Advising Tracks

The Psychological Science program provides students with 4-year progressions based on several different advising tracks. The 4-year progressions provide students with a look at exactly what classes they should register for every semester. They ensure that the correct courses are taken in the correct order and that the program is completed in 4 years. 

The advising track is much more than just the 4-year progression. They are designed to help students explore several areas of psychology and prepare them for the next step in their career path. Below are our existing advising tracks. 

Art Therapy (coming soon!)

Applied Behavioral Analysis (coming soon!)

Businees, HR, and IO Psychology

Child Life Specialist and Human Development and Family Studies (coming soon!)

Clinical Psychology

Counseling and Social Work

Forensic Psychology, Law Enforcement, and Pre-Law

Psychological Science Research

Pre-Health Professions (coming soon!)

School Psychology and School Counseling

Sports Psychology (coming soon!)

Available PSYC Courses

*Denotes PSYC courses that complete the Diverse Cultures, Human Behavior, and Human Relationships category of the Ethos curriculum.

PSYC 1005 Writing in APA Style. (1) Fall

This course will teach students effective APA based formatting and referencing techniques. Students will learn how to correctly format a paper, cite references, paraphrase and avoid plagiarism. The information learned in this course will allow students to effectively write utilizing APA format which will be required in upper-level courses. 
Prerequisite: None 

PSYC 1006 Writing in the Sciences. (1) Fall

This course will teach students to effectively write papers in a scientific style. Students will learn how to construct a scientific paper including a literature review, research paper, and poster from the stage of generating an idea through polishing the product for distribution. This will include discussion of writing style, grammar usage, paraphrasing, and other common techniques for writing in the sciences. 
Prerequisite: None 

*PSYC 1101 Introduction to Psychology. (3) Fall and Spring
A survey of major topics in psychological science, including research methods, basic neuroanatomy, learning, perception, personality and abnormal behavior.
Prerequisite: None

PSYC 2200 Behavioral Statistics Lab (1) Fall and Spring

This course will teach students how to utilize statistical software packages to analysis behavioral data. It will cover four broad topics: data entry, descriptive statistics, t-test comparisons, and correlations. 
Prerequisite or Corequisite: PSYC 1101, PSYC 2298 or MATH 1114 

PSYC 2298 Behavioral Statistics. (3) Fall and Spring
Introduction to the measurement of behavior and quantitative methods of data analysis, emphasizing parametric statistics and their application to the behavioral sciences. May be taken simultaneously with PSYC 1101.
Prerequisite or Corequisite: PSYC 1101

PSYC 2299 Research Methods. (4) Spring
A survey of various types of research design, including the strengths and weaknesses of each. The laboratory includes practice in designing and conducting experiments, as well as analysis and reporting of results.
Prerequisites: PSYC 2298 and PSYC 1101

PSYC 3302 Human Growth and Development. (3) Fall and Spring
A study of human life beginning with conception. Important developmental phenomena are considered in the light of major theories of development.
Prerequisite: PSYC 1101

PSYC 3304 Educational Psychology. (3) Spring, Odd years
Application of psychological principles and research to the teaching/learning process. Major topics include behavioral and cognitive approaches to learning, classroom management, and test construction and interpretation.
Prerequisite: PSYC 1101

PSYC 3321 Social Psychology. (3) Fall
A course dealing with behavior as affected by social influences. Major topics include social perception, social communication (verbal and nonverbal), altruism, attitudes, aggression, and prejudice. Also, applied areas such as forensic psychology are considered.
Prerequisite: PSYC 1101

PSYC 3341 Human Sexuality. (3) Fall, Even years
This course involves a multidisciplinary examination of human sexual behavior and intimate relationships. Typical topics considered include male and female sexual response, gender roles, sexual disorders and dysfunctions, gender identity, legal and cross-cultural aspects of human sexuality, sexual orientation, and relationship issues related to sexuality. May be taken simultaneously with PSYC 1101.
Prerequisite: PSYC 1101

PSYC 3350 Abnormal Psychology. (3) Fall and Spring
A survey of the causes, characteristics, current theories, and treatment of psychological disorders.
Prerequisite: PSYC 1101

PSYC 3351 Introduction to Counseling. (3) Fall
An introduction to counseling approaches, methods, and assessment techniques. Emphasis is placed on individual counseling.
Prerequisite: None

