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Psychology Department Courses Offered

Below is a list of the courses offered within the department. Also listed with each course are any prerequisites and the semester hours.

101. Introduction to Psychology 3-0-3

The fundamental principles of psychology including heredity, environment, motivation, the nervous system and the emotional adjustment of the individual and the group. General knowledge of psychological terms and concepts emphasized. Open to all students regardless of their field of specialization. May use either PSY101 or 103 toward General Education and Psychology major requirements. NOTE: Student cannot take both PSY101 and PSY103 for credit.

205. Orientation to Psychology 1-0-1

Orientation to the field of psychology familiarizing students with the practices of psychologists. Students will be presented with information about the psychology major, the course offerings in psychology, career opportunities in psychology and graduate study. Differing orientations toward the field of psychology will be explored. This course is directed toward freshman and sophomore declared majors. PR: PSY 101

207. Psychology of Personality 3-0-3

Theories of personality structure and dynamics used in analysis of personal development. PR: Psy 101 or CI

211. Human Sexuality 3-0-3

Study of the biological basis of the human sexual response system, sexual individuality and values, reproduction and health, and legal and social issues related to human sexuality. Classic studies in human sexuality as well as new research generated in the field will be examined.

221WI. Life-Span Development Psychology 3-0-3

Overview of human development across the life span from prenatal to late adulthood. Critical examination of current research within the context of various theories of development will be emphasized. Readings, observations and reports required.

225. Child Development 3-0-3

Theories, patterns, interrelationships, differences and continuities in the development of the child, prenatal through middle childhood. Contexts for development, such as family, peer groups, communities and cultures, will be examined.

240. Educational Psychology 2-2-3

Application of psychological theories to intelligence, learning, development, individual differences, motivation, behavior management and discipline. Applied settings include coaching and sports psychology, camp counseling, schools and mentor settings, business and industry and recreational settings. Field experience required. PR: PSY 101.

298. Research Practicum 1 to 3 hours

Students will be involved in designing experiments, collecting data, scoring data, entering and analyzing the data, formulating future studies and writing reports. Students will learn about the development and execution of research projects. May be repeated for up to six credits. A one-hour research seminar is required. PR: PSY 101 and consent of faculty supervisor during semester preceding enrollment.

303WI. Health Psychology in a Socio-cultural Context 3-0-3

Explores the psychological processes involved in health with a particular focus on the confluence of gender, race and class. Within this context, individual experiences of a variety of health related topics will be covered including sources of stress and stress management, social support, adoption of healthy/risky behaviors, adherence to medical advice, experiences as recipients of health care, and coping with chronic illness and death. PR: PSY 101.

304. Social Psychology 3-0-3

The influence of social forces on one's everyday thoughts and behaviors. Survey of theory and research on social perception, self-perception, conformity, group behavior, altruism, aggression and close relationships. PR: PSY 101.

315. Counseling Theory 3-0-3

Various counseling theories, techniques and approaches including affective, cognitive, systems and behavioral interventions. PR: PSY 101.

316. Counseling Practice 1-6-3

Development of counseling skills. Practicum experience with a human-service agency based on each student's area of interest in counseling. PR: PSY 101 and 315.

318. Abnormal Psychology 3-0-3

Survey of the psychological disorders classified in current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). Diagnostic criteria will be the primary focus of the course. PR: PSY 101.

323. Experimental Education Leadership Development 2-2-3

(See HPE 323.)
Learning theory, group dynamics, team building and leadership techniques for experiential-education challenge-course adventure activities, initiatives and games. Exploration of the use of experiential-education activities in organizations, therapeutic settings and the classroom. Fee. PR: PSY 101.

342. Child and Adolescent Psychology 3-0-3

Examination of theories and current research in cognitive, emotional, social and physical development in infancy through adolescence. Familial, peer group, educational, and cultural context will be emphasized. Observations and participation in research are required. PR: PSY 101 .

350. Industrial and Organizational Psychology 3-0-3

Application of psychological principles to the organizational/industrial setting.

355. Psychology of Interpersonal Relations 3-0-3

Current theories and practices in group process designed to increase intra- and inter-personal awareness and sensitivity. PR: PSY 101 or CI.

