Courses

PSYC 101 - General Psychology
3 Credit Hours

A survey of basic concepts in psychology including physiological mechanisms, learning, personality, abnormal behavior and psychotherapy, development, social processes and intelligence.
PSYC 126 - Addictions and Recoveries
3 Credit Hours

Exploration of addictive substances and addictive behaviors and their impact on the individual, the family and society. Includes signs and symptoms, assessment, treatment, and recovery processes.
Prerequisites: PSYC 101
PSYC 201 - Careers and Graduate School Preparation in Psychology
1 Credit Hours

The purpose of this course is to discuss various careers available in the field of psychology and how to prepare for applying to graduate school. The major format of this class is group discussion.
Prerequisites: Six hours in psychology.
PSYC 205 - Business and Industrial Psychology
3 Credit Hours

Designed to help students understand, appreciate and apply basic behavioral theories and principles relevant to human behavior in business and industrial settings. Appropriate for students in business and may be credited as a business elective where applicable.
Prerequisites: PSYC 101
PSYC 209 - Behavior Modification
3 Credit Hours

The application of the learning and motivation principles of Skinner, Pavlov, Hull and Wolpe to abnormal psychology, mental retardation, education, industry and life in general. Beneficial to people who wish to pursue some avenue of counseling, or plan to work in hospitals or clinics.
Prerequisites: PSYC 101
PSYC 211 - Psychological Experimentation
3 Credit Hours

An introduction to methodology in psychological experimentation. Students will gain experience in conducting a research project and presenting results of their study.
Prerequisites: PSYC 101, 209
PSYC 215 - Advanced Experimental Psychology
4 Credit Hours

An introduction to experimental methods in psychology emphasizing practice in formulating and investigating research problems, applying scientific method in a laboratory setting and developing skill in presenting scientific reports. Experience in literature review and application of the computer to research data.
Prerequisites: PSYC 209, 230
PSYC 220 - Introduction to Human Services
3 Credit Hours

An introduction to counseling and human services featuring interviewing, interpersonal effectiveness skills in the environment of social services, stress management skills, and ethical issues.
Prerequisites: PSYC 101
PSYC 225 - Introductory Statistics for Social Sciences
3 Credit Hours

An introduction to commonly encountered statistical concepts and techniques, with an emphasis on practical application and interpretation. Includes descriptive and inferential statistics needed to address problems frequently found in a variety of work settings and use of computer applications for solution of such problems.
Prerequisites: PSYC 101
Other: Students may not receive credit for both PSYC 225 and MATH 115
PSYC 230 - Statistics and Methodology in Behavioral Sciences
4 Credit Hours

Components of research design, scales of measurement, descriptive statistics, probability, and inferential statistics with emphasis on relating statistical techniques to general strategies of research in the social sciences. Includes a computer laboratory.
Prerequisites: PSYC 101
PSYC 235 - Developmental Psychology I
3 Credit Hours

A chronological survey of major developmental issues and tasks from conception through middle childhood. Application of theory and research to issues confronted by health and human services practitioners, educators, and parents.
Prerequisites: PSYC 101
PSYC 236 - Developmental Psychology II
3 Credit Hours

A chronological survey of major developmental issues and tasks from adolescence to death. Application of theory and research to issues confronted by health and human services practitioners and by the children of aging parents.
Prerequisites: PSYC 101
PSYC 237 - Lifespan Psychology
3 Credit Hours

A chronological survey of the major developmental issues and tasks from conception to death. Also discussed will be the application of theory and research to issues confronted by social service providers, educators and parents. This course is designed for non-psychology majors.
PSYC 240L - Laboratory in Developmental Psychology I
1 Credit Hours

Students work with children individually and in groups at the Child Development Center, planning and implementing age-appropriate activities under supervision of the director of the Center.
Prerequisites: PSYC 235
PSYC 243 - Psychopathology of Childhood
3 Credit Hours

A broad overview of the different types or classifications of ?abnormal? behavior occurring in childhood according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders system. Also discussed will be the application of theory and research to issues confronted by social service providers, educators, and parents.
Prerequisites: PSYC 101
PSYC 245 - Theories of Personality and Psychotherapy
3 Credit Hours

