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Psychology Courses

Applied, monitored and supervised, fieldbased learning experience for which the student may or may not be paid. Students gain practical experience; they follow a negotiated and or directed plan of study. A higher level of supervision is provided by the instructor in these courses than is the case with field experience courses. This course requires permission of the instructor and/or College Dean.
Semester Hours: 1-12

The student will learn to understand the major influences of adolescent development and behavior including biological, cultural, educational, peer, and family influences. Emphasis will also be placed on methodology necessary to aid adolescents in their development.
Semester Hours: 3

The student will be able to name and summarize several major theories of personality. The student will also be able to articulate an understanding of the procedures and complexities of personality research. (Fall)
Semester Hours: 3

was Psychology of Personality Students will learn about the role of philosophy and science and their contributions to the development of personality theory. Students will examine, in depth, the theoretical contributions made in the areas of psychoanalytic, behavioristic, and humanistic personality theories. The students will be able to articulate their own beliefs concerning the development of human personality. Also offered as PSYC 561. (Fall)
PreRequisite: PSYC 101
CoRequisite: None
Semester Hours: 3

was Native American Indian Psychology
This course explores native conceptualizations of mental health and illness and the impact of colonization. It also covers the resiliency of native peoples and the role of psychology in the healing process. Also offered as AIS 355. (Spring, Even Years)
PreRequisite: PSYC 101
CoRequisite: None
Semester Hours: 3

was PSYC 461 Psychological Testing
Test theory is covered in this course along with principles of construction and analysis of psychological tests. (Fall, Even Years)
PreRequisite: PSYC 101
CoRequisite: MATH 281
Semester Hours: 3

This capstone course is required for all psychology majors. It is intended to provide an opportunity for the synthesis of the ideas and concepts in psychology. Includes an examination of ethical systems and their applications in psychology, discussions of controversial issues in both experimental and applied areas, and consideration of the future of the field.
PreRequisite: PSYC 101
CoRequisite: None
Semester Hours: 3
Syllabus

Includes directed study, problems, readings, directed readings, special problems and special projects. Students complete individualized plans of study which include significant one-on-one student-teacher involvement. The faculty member and students negotiate the details of the study plans. Enrollments are usually 10 or fewer students. Meetings depending upon the requirements of the topic. This course requires permission of the Instructor and/or College Dean. (On Demand)
Semester Hours: 1-3

Section B001-Psychology & Law
Topics will include eyewitness memory, eyewitness testimony, mistaken identifications, the eywitness and the justice system, the police, criminal profiling, interrogations and confessions, jury selection, and certain forensic psychology topics such as insanity and competency, battered women and rape trauma syndrome, death penalty appeals, and public policy. Course content is not wholly included in the regular curriculum. The teaching format will include discussion groups, and student-led lectures.
Semester Hours: 3

Section B002- Psychology of Human Performance
Psychology of Human Performance will explore performance enhancement techniques for a variety of venues including music, theater, sports/athletics, and testing. The class will be set up to examine questions such as “what makes a good performance?” “How much is too much anxiety?” and “what does being ‘in the zone’ mean when it comes to performance?” A service component will be attached to the class where students get to practice what they are learning in the classroom through partnering with school athletic, theater, music, or speech departments.
Semester hours: 3

was PSYC 423 Psychology of Adolescence
The student will learn to understand the major influences on adolescent development and behavior including biological, cultural, educational, peer, and family influences. Emphasis will also be placed on methodology necessary to aid adolescents in their development process. Also offered as PSYC522.
PreRequisite: PSYC 101
CoRequisite: None
Semester Hours: 3

This course will explore the multitude of changes accompanying both normal and pathological aging processes. Topics will include: physical and biological changes, changes in intelligence and cognitive processing, personality changes, and changes in mental health. (Spring, Odd Years)
PreRequisite: PSYC 101
CoRequisite: None
Semester Hours: 3

This course covers basic principles of social psychology including concepts and methods utilized in analyzing individual and groups interactions. (Spring)
PreRequisite: PSYC 101
CoRequisite: None
Semester Hours: 3
Syllabus

was Abnormal Psychology
This course is a comprehensive survey of abnormal personality and behavior. It includes an examination of the origins, symptoms and treatment of psychological disorders. Also offered as PSYC 551.
PreRequisite: PSYC 101
CoRequisite: None
Semester Hours: 3
Syllabus

This course covers the history and methods of clinical psychology including discussion of modern trends and important developments in psychotherapy and research. A prior course in personality theory is recommended. (Spring)
PreRequisite: PSYC 451
Semester Hours: 3
Syllabus (Hess)
Syllabus (Neighbors)

