Psychology Courses
PSY 117General PsychologyPsychology4FreshmanOffers an introduction to the field of psychology as a social science. This course covers many areas of investigation of interpersonal and intra-personal processes, such as sensation and perception, memory development, and learning. An understanding of basic psychological principles and perspectives will be emphasized. Satisfies social sciences exploratory requirement. Fall and spring.
PSY 200Careers in PsychologyPsychology1This course is designed to provide an overview of the discipline, including exploring career options, success strategies in psychology courses, introduction to APA format and the graduate school admissions process. Students will complete several reflections and self-assessments with the intent of understanding personal strengths and weaknesses and how this may impact their study of psychology.
PSY 220GerontologyPsychology4SophomoreAn analysis of the process of aging, which will utilize social, psychological, and structural approaches to gain an understanding of the unique problems which confront the elderly in modern society. Course goals also include the development or refinement of specific skills and techniques for studying or working with older adults through a substantive experiential learning component. Same as SOC 220. Prerequisite: PSY 117 or SOC 118. Spring, odd academic years.
PSY 224Basic Applied StatisticsPsychology3SophomoreAn introduction to statistical reasoning for the natural and social sciences using the computer as a tool to analyze data. Probability concepts, sampling theory, hypothesis testing, estimation, chi-square, t-test, analysis of variance, correlation and regression, and some non-parametric tests are included. Minitab or another statistical package will be used. Same as PSY/SOC 224. Students cannot receive credit for both. Prerequisite: CMP 130, LA 103, MAT 125, MAT 126, MAT 135, or MAT 181 or placement in MAT 135/181. Fall and Spring.
PSY 226Lifespan DevelopmentPsychology4This course is a survey of major themes of change and constancy from fetal development to death, with emphasis on typical biological, cognitive and socioemotional development. Students will apply theory to practice through observational projects and critical readings of both empirical and popular sources. The impact of ethnic, gender and cultural factors on development will be emphasized. Prerequisite: PSY 117. Spring
PSY 227Research Methods in PsychologyPsychology3This course will prepare students for upper-level psychology courses by providing an overview of various methodologies used by psychologists to understand the world. This writing intensive course will teach students to locate and summarize scholarly articles using APA format. Students will be introduced to SPSS to enter, analyze, and interpret small data sets. Discussion of ethical decision making as part of the research process will be emphasized. The course culminates with a group replication of a previously published psychological study, complete with a full write-up and presentation. Prerequisites: PSY 117 or consent of instructor. Fall and spring.
PSY 240Abnormal PsychologyPsychology4Offers a survey of adult abnormal psychology integrating theory and research with case histories and first-person narratives. Prerequisite: PSY 117. Fall, even academic years and Spring, odd academic years.
PSY 300Topics in PsychologyPsychology3JuniorA topic of current interest in psychology will be taught. Topics will vary depending on faculty interest. Course will be offered upon the request of a faculty member and with approval of the vice president for academic affairs.
PSY 310Introduction to CounselingPsychology4The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to the theories, research, and practice of counseling. The history as well as the current status of the profession of counseling will be discussed. In addition, the values of the counseling field and underlying assumptions will be described. Scientific and professional aspects of counseling will be explored. Different counseling approaches, including, psychoanalytic, humanistic, behavioral, and cognitive theories, will also be introduced. Introductory active listening and interviewing skills will also be covered. Prerequisite: PSY 117. Spring, even academic years.
PSY 315Cross-Cultural PsychologyPsychology3This course will cover the study of culture in psychology and the application of cultural knowledge to the scientific study of human behavior. Areas in cultural psychology that will be covered include research methods, psychological development, health, cognition, emotion, language, and social behavior. This course will also integrate student’s previous experiences in the liberal arts curriculum in to their current understanding of their cultural self. Prerequisite: PSY 117 and LA 101, 102, 103, 111, and 201. Fall, even academic years.
PSY 320Social PsychologyPsychology4JuniorSurvey of laboratory and field research on the interaction of an individual with his or her social environment. Prerequisite: PSY 117 and junior or senior standing. Spring.
PSY 322Behavioral NeurosciencePsychology4JuniorA course focused on the biological underpinnings of human behavior. Topics covered include the nervous system, endocrine system, sensation and perception, memory, language, and other basic behaviors. Prerequisite: PSY 117 or consent of instructor. Fall, even academic years and Spring, odd academic years.
