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Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Unless otherwise noted, courses are 3 credit hours

PSYC 201 - General Psychology - An introduction to the scientific study of behavior; emphasis upon experiential investigation of such fields as perception, motivation, learning, emotions, physiology, and personality. PSYC 201 meets the Social Science core requiremen for non-psychology majors.

PSYC 202 - Developmental Psychology - A study of the development of the individual from prenatal to senescent stages, emphasizing growth in intelligence, motor behavior, perception, cognitiion, socialization, and emotion. Empirical findings and theoretical interpretations in the study of human behavior will be explored.

PSYC 203 - Research Design in Psychology (Prerequisite - PSYC 201) - An introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics used in psychological experimentation. Particular emphasis is placed upon hypothesis testing by means of the t-test and randomized designs of the analysis of variance.

PSYC 301 - Experimental Psychology: Methodology and Programming (4 credit hours; Prerequisites - PSYC 201, 203) - This course introduces students to the methods of scientific inquiry used by psychologists. Students will learn how to design studies and how to analyze data using computer programs. Emphasis will be placed on critical thinking and clear communication.

PSYC 302 - Physiological Psychology (4 credit hours; Prerequisite - PSYC 301) - This course explores the role of biological factors in human experience and behavior.  Students will develop a fundamental understanding of the structure and functions of the nervous system.  Students will learn about the biological underpinnings of various behaviors, including vision, emotions, sleep, biological rhythms, learning, memory, drug addiction, neurological and psychological disorders.  Students will also engage in laboratory experiences to further enhance their learning about the brain and nervous system.

PSYC 304 - Abnormal Psychology (Prerequisite - PSYC 201) - A study of fundamental theory and research in the area of abnormal behavior. Emphasis is on symptoms, etiology, and treatment of psychopathology and behavior problems.

PSYC 305 - Social Psychology (Prerequisite - PSYC 201) - A study of the individual in relation to his social environment with special attention to group behavior, communication, conformity, leadership, aggression, and interpersonal attraction.

PSYC 306 - Theories of Personality (Prerequisite - PSYC 201) - A study of major contemporary theories of personality with special emphasis on the biological and psychological foundations and integrative aspects of personality.

PSYC 310 - Professional Development in Psychology (Prerequisitc - PSYC 201).  A seminar course designed to prepare students for a variety of careers in psychology.  Topics include: an examination of the variety of jobs available in psychology, how to apply to graduate school or for a job, writing a formal research paper, and interviewing techniques.

PSYC 371 - Psychology of Leadership - This course examines leadership theory and contemporary trends in leadership, organizational behavior, and the management of human resources as they are related to the emergence and effectiveness of leaders.

PSYC 402 - Cognitive Psychology (Prerequisite - PSYC 201) - This course surveys the theoretical and empirical work in the area of cognitive psychology. Topics include pattern recognition, attention, memory, problem solving, and comprehension. Students will become familiar with models of cognition through didactics and experiential exercises.

PSYC 403 - Psychology of Learning (Prerequisite - PSYC 201) - A comprehensive and critical review of the experimental literature in the area of learning and motivation, including the major learning theories and the motivational determinants of behavior.

PSYC 404 - Industrial/Organizational Psychology (Prerequisite - PSYC 201) - Application of psychological principles to the world of work. Specific topics include concepts of work, job satisfaction, personnel selection, performance appraisal, human engineering, leadership, and organizational behavior.

PSYC 405 - History and Systems of Psychology (Prerequisite - PSYC 201) - Historical survey of psychology, emphasizing contributions of major "schools" of psychology, theories, their place in science, and current theoretical trends.

PSYC 407 - Psychological Testing (Prerequisite - PSYC 201) - A survey of the theory and principles of psychological testing, demonstration and discussion of representative tests of intelligence, aptitude, achievement, interests, and personality.

PSYC 410 - Advanced Psychological Study - A study of selected critical issues in contemporary psychology, encompassing the various aspects of the discipline. Special emphasis will be given to integrating concepts, principles, and skills learned from earlier courses and related disciplines.

PSYC 418 and PSYC 419 - Experiential Leadership in Psychology I and II (Prerequisite - Permission of professor department head) - PSYC 418 and PSYC 419 provide opportunities for individualized and mentored leadership, research, and leadership experiences in psychology and related disciplines. Students may take one or both courses. If taking both, students may select different mentors or different options for the two courses but are encouraged to attempt more than one type of experience and to demonstrate a developmental progression in the nature and extent of their leadership within and across courses.

PSYC 420 - Research Project (Prerequisite - Permission of department head) - An independent research project culminating in a formal paper. Strongly recommended for students planning graduate study. Approval for enrollment based on capability of applicant and the acceptance of a written proposal.

PSYC 463 - Special Topics in Psychology (Prerequisites - PSYC 201 and permission of department head) - This course is designed to focus on a current problem, technique, or theory in the field of psychology.

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