Psychology

PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
Provides students with a broad introduction to the field of psychology including: the biological basis of behavior, sensation and perception, learning, memory, cognition, human development, intelligence, personality, psychological disorders as well as the psychology of the world of work.

PSY 211 Social Psychology
Presents a broad account of how the actual or imagined presence of others influences thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Touches upon conformity, attraction, prejudice, aggression, group decisions, and attitude change, as well as advertising, law, and indoctrination.
Prerequisite: PSY 101. Concurrent or previous: PSY 301 & 304.

PSY 261 Learning and Behavior Change
Introduces fundamentals of behavior acquisition and modification:reinforcement, stimulus discrimination, extinction, and sequential organization. Emphasizes total competence learning, requiring students to advance beyond recognition and recall.
Prerequisite: PSY 101. Concurrent or previous: PSY 301 & 304.

PSY 301 Research Methods
Examines the major research methods used to explore important issues in psychology and organizational behavior. The process of identifying and addressing research questions will be investigated by reviewing key research strategies including field and laboratory experiments, correlational studies, and observational techniques. The course will also examine specific techniques for collecting and analyzing data and summarizing research findings.
Prerequisite: PSY 101.

PSY 304 Statistics and Decision Making
This course introduces descriptive and inferential statistical procedures for the social sciences. Topics covered include scales of measurement, probability, measures of central tendency and variability, null hypothesis testing using single or multiple samples, correlation and regression, and both inferential and procedural errors individuals can make when calculating and interpreting statistics. Course must be completed as student declares psychology as a major. Individuals with insufficient mathematical preparation are encouraged to complete remedial work prior to enrolling in the course.
Prerequisite: PSY 101 and high school algebra or equivalent.

PSY 306 Tests and Measurements
The theory of test construction and validation. Topics covered include intelligence testing, personality assessment, performance appraisal, skills tests, structured interviews, surveys, and other data gathering instruments.
Prerequisite: PSY 101. Concurrent or previous: PSY 301 & 304.

PSY 315B Topic: Work and Well Being
This course is designed to introduce undergraduate students to topics related to work and well-being addressed by the fields of Vocational and Occupational Health Psychology. Core topics include career choice, career transitions, occupational stress, burnout, and work-family balance. These topics will be discussed in terms of research and practice. The format of the course will be a combination of in-class presentations and discussions and the analysis of case studies. Course material will be provided in assigned readings and grades will be based on class participation, papers, and presentations.
Prerequisites: PSY 101.

PSY 315C Topic: Child Behavior and Learning Disorders
This course is designed to provide explanations and developmental frameworks for psychology, education, humanities, and communication majors who are interested in working in fields that require an understanding of childhood behavior learning profiles. There are three goals of this course: 1) increase the identification, awareness, and understanding of a broad spectrum of disability and disorder profiles, 2) analyze adaptive vs. maladaptive behavior as it relates to community and cultural norms, and 3) review a wide variety of case studies that illustrate the continuum of psychopathology in youth.
Prerequisite: PSY 101.

PSY 330 Organizational Behavior
Surveys the field of industrial and organizational psychology as it applies to the world of work and business. The research and development methods of the field are examined. Operational applications of these methods are analyzed in terms of their use in organizations. The use of industrial-organizational psychology to aid individuals who work with others to solve human performance problems in the work environment are studied.
Prerequisite: PSY 101. Concurrent or previous: PSY 301 & 304.

PSY 336 Positive Psychology
Positive Psychology is a burgeoning area tht compliments psychology's emphasis on pathology with an empirical approach to understanding human flourishing. Topics include personal strength, optimism, gratitude, and resilience.
PSY 101.

PSY 337 Organizational Dysfunction
This course examine factors within organizations that contribute to negative climates, poor leadership, reduced teamwork, and disharmony.  The emphasis of the course is on assessment of dysfunction and remedial steps that may be taken.
Prerequisite: PSY 101. Concurrent or previous: PSY 301 & 304.

PSY 343 Psychology of Relationships
This experiential course explores psychological components of establishing and maintaining interpersonal relationships, with emphasis on personal growth. Topics include effective self-disclosure, establishing trust, coping with anger, and managing conflict.
Prerequisite: PSY 101.

PSY 407 Organization Development
The purpose of this course is to provide the student with opportunities to learn the history, theories, models, research and strategies for change in the development of organizations.
Prerequisite: PSY 101. Concurrent or previous: PSY 301 & 304.