UNDERGRADUATE PSYCHOLOGY COURSES
PSY 100 - Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to psychology as a science. Core topics are: psychology as a profession, research methods, biological bases of behavior, and learning. Additional topics are selected from: personality (normal and abnormal), sensation and perception, cognition, social, intelligence, and development. As part of the course requirements, students participate in an approved research study or an equivalent non-research activity. 3 credits.
PSY 197 - Research Internship
Research experience under direct faculty supervision. Involvement in planning and carrying out a research program, learning basics of data collection and management, and examination of issues within specific content areas. Grading on pass/fail basis. Prerequisite(s): PSY 100 and departmental permission. 1-3 credits.
PSY 208 — Sleep: Implications for Mind and Body
This course will cover many aspects of sleep from many different perspectives. Topics to be included are the types and patterns of sleep, the functions of sleep, the physiological bases of sleep, the evolution of sleep, the development of sleep over the lifespan, sleep disorders, and dreaming. Cultural and individual differences will be addressed. Students will be introduced to the research of sleep and will learn how this research can drive social policy. Students will also gain insight into how current and past events in their own lives are related to their own sleep patterns and dreaming experiences. 3 credits.
PSY 210 - Infant and Child Development
Overview of child development from conception up to adolescence with an emphasis on important issues for healthy development during infancy and childhood. Students who have taken PSY 219 prior to PSY 210 will receive university credit, but not credit toward the major, for PSY 210. Prerequisite(s): PSY 100. 3 credits.
PSY 215 - Adolescent Development
Overview of normal development from preadolescence through young adulthood. Major themes include: identity formation, formal operations, family and peer relationships, and puberty. Students who have taken PSY 219 prior to PSY 215 will receive university credit, but not credit toward the major, for PSY 215. Prerequisite(s): PSY 100. 3 credits.
PSY 219 — Lifespan Development
An examination of the physical, cognitive, and socio-emotional changes that occur from birth until death. Students who have taken either PSY 210 or PSY 215 prior to PSY 219 will receive university credit, but not credit toward the major, for PSY 219. Prerequisite(s): PSY 100. 3 credits.
PSY 220 - Introduction to the Mental Health Field
Overview of the history of mental health care, the current mental health care system, clinical cases, and therapeutic communication. Additionally, this course explores careers within the field. Prerequisite: PSY 100. 3 credits
PSY 227 - Social Psychology
The influence of others on an individual's cognitions, emo¡tions, and behaviors. Attention is directed to conformity, aggression, interpersonal relations, stereotyping and the role of culture. Prerequisite: PSY 100. 3 credits
PSY 228 - Personality
Examines the concept of personality: theories, methods of research, controversies, and empirical evidence. The major approaches to personality theories are discussed in light of their historical and current significance. Prerequisite: PSY 100. 3 credits
PSY 259 - Statistics in Psychology
Introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics including measures of central tendency, probability, and hypothesis testing. Emphasis upon computation and psychological applications of correlational procedures, t-tests, ANOVA, and an introduction to non-parametric statistics. Prerequisite(s): PSY 100 and successful completion of LEP Quantitative Reasoning requirement. 3 credits.
PSY 298 - Special Topics
Examination of specific developments, issues, and/or creative work in the field of psychology. Prerequisite(s): PSY 100. 3 credits.
PSY 300 —The Psychology Major: Curriculum and Careers
This course is designed to give psychology majors an overview of the academic, professional, and scientific aspects of the field of psychology. The course will help students appreciate psychology as a science; navigate the psychology major requirements; identify and plan career options; and develop skills in library database searching, writing in APA format, and addressing ethical questions in psychology. Grading is Pass/Fail. Prerequisite(s): 39 credits, with at least 12 earned at SCSU; PSY 100; 6 credits toward the Psychology major at the 200 or 300 levels taken at SCSU, with a grade of C or higher; an overall GPA of 2.8 or higher; and a PSY GPA of 2.8 or higher. Departmental permission required. 1 credit.
PSY 303 - Perception
Topics include the physiological nature of the senses and their relationship to behavior in phenomena such as perceptual illusions, color blindness, depth in graphic arts, and the perception of time and motion. Complex interactions between perception and culture, past experience, and personality are examined. Prerequisite: PSY 100 and 3 credits in psychology. 3 credits
PSY 306 — Understanding Intelligence: A Capstone Seminar
Critical analysis of intelligence from multiple perspectives, including historical, social, and comparative. Students will consider intelligence as individual characteristic shaped by socio-historical context, and will examine intelligence in terms of its definitions, uses and misuses, developmental considerations, and appearance in humans, nonhuman animals and machines. Readings of primary expository texts and current research will provide students with tools to thoughtfully debate issues surrounding the concept of intelligence in modern life. Prerequisite(s): 3 credits in psychology at the 200 level. 3 credits
PSY 311 - Learning
Problems, methodology, empirical findings, theories and controversies about both basic and advanced forms of learning and behavioral change. Prerequisite: PSY 100 and 3 credits in psychology. 3 credits
PSY 313 - Cognition
Recent and classic theory and research regarding human learning and memory, including models of attention, memory storage, retrieval, forgetting, language, and decision making. Prerequisite: PSY 100 and 3 credits in psychology. 3 credits.
