Course Descriptions

Psychology Online

Psychology Online


COR 1103 - Orientation to Learning (3 credit hours)
Prepares students to locate and use resources available to online and hybrid learners and introduces the Christian worldview unique to JBU. The distinctive characteristics of adult learners are explored and students identify their individual strengths through the StrengthsQuest Assessment instrument. Offered in online and hybrid formats.

PSY 1013 - Introductory Psychology (3 credit 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 theory, research, and practice as the foundations of modern psychology. 

PSY 2233 - Theories of Counseling (3 credit 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

PSY 2383 - Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (3 credit hours)
A general statistics course that stresses a conceptual understanding of statistical procedures, and their appropriate use and interpretation. The course uses spreadsheet applications, current behavioral research publications, and examples from current events to teach critical thinking skills. Topics include descriptive statistics, the normal distribution, probability, and inferential statistics. Offered in online format.
Prerequisites: PSY1013 and either an ACT Math score of at least 19, a minimum SAT score of 480, or MTH 0153 or higher

PSY 2393 - Research Methods (3 credit 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 1013 and PSY 2383

PSY 2413 - Developmental Psychology (3 credit hours)
A study of the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development of the human from conception through adulthood. 
Prerequisite: PSY 1013

PSY 3203 - Psychological Testing (3 credit 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 1013 and PSY 2383

PSY 3423 - Social Psychology (3 credit 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

PSY 3493 Research Seminar (3 credit hours)
An opportunity for students to develop research skills in a content area with the goal of completing and presenting an empirical research project.
Prerequisite: PSY 2393

PSY 4213 Abnormal Psychology (3 credit 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; PSY 2223 recommended

PSY 4333 - Cognitive Psychology (3 credit 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 1013

PSY 4343 - Theories of Learning (3 credit 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 1013 and PSY 2393

PSY 4493 - Seminar in Psychology (3 credit 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

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