Sam Houston State University Undergraduate Catalog 2006-2008
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PSY 131 Introduction to Psychology. [PSYC 2301] This course is designed to be a broad survey of the field of psychology covering such topics as learning, perception, personality, development, psychopathology, etc. It covers both the theoretical basis and the empirical content of these areas. Credit 3.

PSY 214 Introduction to Research Methods: Lab. Laboratory to be taken concurrently with PSY 234. Credit 1.

PSY 234 Introduction to Research Methods. This course is designed to introduce the student to the scientific method in general and research methodology in psychology in particular through laboratory and field experiments. Laboratory period required. Credit 3.

PSY 237 Professional Psychology. A survey is made of clinical/counseling psychology, e.g. psychopathology, diagnostic instruments, methods and techniques; individual and group psychotherapy, theories, community psychology; professional ethics of the clinical/counseling psychologist. Credit 3.

PSY 289 Psychology of Adjustment. [PSYC 2315] A study is made of the dynamics of human behavior applying psychological theory to the development of the wholesome well adjusted personality. Techniques for managing stress, reducing anxiety, coping with anger, increasing assertiveness, and achieving self-control are considered. Credit 3.

PSY 313 Physiological Psychology Lab. Laboratory to be taken concurrently with PSY 333. Credit 1.

PSY 317 Statistics Laboratory. Laboratory to be taken concurrently with PSY 387. Credit 1.

PSY 331 Abnormal Psychology. This course includes an introduction to behavioral disorders. Biological and social factors in the development, diagnosis, and treatment of psychopathology are studied. Prerequisite: 3 semester hours of Psychology. Credit 3.

PSY 332 History of Psychology. This course includes an historical survey of the scientific and philosophic antecedents of modern psychology. Prerequisite: 3 semester hours of Psychology. Credit 3.

PSY 333 Physiological Psychology. This course is designed to acquaint the student with the biological substrates of behavior. A study is made of the genetic, neuroanatomical, neurochemical and neurophysiological mechanisms of such psychological processes as sensation, movement, learning, memory, motivation and emotion. This course is offered primarily for psychology majors and minors but may serve as an elective for majors in biology, chemistry, and public health. Laboratory period required. Prerequisite: 3 hours in Psychology and 4 hours in Biology or consent of instructor. Credit 3.

PSY 334 Human Sexuality. A study is made of the biological, social, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual elements of our human sexuality. Topics such as sexual health, sexual dysfunction, sexuality education, and intimate relationships are covered.. Credit 3.

PSY 336 Sensation/Perception. A study is made of the sensory processes, the relationship between physical stimuli and sensory/perceptual experience, and perceptual phenomena. Topics such as pain, constancies, illusions, and psychophysics are covered. Credit 3.

PSY 337 Cognition. This course is intended to provide a broad survey of the field of cognitive psychology covering such topics as attention, memory, forgetting, consciousness, and organization/ structure. It covers both the theoretical basis and empirical content of the area. Credit 3.

PSY 365 Close Relationships. This course examines the processes of social interaction, using the perspective of psychological theory and research. Topics include the growth of relationships, love, social exchange, impression management, communication, jealousy, and loneliness. Techniques for improving interactions are considered. Credit 3.

PSY 371 Humanistic Psychology. An examination of the major themes of humanistic/existential psychology/philosophy and their impact on contemporary society. Works from literature, psychology, philosophy, and religion are included. Taught with PHL 371. Credit 3.

PSY 374 Developmental Psychology. A study is made of the physical, mental, emotional, and social growth and development of the person across the entire life span. Credit 3.

PSY 381 Social Psychology. This course examines individual human behavior as it is influenced by cultural and social stimuli. Topics studied include interpersonal attraction, aggression, prejudice and sexism, conformity, altruism, and group behavior. Credit 3.

PSY 382 Comparative Psychology. This course deals with physical and behavioral differences in animals and how these differences can be adaptive. Specific topics include habitat selection, territoriality, predator and anti-predator behavior, reproductive behavior, and social behavior. Prerequisites: PSY 234 and 387. Credit 3.

PSY 383 Psychology and the Law. This course is designed to examine the application of scientific and professional principles of psychology in the legal system, the use of social science methods to study the legal system, and the impact of law on the practice of psychology. Content areas include legal competencies, the insanity defense, jury consultation, psychologists and the death penalty, the accuracy of eyewitness testimony, prediction of violence, the psychology of victims, family law, and ethical dilemmas. Prerequisites: 6 hours of PSY. Credit 3.

PSY 385 Health Psychology. This course examines how biological, psychological, and social factors interact and contribute to health promotion, illness prevention, coping with stress, pain, or other acute or chronic diseases, and recovery from and adjustment to serious health problems. Prerequisite PSY 131. Credit 3.

PSY 387 Elementary Statistics. This course is a study of statistics as applied to problems in psychology and education, to include frequency functions, correlation and regression, and statistical tests of significance. Credit 3.

PSY 391 Psychopharmacology. This course includes a study of the field of behavioral pharmacology: the systematic study of the effects of drugs on behavior and the way in which behavioral principles can help in understanding how drugs work. The course focuses on the neurophysiological mechanisms of action of various psychoactive drugs. Credit 3.

PSY 431 Personality. A study is made of the major theories of personality; the biological and social factors in the development and functioning of personality are considered. Prerequisite: 6 semester hours of Psychology. Credit 3.

PSY 432 Learning. This course includes a study of the major theories of learning and their historical backgrounds; experimental procedures in the study of learning are discussed. Prerequisite: 6 semester hours of Psychology. Credit 3.

PSY 433 Seminar in Psychology. This course includes discussions of selected topics in psychology. Credit 3.

PSY 434 Applied Social Psychology. This course examines the use of social psychological theory and method to explain and solve real world problems. Topics include physical and mental health, the environment, law, consumerism, and processes of conflict and social influence. Prerequisite: PSY 381. Credit 3.

PSY 475 Problems. Designed for advanced students in psychology who are capable of independent study. Prerequisites: Approval of Program Coordinator and the instructor directing the study. Credit 3.

PSY 488 Psychological Testing. A study is made of group and individual differences and their assessment. The student is introduced to instruments and techniques used in the measurement of intelligence, aptitudes, achievement, interest, attitudes, and other dimensions of personality and behavior. Prerequisites: 9 hours in Psychology including PSY 131 and 387. Credit 3.

PSY 491 Divorce: The Psychological Impact. A comprehensive investigation is made of psychological, legal, moral, religious, and cultural variables related to cause, process, and adjustment to divorce is made. Emphasis is placed on the impact of divorce on the individual. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Credit 3.

PSY 492 Industrial/Organizational Psychology. This course provides an integration of psychological principles as applied to industrial/ organizational milieu. The focus is on the application of research methodology, psychological assessment, personality, and organizational theories to the work environment. Specifically, research related to the application of psychological theory related to personnel, work environment, organizational, and pertinent legal issues will be considered. Prerequisite: PSY 131 or PSY 289. Credit 3.

PSY 493 Positive Psychology. This course will focus on the scientific understanding of healthy human processes of positive emotions, character strengths, traits, and virtues (such as courage, gratitude, hope, optimism, self-regulation, spirituality, and wisdom). Assessment methods and intervention applications in diverse settings (e.g., education, health, corporate and organizational leadership, and clinical psychology) will be covered. Prerequisite: PSY 131, PSY 331. Credit 3.

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