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PSYC - Psychology Courses

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PSYC 110
4.00 cr.
General Psychology

Provides an overview of the major concepts of psychology viewed through contrasting perspectives and gives students a general knowledge base pertaining to the field. A wide range of topics are covered, including: biological influences, learning and memory, development, social factors, abnormal behavior, and therapy. Emphasis is placed on the relevance of psychology to everyday life and faith. This course is designed to benefit the major and non-major alike.

PSYC 120
3.00 cr.
Human Growth and Development

Offers a life-span perspective on human development. Students learn the major theories and perspectives relating to the physical, cognitive, and psychosocial aspects of development from conception to death. Class discussion and course projects help students connect these concepts to benefit their own lives, by understanding and appreciating their past and exploring their potential future development. This course is designed to benefit the major and non-major alike.

PSYC 210
4.00 cr.
General Psychology

Survey of the major concepts of psychology viewed from contrasting philosophies. Designed for both majors and non-majors, this course gives students a general knowledge base pertaining to the field of psychology and covers a wide range of topics (e.g, the nervous system, sensation, consciousness, conditioning, memory, IQ, motivation, emotion, development, stress, coping, assessment, therapy, and abnormalities). Emphasis is placed on the relevance of psychology to everyday life and faith.

PSYC 215
3.00 cr.
Personality

Examines the major psychological theories and the theorist's personal histories. Students become familiar with the theoretical models that psychology uses to understand the problems and needs of people. In the context of a Christian perspective, these theories are evaluated with regard to their claims and relative value. This course is designed for majors and those seeking to understand personality from psychological perspectives. Prerequisite: PSYC110.

PSYC 220
3.00 cr.
Human Growth and Development

A life-span perspective on human development, from conception to death. Students gain knowledge of developmental domains (i.e., social, physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual). Students gain an understanding of parenting issues and developmental milestones. Class projects help students to apply these concepts to their own history. This course is a prerequisite for EDUC200.

PSYC 230
3.00 cr.
Cross Cultural Psychology

Focuses on the influence of cultures on psychological phenomena. Students learn to identify universal and culture-specific factors that impact how we think, act, and interact in our world. This course is designed to be an introductory course suitable for all majors, and is especially beneficial for students planning to study abroad or participate in international study tours, as well as those who plan to interact with diverse populations in a work setting.

PSYC 270
3.00 cr.
Gender

Investigates gender as a framework for life, and how our concepts of male and female affect cognition, emotion, and behavior. Students examine approaches to gender as viewed from multi-cultural, interdisciplinary, and Biblical perspectives. Content includes the history of the women's movement, the biological basis of gender distinctions, and gender in religion. Additional topics include gender issues in media, family, education, work, and science. This course is designed to be an introductory course suitable for all majors, and is of particular value to those seeking greater understanding and appreciation of God's masterpiece, men and women.

PSYC 280
3.00 cr.
Topics in Psychology

Topics of special interest are presented in a seminar format.

PSYC 289
3.00 cr.
International Study Tour

Designed to enhance the classroom curriculum, this course allows the student to travel to a specific country or region of the United States selected by the professor. The course covers various aspects of the selected country or geographic area. Students engage with a diverse range of people and experience firsthand many aspects of psychology and culture.

PSYC 290
1.00 cr.
Career Exploration and Development in Psychology I

An orientation to the psychology major as both a profession and vocation. Students explore sub-fields of psychology, engage in professional development activities, establish career goals, and consider how psychology, as a field and discipline, informs their lives as Christian citizens. Prerequisites: PSYC110 or PSYC120, and declaration of psychology as major.

PSYC 310
3.00 cr.
Personality

An examination of the major psychological theories and the theorist's personal histories. Students become familiar with the theoretical models that psychology uses to understand the problems and needs of people. In the context of a Christian perspective, these theories are evaluated with regard to their truth claims, interrelationships and relative value. Prerequisite: PSYC210.

PSYC 312
3.00 cr.
Industrial Organizational Psychology

Surveys basic behavioral science research that contributes to industrial and organizational psychology, including worker attitudes and theories of motivation, organizational structure, communication, theories of leadership, decision making, conflict resolution, and methods of personnel selection and evaluation. This course is especially beneficial to those going into business-related fields and those entering the workforce.

PSYC 315
3.00 cr.
Sport Psychology

Familiarizes students with those aspects of psychology that influence performance and participation in sports and other sports-related settings. Topics include self-esteem, motivation, stress, and imagery as it applies to one's ability to perform or willingness to participate in sports. This course is especially beneficial to students planning on sports-related fields connected with performance. (Cross-listed with PHED325.)

