Psychology

Registration Number: 261572

The study of psychology offers the opportunity to learn about the origins and development of human behavior and mental processes and the factors that influence change. Psychology provides a valuable foundation of knowledge important in a wide variety of fields, including human services, business, law, education, communications and health. The program in psychology may also lead to graduate preparation for professional psychology.

The Psychology major consists of 36 semester credits. In addition, learners must complete the general education requirements (36 credits) and additional elective (48 credits) to complete the 120 semester credits required for the Bachelor of Science degree. A minimum 2.0 GPA in the major is required for graduation. At least half of the credit toward a major or minor in psychology must be earned in courses numbered 300 or above.

Our students are eligible to apply for membership in

  • American Psychological Association
  • The Hong Kong Psychological Society Limited
  • American Counselling Association
  • National Council of Psychotherapists
  • British Psychological Society
  • Hong Kong Professional Counselling Association
  • International Association of Applied Psychology
  • Society for the Teaching of Psychology

Psychology Major (9 modules, total 27 credits)

Credits

PSY190 General Psychology 3

An introduction to the scientific study of behavior and mental processes, including major approaches and methodologies. The course samples a broad range of topics, including biological foundations, development, learning, cognition, personality, abnormal psychology and social behavior. Meets the social science requirement.

PSY373 Research Methods 3

This course explores the development of skills essential to critical evaluation of behavioral research. The emphasis is on understanding scientific method, research, methodologies and statistical analysis

MATH220 Elementary Statistics 3

An introduction to the simpler problems of statistical inference; descriptive statistics, probability distributions, estimation of parameters and level of significance, regression and correlation. This course may not be completed for additional credit by students who have completed MATH 226. Prerequisite: Pass (MATH 105 or above) or ((pass MATH 095 or ACT math score ≥ 19) and pass MATH 100) or ACT math score ≥ 24 or an alternative placement as approved by the math department or instructor approval.

Learning and Cognition – choose one of the following (1 module, 3 credits):

Credits

PSY323 Cognition 3

An analysis of cognitive processes, including attention, perception, concept formation, language, memory, problem solving and decision making. Prerequisite: PSY 190.

PSY445 Learning and Memory 3

An introduction to the basic principles of learning and behavior in human and nonhuman animals with emphasis on applications of Pavlovian conditioning, instrumental conditioning, and basic memory processes. Prerequisite: PSY 190.

Individual Differences – choose two of the following (2 modules, 6 credits):

Credits

PSY310 Social Psychology 3

This course presents the social aspects of human behavior, including personal perception, social cognition, attitude formation and change, attribution, prosaically behavior and interpersonal attraction. Same as SOC 310. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or PSY 190.

PSY360 Abnormal Psychology 3

A survey of the major classifications of psychopathology, including conceptual approaches to the understanding of psychopathology, etiology and treatment. Prerequisite: PSY 190.

PSY432 Personality 3

A survey of the major theories of the nature and development of personality. Prerequisite: PSY 190.

Biological Bases of Behavior – choose one of the following (1 module, 3 credits)

Credits

PSY335 Biology and Behavior 3

This course explores the relation of biological function and human behavior; the role of genetic, hormonal and neurological factors in intelligence, sex differences, biological rhythms and emotional disorders. Disturbances produced by agents such as drugs and disease are studied. Does not satisfy the general education science requirement. Prerequisite: PSY 190.

PSY338 Motivation 3

A review of the major theories that attempt to explain motivated behavior from a physiological, cognitive, social, environmental and/or learning point of view. Application of motivation theories to organizations, education, sports and daily life. Prerequisite: PSY 190.

Developmental Changes in Behavior – choose one of the following (1 module, 3 credits):

Credits

EDU/PSY142 Human Growth, Development and Guidance 3

This course is a study of the growth and development of humans from conception to senescence with an emphasis on birth to young adulthood. Physical, cognitive, social, affective, language and moral development will be explored. Topics will also include: individual and group similarities and differences; exceptional or abnormal development; and guiding parents, caregivers, community and staff regarding the implications of the stages of development. Same as PSY 142.

