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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS:

PSY 1180 | PSY 1200 | PSY 1250 | PSY 2250 | PSY 2360 | PSY 2361 | PSY 2402 | PSY 2422 | PSY 2470 | PSY 3360 | PSY 3388 | PSY 3410 | PSY 3438 | PSY 3439 | PSY 3442 | PSY 3460 | PSY 3588 | PSY 3700 | PSY 3800 | PSY 4100 | PSY 4101 | PSY 4102 | PSY 4103 | PSY 4104 | PSY 4420 | PSY 4428 | PSY 4470 | PSY 4485 | PSY 4488 | PSY 4688 | PSY 4899 | PSY 4900 | PSY 4910 | PSY 4940 | PSY 4970 | VIEW ALL
PSY 1180: Gen Psych:Individual in Growth (5) Offerings
General psychology introduces students to the scientific study and assessment of mental processes and behavior. The course is a survey of the diverse field of psychology, which includes an overview of the major sub-fields of the discipline. Topics include: a brief history of psychology, the physiological foundations of behavior, sensation and perception, psychological development throughout the lifespan, learning theory, motivation and emotion, personality theory, social psychology, abnormal psychology, and treatment of psychological disorders. Readings and class discussions will consider the interplay between psychology and faith. Additionally, the science of psychology and its ways of knowing will be explored throughout the quarter with writing assignments and a research requirement.
Attributes:Social Science A, WK Social Sciences Restrictions:Senior students are excluded.
PSY 1200: Psychology as Vocation (1) Offerings
Prerequisite: PSY 1180. Provides an overview of the various career paths in psychology within the context of the concept of vocation, for the purpose of helping students discern their calling in psychology and psychology-related fields. Major topics are specialization within the sub-disciplines of psychology and preparation for those sub-disciplines, including volunteer or research experience, testing requirements, the application process, and necessary education or coursework. In addition to describing the practical aspects of the different sub-disciplines of psychology, the course will address the meaning of calling and vocation and the implications of being called to serve one's community as a psychologist. This course is required of all psychology majors, but is open to any student interested in psychology.
PSY 1250: Relationship Development I (2) Offerings
A foundation course introducing healthy relational principles through self-exploration of interpersonal needs and dynamics. Includes the application of psychological research to gender differences, family of origin issues, relational needs and the dating process.
PSY 2250: Relationship Development II (2) Offerings
Presents the conceptual and practical basis for making healthy relational commitments-particularly life-long marriage. Includes the application of psychological research to love, intimacy, marital myths and mate selection.
PSY 2360: Intro to Stats Soc & Behav Sci (5) Offerings
Prerequisites: PSY 1180, and Math Placement Level B or MAT 0145. Presents the conceptual basis and application of statistical analysis in social and behavioral research. Includes descriptive statistics, correlation and regression, hypothesis testing and inferential statistics. An introduction to analysis of variance and nonparametric statistics will also be provided.
Equivalent Courses:SOC 2360 Attributes:Mathematics (MAT), WK Quantitative Reasoning Restrictions:Psychology, Sociology Majors only.
PSY 2361: Research Experience in Psych (1-3) Offerings
Prerequisite: PSY 1180. Provides introductory experiences in the conduct of actual empirical research in social and behavioral science. Credit variable up to a maximum of three per term. PSY Minors may earn up to 5 credits from any combination of PSY 2361, 4940, and/or 4970. May be repeated for credit up to 6 credits.
PSY 2402: Psychology & Christian Faith (3) Offerings
Prerequisite: PSY 1180. This course examines potential relationships between theories of psychological science and Christian theology. A variety of topics will be considered from the perspectives of each discipline. For example, the course will consider psychological theory and research about the self-conscious emotions of guilt and shame, as well as Biblical analyses of these experiences. We will also consider recent insights from trauma theory, religious coping research, and research about spiritual struggle, in light of theological analyses about suffering and Biblical portrayals of anger toward God. Other topics may include the relationship between religion / spirituality and health, as well as the psychology of evil and Christian portrayals of sin.
PSY 2422: Psych Persnl Growth&Civ Devlpm (3) Offerings
Prerequisite: PSY 1180. Provides an introduction to principles of human growth and holistic character development, building upon positive psychological research into happiness, well-being, and virtues. Emphasis is on practical application toward personal development that involves civic engagement with significant social issues.
