Pre-Clinical Psychology

Course Offerings

One unit of credit equals four semester hours. 

PSY 315 Lifespan Development 
1 credit
Provides an analysis of biological, cognitive, personality, and social development from conception to death. Illustrative topics may include the nature-nurture controversy, attachment, peer relationships, identity, vocations, marriage and parenting, midlife transition, aging, death, and dying. Theoretical models and research methodologies designed to address these issues will be highlighted throughout the course. Recommended for non-majors.

PSY 327 Abnormal Psychology 
1 credit
An introduction to the study of maladaptive behavior. Topics include the diagnosis, assessment, classification, and treatment of these disorders. An overview of the application of basic psychological theories and normal stress responses will be covered.

PSY 328 Clinical and Counseling Psychology 
1 credit
Introduces the theories and research of treatments of adjustment and maladaptive behaviors. Topics include assessment, treatment approaches and the evaluation of treatments, the role of the therapist, and social systems of treatment. It is recommended that PSY 312 or 327 be taken prior to this course.

PSY 355 Statistics for Scientific Research 
1 credit
Introduction to the principles of experimentation, experimental design, hypothesis testing, and statistical analysis. Topics covered include scales of measurement, validity and reliability, experimental and non-experimental designs, descriptive statistics, sampling theory, correlation and regression, t-tests, confidence intervals, chi-square tests, and analysis of variance. Students will use SPSS software for creating files and performing data analysis.

PSY 356 Research Methods in Psychology 
1 credit
The nature and methods of inquiry into human and animal behavior are examined through the design and implementation of psychological research. Topics include descriptive and experimental methods, analysis and interpretation of research data, and ethical issues in research. Some focus on use of SPSS software. All students design and conduct a study as a psychology laboratory experience outside of class meetings.

PSY 422 Psychological Testing 
1 credit
Survey course of the history, utility, ethics, and practical applications of psychological testing. Concepts of standardization, reliability, and validity are addressed. Commonly used tests of intelligence, personality, aptitude, and interests are presented. The standards for educational and psychological testing will be included as a course topic. An assessment project is assigned.

PSY 430 Cognitive Processes
1 credit
Human behavior is viewed as the result of the processing of environmental information. The aim of the course is to understand the underlying mechanisms by which humans process this information. Topics include memory, decision making, perception, attention, comprehension, problem solving, and reasoning. Students will perform computer simulations of several classic experiments and will conduct and write a report on an original experiment on some topic in cognitive psychology.

PSY 496 Senior Capstone Seminar
1 credit
An advanced seminar with varying topics that changes each semester. The seminars are led each semester by a different fulltime faculty member of the department. The emphasis is on complex issues in psychology and the use of primary sources. A major requirement of the seminar is to write an APA-style review paper that critiques, analyzes and synthesizes the extant literature related to the topic of the seminar.

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