PSYC 325
3.00 cr.
Psychology of Child Development

Examines the development of children from conception through puberty. Students gain a well-rounded understanding of the many stages and phases of a child's life through in-depth examination of case studies. Relations between the individual child and their contexts of development will be explored via readings, discussions, and weekly service-learning experiences in the field. This course is designed for those who intend to work in professions serving children, as well as current or future parents. Prerequisite: PSYC120 or consent of instructor.

PSYC 330
3.00 cr.
Psychology of Adult Development

Focuses on the development of individuals from young adulthood through the end of life. Students examine longitudinal research findings on aging, and explore the implications to their current and future life choices. This course covers topics such as identity development, mate selection, work, retirement, and bereavement. Relations between the individual and their contexts of development will be explored via readings, discussions, and weekly service-learning experiences in the field. This course is designed for those who intend to work in professions serving adults, as well as those who seek a greater understanding of their current and future development. Prerequisite: PSYC120 or consent of instructor. (Cross-listed with SOCL350.)

PSYC 335
3.00 cr.
Learning and Cognition

Explores cognitive and learning processes that shape how we think, feel, and behave as humans. Students gain knowledge about cognitive psychology, learning theory, and behavioral analysis, and evaluate issues raised by these fields from a Christian worldview. This course benefits students who wish to enhance their understanding of thinking and learning processes, including Communication and Business majors. Prerequisite: PSYC110 or PSYC120.

PSYC 337
3.00 cr.
Introduction to Physiological Psychology

Examines humans from a biological perspective, including the interplay between biological (e.g. brain, genes, hormones) and psychological processes (e.g. hunger, memory, sleep, sexual behavior, psychopathology). Students gain knowledge about the role that biology plays in influencing psychological functioning in both positive and negative ways. This course is especially beneficial to students interested in biological and health-related fields (e.g. medicine, nursing, counseling). Prerequisites: PSYC110 or PSYC120, and BIOL101 or BIOL151.

PSYC 340
3.00 cr.
Social Psychology

Explores how the behavior, thoughts, and feelings of individuals influence, and are influenced by, the behavior and characteristics of others. Students gain knowledge about the methods, theories, and content in the field of social psychology. Topics include attitudes, social cognition, friendship, attraction, altruism, aggression, conformity, and social exchange. This course is particularly useful to those pursuing careers involving group work and social interactions. Prerequisite: PSYC110.

PSYC 350
3.00 cr.
Abnormal Psychology

Investigates the nature of characteristics of abnormal human behavior. These include depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, eating disorders, chemical dependency, and family problems. Students focus on theories, assessment, classification, and treatments of abnormal behavior. This course is especially beneficial to those planning to work in health professions, education, and counseling. Prerequisite: PSYC110.

PSYC 360
3.00 cr.
Educational Psychology and Human Relations

Provides an understanding of how learning occurs and the implications for instruction. Topics include the psychosocial developmental characteristics of the child; student variability and diversity; issues of prejudice and discrimination; multi-cultural education; group dynamics and positive social interaction. Education major prerequisites: PSYC120 and EDUC200.

PSYC 365
3.00 cr.
Facilitating Groups

Investigates the power of groups, the stages of groups, and group process. Students gain hands on skills as group leaders via in-class demonstrations and role-playing. Students learn how to appropriately provide opportunities for interpersonal support, team building, and confrontation. This course is useful to those who would like to know how to manage a group effectively, and anyone who aspires to be a great leader. Prerequisite: PSYC110 or PSYC120.

PSYC 370
3.00 cr.
Gender

Investigates gender as a framework for life, examining how our concepts of male and female affect cognition, emotion, and behavior. This course examines approaches to gender as viewed from a Biblical and interdisciplinary perspective. The course format focuses on readings, group discussion, reflective writing, and small research projects.

PSYC 380
3.00 cr.
Psycopharmacology

Explores the interactions between humans and drugs, specifically drugs that affect the brain. Students explore the impact of drug use, both individually and societally. Topics include drug action on the nervous system, classes of recreational and therapeutic drugs, drug laws and regulations, and treatment and prevention approaches. This course is especially beneficial for students going into counseling, sociological, health, or psychological fields. Prerequisite: BIOL101 or above; recommended: PSYC337.

PSYC 390
2.00 cr.
Career Exploration and Development in Psychology II

Expands upon the orientation to the psychology major course, providing students with the opportunity to engage in a variety of on- and off-campus professional development activities, such as job shadowing and site visits. Students pursue internship opportunities, identify graduate programs related to their interest area, identify job opportunities for those holding an undergraduate degree in psychology, and serve as peer-mentors for students enrolled in Career Exploration and Development in Psychology I. Prerequisites: PSYC110, PSYC120, and PSYC290.

