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Psychology

PSY101 General Psychology (3)

This general survey course provides a broad background in the principles and applications of scientific psychology.  The course will focus on the principles and proponents of psychological theories and methods of scientific inquiry, as well as the biological basis of behavior, including physiology of the brain and nervous system and the accompanying sensory systems and perceptual processes.  The course also covers learning theories and cognitive processes, theories and applications of motivation and emotion, the major phases of human life span development, and the major theories of personality, including disorders, treatments, therapies and how human interaction is influenced by the individual, group, and environment.

PSY202 Child Psychology (3)

Prerequisite: PSY101

This course is a study of child development from conception to adolescence.  The course will cover the physical, intellectual, emotional, and social aspects of personality.  Genetic predisposition and environmental influences will also be reviewed.

PSY205 Human Growth and Development (3)

This course focuses on human development using normative scales for physical, intellectual, emotional, language, social, and personality development.  The process of human growth and development across biological beginnings, infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and end of life will be presented. Environmental and biological influences that affect development are also reviewed.

PSY206 Social Psychology (3)

Prerequisite: PSY101

This course provides a psychological perspective on social behavior and the processes involved in being a member of a social group.  Social psychology is the scientific study of how people think about, influence, and relate to one another.  Topics include self-concept, perception, attitude, social influence, conformity, persuasion, prejudice, group influence, and pro-social behavior. The individual as a member of a group and society is a central component of this course.

PSY280 Health Psychology (3)

Prerequisite: PSY101

This course examines the psychosocial factors relevant to general health. The course will cover the contributions of psychological theory to the encouragement of health and wellness and prevention of physical illness. Course topics include stress management, theories of pain and pain management, and evaluation of health related research.

PSY290 Abnormal Psychology (3)

Prerequisite: PSY101

This course is a study of emotional and behavioral disorders.  Abnormal Psychology focuses on the description, causes, and treatment of abnormal behavior patterns.  Classifications of disorders according to the DSM-IV, such as mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, and personality disorders, will be presented.  Methods of treatment, specifically psychotherapies and biomedical therapies, will be discussed.

 

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