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Psychology

PSY 199 Special Studies (1-3)
Terms and hours to be arranged.

 

PSY 201 General Psychology (4)
A study of the science of human behavior and experience. Areas covered may include: biological bases of behavior, learning, memory, motivation, perception, cognition and development.

 

PSY 202 General Psychology (4)
A study of the science of human behavior and experience. Areas covered may include: consciousness, personality, health psychology, abnormal behavior, psychotherapy and social psychology.

 

PSY 218 Psychological Foundations of Education (3)
A survey of psychological topics relevant to educational settings. These topics may include child and adolescent development, learning, memory, cognitive processes, motivation, assessment and behavioral management. This class is not intended for psychology majors.

 

PSY 301 Introduction to Research Methods (4)
An exploration of psychological research including topics of design, methodology, statistical analysis and report writing. Student will design and conduct research and prepare a formal paper on this original research. Prerequisites: PSY 201 and PSY 202 or equivalent

 

PSY 311 Developmental Psychology (4)
The psychological study of human development from conception to death. Stages and issues of development throughout the life-span are identified and examined. Developmental theories, research and methods are studied and applied to the various stages and issues. Prerequisite: PSY 201 or PSY 218 or equivalent

 

PSY 328 Mental Health (4)
A survey of theories of adequate and optimal psychological functioning. A study of processes which may lead to the development of adaptive functioning and its maintenance and how these processes may be brought into play in the individual’s environment or community. Prerequisites: PSY 201 and PSY 202 or equivalent

 

PSY 334 Social Psychology (4)
The psychological study of how people think about, influence and relate to one another. Theoretical and research bases will be utilized to explore the nature and content of this field and its applications to social issues and every day events. Prerequisite: PSY 201 or PSY 218 or equivalent

 

PSY 349 Introduction to Behavior Modification (4)
A survey of behavior modification topics including principles of learning and relevant methodology. An exploration of practical applications. Prerequisite: PSY 201 or PSY 218 or equivalent

 

PSY 360 Cognitive Psychology (4)
This class provides an overview of basic topics in cognitive psychology including learning, memory, attention, sensation, perception, language/phonology and problem solving. Prerequisites: PSY 201 and PSY 202 or equivalent

 

PSY 373 Sensation and Perception (4)
Principles and theories relating to sensory stimulation and perceptual processes will be explored. Psychophysical methods will be used to demonstrate human visual and auditory processes. Prerequisites: PSY 201 and PSY 202 or equivalent

 

PSY 390 Theories of Learning (4)
Survey of fundamental concepts of conditioning, rate learning, discrimination, theories of reinforcement, extinction and avoidance learning. Major theories of learning, and related experimental literature. Prerequisite: PSY 201 or PSY 218 or equivalent

 

PSY 398 Professional Issues in Psychology (4)
Exploration of the roles and functions of persons employed in occupations for which the study of psychology prepares students. Survey and practice of specific and non-specific skills of helping and interpersonal influence such as interviewing and small group dynamics. Ethics and other professional issues will be considered. Prerequisite: PSY 201 and PSY 202 or equivalent

 

PSY 399 Special Studies (1-4)
Terms and hours to be arranged.

 

PSY 406 Special Individual Studies (1-6)
Designed for individual or special studies in a defined area of interest under the guidance of a designated faculty member.

 

PSY 407 Seminar (1-12)
Terms and hours to be arranged.

 

PSY 408 Workshop (1-12)
Terms and hours to be arranged.

