Psychology

Psychology is the scientific investigation of human thought and behavior. Course offerings in psychology are designed to meet the needs of students who plan to earn a Bachelor of Science degree with a major or minor in psychology. They include courses covering many of the areas of specific interest to psychologists, such as personality and human development, as well as more general subjects such as research methods and the history of psychology. The curriculum is suited to those who wish to pursue an advanced degree as well as those who wish to work in social services, business, or any other field for which psychology is a relevant discipline.

               

Bachelor of Science in Psychology (36 hours total)

Required Psychology Core (15 hours):

Course                                                    Title                                                                           Hours Required

PSYC 1643                                             Elementary Psychology                                                         3

PSYC 3003                                             Research Methods in Psychology                                            3

PSYC 4003                                             History of Psychology                                                            3

MATH 2203                                            Elementary Statistics                                                             3   

PSYC 2513                                             Infant, Child and Adolescent Development                               3

OR

PSYC 2523                                             Adult Development and Aging                                                3


Plus Required Psychology Electives (21 hours) to be selected with approval of advisor.

Only courses with a grade of C or higher will count toward the Psychology major.

 

Minor in Psychology
18 hours selected with approval of student’s minor advisor.

 

COURSE LISTINGS in PSYCHOLOGY (PSYC)

1643       ELEMENTARY PSYCHOLOGY
              An introduction to psychology; a survey of the fundamentals of human behavior, designed to acquaint the student
              with the scope of psychological phenomena and the methods of the psychologist. 3 hours

1723       PERSONAL ADJUSTMENT
              A study of the factors conducive to favorable adjustment, with an emphasis on the nature of personal difficulties
              and means of coping with them. 3 hours

1803       HUMAN SEXUALITY
              A course designed to provide students with a broad range of knowledge about sexuality, with emphasis on
              up-to-date information needed for everyday living. 3 hours

1903       PSYCHOLOGY OF GENDER
              An examination of the psychological factors in the development of identity in women and men, including sex
              differences and gender roles. 3 hours

2123       SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
              Study of social forces influencing human behavior, with emphasis on attitudes and attitude change, social
              perception, and group behavior. Prerequisite: PSYC 1643. 3 hours

2263       PSYCHOLOGY OF PERSONALITY
              Study of the development of the personality with special consideration given to personality determinants and
              approaches to personality. Prerequisite: PSYC 1643. 3 hours

2513       INFANT, CHILD & ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT
              This course is designed to study human growth and development from conception through adolescence. Emphasis
              is placed on physical, cognitive, social, and emotional domains of human development. Prerequisite: PSYC 1643.
              3 hours

2523       ADULT DEVELOPMENT & AGING
              This course is designed to study the longest phase of the life cycle--adulthood. The course is guided by a
              biopsychosocial approach to understanding human behavior and subjective experience. Prerequisite: PSYC 1643.  
              3 hours

2880       SPECIAL TOPICS IN PSYCHOLOGY
              Specialized topics in psychology not covered in sufficient depth in existing courses. 3 hours (may be repeated for
              total of 6 hours with change in title and content). Prerequisites: PSYC 1643 or permission of instructor.

2990       TUTORIAL
              Independent study in psychology (under faculty supervision) either in empirical research or individual instruction
              in lieu of an existing course. 1-3 hours (may be repeated for total of 6 hours with change in title and content). 
              Prerequisites: PSYC 1643 and permission of instructor.

3003       RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY
              Introduction to techniques and research designs in psychological research, with analysis of their appropriate use
              and interpretation. Prerequisites: MATH 2203 and PSYC 1643 plus 3 additional hours in psychology. 3 hours

3213       ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY
              Consideration of the types of psychological disorders and their causes, prevention, and treatment. Prerequisite:
              PSYC 1643. 3 hours

3513       LEARNING & MOTIVATION
              This course examines the empirical and theoretical foundations of our present understanding of human learning
              and motivation. Prerequisite: PSYC 1643. 3 hours

3523       COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY
              This course will provide the student with a working knowledge of the field of cognitive psychology. The
              content of the course includes the study of human cognition, including but not limited to, such topics as memory,
              attention, problem solving, and consciousness. Prerequisite: PSYC 1643. 3 hours

3900       PRACTICUM
              An opportunity for observation and supervised participation in a community social service agency or other
              appropriate setting. 1-2 hours (may be repeated for total of 6 hours with permission of advisor). Prerequisites:
              PSYC 1643 plus 9 additional hours in psychology.

4003       HISTORY OF PSYCHOLOGY
              Review of problems, theories and methods throughout history of psychology. Prerequisites: PSYC 1643 plus 9
              additional hours in psychology. 3 hours

4223       INTRODUCTION TO COUNSELING
              Introduction to major counseling theories and techniques, including discussion of case histories. Prerequisites:
              PSYC 1643 and PSYC 3213. 3 hours

4413       PHYSIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY
              Study of the biological bases of behavior. Specific topics include, but are not limited to, anatomy and function of
              the nervous system, sensory processes, hormones and sexual behavior, memory and motivation, and drugs and
              behavior. Prerequisite: PSYC 1643. 3 hours

4423       EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
              This course provides students with the opportunity to apply the concepts and skills developed in PSYC 3003.
              Prerequisite: PSYC 1643 & PSYC 3003. 3 hours

4433       ADVANCED RESEARCH METHODS
              This course provides students with the opportunity to apply the concepts and skills developed in PSYC 3003.
              Prerequisite: PSYC 1643 & PSYC 3003. 3 hours

4533       SEMINAR
              Group research project for advanced psychology students on subject of mutual interest to members of the class. 3
              hours (may be repeated for total of 6 hours). Prerequisites: PSYC 1643, PSYC 3003, and permission of instructor.

4543       PSYCHOLOGICAL MEASUREMENTS
              Review of measurement techniques used in psychological research and testing, including reliability and validity,
              and introduction to standardized tests of achievement, aptitude, and personality.  Prerequisites: PSYC 1643 plus 9
              additional hours in psychology. 3 hours

4880       SPECIAL TOPICS IN PSYCHOLOGY
              Specialized topics in psychology not covered in sufficient depth in existing course. 1-3 hours (may be repeated for
              total of 6 hours with change in title and content). Prerequisite: PSYC 1643 or permission of instructor.

4990       TUTORIAL
              Independent study in psychology (under faculty supervision) either empirical research or individual instruction in
              lieu of
an existing course. 1-3 hours (may be repeated for total of 6 hours with change in title and content).
              Prerequisites: PSYC 1643 and permission of instructor.