Psychology Course Descriptions & Outlines

Psyc 1101 | General Psychology | Credits: 3

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This course provides an introduction to the field of psychology through an overview of: the history of psychology; research methods; major theoretical perspectives; biological bases of mental processes and behavior; sensation and perception; learning and conditioning; memory; language; thought and intelligence; motivation and emotion; human development; social bases of behavior; personality; psychological testing; psychological disorders; and the treatment of psychological disorders.

Psyc 1102 | Industrial Organizational Psychology | Credits: 4

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Industrial Organizational Psychology is an introduction to the study of human behavior in the work environment. Topics for discussion include the nature of work in the modern world, workplace behavior, harassment and discrimination, organizational theory and culture, personnel selection and training, work efficiency, human motivation, performance appraisal, leadership and supervision, teams, job satisfaction, employee safety and health, stress, human engineering, consumer psychology, and diversity.

Psyc 1105 | Intro to Human Services | Credits: 3

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In completing this course students will gain knowledge regarding the history of helping, theoretical perspectives and models of helping, roles and functions of human service workers, prevention, ethics, and current issues/controversies in the field of human services. Students will also gain knowledge and skills regarding human service systems and agencies, with an emphasis on local resources.

Psyc 1201 | Human Growth & Development | Credits: 3

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This course provides an introduction to the field of developmental psychology by providing an overview of physical, cognitive, personality, and social-emotional development throughout the lifespan.

Psyc 2100 | Group Processes | Credits: 3

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In completing this course students will gain an understanding of the importance of groups, learn about group theory and dynamics, become more aware of their own interpersonal style and group behavior, and develop more effective group skills.

Psyc 2102 | Learning & Cognition | Credits: 3

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This course provides an overview of historical and contemporary theories of learning and cognition, with an emphasis on “real-world” application of the theories and related concepts. Areas covered include: the scientific method and research in learning and cognition; classical and operant conditioning; cognitive/social learning theory; evolutionary perspectives on learning; the role of biology and the brain in learning; sensation and perception; information processing; models of memory and forgetting; decision-making and concept formation; cognitive development; artificial intelligence and computer simulation; and the role of motivation in learning.

Psyc 2106 | Abnormal Psychology | Credits: 3

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This course provides an overview of historical and contemporary views regarding deviance and mental illness; symptoms associated with major areas of mental illness (e.g., mood, psychotic, eating, anxiety, personality and disruptive behavior disorders); and the diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorders.

Psyc 2110 | Human Sexuality | Credits: 3

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The purpose of this course is to explore human sexuality. Using a biopsychosocial perspective, human sexual behavior is considered as an interaction of physiological, psychological and sociocultural process. Recent scientific advances in areas such as genetics, evolutionary psychology, information processing, linguistics, and social psychology are considered as they relate to our current understanding of human sexual behavior.

Psyc 2123 | Basic Interviewing & Helping Skills | Credits: 3

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This course provides an overview of basic interviewing and counseling skills, with an emphasis on applying and practicing skills in the classroom setting. By completing this course students will gain a better understanding of: the impact of their values, interpersonal style, strengths and challenge areas on the helping process; verbal and nonverbal communication skills; interviewing strategies; crisis intervention; empowerment strategies; individual and group counseling techniques; contemporary issues in the helping profession; characteristics of effective helpers; and professional boundaries, responsibilities and ethics related to the helping process.

Psyc 2201 | Practicum | Credits: 1-9

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This course provides the opportunity for students to apply the knowledge and practical skills gained from classroom instruction in a supervised human service setting.