Course Descriptions - Spring

Please Note: Courses descriptions for Spring 2020; for earlier terms, please contact enrollment services for the appropriate class schedule.

This a list of all courses the College can offer; the College does not offer all courses every semester. For the current semester's courses, go to the class schedule. The class schedule provides more complete information, including course description, instructor, course fee, and textbook required.

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PSY101 - Introduction to Psychology
Course introduces study of human behavior. Content includes survey of all elements of this behavioral science. Focus is on learning, motivation, emotion, perception, intelligence, human development, mental processes, and contemporary research. IAI S6 900
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: S6 900

PSY107 - Applied Psychology: The Psychology of Personal Growth
Course increases awareness of values, emotions, and other motivational factors that affect an individual’s growth. Content includes learning theory, personal behavior, human relationships, personal growth in a culturally diverse society; opportunity for group experience to examine similarities and differences between self and others in diverse society.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

PSY108 - Psychology of Personal Growth
Course provides advanced study of psychology of personal growth. Content includes specialized focus on career development, advanced group work and substance abuse education. Recommended: PSY 107.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

PSY110 - Multicultural Psychology
Course is designed for students to explore multiculturalism from a psychological perspective. Focus is on the ways in which culture has shaped understanding of psychological theory, research and practice. Cultural variations in psychological functioning will be studied with regard to motivation, emotion, perception, development and mental process. These multicultural perspectives also shape vales, norms, and worldview. Topics include cultural oppression and group subjugation, along with methods aimed at equity and equality.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

PSY120 - Human Development
Course introduces study of human development. Content includes physical, intellectual, emotional and social growth from conception to death. Focus is on normal developmental stages and patterns of adjustment to differing life-time demands. Theories and principles of human development examined in light of contemporary research. Credit may not be earned in both PSY 211 and PSY 120. IAI S6 902
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: S6 902

PSY122 - Human Sexuality
Course explores biological, psychological and social aspects of human sexuality. Content includes sexual identity and effects of genetic, cultural and environmental influences on human relationships and behavior.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

PSY125 - Understanding Diversity
Course examines the role that diversity and oppression play in our lives, in our communities and in society at large. Diversity issues in relation to culture, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, language background, sexuality, gender and disability will be addressed. The course will examine prejudices, personal biases, and stereotypes, and is designed to promote advocacy and the creation of a just society. Recommended: PSY 107 or PSY 110.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

PSY130 - Introduction to Human Services
Course introduces field of human services and human services theory. Content includes human problems in aging, child abuse, drug abuse, delinquency, mental retardation, criminal behavior, health, poverty, education and employment, and the organizations and agencies designed to alleviate such problems. Review of several intervention strategies also included. Recommended: PSY 101.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

PSY201 - Educational Psychology
Course focuses on application of psychological principles to educational practice. Content includes cognitive and psychological development, human learning, and motivation, with emphasis on application for learner-centered instruction, assessment, and diversity. Twelve hours in local, K-12 school settings are required. Students cannot receive credit for both PSY 201 and EDN 201. Prerequisite: None; PSY101 recommended.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

PSY202 - Social Psychology
Course focuses on scientific study of individual behavior as affected by presence of others. Content includes interpersonal attraction, aggression, prejudice, attributions, persuasion, attitudes, social influence, norms, and conformity. Prerequisite: PSY 101. IAI S8 900
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: S8 900

PSY203 - Psychology of Abnormal Behavior
Course explores how biological, psychosocial, and sociocultural influences on an individual produce and maintain various psychological disorders. Content includes preventive measures and therapeutic strategies; dysfunction assessment, ategorization of abnormal behavior, and research methodology. Prerequisite: PSY 101.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

PSY204 - Adolescent Psychology
Course presents biological, cognitive, and social development of adolescents in contemporary society. Focus is on healthy adjustment to social environments of home and school, self-identity study, adjustment, intimacy, sexuality and research methodology. Prerequisite: PSY 101.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

PSY205 - Adult Psychology
Course focus is on changes that occur in adults from young adulthood through old age in the following areas: biological development, sensation and perception, learning and memory, intelligence, creativity, and wisdom. Content includes mental health, personality, motivation, research methodology; social factors such as inter- and intra-generational relationships, work, leisure, and community involvement. Prerequisite: PSY 101. IAI S6 905
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: S6 905

PSY206 - Theories of Personality
Course surveys originators and major theories of personality development. Content includes psychoanalytic and neopsychoanalytic, social-biological, behavioral/social learning, humanistic-existential, cognitive, and trait approaches; research methodology and overview of personality/environment interactions. Prerequisite: PSY 101.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

