Curriculum & Courses

Prefix Number Course Credit

Psychology Core Courses

PSY 111 General Psychology 3
PSY 311 Cognitive Psychology 3
PSY 321 Social Psychology 3
PSY 322 Abnormal Psychology 3
PSY 330 Physiological Psychology 3
PSY 344 Developmental Psychology 3
PSY 360 Intro. Statistics and Research Methods 3
PSY 361 Advanced Research Methods 4
PSY 401 Senior Capstone Seminar 2
PSY 495 Internship 6
PSY   Psychology Electives 15

MTH 201 and BIO 105/210 are prerequisites for some psychology courses. You can take three additional internship credits as electives for a total of nine internship credits.


Psychology Minor Courses

PSY 111 General Psychology 3
PSY 311 Cognitive Psychology 3
PSY 360 Intro. Statistics and Research Methods 3
PSY   Psychology Electives 15

MTH 201 is a prerequisite for PSY 360.

Suggested Curriculum


Semester I

Psychology 111, (3 cr.)
English 101/106, (3 cr.)
Critical Inquiry 111, (3 cr.)
Electives, (6 cr.)
Phy. Ed. Elective, (.5 cr.)
Total of 15.5

Semester II

Statistics 201, (4 cr.)
English 102/107, (3 cr.)
Artistic Expression 120, (3 cr.)
Elective, (3 cr.)
Religion 103, (3 cr.)
Phy. Ed. Elective, (.5 cr.)
Total of 16.5

Semester III

Biology 105/120, (4 cr.)
History Elective, (3 cr.)
Intro. to Research Methods 360, (3 cr.)
Social Psychology 321, (3 cr.)
Speech 111, (3 cr.)
Total of 16

Semester IV

Adv. Research Methods 361, (4 cr.)
Psychology Elective, (3 cr.)
Religion Elective, (3 cr.)
Wellness 101, (1 cr.)
Electives, (6 cr.)
Total of 17

Semester V

Development Psychology 344, (3 cr.)
Physiological Psychology 330, (4 cr.)
Abnormal Psychology 322, (3 cr.)
Electives, (6 cr.)
Total of 15

Semester VI

Psychology Elective, (3 cr.)
Religion 300+, (4 cr.)
Internship 495, (3 cr.)
Total of 15

Semester VII

Internship 495, (3 cr.)
Cognitive Psychology 311, (4 cr.)
General Electives, (9 cr.)
Total of 15

Semester VIII

Senior Capstone 401, (2 cr.)
Global Elective, (3 cr.)
Electives, (9 cr.)
Total of 14

Psychology Course Descriptions

PSY 111 General Psychology (3 cr.)

This course is an introductory survey of the principles, theories, and methods of psychology as a basis for the understanding of human behavior and mental processes. Through lecture, video, and various in-class and writing assignments, students will be exposed to a variety of topics in the broad field of psychology, including history, research methods, biological foundations of behavior, sensation and perception, states of consciousness, learning, memory, cognition, development, personality, abnormal behavior, and social psychology.

PSY 144 Human Growth and Development (3 cr.)

The study of physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development from conception to the end of life. The concepts, theories, and determinants in the various periods of development are studied. Emphasis is given to guiding during childhood and adolescence. Observations of human developmental behavior are required.

PSY/SOC 232 Close Relationships (3 cr.)

This course will explore a wide array of relationship topics, including attraction, mate selection, theories of love, communication, conflict, jealousy, and infidelity. Throughout the course, research methods, gender roles, and the place of relationships as a science will be emphasized. Classes will be comprised of lecture, small and large group discussion, activities and demonstrations, videos, and guest lectures.

PSY 250 Psychology of Gender (3 cr.)

This course explores the psychological, social, and cultural understandings of being female or male in American Society. Emphasis will be placed on theories of gender development, gender differences and similarities, and the influence of gender on communication, power, relationships, family, work, and mental and physical health.

PSY 265 Health Psychology (3 cr.)

