Course Descriptions

PSYC 240. Freshmen Seminar Credit    3(3-0)

This course is designed to give students an overview of the various fields of psychology, possible career opportunities for psychology graduates, and skills that are essential to the success of students majoring in psychology. This course will also provide students with an overview of the graduate school application process an will emphasize the importance of gaining research experience through independent study. Prerequisite: Psychology Majors Only. (F;S;SS)

PSYC 242. Information Processing Techniques in Behavioral Research    Credit 3(2-2)       

This course is an exploration of the ability of computers to assist in behavioral research. Included are literature review (bibliographic search), stimulus presentation and response recording (programming and data management), data analysis (spreadsheets and statistical packages), data presentation (graphics), and report writing (word processing). Prerequisite: Psychology majors only. (F;S;SS)

PSYC 320. General Psychology    Credit 3(3-0)       

This course provides an introduction to psychology for non-psychology majors. Topics given major consideration include maturation and development, motivation, emotion, and personality; mental health, intelligence, and aptitude; perception and attention; learning, forgetting, language, and thinking; social influence, attitudes, beliefs, and vocational adjustments. Prerequisite: Non Psychology majors. (F;S;SS)

PSYC 321. General Psychology for Majors  Credit 3(3-0)       

This course is an introduction to psychology as a behavioral science required of the psychology major with enrollment restricted to them.  Major areas of consideration include maturation and development, nervous system and internal environment; physiological basis of behavior; motivation, emotion, and personality; and psychological testing. Prerequisite: Psychology major. (F;S;SS)

PSYC 322. Psychological Statistics    Credit 3(3-0)       

This course introduces techniques of analysis and interpretation of research data. Topics will include descriptive statistics (frequency distributions, centrality, variability, and correlational measures), and an introduction to statistical inference (normal curve, sampling theory, test of statistical hypotheses, t-test, analysis of variance, chi-square, and others). Prerequisites: PSYC 320 or PSYC 321, taken concurrently with PSYC 323. (F;S;SS)

PSYC 323. Psychological Statistics Lab    Credit 1(0-2)

This laboratory provides first-hand experiences in the practical use of statistical methods. Computer software (i.e. SPSS) will be used to analyze, interpret, and graph data. Prerequisites: PSYC 320 or PSYC 321, taken concurrently with PSYC 322. (F;S;SS)

PSYC 324. Developmental Psychology    Credit 3(3-0)       

This course is an introductory survey of developmental psychology from birth through adulthood and death. It also considers developmental theories and research that investigates biological, psychological, and social factors within a cultural framework. Prerequisite: PSYC 320 or PSYC 321. (F;S;SS)

PSYC 420. Social Psychology    Credit 3(3-0)

This is an introduction to the study of the behavior of the individual in relation to factors in his social environment. Socialization, enculturation, attitude formation and modification, social influence on perceptual and conceptual processes, and social interaction will also be studied.  Prerequisite: PSYC 320 or PSYC 321. (F;S;SS)

PSYC 434. Abnormal Psychology    Credit 3(3-0)       

Behavior deviations and psychological disorders occurring during the several developmental stages; basic concepts employed in psychopathology, mental hygiene, and psychiatry will be studied. Prerequisite: PSYC 320 or PSYC 321. (F;S;SS)

PSYC 439. Theories of Personality    Credit 3(3-0)       

Contemporary theoretical formulations of the structure and development of personality and their empirical bases will be covered. Prerequisite: PSYC 320 or PSYC 321. (F;S;SS)

PSYC 440. Methods of Psychological Research    Credit 3(3-0)       

This course provides a survey of various research methods with an emphasis on experimental design, instrumentation, and the collection, analysis, interpretation, and reporting of research data. Prerequisites: PSYC 320 or PSYC 321, PSYC 322, PSYC 323, taken concurrently with PSYC 441. (F;S;SS)

PSYC 441. Methods of Psychological Research Lab    Credit 1(0-2)

This laboratory provides practice in human and animal research using various experimental designs in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of research data, and in methods of reporting experiments.. Prerequisites: PSYC 320 or PSYC 321, PSYC 322, PSYC 323, taken concurrently with PSYC 440. (F;S;SS)

PSYC 445. Industrial Psychology    Credit 3(3-0)

This course studies issues related to differences in personnel selection, training, and placement in organizations and industries. Topics will include organizational theory and development; personnel evaluation and assessment; skills development and measurement; theory of motivation and leadership, and issues related to human factors, working conditions and safety.. Prerequisite: PSYC 320 or PSYC 321. (F;S;SS)

PSYC 461. Memory and Cognition    Credit 3(3-0)       

This course is an introduction to human information processing. Coverage will include memory systems, attention, concept formation, decision making, imagery, language processing, mental representation, pattern recognition, problem solving, artificial intelligence, human factors, and applied problems (e.g., eyewitness testimony). Prerequisite: PSYC 320 or PSYC 321. (F;S;SS)

