Psychology Courses


For an official and updated listing of courses, please refer to the current academic catalog.

PSY 101-General Psychology (3)

This course is an introduction to the scientific study of human behavior and experience. The student will be challenged to understand the rationale of psychological research and how it complements other ways of obtaining knowledge about behavior. Different theoretical

perspectives regarding behavior will be considered, as well as the functions of the brain and nervous system. Topical surveys will include several areas from the following list: neuroscience and behavior; the developing person; sensation and perception; states of consciousness; learning; memory; thinking, language, and intelligence; motivation; emotions, stress, and health; personality; psychological disorders; therapy; social psychology.

PSY 110-Psychology Research Methods (2)

This course is an introduction to bibliographic research skills in the field of psychology. It will focus on a review of information sources in psychology, selection of appropriate materials, the process of critical thinking and writing of APA-style research papers. This course is a prerequisite for all 300 and 400 level PSY courses. Non-PSY majors will be exempt from this requirement by permission of instructor.

PSY 243-Interpersonal Communication (3)

Theoretical understanding of the communication process and practical application of communication skills. Attention is given to such influences as perception, self-concept, emotion, and cultural context on communication. Practical exercises will develop such skills as perception checking, active listening, self-disclosure, and assertiveness.

PSY 244 - Human Growth and Development (3)

This course will provide an overview of human development from infancy through lat adulthood. Theories and research regarding the physical, cognitive, social, emotional and spiritual aspects of development will be examined. Nursing majors only.

PSY 246-Child Psychology (3)

Theories and research regarding the physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and spiritual growth of the child will be addressed.

PSY 248-Adolescent Psychology (3)

Theories and research regarding the physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and spiritual growth of the adolescent will be addressed.

PSY 250-Adult Development (3)

This course will explore the physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and spiritual aspects of development during adulthood. It will provide an understanding of the theories of adult development as well as recent research findings.

PSY 253-Integration of Psychology and Theology: A Survey (3)

This is a survey course of the principal models of integration regarding psychology and theology. The content includes a study of ways in which the scientific findings of psychology can be integrated with biblical truths for a better understanding of human behavior, experience, and relationships.

PSY 258-Counseling Methods (3)

The application of counseling theory and interpersonal dynamics to the counseling process will be explored. Practical training to develop counseling skills will be combined with theoretical study.

PSY 264-Group Dynamics (3)

The nature of groups and the principles of group processes will be examined. Topics to be considered include group communication, leadership, facilitation, decision-making, and conflict resolution. Practical applications and the development of interpersonal grouprelated skills are emphasized. Prerequisite: at least Sophomore status.

PSY 321-History of Psychology (3)

The historical development of contemporary psychological concepts and theories will be reviewed.

PSY 337-Statistics for Social Science (3)

The basic concepts underlying and calculations used in statistical procedures for analyzing the results of research in the social sciences will be presented.

An introduction to the principles and procedures of research in psychology will be presented with an emphasis on the experimental method. Laboratory experience in conducting psychological experiments will be included.

PSY 339-Experimental Psychology (4) 

An introduction to the principles and procedures of research in psychology will be presented with an emphasis on the experimental method. Laboratory experience in conducting psychological experiments will be included. Prerequisite: PSY 337.

PSY 342-Abnormal Psychology (3)

This course presents descriptions and studies of the major behavior disorders including their origin, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.

PSY 345-Addictions Theory and Counseling (3)

This course covers the theories of drug addictions and compulsive behavior patterns such as eating disorders, gambling, etc. A comprehensive assessment model will be presented. Additionally, specific counseling skills and counselor traits that have been shown to be effective in helping those with addictive behaviors will be covered.

PSY 346-Social Psychology (3)

This course presents studies of the individual in social and cultural context, with attention given to attitude formation and change; interpersonal influence; person perception; and group dynamics.

PSY 348-Human Sexuality (3)

A study of sexuality as a fundamental quality of human personhood is presented. Topics will include sexual identity as an aspect of human development; the complex nature of sexual relationships; normality and abnormality in sexual behavior; male-female differences; gender roles; moral issues; and biblical perspectives.

PSY 349-Family Counseling (3)

This course is an in-depth study of the principles, theoretical approaches, specific objectives, and techniques currently used in the various approaches to family and marriage counseling. The focus will be on normal developmental problems rather than on psychopathology. This course will present both a systematic and strategic approach to therapy including family systems, behavioral, and cognitive approaches.

PSY 354-Health Psychology (3)

This course investigates the psychological issues regarding health promoting and maintaining behaviors, prevention and treatment of illness, etiology and correlates of health, illness, and dysfunction, and an analysis of the health care system and the formation of health policy.

PSY 431-Psychological Tests (3)

The course will study the major intelligence, personality, and vocational interest tests used in educational and clinical settings.

PSY 438-Physiological Psychology (3)

This course provides an in-depth study of the physiological basis of behavior. Emphasis is placed on acquiring a thorough knowledge of functional neuroanatomy, neural conduction, and synaptic transmission. At least one sense system, perception, learning and memory, motivation, and the neurophysio-logical correlates of mental illness are covered.

PSY 441-Theories of Personality (3)

The course will study the major personality theories, with emphasis on their consistency, completeness, relation to empirical data, and practical implications.

PSY 443-Psychology of Learning (3)

This is a survey course that investigates the theories and research in the experimental study of human and animal learning. This is not a course in education, but a study of basic psychological processes.

PSY 444-Psychotherapy and Clinical Intervention (3)

A survey of the major schools of thought and approaches to psychological therapy, including theoretical principles, techniques, and applications will be presented.

PSY 447-Psychopharmacology of Drug Abuse (3)

This course provides a study of the substances of abuse including alcohol, prescription medications, illegal drugs, and social drugs such as nicotine. The routes of ingestion, absorption, metabolism, and elimination will be studied. The psychopharmacological effects of each substance and the Substance-Related Disorders of DSM-IV will be reviewed.

PSY 460-Topics in Psychology (3)

Selected topics not currently included in course offerings will be presented in various fields of psychology. Possible topics include crosscultural psychology, psychology of emotions, and the psychology of gender. This course may be repeated for credit.

PSY 470-Psychology Seminar (3)

This is a seminar course that is an in-depth study of some topic or topics of contemporary interest in psychology, with an emphasis on the integration of psychology and theology. Students will be expected to do independent research.

PSY 480-Independent Study (1-3)

The student will complete an independent study in an approved topic in Psychology. Permission of the Department Head and Dean is required for the Learning Contract.

PSY 490-Internship (1-3)

The practical application of psychological knowledge in an applied setting will be studied. The location and nature of the internship for the Learning Contract must be approved by the Department Head and Dean. Four courses in Psychology should be completed prior to beginning an internship.