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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 hours
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

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: 1; 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.

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 prenursing 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: 2, alternate years

Overview of the treatment and etiology of the major current diagnostic categories of psychopathology. Special attention to societal attitudes about mental illness. Online.

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, 2  

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 312‚ PSY 205; PSY 225 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. May include service learning.

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 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 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‚ PSY 301, and permission of the instructor. 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.