Offerings | Psychology
Division of Science and Mathematics
Mykol Hamilton (chair), Donald
Brown, Melissa Burns-Cusato, Brian Cusato, Mary Gulley, Jan Wertz, Brent White; students: Natalie Armstrong, Heather Cole
The Psychology Program assists students as they develop a thorough understanding of key ideas, works, persons, events, and issues within the discipline of psychology. Students enhance their understanding of scientific psychology by developing their research skills in a variety of settings ranging from laboratory to independent field research projects. In addition, students enrich their understanding of applied psychology through internships and course work. Finally, students strengthen and diversify their critical and creative thinking skills and their multidimensional communication skills in each of the above contexts.
Psychology students are provided a thorough background in the basic concepts, theories, and experimental findings in psychology, and a well-developed set of research skills and experience in thinking creatively and critically about the world using the information they have learned. In addition, the program seeks to provide students with the opportunity to contribute meaningfully to the scientific enterprise as undergraduates through their own research. The program provides students with a fine background for advanced training and work in both applied and scientific research areas.
Requirements for the Major
BIO 110 or NSC 110, 120;
PSY 110, 210, 220;
Four additional PSY courses numbered 300 or higher;
PYB 320 or 370;
PYB 330 or 340 or 360.
Completion of senior tests as determined by the psychology program
MAT 130, PSY 110, and PSY 210 should be completed by the end of the sophomore year and BIO 110 or NSC 110, 120 should be completed by the end of the junior year. A double major with Psychobiology is not permitted.
Requirements for the Minor
210, or PYB 210 and an additional PSY course numbered 300 or higher;
Four additional courses selected from among the following: PSY 220 and PSY courses numbered above 300.
PSY 110 Introduction
to Psychology (four credit hours)
A comprehensive survey of the basic concepts involved in the study
of behavior and applications of these principles. Laboratory work is required.
PSY 210 Experimental Psychology (four credit hours)
A general introduction to research design and methodology employed
in contemporary psychology. Emphasis is placed on the ethical and theoretical
issues involved in conducting psychological research with human and nonhuman
subjects. Laboratory work is required. Prerequisite: PSY 110. MAT 130
or the equivalent is strongly recommended. Not open to students with credit for PYB 210.
PSY 220 The Psychology of Learning (four credit hours)
A study of the principles of learning, especially principles involved
in classical conditioning, instrumental conditioning, verbal learning,
and memory. Students develop an advanced awareness of processes which
facilitate and hinder learning in humans and animals through discussion,
demonstrations, and lab experiments. Prerequisite: PSY 110.
PSY 230 Applied Psychology
A comprehensive survey of the major areas of applied psychology such
as clinical, industrial, sports, legal, health, and organizational psychology.
The principles of basic psychology which have been adapted for problem
solving in these areas are emphasized. The diversity of
career settings in which applied psychologists work is explored.
PSY 300 Cognition
A study of theories and experimental techniques in cognitive science,
including behavioral and neurological approaches to mental activity. Specific
topics include perception, attention, memory, language comprehension,
problem solving, reasoning, intelligence, and decision making. Prerequisite:
PSY 310 Personality
A treatment of the major general issues involved in personality development
and adjustment. Emphasis is placed on the theories which have been formulated
to explain and to integrate the available clinical and experimental evidence.
Students perform laboratory experiments designed to investigate the operation
of basic personality processes. Prerequisite: PSY 110. PSY 220 is recommended.
PSY 320 Abnormal Psychology
A survey of the field of behavioral deviance covering causes, classifications,
therapies, and preventive measures. Emphasis is placed on anxiety processes,
schizophrenia, depression, criminal behavior, and sexual difficulties.
Students may participate in a supervised clinical experience. Prerequisite:
PSY 110 or permission of the instructor. PSY 210 and 220 are recommended.
PSY 325 Child Abnormal Psychology
A study of childhood disorders and available preventative and curative
therapies. The class reviews and drafts legislation for the prevention
and/or cure of childhood disorders with special attention to community
psychology approaches. Prerequisite: PSY 110.
PSY 340 Psychometrics
A study of educational and psychological measurement and evaluation,
introducing the student to the logical and technical foundations of measurement
in all areas of psychology and education. Emphasis is placed on the theories
and findings in the measurement of abilities, attitudes, interests, and
personality, and on construction, validation, and use of psychological
tests to measure these characteristics. Prerequisite: PSY 110; MAT 130
PSY 350 Advanced Research Topics (four credit hours)
Students meet in seminar format to discuss key problems of effective
experimental research. Students also conduct a research project supervised
by department faculty on an individual basis. Research projects and seminar
meetings are extended over two long terms. Prerequisite: PSY 210 and permission
of the instructor.
PSY 351 Advanced Research Topics
Students meet in seminar format to discuss key problems of effective experimental
research. Students also conduct a research project supervised by department
faculty on an individual basis. Research projects must be completed within
one long term. Prerequisite: PSY 210 and permission of the instructor.
PSY 360 Social Psychology
A study of individuals in their social and cultural settings. Emphasis
is placed on empirical research into the social factors involved in perceptual-cognitive
processes, attitude organization and change, intergroup relations, group
productivity, the socializing process, and the effects of culture on personality.
Students perform experiments designed to investigate basic processes of
social psychology. Prerequisite: PSY 110 or senior standing and permission
of the instructor. PSY 210 and 220 are recommended. (Also listed as SOC
PSY 370 Motivation
A survey of the directionality of behavior, focusing on the functional
interpretation of motivated behavior, including the complex motives expressed
in human behavior and the fundamental biological drives shared by other
species. Prerequisite: BIO 110 or NSC 110, 120; PSY 110. PSY 210 and 220
PSY 380 Life-Span Developmental Psychology
A general introduction to the biological, psychological, and social
factors involved in human development throughout the life span. Topics
surveyed include behavioral genetics, embryology, postnatal growth, and
aging, and their interrelationships with intellectual, personality, and
social development. Prerequisite: BIO 110 or NSC 110, 120; PSY 110.
PSY 390 Psychology of Women
An examination of traditional and innovative research methods and
findings concerning the psychological characteristics, behavior, and lives
of women. Among the topics covered: traditional, nonsexist, and feminist
approaches to psychology; gender identity and role acquisition; gender
differences and similarities; stereotyping and discrimination; work and
achievement; romance and sexuality; therapy; motherhood; violence against
girls and women. Prerequisite: PSY 110 or permission of the instructor.