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Psychology Courses

PSYC 201 General Psychology
General Psychology: Survey of the field of psychology emphasizing the results of scientific investigations in the area of behavior. 3 hrs.

PSYC 201L General Psychology Lab
General Psychology Laboratory: Introduction to techniques and procedures in psychological research.
Students will conduct research in areas including learning, development, cognition, personality, perception and social behavior. This course must be taken either concurrently with or following the completion of PSYC 201. 1 hr.

PSYC 300 Info Literacy in Psychology
Information Literacy in Psychology: This course is designed to provide instruction in basic literacy skills
necessary to be effective in psychology. Students will receive training in searching, accessing, reading, and critically evaluating scientific databases, articles and chapters; writing APA style research reports and review papers; using SPSS, Excel, and other software programs to manipulate and analyze data; and presenting psychological research in various formats including written, graphic, and oral formats. In addition career and graduate school opportunities will be presented and reviewed. 3 hrs.

PSYC 302 Psychology of Personality
Psychology of Personality: Survey of selected theories of personality and principles of personality development. 3 hrs.

PSYC 303 Social Psychology
Social Psychology: Study of the behavior of the individual in society, including attitude formation and measurement, interpersonal perception and the behavior of the individual in groups. Students may elect this course as SOCI 303. 3 hrs.

PSYC 303L Experimental Social Psychology
Experimental Social Psychology: Application of experimental methods to problems of social psychology
such as attitude change, conformity and leadership. Special problems of research design and techniques
peculiar to the area of social psychology are considered. Prerequisite: PSYC 303. Three hours laboratory per week. 1 hr.

PSYC 304 Abnormal Psychology
Abnormal Psychology: Study of the deviant individual from both the dynamic and behavioral viewpoints. The diagnosis, etiology, treatment and prevention of maladaptive behavior are considered. 3 hrs.

PSYC 305 Introduction to Counseling
Introduction to Counseling: An introduction to various theories of behavior change, including dynamic,
behavioral, cognitive, humanistic and existential approaches to therapy. Individual, group and family
therapies will be discussed. Prerequisite: PSYC 302 or 304. 3 hrs.

PSYC 306 Experimental Methods in Psychology
Experimental Methods in Psychology: Study of experimental methods used to address psychological
questions. Principles of research, including experimental design, uses of apparatus, and procedural and statistical control are considered. This course fulfills the writingintensive course requirement. Prerequisite: MATH 106. This course must be taken concurrently with PSYC 306L. 3 hrs.

PSYC 306L Experimental Psychology Lab
Experimental Psychology Laboratory: Application of techniques and procedures of psychological research including conducting experiments. Three hours laboratory per week. This course must be taken concurrently with PSYC 306. 1 hr.

PSYC 307 Experimental Psychology II
Experimental Psychology II: This course is the second of a two-part research course (following PSYC 306 and PSYC 306L). It is designed to provide students with more in depth experience in psychological research. The course includes completion of an independent research project and participation in faculty driven research projects. Students will present their research and be prepared to submit their research for publication and presentation in a regional or national venue. Graduate school preparation is an additional important part of the course. Prerequisite: Successful completion of PSYC 306 and PSYC 306L. 3 hrs.

PSYC 308 Exceptional Child
Exceptional Child: Study of problems experienced by children who deviate from normative patterns of growth and development. Prerequisite: PSYC 320 or permission of the instructor. 3 hrs.

PSYC 310 Applied General Psychology
Applied General Psychology: Study of the abilities and limitations of humans to sense, store, process
information, and act applied to the design, use and maintenance of human/machine systems including human computer interaction. 3 hrs.

PSYC 311 Psychological Tests
Psychological Tests: Introductory study of principles of test evaluation and interpretation and consideration of examples of the major types of psychological tests in reference to these principles. Prerequisite: MATH 106. 3 hrs.

PSYC 312 Sensation and Perception
Sensation and Perception: An introduction to the processes by which humans receive and interpret
information from the environment. Sensory coding, information processing, perceptual development,
perceptual illusions and psychophysical methods are among the topics discussed. 3 hrs.

PSYC 314 Psychology of Learning
Psychology of Learning: An introduction to the processes by which humans receive and interpret information from the environment. Sensory coding, information processing, perceptual development, perceptual illusions and psychophysical methods are among the topics discussed. 3 hrs.

PSYC 315 Lab in Conditioning and Learning
Laboratory in Conditioning and Learning: Conducting experiments in respondent and operant conditioning and in human verbal learning. Prerequisite/ co-requisite: PSYC 314. Three hours laboratory per week. 1 hr.

PSYC 316 Cognitive Psychology
Cognitive Psychology: Scientific study of mental processes involved in the acquisition, storage, retrieval
and use of knowledge. This course covers theory and research in cognitive psychology as applied to topics such as attention, memory, language and problem solving. 3 hrs.

PSYC 320 Developmental Psychology
Developmental Psychology: An introduction to developmental processes from conception to old age. The
emphasis in the course is on developmental principles, theoretical views and recent research. 3 hrs.

