Psychology Course Descriptions

PSYC 121 (3 cr hrs)

Introduction to Psychology

This course is a general introduction to contemporary psychology focusing on basic concepts, principles, terminology, trends in psychological research, and the application of this knowledge.

General Studies Outcome:           Methods of Inq & Explanatory Schema - Soc Science

 

PSYC 250 (3 cr hrs)

Human Growth and Development

This course focuses on the physical, cognitive, social and emotional aspects of growth from birth through old age. In addition, factors thought to influence this growth are also examined.

General Studies Outcome:           Methods of Inq & Explanatory Schema - Soc Science

 

PSYC 300 (3 cr hrs)

Contemporary Issues in Psychology

This course acquaints students with contemporary issues in psychology

Prerequisite Required:                  PSYC 121

General Studies Outcome:           Methods of Inq & Explanatory Schema - Soc Science

 

PSYC 305 (3 cr hrs)

Social Psychology

This course focuses on the effects of culture, society, social institutions, and social learning on the social attitudes and behavior of individuals within groups.

Prerequisite Required:                  PSYC 121 or SOC 201

General Studies Outcome:           Methods of Inq & Explanatory Schema - Soc Science

 

PSYC 320 (3 cr hrs)

Cognitive Psychology

This course provides students with broad coverage of the field of Cognitive Psychology, covering topics such as Cognitive Neuroscience, Attention, Memory Structures, Memory Errors, Imagery, Problem Solving, Reasoning and Decision Making.

Prerequisite Required:                  PSYC 121

General Studies Outcome:           Methods of Inq & Explanatory Schema - Soc Science

 

PSYC 330 (3 cr hrs)

Research Methods

This introductory course concentrates on research methods and designs and statistical analysis procedures used in research projects. This course demonstrates how research methods are utilized in the social and behavioral science.

Prerequisites Required:                PSYC121, STAT 210 (or MATH 340 or 240)

General Studies Outcome:           Methods of Inq & Explanatory Schema - Soc Science

 

PSYC 345 (3 cr hrs)

Psychology of Personality

This course focuses on the process of personality growth and adjustment. Through an examination of elected theoretical systems, different interpretations of this process are presented. Non-Western and multicultural considerations of personality theory are included.

General Studies Outcome:           Methods of Inq & Explanatory Schema - Soc Science

 

PSYC 380 (3 cr hrs)

Adolescent Psychology

This course examines the cognitive and psycho-social aspects of adolescence. It examines age appropriate developmental events, barriers to progress, and development facilitation.

Prerequisite Required:                  PSYC 121

General Studies Outcome:           Methods of Inq & Explanatory Schema - Soc Science

 

PSYC 410 (3 cr hrs)

Experimental Psychology

This course assists students in the comprehension and use of experimental methods and literature. Research exercises are provided to illustrate course content.

Prerequisites Required:                PSYC 121, PSYC 330

General Studies Outcome:           Methods of Inq & Explanatory Schema - Soc Science

 

PSYC 420 (3 cr hrs)

Social Influence, Compliance and Obedience

This is an in-depth examination of selected topics in social influence, the processes, through which a person or group changes or attempts to change the opinions, attitudes, or behaviors of another person or group. Topics will include compliance, conformity, obedience, cultural and gender differences in influence, and motivations and mechanisms of resistances to influence. Students will be introduced to current and classic theory within the social influence domain; including persuasion, compliance gaining, interpersonal influence and social influence through mass mediated contexts. Over the semester students will be exposed to thirty classic works in the disciplines of psychology, communication, business management, sociology, and cultural anthropology relating to the course title.

Prerequisites Required:                PSYC 121, PSYC 305

General Studies Outcome:           Methods of Inq & Explanatory Schema - Soc Science

 

PSYC 431 (3 cr hrs)

Psychological Tests and Measurements

The course focuses on the issues and problems associated with psychological testing. Topics discussed include reliability, validity, construction, administration, norms, and interpretation as well as a survey of current psychological tests.

Prerequisite Required:                  PSYC 121

General Studies Outcome:           Methods of Inq & Explanatory Schema - Soc Science

 

PSYC 440 (3 cr hrs)

Biological Psychology

This course will introduce you to the methods biological psychologists employ to investigate the biological underpinnings of behavior. It will explore what is currently known about the biological basis of emotional responses, mental illness, sexual behavior, memory, states of consciousness, sensory perception, thought and language, and several neurological disorders. Before delving into these topics this course will provide the necessary foundation on basic nervous system anatomy and functioning.

Prerequisite Required:                  PSYC 121

General Studies Outcome:           Methods of Inq & Explanatory Schema - Soc Science

 

PSYC 450 (3 cr hrs)

Abnormal Psychology

Focusing on personality disorders, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, this course deals extensively with DSM-IV categories of abnormal psychology.

Prerequisites Required:                PSYC 121, PSYC 250 and Junior Standing

General Studies Outcome:           Methods of Inq & Explanatory Schema - Soc Science

 

PSYC 495 (3 cr hrs)

Seminar in Psychology

Students conduct individual research and engage in cooperative learning via group discussion in which each student is expected to demonstrate, both verbally and in writing, mastery of major psychological concepts, concerns and perspectives, and their application in society. This senior level seminar is the capstone experience and senior competency course for psychology students and should be taken in the last year of study.

Prerequisite Required:                  Seniors Only

General Studies Outcome:           Methods of Inq & Explanatory Schema - Soc Science