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Psychology (PSYC)


111. General Psychology (3) (F, W, S) Provides familiarity with the major subfields and methods of discovery used in psychology. Topics covered include the biology of behavior, human development across the lifespan, cognition and intelligence, social processes, personality, motivation, psychopathology and therapy. Provides an opportunity to "sample" many of the domains of the discipline, both in preparation for taking more focused courses in the major and to permit the application of psychological insights to other fields of endeavor.

199R. Service Leadership in Psychology (1-3) (Variable) Off-campus service learning. Activities related to the major and employment will be approved. Prior approval is necessary, a program coordinated by a faculty member and an on-site supervisor.

205. Applied Social Statistics (3) (F, S) Statistical procedures and the interpretation of statistical data in the social sciences (Prerequisite: PSYC 111 and MATH 107 or equivalent OR MATH 110 or equivalent.)

210. Developmental Psychology (3) (F, W, S) Emphasis is placed on the sequential development of human behavior across the lifespan beginning with conception. (Prerequisite:  PSYC 111)

215. Consumer Behavior (3) (W) This course focuses on the scientific study of how/why people are influenced by personal, social, environmental factors, etc. to make purchasing decisions. (Prerequisite: PSYC 111)

220. Evolutionary Psychology (3) (F) This course focuses on the scientific study of how evolution may have shaped human individual and group behaviors, decision-making process, psychological makeup, etc. (Prerequisite: PSYC 111)

305. Social Research Methods (4) (F, W, S) The course is designed to follow a basic statistics class and to introduce the concepts of observation, measurement, data collection, sampling techniques, experimental design, analysis and interpretation, and research reporting. The design, development, and implementation of a research project will be emphasized. (Prerequisite PSYC 205).

310. Measurement and Evaluation (3) (F) Basic course in tests and measurements. The role of evaluation in teaching will be considered and the general principles of evaluation examined. Validity and reliability of tests will be fully explored. Learning activities include practical experiences in the construction and administration of tests. Learn how to select and use achievement and aptitude tests. Primary focus is interpretation of test scores and norms. School testing trends and issues will be reviewed. (Prerequisite: PSYC 111, PSYC 205)

321. Organizational Behavior (3) (F, W) Individual, group, and organizational variables affecting organizational functioning. Topics include motivation, rewards, leadership, conflict, decision-making, structure, evaluation, and change.  (Prerequisite:  PSYC 111)

340. Community Mental Health (3) (S) This class gives students an opportunity to explore the organization and functions of various local, state and federal agencies responsible for community mental health. The student will be able to identify problems peculiar to various mental health agencies and will examine prevention and treatment strategies related to community mental health counseling. Instruction is provided by way of lecture, select media presentations, site visits, class discussions and guest speakers.  (Prerequisite:  PSYC 111)

341. Personality (3) (W) Individual patterns of behavior, thought, and emotion from the perspective of various personality theories.  (Prerequisite:  PSYC 111)

350. Social Psychology (3) (F, W, S) A study and analysis of social psychological processes as the nature of social influence; socialization; concepts of norm, role status; development of beliefs, attitudes and morals; leadership and group processes. (Prerequisite: PSYC 111)

357. Cultural Psychology (3) (S) A study of the ways in which behavior is shaped and influenced by diverse ecological, social, and cultural settings and forces.  (Prerequisite:  PSYC 111)

365. Motivation (3) (F) Review of motivational theories to understand the determinants of various motives and their relationship to emotion, cognition, and action. Implications for understanding self and others.  (Prerequisite:  PSYC 111)

370. Behavioral Psychology (3) (F) A study of the principles and characteristics of behavioral therapy and behavior modification with animals and humans. The emphasis of the course will be on the application of behavioral psychology through applied behavioral analysis. (Prerequisite: PSYC 111.)