 

PSY 409 Practicum (1-9)
Field experience in applied psychology. Prerequisite: consent of instructor

 

PSY 410 Mentoring I (1-4)
Student will serve as a mentor for an “at risk” middle school or high school student. Mentors help students develop skills for academic success, emotional and social growth, and provide a forum for developing problem solving approaches to concerns and issues. Students receive training on the mentoring process, goal setting and communication. Prerequisite: consent of instructor

 

PSY 411 Mentoring II (1-4)
Students continue to mentor, collect, analyze and present data on mentoring progress towards goals. Prerequisite: PSY 410

 

PSY 415/515 Psychology of Sports (4)
This course will survey the current state of the psychology of sports. Psychological theory and research findings will provide the basis for suggestions about applications to sport situations. A central focus will be on the critical and empirical evaluation of the common knowledge in this area. Prerequisites: PSY 201 and 202 or equivalent

 

PSY 423 Interviewing and Appraisal (4)
Exploration of the interview as a method of information gathering and social influence. Topics include the uses of interviews, the strengths and weakness of the interview as a methodology, training in specific interviewing skills, and the relation of the interview to other methods of appraisal of human behavior. Applications will be drawn from many areas of human interaction including the helping professions and business. Prerequisite: PSY 201 and PSY 202 or equivalent

 

PSY 426 History of Psychology (4)
Historical study of psychologists, basic psychological concepts and theories. Prerequisites: minimum of 15 hours upper-division psychology courses

 

PSY 435/535 Theories of Personality (4)
Major historical and contemporary theories of personality development and function and their relation to current issues in psychology. Prerequisite: 300-level course in psychology

 

PSY 437/537 Advanced Social Psychology (4)
An in-depth study of several social-psychological theories and their application to social issues and interactions. Topics may include small group interaction and functioning, social cognition, attitudes and persuasion, social influence and social relations. Prerequisite: PSY 334 or equivalent

 

PSY 440/540 Small Group Theory (3)
Survey of major social-psychological theories and research related to small groups; application of theory and research to development, organization and functioning of small groups. Prerequisite: six or more hours of upper-division psychology courses

 

PSY 443 Group Processes (4)
Provides students with opportunity to increase self-awareness of their existing teamwork skills, develop stronger teamwork skills, as well as learn and apply social psychological principles aimed at increasing group effectiveness. By working in groups, students will examine how both environmental forces as well as personality influence group functioning. Prerequisites: PSY 201 and 202 or equivalent. PSY 334 recommended

 

PSY 445 Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology (4)
Students will examine how psychology is applied to workplace in settings such as industry, business, government, and social service. Topics include trends in organizational and job design, personnel selection and placement, training, performance appraisal, work motivation, job satisfaction and leadership. Prerequisites: PSY 201 and 202 or equivalent. PSY 334 recommended

 

PSY 446 The Psychology of Leadership (4)
Examines the psychological underpinnings of leadership In organizations from a variety of theoretical perspectives. Students will examine the myriad of theoretical approaches to understanding leadership including their strengths and weaknesses in aiding our understanding of effective (and ineffective) leadership. Students will also have the opportunity to assess and develop their own leadership skills and potential. Prerequisites: PSY 201 and 202 or equivalent. PSY 334 recommended

 

PSY 447 Introduction to Organizational Development (4)
Examines the art and science of Organizational Development (OD) which include interventions aimed at fostering high performing organizations. Students will gain an understanding of the field of Organizational Development, become familiar with various techniques for enhancing organizational and individual effectiveness, develop insights into organizational functioning, and develop skills for effective managing/consulting. Prerequisites: PSY 201 and 202 or equivalent. PSY 334 recommended

 

PSY 448 Topics in Organizational Psychology (4)
Topics may include at different times: strategic planning and implementation; productivity issues; career development with organizations; managerial participative management programs, negotiation, mediation and arbitration processes; and other topics of special interest. May be repeated with different topics. Prerequisites: PSY 201 and 202 or equivalent. PSY 334 recommended

 

PSY 450/550 Abnormal Psychology (4)
The nature, causes and treatment of various forms of unusual behavior and emotional disturbance. The full range of abnormality will be examined from extreme reactions to stressful events to psychotic breaks with reality as defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association. The course will integrate perspectives generated from psychological theory, research and physiological findings. Prerequisite: a 300-level course in psychology

