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COURSE LIBRARY
University Requirements
 

Course Number

Course Name

Credit Hours

PSY-101

General Psychology

3

PSY-103

History & Systems

3

SEM-190

University Seminar I

3

PSY-207

Human Sexuality

3

PSY-20E

Black Psychology

3

PSY-210

Statistics I

4

PSY-212

Statistics II

4

PSY-301

Social Psychology

3

PSY-302

Group Dynamics

3

PSY-303

Organizational Psychology

3

PSY-304

Personnel Psychology

3

PSY-306

Psychobiology

4

PSY-307

Developmental Psychology I

3

PSY-308

Developmental Psychology II

3

PSY-310

Cognitive Psychology

3

PSY-311

Psychology of Learning

3

PSY-314

Abnormal Psychology

3

PSY-315

Theories of Personality

3

PSY-316

Psychology Assessment

3

PSY-317

Psychotherapy

3

PSY-319

Research Design & Analysis

4

PSY-340

Health Psychology

3

PSY-390

University Seminar

3

PSY-403

Senior Seminar I

4

PSY-404

Senior Seminar II

4

PSY-495

Independent Research

4

   

UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION 

Humanities

Credits

ENG 102 & 103

6 

ENG 207 & 208

6 

ART 201

2 

MUS 201

2

PHL 201 

2

REL 201

2

Social Sciences

Credits

(SOS) African-American Experience

3

(E) Empowerment 

3

(G) Global Studies

3

Total Credits              

50

Natural Sciences

Credits

Lab Sciences 2 semesters

8

Mathematics 1 course

3

(General and Industrial/Organizational tracks must take MAT 131;

Honors and Psychobiology tracks must take MAT 121)

University Seminars

Credits

(190) University Seminar I  

3

(390) University Seminar II

3

Health, Physical Education and Recreation

Credits

HPR 101

2

HPR 102  

1

Other Requirements

 

120-128 credits, minimum 2.0 cumulative G.P.A

satisfactory completion of Writing Proficiency Examination

participation in Major Field Test and/or GRE Psychology Exam

satisfaction of Freshman Assembly requirements

Note:  Students who must take a developmental mathematics course are strongly encouraged to take MAT 101. MAT 102 is not an appropriate preparation for MAT 105 and 106 or MAT 110.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

PSY-101. General Psychology  (3 credits)

This course is a study of the basic subject matter of psychology and its approaches to gathering information.  This course, also, explores the ways in which psychological knowledge can be applied to improving the quality of life for individuals, communities and societies.

PSY-103.  History & Systems Psychology (3 credits)

This course is an exploration of the basic issues in psychology within the context of a historic perspective and critical analysis of the major school of thought in psychology.  It serves to prepare students for advanced research courses in the Department (i.e., Psychobiology, Experimental Psychology, Senior Seminar, and Independent Research).

SEM-190.  University Seminar  (3 credits)

This course is designed to offer incoming freshman the necessary skills needed for transition from high school to college.  Secondly, faculty members present context material of particular interest to them.  Currently, this course explores the Psychology of Entertainment.

 

PSY-20E. Black Psychology  (3 credits)

This course is an examination of the behavior, attitudes, life-styles, and cultural heritage of Black Americans.  This course provides students with past and current theory and research on the psychology of Blacks, and is organized around the premise that there is a distinctive, coherent Black American perspective that is evident in the behavior, attitudes, feelings, life-styles, and expressive patterns of Black Americans.

PSY-207.  Human Sexuality (3 credits)

This course is an examination of the factors related to the development of human sexual behavior, generally observed patterns of human sexuality and current methods of research.  Prerequisite:  PSY-101

PSY-207.  Human Sexuality  (3 credits)

This course is an examination of the factors related to the development of human sexual behavior, generally observed patterns of human sexuality and current methods of research.  Prerequisite:  PSY-101

PSY-210. Statistics I  (4 credits)

This is a comprehensive introduction to basic statistical methods within the context of behavioral research and experimental design.  Topics include frequency distribution, central tendency, variability, z-scores, correlation, regression, probability and distribution of sample means.  An emphasis on computer-assisted techniques for conducting psychosocial and biobehavioral investigations, including data analysis is accomplished by the use of languages such as SPSS-UNIX, SPSS PC+ and SPSS for Windows.  Prerequisite:  MAT 121 or 131, PSY 101 and 103.

