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Psychology Department

Learning Goals:

  • Students will demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and historical trends in psychology.
  • Students will understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, analysis and interpretation.
  • Students will respect and use critical thinking, skeptical inquiry and, when possible, the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes.
  • Students will be able to apply psychological principles to personal, social and organizational issues.
  • Students will be able to weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically and reflect the values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a discipline.
  • Students will be able to communicate effectively in a variety of formats.

Majors Offered

Psychology

Minors Offered

Psychology

PSYC-101 Principles of Psychology

Introduces principles and theories of behavior. Topics include biopsychology, sensation and perception, learning and memory, and physical and behavioral development. Also covers personality theory and assessment, social and cultural influences on behavior, and behavior pathology and treatment. 4 SH. CC: Social Interactions.

PSYC-123 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences

Methods in collecting, organizing, summarizing, analyzing and interpreting numerical data. Topics include organizing data in table and graph formats; measures of central tendency, dispersion, relative standing and correlation; probability; and hypothesis testing. Students may earn credit for only one of the introductory statistics courses offered by the departments of management, psychology and mathematical sciences. 4 SH. CC: Analytical Thought.

PSYC-201 Topics in Psychology

Examines selected topics in psychology, depending on student and instructor interest. Course may be repeated for credit if topic is different. 2-4 SH.

PSYC-223 Research Methods in Psychology

Basic research methods. Covers naturalistic observation, surveys and experimental and quasi-experimental designs. Lecture and lab. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing, PSYC-101 and either PSYC-123 or MATH-180. 4 SH. CC: Writing Intensive.

PSYC-230 Social Psychology

The study of how individuals are influenced by social interactions. Examines social phenomena, such as attitude change, conformity, impression formation, stereotyping, aggression and helping. Emphasizes scientific methods and results, explanatory theories and application to practical problems. Prerequisite: PSYC-101. 4 SH.

PSYC-232 Environmental Psychology

The study of how people interact with the environment-both natural and built. Topics covered include environmental perception and cognition; worldviews and attitudes toward nature; impact of environmental factors, such as weather, on behavior and mood; reactions to natural and technological disasters; personal space, territoriality and crowding; and psychological factors in urban planning and in residential, educational and commercial design. Prerequisite: PSYC-101. 4 SH.

PSYC-238 Developmental Psychology: Conception Through Childhood

Human development during infancy and childhood. Emphasizes development and behavioral changes in the biological, cognitive and social cognitive domains. Includes physical, cognitive, emotional, language, moral, social and self-concept development. Examines culture as a context for development and behavior. Requires 12 hours of field experience. Prerequisite: PSYC-101. 4 SH.

PSYC-239 Developmental Psychology: Adolescence

Human development through adolescence. Emphasizes development and behavioral changes in the biological, cognitive and social cognitive domains. Includes pubertal, intellectual, emotional, communicative, moral, social and identity development. Examines culture as a context for development and behavior. Prerequisite: PSYC-101. 4 SH.

PSYC-240 Developmental Psychology: Adulthood and Aging

Human development from the adult years through death. Emphasizes development and behavioral changes in the biological, cognitive and social cognitive domains. Includes physical and hormonal changes, intelligence, emotions, communication, career and retirement issues, family changes, relationships and marriage, and death and dying. Examines culture as a context for development and behavior. Prerequisite: PSYC-101. 4 SH.

PSYC-242 Health Psychology

Reviews important topics in this field from both the psychological and biomedical perspective. Topics covered include stress and its management, health-related decision making, chronic disease, and the involvement of psychosocial factors in medical care settings. Emphasis is placed on evaluating the impact of these areas upon everyday life and in clinical settings. Prerequisite: PSYC-101 and sophomore standing. 4 SH. CC: Interdisciplinary.

PSYC-243 Drugs, Society, and Behavior

Examines the physiological and psychological effects of a wide variety of legal and illegal drugs, as well as patterns of drug use. Includes behavioral, pharmacological and neurological points of view. Stresses factual and unbiased information, which is presented in a nonjudgmental fashion. 4 SH. CC: Team Intensive.

PSYC-245 Personality

Covers major theoretical perspectives on personality structure and development, with an emphasis on supporting research and practical applications. Prerequisite: PSYC-101. 4 SH.

PSYC-320 Abnormal Psychology

Examines the causes, symptoms and treatment of mental disorders. Also addresses theoretical perspectives, research methodology, the diagnostic process, assessment procedures and ethical issues associated with the field. Prerequisites: PSYC-101 and sophomore standing. 4 SH.

