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PSY 105 - Psychology of Personal Adjustment
Introduces psychological principles that contribute to well- adjusted personality. Considers the effects of stress and coping with the problems of everyday life.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
PSY 116 - Psychology of Death and Dying
Focuses on psychological aspects of death and dying. Teaches the meaning of death and ways of handling its personal and social implications. Includes psychological, sociological, cultural, and religious views of death.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
PSY 200 - Principles of Psychology
Surveys the basic concepts of psychology. Covers the scientific study of behavior and mental processes, research methods and measurement, theoretical perspectives, and application. Includes biological bases of behavior, learning, social interactions, memory, and personality; and other topics such as sensation, perception, consciousness, thinking, intelligence, language, motivation, emotion, health, development, psychological disorders, and therapy. This is a Passport Transfer course.
Lecture 3 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
Readiness to enroll in English 111 required.
3 credits
PSY 200 Detailed Outline
PSY 211 - Research Methodology for Behavioral Sciences
Introduces the principles and processes of various research procedures for applying the scientific method to understanding behavior. Includes preparation for conducting, understanding and interpreting laboratory and field studies; documenting principles through research; and applying critical assessment to generic research.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
PSY 213 - Statistics for Behavioral Sciences
Introduces the principles and processes of statistics within behavioral research. Emphasizes understanding and applying statistical tests to behavioral data. Stresses recognition and use of process, based upon knowledge and understanding, over mathematical derivation. Focuses on selection of appropriate statistics, their application, and correct decisions of interpretation within a behavioral research experience.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
PSY 215 - Abnormal Psychology
Explores historical views and current perspectives of abnormal behavior. Emphasizes major diagnostic categories and criteria, individual and social factors of maladaptive behavior, and types of therapy. Includes methods of clinical assessment and research strategies. Prerequisite PSY 200, 201, or 202.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
PSY 216 - Social Psychology
Examines individuals in social contexts, their social roles, group processes and intergroup relations. Includes topics such as small group behavior, social behavior, social cognition, conformity, attitudes, and motivation.
Lecture 3 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
3 credits
PSY 216 Detailed Outline
PSY 220 - Introduction to Behavior Modification
Studies the history of behaviorism and the principles and applications of behavior modification. Emphasizes observation and application of behavior modification principles.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
PSY 230 - Developmental Psychology
Studies the development of the individual from conception to death. Follows a life-span perspective on the development of the person's physical, cognitive, and psychosocial growth.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
PSY 236 - Adolescent Psychology
Studies development of the adolescent. Investigates physical, intellectual, social, and emotional factors of the individual from late childhood to early adulthood.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
PSY 270 - Psychology of Human Sexuality
Focuses on scientific investigation of human sexuality and psychological and social implications of such research. Considers socio-cultural influences, the physiology and psychology of sexual response patterns, sexual dysfunctions, and development of relationships. Prerequisites: PSY 200, PSY 201 or PSY 202.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits