Course Descriptions - Psychology

Non-major Prerequisite Course

BIO1060 Human Biology
4 semester hours
The course examines the human organism and the impact of modern biology and medicinal discoveries on humans. Topics covered include anatomy/physiology, immunity, reproduction, development, genetics and the relationship between humans and their environment. No laboratory requirement.
No prerequisites.


Core Program Courses

PSY1100 General Psychology
4 semester hours
The study of psychology as a behavioral science; basic research methods and design, learning, motivation, emotion, perception, development, personality, abnormal behavior, and the social and biological bases of psychology. (Fall)
No prerequisites.
Meets General Education “Social Inquiry” requirement.

PSY2210 Careers in Psychology
1 semester hour
This course is designed to help students decide whether a degree in psychology will prepare them for the career they wish to pursue or identify the kinds of careers they could pursue once they obtain a degree in psychology. Topics and issues to be explored include: life as a psychology major; what can you do with a BA in psychology; psychology majors in the workplace; presenting yourself to employers; preparing and applying to graduate school; credentialing and licensure; psychology as a profession; and issues of special interest groups. (Spring)
No prerequisites.

PSY2300 Learning and Motivation
4 semester hours
This course is an introduction to the topics of learning and memory, with an emphasis on experimental studies that have applications to human behavior. The topics of learning theories will include classical and instrumental learning, reinforcement, generalization, forgetting, and the limits of learning. Additionally, this course will cover factors that motivate humans in terms of their behaviors, desires and aspirations. To fully appreciate human motivation, this course will explore conditions in the person, environment and culture that explain human behavior, goals and thoughts. Applied areas such as addictions, phobias, depression, and eating disorders will also be explored. (Every other year)
Prerequisite: PSY1100.

PSY2340 Personality
3 semester hours
A study of the major historical and contemporary theoretical viewpoints advanced to explain human behavior and personality development. (Spring)
Prerequisite: PSY1100.

PSY3250 Lifespan Development
4 semester hours
Cognitive, physical, biological, emotional, moral, and social development of the normal individual from conception through old age and death. Developmental process, issues, and stages will be explored. Note that credit cannot also be earned in either PSY3350 or PSY3360. Psychology majors should not enroll in this course, as this course does not count toward the psychology major. (Fall)
Prerequisite: PSY1100.
Meets General Education “Social Inquiry” requirement.

PSY3350 Child and Adolescent Development
4 semester hours
This course introduces the cognitive, physical, emotional, social, and sex/gender role development of the normal individual from conception through adolescence. Racial/ethnic variation and vocational development of the adolescent are also explored. (Fall)
Prerequisite: PSY1100 or EDU2260.
Meets General Education “Social Inquiry” requirement.

PSY3360 Adult Development and Aging
4 semester hours
Cognitive, physical, biological, emotional, moral, and social development of the normal individual from emerging adulthood through old age and death.
Prerequisite: PSY1100.
Meets General Education “Social Inquiry” requirement.

PSY3380 Brain and Behavior
4 semester hours
A study of the anatomical, biochemical, and neurological bases of behavior with particular attention to such phenomena as cognition, emotion, perception, sensation, and behavioral pathologies. (Fall and spring)
Prerequisites: PSY1100 and BIO1060 or a course in cell biology or human anatomy.

PSY3400 Cognitive Psychology
4 semester hours
This course is an introduction to the concepts in cognitive psychology including theories and applications of memory systems, pattern recognition, attention, decision-making, problem solving, language and text comprehension, reasoning, and neurocognition. (Spring)
Prerequisite: PSY1100.

PSY/SOC3430 Gender, Sexuality and Society
4 semester hours
The course focuses on the analysis of the biological, psychological and social aspects of human sexuality and gender. Topics include human sexuality over the course of life, sex, love, and mate selection, sexual diversity, sexual violence, and the changing relationship between sexuality and various social institutions (e.g., family) and elements of culture (e.g., religion). The discussion also focuses on the interplay between sexuality and gender, on gender development across the life span, and across cultures, the changes in gender expectations over time, and gender in the context of various social institutions. The multicultural and global per-spectives constitute the framework for the discussion
Prerequisite: SOC1100 or PSY1100.

