Psychology Course Description(s)

PSYC1250 Psychology for Life (2)

An overview of the principal issues in the psychology of adjustment. The causes and patterns of behavior are analyzed to enable students to acquire insight and understanding regarding the actions of the emotionally healthy as well as the emotionally disturbed.

PSYC1550 Introduction to Psychology (3)

A study of the basic principles of human behavior, giving attention to developmental patterns, motivation and adjustment, learning and memory processes, and individual differences in aptitude, personality, and mental health.

PSYC1615 Careers in Psychology (2)

A study of the vast array of employment opportunities in the field of psychology. This course will provide opportunities for students to learn how to write a curriculum vitae, research about various employment opportunities in the realm of psychology, and hear from guest speakers who use psychology in their jobs.

PSYC2100 Lifespan Development (3)

A study of growth and development of human beings from conception to death, with emphasis on the areas of cognitive processes, language development and social interactions. Prerequisites: PSYC1550

PSYC2110 Educational Psychology (3)

A study of the psychological implications involved in the teaching-learning situation with emphasis on those psychological principles applicable to children ages 6-12 and adolescents 13-18. A variety of learning and developmental theories based on research from the field of psychology are covered. (See EDUC2110). Prerequisites: EDUC1100, Sophomore classification., or instructor's approval

PSYC2215 Research Design (3)

A study of qualitative and quantitative research methodology. Students will learn the basics of how to use professional psychological research, design research around a hypothesis, and the basics of research writing.

PSYC2245L Statistical Analysis Lab (1)

Students will be introduced to SPSS and the process of independent data collection. Co-Requisites: PSYC3640 or MATH2240.

PSYC2559 Psychology of Motivation and Leadership (3)

This course examines the psychological theories and methodologies of motivation and the elements of leadership, including motivating and demotivating factors, benefits of motivations, individual and team leadership, leadership styles and personalities. Applications for the organizational systems, individuals and groups will be studied.

PSYC2955 Psychology Pre-Practicum (1)

This course will prepare students for practicum in psychological settings, including orientation, psychology ethics, resume writing, and identifying possible sites and contact persons. All psychology students seeking practicum experiences in approved agencies must satisfactorily complete this course prior to registering for PSCY3960. (See CRIM2960).

PSYC3094 Topics in Psychology (1-3)

A variety of subjects is presented. Different topics are covered each offering. May be repeated for credit with change of topic.

PSYC3455 Abnormal Psychology (3)

A study of the etiology and dynamics of psychopathology, designed to give the student a working vocabulary of terminology and concepts in the area of abnormal behavior. The course includes discussions about treatments and ethics involved in caring for those suffering from mental disorders. Prerequisites: PSYC1550

PSYC3640 Experimental Design and Statistical Analysis (3)

A course that integrates experimental methodology and statistical data analysis procedures in behavioral science. Emphasizes statistical descriptions, statistical inference, and hypothesis testing. Prerequisites: 6 credits in psychology or related field. Fulfills the General Education Mathematics Competency requirement. Corequisites: PSYC2245L

PSYC3701 Contemporary Approaches in Child and Adolescent Development (3)

This course provides an overview of the research on the emotional, cognitive, and psychological dynamics of children and adolescents. Attention is given to factors that create problems and shape the developmental trajectory into adulthood. Prerequisites: PSYC1550, PSYC2100 OR SOWK2850

PSYC3702 Counseling Theory and Helping Skills (3)

A study of the fundamental theories of counseling and psychotherapy, with emphasis on the processes, APA ethics, and Idaho state laws involved in counseling. Offered: Alternate years. Prerequisites: PSYC1550 Corequisites: PSYC3702L

PSYC3702L Counseling Theory and Helping Skills Lab (1)

An introduction to the application of the principles of counseling and psychotherapy and identification of and practice in the basic helping skills. Offered: Alternate years. Prerequisites: PSYC1550 Corequisites: PSYC3702

PSYC3850 Biological Foundations of Behavior (3)

A comprehensive study of basic brain organization and function and the neural substrates of emotion, motivation, learning, and memory. Recommended as background: BIOL2010, BIOL2030, or BIOL2230

PSYC3960 Psychology Practicum (1-2)

Readings and supervised practicum experience designed to give the student practical application in the areas of assessment, counseling, and behavior modification. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 credits. Prerequisites: PSYC2955, and instructor's permission.

