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  • BA Degree — Psychology Major

    In addition to the essential education requirements, majors in Psychology must complete a concentration of 34 or more semester hours in Psychology and 6-7 semester hours of supporting courses.

    Support courses:

    Neuroscience Concentration

    *For Psychology majors the prerequisite of BIOL3420 Human Anatomy will be waived in lieu of BIOL2300 Anatomy and Physiology I.

    Courses Offered
    • BIOL1400Unity of Life (3-0)
      BIOL1400 Unity of Life (3-0) - 3 s.h.

      A study of the key characteristics of life that unite all living organisms, including humans. Emphasis will be placed on comparing how humans and other organisms fulfill basic life needs. Will not count for credit in the Biology major or minor. Goal 1A, ELO6 Science - Equality, ELO6 Science - Equality and Peace

    • BIOL2100Fundamentals of Cell Biology and Genetics (3-2)
      BIOL2100 Fundamentals of Cell Biology and Genetics (3-2) - 4 s.h.

      A study of the various patterns and mechanisms of heredity, changes in the genetic material and the consequences of these genetic changes. The course will also give an introduction to cellular structures, macromolecules, and processes, including DNA replication, transcription, translation and cellular signaling. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: CHEM1330, CHEM3410, or (CHEM1410 and CHEM1450). (C or better strongly recommended). Goal 1A

    • BIOL2300Anatomy and Physiology I (2-2)
      BIOL2300 Anatomy and Physiology I (2-2) - 3 s.h.

      The study of structure and function of the human body on the cellular, tissue, organ, and organ-system level. All organ systems are discussed. Emphasis is on the anatomy of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, and digestive systems. Laboratory includes both gross and microscopic structure and function. (One year each of high school biology and chemistry or the equivalent strongly recommended.) Additional fee required. Goal 1A

    • BIOL2400Frontiers in Neuroscience (also PSYC2400)
      BIOL2400 Frontiers in Neuroscience (also PSYC2400) - 1 s.h.

      This course will explore historical and recent exploration in the field of neuroscience. Specifically, research will be presented related to cellular mechanisms of action in neuroscience, the use of animals in neuroscience, disease states related to neuroscience, drug discovery in neuroscience, and psychological medications in neuroscience.

    • BIOL3440Human Physiology (3-2)
      BIOL3440 Human Physiology (3-2) - 4 s.h.

      A systems oriented study of the function of the human body on the cellular, tissue, organ, and organ-system levels with an emphasis on medical physiology. Laboratory includes computer simulations and use of Biopac equipment. Additional fee required. Prerequisites: BIOL3420 (grade of C or better strongly recommended) and one semester of chemistry. Goal 1A

    • BIOL3500Applied Pharmacology
      BIOL3500 Applied Pharmacology - 3 s.h.

      A general study of the rationale for current drug therapy including classification of medication, mechanisms of action, main therapeutic effects, clinical indications, adverse reactions, and drug interactions. Does not substitute for NURS3450. Prerequisites: CHEM1330 or CHEM3410. Goal 1A

    • BIOL4120Research I (also CHEM4120)
      BIOL4120 Research I (also CHEM4120) - 1 s.h.

      Covers the basic elements of scientific research. Brief lectures on research methodologies and design will be provided. The student will develop a research schedule and write a research proposal in cooperation with a faculty mentor. The student will be expected to begin any initial research indicated in the research schedule. Prerequisite: BIOL2100, CHEM3410, and senior standing or consent of instructor. Goal 1A

    • BIOL4450Cell Biology (3-3)
      BIOL4450 Cell Biology (3-3) - 4 s.h.

      Investigation of the fine structures and functions of the cell and its parts. Includes an in-depth study of: 1) the regulatory mechanisms involved in cellular processes, such as transport of material, cell division, metabolism, signal transduction and apoptosis and 2) the fine structures, such as the different eukaryotic organelles, cytoskeleton, and prokaryotic appendages. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: BIOL2100 (grade of C or better strongly recommended). Goal 1A +This course is only offered every other year.

    • CHEM1330Introduction to General, Organic, and Biochemistry
      CHEM1330 Introduction to General, Organic, and Biochemistry - 3 s.h.

      An introduction to the principles of inorganic, organic and biochemistry, including a study of atoms, chemical bonding, types of chemical reactions (focusing on ones in the cell), solution chemistry, introduction of biological molecules (proteins, lipids, carbohydrates and nucleic acids). This course is intended for students desiring a general education in chemistry, those majoring in nursing or allied health fields and those that need it to fulfill the chemistry requirement for fundamentals of cell biology and genetics course. Course will not count for credit in the Chemistry and/or Biology majors or minors. Prerequisite: MATH1280 or one year of high school algebra (C or better strongly recommended). Goal 1A

    • CHEM3410Organic Chemistry I (0-3)
      CHEM3410 Organic Chemistry I (0-3) - 3 s.h.

      An in-depth study of modern organic chemistry including nomenclature, structure and bonding, synthesis, reaction mechanisms, and important functional groups and families of both aliphatic and aromatic compounds. Prerequisite: CHEM1440/1441 with a grade of C or better. is strongly recommended. Corequisite: CHEM3411 Organic Chemistry I Lab. Goal 1A

    • MATH1380Introduction to Statistics
      MATH1380 Introduction to Statistics - 3 s.h.

      Data analysis and measures of central tendency, dispersion, and correlation. Introduction to probability. Estimation and hypothesis testing. Bivariate regression. Elementary ANOVA. Introduction to nonparametric techniques. Prerequisite: 1 year high school algebra. Goal 3A, ELO6 Math

    • PSYC1300Introductory Psychology
      PSYC1300 Introductory Psychology - 3 s.h.

      An introductory survey of psychological methods and thoughts as they relate to human experience and behavior. Topics include the role of the central nervous system in mediating behavior, learning and memory, states of awareness, motivation and emotion, personality, psychological disorders, and therapy. Goal 1C, ELO5 Social Science - Innovation

    • PSYC2250Developmental Psychology
      PSYC2250 Developmental Psychology - 3 s.h.

