Contact:
Dr. Vickie Luttrell
Chair of Behavioral Sciences
Associate Professor of Psychology
Office: (417) 873-7254
vluttrel@drury.edu

Psychology Course Descriptions

100 Level Courses:
PSYC 101: Introduction to Psychology
PSYC 109: Scientific Writing

200 Level Courses:
PSYC 200: Research Methods in Social Science
PSYC 230: Life Span Development
PSYC 240: Social Psychology
PSYC 275: Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
PSYC 275-L: Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences Laboratory

300 Level Courses:
PSYC 302: Educational Psychology and Assessment
PSYC 308: Qualitative Research Methods
PSYC 312: Positive Psychology

PSYC 313: Cross-Cultural Psychology
PSYC 323: Functional Neuroscience
PSYC 326: Theories of Counseling and Guidance
PSYC 327: Psychopharmacology
PSYC 331: Biological Bases of Clinical Disorders
PSYC 333: Psychology of Sustainability

PSYC 334: Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 338: Personality Theory in Psychology
PSYC 339: Ethical Dilemmas in the Behavioral Sciences
PSYC 340: Education of the Exceptional Child
PSYC 343: Fundamentals of Research
PSYC 346: Health Psychology
PSYC 347: Medical Sociology
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 359: Advanced Behavioral Research I
PSYC 361: Advanced Behavioral Research II
PSYC 364: Neuroanatomy
PSYC 370: Human Sexuality
PSYC 371: Psychology and the Law

400 Level Courses:
PSYC 435: Psychological Tests and Measurements
PSYC 435-L: Psychological Tests and Measurements Laboratory
PSYC 440: Cognitive Psychology
PSYC 475: Advanced Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
PSYC 475-L: Advanced Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences Laboratory
PSYC 493: Senior Seminar

Selected Topics, Research and Internship Courses:
PSYC 380, 480: Internship
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 109: Scientific Writing. 1 hour.
This course introduces students to professional writing styles used in the Behavioral Sciences, emphasizing the guidelines of the American Psychological Association and American Sociological 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 200: Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: CRIM 102 or PSYC 101 or SOCI 101. Considers the major methods of the social sciences, including applied statistics. Topics include: research design, surveys, secondary data and other unobtrusive methods, evaluation research, sampling and research reports. Same as CRIM 200, SOCI 200.

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 275: Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: CRIM 102 or PSYC 101 or SOCI 101. Co-requisite: PSYC 275-L.
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 COMM 275, CRIM 275, SOCI 275.

PSYC 275-L: Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences Laboratory. 1 hour.
Co-requisite: PSYC 275. A laboratory to complement Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences.SPSS basics are emphasized. Same as COMM 275-L, CRIM 275-L, PLSC 275-L, SOCI 275-L.

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 308: Qualitative Research Methods. 3 hours.
This course exposes students to the basic techniques for collecting, interpreting and analyzing data using various qualitative metholdologies to include ethnographic, grounded, observational and content analysis methods. Special emphasis will be given to the students’ understanding of various methodological challenges, the standards of scientific evidence, issues of generalizability and ethics. Same as CRIM 308, SOCI 308.

PSYC 312: Positive Psychology. 3 hours.
Positive Psychology seeks to understand optima 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.
Prerequisite: CRIM 102 or PSYC 101 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.

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 323: Functional Neuroscience. 4 hours.
Prerequisite: PSYC 364. Explores the cellular and molecular biology of the nervous system in order to provide an in-depth analysis of such topics as sensation and perception, consciousness and sleep, learning and memory, neuroplasticity and neural regeneration. Same as BIOL 323.

PSYC 326: Theories of Counseling and Guidance. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: CRIM 102 or PSYC 101. 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.

PSYC 327: Psychopharmacology. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: BIOL 171 and BIOL 172 or PSYC 356. This course will explore the effects of drugs on behavior as well as how these effects are mediated by changes in synaptic activity. Emphasis is given to psychoactive drugs, such as alcohol, barbiturates, inhalants, benzodiazepines, psychostimulants, psychedelics, analgesics and antidepressants. Same as BIOL 327.

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. Same as ENVR 333.

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. Same as CRIM 334.

