PSYC 1150 General Psychology

Credits: 3
Goal Areas: 05
Course Outline 1150 (PDF)
This course provides an overview of topics in psychology. Topics may include history of psychology, research methods, physiological psychology, sensation and perception, consciousness, learning, memory, motivation and emotion, personality, stress and coping, abnormal behavior, therapy, and social psychology. Students are strongly encouraged to check with an advisor to determine if this is the appropriate course for their degree/program. You must meet perquisites or obtain instructor permission to take this course.

PSYC 1160 Introduction to Psychology

Credits: 4
Goal Areas: 05,09
Course Outline 1160 (PDF)
This course provides an in-depth introduction to the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. It serves as a foundational component for students pursuing advanced coursework in Psychology and related disciplines. Topics include history of psychology, research methods, neuroscience, sensation and perception, learning, memory, social psychology, disorders and therapies. Additional topics may include consciousness, lifespan, thinking and intelligence, language, gender and sexuality, emotions, personality psychology, health psychology, and applied psychology.

PSYC 1165 Psychology of Adjustment

Credits: 3
Goal Areas: 07,05
Course Outline 1165 (PDF)
This course is an in-depth look at the processes of normal human adjustment and their application in the student's life adjustment. A component of the course is diversity and dealing with diversity, specifically the development and changing group identities in the U. S.; an examination of the individual and institutional processes of unequal power between groups; an examination of the students' attitudes, behavior and beliefs about diversity, stereotyping, prejudice, bias and racism and bigotry; and experience in developing the necessary communication skills for living and working in a diverse society. Other topics may include goal setting and change processes, self-awareness and identity, physical and psychological health, stress and coping, interpersonal relationships and communication, emotions and motivation, social interactions, psychological growth and development, meaning and values, and decision making.

PSYC 1170 Psychology of Gender

Credits: 3
Goal Areas: 07,05
Course Outline 1170 (PDF)
Psychology of Gender includes the theory and research relating to sexuality, gender roles and sexual orientation.

PSYC 1210 Child Development

Credits: 3
Goal Areas: 05
Course Outline 1210 (PDF)
This course focuses on psychological, intellectual, and physical development from the prenatal period through adolescence. Topics include general theoretical approaches and research methods in studying child and adolescent development, birth and the newborn child, and development in the following areas: prenatal, physical, perceptual, cognitive, intellectual, language, personality, social and atypical.Completion of General Psychology is helpful prior to taking this course.

PSYC 1220 Psychology of Aging

Credits: 3
Goal Areas: 05,10
Course Outline 1220 (PDF)
As a psychological journey through the stages of adulthood, this course covers the biological, psychological, and socio-emotional changes from early adulthood to the time of dying and death. Topics include, but are not limited to: theories of adult development, research methods, identity, relationships, cognitive and biological changes associated with aging, grief and loss, and death and dying. Student participation in research, service learning, and/or campus activities is expected in this class.

PSYC 1250 Life Span Developmental Psychology

Credits: 4
Goal Areas: 05
Course Outline 1250 (PDF)
Life Span Developmental Psychology examines continuity and change across the life span. The course examines the biological, cognitive, and social development of humans from conception through death. Topics will explore maturation, human growth experiences, transitions, and the various stages of psychological and physical development as key components influencing human behaviors.

PSYC 1990 Psychology Special Topics

Credits: 1-4
Goal Areas: n/a
Course Outline 1990 (PDF)
This course will provide flexibility in offering an in-depth review of topics of immediate importance and topical interest. These topics will go beyond the introductory courses in examining specific aspects of the subject matter.

PSYC 2000 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences

Credits: 4
Goal Areas: 02,05
Course Outline 2000 (PDF)
Students use basic mathematical and computerized procedures to analyze data in the behavioral sciences. Students use statistical software (e.g., SPSS, R, PSPP) to conduct descriptive and inferential data analyses. Students choose and apply statistical procedures to help to answer psychological and behavioral scientific research questions. Students read, interpret, and write APA-style Results sections for behavioral science research.

PSYC 2110 Principles of Social Psychology

Credits: 3
Goal Areas: 05,07
Course Outline 2110 (PDF)
This course examines the major theories and classic research studies of Social Psychology. We will analyze how individuals thoughts, feelings and actions are influenced by others. Topics include perception, attraction, altruism, aggression, attitudes, leadership, conformity and obedience, stereotyping and prejudice, persuasion and propaganda and the self-concept.

PSYC 2320 Psychological Disorders

Credits: 3
Goal Areas: 05
Course Outline 2320 (PDF)
This course is an introduction to the origin, classification, and treatment of psychological disorders. Topics include historical and research issues, adjustment reactions to stress, neuroses, personality disorders, psychoses, types of psychotherapy, legal and ethical issues. Formerly Titled: Abnormal PsychologyPrerequisite: Psyc 1150 or Psyc 1160 or consent of instructor

PSYC 2330 Personality Psychology

Credits: 3
Goal Areas: 05
Course Outline 2330 (PDF)
The course explores the major theories of personality, including psychodynamic, behavioral, cognitive, humanistic, and trait approaches. By studying these perspectives, students will gain a comprehensive understanding of personality psychology, the study of the self, and its significance within psychological theory and research. Additionally, students will apply these concepts to gain insight into their own personalities and those of others. The course will also focus on research methods in personality psychology and how to critically assess claims about personality using empirical evidence.

PSYC 2340 Human Sexuality

Credits: 3
Goal Areas: 07,05
Course Outline 2340 (PDF)
An overview of past and current research on human sexuality. The course will address: the human sexual response; models and sources of arousal; cultural influences on human sexual behavior and sexual diversity; emotional aspects of sexuality and sexual dysfunction; sexual communication, intimacy, dependency and jealousy; sexual exploration and courting behavior across the life span; atypical behavior, commercialized sex, and sexual coercion. Prerequisite: Psyc 1150

PSYC 2350 Multicultural Psychology

Credits: 3
Goal Areas: 08,05
Course Outline 2350 (PDF)
This course is an introduction to diversity and multiculturalism within psychology. Students will have a broad understanding of extant research on diversity from a wide variety of perspectives including international perspectives. Topics covered include: culture and identity, group behavior, stereotyping and prejudice, cross-cultural research, and international research. COMM 1310 is highly recommended before taking this course. Prerequisite: Psyc 1150 or Psyc 1160 or consent of instructor

PSYC 2360 Psychology, Race, and Law

Credits: 3
Goal Areas: 09,05
Course Outline 2360 (PDF)
This course will examine the interaction between psychology, the legal system and race. Topics we will explore include but are not limited to include eyewitness memory, the insanity defense, involuntary civil commitment, forensic evaluation in cases of child sexual abuse, false confessions, profiling, and child custody determinations. The class addresses various controversies in the law, including jury selection, jury decision-making, police interrogations and confessions, use of lie-detector tests, eyewitness testimony, repressed and recovered memories, and the role of psychologists as expert witnesses. We will survey real-world examples of what may be current at the time. These real-world examples will describe scenarios and cases that illustrate or explain an important legal concept or psychological principle covered in the chapter or section being discussed in class. This course provides a strong foundation of understanding for individuals interested in Forensic Psychology, Criminal Justice and Law.