      The study of human development over the entire lifespan. Focus is on the interaction of physical, intellectual, social, and emotional aspects of development. Prerequisite: PSYC1300. Goal 1C, ELO5 Social Science - Equality, ELO5 Social Science - Equality and Peace

    • PSYC2400Frontiers in Neuroscience (also BIOL2400)
      PSYC2400 Frontiers in Neuroscience (also BIOL2400) - 1 s.h.

      This course will explore historical and recent exploration in the field of neuroscience. Specifically, research will be presented related to cellular mechanisms of action in neuroscience, the use of animals in neuroscience, disease states related to neuroscience, drug discovery in neuroscience, and psychological medications in neuroscience.

    • PSYC3250Professional Seminar
      PSYC3250 Professional Seminar - 1 s.h.

      Examination of professional issues and careers in psychology, including discussion of graduate school and presentations by professional psychologists. Prerequisite: Psychology major. Goal 1C

    • PSYC3310Social Psychology (also SOCI3310)
      PSYC3310 Social Psychology (also SOCI3310) - 3 s.h.

      The study of how people think, feel, and behave in social situations. Attention given to research and application to social perception, interaction, and influence. Prerequisite: SOCI1300 or PSYC1300 (grade of C or better). Goal 1C.

    • PSYC3320Research Methods One
      PSYC3320 Research Methods One - 3 s.h.

      Scientific rationale applied to behavioral research with emphasis on experimental design. Students design research, analyze and interpret data, and learn to write in scientific journal style. Prerequisites: MATH1380 and PSYC1300. Goal 1C

    • PSYC3330Biopsychology
      PSYC3330 Biopsychology - 3 s.h.

      Examination of the biological substrates of behavior. Topics include synaptic transmission and patterns of neural activity, sleep and arousal, learning and memory, and motivation and emotion. Prerequisites: PSYC1300 and one of the following: BIOL1300, BIOL1400, BIOL2300. Goal 1C +This course is only offered every other year.

    • PSYC3340Personality
      PSYC3340 Personality - 3 s.h.

      A study of personality from dispositional, psychodynamic, humanistic, and behavioral perspectives and of the application of personality perspectives to current issues. Prerequisite: PSYC1300. Goal 1C

    • PSYC3350History and Systems
      PSYC3350 History and Systems - 3 s.h.

      PSYC3350 History and Systems 3 s.h. A historical analysis of systematic foundations in psychology. Includes Structuralism, Functionalism, Behaviorism, Gestalt psychology, and Psychoanalysis. Prerequisite: PSYC1300. Goal 1C.

    • PSYC3380Abnormal Psychology
      PSYC3380 Abnormal Psychology - 3 s.h.

      A study of the disorders outlined in the current diagnostic statistical manual. Emphasis will be on etiology, symptoms, and methods of treatment. Prerequisite: Five semester hours in Psychology. Goal 1C

    • PSYC3390Cognitive Psychology
      PSYC3390 Cognitive Psychology - 3 s.h.

      Research and theory in areas of cognitive psychology, including attention; memory acquisition, storage, and retrieval; language comprehension; and problem solving. Prerequisite: PSYC1300. Goal 1C +This course is only offered every other year.

    • PSYC3500Principles of Learning
      PSYC3500 Principles of Learning - 3 s.h.

      Explores a variety of theories of learning. Considers both conceptual and applied aspects of learning. Prerequisite: PSYC1300. Goal 1C +This course is only offered every other year.

    • PSYC3520Research Methods Two
      PSYC3520 Research Methods Two - 3 s.h.

      Development and implementation of an original research project. Prerequisite: PSYC3320, psychology major. Goal 1C

    • PSYC3900CTopic – Animal Models of Psychopathology
      PSYC3900C Topic – Animal Models of Psychopathology - 3 s.h.

      An exploration of the role of animals in the experimental study of mental illness. Course includes the psychology and neurobiology of human psychopathology, historical conceptions, assessment of animal model validity and specific animal models for human illnesses such as schizophrenia, anxiety, depression, aggression, and memory disorders due both to disease and aging. Prerequisite: PSYC1300 or instructor consent.

    BIOL1400Unity of Life (3-0) BIOL2100Fundamentals of Cell Biology and Genetics (3-2) BIOL2300Anatomy and Physiology I (2-2) BIOL2400Frontiers in Neuroscience (also PSYC2400) BIOL3440Human Physiology (3-2) BIOL3500Applied Pharmacology BIOL4120Research I (also CHEM4120) BIOL4450Cell Biology (3-3) CHEM1330Introduction to General, Organic, and Biochemistry CHEM3410Organic Chemistry I (0-3) MATH1380Introduction to Statistics PSYC1300Introductory Psychology PSYC2250Developmental Psychology PSYC2400Frontiers in Neuroscience (also BIOL2400) PSYC3250Professional Seminar PSYC3310Social Psychology (also SOCI3310) PSYC3320Research Methods One PSYC3330Biopsychology PSYC3340Personality PSYC3350History and Systems PSYC3380Abnormal Psychology PSYC3390Cognitive Psychology PSYC3500Principles of Learning PSYC3520Research Methods Two PSYC3900CTopic – Animal Models of Psychopathology
    Course Descriptions
    BIOL1400 Unity of Life (3-0) - 3 s.h.

    A study of the key characteristics of life that unite all living organisms, including humans. Emphasis will be placed on comparing how humans and other organisms fulfill basic life needs. Will not count for credit in the Biology major or minor. Goal 1A, ELO6 Science - Equality, ELO6 Science - Equality and Peace

    BIOL2100 Fundamentals of Cell Biology and Genetics (3-2) - 4 s.h.

    A study of the various patterns and mechanisms of heredity, changes in the genetic material and the consequences of these genetic changes. The course will also give an introduction to cellular structures, macromolecules, and processes, including DNA replication, transcription, translation and cellular signaling. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: CHEM1330, CHEM3410, or (CHEM1410 and CHEM1450). (C or better strongly recommended). Goal 1A

    BIOL2300 Anatomy and Physiology I (2-2) - 3 s.h.

    The study of structure and function of the human body on the cellular, tissue, organ, and organ-system level. All organ systems are discussed. Emphasis is on the anatomy of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, and digestive systems. Laboratory includes both gross and microscopic structure and function. (One year each of high school biology and chemistry or the equivalent strongly recommended.) Additional fee required. Goal 1A

    BIOL2400 Frontiers in Neuroscience (also PSYC2400) - 1 s.h.

