Psychology Courses (PSY)

PSY 111: GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY I. An introduction to the principles of behavior. This course represents a comprehensive overview of the major areas of study within the field of psychology. Particular focus is placed on the scientific and experimental aspects of psychological thinking, brain and behavior, human development, consciousness, conditioning and learning, memory, cognition, language, creativity, intelligence and gender and sexuality. Prerequisites: ENG 101 offered every Fall and Spring semester. CREDIT: THREE SEMESTER HOURS.

PSY 112: GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY II. An introduction to the principles of behavior. This course represents a comprehensive overview of  major applied areas of study within the field, Particular focus is placed on sensation and perception, motivation and emotion, personality, health, stress and coping, psychological disorders, therapies, social thinking and social influence, pro-social and antisocial behavior, and applied psychology. Prerequisites: REA 101 (for those students demonstrating a need), ENG 101. Offered every Fall and Spring semester. CREDIT: THREE SEMESTER HOURS

PSY 213: ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY. Historical overview of abnormal psychology; criteria of abnormal behavior; symptomatology and dynamics of anxiety based disorder and severe mental disorder/psychoses; therapeutic considerations.  Prerequisite: PSY 111, 112.  Offered every Fall semester. CREDIT:THREE SEMESTER HOURS.

SSD 215: FOUNDATIONS IN STATISTICAL THINKING. An introduction to the foundations of statistical thinking and exploratory data analysis. This course is designed to help student’s acquire fundamental skills in organizing, displaying, reading, and interpreting data including the use of standard computer software, such as SPSS package, to analyze their data. Offered every fall; this course is required for all majors within the Social Sciences Division, except History. Prerequisites: Having passed MAT 102 or higher. CREDIT: THREE SEMESTER HOURS.

PSY 216: EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY. The rationale and skills of the scientific method are applied to the study of behavior. The student is introduced to the structure and language of scientific thinking, with particular focus on concepts and issues in measurement, experimental design and ethics. Prerequisite: PSY111-112 and SSD 215. Offered every Fall/Spring semester. CREDIT: THREE SEMESTER HOURS.

PSY 221: CHILD PSYCHOLOGY. A systematic presentation of the major theories and research on the origins and development of psychological processes from conception through childhood, including behavioral disorders of childhood and their management. Prerequisite: PSY 111. Offered every Fall semester. CREDIT: THREE SEMESTER HOURS

PSY 222:ADOLESCENT PSYCHOLOGY. A systematic study of the emerging psychological processes during the ambiguous transition period between childhood and early adult years, including discussion of the typical behavioral disorders associated with adolescence and the behavioral intervention strategies for managing these disorders. Prerequisite: PSY 111. Offered every Spring semester. CREDIT: THREE SEMESTER HOURS.

PSY 224: PSYCHOLOGY OF ADULTHOOD AND OLD AGE. (also listed as SOC 301). A systematic study of the psychological processes of adulthood and aging, this course focuses on the psychiatric and psychological aspects of the aging process, as well as the effects aging on family and other social relationships. Prerequisite: PSY 111 or SOC 111. Offered every Spring semester. CREDIT: THREE SEMESTER HOURS.

PSY 321: PERSONALITY THEORY: An introduction to the nature of psychological theory building, this course illustrates the nature and development of theories in psychology with examples drawn from the psychoanalytic, humanistic and behavioral models for personality development. Prerequisite: PSY 111and 112. Offered every Fall semester. CREDIT: THREE SEMESTER HOURS.

PSY 322: ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR. An introduction to theoretical concepts and empirical research in the behavioral sciences as it applies to behavior within organizational settings. The course content includes levels from the individual to small groups, to inter-group behavior, and finally to the total organization. Within this structure, a broad range of theory and research on organization and individual behavior will be examined. Prerequisite: PSY 111and 112. Offered every odd Fall semester. CREDIT: THREE SEMESTER HOURS.

PSY 323: SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY. (also listed as SOC 322): An introduction to the major theories and research focusing on the behavior of the individual as he or she is influenced by others in the social environment. Prerequisite: PSY 111and 112. Offered every even Fall semester. CREDIT: THREE SEMESTER HOURS.

PSY 324: PSYCHOLOGY OF WOMEN. This course includes developmental, global, and multicultural approaches to understanding the psychology of women. Focus is on gender differences and similarities in cognitive abilities, aggression, etc. Special emphasizes will be on work and women, health and reproduction, violence in women’s lives and mental health. Prerequisite: PSY111 and 112. Offered every odd Fall semester. CREDIT: THREE SEMESTER HOURS.

PSY 325: PSYCHOLOGY OF LEARNING.  An introduction to the basic principles and experimental variables which govern the acquisition, modification and extinction of both simple and complex animal and human behavior. Prerequisite: PSY 111 and 112.  Offered every Spring semester. CREDIT: THREE SEMESTER HOURS.

