CCPS Psychology Course Descriptions

100 Level Courses:
PSYC 101: Introduction to Psychology
PSYC 108: Writing in the Behavioral Sciences
PSYC 110: Stress Management I

200 Level Courses:
PSYC 200: Research Methods in Social Science
PSYC 230: Life Span Development
PSYC 234: Drugs and Behavior
PSYC 240: Social Psychology
PSYC 275: Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
PSYC 290: A-Z Selected Topics

300 Level Courses:
PSYC 302: Educational Psychology and Assessment
PSYC 312: Positive Psychology
PSYC 326: Theories of Counseling and Guidance
PSYC 332: Mental Health
PSYC 334: Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 338: Personality Theory in Psychology
PSYC 340: Education of the Exceptional Child

PSYC 347: Medical Sociology
PSYC 349: Behavioral Research
PSYC 352: Psychology of Gender
PSYC 355: Industrial Organizational Psychology
PSYC 356: Biopsychology
PSYC 357: Psychology of Adulthood

PSYC 364: Neuroanatomy
PSYC 367: Family Therapy
PSYC 370: Human Sexuality
PSYC 371: Psychology and the Law
PSYC 390: A-Z Selected Topics

400 Level Courses:
PSYC 435: Psychological Tests and Measurements
PSYC 440: Learning and Cognition
PSYC 450: History and Systems in Psychology
PSYC 493: Senior Seminar
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 108 Writing for the Behavioral Sciences. 1 hour.
This course introduces students to professional writing styles used in the behavioral sciences, emphasizing the guidelines of the American Psychological Association. The course is also designed to familiarize students with library databases used to conduct empirical literature reviews. Same as CRIM 109, SOCI 109.

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 200: Research Methods in Social Science. 3 hours.
Considers the major methodological tools of the social sciences including applied statistics. Topics include: research design, measurement, observation, surveys, projective techniques, scale construction, sampling, analysis and interpretation, research reports and applications. Same as CRIM 200 and SOCI 200. Prerequisite: PSYC 101, SOCI 101, SOCI 111 or CRIM 102.

PSYC 230: Life Span Development. 3 hours.
Study of the entire human life span, beginning with conception and prenatal period. Psychological, sociological and biological determinants of development and change processes are considered.

PSYC 234: Drugs and Behavior. 3 hours.
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. Prerequisite: PSYC 101.

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 275: Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences. 3 hours.
This course introduces the student to the basic design methodologies and statistical techniques used in behavioral sciences. Some of the topics considered are mixed and correlational designs, analysis of variance and data collection procedures. Same as CRIM 275 or SOCI 275. Prerequisite: PSYC 101, SOCI 101, SOCI 111, or CRIM 102, a college-level math course; should be taken before accumulating 60 credit hours (junior status).

PSYC 302: Educational Psychology and Assessment. 3 hours.
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 semester of the sophomore or junior year. Offered each semester. Same as EDUC 302. Prerequisite: PSYC 230.

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 326: Theories of Counseling and Guidance. 3 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. Same as CRIM 326. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 and three additional psychology hours.

PSYC 332: Mental Health. 3 hours.
This course gives a workable knowledge of the how, when, and why emotional conflicts arise and how they can be avoided.

PSYC 334: Abnormal Psychology. 3 hours.
Following a brief introduction to personality theories, the course focuses on the etiology, classification, and treatment of behavior problems. Same as CRIM 334. Prerequisite: PSYC 101, SOCI 101, SOCI 111, or CRIM 102, plus three additional hours in psychology.

PSYC 338: Personality Theory in Psychology. 3 hours.
A comparative analysis of the major theories of personality in psychology today. The approach is both rational and empirical. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 plus three additional hours in psychology.

PSYC 340: Education of the Exceptional Child. 3 hours.
This course surveys all areas of exceptionalities. It is designed to help the prospective teacher identify and understand the problems of students with atypical learning patterns. Same as EDUC 340. Prerequisite: PSYC 230.

PSYC 347: Medical Sociology. 3 hours.
This course is designed as an introduction to medical sociology—the study of health and illness and of the professional and other organizations devoted to health care. It views health not only as a topic of inherent theoretical interest to the sociologist but also as important to all who care about man's ability to live to capacity. Includes health, illness and sickness and social identities, the sick role and organization of health services. Same as BIOL 347 and SOCI 347.

PSYC 349: Behavioral Research
Students enrolled in this course will complete an original research project from beginning to end, to include writing a literature review, generating hypotheses, devising a research strategy, collecting data, analyzing data, and reporting findings in a scientific paper. Same as CRIM 349SOCI 349 Prerequisites: PSYC 108,PSYC 200PSYC 275 and 3 additional hours in the major.

PSYC 352: Psychology of Gender. 3 hours.
Considers cognitive, personality and social variables as they relate to gender, and examines the impact of gender stereotypes and roles in many areas of people's lives.

PSYC 355: Industrial Organizational Psychology. 3 hours.
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. Prerequisite: PSYC 275.

PSYC 356: Biopsychology. 3 hours.
Examines the biological and neuro-physiological foundations of human and animal behavior. Emphasizes central nervous system mechanisms that mediate processes such as learning and memory, language, intelligence, sleep and arousal, reward and punishment, and human psychopathology. Same as BIOL 356.

PSYC 357: Psychology of Adulthood. 3 hours.
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. Same as SOCI 357. Prerequisite: PSYC 101, SOCI 101, SOCI 111, or CRIM 102, plus three additional hours in psychology.

PSYC 364 Neuroanatomy. 4 hours.
Prerequisite: BIOL 110. An in-depth study of the biology of the nervous system emphasizing the relationship between neuranatomy and neurophysiology. Lecture and laboratory. Offered spring semester. Same as BIOL 364.

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. Same as SOCI 367.

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 sex roles. Same as BIOL 370, SOCI 370.

PSYC 371: Psychology and the Law. 3 hours.
This course will examine relevant theory, research, case law and issues of psychological practice within the criminal justice system. Same as CRIM 371. Prerequisite: PSYC 101, SOCI 101, SOCI 111, or CRIM 102.

PSYC 435: Psychological Tests and Measurements. 3 hours.
An intensive study of the theory of measurement with emphasis on errors in measurement, validity, reliability, item analysis, test construction and prediction. Same as CRIM 435, SOCI 435. Prerequisite: PSYC 200, PSYC 275, plus three additional hours in psychology.

PSYC 440: Cognitive Psychology. 3 hours.
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. Prerequisite: PSYC 101, junior or senior standing.

PSYC 450: History and Systems in Psychology. 3 hours.
A study of classical systems and contemporary theories of psychology to the end of integrating various approaches to scientific psychology. Prerequisite: Senior with 18 hours in psychology.

PSYC 493: Senior Seminar. 3 hours.
This is the capstone course for the major. Current issues in the field are researched and presented in a seminar setting using regular class discussion and debate. Students practice the writing, oral communication, and critical thinking skills necessary to succeed in graduate school and their future careers. Same as CRIM 493 and SOCI 493.

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