 

PSY 451/551 Biopsychology (4)
A study of the ways that the physiology of the body is related to behavior. Sub-topics may include sleep and dreaming, learning and memory, pain, sexual behavior, disordered emotional states and psychopharmacologic agents. Prerequisites: PSY 201 and PSY 202 or equivalent

 

PSY 460 Cognitive Neuroscience Seminar (1-4)
This class covers advanced topics in cognitive science including cognitive development, cerebral localization of function, hemispheric interaction/differences, individual differences in cognition, object recognition, face recognition, spatial perception and neuropsychological disorders. Prerequisite: PSY 360 or PSY 451

 

PSY 463/563 Maladjusted Child (4)
Examination of the nature, causes and treatment of emotional and social maladjustments in children and adolescents. A broad range of disturbances will be examined from minor problems in living to psychotic breaks with reality and self-destructiveness. The home, school and cultural environments will be examined as well as possible genetic and biological determinations of the mental health of children and youth. Prerequisites: PSY 201 or PSY 218, and PSY 311 or equivalent

 

PSY 465/565 Motivation (4)
Deals primarily with human motivation. Topics such as stress, conflict, learned motives, arousal, and unconscious determinants will be considered. Prerequisite: Three or more hours of 300-level psychology

 

PSY 467 Quantitative Methods (4)
Methods which psychologists use to describe, summarize and make inferences about measurements made on people, things or events. Prerequisites: PSY 201, PSY 202, PSY 301, and MTH 105 or MTH 111 or equivalent

 

PSY 468 Research Methods in Psychology (4)
An introduction to the experimental, correlational and survey methods employed in psychological research. Prerequisite: PSY 467 with a grade of C- or better

 

PSY 471/571 Computers in Psychology (4)
Survey of computer applications in psychology with emphasis on microcomputers. Topics include computer testing: methods and ethics, computer aided instruction, artificial intelligence, networking and research applications. Prerequisites: PSY 201, PSY 202 and CS 101 or equivalent

 

PSY 472/572 Psychological Assessment (4)
The use of psychological assessment approaches to developing understanding of individuals and groups. Basic principles of test theory and interpretation of test scores will provide a framework for test evaluation. Interviewing and non-quantitative assessment approaches will also be examined. Research and theoretical issues involving major constructs such as intelligence, aptitude, interest and personality will be addressed. Prerequisite: a 300-level psychology course

 

PSY 480/580 Infancy and Childhood (4)
Theory and research related to prenatal, infancy, and early childhood phases. Includes study of the motor, emotional, cognitive, social and linguistic domains with emphasis on applications for professionals offering services to young children and their families. Prerequisites: PSY 201 or PSY 218, and PSY 311 or equivalent

 

PSY 481/581 Middle and Late Childhood (3)
Theory and research related to children who are between school age and adolescence. Emphasis on socialization, cognitive development and deviations from typical development. Prerequisites: PSY 201 or PSY 218, and PSY 311 or equivalent

 

PSY 482/582 Adolescence (4)
Study of the transitions and issues of adolescence. Includes an overview of theory and research with an emphasis on applications for parents, teachers and professionals offering services to adolescents and youth. Prerequisites: PSY 201 or PSY 218, and PSY 311, or equivalent

 

PSY 483/583 Adulthood and Aging (4)
Examination of current models of aging. Includes theory and research relevant to early, middle and late adulthood. Emphasis on applications of information concerning the issues of adulthood. Prerequisites: PSY 201, 202 and 311 or equivalent

 

PSY 484/584 Death, Dying and Grief (4)
Focuses on numerous topics related to the developmental processes of death, dying and grief throughout the life-span. Prerequisites: PSY 201, 202 and 311 or equivalent

 

PSY 487/587 Cross-Cultural Development (4)
Study of the relationship between culture and psychological functioning with an emphasis on developmental processes. Prerequisites: PSY 201, 202 and 311 or equivalent

