Professors:Cerbin, Oyster, Wood;
Minor requirements differ for students in the College of Liberal Studies, the College of Science and Allied Health, and the College of Business Administration from those in the School of Education and the College of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. See separate listings below.
(Open to students in all schools and colleges within the university) - a minimum of 38 credits from the following eight categories plus MTH 205. Credits from categories three to seven may be listed under category eight as electives.
A. Category I: General Psychology (one 3-credit required course): PSY 100 required; PSY 200 strongly recommended.
B. Category II: Experimental and Research Methods (four required courses totaling seven credits in psychology): PSY 231 and 232, 451; and MTH 205. (MTH 205 should be completed during the freshman or sophomore year).
C. Category III: Developmental Psychology (at least six credits required): 210 and at least three credits from 310 or 311 or 312.
D. Category IV: Psychopathology (PSY 304 required, 3 credits)
E. Category V: Social/Personality (at least six credits required) PSY 402, 341, 343 (or CST 250 or SOC 334). Students interested in human service related work or graduate school should take 402 as one of their courses in this category.
F. Category VI: Advanced Experimental and Biopsychology (at least five credits required) PSY 335, 430, 435, 437, 438.
G. Category VII: Experiential (at least one credit required) PSY 295, 308, 309, 405, 450, 481, 482, 485. The department strongly encourages students to take more than one credit in this category, particularly as a 309 or 450.
H. Category VIII: Elective Credit. Seven additional credits from psychology courses listed below or from additional credits taken from categories three through seven: PSY 200, 205, 225, 259, 280, 301, 305, 313, 317, 318, 320, 330, 333, 336, 347, 370, 376, 382, 390, 395, 401, 403, 404, 410, 417, 420, 426, 436, 441, 444, 452, 461, 488, 489.
We strongly recommend that all psychology students take PSY 231 and PSY 232 in their sophomore years or early in their junior years. Once a student has completed their General Education requirements and declared psychology as a major, he/she should plan on at least four semesters to complete the sequence of courses necessary for graduation with a psychology degree. We also recommend that students seriously consider taking PSY 200 "Orientation to the Psychology Major" early in their psychology careers and that students consider volunteer work and/or an internship as an important part of their psychological training. The Psychology major provides solid training in the liberal arts and in research methods. However, the courses you elect to take can help you toward your general career goals. Students should pick up a flyer entitled "Psychology Coursework and Career Planning" from the Psychology Department. It also includes advice on minors and emphases.
(Liberal Studies, Science and Allied Health)-20 credits, including PSY 100 and electives in psychology. Students may not receive credit for both PSY 210 and 212.
(Business)-20 credits, including PSY 100, 341, 343 or CST 250 or SOC 334, 376, and electives in psychology, including at least one of the following recommended courses: PSY 212, 231 and 232, 382, 402, 420, or 451. Students may not receive credit for both PSY 210 and 212.
(Health Education, Physical Education, Recreation and Middle/Secondary Education) - 25 credits, including PSY 100, 231, 232, 304, 335 or 435, 341, and nine credits of electives excluding PSY 212. Students may not receive credit for both PSY 210 and 212.
Psychology Department Honors Program
The Honors Program is designed to give qualified students the opportunity to develop their understanding of and skills in psychological research. The Honors Project is an extensive piece of research designed and conducted by the student under the supervision of a faculty adviser.
