Course Description


PSY 101
General Psychology [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course provides an introduction to the general principles of pyschology. The student is acquainted with the human organism, its behavior, and some of the mechanics and dynamics of learning, perception, sensation, emotion, and motivation. The course gives a broad view of psychology and is prerequisite to all other psychology courses.

PSY 201
Developmental Psychology [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
The physical, intellectual, social, and emotional aspects of the developing individual from the prenatal period through adulthood and old age are studied. Selected theories of development are also discussed. This course may not be taken for credit by students who have already received credit for PSY 203. Preferred for Psychology majors. Prerequisite: PSY 101 or permission of the instructor.

PSY 202
Human Sexuality [Lecture] (2.0-3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course is designed to help the student understand normal and abnormal human sexual behavior and attitudes. Sexuality will be considered from many angles, including the biological, psychological, behavioral and spiritual perspectives. Also listed as SOC 202 and WST 202.

PSY 203
Child and Adolescent Development [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course offers the student a topical introduction to human development, with an overview of "arenas" of human development from childhood through adolescence. The topical areas focus on developmental change within specific domains of functioning, including the cognitive, physical, social, perceptual, and moral development arenas. Particular emphasis is placed on child and adolescent development as it affects performance and social adjustment in schools. This course may not be taken for credit by students who have already received credit for PSY 201.

PSY 208
Psychology of Human Relationships [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
Understanding human relationships is important for the achievement of both personal and professional goals. This course examines theories and research on human relationships and personal adjustment, and encourages the application of these theories and skills to everyday interactions in a wide variety of settings. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to consider these issues from the perspective of the Christian faith. This course is intended for students who are interested in learning how to apply basic psychological principles in order to promote healthy relationships and personal wellness, in their work settings and everyday lives. Offered alternate years.

PSY 260
Organizational Behavior [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course examines group behavior and how group functioning affects organizational effectiveness. Emphasis is placed on decision-making and resolving conflicts in groups. Also listed as SOC 260, BUA 260.

PSY 301
Psychology of Gender [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course is designed to provide a broad overview of the field of psychology of gender, weaving together relevant theory and research from the areas of developmental, social, physiological, and clinical psychology. The course will examine theory and empirical research relating to gender, as well as implications for social behavior, relationships, mental and physical health. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to integrate theological perspectives into their understanding of these issues. Also listed as WST 301. Prerequisites: PSY 101 or WST 205.

PSY 302
Psychological Testing [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course initially explores the essential pyschometric and statistical criteria utilized to critically evaluate and select psychological tests (e.g., reliability, validity, standard error of measurement). Subsequently, methods, techniques, and instruments for measuring individual differences in behavior are surveyed and critiqued. Also included are values, ethics, and limitations of tests; representative methods of test construction; and some laboratory experience with tests. Prerequisites: MTH 200 and PSY 101.

PSY 304
Cognitive Psychology [Lecture and Laboratory] (4.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course prepares upper division psychology majors and minors for advanced study in the field of psychology by providing a systematic introduction to human cognition. The course will address cognition from traditional information processing and neuro-cognitive science perspectives. Topics will include sensation and perception, attention, memory, learning, representation, language, reasoning, intelligence, and consciousness. Laboratory experiences are included. Prerequisites: PSY 101 and 201. Course fee applicable. (Offered alternate years)

PSY 305
Psychology of Learning and Behavior [Lecture and Laboratory] (4.0)
(Liberal Arts)
The basic phenomena and principles of the learning process in humans and animals are studied. Emphasis is placed on the following topics: conditioning, reinforcement, generalization, discrimination, concept formation, verbal learning, and memory. Lectures and a variety of laboratory experiences are included. Prerequisite: PSY 101. Course fee applicable.

PSY 306
Social Psychology [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course considers social interaction as it is related to personality and behavior. Motives and attitudes are studied in their social significance and as they affect behavior of individuals and groups. Also listed as SOC 306.

PSY 307
Physiological Psychology [Lecture and Laboratory] (4.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course is designed to familiarize the student with the physiological correlates of mental and emotional behavior. Sensory, motor, and neural structures and functions are studied. Laboratory studies are conducted to illustrate the major concepts. Recommended prerequisites: BIO 101 or 103, PSY 101. (Offered alternate years)

PSY 308
Counseling: Theory and Practice [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course introduces major theories and practices of counseling, including basic counseling skills, and provides opportunity for students to make application of the theories and methods to their field of interest. Also listed as SOC 308.

PSY 309
Research Methods in Psychology [Lecture and Laboratory] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This is an introduction to the scientific method and research design. Emphasis is placed on the design and implementation of scientific research. Research results are approached from the standpoint of use and interpretation. Prerequisites: MTH 200 and PSY 101.