360WI. Research Methods and Statistics I 3-0-3

An introduction to different methodological approaches to the field of psychology with emphasis on non-experimental approaches. Development of professional writing skills and ethical standards in research and increasing understanding of basic descriptive statistics and correlational analyses using computer programs. Ethical issues in psychology and the importance of publication will be reviewed. PR: PSY 101 and MAT 111 or CI.

361WI. Research Methods and Statistics II 3-0-3

Application of the scientific method and statistical procedures to the field of psychology with special emphasis on the experimental method through two group and factorial designs, within subjects with repeated measures and mixed-model designs. Use of statistical analysis including t-tests, analysis of variance and post-hoc measures using computer programs is stressed. Group and independent research projects required. PR: PSY 360WI and MAT 111 or CI.

385WI. Psychology of Women 3-0-3

Interdisciplinary investigation of the psychological, social, emotional, and cognitive aspects of women in society. Investigation of research, theory and real-world application of a variety of issues related to women.

390. Adulthood and Aging 3-0-3

In-depth survey of adult development focusing on current research in social, cognitive, biological and psychological developmental issues. Hands-on research experience is a component of this course. PR: PSY 101.

401. Psychological Testing 3-0-3

Tests used in assessment of general and special abilities: intelligence, personality, achievement, vocational and neuropsychological inventories. History of psychological testing, review of intelligence and other psychological constructs, ethical considerations and factors involved in test development and selection. Introduction to the statistical methods used in evaluation and measurement. PR: PSY 101 required: MAT 111 recommended.

405WI. Learning 3-0-3

Focuses on basic principles of classical and instrumental/operant conditioning and factors that govern the acquisition or elimination of learned responses. Theories and applications of learning principles to modify human behavior as well as for behavioral treatments of mood, anxiety and substance-abuse disorders will be discussed. PR: 361WI.

406WI. Cognitive Psychology 3-0-3

Study of the cognitive bases of attention, perception, memory, language, and problem solving. Current theories and research are emphasized. PR: PSY 361WI.

410. Sensory and Perceptual Processes 3-0-3

Fundamental of sensation and perception. Emphasis placed on understanding neurophysiology of the sensory systems and how knowledge of the sensory systems is used to improve quality of life. PR: PSY101 or 103, and PSY360I

411. Behavioral Neuroscience 3-0-3

Principles in neuroscience and organization of the central nervous system. Interrelations between the brain and wakefulness and sleep, homeostatic processes, memory, emotion, sexual behaviors and processes associated with thinking and language will be examined. Clinical perspectives on the diagnosis and treatment of neurodegenerative disorders are emphasized. PR: PSY101 or 103, and PSY360I

434. Psychology and Education of Exceptional Children and Youth 3-0-3

This course examines the causes, characteristics and interventions and strategies for exceptional students. Field-based practicum occurs during student teaching. Students who major or minor in education and minor in psychology can apply PSY 434 credit toward their requirements in both education and psychology.

441. Seminar 3-0-3

Advanced study of current special-interest topics related to neuroscience, learning, or cognition.  May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit hours if topics are different. 

442. Seminar 3-0-3

Advanced study of current special-interest topics related to social psychology, personality psychology, or interpersonal relationships.  May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit hours if topics are different. 

443. Seminar 3-0-3

Advanced study of current special-interest topics related to typical and atypical human development.  May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit hours if topics are different. 

444. Seminar 3-0-3

Advanced study of current special-interest topics related to psychological health or the effects of gender and culture on behavior.  May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit hours if topics are different. 

445. Seminar 3-0-3

Advanced study of current special-interest topics related to the applications and practice of psychology.  May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit hours if topics are different. 

470. History and Systems of Psychology 3-0-3

The emergence of psychology as a science. Examination of the antecedent of scientific psychology, the establishment of psychological science, and the contributions of various traditions of psychological theory and application.. PR PSY 101 or CI.

496. Academic Internship 3 to 6 hours

Problem-oriented experiences on specific academic projects relating to the individual student's program of study, planned in consultation with the student's advisor at least one full semester prior to the internship. A weekly one-hour internship seminar is required. PR: See general provisions for academic internships in the Berry Course Catalog.

498. Directed Study 1 to 3 hours

(May be repeated up to six hours of credit.) Self-directed study, employing research techniques, critical reviews, observations and bibliographical aids used to guide the student in developing a research paper. PR: PSY 101, 360 WI and 361WI: JS or SS and approval of school dean and directed study advisor during the semester preceding the independent study. 

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