Course Descriptions - Applied 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.


Required Courses

PSY1100 General Psychology
4 semester hours
This course explores the study of psychology as a behavioral science introducing basic research methods and design, learning, motivation, emotion, perception, development, personality, abnormal behavior, and the social and biological bases of psychology.

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 B.A. 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.

PSY/SOC3450 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.

PSY3700 Clinical and Counseling Psychology
4 semester hours
This course explores 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 addresses the development of basic counseling skills through observation, role play and other exercises. Cultural, ethnical, and legal issues in the counseling profession are also emphasized.
Prerequisites:
PSY1100, PSY2340; upper-class status (PSY3660 highly recommended).
OR
PSY3470 Industrial/Organizational Psychology
4 semester hours
This course 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. It influences every stage of the employment process from recruitment and hiring procedures to performance evaluations and employee satisfaction. Topics explored include training, leadership, harassment, motivation and group dynamics in the workplace setting.
Prerequisite: PSY1100.

PSY/SOC3500 Research and Statistical Methods
4 semester hours
This course addresses the basic research methodology and the scientific method of inquiry for psychologi­cal research. Concepts, methods and designs involved in the statistical evaluation of research data are explored. The course explores instruction in the SPSS statistical package and also includes laboratory work.
Prerequisites: PSY1100 and GEN 1200 with a “C” or higher.

PSY3520 Experimental Psychology
4 semester hours
This course explores 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. It also includes SPSS laboratory work.
Prerequisites: PSY1100, PSY 3500 with a “C” or higher.

PSY4520 Psychological Assessment
4 semester hours
This course addresses major concepts of testing: sample populations; random samples; reliability; valid­ity. Nature, administration, scoring, interpretation, and use of representative tests of ability, aptitude, interest, intelligence, and personality will be explored.
Prerequisites: PSY1100, PSY3500.

PSY4700 Contemporary Issues in Psychology (Senior Capstone)
4 semester hours
This course explores select topics from major areas of contemporary psychology for in- depth study. Topics covered may include such areas as mental health, industrial psychology, devel­opmental psychology, personality theory, social psychology, physiological psychology, behavior disorders, learning, motivation, perception, or group dynamics.
Prerequisites: PSY1100, PSY3520; senior standing.

PSY3800 Pre-Practicum in Applied Psychology
1 semester hours
This course provides an opportunity to prepare for senior year internships. The course identifies specific career interests and personal skills, research and connections with potential internship sites. Students will develop professional and personal goals for their internship experiences.

PSY4940 Internship in Psychology
4 semester hours

Elective Courses

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.
Prerequisite: PSY1100.

PSY2340 Personality
4 semester hours
This course studies the major historical and contemporary theoretical viewpoints advanced to explain human behavior and personality development.
Prerequisite: PSY1100.

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.
Note that credit cannot also be earned in PSY3250 or PSY3360.
Prerequisite: PSY1100 or EDU2260.
OR
PSY3360 Adult Development and Aging
4 semester hours
This course explores cognitive, physical, biological, emotional, moral, and social development of the normal individual from emerging adulthood through old age and death.
Note that credit cannot also be earned in PSY3250 or PSY 3350.
Prerequisite: PSY1100.  

PSY3380 Brain and Behavior
4 semester hours
This course studies the anatomical, biochemical, and neurological bases of behavior with particular attention to such phenomena as cognition, emotion, perception, sen­sation and behavioral pathologies.
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. 
Prerequisite: PSY1100.

PSY3460 Exceptional Individual
4 semester hours
This course focuses on causes and characteristics of persons evidencing exceptionality. It also includes the psychology of prevention, identification, rehabilitation, and methods of teaching the exceptional individual, and explores major areas of exceptionality, including learning disabilities.
Prerequisites: PSY1100 required; PSY3350 recommended.

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

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. 
Prerequisite: PSY3520.

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