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Instructional Area

Psychology (PSYC)


Instructional Area | Course Numbering System | Course Punctuation

PSYC 2300:

Selected Topics in Psychology
Cr. 3. (3-3-0).
Topics in psychology; will vary each semester.

PSYC 2301:

Introduction to Psychology
Cr. 3. (3-3-0).
Survey of Introductory topics such as learning, memory, sensation and perception, personality, life-span development, psychological basis of behavior, stress and health, psychological disorders, social psychology and research methods.

PSYC 3310:

Industrial Organizational Psychology
Cr. 3. (3-3-0).
Applications of psychological theory and methodology to the problems of recruiting, selecting, training, and motivating individuals in organizational settings.

PSYC 3314:

Physiological Psychology
Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite: PSYC 2301.
Examination of the relationship between brain processes and behavior.

PSYC 3315:

Statistics for the Social Sciences
Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisites: 3 s.h. of college algebra.
Descriptive and inferential statistics used in the social sciences.

PSYC 3316:

Child and Adolescent Development
Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite: PSYC 2301
Physical, cognitive, and social development in children through adolescence; factors affecting the developmental process.

PSYC 3317:

Adult Development and Gerontology
Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite: PSYC 2301
Physical cognitive, and social development in adulthood through elder years; factors affecting the developmental process.

PSYC 4102: 4302:

Independent Study
Cr. 1 or 3 per semester or more than 3 by concurrent enrollment. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

PSYC 4300:

Selected Topics in Psychology
Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisites: PSYC 2301 and consent of instructor. May be repeated when topics vary.

PSYC 4305:

Internship
Cr. 3. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.
Provides students with opportunities to participate in a work setting or research project with appropriate agencies or entities in the field of psychology.

PSYC 4310:

Tests and Measurements
Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisites: PSYC 2301 and PSYC 3315.
Norms, reliability, validity, and critical analysis of tests used in psychology and education.

PSYC 4311:

Abnormal Psychology
Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite: PSYC 2301.
Analysis of maladaptive behavior; historical and current trends in diagnosis and treatment.

PSYC 4312:

Social Psychology
Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite: PSYC 2301.
The psychology of social influence. Includes topics such as social persuasion, interpersonal attraction, aggression, and prejudice.

PSYC 4313

Introduction to Clinical Psychology
Cr. 3. (3-3-0).
Theory and practice of clinical psychology. Psychological assessment, theories of psychotherapy and professional issues. Preview of graduate training in clinical psychology.

PSYC 4314:

History and Systems
Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite: PSYC 2301.
Philosophical, theoretical and conceptual issues in psychology, and major schools of thought within the field.

PSYC 4316:

Psychology of Personality
Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite: PSYC 2301.
Major contributors and theories of personality development; examination of applications to current social situations.

PSYC 4317:

Human Sexuality
Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Physical, psychological, emotional and socio-cultural aspects of sexuality.

PSYC 4318:

Research Methods for the Social Sciences
Cr. 3 (3-3-0). Prerequisites: PSYC 3315.
Research design and statistical analyses used in the social sciences.

PSYC 4319:

Psychology of Happiness
Cr. 3. (3-3-0).
The course examines a new area of psychology called positive psychology that involves the emotional states, traits, and institutions that facilitate well-being. It also explores strategies for enhancing happiness and well-being.

PSYC 4320:

Principles of Learning
Cr. 3. (3-3-0).
Approaches to learning, memory, and motivation in humans; theory and application of learning principles.

PSYC 4328:

Principles of Psychopharmacology
Cr. 3. (3-3-0).
An overview of principles of psychotropic drug action; behavioral and cognitive effects of currently used medications for major psychiatric disorders and those of historical significance.

PSYC 4330:

Stress and Health
Cr. 3. (3-3-0).
Examines the relationship between stress and health. Explores strategies for effective stress coping and making lifestyle changes to enhance health and wellness.