    This course will explore historical and recent exploration in the field of neuroscience. Specifically, research will be presented related to cellular mechanisms of action in neuroscience, the use of animals in neuroscience, disease states related to neuroscience, drug discovery in neuroscience, and psychological medications in neuroscience.

    BIOL3440 Human Physiology (3-2) - 4 s.h.

    A systems oriented study of the function of the human body on the cellular, tissue, organ, and organ-system levels with an emphasis on medical physiology. Laboratory includes computer simulations and use of Biopac equipment. Additional fee required. Prerequisites: BIOL3420 (grade of C or better strongly recommended) and one semester of chemistry. Goal 1A

    BIOL3500 Applied Pharmacology - 3 s.h.

    A general study of the rationale for current drug therapy including classification of medication, mechanisms of action, main therapeutic effects, clinical indications, adverse reactions, and drug interactions. Does not substitute for NURS3450. Prerequisites: CHEM1330 or CHEM3410. Goal 1A

    BIOL4120 Research I (also CHEM4120) - 1 s.h.

    Covers the basic elements of scientific research. Brief lectures on research methodologies and design will be provided. The student will develop a research schedule and write a research proposal in cooperation with a faculty mentor. The student will be expected to begin any initial research indicated in the research schedule. Prerequisite: BIOL2100, CHEM3410, and senior standing or consent of instructor. Goal 1A

    BIOL4450 Cell Biology (3-3) - 4 s.h.

    Investigation of the fine structures and functions of the cell and its parts. Includes an in-depth study of: 1) the regulatory mechanisms involved in cellular processes, such as transport of material, cell division, metabolism, signal transduction and apoptosis and 2) the fine structures, such as the different eukaryotic organelles, cytoskeleton, and prokaryotic appendages. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: BIOL2100 (grade of C or better strongly recommended). Goal 1A +This course is only offered every other year.

    CHEM1330 Introduction to General, Organic, and Biochemistry - 3 s.h.

    An introduction to the principles of inorganic, organic and biochemistry, including a study of atoms, chemical bonding, types of chemical reactions (focusing on ones in the cell), solution chemistry, introduction of biological molecules (proteins, lipids, carbohydrates and nucleic acids). This course is intended for students desiring a general education in chemistry, those majoring in nursing or allied health fields and those that need it to fulfill the chemistry requirement for fundamentals of cell biology and genetics course. Course will not count for credit in the Chemistry and/or Biology majors or minors. Prerequisite: MATH1280 or one year of high school algebra (C or better strongly recommended). Goal 1A

    CHEM3410 Organic Chemistry I (0-3) - 3 s.h.

    An in-depth study of modern organic chemistry including nomenclature, structure and bonding, synthesis, reaction mechanisms, and important functional groups and families of both aliphatic and aromatic compounds. Prerequisite: CHEM1440/1441 with a grade of C or better. is strongly recommended. Corequisite: CHEM3411 Organic Chemistry I Lab. Goal 1A

    MATH1380 Introduction to Statistics - 3 s.h.

    Data analysis and measures of central tendency, dispersion, and correlation. Introduction to probability. Estimation and hypothesis testing. Bivariate regression. Elementary ANOVA. Introduction to nonparametric techniques. Prerequisite: 1 year high school algebra. Goal 3A, ELO6 Math

    PSYC1300 Introductory Psychology - 3 s.h.

    An introductory survey of psychological methods and thoughts as they relate to human experience and behavior. Topics include the role of the central nervous system in mediating behavior, learning and memory, states of awareness, motivation and emotion, personality, psychological disorders, and therapy. Goal 1C, ELO5 Social Science - Innovation

    PSYC2250 Developmental Psychology - 3 s.h.

    The study of human development over the entire lifespan. Focus is on the interaction of physical, intellectual, social, and emotional aspects of development. Prerequisite: PSYC1300. Goal 1C, ELO5 Social Science - Equality, ELO5 Social Science - Equality and Peace

    PSYC2400 Frontiers in Neuroscience (also BIOL2400) - 1 s.h.

    This course will explore historical and recent exploration in the field of neuroscience. Specifically, research will be presented related to cellular mechanisms of action in neuroscience, the use of animals in neuroscience, disease states related to neuroscience, drug discovery in neuroscience, and psychological medications in neuroscience.

    PSYC3250 Professional Seminar - 1 s.h.

    Examination of professional issues and careers in psychology, including discussion of graduate school and presentations by professional psychologists. Prerequisite: Psychology major. Goal 1C

    PSYC3310 Social Psychology (also SOCI3310) - 3 s.h.

    The study of how people think, feel, and behave in social situations. Attention given to research and application to social perception, interaction, and influence. Prerequisite: SOCI1300 or PSYC1300 (grade of C or better). Goal 1C.

    PSYC3320 Research Methods One - 3 s.h.

    Scientific rationale applied to behavioral research with emphasis on experimental design. Students design research, analyze and interpret data, and learn to write in scientific journal style. Prerequisites: MATH1380 and PSYC1300. Goal 1C

    PSYC3330 Biopsychology - 3 s.h.

    Examination of the biological substrates of behavior. Topics include synaptic transmission and patterns of neural activity, sleep and arousal, learning and memory, and motivation and emotion. Prerequisites: PSYC1300 and one of the following: BIOL1300, BIOL1400, BIOL2300. Goal 1C +This course is only offered every other year.

    PSYC3340 Personality - 3 s.h.

    A study of personality from dispositional, psychodynamic, humanistic, and behavioral perspectives and of the application of personality perspectives to current issues. Prerequisite: PSYC1300. Goal 1C

    PSYC3350 History and Systems - 3 s.h.

    PSYC3350 History and Systems 3 s.h. A historical analysis of systematic foundations in psychology. Includes Structuralism, Functionalism, Behaviorism, Gestalt psychology, and Psychoanalysis. Prerequisite: PSYC1300. Goal 1C.

    PSYC3380 Abnormal Psychology - 3 s.h.

