2022-2023 Academic Catalog

Psychology (PSY)

PSY 101   Introduction to Psychology   3 Units

Concepts and principles pertinent to psychological processes of social behavior, development, motivation, sensation, perception, cognition and memory, learning, personality, psychological disorders and their treatment, as well as the biological perspective will be examined in this course.

PSY 202   Human Sexuality   3 Units

This survey course will look at the topic of human sexuality with a foundation in Christian ethics guiding sexual conduct and the development of sexual behavior including gender identity, sexual orientation, sexual anatomy, contraception, reproduction and birthing, sexually transmitted diseases, sexual dysfunctions, and the paraphilias.

PSY 261   Chemical Dependency and Addiction   3 Units

This introductory course to the addictive behavior connected with alcoholism and drug use will teach students to understand the biological and psychological processes of addiction and the use of various interventive strategies in treatment.

PSY 301   Topics in Psychology   3 Units

Through individual and group study of selected topics bringing together perspectives of anthropology, psychology, and sociology, this capstone course will emphasize the student's major in synthesis with other majors in the behavioral sciences. Prerequisites: Second-semester junior or senior standing and (BSC 265 or MTH 265) and BSC 296.

PSY 313   Developmental Psychology: Childhood   3 Units

The development of physiological and psychological aspects of human growth will be traced from birth through childhood in this course through an examination of the theories and research evidence as well as methodological problems as they relate to the growth process. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above.

PSY 314   Developmental Psychology: Adolescence   3 Units

This course will study human development during the adolescent period with an emphasis on an examination of theories and research data as they relate to adolescent development including problems and adjustment patterns in the context of the family, peer groups, school, and society.

PSY 315   Developmental Psychology: Adulthood and Aging   3 Units

This introductory course to the major psychological and developmental issues concerning adulthood, aging, and the aging process; will examine the issues associated with the physical, psychological, cultural, and social aspects of aging; give students a better understanding of the grief process as it relates to the issues of adulthood and aging; and dispel many of the myths and stereotypes about aging. Offered alternate years.

PSY 320   Developmental Psychology: Lifespan   3 Units

This course will focus on the development and change through the human life-span including childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and aging. Physical, social, communicative, emotional, and cognitive issues will be covered along with the expected milestones during each phase of development while looking at each individual's unique and multifaceted physiological, psychological, sociological, and spiritual dimensions.

PSY 331   Marriage and the Family   3 Units

Using a Christian approach to marriage, this course will study the family and its intimate environment including a discussion of courtship and role relationships within the family as a social institution. An emphasis will be placed on the changing nature of the family, family problems, and family strengths.

PSY 340   Introduction to Biopsychology   3 Units

This introductory course to the biological basis of behavior will include topics on the structure and function of the nervous system, brain-behavior relationships, and hormonal and genetic effects on behavior. Prerequisites: PSY 101; limited to psychology and behavioral science majors or consent of instructor.

PSY 345   Social Psychology   3 Units

The effect of social influences upon the development of personality and behavior patterns will be examined in this course including socialization, attitude formation and change, communication, propaganda, roles and stereotypes, leadership, and collective behavior.

PSY 351   Personality Theory   3 Units

This course will study personality through the examination of the psychological systems which determine an individuals unique adjustments to their environment including the major issues and the variety of personality theories and underlying research. (Alternate prerequisite for all upper-level psychology courses.)

PSY 361   Abnormal Psychology   3 Units

This introductory course will look at the symptoms, causes, treatment, and prevention of psychopathology including topics in anxiety, personality, and psychophysiological disorders; psychoses; addictions; sexual deviations; and organic disorders. Prerequisite: PSY 101 or equivalent or consent of instructor.

PSY 371   Cognition   3 Units

This theoretical and research-based course will investigate the mental processes that underlie perception, imagery, attention, memory, language, reading, reasoning, decision making, and problem solving.

PSY 381   Advanced Research Methods I   3 Units

In this course students will conduct original, empirical, and/or literature review-only research under the direct supervision of and/or collaboration with an assigned faculty member with the express intent of having the resulting manuscript published in a reputable psychological outlet (e.g. professional journals, monographs, book chapters, etc.) and presentation at a professional conference. Prerequisites: Research methods and statistics courses, junior or senior standing, expressed interest in applying to graduate school in psychology or kindred fields, commitment to a year-long sequence of PSY 381 and PSY 382, and consent of instructor.

PSY 382   Advanced Research Methods II   3 Units

A continuation of PSY 381. Prerequisite: PSY 381.

PSY 390   Practicum: Psychology   1-4 Units

This course is a practical, hands-on experience outside the classroom directly related to the student's major, minor or professional program that is a beneficial complement to the student's academic experience.

PSY 403   Health Psychology   3 Units

Unlike traditional models and schools of thought that see diseases solely as malfunctions of organs or breakdowns of body systems, this course will present the approach that health and illness are parts of a complex interplay among biological, psychological, and social factors.

PSY 441   Clinical and Forensic Psychology   3 Units

This course will cover clinical psychology's history and current professional issues, psychological assessment, training, and ethical issues with an emphasis on the role of the psychologist as an expert witness in court. Prerequisite: PSY 361 or equivalent or consent of instructor.

PSY 466   Principles of Counseling   3 Units

This foundation course will provide an understanding of the content and process of counseling including basic skills, legal and ethical issues, crisis intervention, cultural sensitivity, how and when to refer, control-mastery theory, and the integration of psychology and theology.

PSY 490   Internship: Psychology   1-8 Units

This course is an intense, practical, full- or part-time experience outside the classroom that is an integral part of a professional program, contributing significantly to the student's preparation for entrance into a profession. Approximately forty (40) contact hours are required for each unit of credit. Each department may limit the maximum number of internship credit.