PSY 326: BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE. An introduction to the physiology of behavior, this course presents an overview of the basic concepts of neurophysiology and neuroanatomy in relation to the complex intervention between behavioral phenomena and the physiological processes and structures. Prerequisites: PSY 111, 112, and BIO 102 or higher. Offered every odd Spring semester. CREDIT: THREE SEMESTER HOURS.

PSY 327: TOPICS IN PSYCHOLOGY. This course is designed to provide students an opportunity to study a number of additional sub areas within the field of psychology. The sub area to be taught is selected according to student and faculty interest. As topics vary, this class may be taken more than once. Prerequisite: PSY 111, 112 or permission of instructor. Offered during the Fall and Spring semester based on availability of faculty time CREDIT: THREE SEMESTER HOURS.

PSY 328: HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY. The course focuses on psychological forces like stress, individual differences and personality that effect mental and physical illness, relationships between patients and practitioners. It emphasizes the role of psychologists in the intervention and treatment of physical and psychological illness and in the promotion of lifestyle changes. Special emphasis will be on the epidemiology of diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, HIV/AIDS, diabetes and obesity. Prerequisites: PSY 111 and 112.  Offered every even Spring semester. CREDIT: THREE SEMESTER HOURS.

PSY 329: COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY. The course will focus on interactions between individuals, community, and environments, and how such interactions influence the “well-being” of both the individuals and the communities. The community rather than the individual is treated as both the subject and client, and a variety of interest groups are considered when measuring the success of interventions. Prerequisite: PSY 111and 112. Offered every even Spring semester. CREDIT: THREE SEMESTER HOURS.

SSD 329: APPLIED STATISTICS IN SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH. An interdisciplinary introduction to the use of advance statistical techniques for analysis of behavioral research. Topics covered are: testing differences between means, analysis of variance, nonparametric tests of significance, correlation, regression analysis, nonparametric measures of correlation and choosing statistical procedures for research problems. The course is designed to help students learn coding of data and putting data in SPSS computer software for performing different statistical analysis. Prerequisite: PSY 111-112 and SSD 215. Offered every Spring semester. CREDIT: THREE SEMESTER HOURS

PSY 331: PSYCHOLOGICAL MEASUREMENT. This course introduces the student to concepts, principles, techniques, and issues in behavioral observation and psychometric theory. Prerequisite: PSY 111, 112 and SSD 215. Offered every even Spring semesters. CREDIT: THREE SEMESTER HOURS.

PSY 332: SENSATION AND PERCEPTION. This course introduces the student to the physiological processes and psychophysical principles governing our sensing of an external or internal stimulus. It also provides an overview of the theories and psychological models developed to explain how we organize and interpret stimulus information. Prerequisite: PSY 111and 112, Offered every Fall semester. CREDIT: THREE SEMESTER HOURS.

PSY 411: HISTORY AND SYSTEMS. A comparison of the major schools and miniature systems which have emerged historically within the discipline of psychology, this course provides a major summary and review of psychological thinking and research from an historical perspective. Prerequisite: Senior standing with all other core courses completed. Offered every Fall semester. CREDIT: THREE SEMESTER HOURS.

PSY 421: RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY. Provides students with an understanding of the terminology, logic, and procedures used in research. Students integrate statistical procedures with research methods and develop critical thinking skills regarding research. The course is designed to help students acquire fundamental skills in organizing, displaying, reading, and interpreting data including the use of standard computer software, such as SPSS package, to analyze the data. Prerequisite: PSY 216 and SSD 329. Offered every Fall semester.  CREDIT: THREE SEMESTER HOURS.

PSY 422: PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH WRITING: Provides students with an opportunity to consolidate their research and writing skills under the supervision of a senior faculty member. Following the structural and stylistic guidelines of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, the student identifies a research problem, reviews the primary literature on the problem, formulates a set of research hypotheses, and designs a research plan to evaluate the hypotheses. Prerequisite: PSY 421. Offered every Spring semester. CREDIT: THREE SEMESTER HOURS.

PSY 423: SENIOR SEMINAR I. This course is offered only to senior psychology majors during the fall semester of the senior year.  The course is designed to guide them through their senior paper project while working with their assigned senior research supervisor. CREDIT: ONE SEMESTER HOUR

PSY 424: SENIOR SEMINAR II: This course is offered only to senior psychology majors during the spring semester of the senior year. The course is designed to aid students in the completion of their senior paper project through the advisement of their assigned senior research supervisor. Prerequisite: PSY 423. CREDIT: ONE SEMESTER HOUR

PSY 425: INTERNSHIP IN PSYCHOLOGY. This internship course in psychology is designed to provide students the opportunities to integrate and apply what they have been learning in their academic courses to supervised, “hands on” experiences at various agency settings. It will enable students to use the knowledge, skills, values, and ethics obtained from their studies in practical fields. Such exposure will establish students’ basic practical skills in various areas including interpersonal support, planning, problem –solving, and identification with psychology as a profession. Prerequisite: PSY 111 and 112. Offered either in the Fall or Spring semester determined by availability of faculty, and supporting organizations. CREDIT: THREE SEMESTER HOURS.