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Psychology Courses

101 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (3 s.h.)
Introduction to the science of psychology. Substantive topics include the history of psychology, the biology of psychological processes, psychological development, perception, learning, memory, personality, and social psychology. This course is offered every semester.

250 STATISTICS FOR PSYCHOLOGY (3 s.h.)
Covers the role and conceptual basis of statistics in psychological research, descriptive statistics, basic principles of probability, sampling distributions, the logic of hypothesis testing, and parametric and nonparametric inferential statistics (e.g., confidence intervals, t-tests, analysis of variance, correlation/regression, and chi square). Prerequisites: PSY 101 or SOC 151 and MAT 105 or higher. This course is offered in the spring semester and occasionally in the fall semester.

301 INTRODUCTION TO GERONTOLOGY (3 s.h.)
Aging, including historical perspectives; demographic trends; psychological and physiological processes of later life; and social role behavior in such areas as retirement, politics, religion, family life, housing, death, and dying. Cross-listed as SOC 301 and GRN 301. This course is offered as needed.

304 LIFE-SPAN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT (3 s.h.)
The physical, cognitive, and psychosocial changes that usually occur to a person from conception through old age. Theories of psychological development and development through adolescence emphasized. Prerequisite: PSY 101. Cannot receive credit if credit received for PSY 300 or EDU 300. This course is offered every spring semester.

310 INDUSTRIAL/ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY (3 s.h.)
The application of psychology to improve the productivity and satisfaction of members of an organization. Topics include personnel selection, performance appraisal, job analysis, job training, work motivation, job satisfaction, group processes, leadership, and organizational theory and development. Prerequisites: PSY 101 and either ECO 216 or PSY 250. This course is offered every third or fourth semester.

320 HUMAN FACTORS (3 s.h.)
The application of psychology to the design and evaluation of person-machine-environment systems. Topics include the human operator as a receiver, processor, and emitter of information; the effects of fatigue and environmental stress; and human factors in accident research. Prerequisites: PSY 101 and PSY 250. This course is offered every third or fourth semester.

330 PSYCHOLOGICAL COUNSELING (3 s.h.)
Development of basic skills in psychological counseling, attainment of a general understanding of the major theoretical approaches to counseling and a general theory, and acquired integration of the skills and theoretical approaches through application of the general theory. Prerequisites: PSY 101 and one of the following: EDU 300, PSY 304, PSY 341, or PSY 405. This course is offered every spring semester.

340 PHYSIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY (3 s.h.)
Anatomy and physiology of the brain and nervous system and their impact on behavior. Topics include neural communication, psychopharmocology, research methods, movement, emotion and stress, sexual behavior, ingestive behavior, learning and memory, human communication, and neurological disorders. Prerequisites: PSY 101 and either SCI 142 or BIO 153. This course is offered every spring semester.

341 ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY (3 s.h.)
Abnormal behavior and mental processes. Topics include the distinction between normality and abnormality, the classification and diagnosis of psychological disorders, the neurotic and psychotic disorders, and the major therapeutic approaches. Prerequisite: PSY 101. This course is offered every fall semester.

347 PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS AND MEASUREMENTS (3 s.h.)
Theory of the measurement of behavior and mental processes, application of the theory, and tests of cognitive abilities, personality, and vocational interest. Special attention given to the use of psychological tests in psychological counseling. Prerequisites: PSY 101 and PSY 250. This course is offered every spring semester..

355 EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY (4 s.h.)
Scientific research methods used in psychology with an emphasis on the experimental research method. Includes reviewing literature of a psychological research topic, designing and conducting an experiment, and preparing a research report of the experiment using APA style. Designated writing-enrichment course for psychology majors. Prerequisites: PSY 101, PHI 212, and PSY 250. This course is offered every fall semester.

361 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY (3 s.h.)
The influence others have on an individual’s mental processes and behavior. Topics include the social self, person perception, attitudes, interpersonal attraction, social influence, prosocial behavior, aggression, group dynamics, and applied social psychology. Prerequisite: PSY 101. Cannot receive credit if credit received for SOC 393. This course is offered in the fall semester.

370 PERCEPTION (3 s.h.)
The sensory and cognitive processes utilized to construct a phenomenological reality, emphasizing brightness, color vision, length and form perception, depth perception, and theories developed to explain these phenomena. Prerequisite: PSY 101. This course is offered every third semester.

385 SPECIAL TOPICS IN PSYCHOLOGY (3 s.h.)
A topic in psychology not covered in depth in any of the other established courses in psychology. Prerequisite: PSY 101. This course is offered at departmental discretion.

395 MEMORY AND COGNITION (3 s.h.)
Theories and data pertaining to cognitive psychology. Attention, imagery, memory structure and organization, rehearsal strategies, concept formation, language, and problem-solving emphasized. Prerequisite: PSY 101. This course is offered every third or fourth semester.

405 THEORIES OF PERSONALITY (3 s.h.)
Theories of the behavior and mental processes that characterize an individual. Included are psychoanalytic, humanistic, existential, trait, and behavioral theories. Prerequisite: PSY 101. This course is offered every third or fourth semester.

410 PSYCHOLOGY PRACTICUM (4 s.h.)
Observation of and supervised experience assisting with the provision of psychological services within a clinical or business setting. Requires the completion of 50 “practice hours,” which may require as many as 100 hours work at the clinical or business setting. Prerequisites: Majoring in psychology with a concentration in counseling/clinical psychology or human performance; completion of 79 semester hours toward a baccalaureate degree; completion of 21 semester hours toward the concentration which includes the completion of PSY 101, 250, 330, and 347; completion of PSY 310 or 320 for a practicum in a business setting, completion of PSY 341 for a practicum in a clinical setting; a GPA of 2.7 or higher within the relevant concentration and overall; and approval of faculty of the department. Requests for approval from faculty of the department must be made in writing after consultation with the chair of the department one week before pre-registration. An appeal to waive a prerequisite may be made to the faculty of the department through the chair. This course is offered every spring semester.

431 PRINCIPLES OF LEARNING (3 s.h.)
Theories and supporting data related to animal and human conditioning. Habituation, classical conditioning, operant conditioning, schedules of reinforcement, generalization, and discrimination emphasized. Prerequisite: PSY 101. This course is offered every third or fourth semester.

485 RESEARCH SEMINAR (3 s.h.)
Each student selects a research problem in psychology, reviews the problem in the literature, forms a causal hypothesis, designs and conducts an experiment to test the hypothesis, analyzes and interprets the data, and reports the experiment in a manuscript prepared APA style. Prerequisites: PSY 101, PHI 212, PSY 250, and 355. This course is offered every spring semester.

499 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN PSYCHOLOGY (TBA)
An opportunity for a well-qualified, upper-division student to engage in special research in his/her major. Requires approval by the faculty advisor, the supervising professor, and the department head before approval by the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Credit to be determined. Prerequisite: PSY 101.

 

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