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Psychology Course Descriptions

*Liberal Studies course
EDUC 244*Developmental Psychology — 3 Credit Hours
 The course offers a comprehensive study of human growth and development from conception to death. Major areas of study will include physical, mental, social and emotional development.
PSYC 101*General Psychology — 3 Credit Hours
 This course offers an introduction to the areas, findings, problems and methods which constitute the discipline of psychology.  Areas studied include neuropsychology, sensation, perception, learning, memory, development, personality, psychopathology, therapy, and social behavior.
PSYC 200Professional Ethics in Psychology — 3 Credit Hours
 This course will involve an in-depth exploration of the ethical, legal and behavioral issues facing the professional psychologist. The student will learn about confidentiality rules and regulations; rights and responsibilities of practitioners, researchers, clients, and participants; codes of ethics, and avenues for addressing ethical problems that arise in a variety of clinical, supervisory, consultative and research settings.
PSYC 201*Social Psychology — 3 Credit Hours
 This course reviews the relationship between the individual and others, including interpersonal perception, attitude formation, social influence, prejudice, aggression, romantic relationships, group processes, and other topics. Areas studied include the application of experimental methods to social processes, and current and historical theoretical perspectives on social processes. 
PSYC 202Professional Seminar in Psychology – 1 Credit Hour
 This course offers students the opportunity to explore the career possibilities in psychology and to develop plans to achieve them. Activities include career exploration, interviews/shadowing, producing a vita, crafting a personal statement of goals and purpose, and developing curricular plans and a personal time line for applying to graduate school or a job. 
PSYC 210Psychology of Mass Communication – 3 Credit Hrs
 This course is an exploration of the psychological effects of mass communication on behavior and thought of the individual in society. Psychology of Mass Communication examines the role that media (TV, movies, newspapers, radio, magazines…) play in today’s society. The course explores different types of media (news, advertising, sports…) as well as the impact that media has on topics like stereotyping, gender roles, sexual and/or violent behaviors, education, values, and the transmission of culture. 
PSYC 215Health Psychology – 3 Credit Hours
 This course examines the ways in which the field of psychology can inform the health professions. Topics include the relationship between psychological factors and illness, coping, and healing; promoting health and wellness, and effective patient-practitioner relationships. Prerequisite: PSYC 101
PSYC 220Gender – 3 Credit Hours
 This course explores the physical, sociocultural, and mental differences between men and women, and the research methods used to determine them. Stereotypes, attitudes, and health and wellness implications are also discussed. 
PSYC 260Psychopharmacology — 3 Credit Hours
 This course examines the primary biochemical and pharmacological processes occurring with the use and abuse of psychoactive drugs. Basic knowledge of pharmacology will be covered along with the properties of drugs and their psychological, behavioral, physical, and social effects. Prerequisite:  PSYC 101; BIOL 110 or BIOL 221 recommended or consent of instructor.
PSYC 286Special Topics - Lower Level  — Variable Credit
 This course allows for the study of current topics in psychology best suited for sophomore level students.  Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or consent of the instructor.
PSYC 305Sensation and Perception – 3 Credit Hours
 This course examines the empirical and theoretical approaches to phenomena of sensation and perception. Students will utilize virtual lab exercises to enhance understanding of key concepts. Prerequisite: PSYC101.
PSYC 310Fundamentals of Conditioning & Learning 
 — 3 Credit Hours
 This course is a study of the fundamental concepts and issues regarding changes in behavior. Emphasis will be on the application of classical, instrumental, and social learning principles of human and animal learning. Students conduct experiments to demonstrate learning concepts.  Prerequisite:  PSYC 101.
PSYC 315School Psychology – 3 Credit Hours
 The course offers an introductory exposure to the profession of school psychology. Major areas of study will include personal and career counseling, dealing with special populations, and issues of divorce, suicide, sex, substance abuse, and school violence.
PSYC 320Psychology of Music – 3 Credit Hours
 This course examines the sensation of the ear, perception of note, form and melody, development of musical ability and expertise, as well as cultural and therapeutic uses of music. Prerequisite: PSYC101.
PSYC 325Abnormal Psychology — 3 Credit Hours
 This class will examine the major psychological disorders including the anxiety disorders, affective disorders, personality disorders, addictive disorders, and schizophrenias. Areas also studied include the application of experimental methodology to mental disorders, current and historical theoretical perspectives, methods of assessment, classification, treatment, etiology and prognosis. 
PSYC 330Psychology of Religion – 3 Credit Hours
 This course examines the theory and research of the psychological and social understanding of religious belief and behavior. Topics include conversion, intrinsic and extrinsic religious orientation, religious behavior and attitudes, theories of religion, special groups and phenomena, religion and mental health, religious development, religious experience, and spirituality. Prerequisite: PSYC 101.
