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PSY 101 : General Psychology

This course is an overall survey of the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Topics include biology of behavior,sensation and perception consciousness, learning and memory,intelligence,motivation and emotion, stress and personality.
3 Credits
Prerequisites None

PSY 102 : History of Psychology

This course examines the roots of modern psychological thought. Students will trace these roots from their early origins in philosophy and the natural sciences through the early schools of psychology and on into its current form. In addition to learning about the major schools of psychology,students will explore how cultural and political forces shaped the development of various psychological theories. In addition,students will also examine the lives of the men and women whose works created psychology's foundation. Students will select a person or a classic experiment to research and present to the class.
3 Credits
Prerequisites: Psy-101

PSY 201 : Statistics in Behavioral Sciences

This course provides students with an introduction to statistical and research methods.Various types of research designs and the process of developing a research proposal will be studied along with the statistical techniques for analysis of numerical data.
3 Credits
Prerequisites: PSY-101 or PSY-203

PSY 202 : Research Methods in Behavioral Sciences

This course is a continuation of Psy 201. Students will complete research projects designed in Psy 201 and develop skills in data analysis and writing research papers.
3 Credits
Prerequisites: Psy-201

PSY 203 : Developmental Psychology

This course explores milestones of physical,cognitive and psychosocial development from conception through old age. Emphasis is placed on global principles that guide human growth and change across the lifespan. The course meets the core requirement in psychology.
3 Credits
Prerequisites None

PSY 204 : Physiological Psychology

This course examines the physiological basis of behavior through consideration of nervous and endocrine system structure and function followed by a detailed analysis of specific behaviors such as aggression,ingestion,sexual behaviors, sleep,and memory and learning.
3 Credits
Prerequisites: PSY-101 or PSY-203

PSY 205 : Social Psychology

This course studies the individual in society,social learning and perception,formation and measurement of attitudes,social norms and roles,public opinion and propaganda.
3 Credits
Prerequisites: PSY-101 or PSY-203

PSY 206 : Abnormal Psychology

This course scientifically describes and discusses the forms of abnormal behavior guided by the DSM-IV. Specific focus is placed on assessment and diagnosis, etiological factors,treatment possibilities,and predictions of recovery.
3 Credits
Prerequisites: PSY-101 or PSY-203

PSY 207 : Cognitive Psychology

This course will examine cognitive functioning in humans through a consideration of sensory register, attention,short-term and long-term memory. Topics include encoding,retrieval, comprehension, reasoning and problem-solving and language.
3 Credits
Prerequisites: PSY-101 or PSY-203

PSY 208 : Personality

This course examines multiple perspectives on the construct of personality. It aims to provide the student with a thorough background in the major theories as well as an ability to integrate and apply the concepts in these theories. To accomplish this, students will engage in case studies as they master the theories within each major perspective.
3 Credits
Prerequisites: PSY-101 or PSY-203

PSY 209 : Psychology As a Profession I

This first course in the two-semester Psychology as a Profession sequence provides a foundation for students considering a career in psychology or related fields. Students are guided in their own professional development via self-assessments of professional interests,establishment of professional goals and how facets of the psychology curriculum can be tailored to their individual needs. As part of the exploration,students will be acquainted with contemporary and historical issues in the profession of psychology (e.g.,professional organizations,licensure requirements)and will be provided with an overview of the many sub-fields and disciplines within psychology.
1 Credits
Prerequisites None

PSY 210 : Psychology As a Profession II

This second course in the two-semester psychology as a profession sequence provides a foundation for students considering a career in psychology or related fields. The emphasis of this seminar is to enable students to become more acquainted with baccalaureate-level career opportunities in psychology as well as professional career opportunities in psychology and related fields. Students will be guided in the process of researching and interviewing professionals within the community. Invited guest speakers from specialized careers within psychology and related fields will supplement lecture presentations of vocational and career opportunities.
1 Credits
Prerequisites: PSY-209

PSY 344 : Animal Behavior

This course examines the genetic, neuroanatomical, neurochemical and hormonal basis of anxiety disorders, mood disorders, substance-elated disorders, sexual and gender-identity disorders, personality disorders, psychotic disorders and childhood disorders. Physiological factors contributing to both the onset and maintenance of mental disorders will be covered.
3 Credits
Prerequisites None

PSY 353 : Social Psychology of Aging

This overview of psychology of aging stresses the social aspects of the aging process. Topics include theories of aging, intellectual, functioning and learning; mental health of aged and organic brain dysfunction; culture and the family and aging;dying and the grief process. This experimental course will include some field observations as well as lectures and discussions.
3 Credits
Prerequisites: PSY-101 or PSY-203

PSY 355 : Group Dynamics

This course examines in detail the complicated dynamics that emerge in groups of people. An overview is presented of the various types of groups and the effect of the group on the emotion,thought and behavior of the individual.
3 Credits
Prerequisites: Psy-205

