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PSY 100 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY

An introduction to the science of psychology, including how psychological data are gathered and applied to every-day life. Topics covered each semester include (but are not limited to) the amazing brain, intelligence, learning and memory, psychopathology, the senses and sexually dimorphic differences. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: none. Offered fall and spring semesters.

PSY 207 PSYCHOLOGICAL STATISTICS

This course surveys both descriptive and inferential statistical techniques commonly used in psychology, education, and the behavioral and social sciences. Emphasis is placed on methods and procedures involved in handling, analyzing and presenting data. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: MAT 110 or above. Offered fall semester.

PSY 210 CHILD DEVELOPMENT

Presents foundations of child development through adolescence, based on consideration of culture, theories of development, genetics, prenatal influences, bonding, and socialization influences. Emphasis on the impact of role models in establishing relationships, setting limits, and moral development. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: PSY 100. Offered spring semester.

PSY 230 BIOPSYCHOLOGY

Biological psychologists strive to explain behavior in terms of its physiology, development, evolution, and function. This course focuses on the biological mechanisms that are most relevant to key issues in psychology topics such as the mind-body problem, the development of learning and memory, sexual behavior, homeostatic regulation, recovery from brain damage, neuroanatomy, depression, and schizophrenia. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: PSY 100 or BIO 160 or BIO 161. Offered fall semester.

PSY 240 ADOLESCENCE

This course applies general principles and theories of development to the adolescent period. Topics include physiological change, cognitive development, social relations, identity, and issues of adolescence. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: PSY 100. Offered spring semester; offered spring semester in odd numbered years.

PSY 247 COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY

Cognitive psychology takes an information-processing approach to human behavior, including how humans interpret and understand the environment, how memory processes work, and how we acquire language. Emphasis is placed on such topics as intelligence and creativity, personal cognition and applied cognitive psychology. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: none. Offered spring semester.

PSY 250 RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY

This course introduces students to methodology used in the research process, including inductive and deductive reasoning, hypothesis generation, theory formation and analysis of empirically collected data. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: none. Offered spring semester.

PSY 298 SPECIAL TOPIC IN PSYCHOLOGY

Topic to be specified each semester course offered.

PSY 300 ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY

Organizational psychology can be divided into three levels of thought, inquiry and action. This course will focus on these divisions and incorporate the theories, research and practices of organizational psychologists. Emphasis is placed on behavior of individuals within organizations and principles of industrial psychology. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: PSY 100 or Junior standing. Offered as needed.

PSY 310 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY

Social psychology is the study of how an individual’s behaviors, feeling and thoughts are influenced, or determined, by the behaviors and/or characteristics of others. Topics covered each semester include attraction and love, prejudice, attitudes, conformity, altruistic behaviors, and aggression. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: Junior standing or PSY 100. Offered fall semester in odd numbered years.

PSY 320 HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY

Health psychology deals with an understanding of the psychological influences on how people stay healthy, why they become ill, and how they respond when they do get ill. Topics covered include preventive health behaviors and their modifications, the mind-body relationship, stress and illness, stress reduction, the patient in treatment settings, the management of pain and discomfort, and coping with chronic illness. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: PSY 100. Offered fall semester.

PSY 321 BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE

In recent years, the fields of biology and psychology have increasingly found common ground; this convergence of disciplines defines the field of neuroscience. By drawing upon current research findings, this course will introduce students to the major issues in neuroscience, from molecular biology to clinical science. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: PSY 230. Offered spring semester.

PSY 349 PSYCHOLOGY OF ADULTHOOD

The purpose of this course is to help the student understand the adulthood years mainly from the developmental perspective including the critical importance of the biological, social, psychological and environmental factors. This course will deal with the last three stages in the life cycle—young adulthood, middle, and aging. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: PSY 100. Offered fall semester in odd numbered years.

PSY 350 PSYCHOLOGY RESEARCH AND WRITING

The purpose of this course is to increase student proficiency in three major areas. First, this course emphasizes the development of skills to obtain, interpret, and critically evaluate research in psychology and closely related disciplines. Second, current writing standards set by the American Psychological Association (APA) will be presented, practiced, and mastered. Third, emphasis will be placed on appropriately using the psychological literature to construct a written report using APA format. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: ENG 200/ENG 201, PSY 100, PSY 250, or concurrently with PSY 250. Offered fall semester.

