Department of Behavioral Sciences

Psychology Course Descriptions

100 Level Courses:
PSYC 101: Introduction to Psychology

200 Level Courses:
PSYC 230: Life Span Development
PSYC 240: Social Psychology

300 Level Courses:
PSYC 312: Positive Psychology
PSYC 313: Cross-Cultural Psychology
PSYC 325: Psychology of Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood
PSYC 331: Biological Bases of Clinical Disorders
PSYC 333: Psychology of Sustainability
PSYC 334: Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 338: Personality Theory in Psychology
PSYC 346: Health Psychology
PSYC 348: Psychoneuroimmunology
PSYC 352: Psychology of Gender
PSYC 353: Seminar in Behavioral Neuroscience
PSYC 355: Industrial Organizational Psychology
PSYC 356: Biopsychology
PSYC 357: Psychology of Adulthood
PSYC 370: Human Sexuality
PSYC 371: Psychology and the Law

400 Level Courses: 
PSYC 390, 490: Selected Topics
PSYC 391, 392, 491, 492: Research

PSYC 101: Introduction to Psychology. 3 hours.

This is a survey course providing a study of the behavior of living organisms, particularly human behavior. Typical problems are methods and measurement in psychology, theoretical systems, learning, motivation, perception, personality and psychopathology. 

PSYC 230: Life Span Development. 3 hours.

Study of the major theories of and influences on human development from conception through death, including the biological, cognitive, linguistic, emotional, social and cultural dimensions of development.  Special emphasis on change processes.

PSYC 240: Social Psychology. 3 hours.

This course studies the behavior and psychological process of individuals who occupy positions in social structures, organizations and groups. 

PSYC 302: Educational Psychology and Assessment. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: Behavioral science majors:  PSYC 230; Education majors: EDUC 203 and EDUC 207
This course is designed to introduce different theories and principles of development, learning, motivation and assessment of student learning.  The major emphasis in this course is on how to apply these principles in classroom practice in both typical and multicultural settings.  Normally taken in the second semester of sophomore or junior year.  Same as EDUC 302.

PSYC 312: Positive Psychology. 3 hours.

Positive Psychology seeks to understand optimal human behavior.  It emphasizes a scientific approach to knowing, guiding, healing, educating and helping people to flourish. 

PSYC 313: Cross-Cultural Psychology. 3 hours.

Explores the multiple and reciprocal nature of interaction between culture, intra-individual processes (such as perception, cognition, personality) and inter-individual processes (such as communication and group identity). Factors affecting these interactions, like ethnocentrism and prejudice, are also examined.

PSYC 325: Psychology of Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood. 3 hours.

This course is a study of psychosocial and cognitive development in adolescents and emerging adults (individuals of ages 14-25). The course incorporates psychology, biology, cross-cultural research, and other disciplines that are relevant. The course emphasizes identity, relationships, and transitions within a cultural context.

PSYC 331 Biological Bases of Clinical Disorders. 3 hours.

Prerequisite:  BIOL 171 and BIOL 172 or PSYC 101.
This course will provide an overview of the basic neuroanatomical and neurophysiological contributions to psychiatric disorders, such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, schizophrenia, somatoform disorders, cognitive disorders, and disorders of childhood and adolescence. Pharmacological treatments will also be addressed.

PSYC 333: Psychology of Sustainability. 3 hours.

An investigation of the connection between human behavior and environmental issues.  Topics will include psychological perspectives on the issues of conservation, ecopsychology, cognition and motivation as they relate to interactions with the natural environment. 

PSYC 334: Abnormal Psychology. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: CRIM 102 or PSYC 101.
Following a brief introduction to personality theories, the course focuses on the etiology, classification and treatment of behavior disorders. 

PSYC 338: Personality Theory in Psychology. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: PSYC 101.
A comparative analysis of the major theories of personality in psychology today. The approach is both rational and empirical. 

PSYC 346: Health Psychology. 3 hours.

Study of the interrelationships among biological, psychological and social factors in health and illness.  Topics will include health promotion and illness prevention, behavioral medicine and psychoneuroimmunology. 

PSYC 348: Psychoneuroimmunology. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: BIOL 171 and BIOL 172 or PSYC 356.
Examines the bidirectional interaction between the brain, behavior and the immune system.  Students in this course will study both human- and animal-based literature.  Topics include the brain, behavior and immune interface, behavioral and psychosocial characteristics linked with immune function, the impact of stress and coping, sickness behavior, and immunoenhancement.  

PSYC 352: Psychology of Gender. 3 hours.

Psychological study of gender in historical and contemporary perspective.  Includes biological, psychological and sociological examination of the role of gender in development, self-concepts, social relations and mental health.

PSYC 353 Seminar in Behavioral Neuroscience. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: PSYC 323, BIOL 327, PSYC 348, PSYC 356.
This team-taught capstone course will help students more effectively discuss and evaluate empirical research in selected areas of behavioral neuroscience.  At the end of the course, students will take a comprehensive final exam over topics covered in the behavioral neuroscience program.  

PSYC 355: Industrial Organizational Psychology. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: BSCI 275, BSCI 275-L.
A systematic study of human behavior in the world of work. Examines selection, evaluation, appraisal and training as aspects of personnel psychology. Focuses on the psychology of work in terms of worker motivation, job satisfaction and adjustment. 

PSYC 356: Biopsychology. 3 hours.

Examines the physiological, ontogenetic and functional foundations of human and animal behavior. Emphasizes central nervous system mechanisms that mediate processes such as arousal and sleep, hunger and satiety, learning and memory, aggression and violence, human psychopathology, and the psychoactive properties of recreational and therapeutic drugs. 

PSYC 357 Psychology of Adulthood. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or SOCI 101.
An empirical analysis of the biological, psychological and social changes in the adult who is moving along the age continuum from age 18 and beyond. 

PSYC 370: Human Sexuality. 3 hours.

A study of the anatomy and physiology of the female and male reproductive systems, sexually transmitted diseases, methods of contraception, the sexual response cycle, sexual dysfunctions, gender identity, development of sexual orientation, adult sexuality, the development of relationships, cross-cultural comparisons of sexuality and socialization of gender roles.  

PSYC 371: Psychology and the Law. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: CRIM 102 or PSYC 101
This course will examine relevant theory, research case law and issues of psychological practice within the criminal justice system.  

PSYC 390, 490: Selected Topics. 1-3 hours.

PSYC 391, 392, 491, 492: Research. 3 hours.