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PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3 credits In this survey course, the student becomes aware of and appreciates the various influences upon behavior. The topics covered include, but are not limited to, the nervous system, sensation and perception, motivation, learning, emotion, and personality. Through an investigation of these areas, within a multiplicity of cultural contexts, the student understands the diversity of the human condition. Corequisite: ENG 100 or appropriate placement score. F/S/SU

PSY 115 Self Assessment and Career Planning 3 credits This course emphasizes self-discovery, the workplace, life decisions, and career/future planning within a multicultural framework. Students explore psychological theories and apply those theories to their own personal situations to formulate career/life plans. Students identify their abilities and explore their values, interests, motives, motivations, behaviors, personalities, and interaction styles. Students acquire and develop skills for career planning, job searching, and understanding job satisfaction to develop a Career/Life Plan (CAPS Plan). Prerequisite: ENG 090 and ENG 095 or appropriate placement score. F/S/SU

PSY 117 Human Relationships & the Family 3 credits This course examines the factors that affect dating, courtship, commitment, marriage, and cohabitation in order to understand the dynamics of the family and human relationships. Topics include communication, intimacy, jealousy, abuse, termination of a relationship, differences of gender, race, religion, socio-economic level, and the effect of stereotypes. Corequisite: ENG 100 or appropriate placement score. S, 2008

PSY 118 Psychology of Interpersonal Relations 3 credits This course examines behavior in a variety of interpersonal situations including groups, family and the workplace. Students explore the dynamics of communication, group process, and other behavioral concepts. They share experiences in the classroom and participate in group projects that combine theory and practice. The course emphasizes varied and changing work environments. Students utilize a wide range of interpersonal skills to gain a more complete learning experience, greater personal satisfaction, and improved work efficiency in a variety of situations. Corequisite: ENG 100 or appropriate placement score. F/S/SU

PSY 119 Psychology of Personal Influence & Self-Improvement 3 credits This course emphasizes the basics of operant and classical conditioning and how each can be used in practical ways. Students learn to relax and desensitize to certain conditioned stimuli; to identify behaviors clearly; and to define, measure and state criteria for reinforcement. They create graphs concerning measured behavior and analyze the graphs in order to determine the effectiveness or need for reinforcement of the behaviors. The course also covers research methods, the ethics of behavior modification, the influence of cultural differences upon the consequences of behavior and upon conditioned stimuli, and the impact of predispositions and past experiences. Corequisite: ENG 100 or appropriate placement score. S, 2008

PSY 121 A Survey of Life Span Development: Conception to Death 3 credits This course examines the span of human development from conception to death. Students explore the processes that occur throughout the life stages, the continuity of the life span, and general development and its surrounding issues and events. Students acquire accepted vocabulary for this area of study and relate course topics to their own lives. Prerequisite: PSY 101 Corequisite: ENG 100 or appropriate placement score. F/S/SU

PSY 123 Human Development I: Conception to Adolescence 3 credits This course surveys human development from conception through the middle years. Topics include the central issues of biological, psychological, sociological, and cognitive development. Students explore the theories of Freud, Erikson, Piaget, and others. Students examine both stage and behavioristic approaches of viewing human development; the interaction between physical and psychological growth; the relationships and differences between the developing child and societal settings; and cross-cultural research. Prerequisite: PSY 101. F/S

PSY 124 Human Development II: Adolescence 3 credits This course covers the adolescent years and stresses biological, psychological, sociological, and cognitive development. Topics include the adolescent in present-day society and important psychological and sociocultural factors and theories that explain adolescent development. Students examine several theories relating adolescent growth and development. Prerequisite: PSY 101. F/S

PSY 142 Human Sexuality 3 credits This course covers social, cultural, and psychological perspectives of human sexuality. Students explore differences related to gender role formation, sexual orientation, sexual attraction, premarital sex, teenage pregnancy, sexually-transmitted diseases, and other related topics within a context of multicultural diversity. Students study specific topics of human sexuality and the research and the professionals in that field. Students examine their own values, beliefs, and behaviors with respect to these topics, and establish ways of applying this information to their own sexuality. Corequisite: ENG 100 or appropriate placement score. F/S

PSY 157 Psychology of Management 3 credits This course covers a variety of management techniques, practices, and philosophies that are in use in today’s work environment. Students learn effective time management, delegation, problem solving and decision-making, communication and listening techniques, and proven motivational and leadership behaviors. Additional topics include examining effective team building strategies and practices common in today’s workplace that are used to accomplish business goals. The course utilizes a multicultural framework to reflect the global nature of business today. Corequisite: ENG 100 or appropriate placement score. S, 2008

PSY 158 Human Relations in Organizations 3 credits This course examines the nature of organizations to facilitate students’ entry into, and success within, organizational settings. Topics include the factors that influence individual behavior in organizations and the interrelationships between psychological and other social sciences. Students learn how these sciences contribute to overall organizational experiences and self-development. They examine types of organizations, effective motivational techniques, communication essentials, team development, and leadership practices. Students also examine global and multicultural influences that contributing to the nature of organizations and organizational success. Corequisite: ENG 100 or appropriate placement score. F/S

PSY 181 Social Psychology 3 credits This course introduces students to the systematic study of human social behavior. Students consider how people perceive and react to others and how humans are affected by social situations. Students explore theoretical perspectives of social psychology, motivation, social cognition, the presenting self, persuasion, social influence, affiliation, friendship, love, prosocial behavior, aggression, prejudice, stereotyping and discrimination, groups and global social dilemmas. Upon completion of the course students demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of social psychology through appropriate assessment tools. Corequisite: ENG 100 or appropriate placement score S/SU.