PSY211 - Child Psychology
Course examines development of child from birth through adolescence. Content includes physical, cognitive, language, emotional, social and psychological development in family, peer group, and educational settings; also research methods and biological foundations from conception to birth. Focus is on child rearing theories and techniques that appear beneficial to adjustment. Credit may not be earned in both PSY 120 and PSY 211. Prerequisite: PSY 101. IAI S6 903
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: S6 903

PSY221 - Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Course offers systematic study of industrial psychology. Content includes application of psychological methods/principles, integration of theory and empirical research in business and industry related to managing and working in diverse organizational environments. Focus is on practices in personnel selection, placement, training, performance appraisal; job analysis, design, satisfaction, and motivation; labor relations, leadership, decision making, and organization development; research methodology. Prerequisite: PSY 101.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

PSY230 - Behavioral Sciences Practicum I
Course provides planned and supervised field experience in human services environment. Minimum 250 (two-hundred-fifty) hours in a supervised field experience, content includes identification of practicum objectives for student, in consultation with the site supervisor and faculty supervisor. Focus is on supervised practical work experience to develop an understanding of the helping process and the role of the helping professional. Prerequisite: HSV 110, HSV121, PSY107, PSY 130, PSY 235 and PSY238 with a grade of “C” or better; or consent of HSV department coordinator.
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 2; lab: 15)
Fee: $65

PSY231 - Behavioral Sciences Practicum II
Course continues PSY 230. Provides planned and supervised field experience in human services environment. Content includes identification of practicum objectives for student, in consultation with the site supervisor and faculty supervisor. Focus is on additional supervised practical work experience to deepen understanding of helping process and role of the helping professional. Prerequisite: PSY 230.
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 2; lab: 15)
Fee: $65

PSY234 - Family Systems and The Addictive Process
Course explores various family systems theories. Content includes patterns of communication, roles adopted by family members, and development of identity and self-esteem in the family. Focus is on relationship of dysfunctional family systems to addictive process, and methods of helping families move to healthier level of functioning.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

PSY235 - Psychology of Group Behavior
Course studies human behavior in group situations. Content includes structure and interaction of groups, makeup of successful groups, leadership qualities, conformity, deviance, and group pressures. Current group counseling research reviewed; specific simulations of actual group sessions to illustrate effective group counseling approaches. Recommended: PSY 107. Prerequisite: HSV 110.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

PSY236 - Psychology of Group Behavior II
Course continues PSY 235. Content includes analysis and interpretation of human behavior in therapeutic group setting; development of appropriate intervention strategies; leadership styles and ways of working with different populations examined; simulations of actual group sessions and role playing of effective group counseling approaches conducted. Prerequisite PSY 235.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

PSY237 - Psychopharmacology
Course studies behavioral and cognitive effects of psychoactive drugs, including both illicit and illicit drugs, and use of drugs in treating psychological disorders. Content includes both psychology and physiology of addictions; information on drug use, misuse, abuse, and addiction; socially abused chemicals and historical background, pharmacology, psychological and physiological effects, medical uses, dependence patterns and toxicity.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

PSY238 - Substance Use and Related Disorders
Course examines historical, societal, psychological, behavioral and familial perspectives of substance use and co-occurring disorders. Content includes current theories on substance use and related disorders; the etiology and assessment of substance use and trauma related disorders; characteristics of addicted behavior; impact of alcohol and other drug use on family and society; substance use relative to special populations; historical and current treatment and the recovery process; practical knowledge of applicable state and federal laws, rules and regulations, and code of ethics. Recommended: PSY 101
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

PSY240 - Introduction to Social Research
Course introduces basics of research in social sciences. Content includes research design, methodology, simple statistical analysis of data and interpretation of empirical social data. Students design, conduct, and interpret short survey. Prerequisite: Introductory course in any of the social sciences.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

PSY241 - Biological Bases of Behavior
Course studies behavior from a biological perspective. Content includes analysis of behaviors in genetic, developmental, physiological and evolutionary terms; interaction between physiology, behavior and environment. Prerequisite: PSY 101.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

PSY290 - Topics in Psychology
Course surveys major issues relating to field of psychology. Topics selected from subspecialties: biological bases of behavior; sensation and perception; emotion, consciousness, learning, memory, developmental psychology, personality, psychological disorders, therapeutic methods, and social interaction. Focus and/or scope differ from other psychology courses currently offered. Can be repeated on different topics up to three times for up to nine credits. Prerequisite may vary by topic.
1-4 Credit Hours (lecture: 1-4; lab: 1-4)

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