PSY/SOC3450 Social and Applied Psychology
4 semester hours
This course is a general survey of the field of social and applied psychology. Although a broad range of subjects is sampled, the primary focus of this course is on individuals and their social environment. Social psychology focuses on how one’s social environment affects his or her thoughts, attitudes and behaviors.
Prerequisite: PSY1100.

PSY3460 Exceptional Individual
3 semester hours
Focuses on causes and characteristics of persons evidencing exceptionality. Also includes the psychology of prevention, identification, rehabilitation, and methods of teaching the exceptional individual. Covers major areas of exceptionality, including learning disabilities.
Prerequisites: PSY1100 required; PSY3350 recommended.

PSY3470 Industrial/Organizational Psychology
3 semester hours
Industrial/Organizational (I/O) psychology applies the science of behavior and social psychology to the work environment. I/O Psychology is a growing area and is one of the most lucrative in the field of psychology. I/O psychology influences every stage of the employment process from recruitment and hiring procedures to performance evaluations and employee satisfaction. A goal of this class is to develop the informed employee by making one aware of strategies and techniques that future employers might use. Other topics include training, leadership, harassment, motivation and group dynamics in the business setting.
Prerequisite: PSY1100.

PSY/SOC3500 Research and Statistical Methods
4 semester hours
Basic research methodology and the scientific method of inquiry for psychological research. Concepts, methods and designs involved in the statistical evaluation of research data. Instruction in the SPSS statistical package. Includes laboratory work. (Fall)
Prerequisites: PSY1100, GEN1200 with a “C” or higher.

PSY3520 Experimental Psychology
4 semester hours
Advanced research methods for psychological research. Student projects will involve a literature review, research design, and recruitment of appropriate participants, data collection, statistical analyses, and an APA style research report. Includes SPSS laboratory work. (Spring)
Prerequisites: PSY1100, PSY 3500 with a “C” or higher.

PSY3660 Abnormal Psychology
4 semester hours
Causes, symptoms, treatment, and prevention of mental disorders in adults (such as depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and personality disorders); may include discussion of such topics as stigma, diagnostic interviewing, alternatives to traditional classification schemes, and ethical/legal issues in mental health.
Prerequisite: PSY1100.

PSY3700 Clinical and Counseling Psychology
4 semester hours
Students learn about the research and theory behind the major schools (e.g., psychodynamic, cognitive, behavioral and humanistic) and modalities (e.g., individual, group and family) of psychotherapy, and begin to develop basic counseling skills through observation, role-play, and other exercises. Cultural, ethical, and legal issues in the counseling profession are also emphasized.
Prerequisites: PSY1100, PSY2340; upper-class status (PSY3660 highly recommended).

PSY4200 Sensation and Perception
4 semester hours
This advanced laboratory course examines the mechanisms of our primary senses as well as how our brain interprets stimuli in order to allow us to respond with thoughts, emotions and behaviors. The influence of experience, cultural background, mood, social situations, and physiological factors on our interpretation of sensory stimuli will also be explored. There is a laboratory component with this class. (Every other year)
Prerequisite: PSY3520.

PSY4520 Psychological Assessment
3 semester hours
Major concepts of testing: sample populations; random samples; reliability; validity. Includes the nature, administration, scoring, interpretation, and use of representative tests of ability, aptitude, interest, intelligence and personality.
Prerequisites: PSY1100, PSY3500.

PSY4700 Contemporary Issues in Psychology
4 semester hours
Major concepts of testing: sample populations; random samples; reliability; validity. Includes the nature, administration, scoring, interpretation, and use of representative tests of ability, aptitude, interest, intelligence and personality.
Prerequisites: PSY1100, PSY3500.

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