The requirements for admission to the program are:
1. Junior standing (during Honors Seminar-PSY 489)
2. Completion of PSY 100, 231, 232, MTH 205 before beginning Honors Seminar. PSY 420 before PSY 489 or concurrently with PSY 489
3. 3.25 cumulative grade point average in psychology courses
4. A cumulative overall grade point average of 3.00
5. Recommendation from two psychology department faculty
6. Completion of an application to the program
Requirements for earning a degree with Honors in Psychology are:
1. Completion of psychology major
2. 3.50 cumulative grade point average in psychology courses
3. A cumulative overall grade point average of 3.25
4. Completion of Honors Seminar (PSY 489, three credits total)
5. Completion and presentation of Honors Project (PSY 481, three credits)
Psychology (Credit by examination)
PSY 100 Credit by Examination: Students may earn credit by examination for PSY 100, General Psychology, a three credit course. The following examinations are acceptable: Advanced Placement Program (APP) in Psychology with a score of 3, 4, or 5; the "Higher Level" International Baccalaureate (IB) with a score of 4 or above; or the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) with a score of 47 or above. Students should contact the Counseling and Testing Center for information about CLEP; however, once a student has enrolled in PSY 100 they may not petition to earn credit with a CLEP exam.
Child/Youth Care Emphasis
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Note: Most of the psychology courses require the purchase of coursepacks that contain handouts and readings associated with class activities.
+ above a course number indicates a General Education course.
PSY 100 Cr. 3
A comprehensive introduction to contemporary basic principles and theories of behavior and related processes along with supporting scientific evidence and applications. Topics include sensory processes, perception, learning, memory, motivation, emotion, developmental change, measurement, social interaction and abnormal behavior.
PSY 200 Cr. 1
Orientation to the Psychology Major
This course is an orientation to psychology as a major. It is designed for sophomore level students who have declared psychology as a major but it is also open to second semester freshmen or first semester juniors. The field of psychology as a discipline will be discussed as will career options related to the field. Students will be required to complete a variety of tasks designed to identify and/or clarify career paths and goals and increase their understanding of psychology as both an empirical and applied field. Prerequisites: PSY 100 and declaration of psychology as a major or consent of instructor.
PSY 205 Cr. 3
Human adjustment processes in meeting inner needs and the demands of physical and social environment. Prerequisite: PSY 100.
PSY 210 Cr. 3
Designed for the psychology major as an introduction to developmental psychology, the course emphasizes the historical, theoretical and methodological approaches to human development across the life-span. Psychological principles, concepts, and historical and recent research in the areas of prenatal, cognitive, language, social-emotional, and physical development are explored. Prerequisite: PSY 100.
PSY 212 Cr. 3
An overview of human development from conception through death. It introduces students to prominent historical, theoretical and methodological approaches to development across the life span. Its focus is on developmental tasks and milestones in several domains (physical, cognitive and socio-emotional) as well as practical applications. Does not apply to the psychology major.
PSY 225 Cr. 3
Sleep and Dreams
A study of the basic psychological and physio-logical nature of sleep; its systematic characteristics, changes, stages and development based on sleep laboratory research; the functions of sleep; major sleep disorders and disturbances; dreams, their characteristics, contents, and possible interpretations. Prerequisite: PSY 100.
PSY 231 Cr. 2
Experimental Psychology and Research Methods
A study of the research methods and content areas of experimental psychology. Emphasis on the scientific method, techniques of data collection, and principles and theories in the study of behavior. Must be taken concurrently with PSY 232. Prerequisite: PSY 100; previous or concurrent enrollment in MTH 205 strongly recommended. Open to psychology majors and minors only.
PSY 232 Cr. 2
Experimental Psychology Laboratory
This course develops skills in observation, formulating research ideas and hypotheses, designing and conducting research, data analysis, and scientific report writing. Lab. 4. Must be taken concurrently with PSY 231. Prerequisite: PSY 100. Open to psychology majors and minors only.
PSY/ESS/W-S 259 Cr. 1
Girls and Women in Sport
An introduction to the involvement of girls and women with sport. Topics include the historical perspective, physiological and psychological benefits, teaching and coaching implications, recreation and leisure as well as differently abled and minority women. Students will also learn to access the Internet resources relevant to the course content. (Cross-listed with ESS and W-S; may only earn credit in PSY, ESS, or W-S.)
