Undergraduate 2017-2018

College of Education and Behavioral Sciences

School of Psychological Sciences

PSY 120 Principles of Psychology

Surveys psychology as a science and applied discipline, including research methods, statistics, learning, motivation, sensation, perception, intelligence, personality and physiological, developmental, social and abnormal psychology. (LAC, gtP)


PSY 200 Psychological Statistics and Design

Prerequisite: PSY 120 and LAC Math Course (MATH 120 or MATH 124 suggested). Majors only. Covers basic statistical analysis procedures. Emphasizes descriptive and inferential statistics as well as computer applications for data manipulation.


PSY 230 Human Growth and Development

Introduction to the science of developmental psychology. Study basic concepts and issues related to cognitive, socioemotional and physical development from conception through senescence. (LAC, gtP)


PSY 247 Adolescent Learning and Motivation

Principles of adolescent learning, development, and motivation with applications for secondary classroom setting. (LAC)


PSY 255 Abnormal Psychology

Prerequisite: PSY 120. Study abnormal behavior: causes, symptoms, characteristics, classification, prevention and treatment.


PSY 265 Social Psychology

Survey major areas of social psychology, discussing nature of and factors involved in human social behavior, impression management, prosocial behavior, aggression, conformity, obedience to authority, attitude change and interpersonal attraction. (LAC, gtP)


PSY 271 Psychological Testing and Measurements

Prerequisite: PSY 120. Receive an introduction to psychological test theory, interpretation of results, group and individual tests (cognitive, affective and psychomotor), reliability, validity and standardization procedures.


PSY 280 Psychology of Human Sexuality

Prerequisite: PSY 120. The Psychology of Human Sexuality is a survey course in human reproductive behavior. Topics include pregnancy and contraception, behaviors associated with the spread of sexuality transmitted infections, romance and coupling behavior, sex trades, sexual orientation, gender identity, aberrant sexual behavior and sexual dysfunction. Psychology and behavior of sexuality will be stressed.


PSY 300 Research Methods in Psychology

(3 lecture, 0 laboratory) Prerequisites: PSY 120, PSY 200. This class and required lab afford all psychology majors the opportunity to learn the foundations of research methodology, design, and analysis.


PSY 323 Health Psychology

Prerequisite: PSY 120. Explore psychological factors in maintenance of wellness, treatment of illnesses and recovery from or adjustment to ongoing health problems. Study theory, research methods and clinical applications in health psychology.


PSY 330 Child and Adolescent Psychology

Prerequisite: PSY 230. Focus on human development from conception through adolescence, particularly physical, cognitive and socioemotional development. Learn research methods for studying developmental processes.


PSY 331 Maturity and Aging

Prerequisite: PSY 230. Explore physical, cognitive and socioemotional variables related to adult development encompassing an age range from 20 to over 100. Emphasis in learning various research methods.


PSY 332 Psychology of Death and Dying

Prerequisite: PSY 120. Explore the dying process, funeral rites/rituals, grief and bereavement of Western and other cultures. Topics include loss experiences, fear of death, reactions to death, euthanasia, suicide, and the care and treatment of the terminally ill.


PSY 341 Principles of Learning

Prerequisite: PSY 120. Explore principles of classical and operant conditioning. Understand principles as the basis for concept learning, problem-solving, information processing and memory. Emphasis on human behavior in everyday life.


PSY 347 Educational Psychology for Elementary Teachers

Restricted to students pursuing a licensure-seeking major and cumulative GPA of at least 2.75. Study the relationships between theory, research, and practice in learning, memory, child development, motivation, and educational assessment for elementary classroom settings.


PSY 349 Educational Psychology for Secondary Teachers

Restricted to students pursuing a licensure-seeking major and cumulative GPA of 2.50. Study the application of principles derived from research on learning, memory, adolescent development, motivation, and educational assessment and measurement to secondary classroom settings.


PSY 350 Theories of Personality

Prerequisite: PSY 120. Study psychological theories and research methods used to explain personality development and functioning including psychoanalytic, neopsychoanalytic, cognitive, behavioral, humanistic and type-trait theories.


PSY 365 Psychology and the Law

Prerequisite: PSY 265 or SOC 332. Examine social psychological theories and methods related to the legal system issues e.g., jury selection, eyewitness testimony, and death penalty cases.


PSY 366 Industrial Psychology

Prerequisite: PSY 120.Discover basic methods employed by psychologists in selection, placement, training and motivation of industrial personnel. Examine psychological factors influencing morale, production and job satisfaction.


