PSYCHOLOGY CORE

Take the following courses:

PY-101 Introduction to Psychology

An overview of the content and methodology in the field. Topics such as the history of psychology, physiological psychology, learning and memory, perception, motivation, child development, personality and social foundations are considered

3 CreditsS

PY-260 Research Methods & Statistics I

Part one of a two-part sequence of Research Methods and Statistics for Psychology. This course focuses on becoming a better research producer and a research consumer from a psychological science perspective. Students will learn to think critically about media claims and accurately summarize primary source articles about behavior. Students will learn to use statistical software to accurately describe data. Students will learn to communicate effectively about research through written and oral work and make ethical judgments informed by APA ethical standards. Students will design and execute their own individual research studies.

4 CreditsCW,Q,SPrerequisite: PY-101

PY-361 Research Methods & Stats Psychology II

This course focuses on becoming a better research producer and a research consumer from a psychological science perspective. Students will learn to think critically about media claims and accurately summarize primary source articles about behavior. Students will learn to use statistical software to accurately describe data. Students will learn to communicate effectively about research through written and oral work and make ethical judgments informed by APA ethical standards. Students will design and execute their own individual research studies.

4 CreditsS, CW, QS 

PY-415 Capstone in Psychology

The purpose of this course is to assess the skills students acquire during their undergraduate career in the Psychology Department. Students will be expected to produce a written professional work. 

3 CreditsS, CSPrerequisites: PY101 and PY309 and ND.SS214 and Senior standing.


BREADTH COMPONENT

Applied & Professional:

Take two of the following courses:

PY-203 Abnormal Psychology

A brief consideration is given to the historical approaches to " mental illness, " followed by a consideration of present day classification, diagnostic measures, and therapy. Emphasis throughout is upon experimental data as applied to the various disorders.

3 CreditsSPrerequisite: PY101.

PY-210 Psych Professional Development Seminar

This course explores professional opportunities in the field of psychology and related fields. You will assess your professional skills and interests and create materials needed for a successful internship, job, or graduate school search. We also will explore how professional knowledge and skills can be shared as future engaged and effective members of communities.

1 CreditsS

PY-321 Health Psychology

Course will examine empirical findings from disciplines of psychology, medicine, and public health. Course topics include research methods, stress and social support, health behavior and primary prevention, management of chronic/terminal illnesses, gender and cultural issues in health, and psychoneuroimmunology. An underlying theme will be to dispel health-related myths and fads that are so prevalent in the popular media.

3 CreditsSPrerequisites: PY101.

PY-322 Sport Psychology

This course provides an overview of sport psychology. Students will gain insight into the psychological processes involved in sport and other fields involving human performance. Topics such as motivation, arousal and stress, burnout, skill acquisition, team dynamics, and psychological skills training will be explored as they relate to maximizing our ability to perform at a high level.

3 CreditsSPre-Req: PY-101

PY-370 Intro Counseling Theories & Techniques

This course is an introduction to major theoretical perspectives and practice techniques employed in contemporary counseling and therapeutic environments, with an emphasis on individual and group processes. In addition to practical application activities (e.g., motivational interviewing), students will also be introduced to techniques and requirements necessary for establishing an appropriate therapeutic relationship and becoming a skilled helper, including ethical/legal considerations, consultation, referral, crisis counseling, and counseling research. By the end of the course, students should have a broad knowledge of counseling theories/theoretical orientations, basic counseling skills, and philosophies that support the building and maintenance of therapeutic relationships.

3 CreditsS

PY-404 School Psychology

This course explores a scientist-practitioner model for improving learning and educational outcomes for all students. Focus is on the application of psychological principles and research-based models of prevention and intervention to improve outcomes. As a community-engaged learning course, coursework will be applied to a project identified by a community partner as meeting a community need.

4 CreditsS, SW-LEPre-req: PY-101. Pre-req or co-req: FYC-101 or EN-110 or EN-109.


Brain & Behavior:

Take two of the following courses:

PY-238 Biopsychology

Focuses on neurobiology and neuroanatomy as they relate to sensory processes, motivation, reinforcement, learning, and memory.

