Psychology Courses

PS 101 - General Psychology

(Credits: 3.00)

This course is an introduction to psychology as the science of behavior and mental processes. Students are 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)

This course is a comprehensive survey of the stages of human development. The focus of the course is on theories of the biological, cognitive, and psycho-social aspects of development and the research that supports and critiques these theories. Stability and change and similarities and differences of human experience 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 investigation of older adulthood and elements of the death and dying process.

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 provides an introduction to the theories, research, and relevant methodologies surrounding gender studies along with an historical and sociocultural survey of women’s and men’s movements. A critical analysis of the social construction and consequences of gender and gender role behavior will be specifically explored. Contemporary social issues involving gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation will be discussed. This course will explore both the similarities and differences of people based on gender, ethnicity, culture, and social mores. 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 will be explored, as well as the current issues in this area. This topic will be examined from a cross-cultural, historical, and sociocultural perspective and be 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 will explore the diversity of issues surrounding human sexuality and focus on individual, couple, and social levels of understanding. Theories and empirical data will be examined and critiqued. Prerequisite: PS 101, at least sophomore standing.

PS 275 - Cross Cultural Psychology

(Credits: 3.00)

This course examines the similarities and differences that exist between cultures on a variety of psychological topics (e.g., cognition, emotion, personality, gender). Methodology and theories used in cross-cultural research will be studied. Students will have the opportunity to explore their own membership in various cultures and the effect of culture on personal development and world views. 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 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)

This course studies the causes, symptoms, diagnostic criteria, and treatment of psychopathology. Topics are organized around DSM's major categories of mental disorders. 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 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 404 - Independent Study: Research

(Credits: 3.00)

This course provides students 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 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 students 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: PS 304 and senior standing in psychology.

PSY 533 - Research Methods and Statistics

(Credits: 3.00)

This course focuses on the methods used by psychologists to study and understand behavior. Emphasis is placed on research design, execution, and statistical analysis of data. Ethical and legal issues will be addressed.

PSY 536 - Ethics, Professional Standards and Legal Issues

(Credits: 3.00)

This course focuses on the ethical, legal, and professional standards and principles that govern the practice of psychology. Topics include the ACA Code of Ethics, the APA Ethical Principles, state regulations, and issues related to professional practice and delivery of services.

PSY 538 - Personality Psychology

(Credits: 3.00)

This course is designed to give students a working knowledge of major personality theories and familiarity with contemporary research on personality. The influence of biological and cultural factors on the development of personality also is addressed.

PSY 541 - Psychopathology

(Credits: 3.00)

This course provides an overview of theoretical, practical and empirical information relevant to psychopathology and abnormal behavior. Approaches to diagnosis, with an emphasis on the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, and the role of cultural, social and developmental factors will be discussed.

PSY 542 - Theories of Psychological Treatment

(Credits: 3.00)

This course familiarizes students with the predominant theories, principles, and techniques of counseling and psychotherapy. Emphasis is on obtaining an understanding of bias embedded in theory, evidenced-based status and cultural diversity.

PSY 543 - Foundations of Psychology

(Credits: 3.00)

This course focuses on the historical, philosophical, physiological, and experimental influences on the founding and development of psychology and modern mental health perspectives. Major schools of thought and influential figures are discussed.

PSY 545 - Assessment I

(Credits: 3.00)

This course is designed to provide students with general principles of assessment. Administration, scoring, and interpretation of verbal and nonverbal cognitive tests, with emphasis on the Wechsler scales of intelligence, are covered. Rationale, theory, and standardization of intelligence tests as well as the role of culture in assessment and testing also are discussed. Prerequisite: PSY 541.

PSY 547 - Theories and Techniques of Individual Psychotherapy and Counseling

(Credits: 3.00)

This course familiarizes students with the predominant modes of empirically-based psychotherapies. Emphasis is on obtaining an understanding of the underlying theories as well as learning psychotherapy techniques. Issues related to treatment of diverse client populations also are discussed.

PSY 549 - Assessment II

(Credits: 3.00)

This course focuses on broad assessment of the individual in diagnostic context. Topics included mental status testing, interviewing, report writing, diagnostic formulation, and treatment planning. Psychological testing techniques and knowledge from Assessment I are extended to non-cognitive tests, including the use of objective personality tests and symptom inventories. Prerequisite: PSY 545.

PSY 550 - Substance Related Disorders

(Credits: 3.00)

This course focuses on the diagnosis, conceptualization, and treatment of substance-related disorders. There will be a primary focus on exploring how substance use and addiction processes develop and are maintained. Biological, cultural and behavioral theories related to these disorders will be explored, with an emphasis on using motivational interviewing techniques in therapy.

