College of Continuing Professional Studies

CCPS Psychology Course Descriptions

100 Level Courses:
PSYC 101: Introduction to Psychology
PSYC 110: Stress Management I

200 Level Courses:
PSYC 230: Life Span Development
PSYC 234: Drugs and Behavior
PSYC 240: Social Psychology
PSYC 290: A-Z Selected Topics

300 Level Courses:
PSYC 310: The Biology of Behavior
PSYC 312: Positive Psychology
PSYC 314:Community Psychology
PSYC 326: Theories of Counseling and Guidance
PSYC 330: Family and Domestic Violence
PSYC 332: Mental Health
PSYC 334: Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 338: Personality Theory in Psychology
PSYC 352: Psychology of Gender
PSYC 355: Industrial Organizational Psychology
PSYC 357: Psychology of Adulthood
PSYC 367: Family Therapy
PSYC 370: Human Sexuality
PSYC 371: Psychology and the Law
PSYC 390: A-Z Selected Topics

400 Level Courses:
PSYC 440: Learning and Cognition
PSYC 450: History and Systems in Psychology
PSYC 490: A-Z Selected Topics
PSYC 491, 492, 493: 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 110: Stress Management I. 3 hours.

The philosophy and comprehensive approach to stress reduction through the re-establishment and enhancement of the state of well-being.

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 234: Drugs and Behavior. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: PSYC 101.
An examination of psychoactive drugs and their impact on society. Biological, psychological and social aspects of drug use are considered as well as implications for social policy.

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 310 The Biology of Behavior. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: PSYC 101.
This course explores biological underpinnings of behavior and mental processes, such as wakefulness and sleep, emotional behaviors, reproductive behaviors, selected psychological disorders, learning and memory, and the sensory systems. An overview of neuroanatomy and neurotransmitters is provided.

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 314: Community Psychology. 3 hours.

Students will be introduced to the field of community psychology, which seeks to understand the relationship between environmental conditions and the health and psychosocial well-being of community members. This course will explore the various theoretical bases of community psychology. Special emphasis will be placed on experiential learning, as students will examine the social issues, social institutions, and other settings that influence their local community. Lastly, students will concentrate on the practice of community psychology, by increasing their awareness of organizations aimed at improving quality of life in their local community.

PSYC 326: Theories of Counseling and Guidance. 3 hours.

Prerequisites: CRIM 102 or PSYC 101 and three additional psychology hours.
A comparative analysis of the major theories of psychological counseling.  Attention is given to specific counseling methods and techniques utilized by psychologists, counselors, ministers, social workers, personnel managers and criminal justice workers.

PSYC 330: Family and Domestic Violence. 3 hours.

Family and domestic violence is a form of antisocial behavior that occurs when a family member, partner or ex-partner attempts to physically or psychologically dominate or harm the other. The cycle of violence, dominance and control are among the issues covered as well as the legal perspective as it relates to the abuse of family members. The legal perspective includes discussion of proactive arrest policies, restraining orders and anti-stalking legislation that have emerged across the United States.

PSYC 332: Mental Health. 3 hours.

This course gives a workable knowledge of how, when, and why emotional conflicts arise and how they can be avoided.

PSYC 334: Abnormal Psychology. 3 hours.

Prerequisites: CRIM 102 or PSYC 101 plus three additional hours in psychology.
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.

Prerequisites: PSYC 101 plus three additional hours in psychology.
A comparative analysis of the major theories of personality in psychology today. The approach is both rational and empirical.

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 355: Industrial Organizational Psychology. 3 hours.

Prerequisites: BSCI 274.
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 357: Psychology of Adulthood. 3 hours.

Prerequisites: CRIM 102, PSYC 101, SOCI 101 or SOCI 111 plus three additional hours in psychology or sociology.
An empirical analysis of the biological, psychological, and social changes in the adult who is moving along the age continuum from age eighteen and beyond.

PSYC 367: Family Therapy. 3 hours.

An examination of family relationships, problems and family therapy theories. The course will enhance student understanding of families and the application of therapy and social work intervention to certain situations.

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 comparison of sexuality and socialization of gender roles.

PSYC 371: Psychology and the Law. 3 hours.

Prerequisites: 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 440: Cognitive Psychology. 3 hours.

Prerequisites: PSYC 101, junior/senior standing. 
A survey of topics in cognitive psychology, including perception, attention, learning and memory, knowledge representation, language and concepts, imagery, problem-solving and decision-making. Emphasis is placed on classic and cutting-edge studies in these fields.

PSYC 450: History and Systems in Psychology. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: senior with 18 hours in psychology.
A study of classical systems and contemporary theories of psychology to the end of integrating various approaches to scientific psychology. 


PSYC 290, 390, 490 Selected Topics. 1-3 hours.

PSYC 291, 292, 391, 392, 491, 492 Research.

PSYC 397, 398, 497, 498 Undergraduate Internship Experience.