Psychology Course Descriptions

Scheduling requirements and limited resources prevent all courses from being offered every term or every year.  Some courses may be offered exclusively via distance delivery. Course numbers, titles, course and program applicability, prerequisites, instructional format, delivery methods, and content may change without notice.  Students are advised to consult with an advising specialist each term to select courses, create and maintain personal educational plans, and obtain the most current information.


PSY 101
PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN RELATIONS

(3.00 Lecture Hrs./Wk.) 3 Credits

Students learn to apply scientific knowledge from psychology to improve relationships with self and others. This course includes self exploration and practice of interpersonal skills.

 

PSY 104
PSYCHOLOGY IN THE WORKPLACE

(3.00 Lecture Hrs./Wk.) 3 Credits

Focuses on a number of important factors for effective performance in the workplace. Includes communication styles, developing conflict resolution skills, employee selection process, goal setting, time management, diversity and cultural sensitivity, stress management, and work conditions.  Covers the history of work in the United States.

 

PSY 190
STRESS THEORY AND MANAGEMENT

(3.00 Lecture Hrs./Wk.) 3 Credits

Students develop a basic theoretical understanding of the biopsychology of stress, psycho-social factors contributing to stress, and strategies that reduce stress responses.

 

PSY 201
GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY

(3.00 Lecture Hrs./Wk.) 3 Credits

Students learn the historical and contemporary schools of psychology and foundational psychologists, research methods used in psychology, the biological bases of behavior, human development, sensation and perception, with application to human problems. Strong reading and writing skills are recommended.

 

PSY 202
GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY

(3.00 Lecture Hrs./Wk.) 3 Credits

Students learn about states of consciousness, learning, memory, cognition, motivation and emotion. Strong reading and writing skills are recommended. Prerequisite: WR 121 level writing skills.

 

PSY 203
GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY

(3.00 Lecture Hrs./Wk.) 3 Credits

Students develop an understanding of personality, stress disorders, psychological disorders, approaches to treatment, and social/organizational psychology. Strong reading and writing skills are recommended. Prerequisite: WR 121 level writing skills.

 

PSY 215
INTRODUCTION TO DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY

(3.00 Lecture Hrs./Wk.) 3 Credits

Students gain knowledge of human development from conception to old age, with emphasis on the personality and social issues, brain and cognitive changes over the life span. Prerequisite: PSY 201, 202 or 203 strongly recommended.

 

PSY 216
SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY

(3.00 Lecture Hrs./Wk.) 3 Credits

Students review classic and contemporary research studies on the impact of social structures on individual behaviors and mental processes. Major topics include conformity, obedience, cognitive

dissonance, attribution theory, the bystander effect, and social exchange theory.

 

PSY 219
INTRODUCTION TO ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY

(3.00 Lecture Hrs./Wk.) 3 Credits

Students develop a basic understanding of the etiology, diagnosis and treatment of emotional, mental, and behavioral disorders, based on current scientific and professional definitions and standards. Prerequisite: PSY 201 strongly recommended.

 

PSY 231
INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN SEXUALITY

(3.00 Lecture Hrs./Wk.) 3 Credits

Students acquire knowledge of the psychological, social, and biological aspects of human sexual functioning. Emphasis is on sex research, sexual responses and behaviors, and the cultural, gender and sex orientation differences in behaviors, communication styles and attitudes.  Prerequisite: PSY 201 strongly recommended.