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PSY-1301 General Psychology

A general introduction to the basic concepts of psychology.

PSY-2303 Founda of Psychology

Prerequisite: PSY 1301. An introduction to psychology as a scientific discipline as well as a profession. This course will survey the fundamentals of research, the various areas of career specializations in psychology and psychology-related fields, the academic requirements for undergraduate and graduate degrees in psychology, and basic information technology skills (including APA format) for psychology. This course is intended for psychology majors and psychology minors only.

PSY-2342 Psychol of Everyday Life

This course represents the application of psychological principles to everyday life, such as stress, interpersonal communication, relationships, gender roles, and careers.

PSY-2348 Human Sexuality

The physiological, psychological, and sociological aspects of sex will be reviewed.

PSY-2399 Special Topics

A course focused on a specific topic identified by the instructor. Special Topics required for "Applied Courses"

PSY-2420 Statistics

Prerequisites: MAT 1302 or MAT 1304. A survey of descriptive and inferential statistics commonly used in the interpretation of data. Laboratory required.

PSY-2420L Statistics Lab

PSY-3303 Child Psych

An overview of the study of infant and child development involving an examination of the transition from infancy to childhood. Cognitive, physical, social, and emotional changes as well as relationships within the family and with peers will be the focus of this course.

PSY-3305 Adolescent Development

The developmental changes, (biological, cognitive and social,) from middle childhood through adolescence will be examined. Topics of discussion will include puberty, cognitive transitions, adolescents in the family, importance of peers, sexuality, and self-identity.

PSY-3309 Death & Dying

A study of the psychological factors involved in the death and dying process.

PSY-3315 Social Psychology

Prerequisite: PSY 1301 and PSY 2303. An introduction to the basic principles of social cognition, social influence, and social behavior.

PSY-3362 Psychology of Learning

Prerequisite: PSY 1301, PSY 2303, and PSY 2420. Basic processes of learning in humans and animals are studied. Specific emphasis will be given to classical and operant conditioning and social learning theory.

PSY-3370 Drugs, Alcohol, Human Behavior

Prerequisite: PSY 1301 and PSY 2303. A study of the effects of alcohol and other drugs on human behavior.

PSY-3372 Crisis Intervention

Prerequisite: PSY 1301 and 2303. A study of major strategies of working with people in crisis situations.

PSY-3375 Intern and Culture

Prerequisite: PSY 1301 and PSY 2303. The similarities and differences in the science and practice of psychology across cultures and national boundaries are examined. Theoretical and methodological issues from the perspectives of cultural, cross-cultural, and indigenous psychology are studied.

PSY-3392 Intro to Counseling

Prerequisite: PSY 1301. A study of the principles, theories, and dynamics of the helping process.

PSY-4351 Experimental Research Methods

Prerequisite: PSY 1301, PSY 2303, PSY 2420, and junior standing. A study of the rationale and methodology of experimental psychology and its relationships to other research methods.

PSY-4362 Hist & Syst Psych

Prerequisite: PSY 1301, 2303, 2420, and junior standing. A study of the emergence of psychology as a science emphasizing both the continuity of ideas and the changes in those ideas as psychology has evolved. The various schools of thought in psychology will be examined.

PSY-4364 Cognitive Psychology

Prerequisite: PSY 1301, PSY 2303, and PSY 2420. An examination of the psychology of thinking, including theory and research on attention, memory, problem solving, and the acquisition of knowledge. Implications for the learning of complex cognitive skills, such as reading, will be considered.

PSY-4366 Psy of Personality

Prerequisite: PSY 1301, PSY 2303, and PSY 2420. A survey of the major theoretical perspectives, assessment procedures, change strategies, and findings of personological research.

PSY-4368 Behavioral Neuroscience

Prerequisite: PSY 1301, 2303, and 2420 and junior standing. This course discusses concepts of neuroscience, including neuroanatomy as an introduction to the biological basis of behavior and mental phenomena. Course topics include an introduction to biopsychology, neuroanatomy and physiology, neurotransmitters, neuropharmacology, hormones, evolution of behavior, brain development, neuroplasticity, sexual behavior, biological rhythms, sleep and dreaming, emotions, aggressions, stress, learning, memory and cognition, and psychopathology.

PSY-4375 Abnormal Psychology

Prerequisite: PSY 1301, PSY 2303, and PSY 2420. A study of various theories, research, and treatment methods of maladaptive behavior.

PSY-4376 Senior Capstone

Prerequisite: PSY 4351 This course is a summative experience that focuses on our understanding of what people do and why they do it. Students are expected to demonstrate critical thinking by integrating knowledge gained from other courses in order to evaluate ideas and perspectives for themselves.

PSY-4380 Counseling Internship

Prerequisite: PSY 1301, 2303, 2420 Supervised practice in counseling and/or social services. Students must complete 150 clock hours of experience to receive credit. May be taken three times for credit.

PSY-4382 Research Internship

Prerequisite: PSY 1301, PSY 2303, and PSY 2420. Supervised research experience. Students must complete 150 clock hours of experience to receive credit. May be taken three times for credit.

PSY-4384 Teaching Internship

Prerequisite: PSY 1301, PSY 2303, and PSY 2420. Supervised experience in teaching psychology at the college level. Students must complete 150 clock hours of experience to receive credit. May be taken three times for credit.

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