3 CreditsS, NPrerequisites: PY101 or BI105 or permission.

PY-270 Cognitive Neuroscience

Focuses on the neural mechanisms of mental processes including sensation and perception, attention, memory, reasoning, and decision making. Topics include basic neuroanatomy, functional imaging techniques, and evidence from neurotypical and clinical populations. 

3 CreditsS, NPrerequisites: PY101.

PY-303 Learning & Conditioning

Explores the issue of how we are changed by experience, using primarily a behaviorist perspective, applied to animal and human data. Both theory and applied applications of theory will be considered.

3 CreditsSPrerequisite: PY101.

PY-401 Comparative Psychology

Comparative Psychology examines the continuity of behavioral and psychological mechanisms between nonhuman animals and humans suggested by evolutionary theory. Attention is paid to the comparison between human and nonhuman animals on traditionally human characteristics, including self-recognition, language, culture, tool use, and several other characteristics.

3 CreditsS, N, CSPrerequisites: PY101 or BI105 and Junior or Senior standing or permission of the instructor.

PY-402 Evolutionary Psychology

This course uses the lens of modern evolutionary theory to understand human behavior. We will look for the influence of human evolutionary history on several modern human behaviors including, among others, dating and marriage, aggression, altruism, child-rearing, and behavioral differences between the sexes.

3 CreditsS, N, CSPrerequisites: PY101 or BI105 and Junior or Senior standing or permission of the instructor.

PY-412 Psychophysiology of Human Performance

What makes a great performer great? This course addresses this basic question by exploring various processes underlying skill learning and performance from a psychophysiological and neuroscientific perspective. Throughout the course, a model of effective learning and performance will be developed, discussed, and critiqued, guided by the unifying principle of efficiency.

3 CreditsN,S,CSPre-Reqs: PY-101.


Social, Developmental, & Cultural:

Take two of the following courses:

PY-202 Personality

A consideration of representative approaches to the study of human personality, beginning with standard theoretical approaches and their applications. This is followed by a consideration of selected topics within the field of personality, e.g. aggression, sexuality, dependency, and competence. 

3 CreditsSPrerequisite: PY 101

PY-205 Social Psychology

The study of human interaction and interpersonal relationships, including selected areas of current research and theory such as social perception, interpersonal communication, attitude formation and change, conformity, aggression, and interpersonal attraction. 

3 CreditsSPrerequisite: PY101.

PY-211 Race, Ethnicity, and Identity Studies

This course explores the constructs of race, ethnicity, and identity with a focus on how they help us understand ourselves, societies, and the relationship between self and society. The course explores race, racism, antiracism, equality, and hierarchy. As a Social Inquiry course, this course emphasizes social scientific methodologies to address these topics.

3 CreditsS,WK-SIPre- or Co-Req: FYC-101 or EN-110 or EN-109.

PY-302 Moral Judgment

This course meets the Ethical Responsibility requirement. This course will cover basic issues relevant to understanding and evaluating moral judgment. We will compare philosophical models of human judgment with psychological models of human judgment. You will apply both philosophical and psychological models to contemporary ethical issues and reflect on your own beliefs and social responsibilities.

3-4 CreditsS, SW-ER, CTGES

PY-350 Developmental Psychology

This course is designed to integrate core topics in the discipline of developmental psychology with current key issues in society. Consequently, students will have the opportunity to analyze scientific literature and make connections to current, everyday life issues. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to explore developmental theory and its connection to public policy, known as " best practices " in parenting and education and consider developmental theory's influence on current trends in our broader society.

3 CreditsSPrerequisites: PY101 or ED120 or ED130.

PY-312 Cultural Psychology

Cultural psychology is the scientific study of how cultural norms influence how individuals think, feel, and behave. Cultural psychologists study the ultimate social situation: culture. Questions from this field are relevant to our everyday lives and are important in shaping our understanding of ourselves and views of others.

3 CreditsSPre- or Co-Req: PY-101 or SO-101.


POE Credit Total = 36

Students must complete at least 18 credits at the 300/400-level.  Any course exception must be approved by the advisor and/or department chair.