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Psychology

Course Descriptions

PSY 101: General Psychology 3-0-3
This course is an introduction to the nature and scope of the field of psychology as a scientific and human endeavor. Focus is on the historic development of the field; biological and developmental processes; consciousness and perceptions; learning, remembering, and thinking; motivation and emotion; personality and individuality; social behavior; stress and coping; and psychopathology and psychotherapy. (FA, SP, SU)

PSY201 Child Growth and Development 3-0-3
This course presents the development of children from the point of conception through adolescence. Focus is on biological, cognitive, and emotional processes, and the social contexts of development. The framework of the course is topical, examining physical, perceptual, cognitive, language, emotional, and social development from conception through adolescence. (FA, SP)

PSY 205: Human Lifespan Development 3-0-3
This course is designed to present the study of human development throughout the life span. Study includes the four domains of development: physical, cognitive, and psychosocial. Major theories, the influence of genetics, and prenatal development will be examined. The framework of the course is chronological, dividing the life span into seven parts: infancy, early childhood, middle childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, middle adulthood, late adulthood and the end of life. (FA, SP)

PSY 210: Introduction to Social Psychology 3-0-3
PSY 210 presents an overview of social behavior and cognitive processes with emphasis on such topics as the person in the situation, social cognition, the self, persuasion, social influence, affiliation and friendship, love and romantic relationships, prosocial behavior, aggression, prejudice, group behavior, and social dilemmas. (SP)

PSY 215 Health Psychology and Bio-Feedback 3-0-3
This course is an overview of the educational, scientific, and professional contributions of psychology to the promotion and maintenance of health and the prevention and treatment of illness. It explores the biopsychosocial model of health in relation to how people stay healthy, why they become ill, and how they respond to illness. It will also introduce students to bio-feedback via actual training with bio-feedback equipment.

PSY 221: Psychology of Personality Adjustment 3-0-3
PSY 221 is an introduction to contemporary and classic theories of personality and an exploration of how each theory explains the psychological process of adjustment. Students examine basic approaches to personality, including trait, biological, psychoanalytical, phenomenological, behaviorist, and cognitive and examine basic research methodology employed by personality theorists. (SP)

PSY 230: Cross-Cultural Psychology 3-0-3
This course covers issues of culture as related to topics in psychology. It includes the study of several cultures and the effect of culture on psychological processes including but not limited to personality, language, cognition, sex & gender, parenting, intelligence, education, neural development, and counseling. The course explores the relationship between culture, behavior, and human development. Research methodology will also be covered. This course will occasionally incorporate a cross-cultural experience. (IN)

PSY 250 Abnormal Psychology 3-0-3
This course is an introduction and overview of a wide range of psychological disorders. Focus is on the history and definition of psychological disorders, theoretical perspectives on psychological disorders, and the causes, symptoms, and treatment of psychological disorders. Prerequisites: PSY 101. (SP)

PSY 250H Abnormal Psychology Honors 3-0-3
This course is an introduction and overview of a wide range of psychological disorders. Focus is on the history and definition of psychological disorders, theoretical perspectives on psychological disorders, and the causes, symptoms, and treatment of psychological disorders.