PSY 280 Cr. 3
Cross Cultural Development
This course focuses on the ways in which cultures influence the development of individual behavior, values, and attitudes across the lifespan. The course uses cross-cultural studies to examine both the diversity and uniformity of human development. Topics include such fundamental concerns as child rearing, schooling, work, aging, and the development of morality, identity, prosocial behavior and deviance. Prerequisites: PSY 100; ANT 101 or HST 151 or 152.
PSY 295 Cr. 1-3
Foreign Study in Psychology
Opportunity for students to participate in a variety of supervised projects limited to foreign study, directed readings, and structured discussions. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Repeatable for credit - maximum 3.
PSY/PHL 301 Cr. 3
Theory of Knowledge
An intensive examination of three major questions: (1) What are the principal grounds of knowledge? (2) How certain can we properly be of what we think we know? (3) Are there limits beyond which we cannot reasonably hope to extend knowledge? Strong emphasis is placed on the problem of perception, learning, and knowledge representation. Prerequisites: PSY 100 or PHL 100. (Cross-listed with PHL 301; may only earn credit in PSY or PHL, not both.) Offered alternate year.
PSY 304 Cr. 3
The study of the origin, symptoms and treatment of the full range of variations and deviations in human behavior. Special topics include prevention, community mental health, substance abuses, child abuse and mistreatment. Prerequisites: PSY 100 and junior standing.
PSY 305 Cr. 3
Psychology of Human Sexuality
A study of normal and variations of human sexuality and sexual attitudes and functioning. Prerequisite: PSY 100.
PSY 308 Cr. 1-2
This course offers research experience under the supervision of a faculty member. The student will assist a faculty member in any phase of the research process including literature searches, formulation of instruments, pilot studies, data collection, data coding, and computer analysis in research. Prerequisites: six credits in psychology and departmental approval. Repeatable for credit - maximum 4. Pass/Fail grading.
PSY 309 Cr. 1
Field Experience in Psychology
This course provides students with opportunities to gain practical experience through interaction with a variety of age groups. This supervised fieldwork requires 30 hours per semester. Prerequisite: completion or concurrent enrollment in one of the following courses: PSY 304, 310, 311, 312. Repeatable for credit - maximum 2. Pass/Fail grading.
PSY 310 Cr. 3
An introductory course in child development. It provides a comprehensive survey of the basic principles, theories, and research in human development from conception through adolescence. Topics include motor, language, cognitive, social, emotional, and personality development. Prerequisites: PSY 100 and 210, or PSY 212.
PSY 311 Cr. 3
Focuses on the developmental tasks of adolescence and the influence of family, peers, school and society. Topics include historical perspectives, cognitive and moral development, self-concept, sexuality, vocational choice, and problems of adolescence. Prerequisites: PSY 100 and 210, or 212.
PSY 312 Cr. 3
Adulthood and Aging
A course focusing on theories, research and related literature concerned with emotional, social and intellectual continuity and change in early, middle, and late adulthood. Prerequisites: PSY 100 and 210, or 212.
PSY 313 Cr. 1
Aging: Psychological Perspectives
A course devoted to in-depth analysis of human aging from a psychological perspective. The focus is on the psychological impact of characteristics and changes related to the aging process. Particular emphasis is placed on diversity in the experience of aging and applications in professional and policy arenas. Prerequisite: PSY 312 or concurrent enrollment.
PSY 317 Cr. 3
Psychology of Individual Differences
Nature, extent, development, and source of psychological differences among individuals and groups. Consideration of intelligence, aptitudes, interest, and achievement as related to hereditary and environmental factors. Prerequisite: PSY 100. Offered occasionally.
PSY 318 Cr. 3
Psychology of Women
Theories and research concerning the biological, psychological, and social aspects of female functioning will be evaluated. The course will analyze psychological literature that addresses itself to the experience, development, and behavior of women from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Prerequisite: PSY 100 and sophomore standing.
PSY 320 Cr. 3
Contemporary psychological conceptions, principles, and theories of human motivation. Concerns cognitive and social factors that influence the intensity and choices of goal-directed behavior. Research and applications to education, industry, and everyday situations are included. Prerequisites: six credits in psychology. Offered occasionally.
