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Description of Courses

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PSY PSYCHOLOGY (Charter School of Education and Human Sciences)

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 PSY 101 or 103 toward General Education and Psychology major requirements.  NOTE:  Student cannot take both PSY 101 and PSY103 for credit.

103.  Psychology in Context- 3-0-3
The exploration of major perspectives in the field of psychology (i.e., behavioral, cognitive, sociocultural, and physiological) to examine contextual topics.  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 or PSY 103.

207. Psychology of Personality - 3-0-3
Theories of personality structure and dynamics used in analysis of personal development. PR: PSY 101 or PSY 103 or CI.

211WI. 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 Developmental 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. Eight hours of field experience required.

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 or PSY 103.

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 weekly research seminar is required. PR: PSY 101or PSY 103 and consent of faculty supervisor during semester preceding enrollment.

303WI. Health Psychology in Sociocultural 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.

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 or PSY 103.

315. Counseling Theory - 3-0-3
Various counseling theories, techniques and approaches including affective, cognitive, systems and behavioral interventions. PR: PSY 101 or PSY 103.

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 101or PSY 103 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 or PSY 103.

323. Experiential 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 101or PSY 103.

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 contexts will be emphasized. Observations and participation in research are required. PR: PSY 101 or PSY 103 and 221WI.

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 PSY 103 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 101or PSY 103 and any 100 or 200 level MAT 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 analyses including t-tests, analysis of variance and post-hoc measures using computer programs is stressed. Group and independent research projects required. PR: Grade of C or higher in PSY 360I.

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 or PSY 103 and 221WI.

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 statistical methods used in evaluation and measurement. PR: PSY 101 or PSY 103 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 

423. Introduction to Exceptional Children and Youth - 1-0-1
Introduction to the characteristics and classroom modifications for learning-disabled, mildly intellectually disabled and emotionally/behaviorally disturbed youngsters. PR: PSY 101 or PSY 103 or admittance to the teacher-education program.

424. Psychology and Education of Exceptional Children and Youth - 2-0-2
Examination of the causes, characteristics and educational strategies for exceptional students. PR: PSY 101 or PSY 103 or admittance to the teacher-education program. CR: EDU 499.

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.

435. Seminar in Psychology - 1 to 3 hours
Advanced study of current special-interest topics in psychology. May be repeated for credit. PR: PSY major or minor, JS or SS, or CI.

440WI. Advanced Abnormal Psychology - 3-0-3
Seminar on the major psychological disorders. Readings on etiological factors, treatment approaches and efficacy, and first-person accounts will be discussed. Role of culture in psychopathology will be analyzed. PR: PSY 101 or PSY 103 and 318.

461. Advanced Statistics - 3-0-3
Data analytic techniques used in experimental and non experimental research (e,g., non­parametric statistics, analysis of variance and multiple regression). Use of computers to analyze data will be stressed. PR: MAT 111 and PSY 360WI.

470. History and Systems of Psychology - 3-0-3
The emergence of psychology as a science. Examination of the antecedents of scientific psychology, the establishment of psychological science, and the contributions of various traditions of psychological theory and application. PR: PSY 101 or PSY 103, SS or CI.

496. Academic Internship - 3 to 6 hours
Problem-oriented experiences on specific projects relating to the individual student's program of study in psychology, planned in consultation with the student's advisor at least one full semester prior to the internship. The psychology internship may be repeated up to a maximum of 12 credit hours with permission. Only six credit hours may be counted as part of the psychology major, and only three credit hours may be used for the psychology minor. PR: See general provisions for academic internships in this 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 or PSY 103, 360WI 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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