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Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Psychology Courses

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PSYC 102
Introduction to Psychology
Social Science Elective
3

Examination of the major themes in the study and practice of psychology, such as human nature, motivation, change and development, and spiritual struggles, as well as applied psychological knowledge for everyday life.

PSYC 211
Developmental Psychology
Psychology Core, Youth Ministry
3

Examination of the major theoretical perspectives related to physical, cognitive, language, emotional, spiritual, and social development in people over the life span.

PSYC 250
Human Sexuality
Psychology Elective, Youth Ministry
3

Exploration of the psychology of human sexuality from the standpoint of a Christian worldview. Examines theories, perspectives, concepts, and data from the scientific study of sexuality. Students examine practical information useful for daily living and decision-making about many aspects of sexuality.

PSYC 260
Psychology of Women
Psychology Elective
3

Study of the psychological theories, myths, and stereotypes related to the development of women. Topics are organized around critical issues and events in women's experience from infancy through adulthood, such as biological and sexual differentiation, identity and personality development, careers, parenting, and mental health.

PSYC 300
Advanced Survey of Psychology
Psychology Core
3

Survey of the various subfields of psychology including biopsychology, cognition and learning, sensation and perception, motivation and emotion, personality and assessment, health psychology, developmental psychology, history and systems, abnormal psychology, and social psychology. These areas are examined from various worldviews as well as from a multicultural perspective.

Prerequisites: ENGL 102 or equivalent

PSYC 303
Theories of Personality
Psychology Core
3

Examines the major schools within personality theory with a focus on contributions and usefulness in understanding human behavior, the principal theorists from each school, the limitations of each theory, and comparisons between theoretical perspectives.

PSYC 306
Addictive Disorders
Substance Abuse Treatment, Youth Ministry
3

Study of contemporary psychological models of addiction and treatment including the theories that drive various approaches to treatment, specialized assessments, prevention, stages of change and recovery, policy issues, and relapse prevention.

PSYC 313
Research Methods
Psychology Core
3

Considers the systematic process by which to conduct research as well as the various research methods that can be used to acquire and advance knowledge. Introduction to methodological concepts used in the study of society, to the formal steps of the scientific method, to various research processes, to quantitative and qualitative methods of investigation, and to the communication of research results via research reports.

Prerequisites: MATH 201

PSYC 316
Case Management, Treatment Planning, and Crisis Intervention
Substance Abuse Treatment
3

Examines case management principles and techniques, treatment planning, effective referral methods, and crisis intervention skills used in human services and addiction treatment.

PSYC 317
Marriage and Family
Psychology Elective, Youth Ministry
3

Study of marriage and family from various perspectives, including the theories of and methods used to research marriage and the family, the diversity of families, contemporary gender roles, love and commitment, systems, communication and conflict resolution, sexual relationships and problems, pregnancy, childbirth, parenthood, care-giving and spiritual concerns.

PSYC 321
Data Analysis
Psychology Core
3

Continuation of PSYC 313. Students examine research topics and complete research projects according to American Psychological Association requirements. Students apply research and statistical principles including the use of SPSS.

Prerequisites: PSYC 313

PSYC 327
Psychology of Religion
Psychology Elective, Religious Studies Core
3

Examines the theory and research in psychology of religion, including topics such as psychological methods and measures used to study religion as well as objective and subjective approaches to the study of religion as related to prayer, meditation, spiritual healing, dreams, tongue-speaking, social attitudes and behavior, mental health, mysticism, religious orientation, and personal development.

PSYC 390
Independent Study
Psychology Elective
3

An approved independent study option, supervised by faculty, in a directed area of scholarship. Study is conducted according to a learning contract between a chosen faculty member and the student.

PSYC 400
Abnormal Psychology
Psychology Core
3

Survey of various categories of abnormal or deviant behavior such as developmental, personality, mood, psychophysiological, psychotic, anxiety, somatoform, chemical dependency, and dissociative disorders.