375. Cognition (3) (Variable) Survey of issues in cognitive psychology including perception, attention, memory, language and reading, concept formation, problem solving, and cognitive development.  (Prerequisite:  PSYC 111)

380. Sensation and Perception (3) (S) This course deals with how we construct a conception of physical reality from our sensory experience. While the primary focus will be on vision and hearing, the chemical senses (taste and smell) and the somatosenses (touch, temperature, and vibration) will also be addressed. We will cover the anatomy and physiology of the various sensory receptors, the neural mechanisms of sensation, sensory representation in the brain as well as the phenomenological experience of perception. We will also discuss how illusions can fool our senses and what they tell us about how our sensory systems work. (Prerequisite:  PSYC 111)

381. Drugs and Behavior (3) (W) This course examines the use of psychoactive drugs both legal and illegal. The course will first introduce the basic principles of pharmacology and how drugs interact with the nervous system to influence behavior. We will explore in depth the commonly abused drugs classified as stimulants, depressants, and hallucinogens. In addition the drugs used for the major psychiatric illnesses such as schizophrenia, mood disorders, and anxiety disorders will also be covered. (Prerequisite:  PSYC 111)

385. Biopsychology (3) (F, W, S) Introduction to biology of human behavior. Topics include biopsychological methods, neuroanatomy, neural conduction, brain damage, and biology of memory, language, emotion and mental disorders. (Prerequisite: PSYC 111 or permission of instructor)

390R. Special Topics in Psychology (1-3) (F, W, S). (Prerequisite: PSYC 111)

399R. Internship in Psychology (1-12) (F, W, S) Credit for applied experience in psychology. Prior approval must be obtained and coordinated by a faculty member and on-site supervisor. (Prerequisite or corequisite: PSYC 205 and permission of instructor)

402. Educational and Instructional Psychology (3) (S) Psychological facts, principles, and concepts related to types and principles of learning. The relationship between instructional design and media production will be covered.  (Prerequisite:  PSYC 111)

405. Multivariate Statistics (3) (S) This computer based course is intended to give students a background in a wide variety of advanced statistical techniques (e.g., ANCOVA, Time Series analysis, etc.). (Prerequisite: PSYC 205 or permission of instructor)

440. Abnormal Psychology (3) (W, S) The study of the dynamics of maladaptive behaviors; principles of human development and adjustments; causal factors, treatments, and outcome of the major maladaptive patterns; and areas of assessment, therapy, and prevention. (Prerequisite: PSYC 111 and 210)

450. Psychotherapy (3) F, W) Examines theories and techniques associated with various psychotherapeutic approaches. Ethical, legal, and social issues related to therapies are discussed. Course does not teach therapeutic techniques.  (Prerequisite:  PSYC 111, 205, 210, 340 or permission of instructor)

451. Advanced Cross Cultural Psychotherapy (3) (S) This course will be an examination of the theory and processes of counseling persons in community, school, and marriage and family contexts from the perspectives of clients from diverse cultural backgrounds by counselors of equally diverse cultural backgrounds. The focus of the course will be on the impact of the counselor's prejudices, biases, values, ethics, and social/cultural expectations on the client from a culturally diverse background, and the impact of the client's prejudices, biases, values, ethics, and social/cultural expectations on the counselor from a culturally diverse background. The client must be seen as part of an integrated system of mutually reciprocal components (family, environment, school, social structure, friends, culture, etc.). The counseling context will be viewed from a systematic perspective rather than an individual perspective. (Prerequisite:  PSYC 450)

490. Senior Seminar (3) (F, W, S) Capstone course to be taken during junior or senior year. Students conduct an original empirical research study and present the results in the three formats that professional psychologists use to disseminate new knowledge: conference-style poster and talk, plus an APA style paper. (Prerequisites: PSYC 205, PSYC 305 and an approved research proposal.)

495R. Independent Study (1-3) (Variable). Independent Study. Only 3 credits will count toward major electives. (Prerequisite: PSYC 111 & Permission of Instructor).

496R. Student Research (1-3) (F, W, S) Supervised research for students. Only 3 credits will count toward major electives.(Prerequisite: PSYC 111 & Permission of Instructor).