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PS 101 General PsychologyLASC—Human Behavior and Social ProcessesIntroduction 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 PsychologyThis 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 StudentsAll "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 MethodsLASC—Writing Across the CurriculumPrerequisite: PS 101Exploration 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 PsychologyLASC—Human Behavior and Social ProcessesPrerequisite: PS 101Physical, 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 PsychologyPrerequisites: PS 101Introduction 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 PsychologyPrerequisite: PS 101Exploration of the psychological research on a fulfilling and flourishing life including happiness, self-esteem, love, goal-setting, mindfulness, and spirituality.Offered every other year. 3 creditsPS 250 Social PsychologyPrerequisite: PS 101The 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 PsychologyPrerequisite: PS 101Survey 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 DiversityPrerequisite: PS 101Explores 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 SexualityPrerequisite: PS 101Sexuality 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 WomenPrerequisite: PS 101Women’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 StatisticsLASC—Quantitative Reasoning; Quantitative Reasoning Across the CurriculumPrerequisites: PS 101, Score of 3 on math Accuplacer or passing grade in college level math classData 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 PerceptionPrerequisite: PS 101Selected sensory and perceptual processes are studied in the context of current theory and research.Offered every year. 3 credits.PS 295 Special Topics in PsychologyPrerequisites: PS 101Selected 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 PsychologyPrerequisites: PS 101, PS 205 or PS 275, Consent of instructorStudents 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 creditsPS 307 Applied Research MethodsPrerequisites: PS 101, PS 205, PS 275Extension 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/YouthPrerequisites: PS 101, PS 210Characteristics 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 AdolescencePrerequisite: PS 101, PS 210The 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 AbusePrerequisites: PS 101Etiology, 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 TechniquesPrerequisites: PS 101Considers 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 KnowingPrerequisites: PS 101, PS 210This course will examine human development of thinking and knowing from the Piagetian/Neo-Piagetian, InformationProcessing and Sociocultural Perspectives.Offered every year. 3 credits.PS 322 Psychology of AgingPrerequisite: PS 101, PS 210Adulthood and old age are studied with special emphasis on current developmental theories.Offered every year. 3 credits.PS 325 Psychology of LearningPrerequisite: PS 101Learning 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 PersonalityPrerequisites: PS 101A 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 PsychologyPrerequisite: PS 101Etiology, 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 PsychometricsPrerequisites: PS 101, PS 275Methods and instruments used in the evaluation of the psychological attributes of human beings.Offered every year. 3 credits.PS 345 Cognitive PsychologyLASC—Writing Across the CurriculumPrerequisite: PS 101This course introduces students to areas of cognitive psychology including memory, language processing and decision making.Offered every year. 3 credits.PS 350 Group DynamicsPrerequisite: PS 101Group 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 DevelopmentPrerequisites: PS 101, PS 210This course will examine social and personality development from Piagetian, Neo-Piagetian and Sociocultural perspectives.Offered every year. 3 credits.PS 360 Industrial/Organizational PsychologyPrerequisite: PS 101A 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 PsychologyLASC—Thoughts, Language and Culture; Human Behavior and Social Processes; Writing Across the CurriculumPrerequisite: PS 101, EN 102, PS 210This 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 PsychologyPrerequisite: PS 101Psychobiological problems; current physiological research in emotion, motivation and learning and the use of physiological methods in psychology.Offered every year. 3 credits.PS 385 MotivationPrerequisite: PS 101A 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 PsychologyPrerequisite: PS 101An historical perspective, tracing the development of psychology into a science.Offered every year. 3 credits.PS 400 Internship in PsychologyPrerequisite: Consent of InstructorProvides opportunity to advanced students to increase experience through internship with sponsoring community organization, institution, or business under appropriate supervision.Offered every year. 1-3 creditsPS 405 Independent Study: Topics in PsychologyPrerequisites: PS 101, PS 205, PS 275, Consent of InstructorStudents pursue an area or topic of interest under faculty supervision. Written report(s) requiredOffered every semester. 3 credits.PS 407 Independent Study: Advanced Research in PsychologyPrerequisites: PS 101, PS 205, PS 275, PS 307, Consent of instructorStudents undertake empirical research under faculty supervision. Written report(s) required.Offered every semester. 3 credits.PS 410 Seminar in Developmental PsychologyPrerequisites: PS 101, PS 210 or PS 312Patterns of physical, mental and emotional development are explored with emphasis on independent work.Offered every year. 3 credits.PS 435 Clinical PsychologyPrerequisites: PS 101, PS 335Practical 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 PsychologyPrerequisites: PS 101, PS 360, any two of PS 250, PS 340, PS 350, PS 385An in-depth exploration of selected topics from the field of Industrial/Organizational Psychology.Offered every year. 3 credits.PS 480 Advanced Research MethodsPrerequisites: PS 101, PS 205, PS 275, PS 307Laboratory procedures and techniques on an advanced level applied to selected independent projects.Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.PS 485 Psychobiology of Mental DisordersPrerequisites: PS 101, PS 380Human 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 HealthPrerequisites: PS 101, PS 330, PS 335 and either PS 340 or PS 435This 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 ThesisPrerequisites PS 101, PS 205, PS 275, PS 307, Concurrent registration in PS 407, Consent of InstructorStudents participate in a seminar, complete an ongoing Honors Project, and prepare a thesis and summary poster for presentation.Offered in spring. 1 credit.
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