Psychology

School of Psychology

PSYC 100. Interpersonal Skills for Resident Advisers. 1 credit.

Designed to give resident adviser trainees understanding of interpersonal relations. Cannot be used as a psychology major elective. Prerequisite: Limited to students selected as resident advisers.

GPSYC 101. General Psychology. 3 credits.

A study of the nervous system, sensation, perception, consciousness, learning, memory, language, intelligence, motivation, emotion, life span development, personality, psychopathology, psychotherapy, social psychology and the scientific method.

GPSYC 160. Life Span Human Development. 3 credits.

An introduction to human development. Emphasis is on life span processes within physical, emotional, cognitive, psychosexual, social, personality and moral development.

PSYC 200. Topics in Psychology. 3 credits.

Exploration of an important psychological topic. The topics for each semester will be announced in the Registration and Student Record Services Handbook. Prerequisite: GPSYC 101.

PSYC 210. Psychological Measurement and Statistics. 4 credits.

Introduction to techniques used by psychologists in measuring behavior, including physiological recording, surveys, behavioral measurement, case studies and psychometrics. Fundamental measures and theory of descriptive and inferential statistics will be discussed. The use of computers for data analysis will be introduced. Prerequisites: GPSYC 101 and MATH 220.

PSYC 211. Psychological Research Methods (3,2). 4 credits.

This course provides an introduction to the application of scientific methodology to investigate psychological phenomenon. Through lecture and laboratory, attention is given to choosing research questions, developing hypotheses, designing and conducting research, describing, analyzing and evaluating data and effectively communicating research findings. Prerequisites: GPSYC 101 and PSYC 210.

PSYC 235. Psychology of Adjustment. 3 credits.

A study of the process and dynamics of the well-integrated personality and the practical application of adjustment theories and behavior change techniques to enhance personal awareness and self-development.

PSYC 250. Introduction to Abnormal Psychology. 3 credits.

An introduction to the field of Abnormal Psychology, for the non-psychology major. This course will examine methods of defining psychological normality and abnormality and the classification, causes and treatment of abnormal behavior. This course cannot be used for Psychology major or minor credit. Prerequisite: GPSYC 101 or GPSYC 160.

PSYC 270. Psychology for Teachers of the Pre-adolescent and Adolescent Child. 3 credits.

The psychology of children during middle (preadolescent) and secondary (adolescent) school ages with emphasis on applications for teachers. Classroom observations are required. This course is designed to fulfill teacher licensure requirements. Prerequisite: GPSYC 160 or equivalent.

PSYC 275. Psychology of Human Intimacy. 3 credits.

Theoretical and applied study of human relationships through case analysis and role play.

PSYC 285. Drugs and Behavior. 3 credits.

An introduction to the pharmacological effects of psychoactive drugs. This course will examine the neural mechanisms and behavioral effects of common substances such as caffeine and nicotine, drugs of abuse and pharmaceuticals that are used to treat mental disorders. Prerequisite: GPSYC 101.

PSYC 290. Directed Studies in Psychology. 1-3 credits.

Designed to give capable students an opportunity to complete directed study in an area of psychology under faculty guidance. Not to be used for psychology major credit. Prerequisites: GPSYC 101 and a written plan for the directed study must be submitted to the department head for approval one week prior to registration.

PSYC 301. Peer Advising Training I. 2 credits.

Introductory training in academic advising, career development and counseling techniques. Not to be used for psychology major credit. Prerequisites: GPSYC 101, junior-level status and approval from adviser and course coordinator one month prior to registration.

PSYC 302. Peer Advising Training II. 2 credits.

Continued training and supervised experiences in academic advising, career development and counseling techniques. Not to be used for psychology major credit. Prerequisites: PSYC 301, PSYC 211 and permission of the course coordinator.

PSYC 304. Death and Dying: Thanatology. 3 credits.

Psychological theories about death including ways in which individuals and society deal with death. Prerequisites: GPSYC 101 and junior-level status.

PSYC 308. Health Psychology. 3 credits.

This course deals with personality and its relation to health and illness behaviors. Topics include psychological factors involved in control and helplessness, conflict management, cardiovascular disorders, cancer, pain, substance abuse and other psychophysiologically related factors. Prerequisites: GPSYC 101 and junior-level status.

PSYC 310. The Psychology of Women and Gender. 3 credits.

