Psychology – Major Requirements – 24 hours
*Psy 105 Introduction to Psychology – 3 credit hours
A survey of the main fields of psychology: the history and methods of psychology, the nervous and endocrine systems, sensation, perception, consciousness, learning, memory, higher cognitive processes, developmental psychology, motivation, emotion, stress, personality theory, sexuality, intelligence, psychological testing, abnormal psychology, psychotherapy, social psychology, and applied psychology. (FA, SP)
Psy 270 Experimental Psychology – 3 credit hours
An in-depth survey of the fields of experimental psychology: physiological, sensation, perception, learning, memory, language, and cognition.
Prerequisite: Psy 105. (FA)
*Psy 300 Developmental Psychology – 3 credit hours
A study of human growth and development from conception to death. The course deals with physical, social, emotional, intellectual, moral and personality development at all age levels, and the respective theories; the effects of heredity and environment on the developmental process.
Prerequisite: Psy 105 or permission of instructor. (FA, SP)
Psy 350 Abnormal Psychology – 3 credit hours
Abnormal psychopathology, including mental disorders, their treatment, models accounting for psychopathology, and community health programs.
Prerequisite: Psy 105. (FA)
Psy 365 Personality Theory – 3 credit hours
An examination of the most prominent personality theories in terms of their origins, their influence upon contemporary psychological thought, and their relevance to psychology as a human science.
Prerequisites: Psy 105; junior status with at least 9 credit hours in psychology. (FA)
Psy 380 Biopsychology – 3 credit hours
An overview of the structure and function of the human nervous system as it is involved in human processes such as memory, emotions, learning, and psychopathology. Also covered are the effects of brain damage on behavior.
Prerequisite: Psy 105 or permission of instructor. (SP)
Psy 405 Research Methods – 3 credit hours
An introduction to the scientific method and the various types of research. Students will develop research proposals.
Prerequisites: Psy 105 or equivalent; Mth 250; junior status with at least 12 credit hours in psychology. (SP)
Psy 406 History and Systems of Psychology – 3 credit hours
Begins with the origins of psychology in philosophy and covers the various schools of psychology, development of experimental psychology, influence of psychoanalysis upon psychology, and trends in humanistic psychology.
Recommended: Psy 105, junior/senior status. (SP)
Electives – 12 hours (choose 4 of the following)
*Psy 201 Women and Psychology – 3 credit hours
This course places women at the center of psychological inquiry by focusing on the developmental and social psychology of women. It encourages integration of ideas, feelings, and behaviors.
Prerequisite: Sophomore status or permission of instructor (as needed).
Psy 250 Applied Behavior Analysis – 3 credit hours
This is an introduction to the application of basic behavior principles to human behavior. Basic principles of reinforcement punishment, extinction, and stimulus control as they relate to normal behavior, behavior disorders, education, industrial settings, and child rearing will be discussed. Students must complete a class project using the principles learned in the class.
Prerequisite: Psy 105. (SP)
*Psy 260 Social Psychology – 3 credit hours
Conformity, mass communication, propaganda, persuasion, social cognition, selfjustification, human aggression, prejudice, liking, loving, interpersonal sensitivity, and social psychology as a science.
Prerequisite: Sophomore status. (FA, INT)
Psy 303 Introduction to Counseling – 3 credit hours
An introduction to the theories and practices of contemporary personal, marriage, academic, and vocational counseling. Emphasis is placed on facilitative responses, listening, and other helping skills.
*Psy 260 Psychology of Addictions – 3 credit hours
An overview of the analysis of current thinking about the nature, scope, causes, identification, and consequences of various types of addictions- nicotine, alcohol, legal and illegal drugs, gambling, etc. Treatment issues and the use of self-help groups are covered.
Prerequisite: Psy 105 or permission of instructor. (SP, SU)
Psy 370 Topics in Psychology – 3 credit hours
Various topics in psychology will be taught on a rotating basis, in response to student/faculty needs and interests. These topics include, but are not limited to: Health Psychology, Sports Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Psychopharmacology, Human Genetics, Cognitive Rehabilitation, Environmental Psychology, and Psychology of
Prerequisite: Psy 105. (FA, SP)