Course Descriptions — Psychology

PSY1100 General Psychology 4 semester hours
This course addresses the study of psychology as a behavioral science; basic research methods and design, learning, motivation, emotion, perception, development, personality, abnormal behavior, and the social and biological bases of psychology.
Meets General Education “Knowing Ourselves and Others” Group A requirement ( for students entering Aurora University prior to Summer 2014).

PSY2210 Careers in Psychology 1 semester hour
This course is designed to help students decide whether a degree in psychology will prepare them for the career they wish to pursue or identify the kinds of careers they could pursue once they obtain a degree in psychology. Topics and issues to be explored include: life as a psychology major; what can you do with a BA in psychology; psychology majors in the workplace; presenting yourself to employers; preparing and applying to graduate school; credentialing and licensure; psychology as a profession; and issues of special interest groups.

PSY2300 Learning and Motivation 4 semester hours
This course is an introduction to the topics of learning and memory, with an emphasis on experimental studies that have applications to human behavior. The topics of learning theories will include classical and instrumental learning, reinforcement, generalization, forgetting, and the limits of learning. Additionally, this course will cover factors that motivate humans in terms of their behaviors, desires and aspirations. To fully appreciate human motivation, this course will explore conditions in the person, environment and culture that explain human behavior, goals and thoughts. Applied areas such as addictions, phobias, depression, and eating disorders will also be explored.
Prerequisite: PSY1100.

PSY2340 Personality 4 semester hours
A study of the major historical and contemporary theoretical viewpoints advanced to explain human behavior and personality development.
Prerequisite: PSY1100.

PSY3250 Lifespan Development 4 semester hours
Cognitive, physical, biological, emotional, moral, and social development of the normal individual from conception through old age and death. Developmental process, issues, and stages will be explored. Note that credit cannot also be earned in either PSY3350 or PSY3360. Psychology majors should not enroll in this
course, as this course does not count toward the psychology major.
Prerequisite: PSY1100.
Meets General Education “Knowing Ourselves and Others” Group A requirement (for students entering Aurora University prior to Summer 2014).

PSY3350 Child and Adolescent Development 4 semester hours
This course introduces the cognitive, physical, emotional, social and sex/gender role development of the normal individual from conception through adolescence. Racial/ethnic variation and vocational development of the adolescent are also explored. Note that credit cannot also be earned in PSY3250.
Prerequisite: PSY1100 or EDU2260.
Meets General Education “Knowing Ourselves and Others” Group A requirement (for students entering Aurora University prior to Summer 2014).

PSY3360 Adult Development and Aging 4 semester hours
This course explores the cognitive, physical, biological, emotional, moral and social development of the normal individual from emerging adulthood through old age and death. Note that credit cannot also be earned in PSY3250.
Prerequisite: PSY1100.
Meets General Education “Knowing Ourselves and Others” Group A requirement (for students entering Aurora University prior to Summer 2014).

PSY3380 Brain and Behavior 4 semester hours
This course provides a study of the anatomical, biochemical and neurological bases of behavior with particular attention to such phenomena as cognition, emotion, perception, sensation, and behavioral pathologies.
Prerequisites: PSY1100 and a course in cell biology or human anatomy.

PSY3400 Cognitive Psychology 4 semester hours
This course is an introduction to the concepts in cognitive psychology, including theories and applications of memory systems, pattern recognition, attention, decision-making, problem solving, language and text comprehension, reasoning and neurocognition.
Prerequisite: PSY1100.

PSY/SOC3430 Gender, Sexuality, and Society 4 semester hours
Cross-listed with SOC3430. See SOC3430 for description.
Prerequisite: SOC1100 or PSY1100.

PSY/SOC3450 Social and Applied Psychology 4 semester hours
This course is a general survey of the field of social and applied psychology. Although a broad range of subjects is sampled, the primary focus of this course is on individuals and their social environment. Social psychology focuses on how one’s social environment affects his or her thoughts, attitudes and behaviors.
Prerequisite: PSY1100.

PSY3460 Exceptional Individual 4 semester hours
This course focuses on causes and characteristics of persons evidencing exceptionality. It also includes the psychology of prevention, identification, rehabilitation, and methods of teaching the exceptional individual. Covers major areas of exceptionality, including learning disabilities.
Prerequisite: PSY1100.
Highly Recommended: PSY3350.

