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Psychology Major / General Concentration: Bach Sci | Psychology Minor | Psychology Major / General Conc - Recommended Elec: Bach Sci | Psychology Major / General Concentration - Support: Bach Sci
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Psychology Major / General Concentration: Bach Sci    
   Major Courses (36 cr. to be chosen)    
      PSY 1020   Controversies in Psychology: A Critical Thinking Approach 4 cr.  Developing a critical thinking approach to reading, discussion and writing about psychological literature. Recognition and evaluation of assertions, arguments, and evidence, and development in the expression of ideas verbally and in writing. Reading and discussion material on major controversies in the field, such as the role of nature vs. nurture, intelligence testing, repressed memory, continuity vs. change in personality, and the effectiveness of psychotherapy. Prerequisite: PSY 1010. 
      PSY 1030   Tools for Success in Psychology 1 cr.  For psychology majors and individuals considering a psychology major. Introduction to the American Psychological Association writing style, library research skills, portfolio requirements in the psychology major, career options in the field of psychology, and ethical principles in psychology. Prerequisite or corequisite: PSY 1010 or PSY 1020. 
      PSY 2830   Research & Quantitative Methods I 4 cr.  Developing basic knowledge and skills in conducting scientific research in psychology. Emphasis on the scientific method, research ethics, research design. Development of research proposal. Prerequisite: PSY 1010 and PSY 1030; prerequisite or corequisite: MTH 2350 or equivalent. 
      PSY 2840   Research & Quantitative Methods II 4 cr.  Developing basic knowledge and skills in conducting scientific research in psychology. Emphasis on measurement, descriptive and inferential statistics, and hypothesis testing. Development of an original research paper. Prerequisite: PSY 2830 or permission of instructor. 
      PSY 3420   Abnormal Psychology 4 cr.  Nature of abnormal and deviant behavior and its underlying dynamics; systematic study of modern concepts of diagnosis, understanding, treatment and prevention of abnormal behavior patterns. Emphasis on normal behavior development as delineated by psychopathology. Prerequisite: PSY 1010. 
      PSY 4220   Theories of Personality 4 cr.  An overview of the major theories of personality, the role of personality theories in development, how various personality theories can be distinguished from one another, and an evaluation of these theories. Prerequisites: PSY 1010, junior or senior standing. 
      PSY 4300/4500 Option (4 cr. to be chosen)    
         PSY 4300   Cognitive Psychology 4 cr.  All aspects of human thinking, including attention, perception, memory, knowledge, language, problem solving, creativity, decision making, and intelligence. Attention given to current research in areas such as mood-dependent memory, the power of suggestion in creating false memories, speed reading, and learning vocabulary, as well as the application of cognitive principles in everyday life. Course includes an on-line laboratory component in which students participate in a variety of experimental studies in various areas of cognitive psychology. Prerequisite: PSY 1010. 
         PSY 4500   Behavioral Neuroscience (BIO/PSY*) 4 cr.  Scientific explanations of the neurobiological basis of behavior and evolution of the brain. Examination of nervous system structure and function; neuron biochemistry and neurotransmission; psychopharmacology; sensory and motor systems, physiological mechanisms influencing circadian rhythms, emotion, learning and memory, neurological disorders, psychological disorders, stress, and drug abuse. Prerequisite: PSY 1010. 
      PSY 4950   Seminar in Psychology 2 cr.  The capstone of the Psychology Major. A review and consolidation of material covered throughout the major. Preparation of a portfolio, including refining work completed for courses in the major and reflective writing on the departmental goals for the major. Includes focus on graduate school preparation and continued professional development. Prerequisite: senior standing. 
      PSY Content Distribution (9 cr. to be chosen)    
         Biological    
            PSY 4500   Behavioral Neuroscience (BIO/PSY*) 4 cr.  Scientific explanations of the neurobiological basis of behavior and evolution of the brain. Examination of nervous system structure and function; neuron biochemistry and neurotransmission; psychopharmacology; sensory and motor systems, physiological mechanisms influencing circadian rhythms, emotion, learning and memory, neurological disorders, psychological disorders, stress, and drug abuse. Prerequisite: PSY 1010. 
         Clinical    
            PSY 2760   Psychological Testing & Measurement 3 cr.  Focus on the key concepts of psychological testing and measurement, including standardization, normative samples, types of reliability and validity, and item analysis. Coverage of psychometric considerations in test construction, different types of tests and their applications, the meaning and limitations of test scores, historical background for the uses and misuses of testing. Ethical, professional, and social considerations in testing are also considered. Prerequisite: PSY 1010. 
