Course Descriptions

Select from the list of courses below to see more detailed descriptions and links to class schedules for the upcoming semester.

PSY101 Introduction to Psychology                    PSY248 Psychology of Adolescent Development
PSY102 Laboratory for Psychology PSY250 Social Psychology
PSY123 Psychology of Parenting PSY260 Psychology of Personality
PSY132 Psychology and Culture PSY262 Positive Psychology
PSY143 LGBT Issues PSY266 Abnormal Psychology
PSY156 Understanding Death and Dying  PSY267 Introduction to Forensic Psychology
PSY210 Educational Psychology PSY275 Biopsychology
PSY215 Introduction to Sports Psychology PSY277 Psychology of Human Sexuality
PSY225 Psychology of Religion PSY282 Service Learning in Psychology
PSY230/231 Introduction to Statistics/Lab PSY290AC Research Methods
PSY235 Psychology of Gender PSY292 Altered States of Consciousness
PSY240 Developmental Psychology     PSY298 Special Projects in Psychology

Course Descriptions & Links To Class Schedules

PSY101 classes
next semester


 

PSY101: Introduction to Psychology
3 Credits

To acquaint the student with basic principles, methods and fields of psychology such as learning, memory, emotion, perception, physiological, developmental, intelligence, social and abnormal.

Prerequisites: None

General Education Designations: Social & Behavioral Sciences [SB]

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PSY102 classes
next semester

PSY102: Introduction to Psychology Lab
1 Credit

Optional laboratory designed to accompany PSY101. Application of psychological principles in areas such as learning, memory, emotion, motivation, cognition, language, development, personality, and intelligence.

Prerequisites: PSY101 or permission of instructor

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PSY123 classes
next semester

PSY123: Psychology of Parenting
3 Credits

The demonstration and application of psychological principles to the development and guidance of children and adolescents.

Prerequisites: None

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PSY132 classes
next semester

PSY132: Psychology and Culture
3 Credits

Presents current knowledge about human diversity in behavior and culture using examples from a variety of contexts and nations. Highlights topics in cross-cultural psychology, such as intergroup relations, ethnocentrism, gender, personality, emotion, language, communication, work and health. Emphasis on applications of behavioral and cognitive principles to enhance interactions in a multicultural world.

Prerequisites: None

General Education Designations: Global Awareness [G], Social & Behavioral Sciences [SB]

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PSY143 classes
next semester

PSY143: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgendered Studies
3 Credits

Introduction to the study of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered individuals. Includes psychological, developmental, social, biological, historical and cultural aspects. Review of research literature regarding the etiology and assessment of sexual orientation, prejudice, and discrimination, and family issues. Current issues in lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgendered studies.

Prerequisites: None

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PSY156 classes
next semester

PSY156: Understanding Death & Dying
3 Credits

Designed to give the student an understanding of the research and theories of death, dying and the bereavement process.

Prerequisites: None

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PSY210 classes
next semester

PSY210: Educational Psychology
3 Credits

Scientific research and psychological principles as they apply to teaching and learning. The role of psychology in educational settings, human diversity, theories of learning, intelligence, memory, creativity, assessment, and factors influencing effective instruction and learning.

Prerequisites: PSY101 with a grade of "C" or better, or permission of Instructor

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PSY215 classes
next semester

PSY215: Introduction to Sport Psychology
3 Credits

Application of the physiological, behavioral, social, cognitive, and humanistic perspectives in psychology to sport. Includes topics such as optimal performance, correlation, motivation, co-action effect, self-actualization, psycho-behavioral techniques, self-efficacy, and the general health benefits of sport participation.

Prerequisites: PSY101 with a grade of "C" or better, or permission of Instructor

General Education Designations: Social & Behavioral Sciences [SB]

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PSY225 classes
next semester

PSY225: Psychology of Religion
3 Credits

Provides an introduction to the history, varieties and theories of the psychology of religion from an empirical, research-based perspective. Specific areas of study include the role of gender, age, socioeconomic status, and personality on religious experience, the effects of religion and prayer on mental and physical health, the development of religious thought and behavior over the lifespan, and the social psychology of new religious movements. In addition, the role of cultural differences on religious attitudes both within the USA and around the world is also addressed.

Prerequisites: PSY101 or permission of Instructor

General Education Designations: Global Awareness [G], Social & Behavioral Sciences [SB]

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PSY230 classes
next semester

PSY230: Introduction to Statistics
3 Credits

An introduction to basic concepts in descriptive and inferential statistics, with emphasis upon application to psychology. Consideration given to the methods of data collection, sampling techniques, graphing of data, and the statistical evaluation of data collected through experimentation. Required of psychology majors. If you enroll in PSY230, you must also enroll in PSY231 with the same instructor, during the same semester.

Prerequisites: PSY101 with a grade of C or better and MAT092 or equivalent, or permission of Instructor

General Education Designations: Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Application [CS]

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PSY231 classes
next semester

PSY231: Laboratory for Statistics
1 Credit

Applications of inferential and descriptive statistics to computers in the field of psychology. Students taking PSY230, are required to enroll concurrently in PSY231, with the same instructor.

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: PSY230

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PSY235 classes
next semester

PSY235: Psychology of Gender Differences
3 Credits

To assess historical and psychological perspectives on women and men and to evaluate contemporary viewpoints regarding the psychology of women and men.