PSY3470 Industrial/Organizational Psychology 4 semester hours
Industrial/Organizational (I/O) psychology applies the science of behavior and social psychology to the work environment. I/O Psychology is a growing area and is one of the most lucrative in the field of psychology. I/O psychology influences every stage of the employment process from recruitment and hiring procedures to performance evaluations and employee satisfaction. A goal of this class is to develop the informed employee by making one aware of strategies and techniques that future employers might use. Other topics include training, leadership, harassment, motivation, and group dynamics in the business setting.
Prerequisite: PSY1100.

PSY/SOC3500 Research and Statistical Methods 4 semester hours
This course addresses the basic research methodology and the scientific method of inquiry for psychological research. Discussed will be concepts, methods and designs involved in the statistical evaluation of research data. The course will include instruction in the SPSS statistical package. Includes laboratory work.
Prerequisites: PSY1100; MTH1100 with a “C” or higher.

PSY3520 Experimental Psychology 4 semester hours
This courses addresses advanced research methods for psychological research. Student projects will involve a literature review, research design and recruitment of appropriate participants, data collection, statistical analyses, and an APA style
research report. Includes SPSS laboratory work.
Prerequisites: PSY1100; PSY 3500 with a “C” or higher.

PSY3660 Abnormal Psychology 4 semester hours
This course addresses the causes, symptoms, treatment and prevention of mental disorders in adults (such as depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and personality disorders); may include discussion of such topics as stigma, diagnostic interviewing, alternatives to traditional classification schemes, and ethical/legal issues in mental health.
Prerequisite: PSY1100.

PSY3700 Clinical and Counseling Psychology 4 semester hours
Students learn about the research and theory behind the major schools (e.g., psychodynamic, cognitive, behavioral and humanistic) and modalities (e.g., individual, group and family) of psychotherapy, and begin to develop basic counseling skills through observation, role play, and other exercises. Cultural, ethical, and legal issues in the counseling profession are also emphasized.
Prerequisites: PSY1100; PSY2340; upper-class status.
Highly Recommended: PSY3660.

PSY3810 Special Topics in Psychology 4 semester hours
This course is developed by faculty to examine a specialty topic in psychology outside of the usual courses offered.
Prerequisites: Varies by special topic.

PSY3940/4940 Psychology Internship 1–4 semester hours
An internship is an opportunity for students to apply the theories and knowledge that they learn in the classroom to a real-world setting while learning skills that can help them post-graduation. Internships offer students an opportunity to determine the type of career they want to pursue in the field of psychology. Internships are also great additions to a resume and/or graduate school application. Opportunities include working in a mental health center, a crisis hotline, a community agency, a human resources department of an organization, and a variety of other psychology-related contexts. Students interested in an internship will need to complete an agreement with the participating organization and a member of the psychology faculty who will serve as their faculty advisor. Students are expected to contract 48 hours of work at the organization per one semester hour of psychology credit earned at Aurora University. Students may arrange an internship
ranging from one to four semester hours in any given semester, with a maximum of 14 semester hours counting towards graduation.
Prerequisite: PSY1100.

PSY4200 Sensation and Perception 4 semester hours
This advanced laboratory course examines the mechanisms of our primary senses as well as how our brain interprets stimuli in order to allow us to respond with thoughts, emotions and behaviors. The influence of experience, cultural background, mood, social situations, and physiological factors on our interpretation of sensory stimuli will also be explored. There is a laboratory component with this class.
Prerequisite: PSY3520.

PSY4520 Psychological Assessment 4 semester hours
This course addresses major concepts of testing: sample populations; random samples; reliability; validity. Includes the nature, administration, scoring, interpretation, and use of representative tests of ability, aptitude, interest, intelligence, and personality.
Prerequisites: PSY1100; PSY3500.

PSY4700 Contemporary Issues in Psychology 4 semester hours
Students select topics from the major areas of contemporary psychology for indepth study. May cover such areas as mental health, industrial psychology, developmental psychology, personality theory, social psychology, physiological psychology, behavior disorders, learning, motivation, perception, or group dynamics.
Prerequisites: PSY1100; PSY3520; senior standing.