2019-2020 Catalog

PSYC - PSYCHOLOGY

PSYC 1000 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY

Surveys the field of psychology through lectures, class discussion and assigned readings. This course includes development of behavior, physiological mechanisms of behavior, perception, motivation and emotion, learning, intelligence, individuality, personality and mental health.

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PSYC 2000 RESEARCH PSYCHOLOGY METHODS

This course introduces students to psychological methods of research. Students will apply various forms of descriptive and experimental designs and will produce a final research project which they have designed and executed. There is a heavy emphasis on application and APA writing.

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Prerequisites

PSYC 1000, and STAT 2050 or STAT 2070 (C or better grade in all)

PSYC 2010 GRIEF AND LOSS

This course addresses the theoretical framework of human loss and grief from a culturally and philosophically diverse perspective.  It seeks to provide information about why and how humans grieve and how grieving is affected by type of loss, socioeconomic and cultural factors, individual personality and family functioning.  Attention is focused on life span development and the meaning of death and loss at different ages.  Various types of loss are discussed from and individual, family, and socio/cultural perspective.  The importance of understanding trauma and its relationship to grief and loss will be addressed.  Coping and resiliency in loss are explored, emphasizing the diversity of human response and focusing on the significance of social groups in integrating loss.

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PSYC 2070 EVOLUTIONARY PSYCHOLOGY

This course explores behavior from an evolutionary perspective. Topics addressed include cooperation, mate choice, parenting, pair bonding, aggression, language and culture. Empirical data presented on these topics derive from non-human primate comparisons, cross-cultural data sets and case studies from a range of societies.

3

PSYC 2080 BIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY

Introduces biological bases of behavior.  Includes ethology and comparative behavior, psychobiological development, physiological and sensory mechanisms of behavior, and evolution and behavioral genetics.  Presents basic structural and functional properties of the nervous system.

3

Prerequisites

4 hours of BIOL and PSYC

PSYC 2210 DRUGS AND BEHAVIOR

Surveys drugs which affect behavior, emphasizing drugs with abuse potential. Includes brief introduction to the chemistry of the brain and how drugs may have their effects. Discusses behavioral, social, historical and medical aspects of each major class of psychoactive drugs.

3

PSYC 2250 INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY

An introduction to the growing partnership between psychology and health care, including history of psychology in health care, theoretical foundations of health and illness, intervention and research techniques, stress and high risk behavior (e.g., substance abuse, eating behaviors, AIDS), and psychology’s contribution to improving outcomes and quality of life in chronic and life-threatening behaviors.

3

PSYC 2300 DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY

Explores development and behavior of children from conception to adolescence, emphasizing major roles played by maturation and learning.  This course acquaints students with the area of child study in terms of research findings, theories of child development and present problems.

3

Prerequisites

PSYC 1000

PSYC 2330 PSYCHOLOGY OF ADJUSTMENT

Adjustment is the psychological process of adapting to, coping with and managing the problems, challenges and demands of everyday life. This is a human growth course whereby emphasis is given to application of theory. Students will assess, evaluate and practice skills that allow them to learn to adjust to the problems of everyday life.

3

Prerequisites

PSYC 1000, HLED 1003 or Instructor Permission

PSYC 2340 ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY

Provides a general overview of abnormal behavior, emphasizing types, etiology and treatment methods.

3

Prerequisites

PSYC 1000

PSYC 2380 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY

Examines how people’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are influenced by the presence of others.  Course will cover a broad range of theories an research in social psychology.

3

Prerequisites

PSYC 1000 or SOC 1000

PSYC 2470 INTERNSHIP: PSYCHOLOGY

The Psychology Externship Program provides the opportunity to obtain practical work experience in the clinical field of psychology. Some programs allow for direct interaction between students and clients, while others of a more confidential nature involve observation only. Once a student has completed the observational period, they may graduate to increased involvement in that program. A student can earn no more than four credits and must register by mid-semester.

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Prerequisites

Instructor Permission

PSYC 2485 PSYCHOLOGY SEMINAR:

This course will discuss current topics in psychology, generally one theme each semester. Students will discuss, study, and report on that specific topic.  The content may vary from semester to semester.

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