Psychology (PS) Courses

Descriptions of courses offered in the Psychology Department

PSY 1013 Introductory Psychology

Three hours

The scientific study of human behavior and mental processes including the brain and behavior, consciousness, learning and memory, development, sociocultural processes, emotions, stress and health responses, psychopathology, and treatment methods in psychological science. Students are introduced to the theory, research, and practice as the foundations of modern psychology. Offered in online format.

 

PSY 2233 Theories of Counseling

Three hours

A study of major counseling theories. Includes dynamic, existential, humanistic, gestalt, cognitive-behavioral, reality, and family systems theories of counseling and the most useful strategies from each. Offered in online format. Prerequisite: PSY 1013.

 

PSY 2383 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences

Three hours

A study of the essential statistics techniques needed to analyze experimental data and understand current research publications with applications in social and behavioral sciences. Topics include graphing, descriptive statistics, inferential statistics, and hypothesis testing (using correlation, regression, t-tests, ANOVA, and chi square). Extensive use of statistical software for both calculation and enhancing conceptual understanding and critical thinking. Offered in online format. Prerequisite: PSY 1013.

 

PSY 2393 Research Methods

Three hours

An introduction to research methods in psychology that stresses critical thinking about methodological issues. Research skills are developed in hypothesis construction, research design, interpretation of statistical results, scientific writing, library and internet research, and presentation of results to a professional audience. Offered in online format. Prerequisite: PSY 2383.

 

PSY 2903 Psychology of Personal Growth

Three hours

A study of the origin and nature of human individual differences, including an investigation of human coping strategies, an exploration of the potential of personality change, and understanding the scientific approach to human adjustment.

 

PSY 3203 Psychological Testing

Three hours

An examination of the theory, interpretation, and appropriate use of individual and group tests of personality, mental ability, aptitude, achievement, and interest. Offered in online format. Prerequisite: PSY 2383.

 

PSY 3423 Social Psychology

Three hours

An investigation of how the behavior, feelings and thoughts of an individual are influenced or determined by the behavior and characteristics of others. Topics for discussion include attraction, attitudes, aggression, persuasion, and group behavior. Offered in online format. Prerequisite: PSY 1013.

 

PSY 4213 Abnormal Psychology

Three hours

The nature, causes, and treatment of maladaptive behavior including personality disorders, psychoses, reactions to stress, anxiety disorders, and other dysfunctions. Includes a review of diagnostic techniques, biological and psychological therapies, preventive programs and other strategies of intervention. Offered in online format. Prerequisite: PSY 1013.

 

PSY 4333 Cognitive Psychology

Three hours

A study of the major principles, research methods, and empirical findings of cognitive psychology, including attention, memory, imagery, categorization, language, and problem solving. Offered in online format. Prerequisite: PSY 2393.

 

PSY 4343 Theories of Learning

Three hours

A study of the major theories, research methods, and empirical findings of animal and human learning. Classical and operant conditioning paradigms are emphasized. Offered in online format. Prerequisite: PSY 2393.

 

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