PSY 2470: Lifespan Developmental Psych (5) Offerings
Prerequisite: PSY 1180. Surveys human development from conception to death, focusing on the interacting processes of physical, cognitive, social, emotional and moral development within social and cultural contexts, including developmental tasks and transitions associated with developmental stages.
PSY 3360: Abnormal Psychology (5) Offerings
Prerequisite: PSY 1180. Examines the history, causes, and symptoms of abnormal behavior with reference to modern methods of assessment and treatment. Emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding maladaptive behavior.
Attributes:Upper-Division Restrictions:Applied Human Biology, Family & Consumer Sciences, Music Therapy, Psychology Majors only. Freshman, Sophomore students are excluded.
PSY 3388: Brain & Behavior Exploration (5) Offerings
This course provides an introduction to functional neuroanatomy. Students will explore the brain and its important roles in human behavior through systematic dissection of the sheep brain and the use of interactive computer software. Students will engage in discussion of case studies, newsworthy events, and other real life examples to illustrate the functionality and behavioral relevance of the brain regions explored in the course.
Attributes:Upper-Division Restrictions:Psychology Majors only.
PSY 3410: Cross-Cultural Psychology (5) Offerings
Surveys research and theories on culture and psychology. Focuses on gaining a deeper understanding of Western and non-Western worldviews and their relation to various psychological topics, such as mental health, personality, spirituality, and emotion. Highlights both empirical and experiential approaches to studying cultural issues in psychology.
Attributes:Upper-Division
PSY 3438: Social Psychology (5) Offerings
Prerequisite: PSY 1180. Examines human thought, emotion, and behavior in social contexts. Major topics include impression formation, social cognition, attribution, self, attitudes, persuasion, prejudice, conformity, group behavior, aggression, helping, attraction, and interpersonal relationships. SOC 4440 may be substituted for PSY 3438 in the psychology major, although PSY 3438 is the recommended course. Students may not receive credit for both PSY 3438 and SOC 4440.
Equivalent Courses:SOC 4440 Attributes:Upper-Division Restrictions:Psychology, Sociology Majors only.
PSY 3439: Motivation & Leadership (5) Offerings
Presents the theories and principles of motivation and leadership as an introduction to the field of industrial/organizational psychology with practical applications in business, church, community and educational settings.
Equivalent Courses:BUS 3439 Attributes:Upper-Division
PSY 3442: Psychology of Personality (5) Offerings
Prerequisite: PSY 1180. Surveys current research and historical theories about personality, with application toward understanding of one's own traits. Biological, cognitive, emotional, interpersonal, and cultural aspects of personality are explored.
Attributes:Upper-Division
PSY 3460: Child Developmental Psychology (5) Offerings
Prerequisite: PSY 1180. Surveys child development from conception through late childhood, focusing on the interacting processes of physical, cognitive, social, emotional and moral development within social and cultural contexts, including parent-child relationships. Includes an introduction to the observation, measurement and evaluation of children.
Attributes:Upper-Division Restrictions:Psychology Majors only.
PSY 3588: Psychological Research Methods (5) Offerings
Prerequisites: PSY 1180 and PSY 2360 or MAT 2360 or equivalent. Explores the nature of scientific inquiry, the variety of psychological research methods, the design of internally and externally valid studies, and the application to designs of statistical techniques. Develops skills in locating, interpreting and evaluating published research.
Equivalent Courses:SOC 3751 Attributes:Upper-Division, Writing "W" Course Restrictions:Psychology, Sociology Majors only. Freshman, Sophomore students are excluded.
PSY 3700: Learning and Behavior (5) Offerings
Prerequisite: PSY 1180. This course explores the contribution of biological influences on the development of behaviors and the effects of learning on adaptations in behaviors. Topics includes habituation and sensitization, classical conditioning, instrumental or operant conditioning, social learning, stimulus control, foraging and choice, motivation and verbal learning. Course content will be presented using both human and animal research models. Discussion includes biological and neurological explanations of learning and behavior. In addition, special attention will be paid to the relevance of learning principles to applied settings such as education and therapy.
Attributes:Upper-Division Restrictions:Psychology Majors only.
