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PSY 155 (F, S)
INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY
3 credits
Frameworks
This course will provide a general introduction to the discipline of psychology. Emphasis will be given to the methods, theories, and findings of psychological research. Areas covered may include biological bases of behavior, learning, perception, thinking, development, personality, abnormality, and social behavior.

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PSY 210 (F, S)
DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
3 credits

A study of the theories and research relevant to understanding human development from conception through adulthood, with special emphasis on childhood and adolescence. Biological, cognitive, and socioemotional processes will be examined.

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PSY 215 (F)
Identifies courses that have been designated as Understanding at Home  
ADULT DEVELOPMENT AND AGING
3 credits

An introduction to the scientific study of adulthood, with a special emphasis on gerontology. Focuses on the theories, principles, and research related to cognitive change and on social development, particularly in the context of intergenerational relationships.

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PSY 220 (F, S)
Identifies courses that have been designated as having a service-learning component  
PSYCHOPATHOLOGY
3 credits

An introductory course surveying the principal forms of mental disorders, with emphasis on causes, symptoms, and treatment. An analysis of the problem of maladaptive behavior and the study of certain personality and behavior patterns.

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PSY 225 (F, S)
SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
3 credits

A study of the research findings and theories dealing with the phenomena of social behavior. Focuses on individual behavior as it affects and is affected by the behavior of others.

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PSY 230 (S)
INDUSTRIAL AND ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
3 credits

A study of the application of psychological principles and theories to organizational settings. Topics examined include research methodology, employee selection and assessment, leadership, motivation, job satisfaction, and characteristics of the workplace that affect employee and organizational well-being.

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PSY 242 (F)
INTRODUCTION TO LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION
3 credits
Elective
This course is an introduction to the study of the grammar and sound systems of natural language with an emphasis on English. Historical and present-day controversies on linguistic theories and the nature of language are emphasized. This class is cross-listed with SLH 100.

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PSY 245 (F)
FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY
3 credits
Elective
This course addresses selected topics in the area of forensic psychology. The focus of the course will center on the theory, science, applications, and practices of psychology in the criminal justice system. Topics will include police and investigative psychology, family forensic psychology, psychology of crime and delinquency, legal psychology, expert witness testimony, and issues related to corrections.

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PSY 255 (S)
PSYCHOLOGY OF WOMEN
3 credits
Elective
This course provides an overview of psychological theory and research related to the study of women, including research on gender, gender socialization, and sex differences. It will evaluate traditional views and feminist perspectives. Students will learn how gender and sexism interact with ethnicity, class, and age across the lifespan to influence women's lives and understandings.

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PSY 260 (F)
SPORT PSYCHOLOGY
3 credits
Elective
Students will be introduced to concepts in sport psychology. Issues of individual athletes, athletic teams, and sport psychology interventions will be discussed. Students will be introduced to conceptualizing and presenting sport psychology issues and interventions.

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PSY 265 (S)
STRESS AND HEALTH
3 credits
Elective
This course explores the relationship between stress and health through both a didactic method as well as experiential group exercises, journal writing, guided imagery, and drawing. Introduction to stress-management strategies is provided through readings and hands-on application of demonstrated techniques.

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PSY 270, 271, 370, 371, 470, 471
SPECIAL TOPICS IN PSYCHOLOGY
3 credits

Examination of a contemporary issue in psychology (e.g., psychology of women, drug abuse, forensic psychology, sports psychology, or prejudice). Prerequisite: varies with topics.

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PSY 310 (F)
STATISTICS I
3 credits

The first semester of a two semester sequence in statistics covering descriptive and inferential statistics and the logic of hypothesis testing. Emphasis in this course is on understanding the statistical technique and its meaning in making research decisions. Prerequisites: PSY 155 and MTH 150 or higher.