            PSY 3720   Introduction to Clinical Psychology 3 cr.  An overview of current issues in the mental health field and an introduction to important skills needed by professionals in their day to day work. Students become familiar with diagnostic approaches, interviewing and clinical data gathering, types of psychological intervention, legal and ethical considerations, and how to recognize, understand and minimize psychologically inevitable gender and cultural biases often encountered in mental health settings. Prerequisite: PSY 3420. 
         Cognitive    
            PSY 4300   Cognitive Psychology 4 cr.  All aspects of human thinking, including attention, perception, memory, knowledge, language, problem solving, creativity, decision making, and intelligence. Attention given to current research in areas such as mood-dependent memory, the power of suggestion in creating false memories, speed reading, and learning vocabulary, as well as the application of cognitive principles in everyday life. Course includes an on-line laboratory component in which students participate in a variety of experimental studies in various areas of cognitive psychology. Prerequisite: PSY 1010. 
         Developmental    
            PSY 2450   Life-Span Developmental Psychology 4 cr.  Study of the maturational and experiential influences on physical, emotional, intellectual, social, and personality development of the individual, from the prenatal period through late adulthood. Developmental tasks and theories of developmental change related to life stages. Prerequisite: PSY 1010. 
            PSY 2700   Child Psychology (FCS/PSY*) 4 cr.  Principles of growth, maturation, and learning relating to child development. Interaction of hereditary and environmental factors influencing the social, cognitive, and personality development of the child. Theories and research relative to the psychology of the child from the prenatal period through late childhood. Prerequisite: PSY 1010. 
            AGE 3070   Psychology of Midlife and Aging (AGE*/PSY) 3 cr.  What does it really mean to be a grown up? Examine adult psychological development from midlife to later years, including behavior and coping strategies as well as the cognitive, personality, and intellectual changes that occur with aging. Prerequisite: PSY 1010. 
            PSY 3130   Adolescent Psychology (FCS/PSY*) 4 cr.  Nature of pre-adolescent and adolescent behavior and its underlying dynamics; systematic study of modern concepts for understanding and dealing with the adolescent and pre-adolescent in our society. Emphasis on normal behavior development as it relates to the physical, emotional, social, and intellectual growth of adolescents. Prerequisite: PSY 1010. 
         Industrial/Organizational    
            PSY 3520   Industrial/Organizational Psychology (BUS/PSY*) 3 cr.  Application of concepts, theories, and methods from psychology to issues in the workplace. Topics include research methods, employee selection and assessment, performance appraisal, training and development, leadership, motivation, job satisfaction, job involvement, organizational structure, and organizational change and development. Prerequisite: PSY 1010. 
         Social    
            PSY 3660    
Psychology Minor    
   Minor Courses (25 cr. to be chosen)    
      PSY 1010   General Psychology 3 cr.  The science of behavior and mental processes: sensation and perception, learning and cognition, motivation, emotion, personality development, adjustment, and maladjustment. 
      PSY 1030   Tools for Success in Psychology 1 cr.  For psychology majors and individuals considering a psychology major. Introduction to the American Psychological Association writing style, library research skills, portfolio requirements in the psychology major, career options in the field of psychology, and ethical principles in psychology. Prerequisite or corequisite: PSY 1010 or PSY 1020. 
      PSY 2450   Life-Span Developmental Psychology 4 cr.  Study of the maturational and experiential influences on physical, emotional, intellectual, social, and personality development of the individual, from the prenatal period through late adulthood. Developmental tasks and theories of developmental change related to life stages. Prerequisite: PSY 1010. 
      PSY 2760   Psychological Testing & Measurement 3 cr.  Focus on the key concepts of psychological testing and measurement, including standardization, normative samples, types of reliability and validity, and item analysis. Coverage of psychometric considerations in test construction, different types of tests and their applications, the meaning and limitations of test scores, historical background for the uses and misuses of testing. Ethical, professional, and social considerations in testing are also considered. Prerequisite: PSY 1010. 
      PSY 4300   Cognitive Psychology 4 cr.  All aspects of human thinking, including attention, perception, memory, knowledge, language, problem solving, creativity, decision making, and intelligence. Attention given to current research in areas such as mood-dependent memory, the power of suggestion in creating false memories, speed reading, and learning vocabulary, as well as the application of cognitive principles in everyday life. Course includes an on-line laboratory component in which students participate in a variety of experimental studies in various areas of cognitive psychology. Prerequisite: PSY 1010. 
