Psychology - Course Descriptions - PS
PSY 1013 Introductory Psychology
A scientific study of the principles underlying human behavior. The student is introduced to the theory, research, and practice that characterize modern psychology. Offered in online format.
PSY 2233 Theories of Counseling
A study of major counseling theories. Includes dynamic, existential, humanistic, gestalt, cognitive-behavioral, reality, and family systems theories of counseling and the most useful strategies from each. Offered in online format. Prerequisite: PSY 1013.
PSY 2383 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
A general statistics course that stresses a conceptual understanding of statistical procedures, and their appropriate use and interpretation. The course uses spreadsheet applications, current behavioral research publications, and examples from current events to teach critical thinking skills. Topics include descriptive statistics, the normal distribution, probability, and inferential statistics. Offered in online format. Prerequisites: PSY 1013 and either an ACT Math score of at least 19, a minimum SAT score of 480, or MTH 0153 or higher.
PSY 2393 Research Methods
An introduction to research methods in psychology that stresses critical thinking about methodological issues. Research skills are developed in hypothesis construction, research design, interpretation of statistical results, scientific writing, library and internet research, and presentation of results to a professional audience. Offered in online format. Prerequisite: PSY 2383.
PSY 2903 Psychology of Personal Growth
A study of the origin and nature of human individual differences, including an investigation of human coping strategies, an exploration of the potential of personality change, and understanding the scientific approach to human adjustment.
PSY 3203 Psychological Testing
An examination of the theory, interpretation, and appropriate use of individual and group tests of personality, mental ability, aptitude, achievement, and interest. Offered in online format. Prerequisite: PSY 2383.
PSY 3423 Social Psychology
An investigation of how the behavior, feelings and thoughts of an individual are influenced or determined by the behavior and characteristics of others. Topics for discussion include attraction, attitudes, aggression, persuasion, and group behavior. Offered in online format. Prerequisite: PSY 1013.
PSY 4213 Abnormal Psychology
The nature, causes, and treatment of maladaptive behavior including personality disorders, psychoses, reactions to stress, anxiety disorders, and other dysfunctions. Offered in online format. Prerequisite: PSY 1013.
PSY 4333 Cognitive Psychology
A study of the major principles, research methods, and empirical findings of cognitive psychology, including attention, memory, imagery, categorization, language, and problem solving. Offered in online format. Prerequisite: PSY 2393.
PSY 4343 Theories of Learning
A study of the major theories, research methods, and empirical findings of animal and human learning. Classical and operant conditioning paradigms are emphasized. Offered in online format. Prerequisite: PSY 2393.