An examination of research and theory regarding the abilities and behaviors of women and the changing roles of women. Consideration is given to biological, developmental and societal determinants of sex and gender. Prerequisites: GPSYC 101 and Junior Status.

PSYC 312. Forensic Psychology. 3 credits.

The application of psychological principles and techniques to the law, the criminal justice system, law enforcement and criminal behavior. Prerequisite: GPSYC 101 or GPSYC 160.

PSYC/SOCI/KIN 329. Psychological and Sociological Aspects of Sport. 3 credits.

A study of the psychological and sociological implications of sport and the effect of sport on the United States and other cultures.

PSYC 330. Psychology of Personality. 3 credits.

Essential elements of leading theories of personality with an  emphasis on implications of these theories for human behavior. Prerequisite: PSYC 211.

PSYC 335. Abnormal Psychology. 3 credits.

This course for the psychology major or minor critically examines psychological normality and abnormality and the classification, causes and treatment of abnormal behavior. Students learn classification and diagnosis, explore social and multicultural issues relating to diagnosis and discuss research in the field. May not be taken by students who have previously completed PSYC 250. Prerequisite: PSYC 211.

PSYC 345. Social Psychology. 3 credits.

The study of how an individual’s behavior, feelings and thoughts are influenced by other people. Topics include attitude formation and change, social perception, attraction, altruistic and antisocial behavior, conformity, leadership and group dynamics and applications of social psychology to other fields. Prerequisite: PSYC 211.

PSYC 365. Developmental Psychology. 3 credits.

Psychological aspects of growth, development and behavior from birth through adolescence. Prerequisite: PSYC 211.

PSYC 375. Sensation and Perception. 3 credits.

Explores the nature and development of human sensory capabilities, processing and storing of sensory information and how these affect perception of the environment. Prerequisite: PSYC 211.

PSYC 380. Cognitive Psychology. 3 credits.

This course explores the nature and development of human attention, memory, language and thinking processes. An information processing approach to the study of human cognition is emphasized. Prerequisite: PSYC 211.

PSYC 385. Biopsychology. 3 credits.

A survey of the neurological and chemical mechanisms, which  control behavior. This course examines the brain and how it processes sensation, perception, cognition, movement, motivation, learning,  memory and other behavioral processes of interest to psychologists. Prerequisite: PSYC 211.

PSYC 390. Psychology of Learning. 3 credits.

Basic principles of learning and conditioning with a consideration of extinction, reinforcement, generalization, discrimination, transfer, concept formation and verbal learning. Prerequisite: PSYC 211.

PSYC 395. Comparative Psychology. 3 credits.

An introduction to the biological, genetic, ecological and  evolutionary principles which underlie animal and human behavior. Prerequisite: PSYC 211.

PSYC 400. Advanced Topics in Psychology. 1-3 credits.

Exploration of a significant psychological topic in depth. The topics for each semester will be announced on e-campus. Prerequisites: At least one course in Area A and one in Area B.

PSYC 401. Peer Advising. 2 credits.

Supervised practicum in academic and career development and peer counseling. May be taken twice for up to four credit hours toward the psychology major. Prerequisites: PSYC 302, one course from Area A, one course from Area B and permission of the course coordinator.

PSYC 402. Independent Study in Psychology. 1-4 credits.

An opportunity to apply classroom learning to practical problems and to expand the scope of knowledge in psychology to areas not emphasized in the coursework we offer. May include research, service learning, internship, directed readings, serving as a teaching assistant, or a combination of these activities. Only three credits can be applied to the 38-credit hour major. Prerequisites: PSYC 211. A written plan approved by the project supervisor and Undergraduate Director must be submitted prior to registration.

PSYC 410. Industrial/Organizational Psychology.  3 credits.

This course is a survey of the applications of psychological principles in business and industry. Emphasis is on topics such as research and methods, personnel decisions and training, satisfaction, motivation, leadership, communication and organizational influences on behavior. Other topics of current interest will also be covered. Prerequisites: At least one course in Area A and one in Area B.

PSYC 412. Psychology of Motivation. 3 credits.

This course is an advanced study of the motives that underlie behavior. Students explore pertinent theories representative of the biological, behavioral, cognitive and social perspectives on motivation. Includes an examination of historical context as well as a study of applied motivational approaches. Prerequisites: At least one course in Area A and one in Area B.