PSY 330 Cr. 2
Drugs and Behavior
A study of the major drug groups, their influence on neural processes, and correlated changes in motivation, perception, learning, and psycho-motor performance. Emphasizes drugs with clinical applications. Prerequisites: consent of instructor and junior standing.
PSY/PHL 333 Cr. 3
Philosophy of Mind
A study of the problems regarding the nature of mental events, mind-body relations, behaviorism, mentalism, and the relation of these topics to scientific methodology. Prerequisite: PSY 100 or PHL 100. (Cross-listed with PHL; may only earn credit in PSY or PHL, not both.) Offered every other year.
PSY 335 Cr. 3
Learning and Memory
A study of the fundamental concepts and principles of human and animal learning and contemporary human memory. Topics include classical and operant conditioning, conceptual and skill learning, models of memory, storage, retention and retrieval and use of information. Prerequisites:
PSY 100 and 231. PSY 336 Cr. 1
Psychology of Learning Laboratory
Laboratory exercises, demonstrations, experiments and projects paralleling and illustrating topics covered in PSY 335 with emphasis on experimental methodology and human learning. Prerequisites: concurrent enrollment in PSY 335 and consent of instructor. Offered occasionally.
PSY 341 Cr. 3
Studies social behavior of individuals, including attitudes, friendship, helping, aggression, conformity and leadership. Also examines individual interactions with groups and the environment. May be taken in lieu of SOC 330. Prerequisite: PSY 100 or SOC 110.
PSY 343 Cr. 3
A study of the structure and operation of groups, focusing on work, family and therapy groups. Surveys communication, leadership, problem solving and improving the effectiveness of groups. Prerequisite: PSY 100 or SOC 110. Not open for credit to students who have completed or are enrolled in CST 250 and/or SOC 334.
PSY 347 Cr. 3
Empathic Listening Skills
This course is designed to clearly define empathic listening skills within a multicultural context. Students will learn to differentiate listening from psychotherapy and will practice listening skills. Topics include values identification, basic listening skills, in-depth exploration skills, and action planning without counseling. Ideal for those who will plan to work in a human services setting. Prerequisites: PSY 100, six additional credits in psychology. Offered occasionally.
PSY 370 Cr. 3
Application of psychological principles, procedures and practices to school learning. Theoretical principles of learning, readiness, motivation, transfer of training, individual differences, and evaluation. Prerequisite: PSY 100 or 212.
PSY 376 Cr. 3
Psychological principles, concepts and methods applicable to organizational and industrial situations and practices. Topics include: psychological aspects of personnel selection and placement, training, motivation, leadership, social factors in organizations and human engineering. Prerequisites: six credits in psychology.
PSY 382 Cr. 3
An orientation to the definitions, concepts, theories, and methodologies of cross-cultural psychology. Included is an examination of cultural and ecological factors and their influences on perceptual and cognitive processes, personality, language, and other psychological variables. Prerequisite:PSY 100.
PSY 390 Cr. 1-3
Contemporary Topics in Psychology
In-depth consideration of significant new areas of development in the field of psychology. Topics of interest to traditional and nontraditional students will be offered on an irregular basis. Credit, prerequisite and format will vary according to the specific topic selected and the target student group. Repeatable for credit - maximum 6.
PSY 395 Cr. 1-3
Workshop in Applications of Psychology
Instructional units designed to develop specialized skills, competencies and knowledge representing applications of methods and techniques of psychology in education and other professional areas. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Repeatable for credit - maximum 3. Departmental option for Pass/Fail grading.
PSY 401 Cr. 3
Behavior Modification: Principles and Application
Theory and techniques of systematic behavior management and behavior control. Consideration of applied social learning theory, reinforcement, modeling, cognitive and rational techniques, extinction, aversive procedures, relaxation training, and token economies. Course will include the planning and completion of an intervention program. Prerequisites: PSY 335 or 370 or 12 credits in psychology.