PSYC-322 Psychological Testing

Introduces the development, characteristics and use of psychological tests. Covers methods of constructing, administering and evaluating tests. Reviews tests of abilities, personality, interest and attitudes. Also explores technical problems and ethical issues common in psychological testing. Prerequisites: PSYC-101 and either PSYC-123 or MATH-180. 4 SH.

PSYC-323 Advanced Research Design and Analysis

Continues and expands topics introduced in PSYC-123 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences. Emphasizes the design and analysis of multifactor experiments. Examines designs, including completely randomized, randomized block and split-plot factorial designs. Also covers Latin and Greco-Latin square designs and covariance designs. Prerequisites: PSYC-101, statistics, and PSYC-223. 4 SH.

PSYC-334 Psychology of Gender

Explores current theory and research in the development of gender and consequences of gender roles. Covers evolutionary, biological, psychoanalytic, cognitive, social learning and cross-cultural perspectives on gender, as well as approaches that seek to understand interactions among these influences. Prerequisites: Junior standing and either PSYC-101 or SOCI-101. Same as WMST-334. 4 SH. CC: Diversity, Writing Intensive.

PSYC-340 Cognitive Psychology

An examination of how the mind works through the mental processes underlying attention, perception, memory, language, reasoning and decision making, on both behavioral and physiological levels. Prerequisite: PSYC-101. 4 SH.

PSYC-342 Behavioral Neuroscience

Explores neurophysiological influences on behavior. Topics may include human communication, learning and memory, visual processing, ingestive behavior, sleep, emotion and stress, addiction, aggression, reproductive behavior, and neurological and neuropsychological disorders. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing and PSYC-101. 4 SH. CC: Interdisciplinary

PSYC-344 Learning Processes

Examines principle and theories of classical and instrumental conditioning, including the roles of contiguity and contingency, reinforcement, cognitive and behavioral models of classical conditioning and instrumental learning, and factors influencing learning. Prerequisite: PSYC-101. 4 SH.

PSYC-346 Sensation and Perception

Explores how individuals take in information from the environment and interpret it meaningfully. Focuses on the visual and auditory systems, but also covers olfaction, taste and touch. Covers the anatomy of human sensory systems and the neural and cognitive processes that turn sensations into perceptions of the world. Prerequisite: PSYC-101. 4 SH.

PSYC-348 Psycholinguistics

Examines how humans learn, represent, comprehend, and produce language. Focuses on research methodology, language acquisition, comprehension and production, neural representation of language, and language disorders. Prerequisites: PSYC-101 and sophomore standing or permission of the instructor. 4 SH. CC: Interdisciplinary.

PSYC-350 Psychology, Culture, and Ethnicity

A critical examination of the role of culture in human development and behavior. Explores (a) the universality and diversity of human biological, cognitive, social and emotional development and behavior within and across racial, ethnic and cultural groups; (b) the contexts in which multiple cultures intersect or interact with one another and the historical, institutional and personal factors that influence or regulate these interactions; and (c) the theoretical and methodological approaches psychologists use to explore these issues. Prerequisites: Junior standing and either PSYC-101 or SOCI-101. 4 SH. CC: Diversity, Writing Intensive.

PSYC-360 Laboratory in Behavioral Neuroscience

Using behavioral neuroscience methods and procedures to investigate action potential dynamics, neuroanatomy, visual processing, learning and memory processes, and emotion regulation. Prerequisite: PSYC-342 to be taken concurrently or as a prerequisite. 1 SH. 

PSYC-361 Laboratory in Cognitive Psychology

Investigates cognitive phenomena including attention, memory and problem solving using appropriate experimental methodology and techniques. Prerequisite: PSYC-340 to be taken concurrently or as a prerequisite. 1 SH.

PSYC-362 Laboratory in Learning Processes

This course provides an experience with the experimental methods employed in the study of learning. The course utilizes laboratory techniques to examine the principles and theories of classical and instrumental conditioning. Prerequisite: PSYC-344 to be taken concurrently or as a prerequisite. 1 SH. 

PSYC-363 Laboratory in Sensation and Perception

Accompanies PSYC-346 Sensation and Perception. Provides direct experience with this topic area through participation in perception studies, collection and analysis of data, and reading and discussion of relevant source literature. Prerequisite: PSYC-346 to be taken concurrently or as a prerequisite. 1 SH. 

