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Psychology (PSY)

College-Program Codes: 7-17. Check with department for semester when these courses are offered. Read each course description for prerequisites.

1010 PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT (2 credits) Focuses on the development of personal skills related to health and lifetime achievement. Topics include stress management, self-motivation, study skills, interpersonal relationships, and overcoming common anxieties. Liberal Education Category 11

1100 INTRODUCTORY PSYCHOLOGY (4 credits) Introduction to the study of behavior, cognition, and emotion and general survey of psychological principles. Liberal Education Category 5

2200 HUMAN SEXUALITY (3 credits) Physiological and psychosocial aspects of human sexual behavior with an emphasis on healthy sexual adjustment. Liberal Education Category 7

2217 ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY (3 credits) Mental disorders and behavioral deviations: causes, manifestations, and treatments. Prerequisite: PSY 1100.

2227 LEARNING AND COGNITION (3 credits) A survey of research, theories, and applications in the areas of classical and operant conditioning, and cognition. Prerequisite: PSY 1100.

2237 LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENT (4 credits) A review of theories and research on the psychological, physical, and environmental factors influencing adjustment and development across the lifespan. Prerequisite: PSY 1100.

3210 DEATH AND CULTURE (3 credits) Death is a universal human experience shaped by the attitudes of any given culture. Examines death and dying in various cultural contexts and the accompanying psychological research into death attitudes and processes. Liberal Education Category 8

3301 INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS AND RESEARCH (4 credits) An introduction to inferential and descriptive statistics (including the use of SPSS), basic research methodology, and use of the research literature. Prerequisites: Students must complete the University's Liberal education math requirement before taking this course.

3302 ADVANCED STATISTICS (4 credits) Inferential and advanced statistics, including t-tests, correlation, multiple regression, factorial analysis of variance, and factor analysis using SPSS. Focus on correct applications and inferences. Prerequisite: PSY 3301.

3312 ADVANCED RESEARCH METHODS (3 credits) Applications of the scientific method in psychology. Emphases include specific laboratory procedures, research design, statistical applications, and report writing. Prerequisites: PSY 1100 and PSY 3301.

3328 BEHAVIORAL AND COGNITIVE INTERVENTION (3 credits) Behavioral theory and the method of applied behavior analysis are explored. Application of behavioral and cognitive/behavioral principles to human problems in various settings is emphasized. Prerequisites: PSY 1100 and PSY 2227.

3331 BASIC COUNSELING AND CRISIS TECHNIQUES (4 credits) A practical introduction to the development of interpersonal awareness, and crisis management, crisis intervention, and basic counseling techniques. Prerequisites: PSY 1100 and PSY 2217.

3337 GROUP PROCESSES (3 credits) The examination and practical application of principles and dynamics underlying group behavior from a psychological perspective. Prerequisites: PSY 1100 and PSY 3301, or consent of instructor.

3338 JUNIOR LEVEL FIELD EXPERIENCE (3 credits) Practical field experience in human services providing an exploration in client populations and settings, career directions in applied psychology, and professional skills and abilities. Prerequisites: PSY 1100, PSY 2217, and PSY 3331.

3347 PSYCHOLOGICAL MEASUREMENT (3 credits) This course is designed to provide a basic understanding of psychometric theory and methods of psychological test construction, and to effect familiarity with established measures of personality, interests, intelligence, and academic achievement. Prerequisites: PSY 1100 and PSY 3301.

3357 INDUSTRIAL AND ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY (3 credits) Presentation and analysis of theoretical, technical, and applied aspects of psychology in work settings. Topics include: human resources activities (selection, training and evaluation of personnel), work motivation, job satisfaction, leadership, organizational structure, group/team communication, working conditions. Prerequisite: PSY 1100.

3367 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY (3 credits) Survey of contemporary research in interpersonal perception and attraction, aggression and altruism, group dynamics, conformity, compliance, and attitude formation and change. Prerequisite: PSY 1100.

3377 TYPICAL/ATYPICAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE PRESCHOOL CHILD (2 credits) The study of the theories and research pertaining to the typical and atypical development of the preschool child in the intellectual, emotional, social, cultural, and physical areas. Prerequisite: PSY 1100. Note: This course may not be applied to the Psychology Major.

3378 LIVING IN ISOLATED AND CONFINED ENVIRONMENTS (2 credits) A study of the psychological factors involved in planning the environment and selecting the crew for long-duration manned space missions. Prerequisite: PSY 1100.

3387 TOPICS IN PSYCHOLOGY (1-2 credits) An in-depth study of topics of current interest in psychology. Prerequisite: PSY 1100.

4408 HUMAN SERVICES PROGRAM MANAGEMENT (3 credits) Theories and techniques of managing human service agencies including planning, administration, evaluation and grant writing. Prerequisites: PSY 1100, PSY 3301, and PSY 3347.

4432 ADVANCED COUNSELING TECHNIQUES (4 credits) The second in a skills sequence, this course continues the development of practical counseling techniques, including problem identification, behavioral goal setting, role playing, and social history interviews. A skill-technique laboratory is included in which students practice while being video taped. Includes individual supervision. Prerequisites: PSY 1100, PSY 2217, PSY 3331, and senior status.

4447 RESEARCH LABORATORY (3 credits) Supervised, original research in selected areas. Prerequisites: PSY 1100, PSY 3301, PSY 3302, and PSY 3312.

4457 COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY (3 credits) An in-depth introduction, including the topics of attention, memory, knowledge representation, language, thought, problem solving, reasoning, and decision making. Prerequisites: PSY 1100 and PSY 3301.

4459 PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGY AND PERCEPTION (4 credits) An in-depth introduction, including the topics of the nervous system, electrochemical and neurochemical bases of behavior, vision, audition, somatic and chemical senses, movement, emotion, and cognition. Prerequisites: PSY 1100 and PSY 3301.

4467 PERSONALITY THEORIES (3 credits) Introduction to major theories of personality and related research. Prerequisites: PSY 1100, PSY 2217, and PSY 3301.

4469 FAMILY SYSTEMS (3 credits) An introduction to family systems theory and accompanying therapies. Prerequisites: PSY 1100, PSY 2217, PSY 2237, and PSY 3331 or consent of instructor.

4487 HISTORY AND SYSTEMS OF PSYCHOLOGY (3 credits) Contemporary issues and theories in psychology and their historical developments. Prerequisite: Senior standing in the major.

4870 PRE-INTERNSHIP SEMINAR (1 credit) Selection of internship site and preparation for the internship experience. Prerequisite: Restricted to Psychology and Applied Psychology: Human Services Majors only.

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