Prerequisites: None

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PSY240 classes
next semester

PSY240: Developmental Psychology
3 Credits

Human development from conception through adulthood. Includes: physical, cognitive, emotional and social capacities that develop at various ages. Recommended for students majoring in nursing, education, pre-med, and psychology.

Prerequisites: PSY101 with a grade of "C" or better, or permission of Instructor

General Education Designations: Social & Behavioral Sciences [SB]

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PSY248 classes
next semester

PSY248: Psychology of Adolescent Development
3 Credits

Explores the highly specialized developmental stage of adolescence. Includes biological, cognitive, psychosexual, and sociocultural factors as well as current theories and research.

Prerequisites: PSY101 with a grade of "C" or better, or permission of Instructor

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PSY250 classes
next semester

PSY250: Social Psychology
3 Credits

The scientific study of how people's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are influenced by other people and situations. Includes how we think about ourselves and others, persuasion and influence, sexual and romantic attraction, friendship and helping others, aggression and prejudice.

Prerequisites: PSY101 with a grade of "C" or better, or permission of Instructor

General Education Designations: Social & Behavioral Sciences [SB]

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PSY260 classes
next semester
 

 PSY260: Psychology of Personality
3 Credits

Introduction to theories of personality with emphasis upon application of specific theories towards the understanding of individuals.

Prerequisites: None

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PSY262 classes
next semester

PSY262: Positive Psychology
3 Credits

Overview and application of psychological principles based on strengths and resilience of human beings as opposed to dysfunction and symptoms of mental disorders. Topics include happiness, relationships, resilience, optimism, well-being, and brain research explaining positive emotions.

Prerequisites: PSY101 with a grade of "C" or better, or permission of Instructor

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PSY266 classes
next semester

PSY266: Abnormal Psychology
3 Credits

Distinguishes between normal behavior and psychological disorders. Subjects may include stress disorders, problems with anxiety and depression, unusual and abnormal sexual behavior, schizophrenia and addictive behaviors. Causes and treatments of psychological problems and disorders are discussed.

Prerequisites: PSY101 with a grade of "C" or better, or permission of Instructor

General Education Designations: Social & Behavioral Sciences [SB]

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PSY267 classes
next semester

PSY267: Introduction to Forensic Psychology
3 Credits

Overview of the practice of psychology in the law, by the law, and of the law. Focuses on the complementary functions and distinctions between psychology and the legal justice system. Topics include, but are not limited to, criminal investigations, risk and level of danger, competency, interrogations, confessions, assessment, eyewitness testimony, child custody, and domestic violence.

Prerequisites: PSY101

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PSY275 classes
next semester

PSY275: Biopsychology
4 Credits

Biological foundations of sensation, perception, motivation, emotion, cognition and psychopathology. Designed for students in the life sciences.

Prerequisites: PSY101 with a grade of "C" or better, or permission of Instructor

General Education Designations: Natural Sciences General [SG]

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PSY277 classes
next semester

 PSY277: Psychology of Human Sexuality
3 Credits

Survey of psychological and physiological aspects of human sexual behavior. Emphasis placed on the integration of the cognitive, emotional, and behavioral factors in sexual functioning.

Prerequisites: PSY101 with a grade of C or better, or permission of instructor. Student must be 18 years or older.

General Education Designations: Social & Behavioral Sciences [SB]

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PSY282 classes
next semester

PSY282: Service Learning Experience in Psychology

1 to 3 Credits

Service learning field experience within private/public agencies, and citizen volunteer groups.

Prerequisites: PSY101 and permission of Instructor

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PSY290AC classes
next semester

PSY290AC: Research Methods Laboratory
1 Credit

Laboratory experience in support of PSY290AC lecture course.

Prerequisites: ENG101 or ENG107. Prerequisites or Corequisites: PSY230 with a grade of "C" or better or permission of Instructor.

Corequisites: PSY290AC lecture course

General Education Designations: Literacy & Critical Inquiry [L], Natural Sciences General [SG]

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PSY290AC classes
next semester

PSY290AC: Research Methods
3 Credits

Planning, execution, analysis, and written reporting of psychological research using American Psychological Association guidelines (APA). Surveys the literature, procedures, and instruments in representative areas of psychological research.

Prerequisites: ENG101 or ENG107

Prerequisites or Corequisites: PSY230 with a grade of "C" or better or permission of Instructor

Corequisites: PSY290AC lab course

General Education Designations: Literacy & Critical Inquiry [L], Natural Sciences General [SG]

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PSY292 classes
next semester

PSY292: Psychology of Altered States of Consciousness
3 Credits

Examines phenomena and history of altered states of consciousness. Surveys scientific principles, methods and applications in altered states research. Reviews current psychological research in topics related to sensory deprivation, daydreaming, meditation, hypnosis, sleep and dreams, and the effects of drugs.

Prerequisites: PSY101 with a grade of "C" or better, or permission of Instructor

General Education Designations: Social & Behavioral Sciences [SB]

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PSY298 classes
next semester

 PSY298: Special Projects
1 to 3 Credits

Organized and tailored around the interests and needs of the individual student. Structured to provide an atmosphere of individualized research and study paralleled by professional expertise and guidance. Professional-type facilities and equipment available for student use. Allows the best aspects of independent study and individualized learning to be combined to maximize student development.

Prerequisites: Permission of Program Director or Instructor

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