Psychology Courses

PS 101 - General Psychology

(Credits: 3.00)

This course is an introduction to psychology as the science of behavior and mental processes. The student is given an overview of the various areas of psychology, including an analysis of the impact of gender, race, and culture on human behavior. The course imparts an understanding of the field and the ability to follow-up in areas of interest.

PS 150 - Life Choices: Personal Growth for the College Student

(Credits: 2.00)

This course is designed to assist students in the areas of personal growth believed to have a positive impact on student success: active learning, self-reflection, personal decision-making, life meaning and values assessment, life-role management, life coping, and relational health and wellness. As an introductory psychology course, this class highlights theories and techniques of personal and therapeutic growth in each of these areas.

PS 190 - Life Span Human Development

(Credits: 3.00)

The course is a comprehensive survey of the stages of human development. The focus of the course is on theories of development and the research that supports and critiques these theories. Diversity issues will be examined. The course begins with a consideration of genetics and prenatal development; moves through infancy, childhood, adolescence, young and middle adulthood; and culminates with consideration of older adulthood and the aging process.

PS 201 - General Psychology

(Credits: 3.00)

This course is an introduction to psychology as the science of behavior and mental processes. The student is given an overview of the various areas of psychology, including an analysis of the impact of gender, race, and culture on human behavior. The course imparts an understanding of the field and the ability to follow-up in areas of interest.

PS 202 - Life-Span Human Development

(Credits: 3.00)

The course is a comprehensive survey of the stages of human development. The focus of the course is on theories of development and the research that supports and critiques these theories. Diversity issues will be examined. The course begins with a consideration of genetics and prenatal development; moves through infancy, childhood, adolescence, young and middle adulthood; and culminates with consideration of older adulthood and the aging process. Prerequisite: PS 201.

PS 205 - Selected Topics in Psychology

(Credits: 1.00 - 3.00)

The course deals with the study of particular topics in psychology and culture. Current research and issues are discussed. Different topics are offered and thus the course can be taken multiple times. Check with the department for the current topic. Prerequisite: PS 101 or consent of instructor.

PS 220 - Child Psychology

(Credits: 3.00)

This course studies child development from conception to adolescence, covering the biological, emotional, cognitive, moral, and sociocultural aspects of child growth. Prerequisite: PS 101.

PS 221 - Adolescent Psychology

(Credits: 3.00)

Adolescent psychology examines the period of adolescence from a biological, cognitive, social, and cultural perspective. These forces combine to produce both the similarities and differences that adolescents in the transition between childhood and adulthood experience. The period of adolescence is variable in societal recognition, definition, and duration. Psychological research and theories provide the lens by which we can view adolescent issues and experiences. We will specifically see how cultural, social, and historical expectations and interactions influence adolescent development. This course may be used toward an advanced core certificate. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or department consent.

PS 223 - Psychology of Adulthood and Aging

(Credits: 3.00)

This course provides students with an overview of age-related psychological changes. Topics include cognitive development, information processing, memory, intelligence, sexuality, and personality, as well as the biological and sociological bases for normal and psychopathological aging. Interactions among gender, race, culture, and age are examined. Positive age-related changes, including the role of expertise and successful aging, are discussed. Prerequisite: PS 101.

PS 250 - Drugs and Behavior

(Credits: 3.00)

This course describes psychoactive drugs that affect a person's perceptions, emotions, cognitions and behaviors. The course emphasizes the physiological and neurological effects of drugs, though social, historical and personality issues associated with drug use, abuse and treatment are discussed.

PS 260 - Psychology of Gender

(Credits: 3.00)

This course will explore both the similarities and differences of people based on gender, ethnicity, culture, and social mores. Too often psychological research has been limited to and defined by the actions of one group of people, equating their responses to the "norm." We will look at human behavior from a multidisciplinary approach-combining psychology with sociology, history, biology, and literature. We will also explore progresses made against traditional gender stereotypes and oppressions, and review the work being done by feminist and humanist organizations. This course may be used toward an advanced core certificate. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or department consent.

PS 265 - Gay and Lesbian Studies

(Credits: 3.00)

This course provides an overview of the theories and empirical research surrounding the psychology of sexual orientation. The origins and nature of sexual orientation are explored, as well as current issues in this area. This topic is examined from a cross-cultural, historical, and sociocultural perspective and is placed within the larger paradigm of social prejudice. Prerequisite: PS 101.

PS 270 - Human Sexuality

(Credits: 3.00)

This course is an introduction to the study of human sexuality from a psychological perspective. Students explore the diversity of issues surrounding human sexuality and focus on individual, couple, and social levels of understanding. Theories and empirical data are examined and critiqued. Prerequisite: PS 101, at least sophomore standing.

PS 275 - Cross Cultural Psychology

(Credits: 3.00)

In this course students examine the similarities and differences that exist between cultures on a variety of psychological topics (e.g., cognition, emotion, personality, gender). Methodology and terminology used in cross-cultural research is reviewed. Students have the opportunity to explore their own membership in various cultures and the effect of culture on personal development. Prerequisite: PS 101.