PSYC 3358 Psychology of Aging. (3) Spring, Even years
Human aging is examined from physiological (e.g., sensory and cardiovascular changes), psychological (e.g., memory and intellectual changes), and sociological (e.g., adjusting to retirement) perspectives. Also, death and disorders associated with aging (such as Alzheimer's Disease) are explored.
Prerequisite: PSYC 1101

PSYC 3360 Psychology of Personality. (3) Spring
A critical study of major personality theories, principles and instruments of assessment, and relevant empirical research.
Prerequisites: PSYC 1101

PSYC 3380 Special Topics in Psychology. (3) On Demand
A course offered at the sophomore/junior level, focusing on a specialized topic from the field of psychology.
Prerequisite: PSYC 1101

PSYC 3390 Advanced Research Methods: Survey Research. (3) Fall, Even years

This course continues the content covered in PSYC 2299 with specific attention to the utilization of surveys.

Prerequisites: PSYC 2298 and PSYC 2299 or consent of professor.

PSYC 4000 Internship in Psychology. (1-6) On Demand
Students majoring in Psychology may be eligible to enroll in a psychology internship in an applied setting. This course requires 120 hours of supervised experience (observation, work, etc.) in a local agency or office, selected readings, public presentation, and final portfolio containing essays, weekly journal, and supporting material. The internship must first be discussed with the student’s Psychology advisor one semester prior to beginning the internship. Information from this meeting will then be transferred to the Career Development Center for placement. The application process is unique to each facility. Grading is on a Pass/No Credit basis.
Prerequisites: major in Psychology with junior/senior standing, permission of program coordinator, and approval by the Internship Coordinator

PSYC 4400 Guided Research. (3) Fall and Spring
Under supervision of a faculty member, the student develops a project on a topic that is psychological in nature. The emphasis is on analyzing and synthesizing scientific literature, with the goal of producing a literature review and/or research proposal. A successful proposal may lead to data collection and analysis. The result of the project must be discriminated in some professional setting.
Prerequisites: major in Psychology with junior/senior standing, PSYC 2298, PSYC 2299, and permission of program coordinator

PSYC 4405 Sensation and Perception. (3) Spring
Sensations and our perception of those sensations are examined using both physiological and psychological approaches. Sensory transduction, anatomy/physiology of sensory systems, and psychophysical measurement techniques are explored along with research advancements in the field.
Prerequisites: PSYC 2298 and PSYC 2299 or consent of professor

PSYC 4455 Cognitive Psychology. (3) Fall, Odd years
An information processing analysis of topics in perception, thinking, learning, and memory.
Prerequisites: PSYC 2298 and PSYC 2299 or consent of professor.

PSYC 4465 Biological Psychology. (3) Fall
Neuroanatomy and neurophysiology will be explored and will provide a foundation for examining biological aspects of various behaviors (e.g., sensory processes and sleep). Also, the psychopharmacology of selected drugs and genetic influences on behavior will be considered.
Prerequisites: PSYC 2298 and PSYC 2299 or consent of professor

PSYC 4470 Behavior Analysis. (3) Spring
A survey of principles, research findings, and applications of classical, operant, and observational learning.
Prerequisites: PSYC 2298 and PSYC 2299 or consent of professor

PSYC 4480 Special Topics in Psychology. (3) On Demand
A course offered at the junior/senior level, focusing on a specialized topic from the field of psychology.
Prerequisites: major in Psychology with junior/senior standing or consent of professor

 PSYC 4901 Psychological Science Capstone I. (3) Fall
The purpose of this course is to allow the student to synthesize knowledge about the discipline of psychological science by providing opportunity for practical experience in developing a project. This project might be service-based or research-based. The student will conduct an extensive literature review on the topic before proposing and carrying out a research plan. This course is constructed as a two-course sequence, with the Spring semester course devoted to dissemination. 
Prerequisites: major in Psychology with senior standing or consent of professor

PSYC 4902 Psychological Science Capstone II. (1) Spring
The purpose of this course is to allow the student to synthesize knowledge about the discipline of psychological science by providing opportunity for practical experience in developing a project. This project might be service-based or research-based. The student will conduct an extensive literature review on the topic before proposing and carrying out a research plan. This course is constructed as a two-course sequence, with the Spring semester course devoted to dissemination. 
Prerequisites: PSYC 4901