PSY 110INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY

3 Credit Hours (TC)
Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. This course will introduce the student to fundamentals of physiological psychology, sensation and perception, learning, emotions and motivation, and psychological disorders and their treatment. The role of research and the scientific method are emphasized throughout the course.

Pre-requisite: Approved reading placement score, or equivalent.


PSY 112PERSONALITY

3 Credit Hours (TC)
This course is a comparison of the major theoretical approaches to explaining personality, including its development and relation to adaptive and maladaptive human behavior. The discussion of empirical research and treatment methods will be included.

Pre-requisite: PSY 110 with a grade of "C" or better


PSY 115PSYCHOLOGY OF GENDER DIFFERENCES

3 Credit Hours (TC)
This course examines the theoretical explanations and research findings dealing with observed sex-related differences in behavior. The relative contributions of biological, psychological, and socialization factors will be examined.

Pre-requisite: PSY 110 with a grade of "C" or better


PSY 116HUMAN POTENTIAL

1 Credit Hours (TC)
This course is designed to help students experience a greater degree of control in their own life, the motivation to change that perceived to need change, and discover what is truly important. Through positive group interaction each participant will increase awareness of self, gain insight into goals, values and motivations, and increase feelings of self-worth. This course is usually taught in eight two-hour sessions.


PSY 117CONFLICT RESOLUTION - LIFESTYLE PLANNING

1 Credit Hours (TC)
This course emphasizes an advanced phase of the Human Potential experience, the identification and resolution of personal conflicts, and the clarification and affirmation of meaningful lifestyles.

Pre-requisite: PSY 116 with a grade of "C" or better


PSY 118HUMAN SEXUALITY

3 Credit Hours (TC)
This course focuses on biological, psychological, and sociological correlates of human sexual behavior. Topics include: anatomy and physiology of the reproductive systems, sexually transmitted diseases, birth control, as well as cross-cultural and historical views, sexual variations, deviations, dysfunctions and gender identity. Some topics are somewhat sensitive and controversial.

Pre-requisite: PSY 110 with a grade of "C" or better or department approval


PSY 127CRISIS MANAGEMENT

3 Credit Hours (OC)
This course emphasizes the identification and resolution of personal and professional conflicts. Cultural issues are considered. Three lecture hours per week for sixteen weeks.


PSY 200EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY

3 Credit Hours (TC)
This course emphasizes the application of psychological principles and knowledge to the learning process in an educational setting. The course's objectives are aligned with the Illinois Professional Teaching Standards.

Pre-requisite: PSY 110 with a grade of "C" or better or department approval


PSY 202CHILD AND ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT

3 Credit Hours (TC)
This course is a review of research in developmental psychology regarding the physical, perceptual, cognitive, and social development of children and adolescent.

Pre-requisite: Approved reading placement score, or equivalent, and PSY 110


PSY 210HUMAN SOCIAL BEHAVIOR

3 Credit Hours (TC)
This course will emphasize empirically derived principles of human social behavior. A number of topics will be considered including: attitudes and attitude change; interpersonal attraction; social influence, conformity and obedience; person perception (impression formation); aggression and altruism; group processes and leadership; and prejudice and discrimination. The thrust of the course will be to deal with two questions: (1) What has psychological research shown us about human social behavior (in each of the topical areas mentioned above); and (2) What are the implications of this research for understanding, changing or resisting the change of ourselves, others and society.

Pre-requisite: Approved reading placement score, or equivalent, and PSY 110 or SOC 110 with a grade of "C" or better


PSY 215THE DYNAMICS OF ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR

3 Credit Hours (TC)
This course addresses the theory, research and practical applications of behavior in organizations. Specific topics pertain to understanding self and others at work, creating effective work groups, leadership and management, and effective organizations. Students have the option to apply for a leadership certificate upon completion of additional designated assignments.

Pre-requisite: PSY 110 with a grade of "C" or better


PSY 220ADULTHOOD AND AGING

3 Credit Hours (TC)
This course is an examination of the psychological, social and biological influences that affect the human life course from young adulthood to old age. The topics covered may include memory and intellectual functioning, personality and social relationships, physical and emotional health, and life transitions.

Pre-requisite: Approved reading placement score, or equivalent, or PSY 110, SOC 110, or CHILD 120


PSY 225ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY

3 Credit Hours (TC)
This course emphasizes the identification and treatment of psychological disorders. Practical applications of the information will be stressed.

Pre-requisite: PSY 110 with a grade of "C" or better


PSY 250INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH METHODS IN THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES

3 Credit Hours (TC)
This course is an introduction to research design used in fields of psychology, sociology and education. In addition, topical coverage includes the use of descriptive and inferential statistics. Junior and senior level courses in four-year schools normally require this subject as a prerequisite for advanced study in the social sciences.

Pre-requisite: MATH 111 and six hours social science; or department approval