Prerequisites: PSYC 300 or equivalent

PSYC 406
Group Facilitation
Substance Abuse Treatment
3

Explores the key aspects of the group process including communication patterns, both verbal and nonverbal, as well as leadership, trust, cohesion, risk-taking, group membership skills, facilitation skills, group problem-solving, decision-making, conflict resolution, interviewing techniques, and summary session report-writing. Provides both a group experience and a theoretical analysis of group process.

PSYC 410
Physiological Psychology
Psychology Core
3

Study of the biological bases of behavior with an emphasis on the role of the nervous and endocrine systems. Topics include: attention, learning and memory, sensation and perception, sleep, language, reproduction, emotions, aggressive behavior, addictions, and behavioral disorders.

Prerequisites: PSYC 300 and BIOL 102 or equivalent

PSYC 411
Cognitive Psychology
Psychology Core
3

Study of recent research and theory in cognitive processes concerning the representation, storage, retrieval, forgetting, conditioning, learning, concept formation, problem solving, and memory.

PSYC 412
Multicultural Psychology
Psychology Core, International Studies Elective
3

Examines theories and research in the study of psychosocial issues of racial, ethnic, and cultural groups as well as an exploration of the relationship of race, culture, and social class in psychological development.

PSYC 416
Gerontology
Psychology Elective
3

Explores the specific age-stages of adult development and aging emphasizing psychosocial, psychopathological, biological, intellectual, and personality processes from a theoretical and research-oriented perspective.

PSYC 417
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Psychology Elective
3

Introduction to the field of industrial-organizational (I-O) psychology. Topics include the foundations of industrial-organizational psychology, values and ethics, work performance, problem solving, motivation, managing stress, relationships and communication in the work place, decision making, teamwork, leading and influencing others, productivity, and achieving a satisfying career.

PSYC 418
Counseling Skills
Substance Abuse Treatment
3

Introduces the development of the communication skills used in interviewing and counseling with an emphasis on the necessity of understanding the interpersonal dynamics between the human service worker/counselor and the individual client.

PSYC 421
Social Psychology
Psychology Core
3

Survey of theories and research in the major areas of social psychology including perception, attitude change, attraction, aggression, altruism, conformity, prejudice, values, and group dynamics.

Prerequisites: PSYC 313 or permission of the instructor

PSYC 422
Capstone Seminar
Psychology Core
3

Examination of the interdisciplinary connections within the subfields of psychology and interpretive philosophical models of the field with an emphasis on Christian thought and practice. Students apply intradisciplinary connections of the field and specific philosophical models to historic and current topics.

Prerequisites: Psychology majors only who have completed a minimum of 6 upper-level psychology courses (18 credits).

PSYC 427
History of Psychology
Psychology Elective
3

Survey of the origin and development of psychology with a special emphasis placed on contemporary schools and systems of psychological thought.

PSYC 428
Survey of Psychological Assessments
Psychology Elective
3

Theory and techniques of psychological assessment including the statistical foundations of testing and assessment, principles of psychological measurement, and the most common domains of testing such as cognitive ability, achievement, interests, and personality.

PSYC 429
Sensation and Perception
Psychology Elective
3

Explores the five major human sensory systems (i.e., vision, hearing, smell, touch, and taste) and perceptual experiences related to these senses as occurring in the human brain. Examines the anatomical structures, the physiological mechanisms and neural pathways that form a substrate for the sensory experience for each sensory system.

Prerequisites: PSYC 410

PSYC 490
Advanced Independent Study
Psychology Elective
3

An approved independent study option, supervised by faculty in a directed area of scholarship. Study is conducted according to a learning contract between a chosen faculty member and the student.

PSYC 495
Internship
Psychology Elective, Substance Abuse Treatment
3

Approved internship in a field of the student's specialty. This guided learning experience is a culminating experience in which the student applies the principles and skills learned, demonstrating competency under the guidance of a specialist in the field.

Prerequisites: Senior status as a Psychology major and permission of the department chair

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