PSY 326
Relational Skills Training: Neurodevelopmental Differences I [Lecture and Laboratory] (1.0)

This course explores the individual characteristics and interpersonal skills that contribute to effective mentoring of individuals with intellectual disabilities who are participating in college based transition programs. The course uses PEERS® (Program for the Evaluation and Enrichment of Relational Skills), an evidence-based mentor-assisted social skills intervention for young adults. During each class, mentors are taught important social skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills in session with their assigned young adult. Students will incorporate the goals and objectives from the sessions into skill generalization activities that will be practiced in the campus community each week.

PSY 327
Relational Skills Training: Neurodevelopmental Differences II [Lecture and Laboratory] (1.0)

The course complements and supports the experiential learning of students currently active as peer mentors. The focus is on skills conversational skills-trading information, two-way conversations, electronic communication, entering and exiting a conversation; choosing appropriate friends, use of humor, and organized social contacts on campus. Homework will be assigned each week to be completed during individual peer mentoring sessions. Homework will be reviewed each session troubleshooting problems and individualizing the intervention to the specific needs of each participant. A certificate of training will be issued upon successful completion of this course.

PSY 329
Applied Learning Theory: Moral Development [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
Through the writing of Perry, Piaget, Kohlberg, and other theorists, this course stresses moral development and religious values. (Offered on demand)

PSY 401
Personality Theory [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This study of theories of personality includes, among others, the psychoanalytic, trait, existential & behavioral theories. Theorists' histories, concepts of personality structure and development, and related research are studied. Prerequisite: Psychology 101 and 201. Open to Juniors and Seniors only.

PSY 402
Abnormal Psychology [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
A study is made of the nature and trends of mental maladjustments, their causes, and the treatments used. Attention is also given to the factors which contribute to mental health. Prerequisite: PSY 201 or permission of the instructor.

PSY 403
History of Psychology [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course is designed to acquaint the student with the historical foundation of modern scientific psychology. The place of philosophy, religion, and the sciences in the development of psychology is studied. Prerequisite: PSY 101. Open to Juniors and Seniors only. (Offered alternate years)

PSY 405
Advanced Counseling [Lecture] (4.0)
(Liberal Arts)
The course includes theory and methods beyond PSY 308, as well as supervised practice with volunteer counselees. Prerequisites: PSY 308 and completed Course Application.

PSY 406
Psychology and Theology [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This study of the interface between psychology and theology begins with a consideration of the philosophical underpinnings of the major psychological theories and then moves to a comparison of biblical and scientific facts or interpretations. Specific topics addressed in this course may include the psychology of conversion, prejudice and religiosity, and the behavioral implications of faith. Prerequisites: Psychology 101 and Philosophy 202 or permission of the instructor. Open to Juniors and Seniors only. Also listed as THE 406

PSY 407
Research Practicum [Practicum] (3.0-4.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course is intended to give students experience in the planning, conducting, and analyzing of original research. In addition to providing practical experience, the course will enhance students' conceptual and analytical skills. The course itself combines seminars with supervised research experience. This course may be taken twice. Prerequisite: PSY 309. Course fee applicable.

PSY 450A
Psychology Field Work Part I (Prep) [Lecture] (1.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course helps to prepare the student for internship and the job search with emphasis on resumé writing, interviewing, career development, networking, goal writing, and treatment team skills. It is required of all majors. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing and formal admission to the major.

PSY 450B
Psychology Field Work Part II [Practicum] (0.0-4.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course provides the student with a regularly supervised experience in an agency that offers psychological services or that conducts research. Students are usually placed in settings which emphasize either behavioral techniques, counseling, or prevention approaches with a variety of client populations. This experience enables the student to apply and integrate psychological theory, ethics, and skills with actual clients. This consists of 9-12 hours weekly of actual internship experience. Prerequisite: PSY 450A.

PSY 495
Independent Study in Psychology [Independent Study] (1.0-3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
Independent study provides opportunity to pursue advanced or special-interest topics not covered in the curriculum. Prerequisites: 1. Junior standing. 2. A minimum of 9 semester hours in the discipline of the Independent Study. 3. A minimum grade point average of 2.50 in the discipline. 4. Proof of motivation and ability to work independently. 5. Approval of the department in which the study is to be taken. 6. Permission from the student's advisor, the course instructor, the Department Chair, the Academic Dean, and the Registrar.

PSY 498
Undergraduate Research [Independent Study] (1.0-3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
Students conduct laboratory research in psychology under supervision of a faculty member. Permission of instructor is required. Guidelines for Independent Study apply. A written report is required. May be repeated with new research. Prerequisites: 1. Junior standing. 2. A minimum of 9 semester hours in the discipline of the Independent Study. 3. A minimum grade point average of 2.50 in the discipline. 4. Proof of motivation and ability to work independently. 5. Approval of the division in which the study is to be taken. 6. Permission from the student's advisor, the course instructor, the Division Chair, and the Registrar.


The number in parentheses following the course title indicates the semester hours of credit assigned to the course.
An H following the course number indicates an honors level course.