Courses in Psychology

Introduction to Psychology

PSYC 100     4.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course will introduce the broad spectrum of theories and applications that make up the field of psychology. Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes, and how they are affected by physical and mental states, and external environments and social forces. (Prerequisites: Must have a score of 78 or higher on the Reading portion of the Accuplacer test or completion of READ 0080 and READ 0090 with a grade of C or higher) (MNTC 5: History/Social & Behavioral Sciences)

Lifespan Psychology

PSYC 110     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This is an introductory course examining human development across the lifespan, with emphasis on normal physical, cognitive, and social development. (Prerequisites: Must have a score of 78 or higher on the Reading portion of the Accuplacer test or completion of READ 0080 and READ 0090 with a grade of C or higher) (MNTC 5, 7: History/Social & Behavioral Sciences, Human Diversity)

Psychology of Positive Adjustment

PSYC 140     4.00 Credits
Course Outline
The Psychology of Positive Adjustment introduces students to the scientific literature on positive adjustment to modern life. We will examine the questions: What is well-being and happiness? Who achieves it? Why does it elude some people? Which practices foster well-being and happiness? We will draw from the research in social psychology, neuroscience, personality psychology, cognitive psychology and sociocultural psychology. The course will incorporate the concepts of ethical living, values clarification, and civic responsibility as part of the mature development of psychological well-being. (Prerequisites: Must have a score of 78 or higher on the Reading portion of the Accuplacer test or completion of READ 0080 and READ 0090 with a grade of C or higher) (MNTC 5, 9: History/Social & Behavioral Sciences, Ethical & Civic Responsibility)

Social Psychology

PSYC 210     4.00 Credits
Course Outline
Social Psychology introduces the broad spectrum of theories and applications that make up the field of social psychology. Social Psychology is the scientific study of human interactions and includes issues of aggression, attraction, self, benevolence, attitude development and change, prejudice, etc. (Prerequisites: PSYC 100 or any other college-level psychology course) (MNTC 5, 8: History/Social & Behavioral Sciences, Global Perspective)

Health Psychology

PSYC 220     4.00 Credits
Course Outline
Health psychology is a subfield of psychology that addresses the mental, emotional, behavioral, and societal factors that influence the onset, duration, recovery, and prevention of illness and the promotion of wellness. Students will explore the theoretical foundations of health psychology and the role of psychological research and principles relevant to the field. Students will be exposed to a variety of topics including stress and coping, preventative behaviors and attitudes, treatment options, and management of pain and illness. Students will gain an understanding of the academic issues and a respect for the human experience related to health, illness, and disease. (Prerequisites: PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology or any other college-level psychology course. Must have a score of 77.5 or higher on the Reading portion of the Accuplacer test or completion of READ 0080 and READ 0090 with a grade of C or higher) (MNTC 5: History/Social & Behavioral Sciences)

Abnormal Psychology

PSYC 230     4.00 Credits
Course Outline
In this course, students will increase their awareness and understanding of mental illness and psychological disorders. Students will become familiar with the history of the field, clinical descriptions, classification, etiology, course of onset, and typical treatment regimens specific to various disorders and mental illness. Abnormal behavior will be explored from various theoretical perspectives including psychological, biological, and socio-cultural approaches. (Prerequisites: 8 credits of psychology or consent of instructor) (MNTC 5, 7: History/Social & Behavioral Sciences, Human Diversity)

Child and Adolescent Psychology

PSYC 240     4.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course examines the development of children from conception through adolescence. The major areas of focus include physical, cognitive, language, moral, and social development. The developing child will be understood as an active participant in a world of biological, familial, social, and cultural influences that help shape his or her individual life path. (Prerequisites: PSYC 100 or consent of instructor) (MNTC 5, 7: History/Social & Behavioral Sciences, Human Diversity)

Industrial Organizational Psychology

PSYC 250     4.00 Credits
Course Outline
Industrial-organizational (I/O) psychology is the scientific study of the workplace. Students will be introduced to a variety of issues of relevance to business and industry, including selection and placement of employees, the importance of training and development, organizational development and evaluation, employee motivation and productivity, and the importance of fostering work-life balance. Diversity among organizations and cultures in how they approach these issues will be emphasized. (Prerequisites: PSYC 100 or consent of instructor) (MNTC 5, 7: History/Social & Behavioral Sciences, Human Diversity)

Special Topics in Psychology:

PSYC 280     4.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course is designed to provide students with a deeper understanding of a special topic within the field of psychology. Key theoretical and historical underpinnings will be presented to prepare a foundation of understanding. Attention will be focused on how the topic has or may add to the knowledge base of psychology and, if applicable, other academic disciplines. Students will explore the actual or potential applicability of the topic to self, others, and society at large. The course will have a research component. Course may address one of Goal Areas 7-10 depending on the topic. (Prerequisites: PSYC 100 or consent of instructor) (MNTC 5: History/Social & Behavioral Sciences)