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PSY 311 (S)
STATISTICS II
3 credits

The second part of a two semester sequence in statistics focusing on the use of SPSS as a tool to assist in describing data, hypothesis testing, and making data supported decisions. Emphasis in this course is on the analysis of data and the communication of statistically supported findings. Prerequisite: PSY 310.

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PSY 330 (F)
Identifies courses that have been designated as writing intensive  
RESEARCH DESIGN I
4 credits

A laboratory course focused on introducing students to the techniques and methods of descriptive and inferential research as they are applied to psychological science. Prerequisites: PSY 155 and 311. Three hours lecture, two hours laboratory.

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PSY 331 (S)
Identifies courses that have been designated as writing intensive  
RESEARCH DESIGN II
4 credits

Lectures and discussions on modern psychological science. For laboratory work, the student plans, designs, and performs an original research experiment. Prerequisite: PSY 330. Three hours lecture, two hours laboratory.

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PSY 340 (S)
Identifies courses that have been designated as writing intensive  
PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT
3 credits

The selection, administration, and interpretation of psychological tests used in the measurement of aptitudes, achievement, interest, and personality. Prerequisites: PSY 155 and 310.

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PSY 342 (SPRING)
SPEECH AND LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT
3 credits

This course explores the specific nature, sequence, and patterns of language development from birth through adolescence and its relation to other aspects of child development. Conditions that place infants and children at risk for speech and language disorders are explored. Patterns of normal language development are discussed as guide for the evaluation and treatment of children with developmental language disorders. Prerequisite: SLH 100 or PSY 242, or permission of instructor. This course is cross-listed with SLH 203.

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PSY 350 (F, S)
COUNSELING THEORIES AND PRINCIPLES
3 credits

Theories and principles of the counseling process. The dynamics of human change. The objectives, work, and continuing problems of counseling. Prerequisite: PSY 155.

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PSY 360 (F)
READINGS IN PSYCHOLOGY
3 credits

Readings consist of basic books and periodicals related to selected topics in the field of psychology. Prerequisite: PSY 155.

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PSY 410 (S)
THEORIES OF LEARNING
3 credits

An analysis of the principal theories of learning in light of recent experiments in animal and human learning. Prerequisite: PSY 155.

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PSY 415 (F)
COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY
3 credits

How do we acquire, store, retrieve, and use knowledge? This course investigates how we make sense of our experience by examining classic and contemporary theory and research in human information processing, the representation and organization of knowledge, and the use of higher cognitive skills. Topics may include attention, perception, memory, imagery, language, problem solving, creativity, reasoning, and decision making. Prerequisite: PSY 155.

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PSY 420 (F)
PHYSIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY
3 credits

An introduction to the neurological and endocrinological bases of behavior. Consideration of sensory and motor processes, motivation and emotion, learning and memory. Prerequisite: PSY 155.

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PSY 425 (F)
THEORIES OF PERSONALITY
3 credits

A systematic study of the principal theories of personality with particular emphasis on recent trends, research methodology, and personality measurement. Prerequisite: PSY 155.

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PSY 430 (S)
HISTORY AND SYSTEMS OF PSYCHOLOGY
3 credits

An examination of the beginnings and development of psychology as a science and profession; psychology’s historical roots in philosophy, biology, and national culture. Prerequisite: PSY 155.

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PSY 480-481 (F, S)
SEMINAR
3 credits

Readings, discussion, and analysis of contemporary psychological theories and research; individual student research and presentation of paper. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing as psychology major.

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PSY 490-491 (F, S)
PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH
3 credits
Elective
This course provides the student with an opportunity to do research with a faculty member. The student and the faculty member must agree on the research project before the student signs up for the course. Pre-requisite: Junior or senior standing as a psychology major. May be taken either or both terms.

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PSY 495-496 (F, S)
FIELD EXPERIENCE
3 credits
Elective
This course provides the student with off-campus opportunities to work in clinics, schools, business, or the criminal justice system. Junior or senior standing as a psychology major. May be taken either or both semesters.

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