PSY 356 : Theories of Counseling

This course explores the major theories,basic concepts and techniques of counseling. The student will be expected to demonstrate a working knowledge of the terminology, concepts and counseling applications of the major counseling theories, such as Psychoanalytic, Aldrian,Person-centered,Gestalt,Rational Emotive,Existential and Family Therapy. This course is suggested for students in all areas in which such a need exists in their professional work.
3 Credits
Prerequisites: Psy-206

PSY 357 : Sensation and Perception

This course is a review of the visual system,auditory system,somatosensory system and systems for taste and smell. Students will experience the unique features of each sensory and perceptual system through demonstrations and experiments.
3 Credits
Prerequisites: Psy-207

PSY 358 : Psychology of Human Relations

This course is a study of theories and processes of interpersonal behavior. It is primarily a laboratory for human relationship training and the content is designed to help students understand themselves in order to understand and relate effectively with others.
3 Credits
Prerequisites: Psy-208 Recommended

PSY 363 : Human Sexuality

This course is designed to provide students with a multidimensional overview of human sexuality and an opportunity to clarify their own sexual value systems. Human sexuality is considered from biological,cultural,psychosocial,developmental, behavioral and clinical perspectives.
3 Credits
Prerequisites: Psy-101 or Psy-203

PSY 364 : Neuropsychology

This course applies the knowledge gained from Physiological Psychology to an advanced study of human neuropsychology. Students will gain an appreciation of the relationship between the structure and function of the nervous system and qualities of mind and behavior.
3 Credits
Prerequisites: psy-204

PSY 365 : Forensic Psychology

This course will provide an introduction and overview to the field of forensic psychology. Attention will be given to the ways in which psychologists,either clinically or empirically,have or can influence the law in terms of issues such as assessment of competency and sanity,legal decision-making,jury composition,police psychology,eyewitness testimony,criminal behavior and profiling, and juvenile and family legal matters.
3 Credits
Prerequisites: Psy-205

PSY 366 : Psychological Assessment

This course will provide an introduction to and focus on the major characteristics of psychological assessment. Such assessment includes the measurement of human skills and abilities,aptitudes,and aspects of psychological functioning such as personality and psychopathology. The course will be organized in two parts. The first part of the course will provide students with a background in psychometric principles including how to evaluate tests (i.e,reliability,validity,etc) and procedures in test development (e.g.,item analysis,construct validation). Issues in effective test administration will also be covered. The latter portion of the course will cover popular means of assessment including interviewing and a survey of the most popular psychological tests. Students will gain some "hands on" experience with these assessment devices through demonstration and self-administration.
3 Credits
Prerequisites: Psy-101 or Psy-203

PSY 367 : Psychology of Consciousness

This course examines consciousness "last great mystery of science". Excluded from scientific research for most of the last century,consciousness is now a rapidly expanding area of study in both psychology and neuroscience. This course will discuss all the major theories of consciousness,from those rooted in traditional western philosophy to those coming out of neuroscience,quantum theory,and Eastern philosophy.Students will engage in readings,self-assessments, and practical exercises that will allow students to examine their understanding of their own consciousness.
3 Credits
Prerequisites: Psy-207

PSY 368 : Stress & Adjustment

This course explores the biology and psychology of the experience of stress. Students will learn from both lecture and self-exploration. This course will provide the opportunity for students to learn and practice traditional and "alternative" stress management skills through individual and group practice.
3 Credits
Prerequisites: Psy-208 Recommended

PSY 369 : Psychology of Religion and Spirituality

This course will focus on understanding the purpose, development and experience of spirituality, religious thought and practice and its' implication for individual and social behavior. Offered as needed.
3 Credits
Prerequisites: Psy-101 or Psy-203

PSY 389 : Special Topics Study Abroad

This course examines the development of emotional and behavioral maladjustment in children and adolescents. Emphasis will be given to theories, assessment strategies, and research methods and findings regarding the etiology and treatment efficacy for disorders including mental retardation, the pervasive developmental disorders (autism), elimination disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and learning disabilities, conduct disorders, and eating disorders. Psychiatric conditions such as mood disorders, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, sleep disorders, and emerging personality disorders will also be considered from a developmental perspective. Psychosocial factors (e.g., family violence and abuse) that have been empirically identified in affecting psychological adjustment and research regarding prevention of these emotional and behavioral problems will also be addressed.
3 Credits
Prerequisites None

PSY 390 : Special Topics Study Abroad

This course will examine the problem of addiction through a review of terminology, the types and effects of psychoactive substances, and the current theories from human and animal research identifying possible genetic, neuroanatomical, neurochemical and hormonal factors.
3 Credits
Prerequisites None

