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Psychology

Course Descriptions

PSYC& 100: General Psychology

Credits: 5.0

Surveys major areas of psychology. Core topics include sensory processes, perception, personality, disorders and treatment, intelligence, research methods, learning, states of consciousness, language, cross-cultural psychology, and applied psychology (was PSYCH 100).

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the biological basis of behavior including the nervous and endocrine systems. [REASON]
  2. Discuss and compare the major theories of learning. [REASON]
  3. Describe and compare the conceptual models of Intelligence, Language, and Cognition. [REASON]
  4. Identify the major theoretical approaches to personality theory. [REASON]
  5. Describe the Experimental Method and the basic Statistical Methods of data analysis. [REASON]
  6. Identify the major sub-fields of Psychology. [REASON]
  7. Compare and discuss the concepts of Sensation and Perception. [REASON]

PSYC 105: Active Learning Strategy

Credits: 2.0

Current research and best practices in learning associated with Liberal Arts modes of reasoning, making meaning, communicating and problem solving.

Course Level Objectives


PSYC 110: Careers in Psychology

Credits: 2.0

Exploration of careers in fields related to Psychology: Counseling/ Psychotherapy, Teaching, Social Work, Advertising, Human Resources, Police, Law and Medicine (was PSYCH 110). S/U grade option.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. List, describe, and discuss available career opportunities. [REASON]
  2. State, discuss, and assess personal goals related to career choices. [REASON]
  3. Identify specific steps for academic and personal preparation associated with possible career choices. [ACT]
  4. Complete in-class and out-of class writing assignments. [COMMUNICATE]
  5. Complete a professional resume. [COMMUNICATE]
  6. Practice therapy techniques in class group settings. [COMMUNICATE]

PSYC 111: Current Issues in Psychology

Credits: Maximum of 3.0 possible

Introduction to, and exploration of, approaches to selected topics in Psychology as applied to social and personal issues such as marriage, divorce, psychotherapy, religion, advertising and health (was PSYCH 111). S/U grade option.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Evaluate which Psychology perspective or combination of perspectives best explains the phenomena of, love, marriage, and divorce in our culture. [REASON]
  2. Examine which form of psychotherapy is most in keeping with students' personal philosophies. [REASON]
  3. Examine how religion develops in response to psychological needs. [REASON]
  4. Identify deceptive advertising techniques. [REASON]
  5. Discuss the relationship between mental and physical health on personality development. [REASON]

PSYC& 200: Lifespan Psychology

Credits: 5.0

A broad overview of human development from conception to death. Topics include the study of the biological, psychological, and sociocultural development of the human organism throughout the lifespan (was PSYCH 206). Prerequisite(s): PSYC& 100 (was PSYCH 100) with a 2.0 or instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify and discuss the major theoretical perspectives on human development throughout the lifespan. [REASON]
  2. Compare and contrast the basic psychological methods of exploring human development. [REASON]
  3. Explain how heredity and environment influence development throughout the lifespan. [REASON]
  4. Identify and describe the stages of development from conception through death. [REASON]

PSYC 208: Human Sexuality

Credits: 5.0

A survey course of biological, psychological and social determinants of human sexuality and sexual behavior. Topics include sexual development, sexual health, reproduction, development of gender orientation, adult sexual bonding, sexual abuse and assault (was PSYCH 208).

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe and explain specific aspects of the physical, mental, emotional, and social components of human sexuality. [REASON]]
  2. Explain and discuss current biological, psychological, and sociological theories and perspectives on human sexuality. [EXPLORE]
  3. Explain and discuss the role of sexuality in many aspects of one's personal and social experiences. [ACT]
  4. Explain, compare and contrast the diversity of human sexual expressions. [EXPLORE]
  5. List and discuss issues related to sexual health and well being. [EXPLORE]
  6. Articulate and consider personal values and attitudes related to sexual behaviors and feelings. [EXPLORE]
  7. Analyze and evaluate new scientifically-based, sexuality-related information. [EXPLORE]

PSYC& 220: Abnormal Psychology

Credits: 5.0

Understanding the nature, cause, and treatments of behavioral disorders. Understanding abnormal behavior by acquainting the student with theories, research, and case studies relating to maladaptive and disordered behavior (was PSYCH 205). Prerequisite(s): PSYC& 100 (was PSYCH 100) or instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Distinguish between and discuss the current perspectives relating to abnormal human behaviors. [REASON]
  2. Identify and describe the many maladaptive and disordered human behaviors. [REASON]
  3. Discuss the wide diversity of both normal and abnormal human behaviors. [REASON]
  4. Examine and evaluate new information regarding abnormal behavior. [REASON]
  5. Distinguish between and discuss the current perspectives relating to abnormal human behaviors. [REASON]
  6. Identify and describe the many maladaptive and disordered human behaviors. [REASON]
  7. Discuss the wide diversity of both normal and abnormal human behaviors. [REASON]
  8. Examine and evaluate new information regarding abnormal behavior. [REASON]

PSYC 290: Social Psychology

Credits: 5.0

The interrelationship between the individual and the social environment, attitudes, social class, roles and stereotypes, language, social behavior of animals, group dynamics, social control, deviance, small groups (was PSYCH 290).

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe major theories of Social Psychology. [REASON]
  2. Apply theoretical constructs to everyday life situations. [REASON]
  3. Design and carry out social psych experiments. [COMMUNICATE]