Psychology Course Descriptions
Course descriptions that are designated with a (B) fulfill the Behavioral Ways of Knowing requirement of the Core Curriculum. Course descriptions that are designated with an (P) fulfill the Problem Solving Ways of Knowing requirement of the Core Curriculum.
PSYU 101 General Psychology (B)
An introduction to the nature, scope, and methods of Psychology. Includes a survey of the processes of learning, memory, human development, social Psychology, and symptoms, diagnoses and treatment of Psychological disorders. Discusses the role of methodologies used to investigate the social and biological bases underlying human behavior. Required of Psychology majors. Open to non-majors. Offered every semester.
PSYU 103 Psychology of Child Development (B)
Explores the Psychological theories of emotional, social, cognitive, and physical development from the prenatal period through childhood. Contains an experiential component through personal research on cognitive transitions that occur during middle childhood. Offered every semester. Open to majors and non-majors. Prerequisite: PSYU 101.
PSYU 104 Psychology of Adolescent Development (B)
Examines the cognitive, emotional, physiological, and social developments that occur during adolescence. Emphasizes the Psychosocial and environmental factors that increase adolescents’ risk of abuse, addiction, alienation, delinquency, mental illness, and violence. Open to majors and non-majors. Prerequisite: PSYU 101. Offered every year.
PSYU 107 Psychology of Adulthood and Aging (B)
Includes the Psychological transition from adolescence into adulthood. Explores social, emotional, cognitive and maturational changes during adulthood. Special emphasis on the effects of gender, race, socioeconomic status, health and disability as they relate to the experience of adulthood and aging. Open to majors and non-majors. Prerequisite: PSYU 101. Offered as needed.
PSYU 109 Psychology of Women (B)
Considers interpersonal and familial relationships, family, education, career choice, and historical change as they relate to the lives of women in the US and globally. Emphasizes issues that affect growth and development such as social identity, self-esteem, and gender-typing. Feminist research and theory, current political trends, and personal experience are united in an effort to better understand the universal effects of gender on personal and Psychological outcomes for women. Open to majors and non-majors. Prerequisite: PSYU 101. Offered Yearly.
PSYU 111 Industrial/Organizational Psychology (B)
Considers employee motivation, job satisfaction, leadership styles, power and influence; work related stressors; job involvement and organizational commitment; and recruitment, selection, training. Emphasizes issues of fairness at work including compliance with equal employment guidelines; gender discrimination; enforcement of sexual harassment policies; comparable worth and pay equity. Open to majors and non-majors. Prerequisite: PSYU 101. Offered yearly.
PSYU 202 Educational Psychology (See Education 202) (B)
Involves the application of Psychological principles concerned with the processes of growth and development, thinking, learning and motivation to the problems of education. Principles of social Psychology and mental hygiene are applied to educational problems in the home, school and community. Open to majors and non-majors. Prerequisite: PSYU 101. Offered every semester.
PSYU 206 Theories of Personality (B)
Involves a study of the major Psychodynamic, behavioral, social learning, trait and humanistic theories of personality. Application is incorporated through various classroom techniques and assignments. Open to majors and non-majors. Prerequisite: PSYU 101. Offered yearly.
PSYU 207 Introduction to Cognitive Psychology (B)
Provides an overview of contemporary research and theories concerning the structure and processes of the mind. Topics include information processing, artificial intelligence, sensory memory, masking effects, object recognition, attention, memory processes, language and decision-making. Offered as needed. Open to majors and non-majors. Prerequisite: PSYU 101
PSYU 210 Physiology of Behavior (B)
Provides a basic understanding of the biology of behavior. Exposure to a variety of aspects of neuroscience including the structure, function and communication of the nervous system as well as their role in emotions, eating, learning and other behaviors. Includes principles of pharmacology and discussion of the Psychobiology of Psychological disorders. Open to majors and non-majors. Prerequisite: PSYU 101. Offered yearly.
PSYU 211 Sensation and Perception (B)
Examines the field of perception: how we organize and interpret sensory information so that we can understand the external world. Topics to be covered include principles of Psychophysics; the eye and brain; pattern perception; color vision; perception of depth, size and motion; hearing and auditory system; touch; taste and smell. Open to majors and non-majors. Prerequisite: PSYU 101. Offered as needed.
PSYU 212 Social Psychology (B)
The study of how an individual’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are affected by social influences. Topics include: persuasion; conformity; obedience; liking, loving, & interpersonal attraction; self-concept; social cognition; prosocial behavior; and prejudice. Open to majors and non-majors. Prerequisite: PSYU 101. Offered yearly.
PSYU 216 Quantitative Methods in Psychology (A)
Surveys statistical methods and concepts used in Psychological research. Provides a foundation in descriptive and inferential statistics. Includes measures of central tendency and dispersion, hypothesis testing, factorial analysis of variance, correlation and regression, and cross-tabulation methods. SPSS statistical computing software is utilized. Open to non-majors with Departmental approval. Offered as needed. Required of Psychology majors. Prerequisites: PSYU 101 and fulfillment of the Math Proficiency Requirement.
