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PSYC 111. Careers in Psychology
An introduction to careers in psychology that focuses on career goals based on personal interests, abilities, and skills. Discussions of the sub-disciplines and professions in psychology, career paths, including graduate school and/or bachelor’s level employment are included. Prerequisite: PSYC 131. Required course for freshmen, transfer students, and upperclassmen that change their major to Psychology. Credit, 1 hour. Offered spring semesters only.

PSYC 131. Basic Psychology
The course emphasizes the etiologies of human behavior and pursues in depth study of motivation, emotion, the human senses, perception, personality, thinking, psychopathology, and measurement in psychology, as applied to physical and mental health. Required as a prerequisite to all courses for Psychology majors and minors; may be taken concurrently with PSYC 111. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall and spring semesters.

PSYC 232. Psychology of Human Development
A study of human behavior and mental processes as these relate to physical, cognitive and psychosocial development of the individual from conception through adulthood including children identified as exceptional. Prerequisite: PSYC 131. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall and spring semesters.

PSYC 234. Research Design and Statistics I
The focus of this course is on the methods used to describe, predict, and explain behavior and mental processes. An introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics, including issues related to sampling and hypothesis testing. Prerequisite: PSYC 131 and any college math course. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall semesters.

PSYC 244. Research Design and Statistics II
A continuation of PSYC 234, including issues related to development of a testable research hypothesis and completion of a research proposal. Prerequisite: PSYC 131 and PSYC 234. Laboratory included. Credit, 4 hours. Offered spring semesters.

PSYC 237. Introduction to Counseling
A study of the basic issues in the counseling process, including: philosophical and ethical concerns, the role of the counselor, the counseling experience and problems in counseling. Public school guidance and counseling will be addressed. Prerequisite: PSYC 131. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall semesters.

PSYC 238. Psychology of Learning and Exceptionality
A study of learning as a process of change. Includes investigation of the relationship of behavioral, social, cognitive, and information processing learning and motivational theories to instruction, principles of behavior and classroom management, standardized and teacher-constructed tests, exceptionality, and planning of instruction. Prerequisite: PSYC 131; Recommended: PSYC 232. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall and spring semesters.

PSYC 331. Physiological Psychology
A study of the brain and central and peripheral systems as these related to neuropsychological explanations of human behavior. Prerequisite: PSYC 131. A Biology course as a prerequisite is suggested. Credit, 3 hours. Offered spring semesters.

PSYC 332. Adult Development
Basic issues of adult development, including the psychological, biological, and social impact of aging. Issues related to biology, social work, business, and public health as they pertain to adulthood will be discussed. Prerequisite: PSYC 131 and PSYC 232. Credit, 3 hours. Offered spring semesters.

PSYC 333. Psychology of Personality
The major contemporary theories of the origin and development of personality are explored, including: behavioral, psychoanalytical, psychophysical, and self-theories. Prerequisite: PSYC 131. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall semesters.

PSYC 334. Social Psychology
The study of how the thoughts, feelings, and actions of people are influenced by the real or perceived presence of other people. A focus on the factors under which social conditions affect people in a universal manner Prerequisite: PSYC 131. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall semesters.

PSYC 338. Industrial/Organizational Psychology
An investigation of the motives, manipulations and power factors involved in understanding behaviors, predicting outcomes, controlling processes, products and events, and analyzing the psychological effects associated with the man-machine relationship as these pertain to problems of people working in industry and other complex organizations. Prerequisite: PSYC 131. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall semesters.

PSYC 401 IS. Sports Psychology
The course provides an overview of psychological theory and research as it relates to sports and exercise at the individual and group levels. Topics of study include personal influences on performance such as motivation, arousal, stress, and anxiety; situational influences on performance such as competition and reinforcement; and strategies for performance enhancement such as imagery and increasing confidence. This is an Integrated Studies course, therefore there are no prerequisites. Credit, 3 hours. Offered Fall semesters.

PSYC 430. Psychology of Religion
A course in the psychology of religious experience. Special emphasis will be given to religious growth, worship, the psychology of belief, and normal religious behavior. Informal lectures and class discussion on assigned readings. Prerequisite: PSYC 131. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall semesters.

PSYC 431. Psychological Testing
An introduction to psychological testing including a critical evaluation of current tests of achievement, intelligence, interest, and personality. Prerequisite: PSYC 131, 234, and 244, plus, any college math course. Credit, 3 hours. Offered spring semesters.

PSYC 433. Counseling Psychology
A study of the founders, philosophical, theoretical and background influences of various counseling approaches. Special attention will be paid to Psychodynamic, Person-Centered, Gestalt, Behavioral, Cognitive-Behavioral, Existential, and Family System approaches. Prerequisite: PSYC 131, 234, 244, and PSYC 237. Credit, 3 hours. Offered spring semesters.

PSYC 434. Forensic Psychology
The American Academy of Forensic Psychology notes that “forensic psychology is the application of the science and profession of psychology to questions and issues relating to law and the legal system. This course focuses primarily on psychology related to the criminal justice system and will only address civil proceedings peripherally. The purpose of this course is to provide the student with an overview of (a) the theories that support the utilization of psychology in the criminal justice system and (b) how those theories and psychological research are applied in law enforcement, the courts, and corrections. Prerequisite: PSYC 131. Credit, 3 hours. Offered Spring semesters.

PSYC 435. Abnormal Psychology
A course dealing with biochemical/genetic, psycho-emotional, cognitive and psycho-social bases of personality disorganization and behavioral disorders as proposed by the American Psychiatric Association. Theories, intervention strategies and experimental evidence from psychopathology are also presented. Clinical evaluations according to DSM IV multiaxial diagnosis criteria are required. Prerequisite: PSYC 131, 234, and 244. Credit, 3 hours. Offered spring semesters.

PSYC 436. Learning and Cognition
The study of learning and cognition is crucial to the more general study of human behavior. This course integrates classic learning theory with contemporary issues of human mental processes, and provides a comprehensive understanding of behavioral change as influenced by memory and problem solving. Prerequisite: PSYC 131, 234, and 244. Credit, 3 hours. Offered spring semesters.

PSYC 438. History and Systems in Psychology
A history of modern psychology focusing on the development and decline of different techniques and approaches in German, British, and American psychology. Exploration of the  interrelationships among the historical facts and theories providing an integration and awareness of the discipline of psychology. Prerequisite: PSYC 131, 234, and 244. Credit, 3 hours. Offered Fall semesters.

PSYC 490. Directed Study-Special Topics
Appropriate for Majors (may be repeated for up to 6 credit hours) or Minors (may only be taken once for 3 credit hours). The topic of this course will vary according to student and faculty interest and will explore contemporary issues in psychology. Prerequisite: PSYC 131, 234, and 244. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall or spring semesters as needed.

PSYC 491. Directed Study-Research or Readings
An advanced course involving research or exploring issues in psychology. Open to psychology majors only. This course is reserved for students who display self-direction and academic excellence. Prerequisite: PSYC 131, 234, and 244, and permission of the Department Chair. Credit: 1-6 hours. (Total credit allowed: 6 hours). Offered fall and spring semesters.

PSYC 499. Senior Seminar
A capstone course to be taken the fall before graduation which is designed to review and integrate all the course work for the major in Psychology. Students will be assisted in setting goals and objectives for future work in the field of psychology. Prerequisite: PSYC 131, 234, and 244, and, senior status. Credit, 2 hours. Offered fall semesters.