PSY 318—Emotional and Social Development
An overview of basic emotions, the development of complex emotions, with an emphasis on the purpose of these emotions and the importance of emotional regulation over the lifespan. As emotions are inextricably interwoven with human social relationships, the development of attachment, friendships, and romantic relationships are also covered, with an emphasis on aggression, pro-social behavior, and morality. Current influences, such as the media, on development, are considered. Prerequisite(s): PSY 100 and 3 credits in psychology at the 200 level. 3 credits.
PSY 320 - Abnormal Child Psychology
Examination of basic issues in child and adolescent psy¡chopathology. Exploration of symptoms and determinants of children's behavioral problems with emphasis on motiva¡tion, learning, development and interpersonal interactions. Prerequisite(s): PSY 100 and one of the following courses: PSY 210 or PSY 215 or PSY 219. 3 credits.
PSY 321 - Abnormal Psychology
Concepts of abnormal behavior are examined in light of historical, cultural, psychological and psychobiological perspectives. Empirical research and methodology are em¡phasized; other topics may include etiology, diagnosis and treatment.Prerequisite(s): PSY 100 and 3 credits in psychology at the 200 level. 3 credits.
PSY 361 - Industrial and Organizational Psychology
A survey of the psychological factors that influence the individual in work settings. Topics may include employee attitudes, job satisfaction, personnel selection, decision making, leadership, group dynamics, stress, substance abuse, performance assessment, and market research and advertising. Prerequisite: PSY 100 and 3 credits in psychology at the 200 level. 3 credits.
Students may receive credit for only ONE of 370 or 371.
PSY 370 - Educational Psychology
Exploration of psychological theories, principles, and their applications to educational settings. Topics may include development, learning, intelligence, learning differences and styles, motivation, and educational measurement and evaluation. Students may not receive credit for both PSY 370 and PSY 371. Prerequisite(s): PSY 100 and 3 credits in psychology at the 200 level. 3 credits.
PSY 371 - Educational Psychology for Early Childhood Majors
Exploration of psychological theories, principles, and their applications to educational settings for young children.Topics include development, learning, intelligence, learning differences and styles, motivation, and educational measurement and evaluation. Students may not receive credit for both PSY 370 and PSY 371. Prerequisite(s): PSY 100 and 3 credits in psychology at the 200 level. 3 credits.
PSY 383 - Brain and Behavior
Basic physiological mechanisms underlying human and animal behavior. Sensory, neural, endocrine, and motor response systems are considered within the context of various psychological functions; sensation, perception, learning, thinking, motivation, and personality. Variations in behavior resulting from maturational or pathological processes are also considered. Prerequisite: PSY 100 and 3 credits in psychology. 3 credits.
PSY 393 - Experimental Methods
Introduction to research procedures and experimental design. Students learn to design and carry-out experiments through demonstrations and 'hands-on' experience. Laboratory exercises include critically reading research reports from psychological journals, using computerized databases to locate primary source literature, analyzing data with com¡puterized statistical software, and writing research reports in APA format. Prerequisite: grade of C or higher in PSY 259. 4 credits.
PSY 401 - Seminar in History and Systems of Psychology
Philosophical and scientific antecedents to major systems in psychology including behaviorism, Gestalt psychology, psychoanalysis, humanism, developmental and cogni¡tive psychology. Prerequisite: 12 credits in psychology. 3 credits.
PSY 406 - Language
An examination of the psychological processes involved in language production and comprehension. Topics include speech perception, structure of language, language acquisi¡tion, language disorders, and the relationship of language to meaning and thought. Prerequisite: 12 credits in psychology. 3 credits.
PSY 412 - Psychology of Women
Surveys influential contributions in the psychology of women. Topics include alternative research approaches, gender dif¡ferences, human development, interpersonal relationships, and social problems. Prerequisite: 12 credits in psychology. 3 credits.
PSY 415 - Topics in Development
Empirical investigation into physical, cognitive, and/or socioemotional development during childhood, adolescence, and/or adulthood. Prerequisite: 12 credits in psy¡chology. 3 credits.