PSYU 217 Abnormal Psychology (B)
Focuses on the study of abnormal behavior, classification of Psychological disorders as well as possible causes, treatment options, prevention and prognosis. Examines the major theoretical perspectives in abnormal behavior. Open to majors and non-majors. Prerequisite: PSYU 101. Offered yearly.
PSYU 223 Theory and Practice of Psychological Counseling (B)
Reviews different theories of personality and their accompanying schools of counseling, including demonstrations by experienced counselors. Experiential exercises will help students to further develop basic listening and communications skills. Open to majors and non-majors. Prerequisite: PSYU 101. Offered yearly.
PSYU 225 Psychology and the Law
Examines Psychological principles in the practice of law, including forensic assessment of competence and insanity; mental disorders and criminal responsibility; eyewitness and expert testimony; tests of eyewitnesses’ accuracy; ethical considerations of Psychologists as expert witnesses; Psychology of evidence; Psychology of jury selection, dynamics, and deliberations; Psychology of victims. Open to majors and non-majors. Prerequisite: PSYU 101. Offered as needed.
PSYU 230 Drugs and Behavior
This course covers theories and experimental evidence regarding the mechanisms of action and effects of drugs on the brain and behavior. In addition it covers the impact of drugs on society and the implications of drug usage on clinical practice. Students engage in debates about topics relevant to drug usage and legalization.
The course examines the relationship and interaction of psychology and the legal system. This encompasses a broad range of topics including police selection, interviewing of witnesses and suspects, court testimony, jury selection and the dynamics of jury deliberation. The role of psychology in the areas of custody disputes and competency will also be reviewed.
PSYU 240 Psychology of Health, Stress, and Coping (B)
Examines various determinants of health outcomes. Includes the nature and causes of Psychological stress; relationships between stress and susceptibility to disease; impact of beliefs on perceptions of health and recovery; management of stress through coping styles and strategies; lifestyle-related disease due to health compromising behaviors. Open to majors and non-majors. Prerequisite: PSYU 101. Offered as needed.
PSYU 250 Motivation and Emotion
Examines the mechanisms involved in activating and directing behavior and in forming emotions. Analysis includes evaluation of the role of physiological, environmental, and cognitive variables in mediating the behavioral processes of thirst, hunger, sex, arousal, reward, stress, choice, consistency and achievement. Open to majors and non-majors. Prerequisite: PSYU 101. Offered as needed.
PSYU 301 Group Process and Leadership
Interaction in a group setting foucusing on theories and techniques of group counseling, group facilitation, and group development. Facilitating and participating in a group experience will be a part of the cource.
PSYU 313 Research Methods
Provides comprehensive coverage of the major methods used in Psychological research. Students receive extensive practice in designing, conducting, analyzing, and interpreting the results of research studies and writing reports in APA style. Open to non-majors with approval of instructor. Required of Psychology majors. Prerequisite: PSYU 216. Offered yearly.
PSYU 314 Undergraduate Research Experience
Open to all Psychology majors interested in continuing research in Psychology, and highly recommended if continuing with graduate study in Psychology at the Master’s and/or Doctoral level. Provides the opportunity for students to design, conduct, analyze, and report research findings in their own area(s) of interest. Research topics may be derived from any approved area in the field of Psychology, such as clinical, cognitive, developmental, experimental, organizational, and social Psychology. Open to non-majors with approval of instructor. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior status PSYU 313. Offered as needed.
PSYU 320 Psychological Measurement
Includes fundamentals of test development and construction, evaluation, scoring, and interpretation, and survey methodology. Presents concepts of reliability and validity, and ethical considerations of Psychological measurement. Examines tests used for the assessment of intelligence, personality, and abilities. Open to non-majors who have completed a course in statistics and obtain permission of the instructor. Required of Psychology majors. Prerequisite: PSYU 216. Offered yearly.
PSYU 400 Honors
Independent study during Junior and Senior years culminating in an honors thesis determined by the interests of the student. By Departmental invitation only.
PSYU 401-402 Psychology Internship
For Psychology majors with Junior or Senior status. Provides practical and relevant experience in the field of Psychology by working at an approved site. Selection of the site depends on student interest and approval of the department.
PSYU 405 Teaching of Psychology
Presents information essential for teaching Psychology in high school or at the undergraduate level. Students have an opportunity to assist in a course. Prerequisites: Junior or Senior status, a minimum G.P.A. of 3.00 in Psychology, and Departmental approval. Offered as needed.
PSYU 481 Special Topics (B)
Topics vary, and include specialized topics touching on all of the areas of study in Psychology. Recent topics include Ethics in Psychology, Counseling the Diverse Family, Drugs and Human Behavior, Group Processes, and Movies and Mental Illness. Open to majors and non-majors. Prerequisites may vary. Offered as needed.
PSYU 498 Senior Seminar in Psychology
Focuses on current theories and research in the field of Psychology. Attempts to integrate students’ knowledge about Psychology and provides an opportunity for a careful examination of critical, contemporary issues in Psychology. Each senior presents a research report and an oral report on a contemporary topic. Required and open to Psychology majors only. Prerequisite: PSYU 313 and senior status. Offered yearly.