    A study of the disorders outlined in the current diagnostic statistical manual. Emphasis will be on etiology, symptoms, and methods of treatment. Prerequisite: Five semester hours in Psychology. Goal 1C

    PSYC3390 Cognitive Psychology - 3 s.h.

    Research and theory in areas of cognitive psychology, including attention; memory acquisition, storage, and retrieval; language comprehension; and problem solving. Prerequisite: PSYC1300. Goal 1C +This course is only offered every other year.

    PSYC3500 Principles of Learning - 3 s.h.

    Explores a variety of theories of learning. Considers both conceptual and applied aspects of learning. Prerequisite: PSYC1300. Goal 1C +This course is only offered every other year.

    PSYC3520 Research Methods Two - 3 s.h.

    Development and implementation of an original research project. Prerequisite: PSYC3320, psychology major. Goal 1C

    PSYC3900C Topic – Animal Models of Psychopathology - 3 s.h.

    An exploration of the role of animals in the experimental study of mental illness. Course includes the psychology and neurobiology of human psychopathology, historical conceptions, assessment of animal model validity and specific animal models for human illnesses such as schizophrenia, anxiety, depression, aggression, and memory disorders due both to disease and aging. Prerequisite: PSYC1300 or instructor consent.

  • Psychology Minor

    A minor in Psychology consists of 18 semester hours in psychology including PSYC1300, 9 s.h. from psychology core listed above, and 6 additional semester hours of psychology electives. (Sociology majors may substitute SOCI3440 for PSYC3320.)

    Courses Offered
    • PSYC1300Introductory Psychology
      PSYC1300 Introductory Psychology - 3 s.h.

      An introductory survey of psychological methods and thoughts as they relate to human experience and behavior. Topics include the role of the central nervous system in mediating behavior, learning and memory, states of awareness, motivation and emotion, personality, psychological disorders, and therapy. Goal 1C, ELO5 Social Science - Innovation

    • PSYC2250Developmental Psychology
      PSYC2250 Developmental Psychology - 3 s.h.

      The study of human development over the entire lifespan. Focus is on the interaction of physical, intellectual, social, and emotional aspects of development. Prerequisite: PSYC1300. Goal 1C, ELO5 Social Science - Equality, ELO5 Social Science - Equality and Peace

    • PSYC3250Professional Seminar
      PSYC3250 Professional Seminar - 1 s.h.

      Examination of professional issues and careers in psychology, including discussion of graduate school and presentations by professional psychologists. Prerequisite: Psychology major. Goal 1C

    • PSYC3310Social Psychology (also SOCI3310)
      PSYC3310 Social Psychology (also SOCI3310) - 3 s.h.

      The study of how people think, feel, and behave in social situations. Attention given to research and application to social perception, interaction, and influence. Prerequisite: SOCI1300 or PSYC1300 (grade of C or better). Goal 1C.

    • PSYC3320Research Methods One
      PSYC3320 Research Methods One - 3 s.h.

      Scientific rationale applied to behavioral research with emphasis on experimental design. Students design research, analyze and interpret data, and learn to write in scientific journal style. Prerequisites: MATH1380 and PSYC1300. Goal 1C

    • PSYC3330Biopsychology
      PSYC3330 Biopsychology - 3 s.h.

      Examination of the biological substrates of behavior. Topics include synaptic transmission and patterns of neural activity, sleep and arousal, learning and memory, and motivation and emotion. Prerequisites: PSYC1300 and one of the following: BIOL1300, BIOL1400, BIOL2300. Goal 1C +This course is only offered every other year.

    • PSYC3340Personality
      PSYC3340 Personality - 3 s.h.

      A study of personality from dispositional, psychodynamic, humanistic, and behavioral perspectives and of the application of personality perspectives to current issues. Prerequisite: PSYC1300. Goal 1C

    • PSYC3350History and Systems
      PSYC3350 History and Systems - 3 s.h.

      PSYC3350 History and Systems 3 s.h. A historical analysis of systematic foundations in psychology. Includes Structuralism, Functionalism, Behaviorism, Gestalt psychology, and Psychoanalysis. Prerequisite: PSYC1300. Goal 1C.

    • PSYC3380Abnormal Psychology
      PSYC3380 Abnormal Psychology - 3 s.h.

      A study of the disorders outlined in the current diagnostic statistical manual. Emphasis will be on etiology, symptoms, and methods of treatment. Prerequisite: Five semester hours in Psychology. Goal 1C

    • PSYC3390Cognitive Psychology
      PSYC3390 Cognitive Psychology - 3 s.h.

      Research and theory in areas of cognitive psychology, including attention; memory acquisition, storage, and retrieval; language comprehension; and problem solving. Prerequisite: PSYC1300. Goal 1C +This course is only offered every other year.

    • PSYC3500Principles of Learning
      PSYC3500 Principles of Learning - 3 s.h.

      Explores a variety of theories of learning. Considers both conceptual and applied aspects of learning. Prerequisite: PSYC1300. Goal 1C +This course is only offered every other year.

    • PSYC3520Research Methods Two
      PSYC3520 Research Methods Two - 3 s.h.

      Development and implementation of an original research project. Prerequisite: PSYC3320, psychology major. Goal 1C

    • SOCI3440Research Methods
      SOCI3440 Research Methods - 3 s.h.

      A survey of the principles and practices of social research, including data analysis, research ethics, and the design and implementation of surveys, in-depth interviews, content analysis, participant observation, experiments, and field studies. Prerequisite: MATH1380.

    PSYC1300Introductory Psychology PSYC2250Developmental Psychology PSYC3250Professional Seminar PSYC3310Social Psychology (also SOCI3310) PSYC3320Research Methods One PSYC3330Biopsychology PSYC3340Personality PSYC3350History and Systems PSYC3380Abnormal Psychology PSYC3390Cognitive Psychology PSYC3500Principles of Learning PSYC3520Research Methods Two SOCI3440Research Methods
    Course Descriptions
    PSYC1300 Introductory Psychology - 3 s.h.

    An introductory survey of psychological methods and thoughts as they relate to human experience and behavior. Topics include the role of the central nervous system in mediating behavior, learning and memory, states of awareness, motivation and emotion, personality, psychological disorders, and therapy. Goal 1C, ELO5 Social Science - Innovation

    PSYC2250 Developmental Psychology - 3 s.h.

