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Course Description
Students select courses from the Foundation Courses, Major Content Areas and Psychology Electives based on requirements for their specific degree as described above.

Foundation Courses:
Introduction to Psychology I (103), Introduction to Psychology II (104), Statistics  (205), Research Methods (315), Advanced Research Methods (405),
Capstone Seminar (450)

Major Content Areas:
 Biological:  Motivation & Emotion (432), Physiological Psychology (435)
 Clinical: Interviewing & Counseling (327), Abnormal Psychology (355),  Contemporary Psychotherapy (437)
 Developmental: Psychology of Childhood (345), Psychology of Adolescence  (346), Psychology of Adulthood & Aging (320)
 Cognitive: Learning and Memory (324), Cognition (424)
 Social: Social Psychology (321), Personality (347)

Psychology Electives: Behavior Modification (216), Psychology of Family Relations  (220), Consumer Behavior (230), Psychology of Women (240), Psychology of  Delinquent & Criminal Behavior (251), Psychological Testing (302), Psychology  of the Exceptional Child (310), Advanced Psychological Statistics (336), Health  & Stress (341), Group Dynamics (344), Independent Study (360, 460), Industrial  Psychology (373), Organizational Psychology (374), Research in Psychology I, II  (329, 430), Internship I, II (375, 475), History and Problems in Psychology (415)

100-200 LEVEL

PSYC 103 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY I. This core curriculum course provides students with a fundamental grasp of the research, principles, and theories of psychology. Students will acquire a better understanding of their behavior through such topics as development, learning, memory, personality, social behavior, abnormal behavior and therapy.        
3 credits

Psychology 103 is a prerequisite for all other Psychology courses.

PSYC 104 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY II. This course provides students with a fundamental grasp of the application of the scientific method to the study of psychology. Topics include: research methodology, biological bases of animal and human behavior, sensation and perception, motivation, intelligence, and problem-solving.
3 credits

PSYC 205 PSYCHOLOGICAL STATISTICS. In this course, students will apply descriptive and inferential statistics to Psychological research. Topics include: measures of central tendency and variability, correlation and regression, students t-test, and analysis of variance. Statistical computer packages will be used for data analysis.
Prerequisite: PSYC 104       
3 credits

PSYC 216 BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION. A survey of the research, principles, and techniques of operant and classical conditioning as applied to selected problems of behavior.         
3 credits

PSYC 220 PSYCHOLOGY OF FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS. The focus of this course is on the study of love, intimacy, and commitment in traditional and non-traditional families. Topics include: friendship, dating, communication, sexuality, decisions on parenting and violence and coming apart.   
3 credits

PSYC 230 CONSUMER PSYCHOLOGY. This course analyzes consumer behavior from a psychological perspective. Topics include the impact of motivation, information processing, memory, personality, attitudes, and lifestyles on consumer decision processes and purchases.         
3 credits

PSYC 240 PSYCHOLOGY OF WOMEN. An introduction to the psychology of women, surveying psychological, social, and biological determinants of behavior.
3 credits
        
PSYC 251 PSYCHOLOGY OF DELINQUENT AND CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR. This course is a survey of psychosocial causes of criminal behavior. Topics include: the antisocial personality, drug abuse, neuropsychological components of criminality, and the critical evaluation of detection methods.     
3 credits

PSYC 302 PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING. This course surveys the various tests available to psychologists, including intelligence, achievement, aptitude, and personality tests. The student is not trained for clinical interpretations.
Prerequisite: PSYC 205       
3 credits

PSYC 310 PSYCHOLOGY OF EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN. This course examines the characteristics of atypical children. Emphasis is on the understanding, treatment, and prevention of problems of the mentally, physically, and emotionally exceptional child.
3 credits

PSYC 315 RESEARCH METHODS I. This course examines the application of the scientific method to psychology, focusing on such methods as surveys, simple experiments and complex experiments. Laboratory work, library research, and writing of research reports are required. (WE)
Prerequisite: PSYC 205       
3 credits

PSYC 319 CHILDHOOD AND ADOLESCENCE. This course surveys the physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development of the person from conception through adolescence. The essential research and theories explaining the development of language, conceptual skills, interpersonal skills, and personality will be discussed and evaluated.
This course may not be taken by psychology majors.   
3 credits

PSYC 320 ADULTHOOD AND AGING. This course examines the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual alterations occurring in adulthood and old age. The fundamental research and theories explaining the stages and developmental tasks of adulthood will be described and evaluated.     
3 credits

PSYC 321 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY. This course studies the processes by which the behaviors, thoughts, and feelings of the individual are influenced by his/her social environment. Topics include: social perception and attribution, attitude development and change, interpersonal attraction and interpersonal relations, such as friendship, aggression, and prosocial behavior.      
3 credits

PSYC 324 LEARNING AND MEMORY. This first part of this course covers essential theories of learning, focusing on the principles of classical conditioning, operant conditioning and cognitive theories of learning.  Memory processes of encoding, storage, and retrieval and memory distortions and failures are covered in the second half of the course.          
3 credits

