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PSY105 General Psychology (3)
An introduction to the field of Psychology and to the methods of study used by psychologists. Emphasis is placed on a scientific approach to understanding human behavior. Topics covered include the biological basis of behavior, sensation, perception, learning, memory, personality, abnormal behavior, and social behavior. PSY 105 is a prerequisite for all other Psychology courses. This course fulfills a core requirement in the social science category.

PSY201 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (3)
Prerequisite: PSY 105; GEC 096 or a score of 18 or higher on the math section of the ACT. An introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics. Topics covered include frequency distributions, percentiles, central tendency, variability, standard scores, normal distributions, probability, correlation, hypothesis testing, and analysis of variance. Cross-listed as MAT 208.

PSY202 Introduction to Experimental Design (3)
Prerequisite: PSY 201 or MAT 208. The second course in the three-semester sequence (PSY 201, PSY 202 and PSY 308) of research methods in Psychology. It includes inferential statistics and the design of experiments.

PSY205 Social Psychology (3)
Prerequisite: PSY 105. Social psychology entails an analysis of the nature and causes of individual behavior in social situations. Topics include social perception, attitudes, interpersonal attraction, social influence, aggression, pro-social behavior, and group processes. Cross-listed as SOC 215.

PSY206 Abnormal Psychology (3)
Prerequisite: PSY 105. The nature and causes of maladjustment and mental disorders, theoretical perspectives on abnormal behavior, symptoms and diagnostic criteria for the major mental disorders, theories of etiology and approaches to treatment.

PSY209 Workplace Psychology (3)
Prerequisite: PSY 105. Principles of scientific methodology and psychology applied to the business situation. Topics covered include research methods, employee performance and evaluation, structure of organizations, motivation, conditions of work, engineering psychology, and consumer psychology. Cross-listed as BUA 304.

PSY214 Lifespan Development (3)
Prerequisite: PSY 105. Students will study the development of the human being from conception to maturity and into old age. Special problems at various ages are investigated, including problems of the young child, emotional and social adjustment of the adolescent and young adult, marriage and the family and issues unique to the elderly.

PSY215 Child Psychology (3)
Prerequisite: PSY 105. An investigation of the facts and theories pertaining to child development. Topics covered include intellectual, social, emotional, and physical growth in childhood, and issues and problems encountered during childhood.

PSY217 Human Sexuality (3)
A study of the facts and theories pertaining to human sexual behavior and attitudes. Topics include sexual images in the media, history and methods of sex research, human sexual response, sexual expression, gender roles and socialization, communication, sexuality through the life span, love and intimacy, homosexuality, and abnormal sexual behaviors.

PSY218 Adult Development and Aging (3)
Prerequisite: PSY 105. A study of the major psychological theories and themes of aging. Topics covered include cognitive, social, emotional, and personality characteristics of aging.

PSY220 Psychology of Personal Growth (3)
Prerequisite: PSY 105. A course designed to encourage personal growth through self-exploration. The basis premise of the course is that a commitment to self-exploration can create new potentials for choice. A discussion format is used.

PSY255 Special Topics (3)
Prerequisite: PSY 105. Special topics course is offered when a topic falls outside of the established curriculum. This course may be taken more than once.

PSY275 Positive Psychology (3)
Prerequisite: PSY 105. A great deal of research has been done in the area of positive psychology and subjective well-being. That is, what makes for a meaningful or satisfying life? What brings happiness? What are the consequences of pursuing money, status, and power? What can you do to improve your own well-being? Researchers have examined the relationship between life satisfaction and personality, values, material wealth, religion, marital status, employment, race, gender, culture--and reached some surprising conclusions. We will review research in these areas and try to address the question of what constitutes a good life. The class will include readings from selected articles and chapters, student presentations, an empirical replications, and class activities.

PSY300 Independent Study (2-4)
Prerequisite: PSY 105. Students may complete a departmentally approved independent study in a selected area under the supervision of a member of the departmental faculty. This course may be taken more than once.

PSY301 Internship (1-3)
Interns work within organizations, agencies or other settings gaining, experience in a specific area of psychology. Students observe, assist or engage in projects under the supervision of skilled professionals. The course maybe be repeated for subsequent semesters.

