ( BIOL106 AND PSYC100 AND PSYC215 ) OR ( BIOL101 AND HONR180 AND PSYC215 ) OR ( BIOL106 AND HONR180 AND PSYC215 )

Corequisite:   None


 

PSYC412 Human Neuropsychology

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

An advanced exploration of the neuropsychological basis of human thought, feeling, and action that expands on the understanding of related neuroanatomical and neurophysiological principles. Students will apply those biological principles towards a fuller understanding of recovery of function, human social behavior and personality, dementias, and disorders of perceptions, and memory. An emphasis throughout the course will be placed on knowledge obtained from studies of normal and brain-damaged persons.

Prerequisite: ( BIOL101 AND PSYC100 AND PSYC215 ) OR ( BIOL106 AND PSYC100 AND PSYC215 )

Corequisite:   None


 

PSYC421 Psychological Assessment

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]

Introduces theory and application of psychological assessments most commonly used for clinical and research purposes.  Assessments of intellectual functioning, normal and abnormal personality, and career interest inventories are explored.  This course does not prepare students to administer or interpret psychological assessments in professional settings.

Prerequisite: ( PSYC202 AND PSYC307 AND PSYC308 )

Corequisite:   None


 

PSYC425 Psychology of Women
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]

An examination of the psychology of women including topics such as theoretical perspectives, research methods, development of gender roles, gender stereotypes, gender comparisons, women and work, love relationships, reproduction, sexuality, mental and physical health, and victimization of women.

Prerequisites:  6 semester hours of Psychology or 3 semester hours of psychology and 3 semester hours of Women and Gender Studies

Prerequisite: ( PSYC*** AND PSYC100 ) OR ( HONR180 AND PSYC*** )

Corequisite:   None


 

PSYC450 Psychotherapies
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]
An introduction to the major approaches to psychotherapy. Attention will be paid to the theoretical underpinnings of these approaches, their techniques and methods, as well as their demonstrated effectiveness. Course material will be applied to case examples.

Prerequisite: ( PSYC307 AND PSYC308 )

Corequisite: None


 

PSYC470 Counseling Skills

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

An introduction to the basic skills used in counseling. Empathy, probes, challenging, goal development, and strategy selection are all studied. An emphasis is placed on experiencing and practicing these skills, through class demonstrations and simulated counseling sessions.

Prerequisite: ( PSYC450 )

Corequisite:   None


 

PSYC612 Human Neuropsychology

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

An introduction to the field of Neuropsychology. The instructor will cover basic brain anatomy relevant to higher mental functions and will describe the methods used in Clinical Neuropsychological assessment. The course will cover language dysfunctions affecting speaking, comprehending, reading, and writing. It will also cover descriptions and assessment of computation, movement, and recognition deficits. Neglect, callosal, frontal lobe, amnestic, epileptic, emotional, and dementia syndromes will conclude the topics for the course. Students will learn through reading and discussing case histories of patients who have suffered brain damage. The students will be expected to design treatment and management plans for some of these patients.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

PSYC625 Psychology of Women

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Examines the psychology of women in the following areas: The status of women from a historical and current perspective; developmental issues; achievement motivation; female sexuality; and psychological disorders prevalent in women.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

PSYC628 Social Science Seminar

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

This seminar explores various topics in psychology. Specific topic selection is based on the expertise and interest of the faculty.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

PSYC640 Adult Development and Aging

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Focuses on normal human development over the full span of the adult years, examining both stability and change in the physical, intellectual, emotional, and social dimensions of adult life. The major challenges, tasks, hazards, crises, achievements, and satisfactions typically experienced at each stage or era will be explored and discussed.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None

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