This course must be taken concurrently with PSYC 405. This course is designed to give students the opportunity to gain hands on experience using the concepts and techniques common to the investigation of motivation and emotion. The first part of the course will consist of demonstrational laboratory exercises involving both human and animal subjects. These labs will emphasize proper data collection techniques, the consideration of experimental design, data analysis and interpretation of results and the written presentation of findings. Toward the latter part of the semester students will have the opportunity to design, conduct, and original investigation. An additional ‘Mandatory Fee’ applies to this course. (Fall, Even Years)
CoRequisite: PSYC 405
Semester Hours: 1

was PSCY 306 Cognitive Psychology This course is a survey of recent research and theory in cognitive processes concerning the representation, storage, retrieval and interactions of units of thought. It considers adaptability, intelligence and knowledge from an experimental point of view. (Fall, Even Years)
PreRequisite: PSYC 101
CoRequisite: None
Semester Hours: 3

was PSYC 380 History & Systems of Psychology This course is a survey of the origin and development of psychology. Special attention is given to the systems of thought that have emerged since the founding of psychology as an empirical science.
PreRequisite: PSYC 101
CoRequisite: None
Semester Hours: 3
Syllabus

The primary aim of this course is to provide students with a clearer understanding of the mechanisms of genetic inheritance and the quantitative methods used to assess the relative contribution made by both genetic and environmental factors to individual differences in human behavior. During the course, students will evaluate evidence for and against genetic and environmental determinants of behavioral traits such as intelligence and personality as well as mental disorders. (Fall, Odd Years)
PreRequisite: PSYC 101 MATH 281 BIOL 103
or BIOL 151
CoRequisite: PSYC 415L
Semester Hours: 3

This course must be taken concurrently with PSYC 415. This course is a laboratory course designed to allow students an opportunity to apply the principles and concepts of behavioral genetics learned in lecture to a series of demonstrational exercises. Some of the topics that will be investigated include: the mechanisms of genetic transmission, the effect of genes on the body and behavior, family pedigrees, population genetics and the behavioral consequences of evolution. An additional ‘Mandatory Fee’ applies to this course. (Fall, Odd Years)
CoRequisite: PSYC 415
Semester Hours: 1

was PSYC 370 Health Psychology
This course is an investigation of the psychological aspects of health and of physical disorders and disease processes it will explore psychological interventions targeted at prevention as well as those focusing on the resolution or management of disorders. (Spring)
PreRequisite: PSYC 101
CoRequisite: None
Semester Hours: 3
Syllabus

The student will develop an understanding of the variables involved in intrapersonal and interpersonal processes including examination of self-concept, loneliness, violence, prejudice, parenting, pairing, and a variety of other influences on contemporary human behavior. Additionally, the student will be able to cite means of changing the influences on human behavior. Also offered as PSYC 565.
PreRequisite: PSYC 101
CoRequisite: None
Semester Hours: 3
Syllabus

was PSYC 315 Experimental Psychology A detailed survey of methods for conducting psychological research, this course covers experimental design, reliability, validity, and the nature of controls.
PreRequisite: PSYC 101
CoRequisite: PSYC 373L MATH 281
Semester Hours: 3
Syllabus

was PSYC 315L Experimental Psychology Lab
This course provides experience in laboratory techniques. These include: animal care and handling, data collection and analysis and experimental design. An additional ‘Mandatory Fee’ applies to this course.
CoRequisite: PSYC 373
Semester Hours: 1
Syllabus

This course is intended for students in their senior year of study and is required for all psychology majors. This course will provide a detailed consideration of the fundamental principles and main questions that are important to the study of behavior. While setting historical context and providing relevant historical background information will not be overlooked, the majority of time will be spent examining the perspectives and theories that have determined the direction that psychology has taken in the past three decades. The course will examine new developments in the fields of neuroscience, cognitive psychology, personality, behavioral genetics, clinical psychology and social psychology. (Spring)
PreRequisite: PSYC 101 PSYC 373 PSYC
373L PSYC 409
CoRequisite: None
Semester Hours: 3

This course will take an experimentally oriented survey of the research and theories concerned with animal and human motivation and emotion. Beginning with an overview of the historical development of research on motivation and emotion, the course will examine the ethological, physiological, cognitive and social-cultural perspectives on motivation and emotion.
(Fall,Even Years)
PreRequisite: PSYC 101 MATH 281
CoRequisite: PSYC 405L
Semester Hours: 3

This course must be taken concurrently with PSYC 318, Comparative Psychology. This course provides experience in laboratory techniques. These include animal care and handling, data collection and analysis. It provides the student the opportunity to learn comparative analysis of learning, neurophysiology and sensory system functioning utilizing a variety of animal species. An additional ‘Mandatory Fee’ applies to this course. (Spring, Odd Years)
CoRequisite: PSYC 318
Semester Hours: 1