    The study of human development over the entire lifespan. Focus is on the interaction of physical, intellectual, social, and emotional aspects of development. Prerequisite: PSYC1300. Goal 1C, ELO5 Social Science - Equality, ELO5 Social Science - Equality and Peace

    PSYC3250 Professional Seminar - 1 s.h.

    Examination of professional issues and careers in psychology, including discussion of graduate school and presentations by professional psychologists. Prerequisite: Psychology major. Goal 1C

    PSYC3310 Social Psychology (also SOCI3310) - 3 s.h.

    The study of how people think, feel, and behave in social situations. Attention given to research and application to social perception, interaction, and influence. Prerequisite: SOCI1300 or PSYC1300 (grade of C or better). Goal 1C.

    PSYC3320 Research Methods One - 3 s.h.

    Scientific rationale applied to behavioral research with emphasis on experimental design. Students design research, analyze and interpret data, and learn to write in scientific journal style. Prerequisites: MATH1380 and PSYC1300. Goal 1C

    PSYC3330 Biopsychology - 3 s.h.

    Examination of the biological substrates of behavior. Topics include synaptic transmission and patterns of neural activity, sleep and arousal, learning and memory, and motivation and emotion. Prerequisites: PSYC1300 and one of the following: BIOL1300, BIOL1400, BIOL2300. Goal 1C +This course is only offered every other year.

    PSYC3340 Personality - 3 s.h.

    A study of personality from dispositional, psychodynamic, humanistic, and behavioral perspectives and of the application of personality perspectives to current issues. Prerequisite: PSYC1300. Goal 1C

    PSYC3350 History and Systems - 3 s.h.

    PSYC3350 History and Systems 3 s.h. A historical analysis of systematic foundations in psychology. Includes Structuralism, Functionalism, Behaviorism, Gestalt psychology, and Psychoanalysis. Prerequisite: PSYC1300. Goal 1C.

    PSYC3380 Abnormal Psychology - 3 s.h.

    A study of the disorders outlined in the current diagnostic statistical manual. Emphasis will be on etiology, symptoms, and methods of treatment. Prerequisite: Five semester hours in Psychology. Goal 1C

    PSYC3390 Cognitive Psychology - 3 s.h.

    Research and theory in areas of cognitive psychology, including attention; memory acquisition, storage, and retrieval; language comprehension; and problem solving. Prerequisite: PSYC1300. Goal 1C +This course is only offered every other year.

    PSYC3500 Principles of Learning - 3 s.h.

    Explores a variety of theories of learning. Considers both conceptual and applied aspects of learning. Prerequisite: PSYC1300. Goal 1C +This course is only offered every other year.

    PSYC3520 Research Methods Two - 3 s.h.

    Development and implementation of an original research project. Prerequisite: PSYC3320, psychology major. Goal 1C

    SOCI3440 Research Methods - 3 s.h.

    A survey of the principles and practices of social research, including data analysis, research ethics, and the design and implementation of surveys, in-depth interviews, content analysis, participant observation, experiments, and field studies. Prerequisite: MATH1380.

  • Teacher Certification in Psychology

    ONLY FOR NON-PSYCHOLOGY MAJORS WHO WANT A SECONDARY PSYCHOLOGY ENDORSEMENT (5-12): Non-Psychology Majors desiring a secondary Psychology endorsement (5-12) in Iowa must complete the Secondary Education Program (with SOSC3390 Methods of Teaching Social Studies as the appropriate methods course), a major in a secondary teaching field, and 24 s.h. in Psychology including the following courses:

    Or a student may take 30 s.h. in the broad area of Social Sciences to include 15 s.h. in Psychology including the following courses:

    Courses Offered
    • PSYC1300Introductory Psychology
      PSYC1300 Introductory Psychology - 3 s.h.

      An introductory survey of psychological methods and thoughts as they relate to human experience and behavior. Topics include the role of the central nervous system in mediating behavior, learning and memory, states of awareness, motivation and emotion, personality, psychological disorders, and therapy. Goal 1C, ELO5 Social Science - Innovation

    • PSYC3310Social Psychology (also SOCI3310)
      PSYC3310 Social Psychology (also SOCI3310) - 3 s.h.

      The study of how people think, feel, and behave in social situations. Attention given to research and application to social perception, interaction, and influence. Prerequisite: SOCI1300 or PSYC1300 (grade of C or better). Goal 1C.

    • PSYC3320Research Methods One
      PSYC3320 Research Methods One - 3 s.h.

      Scientific rationale applied to behavioral research with emphasis on experimental design. Students design research, analyze and interpret data, and learn to write in scientific journal style. Prerequisites: MATH1380 and PSYC1300. Goal 1C

    • PSYC3340Personality
      PSYC3340 Personality - 3 s.h.

      A study of personality from dispositional, psychodynamic, humanistic, and behavioral perspectives and of the application of personality perspectives to current issues. Prerequisite: PSYC1300. Goal 1C

    • PSYC3350History and Systems
      PSYC3350 History and Systems - 3 s.h.

      PSYC3350 History and Systems 3 s.h. A historical analysis of systematic foundations in psychology. Includes Structuralism, Functionalism, Behaviorism, Gestalt psychology, and Psychoanalysis. Prerequisite: PSYC1300. Goal 1C.

    • PSYC3500Principles of Learning
      PSYC3500 Principles of Learning - 3 s.h.

      Explores a variety of theories of learning. Considers both conceptual and applied aspects of learning. Prerequisite: PSYC1300. Goal 1C +This course is only offered every other year.

    • SOSC3390Methods of Teaching Social Studies
      SOSC3390 Methods of Teaching Social Studies - 3 s.h.

      Discussions of the general and specific objectives of social studies in the secondary school system, the materials and resources available, techniques in teaching the social studies, types of curricula, and methods of evaluation. Prerequisites: admittance into Teacher Education, unless part of an approved Liberal Studies Program.

