Department of Psychology

Dr. Maryellen Hamilton, Chairperson

The Psychology Department offers a major in Psychology with optional concentrations in Clinical Psychology or Forensic Psychology. A minor in Psychology is also offered.

Requirements for Psychology Major

Degree of Bachelor of Science

PS-151Introduction to Psychology3
PS-200Statistics and Research Methods3
PS-205Experimental Psychology3
PS-210Advanced Statistics and Computer Applications3
PS-Psychology Electives12
Select three of the following courses:9
Childhood and Adolescence
Personality
Abnormal Psychology
History of Psychology
Industrial-Organizational Psychology
Select two of the following courses with capstone laboratories: 112
Social Experimental Psychology
and Capstone: Seminar Lab Social Experiment
Learning
and Capstone: Seminar and Lab in Learning
Cognitive Processes
and Capstone: Seminar and Lab in Cognitive Process
Moral Psychology
and Capstone: Seminar and Lab in Moral Psychology
Political Psychology
and Capstone: Seminar and Lab in Political Psychology
Industrial-Organizational Psychology
and Capstone: Seminar and Lab in Industrial-Organizational Psychology
Special Topics in Psychology
and Capstone: Seminar and Lab in Special Topics in Psychology
Total Credits45

Special Notes on Core Curriculum Requirements

Optional Psychology Degree Concentrations

Students majoring in Psychology may choose (but are not required) to pursue a concentration in clinical psychology or forensic psychology. Concentrations entail 15 credits of coursework that allow students to focus on an area that they might be considering for graduate study and/or a future career. Pursuing a concentration does not affect the core or the total number of credits required for the psychology BS degree.

Concentration in Clinical Psychology

PS-260Abnormal Psychology3
PS-250Personality3
PS-340Physiological Psychology3
Select two of the following:6
Biological Foundations: Human Sexuality
Cross-Cultural Psychology
Psychopathology and Film
Tests and Measurements
History of Psychology
Undergrad Psychology Research
Total Credits15

Concentration in Forensic Psychology

PS-435Forensic Psychology3
PS-305Tests and Measurements3
Select three of the following:9
Social Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Personality
Cross-Cultural Psychology
Undergrad Psychology Research
Total Credits15

Special Notes for Psychology-Education Double Majors

Requirements for a Minor in Psychology

PS-151Introduction to Psychology3
PS-Psychology Electives15
Total Credits18

Courses

PS-140. Psychology of Success. 3 Credits.

Psychology of Success is a course based upon a self-oriented exploration of basic psychological concepts, principles, theories, and the fundamental habits of research. It is designed to expose students to psychology as a discipline through an emphasis on constructs related to habits related to personal success. This course does not count for Psychology majors.

PS-151. Introduction to Psychology. 3 Credits.

Exploration of the methods and applications of psychology; introduction to research techniques, concepts, theories, and findings about normal and abnormal behavior.

PS-170. Marriage and Family. 3 Credits.

Examination of the dynamics and functioning of family systems (forming relationships, communication, marriages, sexuality, childraising, cross generational interactions, possible estrangements, the influences of gender and culture, and family therapy) through lecture, discussion, and class participation. Prerequisites: PS-151 MINIMUM GRADE C.

PS-200. Statistics and Research Methods. 3 Credits.

An introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics with emphasis on research methodology and applications in psychology. Prerequisites: MINIMUM GRADE OF C IN PS-151.

PS-205. Experimental Psychology. 3 Credits.

Examination and training in experimental methodology with a focus on the scientific method and empiricism. Topics include the philosophy of science, statistics, developing and testing hypotheses, control techniques, designs, and ethics. Prerequisites: PS-151 MINIMUM GRADE C.

PS-210. Advanced Statistics and Computer Applications. 3 Credits.

An overview of the ways in which computers are used in psychology. Topics include experimental data analysis using statistical packages such as SPSS, library research using PsycLIT, creating resumes, APA style, and PowerPoint presentations for conferences. Prerequisites: PS-200 MINIMUM GRADE C.

PS-220. Social Psychology. 3 Credits.

Study of the individual in the social environment examination of such topics as attitude formation and change, social influence, leadership and community, intergroup relations, aggression, and altruism. Prerequisites: EARN C OR BETTER IN PS-151.

PS-230. Childhood and Adolescence. 3 Credits.

A survey of the physical, intellectual, social, and personality development that occurs during infancy, toddlerhood, childhood, and adolescence. Prerequisites: EARN C OR BETTER IN PS-151.

PS-235. Life Span Development. 3 Credits.

Comprehensive examination of the basic principles, stages and aspects of human growth and development from birth to senescence. May replace PS230 as a required course, but cannot take both PS230 and PS235. Prerequisites: EARN C OR BETTER IN PS-151.

PS-240. Adulthood and Aging. 3 Credits.

Examination of the developmental changes in the human life cycle from young adulthood through maturity. Focuses on patterns of change and growth during adulthood, social attitudes, and gerontological psychology. Prerequisites: EARN C OR BETTER IN PS-151.

PS-250. Personality. 3 Credits.

Exploration of personality theories including psychoanalysis, cognitive, behavioral and humanist approaches as they describe the development, functioning, and organization of the individual. Examination of the personal and clinical relevance of the theories. Prerequisites: EARN C OR BETTER IN PS-151.

PS-260. Abnormal Psychology. 3 Credits.

