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Psychology Course Descriptions

PSY 205 Introductory Psychology 4 hours
General Education requirement. Prerequisites: MTH 099, LS 105, ENG 107; Term: 1, 2
An introduction to the study of psychology as a behavioral and social science. Theories, principles and empirical findings about human and animal behavior are examined. Topics include perception, motivation, learning, development, physiology, memory, social influence, psychological disorders and others. General Education option.

PSY 225 Methods in Psychology 3 hours
Prerequisite: None; Term: 1
An introduction to psychology as a scientific discipline. This course teaches the student to distinguish between science and pseudoscience. It introduces the scientific method and research techniques, including correlation, experimental design, and statistical reasoning.

PSY 240 Developmental Psychology 3 hours
Prerequisite: PSY 205; Term: 1, 2
Overview of human development and factors that influence it. Covers physical, intellectual, social and emotional development from infancy through adolescence. May include service learning.

PSY 288 Cooperative Field Experience 2-6 hours
Prerequisite: Department approval
Supervised work experience in psychology.

PSY 300 Modules in Psychology 1-3 hour
Prerequisite: PSY 205. Offered as needed.
Covers selected topics designed to fit special needs and interests in order to provide an opportunity to delve more deeply into topics which cannot be adequately or fully treated in other courses.

PSY 301 Experimental Psychology 4 hours
Prerequisites: MTH 100, ENG 108, PSY 205, PSY 225, PSY 305; Term 1; alternate years
Significant aspects of experimental psychology, methods and techniques. Includes topics in memory, learning, and cognition. Laboratory included.

PSY 305 Introductory Statistics 4 hours
Prerequisite: MTH 100 or equivalent; Term: 1, 2
Fundamental principles of descriptive and inferential statistics with applications to social sciences. May include use of statistical software.

PSY 320 Psychology of Women 3 hours
Recommended: PSY 205; Term: 2; alternate years
A review of the social construction of gender, including topics of cultural stereotyping, gender comparisons of social, cognitive, and personality characteristics, work discrimination, love relationships, societal mental health issues. Online alternate years.

PSY 321 Introduction to Life-span Psychology 4 hours
Prerequisite: PSY 205; Term: 1, 2
A survey of principal cognitive, social and behavioral processes that operate across the lifespan. Intended for but not limited to pre-nursing students.

PSY 330 Psychology of Adjustment 3 hours
Recommended: PSY 205; Term: 1; Offered as needed
Processes involved in interaction of an individual with the environment. Includes study of theories of adjustment, stress and its effects, problems of adjustment through the life-span, techniques of adjustment, and maladaptive reactions.

PSY 340 Abnormal Psychology 3 hours
Prerequisite: PSY 205; Term: 1
Overview of the treatment and etiology of the major current diagnostic categories of psychopathology. Special attention to societal attitudes about mental illness.

PSY 343 Adolescent Psychology 3 hours
Prerequisite: ENG 108, PSY 205; Term: 2
Overview of physical, intellectual, social and emotional development from preadolescent through late-adolescent period. Topics include family and peer relationships, identity achievement, adjustment problems, and acceptance of the adult role.

PSY 346 Aging Individual in Society 3 hours
Prerequisite: ENG 108, PSY 205; Term: 1
Later years of human life explored mainly from the perspective of developmental psychology. Includes biological and sociological aspects, as well as areas of problems.

PSY 348 Death and Dying 3 hours
Prerequisite: Junior or senior status; PSY 205; Term 1: alternate years
Discussion of death in our society and in different cultures, attitudes toward death, children & death, grief & bereavement, suicide, lethal behavior, search for immortality & other topics.

PSY 360 Social Psychology 3 hours
Prerequisites: MTH 099, ENG 108‚ PSY 205; PSY 225 and PSY 240 recommended. Term: 2
Study of how behavior is affected by the social environment. Topics include the self, interpersonal attraction, aggression, prejudice, attitude change, power, altruism. Writing intensive.

PSY 365 Group Dynamics 3 hours
Prerequisite: LA 105, ENG 108, PSY 205; Term: 1
Group processes as they apply to task, community and organizational groups. Theories will be demonstrated by participating in dyads, small groups, and large groups in class.

PSY 388 Cooperative Field Experience 2-6 hours
Prerequisite: Departmental approval
Supervised work experience in psychology.

PSY 390 Special Topics in Psychology 2-3 hours
Prerequisite: PSY 205. Offered as needed.
Various topics in psychology are offered on a rotating basis according to demand. May be elected for a maximum of six non-duplicate credit hours.

PSY 436 Clinical Perspectives: Interviewing 3 hours
Term 2, alternate years
Focus on active listening interviewing skills.

PSY 438 Psychology Practicum 2-3 hours
Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing, psychology major, permission of instructor
Practical application of classroom education and skills in a related field placement. Professionally supervised.

PSY 470 Learning and Memory 3 hours
Prerequisites: MTH 100, ENG 108, ENG 312, PSY 205, PSY 305, junior or senior standing; or permission of instructor. Term: 1, alternate years
Empirical and theoretical examination of changes in behavior based on experiences in laboratory and natural settings. Surveys theories that account for behavioral change and common experimental paradigms. Emphasis on in-class experiments and reporting using scientific writing. Writing intensive.

PSY 488 Cooperative Field Experience 2-6 hours
Prerequisite: Departmental approval
Supervised work experience in psychology.

PSY 491 Independent Study 1-4 hours
Prerequisites: PSY 205, junior or senior standing, departmental approval
For intensive advanced research with specified methodology and product.

PSY 496 Department Research: Senior Seminar 3 hours
Prerequisites: PSY 360, PSY 305, ENG 312‚ and PSY 301. Term: 1
Topic to be selected by student with approval of instructor. May be library-research based or an original research project. Requires written and oral presentations. Writing intensive.