PS 280 - Health Psychology

(Credits: 3.00)

This course provides a broad overview of the bi-directional relationship between psychology and physical health. Students will examine the psychological influences on how people stay healthy, why they become ill, and how they respond and cope with stress and illness, among other topics. This course may be used toward an advanced core certificate. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or department consent.

PS 290 - Social Psychology

(Credits: 3.00)

This course explores the influence of social and cultural factors on individual behavior. It provides an overview of classic and contemporary theories in social psychology. Course topics include: social perception, attitude-behavior consistency, conformity and obedience, group dynamics, and prejudice and aggression. Studying the relationship between the individual and society affords a commingling of psychological and sociological perspectives. This course is also listed under SC 202. Prerequisite: PS 101, sophomore standing.

PS 302 - Human Sexuality

(Credits: 3.00)

This course is an introduction to the study of human sexuality from a psychological perspective. Students explore the diversity of issues surrounding human sexuality and focus on individual, couple, and social levels of understanding. Theories and empirical data are examined and critiqued. Prerequisite: PS 201, at least sophomore standing.

PS 303 - Psychological Research Methods and Advanced Statistics

(Credits: 4.00)

The course provides students with skills necessary for evaluating current research. Major emphasis is placed on procedures used in identifying an appropriate design for the collection and interpretation of data. The laboratory offers experiential exercises in the design, execution, analysis, and reporting of research. Prerequisite: PS 101, MT 120.

PS 304 - Experimental Psychology

(Credits: 4.00)

The course provides the student with an introduction to the techniques, major theories, and research findings of experimental psychology. Topics include perception, learning, memory, and cognition. Students will design and perform an original research project. Prerequisite: MT 120, PS 101, PS 303.

PS 308 - Personality Theory

(Credits: 3.00)

The course is designed to acquaint students with major theories and current research, including the interaction of culture, ethnicity, and gender on the development of personality. Emphasis is placed on understanding how personality influences behavior. Psychodynamic, humanistic, and behavioral perspectives, among other topics, are surveyed. Prerequisite: PS 101.

PS 309 - Psychopathology

(Credits: 3.00)

The course studies the causes, symptoms, diagnostic criteria, and treatment of psychopathology. Topics are organized around DSM's major categories of mental illness. Prerequisite: PS 101; PS 308 is recommended..

PS 320 - Counseling and Psychotherapy

(Credits: 3.00)

This course is designed to acquaint the student with the major theories, principles, and techniques of counseling and therapy. The course includes discussion and role-play of counseling and psychotherapy situations. Prerequisite: PS 101; PS 308 and PS 309 are recommended..

PS 325 - Psychological Testing

(Credits: 3.00)

The course provides the student with an introduction to the theory and practice of psychological testing. This course covers general intelligence, special aptitudes, achievement, and personality tests. Current issues including test bias and approaches to testing minority group members are discussed. Prerequisite: PS 101, junior/senior status.

PS 354 - Biological Psychology

(Credits: 3.00)

This course focuses on the study of the central nervous system. Emphasis is placed on how the brain influences cognitive functions such as learning and memory, behaviors such as eating, and disorders including depression and schizophrenia. Prerequisite: PS 101.

PS 355 - History and Systems of Psychology

(Credits: 3.00)

This course focuses on the history of psychology in terms of the development of psychological theory from early philosophical systems of thought to the status of contemporary theories and systems of psychology. The influence of other scientific fields and historical events on the advancement of psychology is studied. Prerequisite: PS 303, senior standing.

PS 400 - Independent Study

(Credits: 1.00 - 3.00)

The course provides the student with individual reading and/or research under the guidance of a faculty member. Students have the opportunity to pursue, in depth, topics of personal interest. Prerequisite: PS 101, junior/senior status, GPA of 3.0 in psychology, written consent of the instructor and written consent of the department chair.

PS 403 - Fieldwork: Internship in Psychology

(Credits: 3.00)

This course offers the student practical experience at local centers and agencies that promote psychological health and well-being. Supervision of students is shared by the Psychology Department and by the cooperating facilities. Students spend approximately four to five hours per week at their fieldwork placement. Weekly class meetings are also required. This course may be repeated for a maximum of six credit hours for two semesters. Prerequisite: Major/minor in psychology, junior/senior status, consent of the instructor. PS 309 is recommended..

PS 405 - History and Systems of Psychology

(Credits: 3.00)

This course focuses on the history of psychology in terms of the development of psychological theory from early philosophical systems of thought to the status of contemporary theories and systems of psychology. The influence of other scientific fields and historical events on the advancement of psychology is studied. Prerequisite: PS 303, senior standing.

PS 410 - Senior Seminar

(Credits: 3.00)

This course provides the student with an integrating experience in the techniques and interpretation of research through the intensive study of a selected topic. A written report and a formal presentation of the project are required. Prerequisite: Senior standing in psychology.