PSYC 201. Introductory Psychology (3; F/S)
Three hours per week. An introduction to various topics in psychology, including such areas as learning, personality, social psychology, physiological psychology, abnormal psychology, and psychological testing. PSYC 201 is a prerequisite for all psychology courses except PSYC 210.
PSYC 210. Human Growth & Development (3; F/S)
Three hours per week. Prerequisite: PSYC 201 or sophomore status. A course designed to acquaint the student with the developmental processes behind intellectual and personality growth from infancy to adulthood.
PSYC 211. Quantitative Methods for the Social Sciences (3; F/S)
Cross listed with GEOG 211, POL 211, PSYC 211, and SOC 211. Three hours per week. Prerequisite PSYC 201. An introductory course for social science majors providing brief coverage of the research methods commonly used in the social sciences along with the most common quantitative analyses used by social scientists. This includes coverage of data organization, descriptive statistics, correlation and regression analyses, and an introduction to hypothesis testing and inferential statistics. A TI-83 or TI-84 calculator is recommended. Credit will be awarded for only one (1) course selected from GEOG 211, POL 211, PSYC 211, or SOC 211.
PSYC 301. Abnormal Psychology (3)
Three hours per week. Prerequisite: PSYC 201 and sophomore status. A study of the major mental and emotional disorders.
PSYC 309. History & Systems of Psychology (3)
Three hours per week. Prerequisite: PSYC 201 and sophomore status. Historical background of modern psychology, with emphasis on theoretical systems.
PSYC 310. Theories of Counseling & Psychotherapy (3)
Three hours per week. Prerequisite: PSYC 201 and sophomore status. A discussion of various theoretical approaches to the practice of counseling and psychotherapy with normal and disturbed clients. Focus will be on psychoanalytic, behavioral, cognitive and humanistic approaches.
PSYC 311. Research Methods and Statistics I: Foundations (3; F)
Three hours per week. Prerequisite: PSYC 201 and PSYC 211. A study of the scientific methods psychologists use. Major emphasis is placed on the experimental method and how to design a reliable and valid experiment. The calculation use, and interpretation of statistical procedures most commonly used by psychologists is also thoroughly covered and related to each methodology. This includes coverage of hypothesis testing and several inferential statistics. A graphing calculator is recommended.
PSYC 333. Substance Abuse & Behavior (3)
Cross listed with SOC 333. Three hours per week. Prerequisites: PSYC 201 or SOC 203, and sophomore status. Examines the cultural and historical contexts of drug use and abuse, their causes and consequences, treatment and prevention, from sociological, psychological and pharmacological perspectives. Credit cannot be awarded for both PSYC 333 and SOC 333.
PSYC 336. Family Therapy and Family Systems (3)
Three hours per week. Prerequisite: PSYC 301 or PSYC 310. This course explores the major approaches to Family Therapy, and includes study of Family Systems Theory.
PSYC 351. Physiological Psychology (3)
Three hours per week. Prerequisite: PSYC 201 and sophomore status. A study of the relation of neuroanatomy, neurophysiology and endocrinology to behavior.
PSYC 352. Learning & Cognition (3)
Three hours per week. Prerequisite: PSYC 201 and sophomore status. A study of theories, methods of investigation, and experimental findings in the areas of learning, memory, thinking, problem solving and language. This class is research-oriented and designed to provide the student with a comprehensive view of learning and cognition, and the major forces behind these approaches to psychological research.
PSYC 375. Social Psychology (3)
Three hours per week. Prerequisite: PSYC 201 and sophomore status. Influence of groups and group membership upon individual behavior, including the study of attitudes, propaganda, leadership, group dynamics, morale and other aspects of interpersonal relations.
PSYC 377. Industrial Psychology (3)
Three hours per week. Prerequisite: PSYC 201 and sophomore status. The application of psychological principles and theories in business, industry, and human engineering.
PSYC 380. Personality Theory (3)
Three hours per week. Prerequisite: PSYC 201 and sophomore status. Nature of personality and its development, plus a critical study of modern interpretations.
PSYC 400. Special Topics in Psychology (var. 1-3)
One to three hours per week. Prerequisite: PSYC 201 and sophomore status. May repeat the course for credit so long as the topic is different. A study of selected topics in psychology. The topic for the semester will be indicated in advance.
PSYC 401. Environmental Psychology (3)
Three hours per week. Prerequisite: PSYC 201 and sophomore status. The study of the ecology of man’s physical environment, including the study of the influence of architectural design on buildings, institutions, and urban areas, and the impact of these physical environments on man’s adjustment and motivation.
PSYC 411WI. Research Methods and Statistics II: Applications (3; S)
Three hours per week. Prerequisite: PSYC 211 and PSYC 311. A continuation of Research Methods and Statistics I in which methods and inferential statistics are further emphasized. Students will perform five to seven complete experiments and will be required to analyze the data and write their findings in accepted form. This course fulfills the writing intensive course requirement for Psychology majors. A graphing calculator is recommended.
PSYC 413. Psychology of Religion (3)
Three hours per week. Prerequisite: PSYC 201. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the scientific study of religion, particularly from a psychological perspective. Students will learn how to identify and create operational definitions of religion and spirituality. They will also learn about and critique the ways psychologists (e.g., social, developmental, cognitive, evolutionary) have studied religion and spirituality over the past several decades, and they will also be able to identify the conclusions that can (and cannot) be drawn from the results of those studies.
PSYC 417. Advanced Child Development (3)
Three hours per week. Prerequisites: PSYC 201 and PSYC 210. From previous courses, students should be familiar with the scientific method and some of the research techniques that psychologists have used to study human development. In this course, students will build on this knowledge base and learn to think of child development in a broader, more universal human perspective. They will also learn to apply specific scientific findings to the development of children. Course readings and topics will cover cognitive development, social development, personality development, and emotional development.
PSYC 420. Medical Psychology (3)
Three hours per week. Prerequisite: PSYC 201 and sophomore status. This course examines the psychological influences of how people maintain health, why they become ill, and how they respond when they become ill. The course also reviews how psychologists can intervene to facilitate health and healing and prevent behaviors that can lead to illness.
PSYC 490. Internship (var. 1-12)
Prerequisites: Junior or senior status; 2.5 cumulative GPA and at least 2.5 GPA in the major; approval of the Division of Social Sciences chair and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. A maximum of six hours of credit will be allowed toward the major. The student will work a minimum of three hours per week for each hour of credit. An opportunity for students to apply what they have learned in psychology courses through work in public agencies. The work experience will be evaluated by a member of the psychology department.