PSYC 425. School Psychology. 3 credits.

Applications of psychological principles in school settings, including roles and activities of school psychologists, standards, trends and issues of treatment and evaluation. Prerequisites: At least one course in Area A and one in Area B or permission of instructor.

PSYC 427. Tests and Measurements. 3 credits.

Standardized psychological tests of mental ability, achievement, aptitude and personality with a review of statistical procedures necessary for interpretation of test results. Prerequisites: At least one course in Area A and one in Area B.

PSYC 428. Educational Psychology. 3 credits.

The application of the basic psychological principles of  development, learning, cognition, measurement, and social interactions to education settings. This course examines how psychological theory and research impacts the teaching of reading, writing,  science and mathematics. Prerequisites: One Area A and one Area B course. Students may not count both PSYC 270 and PSYC 428 for psychology major credit.

PSYC 430. Clinical Psychology. 3 credits.

An introduction to the field of clinical psychology including a review of the major theoretical models, psychometrics, psychiatric diagnosis and treatment strategies. Prerequisites: PSYC 335 and one course in Area B.

PSYC 435. Community Psychology. 3 credits.

Focus on emerging trends and models in the application of psychology to community, stress prevention programs, human resources and change. Prerequisites: At least one course in Area A and one in Area B.

PSYC 440. Counseling Psychology. 3 credits.

A basic counseling skills course designed for students interested in human service and mental health fields and for students from related disciplines who want to acquire counseling skills. Prerequisites: At least one course from Area A and one in Area B.

PSYC 442. Introduction to Small Group Process. 3 credits.

This course is designed to acquaint students with the theories, ethics, skills and processes of small groups. A major requirement will be participation in a group experience. Prerequisites: At least one course from Area A and one in Area B.

PSYC 450. Psychology of Child Abuse and Neglect. 3 credits.

Review of current psychological literature on child abuse and neglect including identification, etiology, treatment, prevention and legal aspects. Family violence issues are also discussed. Prerequisites: At least one course from Area A and one in Area B.

PSYC 452. Child Psychopathology. 3 credits.

The causes, symptoms and classification of childhood psychological disorders. Prerequisite: PSYC 335 or permission of the instructor.

PSYC 470. Psychology of the Young Adult. 3 credits.

Study of the development of the young adult (ages 18-35) including personality and self-concept, career decisions, lifestyles, marriage, parenthood, social and community involvement, self-exploration and application. Prerequisites: At least one course in Area A and one in Area B or permission of the instructor.

PSYC 475. Psychology of Adulthood. 3 credits.

The physical, social and psychological factors faced by adults and their progression through the life span. Prerequisites: At least one course in Area A and one in Area B.

PSYC 492. History of Psychology. 3 credits.

The history of psychology as reflected through the individuals,  theories and experimental investigation of the discipline. Special  emphasis is placed upon relating the current state of psychology  to its historical development. Prerequisites: At least two courses  from both Areas A and B. May be taken as a capstone course or  psychology elective.

PSYC 493. Laboratory in Psychology. 3 credits.

A research course designed by a faculty member that studies a particular topic. Topics will change from semester to semester. Students will be guided in a group through a research experience that would include library research of the topic, design of an experiment, gathering and analyzing the data and writing the results. The course meets the requirement as a capstone course or as a psychology elective. Only 3 credit hours of the course can be used for the psychology major. Prerequisites: At least two courses from each of Areas A and B.

PSYC 495. Field Placement in Psychology. 4 credits.

Supervised practicum in a counseling, industrial or human service  agency. Orientation to agency’s service, policies, personnel and professional ethics is provided. The course meets the requirement as a capstone course or as a psychology elective. Prerequisites: PSYC 211, junior or senior standing. Approval from adviser, course coordinator and department head required one month prior to registration. Guidelines available in the department office.

PSYC 497. Senior Seminar in Psychology. 3 credits.

A seminar course that will require students to integrate theories, research and/or methods from several areas of psychology and/or related disciplines. Topics will vary from semester to semester. May be taken as a capstone course or psychology elective. Up to six credit hours can be used in the psychology major. Prerequisites: At least two courses each from Area A and Area B.

PSYC 499. Honors. 6 credits. Year course.

See catalog description entitled “Graduation with Distinction” and “Graduation with Honors.”

 



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