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Online Psychology Degree Program

Curriculum

The curriculum for the BS in Psychology has been designed to provide students with a strong foundation in the field. The program consists of 182 quarter credits.

Although some courses from the University catalog are only offered on-campus, the online Psychology program offers all required courses and electives necessary to fulfill graduation requirements in an online format.


College/University Requirements (60 credits)
ANTH 101Introduction to Cultural Diversity3.00 credits
CS 161Introduction to Computing3.00 credits
ENGL 101Expository Writing and Reading3.00 credits
ENGL 102Persuasive Writing and Reading3.00 credits
ENGL 103Analytical Writing and Reading3.00 credits
PSCI 100Introduction to Political Science4.00 credits
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3.00 credits
The following three math courses, or their equivalent (8-9 credits)
MATH 181Mathematical Analysis I3.00 credits
MATH 182Mathematical Analysis II3.00 credits
MATH 183Mathematical Analysis III3.00 credits
Two Literature classes from ENGL 200-499
One of the following Science sequences:
BIO 161General Biology I3.00 credits
BIO 164General Biology Lab I1.00 credits
OR
CHEM 111General Chemistry I4.00 credits
CHEM 113General Chemistry I Laboratory1.50 credits
Two History Electives.
Once elective each from Economics, Philosophy, Anthropology, Political Science, and Fine Arts.

Psychology Courses
Select Two of the following:
PSY 120Developmental Psychology3.00 credits
PSY 140Approaches to Personality3.00 credits
PSY 150Introduction to Social Psychology3.00 credits
Required Courses
PSY 212Physiological Psychology3.00 credits
PSY 240Abnormal Psychology3.00 credits
PSY 264Computer-Assisted Data Analysis I3.00 credits
PSY 265Computer-Assist Data Anal II3.00 credits
PSY 280Psychological Research I3.00 credits
PSY 290History and Systems of Psychology3.00 credits
PSY 325Psychology of Learning3.00 credits
PSY 330Cognitive Psychology3.00 credits
PSY 360Experimental Psychology3.00 credits
PSY 380Psychological Testing and Assessment3.00 credits

Advanced Psychology Electives (Choose 4)
PSY 210Evolutionary Psychology3.00 credits
PSY 213Sensation and Perception3.00 credits
PSY 225Child Psychopathology3.00 credits
PSY 245Sports Psychology3.00 credits
PSY 250Industrial Psychology3.00 credits
PSY 252Death and Dying3.00 credits
PSY 310Drugs & Human Behavior3.00 credits
PSY 322Adv Developmental Psych3.00 credits
PSY 332Human Factors & Cognitive Engr3.00 credits
PSY 337Human-Computr Interaction3.00 credits
PSY 342Counseling Psychology3.00 credits
PSY 350Advanced Social Psychology3.00 credits
PSY 355Health Psychology3.00 credits
PSY 356Women's Health Psychology3.00 credits
PSY 370Forensic Psychology3.00 credits
PSY 410Neuropsychology3.00 credits
PSY 440Advanced Personality Seminar3.00 credits
PSY 442Theors & Practice Clin Psych3.00 credits

Course Descriptions

ANTH 101 Introduction to Cultural Diversity - 3.00 credits

Examines the diversity that exists in human culture. Uses lectures, films, and discussions to examine and illustrate the relationship between humans and their social/cultural systems.

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CS 161 Introduction to Computing - 3.00 credits

Introduction to the computer as a tool for productivity and communications. Provides fluency in the use of industry-standard software for professional communications and presentations, data analysis, and telecommunication. Introduce automation and programming to enhance the effective use of computers and computer applications.

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ENGL 101 Expository Writing and Reading - 3.00 credits

Develops students' abilities to read and write expository academic discourse. Teaches students how to read with understanding; how to access print and technological sources; how to research, plan, draft, revise, and edit academic essays and reports. Requires students to write expository essay and to keep a journal to express their responses to material read and study in the course.

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ENGL 102 Persuasive Writing and Reading - 3.00 credits

Develops students' abilities to read and write persuasive academic discourse. Teaches students to think and read critically, to evaluate and use print and technological sources effectively, and to present a written argument effectively. Requires students to write persuasive essays and research papers and to keep a journal to express their responses to material read and studied in the course.

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ENGL 103 Analytical Writing and Reading - 3.00 credits

Develops students' skills in critical and analytical reading and writing through a study of literature. Teaches students techniques to help them understand and appreciate literature. Requires students to read, analyze, and write essays and research papers about selected works of poetry, drama, and fiction and to keep a journal to express their responses to the literature studied.

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PSCI 100 Introduction to Political Science - 4.00 credits

Studies the political process, which determines who gets what, when, and how in society.

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SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology - 3.00 credits

Examines principles underlying human interaction in simple technological societies, including learning and development of social roles; development and meaning of culture and social organizations; and special institutions in the society, such as the family, class structure, and power structure.

