Psychology

PSY 11103 (TM) General Psychology

Introduction to individual human behavior, history of psychology, present definition of psychology, perception and sensation, intelligence and its measurement, maturation, principles of learning, motivation and emotions, personality, abnormal behavior, socialization, and group influence.

Offered Fall, Spring, Summer for 3 Semester hours.

PSY 21103 Human Growth and Development

A longitudinal study of human development stressing the importance of developmental sequences in motor, emotional, social, language, intelligence, and imaginative life, and the importance of developmental tasks and roles that parents, teachers, and other concerned adults play in their accomplishments. Prerequisite: PSY 11103 (“C” letter grade or higher).

Offered Fall, Spring for 3 Semester hours.

PSY 21401 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences Co-Requirement

This course accompanies PSY 21503 and serves to supplement course material with additional practice and mentorship. It is designed to help those students whose placement test scores and/or mathematical abilities do not meet college-level expectations.

Offered Fall for 1 Semester hours.

PSY 21503 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences

This course examines the methods, applications, and interpretation of statistics as applied to the behavioral sciences. Topics include: calculating and presenting descriptive data, correlations and simple regressions, when and how to use parametric and nonparametric techniques including t-tests, regression, ANOVA, and organization, interpretation, and presentation of real-world data. This course differs from similar courses offered in the Mathematics Department in that emphasis is placed on practical applications of these concepts and principles, providing students with the ability to select and apply appropriate techniques for analyzing data and the ability to critically evaluate and understand research data analyses when found in written materials such as newspapers, research reports, and other analytical media. Prerequisite: PSY 11103 (C- or better), MTH 11203 or its equivalent (C- or better).

Offered Fall for 3 Semester hours.

PSY 22804 Memory and Cognition

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to human cognition: our ways of coming to know about the world and about one another. This course will concentrate on the classic topics in adult cognition: perception, memory, attention, categorization, problem solving, reason, and decision-making. Special attention will be paid to the relationship between logic and the psychology of reasoning. Prerequisites: PSY 11103 (C- or better).

Offered Fall for 4 Semester hours.

PSY 25203 Behavior Modification

This study includes aspects of how people acquire information about the structure of our environment and how we use this information in effective living. The course will include an examination of classical conditioning, operant conditioning, concept identification, problem solving, and the biological systems that enhance or impair learning. Prerequisite: PSY 11103 (“C-” letter grade or higher). Course fee required.

Offered Fall, Spring for 3 Semester hours.

PSY 26204 Research Methods

An advanced study of the statistical, ethical, and practical aspects of experimental research design, implementation, and analysis. Research Methods is designed to provide students with experience and information about research methods used in Psychology and the behavioral sciences. Students will learn how to study human brain processes by observing human behavior using established scientific principles. The course will consist of lecture, discussion and research sessions. The lecture and discussion portions of the courses will be devoted to presenting background material associated with various concepts and topics that are essential to understanding and conducting psychological research. The research portion of the courses is devoted to illustrating and providing hands-on experience with many of these concepts and topics. Some areas that will be explored included: ethics, data interpretation, experimental design and planning, conducting and presenting research based on student ideas. Prerequisites: (All with “C-“: letter grade or higher) PSY 11103, PSY 21503.

Offered Spring for 4 Semester hours.

PSY 29901-03 Directed Studies in Psychology

Independent study and/or research under the supervision of an instructor in Psychology. May include directed research and readings, formal in-depth study of a topic of special interest to the student, individual projects, special educational experiences, or a practicum in which theories and their practical applications are brought together in a single educational experience. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing and the completion of at least six credit hours in the discipline, as well as sponsorship by a full-time psychology faculty member, and approval of the Dean of the College of Behavioral Sciences.

Offered On Demand for 1-3 Semester hours.

PSY 33103 Organizational Psychology

An exploration of the principles and methods of applied psychology in organizations which will prepare the student for participation in management, executive training, creativity, group decision making, organizational climate and effectiveness, job satisfaction, nonfinancial motivators, and management roles. Emphasis will be on laboratory exercises designed to develop skills through personal experience. Prerequisite: PSY 11103 (“C-” letter grade or higher).

Offered On Demand for 3 Semester hours.

PSY 33203 Social Psychology

An integrative interactionist approach to the experience and behavior of the individual in relation to social stimulus situations. Prerequisite: PSY 11103 (“C-” letter grade or higher).

Offered Fall for 3 Semester hours.

PSY 34103 Young Adolescence to Adulthood

Study of normal patterns of physical, cognitive, moral, social, and sexual development in adolescence and young adulthood with particular attention given to Piaget’s theories of cognitive and moral development, Kohlberg’s theory of moral development, Erikson’s theory of psychosocial development, and deviations from the normal patterns of development in adolescence and emerging adulthood. Some topic areas covered may include eating disorders, suicide, teen violence, and bullying. Prerequisite: PSY 11103 (“C-” letter grade or higher).

Offered On Demand for 3 Semester hours.

