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Undergraduate Courses in Psychology (PSY)

  • 2110 Applying Your Degree (1-0). Students will explore a variety of career opportunities that can be pursued after obtaining a degree in Psychology. Topics may include: resume writing, interviewing skills, conducting a job search, and how to tailor skills learned in the degree to qualities sought by employers.

    2301/PSYC 2301 General Psychology (3-0). Introduction to the scientific study of factors underlying behavior. In addition to the physiological bases of behavior, other factors such as intelligence, learning, motivation, emotion, and perception are covered.

    2304 Developmental Psychology (3-0). A study of psychological, social, cultural, physical and emotional factors in personality development and behavior. Emphasis will be given to developmental changes from conception through death.
    Prerequisite: Psychology 2301 or 2315.

    2315/PSYC 2315 Psychology of Adjustment (3-0). A study of the dynamics of human behavior from a life adjustment approach. Representative topics include stress management, understanding personality, love, marriage, human sexuality, and death and bereavement. Credit may not be applied to a major or minor in psychology.

    2319/PSYC 2319 Social Psychology (3-0). A survey of environmental forces as they affect individual and group behavior. Topics to be studied include subcultural influences, group dynamics, attitude change, interpersonal attraction, prosocial behavior and health. (Credit may not be earned for this course and Sociology 2326.)
    Prerequisite: Psychology 2301 or Sociology 1301.

    2321 Research Methods and Statistical Analysis (3-0). A survey of experimental and non-experimental methods of gathering data as well as the statistics required to analyze this data. Analyses include measures of central tendency and variability, correlation, regression, standard scores, t-tests, analysis of variance, and chi square.

    3301 Experimental Psychology (3-0). This course seeks to provide an integrated blend of content and methodology in representative areas of experimental psychology, with methods discussed in the context of actual research. Some representative areas include psychophysics, perception, learning, memory, problem solving, and human factors.
    Prerequisite: Psychology 2301.

    3303 Learning and Memory (3-0). A study of the principles of learning and memory and how they relate to understanding behavior. The course will review theories of classical and instrumental conditional conditioning, biological constraints on learning and memory, memory formation, thinking and language.
    Prerequisite: Psychology 2301.

    3307 Motivation (3-0). A study of theories and research on biological and acquired motives in humans. Topics include emotions, hunger, sex, aggression, achievement, affiliation, and power.
    Prerequisite: Psychology 2301.

    3309 Industrial-Organizational Psychology (3-0). A study of the methods and principles of psychology applied to work situations. Emphasis will be placed on leadership, communication, job satisfaction, performance evaluation, consumer problems, and productivity.
    Prerequisite: Psychology 2301.

    3311 Psychological Testing (3-0). A survey of a wide variety of both group and individual psychological tests. Students will be introduced to personality, intelligence/aptitude, vocational interest, and achievement instruments that are frequently used. Technical considerations associated with test validity, reliability, objectivity, and standardization will be considered.
    Prerequisites: Psychology 2301, 2321 (or equivalent).

    3313 Introduction to Counseling Psychology (3-0). An introduction to the history and profession of counseling and a survey of the major counseling theories.
    Prerequisite: Psychology 2301.

    3315 Child Psychology (3-0). A study of physical, cognitive and social development from birth through childhood. Topics include childbirth, bonding, parenting styles, abuse, divorce, day care, and the role of genetic and environmental factors in the development of individual differences and similarities.
    Prerequisite: Psychology 2301.

    3317 Applied Psychology (3-0). This course provides a survey of the career fields in psychology and the skills needed to select and pursue them. Career options will be considered at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. Also, the steps involved in applying to graduate school will be addressed.
    Prerequisite: Psychology 2301.

    3319 Adolescent Psychology (3-0). An examination of the physical, cognitive, and social development of adolescents, as well as the influence of contextual factors. Includes critical thinking about developmental processes, theories, concepts, and research.

    3321 Intermediate Statistics and Research Methods (3-0). Further experience with research design and the analysis, interpretation, and presentation of data. Students will gain experience with statistical software for data analysis.
    Prerequisites: Psychology 2301, 2321.

    3323 Cultural Psychology (3-0). A study of the role of cultural norms in psychological and behavioral diversity. Topics include immigration, globalization, and the influence of socio-cultural forces on similarities and differences in human thought, emotion, personality, and behavior.
    Prerequisite: Psychology 2301.

    3325 Psychology of Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Discrimination (3-0). An introduction to theories and empirical research concerning stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination. This course explores a variety of perspectives regarding stigmatized groups and analyzes how relevant theories/perspectives are depicted in popular films.
    Prerequisite: Psychology 2301.

    3327 Psychology of Leadership (3-0). An examination of classic and contemporary theories of leadership, including their evolution and an analysis of strengths and weaknesses. Applications are made to real-world leaders and a critique of their effectiveness. Topics include leadership styles, personality, self-analysis, and perspectives of leadership across diverse individuals, groups.
    Prerequisite: Psychology 2301.