PSY302 Psychology and the Law (3)
An examination of psychology and the legal system. Topics include eyewitness testimony, the insanity defense, theories of crime, lie detection and confession, jury decision making, the psychology of rape, serial killers, punishment and sentencing. Cross-listed as PLS 312 and CRJ 355.

PSY305 Theories of Personality (3)
Prerequisite: PSY 105 and Junior Standing. Recommended Prerequisite: PSY 206. A course covering the facts and principles of personality study; the nature of personality, its structure, development, expression, and measurement; evaluation of traditional and modern theories of personality. A major in-class presentation is required.

PSY306 Clinical & Counseling Psychology (3)
Prerequisite: PSY 206 and Junior Standing. A history of clinical psychology, training in clinical and counseling psychology, assessment and the planning of improvement programs and a survey of current approaches to counseling and psychotherapy. The development of elementary interview skills is an objective of this course.

PSY307 Biological Psychology (3)
Prerequisite: PSY 105. A course providing the student with an understanding of the biological underpinnings of behavior, including the relationship between psychology and physiology, pharmacology, and anatomy. Other topics that will be studied include hormones and behavior, arousal and sleep, emotion and aggression, sexual behavior, eating and drinking and learning and memory.

PSY308 Experimental Psychology (3)
Prerequisite: PSY 201 or MAT 208, PSY 202. A continuing study of the design and execution of psychological experiments, stressing a variety of experimental designs, methodologies, and techniques. The course includes classic and contemporary studies illustrating the major subject areas of psychology. Students perform at least three laboratory experiments, covering various content areas, during the course of the research methods sequence.

PSY310 Learning (3)
Prerequisite: PSY 105, 201, 202. Students will study theory and data concerning the nature of the learning process, evaluate traditional and recent experimental theories of learning, gain hands-on experience with conditioning techniques and will learn the practical applications of learning principles.

PSY311 Motivation (3)
Prerequisite: PSY 105, 201, 202. An evaluation of theories and research about the processes that activate and direct behavior. Topics covered include biological, social, cognitive, and learned approaches to motivation, and practical applications of motivational theories.

PSY315 Sensation & Perception (3)
Prerequisite: PSY 105. An investigation of the functioning of the sensory receptors in seeing, hearing, smell, taste, and touch, and examines the ways in which we use and interpret information from the environment.

PSY316 Cognition (3)
Prerequisite: PSY 105. Students will study the processes by which information from the environment is obtained, analyzed, stored, and used by humans. Topics include pattern recognition, language comprehension, attention, memory, problem solving, and decision making.

PSY325 Animal Behavior (4)
Prerequisite: BIO 102 or PSY 105. Students will study behaviors specific to animals other than man. Topics include instinct, environmental stimuli, learning, communication, aggression, sociobiology, and the evolution of behavior. Laboratories stress field observations and group projects. Cross-listed as BIO 325/325L.

PSY325L Animal Behavior Laboratory (0)
Prerequisite: BIO 102 or PSY 105. Students will study behaviors specific to animals other than man. Topics include instinct, environmental stimuli, learning, communication, aggression, sociobiology, and the evolution of behavior. Laboratories stress field observations and group projects. Cross-listed as BIO 325/325L.

PSY405 Principles of Psychological Testing (3)
Prerequisite: PSY 201. A course concentrating on the theoretical and practical aspects of the assessment and prediction of human behavior. Topics covered include commonly used individual and group tests of personality, intelligence, and achievement, selection and evaluation of tests, test construction, standardization, reliability and validity.

PSY406 Advanced Research Project (3)
Prerequisite: PSY 308. Advanced students design, conduct, and analyze a research project under supervision of departmental faculty. This course may be taken more than once.

PSY408 Senior Seminar (3)
Prerequisite: PSY 105 and Junior Standing. A study of the development of Psychology and contemporary psychological systems. Students will gain an understanding of the influences of schools of Psychology upon the discipline. The course is an integrative capstone experience for the senior Psychology major, who is required to make a major in class presentation in this seminar.

PSY455 Advanced Special Topics (3)
Prerequisite: PSY 105. Reserved for advanced special offerings. This course may be taken more than once.