PSY 427 - Seminar in Close Relationships
Examination of the factors which affect intimate relations with emphasis on both content and research methods. Topics include love and intimacy, pre-marital relations, marriage, divorce, and remarriage. Prerequisites: 12 credits in psychology. 3 credits.
PSY 431—Tests and Measurements
Types of psychological and educational tests and their major uses will be covered. Topics include: test construction; test administration; scoring, and interpretation; psychometrics; test selection and evaluation; IQ testing; achievement testing; behavioral and personality assessments; ethics; and testing special populations. Prerequisite(s): PSY 393. PSY 393 may be taken concurrently. 3 credits.
PSY 461 - Data Gathering Techniques: Assessment
Training in data gathering techniques in different content areas of psychology with emphasis on construction and scor¡ing of selected psychological instruments. Lecture: 3 hours; Laboratory 2 hours. Prerequisites: PSY 393 and departmental permission. 4 credits.
PSY 462 - Data Gathering Techniques: Instrumentation
Training in data gathering techniques in different content areas of psychology with emphasis on electronic instrumentation in psychological research. Lecture: 3 hours; Laboratory, 2 hours. Prerequisites: PSY 393 and departmental permission. 4 credits.
PSY 463 - Field Practicum in Psychological Research
Field experience in a psychological research setting. Exposure to and application of theoretical and practical aspects of psychological research in various data collection environ¡ments. Prerequisite: PSY 393 and departmental permission. 3 credits. (Repeatable up to 6 credits.)
PSY 465 - Seminar in Psychological Counseling and Therapy
Theories and practice of psychological counseling and psy¡chotherapy. Prerequisites: 12 credits in psychology including PSY 228. 3 credits.
PSY 467 — Laboratory Practicum in Psychological Research
Advanced laboratory experience under the direction of an SCSU faculty sponsor. Exposure to and application of theoretical and practical aspects of various types of psychological research. Grading is Pass/Fail. Prerequisite(s): PSY 300, grade of C or higher in PSY 393, and departmental permission. (Repeatable up to 6 credits only if student has not received credit for PSY 463; a maximum of 6 total credits may be completed for PSY 463 and PSY 467.) 3 credits.
PSY 471 - Seminar in Psychological Services
Contemporary issues and problems in providing psychologi¡cal services. Course is composed of lecture, case studies, and student presentations. Prerequisites: Departmental permission and 12 credits in psychology including PSY 465 or 474. 3 credits.
PSY 472 - Field Practicum in Psychological Services I
Field experience in a psychological mental health setting such as a mental hospital, public school or community mental health clinic. Prerequisite: departmental permission. Special condition: Corequisite PSY 471. 3-6 credits.
PSY 473 - Field Practicum in Psychological Services II
Field experience in a psychological mental health setting such as a mental hospital, public school, or community mental health clinic. Prerequisites: PSY 472 and departmental permission. 3-6 credits.
PSY 474 - Seminar in Behavior Theory and Practice
Basic principles and ethics of behavior management and modification are considered from theoretical and practical standpoints. Students will apply these principles in real life settings. Prerequisite(s): 12 credits in psychology including at least one of the following courses: PSY 311, 320, or 321. 3 credits.
PSY 484 - Comparative Animal Behavior
Physiological, developmental, and learned aspects of adaptive behavior are studied within a species comparative context, including study of individual behavior, social organization, and communication patterns. Prerequisites: 12 credits in psychology and BIO 100 or departmental permission. 3 credits.
PSY 487 - Psychopharmacology
Basic principles of psychopharmacology. Topics include: drug classification systems, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, therapeutic effects, adverse effects, mechanisms of tolerance and dependence. Emphasis on latest research developments. Prerequisites: 12 credits in psychology including PSY 383. 3 credits.
PSY 490 - Seminar for Psychology Majors
An in-depth study of a selected area of psychology with emphasis on latest developments in research. Prerequisite: Senior psychology major. 3 credits
PSY 492 - Psychology and Law
The relationship between psychology and law with emphasis upon psychological theory and research. Topics may in¡clude criminal justice, competency, courtroom procedure, jury deliberation, social justice and the mentally disabled. Prerequisites: 9 credits in psychology including PSY 321. 3 credits.
PSY 494 - Seminar in the Human Nervous System and Behavior
Foundations of neuropsychology, current models of integra¡tive brain functioning including brain systems mediating basic and complex human behaviors, and brain function within a clinical context. Prerequisites: 12 credits in psychology and BIO 100 or departmental permission. 3 credits
PSY 499 - Independent Study
Prerequisite: departmental permission. Not acceptable as 400-level course required for graduation. 1-4 credits.