    3329 Educational Psychology (3-0). An introduction to the field of educational psychology, including the theoretical and applied aspects of learning, motivation, human development, personality, and evaluation. Information from different branches of psychology are integrated to fit a variety of contexts, such as human services, education, occupational, legal, medical, and recreational.
    Prerequisite: Psychology 2301.

    4191 Research. Practice in planning, conducting, and/or reporting laboratory, field, or library research. (May be taken three times for credit.)
    Prerequisite: Psychology 2301.

    4301 Personality (3-0). A study of the theories of personality formation and development. Considers the individual as a social and biological organism and relates both sets of factors to the development of personality.
    Prerequisite: Psychology 2301.

    4303 History of Psychology (3-0). A study of the historical origins of psychology, the effect of science, contributing schools of psychology, and psychological theories.
    Prerequisite: Psychology 2301.

    4305 Abnormal Psychology (3-0). This course is designed to provide an understanding of normal versus abnormal behavior. In addition, the characteristics, etiology, and treatment of psychological disorders affecting adults will be reviewed.
    Prerequisite: Psychology 2301.

    4309 Cognition (3-0). A study of higher level intellectual processes, including attention, knowledge representation, problem solving, decision making, expertise, and language.
    Prerequisite: Psychology 2301.

    4313 Behavioral Neuroscience (3-0). A study of the interaction between the nervous systems and behavior. Representative topics include the structure and function of the nervous system, learning and memory, neurological/neuropsychiatric and language disorders, sleep and waking, aggression and effects of abused drugs.
    Prerequisite: Psychology 2301.

    4315 Child and Adolescent Psychopathology (3-0). This course is designed to provide an understanding of the characteristics, etiology, and treatment of psychological disorders affecting children and adolescents.
    Prerequisites: Psychology 2301, 4305.

    4319 Drugs and Behavior (3-0). A study of the various drugs of abuse, both legal and illegal. Consideration of drug use and misuse, the political and social ramifications, and drug abuse prevention and treatment.
    Prerequisite: Psychology 2301.

    4321 Seminar in Psychological Research (3-0). A step-by-step guide to conducting research on contemporary topics in Psychology. Students will develop hypotheses, design a study, collect data, statistically analyze the data, interpret the results, and write and present a research report.
    Prerequisites: Psychology 2301, 2321, 3321.

    4323 Advanced Social Psychology (3-0). An in-depth study of selected topics in social psychology, emphasizing classic and contemporary readings.
    Prerequisite: Psychology 2319 or Sociology 2326.

    4325 Professional Ethics (3-0). A study of values, standards, and ethical ideas that guide professional applications of psychology in teaching, research, and practice, including an in-depth exploration of ethical principles and professional codes of conduct.

    4327 Human Sexuality (3-0). Provides a biopsychosocial perspective on human sexuality across the lifespan. Topics include the male and female sexual anatomy/physiology, multicultural perspective of sexuality, sexual behavior, sexual orientations, sexuality across the life cycle, the prevention and treatment of sexuality problems, and social problems related to human sexuality.

    4329 Evolutionary Psychology (3-0). A broad survey of relevant areas of study in the application of evolutionary theory to psychology and human behavior. Appropriate for students in psychology and the biological sciences.

    4331 Psychology of Aging (3-0). A study of psychological perspectives of aging and applications. Topics include cognitive and biological changes, psychopathologies and physiological maladies that are unique to this population, healthy ways to manage this developmental stage, and intervention strategies.
    Prerequisite: Psychology 2301.

    4332 Applying Cultural Awareness (3-0). This course explores cultural awareness by focusing on how we perceive and understand individuals with different backgrounds, viewpoints, and experiences. Course material will emphasize diversity and focus on examining the role that thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors play in how we interact with people in both the personal and professional arenas.

    4333 Environmental Psychology (3-0). An interdisciplinary field focusing on the reciprocal relationship between environment and humans. The field defines environment broadly, encompassing natural, built, learning, and informational environments, as well as social settings. Topics may include psychological theories and research findings about the current environmental state, sustainability, design, ergonomics, behavior modification, health, motivation, stress and more.

    4335 Health Psychology (3-0). A study and application of contemporary theories and research in health psychology. Emphasis is on the interplay of biological, psychological, and social factors in relation to illness and wellness. Topics include pain and its management, behavioral factors in cardiovascular disease, weight management, alternative methods of healing, and connections between stress and disease.
    Prerequisite: Psychology 2301.

    4371, 4671 Internship in Psychology. The student will be assigned to work in a human service agency. (Psychology 4371 may be repeated once.)
    Prerequisite: Completion of 15 semester credit hours in undergraduate psychology, department selection.

    4381 Special Topics (3-0). Selected topics in psychology. (May be repeated once for credit when topic varies.)
    Prerequisite: Junior standing.

    4391 Research. A specialized course which may be directed reading or research for superior students majoring in psychology. (May be repeated once for credit.)
    Prerequisite: Junior standing.

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