PSY 551 - Multicultural Issues in Clinical Psychology

(Credits: 3.00)

This course is designed to develop a comprehensive understanding of diverse cultures as related to clinical research and practice. Theory and research are examined to provide an understanding of the interplay among cultural stereotyping, oppression, and racism, and concepts of pathology and treatment. Culturally responsive clinical strategies are emphasized.

PSY 552 - Internship Seminar I

(Credits: 1.50)

This course consists of weekly class meetings and experiential exercises on practical and professional issues, including placement selection, supervision issues, ethical and legal issues, treatment records, and assessment and diagnosis. This course will assist clinical psychology students in integrating and applying knowledge, values, and skills taught in the classroom to practicum experiences.

PSY 553 - Internship I

(Credits: 4.00)

Internship I involves the completion of a supervised clinical experience. Each 3 credits of internship involves accumulating 300 hours of supervised practice experiences, including 120 hours of face-to-face client contact and one hour per week of individual or triadic supervision by a qualified on-site clinical supervisor. Students register for Internship II after completion of Internship I.

PSY 555 - Theories and Techniques of Group Psychotherapy and Counseling

(Credits: 3.00)

This course focuses on different group therapeutic strategies using discussion of theory and experiential learning in the classroom. Group therapy, family therapy, mental health consultation and education, and community psychology are covered

PSY 556 - Internship Seminar II

(Credits: 1.50)

This course is a continuation of Practicum Seminar I. It provides students with the theoretical and practical aspects of training in clinical psychology. Students will discuss their cases, interpretations, insights, use of DSM, intervention strategies, ethical and multicultural issues, and other topics related to their practica. This course will assist clinical students in integrating and applying knowledge, values, and skills taught in the classroom to practicum experiences.

PSY 557 - Biological Bases of Behavior

(Credits: 3.00)

This course covers the biological underpinnings and development of human behavior and mentation from embryonic inception to end of life. Topics examined from this biodevelopmental approach include neural and neurological organization, genetic/cultural interactions, homeostasis, consciousness, temperament and personality, gender and sexuality, emotions and stress, learning and memory, language and cognition, and psychopathology.

PSY 559 - Internship II

(Credits: 4.00)

Students register for Internship II after completion of Internship I. Each 3 credits of internship involves accumulating 300 hours of supervised practice experiences, including 120 hours of face-to-face client contact and one hour per week of individual or triadic supervision by a qualified on-site clinical supervisor. Prerequisite: PSY 553.

PSY 570 - Career Development

(Credits: 3.00)

This course reviews major career development theories and commonly used occupational and educational guidance resources (traditional and electronic). Readings and case studies are used to generate discussions to demonstrate competencies needed to engage and counsel, using a developmental model that spans elementary through college students, displaced workers, and a variety of diverse populations.

PSY 572 - Crisis and Trauma Counseling

(Credits: 3.00)

This course focuses on crisis and trauma counseling. This includes the psychological, physiological, and neurobiological impact of trauma and crisis. An overview of the skills and techniques for assessing and intervening in specific crisis or trauma situations, including suicide assessment and intervention, are presented.

PSY 580 - Practicum

(Credits: 3.00)

The clinical practicum provides students with their first clinical field experiences under the direction of licensed supervisors. A wide variety of field placement sites are available and group supervision is simultaneously provided by university faculty. Students learn to apply knowledge from previous coursework to real world clinical situations and face-to-face client interactions. The practicum starts with clinical shadowing and gradually works to more autonomous levels of practice as the student progresses to the clinical internship class.

PSY 590 - 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 will have the opportunity to pursue, in depth, topics of personal interest. Prerequisite: GPA of 3.0 in program, written consent of the instructor and written consent of the department chair.

PSY 595 - Supervised Research

(Credits: 1.00)

This course will require students to conduct an extensive review of the literature and write a graduate-level research paper. Students will demonstrate their ability to locate empirically-based research in area being studied, demonstrate the ability to organize this scholarly information in a cohesive manner, and demonstrate the utility of the research being discussed in facilitating understanding of the primary research topic. Prerequisite: PSY 533.

PSY 599 - Thesis

(Credits: 3.00 - 3.00)

Students will design and implement an empirical study on a topic of their choosing. They will complete a written thesis manuscript (including an Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion) and oral defense. Completion of the course will require receiving final approval from their thesis committee members and the program director.