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Adult Development and Aging

Course Prefix:
PY
Course Number:
351
Course Credits:
3

Applied Cognition and Human Factors

Course Prefix:
PY
Course Number:
390
Course Credits:
3 cr.

Behavioral Science Research Methods

Course Prefix:
PY
Course Number:
307
Course Credits:
4

This course will provide students with an introduction to research methods most commonly used in the behavioral sciences. Also, emphasis will be placed on the ethical issues involved in human subject research. An important aspect of the course is getting students prepared to read academic, peer-reviewed journal articles and to write an APA formatted research proposal or research report. Prerequisites: PY 201 and PY 222. (Program goals 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 10)

Behavioral Science Statistics

Course Prefix:
PY
Course Number:
222
Course Credits:
3

Biopsychology

Course Prefix:
PY
Course Number:
325
Course Credits:
3

Child Psychology

Course Prefix:
PY
Course Number:
253
Course Credits:
3

This course will provide students with a thorough understanding of infant and child development. The course will cover child development research and the ways that such research can be used to enhance the lives of children and their families. Major child development theories will be discussed and provide the foundation for understanding the sequence of child development and the processes that underlie it. In addition, this course will highlight the impact of contact and culture on child development. Prerequisite: PY 201. (Program goals 1, 3, 7)

Cognitive Psychology

Course Prefix:
PY
Course Number:
380
Course Credits:
3

This course provides the student with an introduction to research and theory on the nature of cognitive processes from an information processing perspective. The focus is on the processes used to transform, store, manipulate and retrieve information. A neurocognitive emphasis is given as well. Topics include attention, pattern recognition, memory and language. Students will do a mini-experiment in which they collect data, analyze and interpret the data and present the results of their research to the class. Prerequisite: PY 201. (Program goals 1, 2, 3, 6, 7)

Conflict Management & Resolution

Course Prefix:
SO
Course Number:
425
Course Credits:
3

Discussion of sources and dynamics of conflict in interpersonal and group settings. Identification of conflict management strategies including mediation and negotiation. Development of skills for conflict management and resolution.

Counseling Theories and Practice

Course Prefix:
PY
Course Number:
303
Course Credits:
3

This course will provide a comprehensive overview of major approaches to counseling and psychotherapy including the therapeutic process, the client-therapist relationship and specific techniques used in practice. The historical origins of theories will be examined in addition to the specific application of theory to counseling and other settings. Students will become knowledgeable about ethical, legal and professional issues in counseling practice. Prerequisites: PY 201. (Program goals 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9)

Developmental Psychopathology

Course Prefix:
PY
Course Number:
399
Course Credits:
3

This course provides an introduction to the definition and classification of abnormal behavior occurring from infancy through adolescence. The course will explore various contexts for development as well as models of the etiology of childhood psychopathology. Students will understand and identify psychological disorders and major theoretical approaches to the causes and treatment of psychopathology in children and adolescents. Prerequisites: PY 201 and PY 370. (Program goals 1, 3, 4, 9)

Educational Psychology

Course Prefix:
PY
Course Number:
204
Course Credits:
3

See description for ED 204.

Family Systems

Course Prefix:
PY
Course Number:
355
Course Credits:
3

Forensic and Law Psychology

Course Prefix:
PY
Course Number:
360
Course Credits:
3 cr.

Gender Roles

Course Prefix:
SO
Course Number:
215
Course Credits:
3

Examination of current perspectives on gender roles in American social institutions. Gender role socialization, development and cultural variations.

General Psychology

Course Prefix:
PY
Course Number:
201
Course Credits:
3

This course provides an introduction to the science of human behavior and mental processes. Emphasis is placed on the principles, methods and theories of modern psychology. Major topics covered include research design, learning, memory, thinking, intelligence, personality, psychopathology and social psychology. (Program goals 1, 3, 4, 9)

Group Dynamics and the Problem Solving Process

Course Prefix:
PY
Course Number:
406
Course Credits:
3

This course will provide a study of the field of group dynamics. Students will incorporate classic and modern theory and research on group dynamics to deepen their understanding of basic group processes and essential concepts. Students will use their knowledge to enhance their own group skills and effectiveness. They will become familiar with group structure, communication and development. They will demonstrate understanding of conflict, group decision making and productivity. Prerequisites: PY 201 and junior standing or departmental permission. (Program goals 3, 4, 7, 8, 9)

Health Psychology

Course Prefix:
PY
Course Number:
330
Course Credits:
3

This course explores the contributions of the discipline of psychology to the promotion and maintenance of health related issues. Topics include the biopsychosocial view of health, pain management, stress management, and the relationship between lifestyle and health maintenance. Prerequisite: PY 201. (Program goals 1, 3, 4, 9)

Independent Research and Professional Development Practicum

Course Prefix:
PY
Course Number:
195, 196, 295, 296, 395, 396, 495, 496
Course Credits:
3 cr.

Independent Study

Course Prefix:
SO
Course Number:
491, 492, 493, 494
Course Credits:
1-3

Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Course Prefix:
PY
Course Number:
260
Course Credits:
3

This course will provide an introduction to the methods used by industrial/organizational psychologists to increase organizational effectiveness. The emphasis is on understanding employees, employee management relationships and behaviors. Topics include job analysis, employee selection and training, performance appraisal, job attitudes, workplace motivation, organizational culture and work environment. Prerequisite: PY 201. (Program goals 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8)

Introduction to Sociology

Course Prefix:
SO
Course Number:
201
Course Credits:
3

This introductory course examines the science of social relationships and organizations, presents basic social concepts and examines the culture and complex functioning of humans in groups and institutions. Suggested as a prerequisite for all sociology courses.

