Course Descriptions – Psychology

PSY 1301 – Introduction to Psychology – 3 hours. This course is an introduction to the scientific discipline of psychology. Several areas of the field will be covered, including physiological psychology, cognition, development, social psychology, abnormal psychology and therapy. Offered every semester.

PSY 2301 – Human Development – 3 hours. A study of the physical, cognitive and psychological changes that take place throughout the life cycle — from conception to death. Developmental theory will be applied to parenting, education, marriage, career planning and other practical matters. Offered every semester.

PSY 2302 – Statistics in the Behavioral Sciences – 3 hours. A course to familiarize students in the behavioral sciences with descriptive and inferential statistics. Statistics will be studied within the context of research in criminal justice, education, psychology and sociology. Cross-listed with CJC 2302 and SOC 2302. Offered every semester.

PSY 2303 – Research Methods in Psychology – 3 hours. Research methods takes an in-depth look at different research methods in Psychology, such as questionnaires, case studies, and correlational research, with emphasis on the experimental method. Prerequisite: PSY 1301. Offered every spring semester.

PSY 3301 – Personality Theories – 3 hours. This course examines several major personality theories as well as how certain theories have led to the development of specific personality assessments. Prerequisite: PSY 1301. Offered every semester.

PSY 3303 – Social Psychology – 3 hours. Social psychology is the scientific study of the way people think about, feel about and act toward others. This course emphasizes the role of situations (as opposed to personalities) in producing aggression, helpfulness, attraction, conformity and other social phenomena. Prerequisites: PSY 1301. Offered every fall semester.

PSY 3304 – Psychological Testing – 3 hours. An overview of the major tests: intelligence, achievement, personality, etc. Students will learn psychometric theory (criteria used to judge tests) and will discuss relevant issues in assessment. Prerequisites: PSY 1301 and PSY 2302. Offered spring semester of even-numbered years.

PSY 3305 – Physiological Psychology – 3 hours. This course provides an overview of the cells of the nervous system, how these cells are organized in the nervous system, and how they process and transmit information. Specific topics include brain development, brain damage, and the physiological bases of reproductive behavior, movement, learning, memory, psychological disorders, and degenerative diseases. Prerequisite: PSY 1301. Offered fall semester of even-numbered years.

PSY 3306 – Abnormal Psychology – 3 hours. An analysis of the causes, symptoms and treatment of psychopathology-including schizophrenia, depression, anxiety and personality disorders. Prerequisite: PSY 3301 or consent of the instructor. Offered every fall semester.

PSY 3307 – Learning Theories – 3 hours. This course investigates the mechanisms of major types of learning: classical conditioning, operant conditioning and social learning theory. Material will emphasize the role of animal research in this area and include applications to human learning and problems. Prerequisite: PSY 1301. Offered fall semester of odd –numbered years.

PSY 3309 – Counseling Psychology – 3 hours. An introduction to counseling with a study of the major theoretical approaches to psychotherapy. Students will also develop basic counseling skills and will analyze counseling research. Prerequisite: PSY 3306 or consent of the instructor. Offered every spring semester.

PSY 3310 – Sensation and Perception – 3 hours. This course provides an introduction to the basic principles underlying sensory and perceptual processes, with special emphasis on vision, hearing, touch, taste and smell. Prerequisite: PSY 1301. Offered spring semester of even-numbered years.

PSY 3312 – Industrial-Organizational Psychology – 3 hours. This course will apply psychological theory and research to the workplace. Among other topics, course content includes the attitudes and behaviors of employees and employers, motivation, leadership, organizational structure and culture, and employee selection. Prerequisite: PSY 1301. Offered spring semester of oddnumbered years.

PSY 3313 – Cognitive Psychology – 3 hours. Cognitive psychology is the study of mental processes. Specific topics that are included in this course are memory, attention processes, problem solving, language and creativity. Prerequisite: PSY 1301. Offered spring semester of odd-numbered years.

PSY 3314 – An Aging Society – 3 hours. This interdisciplinary course explores the physiological, psychological, and sociological aspects of aging. Offered on an irregular basis, usually in Spring.

PSY 3318 – History and Systems in Psychology – 3 hours. This course explores the historical development of psychology, including the influences of ancient philosophical viewpoints. The course emphasizes the events beginning in the 18th century to the present and how they have impacted modern psychology. Prerequisite: PSY 1301.Offered in Spring semester of odd-numbered years,.

PSY 3319 – Motivation and Emotion – 3 hours. An introduction to the basic principles underlying motivation and emotion, with special emphasis on the behaviors that enable us to meet our bodies’ needs (eating, drinking, sleeping, reproductive behavior) or to avoid potentially harmful situations (fear, anxiety, stress, aggression). Prerequisite: PSY 1301. Offered fall semester of odd-numbered years.

PSY 3320 – Drug Use and Abuse – 3 hours. This course surveys the pharmacological, behavioral and psychological effects of some of the most commonly used and abused drugs in modern society. Societal, clinical, and health effects of drug use and abuse are also addressed. Cross-listed with PEH 3350. Prerequisite: PSY 1301. Offered fall semester of even-numbered years.

PSY 3322 – Health Psychology – 3 hours. This course focuses on psychological influences on human health. Cognitive, behavioral, social and cultural influences are explored, along with the role of the nervous system and endocrine system in health. The course will also address how psychologists trained in health psychology work to improve patient health by changing unhealthy thoughts and habits. The topics covered will include stress, pain, drug use, exercise, nutrition and doctor-patient interactions. Prerequisite: PSY 1301. Offered spring semester of even-numbered years.

PSY 3325 – Adolescent Psychology – 3 hours. A study of the biological, cognitive, social, emotional and psychological changes that accompany development during the adolescent period. Adolescence will be viewed in the contexts of families, schools, peers and culture. There will also be a focus on contemporary adolescent issues, including health and psychopathology. Prerequisite: PSY 1301. Offered summer term of odd-numbered years.

PSY 3330 – Practicum in Psychology – 3 hours. Field work in a community agency or other organization under the supervision of professionals. Regular meetings, projects and reports may be required as specified by instructor. Prerequisite: Junior status and consent of the instructor, 3.0 cumulative GPA and 3.0 GPA in the major.

PSY 3350 – Topics in Psychology – 3 hours. Various topics in psychology will be taught on a rotating basis, in response to student/faculty needs and interests. Prerequisites will vary by subject matter.

PSY 4130, 4230, 4330 — Independent Study in Psychology – 1-3 hours. An individual exploration of a specific topic in psychology that will culminate in a major paper. Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification and consent of the instructor, 3.0 cumulative GPA and 3.0 GPA in the major.

PSY 4303 – Senior Seminar – 3 hours. A capstone course that incorporates in-depth analyses of selected topics and current issues in psychology and encourages students to synthesize information learned in previous psychology courses. Students will prepare and present a report as a requirement for this course. Prerequisite: Senior psychology majors or consent of the instructor. Offered every fall semester.

PSY 4350 – Advanced Research in Psychology – 3 hours. Students will devise, conduct and report advanced psychological research. Prerequisites: PSY 2302, PSY 2303, majors only. Offered every spring semester.

PSY 4360 – Advanced Child Psychology – 3 hours. An in-depth topical examination of how children develop, physically, cognitively, and psychosocially. Attention is focused on factors in personality, emotional, and intellectual development. Current research in child psychology will be reviewed with an emphasis on applications of child psychological research to parenting and education. This class will address many controversial issues in infancy and childhood. Prerequisite: PSY 2301 or consent of instructor. Offered spring semester of odd-numbered years.