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Course Types:

Psychology

PSY 101   Introduction to Psychology (3)

Examination of behavioral, cognitive, psychoanalytic, humanistic, and biological viewpoints in psychology. Includes learning principles and applications, perception, motivation, emotions, stress, psychobiology, personality, abnormal behavior, and approaches to therapy.

Course Type(s): On-Campus Online Hybrid

PSY 201   Child Psychology (3)

Prerequisites: PSY 101

Study of human development from conception to adolescence, emphasizing both current and historical approaches to research and theory, genetic and environmental influences on development, and sequence and timing of physical, mental, and personality development throughout years of childhood.

Course Type(s): On-Campus Online

PSY 210   Human Growth and Development (3)

Prerequisites: PSY 101

Survey of basis of human growth and development. Review of emotional, mental, physical, and social needs of children, adolescents, and adults. Analysis of multiple factors that influence and shape behavior and personality.

Course Type(s): On-Campus Online

PSY 215   Adolescent Psychology (3)

Prerequisites: PSY 101

Introduction to physical, mental, personality, and social developments unique to adolescence. Focus mainly on factors influencing normal development, but some abnormal behaviors discussed. Biological, psychological, cultural, and historical perspectives considered.

Course Type(s): On-Campus Online

PSY 216   Abnormal Psychology (3)

Prerequisites: PSY 101

Survey of abnormal/deviant behavior, including causes and theories of anxiety disorders, psychoses, mental retardation, drug abuse, sexual disorders, criminal behavior, and other selected topics. Includes discussion of diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of these disorders.

Course Type(s): On-Campus Online

PSY 220   Personality Theories (3)

Prerequisites: PSY 101

Study of major theories of personality with emphasis on developmental influence and integration of behavior. Theories surveyed represent dynamic, humanistic, cognitive, and behavioral perspectives. Issues such as self-concept, structure of personality, social adjustment, self-management, and maladjustment and therapy are considered within context of each theoretical system.

Course Type(s): On-Campus Online

PSY 225   Psychology of Aging (3)

Prerequisites: PSY 101

Examination of psychological processes of aging involving sensory, sexual, intellectual, and personality changes in later life with some attention to common mental disorders in the aged.

Course Type(s): On-Campus Online

PSY 230   Social Psychology (3)

Prerequisites: PSY 101

Study of social interaction of individuals and psychological principles and concepts involved in these relationships. Discussion of social perceptions, values, attitudes, prejudice, social influence, group dynamics, leadership, and other group processes.

Course Type(s): On-Campus

PSY 240   Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis (3)

Prerequisites: PSY 101

This course is an introduction to applied behavior analysis and the application of behavioral principles and procedures to social challenges. The students will learn about the causes of behavior, basic principles and procedures, and then apply this information to specific content areas or populations.

Course Type(s): On-Campus

PSY 250   Drugs and Behavior (3)

Prerequisites: PSY 101

This course will address the many issues related to the use of psychoactive drugs. Students will learn about the biopsychological factors that underlie drug use and abuse while they examine specific individual drugs therapeutic psychoactive properties but also how long-term and/or excessive use modifies brain function. Students will learn how to distinguish between the science of psychopharmacology and the unsubstantiated claims of media, advertising and/or drug culture.

Course Type(s): On-Campus

PSY 255   Brain and Behavior (3)

Prerequisites: PSY 101

Examination of the human nervous system focusing on the central nervous system, the development and function of nerve cells and the relation between the brain and behavior. Topics include motivation, learning, sensation and perception, movement, emotions and brain dysfunction.

 

Course Type(s): On-Campus

PSY 290   Special Topics in Psychology (1-3 hrs)

Selected studies in the field of psychology. Topics may include: psychological aspects of death, gender, issues in forensic psychology, diversity studies, preparation for marriage, child-rearing practices, and various other issues. Course may be repeated as topics vary by semester.

Course Type(s): On-Campus

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