CCPS Psychology Course Descriptions

100 Level Courses
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 120: Principles of Psychology. 3 hours.

This introductory survey course provides a broad-based overview of the field of psychology as a scientific discipline. Topics include theoretical perspectives, research methodologies, biological bases of behavior, developmental milestones, learning and memory, motivation and emotion, personality, social psychology, and psychological disorders.

200 Level Courses
PSYC 230: Lifespan 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 120. 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 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 310: The Biology of Behavior. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: PSYC 120. 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 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 326: Theories of Counseling and Guidance. 3 hours.

Prerequisites: CRIM 120 or PSYC 120 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 334: Abnormal Psychology. 3 hours.

Prerequisites: CRIM 120 or PSYC 120 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 120 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: CCPS - BSCI 274. Day - BSCI 275 and BSCI 275-LA 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.

Prerequisite: PSYC 120 or SOCI 120.  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 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 120 or PSYC 120This course will examine relevant theory, research case law and issues of psychological practice within the criminal justice system.

PSYC 375: Psychology of Addiction Issues. 3 hours.

This course will examine the etiology of addictive processes, as well as the impact of addiction on biological, psychological, intellectual, and socioemotional functioning. Cross-cultural aspects of substance misuse, abuse, and dependence are also addressed.

PSYC 382: Assessment of Addiction Issues. 3 hours.

This course will evaluate standardized instruments, assessment tools, and diagnostic strategies designed for the identification of addiction issues. Strategies to identify coexisting conditions, appropriate treatment approaches, and referral to programs and services are also examined.

PSYC 383: Strategies for Counseling Addiction. 3 hours.

This course will examine theories, treatment modalities, and prevention strategies that pertain to counseling addiction issues. The therapeutic value of community support groups, such as 12-Step programs, is also examined.

PSYC 397, 497: Internship. Variable 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 120, 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.