to such topics as intelligence, personality, motivation, adjustment, and the application of psychology in various fields.
PSY 143. Human Growth and Development. 3 hours credit, fall, spring
The physical, mental, emotional, and social development of the human individual from conception to death. Application of the principles of social
work (person in the environment) and psychology to form an understanding of human growth with major emphasis on understanding child and
adolescent behaviors. Required for all psychology majors and any student certifying to teach.
PSY 233. Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences. 3 hours credit, fall.
This course provides a foundation in the application and interpretation of basic statistics for the behavioral sciences. Topics include: Computer
based applications and statistical packages, data and research, types of data, measurement scales, graphical representation and notation, measures
of central tendency and variability, normal distributions, sampling distributions and probability, descriptive measures, inferential statistics when
comparing groups, correlation and prediction, and simple parametric and non-parametric measures. Application of methods to professional
practice will be stressed.
PSY 243. History and Systems. 3 hours credit, spring, odd years.
Study and discussion of the major theoretical and historical foundations of modern Psychology. Individuals who have influenced the development
of Psychology will be reviewed.
PSY 323. Adolescent Psychology. 3 hours credit, spring
Designed to survey the sequence and nature of adolescent development by studying principles related to the areas of emotional, intellectual,
social, cognitive, moral and physical development. Resources in the local community that can aid youth and their parents or adult persons working
with them will be identified. Age span included is from the middle-school age through the high-school age student. Prerequisite: PSY 143 or
permission of instructor.
PSY 333. Theories of Personality. 3 hours credit, odd years, fall
Theories of personality development and the varying degrees of emphasis placed upon such factors as environment, heredity, or learning.
Prerequisite: PSY 113 or permission of instructor.
PSY 343. Abnormal Psychology. 3 hours credit, odd years, spring
Study of abnormal behavior patterns, as well as theories that seek to explain such behavior, with an emphasis on treatment as well as diagnosis.
The use of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders will be taught. Prerequisite: 12 hours of psychology or permission of instructor.
PSY 383. Physiological Psychology. 3 hours credit, fall, even years.
The goal of this course is to familiarize students with the nervous system and behavioral correlates of nervous system activity. Topics include
form and function of the nervous system, the various scientific methods used to research brain and behavior, the various arguments for and against
animal and human research as related to areas of study within psychology, the behavioral and neural correlates of drug addiction, motivation,
sexual behavior, emotion, sensation and perception, learning, memory, and psychological disorders. Prerequisites: PSY 113, PSY 143.
PSY 403. Adult Development and Aging. 3 hours credit, odd years, fall
A study of the psychological, religious and sociological aspects of major transition phases in adult development. Topics include selecting a
mate, meshing of personalities in marriage, the first child, teen-parent interactions, marriages of children, empty nest, retirement, adjustment to
grandchildren, and the special conditions of serious illness, death and divorce. Prerequisite: PSY 143.
PSY 423. Counseling. 3 hours credit, odd years, spring
An introductory study of the opportunities, responsibilities, and ethical considerations of counseling; utilizing the strengths perspective and
integrating the primary theoretical intervention strategies of Psychodynamic, Adlerian, Humanistic, Person-Centered, Existential, Gestalt,
Behavioral, Cognitive-Behavioral, Transtheoretical, Cognitive-Interpersonal, Multimodal, and Transpersonal. Prerequisites: PSY 113 or PSY 143;
junior standing, or permission of instructor.70
PSY 433. Social Science Research. 3 hours credit, even years, spring
Introduction to the use of the scientific method in general social science research. Consideration given to formulation of problems, techniques
of gathering data, presentation and interpretation of research findings. Prerequisite: PSY 233 + 6 hours of psychology or permission of instructor.
PSY 443. Learning and Memory. 3 hours credit, odd years, spring
A detailed study of the behavioral processes and mechanisms underlying Pavlovian and Operant conditioning, extinction, and memory.
Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing or permission of instructor.
PSY 473. Social Psychology. 3 hours credit, fall, even years.
The scientific study of how people think about, influence, and relate to one another. Topics include social thinking, values, conformity, persuasion,
group influences, prejudice, aggression, altruism, conflict and peacemaking. Prerequisite: PSY 113.
PSY 474. Psychology and Christianity. 3 hours credit, odd years, fall.
This course will review several models of integrating psychology and Christianity. Relationships between science and religion will be examined.
Areas of focus will include competing worldviews, how the nature of man is defined and subsequent implications surrounding the process of
healing. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing; permission of the instructor.
PSY 485. Testing and Measurement. 3 hours credit, spring, even years.
An introduction to the major concepts involved in educational testing and measurement. Topics include: The historical context of assessment,
integration of ACA ethics in research and testing, a review of basic statistical procedures, methods of interpretation, impact of individual variance,
the practical administration of tests, challenges to validity and reliability and the utilization of assessment within a profession. Students will be
exposed to a variety of clinical and psychological tests. Emphasis is placed on aspects that are important to the professional as a consumer of
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