PSYC 410
3.00 cr.
Industrial Organizational Psychology

Survey of basic behavioral science research that contributes to industrial and organizational psychology, including worker attitudes and theories of motivation, organizational structure, communication, theories of leadership, decision making, conflict resolution, and methods of personnel selection and appraisal.

PSYC 420
3.00 cr.
Psychological Testing and Measurements

Provides an understanding of tests and behavioral measurement techniques. Students become familiar with intelligence, personality, and industrial, psychological measures. The basic principles of behavior are introduced and students learn to design and implement observation assessments. The course concludes with a formal poster presentation, wherein students present to the campus the findings of their research. Psychology majors only. Prerequisite: SOCL320.

PSYC 430
3.00 cr.
Introduction to Physiological Psychology

Examines humans from a biological perspective. The interplay between biology and behavior is examined. Through close examination of how the brain develops from conception through the first five years of life. Students gain knowledge pertaining to the role of the brain in emotion, sleep, learning and memory, sexual behavior, aggression, and psychopathology. Students also scrutinize the role that the pharmaceutical industry plays in the creation and treatment of physiological disorders. Prerequisite: BIOL101 or BIOL151.

PSYC 440
3.00 cr.
Applied Behavior Analysis

Provides an introduction to the principles of learning and how those principles can be used to modify behavior. The course emphasizes the application of learning theory principles to solve behavioral problems as they exist in oneself, one's family, and the greater community. Particular attention will be given throughout the semester to the ethics surrounding behavioral research and practice. Of particular interest to students wanting to facilitate change in their own or another's behavior, this course is beneficial to communication, education, business, and biology majors.

PSYC 450
3.00 cr.
Principles and Strategies of Counseling

Introduces students to the concepts, methods, and skills needed to conduct effective interviews, whether in counseling, social work, human resources, or the ministry. Students gain practical one-on-one listening skills, develop a framework for counseling, and develop competencies in building helping relationships. This course is particularly useful to those who are pursuing a career in the helping professions.

PSYC 460
3.00 cr.
Facilitating Groups

Investigation into the healing powers of groups and their utilization. This course looks at how group leaders can provide opportunities for interpersonal support, team building, and confrontation. The use of groups for enhancing the emotional growth of the psychologically healthy and operant/classical conditioning in-group motivation will be focus areas. Topics include stages of groups, group process, basic skills for group leaders, and ethical concerns. Prerequisite: PSYC210 or PYSC220.

PSYC 470
3.00 cr.
Supervised Study in Psychology

Offers an opportunity for first-hand learning experience within an area of interest. Designed for psychology students, this course consists of both individual and group work. Students first become familiar with career options available in psychology and develop areas of interest. They then engage in professional development within psychology, establish contacts within their areas of interest, and gain hands-on experiences in applied settings. Psychology majors only. Prerequisite: PSYC110 or by consent of instructor.

PSYC 475
3.00 cr.
History and Systems of Psychology

Designed as the capstone for the psychology major, students survey the history of psychology within the context of Christianity. Students focus on major theorists and their ideas in relation to the historical context and current psychological issues. Particular attention is given to Biblical and psychological approaches to different aspects of human functioning, including points of agreement and conflict between these approaches. Students will produce a capstone project as the culmination of this course. Prerequisites: PSYC110 and senior standing within the major/minor.

PSYC 480
3.00 cr.
Topics in Psychology

Examines topics outside the scope of other course offerings. This course addresses a variety of psychology topics that emerge from the issues of the day, the expertise of the instructor, and/or the special interests of the students. The course may be repeated for credit with different topics. Prerequisites: PSYC110 or PSYC120 and consent of instructor.

PSYC 489
3.00 cr.
International Study Tour

Designed to enhance the classroom curriculum, this course allows the student to travel to a specific country or region of the United States selected by the professor. The course covers various aspects of the selected country or geographic area. Students engage with a diverse range of people and experience firsthand many aspects of psychology and culture.

PSYC 497
1.00 cr.
Research Opportunity in Psychology

Immerses students in the process of conducting psychological research. Students engage in independent or group research under the guidance of a faculty member. This experience is particularly valuable for those students interested in pursuing graduate studies in psychology. One to three credits; students may take a maximum of 3 credits of PSYC497 in one semester and a maximum of 6 credits total. Students may use 3 credits of PSYC497 to fulfill one of the Psychology major electives. Prerequisites: PSYC110 or PSYC120 and consent of instructor.

PSYC 499
3.00 cr.
Psychology Internship

Provides a psychology-related experience with an approved agency. Students develop and fulfill an individual learning agreement negotiated between the student, department, and work site. Psychology majors only. One to three credits, repeatable up to 6 credits. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.