PSY 182 Psychology of Consumer Behavior 3 credits This course explores psychological theories and research and consumer research techniques used in advertising and merchandising. Students explore motivation, perception, learning, personality, attitude formation, and communication as they relate to consumer purchasing practices. Course topics include the consumer behavior of specific reference groups, classes, cultures, subcultures, and cross-cultural groups. Corequisite: ENG 100 or appropriate placement score. S

PSY 211 The Psychology of Group Dynamics 3 credits This course examines behaviors and dynamics of groups. Students examine the theories and research findings used to make groups effective and learn skills to apply this knowledge to practical situations of small group interactions. Prerequisite: PSY 101. F

PSY 231 Introduction to Counseling 3 credits This course focuses on introductory issues in counseling and helps the beginning practitioner develop counseling skills. Topics include the role of the counselor as it relates to self-awareness, confidentiality, counseling ethics, basic counseling concepts including listening, giving feedback, and confrontation, and other relevant subjects. Students learn appropriate counseling skills and develop and appreciation of relevant issues in the counseling field. Prerequisite: PSY 101. F/S

PSY 235 Counseling Methods 3 credits This course presents methods of counseling. Students use an experiential approach to understand and practice specific techniques used in the counseling process including listening, giving and receiving feedback, problem definition, contracting, responsibility, commitment, and evaluation. Prerequisite: PSY 231. S

PSY 241 Psychology of Women 3 credits This course uses a developmental perspective to explore critical milestones and significant life events experienced by most women. Students examine the social and psychological issues that effect women’s development and women’s roles in society. Prerequisite: PSY 101. S

PSY 242 Psychology of Men 3 credits This course covers male development from biological, intrapsychic, and social-learning perspectives. Topics include exploration of male relationships including father-son, mother-son, men-women, and men-men. Students examine aggression and war, gender differences, the Men's Movement, sports, and rites of passage. They learn how to understand masculinity in the context of personality theories and of diverse multicultural forces. Prerequisite: PSY 101 F, 2007

PSY 261 Theories of Personality 3 credits This course introduces personality theories and theorists, definitions of personality, development and structure of personality, motivation, and concepts of self. Students examine various theories of structure and development of personality, human motivation, concepts of self, and the mature personality as proposed by Freud, Skinner, Jung, Fromm, Allport, Rogers, Frankl, and Perls. Prerequisite: PSY 101. S, 2008

PSY 262 Abnormal Psychology 3 credits This course focuses on issues of mental health and mental illness. Topics include examination of various symptoms and causes of mental illness, current trends in treatment, and new developments in community health resources. Students explore the various approaches used to define and treat abnormal behaviors, including the statistical and absolute models, in order to understand and adopt a sensitive approach toward individuals whose behaviors are symptomatic of a disorder. Prerequisite: PSY 101. F/S/SU

PSY 273 Chemical Dependency 3 credits This course covers the biological, psychological, and social factors involved in licit and illicit drug use and abuse. Students examine the types of drugs most commonly used and abused; psychosocial consequences of prolonged drug use and abuse; Federal, state, and local regulations governing drug use; efforts made to deal with drug use and abuse and drug related problems; and the nature and varied patterns of drug use and abuse in today's society. The course emphasizes types of drug treatment and counseling and the probable effects of different treatments upon the drug-dependent client. Prerequisite: PSY 101. F/S/SU

PSY 277 Neurology of Behavior 3 credits This course examines the physiological, biological, and molecular bases of a variety of human and animal activities. Students explore learning, memory, aging, pathology, sleep, dreaming, emotion, motivation, personality, sexuality, addiction, and aggression. Topics include genetics, neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and neuropharmacology. Prerequisite: PSY 101. S, 2008

PSY 280 Issues in the Profession of Psychology 3 credits This course examines issues of psychology which require critical thinking, awareness of pertinent research, and importance of underlying assumptions. Students explore areas of standardized testing, diagnostic labeling, psychosurgery, and electroconvulsive therapy. Additional course topics include deception in research, the disease model, religious values in psychotherapy, genetic influences upon behavior, and issues that influence the future of the field. Students develop research skills by investigating issues of cultural diversity as well as students’ own values and biases. Prerequisites: PSY 101 and a second psychology course. S, 2006

PSY 281 Methods in Psychology 3 credits This course focuses on short experiments and hands-on research projects. Topics include development, implementation, and evaluation of research designs; learning and memory; sensation; perception; social psychology; and other subjects covered in introductory-level psychology courses. Students explore topics first-hand to understand the methods used by psychologists to study behavior. Prerequisite: PSY 101. S, 2008