PSYC 335Psycholinguistics – 3 Credit Hours
 This course examines the experimental study of language, including sentence comprehension and memory, language acquisition and development, speech perception, and effects of context, perception, reasoning, and linguistic structure on processing of language. Prerequisite: PSYC101.
PSYC 337Cross-Cultural Psychology – 3 Credit Hours
 Cross-Cultural Psychology attempts to understand human cultures and their relationship to psychological processes. The course provides a survey of mainstream topics in psychology through the lens of cultural similarities and difference. Topics include development, cognition, emotion, language, gender, personality, social behavior, abnormal diagnosis and treatment, and health. Prerequisite: PSYC101 or instructor permission.
PSYC 340Introduction to Group Counseling — 3 Credit Hours
 This course introduces the student to the dynamics of group process involving structured and unstructured interpersonal experiences. Special emphasis is placed on experiencing group interaction via exercises, role-playing and videotaped group process for the acquisition of basic observational and process skills. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or consent of instructor.
PSYC 343Psychology of Aging – 3 Credit Hours
 The course offers an introduction to gerontology and the psychology of the middle and late adulthood. Major areas of study will include health and fitness, cognitive and emotional functioning, relationships, occupations and recreation in retirement, and overall maximization of psychological health and well-being. Prerequisite: EDUC244 required, PSYC201 and PSYC325 recommended.
PSYC 345*Addiction and the Family — 3 Credit Hours
 This course introduces the general principles of family development. The student will develop a working knowledge of family systems theory, a basic understanding of what causes dysfunction within families, and knowledge of the important relationships between family life and the larger social networks and community systems of which it is a part.  Special consideration will be given to the importance of cultural competence in addressing family issues and to the intervention process as it pertains to the treatment of addictive disorder.
PSYC 351Theories of Counseling — 3 Credit Hours
 The different theoretical orientations toward the helping relationship and the skill sets needed will be examined as well as review of counselor ethics and professional responsibilities in clinical and educational settings. Prerequisite: PSYC 101, PSYC 380 recommended.
PSYC 352Principles of Counseling Practice—3 Credit Hours
 This will be a skill development class with exposure to a variety of counseling techniques and opportunities for role playing of hypothetical therapy situations. Students will work on the counseling skills established as state and national standards for alcoholism and drug abuse counselors, be reviewed and examined on those, and also receive training in the use of assessment tools.  Prerequisite: PSYC101, PSYC351 recommended or consent of instructor.
PSYC 355Industrial/Organization Psychology – 3 Cr Hrs
 This course is an introductory survey of the area of I/O Psychology. I/O psychologists apply psychological theory and research practices to the workplace setting, often employed as trainers or human resource professionals. The course includes such topics as job satisfaction and motivation, personnel selection, job assessment and performance evaluation, leadership and group behaviors. Prerequisites: PSYC 101 or instructor consent.
PSYC 360Cognitive Psychology — 3 Credit Hours
 This class investigates the major areas of human cognition, including perception, attention, memory, language, problem-solving, reasoning, and applications in areas such as artificial intelligence. Includes lab activities demonstrating key principles.  Prerequisite: PSYC 101.
PSYC 365Environmental Psychology – 3 Credit Hours
 This is an interdisciplinary course studying person-environment interactions. Persons are affected by their environment by pollution, noise, architecture, and population density. They also have the power to impact their environments in terms of institutional and residential design, catastrophe preparedness, and positive social change related to resilience and global health. Prerequisite: PSYC 101.
PSYC 370Psychological Tests & Measures   — 3 Credit Hours
 This course introduces the student to the psychometric basis of testing and measurement. Areas studied include the history of testing and measurements, ethics in testing, and major types of psychological tests. Prerequisite: PSYC 101.
PSYC 375Consumer Psychology – 3 Credit Hours
 This course surveys psychological principles and facts in perception, learning, attitude formation, personality, etc., as they apply to consumer behavior. Prerequisite: PSYC101.
PSYC 380Theories of Personality — 3 Credit Hours
 This course investigates several major approaches to the study of personality. This will include psychoanalytic, psychosocial, humanistic/existential, behavioristic, and social learning approaches. It includes the major contributions to the study of personality by psychologists such as Freud, Erikson, Rogers, Maslow, Dollard and Miller, Skinner, and others. Prerequisite: PSYC 101.
PSYC 385Sport Psychology — 3 Credit Hours
 This course examines a number of areas of psychological knowledge as they apply to sport, including the role of behavioral and learning principles, social psychology, personality, motivation, etc. Attention will be given to the ways psychology helps us to better understand sport-related problems such as aggression and burnout in sport, performance-related variables, and ways of improving performance for sports participants. The processes of self-regulation in sports events for example, anxiety control, mental rehearsal, and the use of biofeedback and goal setting techniques are also included in this course. Prerequisite:  PSYC 101 or consent of instructor.
