Psychology (PSYC) Courses

PSYC 150 General Psychology
3 hours. An introduction to the scientific study of human behavior. Major topics include the biological basis of behavior, sensation, perception, thinking, learning, memory, development, emotion, motivation, personality, social interaction and abnormal behavior. Prerequisite to most other psychology courses.

PSYC 220 Biological Psychology
3 hours. By focusing on the structures and functions of the nervous system, this course provides a biological framework for understanding normal and abnormal complex human behaviors and mental processes such as perception, motor control, learning, memory, and emotions.
Prerequisite: PSYC 150 General Psychology

PSYC 240 Statistical Procedures
3 hours. Applied statistics for the social and behavioral sciences. Emphasis is placed on statistical logic and decision making.
Prerequisite: high school algebra or equivalent.

PSYC 275 Exploratory Field Experience
2-3 hours. An opportunity to observe professionals in the helping environment.

PSYC 285 Selected Topics
1-3 hours. A course dealing with various topics, as announced, that represent current faculty interests and competencies and student interest. This course option can also be selected to develop an individualized professional development experience.
Prerequisite: PSYC 150 General Psychology.

PSYC 290 Professional Seminar
1 hours. This course examines psychology as a career. Career options are examined. Goal setting, professional development, and networking are emphasized. Required for all psychology majors.

PSYC 310 Lifespan Human Development
3 hours. A study of physical, intellectual, personality, social and moral development from infancy to old age. Will not count as part of the psychology major.
Prerequisite: PSYC 150 General Psychology.

PSYC 311 Child Development
3 hours. A study of physical, intellectual, personality, social and moral development from the prenatal period through late childhood.
Prerequisite: PSYC 150 General Psychology.

PSYC 312 Adult Development
3 hours. A study of physical, intellectual, personality, social and moral development from young adulthood to old age.
Prerequisite: PSYC 150 General Psychology.

PSYC 314 Adolescent Development
3 hours. A study of the unique physical, intellectual, personality, social and moral developmental changes during the period of adolescence.
Prerequisite: PSYC 150 General Psychology.

PSYC 320 Neuroscience
3 hours. This course provides an overview of the neuropsychological, neuroanatomical and biochemical basis for mental functions including motor control, object recognition, spatial reasoning, attention, language, memory and emotion. Methods of neuropsychological research are explored.
Recommended: PSYC 220 Biological Psychology.

PSYC 330 Personality Theories
3 hours. A survey of the major theorists of personality and their theories. Included are psychoanalytic, dispositional, phenomenological and behavioral theories. An integrative approach will involve synthesis of important elements of theory and Scripture.
Prerequisite: PSYC 150 General Psychology.

PSYC 331 Positive Psychology
3 hours. This course examines mental illness, mental processing, and behavior from a strengths-based approach which emphasizes the strengths and resources individuals bring to a particular situation. The course is designed to explore the concepts, research, techniques, and exercises to enhance optimism, decrease stressors, and increase well-being.
Prerequisite: PSYC 150 General Psychology.

PSYC 350 Social Psychology
3 hours. A study of the social and psychological processes of human interaction. Major topics to be covered include conformity, aggression, self-justification, persuasion, prejudice, attraction and interpersonal communication.
Prerequisite: PSYC 150 General Psychology.

PSYC 353 Culture and Psychology
3 hours. This course will cover the nature of culture and its applications to understanding human functioning. Students will examine their own and other cultures, as well as cultural influence on their thought, behavior and relationships.
Prerequisite: PSYC 150 General Psychology.

PSYC 360 Learning
3 hours. A survey of learning theories and the basic research questions being asked in this important field. Special emphasis will be placed on translating experimental theory into practical methods.
Prerequisite: PSYC 150 General Psychology.

PSYC 370 Cognition
3 hours. Traditional areas of study in cognitive psychology will be discussed. These areas include perception, attention, memory, reasoning, problem solving and language. Traditional views as well as current trends will be discussed.
Prerequisite: PSYC 150 General Psychology.

PSYC 381 Counseling
3 hours. A study of theory and technique of person-centered counseling. The course is designed to teach basic theoretical postulates and to focus on effective intervention skills for those anticipating future work in Christian ministries, teaching or mental health settings. Recommended as a prerequisite for field experience work (PSYC 475). (Identical to CHMN 381.)
Prerequisites: PSYC 150 General Psychology and sophomore status or above.
Recommended: PSYC 330 Personality Theories.

PSYC 382 Advanced Counseling
3 hours. This course builds on the knowledge and skills learned in PSYC 381 Counseling. The course is designed to enhance the clinical skills necessary to form a therapeutic relationship and to connect these skills to a theoretical orientation. A focus of the course is on utilizing counseling skills in various settings including schools and clinics, and with various populations.
Prerequisite: PSYC 381 Counseling.
Recommended: PSYC 330 Personality Theories.