A survey of major contemporary theoretical approaches to understanding personality. Applications of and research to support each theory are presented in readings and demonstrations. The course may be of interest to students who are considering careers in clinical, counseling or school psychology, psychiatry, social work, guidance, or pastoral counseling.
Prerequisites: PSYC 101
PSYC 250 - Laboratory in Academic Peer Counseling
1 Credit Hours

Students work with academically at-risk freshmen to plan and implement appropriate study and time management strategies, discuss academic concerns, monitor class attendance. Documentation of activities; supervision by psychology department faculty.
Prerequisites: PSYC 220 or 245 with a grade of B or better and instructor?s permission.
PSYC 255 - Laboratory in Psychological Experimentation I
2 Credit Hours

Directed participation in experimental procedures including literature review and experiment preparation.
Prerequisites: PSYC 211
PSYC 256 - Laboratory in Psychological Experimentation II
2 Credit Hours

Participation in experimental project, including experience with data compilation, preparation of abstracts and oral presentation of results.
Prerequisites: PSYC 255
PSYC 260 - Field Experience: Working with the Elderly
1 Credit Hours

Students work with the elderly individually and in groups in a hospital nursing care setting or similar work site, planning and implementing appropriate activities under the supervision of the director/staff of the nursing care facility.
Prerequisites: PSYC 236
PSYC 301 - Social Psychology
3 Credit Hours

A survey of theory and research regarding social influences on individual behavior and the application of these findings to selected social issues. Lectures and discussion.
Prerequisites: PSYC 101
PSYC 304 - Learning and Behavior Analysis
4 Credit Hours

A survey of the concepts, research methods and principles of learning and behavior analysis, with a primary focus on contemporary investigations of human and animal learning. Historical antecedents of principles, theories and methods are reviewed insofar as they are important to the understanding of contemporary issues. Includes laboratory exercises and use of computer for data analysis.
Prerequisites: PSYC 101, junior or senior standing.
PSYC 320 - Abnormal Psychology
3 Credit Hours

A broad overview of the various types or classifications of ?abnormal? behavior according to the DSM system. Also discussed will be the application of theory and research to issues confronted by social service providers, educators, and parents.
Prerequisites: PSYC 101
PSYC 330 - Psychological Test and Measurements
3 Credit Hours

Psychometric properties of tests; theoretical background and practical application of some of the most commonly used psychological tests of intelligence and personality.
Prerequisites: PSYC 225 or 230 and junior or senior standing.
PSYC 340 - Biological Psychology
3 Credit Hours

Structure and function of the nervous, sensory and muscular systems; their roles in emotion, motivation, learning and behavioral disorders; regulatory mechanisms and effects of drugs and environmental agents on functioning.
Prerequisites: PSYC 101
PSYC 397 - Thesis in Psychology
2 Credit Hours

Students will gain experience in reviewing the literature on a specific research topic in experimental psychology and designing an experiment based on the previous research.
Prerequisites: PSYC 215. This class is taken during the junior or senior year.
Other: In combination with PSYC 497, satisfies advanced composition requirement for general studies.
PSYC 451 - Practicum in Psychology I
3 Credit Hours

Practical internship experience in a supervised clinical setting, including planning and delivery of services, documentation and presentation of outcome. Supervised by psychology department faculty and field supervisors at practicum site. Campus and off-campus placements available; learning objectives and activities drawn from previous course content.
Prerequisites: PSYC 209; 211 or 215; 220, 225, 245; senior status or permission of instructor.
Other: In combination with PSYC 452, satisfies advanced composition requirement for general studies.
PSYC 452 - Practicum in Psychology II
3 Credit Hours

Continuation of PSYC 451.
Prerequisites: PSYC 451
Other: In combination with PSYC 451, satisfies advanced composition requirement for general studies.
PSYC 497 - Thesis in Psychology II
3 Credit Hours

Continuation of PSYC 397. Students are given the experience of conducting laboratory research on topic reviewed in PSYC 397, analyzing the data and using APA standards in writing the lab report associated with the experiment. Students will also be required to present an oral defense of their research project.
Prerequisites: PSYC 397
Other: In combination with PSYC 397, satisfies advanced composition requirement for general studies.