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MATH 181 Mathematical Analysis I - 3.00 credits

Covers set theory, coordinate systems and graphs, functions, linear programming (geometric approach), matrices and linear systems, and linear programming (algebraic approach). Required for architecture, business administration, and construction management students. Non-credit for engineering and science students. Fall, Winter.

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MATH 182 Mathematical Analysis II - 3.00 credits

Covers counting techniques, probability, statistics, and probability applications. Non-credit for engineering and science students. All terms.

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MATH 183 Mathematical Analysis III - 3.00 credits

Covers limits, rates of change, derivatives, applications of differentiation, exponential and logarithmic functions, integrals, techniques of integration, applications of integration. Non-credit for engineering and science students. All terms.

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BIO 161 General Biology I - 3.00 credits

Covers structure and function of the cell and the organ-system plan of organization of the human body. Fall.

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BIO 164 General Biology Lab I - 1.00 credits

In this course students will perform computer simulations of laboratory exercises related to photosynthesis, enzyme activity and kinetics, the cardiovascular, muscle and bone systems, regulation of human organ systems as well as plant growth and development.

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CHEM 111 General Chemistry I - 4.00 credits

Not open to engineering or science majors. Introduces the principles of general chemistry. Covers SI units, unit factor calculations, states of matter, elements and compounds, energy, atoms, electronic configurations, ionic and covalent bonds, Lewis dot structures, shapes of molecules, chemical equations, stoichiometry, molarity, gas laws, nuclear chemistry, equilibrium between different states of matter, and some colligative properties of solutions.

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CHEM 113 General Chemistry I Laboratory - 1.50 credits

Covers chemical and physical properties and techniques for inorganic, organic, and polymeric compounds, including distillation, crystallization, chromatography, separation.

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PSY 120 Developmental Psychology - 3.00 credits

Examines the nature of developmental processes-perceptual, intellectual, emotional, and social-and the factors influencing and limiting them.

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PSY 140 Approaches to Personality - 3.00 credits

Discusses the major concepts of Freud, neo-Freudians, behaviorists, humanists, trait theorists, and others. Emphasizes understanding of self and others for psychotherapy and research. Fall.

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PSY 150 Introduction to Social Psychology - 3.00 credits

Examines theoretical and research findings in personal experiences of interacting with others in family and group settings, and with society in general.

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PSY 212 Physiological Psychology - 3.00 credits

Reviews neural foundations of behavior, including the study of nerve activity and brain function.

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PSY 240 Abnormal Psychology - 3.00 credits

This course applies general principles and theories of development to the adolescent period. Topics include physiological change, cognitive development, social relations, identity, and issues of adolescence. Three credit hours. Prerequisite: PSY 100. Offered Spring semester in odd numbered years.

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PSY 264 Computer-Assisted Data Analysis I - 3.00 credits

Covers data analysis using a mainframe statistical package covering basic elementary techniques of data reduction, manipulation, and statistical analysis.

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PSY 265 Computer-Assist Data Anal II - 3.00 credits

This is a computer-intensive course that instructs students in the use of descriptive and inferential statistics commonly used in the social and behavioral sciences. Topics include measures of central tendency variability graphing techniques, probability hypotheses testing, t-tests, analysis of variance, regression, correlation, and selected non-parametric techniques. Students are required to create a portfolio of statistical analyses to demonstrate their competence in the use of a variety of descriptive and inferential techniques using the SPSS software package for Windows. This course is required for Psychology and Sociology majors who have priority in registering. Prerequisite: Completion of math competency. Offered fall and spring. 4 credits 4 credits

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PSY 280 Psychological Research I - 3.00 credits


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PSY 290 History and Systems of Psychology - 3.00 credits

Examines the historical foundations of modern psychology, with emphasis on the growth, contributions, and decline of major systems and theories.

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PSY 325 Psychology of Learning - 3.00 credits

Introduces basic principles of the science of learning. Emphasizes I. P. Pavlov's classical conditioning, B. F. Skinner's operant conditioning, and applications to counseling and therapy.

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PSY 330 Cognitive Psychology - 3.00 credits

This course attempts to apply research from developmental psychology, learning, motivation, personality, and assessment to children and teachers in traditional educational settings. Prerequisite: PSY 320. Offered fall and spring. 3 credits

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PSY 360 Experimental Psychology - 3.00 credits

Provides a study of the basic scientific fundamentals of the experiment with emphasis upon the critical thinking this method represents in establishing psychological principles. Contrasts are made to such modern pseudosciences as parapsychology. A final experiment is required of all students in this course. This is a writing intensive course.

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PSY 380 Psychological Testing and Assessment - 3.00 credits

Enables the student to gain an understanding of the proper uses and applications of psychological evaluation by focusing on psychometric properties and reviewing selected tests and evaluation procedures commonly employed by psychologists in research and clinical practice.

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PSY 210 Evolutionary Psychology - 3.00 credits

Presents foundations of child development through adolescence, based on consideration of culture, theories of development, genetics, prenatal influences, bonding, and socialization influences. Emphasis on the impact of role models in establishing relationships, setting limits, and moral development. Three credit hours. Prerequisite: PSY 100. Offered Spring semester.