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 339: Ethical Dilemmas in the Behavioral Sciences. 3 hours.
Designed as an exploration of contemporary moral issues and as an introduction to research ethics, this course examines philosophy-based ethics theories and encourages their application in case studies across an array of disciplines. A segment of the course is exclusively devoted to application in research endeavors. Students are required to obtain National Institutes of Health certification to conduct research with human participants. Same as CRIM 339, SOCI 339.

PSYC 340: Education of the Exceptional Child. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: EDUC 203. This course surveys all areas of exceptionality. It
is designed to help the prospective teacher identify and understand the problems of students with atypical learning patterns. Same as EDUC 340.

PSYC 343: Fundamentals of Research. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: PSYC 359. This course is intended for students who fail or do not successfully complete PSYC 361. Students enrolled will write a review of literature and complete an original research project. This involves designing methodology, conducting a study, ensuring ethical protection of human participants, analyzing and interpreting data, generating an original research report and delivering a formal presentation. Same as CRIM 343, SOCI 343.

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. Same as BIOL 346.

PSYC 347: Medical Sociology. 3 hours.
This course is concerned with the social causes and consequences of health and illness. Major areas of investigation include the social facets of health and disease, the social behavior of healthcare personnel and people who utilize healthcare, and the social functions of health organizations and healthcare delivery systems. Same as BIOL 347, SOCI 347.

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. Same as BIOL 348.

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, PSYC 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. Same as BIOL 353.

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. Prerequisites: PSYC 275. PSYC 275-L.

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. Same as BIOL 356.

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. Same as SOCI 357.

PSYC 359: Advanced Behavioral Research I. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: PSYC 109, PSYC 200, PSYC 275, PSYC 275-L. Students enrolled in this course complete the initial stages of an original, team-based research project, to include conducting and writing a literature review, devising a research design strategy, and applying ethical protection of human participants. It is essential that students complete Scientific Writing, Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences and Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences with lab before taking Advanced Behavioral Research I. Same as CRIM 359, SOCI 359.

PSYC 361: Advanced Behavioral Research II. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: PSYC 359. As a continuation of Advanced Behavioral Research I, students enrolled in this course complete their original, team-based research project. This involves conducting the study, data analysis, reporting the findings in the context of a scientific paper and delivering a formal presentation of the research. Course fee required. Same as CRIM 361, SOCI 361.

PSYC 364: Neuroanatomy. 4 hours.
Prerequisite: BIOL 171 and BIOL 172. An in-depth study of the biology of the nervous system emphasizing the relationship between neuroanatomy and neurophysiology. Lecture and laboratory. Offered spring semester. Same as BIOL 364.

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 sex roles. Same as BIOL 370, SOCI 370.

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. Same as CRIM 371

PSYC 435: Psychological Tests and Measurements. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: PSYC 109, PSYC 200, PSYC 275, PSYC 275-L. Co-requisite: PSYC 435-L.
An intensive study of the theory of measurement with emphasis on errors in measurement, validity, reliability, item analysis, test construction and prediction. A laboratory period will include training in the construction, taking, scoring and interpretation of psychological tests. Same as CRIM 435, SOCI 435.

PSYC 435-L: Psychological Tests and Measurements Laboratory. 1 hour.
Co-requisite: PSYC 435.
A laboratory to complement Psychological Tests and Measurements. Same as CRIM
435-L, SOCI 435-L

PSYC 440: Cognitive Psychology. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: 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 475: Advanced Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: PSYC 275, PSYC 275-L. Co-requisite: PSYC 475-L. This course provides an in-depth examination of
inferential statistics used in behavioral sciences. Topics include analysis of variance, analysis of covariance, multivariate techniques and nonparametric analyses. Same as CRIM 475, SOCI 475.

PSYC 475-L: Advanced Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences Laboratory. 3 hours.
Co-requisite: PSYC 475. A laboratory to complement Advanced Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences. Same as CRIM 475-L, SOCI 475-L.

PSYC 493: Senior Seminar. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: Senior standing, PSYC 109, PSYC 200, PSYC 275, PSYC 275-L. 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, SOCI 493.

PSYC 380, 480: Internship. 3 hours.

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

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