PSY-212.  Statistics II (4 credits)

This course provides a comprehensive application of basic statistical methods within the context of behavioral research and experimental design.  It includes hypothesis testing, t-statistics, multiple comparisons, analysis of variance, 2-way ANOVA, chi-square and other nonparametric tests, with an emphasis on computer-assisted techniques for conducting psychosocial and biobehavioral investigations.  Data analysis is accomplished by the use of languages such as SAS and SPSS.  Data analysis is accomplished by the use of languages such as SAS and SPSS.  Prerequisite:  MAT 121 or 131, PSY101 and 103, and 

PSY-213  Junior Seminar (2 credits)

This course has a three-fold purpose in that it serves to introduce the student to survey research and descriptive statistics; have students explore the various career options in psychology; and convey to students pertinent information with respect to departmental programmatic initiatives related to post graduate preparation (i.e., internships, GRE,)

PSY-301 Social Psychology (Departmental Honors Component) (3 credits)

This course provides an examination of how a person or group can influence the behavior of an individual.  Topics include intrapersonal processes (the self, social cognition, attributions, attitudes and attraction) and interpersonal processes (helping behavior, conflict, social influence, group processes and the environment).

PSY-302.  Group Dynamics (3 credits)

This course is an investigation of the interactions that occur within groups.  Students will explore the way each person's behavior is influenced by and influences others in a group, how the structure of the group was developed, and how decisions are arrived in group situations.

PSY-303. Organizational Psychology (3 credits)

This course describes the application of psychological theory and research to the study of industrial, business, profit and nonprofit service, military and governmental organizations and emphasizes the interaction of individual perceptions, group dynamics and organizational climates and strategies in maximizing the satisfaction and effectiveness of each component within and between complex organizations.  Prerequisite:  PSY-101.

 

PSY-304. Personnel Psychology (3 credits)

This course is a survey of processes for hiring personnel and philosophies of organizational entry; developing the abilities of employees and preserving the health of the work force.  The course covers the major activities of the personnel manager or human resources manager; covers the impact of the EEO guidelines for personnel management in the areas of recruitment, selection, promotion, and training; and teaches the aspects of performance appraisal.  Prerequisite:  PSY-100 and 103, PSY-210 and 212.

PSY-306.  Psychobiology (Departmental Honors Component)  4 credits)

This course is a study of the relationship between psychological processes and physiological activity.  It reviews neurological and biochemical bases of behavior with emphasis upon the synergistic functions of the nervous system, sense organs and glandular system.  Prerequisite:  PSY-101, PSY-103, BIO-101 and BIO-102.

PSY-307.  Developmental Psychology I (Departmental Honors Component) (3 credits)

This course is a study of the cognitive, emotional, social and physiological development of humans from infancy to adolescence.  It provides an understanding of the research findings related to child and adolescent development and to the concepts, methodologies and basic terminology utilized to study psychological development.

 

PSY-308. Developmental Psychology II  (3 credits)

This course is a study of the cognitive, emotional, social and neurological development of humans from young adulthood through old age.  It provides an understanding of the research findings related to adulthood and old age and to the concepts, methodologies and basic terminology utilized to study psychological development.  Prerequisite:  PSY-101.

 

PSY-310.  Cognitive Psychology (Departmental Honors Component) (3 credits)

This course is an examination of human mental processes and how these processes control behavior.  This course provides students with theory, concepts and methodologies used to understand the mind, and it demonstrates how cognition can be applied to life experiences and problems.  Prerequisites:  PSY-101.

 

PSY-311.   Psychology of Learning  (3 credits)

This course familiarizes the student with psychological theories that deal with human learning and behavior.  Students also shall be exposed to studies pertaining to animal learning in that such studies are inextricably linked with the development of theories of human learning.  The learning theories will be presented in such a way as to aid the student in distinguishing the major classifications of schools of thought.  Emphasis will be placed on the application and evaluation of the theories.  New approaches that challenge long-standing assumptions are to be discussed.