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PSY 213 Sensation and Perception - 3.00 credits

This course provides experiences in small group interaction with an emphasis on developing skills in group participation, leadership, problem solving and decision-making. Students are encouraged to develop an understanding of group processes through journal writings and group exercises. Offered each fall and spring. 3 credits

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PSY 225 Child Psychopathology - 3.00 credits

This class will focus on the symptoms, etiology, and primary methods of treating common psychological disorders and problems of children and adolescence. The course will focus on diagnosis; assessment; specific therapeutic treatments; ethical issues; and gender, cultural, and developmental differences in symptoms, diagnosis, and response to treatment.

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PSY 245 Sports Psychology - 3.00 credits

Covers sports psychology, which is the science of understanding, modifying, and predicting athletic performance or sports participation. This is a writing intensive course.

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PSY 250 Industrial Psychology - 3.00 credits

This course introduces students to methodology used in the research process, including inductive and deductive reasoning, hypothesis generation, theory formation and analysis of empirically collected data. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: none. Offered Spring semester.

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PSY 252 Death and Dying - 3.00 credits

Explores death and dying from various perspectives, including the philosophical, psychological, sociocultural, and personal.

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PSY 310 Drugs & Human Behavior - 3.00 credits

Social Psychology is the study of how an individual's behaviors, feeling and thoughts are influenced, or determined, by the behaviors and/or characteristics of others. Topics covered each semester include attraction and love, prejudice, attitudes, conformity, atltruistic behaviors, and aggression. Three credit hours. Prerequisite: PSY 100 or Junior standing. Offered Fall semester in odd numbered years.

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PSY 322 Adv Developmental Psych - 3.00 credits

Sensation and perception provides the basis for understanding our thinking and behavior in an ever-changing world. Lecture is complimented by online demonstrations and experiments. The classroom environment will be interactive and students will engage in classroom discussion and participation. Prerequisite: PSY 101. Offered alternate years. 3 credits.

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PSY 332 Human Factors & Cognitive Engr - 3.00 credits

Discusses ways of designing machines, operations, and work environments so that they match human capacities and limitations.

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PSY 337 Human-Computr Interaction - 3.00 credits

Applies cognitive and experimental psychology to understanding how to improve the design and usability of interactive computing systems.

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PSY 342 Counseling Psychology - 3.00 credits

Second semester topics include univariate and multivariate statistical analyses as they relate to the preparation and interpretation of quantitative research data and the preparation of research reports for journal presentation. Heavy emphasis is given to related computer applications and the completion of a student-authored research study. Prerequisites: Psychology or Sociology introductory and upper-division courses, PSY/SOC 265 or its equivalent. Offered spring. 3 credits

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PSY 350 Advanced Social Psychology - 3.00 credits

The purpose of this course in to increase student proficiency in three major areas. First, this course emphasizes the development of skills to obtain, interpret, and critically evaluate research in psychology and closely related disciplines. Second, current writing standards set by the American Psychological Association (APA) will be presented, practiced, and mastered. Third, emphasis will be placed on appropriately using the psychological literature to construct a written report using APA format. Prerequisites: ENG200, PSY100, PSY250, or concurrently with PSY250. Offered Spring semester.

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PSY 355 Health Psychology - 3.00 credits

Health Psychology is designed to: concentrate on the application of psychological theories and variables to compromising and health enhancing behaviors; demonstrate the psychological management of chronic illness; and the role of psychologists written medical and health settings. For example, it focuses on the effects of stress on the body, the mind-body connection, and how psychology can affect physical well-being.

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PSY 356 Women's Health Psychology - 3.00 credits

Explores the major psychological and behavioral factors influencing health and illness among women. Topics, such as lifecycle challenges (PMS and reproductive health), chronic diseases, and new directions in health promotion are addressed.

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PSY 370 Forensic Psychology - 3.00 credits

This course is for upper-level students who wish to learn about the field of abnormal behavior. Topics include: theories of abnormality, its causes and treatment; classification systems and conditions, such as anxiety disorders, affective disorders, personality disorders, dissociative and somatoform disorders, psychosexual disorders, substance abuse and schizophrenia. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: PSY 100 and Junior standing. Offered Spring semester; offered Fall semester in even numbered years.

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PSY 410 Neuropsychology - 3.00 credits

Provides a study of the relationship between human brain function and behavior. Examines basic anatomy of the brain and focuses on principles of human neuropsychological functioning. Studies cortical and higher cognitive functioning in depth through a focus on both normal and brain-injured individuals.

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PSY 440 Advanced Personality Seminar - 3.00 credits

Examines historical and contemporary trends and methods in personality research and assessment. Students have an opportunity to evaluate strengths and limitations of these trends and methods, as well as develop their own ideas.

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PSY 442 Theors & Practice Clin Psych - 3.00 credits

Provides an overview of clinical psychology theory and practice including professional issues, assessment strategies, and psychotherapy theories. Students have the opportunity to develop their own philosophy of clinical psychology and to apply theories to case examples.

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