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Course Descriptions - Major & Minor Requirements

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Requirements for a major in Psychology:

101: Introduction to Psychology (3)

101: Introduction to Psychology presents basic concepts in the scientific study of behavior including motivation, sensation, perception, learning, cognition, development,social,and personality. (3 hr)


151: General Experimental Psychology (4)

151: General Experimental Psychology emphasizes fundamental concepts of research. Students conduct classic psychological experiments in perception, cognition, physiological, learning, and social psychology and write lab reports in APA (American Psychological Association) style. Includes a lab. Prerequisite: 101. (3 hr)


232: Behavioral Statistics (3)

232: Behavioral Statistics deals with experimental design, statistical analysis, and the mathematics of probability as they are related to the scientific analysis of behavior. (3 hr)


351: Advanced Experimental Psychology (4)

351: Advanced Experimental Psychology gives the student experience in applying the scientific method to design and methodological issues in psychology. Emphasis is placed on reading and critiquing research articles and conducting an independent research project. Includes a lab. Prerequisite: 151, 232, junior standing in psychology. (4 hr)


493: Comprehensive Review (2)

493: Comprehensive Review is a weekly review of current research and student projects. Students write and present research proposals that serve as the basis for their senior studies project. Required of all senior psychology majors, the course is completed when the student submits an acceptable literature review with a research proposal and passes a standardized, comprehensive examination in psychology. Prerequisite: 351; senior standing in psychology.   (2 hr)


495: Senior Studies (2)

495: Senior Studies continues a weekly review of current research and student projects in addition to an independent study program that provides opportunities to practice inquiry and discovery while intensively researching some fundamental issue or problem in behavior. The individualized studies culminate in an empirical investigation, a written report, a poster, and an oral presentation to the department. The course is an extension of the Comprehensive Review projects which are continually presented during weekly review sessions. Prerequisite: senior standing in psychology and completion of the research proposal for 493. (2 hr)


Biological Perspective (Select one)

281: Physiological Psychology (3)

281: Physiological Psychology studies the basic principles of brain organization and function. Emphasis is placed on understanding the relationships between brain activity and behavior. Prerequisites: 101. (3 hr)


361: Sensation and Perception (4)*

361: Sensation and Perception surveys the relationship between the various sensory modalities and behavior. The emphasis is on the interaction between such variables as basic sensory neurophysiology, environmental factors, personal experiences, and the ultimate process of perception. Includes a lab. Prerequisite: 101, 151. (4 hr)


371: Psychopharmacology (4)*

371: Psychopharmacology begins with an overview of the nervous system and neurotransmitters. The course then focuses on the various classes of legal and illegal drugs by studying their effects on the nervous system and the behavior of animals and humans. Includes a lab. Prerequisites: 101, 151. (4 hr)


Cognitive/Social Perspective (Select one)

304: Learning and Memory (3)

304: Learning and Memory introduces the student to classical and modern concepts of learning and memory across all levels at which learning and memory is studied, in both animals and humans. Topics include the role of the nervous system, behavioral tests of learning and memory, and clinical disorders that affect learning and memory. Prerequisite: 101. (3 hr)


305: Cognitive Processes (4)*

305: Cognitive Psychology (4) investigates mental processes related to the areas of perception, organization, retention, and subsequent use of stimulus information. Specifically, readings address the issues of perception, memory, attention, imagery, thinking, and problem solving. Includes a lab with experiments on computers. Prerequisite: 101, 151. (4 hr)


321: Social Psychology (3)

321: Social Psychology examines psychological principles and concepts involved in causal attribution, social cognition, attitude formation and change, social influence, and interpersonal relationships. Prerequisite: 101 and one additional psychology course. See listing under Sociology 321. (3 hr)


359: Psychological Testing (4)*

359: Psychological Testing provides the knowledge and skills necessary to create a psychological test and evaluate its effectiveness. Test construction, reliability, and validity are explored. Popular measures of personality, intelligence, and attitudes are demonstrated and examined. Includes a lab. Prerequisite: 101, 232. (4 hr)


Developmental Perspective (Select one)

205: Child Development (3)

205: Child Development presents a systematic study of physical, social, cognitive, and personality development from conception through the elementary school years. Emphasis is on learning different theoretical perspectives. Students are encouraged to complete the one credit course, 220: Preschool Practicum simultaneously. Prerequisite: 101. (3 hr)


