Psychology Courses

*PSY220 Person in Psychological Context (4)
Explores psychological perspectives on nature of person in cross-cultural context. Focus on research and theory as well as introduction to discipline. Topics addressed include development, social behavior, physiology, personality, memory, diagnosis and treatment. Fulfills core Human Person theme.

PSY243 Social Psychology (4)
Introduces research and theories about social dimensions of human thought, action and emotion. Topics include altruism,  aggression, attitudes, group behavior, language and nonverbal communication. Prerequisite: PSY220.

*PSY244 Developmental Psychology (4)
Considers social, cognitive and emotional aspects of development from birth to adolescence. Examines theory and research. Observation of children. Discussion of major parenting issues. Fulfills core Human Person theme.

PSY246  Clinical Psychology: Psychopathology (4)
Surveys psychopathology including psychosis, anxiety disorders, mood disorders and addictions; history  of treatment and theory; current perspectives in treatment and prevention.  Prerequisite: PSY220.

PSY250 Psychology of Memory (4)
Examination of organization of cognitive functioning with particular emphasis on human memory and how information is perceived and processed. Studies most prominent features of human knowledge acquisition. Topics include short-term and permanent memories, retention and interference, and memory with and without awareness. Relevance of human memory to contemporary social issues (e.g., child sexual abuse and recovered memory/false memory controversy) also discussed.

*PSY256, 257 Research Methods I, II (4, 4)
Presents approaches to conducting research in behavioral sciences. Explores entire research process from conception and design of research projects, research ethics, and data analysis and interpretation, to the dissemination of research findings. Examines quantitative  and qualitative research; experimental, quasi-experimental and correlational designs. Covers basic statistical methods including descriptive and inferential procedures; parametric and nonparametric considerations; correlation, regression and analysis of variance. Emphasizes selection and interpretation of statistical procedures and computer data analysis (SPSS). Lecture and laboratory. Research project required. PSY256 fulfills core Natural World theme. Prerequisite: PSY220. Lab fee.

PSY281 Drugs and Behavior: Introduction to Psychopharmacology (2)
Explores frequently abused psychoactive drugs such as alcohol, marijuana, cocaine and heroin. Special emphasis placed on drugs used in treatment of mental health. The psychological and physiological components of drug use discussed.

PSY311 Developmental Disabilities (4)
Reviews diagnosis and causes of emotional, cognitive and physical difficulties in infancy and childhood; individual and classroom behavioral interventions; play therapy. Field trips and observations.  Prerequisites: PSY220 and one additional psychology course or permission of instructor.

PSY322 Counseling Theory and Practice (4)
Surveys major theoretical perspectives in counseling; explores assumptions about human nature; client-centered, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, Gestalt perspectives; elements of counseling relationship and ethical issues in counseling. Prerequisite: PSY220.

PSY340 Personality Theories (4)
Analyzes major theoretical approaches to personality, sampling from psychodynamic, cognitive, behavioral, humanistic, sociobiological and cross-cultural perspectives. Covers Freud, Jung, Horney, Erikson, Rogers, Murray, Skinner, Allport, Kelly and others. Prerequisites: PSY220 and one additional psychology course or permission of instructor.

PSL340 Personality Theories Lab (0)
This lab course applies concepts covered in PSY340 Personality Theories. Topics covered include personality questionnaires, observational methods, and a research project. Lab fee.

PSY342 Cognitive Psychology (4)
Explores relationship between cognition and reality focusing on questions of meaning and value. Topics include perceiving,  remembering, imagining, language and ecological approaches to psychology. Prerequisites: PSY257 and junior standing for majors. Permission of instructor for nonmajors. Lab fee.

PYL342 Cognition Lab (0)
Demonstrates various phenomena in perception, memory and decision-making; major research project required. Lab fee.

PSY347 Animal Behavior (4)
Analyzes major theoretical approaches to animal behavior: ethology, behaviorism, psychobiology and sociobiology; implications for human development. Field trips and field observations. Prerequisite: PSY220 and one additional psychology course for majors. Permission of instructor for nonmajors. (Alternate years.)

