Psychology Course Descriptions

The Psychology program provide students with a variety of introductory and advanced courses that explore the breadth of the discipline. Below you will find the academic catalog descriptions of the courses we offer, the semester the course is generally taught, and information about credits and prerequisites.

PSY 101 General Psychology
3 Credits

An introductory study of the basic concepts and principles of psychology.

Term Offered: Fall, Spring

PSY 200 Basic Learning
3 Credits

Designed to develop basic knowledge of principles of operant conditioning and behavior modification applicable to teaching, family living, and social relationships.

PSY 203 Human Sexuality
3 Credits

The exploration of physiological, psychological, and sociological factors in human sexual behavior.

PSY 205 Child and Adolescent Development
3 Credits

This course will provide an overview of research and theory on development during the years from infancy through the transition to adulthood. Issues related to physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development will be considered, along with the social and cultural contexts of development.

PSY 212 Behavioral Statistics
3 Credits

Prerequisites: MATH 103 or ACT of 25+

An introduction to the statistical techniques used in psychology and other behavioral sciences. Students will learn to calculate relevant statistics as well as how to apply statistical techniques to behavioral data.

Term Offered: Fall, Summer

PSY 215 Experimental Psychology
3 Credits

The basic principles of scientific experimentation with an introduction to research design, methodology, and professional reporting of research results.

Term Offered: Fall, Spring

PSY 228 Survey of Drug Use and Abuse
3 Credits

An introductory survey of the historical and sociological perspectives on drug use and abuse, the physiological and psychological effects of drugs, the identification and pharmacological characteristics of drugs, the legal implications of drug abuse, and the prevention, control, and treatment of drug abuse.

PSY 229 Health Psychology
3 Credits

An introduction to psychological factors in health, disease and illness (including health maintenance and disease prevention). Discussion of personality types, psychophysiological disease, effects of stress, and coping with illness.

PSY 240 Industrial/Organizational Psychology
3 Credits

An introduction to theory and research on the application of psychological principles to business and industry. Topics will include issues such as work motivation, occupational stress, leadership, group processes and engineering psychology. Personnel management will also be considered, including job analysis, recruitment, selection, training, development and evaluation of employees.

PSY 270 Psychology Research
1 Credit

Prerequisites: Consent of the psychology faculty

This seminar course involves supervised conduction of scientific experiments. Includes review and discussion of the relevant literature, development of a specific research question, and hands-on implementation of the research.

Term Offered: Fall, Spring
Note: May be repeated for credit

PSY 271 Psychology Research II
2 Credits

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor

This seminar course is for students who will be completing their own scientific studies. Includes review and discussion of the relevant literature, development of a scientific research question, and hands-on implementation of the research. May be repeated.

Term Offered: Fall, Spring
Note: May be repeated for credit

PSY 310 Introduction to Learning (with lab)
4 Credits

Prerequisites: PSY 215

A survey of significant concepts, methods, and principles of learning. The course will focus on classical conditioning, instrumental and operant conditioning, and verbal learning.

Term Offered: Fall

PSY 322 Personality
3 Credits

The formation, structure, and function of personality are examined in light of the major theoretical positions.

Note: Satisfies elective credit for Biology major or minor

PSY 330 Evolutionary Psychology
3 Credits

This course focuses on the ways in which human behavior and mental abilities evolved over millions of years, and so adapted to specific environmental conditions.

PSY 350 Special Topics in Psychology
1-3 Credits

Prerequisites: To be specified by instructor

Advanced study in specific topics in specialized areas of Psychology. May be taken repeatedly for credit. Course titles will be included on students’ transcripts.

PSY 365 Sensation and Perception
3 Credits

An overview of research and theory on human sensory systems and perception. Examines not only the physiological system required for each sense, but also the factors that can influence our perception. Especially examines the visual, auditory, and olfactory systems.

PSY 370 Physiological Psychology (with lab)
4 Credits

Prerequisites: Recommended: BIOL 101 or BIOL 102

An overview of the anatomy and physiology of human behaviors, such as sensation, memory, emotion, hunger, thirst, etc. The lab offers hands-on experience with brain and sensory anatomy as well as the research methods of neuroscience. Satisfies elective credit for Biology major or minor.

Term Offered: Spring
Note: Satisfies elective credit for Biology major or minor

PSY 402 Animal Behavior
3 Credits

The analysis of unlearned and learned behavior, integrating the contributions of ethological and behavioristic research.

