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PSY 101 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY / 3 credits 

An overview of the scientific study of behavior, and its causes, prediction, and control.

PSY 182 TOPICS IN PSYCHOLOGY / 3 credits

Examination of a selected area of psychological research or applied psychology. Prerequisite: PSY 101.

PSY 220 PSYCHOLOGY OF WOMEN AND GENDER / 3 credits

Survey of theory and research on the meaning of gender and its impact on women’s development.

PSY 225 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY / 3 credits

A holistic approach to the study of individuals interacting with other individuals and groups within social, psychological, and cultural environments. Prerequisite: PSY 101.

PSY 235 STATISTICS FOR THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES / 3 credits

An introduction to descriptive and inferential techniques for analyzing research data. Topics covered include central tendency, variability, distributions, Z-scores, analysis of variance, correlation, regression, and nonparametric tests of significance. Prerequisite: MTH 101.

PSY 240 INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH METHODS / 3 credits

Study of research methods in the behavioral sciences. Students are introduced to basic design and practical procedures in carrying out research, as well as ethical considerations in gathering data. Prerequisites: PSY 235.

PSY 290 HUMAN DEVELOPMENT / 3 credits 

Study of the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development of the individual from birth through adulthood. Prerequisite: PSY 101. (Same as EDU 290).

PSY 310 CHILD AND ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT / 3 credits

Examination of the development processes from conception through adolescence. Topics include physical, cognitive, social, and personality development from the perspective of the major theories of the field. In addition, students will focus on cultural and educational issues that arise from the study of the development of children and adolescents. Prerequisites: PSY 101.

PSY 318 BIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY / 3 credits

Examination of the underlying brain mechanisms responsible for behavior. Topics include research methods used to study the brain, functional organization of the nervous system, properties of neurons, sensory and motor systems, and neural mechanisms related to memory, language, emotion, and intelligence. Prerequisite: PSY 101.

PSY 332 HISTORY AND SYSTEMS OF PSYCHOLOGY / 3 credits 

Study of the evolution of modern psychology from its origins in philosophy and natural science to contemporary thought in psychology. Prerequisite: PSY 101.

PSY 335 ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY / 3 credits

Examination of the definition and etiology of major types of psychological disorders from the perspective of several psychological theories. Attention is given to their diagnosis, assessment, treatment, and related ethical concerns. Prerequisite: PSY 101.

PSY 338 PERSONALITY PSYCHOLOGY / 3 credits

Study of contemporary theory, research, and assessment in personality. Prerequisite: PSY 101.

PSY 339 LEARNING AND COGNITION / 3 credits

Examination of the major theories of learning and cognition and identification of a variety of research tools useful in understanding thinking, learning, and teaching. Prerequisite: PSY 101.

PSY 340 INTERMEDIATE RESEARCH METHODS / 3 credits

Continuation of the statistical concepts acquired in PSY 235 and experimental methods acquired in PSY 240. Students will learn the advanced tools needed to engage in and evaluate research specific to the social sciences. Specifically, they will design and collect data using a variety of research methods and analyze data employing advanced statistical analysis. Prerequisites: PSY 235 and 240.

PSY 345 HUMAN SEXUALITY ACROSS THE LIFESPAN / 3 credits

Examination of human sexuality from psychological, biological, behavioral, social, and historical perspectives. Prerequisite: PSY 101.

PSY 382 TOPICS IN PSYCHOLOGY / 3 credits

Examination of a selected area of psychological research or applied psychology. Prerequisite: PSY 101.

PSY 399 PSYCHOLOGY INTERNATIONAL STUDIES COURSE: Variable topics / 1 credit

Study of varying topics in psychology. Includes a 2-week Nichols trip. Prerequisites will vary.

PSY 410 PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING / 3 credits

A study of the nature and theory of individual and group tests of intelligence, personality, interests and attitudes. Prerequisite: PSY 235, PSY 240. 

PSY 443 SENIOR INTERNSHIP / 3 credits 

A capstone course for psychology majors. Students will gain field experience through direct, supervised contact with professionals in psychology and related fields. In addition to on-site responsibilities, students will write a comprehensive paper integrating the field experience and psychological theory and formally present the paper in an open forum. Prerequisites/corequisites: PSY 235, 240, 332, 340, and permission of instructor.

PSY 450 INDEPENDENT STUDY / variable credit

Study of selected topics in psychology. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor and junior or senior standing.

PSY 485 SENIOR THESIS / 3 credits

A seminar-based capstone course for psychology majors. Students will design and conduct individual research projects that may be suitable for submission to journals or presentations at conferences. Students are guided through the research process on a topic of their choice, designing a study, gathering and analyzing data, and writing the results in an APA-formatted research report. Prerequisites/corequisites: PSY 235, PSY 240, PSY 340, and permission of instructor.

PSY 486 SENIOR THESIS II / 3 credits

A continuation of PSY 485. Students can continue to work on research they began in PSY 485. Prerequisite: PSY 485 and permission of instructor.