Course Descriptions

View Bachelor of Science in Psychology course descriptions below.

Major Course Descriptions

Students examine the basic facts and principles of psychology.

This course includes skills for critical evaluation of professional and public literature in psychology; APA writing; and introductory concepts in psychological statistics, research methods, and interpretation of data.

This course is a survey of theories and current research into the development of the human organism across the entire lifespan.

Overview of the biological origins of behavior postulating that all emotions, thought processes and behaviors are grounded in biology.

Prerequisite: PSYC 1301

This course examines qualitative methods appropriate for phenomenological, observational, and ethnological content in psychological and behavioral research. The course may not be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: PSYC 1301 and PSYC 2320

This course examines the psychology of normality and variations, including character disorders, substance abuse, sexual deviations, neuroses, psychoses, techniques, and theories.

Prerequisites: PSYC 1301 and 3 semester hours of PSYC. May be taken as a CLST elective.

This course studies individual behavior and attitudes as influenced by other individuals and groups, and considers conformity, mass media, attitude formation and change, attraction, aggression, prejudice, and behavior in groups.

Prerequisites: PSYC 1301 or SOC 1311. May be taken as a Cultural Studies elective.

This course studies the theories of personality, with current research and applications to adult life. It explores therapeutic techniques of theorists and examines growth and mental health of adult personality changes.

Prerequisite: PSYC 1301

This course examines a variety of research methodologies relevant to the behavioral and social sciences. The course prepares students to critically analyze and apply research methods, explores validity, reliability, and other components of scientific research including basic procedures and designs, laboratory apparatus, and treatment of data.

Prerequisites: PSCY 1301, PSYC 2320, and MATH 1304

This survey course examines how psychological theory applies in multicultural contexts. The course also examines professional and social issues of psychotherapy, including ethics and public policy. This is a writing intensive course. PSYC 3385 may be taken as a Cultural Studies elective.

Prerequisite: PSYC 1301

This course examines psychological principles as they are applied to the industrial/organizational environment. Application of theory related to personnel selection, work environment, personality, motivation, and legal issues related to the work milieu will be investigated. This course may not be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: PSYC 1301, PSYC 3380, and MATH 1304

This course will examine the various theoretical models including classical conditioning, operant conditioning, and social/observational learning that contribute to relatively permanent changes in behavior. Laboratory work, using current learning software, will provide hands-on demonstration of the theories discussed in lecture and text.

Prerequisites: PSYC 3381 and PSYC 3384

This course emphasizes the use of experimental control and analysis of data for reporting experimental results in the psychological study of human and non-human behavior in a professional manner. Attention is also given to the philosophy of science, formulating research questions, and selecting appropriate statistical tests. This course may not be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: PSYC 1301, PSYC 2320, and PSYC 4410

This course emphasizes the discipline of comparative psychology; it is concerned with study of animal behavior in order to gain deeper understanding of human psychology. Topics include reproductive diversity, animal cognition, adaptation and learning and heredity. This course many not be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: PSYC 1301, PSYC 2320, and PSYC 4410

This course examines the development of perception and the basic experimentation techniques employed in the study of the detection, recognition, and discrimination.

Prerequisites: PSYC 1301, PSYC 2320, and PSYC 4410

This course examines the basic concepts, theories, and techniques employed in the study of motivation. This course may not be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: PSYC 1301, PSYC 2320, and PSYC 4410

This course examines the historical antecedents of psychology, including the origins of the various perspectives and schools of thought offered in psychology. Prerequisite: PSYC 1301 and nine hours of upper division psychology courses. This course is a part of the core requirements of the psychology major.

Prerequisites: PSYC 1301 and 9 semester hours of upper-division Psychology courses. Senior Psychology majors only, not open to Psychology minors.

Students survey the various psychological techniques used to facilitate positive changes in an individual's personality, behavior, or adjustment. Students also explore group therapies.

Prerequisites: PSYC 1301 and PSYC 3331

This course is an educationally directed program under the supervision of faculty and agency professionals, offering the opportunity to acquire skills through experience, and to apply required skills. It requires a minimum of 100 field hours.

Prerequisites: Junior or Senior PSYC Major, PSYC 1301, PSYC 3331 or PSYC 3385, or permission of the instructor

Student has the option to take PSYC 43CS Capstone Project in Psychology instead of this course.

This course is intended to provide student with the opportunity to integrate and synthesize the knowledge and skills they have accrued throughout their coursework in an original comprehensive project. This course may not be repeated for credit.

Prerequisite: All psychology core and concentration courses

Student has the option to take PSYC 4359 Internship in Psychology instead of this course.