Courses in Psychology

Texas Common Course numbers are in parentheses.

PSCH 3300 History of Psychology (3-0).  An overview of the history of  psychological thought, from ancient Greece to the present.  The course traces modern psychology's origins from its beginnings in philosophy, through its 19th century development as a basic science, to its current status as a multifaceted applied science.

PSCH 3301 Social Psychology (3-0)
An introduction to the theory and phenomena of Social Psychology. The nature and effect of social influences on individuals and groups. Types of social influences and the various methods used to study them. Topics include: social cognition, conformity, obedience, persuasion and propaganda, attribution, aggression, prejudice, liking, loving, and helping. (PSCH 2319)

PSCH 3303 Positive Psychology (3-0).  Positive psychology is the scientific study of the human mental strengths and virtures that allow people and communities to thrive. Topics such as optimism, hope, meaning, wisdom, transcendence, and courage are covered.  Theoretical concepts including the broaden-and-build theory of emotions, self-efficacy, mindfulness, flow, learned optimism, social capital, and affective forecasting are addressed. 

PSCH 3304 Psychology of Learning (3-0)
Introduction to theories of learning, memory, and recall.  Emphasis on the roles of purposes (motivation), values, emotions, and changes across the life span for human learning.

PSCH 3306 Child Development (3-0).  This course presents the major theories of child development and the milestones of physical, psychosocial, and cognitive development from the prenatal period through adolescence.  Students identify the characteristics of play and its impact, describe the social development of children and adolescents, and understand the effects of a broad range of developmental influences.

PSCH 3307 Adult Development (3-0).  The physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development during the various phases of adulthood will be discussed.  Students will gain an understanding of the major theories of adult development and research pertaining to these theories.

PSCH 3308 Psychology of Adjustment (3-0).  An introduction to the work of professionals in the field of Psychology, including teaching, research, consulting, industrial psychology, mental health administration, and psychotherapy and counseling in both private and institutional settings. Utilizes extensive field observation. (PSCH 2302)

PSCH 3309 Educational Psychology (3-0).  This course is an introduction to theory and research in educational psychology.  Topics include learning, theory, learner characteristics, intelligence, creativity, and motivation.  Students will gain an understanding of the significance of research in educational psychology and its role in developing better learning environments.

PSCH 3310 Survey of Alcoholism/Drug Problems (3-0).  Historical and current definitions of alcohol and drug use and abuse. Sociocultural aspects of chemical dependency, including vulnerable populations, such as women, seniors, and youth. Identification of symptoms; progression of the illness; overview of impact on individuals, family systems, and others.

PSCH 3311 Health Psychology (3-0).  This course is concerned with how psychology is related to health and illness.  Issues addressed include seeking appropriate health care and adhering to medical advice, the effects of stress and how to manage stress, health habits such as proper nutrition and exercise.  Health problems such as obesity and substance abuse, and psychological responses to illness.

PSCH 3312 Human Sexuality (3-0).  Fundamentals of human sexuality including biological, behavioral and cultural aspects of sexuality.

PSCH 4301 Psychology of Personality (3-0).  An introduction to personality theory, important personality theorists and the significant factors in the development of personality across the life span.

PSCH 4302 Industrial-Organizational Psychology (3-0).  Basic psychological principles of personnel work in business and industry. Significance and evaluation of individual differences, motivation, morale, and employer-employee relations.

PSCH 4303 Abnormal Psychology (3-0). Analysis of the concepts of normal and abnormal in various cultural settings. Introduction to the concepts of neurosis, psychosis, organic disorders, alcohol and drug abuse. Includes descriptions, possible causes, and treatment modes.

PSCH 4305 Gerontology (3-0).  A survey of the issues relating to aging including family dynamics, retirement adjustments, legislation, mental health and physical health.

PSCH 4308 Theory and Principles of Psychological Testing (3-0).  Introduction to psychological measurement. Test construction, validity, reliability, standardization, and statistical treatment of test results. Various accepted tests will be examined.

PSCH 4309 Advanced Social Psychology Seminar (3-0).  Phenomenological and experimental basis of social psychology. Methods and ethics of scientific research in social psychology. Seminar participants will design and conduct field research.

PSCH 4310 Special Topics (3-0). Selected topics in psychology which are of particular interests to students of psychology. The course may be repeated for different topics.

PSCH 4311 Chemical Dependency Counseling (3-0).  Counseling methods for effective intervention and treatment of harmful alcohol or drug use. Attention given to individual differences in diagnosis, treatment, and potential for relapse. Enhancement of counseling skills, ethical issues, and occupational success in the field will be addressed.

PSCH 4313 Forensic Psychology (3-0).  An introduction to the work of professionals in the field of forensic psychology. Recommended for criminal justice majors.

PSCH 4325 Cognitive Science (3-0).  Introduction to the interdisciplinary field of cognitive science, including the five disciplines of which it is composed, especially cognitive psychology and the "cognitive revolution" in psychology. Addresses such questions as: What is mind? What is thinking? Memory? Learning? Perception? Identity?

PSCH 4330 Research in Psychology (3-0).  This course introduces students to research methods and design in psychology.  Students will participate in the design and execution of an original research project and will author a paper evaluating the results of the study.
Prerequisite: MTH 3302 or equivalent; senior-level status