Psychology Courses

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Psychology Course Descriptions

 

PSY101 Psychology of Human Relations
Applies psychological principles to understanding relationships with ourselves and others. Includes an overview of basic personality and social psychology principles in addition to skill development in the following areas: dealing with emotions, interpersonal communication, developing close relationships, conflict resolution, and stress management. F, W, Sp, Su
4 Credits

PSY104 Workplace Psychology
Focuses on a number of important factors for effective performance in the workplace. Includes interpersonal skill development and communication, understanding individual differences, developing conflict resolution skills, group behavior, problem solving and decision making, becoming an effective leader, motivation, goal planning, diversity, stress management, improving career management skills, enhancing ethical behavior, and managing various work conditions. Covers important workplace laws and regulations in the United States. F, W, Sp, Su
4 Credits

PSY201 Intro to Psych: Mind & Body
Focuses on psychology as a natural science stressing history, methodology, the biological foundations of behavior, human development, sensation, perception, consciousness, learning, and memory. Prerequisite: Placement into RD115 and WR115; or completion of (or concurrent enrollment in) RD080 and RD085; or RD090; and WR090 or higher; or consent of instructor. (All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.) F, W, Sp, Su
4 Credits

PSY202 Intro to Psych: Mind & Society
Focuses on psychology as a social science stressing language, thinking, emotion, motivation, intelligence, personality, health, abnormal behavior, therapy, and social thinking. Prerequisite: Placement into RD115 and WR115; or completion of (or concurrent enrollment in) RD080 and RD085; or RD090; and WR090 or higher; or consent of instructor. (All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.) F, W, Sp, Su; CL
4 Credits

PSY213 Behavioral Neuroscience
Surveys the role of the brain and nervous system in behavior, psychological functioning, and the neurophysiological processes that underlie human development. Prerequisite: PSY201; or BI212; or BI171; or BI231; or consent of instructor. (All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.) F, W, Sp, Su
4 Credits

PSY218 Educational Psychology
A survey of psychological topics relevant to educational settings. Topics may include child and adolescent development, language, group difference, learning, memory, behavior management, motivation, and assessment. Intended for Education Majors. Prerequisite: Placement into RD115 and WR115; or completion of (or concurrent enrollment in) RD080 and RD085; or RD090; and WR090 or higher; or consent of instructor. (All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.) Sp
4 Credits

PSY234 Social Psychology
Provides an overview of the major concepts and questions in the field of social psychology. Emphasizes diverse ways in which people’s thoughts and actions are influenced by social stimuli. Illustrates theories and research on such topics as the self, relationships, conformity, helping behavior, impact of a diverse world, intercultural differences, and aggression. Prerequisite: PSY201 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. F, W, Sp, Su; CL
4 Credits

PSY237 Life Span Development
Introduces the science of developmental psychology, emphasizing the interrelatedness of the biological, cognitive, and psychosocial domains from genetics and conception through prenatal development, birth, infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and death and bereavement. Prerequisite: PSY201 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. F, W, Sp, Su
4 Credits

PSY239 Intro to Abnormal Behavior
Provides a broad overview of abnormal psychology. Include assessment and classification of psychological disorders, biological and environmental factors associated with psychopathology, treatment, and ethical legal issues. Prerequisite: PSY201 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. F, W, Sp, Su
4 Credits

PSY280 Psychology of Media
Introduces the role of media on human behavior and cognition. Explores history of psychology of media, influence on social behavior, audience dynamics, propaganda, and linguistics. Media examined include, but are not limited to, radio, television, film, video, newsprint, magazines, video games, internet, and social networking. Examines how media is used to perpetuate unequal distribution of power and discrimination, including how media is used to influence perception of similarities and differences between or within social/cultural groups. Focuses on the United States, but discusses how media is used around the globe and how the United States is portrayed in news media around the globe. Prerequisite: PSY201 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. Sp, Offered as needed; CL
4 Credits

PSY282 Psychology of Adolescence
Introduces major theories, current research, and issues pertaining to early, middle, and late adolescent development. Includes normal biological, cognitive, and psychosocial development, as well as deviant or problematic behavior. Prerequisite: PSY201 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. F, W, Sp, Su
4 Credits