PSYC 462. Psychopharmacology    Credit 3(3-0)       

This course explores the psychological, pharmacological, and physiological aspects of drugs and human behavior. Coverage includes both conventional and current approaches to drug use and abuse in clinical and non-clinical settings.  Special emphasis is placed on narcotics, hallucinogens, alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, and psychotherapeutic drugs.  Consideration will given to drug effects on learning, memory, and sleep; as well as drug screening procedures and drug regulations. Prerequisite: PSYC 320 or PSYC 321. (F;S;SS)

PSYC 463. Sensation and Perception    Credit 3(3-0)       

This course is a study of sensory systems in man and other animals. There will be discussions on cognitive organization related to measurable physical energy changes medicated through sensory channels.  Coverage will include vision, audition, psychophysics, and practical applications (e.g., work environments, human-machine interaction). Prerequisite: PSYC 320 or PSYC 321. (F;S;SS)

PSYC 470. Principles of Learning    Credit 3(3-0)       

This course is a survey of different learning approaches and motivation. The focus will be on conditioning, discrimination learning, observational learning, motor learning, and verbal learning.  Discussions will include interactions of learning and innate physiological mechanisms related to behaviors such as aggression, sleep and waking, and reproduction.. Prerequisite: PSYC 320 or PSYC 321. (F;S;SS)

PSYC 500. Independent Research    Credit 3(3-0)       

Independent study on a specific topic or area in behavioral science is required. Prerequisite: PSYC 320 or PSYC 321,  permission of the instructor. (F;S;SS)

PSYC 501. Special Topics in Developmental Psychology    Credit 3(3-0)

This course is a study of a specific developmental period (e.g., adolescence, or adulthood and old age). It surveys developmental theories and research on the biological, psychological, and social factors within a cultural framework. Prerequisite: PSYC 320 or PSYC 321.  (F;S;SS)

PSYC 502. Advanced Statistics and Computer Applications    Credit 3(3-0)       

This course provides further study of descriptive and especially inferential statistics. It covers the basic principles underlying the logic of hypothesis testing.  It also includes concepts and assumptions underlying parametric tests (e.g., ANOVA), non-linear correlation and regression (e.g., logistic regression), and nonparametric (e.g., Chi-Square, Mann-Whitney U, Kruskal-Wallis, Spearman Rank Order) statistical tests of significance, and the use of statistical software packages for data analysis. Prerequisite: PSYC 320 or PSYC 321, PSYC 322, PSYC 323. (F;S;SS)

PSYC 504. Cross-Cultural Psychology    Credit 3(3-0)       

This course is designed to introduce students to the impact of European-based psychological principles on various ethnic groups in America. Differences in culture, background, perceptions, and history in America will collectively serve as a foundation to assess the applicability of psychology as we know it. Additionally, the scientific assumptions of various psychological concepts will be challenged in terms of the cultures to which they appear to apply, and compared with ethnic-based alternatives. Prerequisite: PSYC 320 or PSYC 321. (F;S;SS)

PSYC 505. Internship Psychology I    Credit 3(2-2)

This course is designed for placement of students in applied settings like hospitals, industry, mental health and rehabilitation centers, or schools. Students will gain experiences in the application of various psychological principles under professional supervision. Lecture topics will cover practical and theoretical issues related to the specific placement setting. Prerequisite: Psychology major with senior standing. (F;S;SS)

PSYC 506. Internship Psychology II    Credit 3(2-2)

This is a continuation of Internship I. Students will do an in-depth study in the same or different applied settings, like hospitals, industry, mental health and rehabilitation centers, or schools. Moreover, students will gain experiences in the application of various psychological principles under professional supervision. Lecture topics will cover practical and theoretical issues related to the specific placement setting. Prerequisite: PSYC 505, Psychology major. (F ;S ;SS)

PSYC 510. Psychological Perspectives of Hip Hop        Credit 3(3-0)

This course will examine how principles and perspectives in psychology manifest themselves in hip hop culture.  A primary focus of this course is to examine different psychological concepts and identify the psychological underpinnings of hip hop from 1979 until the present.  The course will begin with an extended look at research conducted in the areas of popular media, journalism and mass communication, and hip hop studies.  Next, students will explore & identify evidence of psychological theory in mainstream hip hop culture. Finally, students will study the documented effects of music on mental processes such as cognition, motivation, and emotion; extrapolating findings from the literature on sensation and perception to offer hypotheses on the overall effects of music from this genre at both the individual and societal level. Prerequisite: PSYC 321 or PSYC 320. (F ;S ;SS)

PSYC 525. Clinical Psychology    Credit 3(3-0)

