Psychology

Course descriptions are listed alphabetically by subject prefix.  Each course description begins with a three letter subject prefix followed by a three – digit course number and the course title. The number on the right of each course description gives the semester credit hours for that course. If a course includes laboratory or other special activities, that information is contained in the course description. Prerequisites are also listed.  A prerequisite is a course, experience, or other required preparation that must be completed before the student is permitted to enroll in the course.

Subject Prefix and Course Number Course Name Semester Credit Hours Course Description Cross Listed Course Prerequisite
PSY 200 General Psychology 3 A first course in human behavior. Among the topics covered are heredity and environment, development
of the individual, motivation, emotion, perception, personality, and abnormal behavior.
Not Applicable Not Applicable
PSY 300 Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences 3 This
course serves as an introduction to the use of statistics
as a method of describing and analyzing data from
research in the behavioral and social sciences.
POS 300, SOC 300 MAT 115
PSY 301 Research Methods for the Behavioral and Social Sciences 3 This course introduces the basic
logic, knowledge, and skills of research design and methodology in the behavioral and social sciences.
POS 301, SOC 301 PSY 300, POS 300, SOC 300 or consent of advisor
or instructor
PSY 303 Theories and Methods in
Developmental Psychology
3 Theories and research methods
of developmental psychology, including psychoanalytic,
cognitive, and behavioral methodologies. The
development of language, personality, cognition, and
social behavior are also explored.
Not Applicable PSY 200
PSY 304 Experimental Psychology 3 An introduction to laboratory procedures
and the use of experimental designs to study psychological processes. A laboratory course.
Not Applicable PSY 200. [May be taken concurrently
with PSY 301.]
PSY 320 History and Systems of Psychology 3 Exploration
of the history of psychology as a scientific
approach to understanding behavior from the ancient
Greeks to the present, with a focus on the last two centuries.
Not Applicable PSY 200 or consent of instructor
PSY 399 Seminar in Psychology 3 A specific area of psychology will be studied based on current trends and students’ needs. This course serves as a precursor to PSY 499, Senior Colloquium. Students begin work on their Senior Colloquium papers as part of this course. Not Applicable PSY 301
PSY 400 Abnormal Psychology 3 A study of the nature and concept
of abnormality; problems and schemes of classification;
and the theories, symptoms, etiology, and
treatment of deviant behavior.
Not Applicable PSY 200
PSY 401 Personality Theory 3 Major theories of personality
and personality development are closely examined,
including psychodynamics, behavioral, trait, humanistic,
cognitive, and other approaches.
Not Applicable PSY 200
PSY 402 Industrial Psychology 3 Application of general principles of psychology to the industrial setting with emphasis on job analysis; worker analysis; work-fatigue
accidents; human engineering; and worker effectiveness.
Not Applicable PSY 200
PSY 403 Social Psychology 3 A study of social and individual dynamics, social roles, attitude formation and change with emphasis on behavioral variation and social control. SOC 403 PSY 200 and SOC 203 or consent of advisor or instructor
PSY 404 Psychological Assessment 3 A survey course of broad categories
into which psychological assessment instruments
and techniques can be divided and the study of
existing assessment instruments and techniques.
Not Applicable PSY 200
PSY 407 Theories of Psychotherapy 3 This course provides an introduction to
various approaches to the treatment of psychological
problems.
Not Applicable PSY 400 and PSY 401, or consent of instructor
PSY 408 Learning and Motivation 3 The examination of behavior through principles of classical, operant, and cognitive learning theories and research, and through theories and research regarding motivation. Not Applicable PSY 200
PSY 409 Cognitive Psychology 3 An intensive study of the
growing field of cognitive psychology. The course
explores concepts of memory, attention, thinking, and
language with reflections on information processing
and artificial intelligence.
Not Applicable PSY 200
PSY 410 Physiological Psychology 3 The study of the neurophysiological
bases of behavior, with emphasis on neuroanatomy
and the physiology of learning, motivation,
emotion, and sensation.
Not Applicable PSY 200
PSY 411 Sensation and Perception 3 Human sensory and perceptual
processes will be examined. Major theories and
experimental findings will be presented. Includes laboratory
assignments.
Not Applicable PSY 200
PSY 413 Social Cognition 3 This course explores the interface between social psychology and cognitive psychology.
The topics examined include attribution theory, schemas, affect, behavior, and research methods in social cognition.
Not Applicable PSY 200
PSY 490 Psychology Practicum I 1 - 6 A directed reading, research, or preprofessional
working/ learning experience for advanced
students in psychology. May be taken independently
and designed in collaboration with an advisor,
or taken as a course covering ethical guidelines in
research and practice.
Not Applicable Advanced standing in psychology as
either a Junior or Senior and consent of advisor or instructor.
PSY 491 Psychology Practicum II 1 - 6 A directed reading, research, or preprofessional
working/ learning experience for advanced
students in psychology. May be taken independently
and designed in collaboration with an advisor,
or taken as a course covering ethical guidelines in
research and practice.
Not Applicable Advanced standing in psychology as
either a Junior or Senior and consent of advisor or instructor.
PSY 492 Psychology Practicum III 1 - 6 A directed reading, research, or preprofessional
working/ learning experience for advanced
students in psychology. May be taken independently
and designed in collaboration with an advisor,
or taken as a course covering ethical guidelines in
research and practice.
Not Applicable Advanced standing in psychology as
either a Junior or Senior and consent of advisor or instructor.
PSY 499 Senior Colloquium 3 This course is designed to develop analytical skills, interpretation
and research; and to nurture intellectual
self-reliance and critical thinking. The Senior paper of publishable quality is the major outcome of this course.
Not Applicable Senior Classification,
PSY 399