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Psychology

Chair Marcie L. Coulter-Kern, Russell G. Coulter-Kern, Ashleigh M. Maxcey

The goals of the department are to assist students in (a) understanding the basic concepts and methods used in psychology, (b) appreciating the relation of psychology to other disciplines, particularly those in the behavioral sciences, (c) preparing for graduate work in psychology, (d) preparing for professional training in such fields as social work, medicine and education, (e) preparing for work in such fields as business, education and mental health.

Baccalaureate Degree
Major in psychology; 36 hours: PSYC 110, 220, 325, 335, 341, 362, 444; MATH 210; four hours of electives selected from departmental courses and PEAC 218.

Majors must successfully complete the senior comprehensive evaluation prior to graduation. Details are available from the department chair.

Minor in psychology, 19 hours: PSYC 110; 15 hours of electives selected from departmental courses and PEAC 218.

Courses PSYC

110 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY - 4 hours
An introduction to the scientific study of behavior and mental life which includes an overview of the biological, social and cultural influences on behavior. In addition to three hours of lecture meetings per week, all students will participate in a field experience that provides hands-on exposure to course content. Fall, Spring. C-4HY.

220 CHILD AND ADOLESCENT PSYCHOLOGY - 4 hours
This course focuses on the study and application of theory, practice, and research in child and adolescent psychology. Emphasis is placed on the interaction of physical, cognitive, and social aspects of development from conception through adolescence. In addition to three hours of lecture meetings per week, all students will participate in a field experience that provides hands-on exposure to course content. Prerequisite: PSYC 110. Spring.

231 ATTENTION AND DISTRACTION - 4 hours
Attention is a broad term that includes such things as the influence of our expectations and how we allocate our limited mental resources. In this course we will study the following questions: What is attention? What are its manifestations and its functions? Students will discover how disorders of attention affect students in the classroom and how advertisers capture our attention? Prerequisite: PSYC 110.

301 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY - 3 hours
The scientific study of how people think about, influence, and relate to one another within and across cultures. Topics include the interaction of culture and gender, conflict and peacemaking, social beliefs and judgments, conformity, persuasion, prejudice, aggression, and attraction as they vary. All students will participate in applied research or other practical experience. When offered on campus, concurrent enrollment in PSYC 301L is required. Spring. C-3RC.

301L SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY LAB - 1 hour
Students will participate in applied and field-based research. When PSYC 301 is offered on campus, concurrent enrollment in PSYC 301L is required. Spring.

307 PSYCHOLOGY OF MARRIAGE AND FAMILY - 4 hours
This course focuses on the study and application of marriage and family research and theory. Students learn about a wide range of topics associated with functional and dysfunctional relationships. The emphasis will be on romantic and marital relationships, viewed through the lens of psychological theory and research. Prerequisite: PSYC 110.

325 BEHAVIOR DISORDERS - 4 hours
The scientific study of the causes (etiology), symptoms (diagnosis) and treatment of various forms of psychopathology. Topics include a review of anxiety, mood disorders, psychosis, personality disorders and childhood disorders. All students will participate in a laboratory experience. Prerequisite: PSYC 110. Fall.

335 COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY - 4 hours
An introduction to topics in cognitive psychology including: attention, perception, neurocognition, memory, knowledge, reasoning, decision making, problem solving, language and imagery. Laboratory projects and experiments provide hands-on experience with course topics. Prerequisite: 12 semester hours in psychology or permission of instructor. Spring.

338 ADULT DEVELOPMENT AND AGING - 4 hours
The study of how adults change as they age. It includes coverage of developmental theories as they apply to adulthood and aging. In addition to three hours of lecture meetings per week, all students will participate in a field experience with older adults. Prerequisite: PSYC 110. Spring.

341 RESEARCH METHODS (W) - 4 hours
A beginning study of experimental and non-experimental research methods in contemporary psychology. Students study the basic methods of measurement, hypothesis formation, data collection, data analysis and interpretation. Laboratory projects provide hands-on experience. Prerequisite: ENG 111; PSYC 110; MATH 210. Fall.

343 ADVANCED RESEARCH - 4 hours
A laboratory course designed to provide students with hands-on experience in an actual, ongoing research program. The main purpose is to prepare students for graduate school. Students are encouraged to take this course no later than the junior year. Prerequisites: PSYC 110, 341; MATH 210; or permission of instructor. Spring.

345 PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS AND MEASUREMENTS - 4 hours
An introduction to the theory and practice of psychological measurement. Topics include theory and practice of test construction, validation and interpretation. Laboratory projects include practical experience in course topics. Prerequisite: PSYC 110. January.

352 CULTURE AND PSYCHOLOGY - 3 hours
The study of how culture influences human development, motivation, thinking, abnormal behavior, and social interaction. It includes an in-depth comparison of US culture with one other non-US culture. Prerequisite: PSYC 110. C-3GC.

355 INDUSTRIAL/ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY - 4 hours
Industrial/Organizational Psychology is the application of scientific methods and psychological principles to industrial and organizational behavior. Topics include: job analysis, personnel selection, performance appraisal, assessment reliability and validity, the legal context for personnel decisions, work motivation, work attitudes, leadership, and occupational health. These topics are studied to maximize both employee well-being and organizational effectiveness. Prerequisite: PSYC 110.

360 NEUROPSYCHOLOGY - 4 hours
An introduction to the biology of behavior. Topics include a review of the function of the nervous system, brain and behavior. Laboratory projects and experiments provide hands-on experience with course topics. Prerequisite: 12 semester hours in psychology or permission of instructor.

362 SENSATION AND PERCEPTION - 4 hours
Sensation involves the process of getting information about the external world to our brain via touch, taste, sight, smell and sound. Perception is the active process of selecting, organizing, and interpreting this sensory input. This course will explore theories and experimental methods used to study sensation and perception, addressing issues such as why we see the sky as blue, how we recognize our friend's face, and how we perceive the richly detailed visual scenes we encounter. The emphasis is on visual sensation and perception as it is our most well-examined sense. Prerequisites: PSYC 110 and 335.

425 COUNSELING THEORY AND PRACTICE - 4 hours
A survey of the major counseling theories. Laboratory projects include practical experiences. Prerequisites: PSYC 110, 220, 325; or permission of instructor. Fall. Spring.

444 SENIOR SEMINAR - 4 hours
A capstone course for psychology majors that includes a review of major historical and contemporary issues in psychology. Topics include a laboratory component designed to help prepare students for the Senior Comprehensive Evaluation in psychology, graduate study and future careers. Prerequisites: Senior standing or permission from instructor. Fall.

460 DIRECTED PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH - 1-4 hours
Guided research in psychology is carried out under the direction of a faculty mentor. Students will develop a research question, collect and analyze data, and communicate results. This course may be repeated for a total of four hours. Prerequisite: PSYC 341.

476 FIELD PLACEMENT IN PSYCHOLOGY - 1-12 hours
Supervised field placement in a clinic, hospital, school, agency, or laboratory. Three semester hours may be used to meet major requirements. Prerequisites: PSYC 110 and consent of instructor. Spring.

380 or 480 SPECIAL PROBLEMS - 1-4 hours
A student who has demonstrated ability to work independently may propose a course and pursue it with a qualified and willing professor. The department chair and the vice president and dean for academic affairs also must approve. A set of guidelines is available at the Office of the Registrar.

385 or 485 SEMINAR - 1-4 hours
An in-depth consideration of a significant scholarly problem or issue. Students pursue a supervised, independent inquiry on an aspect of the topic and exchange results through reports and discussions.


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