Course Offerings


PSYC 100 College Success Seminar [1]
An introduction to academic and community life at the college level including time management preferred learning styles, note taking skills, test taking skills, reading comprehension, and other topics important to succeeding in college. Required of all first year students unless they matriculate with either 30 college credits that are not obtained through Advance Placement or a cumulative high school GPA of 3.25 or higher.

PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology [4]
An overview of contemporary psychology introducing areas such as: sensation, perception, motivation, learning, emotion, human development, personality, intelligence, abnormal behavior, and psychological measurement.

PSYC 260 History and Systems [4]
A historical review of psychology as a discipline. Examines the basic assumptions, methodologies, and research findings of the primary psychological theories and traditions. Addresses issues of ethics, as well as civic, social, and global responsibility.

PSYC 290 Helping Skills [2]
An introduction to the theories and models of establishing positive relationships with people in need. The topics of intervention, directed questioning, confidentiality, and empathetic communication will be presented.

PSYC 291 Ethics of Counseling [1]
Seminar style, discusses the ethical standards of the American Psychological Association, with an emphasis on the ethics issues encountered by those in a counseling role. Common ethical concerns will be discussed as well as methods of preventing and resolving ethical dilemmas.

PSYC 301 Learning and Motivation [4]
A study of the basic principles of learning and behavior, with a research emphasis. Topics include classical conditioning and operant conditioning as well as behavior modification. Focus on animal and human learning. A virtual animal laboratory component employs the basic principles of learning.

PSYC 302 Introduction to Clinical Psychology [4]
A survey of diagnostic and therapeutic strategies employed by clinical psychologists. The scientist-practitioner model is emphasized through the critical analysis of theories and empirical research that provide the foundation for determining effective treatments of mental disorders.

PSYC 310 Physiology of Behavior [4]
Studies the biological bases of behavior and mental processes, including, sensation, perception, motivation, memory, psychological disorders, and emotion.

PSYC 330 Research Methods [4]
Understand and apply basic social sciences research methods including research design, data analysis, and interpretation. Topics include the design and implementation of research projects, single and multi-factor methodologies, conducting interviews and field observations, constructing and administering surveys, analyzing and interpreting existing data, and constructing program evaluations. Course fulfills Intensive Writing requirement.

PSYC 331 Models of Personality [4]
Surveys the major theoretical models of personality and their practical implications, as well as social and biological influences on personality. Methods of personality research and relevant findings are also introduced and applied to real-world settings.

PSYC 340 Social Psychology [4]
Examines social psychology theories and methods stressing applicability of discipline specific research and knowledge to contemporary social problems.

PSYC 350 Group Processes [4]
Learn small group processes - on leading teams - concentrating on leadership and influence processes, especially as they relate to persuasion and to the quality of decision making, performance and creativity of the group. A combination of lecture, discussion and experiential learning.

PSYC 360 Psychology and Law [4]
Examine the interaction between theories and applications of psychology and practice of civil and criminal law. Topics include, insanity, malpractice, competency, civil commitment, violence, jury selection, and expert-witness testimony.

PSYC 365 Serial Murder and Profiling [2]
Examine the topic of serial murder. Cover the history of the phenomenon as well as contemporary events. Various forms of serial murder will be described and profiled. Other topics include serial murder and it relations to race and gender; the myth of serial murder; the media and serial murder; profiling; and some explanations of selected serial killers.

PSYC 380 Health Psychology [4]
Survey the broad application of psychology to disease and wellness. Topics include stress, healthy habits, substance abuse, eating disorders, chronic pain and psychoneuroimmunology.

PSYC 390 Nutrition as Behavior [4]
Overview selected topics in nutrition that have implications for healthy functioning. Topics include a brief overview of the science of nutrition; a historical review of the origins of modern western diet; taste, smell, food preferences and regulation of food intake; issues in weight control; selected dietary belief systems; acute impact of nutrition and nutritional supplementation on brain function; and a critical look at nutritional interventions in the management of neurological and psychiatric conditions. The primary objective is to provide background sufficient to enable students to critically evaluate new developments in this evolving field.

