Psychology

Courses in Psychology

PSY-B 309 Cooperative Work Experience in Psychology (1-3 cr)

Experience in psychology-oriented work settings. Grade is determined on the basis of a written report and a supervisor’s evaluation. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours.
Offered on student request. Faculty approval required for registration.

  • Prerequisites: 9 hours of completed psychology coursework, consent of instructor and workplace supervisor, and Junior or Senior standing
PSY-B 354 Adult Development and Aging (3 cr)

This is a survey course and serves as a general introduction to the area of aging. The course content examines changes which occur with age in the following areas: intelligence, memory, personality, sexuality, health, living environments, economics, developmental disorders, and treatment for developmental disorders.
Offered online every other year.

  • Prerequisites: PSY-P 216 or equivalent or consent of instructor
PSY-B 366 Organizational Psychology

Some organization psychology topics introduced in the Industrial/Organizational psychology survey course are covered in more depth. Advanced information is presented for each topic, and students have the opportunity for several different hands-on applications including case project and computer exercises. Example topics are organizational culture, employee attitudes, motivation, and leadership.
Offered online fall semesters.

  • Prerequisites: PSY-P 103, P211, K300 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. Must have Junior or Senior standing.
PSY-B 386 Introduction to Counseling

This course will help students acquire a repertoire of basic counseling interview skills and strategies and expose students to specific helping techniques.  This will be an activity based course and students will enhance the general education goals of listening and problem solving. Offered every fall semester.

  • Prerequisites: PSY-P 103 General Psychology or equivalent. Consent of instructor and Junior or Senior standing
PSY-B 388 Human Sexuality

A survey of human sexuality to increase knowledge and comfort regarding sexuality in a variety of aspects i.e. sexual behavior and response, influences of culture and environmental factors, psychological issues, disability effects on sexuality, sexual research, anatomy and physiology.

  • Prerequisites: PSY-P 103 General Psychology or equivalent. Consent of instructor and Junior or Senior standing
PSY-K 300 Statistical Techniques (3 cr)

Introduction to statistics; the nature of statistical data; ordering and manipulation of data; measures of central tendency and dispersion; elementary probability. Concepts of statistical inference and decision; estimation and hypothesis testing. Special topics include regression and correlation, analysis of variance,non-parametric methods. Credit not given for both K300 and K310.
Offered on campus fall and spring semesters.

  • Prerequisites:PSY-P103 General Psychology
  • Recommended prerequisite: PSY-P211 Methods of Experimental Psychology or equivalent. Junior or Senior class standing or consent of instructor and ability to use basic algebra. MATH B111 is recommended.
PSY-P 103 General Psychology (3 cr)

Introduction to psychology: its methods, data, and theoretical interpretations in areas of learning, sensory psychology, psychophysiology, individual differences, personality, development, abnormal and social psychology. May not be taken by students who have previously taken P101 or P102.
Offered every semester.

PSY-P 211 Methods of Experimental Psychology (3 cr)

Design and execution of simple experiments, treatment of results, search of the literature, and preparation of experimental reports.
Offered online and on campus fall and spring semesters.

  • Prerequisites: PSY-P 103 General Psychology or equivalent or consent of instructor
PSY-P 216 Life Span Development (3 cr)

A survey course of human development from infancy through old age, emphasizing the life span perspective of development. Classical stage theorists, current popular conception, major research findings, and implications for all life stages from birth to death.
Offered on campus and online fall and spring semesters.

  • Prerequisites: PSY-P 103 General Psychology or equivalent or consent of instructor
PSY-P 319 Psychology of Personality (3 cr)

Methods and results of scientific study of personality. Basic concepts of personality traits and their measurements; developmental influences; problems of integration.
Offered every Fall.

  • Prerequisites: PSY-P 103 General Psychology or equivalent. Consent of instructor and Junior or Senior standing
PSY-P 320 Social Psychology (3 cr)

Principles of scientific psychology applied to individual in social situations.
Offered every Spring.

  • Prerequisites: PSY-P 103 General Psychology
  • Recommended prerequisite: PSY-P211 Methods of Experimental Psychology or equivalent. Junior or Senior class standing or consent of instructor.
PSY-P 324 Abnormal Psychology (3 cr)

Emphasis on forms of abnormal behavior, etiology, development, interpretation, and final manifestations.
Offered every Spring.

  • Prerequisites: PSY-P 103 General Psychology
  • Recommended prerequisite: PSY-P211 Methods of Experimental Psychology or equivalent. Junior or Senior class standing or consent of instructor.
PSY-P 325 Psychology of Learning (3 cr)

Facts and principles of human and animal learning especially as treated in theories attempting to provide framework for understanding what learning is and how it takes place.
Offered every other year.

  • Prerequisites:PSY-P 103 General Psychology
  • Recommended prerequisite: PSY-P211 Methods of Experimental Psychology or equivalent. Junior or Senior class standing or consent of instructor.
PSY-P 326 Behavioral Neuroscience (3 cr)

Central nervous system functions in relation to sensory processes, motivation, and learning.
Offered online and on campus spring semesters.

