Psychology (PSY)

Professor: Ryan
Associate Professors: Beery, Kelley (Chair)
Assistant Professors: Holstein, Norton, Olsen
Instructor: Haase, Mitchell

  • Major: Psychology
  • Courses required for major: 9 (B.A.), 15 (B.S.)
  • Math requirement: a statistics course of at least 3 credits
  • Capstone requirement: PSY 424, 432, or 433
  • Minor: Psychology

The major provides training in both theoretical and applied psychology. It is designed to meet the needs of students seeking careers in psychology or other natural or social sciences. It also meets the needs of students seeking a better understanding of human behavior as a means of furthering individual and career goals in other areas. Psychology majors and others are urged to discuss course selections in psychology with members of the department to help ensure appropriate course selection.

Major Requirements

The B.A. Degree

To earn the B.A. degree, students must complete 32 credits in psychology including PSY 110, 331, 336, and one additional course with a laboratory (PSY 424, 432, or 433). A statistics course of at least 3 credits is also required.

The B.S. Degree

To complete the B.S. degree, students must complete 32 credits in psychology and statistics as described for the B.A. and take the following additional courses:
• One additional laboratory course in Psychology
• Three of the following Natural Science courses from at least two departments: BIO 110, 111, 323, 338; CHEM 110, 111; PHYS 225, 226
• One of the following computation courses: CPTR 125; MATH 128, 214; ECON 340, 441
• An Individual Studies or Honors Project in Psychology or, with department permission, an Internship or Practicum in Psychology.

Students are also recommended to take one of the following: PHIL 225 or 333.

Students interested in teacher certification should refer to the Department of Education listing.

Capstone Requirement

All majors must successfully complete PSY 424, 432, or 433.

Diversity and Writing Courses

The following course satisfies either the Domestic or Global Diversity Requirement: PSY 341. The following courses, when scheduled as W courses, count toward the Writing Requirement: PSY 331, 336, 424, 432, and 433.

Minor Requirements

A minor in psychology consists of 20 credits in psychology including PSY 110; two courses numbered 200 or higher; and one course from PSY 331, 424, 432, or 433.

110
INTRODUCTORY PSYCHOLOGY
An introduction to the empirical study of human and other animal behavior. Areas considered may include learning, personality, social, physiology, sensory, cognition, and development.  Three hours of lecture and one two-hour laboratory per week.

115
DEVELOPMENT FROM INFANCY TO MIDDLE CHILDHOOD
Examines how children grow and develop physically, emotionally, socially, and cognitively. A detailed analysis of development over the infancy, early, and middle childhood years of life. Reviews the implications of development at different points in life for parenting and education. Recommended for students pursuing additional education and career paths in fields that focus on early childhood development. Credit may not be earned for both PSY 115 and 217. Prerequisite: PSY 110. 

116
ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY
An introduction to the patterns of deviant behavior with emphasis on cause, function, and treatment. The various models for the conceptualization of abnormal behavior are critically examined. Prerequisite: PSY 110.

118
ADOLESCENT PSYCHOLOGY
Focuses include theories of adolescence, current issues raised by the “generation of youth,” research on theories and issues of growth beyond childhood, and self-exploration. Prerequisite: PSY 110.

138
EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
An introduction to the empirical study of the teaching-learning process. Areas considered may include educational objectives, pupil and teacher characteristics, concept learning, problem-solving and creativity, attitudes and values, motivation, retention and transfer, evaluation and measurement. Prerequisite: PSY 110 or consent of instructor.

211
LEARNING DISABILITIES
An examination of learning disabilities, emotional problems, and social problems of children. Topics include the legal and educational rights of children with disabilities, the categories of disability qualifying for Special Education services, assessment of children with learning disabilities, characteristics of and interventions to help children with learning disabilities and attention difficulties, available educational placements and support services, and Individualized Educational Programs (IEPs). Prerequisite: PSY 110. 

216
ABNORMAL CHILD PSYCHOLOGY
Examines in detail the symptoms, assessment, causes, and treatments for psychological disorders primarily experienced by children and adolescents. These include separation anxiety, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder, learning disabilities, autism, Asperger’s disorder, and mental retardation. Also explores the application of specific treatment approaches to children/adolescents for disorders that can be experienced by both children and adults (e.g., phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, depression, bipolar disorder). Also considers interventions for peer/social problems; physical conditions/illness; traumatic brain injury; and the effects of poverty, divorce, and abuse. Prerequisite: PSY 110.

217
LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENT
A general introduction to lifespan development. Provides a broad overview of several areas of development (e.g., physical, cognitive, emotional, social, moral) from prenatal development to death. Recommended for students who are interested in pursuing careers as physical therapists, occupational therapists, physicians’ assistants, and other health-related or human service fields. Prerequisite: PSY 110. Credit may not be earned for both PSY 115 and 217. 

220
THE PSYCHOLOGY OF CLOSE RELATIONSHIPS
Reviews current theory and research on love. The progress of close, interpersonal relationships from initiation to termination will be discussed. Also explores the relation between love and sex  and reviews current research on sexuality. Prerequisite: PSY 110.

221
ENVIRONMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
Explores the relationship between the individual and the environment. Uses theory and research to explore issues concerning the relationship between the physical environment and human behavior. Environmental Psychology promotes a more socially conscious relationship between humans and our physical environment. Topics include population control, conservation, urbanization, and environmental design. Prerequisite: PSY 110 or consent of instructor.

223
FOUNDATIONS OF SPORT AND EXERCISE PSYCHOLOGY
An introduction to sport and exercise psychology, from the history and development of the field to the theories and principles that are central to its study. Topics include the evolution of the field of sport psychology, theories surrounding sport participants and sport environments, the group processes that are an essential part of sport, the basic principles of performance enhancement within the field, issues related to enhancing health and well-being in sport and exercise, and issues related to the facilitation of psychological growth and development in sport and exercise. Prerequisite: PSY 110.

