Psychology (PSY) 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 fall, spring, sumemr semesters

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. Prerequisite: PSY 1013.

Offered fall, spring, summer semesters

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. Prerequisite: PSY 1013.

Offered fall, spring, summer semesters

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. Prerequisite: PSY 2383.

Offered fall, spring semesters

PSY 2413 Developmental Psychology

Three hours

A study of the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development of the human from conception through adulthood. Prerequisite: PSY 1013

Offered fall semester

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. Prerequisite: PSY 2383. 

Offered fall, spring semesters

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. Prerequisite: PSY 1013

Offered fall, summer semesters

PSY 3493 Research Seminar

Three hours

An opportunity for students to develop research skills in a content area with the goal of completing and presenting an empirical research project. Members of the class also produce the departmental online undergraduate research journal. Prerequisite: PSY 2393

Offered fall, spring semesters

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. Prerequisite: PSY 1013.

Offered fall, spring semesters

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. Prerequisite: PSY 2393. 

Offered fall, spring semesters

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. Prerequisite: PSY 2393

Offered fall, spring semesters

PSY 4493 Seminar in Psychology

Three hours

An integrated capstone course emphasizing the application of Christian thought to the study and practice of contemporary psychology. Special emphasis is given to the selection of topics in psychological science which present unique challenges in the task of integration for students. Prerequisites: PSY 2393, six hours of BBL, and junior standing.

Offered fall, summer semesters

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