Academics

Course Descriptions

PSY 120. General Psychology. (3)

An introductory survey of basic principles of behavior; sensation and perception, conditioning and learning, memory and language, emotion and motivation, intelligence, and social influences on behavior, and other current topics appropriate to a general understanding of the broad field of psychology. Psychology 120 partially satisfies Core Curriculum requirements in Social Sciences, Area E-2. Offered every semester.

PSY 220.  Research Methods for the Social Scientist. (3)

Prerequisite: PSY 120.

A course that introduces students to the basics of research methodology within the social sciences. It focuses on methods of research, as well as experimental design and proper variable manipulation. In addition, the course introduces oversight bodies that govern research within institutions.Required for Psychology majors and concentrations. Offered fall semester.

 

 

PSY 230. Developmental Psychology. (3)

 

Prerequisite: PSY 120.

A survey of development across the human life span from conception to death, with special emphasis on the period of most rapid change prior to adulthood. Required for Psychology majors. Offered spring semester.

PSY 231. Abnormal Psychology. (3)

Prerequisite: PSY 120.

A survey of historical and contemporary conceptions of abnormal behavior including assessment, theoretical perspectives, research, and treatment.  Offered fall semester, even-numbered years.

PSY 236. Social Psychology. (3)

Prerequisite: PSY 120 or SOC 101.

A study of the characteristics of individuals in relation to social groups,  focusing on interpersonal attraction, aggression, conformity, attitude formation and change, socialization, and small group dynamics. Psychology 236 and Sociology 236 are cross-listed. Students may receive credit for either, but not for both courses. Psychology 236 and Sociology 236 can be counted either for the Psychology or the Sociology major, but not for both. Required for Psychology majors and concentrations. Offered fall semester, odd-numbered years.

PSY 300.  History and Systems.  (3)
Prerequisite: PSY 120.

This course will explore psychology’s roots and major divisions as defined by the American Psychological Association. Required for Psychology majors and concentrations. Offered fall semester.
 
PSY 311.  Tests and Measures. (3)
Prerequisite: PSY 120 or EDU 230.

This course prepares students in the theory of evaluation and statistical treatment of psycho-educational testing. Offered at departmental discretion.
 
PSY 312. Applied/Forensic Psychology. (3)
Prerequisite: PSY 120.
An investigation of the practical and professional application of psychological principles, with a focus on the principles of forensic psychology. Students will also receive career information on the graduate training required to prepare for a variety of applied psychology specialties.Required for Forensic Psychology concentration.Offered spring semester.
 
PSY 322.  Educational Psychology. (3)
Prerequisite: PSY 120.

An introduction to the research and practices related to the process of education from the perspectives of the professions of education and psychology. Emphasis will be placed on: physical, cognitive, moral and psychological development; learning theory; motivation; the concept of intelligence and the exceptional child; and the nature of testing and assessment in the classroom.
Recommended for those interested in teaching and learning in any setting.
Offered at departmental discretion.
 
PSY 325.  Personality. (3)
Prerequisite: PSY 120.
A survey of major theories and their application to personality assessment and personality development.Required for Forensic Psychology concentration.
Offered fall semester, even-numbered years.

 

PSY 330. Theories of Counseling. (3)

Prerequisite: PSY 120.

This course will expose students to several major theories of counseling. Students who are planning careers in psychology, social work, educational guidance, pastoral counseling, and various areas of health care should find the contents of this course especially useful. Offered fall semester, odd-numbered years.

PSY 332. Introduction to the Exceptional Child. (3)

Prerequisite: PSY 120 or EDU 230.

An introduction to atypical or exceptional children in public schools, their special challenges, and ways their specific needs can be met.  A field experience requiring student visits to public schools is required for this course. Psychology 332 partially meets Core Curriculum requirements in History and Social Sciences, Area E-2. Offered spring semester.

PSY 340. Psychology of Aging, Dying, and Death. (3)

Prerequisite: PSY 120.

This course offers a broad overview of the psychological aspects of aging, dying, and death. Topics include current American views and issues as well as historical and cross-cultural practices and customs.

Offered at departmental discretion.

PSY 350. Theories of Learning. (3)

Prerequisite: PSY 120.

A study of current theories of how memory, acquisition of new information, forgetting and retrieval are understood.  Offered at departmental discretion.

PSY 360. Cognitive Psychology. (3)

Prerequisite: PSY 120.

A study of current theories of how memory, acquisition of new information, forgetting and retrieval are understood.

Required for Psychology majors, or PSY 350 may be substituted; required for concentrations.Offered spring semester, even-numbered years. 

 

 

PSY 370.  Physiological Psychology. (3)

Prerequisite: PSY 120. An investigation into how the central nervous system works and organizes information for coherent behavior and thought processes. Injury and pathology of the central nervous system will also be studied.

Required for Psychology majors and concentrations.

Offered fall semester.

 

PSY 400.  Ethics in Psychology. (1)

Prerequisite: PSY 120. Co-requisite: PSY 402

Prerequisite or co-requisite: SSC 230. A seminar class examining the development of the American Psychological Association code of ethics as it pertains to research in the social sciences.

Open to juniors and seniors only.

Required for Psychology majors and concentrations.

Offered spring semester.

 

 

PSY 402. Experimental Psychology. (3)

Prerequisite: PSY 120.

Prerequisite or co-requisite: SSC 230.

A laboratory course in which students will design and conduct psychological experiments. A formal presentation of results will be presented before the instructor and other class members.

Open to juniors and seniors only. Required for Psychology majors. Offered spring semester.

PSY 480. Seminar in Selected Topics. (3)

Prerequisite: PSY 120.

A topic of interest to the student may be investigated in depth. These might include substance abuse, dysfunctional families, suicide, psychotherapy, etc. Open to juniors and seniors. Offered at departmental discretion.

PSY 485. Seminar in Professional Topics. (3)

Prerequisite: PSY 120.

This course will focus on classic and contemporary studies which have contributed significantly to our view of modern psychology. Additionally, the practical concerns of preparing for careers and graduate school opportunities will be explored. Open to juniors and seniors.  Offered at departmental discretion.

PSY 491, 492. Independent Study. (1-3)

Guided research in Psychology. Open to Psychology majors with a B average and with the approval of the instructor. Offered at departmental discretion. Subject to rules and regulations.

PSY 493, 494.  Independent Study in Lab Psychology.  (1-3)
Prerequisites: PSY 120, PSY 220, PSY 400/402. An independent study course involving membership in a psychology lab for a 6 credit or one-year duration (if 3 hours are taken in fall and spring). Students will work on research projects pertaining to the lab as a whole, or individual projects at faculty discretion. Students must be enrolled in the Experimental Psychology concentration. Limited to majors in Psychology with a “Baverage and the approval of the instructor. Required for Experimental Psychology concentration.Offered at departmental discretion.
Subject to regulations and restrictions.

PSY 495, 496. Internships. (1-3)
Internships or practical experience in an approved program of study.
Limited to majors in Psychology with a B average and the approval of the instructor. Offered at departmental discretion. Subject to regulations and restrictions on page 62 of the Catalog.

Course Descriptions