PSY 453 : Developmental Psychopathology

This course examines the development of emotional and behavioral maladjustment in children and adolescents. Emphasis will be given to theories,assessment strategies, and research methods and findings regarding the etiology and treatment efficacy for disorders including mental retardation, the pervasive developmental disorders (autism),elimination disorders,attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)and learning disabilities,conduct disorders,and eating disorders. Psychiatric conditions such as mood disorders,anxiety disorders,schizophrenia,sleep disorders and emerging personality disorders will also be considered from a developmental perspective. Psychosocial factors(e.g.family violence and abuse)that have been empirically identified in affecting psychological adjustment and research regarding prevention of these emotional and behavioral problems will also be addressed.
3 Credits
Prerequisites: Psy-203 and Psy-206

PSY 454 : Drugs and Behavior

This course will examine the problem of addiction through a review of terminology,the types and effects of psychoactive substances,and the current theories from human and animal research identifying possible genetic,neuroanatomical,neurochemical and hormonal factors.
3 Credits
Prerequisites: Psy-101 or Psy-203

PSY 455 : Multicultural Psychology

This course will review the history and present status of multicultural psychology with an emphasis on fundamental assumptions,fundamental theories and future directions. Particular emphasis will be directed to understanding American Indian,Asian American,Black American and Hispanic American individuals.
3 Credits
Prerequisites: Psy-205

PSY 456 : Behavior Modifications

This course examines major theories,basic concepts and techniques of behavior modification. The student will develop an understanding of the application of operant conditioning principles,implementation of behavior modification techniques,and assessment and evaluation of program effectiveness.
3 Credits
Prerequisites: Psy-101

PSY 457 : Learning & Memory

This course is an exploration of questions and topics such as: How do animals (human and non-)acquire,store,and retrieve information? How is new information integrated into existing memory structures? What is forgetting,and how can memory be improved? From the relatively simple mechanisms of conditioning to higher-order cognitive constructs,the class will discuss research findings from a multidisciplinary perspective including basic and applied psychology,neuroscience,physiology and genetics.
3 Credits
Prerequisites: Psy-207

PSY 458 : Psychology of Gender

This course is a review of the scientific literature on gender differences and their development. Discussion will include the impact of these differences on an individual's life and in society.
3 Credits
Prerequisites: Psy-208

PSY 463 : Special Topics in Dev Psychology

This course is an in-depth consideration of topics in the field of developmental psychology.
3 Credits
Prerequisites: Psy-101 or Psy-203

PSY 464 : Special Topics Physiological Psychology

This course is an in-depth consideration of topics in the field of physiological psychology.
3 Credits
Prerequisites: Psy-101 or Psy-203

PSY 465 : Special Topics in Social Psychology

This course is an in-depth consideration of topics in the field of social psychology.
3 Credits
Prerequisites: Psy-101or Psy-203

PSY 466 : Special Topics in Abnormal Psychology

This course is an in-depth consideration of topics in the field of abnormal psychology.
3 Credits
Prerequisites: psy-101 or Psy-203

PSY 467 : Special Topics in Cognitive Psychology

This course is an in-depth consideration of topics in the field of cognitive psychology.
3 Credits
Prerequisites: Psy-101 or Psy-203

PSY 468 : Special Topics in Personality

This course is an in-depth consideration of topics in the field of personality psychology.
3 Credits
Prerequisites: Psy-101 or Psy-203

PSY 469 : Psychology Internship I

The purpose of this course is to allow students the opportunity to gain experience in a psychology-related field setting that is in keeping with their educational and/or vocational goals. It is the intent of the course that students will build upon their knowledge and skills in a research or community internship placement. Thought agreement among the instructor/internship coordinator,the student,and the internship supervisor, the student will participate in an internship(s)for a minimum of 225 hours for the semester(15 hours per week).
4 Credits
Prerequisites: PSY-489 Senior Status in Psychology program required.

PSY 470 : Psychology Internship II

This course will allow students the opportunity to gain experience in a psychology-related field setting wherein they can build upon their learning experiences from their first semester of internship. Students learning may entail continued placement at their first semester of internship(in keeping with their educational or vocational goals)with the intent of advancing their skills and knowledge acquired from the previous semester,or placement in an alternative setting that enables students to develop their knowledge,professional networking,and further evaluate their educational and career goals. Through agreement among the instructor/internship coordinator,the student,and the internship supervisor, the student will participate in an internship(s) for a minimum of 225 hours for the semester(15 hours per week).
4 Credits
Prerequisites: Psy-469

PSY 489 : Senior Seminar I

This course provides the student with extensive faculty and peer guidance and feedback throughout the psychology internship experience during the senior year.
2 Credits
Prerequisites: Psy-469 Senior Status in Psychology program required

PSY 490 : Senior Seminar II

This course provides the student with extensive faculty and peer guidance and feedback throughout the psychology internship experience during the senior year.
2 Credits
Prerequisites: Psy-470

PSY 999 : Psychology Transfer Elective

Course transfers in as a psychology core elective.
3 Credits
Prerequisites None