Psychology


Course Descriptions

PSYC 1003 – Principles of Psychology – 3 credit hours
Introduction to the scientific study of human behavior.  Fundamental facts, theories, concepts and principles of psychology are included.  
Course rotation: Fall and spring.  General Education: Core – Inquiry & Analysis.

PSYC 3033 – Psychopathology – 3 credit hours
The origins, development, and treatment of psychopathological behavior.  
Prerequisites: PSYC 1003 and sophomore standing or above.  Course rotation: Spring.

PSYC 3103 – Life Span Development – 3 credit hours
An overview of the developmental issues of human beings throughout the life span from conception to death including developmental stages; basic theories, concepts, and principles of development; influences on development; and cultural understanding of development.  Also listed as HS 3103.  
Prerequisite: PSYC 1003.

PSYC 3203 – Theories of Personality – 3 credit hours
Various modalities and explanations of personality structures and dynamics proposed by major personality theorists.  Prerequisites: PSYC 1003 and sophomore standing or above.  Course rotation: Fall.

PSYC 3403 – Social Psychology – 3 credit hours
A study of human behavior in terms of personality and situational variables.  Major topics covered include attitude formation and change, aggression, attraction, social cognition, prejudice, and group processes.  
Prerequisites: PSYC 1003 and sophomore standing or above.  Course rotation: Fall.

PSYC 3503 – Cognitive Psychology – 3 credit hours
A study of theories and experimental findings in the areas of learning, memory, thinking, problem-solving, and language.  
Prerequisites: PSYC 1003 and sophomore standing or above.  Course rotation: Fall.  General Education: Intermediate – Inquiry & Analysis.

PSYC 3603 – Behavioral Analysis – 3 credit hours
A study of the theory and techniques of behavioral change utilizing the principles of conditioning. Application relevant to health-centered and educational settings is emphasized. 
Prerequisites: PSYC 1003 and sophomore standing or above.  Course rotation: Spring.

PSYC 3703 – Psychology of Language – 3 credit hours
An overview of the basic principles of language (phonology, morphology, syntax) and theories of linguistic structure.  Topics include speech perception and production, language development and disorders, reading, and sign language.  The relationships between language and thought and language and culture will be discussed.  Prerequisites: PSYC 1003 and sophomore standing or above.  Course rotation: Varies.

PSYC 4403 – Physiological Psychology – 3 credit hours
An introduction to the biological basis of behavior.  Neural, sensory, motor, and chemical structures and functions will be examined in relation to emotions, learning and memory, perception, and psychopathology.  
Prerequisites: PSYC 1003 and junior standing or above.  Course rotation: Spring.

PSYC 4503 – History & Issues of Psychology – 3 credit hours
A study of the historical, philosophical, and theoretical roots of contemporary psychology.  Included will be a critical examination of contemporary issues in relationship to historical perspectives.  
Prerequisites: PSYC 1003 and junior standing or above.  Course rotation: Spring.  General Education: Intermediate – Application & Integration of Knowledge.

PSYC 4703 – Research Methods & Statistics I – 3 credit hours
Introduces the student to conducting research in the behavioral sciences.  Concepts and application emphasized are ethics in research, exploring the literature, types of research variables, validity and descriptive statistics.  In addition, each student will design an independent research project to be completed in PSYC 4903.  Prerequisites: PSYC 1003 and MATH 1013, unless mathematics waiver requirements are met.  Course rotation: Alternate fall.  General Education: Intermediate – Communication; Intermediate – Engaged Local & Global Citizenship.

PSYC 4903 – Research Methods & Statistics II – 3 credit hours
Continuation of Research Methods, this class provides an overview of experimental designs and inferential statistics with an emphasis on selecting the appropriate statistical analysis for each experimental design.  The student will demonstrate understanding of experimental methods by conducting the independent research project designed in Research Methods and presenting the results in a public forum.  
Prerequisite: PSYC 4703.  Course rotation: Alternate spring.  General Education: Mastery – Communication; Mastery – Inquiry & Analysis; Mastery – Engaged Local & Global Citizenship; Mastery – Application & Integration of Knowledge.