This course will provide students with an overview of the fields of health psychology, which involves how attitudes and behaviors interact with physical health. In addition to exploring research and theory about how human beliefs and behaviors influence and are influenced by physical health, students will be asked to apply this knowledge to develop a plan to promote and improve their own health and the health of others. (Prerequisite: BIO 105 or 120)

PSY 310 Principles of Learning (3 cr.)

This course provides an overview of different perspectives of learning and memory. Specifically, the neuronal basis of learning, classical and operant conditioning, social-cognitive, cognitive, and developmental view of learning as well as long-term memory will be emphasized. (Prerequisite: PSY 111)

PSY 311 Cognitive Psychology (3 cr.)

A study of thought processes, especially the relationship among learning, memory, and perception. Examines concepts and research regarding problem solving, language, and decision-making. (Prerequisite: PSY 111)

PSY 320 Theories of Personality (3 cr.)

An exploration of the psyche, including personality, motivation, and concept of self. Traces the history of the major theories of personality from psychoanalysis, to social learning and humanism. Also looks at how psychologists use assessment to help understand human behavior. (Prerequisite: PSY 111)

PSY 321 Social Psychology (3 cr.)

This course examines how an individual’s mental life and behavior are shaped by interactions with other people. Specific topics include interpersonal relationships, group influences, and attitudes towards others, such as prejudice. (Prerequisite: PSY 111)

PSY 322 Abnormal Psychology (3 cr.)

Course content includes history and causes of abnormal behavior; characteristics and classification of major abnormalities; and intervention strategies. (Prerequisite: PSY 111)

PSY 330 Physiological Psychology (3 cr.)

Explores the biological foundation of behavior, including divisions of the nervous system, structures and functions of the brain, the endocrine system, and genetic influences. (Prerequisites: PSY 111, Biology 105 or 120)

PSY 331 Sensation/Perception (3 cr.)

This course examines how humans receive and process information through vision, hearing, touch, taste and smell. Laboratory and in-class exercises will demonstrate these principles. Also examines how culture and previous experience influence perception. (Prerequisite: PSY 111, Biology 105 or 120)

PSY 344 Developmental Psychology (3 cr.)

This course discusses major psychological theories of human development throughout the life span. Human development at the pre-natal, infancy, adolescence, adulthood, and old age stages of life will be covered. Classic and current psychological studies in the area will be discussed. (Prerequisites: BIO 105 or BIO 120)

PSY 360 Introductory Statistics and Research Methods (3 cr.)

An examination of statistical and research methodology used by social scientists. Topics covered include research design, hypothesis formulations and testing, and correlational and experimental research designs. Students will also learn statistical techniques such as correlations, regressions, t-tests, and analysis of variance. (Prerequisites: MTH 201)

PSY 361 Advanced Research Methods (4 cr.)

PSY 361 builds on much of what students learned in PSY 360. In this class the research process will be considered from start to finish. Students will get research experience by completing a research project over the course of the semester. Students will collaborate to design a study, collect and analyze the data, and write a research paper about their project. (Prerequisites: PSY 360)

PSY 400 Special Topics in Psychology (3 cr.)

This course will examine a specific topic in psychology. Historical and contemporary theories and research about the topic will be discussed in depth. The topics will vary and are determined by the instructor.

PSY 401 Senior Capstone Seminar (2 cr.)

This capstone course will allow students the opportunity to examine current psychology issues. The course will assist students in culminating their educational experience by completing an independent research project. For students pursuing graduate school, the project will be more traditional in nature, while students planning to enter the work force will complete a more applied project. (Prerequisite: Senior psychology major or permission of instructor)

PSY 422 Counseling Theories and Techniques (3 cr.)

This class is intended to prepare students who seek to enter a counseling-related career. The main theoretical perspectives of counseling will be addressed. In addition, an emphasis will be placed on maintaining confidentiality, avoiding dual relationships, and navigating power issues. A variety of instructional approaches, including student role plays, will be used to achieve the course goals. (Prerequisite: PSY 322)

PSY 495 Internship (6-9 cr.)

On-the-job learning in an applied setting such as a mental health center, psychiatric unit, residential treatment center, human resources office, or laboratory setting. Supervised by on-site facilitator as well as faculty member. A minimum of 25 clock hours of supervised work is required for each hour of credit.