This course covers the physical, social, emotional and intellectual aspects of child development. (Spring)
PreRequisite: PSYC 101
CoRequisite: None
Semester Hours: 3
Syllabus

was PSYC 375 Industrial & Organization Psychology This course covers the application of psychological principles to such problems as employee selection, supervision, job satisfaction, and work efficiency. (Fall, Odd Years)
PreRequisite: PSYC 101
CoRequisite: None
Semester Hours: 3

was PSYC 388 Psychology of Religion This course examines the theory and research on the psychological understanding of religion. Topics include religious development; conversion; religious experience, attitudes, and behavior; morality, and relationships between religious behavior and health and mental illness.
(Fall, Even Years)
PreRequisite: PSYC 101
Semester Hours: 3

was PSYC 331 Psychology of Learning This course covers traditional conditioning experimentation and phenomena, primarily as revealed through animal research. Principles of reinforcement and factors which influence the conditioning process are discussed in detail. (Fall)
PreRequisite: PSYC 101
CoRequisite: PSYC-305L
Semester Hours: 3
Syllabus

was PSYC 331 Psychology of Learning
Accompanies PSYC 305. An additional ‘Mandatory Fee’ applies to this course. (Fall)
CoRequisite: PSYC 305
Semester Hours: 1

was PSYC 350 Biological Psychology This course is designed to introduce the student to the biological basis of behavior. Both basic animal research and application to the human organism are stressed. Laboratory practice and selected journal readings familiarize the student with research methodology and reporting.
PreRequisite: PSYC 101
CoRequisite: PSYC 313L
Semester Hours: 3

was PSYC 350 Biological Psychology This course provides laboratory practice and selected journal readings to familiarize the student with research methodology and reporting. An additional ‘Mandatory Fee’ applies to this course. (Spring)
CoRequisite: PSYC 313
Semester Hours: 1
Syllabus

This course emphasizes cross-species comparisons of determinants of behavior. Common genetic, neurophysical developmental and learning contributions are considered. It also investigates experimental techniques and methodologies appropriate for comparative investigation. Must be taken concurrently with PSYC 318L. (Spring, Odd Years)
PreRequisite: PSYC 101 BIOL 103 or BIOL 151
CoRequisite: PSYC 318L
Semester Hours: 3

Psychology has historically been the study of male behavior. This course will track the developmental course and differential experiences of women and compare and contrast them with the developmental experiences of men. Students will also examine issues specific to women such as pregnancy and childbirth. Students will learn how to identify sexism in contemporary psychological research.
PreRequisite: PSYC 101
CoRequisite: None
Semester Hours: 3

This course is a study of the bases of sensation and perception including the physics and physiology of sensory receptor function, central nervous system functions in information processing and cognitive and attention factors in perception. (Spring, Even Years)
PreRequisite: PSYC 101
CoRequisite: PSYC 301L
Semester Hours: 3

This course provides laboratory experience and demonstration in evaluating sensory function and activity as well as perceptual demonstrations. (Spring, Even Years)
CoRequisite: PSYC 301
Semester Hours: 1

was PSYC 331 Psychology of Learning This course covers traditional conditioning experimentation and phenomena, primarily as revealed through animal research. Principles of reinforcement and factors which influence the conditioning process are discussed in detail. (Fall)
PreRequisite: PSYC 101
CoRequisite: PSYC-305L
Semester Hours: 3
Syllabus

was PSYC 222 Lifespan Developmental Psychology This course will cover human development from conception to death. Students will examine changes in the physical, cognitive, and social domains across the life course. Students will also consider the interactions among those domains and the effects on human development.
PreRequisite: PSYC 101
CoRequisite: None
Semester Hours: 3

This course is designed to familiarize students with the work activities and settings open to psychologists in various specialties. Other issues common to the professional practice of psychology will be covered.
PreRequisite: PSYC 101
CoRequisite: None
Semester Hours: 3

This is a required laboratory course designed to give students an enriched understanding of the concepts and principles covered in General Psychology (PSYC 101) and other psychology courses offered by the department. It is recommended that students enroll in PSYC 103L during the semester that they are enrolled in PSYC 101. However, students may choose to enroll in PSYC 103L during any semester provided that they have completed PSYC 101. In the Introductory Lab in Psychology, students will actively participate in a series of demonstrational exercises and online experiments and learn the fundamentals of the scientific method. Students will be exposed to personality inventories, will learn about psychological disorders and therapies, will take IQ tests, surveys, and will participate in a variety of online social and memory experiments. An additional ‘Mandatory Fee’ applies to this course.
Semester Hours: 1

This course is an introductory survey of the field of psychology with consideration of the biological bases of behavior, sensory and perceptual processes, learning and memory, human growth and development, social behavior, and normal and abnormal behavior.
PreRequisite: None
CoRequisite: None
Semester Hours: 3