Description of normal and abnormal personality with emphasis on etiology, manifestations, dynamics, treatment, and prevention of social/psychological dysfunctions. Prerequisites: EARN C OR BETTER IN PS-151.

PS-295. Co-Op. 3 Credits.

PS-305. Tests and Measurements. 3 Credits.

Introduction to the theory and methods of assessing intelligence, attitudes, human abilities, and personality. Supervised experience with tests. Prerequisites: EARN C OR BETTER IN PS-151.

PS-310. Social Experimental Psychology. 3 Credits.

The study of individual behavior in the social environment with an emphasis on quantitative experimental techniques used to examine theories and models. Techniques include observational research, ethics in human research, questionnaire research, formal experiments, naturally occurring studies, archival studies and non-interventional field research. Topics include attitude formation, social influence, leadership, intergroup relations, aggression and altruism. Prerequisites: EARN C OR BETTER IN PS-151.

PS-311. Capstone: Seminar Lab Social Experiment. 3 Credits.

PS-320. Learning. 3 Credits.

An examination of the major historical and contemporary theories of learning. Discussions will focus mainly on the critical analysis of experiments conducted on both animals and humans. Lectures will be supplemented with classroom demonstrations and exercises. Prerequisites: PS-151 MINIMUM GRADE C.

PS-321. Capstone: Seminar and Lab in Learning. 3 Credits.

PS-340. Physiological Psychology. 3 Credits.

Relationships between physiological processes and behavior with emphasis on the role of the central nervous system in human behavior. Prerequisites: PS-151 MINIMUM GRADE C.

PS-350. Cognitive Processes. 3 Credits.

Examination of the issues, theories, and applications of memory, attention, pattern recognition, organization of knowledge, language, reasoning, and problem solving. In studying these topics, we will use the information processing and connectionist approaches. Prerequisites: PS-151 MINIMUM GRADE C.

PS-351. Capstone: Seminar and Lab in Cognitive Process. 3 Credits.

PS-398. Undergrad Psychology Research. 3 Credits.

Readings, reports and conferences aimed at preparing the student for independent research under supervision of a staff member. Prerequisites: PS-151 MINIMUM GRADE C.

PS-400. Moral Psychology. 3 Credits.

This course provides a broad introduction to the field of moral psychology with an emphasis on recent developments in the field. Topics include how people make moral judgements, how people define the moral domain, the relationship between emotional morality, and how morality affects behavior. Prerequisites: PS-151 MINIMUM GRADE C.

PS-401. Capstone: Seminar and Lab in Moral Psychology. 3 Credits.

Capstone laboratory and seminar in Moral Psychology.

PS-406. Political Psychology. 3 Credits.

This course will provide a broad introduction to the field of political psychology. Topics will include such things as psychology political ideology, political decision making and intergroup conflict. Prerequisites: PS-151 MINIMUM GRADE C.

PS-407. Capstone: Seminar and Lab in Political Psychology. 3 Credits.

Capstone laboratory and seminar in Political Psychology.

PS-420. History of Psychology. 3 Credits.

Survey of the origins and historical development of psychology leading to an analysis of main theories and systems. Prerequisites: PS-151 MINIMUM GRADE C.

PS-430. Industrial-Organizational Psychology. 3 Credits.

Study of behavior in organizational and business-related settings. Examination of such topics as employee motivation and satisfaction, communication patterns, effective leadership strategies, and organization development. Prerequisites: PS-151 MINIMUM GRADE C.

PS-431. Capstone: Seminar and Lab in Industrial-Organizational Psychology. 3 Credits.

PS-435. Forensic Psychology. 3 Credits.

The application of psychology to the legal and criminal justice systems including psychology and the law, incarceration of the mentally ill, the psychology of policing, competency to stand trial, risk assessment, psychometric testing, evaluation of witness and expert testimony. Prerequisites: PS-151 MINIMUM GRADE C.

PS-445. Sport Psychology. 3 Credits.

The study of behavior in sport and exercise with a focus on how psychological factors affect physical performance and how sport and exercise affect psychological development, health, and well-being. Prerequisites: PS-151 MINIMUM GRADE C.

PS-450. Cross-Cultural Psychology. 3 Credits.

Focuses on the study of human behavior as a result of living in a given culture. Topics include bilingualism, comparison of personality, perceptual, and cognitive development in different societies, gender roles, and special issues in cross-cultural research. Prerequisites: PS-151 MINIMUM GRADE C.

PS-455. Biological Foundations: Human Sexuality. 3 Credits.

Focuses on the biological foundations of human sexuality. Topics include sexual anatomy and physiology, human reproduction, development, dysfunctions, therapy, and health. Prerequisites: PS-151 MINIMUM GRADE C.

PS-463. Psychopathology and Film. 3 Credits.

An advanced course in the clinical areas of diagnosis and treatment of mental illness applying the diagnostic and statistical manual (DSM) guidelines to selected films. Prerequisites: PS-151, PS-250 OR PS-260 MINIMUM GRADE C.

PS-480. Special Topics in Psychology. 3 Credits.

An advanced exploration of a selected topic in contemporary psychology. Prerequisites: PS-151 MINIMUM GRADE C.

PS-481. Capstone: Seminar and Lab in Special Topics in Psychology. 3 Credits.

PS-499. Capstone: Seminar and Lab in General Psychology. 3 Credits.

Capstone seminar and lab in general Psychology. Prerequisites: EARN C OR BETTER IN PS-210 AND PS-205.