ACADEMICS

  • Psychology Courses (Undergraduate)

    PS 101 General Psychology
    LASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes
    Introduction to history of psychology, scientific method; brain/nervous system, development, learning, motivation,
    sensation/perception, personality, psychopathology, psychotherapy, cognitive processes, social behavior.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    PS 191 Topics in Psychology
    This course is an exploration of current and specialized topics in Psychology. It will not be counted toward the major.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    PS 193 Special Topics in Psychology for First-Year Students
    All "193" courses are approved for LASC but may vary by section. See current course listing for specific LASC area approval.
    Introductory level course covering topics of special interest to first-year students. Offered only as a First-Year Seminar.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    PS 205 Research Methods
    LASC—Writing Across the Curriculum
    Prerequisite: PS 101

    Exploration of psychological research methodologies including: scientific method; design, conduction, analysis, and
    reporting of research; ethical principles and APA format.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    PS 210 Developmental Psychology
    LASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes
    Prerequisite: PS 101

    Physical, social, emotional, intellectual, and moral development from conception to adolescence is examined within
    a framework of various theories.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    PS 222 Introduction to Health Psychology
    Prerequisites: PS 101
    Introduction to the areas and methods of Health Psychology. Topics include: epidemiology, behavior change,
    compliance, alternative medicine, healing, chronic illness.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.

    PS 224 Positive Psychology
    Prerequisite: PS 101
    Exploration of the psychological research on a fulfilling and flourishing life including happiness, self-esteem, love,
    goalsetting, mindfulness and spirituality.
    Offered every other year. 3 credits

    PS 250 Social Psychology
    Prerequisite: PS 101
    The psychological dynamics of social interaction including verbal and nonverbal communication, group dynamics
    and attitude formation and change.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    PS 252 Applied Social Psychology
    Prerequisite: PS 101
    Survey of applied social psychology including: psychology in educational, organizational, and legal settings; diversity,
    environmental, health, media, and consumer issues.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    PS 255 Psychological Foundations of Diversity

    Prerequisite: PS 101
    Explores the gender, racial/ethnic, multiple-group membership, cultural, social class, religious, disability and sexual
    orientation facets of diversity.
    Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.

    PS 260 Psychology of Human Sexuality

    Prerequisite: PS 101
    Sexuality as a foundation of personality. The wide range of human sexuality is explored; sexual development, roles,
    attitudes and behaviors.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.

    PS 263 Psychology of Women
    Prerequisite: PS 101
    Women’s psychological development throughout the lifespan will be examined, including female development,
    achievement, stereotyping, stress, violence and psychological disorders.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.

    PS 275 Psychological Statistics
    LASC—Quantitative Reasoning; Quantitative Reasoning Across the Curriculum
    Prerequisites: PS 101, Score of 3 on math Accuplacer or passing grade in college level math class

    Data tabulation; graphing; measurement of central tendency, variability and correlation; hypothesis testing applied
    to psychological and sociological data. Hand and computer analysis.
    Offered every year. 4 credits.

    PS 280 Sensation and Perception

    Prerequisite: PS 101
    Selected sensory and perceptual processes are studied in the context of current theory and research.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    PS 295 Special Topics in Psychology

    Prerequisites: PS 101
    Selected areas of mutual interest to instructor and students. Topics and prerequisites are announced in advance.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    PS 297 Independent Study: Research in Psychology
    Prerequisites: PS 101, PS 205 or PS 275, Consent of instructor
    Students pursue an area of research interest under faculty supervision. May include assisting faculty with ongoing
    research. Written report(s) required.
    Offered every semester. 1-3 credits

    PS 307 Applied Research Methods
    Prerequisites: PS 101, PS 205, PS 275
    Extension of research design and methods introduced in PS 205: Research Methods, including applied research
    design, statistical analysis, and scientific writing.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    PS 310 Development of Exceptional Children/Youth
    Prerequisites: PS 101, PS 210
    Characteristics and needs of children with exceptionalities including behavior retardation, giftedness, physical or
    sensory disabilities, emotional or social maladjustments.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.

    PS 312 Psychology of Adolescence
    Prerequisite: PS 101, PS 210
    The mental, emotional, social and physical changes of contemporary adolescence are examined with emphasis on
    family, peer and school influences.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    PS 315 Physical and Sexual Abuse
    Prerequisites: PS 101
    Etiology, characteristics, consequences, treatment, and prevention of various forms of physical, sexual, and emotional
    abuse in children, adolescents, and adults.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.

    PS 318 Behavior Management Techniques
    Prerequisites: PS 101
    Considers the basic concepts of behavior management, including behavior modification for exceptional and normal
    populations.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.