PSY 3800: Cognitive Psychology (5) Offerings
Prerequisite: PSY 1180. This course examines mental processes and their relationship to behavior from a cognitive psychology perspective. Topics include sensation and perception, memory, encoding and retrieval, concept formation, choice, decision making, problem solving, language, and metacognition. Course content will be presented using both human and animal research models. Discussion includes biological and neurological explanations of cognitive processes. In addition, special attention will be paid to the application of cognitive processes to therapy.
Attributes:Upper-Division Restrictions:Psychology Majors only.
PSY 4100: Adv Research Meth:Social Psych (5) Offerings
Prerequisites: PSY 1180, 3438, and 3588. The objective of this course is to further students' knowledge of research methods in psychology by requiring students to conduct ethically sound research with human participants. Students will draw from material learned in previous psychology classes, especially Psychological Research Methods, Introduction to Statistics and Social Psychology to design, implement, and present unique empirical research under the supervision of a psychology faculty member.
Attributes:Upper-Division, Writing "W" Course Restrictions:Psychology Majors only. Senior students only.
PSY 4101: Adv Research Meth:Animal Behav (5) Offerings
Prerequisites: PSY 1180, 3588, PSY 3700 or 3800. The objective of this course is to further students' knowledge of research methods in psychology by requiring students to conduct ethically sound research with nonhuman subjects. Students will draw from material learned in previous psychology classes, especially Psychological Research Methods, Introduction to Statistics, Learning and Behavior, and Cognitive Psychology to design, implement, and present unique empirical research under the supervision of a psychology faculty member.
Attributes:Upper-Division, Writing "W" Course Restrictions:Psychology Majors only. Senior students only.
PSY 4102: Adv Research Meth:Cogntv Psych (5) Offerings
Prerequisites: PSY 1180, 3588, and 3800. The objective of this course is to further students' knowledge of research methods in psychology by requiring students to conduct ethically sound research with human participants. Students will draw from material learned in previous psychology classes, especially Psychological Research Methods, Introduction to Statistics and Cognitive Psychology to design, implement, and present unique empirical research under the supervision of a psychology faculty member.
Attributes:Upper-Division, Writing "W" Course Restrictions:Psychology Majors only. Senior students only.
PSY 4103: Adv Rsrch Meth:Crss-Cultrl Psy (5) Offerings
Prerequisites: PSY 1180, 3588, and 3410. The objective of this course is to further students' knowledge of research methods in psychology by requiring students to conduct ethically sound research with human participants. Students will draw from material learned in previous psychology classes, especially Psychological Research Methods, Introduction to Statistics and Cross Cultural Psychology to design, implement, and present unique empirical research under the supervision of a psychology faculty member.
Attributes:Upper-Division, Writing "W" Course Restrictions:Psychology Majors only. Senior students only.
PSY 4104: Adv Research Meth:Psy & Faith (5) Offerings
Prerequisites: PSY 1180, 2402, and 3588. The objective of this course is to further students' knowledge of research methods in psychology by requiring students to conduct ethically sound research with human participants. Students will draw from material learned in previous psychology classes, especially Psychological Research Methods, Introduction to Statistics and Psychology and Faith to design, implement, and present unique empirical research under the supervision of a psychology faculty member.
Attributes:Upper-Division, Writing "W" Course Restrictions:Psychology Majors only. Senior students only.
PSY 4420: Adolescent Developmental Psych (5) Offerings
Prerequisite: PSY 1180. Provides an overview of adolescent development focusing on the interaction of the physical, cognitive, emotional, moral, social, familial, educational and vocational dimensions within social and cultural contexts. Includes an introduction to the observation, measurement and evaluation of adolescents.
Attributes:Upper-Division
PSY 4428: Advanced Statistical Analysis (5) Offerings
Prerequisites: PSY 2360. An advanced course in statistical analyses, particularly relevant for students with interests in conducting social and behavioral research. Topics include multiple regression, factor analysis and advanced applications of analysis of variance.
Attributes:Upper-Division Restrictions:Psychology Majors only. Junior, Post-Baccalaureate, Senior students only.
PSY 4470: Counseling Theory & Practice (5) Offerings
Prerequisites: PSY 1180. Provides an overview of the major approaches and techniques of psychological counseling, incorporating research on the process and efficacy of counseling interventions. Incorporates experiential introduction to basic counseling strategies through the use of guided role play with peers.