PSYC 391 Research Methods
3 hours. An introduction to methods of psychological research. Explores essential topics for experimental research including research design, reliability, validity and research ethics. Students also learn how to critically assess research literature, assimilate information from a variety of sources and interpret data. In addition, students learn how to prepare manuscripts in APA format and to prepare professional research presentations.
Prerequisites: PSYC 150 General Psychology and PSYC 240 Statistical Procedures.

PSYC 392 Advanced Research Methods
3 hours. Students will explore research design, analyses and computer applications in the areas of cognition, learning, sensation and perception, and development using a variety of hands-on methods.
Prerequisites: PSYC 240 Statistical Procedures and PSYC 391 Research Methods.

PSYC 399 Cross-Cultural Study
3 hours. This course offers in-depth discipline-specific cross-cultural study designed to enhance the intercultural emphasis of various academic majors. The course includes class meetings followed by travel to various locations throughout the world. Students will use core disciplinary knowledge to serve, learn and interact with other cultures. (Offered in May Term. Students must meet eligibility requirements.) Additional course fee is required.

PSYC 400 Psychological Testing
3 hours. Students will develop skills in understanding and critically evaluating educational and psychological tests (measures of ability, achievement, personality and vocational interest). Also, modern principles of "psychometrics" - data-based analysis of test items, scores and interpretations - will be emphasized, particularly the reliability and validity of items and scales. Students will have hands-on experience with various tests and will computer-analyze sample data from test development projects.
Prerequisites: PSYC 150 General Psychology and PSYC 240 Statistical Procedures.
Recommended: PSYC 391 Research Methods.

PSYC 410 Sensation and Perception
3 hours. Using psychophysical techniques, students will study sensory systems, including vision, audition, olfaction, taste, touch and kinesthesis. Classic and current theories of perception and sensation will be discussed.
Prerequisite: PSYC 150 General Psychology.

PSYC 420 Abnormal Psychology
3 hours. A study of the nature, causation and treatment of the major psychiatric and behavioral disorders.
Prerequisite: PSYC 150 General Psychology.
Recommended: PSYC 220 Biological Psychology.

PSYC 422 Child Psychopathology
3 hours. A study of the nature, causation and treatment of the major psychiatric and behavioral disorders among children and adolescents.
Prerequisite: PSYC 150 General Psychology.
Recommended: PSYC 220 Biological Psychology.

PSYC 430 Addictions
3 hours. Examines the complex interaction of psychological and sociological forces involved in substance abuse and addictions. Etiology, treatment options and efficacy of treatments are reviewed.
Prerequisite: PSYC 381 Counseling.
Recommended: PSYC 220 Biological Psychology.

PSYC 433 Health Psychology
3 hours. This course is designed to provide an overview of the field of Health Psychology from a biopsychosocial perspective which assumes that health and illness are determined by the interaction of biological, psychological, and social factors of an individual's life.
Prerequisite: PSYC 381 Counseling.
Recommended: PSYC 220 Biological Psychology.

PSYC 450 History and Systems of Psychology
3 hours. The history of the various schools of psychology, their origins, distinguishing characteristics, major contributions, theoretical positions and contemporary issues are investigated. Required for psychology majors.
Prerequisite: PSYC 150 General Psychology and a minimum of two upper-division psychology courses; senior standing is recommended.

PSYC 460 Human Sexuality
3 hours. This course explores human sexuality from psychological, cultural, biological and spiritual perspectives. Topics include the physiological, psychological and cultural variables associated with the development and manifestation of sexual identity and sexual behavior. Special attention is given to the Christian perspective and response to a highly sexualized culture.
Prerequisite: PSYC 150 General Psychology and junior status.

PSYC 465 Seminar Series
1 hour. Graduate-style series designed to prepare students for graduate school courses and provide an in-depth examination of a particular content area within psychology.
Prerequisite: upper-division psychology majors only and by permission.

PSYC 475 Field Experience
2-10 hours. Supervised experiences in helping activities in mental health agencies and institutions. A maximum of 3 hours may be applied toward a psychology major.
Prerequisite: upper-division majors only and by permission.
Recommended: PSYC 381 Counseling or other 300-level psychology course.

PSYC 485 Selected Topics
1-3 hours. A course dealing with various topics, as announced, that represent current faculty interests and competencies and student interest.
Prerequisite: PSYC 150 General Psychology.

PSYC 490 Senior Seminar
1 hour. This is a capstone course for the major focusing on the integration of Christianity and psychology and the application of psychological principles and findings in every day settings. Required for all psychology majors. Additional course fee required.
Prerequisite: senior status.

PSYC 495 Individualized Study
1-3 hours. Independent study of subjects outside regular offerings and/or supervised research under the direction of faculty. Guiding bibliographies are provided, and regular reading reports and conferences are scheduled.
Prerequisites: upper-division psychology majors and by permission.