225
INDUSTRIAL AND ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
The application of the principles and methods of psychology to selected industrial and organizational situations. Prerequisite: PSY 110 or consent of instructor.

237
COGNITION
An in-depth examination of the field of human cognition. Topics include perception, attention, short and long term memory, reading comprehension, problem solving, and decision making. Emphasis is placed on understanding the scientific nature of the discipline. Prerequisite: PSY 110.

239
APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS
A detailed examination of the applied analysis of behavior. Focuses on the application of experimental method to the individual clinical case. Covers targeting behavior, base-rating, intervention strategies, and outcome evaluation. Examines learning-based modification techniques such as contingency management, counter-conditioning, extinction, discrimination training, aversive conditioning, and negative practice. Prerequisite: PSY 110 or consent of instructor.

242
DRUGS, BEHAVIOR, AND SOCIETY
Examines the effects of drugs on brain, behavior, and society. Focuses on legal and illegal psychoactive drugs, including their origins, history of use, and effects on the mind and body. Also addresses psychiatric medications and over-the-counter drugs. Distinctions are made between drug use, abuse, and addiction. Various approaches to prevention and treatment of abuse are discussed. Students are encouraged to think critically about drug use and its impact on society. Prerequisite: PSY 110 or consent of instructor.

310
FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY
An examination of psychological theories and research on topics related to psychology and law. Areas covered include forensic pathology, psychological theories of criminal behavior, eyewitness testimony, jury decision making, expert witnesses, the insanity defense, and criminal profiling analysis. Prerequisites: PSY 110 and 116.

331
RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY
A study of the scientific method and the application of statistics to psychology. Compares qualitative methods such as case studies, ethnographies, and naturalistic observations with quantitative methods such as correlational research, surveys, experiments, and quasi-experimental designs. Focuses on quantitative methods and highlights the relative strengths and weaknesses of the different research approaches. Emphasis is placed on understanding the place of research in the field of psychology. Three hours of lecture and one two-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisites: PSY 110 and a statistics course of at least 3 credits.

334
PRINCIPLES OF MEASUREMENT
Psychometric methods and theory, including scale transformation, norms, standardization, validation procedures, and estimation of reliability. Prerequisites: PSY 110 and a statistics course of at least 3 credits.

336
PERSONALITY THEORY
A review of the major theories of personality development and personality functioning. In addition to covering the details of each theory, the implications and applications of each theory are considered. Best taken by Psychology majors in the junior year, because it integrates material from diverse areas of psychology. Prerequisite: PSY 110.

341
PSYCHOLOGY OF WOMEN
A review of contemporary theory and research on the psychology of gender differences. Special topics include sex differences in achievement, power, and communication; sex-role stereotypes; beliefs about masculinity and femininity; and gender influences on mental health. Prerequisite: PSY 110. Fulfills either Domestic or Global Cultural Diversity Requirement.

342
HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY
Serves as an introduction to the field of Health Psychology, which is concerned with the role of biological, social, and psychological factors in health and illness. Addresses the relevant research methodology and ethical considerations of four general topic areas: 1) attitudes, behaviors, and lifestyle factors affecting disease prevention and development; 2) stress and the related personality and social processes associated with disease development and progression; 3) social and psychological implications of chronic illness; and 4) social and psychological factors involved in the illness experience. Prerequisite: PSY 110 or consent of instructor.

410
DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILIES AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT
Explores the relations between a variety of types of family dysfunctions and child development and psychopathology. Topics include child abuse, neglect, sexual abuse, and children from violent homes and homes with mentally ill parents. The course will focus on empirical literature about dysfunctional families and child development, biographical, and political perspectives. Prerequisites: PSY 115, 116, 118, 216, 217, or consent of instructor.

424
SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
The scientific exploration of interpersonal communication and behavior. Topics include attitudes and attitude change, attraction and communication, social perception and social influence, prosocial and antisocial behavior, and group processes. Three hours of lecture and one two-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite: PSY 110 and 331 or consent of instructor.

432
SENSATION AND PERCEPTION
The examination of psychophysical methodology and basic neurophysiological methods as they are applied to the understanding of sensory processes. Three hours of lecture and one two-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisites: PSY 110 and 331 or consent of instructor.

433
BIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY
An introduction to the biological psychologist’s method of approach to the understanding of behavior as well as the set of principles that relate the function and organization of the nervous system to the phenomena of behavior. Three hours of lecture and one two-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite: PSY 110 and 331 or consent of instructor.

448
PRACTICUM IN PSYCHOLOGY I
An off-campus experience in a community setting offering psychological services, supplemented with classroom instruction and discussion. Covers the basic counseling skills. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

449
PRACTICUM IN PSYCHOLOGY II
An off-campus experience in a community setting offering psychological services, supplemented with classroom instruction and discussion. Covers the major theoretical approaches to counseling. Prerequisite: PSY 448 or consent of instructor.

470-479
INTERNSHIP 
Internships give students an opportunity to relate on-campus academic experiences to society in general and to their post-baccalaureate objectives in particular. Students have, for example, worked in prisons, public and private schools, county government, and for the American Red Cross.

N80-N89
INDEPENDENT STUDY 
Independent study is an opportunity for students to pursue special interests in areas for which courses are not offered. In addition, students have an opportunity to study a topic in more depth than is possible in the regular classroom situation.

490-491
INDEPENDENT STUDY FOR DEPARTMENTAL HONORS
Honors in psychology requires original contributions to the literature of psychology through independent study.