Attributes:Upper-Division
PSY 4485: Psychobiology of Women (5) Offerings
Prerequisite: PSY 1180. Addresses how endocrinology, anatomy and physiology influence female behavior, affect and quality of life during several time segments across the life span. Issues such as the physical and psychological development of the female, the bi-directional relationship between hormones and behavior, pregnancy, childbirth and lactation, and menopause will be addressed in both a physical and social context.
Attributes:Upper-Division Restrictions:Freshman, Sophomore students are excluded.
PSY 4488: Behavioral Neuroscience (5) Offerings
Prerequisite: PSY 1180. The biological bases of behavior are explored through essential concepts in anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and pharmacology within the context of behavioral processes. Introduction to sensation and perception provided. The nervous and endocrine systems are presented as a foundation for behavior.
Attributes:Upper-Division Restrictions:Psychology Majors only. Freshman, Sophomore students are excluded.
PSY 4688: History & Systems of Psych (5) Offerings
Prerequisite: PSY 1180 and a minimum of 25 hours of psychology. Gives an historical review and philosophical analysis of the development of psychology as a discipline. Emphasis is given to the relationship between specific historical antecedents and contemporary trends in psychology.
Attributes:Upper-Division Restrictions:Psychology Majors only. Freshman, Sophomore students are excluded.
PSY 4899: Senior Seminar in Psychology (3) Offerings
Prerequisites: PSY 3588 or SOC 3751 and at least 40 credits completed in psychology. A capstone experience in psychology integrating psychological theories and research in the context of the liberal arts and the Christian faith.
Attributes:Upper-Division Restrictions:Psychology Majors only. Post-Baccalaureate, Senior students only.
PSY 4900: Independent Study (1-5) Offerings
Prerequisite: PSY 1180. Students will carry out an extensive exploration of a topic in psychology. Study is under supervision of a psychology faculty member, and builds on previous course preparation in psychology. Objective is to provide greater depth in analysis, synthesis and evaluation of the topic of interest. Substantial reading and writing expected. Credits may not be applied toward the minimum 30 needed to complete the minor. May be repeated for credit up to 15 credits.
Attributes:Upper-Division Restrictions:Freshman, Sophomore students are excluded.
PSY 4910: Topical Seminar in Psychology (1-5) Offerings
Seminar style course designed to consider contemporary and controversial issues in psychology. Not offered every year.
Attributes:Upper-Division Restrictions:Freshman, Sophomore students are excluded.
PSY 4940: Internship in Psychology (1-5) Offerings
Prerequisite: PSY 1180 and a minimum of 15 credits in psychology. Provides psychological field experience in the community. Arrangements with internship sites must occur before the quarter of participation (see www.spu.edu/depts/spfc/undergradpsych/internships/index.asp for further details). The internship must involve learning about application of a specific psychology subfield (e.g. abnormal, developmental, cross-cultural psychology) in community settings. It must be supervised by someone with graduate training in a psychology-related field (or comparable expertise, as permitted by the director of internships). Twenty-five hours of field work will be completed for each credit, with a minimum of 50 total on-site hours required during the first quarter one interns at a particular site. Participation in a biweekly seminar with the faculty director of internships is also required. Credit variable up to a maximum of three per term. PSY Minors may earn up to 5 credits from any combination of PSY 2361, 4940, and/or 4970. May be repeated for credit up to 15 credits.
Attributes:Upper-Division Restrictions:Psychology Majors only. Freshman, Sophomore students are excluded.
PSY 4970: Independent Research (1-3) Offerings
Prereqisites: PSY 1180, PSY 2360 or equivalent, PSY 3588. Student will carry out empirical research under the supervision of a psychology faculty member and synthesize the findings in a written research report. Objective is to apply skills in research methods and data analysis. Credits may not be applied toward the minimum 30 needed to complete the minor. Credit variable up to a maximum of three per term. PSY Minors may earn up to 5 credits from any combination of PSY 2361, 4940, and/or 4970. May be repeated for credit up to 9 credits.
Attributes:Upper-Division Restrictions:Freshman, Sophomore students are excluded.



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