    PSYC1300Introductory Psychology PSYC3310Social Psychology (also SOCI3310) PSYC3320Research Methods One PSYC3340Personality PSYC3350History and Systems PSYC3500Principles of Learning SOSC3390Methods of Teaching Social Studies
    Course Descriptions
    PSYC1300 Introductory Psychology - 3 s.h.

    An introductory survey of psychological methods and thoughts as they relate to human experience and behavior. Topics include the role of the central nervous system in mediating behavior, learning and memory, states of awareness, motivation and emotion, personality, psychological disorders, and therapy. Goal 1C, ELO5 Social Science - Innovation

    PSYC3310 Social Psychology (also SOCI3310) - 3 s.h.

    The study of how people think, feel, and behave in social situations. Attention given to research and application to social perception, interaction, and influence. Prerequisite: SOCI1300 or PSYC1300 (grade of C or better). Goal 1C.

    PSYC3320 Research Methods One - 3 s.h.

    Scientific rationale applied to behavioral research with emphasis on experimental design. Students design research, analyze and interpret data, and learn to write in scientific journal style. Prerequisites: MATH1380 and PSYC1300. Goal 1C

    PSYC3340 Personality - 3 s.h.

    A study of personality from dispositional, psychodynamic, humanistic, and behavioral perspectives and of the application of personality perspectives to current issues. Prerequisite: PSYC1300. Goal 1C

    PSYC3350 History and Systems - 3 s.h.

    PSYC3350 History and Systems 3 s.h. A historical analysis of systematic foundations in psychology. Includes Structuralism, Functionalism, Behaviorism, Gestalt psychology, and Psychoanalysis. Prerequisite: PSYC1300. Goal 1C.

    PSYC3500 Principles of Learning - 3 s.h.

    Explores a variety of theories of learning. Considers both conceptual and applied aspects of learning. Prerequisite: PSYC1300. Goal 1C +This course is only offered every other year.

    SOSC3390 Methods of Teaching Social Studies - 3 s.h.

    Discussions of the general and specific objectives of social studies in the secondary school system, the materials and resources available, techniques in teaching the social studies, types of curricula, and methods of evaluation. Prerequisites: admittance into Teacher Education, unless part of an approved Liberal Studies Program.

  • Course list - Psychology
    Courses Offered
    • PSYC1300Introductory Psychology
      PSYC1300 Introductory Psychology - 3 s.h.

      An introductory survey of psychological methods and thoughts as they relate to human experience and behavior. Topics include the role of the central nervous system in mediating behavior, learning and memory, states of awareness, motivation and emotion, personality, psychological disorders, and therapy. Goal 1C, ELO5 Social Science - Innovation

    • PSYC2000Individual Study (Goal 1C)
      PSYC2000 Individual Study (Goal 1C) - 1-3 s.h.
    • PSYC2250Developmental Psychology
      PSYC2250 Developmental Psychology - 3 s.h.

      The study of human development over the entire lifespan. Focus is on the interaction of physical, intellectual, social, and emotional aspects of development. Prerequisite: PSYC1300. Goal 1C, ELO5 Social Science - Equality, ELO5 Social Science - Equality and Peace

    • PSYC2400Frontiers in Neuroscience (also BIOL2400)
      PSYC2400 Frontiers in Neuroscience (also BIOL2400) - 1 s.h.

      This course will explore historical and recent exploration in the field of neuroscience. Specifically, research will be presented related to cellular mechanisms of action in neuroscience, the use of animals in neuroscience, disease states related to neuroscience, drug discovery in neuroscience, and psychological medications in neuroscience.

    • PSYC3000Individual Study (Goal 1C)
      PSYC3000 Individual Study (Goal 1C) - 1-3 s.h.
    • PSYC3130Sports Psychology (also PHED3130)
      PSYC3130 Sports Psychology (also PHED3130) - 3 s.h.

      Analysis and application of psychological and sociological data related to the participation of the coach and the athlete in competitive sports programs. Prerequisites: Junior standing or instructor's permission.

    • PSYC3250Professional Seminar
      PSYC3250 Professional Seminar - 1 s.h.

      Examination of professional issues and careers in psychology, including discussion of graduate school and presentations by professional psychologists. Prerequisite: Psychology major. Goal 1C

    • PSYC3270Health Psychology
      PSYC3270 Health Psychology - 3 s.h.

      + PSYC3270 Health Psychology 3 s.h. Examines the ways in which basic psychological principles interact with the health care system. Included are considerations of ways that psychologists can foster better health behaviors in health care consumers including increased compliance with treatment, stress reduction, and adoption and maintenance of health-promoting habits and lifestyles. Recommended prerequisite: PSYC1300. Goal 1C. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • PSYC3280Psychology and Law
      PSYC3280 Psychology and Law - 3 s.h.

      An examination of the legal system - both criminal and civil - through the use of psychological concepts, methods, and research findings. Prerequisite: PSYC1300 or instructor consent. Goal 1C +This course is only offered every other year.

    • PSYC3300Sensation and Perception
      PSYC3300 Sensation and Perception - 3 s.h.

      Consideration of how humans receive and interpret information from their environment through receptor systems and brain mechanisms. Including theories of perception, biology of sensory and perceptual systems, and practical applications of findings from research. Prerequisite: PSYC1300. Goal 1C. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • PSYC3310Social Psychology (also SOCI3310)
      PSYC3310 Social Psychology (also SOCI3310) - 3 s.h.

      The study of how people think, feel, and behave in social situations. Attention given to research and application to social perception, interaction, and influence. Prerequisite: SOCI1300 or PSYC1300 (grade of C or better). Goal 1C.

    • PSYC3320Research Methods One
      PSYC3320 Research Methods One - 3 s.h.

      Scientific rationale applied to behavioral research with emphasis on experimental design. Students design research, analyze and interpret data, and learn to write in scientific journal style. Prerequisites: MATH1380 and PSYC1300. Goal 1C

    • PSYC3330Biopsychology
      PSYC3330 Biopsychology - 3 s.h.

      Examination of the biological substrates of behavior. Topics include synaptic transmission and patterns of neural activity, sleep and arousal, learning and memory, and motivation and emotion. Prerequisites: PSYC1300 and one of the following: BIOL1300, BIOL1400, BIOL2300. Goal 1C +This course is only offered every other year.

