Psychology Course Descriptions

100 Level Courses
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.

200 Level Courses
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 290, 390, 490 : Selected Topics. 1-3 hours.

Selected Topics are courses of an experimental nature that provide students a wide variety of study opportunities and experiences. Selected Topics offer both the department and the students the opportunity to explore areas of special interest in a structured classroom setting. Selected Topics courses (course numbers 290, 390, 490) will have variable titles and vary in credit from 1-3 semester hours. Selected Topic courses may not be taken as a Directed Study offering.

PSYC 291, 391, 491: Research. Variable hours.

Many academic departments offer special research or investigative projects beyond the regular catalog offering. Significant responsibility lies with the student to work independently to develop a proposal for study that must be approved by a faculty mentor and the appropriate department chair. The faculty member will provide counsel through the study and will evaluate the student’s performance. Sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible. Students must register for research (291, 292, 391, 392, 491 or 492) to receive credit and are required to fill out a Permission to Register for Special Coursework form. It is recommended that students complete not more than 12 hours of research to apply toward the baccalaureate degree. 

300 Level Courses
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 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 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 172 or PSYC 101This 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 101Following 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 101A comparative analysis of the major theories of personality in psychology today. The approach is both rational and empirical.

PSYC 346: Health Psychology and Community Intervention. 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 172 or PSYC 356Examines 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 355: Industrial Organizational Psychology. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: DAY-BSCI 275, BSCI 275-L. CCPS- 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 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 101An 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 101This course will examine relevant theory, research case law and issues of psychological practice within the criminal justice system.

PSYC 372: Holistic Health Practices. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: BIOL 271. This participation-focused course introduces students to the history and practice of complementary healing therapies. Presentations and demonstrations by practitioners in such areas as herbal medicine, acupuncture, mediation, massage therapy, aromatherapy, animal-assisted therapy, music therapy, and yoga are an integral part of the course. The relationship of holistic health practices to both mainstream Western medicine and the emerging field of positive psychology are also explored.

PSYC 374: Health Behavior Interventions. 3 hours.

Prerequisites: BIOL 271, PSYC 372, and SOCI 373. In this course, student will identify and implement a holistic self-intervention strategy to promote a healthier lifestyle and enhance their own well-being. Students will also engage with community partners, faculty, and students from other disciplines in the creation and evaluation of an intervention that addresses a local community health issue.

PSYC 397, 497: Internship. Varies hours.

Interns must have at least 60 credit hours, completed appropriate coursework and have a minimum GPA of 2.5 prior to registering for academic credit. Also, approval must be obtained from the student's faculty sponsor and required forms must be completed by the deadline. Note: *Architecture, Music Therapy and Education majors do not register internships through Career Planning & Development. These students need to speak with his/her advisor regarding credit requirements and options. S/U grading. 

400 Level Courses
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 concept, imagery, problem-solving and decision making. Emphasis is placed on classic and cutting-edge studies in these fields.