Psychology

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):

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

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.