PSY 402/502 Cr. 3
Personality Theories, Models and Measures
Theories of personality and their utility in explaining or predicting behavior and cognition, general models of personality and personality measures. Prerequisites: 12 credits in psychology including PSY 231 and 232; MTH 205.
PSY 403/503 Cr. 3
This course focuses on selected topics in the area of clinical and abnormal psychology and is designed to provide in-depth knowledge of advanced current issues in the field. It helps prepare undergraduate or graduate students for the field of human services by offering additional information beyond that conveyed in the abnormal psychology course on the diagnosis and treatment of a number of psychological disorders. Prerequisite: PSY 304. Offered occasionally.
PSY 404 Cr. 3
Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy
A comprehensive conceptual review of theories of psychotherapy and counseling with a focus on associated objectives, techniques, applications, and limitations. Theories include psychodynamic, behavioral, and cognitive perspectives. Divergence and convergence among theories will be examined. Prerequisites: PSY 304, or consent of instructor. Offered Sem. II.
PSY405 Cr. 1-3
Teaching Apprenticeship in Psychology
This course provides preparation and experience in a variety of instructional practices, strategies and techniques. Students study theory and research on teaching and practice teaching skills under the guidance of faculty members. Prerequisites: junior standing, minimum 3.25 GPA. Students may only be assigned to a course in which they previously earned a grade of "B" or better. Initial enrollment must be for three credits. Repeatable for credit - maximum 6.
PSY 410/510 Cr. 3
Advanced Developmental Psychology
An in-depth study of important topics in developmental psychology. Relevant theories and recent research in social development, cognitive development, moral development, language development, and emotional development will be evaluated. Prerequisites: PSY 210, 231, 232, and MTH 205, or consent of instructor. Offered occasionally.
PSY 417 Cr. 3
Child and Adolescent Behavior Disorders
An examination of psychological disorders which first appear during infancy, childhood and adolescence. This course covers the etiology, diagnosis, classification, treatment, and prevention of psychological disorders from different theoretical orientations. Special emphasis is placed on applying basic concepts and empirical data to various professional settings and to social policy issues. Prerequisites: PSY 210 or 212, and 304. Offered occasionally.
PSY 420/520 Cr. 3
Advanced Research Methods
An advanced course in the quantitative and logical aspects of statistical analysis, interpretation and design of behavioral science research and experimentation. Major emphasis is on the conceptual rather than the computational aspects of quantitative methods. Recommended for those planning graduate work in psychology or related fields. Prerequisites: PSY 231, 232, and six additional credits in psychology; MTH 205.
PSY 426/526 Cr. 3
Psychology of Addictive Behaviors
Study of the personality characteristics of individuals experiencing substance abuse, dependency, and compulsive behaviors such as eating disorders and gambling. The focus will be on abuse as a maladaptive response to the demands of life. Special topics will include consumptive patterns, level of dependence, neurological status, assessment, and contem-porary treatment techniques. Prerequisites: PSY 100 and 304.
PSY 430 Cr. 3
A study of the biological basis of behavior - from vision, audition and language to movement and mental disorders - through the examination of the structure and function of the brain and nervous system. Prerequisite: PSY 231, 232, and MTH 205.
PSY 435/535 Cr. 3
A course examining contemporary theories, models, and related experimental research concerning human mental processes. Topics include acquisition of information, memory, thinking, decision-making and language. Prerequisites: PSY 231, 232, MTH 205.
PSY 436/536 Cr. 3
Psychology of Language
An introductory course in psycholinguistics concerned with the comprehension, production and acquisition of language. Other topics include: language and thought, reading, writing, bilingualism, figurative language, metalinguistic skills, and the neuro-psychology of language. Prerequisites: PSY 100 and junior standing. Offered occasionally.
PSY 437 Cr. 2
The Human Senses
A course designed to foster an appreciation of the human senses and the fundamental role they play in the attainment of knowledge and the regulation of behavior. Prerequisites: PSY 231, 232, MTH 205; or consent of instructor.