PSYC3970 Junior Research in Psychology (1)

The student will begin the process of developing independent research. This may be in cooperation with a professor or senior research student. May be repeated for a maximum of 2 credits. Prerequisites: PSYC2215, PSYC2245L

PSYC4010 Capstone (1)

This course provides students with a context for reflection and self-analysis regarding their educational experience at NNU. The approach in this course to self-analysis and critical reflection is two-fold: 1) students will reflect on their comprehensive educational experience through the lens of the four university outcomes, and 2) students will think about and discuss the integration of their learning with their future, post-university lives. (See CLST4010, CRIM4010, HUMN4010, SOGY4010, SPAN4010)

PSYC4110 Psychology of Learning (3)

An examination of the basic principles and theories of learning with major attention given to the problems of human learning and memory. Prerequisites: 9 credits in psychology

PSYC4111 Human Sexuality (3)

A study of human sexuality addressing biological, social, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual aspects. Sexuality, encompassing all that we are as females and males, will be taught from a holistic framework. Prerequisites: PSYC1550

PSYC4112 Human Diversity (3)

This course examines the multifaceted levels of diversity in humanity and will review ways to approach diversity in a sensitive and appropriate manner. Topics to be covered include a history of human diversity, cultural diversity, age differences, gender issues, spirituality, sexuality, religious diversity, physical impairments, and how to be sensitive to issues of diversity as they pertain to working with people. Key human rights and understandings will be explored. Prerequisites: PSYC1550 or CLTA1550

PSYC4350 Personality Theory (3)

A study of the development, structure, and modification of human personality. Modern theories of personality are submitted to critical analysis. Prerequisites: 6 credits in psychology

PSYC4511 Psychology of Religion (3)

A study of the psychological implications of religious experience and a comparison of psychological and religious views of human behavior. Offered: Alternate years Prerequisites: PSYC1550

PSYC4512 Social Psychology (3)

A study of the interrelationships of individuals and their social environments, including the methods of investigation and some of the theories and findings of the field of social psychology. (See SOGY4550). Prerequisites: PSYC1550

PSYC4619 Introduction to Psychological Testing (3)

An introduction to the theory, problems, methods and content of psychological testing. The first part of the course deals with the basic concepts of the purpose of testing, test administration, scoring, standardization, reliability, validity, and evaluation. The remainder of the course covers the principal intelligence, achievement, aptitude, interest and personality tests. Offered: Alternate years. Fees: Additional fee required. Prerequisites: PSYC1550, PSYC2215

PSYC4659 Advanced Psychology (3)

This course is a survey course in psychology in which senior psychology majors study the major areas of general psychology in some depth, are involved in the Introduction to Psychology course serving as teaching assistants, and leading activity and study groups for students in Introduction to Psychology. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: Students will be psychology majors with at least junior standing. They must have completed at least 15 credits in psychology.

PSYC4761 Introduction to Neuropsychology and Psychopharmacology (3)

An introduction to the psychology subfields of neuropsychology and psychopharmacology. The content involves an understanding of the relationships between brain and behavior. Students will be introduced to the anatomy and functions of the brain, the way brain functioning affects cognition and behavior, situations that can lead to deviations in behaviors and cognitions, and how pharmacological agents interact with the brain to treat mental illness and brain trauma. Prerequisites: PSYC3455

PSYC4762 History and Systems of Psychology (2)

An historical survey of modern psychology and an analysis of its classical systems and contemporary theories. Offered: Alternate years. Prerequisites: 16 credits in psychology., or instructor's approval

PSYC4850 History and Systems of Psychology Experience (1)

An historical survey of modern psychology and an analysis of the classical systems and contemporary theories in psychology. Students will visit historical sites and classic psychological and social science venues that are presented in the PSYC4762 course. Fees: Additional fee required.

PSYC4975 Senior Research in Psychology (1-4)

The student will develop and complete an empirical research project and a written report suitable for submission to a psychological journal, or the student will assist a psychology faculty member in independent professional research. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. Prerequisites: PSYC3970, or instructor's approval