      PSY 4500   Behavioral Neuroscience (BIO/PSY*) 4 cr.  Scientific explanations of the neurobiological basis of behavior and evolution of the brain. Examination of nervous system structure and function; neuron biochemistry and neurotransmission; psychopharmacology; sensory and motor systems, physiological mechanisms influencing circadian rhythms, emotion, learning and memory, neurological disorders, psychological disorders, stress, and drug abuse. Prerequisite: PSY 1010. 
      Minor electives (6 cr. to be chosen)    
         PSY 2660   Social Psychology 3 cr.  Focus on the complex ways in which human beings comprehend themselves and their social environment from the psychological and sociological perspectives. Emphasis on social cognition, personality behavior, interpersonal attraction, aggression, attitude formation; the influence of culture and society on prosocial behavior, prejudice, conformity, power, and dynamics of the group. Examines the various research methodologies used in both disciplines. Prerequisite: PSY 1010. 
         PSY 2700   Child Psychology (FCS/PSY*) 4 cr.  Principles of growth, maturation, and learning relating to child development. Interaction of hereditary and environmental factors influencing the social, cognitive, and personality development of the child. Theories and research relative to the psychology of the child from the prenatal period through late childhood. Prerequisite: PSY 1010. 
         AGE 3070   Psychology of Midlife and Aging (AGE*/PSY) 3 cr.  What does it really mean to be a grown up? Examine adult psychological development from midlife to later years, including behavior and coping strategies as well as the cognitive, personality, and intellectual changes that occur with aging. Prerequisite: PSY 1010. 
         PSY 3100   Health Psychology 3 cr.  Study of the theory and research on the intersection between mind and body: stress, depression, and physical illness; the psychological impact of illness; empirically supported ways to change habits, such as smoking, overeating, or reluctance to exercise; effective coping mechanisms; placebo effects; mindfulness and relaxation techniques; the impact of class and culture on health, and psychological interventions for pain. Useful for students in health care disciplines and in psychology. Prerequisite: PSY 1010. 
         PSY 3130   Adolescent Psychology (FCS/PSY*) 4 cr.  Nature of pre-adolescent and adolescent behavior and its underlying dynamics; systematic study of modern concepts for understanding and dealing with the adolescent and pre-adolescent in our society. Emphasis on normal behavior development as it relates to the physical, emotional, social, and intellectual growth of adolescents. Prerequisite: PSY 1010. 
         PSY 3420   Abnormal Psychology 4 cr.  Nature of abnormal and deviant behavior and its underlying dynamics; systematic study of modern concepts of diagnosis, understanding, treatment and prevention of abnormal behavior patterns. Emphasis on normal behavior development as delineated by psychopathology. Prerequisite: PSY 1010. 
         PSY 3520   Industrial/Organizational Psychology (BUS/PSY*) 3 cr.  Application of concepts, theories, and methods from psychology to issues in the workplace. Topics include research methods, employee selection and assessment, performance appraisal, training and development, leadership, motivation, job satisfaction, job involvement, organizational structure, and organizational change and development. Prerequisite: PSY 1010. 
         PSY 3820   Forensic Psychology (CJ/PSY*) 3 cr.  How the science of psychology is used by our legal system to better understand situations where an individual's state of mind or psychological functioning may have an impact on the legal process, the distinction between forensic and clinical work, conceptual underpinnings of forensic psychology, and the role of psychology in the legal system and controversies surrounding its use. Career paths and training issues also discussed. Prerequisite: PSY 1010. 
         PSY 4220   Theories of Personality 4 cr.  An overview of the major theories of personality, the role of personality theories in development, how various personality theories can be distinguished from one another, and an evaluation of these theories. Prerequisites: PSY 1010, junior or senior standing. 
Psychology Major / General Conc - Recommended Elec: Bach Sci    
   Recommended Elective (3 cr. to be chosen)    
      WRT 2440   Technical Writing 3 cr.  Theory and application of technical writing principles. Topics include an introduction to the technical communication environment, ethical and legal considerations, the basics of writing and analyzing technical documents, collaborative writing, and design principles for documents and Web sites. Students create a variety of technical documents for inclusion in their final e-portfolios. Prerequisite: WRT 1020 or equivalent. 
Psychology Major / General Concentration - Support: Bach Sci    
   Support Course (4 cr. to be chosen)    
      MTH 2350   Probability & Statistics 4 cr.  Topics include data collection and graphic presentation; measures of central tendency; measures of dispersion; normal distribution; regression and correlation; sampling methods; design of experiments; probability and simulation; sampling distributions; statistical inference including confidence intervals and hypothesis testing for one-sample and two-sample problems. Prerequisite: two years of high school algebra within the last three years, or placement test, or MTH 1040. 
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