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Psychology (PSYC)
Department of Psychology

PSYC 2013   Introduction To Psychology
The scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Fundamental theories, problems, and procedures relating to human activity. Biological, social, and cultural factors in development. Topics include neuroscience, development, gender, sensation and perception, learning, memory, thinking, motivation and emotion, stress, personality, psychological disorders and therapy, and social psychology. Class 3.

PSYC 2033   Professions in Psychology
This course provides an introduction to the psychology major and career opportunities in psychology, counseling, and the helping professions. Students are provided with opportunities to develop career planning and decision-making skills that will help them achieve success as a psychology major and in a psychology career. Students will pursue experience in a psychological setting under the supervision of a psychologist or social worker. The student will learn by observing and writing about their experiences. Assessment of personal goals, values, interests, and abilities is emphasized. Class 3. (Fall)

PSYC 2143   Human Growth And Development
This course involves the study of biopsychosocial and spiritual aspects of development from birth to death. Through the examination of various theories and research, this course will allow students to experience a greater understanding of physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development through the lifespan. Class 3. (Fall)

PSYC 2163   Personality Theory
A study of the major psychological theories of personality development and change. Classic questions about human nature will be discussed. Among the major approaches to personality theory that will be covered are Psychoanalytic, Neopsychoanalytic, Life-Span, Trait, Humanistic, Cognitive, Behavioral, Social-Learning, and modern advances in personality theory. Class 3. Prerequisite: PSYC 2013. (Spring)

PSYC 3003   Theories And Techniques Of Counseling
This course provides an introduction to the key theoretical concepts and therapeutic techniques of the major approaches to counseling and psychotherapy. The practical applications and empirical support of each counseling approach are discussed. Areas of convergence and divergence of each counseling approach are evaluated within a broader Christian framework. Class 3. Prerequisite: PSYC 2013. (Fall)

PSYC 3203   Marriage And The Family
A study of family relationships from courtship to death. Patterns of husband-wife, parent-child, and parent-youth relationships in contemporary society. A Christian view of the institution of marriage and family is given in order to provide a better understanding of how Biblical principles can be applied to practical family problems in a changing world. Class 3. (Spring, Even years)

PSYC 3303   History And Systems Of Psychology
Survey of the history of psychology from the early philosophers and physiologists to the present. Various schools of psychology including voluntarism, structuralism, functionalism, behaviorism, Gestalt psychology, psychoanalysis, and contemporary developments in psychology will be covered. Class 3. Prerequisites: PSYC 2013 and PSYC 2163.. (Fall)

PSYC 3403   Learning And Cognition
A study of traditional and current approaches to learning and memory in humans and animals. Behavioral, social-learning, and cognitive approaches to learning will be specifically addressed. Discussion will include the development of cognitive skills such as conceptual behavior, problem solving, remembering and forgetting, language, and the biology of cognition. Class 3. Prerequisite: PSYC 2013. (Spring, Odd years)

PSYC 3503   Psychology Of Gender
This course examines the psychology of using gender as a framework for life. How do our conceptions of male and female affect cognition, emotion, and behavior? Topics studied will include biology and gender; gender and culture; gender roles and stereotypes; gender identity development; and gender, mental health, and psychopathology. Class 3. Prerequisite: PSYC 2013. (Fall, Odd years)

PSYC 3513   Health Psychology
This course examines the contributions of the discipline of psychology to the promotion and maintenance of health, the prevention and treatment of illness, the identification of etiologic and diagnostic correlates of health, illness, and related dysfunction, and to the analysis and improvement of the health care system and health policy formation. The biopsychosocial model is used to frame discussion of topics such as stress, high-risk behaviors, coping with chronic or catastrophic illness, and promoting health in children and the elderly. Class 3. Prerequisite: PSYC 2013. (Fall, Even years)

PSYC 3653   Principles Of Sport Psychology
Sport psychology is concerned with the psychological factors that influence participation in sport and exercise and with the psychological effects derived from participation. The psychosocial issues related to sport and exercise to be discussed include personality; anxiety and arousal; attribution and motivation; and cognitive-behavioral intervention in sport. Class 3. Prerequisite: PSYC 2013. (Fall, Odd years)

PSYC 4023   Basic Counseling Skills
This course focuses on basic counseling skills that facilitate growth in helping relationships. Students are provided with opportunities to practice and develop essential attending, listening, and facilitation skills. Other topics addressed in this course include biblical principles of helping, counseling skills for special populations, and ethical and professional issues. Recommended for all students interested in counseling, ministry, or other helping professions. Class 3. Prerequisites: PSYC 2013 and PSYC 3003 or consent of instructor.. (Spring, Even years)