 

PSY 488/588 Theories of Development (4)
Theories of human development across the life-span are examined, integrated and compared. Assumptions of major, contemporary theories of development are studied including a review of related research findings and consideration of practical applications. Prerequisites: PSY 201, 202 and 311 or equivalent

 

PSY 489/589 Special Topics in Developmental Psychology (1-9)
Each quarter this course is offered, a single special topic in development will be studied in-depth. Topics may include the development of sex roles, moral development or social skills training. May be repeated under different subtitles. Prerequisites: PSY 201, 202 and 311 or equivalent

 

PSY 492/592 Psychology of Women (4)
Application of psychological methods to the study of women’s roles and behavior. Sub-topics may include development, sexuality, achievement, aptitudes and work. Prerequisites: PSY 201 and 202 or equivalent

 

PSY 496/596 Program Evaluation (3)
An introduction to the purposes, models and methods of quantitative and qualitative evaluation of programs in agencies, schools, businesses and organizations.

 

PSY 498/598 Advanced General Psychology (3)
A survey of the latest and most important research findings in t he major areas of psychology including human development, physiological, social, learning, memory, motivation, personality, abnormal, health, thinking and perception. Prerequisites: minimum 15 hours of upper-division psychology courses

 

PSY 606 Special Individual Studies (1-6)
Terms and hours to be arranged.

 

PSY 607 Seminar (1-15)
Terms and hours to be arranged.

 

PSY 608 Workshop (1-15)
Terms and hours to be arranged.

 

PSY 609 Practicum (1-15)
Terms and hours to be arranged.

 

PSY 619 Research Methods in Human Development (3)
A survey of methods for observing, recording, analyzing, and interpreting changes in the physical, cognitive, affective and social behavior of children and adults.

 

PSY 620 Learning & Memory for Instruction (3)
A survey of contemporary theories of learning and memory. An emphasis will be placed on research involving cognitive, social, motivational, and biological aspects of learning and memory. Applications will focus on instructional settings.

 

PSY 621 Developmental Psychology: Concepts and Applications (3)
An overview of developmental psychology with an emphasis on theories and classroom applications. Assumptions of major contemporary theories of development are studied, including a review of related research findings and consideration of practical applications.

 

PSY 622 Adolescent Development for Educators (3)
A course focusing on transitions and issues of normative development from early to late adolescence. Includes an overview of theory and research with an emphasis on applications for middle school and high school teachers.

 

PSY 623 Intelligence Testing and Reporting (3)
Course objectives are to train individuals to administer and score individual intelligence scales competently and accurately and to learn initial aspects of test interpretation and reporting. Social, cultural and socioeconomic factors that affect test results will also be discussed.

 

PSY 624 Individual Intelligence Testing (3)
Selection, administration and interpretation of individual tests. Problems in testing of exceptional children and the integration of referral and history assessment data into a case study report, including an individual educational program. Prerequisite: PSY 523M

 

PSY 627 Identification and Assessment of the Talented and Gifted (3)
An introduction to the measures and procedures used to identify talented and gifted individuals. Differential assessment procedures for identifying the wide range of gifted individuals will be evaluated and new concepts in assessing talent and giftedness will be explored.

 

PSY 632 Advanced Behavior Modification (3)
Experimental and theoretical foundations of a variety of behavior modification techniques such as operant conditioning, contingency contracting, systematic desensitization, modeling, self-management, aversive therapy, token economics and others. In addition, opportunity will be available for practical applications of such techniques. A study of the role of cognitive variables in behavior modification will be included. Prerequisites: 12-15 hours of psychology, including learning or behavior modification

 

PSY 649 Psychology of Organizations (3)
A study of psychology as applied to organizations such as for-profit, non-profit and government entities. Topics may include theory of organizations, organizational design, structure and essential functions. Examination of functions such as personnel processes, motivation, leadership, organizational development, job satisfaction and productivity will be examined.

 

 

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