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Psychology Course Descriptions

PSY 4000 - History and Systems of Psychology (3)

Prerequisites: PSY 1010 and Junior or Senior Standing
The development of psychology from the philosophical antecedents to its present status as a science and a profession. Each system of ideas which has contributed to the development of psychology will be studied and evaluated.

PSY 4010 - Death, Dying, and Bereavement (3)

Prerequisites: Junior, Senior status or permission of instructor
An overview of death issues from a multicultural, developmental perspective. Topics covered include changing attitudes, the American death system, death across the life span, coping supporting caregivers, ethical/legal issues, funeral and memorialization practices.

PSY 4020 Forensic Psychology (3) 

Prerequisite: PSY 1010

Forensic psychology is the application of psychological research and principles to the understanding and functioning of the legal and criminal justice system. This course includes such areas as psychology in the courtroom (jury selection, competency), criminal psychology (police psychology, criminal psychopathology), and family psychology (child custody, sexual abuse).

PSY 4030 - Introduction to Occupational Health Psychology (3)

Prerequisite: None

Introduction to new field of occupational health psychology. Course will cover models of job stress, work-family balance, workplace incivility, and safety climate. Course format will be lecture/discussion. 

PSY4050 - Applied Psychopharmacology (3)

Prerequisite: PSY 1010 or permission of instructor

An introduction to psychopharmacology that will examine prescription, legal and illegal drug effects on the brain and behavior, including withdrawal and abuse. Clinical, legal, and ethical aspects will also be discussed. A NIH grant proposal will also be taught and evaluated. 

PSY 4060 - Group Dynamics (3)

Analysis of the nature and origin of small groups and interaction processes. Emphasis on methodology, group development, conflict, decision making, leadership, and task performance.

PSY 4120 - Human Factors (3)

Prerequisites: PSY 1010, PSY 2010, PSY 3180 and Junior or Senior standing
Introduction to the basic topics in the field of human factors engineering; human functional limitations in areas such a sensation and perception, learning and memory, motor skills, and ergonomics.

PSY 4140 - Learning and Behavioral Disorders (3)

Prerequisites: PSY 1010 or 3130
An overview of theories, characteristics, assessment, and treatment of learning disabilities and behavioral disorders. Program considerations for learning disabled and behavioral disordered children will be highlighted.

PSY 4150 - Behavior Modification: Theories and Practice (3)

Prerequisites: PSY 1010
Theories, principles, and techniques of cognitive and behavioral management for use in schools, clinics, hospitals, and agencies. Emphasizes behavior management techniques.

PSY 4350 - Psychology of Personality (3)

Prerequisites: PSY 1010 and Junior or Senior standing
The major theories of human personality are studied with emphasis on scientific research in the area.

PSY 4360 - Abnormal Psychology (3)

Prerequisites: PSY 1010 and Junior or Senior standing
A consideration of various forms of psychological abnormality in terms of the settings in which they appear. Attention directed to methods of prevention and treatment. Topics covered: anxiety disorders, functional psychosis, mental disorders with brain pathology.

PSY 4370 - Introduction to Clinical and Counseling Psychology (3)

Prerequisites: PSY 1010 (2nd. semester sophomore recommended) 

Introduces students to major perspectives and practices in contemporary clinical and counseling psychology. Focuses on theories, assessment, treatment, specialty areas, and practical issues in the professional practice of psychology in clinical settings. Addresses career paths in clinical/counseling fields, with special focus on selecting graduate programs and applying to graduate schools. 

PSY 4380 Military Psychology (3)

Prerequisite: PSY 1010
This course provides a survey of the major areas in military psychology. Principal topics include: leadership training, persuasion and propaganda, human factors engineering, selection, classification and assignment, optimizing human performance under adverse conditions, ethnic and gender issues, clinical and consulting activities and careers in military pscychology.

PSY 4400 Clinical Neuropsychology (4)

Prerequisite: PSY 3180 or permission of instructor
An overview of our current understanding of the brain-behavior relationships associated with common neuropsychological (including developmental, and neurodegenerative) disorders.  Topics include clinical assessment, the localization and connectivity networks associated with clinical syndromes, plasticity and recovery of function, and treatment in the areas of cognition, perception, language, memory, attention, and consciousness.

PSY 4444 - Cross-Cultural Psychology (3)

Explores the interaction of psychological and socio-cultural influences on human thought and behavior. Emphasizing active learning and adapting a global perspective this course may explore topics such as, dynamics of culture as a psychological variable, cross-cultural research methods, cultural differences in basic psychological processes, personality, social behavior, intergroup relations, gender, emotions, communications, organizational behavior across cultures, health and treatment of abnormal behavior in different cultures.

PSY 4500 - Psychology Applied to Work (3)

Survey course covering the major topics within the field of I/O psychology including employee selection, training and development, performance appraisal, job analysis, leadership, work motivation, and organizational development.

PSY 4610, 4620, 4630, 4640, 4650, 4660, 4670, 4680 - Special Topics (1-3 Each)

Prerequisites: PSY 1010 and Permission of Instructor
Advanced readings and research in selected area offered on an individual basis. Primarily for those majoring in psychology.

PSY 4641-43 Research Experience (3)

Prerequisite: All psychology core courses; a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0; and permission of instructor.

Research activities in psychology agreed on by the student and faculty instructor which may include lab activities, data collection, data management, statistical analyses, and written or oral APA style research reports. Only 6 hours of research experience may be taken and on 3 hours may count toward the 15 required psychology elective credits. 

PSY 4840 - Honors: Research (3)

Prerequisites: All psychology core courses; a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0; and permission of instructor.
This course is offered on an individual basis. Students are required to design, conduct, and report the results of an original research project.

PSY 4850 - Honors: Field Experience (3)

Prerequisites: All psychology core courses; a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0; and permission of instructor.
An internship program in which students work in the local community. It provides a practical context in which the student can apply, integrate, and analyze classroom material. Students will be supervised on site by practicing professionals.