PSY 351 Drugs and Behavior

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the field of psychopharmacology, with special emphasis placed on the relationships between drugs, their mechanisms of action in the nervous system, and human behavior. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: PSY 100. Offered spring semester.

PSY 368 HISTORY AND SYSTEMS OF PSYCHOLOGY

A study of the history of psychology highlighting people, ideas, and schools of thought. Individuals and contextual forces influencing the history of psychology will be emphasized. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: PSY 100 or junior standing. Offered as needed.

PSY 370 ABNORMAL HUMAN BEHAVIOR

This course is for upper-level students who wish to learn about the field of abnormal behavior. Topics include: theories of abnormality, its causes and treatment; classification systems and conditions, such as anxiety disorders, affective disorders, personality disorders, dissociative and somatoform disorders, psychosexual disorders, substance abuse and schizophrenia. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: PSY 100 and junior standing. Offered spring semester; offered fall semester in even numbered years.

PSY 377 UNDERGRADUATE INTERNSHIP

Students will complete 90 contact hours at an approved organization, plus on-campus supervision as assigned. Internships are designed to furnish the student with the opportunity to apply theory to practice in an applied setting consistent with the student’s career goals. Internships require instructor approval prior to beginning any work at the field placement organization. This internship course offers students a structured, supervised opportunity to design their own learning within the context of their program’s expectations, goals and objectives for enhancing students’ academic and professional development and the needs of their host organization. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: junior standing. Offered fall and spring semesters.

PSY 379 PARAPSYCHOLOGY AND PSEUDOSCIENCE

A critical look into parapsychology and other pseudo-sciences. Specifically, this course will examine historical and current evidence given in the search for parapsychological phenomena such as extra sensory perception, telepathy, clairvoyance, and the validity of horoscopes. Also, current controversies in the psychological and medical literature will be addressed on such topics as repressed memories, multiple personality disorder, and touch therapy. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: junior standing. Offered as needed.

PSY 385 SPORT PSYCHOLOGY

This course introduces students to the latest research and practices in applied sport psychology. Topics include cognitive techniques for building confidence and enhancing performance, concentration and attention control training, sport participation and youth development, team building strategies, motivation in sports and coaching concepts and strategies. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: PSY 100 and a 2.0 cumulative GPA. Offered fall and spring semesters.

PSY 398 SPECIAL TOPIC IN PSYCHOLOGY

Topic to be specified each semester course offered.

 

PSY 411 Psychology Capstone

This seminar course gives students the opportunity to integrate their course work with individual research projects.  Each student is responsible for the production, presentation, and defense of a research paper which addresses a specific topic within the discipline of psychology.  Research projects must demonstrate significant knowledge within the selected topic area, an understanding of its place in an integrated intellectual framework, and a high level of skill development.  Applying APA writing style will be emphasized. Number of Credits: Three. Prerequisites and/or Special Considerations: PSY 350 and GEN 410.  This course can serve as a substitute for GEN 411 for students that have selected a psychology topic and meet the prerequisites.  If a student successfully completes GEN 411, the student may still take PSY 411 and it will count as a PSY upper-level elective.

PSY 420 PERSONALITY

Personality explores concepts and theories which have been formulated to explain and predict individual differences in behavior. Topics include: psychoanalytic theories, biological, social learning, and humanist theories as well as methods of personality assessment. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: PSY 100. Offered fall semester.

PSY 421 PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT

This course provides students with a current analysis of the most widely used psychological tests in schools, professional training programs, business, industry, the military, and clinical settings. Applications of the tests and examination of the issues shaping the future of testing will be emphasized. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: PSY 100. Offered spring semester.

PSY 477 UNDERGRADUATE INTERNSHIP IN PSYCHOLOGY II

This second Psychology internship course offers students a structured, supervised opportunity to design their own learning within the content of their program’s expectations, goals and objectives for enhancing students’ academic and professional development and the needs of their host organization. It is expected that students will apply the skills acquired from PSY 377. Students will complete 90 contact hours at an approved organization, plus on-campus supervision as assigned. Internships are designed to furnish the student with the opportunity to apply theory to practice in an applied setting consistent with the student’s career goals. Internships require instructor approval prior to beginning any work at the field placement organization. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: completion of PSY 377. Offered fall and spring semesters.

PSY 498 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN PSYCHOLOGY

Topic to be specified each semester course offered.