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Psychology

PSY 1113 Introduction to Psychology
A survey of basic principles underlying human behavior. Areas covered include scientific methods of inquiry, biological foundations, sensation and perception, consciousness, learning, emotion, motivation, abnormal behavior, and therapy.
PSY 2003 The Psychology of Death and Dying
An examination of the psychology of the dying person and the measuring of death to him, his family, and associates. Attitudes toward death and the function of bereavement are explored. Implications of research of death for earlier life periods are examined. Prerequisite: PSY 1113.
PSY 2413 Psychology of Adolescence
The study of normal physiological, intellectual, and emotional aspects of adolescents. Emphasis is on normal development and change as well as psychological and cultural forces affecting them. Issues such as suicide and gangs will be discussed. Prerequisite: PSY 1113.
PSY 2713 Psychology of the Older Adult
A study of the normal physiological, intellectual, and emotional aspects of the aging population. The nature and problems of the older adult in modern American society will be discussed. Prerequisite: PSY 1113.
PSY 3003 Human Sexuality
A study of human sexuality from biological, psychological, and social perspectives. An examination of contemporary psychosexual research and theory. Topics are addressed from a sciencebased perspective and include: history of sex research, gender roles, gender differences in sexual expression, homosexuality, pornography, prostitution, sexual coercion, sexual disorders, and sexual anatomy. Prerequisite: PSY 1113. (Formerly PSY 2933)
PSY 3013 Abnormal Psychology
Provides a brief overview of the wide spectrum of mental disorders (psychopathology). It examines the definition, classification, etiology, characteristics, and different treatment modalities of several behavioral deficits. Emphasis will be on clinical aspects of each disorder and the application of diagnostic criteria from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). Prerequisite: PSY 1113.
PSY 3023 Social Psychology
Major theories, methods, and research findings that comprise the discipline of social psychology are examined from a critical standpoint including conformity, social influence, social cognition, prosocial behavior, prejudice, group processes, interpersonal attraction, and social comparison. Increases awareness of the social, historical, and political dimen
PSY 3033 Developmental Psychology
A life span course designed to provide an understanding of human behavior and characteristics from conception to death. Information is included on physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development at each period of the life span. Emotional aspects associated with development will be discussed. Prerequisite: PSY 1113. (Formerly PSY 2613)
PSY 3043 Child Psychology
This course provides an understanding of human behavior and mental processes from conception through adolescence. Includes study for the physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development of the child. Prerequisite: PSY 1113.
PSY 3053 History and Systems of Psychology
Survey of the history of the various dogma, theories, technology, and methodological approaches to the behavioral sciences. Prerequisite: PSY 1113.
PSY 3063 Clinical Neuroscience
An exploration of the neurobiological foundations of mental health and mental illness, including the study of etiology of mental diseases, developments in genetics, and the evaluation of research findings into applied clinical approaches leading to effective therapies. Prerequisite: PSY 1113.
PSY 3223 Learning
This course covers theoretical models of learning as well as empirical work from both animal and human models. The focus is on Pavlovian and operant conditioning, but other types of learning are explored including non-associative learning, verbal learning, and observational learning. The course also emphasizes the broad application of basic learning in areas such as behavior modification, child rearing, and drug tolerance. Prerequisite: PSY 1113.
PSY 3243 Cognitive Psychology
A survey of the diverse area of cognitive science. Topics include information processing, attention, memory, visual imagery, problem solving, decision making, and language. The course will emphasize both empirical and theoretical work in the area. Prerequisite: PSY 1113.
PSY 3353 Psychology of Personality*
A comprehensive survey of the theories of personality from classic conceptualizations to contemporary and emerging theoretical perspectives. This course will focus on the primary approaches to undertanding personality, personality devlopment and concepts used in defining personality. Prerequisite: PSY 1113.
PSY 3993 Current Topics in Psychology
This course will focus on current topics in psychology not covered in existing course offerings. Intended for the purpose of offering high interest course topics during the semester. It may be repeated with changes of topic. Content varies with instructor. Prerequisite: PSY 1113. (Formerly PSY 2083)
PSY 4013 Clinical Psychology
This course is designed for undergraduate psychology majors with an interest in clinical psychology. The intent is to provide a survey of the field including the history, scope, methods, concepts, and profession of clinical psychology. We will also review the different theoretical perspectives that constitute the discipline. The objective of this course is to provide the student with a broad, solid foundation in clinical psychology in preparation for further training in a mental health profession or psychology graduate program. Prerequisite: PSY 1113.
PSY 4023 Physiological Psychology
An examination of the biological basis of behavior with emphasis on the structural and functional anatomy of the central nervous system. Prerequisites: PSY 1113 and junior standing.

 


*Pending approval by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.