This is an advanced survey of the field of clinical psychology from a broad conceptual and historical perspective. This course examines professional issues such as various mental health delivery systems, clinical assessment and diagnoses, and ethics. The course also presents an overview of different approaches to psychotherapy along with assessment methods commonly used in evaluation of therapy, research, and decision making in a clinical setting. Prerequisites: PSYC 320 or PSYC 321. (F;S;SS)

PSYC 530. Forensic Psychology    Credit 3(3-0)

This course is a study of the psychological theories and research that address legal issues, and the role psychologists play in the criminal justice system. This course gives an overview of services provided by psychologists, such as expert witnessing, criminal profiling, trial consulting, legal decision making on child custody, jury selection, and other issues. Coverage will include the assessment and therapeutic services provided to individuals in forensic settings with suspected deviant behaviors such as drug abuse, mental illness, suicide, and sexual deviance. Also covered are the ethical issues confronted by psychologists in the criminal justice system. Prerequisite: PSYC 320 or PSYC 321. (F ;S ;SS)

PSYC 540 Biological Psychology    Credit 3(3-0)

This course is a study of the biological basis of normal and abnormal behavior, including sensory systems, brain and behavior relationships, and underlying neurochemical processes. Prerequisites: PSYC 320 or PSYC 321. (F;S;SS)

PSYC 542. Seminar in Psychology    Credit 3(3-0)       

A study of selected major systematic views and theoretical issues in psychology will be included as the capstone experience. Each student will participate in research using psychological journals and other materials, which will lead to an oral presentation and a written paper on a substantive view or issue in psychology. The graduate school application process, and preparation for the work-force will be included. Prerequisite: Psychology major, junior  standing and above. (F;S;SS)

PSYC 544. Psychological Testing    Credit 3(3-0)       

This course emphasizes the principles of measurement of psychological attributes; an examination of factors essential for a reliable and valid measuring instrument with an emphasis on the important role they play in producing their effects. There will be discussions and pre-clinical experiences with more valid tests available in the areas of personality, aptitude, attitude, interests and intelligence testing. Prerequisite: PSYC 320 or PSYC 321, PSYC 322, PSYC 323. (F ;S ;SS)

PSYC 545. History and Systems of Psychology    Credit 3(3-0)       

This course is an analysis of the philosophical and empirical antecedents of modern psychology and the contemporary systems from which they emerged. Coverage will include a review of the historical roots of selected systems and theories in psychology. Prerequisite: PSYC 320 or PSYC 321. (F ;S ;SS)

PSYC 546. Applied Health Psychology    Credit 3(3-0)       

The utilization of psychology concerning the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of physical disorder (e.g. hypertension) and disease from a behavioral and/or psychological perspective will be included. Prerequisite: PSYC 320 or PSYC 321, junior standing and above. (F;S;SS)

PSYC 548. Behavior Modification    Credit 3(3-0)       

This course is a survey of relevant research and techniques making use of either learning theory or behavioral principles in the treatment of deviant behavior. Special emphasis is placed on the use of operant conditioning procedures in the prevention and treatment of abnormal behavior. Prerequisite: PSYC 320 or PSYC 321. (F; S; SS) 

PSYC 550. Psychology of Animal Behavior    Credit 3(3-0)

This course is a study of various types of animal behaviors such as communication, aggression, feeding, sexual behavior, maternal behavior, territoriality, socialization, learning processes, and responses to stressors, and how heredity and environment affect these behaviors, with emphasis on domestic animals and their often “unnatural” environments. Prerequisite: PSYC 320 or PSYC 321,  junior standing and above. (DEMAND)

PSYC 551. Psychology of Women     Credit 3(3-0)

This course will include historical context, issues in research, and theories of gender-typing. Students will examine how gender, personality, and experiences shape the development of masculinity and femininity. Further topics for discussion include the development of gender role behavior, socio-cultural stereotypes, and contemporary issues in the psychology of women. Prerequisite: PSYC 320, junior standing and above. (F; S; SS)

PSYC 553. Cognitive Neuroscience        Credit 3(3-0)

This course will examine the psychobiological, computational, and neuroscientific bases for cognition and higher mental functions.  Topics will include vision, object recognition, attention, memory, spatial functions, language, and decision making.  Major themes will include mind/brain relationships, localization of functions, and plasticity of the brain.  In addition, material will include neuroimaging studies of people with focal brain damage, as well as neurologically normal people.  Cognitive neuroscience approaches to disorders such as autism, schizophrenia, and Alzheimer's disease will also be explored. Prerequisites: PSYC 320 or PSYC 321. (F ;S ;SS)

PSYC 560. Black Psychology Credit 3(3-0)

This course examines the psychology of the African American/Black experience. The course begins with examination of the Black psychology paradigm, its history, and its applications. The course will examine several topics relevant to Black psychology such as racism, racial identity, family, community, spirituality, and African American mental health. Prerequisites: PSYC 320 or 321. (F;S;SS)