PSYC 328 Infant & Child Development
Infant and Child Development: An examination of the development of children from early infancy through middle childhood including various aspects of pre and post natal development. Theoretical, empirical and practical aspects of the cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development of the young child will be covered. Prerequisite: PSYC 201. 3 hrs.

PSYC 330 Psychology of Adulthood and Aging
Psychology of Adulthood and Aging: An examination of the factors that contribute to the psychological profile characterizing adulthood and old age, with concentration on old age. Emphasis on theories and processes underlying continuity and change with age. Included are field trips and discussion of new issues in applied research and service provision for older persons. 3 hrs.

PSYC 340 Forensic Psychology
Forensic Psychology: The study of the interface between psychology and law emphasizing the application of scientific knowledge to the public sphere. The field includes the study of the cognitive behavioral dynamics of juries, eyewitness behavior and testimony, forensic implications of memory research, child custody, death penalty mitigation, the insanity defense, and legal competence. Prerequisite: PSYC 201. 3 hrs.

PSYC 352 Topics in Psychology
Topics in Psychology: Intensive consideration of a problem in psychology. The topic for the course will vary from term to term. May be repeated with different subtitles. Prerequisite: Sophomore status or above. Repeatable for a total of 12 hrs. 3 hrs.

PSYC 360 Psychology of Religion
Psychology of Religion: A survey of empirical and theoretical psychological perspectives in religious
experience. Students will study the research trends and theories regarding religious development, religious experience, conversion, personality and religion, and religious behavior. The insights of life-span developmental psychology, social psychology, and personality theory will be studied. Foundational assumptions necessary for a behavioral science of religion will also be considered. 3 hrs.

PSYC 400 Advanced General Psychology I
Advanced General Psychology I: A restudy and synthesis of basic psychological principles. Prerequisite: 21 hours of psychology courses and senior status. 3 hrs.

PSYC 401 Advanced General Psychology II
Advanced General Psychology II: Consideration of the major issues in psychology from a dialectical perspective. Prerequisite: PSYC 400. 3 hrs.

PSYC 404 Child/Adolescent Psychopathology
Psychopathology of Childhood: An introduction to the scientific psychological study of behavior disorders in childhood and adolescence. Students will learn to identify the most common manifestations of these disorders and to understand the various current theories of their etiology and dynamics. Disorders will be studied from several different vantage points, including the psychodynamic,
family systems, socio-cultural, developmental, and biological. Prerequisites: PSYC 201, 304, and either
PSYC 302 or 305 or permission of the instructor. PSYC 320 is strongly recommended. 3 hrs.

PSYC 406 Advanced Research Participation
Advanced Research Participation: Participation in research programs in conjunction with faculty. At the end of the term, students will present the results of their work. Prerequisites: PSYC 306, 306L and permission of the instructor. Course may not be repeated for credit in the psychology major, but may be repeated one time for general college elective course. 1-3 hrs.

PSYC 412 Physiological Psychology
Physiological Psychology: Introduction to the nervous system and internal environment and their effect upon behavior. Normal and abnormal conditions discussed with respect to sensation, learning, emotion and motivation. 3 hrs.

PSYC 421 Organizational Psychology
Organizational Psychology: An examination of the behavioral aspects of organizations within society.
Specific topics include the interrelationships between the individual and informal and formal groups; group formation, cohesiveness, conformity, norms, interpersonal communications; conflict; authority, power and influence; leadership, motivation and performance. 3 hrs.

PSYC 449 Independent Research
Independent Research: Opportunity for independent investigation of topics by means of reading and/or
experimentation. First term is devoted to formulating the problem, etermining its method of investigation and compiling a bibliography; second term, to collecting the data and writing a report. Prerequisite: Permission of the department; also, Psychology 449 is prerequisite to Psychology 450. 1 hr.

PSYC 450 Independent Research
Independent Research: Opportunity for independent investigation of topics by means of reading and/or
experimentation. First term is devoted to formulating the problem, determining its method of investigation and compiling a bibliography; second term, to collecting the data and writing a report. Prerequisite: Permission of the department; also, Psychology 449 is prerequisite to Psychology 450. 3 hrs.

PSYC 452 Directed Reading
Directed Reading: Independent investigation of a topic through a program of directed readings; oral examination conducted by department members. Admission by permission of instructor. Repeatable for a total of 6 hrs. 1-3 hrs.

PSYC 455 Psychology Lab Assistant
Psychology Laboratory Assistant: Practical experience as a laboratory assistant in the department. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisite: permission of the department. Repeatable for a total of 6 hrs. 1-3 hrs.

PSYC 460 Practicum in Group Dynamics
Practicum in Group Dynamics: An introduction to group theory, research, and process. Students will examine the dynamics of human interaction in a group setting. Different aspects affecting behavior within groups will be studied including group norms, cohesion, competition and co-operation. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing and permission of Instructor. Repeatable for a total of 12 hrs. 1-4 hrs.

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