    PS 320 Development of Thinking and Knowing
    Prerequisites: PS 101, PS 210
    This course will examine human development of thinking and knowing from the Piagetian/Neo-Piagetian, Information
    Processing and Sociocultural Perspectives.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    PS 322 Psychology of Aging

    Prerequisite: PS 101, PS 210
    Adulthood and old age are studied with special emphasis on current developmental theories.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    PS 325 Psychology of Learning
    Prerequisite: PS 101
    Learning as a fundamental concept in understanding behavior; examines principles and theories of learning,
    emphasizing experimental findings.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    PS 330 Theories of Personality
    Prerequisites: PS 101
    A survey of major theories of personality. Why people behave as they do is explored through the different theories.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    PS 335 Abnormal Psychology

    Prerequisite: PS 101
    Etiology, dynamics, and treatment of psychopathology and their relation to normal personality are considered from
    traditional and contemporary perspectives.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    PS 340 Introduction to Psychometrics
    Prerequisites: PS 101, PS 275
    Methods and instruments used in the evaluation of the psychological attributes of human beings.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    PS 345 Cognitive Psychology
    LASC—Writing Across the Curriculum
    Prerequisite: PS 101

    This course introduces students to areas of cognitive psychology including memory, language processing and
    decision making.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    PS 350 Group Dynamics
    Prerequisite: PS 101
    Group process deals with the basic issues of leadership, membership, developmental stages and types of groups,
    theoretically and experientially.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    PS 355 Social and Personality Development
    Prerequisites: PS 101, PS 210
    This course will examine social and personality development from Piagetian, Neo-Piagetian and Sociocultural
    perspectives.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    PS 360 Industrial/Organizational Psychology
    Prerequisite: PS 101
    A concentration on the work of the psychologist in industry/business and other organizational settings in the public
    and private sectors.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    PS 365 Cultural Psychology
    LASC—Thoughts, Language and Culture; Human Behavior and Social Processes; Writing Across the Curriculum
    Prerequisite: PS 101, EN 102, PS 210

    This course addresses the role culture plays in human psychological processes and approaches to researching
    cultural aspects of human action.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    PS 380 Physiological Psychology
    Prerequisite: PS 101
    Psychobiological problems; current physiological research in emotion, motivation and learning and the use of
    physiological methods in psychology.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    PS 385 Motivation
    Prerequisite: PS 101
    A study of conditions that arouse, direct and sustain behavior. Topics include: goals, competence, control, arousal,
    self-esteem, achievement and stress.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    PS 390 History and Systems of Psychology
    Prerequisite: PS 101
    An historical perspective, tracing the development of psychology into a science.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    PS 400 Internship in Psychology
    Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor
    Provides opportunity to advanced students to increase experience through internship with sponsoring community
    organization, institution, or business under appropriate supervision.
    Offered every year. 1-3 credits

    PS 405 Independent Study: Topics in Psychology
    Prerequisites: PS 101, PS 205, PS 275, Consent of Instructor
    Students pursue an area or topic of interest under faculty supervision. Written report(s) required
    Offered every semester. 3 credits.

    PS 407 Independent Study: Advanced Research in Psychology
    Prerequisites: PS 101, PS 205, PS 275, PS 307, Consent of instructor
    Students undertake empirical research under faculty supervision. Written report(s) required.
    Offered every semester. 3 credits.

    PS 410 Seminar in Developmental Psychology
    Prerequisites: PS 101, PS 210 or PS 312
    Patterns of physical, mental and emotional development are explored with emphasis on independent work.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    PS 435 Clinical Psychology
    Prerequisites: PS 101, PS 335
    Practical issues, methods and techniques of current psychotherapies with emphasis on psychoanalytic, client-
    centered, and behavioral approaches.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    PS 460 Advanced Industrial/Organizational Psychology
    Prerequisites: PS 101, PS 360, any two of PS 250, PS 340, PS 350, PS 385
    An in-depth exploration of selected topics from the field of Industrial/Organizational Psychology.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    PS 480 Advanced Research Methods
    Prerequisites: PS 101, PS 205, PS 275, PS 307
    Laboratory procedures and techniques on an advanced level applied to selected independent projects.
    Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.

    PS 485 Psychobiology of Mental Disorders

    Prerequisites: PS 101, PS 380
    Human brain behavior relationships; neurological correlates of attention, cognition, perception, consequences of
    damage upon behavior.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.

    PS 492 Seminar in Mental Health
    Prerequisites: PS 101, PS 330, PS 335 and either PS 340 or PS 435
    This capstone seminar emphasizes knowledge and experiential skill-building necessary for entry into the field of
    Mental Health Services.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    PS 499: Honors Thesis
    Prerequisites PS 101, PS 205, PS 275, PS 307, Concurrent registration in PS 407, Consent of Instructor
    Students participate in a seminar, complete an ongoing Honors Project, and prepare a thesis and summary poster
    for presentation.
    Offered in spring. 1 credit.