PSY 407 Introduction to Counseling Techniques
3 Credits

Basic counseling skills appropriate in a variety of human services settings are presented. These practical skills are derived from psychoanalytic, behavioral, phenomenological, and rational approaches.

PSY 410 Cultural Psychology
3 Credits

Prerequisites: PSY 310

This course will explore scientific theories, findings, and practical applications relevant to cultural variations in behavior. These are addressed in a variety of key topic areas in psychology.

Term Offered: Spring

PSY 412 Cognitive Psychology
3 Credits

Prerequisites: PSY 215

An introduction to the prominent research methods, findings, and theories, of cognitive psychology. The course will cover such topics as memory, attention, categorization, concept formation, problem solving, and language.

Term Offered: Fall

PSY 415 Advanced Experimental Psychology
3 Credits

Prerequisites: PSY 212 or MATH 105, PSY 215 

This course will provide an in-depth and active involvement in all aspects of the experimental process as it applies to psychological research. Included in this process are such topics as conducting a literature review, writing a research proposal, ethics, designing and conducting research, analyzing the data on the computer, and presenting research results in a professional manner.

Term Offered: Every Other Spring

PSY 420 Psychological Testing
3 Credits

Prerequisites: PSY 212 or MATH 105

An introduction to the principles underlying the construction and validation of the major varieties of psychological tests and a review of their practical applications.

Term Offered: Ever Other Spring
Note: To be determined by the psychology faculty

PSY 422 Abnormal Psychology
3 Credits

An experimental and theoretical study of the phenomena of psychopathology, as well as a survey of the methods of clinical diagnosis and therapy.

Note: To be determined by the psychology faculty and Divisional Chairperson

PSY 429 Psychopharmacology
3 Credits

An in-depth examination of the physiological and behavioral effects of psychoactive drugs, including drugs used for clinical and/or recreational purposes.

Term Offered: Fall

PSY 430 Behavior Disorders of Childhood
3 Credits

Prerequisites: PSY 205

This course is a survey of childhood psychopathology, assessment and treatment. A primary focus of the class is the developmental psychopathology model.

Note: To be determined by the psychology faculty and Divisional Chairperson

PSY 431 History and Systems of Psychology
3 Credits

Prerequisites: Senior standing

A study of the evolution of psychology with emphasis on the general issues and major theories in relation to the principal schools of psychology.

Term Offered: Fall

PSY 432 Fundamentals of Neuroscience
3 Credits

A survey of the techniques used in neuroscience.

Term Offered: Fall

PSY 450 Seminar in Contemporary Psychology
1-3 Credits

Prerequisites: Consent of the instructor

Advanced study in specific areas of psychology. Can be taken for credit repeatedly. Course titles will be included on students’ transcripts.

PSY 455 Psychology Practicum
3-15 Credits

Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing, consent of the psychology faculty

Supervised practice of psychological techniques in a clinical or institutional setting.

PSY 470 Independent Study
1-6 Credits

Prerequisites: Consent of the psychology faculty and junior or senior standing; background courses to be specified by the project advisor

May be taken as a single course, as two separate independent projects, (that is, reading course, teaching practicum, or research), or as a two-semester plan which must be scheduled consecutively. Final grades will not be given until end of second semester.

PSY 471 Independent Study
1-6 Credits

Prerequisites: Consent of the psychology faculty and junior or senior standing; background courses to be specified by the project advisor

May be taken as a single course, as two separate independent projects, (that is, reading course, teaching practicum, or research), or as a two-semester plan which must be scheduled consecutively. Final grades will not be given until end of second semester.

PSY 480 Honors Courses 
3 Credits

Juniors and seniors who qualify for Honors Courses are offered the opportunity to study with individual members of the faculty. This is specialized study apart from conventional classroom work. Interested students should contact the Division Chairperson for further information.

PSY 481 Honors Courses
3 Credits

Juniors and seniors who qualify for Honors Courses are offered the opportunity to study with individual members of the faculty. This is specialized study apart from conventional classroom work. Interested students should contact the Division Chairperson for further information.

PSY 2002 Professional Issues
1 Credit

The goal of this course is to prepare students to better use their bachelor’s degree in psychology. The course will assist students in selecting an appropriate career in psychology, help them prepare and build a competitive resume, help guide them in selecting an appropriate graduate program, and examine professional ethics.

Term Offered: Fall