PSYC-400 Advanced Topics in Psychology

Examines selected advanced topics in psychology, depending on student and instructor interest. Course may be repeated for credit if topic is different. Prerequisites: Any 200-level or higher psychology course and junior or senior standing. 2-4 SH.

PSYC-421 Directed Research

Student/faculty collaborative research in the student's area of interest. Introduces the methodologies and problems of doing original research in psychology. Lecture and lab. Prerequisites: PSYC-223 and instructor's permission. 4 SH. Capstone. CC: Writing Intensive, Team Intensive.

PSYC-450 Introduction to Counseling

An introduction to the counseling profession. Includes basic helping skills, selected intervention techniques, issues in counseling special client populations and professional ethics. Prerequisites: PSYC-320 and junior standing. 4 SH. CC: Ethics Intensive.

PSYC-500 Internship in Psychology

Practical experience in an approved supervised work setting. The student is responsible for arranging the internship and completing a learning contract with the faculty supervisor. May be repeated once for a maximum of six semester hours. 2-4 SH.

PSYC-505 Research Apprenticeship

Provides an opportunity to collaborate on a faculty research project as part of a close mentoring relationship where students learn advanced research methods and data management in a one-on-one setting. Involves a commitment of five hours per week per semester hour of course credit. Open only to students who meet criteria set by supervisor and only when positions are available. May be taken multiple times to a total of 4 semester hours. Prerequisite: Faculty supervisor's permission. 1-4 SH.

PSYC-510 Independent Study

Provides an opportunity to work individually with the instructor for focused reading, study and reflection about a particular topic area. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission. 1-4 SH.

PSYC-525 Independent Research

Students complete an individual research project in their area of interest working closely with a faculty supervisor. Prerequisites: PSYC-421, supervisor's permission. 2-4 SH.

PSYC-526 Independent Research

Students complete an individual research project in their area of interest working closely with a faculty supervisor. Prerequisites: PSYC-421, supervisor's permission. 2-4 SH.

PSYC-527 Practicum

Supervised field experience in student-selected applied settings. Includes related writing assignments. PSYC-527 and 528 may be taken consecutively or concurrently. Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing, PSYC-320, PSYC-450, minimum 2.80 GPA, and instructor's permission. 4 SH.

PSYC-528 Practicum

Supervised field experience in student-selected applied settings. Includes related writing assignments. PSYC-527 and 528 may be taken consecutively or concurrently. Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing, PSYC-320, PSYC-450, minimum 2.80 GPA, and instructor's permission. 4 SH.

Tom Martin, Ph.D.

Department: Psychology
Professor of Psychology

Emailtmartin@susqu.edu
Phone570-372-4188

Kathleen Bailey, Ph.D.

Department: Psychology
Associate Professor of Psychology

Emailbaileyk@susqu.edu
Phone570-372-4695

M. L. Klotz, Ph.D.

Department: Psychology
Associate Professor of Psychology

Emailklotz@susqu.edu
Phone570-372-4382

Gretchen Sue Lovas, Ph.D.

Department: Psychology
Associate Professor of Psychology

Emaillovas@susqu.edu
Phone570-372-4029

Jennifer Asmuth, Ph.D.

Department: Psychology
Associate Professor of Psychology

Emailasmuth@susqu.edu
Phone570-372-4713

James Briggs, Ph.D.

Department: Psychology
Associate Professor of Psychology

Emailbriggsj@susqu.edu
Phone570-372-4388

Samuel Day, Ph.D.

Department: Psychology
Assistant Professor of Psychology

Emaildays@susqu.edu
Phone570-372-4434

Helen Kiso, Ph.D.

Department: Psychology
Assistant Professor of Psychology

Emailkiso@susqu.edu
Phone570-372-4541

Crystal VanHorn

Department: Provost
Academic Assistant

Emailvanhorn@susqu.edu
Phone570-372-4196

Erin Smith

Department: Psychology
Assistant Professor of Psychology

Emailsmithen@susqu.edu

Honors in Psychology. Award of departmental honors recognizes outstanding performance and dedication in the psychology major. To graduate with honors in psychology, students must do the following:

  • Complete all the requirements for either the B.A. or B.S. in psychology.
  • Have an overall cumulative GPA of 3.25 and a psychology GPA of 3.50,
  • Score at least 80 percent on the comprehensive examination,
  • Complete PSYC-525 Independent Research for two or more semester hours, and
  • Present their independent research in an approved public forum.

Psi Chi. Students who meet the requisite standards will be invited to join the international psychology honor society.