PYL347 Animal Behavior Lab (0)
Field observations of animals in various settings. Research project required. (Alternate years. Offered 2013-14.) Prerequisite: PSY257 or permission of instructor. Lab fee.

PSY349 Physiological Psychology (4)
Explores neurological correlates of behavior such as memory, language, emotion, sleep and psychiatric disorders. Topics discussed include brain injury and rehabilitation, Alzheimer's disease, stroke and aphasia. Prerequisite: PSY257 or permission of instructor.

PYL349 Physiological Psychology Lab (0)
Neuroanatomy explored through brain dissection and electronic brain atlases. Hands-on experience with  brain-imaging equipment to study psychophysiological relationships among brain waves (EEG) and other physiological measures for studying cognitive processing (e.g., memory, emotion, awareness). Lab fee.

PSY352 Social Perception and Cognition (4)
Explores at advanced level research and theory on how people feel, act and think with respect to others. Topics such as cross-cultural psychology, emotion, trust, imitation, cooperation and moral dimensions of social interaction addressed. Laboratory prerequisite: PSY257 or permission of instructor. (Alternate years. Offered 2015-16.)

PYL352 Social Perception and Cognition Lab (0)
Introduces methods of research on social interactions including field and laboratory experiments,  observation (e.g., videotaping), interviewing and use of archival material. Independent  research project required. (Alternate years. Offered Offered 2013-14.) Lab fee.

PSY360 Industrial/Organizational Psychology (2)
Examines integration of psychological principles with the business world. Selected topics within human resources are explored such as employee work motivation, personnel recruitment and selection, job redesign. Role of psychological testing in employment discussed. Prerequisite: PSY220.
PSY371 Selected Topics (2 or 4)
Studies theoretical or applied topics not regularly taught. Designated as repeatable if topic changes. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

PSY390 Death and Dying (2)
Examines psychological processes of grief and separation, and history of attitudes toward death, bioethical issues associated with dying and association between worldviews and attitudes toward death and dying. Prerequisites: PSY220 and junior standing. (Not offered 2013-14.)

PSY394  Life Span Development (4)
Surveys social, intellectual and vocational issues predominant during adolescence, adulthood and aging. Discussion format. Prerequisites: PSY220 and junior standing. (Not offered 2013-14.)

PSY425, 426 Internship (4, 4)
Applies selected psychological principles in community agency. Ten hours per week supervised field experience combined with exposure to theoretical issues in class. Taken in sequence. Prerequisites: psychology major with junior or senior standing and consent of instructor. Credit: 4 credits psychology elective, 4 credits general elective.

PSY447 Scientific and Philosophical Theories in Psychology (4)
Advanced consideration of fundamental issues in scientific theories of psychology. Recent developments and historically influential perspectives explored and evaluated with respect to fundamental issues, e.g., action, cognition, emotion. Topics and theorists include cognitive science, culture and cognition, identity and development, behaviorism, ecological psychology, dynamical systems and values and judgment. Prerequisite: senior standing.

PSY471 Research (1-4)
Research projects under supervising faculty member for upper-classman psychology majors. Literature reviews, data collection and analysis, and written reports required. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

*PSY475 Neuroscience Seminar (4)
Explores tools and methods used by neuroscientists to study the brain (e.g. fMRI, ERP, PET, MEG). Both theoretical and empirical research discussed within topics of psychopathology, cognitive psychology, neuroethics, and neural substrates of executive functions (e.g., memory, language, decision making). Case studies of individuals suffering from disorders of the nervous system will be emphasized. Field trips to nearby brain-imaging laboratories will be scheduled. Fulfills core Natural World theme.

PSY491 Senior Seminar (2)
Examines practical and theoretical aspects of integration of psychology and Christian faith including models of integration and their limitations. Explores graduate school admission, job search, interviewing and other
postgraduate issues. Integration paper required. Prerequisite: senior standing.