    • PSYC3340Personality
      PSYC3340 Personality - 3 s.h.

      A study of personality from dispositional, psychodynamic, humanistic, and behavioral perspectives and of the application of personality perspectives to current issues. Prerequisite: PSYC1300. Goal 1C

    • PSYC3350History and Systems
      PSYC3350 History and Systems - 3 s.h.

      PSYC3350 History and Systems 3 s.h. A historical analysis of systematic foundations in psychology. Includes Structuralism, Functionalism, Behaviorism, Gestalt psychology, and Psychoanalysis. Prerequisite: PSYC1300. Goal 1C.

    • PSYC3360Environmental Psychology
      PSYC3360 Environmental Psychology - 3 s.h.

      Examination of the ways in which psychology impacts conservation, population, design, and sustainability issues in both natural and built environments. Interactive activity with ongoing campus sustainability programs is a feature of the course. Goal 1C, ELO5 Social Science - Sustainability. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • PSYC3370Cross Cultural Psychology
      PSYC3370 Cross Cultural Psychology - 3 s.h.

      Study of psychological theories and empirical findings relating to variations in cultures. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning - World Citizenship, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality and Peace.

    • PSYC3380Abnormal Psychology
      PSYC3380 Abnormal Psychology - 3 s.h.

      A study of the disorders outlined in the current diagnostic statistical manual. Emphasis will be on etiology, symptoms, and methods of treatment. Prerequisite: Five semester hours in Psychology. Goal 1C

    • PSYC3390Cognitive Psychology
      PSYC3390 Cognitive Psychology - 3 s.h.

      Research and theory in areas of cognitive psychology, including attention; memory acquisition, storage, and retrieval; language comprehension; and problem solving. Prerequisite: PSYC1300. Goal 1C +This course is only offered every other year.

    • PSYC3440Psychology of the Workplace
      PSYC3440 Psychology of the Workplace - 3 s.h.

      Psychological theory applied to problems of work: workplace design; group behavior; labor-management relations; leadership; employee selection and retention; psychological evaluation of workers. Goal 1C

    • PSYC3470Psychological Tests and Measurements
      PSYC3470 Psychological Tests and Measurements - 3 s.h.

      Assessment information applied to decision making in education and psychology. Tests of processes and skills will be reviewed as well as the technical aspects of measurement. Credit not allowed for this course and EDUC3630. Goal 1C.

    • PSYC3500Principles of Learning
      PSYC3500 Principles of Learning - 3 s.h.

      Explores a variety of theories of learning. Considers both conceptual and applied aspects of learning. Prerequisite: PSYC1300. Goal 1C +This course is only offered every other year.

    • PSYC3520Research Methods Two
      PSYC3520 Research Methods Two - 3 s.h.

      Development and implementation of an original research project. Prerequisite: PSYC3320, psychology major. Goal 1C

    • PSYC3900Topics in Psychology
      PSYC3900 Topics in Psychology - 1-3 s.h.

      In-depth study of topics in the field of psychology. May be repeated for credit as topics vary. Prerequisite: PSYC1300. Goal 1C

    • PSYC3900CTopic – Animal Models of Psychopathology
      PSYC3900C Topic – Animal Models of Psychopathology - 3 s.h.

      An exploration of the role of animals in the experimental study of mental illness. Course includes the psychology and neurobiology of human psychopathology, historical conceptions, assessment of animal model validity and specific animal models for human illnesses such as schizophrenia, anxiety, depression, aggression, and memory disorders due both to disease and aging. Prerequisite: PSYC1300 or instructor consent.

    • PSYC4000Individual Study (Goal 1C)
      PSYC4000 Individual Study (Goal 1C) - 1-3 s.h.
    • PSYC4360Senior Internship
      PSYC4360 Senior Internship - 3 s.h.

      Practical application of knowledge, theory and skills in a professional setting. Prerequisite: Senior standing, psychology major, instructor’s consent. Goal 1C.

    • PSYC4430Theory and Practice of Counseling
      PSYC4430 Theory and Practice of Counseling - 3 s.h.

      A course designed to explore characteristics of counselors, characteristics of clients, basic counseling techniques, and current theories of counseling. Prerequisite: PSYC1300. Goal 1C

    PSYC1300Introductory Psychology PSYC2000Individual Study (Goal 1C) PSYC2250Developmental Psychology PSYC2400Frontiers in Neuroscience (also BIOL2400) PSYC3000Individual Study (Goal 1C) PSYC3130Sports Psychology (also PHED3130) PSYC3250Professional Seminar PSYC3270Health Psychology PSYC3280Psychology and Law PSYC3300Sensation and Perception PSYC3310Social Psychology (also SOCI3310) PSYC3320Research Methods One PSYC3330Biopsychology PSYC3340Personality PSYC3350History and Systems PSYC3360Environmental Psychology PSYC3370Cross Cultural Psychology PSYC3380Abnormal Psychology PSYC3390Cognitive Psychology PSYC3440Psychology of the Workplace PSYC3470Psychological Tests and Measurements PSYC3500Principles of Learning PSYC3520Research Methods Two PSYC3900Topics in Psychology PSYC3900CTopic – Animal Models of Psychopathology PSYC4000Individual Study (Goal 1C) PSYC4360Senior Internship PSYC4430Theory and Practice of Counseling
    Course Descriptions
    PSYC1300 Introductory Psychology - 3 s.h.

    An introductory survey of psychological methods and thoughts as they relate to human experience and behavior. Topics include the role of the central nervous system in mediating behavior, learning and memory, states of awareness, motivation and emotion, personality, psychological disorders, and therapy. Goal 1C, ELO5 Social Science - Innovation

    PSYC2000 Individual Study (Goal 1C) - 1-3 s.h.
    PSYC2250 Developmental Psychology - 3 s.h.

    The study of human development over the entire lifespan. Focus is on the interaction of physical, intellectual, social, and emotional aspects of development. Prerequisite: PSYC1300. Goal 1C, ELO5 Social Science - Equality, ELO5 Social Science - Equality and Peace

    PSYC2400 Frontiers in Neuroscience (also BIOL2400) - 1 s.h.

