Psychology Course Descriptions

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Number sequencing next to course name means the following: first digit designates the number of lecture hours for the course; the second digit designates the number of lab, clinic or practicum hours; and the third digit designates the credit hours for the course.

PY 105 Introduction to Psychology 3-0-3
An introductory college course in psychology which focuses on the fundamental facts and principles of psychology within the broader context of contemporary personal and social concerns. Topics may include the historical development of the discipline, scientific methodology, human development, motivational theory, consciousness, sensation and perception, learning, thinking, memory, emotions, biological basis of behavior, personality theory, psychopathology, sexuality, and measurements and statistics. Available in Honors format.

PY 205 Crisis Intervention 3-0-3
This course focuses on the emotional aspects of individuals involved in a crisis situation. Coverage is given to the theory and management of specific situations such as stress, death and dying, drug abuse, suicide, sexual assault, disasters and violence. Consideration is also given to the functions and legalities of the mental health system. (Prerequisite: PY 105)

PY 209 Educational Psychology 3-0-3
Psychological principles are applied to the educational environment. Theories of learning, memory, cognition, and behavior management are used to help the student find an optimal instructional approach. While this course is a distribution requirement for the Associate of Science in Education program it may also be applied to a concentration of courses in Psychology or Social Sciences. (Prerequisite: PY 105)

PY 210 Abnormal Psychology 3-0-3
An overview of abnormal behavior using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th ed. (DSM-5). Research and issues relating to the nomenclature, incidence, etiology, and treatment of the disorders will be covered. Consideration will be given to physiological, behavioral, social, cultural and cognitive variables that contribute to each condition. (Prerequisite: PY 105)

PY 220 Human Growth and Development: The Life Span 3-0-3
A study of the psychological implications of the growth and development of the human person with a special emphasis on the physical, cognitive, social, emotional and ethical dimension in infancy, childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. Available in Honors format. (Prerequisite: PY 105)

PY 225 Social Psychology 3-0-3
This course offers an overview to the field of social psychology, a branch of psychology that focuses on how an individual's thoughts, feelings, and behavior are influenced by and influence other people. These reciprocal influences include attention to the social and cultural environment. Predominant themes for the course include individual interpretation and social cognition, the influence and power of situations on individuals, and social relationships. Gender and cultural influences are examined from a variety of perspectives as well. Specific topics that will be studied include social cognition and perception, self-knowledge and self-esteem, attitudes, social influence, conformity, obedience, aggression, prejudice, interpersonal attraction, and prosocial behavior. (Prerequisite: PY 105)

PY 226 Special topics courses listed under PY 226 Special Topics in Psychology
Courses under this heading will provide the opportunity to focus on topical issues in the field of psychology will be presented with an interdisciplinary approach. Faculty present material not normally covered in regular course offerings. Students must have taken PY 105 or SO 105 with a grade of “C” grade or higher. (Prerequisites: PY 105 or SO 105 or other social science course with a grade of "C" or higher)

PY 226A Sport and Exercise Psychology 3-0-3
This course examines theory and research of psychology as applied to athletics. It reviews the history of sport psychology as well as its application in both individual and team sports. Concepts to be discussed include individual philosophies of sports, motivation, personality of coaches and athletes, training and learning principles, mind-body relationships, and the effects anxiety, motivation, arousal and relaxation have on performance of athletes at the professional, amateur and youth levels. The sport psychology techniques used by elite athletes to improve sport performance will also be explored. Students will be asked to apply their psychological knowledge and critical thinking abilities through class participation and open discussions on professional, amateur and youth sports. Outside observations of sports from youth to professional levels will also be required. Students must have taken PY 105 or SO 105 with a grade of “C” grade or higher. (Prerequisites: PY 105 or SO 105 or other social science course with a grade of "C" or higher)

PY 280 Individual Counseling: Theory and Practice 3-0-3
Discussion of the most widely used theories of counseling offering students the opportunity to integrate the theories within their own value systems. Counseling practice will consist of peer counseling process, audio and video recording critiques, and role-playing in a seminar setting. (Prerequisites: MH 187 and PY 105)

PY 283 Group Counseling 3-0-3
A study of therapeutic intervention as carried out in and through a group. The course design includes academic discussion of group processes and participation in a concomitant laboratory experience. (Prerequisites: MH 187 and PY 105)

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