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Psychology Course Descriptions

PSY 5000 - Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology (3)

Prerequisites: Acceptance in Psychology Graduate Program and Permission of Instructor
An introduction to research design and statistical methods in Psychology. Topics include experimental, quasi-experimental, and correlational methods; measurement and sampling; descriptive statistics; inferential statistics for differences between sample means; correlation and regression; non-parametric statistics.

PSY 5020 - Human Development: Adult and Aging (3)

Prerequisites: Permission of Instructor
The scientific study of human development in the adult years. Attention will be given to continuity and change in social, emotional, and intellectual functioning and how support systems influence growth and decline.

PSY 5030 - Cross-cultural Industrial-Organizational Psychology  (3)

Prerequisites: Permission of Instructor

Course focuses on studying the influence of culture on individual, group and organizational outcomes and adopts an international management perspective. Implications of findings from cross-cultural psychology research as it applies to employee selection, performance appraisal, training and development will be discussed. Other topics include, corporate social responsibility, cross-cultural communication and negotiation, employee decision-making, justice perceptions, motivation and ethical leadership across cultures.

PSY 5040 - Behavior Modification: Theories and Practice (3)

Prerequisites: Permission of Instructor
Emphasis is placed on the theories, principles and techniques of cognitive and behavioral management for use in schools, clinics, hospitals and agencies.

PSY 5050 Applied Psychopharmacology


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 5060 - Group Dynamics (3)

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

PSY 5070 - Introduction to Educational Psychology (3)

Prerequisites: Acceptance in Psychology Graduate Program and Permission of Instructor
Provides prospective teachers an understanding of the way students learn and develop. The learning process, its determining conditions and its results will be emphasized. The course will also provide an overview of child and adolescent development as it relates to student behavior. Instructional strategies and assessment will also be covered. Individual research projects in a specific topic relevant to educational psychology is required.

PSY 5090 - Social and Community Psychology (3)

Prerequisites: Permission of Instructor
The mutual interaction of individuals with social institutions and the dynamics of behavior in a social context.

PSY 5100 - Advanced Physiological Psychology (3)

Prerequisites: Permission of Instructor
An in-depth study of the structures of the brain and their relationship to and control of behavior. Emphasis is placed upon current research findings.

PSY 5120 - Human Factors (3)

Prerequisites: Permission of Instructor
An introduction to the basic topics in the field of Human Factors Engineering. The course addresses human functional limitations in areas such as sensation and perception, learning and memory, motor skills and ergonomics. How this knowledge is applied toward the optimal design of instruments, equipment and the workplace is emphasized.

PSY 5140 - Advanced Educational Psychology (3)

Prerequisite: PSY 3130 or equivalent and/or Permission of Instructor
Planned for all school personnel. Emphasis is on the application of research in the behavioral science to practical school situation, including assessment of student abilities, program planning, conditions of learning, evaluation of achievement and classroom interaction.

PSY 5250 - History and Systems of Psychology (3)

Prerequisites: Permission of Instructor
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 5270 - Foundations of Applied Psychology (3)

An overview of selected areas within the discipline of scientific psychology that forms a foundation for advanced study in specific areas of applied psychology. Topics to be emphasized include cognition, learning, social psychology, personality, intelligence, motivation, and emotion.

PSY 5300 - Learning and Cognition (3)

Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor
An advanced course which reviews current research and theory on cognitive processes and components of learning. Topics include: principles of learning, concept formation, reasoning, problem solving, attention and psycholinguistics.

PSY 5320 - Learning and Behavioral Disorders (3)

Prerequisites: Permission of Instructor
Overview of theories, etiological factors, assessment and treatment of learning disabilities and behavior disorders. Educational and psychological treatment alternatives are emphasized.

PSY 5380 Military Psychology


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 6990 Field Study (3)

Provides research experience related to the student’s area of specialization. The research topic must be approved by the candidate’s graduate committee.