PSY212 Developmental Psychology: Birth to Adolescence 3

This course focuses on how individuals grow and change from conception to adolescence. It addresses the biological factors that exist at birth, the psychosocial factors that affect changes and the resulting developmental stages. Prerequisite: PSY 190. Meets the social science requirement.

PSY222 Developmental Psychology: Young Adulthood to Late Adulthood 3

This course takes the learner through the developmental stages of the human life cycle from the end of adolescence to the advanced stages of aging covering the physical changes, the social challenges and the psychological growth of an individual during those years. Prerequisite: PSY 190. Meets the social science requirement.

PSY397 Social Gerontology 3

This course focuses on personal, interpersonal and societal factors in the human aging process. Emphasis is on family, community and governmental responsibility in defining and resolving problems of the aged in a modern industrial society. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or PSY 190.

Capstone – choose one of the following(1 module,3 credits):

Credits

PSY403 Internship 3

Supervised field experience in a selected setting earning 120 hours. Consent of faculty and written reports are required. Prerequisites: PSY 190, ENG 102 or ENG 201, 30 or fewer credits remaining to be completed through Upper Iowa University, and consent of academic advisor

PSY498 Senior Project 3

A capstone project intended to integrate the general education learning outcomes with the learning outcomes in the major demonstrating baccalaureate level achievement. Prerequisites: ENG 102 or ENG 201 and 30 or fewer credits remaining to be completed through UIU.

PSY499 Special Project 3

A Special Project allows the student to expand on work already completed in previous coursework. It is undertaken with the guidance of one or more faculty members and is intended to encourage the student into original investigation of a defined problem within the discipline. Examples include theses and themed portfolios or exhibitions.

Electives in Psychology (any 3 modules, total 9 credits)

Credits

PSY201 Adjustment 3

A course designed to apply psychological approaches to normative events during life’s developmental stages, with a focus on environmental factors and the psychology of stress in a changing world. Meets the social science requirement.

PSY221 Introduction to Human Services 3

A survey of the professions, programs and agencies involved in the delivery of human services. Prerequisite: PSY 190.

PSY232 Group Dynamics 3

An analysis of group behavior in small and large groups of various types. The focus is on social interaction in the formation and operation of groups, and on the social system’s approach to understanding group behavior. Same as SOC 232. Prerequisite: PSY 190 or SOC 110. Meets the social science requirement.

PSY240 Conflict Resolution 3

An overview of conflict resolution and the mediation process as an alternative dispute resolution mechanism. Learning activities— conceptual and experiential in nature—are designed to promote an integration in the areas of problem solving behavior, skill development and personal awareness. Prerequisite: PSY 190. Meets the social science requirement.

PSY260 Gender Roles 3

An analysis of the changing cultural notions and social realities regarding male/female roles and relationships. Topics may include: cross-cultural research concerning gender differences; the role of various socializing agents in shaping sexual identities; and the effects of gender differences on political and economic processes. Same as SOC 260. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or PSY 190. Meets the social science requirement.

PSY270 Human Sexuality 3

An introduction to the biological, psychological and social aspects of human sexuality. The course includes a study of sexuality in relation to the life cycle.

PSY302 Substance Abuse 3

The effects of psychoactive drugs are studied in this course, as well as the origins of substance abuse, characteristics of substance abusers, and consequences for the individual, family and society. Approaches to substance abuse treatment are discussed. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or PSY 190.

PSY311 Psychology of Women 3

This course investigates issues, theories, and research findings that primarily concern women’s psychological and sexual lives. It explores topics such as gender roles, feminism, sexism, sexuality, personality variables, cognitive abilities, education, violence against women, and mental health. Prerequisite: PSY 190.