PSY 438 Cr. 2
Processes of Perception
An analysis of various mechanisms through which we interpret and restructure sensory information (size, distance, depth, movement, illusion, time, etc.) as we respond to changes in our surroundings. Prerequisites: PSY 231, 232, MTH 205.
PSY 441/541 Cr. 3
Advanced Social Psychology
The course will provide coverage of methodology and statistics most frequently encountered in social psychology and cover topics both of classic and current interest such as stereotypes and prejudice, medical social psychology, environmental psychology, social interdependence, leadership, and power. Prerequisites: grade of "B" or better in PSY 341 or SOC 330, PSY 231, 232, MTH 205. Offered occasionally.
PSY 444 Cr. 3
Work and Family: Psychological Issues
A course designed to critically evaluate the empirical research on men's and women's work and family roles. Topics include; the meaning and experience of work, parenting decisions, the balance of work and family, the relationship of work/family decisions to well-being, and family issue policies. Students are prompted to clarify and develop their career plans as part of the class requirements. Prerequisites: 12 credits in psychology including 231, 232, MTH 205, junior standing (senior standing recommended.) Offered occasionally.
PSY 450 Cr. 1-3
Internship in Psychology
An academically relevant field experience for majors in psychology. The field experience will be arranged through Career Services and supervised by psychology instructional staff. Consent of instructor required. Prerequisites: PSY 100, nine additional credits in psychology, and overall GPA of 2.3. No more than three credits may be applied to a major in psychology. Pass/Fail grading.
PSY 451/551 Cr. 3
Principles and procedures for the psychological measurement of human differences. This course examines the development, quantitative interpretation, uses, distinctive and desired characteristics of tests of intelligence, aptitudes, achievement, occupational interests and personality. Prerequisites: PSY 100, MTH 205, six additional credits in psychology. PSY 231, 232 are recommended.
PSY 452 Cr. 1
Psychological Testing: Administration and Scoring
Supervised practicum in the administration and scoring of some group and individual psycho-logical tests. This course does not treat the interpretation of psychological test results. Prerequisites: PSY 451 and consent of instructor.Offered occasionally.
PSY 461 Cr. 3
History and Systems of Psychology
A study of the philosophical and empirical foundations of modern psychology. Outstanding contributions by individual scholars and the development of major systems of thought within the field. Recommended for students considering graduate school in psychology. Prerequisites: PSY 231, 232, MTH 205, junior standing. Offered occasionally.
PSY 481 Cr. 2-3
Individual Projects in Psychology I
Open to selected advanced students who have excellent records in the department. Registration with consent of instructor and department chair-person in addition to student's regular adviser.
PSY 482 Cr. 2-3
Individual Projects in Psychology II
Open to selected advanced students who have excellent records in the department. Registration with consent of instructor and department chair-person in addition to student's regular adviser.
PSY 485 Cr. 1
Appraising Psychology Seminar
This seminar is designed to actively involve students in the assessment of their psychology education. Students will complete a variety of measures as well as provide in-depth feedback about the psychology major. Students are expected to reflect on themes, debates, and issues in the field of psychology. Open to senior psychology majors/minors only. Pass/Fail grading. Offered Sem. II, alternate years.
PSY 488 Cr. 2-3
Seminar in Psychology:_________
Discussion in-depth of particular areas of psychology. Topics both theoretical and applied, chosen by the instructor and the students. Prerequisites: 12 credits in psychology and consent of instructor. Repeatable for credit - maximum 6.
PSY 489 Cr. 3
Students develop introductions and methods for independent research projects. Designing sound proposals and grappling with research design issues are the main foci of the course. Projects are completed under the supervision of a faculty adviser (PSY 481). Prerequisites: acceptance into the Psychology Honors Program, PSY 100, 231, 232, PSY 420 (may be taken concurrently), MTH 205. Offered Sem. II.