PSYC 4103   Educational Psychology
The systematic study of the nature of child development and diversity, learning and motivation, and classroom strategies. The student will also learn how educational psychology applies its research findings to the identification and development of effective instructional practices. Class 3. Prerequisites: PSYC 2013 and PSYC 2143 or consent of instructor. (Fall, Even years)

PSYC 4113   Social Psychology
A study of how people think about, influence, and relate to one another. Topics include the accuracy of our impressions, attitudes, conformity, persuasion, group influence, prejudice, aggression, altruism, and conflict and peacemaking. Class 3. Prerequisite: PSYC 2013. (Fall, Even years)

PSYC 4203   Group Therapy
This course is a study of various approaches to group therapy. Students will be introduced to skills necessary for working with various types of groups. The course will provide an introduction to and an overview of group dynamics and process. Additionally, students will consider group counseling within the greater context of a biblical worldview. Class 3.

PSYC 4303   Abnormal Psychology
This class is a study of various psychological disorders, their origins and available treatments. The course will utilize an integrative approach to consider biological, social, psychological, and spiritual of psychopathology. In addition to discussion of disorders, students will consider implications of diagnosing, will identify myths surrounding mental illness, and will be able to identify accurately incorrect information in media regarding specific disorders. Class 3.

PSYC 4313   Theories and Techniques of Child Counseling
This course overviews many of the ways that children can be helped to make changes and to become healthier. Techniques for young children such as play therapy and behavior modification and techniques for pre-teens and adolescents such as psychodrama and reality therapy will be covered. An emphasis will be placed on how to incorporate Christian principles into the process of helping children. Class 3. Prerequisites: PSYC 2013, PSYC 2143, and EDUC 3143. (Spring, Odd years)

PSYC 4503   Physiological Psychology
The study of the physiological and developmental mechanisms of behavior and experience. Topics discussed will include nerve cells and impulses, synapses, the anatomy of the nervous system, development of the brain, the sensory systems, movement, waking and sleeping, internal regulation, reproductive behaviors, emotional behaviors, the biology of learning and memory, cognitive functions, and psychological disorders. Class 3. Prerequisites: PSYC 2013 and PSYC 4303 or consent of instructor.. (Fall, Odd years)

PSYC 4603   Statistics and Research Methods I
An examination of statistics and research methods used in psychology. In statistics, students will study using descriptive statistics to describe samples and means and will study describing relationships using correlations. In research methods, students will study the scientific method, creating hypotheses, reliability and validity, the ethics of research, and controlling participant variables.Students will learn how to write APA style reports and how to use SPSS for statistical analysis. Class 3. Prerequisite: PSYC 2013. (Fall)

PSYC 4703   Statistics and Research Methods II
An examination of statistics and research methods used in psychology. In statistics, students will study inferential statistics with such topics as probability, z-scores, t-tests, analysis of variance, and chi-square and other nonparametric procedures. In research methods, students will study the conceptual application of appropriate statistics and research design, questionnaire construction, field experiments, quasi-experiments, and descriptive designs. Students will learn how to write APA style reports and how to use SPSS for statistical analysis. Students will be expected to design and conduct an original research project. Class 3. Prerequisites: PSYC2013 and PSYC4603. (Spring)

PSYC 4713   Senior Seminar
This seminar provides an exploration of contemporary approaches to the integration of psychology and the Christian faith. Students are required to discuss primary and secondary resources in psychology and theology, evaluate and integrate the major theoretical perspectives in psychology within a broader Christian worldview, and articulate their own understanding of faith integration. Class 3. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing or consent of instructor. (Spring)

PSYC 4803   Tests and Measurements
A study of the principles of psychological testing, including both the theoretical and practical foundations underlying the construction, implementation, and interpretation of various psychological instruments. Achievement, intelligence, personality, and career instruments will be examined. Class 3. Prerequisites: PSYC 2013 and PSYC 4603. (Spring, Odd years)

PSYC 4933   Practicum
This course provides the opportunity for students considering careers in psychology to gain firsthand experience in the climate and work conditions of occupations within the subfields of psychology. Work expectations may differ from setting to setting. Students will keep a journal of site activities and will maintain close contact with site supervisors. A practicum manual detailing all course requirements and including all necessary forms will be made available to students upon registration. This course may be taken more than once with the permission of the Psychology Department. Class 3. Prerequisites: PSYC 2013 and PSYC 3003 or consent of instructor.

PSYC 4941-4983   Special Topics
A course to be utilized for seminars and special classes in topics not offered on a regular basis. This course may be taken more than one time when the topics are different. Class 1-3. Prerequisite: Advanced standing or consent of instructor.

PSYC 4991-4993   Independent Study
An independent study course designed to permit superior students to take advantage of independent research and other unusual academic opportunities. Class 1-3. Prerequisites: Advanced standing and permission of the Psychology department..