PSY 324Psychology of LearningPsychology4JuniorA course focused on theories and principles of animal and human learning. Topics include innate behaviors and habituation, classical conditioning, operant conditioning, observational and motor learning. Prerequisite: PSY 117. Fall
PSY 326Drugs, Brain, and BehaviorPsychology3This course will begin with an in-depth study of basic pharmacological principles, including receptor pharmacology and pharmacokinetics. We will cover the locations and actions of the major neurotransmitters. Next, various classes of drugs of abuse, as well as different definitions and theories of drug abuse and addiction, will be discussed. We will consider how the different classes of drugs affect brain function to cause changes in behavior, as well as the consequences of long-term drug exposure and withdrawal. Finally, we will explore pharmacological treatments for various psychological disorders. Prerequisite: PSY 117. Spring, even academic years.
PSY 328Cognitive PsychologyPsychology4This course examines both basic and complex information processing skills of humans. Topics include memory, selective attention, pattern recognition, comprehension, language processing, decision-making, and problem solving. The objectives for the course are that the student will be able to understand and critically evaluate classic and contemporary research in cognitive psychology, both basic and applied.
PSY 416Health PsychologyPsychology4This course will provide an introduction to the field of health psychology, which is concerned with the roles of behavioral/lifestyle, psychological and social factors on health, illness and chronic disease. The course will address three general subject areas: 1) attitudes, behavior, and lifestyle factors affecting disease prevention and development; 2) stress and the related psychological and social processes associated with disease development and progression; and 3) social and psychological factors involved in the illness experience. Prerequisite: PSY 117. Fall, odd academic years.
PSY 419Experimental Psychology IPsychology3Introduction to the planning, conducting, and interpreting of research in psychology and development of further knowledge of content material associated with selected areas of investigation. Provides the experience of conducting a complete original experiment. Prerequisites: PSY 117, PSY 227, plus instructor permission. Concurrent or prior enrollment in PSY 224 is also required. Fall.
PSY 420Experimental Psychology IIPsychology3SeniorAdvanced course in experimental design which develops a greater understanding of the experimental method and provides the experience of conducting a complete original experiment. Incorporates graduation requirements for senior year experience/project. Corequisite: PSY 498. Prerequisites: PSY 224 and 419. Spring.
PSY 421Theories of PersonalityPsychology4SeniorAn investigation of theory, testing data, and findings in the study of personality. The course may emphasize one or more approaches such as psychoanalytic, neoanalytic, social psychological, learning, and phenomenological theories. Prerequisite: PSY 117 and junior or senior standing. Fall, odd academic years.
PSY 422History and SystemsPsychology3SeniorHistorical antecedents of contemporary psychological systems, with special emphasis on the relationship of these systems to contemporary psychological theory. Corequisite: PSY 499. Prerequisite: at least 15 semester hours of psychology excluding PSY 117, senior standing, psychology major. Spring.
PSY 470Psychology SeminarPsychology3SeniorAn advanced course devoted to an intensive examination of selected topics of psychological importance. Open to psychology majors and other majors with an adequate background in psychology. Prerequisite: At least 12 semester hours of psychology and consent of instructor. Course offered on demand.
PSY 482Psychology PracticumPsychology1SeniorAn advanced course for students to take after the completion of or concurrently with their internship in psychology. This course will require in-depth reflection and critical analysis of the internship experience. Emphasis will also be given to applying psychological concepts and identifying skills developed on internship. Students will also engage in professional development opportunities related to graduate school and the job search. Prerequisite: PSY 200 and completion of a departmental-approved internship
PSY 490Psychology Independent StudyPsychology1SeniorCourses are designed to encourage student initiative and to provide a degree of flexibility in the departmental program. Normally the subject is not sufficiently or appropriately covered in departmental course offerings. Departmental consent is required.
PSY 498PortfolioPsychology0SeniorThe main component will be the research project required in PSY 420. Contents may also include assignments and projects of the student’s and/or faculty’s choosing from other coursework. The professional development and leadership components are part of PSY 420 in that students are guided in preparing and presenting their research projects. Completion of PSY 420 with a grade of C- or better will show completion of portfolio requirement.
PSY 499Senior Competency PracticumPsychology0SeniorThe requirement for PSY 499 are met by the successful completion of the department’s required Major Field Test in Psychology examination. This will be graded as pass/fail.