PSYC 4332:

Substance Abuse and Dependence
Cr. 3. (3-3-0).
Introduction of contemporary perspectives on addictive behavior with emphasis on the study of substance abuse, dependence and addiction. (Formerly: Psychology of Addiction)

PSYC 4334:

Psychology of Women
Cr. 3. (3-3-0).
Introduces perspectives on the psychology of women, including the historical contributions of women psychologists.

PSYC 6300:

Selected Topics in Psychology
Cr. 3. (3-3-0). May be repeated when topics vary.

PSYC 6302:

Independent Study
Cr. 3 per semester or more than 3 by concurrent enrollment. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

PSYC 6303:

Counseling Psychology Practicum
Cr. 3. Prerequisites: PSYC 6321, PSYC 6330, PSYC 6333, PSYC 6335, PSYC 6337and consent of instructor.
Counseling psychology supervised field experience in counseling and/or assessment. (Formerly PSY 6303)

PSYC 6304:

Practicum in Forensic Psychology
Cr. 3. Prerequisites: PSYC 6335 and consent of instructor. Enrollment limited. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 semester hours with approval of instructor.

PSYC 6305:

School Psychology Internship
Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisites: All other program coursework; Passage of the Comprehensive Exams and Praxis II Exam
The culminating experience in the school psychology professional training program that provides a supervised opportunity to practice professional skills in a school setting.

PSYC 6308-6309:

Master’s Thesis
Cr. 3 per semester. Prerequisites: PSYC 6326 and 9 additional s.h. of graduate psychology.

PSYC 6315:

Advanced Learning
Cr. 3. (3-3-0).
Review of research in classical and contemporary learning theory. Principles of application and ethics.

PSYC 6319:

Vocational Psychology and Career Counseling
Cr. 3. (3-3-0) Prerequisite: Admission to masters program in Psychology and/or consent of instructor.
Theories of vocational and career choice, relationship to lifestyle; sources of occupational and educational information, and the career decision-making process. Includes career development through life stages. (Formerly: Educational and Career Decision Making)

 

PSYC 6321:

Advanced Abnormal Psychology
Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite: PSYC 4311, and admission to masters program in Psychology, or consent of instructor.
Theories, processes and issues related to the development, evaluation and classification of maladaptive behavior patterns using the current DSM.

PSYC 6324:

Techniques of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy
Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisites: PSYC 6334 Theories & Issues in Psychotherapy
An intermediate course that prepares students to work with children and adolescents through exploration of a variety of evidence-based therapeutic methods and techniques with children and adolescents.

PSYC 6326:

Advanced Research Methods
Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite: PSYC 3315, PSYC 4318, and admission to Master’s Program in Psychology.
Advanced research design and statistical analyses used in the social sciences; directed research. (Formerly Empirical Methods)

PSYC 6327:

Assessment for Forensic Psychology
Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisites: Admission to MA program in Forensic Psychology and successful completion of PSYC 6336 and PSYC 6337.
Selection, administration and interpretation of psychological tests used for forensic populations.

PSYC 6328:

Biological Psychology
Cr. 3. (3-3-0).
Structure and function of CNS, neuropsychology, perception, behavioral genetics, and psychopharmacology.

PSYC 6329:

Principles and Application of Psychopharmacology
Cr. 3. (3-3-0).
Drug action; behavioral and cognitive effects of medications/drugs of abuse commonly seen in clinical practice. Develop skills necessary to remain current in clinical settings.

PSYC 6330:

Life-Span Developmental Psychology
Cr. 3. (3-3-0).
Theory and research of successive life changes and challenges across the life span of the individual.

PSYC 6331:

Multicultural Psychotherapy
Cr. 3. (3-3-0) Prerequisites: PSYC 6334 or COUN 6327.
Multicultural issues in theory, practice and research. Emphasis on developing skills for more effective psychotherapy with persons from a variety of cultural/racial/ethnic groups.