PSYC 390Psychological Research Design — 4 Credit Hours
 This course examines the use of experimental designs in the systematic study of major areas in the field of psychology (such as learning, perception, memory, social psychology, etc.). Students will have the opportunity to conduct and present  laboratory research projects and practice writing in APA style. Prerequisites:  PSYC 101 and BSHS 210, or consent of the instructor.
PSYC 402Physiological Psychology — 3 Credit Hours
 This course examines the relationship of psychological phenomena (such as sensation, motivation, and memory) to brain structure and function as well as biochemical processes. Investigative techniques such as brain lesions and stimulation, bioelectrical recordings and anatomical procedures will also be examined. Lab exercises included to enhance student understanding.  Prerequisite: PSYC 101. 
PSYC 405Social Neuroscience – 3 Credit Hours
 This course examines the relationship of biochemical and neuroanatomical processes to social behavior. Topics include such things as the brain’s influence on empathy, altruism, aggression, motivation, social regulation and rejection, self-awareness, person perception, stereotyping and prejudice, and interpersonal relationships. Prerequisite: PSYC 201.
PSYC 410History of Psychology — 3 Credit Hours
 This course studies the development of psychological thought from its philosophical roots to the present time including an examination of the schools of psychology that emerged to define the field of psychology. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 and Junior standing or consent of instructor. 
PSYC 415Military Psychology – 3 Credit Hours
 This course explores the role of mental health professionals in war and peacetime. Topics include election and preparedness prior to deployment, combat stress, terrorism, hostage negotiation, survival training, substance abuse, and reintegration psychopathologies. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 (PSYC 325 recommended).
PSYC 425Human Factors Engineering – 3 Credit Hours
 This course examines the role of human capability and the cognitive, perceptual, and behavioral factors involved in the design and operation of person-machine systems. Also considered are systems analysis techniques; human sensory, motor, and decision-making capabilities; the human-machine interface; and the dynamics of the human-machine environment. Contains a lab component. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 (PSYC 390 recommended).
PSYC 430Human Computer Interaction – 3 Credit Hours
 The course offers an introductory exposure to the applied psychology/Human Factors subfield of human computer interaction (HCI). Major areas of study will include usability testing, cognitive/perceptual capacity, interfaces, individual differences in computer usage, gaming, cybertherapy, and artificial intelligence.
PSYC 435Evolutionary Psychology – 3 Credit Hours
 This course examines the fundamentals of modern evolutionary theory and its applications to the understanding and prediction of human behavior, including issues of learning, cognition, perception, emotion, development, and pathology. Prerequisite: PSYC 101.
PSYC 440Developmental Psychopathology – 3 Credit Hours
 The course offers a focused exploration in topics of Abnormal Psychology and Developmental Psychology. A variety of psychological disorders common to children and adolescents will be reviewed, including issues of their etiology, diagnosis, and treatment. The course will address these disorders from a variety of theoretical perspectives.
PSYC 445Cognitive Neuroscience – 3 Credit Hours
 This course investigates the biology of the mind and the biological foundations of the major areas of Cognitive Science such as perception, attention, memory and learning, consciousness, etc. Prerequisites: Advanced standing and PSYC390 (for this topic, PSYC 402 is also assumed to have been taken).
PSYC 455Case Management — 3 Credit Hours
 This class will ideally be preparatory to agency internship experience. The course will covers aspects of client management and treatment planning, including screening, intake, assessment, and referral procedures. There will be review of client support systems and issues in counseling special populations, review of legal, ethical and professional growth issues for the counselor, and examination of state services and treatment trends in Kansas that include programming-related issues in the addictions field. Short-term observation and on-site orientation at different treatment facilities may also be required. Prerequisites:  PSYC 101, PSYC 351 or PSYC 352 or consent of the instructor.
PSYC 460Internship — Variable Credit
 This course offers an intensive field experience with a community social service agency, treatment center or other psychological service provider. Placement will be based on the student’s career orientation. Prerequisite: Departmental approval and satisfaction of entry criteria where applicable.
PSYC 465Introduction to Art Therapy – 3 Credit Hours
 This course examines the use of art in assessment and treatment, using a variety of theoretical perspectives. It also explores the training and ethics required for certification as a practitioner. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 (PSYC 325 recommended).
PSYC 470Research Assistantship — Variable Credit
 This course offers students the opportunity to participate as part of a psychological research team. Depending on the stages of various projects in the department, students may be involved in planning, data collection, data entry, analysis, or writing and presentation phases of research. Course may be repeated, preferably in adjacent semesters. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 and consent of the instructor (PSYC 390 or SOCI 331 recommended).
PSYC 485Special Topics - Upper Level— Variable Credit
 A focused investigation of a specialty or advanced area (or areas) of psychology.  Prerequisites: PSYC 101 and PSYC 390 or consent of the instructor.
PSYC 490Independent Study in Psychology — Variable Credit
 With consent of the instructor, the student is allowed to pursue advanced or specialized study in a topic of special interest.  See Independent Study under Alternate Means to Academic Credit for a more detailed description.