Learning and Memory

Course Prefix:
PY
Course Number:
340
Course Credits:
3

This course introduces the student to theory and research in the area of learning processes and memory processes and systems. The course focuses on the historical movement of research and theory in the area of learning and memory from behaviorism to the cognitive revolution up to the more modern day research on the neurobiology of learning and memory. Prerequisites: PY 201 and PY 325. (Program goals 1, 2, 3, 4, 7)

Lifespan Development

Course Prefix:
PY
Course Number:
251
Course Credits:
3

The course will provide an overview of current research and theories of human development from conception to death with an emphasis on physical, cognitive and social development. The student will be able to conduct theory evaluation and comparison, and be able to identify and evaluate contemporary and global aspects of development. (Program goals 1, 3, 4, 7, 9)

Marriage and Family in a Diverse Society

Course Prefix:
SO
Course Number:
320
Course Credits:
3

The family as a social institution; history, current status, and evolution. Linkages between interpersonal dynamics and social structure. Multi-ethnic and cross cultural perspectives on relationships. Application of social theory to everyday life.

Mental Health & Aging

Course Prefix:
PY
Course Number:
378
Course Credits:
3

Minority Groups

Course Prefix:
SO
Course Number:
305
Course Credits:
3

An examination of diversity in the United States; historical antecedents; dynamics of assimilation, prejudice, and discrimination.

Multicultural Psychology

Course Prefix:
PY
Course Number:
225
Course Credits:
3

Practicum

Course Prefix:
PY
Course Number:
400
Course Credits:
3

A capstone course for psychology majors. It is the supervised application of psychological principles and techniques in appropriate mental health settings. Prerequisites: must have senior standing or completion of most course requirements for the psychology major. Admission granted on an individual basis by the department chairperson. The psychology department chairperson must approve the practicum site before the student makes a commitment for the 75 hours. (Program goals 3, 7, 9, 10)

Problems of Contemp Society

Course Prefix:
SO
Course Number:
222
Course Credits:
3

Examines major social problems facing contemporary American social institutions and explores alternative solutions.

Psychological Tests and Measurements

Course Prefix:
PY
Course Number:
385
Course Credits:
3

This course provides a survey and evaluation of current psychological tests with a focus on the areas of personality testing, intelligence/achievement tests and neuropsychological test batteries. Test construction, reliability, validity and ethical issues will be addressed at length for all tests studied. Prerequisite: PY 201. (Program goals 2, 3, 4,)

Psychology Foundations

Course Prefix:
PY
Course Number:
202
Course Credits:
3 cr.

This course will introduce students to the discipline of psychology. It will cover a broad range of topics including the nature of the science of Psychology, the current state of the field including career opportunities and development, scientific methodology, and an introduction to the applied fields of Psychology. Students will be required to complete individual and small group projects applying and synthesizing the information introduced in the course. (Program goals 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10) Prerequisite: Psychology major.

Psychology of Gender Differences

Course Prefix:
PY
Course Number:
301
Course Credits:
3

This course will provide an introduction to the study of the psychological differences and similarities between women and men. Students will examine gender-related beliefs, stereotypes and behavior. In addition, they will study the evidence for male-female similarities and differences and understand the mutual links between gender roles and the structure of relationships. Students will demonstrate skills through personal reflection and critical writing and reading. Prerequisites: PY 201 and sophomore standing or departmental permission. (Program goals 3, 4, 7, 8)

Psychology of Personality

Course Prefix:
PY
Course Number:
375
Course Credits:
3

Psychology of the Abnormal

Course Prefix:
PY
Course Number:
370
Course Credits:
3

Psychology of the Adolescent

Course Prefix:
PY
Course Number:
254
Course Credits:
3

Selected Topics

Course Prefix:
PY
Course Number:
291, 292, 293

Selected Topics

Course Prefix:
SO
Course Number:
391, 392, 393, 394
Course Credits:
1-3 cr.

Senior Seminar

Course Prefix:
PY
Course Number:
498
Course Credits:
3

This course focuses on the integration of psychological methods and theories. Psychology majors, with faculty assistance, choose a major issue in psychology to investigate and discuss on an ongoing basis in seminar sessions. This work culminates in a major class presentation and theoretical paper written in APA format. Prerequisite: Senior Standing or Departmental approval. (Program goals 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10)

Sensation and Perception

Course Prefix:
PY
Course Number:
425
Course Credits:
3

Social Institutions

Course Prefix:
SO
Course Number:
310
Course Credits:
3

An overview of major American social institutions (economy, family, education, religion, politics) and an examination of their role in the formation and maintenance of society.

Social Psychology

Course Prefix:
PY
Course Number:
210
Course Credits:
3

This course is an introduction to the psychological study of how thoughts, feelings and behaviors of individuals are influenced by group settings. Students will learn social psychological methodology as well as the application of social psychology to historical and current events. The course will explore topics such as aggression, interpersonal attraction, attitude formation and change, conformity and obedience to authority. Prerequisite: PY 201. (Program goals 3, 4, 7, 8, 9)

Social Theory

Course Prefix:
SO
Course Number:
410
Course Credits:
3

Analysis of major historical and contemporary theories and their impact on the discipline of sociology.

Sports Psychology

Course Prefix:
PY
Course Number:
235
Course Credits:
3

This course is an introduction to the psychological study of people and their behavior in sport environments. Emphasis will be on the mental skills associated with high-level performance in sport as well as in other areas of life. The course will address the question, “How can sports participation contribute to a person’s overall psychological health and well-being?” Prerequisite: PY 201. (Program goals 3, 7, 9)