PSY 34203 Physiological Psychology

This course studies the physiological and biological bases of human behavior, including in-depth treatment of neural communication, and examination of current research into mechanisms underlying emotion, motivation, learning, and other complex behavior. Prerequisites: BIO 11404 (“C-“letter grade or higher), PSY 22803 (C- or better)

Offered Fall for 3 Semester hours.

PSY 35103 Psychological Tests and Measurements

Survey of major tests of intelligence, aptitude, interest, and personality as presently used in clinics, schools, personnel offices, and research settings. Emphasis on evaluation and comparison of tests, rationale of test construction, and ethical considerations in testing. Prerequisite: PSY 11103 (“C-” letter grade or higher).

Offered On Demand for 3 Semester hours.

PSY 36103 Sensation and Perception

This course examines the way the brain encodes stimulus information that results in sensations and perceptions. We will utilize scientific research and concepts as we explore across all modalities with a focus on visual perception. We will also study the perceptual experiences of attention, time, and consciousness. For a more indepth understanding of these processes, we will look at scientific techniques that measure perceptual experiences. Prerequisites: PSY 11103 (“C-“ letter grade or higher) and PSY 34203 (“C-“ letter grade or higher).

Offered On Demand for 3 Semester hours.

PSY 37103 Personality

An examination of several prominent personality theories and their present applications. Prerequisite: PSY 11103 (“C-” letter grade or higher).

Offered Spring for 3 Semester hours.

PSY 38801-03 Selected Topics in Psychology

A seminar course involving the study of some aspect of psychology that does not fall under one of the other course descriptions. Prerequisite: PSY 11103 (“C-“ letter grade or higher).

Offered On Demand for 1-3 Semester hours.

PSY 39503 Laboratory Experience I

This course serves as an instruction to laboratory research in psychology. Students can begin work on their own project or work on current research taking place in the laboratory of their choice. The nature of laboratory research varies by project and by stage of project, so duties may include, but are not limited to, training on laboratory equipment and procedures, literature review and analysis, writing an APA formatted research proposal, preparing laboratory documents, participant recruitment, data collection and/or analysis, presenting in formal settings and/or at professional conferences, laboratory maintenance, and general promotion of psychology and science. Prerequisites: PSY 26204 and instructor approval.

Offered On Demand for 3 Semester hours.

PSY 39902-06 Independent Study in Psychology

Independent study and/or research under the supervision of a faculty member of Psychology. May include directed research and readings, formal in-depth study of a topic of special interest to the student, individual projects, special education experiences, or a practicum in which theories and their practical applications are brought together in a single educational experience. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing, completion of at least six credit hours in the discipline, sponsorship by a full-time Psychology faculty member, and approval of the Dean of the College of Behavioral Sciences.

Offered On Demand for 2-6 Semester hours.

PSY 42203 Counseling Skills and Theoretical Foundations

An introduction to the skills of helping and making a difference in people’s lives. Reviews different types of counselors and their theoretical orientations. Examines important historical developments that have shaped the evolution of the counseling profession. Students will explore the “self as instrument” concept in developing their own philosophy of the therapeutic relationship. A study of mental disorders, changing conceptions of normality, common forms of mental disorders and their psychological interpretation, and the principles of effective metal hygiene as it applies to the individual, home, school, and society. Prerequisite: PSY 11103 (“C-“letter grade or higher). 

Offered Spring for 3 Semester hours.

PSY 47103 Abnormal Psychology

A study of mental disorders, changing conceptions of normality, common forms of mental disorders and their psychological interpretation, and the principles of effective mental hygiene as it applies to the individual, home, school, and society.

Offered Spring for 3 Semester hours.

PSY 47603 History and Systems of Psychology

A historical review of the important systematic positions in psychology viewed in a broad social and intellectual context. Emphasis will be given to the roots of psychology in philosophy, as well as modern theories of psychology as a science. Prerequisites: PSY 11103 (“C-” letter grade or higher and Junior/Senior standing.

Offered Spring for 3 Semester hours.

PSY 47901-06 Community Practicum in Psychology

A field experience focusing on observation and participation in the activities of an agency or organization that provides psychological, mental health, educational, or research services in the community. May be repeated once for a maximum of six (6) credit hours. Prerequisites: Accepted psychology majors only, Junior or Senior standing, sponsorship by a full-time member of the Psychology faculty, and approval by the Dean of the Behavioral Sciences.

Offered On Demand for 1-6 Semester hours.

PSY 47903 Senior Capstone

This is a research and writing course in which students will practice oral and written communication skills necessary for entering graduate school or the job market. Students will investigate a topic, conduct a full literature review, and write one of two term papers. Prerequisites: PSY 26204 and Junior/Senior level standing.

Offered Spring for 3 Semester hours.

 

PSY 49503 Laboratory Experience II

This course serves as an advanced laboratory experience. Students can continue/complete their own project and/or take on a leadership role as Lead Research Assistant. Both roles include organizing and conducting laboratory research. Prerequisites: PSY 39503 and instructor permission.

Offered On Demand for 3 Semester hours.