  • Prerequisites: PSY-P 103  General Psychology
  • Recommended prerequisite: PSY-P211 Methods of Experimental Psychology or equivalent. Completion of a Biology course.  Junior or Senior class standing or consent of instructor.
PSY-P328 Evolutionary Psychology (3 cr)

View of bigger picture of human existence by looking at ways that past adaptations to our environment have helped to create our complex behavioral repertoire. Topics include human ancestry, mate choice, kin selection, cooperative behavior, aggressive behavior, status hierarchies, and art.
Offered online and on campus fall semesters, even years. Offered online summer I terms, odd years.

  • Prerequisites: PSY-P 103 General Psychology
  • Recommended prerequisite: PSY-P211 Methods of Experimental Psychology or equivalent. Junior or Senior class standing or consent of instructor.
PSY-P 329 Sensation and Perception (3 cr)

Basic data, theories, psychophysics, illusions, and other topics fundamental to understanding sensory and perceptual processes.
Offered online and on campus spring semesters.

  • Prerequisites: PSY-P 103 General Psychology
  • Recommended prerequisite: PSY-P211 Methods of Experimental Psychology or equivalent. Junior or Senior class standing or consent of instructor.
PSY-P 335 Cognitive Psychology (3 cr)

Introduction to human cognitive processes including attention and perception, memory, psycholinguistics, problem-solving, and thinking.
Offered every other year.

  • Prerequisites: PSY-P 103 General Psychology
  • Recommended prerequisite: PSY-P211 Methods of Experimental Psychology or equivalent. Junior or Senior class standing or consent of instructor.
PSY-P 336 Psychological Tests and Individual Differences (3 cr)

Principles of psychological testing. Representative tests and their uses for evaluation and prediction. Emphasis on concepts of reliability, validity, standardization, norms, and item analysis.
Offered occasionally.

  • Prerequisites: PSY-P 103 General Psychology
  • Recommended prerequisite: PSY-P211 Methods of Experimental Psychology or equivalent. Junior or Senior class standing or consent of instructor.
PSY-P 390 Special Topics in Psychology (1-3 cr)

Topics vary with instructor and semester. May be repeated once for credit.
Offered as needed.

  • Prerequisites: PSY-P103 General Psychology or equivalent or consent of instructor. Junior or Senior standing or consent of instructor.

PSY-P 425 Behavior Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence (3 cr)

A survey of major behavior disorders, with emphasis on empirical research and clinical description relative to etiology, assessment, prognosis and treatment.
Offered occasionally, on campus.

  • Prerequisites: PSY-P 103 General Psychology
  • Recommended prerequisite: PSY-P211 Methods of Experimental Psychology or equivalent. Junior or Senior class standing or consent of instructor.
PSY-P 450 Human Factors (3 cr)

Theories and data of experimental psychology applied to the problems of the interaction of people and technology in the workplace.
Offered as needed.

  • Prerequisites: PSY-P 103 General Psychology
  • Recommended prerequisite: PSY-P211 Methods of Experimental Psychology or equivalent. Junior or Senior class standing or consent of instructor.
PSY-P 457 Topics in Psychology (1-3 cr)

Studies in special topics not ordinarily covered in other departmental courses. Topics vary with instructor and semester. May be repeated once for credit if topic differs.
Offered as needed.

  • Prerequisites: PSY-P 103 General Psychology
  • Recommended prerequisite: PSY-P211 Methods of Experimental Psychology or equivalent. Junior or Senior class standing or consent of instructor.
PSY-P 459 History and Systems of Psychology (3 cr)

Historical background and critical evaluation of major theoretical systems of modern psychology: Structuralism, functionalism, associationism, behaviorism, Gestalt psychology, and psychoanalysis. Methodological problems of theory construction and system making.
Offered online, fall semesters.

  • PSY-P103 General Psychology and 6 hours of psychology courses. Consent of instructor required. Senior standing recommended.
PSY-P 493 Supervised Research I (2-3 cr)

Active participation in ongoing research.
Offered fall semester.

  • Prerequisites: PSY-P 103 or equivalent.
  • Recommended prerequisite: PSY-P211 Methods of Experimental Psychology or equivalent and PSY-K300 or equivalent. Junior or Senior class standing or consent of instructor.
PSY-P 494 Supervised Research II (2-3 cr)

A continuation of P493. Offered spring semester..

  • Prerequisites: PSY-P 493. Consent of instructor and Junior or Senior standing
PSY-P 495 Reading and Research in Psychology (1-3 cr)

Completion of a student initiated research project from proposal and data collection to final report and presentation.
Offered on student request. See Psychology faculty before registering.

  • Prerequisites: PSY-P103 General Psychology or equivalent and PSY-P211 Methods of Experimental Psychology or equivalent.  Consent of instructor and Junior or Senior standing. PSY–P493 and PSY-P494 recommended.