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PSYCHOLOGY (PSYC)

103  General Psychology (3-0-3). An introductory course in the principles of human behavior. It deals with topics such as scientific method in psychology, measurement, learning, development, perception, motivation, personality, abnormal behavior, intelligence and others.

210  Life Span Human Development (3-0-3). The life span covering the prenatal, early childhood, adolescent and adult stages. PR: PSYC 103 or SOCI 210.

290  Topics in Psychology (3-0-3). Formal course in diverse areas of psychology. Course may be repeated for different topics. PR: Consent of instructor.  PR:  PSYC 103.

300  Introduction to Counseling (3-0-3).  An overview of the major theories of counseling as well as practical techniques and information for the counselor-in-training. PR:  PSYC 103.

312  The Psychology of Gender and Communication (3-0-3).  Explores the bio-psychological origins of tendencies towards different communication styles between genders, such as aggressive tendencies.  Investigates how these differences affect interpersonal, work and socio-cultural relationships.  Provides specific examples of these tendencies and the problems that can arise, and provides opportunity to explore alternatives which may avoid these problems.  PR:  PSYC 103 or SOCI 210.

328  Social Psychology (3-0-3). A study and analysis of the effects of social structure upon an individual’s behavior. Social influence on personality development, attitude change, prejudice, crowd behavior, and group dynamics will be emphasized. PR: PSYC 103 or SOCI 210.

329  History of Psychology (3-0-3). A study of the evolution of psychology as an academic science from its roots in physiology and philosophy to current status. This study is focused through the lives of major contributors, their theories, and their influence on psychology. PR: PSYC 103 and 3 additional hours of psychology.

360  Psychology and the Law (3-0-3).  This course explores the practical applications of psychology and the law within the outline of scientific psychology and real world contexts.  Topical areas include profiling, abuse, mass murders, predicting dangerousness, sociopathic personality, insanity, mental illness, false confessions, pedophilia, child abuse, child testimony, custody, battered spouse syndrome, elder abuse, competence, jury behavior, workplace discrimination, sexual harassment, forensic interviewing, police selection and hiring, polygraph accuracy, and jury behavior. Ethical concerns are related to the use of psychological knowledge and obligations to the community by promoting scientifically based testimony.  The course content crosses multiple disciplines. PR:  PSYC 103 and 3 additional PSYC credits or CRMJ 151.

385  Introduction to Biological Psychology (3-0-3). Biological psychology addresses the interplay of behavior and biology with emphasis on relevant research methods and ethics.  Neural mechanisms of behavior from development of the brain, sensory and motor systems, and the nervous system are explored anatomically and neurochemically as the core of this course.  Brain functions and other biological functions are studied to understand behavior involving perception, learning, appetitive processes, addiction, circadian rhythm, and psychological disorders.  Plasticity throughout development and after damage is covered.  Case studies make the material relevant. PR:  PSYC 103 plus two other psychology courses.  BIOL coursework substitutes for PSYC coursework.

401  Theories of Personality (3-0-3). An introduction to the theories of the development, description, dynamics, and determinants of personality with the emphasis on the organization and functioning of personality both adaptive and maladaptive. PR: PSYC 103 and 6 additional hours of psychology.

402  Abnormal Psychology (3-0-3). An experimental and theoretical study of the phenomena of psychopathology, as well as a survey of the methods of clinical diagnosis and therapy. Emphasis is taken within the framework of current diagnostic classification systems. PR: PSYC 103 and 6 additional hours of psychology.

403  Cognitive Psychology (3-0-3).  Based on the information processing model, cognitive psychology investigates the functions of mind such as learning and memory, perception, knowledge organization, language acquisition, categorization and dysfunction, problem solving and expertise, intelligence, social cognition, animal intelligence/cognition and the problems of defining and investigating consciousness. PR:  PSYC 210.

480 Research Design and Proposal (3-0-3).  As a “hands on” course, this course covers all of the basic concepts and practices needed to ask answerable research questions and design a study with faculty guidance.  Principles are applied by developing a research design in a small group and technically writing the proposal.  Classroom mini experiments promote learning of design, data collection, and organization while directly experiencing the role of the researcher.  Qualitative and quantitative research methods and designs are studied by the primary emphasis is on quantitative research.  Ethics issues are covered and students are required to complete a National Institute for Health training course in “Protecting Human Research Participants.”  The APA writing style will be taught and the outcome is demonstrated in the final research proposal.  PR:  PSYC 103, PSYC 328, 3 additional PSYC credits and instructor permission.  For disciplines outside of PSYC - PSYC 103 and 6 additional focal credits in the primary discipline.

490  Topics in Psychology (3-0-3). Advanced formal course in diverse areas of psychology. Course may be repeated for different topics. PR: Consent of instructor and 6 hours of upper-level psychology courses.

495  Special Topics in Psychology (1-3 hours). Independent research for students who have demonstrated a capacity for responsible work. PR: 9 hours of psychology courses plus permission of instructor and dean.