PSYC 6332:

Advanced Social Psychology
Cr. 3. (3-3-0).
Theory and research of social influence.

PSYC 6333:

Ethics and Practice of Psychology
Cr. 3. (3-3-0).
Professional orientation to the roles, ethical and legal standards of practice in school psychology and counseling psychology. (Formerly: Psychology and the Law)

PSYC 6334:

Theories and Issues in Psychotherapy
Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite: Admission to masters program in psychology.
Examination of the major schools of psychotherapy including theory, process, issues, and efficacy.

PSYC 6335:

Techniques of Psychotherapy
Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite: PSYC 6334.
Therapy skills introduced through didactic, demonstration and experiential learning situations. Students will be rated on oral communication and clinical skills in application of various techniques.

PSYC 6336:

Introduction to Assessment
Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite: Admission to masters program in psychology.
Intake interviewing, behavioral observations, administration and interpretation of standardized intellectual and achievement tests, writing evaluations.

PSYC 6337:

Advanced Assessment
Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisites: Admission to masters program in psychology and PSYC 6336.
Administration, scoring and interpretation of personality tests and specific diagnostic tests.

PSYC 6338:

Group Psychotherapy
Cr. 3. (3-30). Prerequisite: PSYC 6335.
Theory and techniques of group psychotherapy; emphasis on process.

PSYC 6339:

Theory and Techniques of Family Therapy
Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite: PSYC 6334 or COUN 6327.
An introduction to family therapy; theories and techniques of the major approaches; application to multiple settings; ethical issues.

PSYC 6340:

School Consultation
Cr. 3. (3-3-0).
Examines the process and practices of school consultation. Required for LSSP.

PSYC 6341:

Behavior Management
Cr. 3. (3-3-0).
The application of learning principles to conduct behavioral assessments and design behavioral management programs in school and home environments.

PSYC 6343

Advanced Forensic Psychology
Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisites: Admission to graduate study in Psychology or Criminal Justice, or permission of instructor.
Includes topics such as understanding behavior and legal issues in penal settings, criminal settings, tort settings. Will also cover basic ethical and professional issues and roles for psychologist.

PSYC 6344:

Ethics & Profession of School Psychology
Cr. 3. Prerequisite: Admissions to the School Psychology Graduate Program.
Introduces the student to the history, practice, credentials and ethics of school psychology.

PSYC 6345:

Integrated School-Based Assessment I
Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite: PSYC 6336 Introduction to Assessment
An intermediate course that prepares students for integrated psycho-educational assessment in school psychology with an emphasis on attentional, social, behavioral and emotional functioning.

PSYC 6346:

Integrated School-Based Assessment II
Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisites: PSYC 6336 Introduction to Assessment, PSYC 6345 Integrated School Based Assessment I; Co-requisite: School Psychology Practicum in Assessment.
An advanced course that prepares students for integrated psycho-educational assessment in school psychology with an emphasis on neurological functioning, low-incidence disorders, and preschool children. (Replaces PSY 6342)

PSYC 6347:

Seminar in Professional Behavior in School Psychology
Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite: The Ethics & Profession of School Psychology & both School Psychology Practica
An advanced course that prepares students for comprehensive exams, licensure, internship and professional practice as school psychologists.

PSYC 6348:

School Psychology Practicum in Consultation
Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisites: PSYC 6334 & PSYC 6335 and consent of instructor, enrollment limited.
Field based opportunity for consultation in school psychology.

PSYC 6349:

School Psychology Practicum in Assessment
Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisites: PSYC 6336, PSYC 6337, PSYC 6342 and consent of instructor.
Enrollment limited.
Field-based experience for students to use skills in data-based decision-making in school psychology.

PSYC 6399:

Selected Topics in Forensic Psychology
Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisites: Admission to MA program in Forensic Psychology or consent of instructor. May be repeated when topics vary.