PSY-314.  Abnormal Psychology (Departmental Honors Component) (3 credits)

This course provides a comprehensive survey of the factors related to the development of abnormal behavior, the generally recognized patterns of abnormal behavior and current practices with regard to assessment, treatment and prevention of abnormal behavior.  Prerequisite: PSY-101.

PSY-315. Theories of Personality (Departmental Honors Component)  (3 credits)

This course provides a comprehensive study of the theories and major research issues in the study of personality.  Prerequisite:  PSY-101.

 

PSY-316. Testing & Assessment (3 credits)

This course is an introduction to psychological tests and measurement.  Emphasis is placed upon the issues that underlie the development and utilization of psychological tests, such as intelligent testing as well as other psychometric assessments.  Broadly used assessment instruments will be covered such as the Stanford Binet, Wechsler Scales, MMPI, Rorschach, Bender Gestalt, TAT and Luria-Nebraska.  The important role that psychological assessment has assumed with respect to education, employment selection, career development and diagnosis will be highlighted.

 

PSY-317.   Psychotherapy (3 credits)

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the theoretical models that guide the work of psychotherapists, the major factors involved in the practice of psychotherapy, and the important ethical and research issues related to the practice of psychotherapy.

PSY-319.  Research Design and Analysis  (4 credits)

This course is an exploration of the analysis and quantitative methods used in psychology.  It introduces students to research methods, experimental design and the use of statistical methods to ensure the validity and reliability of various methods.  Nonexperimental investigation and correlation of analytic are examined also.

PSY-340. Health Psychology (3 credits)

This course provides an introduction to the field of Health Psychology.  The course provides theoretical, conceptual and methodological perspectives in the psychology of health, prevention, stress and coping with illness.  The course also highlights research methods and applied issues in health psychology such as social, biological bases of health and disease, measurement assessment, intervention and health promotion, the health care system and ethics and professional issues in health psychology.

PSY-390.  University Seminar II  (3 credits)

See Requirements for Graduation in Academic Regulations.  University Seminar II courses are designed to serve as a capstone experience.  Students must take a University Seminar II in a department other than the department of their major.  The courses are not intended to provide complete coverage of the topics reflected in the titles of the courses.  Topics explored in the courses currently offered are Human Consciousness, Multicultural Counseling, and Race, Ethnicity and Health.

PSY-401.  Applied Psychology (3 credits)

This is a course designed to prepare students for the transition from undergraduate school to graduate school or the workforce.  A review of the Graduate Record Examination for General and Psychology students is also included to assist students in increasing their performance on the GRE and to develop confidence in their ability to perform well on standardized tests.  This course will also stress interviewing, communication (verbal and non verbal), marketing, social development and self-empowerment.  Prerequisite:  PSY 101 and 103.

 

PSY-403. Senior Seminar I (Departmental Honors Component)  (4 credits)

This course provides the student with the opportunity to develop an original proposal of the research topic to be conducted in Senior Seminar II (41W).  The student is expected to use procedures based on the scientific method for (a) developing a research topic; (b) developing a research design; (c) preparing and submitting a written research proposal at the end of the semester; and (d) presenting an oral report to the Psychology faculty.  Prerequisite: PSY 101, 103, 20, 212, 319 and successful completion of the WPE.

PSY-404. Senior Seminar II (Departmental Honors Component) (4 credits)

This course provides the student with the opportunity to conduct an original investigation of a research topic proposed in Senior Seminar I.  The student is expected to use procedures based on the scientific method for (a) collecting data; (b) analyzing data statistically; (c) preparing a written report; (d) presenting the report orally to the Psychology faculty.  Prerequisite: PSY 403.

PSY-495.   Independent Research/Study (4 credits each)

Independent research is study projects supervised by a member of the faculty.  This research may be sponsored by outside or governmental agencies.  The research topic is one that must be agreed upon by the instructor and department chair prior to initiation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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