    This course will explore historical and recent exploration in the field of neuroscience. Specifically, research will be presented related to cellular mechanisms of action in neuroscience, the use of animals in neuroscience, disease states related to neuroscience, drug discovery in neuroscience, and psychological medications in neuroscience.

    PSYC3000 Individual Study (Goal 1C) - 1-3 s.h.
    PSYC3130 Sports Psychology (also PHED3130) - 3 s.h.

    Analysis and application of psychological and sociological data related to the participation of the coach and the athlete in competitive sports programs. Prerequisites: Junior standing or instructor's permission.

    PSYC3250 Professional Seminar - 1 s.h.

    Examination of professional issues and careers in psychology, including discussion of graduate school and presentations by professional psychologists. Prerequisite: Psychology major. Goal 1C

    PSYC3270 Health Psychology - 3 s.h.

    + PSYC3270 Health Psychology 3 s.h. Examines the ways in which basic psychological principles interact with the health care system. Included are considerations of ways that psychologists can foster better health behaviors in health care consumers including increased compliance with treatment, stress reduction, and adoption and maintenance of health-promoting habits and lifestyles. Recommended prerequisite: PSYC1300. Goal 1C. +This course is only offered every other year.

    PSYC3280 Psychology and Law - 3 s.h.

    An examination of the legal system - both criminal and civil - through the use of psychological concepts, methods, and research findings. Prerequisite: PSYC1300 or instructor consent. Goal 1C +This course is only offered every other year.

    PSYC3300 Sensation and Perception - 3 s.h.

    Consideration of how humans receive and interpret information from their environment through receptor systems and brain mechanisms. Including theories of perception, biology of sensory and perceptual systems, and practical applications of findings from research. Prerequisite: PSYC1300. Goal 1C. +This course is only offered every other year.

    PSYC3310 Social Psychology (also SOCI3310) - 3 s.h.

    The study of how people think, feel, and behave in social situations. Attention given to research and application to social perception, interaction, and influence. Prerequisite: SOCI1300 or PSYC1300 (grade of C or better). Goal 1C.

    PSYC3320 Research Methods One - 3 s.h.

    Scientific rationale applied to behavioral research with emphasis on experimental design. Students design research, analyze and interpret data, and learn to write in scientific journal style. Prerequisites: MATH1380 and PSYC1300. Goal 1C

    PSYC3330 Biopsychology - 3 s.h.

    Examination of the biological substrates of behavior. Topics include synaptic transmission and patterns of neural activity, sleep and arousal, learning and memory, and motivation and emotion. Prerequisites: PSYC1300 and one of the following: BIOL1300, BIOL1400, BIOL2300. Goal 1C +This course is only offered every other year.

    PSYC3340 Personality - 3 s.h.

    A study of personality from dispositional, psychodynamic, humanistic, and behavioral perspectives and of the application of personality perspectives to current issues. Prerequisite: PSYC1300. Goal 1C

    PSYC3350 History and Systems - 3 s.h.

    PSYC3350 History and Systems 3 s.h. A historical analysis of systematic foundations in psychology. Includes Structuralism, Functionalism, Behaviorism, Gestalt psychology, and Psychoanalysis. Prerequisite: PSYC1300. Goal 1C.

    PSYC3360 Environmental Psychology - 3 s.h.

    Examination of the ways in which psychology impacts conservation, population, design, and sustainability issues in both natural and built environments. Interactive activity with ongoing campus sustainability programs is a feature of the course. Goal 1C, ELO5 Social Science - Sustainability. +This course is only offered every other year.

    PSYC3370 Cross Cultural Psychology - 3 s.h.

    Study of psychological theories and empirical findings relating to variations in cultures. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning - World Citizenship, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality and Peace.

    PSYC3380 Abnormal Psychology - 3 s.h.

    A study of the disorders outlined in the current diagnostic statistical manual. Emphasis will be on etiology, symptoms, and methods of treatment. Prerequisite: Five semester hours in Psychology. Goal 1C

    PSYC3390 Cognitive Psychology - 3 s.h.

    Research and theory in areas of cognitive psychology, including attention; memory acquisition, storage, and retrieval; language comprehension; and problem solving. Prerequisite: PSYC1300. Goal 1C +This course is only offered every other year.

    PSYC3440 Psychology of the Workplace - 3 s.h.

    Psychological theory applied to problems of work: workplace design; group behavior; labor-management relations; leadership; employee selection and retention; psychological evaluation of workers. Goal 1C

    PSYC3470 Psychological Tests and Measurements - 3 s.h.

    Assessment information applied to decision making in education and psychology. Tests of processes and skills will be reviewed as well as the technical aspects of measurement. Credit not allowed for this course and EDUC3630. Goal 1C.

    PSYC3500 Principles of Learning - 3 s.h.

    Explores a variety of theories of learning. Considers both conceptual and applied aspects of learning. Prerequisite: PSYC1300. Goal 1C +This course is only offered every other year.

    PSYC3520 Research Methods Two - 3 s.h.

    Development and implementation of an original research project. Prerequisite: PSYC3320, psychology major. Goal 1C

    PSYC3900 Topics in Psychology - 1-3 s.h.

    In-depth study of topics in the field of psychology. May be repeated for credit as topics vary. Prerequisite: PSYC1300. Goal 1C

    PSYC3900C Topic – Animal Models of Psychopathology - 3 s.h.

    An exploration of the role of animals in the experimental study of mental illness. Course includes the psychology and neurobiology of human psychopathology, historical conceptions, assessment of animal model validity and specific animal models for human illnesses such as schizophrenia, anxiety, depression, aggression, and memory disorders due both to disease and aging. Prerequisite: PSYC1300 or instructor consent.

    PSYC4000 Individual Study (Goal 1C) - 1-3 s.h.
    PSYC4360 Senior Internship - 3 s.h.

    Practical application of knowledge, theory and skills in a professional setting. Prerequisite: Senior standing, psychology major, instructor’s consent. Goal 1C.

    PSYC4430 Theory and Practice of Counseling - 3 s.h.

    A course designed to explore characteristics of counselors, characteristics of clients, basic counseling techniques, and current theories of counseling. Prerequisite: PSYC1300. Goal 1C