PSYC 327 PRINCIPLES AND TECHNIQUES OF INTERVIEWING AND COUNSELING. This course explores the techniques for establishing a stable working relationship with a client and examines prominent contemporary approaches to interviewing and counseling from theoretical and practical standpoints. 
3 credits

PSYC 329-430 RESEARCH IN PSYCHOLOGY. Supervised participation in research design, data collection, statistical analysis, and interpretation of results in conjunction with ongoing research projects in psychology. Permission of the faculty mentor is required at the time of registration. Students may register for one or two semesters.
3, 3 credits

PSYC 330 SPECIAL TOPICS IN PSYCHOLOGY. This course explores new course offerings in any area of psychology. Topics are listed in the registration book. Descriptions of specific topics are posted in the psychology department.
Specific requirements will depend on topic     
3 credits

PSYC 336 ADVANCED STATISTICS. Advanced statistical analyses will be covered, including complex analysis of variance, non parametric procedures, and multivariate analyses applicable to behavioral sciences research. Advanced computer statistical packages will be employed.
Prerequisite: PSYC 205       
3 credits

PSYC 341 PSYCHOLOGY OF HEALTH AND STRESS. This course focuses on the psychological processes that affect health with a focus on stress and stress management. Topics include: psychological analysis of health promoting and health compromising behaviors and psychobiological perspectives on stress, pain management, chronic illness, and terminal illness.         
3 credits

PSYC 344 GROUP DYNAMICS. This course is an introduction to small group processes, including theory, research and application. Topics include leadership, power, decision-making, and conflict.      
3 credits

PSYC 345 CHILD PSYCHOLOGY. This course is the study of the physical, mental, emotional, and social development of the child from conception to adolescence. Topics include: factors affecting prenatal development, sensation and perception, cognition, personality, and social development.                  
3 credits

PSYC 346 ADOLESCENT PSYCHOLOGY. This course is the study of the physical, mental, emotional, and social development of the adolescent.              
3 credits

PSYC 347 PERSONALITY. An examination of the research and theories explaining the development of personality and its functioning.               
3 credits

PSYC 355. ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY. This course surveys a variety of psychological disorders ranging from anxiety to depression and schizophrenia. Current theories regarding their causes are discussed and compared. Approaches to treating the disorders are also covered with particular emphasis on the psychotherapies and associated behavioral techniques.                    
3 credits

PSYC 360,460 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN PSYCHOLOGY. This course is designed to allow psychology majors to pursue an area of special interest in psychology. Students must present a preparatory outline to qualify. Permission of the faculty mentor is required at the time of registration.                   
3, 3 credits

PSYC 373 INDUSTRIAL PSYCHOLOGY. This course involves the application of psychological principles and methods to the study of individuals and groups in the workplace. Topics include: personnel selection, placement and evaluation, training and development, and human factors engineering.                
3 credits

PSYC 374 ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY. This is an analysis of human behavior in organizations. Topics include: organizational structures and dynamics, motivation and job satisfaction, management styles, and problems in human relations.
3 credits

PSYC 375, 475 INTERNSHIP. The internship provides students with the opportunity to explore the ways in which psychologists function in various institutional settings. Students are required to sign a contract which specifies the number of hours or days that will be spent in the institution, the responsibilities that must be fulfilled, and the project that must be completed. The contract is signed by the supervisor, the faculty member, and the internship coordinator at the time of registration.                
3, 3 credits

Psychology 315 is a prerequisite for all 400 level Psychology courses.

PSYC 405 ADVANCED RESEARCH METHODS.  This course involves the examination of research techniques, methodological issues and recent theoretical models in one area of Psychology.  Field and laboratory studies will be designed, implemented, and reported. (WE)        
3 credits

PSYC 415 HISTORY AND PROBLEMS IN PSYCHOLOGY. Topics include theoretical approaches (e.g., structuralism, functionalism) as well, as critical issues (e.g., environment vs. genetics).        
3 credits

PSYC 424 COGNITION. This course surveys operations of the mind as viewed from the information processing perspective. The focus is on experimental cognitive psychology with additional attention given to research in neuropsychology that connects cognitive theories to brain processes.  Attention, perception, the representation of knowledge, problem solving, reasoning, and language are studied.              
3 credits

PSYC 432 MOTIVATION AND EMOTION. An introduction to human motivation and its interactions with emotions, surveying the research and theories of motivational states such as hunger, sex, affiliation, achievement, and of emotions such as happiness, fear, and anger.      
3 credits

PSYC 435 PHYSIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY. This course analyzes biological factors underlying behavior with emphasis on anatomy and functions of the nervous system. Topics include: behavioral genetics and the neurophysiological substrates of learning, motivation, and abnormal behavior.                
3 credits

PSYC 437 CONTEMPORARY PSYCHOTHERAPY. Contemporary forms of psychotherapy, including psychoanalysis, behaviorism, Gestalt, and humanistic therapies, are discussed and critically evaluated.                 
3 credits

PSYC 450 CAPSTONE SEMINAR.  In this capstone experience, students will integrate and apply skills and knowledge acquired as a Psychology major.  Students will explore their own interests in psychology using self-directed learning.  This will include reading and discussing journal articles, and completing an independent project in which they apply their knowledge to an existing controversy, social problem or research question. 
 3 credits