PSY 375 Sensation and Perception

Prerequisite: PSY 120. Survey of how humans perceive the world through vision, hearing, touch, taste and smell. Examine physiological mechanisms, sensory processes, development, and theories of perception for each sensory modality.


PSY 380 Introduction to Physiological Psychology

Prerequisites: PSY 120, Introduction to BIO/ZOO or equivalent. This class is designed to give students an introduction to neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and psychopharmacology while stressing the functional relationship between the nervous system and behavior.


PSY 401 Advanced Research Methods in Psychology

Prerequisite: Prerequisites: PSY 300, Majors Only, Juniors or above, and 3.0 GPA and above. This class will cover advanced topics in research methods and statistical techniques, including multi-factor designs and statistical analyses, post-hoc tests, qualitative research, and advanced topics in research ethics. Each student will conduct a literature review, design a research study, collect/analyze data, and report results consistent with A.P.A. style in written and oral form.


PSY 407 Introduction to Counseling Theories

Prerequisite: Prerequisites: PSY 350, Majors Only. Juniors or above and 3.0 GPA and above. Survey current theoretical approaches with individuals and groups. Not intended as training in counseling approaches, but as basis for future study.


PSY 422 Directed Studies

Individualized investigation under the direct supervision of a faculty member. (Minimum of 37.5 clock hours required per credit hour.) Repeatable, maximum concurrent enrollment is two times.

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PSY 430 Developmental Disabilities and Psychopathology

Prerequisites: PSY 230. Juniors and above. 3.0 GPA or higher. This course will examine the major categories of disability (e.g., mental retardation, learning disability, autism) and psychopathology (e.g., anxiety, depression) that can be diagnosed during childhood and adolescence.


PSY 440 Cognition

Prerequisite: PSY 120. Explore human cognition by examining perception, attention, memory, intelligence, problem and cognitive development. Become familiar with neural bases of cognition, theoretical perspectives and research methods.


PSY 443 Motivation

Prerequisite: PSY 120. Investigate motivational concepts and related research: drive, goals, direction, incentive, reinforcement, external stimulation, emotion, homeostasis, biological aspects, instinct and self-actualization.


PSY 460 Clinical Psychology

Prerequisites: PSY 120 and PSY 255. Majors only. Juniors or above. 3.0 GPA or above. Examine roles and skills required of a clinical psychologist including ethics, multicultural issues, limitations, and skills.


PSY 467 Psychology of Prejudice

Prerequisite: PSY 120. Understand basic causes of prejudice and how prejudicial behavior is learned and diminished. Experience increased understanding of others.


PSY 475 Evolution and Behavior

Prerequisite: PSY 120, Juniors and above. 3.0 GPA or above. This course surveys the field of evolutionary psychology, focusing on theories that attempt to explain human behavior in terms of evolution and natural selection.


PSY 480 Physiological Psychology

(4 lecture, 2 laboratory) Prerequisites: PSY 120, introduction to BIO/ZOO or equivalent. Required laboratory. Survey neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, functional relationship between nervous system and behavior. Review sensory and motor processes and investigative procedures. Consider biochemical correlates of learning and other behaviors.


PSY 481 Advanced Physiological Psychology

Prerequisites: PSY 380, Majors only, Juniors or above and 3.0 GPA or above. This class and required zero credit lab investigates higher-order physiological processing of the nervous system through lecture and experiential learning activities. Topics may include the sensory systems, sleep, reproductive behavior, emotion, learning, memory, and/or human communication. Course fee required.


PSY 482 Behavioral Genetics

Prerequisite: PSY 120. Majors only. Juniors and above. 3.0 GPA and above. Introductory genetics course recommended. Consider genetic basis of behavior in humans and animals, contemporary issues, including genetic counseling, eugenics, intelligence and genetic correlates of psychopathology.


PSY 491 Psychology Field Experience

Prerequisite: PSY 120. Juniors and above. Majors only and consent of instructor. Get full or part-time experience working with professionals in psychology, for one or more semesters. Make arrangements with instructor and supervisor during semester before registration. S/U graded. Repeatable, maximum of six credits.

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PSY 492 Instructional Aide

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Assist in instructional tasks under the direct supervision of a faculty member. S/U graded, repeatable, maximum of six credits.

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PSY 493 Practicum in Psychology

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor and school director. Assist psychology faculty with research or laboratory; 38 clock hours per credit hour. Maximum of four (4) credits apply to psychology major. S/U graded. Repeatable, maximum of six credits.

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PSY 495 Special Topics in Psychology

Prerequisite: PSY 120 and juniors or above. Scheduled on irregular basis. Repeatable, under different subtitles.

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