Course Descriptions



Introduction to Psychology

Credit(s): 3

This course provides students with a general overview of the science which seeks to understand and explain behavior and mental processing. Variations in psychology faculty training and research interest influence topic emphasis. However, students will be introduced to many of the major contemporary theories and concepts in psychology. This course will prove interesting and useful to those students wishing to better understand human behavior and thinking. It should prove helpful to students preparing for a career that will bring them into contact with other people. Lecture: 3 hours per week Recommended: Strong reading and writing skills


Developmental Psychology

Credit(s): 3

This course covers the full spectrum of human development from conception through death. Students examine the biological, cognitive, and social aspects of an individual's development. Individual faculty preparation will determine areas of emphasis. This course is valuable to students pursuing a career that will necessitate working with and being sensitive to people of various ages (teachers, social workers, nurses, law enforcement officers, etc.). Lecture: 3 hours per week Recommended: Strong reading and writing skills
Prerequisites: Complete PSYC-101 with a minimum grade of C-.


Psychology of Personality

Credit(s): 3

This course is a study of theory and research of the normal personality including basic concepts, techniques of measurement, and relevant findings. This course surveys the major theories of personality, including trait, psychodynamic, humanistic, cognitive, and behavioral perspectives. Lecture: 3 hours per week
Prerequisites: PSYC-101


Abnormal Psychology

Credit(s): 3

This course provides a study of the nature, cause, treatment, and prevention of patterns of emotional disturbance and personality disorganization. It introduces the major categories of mental disorders as defined in the DSM. Lecture: 3 hours per week
Prerequisites: PSYC-101


Introduction to Research in the Behavioral Sciences

Credit(s): 4

This course is primarily designed for behavioral and social science majors. In this course, students will be introduced to the basic methods of behavioral research. This will be accomplished through active participation in the design, implementation, and analysis of class research projects. This course involves three hours of lecture and a two-hour lab per week. This course is applicable for those students who plan to pursue an undergraduate and graduate degree in one of the behavioral or social sciences.
Prerequisites: PSYC-101
Corequisites: PSYC-218L


Stress Management

Credit(s): 3

This course explores the concepts of stress from a holistic approach, emphasizing identification of sources of stress, understanding physical and emotional consequences, and developing techniques for dealing with stress. Students will gain improved personal stress management skills through discussion and practice in communication techniques, nutrition, exercise, relaxation, values clarification, and will learn strategies for dealing with change, loss, and enhancing self esteem. Lecture: 3 hours per week