PSY355 Skills and Strategies in the Helping Professions 3

An overview of helping techniques, theory, and practice. Learning activities—conceptual and experiential in nature—are designed to promote growth in the areas of skill, development, and personal awareness. May not be taken by learners who have completed PSY 354. Prerequisite: PSY 190.

PSY383 Human Behavior in the Social Environment 3

An analysis of individual, group and cultural influences on human behavior. The emphasis is on contrasting levels of analysis and application to a variety of environmental settings. Note: Some background in both psychology and sociology is strongly recommended. Same as SOC 383. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or PSY 190.

PSY409 Psychology of Disaster 3

Focuses on the psychological and physiological human response to disasters. Using clinical research and case histories, this course studies normal and abnormal psychological reactions, the recovery process and principles of mental healthcare for victims of mass disasters. Differences between natural and man-made disasters are examined and factors that either worsen or mitigate the traumatizing after-effects are reviewed. Psychological aspects of Weapons of Mass Destruction of Liberal Arts Curriculum Committee before it is offered, and it must address one or more Major Outcomes within the discipline.

PSY440 Industrial Psychology 3

A study of the relationship between the individual worker and the work environment. Emphasis is on the exploration and application of the most influential theories. Topics include organizational dynamics, work motivation, job satisfaction, personnel selection and training, and work group influences. Prerequisite: PSY 190.

PSY444 Assessment 3

An introduction to the assumptions and techniques of psychological assessment. Prerequisites: PSY 190 and MATH 220.

PSY454 Issue and Ethics in the Helping Professions 3

An analysis of issues and ethical problems involved in the helping professions and programs. Prerequisite: PSY 190.

PSY474 Organizational Behavior 3

This course encourages students to describe and analyze the way that people behave in organizations by applying theories of organizational behavior. The course consists of a balance among theory and application. Note: Same as PSY 474. Prerequisites: PSY 190 or SOC 110.

General Education Requirements (12 modules, 36 credits)

Credits

/ Arts and Humanities 6
/ Communication Studies 9
/ Computer Skills 3
/ Mathematics 3
/ Natural Sciences 6
/ Social Sciences 6
/ Cultures 3

Open Electives (Any 16 modules, Total 48 credits)

Credits

CJ333 Criminology 3

An analysis of various forms of crime, as well as various elements of the criminal justice system. The emphasis is on theories of crime and juvenile delinquency. Topics will include: street crime, organized crime, white-collar crime and the role of subs

It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognize any qualification to which this course may lead.

Registration Number: 261572

The study of psychology offers the opportunity to learn about the origins and development of human behavior and mental processes and the factors that influence change. Psychology provides a valuable foundation of knowledge important in a wide variety of fields, including human services, business, law, education, communications and health. The program in psychology may also lead to graduate preparation for professional psychology.

The Psychology major consists of 36 semester credits. In addition, learners must complete the general education requirements (39 credits) and additional elective (45 credits) to complete the 120 semester credits required for the Bachelor of Science degree. A minimum 2.0 GPA in the major is required for graduation. At least half of the credit toward a major or minor in psychology must be earned in courses numbered 300 or above.

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Our students are eligible to apply for membership in

  • American Psychological Association
  • The Hong Kong Psychological Society Limited
  • American Counselling Association
  • National Council of Psychotherapists
  • British Psychological Society
  • Hong Kong Professional Counselling Association
  • International Association of Applied Psychology
  • Society for the Teaching of Psychology
PSY190 General Psychology 基本心理學 3

PSY190 General Psychology Credits:3

An introduction to the scientific study of behavior and mental processes, including major approaches and methodologies. The course samples a broad range of topics, including biological foundations, development, learning, cognition, personality, abnormal psychology and social behavior. Meets the social science requirement.

PSY190 General Psychology Credits:3

An introduction to the scientific study of behavior and mental processes, including major approaches and methodologies. The course samples a broad range of topics, including biological foundations, development, learning, cognition, personality, abnormal psychology and social behavior. Meets the social science requirement.