208: Lifespan Development (3)

208: Lifespan Development is an overview of psychological theories and empirical research used in the study of human development to describe, understand, and explain development from conception to death. Emphasis will be placed upon normal growth and milestones achieved in the physical, cognitive, social and emotional systems. (3 hr)


308: Adolescence and Youth (3)

308: Adolescence and Youth examines the period of adolescence within a sociocultural context. Emphasis is placed upon research that is concerned with current challenges and social problems. A major goal is learning about oneself.  Volunteer service at a middle school or high school enhances students' classroom learning. Prerequisite: 101. (3 hr)


309: Adulthood and Aging (3)

309: Adulthood and Aging examines the biological, social, personality, and cognitive changes that occur during adulthood and later years of the human life span. The continuation of developmental processes in maturity is emphasized. Prerequisite: 101, one additional psychology class. (3 hr)


Clinical/Applied Perspective (Select one)

290: Theories of Personality (3)

290: Theories of Personality examines contemporary models used to describe, explain and predict people’s behavior, thoughts, and emotions. Prerequisite: 101. (3 hr)


363: Abnormal Psychology (3)

363: Abnormal Psychology presents the behavioral, cognitive, and emotional disorders confronted by mental health professionals. Students learn to apply current methods of assessing maladaptive behavior and to use psychological theories to explain psychological problems. Prerequisite: 101, one additional psychology course. (3 hr)


390: Counseling Theory and Process (3)

390: Counseling Theory and Process is designed to broaden the student’s knowledge and understanding of counseling through lectures, readings, and an experiential lab component. The student will learn the basic theoretical perspectives of counseling, the fundamental process of counseling, and the relationship between theory and process. The lab component will engage the student in rudimentary skill building in the area of counseling. The theories and procedures presented in the course can be adapted to and used in a wide variety of settings, including social work, education, and traditional psychological service settings. Prerequisite: 101. (3 hr)


406: Psychology of Law (3)

406: Psychology of Law examines the relationship between the study of psychology and the legal system including the role of the psychologist as an expert witness, the psychological research on eyewitness testimony, scientific jury selection, and jury decision making. Prerequisite: 101. (3 hr)


Psychology Electives

220: Pre-school Practicum (1)

220: Pre-school Practicum provides supervised experience in the application of psychological principles. Students work in the department’s Center for Child Development four hours per week and participate in a variety of in-service training programs. Graded S/U. (1 hr)


222: General Practicum (1)

222: General Practicum provides supervised experience in the application of psychological principles. Students work in one of the department laboratories, an outside laboratory, a counseling center, a mental health clinic, or other human service agency. The course requires four hours of practical experience per week (or 40 clock hours, depending on the placement) and participate in a variety of in-service training programs. Graded S/U. (1 hr)


397: Mental Health Internship (2)

397: Mental Health Internship (2) requires 80 hours of practical experience and a written report and is typically completed during the junior year. The internship experience is directed by a departmental advisor and an on-site supervisor with placement in a local human services agency or hospital. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. (2 hr)


398: Research Internship (2)

398: Research Internship (2) provides an opportunity to engage in independent research under the direction of a department faculty member. Students are required to make a final professional report of their findings. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. (2 hr)


399: Developmental/Educational Internship (2)

399: Developmental/Educational Internship requires 80 hours of practical experience and a written report, and is typically completed during the junior year. The internship experience is directed by a departmental advisor and an on-site supervisor. Placements include human services agencies and schools, or the department's Center for Child Development. Prerequisites: permission of instructor. (2 hr)


409: Topics in Psychology (3)

409: Topics in Psychology deals with selected topical courses offered in a seminar format.      (3 hr)


419: Readings in Psychology (1-3)

419: Readings in Psychology offers the student an opportunity to read extensively and discuss with department faculty topics not offered as part of the existing psychology curriculum. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing and permission of the instructor; prerequisites may vary for different classes. (1-3 hr)


*Notes: One lab course is required; course indicated by asterisk (*)

A total of 34 hours is required for the major

Maximum of 48 hours can count toward graduation




Requirements for a minor in Psychology:

15 hours with at least one three-credit course at the 300-400 level