PSYC 401 Abnormal Psychology [4]
Provides critical analysis of the history, etiology, and of abnormal behavior with reference to methods of assessment and treatment. Emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding of maladaptive behavior.

PSYC 405 Psychology of Gender and Human Sexuality [4]
Psychological perspectives of gender. Emphasizes development of gender identity, socialization of each gender in contemporary society, and adult development. Class activities include lectures, films, and discussion. Prerequisite: PSYC 101.

PSYC 410 Psychological Testing [2]
A survey of standardized tests addressing methods of development, standardization, and interpretation.

PSYC 411 Introduction to School Counseling [4]
An introduction to the field of school psychology, including its history, the roles and functions of school psychologists, professional issues, and ethics and law for school psychologists.

PSYC 415 Physiology of Drug Use [2]
A study of the neurochemical, physical and mental effects of commonly used addictive psychoactive substances on the human biological system. Emphasis is placed on the basic pharmacology of psychoactive drugs, the medical consequences of abuse and addiction, and therapeutic approaches for managing chemical dependency.

PSYC 420 Psychology and Religion [4]
Focuses on the relationship between psychology and religion. Examines the interaction between psychological aspects of human functioning and religious movements and practices.

PSYC 430 Cognition [4]
Address major theories and classical research in cognitive psychology. Topics include attention, language, reasoning and problem solving. An emphasis will be placed on memory including every day and extraordinary memory experiences (including false-memory, expertise and memory disorders).

PSYC 440 Introduction to Industrial and Organizational Psychology [4]
Industrial-organizational (I/O) psychology is the scientific study of the workplace. Psychological knowledge and methodology are used to study relevant business issues including employee and organizational assessment, selection, training, performance, development, behavior, satisfaction, leadership, and work-life balance. I/O psychology utilizes scientific rigor to maximize the economic and psychological well-being of employees and their organizations. Combines lecture and hands-on experiences to gain a sophisticated understanding of the theories and research that guide I/O practice, and practical knowledge of how I/O activities are conducted.

PSYC 470 Psychology of Crime and Deviance [4]
Expand knowledge of the sociological and social-psychological theories of deviant behavior, of historical perspectives of deviance as they relate to social change, to the ways in which deviance is constructed within a moral framework of society, and to further develop critical thinking skills concerning the process of deviance definition and control. Deviance models from Psychology, Sociology and Criminology will be introduced.

PSYC 475 Sensation and Perception [4]
Our sensory and perceptual systems form an essential link for our interaction with the external world. This link is based on information received from two closely related but distinct processes. This course will cover how these two processes interact to shape our conscious experience of the world. Topics discussed include anatomy and physiology of the sensory systems (e.g., vision, audition, touch, taste, smell), types of stimuli affecting sensory systems, illusions (when our perception does not match the physical reality), and current knowledge and theories of our perceptual abilities.

PSYC 480 Practicum [1]
A practical experience in a clinical or social service or business setting.

PSYC 490 Supervised Research [2]
Participate in an on-going research lab under the direct supervision of a faculty member.

PSYC 495 Senior Thesis [4]
Conduct an individual research project and present the results to a committee.

PSYC 498 Independent Study [1-4]
Offers opportunity to study, research, analyze, and integrate a subject of personal interest. Readings and projects are determined in collaboration with the professor. Submit an independent study proposal for approval by the professor and the academic dean before registering.

PSYC 499 Capstone [4]
Seniors participate in an in-depth treatment of one specific area of interest through independent, faculty-supervised research or directed readings. Help seniors integrate their psychology major with their future plans. Two tracks will be available. Track A will focus on traditional research, preparing students for graduate school in psychology. Track B will focus on applying psychology in the areas that psychology majors plan to pursue after graduation. This tract will be part practicum and part capstone. Prerequisite: PSYC 250 and senior standing in psychology.