Psychology

Associate Professors: E. Babcock, O. Lima, A. Zell
Assistant Professor: C. Trainor

The curriculum in the Department of Psychology is designed to introduce the student to the theories and methods modern psychologists have developed in their attempt to understand human nature. Both the scientific approach to psychology and the approach based on personal experiences, intuition and reflection are presented. The Department also relates the modern psychological approach to the traditional Christian one.

A psychology major can lead to many different careers. Psychology advisors will assist students in choosing the specific courses that meet individual student’s needs. As a major with some flexibility, Psychology works well to support another program of study. It is also a strong stand-alone major. Students who intend to pursue careers in psychology should take up to 43 credit hours in psychology. The department advises individuals who wish to attend graduate school and receive letters of recommendation from department faculty to become involved in research projects with department faculty.

Psychology Major:

32 credit hours (Achievement of a grade of C- or higher is required for all major courses)
PSYC 115 — General Psychology (3 cr)
PSYC 270 — Statistics (4 cr)
PSYC 271 — Research Methods (4 cr)
  Three courses chosen from the following options:
PSYC 210 — Life-Span Human Development (3 cr)
PSYC 232 — Abnormal Psychology (4 cr)
-or – PSYC 235 — Counseling and Psychotherapy (4 cr)
PSYC 240 — Cognitive Psychology (3 cr)
PSYC 250 — Social Psychology (3 cr)
PSYC 260 — Behavioral Neuroscience (4 cr)

PSYC — Four PSYC Elective courses (12-16 cr)
*Only three credits from PSYC 393, 394 and 498 may count toward the minimum requirements for the major.

Honors in Psychology:
A student may graduate with Honors in Psychology by: 1) earning a cumulative college grade point average of 3.0 or higher; 2) maintaining a department grade point average of 3.50 or higher; and 3) successfully completing a senior research project (PSYC 498).

Psychology Minor:

19 credit hours
PSYC 115 — General Psychology (3 cr)
PSYC 270 — Statistics (4 cr)
     Two courses chosen from the following options:
PSYC 210 — Lifespan Human Development (3 cr)
PSYC 232 — Abnormal Psychology (4 cr)
-or – PSYC 235 — Counseling and Psychotherapy (4 cr)
PSYC 240 — Cognitive Psychology (3 cr)
PSYC 250 — Social Psychology (3 cr)
PSYC 260 — Behavioral Neuroscience (4 cr)
    
PSYC — One to two  PSYC Elective Courses* (4-6 cr)

Emphasis Areas: (Optional)
Psychology Majors may also elect one or more special emphasis areas by taking the following courses.  Courses may count toward more than one emphasis.

Business/Human Resources Emphasis:

 15 credit hours
     Five of the following courses: 15 credit hours
PSYC 240 — Cognitive Psychology (3 cr)
PSYC 250 — Social Psychology (3 cr)
PSYC 355 — Positive Psychology (3 cr)
ACCT 207 — Understanding the Numbers (3 cr)
-OR- ACCT 210 — Principles of Accounting I (4 c)
BSAD 205 — Management Information Systems I (3 cr)
BSAD 241 — Management Information Systems II (3 cr)
BSAD 320 — Principles of Management (3 c)
BSAD 340 — Business Law (3 cr)
BSAD 421 — Human Resource Management (2 cr)
     (Consider a Business Administration major or minor)

Child Psychology Emphasis:

15 credit hours
     Two required courses: 6 credit hours
PSYC 210 — Lifespan Human Development (3 cr)
PSYC 310 — Child Psychology (3 cr)
     Three elective courses: 9 credit hours
PSYC 332 — Psychological Measurement and Diagnosis (4 cr)
SOCI 110 — Contemporary Society (3 cr)
SOCI 210 — Sociology of Families (3 cr)
SOCI 240 — Deviance and Social Control (3 cr)
SOCI 280 — Race, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism (3 cr)
SOCI 340 — Social Inequality (4 cr)
SPED 120 — Introduction to Special Education (3 cr)
SPED 236 — Foundations of LD and CI (3 cr)
SPED 257 — Foundations of ASD and EBD (3 cr)
SPED 336 — Methods in LD and CI (3 cr)
SPED 357 — Methods in ASD and EBD (3 cr)
     (Consider a Sociology and/or Special Education major or minor)

Counseling/Clinical Emphasis:

 15 credit hours
     Two required courses: 8 credit hours
PSYC 232 — Abnormal Psychology (4 cr)
PSYC 235 — Counseling and Psychotherapy (4 cr)
     Two or three elective courses: 7 credit hours
PSYC 200 — Drugs and Mental Health (3 cr)
PSYC 260 — Behavioral Neuroscience (4 cr)
PSYC 325 — Behavior Modification and Assessment (4 cr)
PSYC 332 — Psychological Measurement and Diagnosis (4 cr)
PSYC 335 — Human Relations (3 cr)
PSYC 391 — Practicum (2-4 cr)
PSYC 393 — Directed Research I (3 cr)

Neuroscience Emphasis:

16 credit hours
     One required course: 4 credit hours
PSYC 260 — Behavioral Neuroscience (4 cr)
     Three elective courses: 12 credit hours
BIOL 150 — Human Anatomy (4 cr)
BIOL 225 — Human Physiology (4 cr)
-or- BIOL 366 — Advanced Human Physiology (4 cr)
BIOL 233 — Genetics (4 cr)
BIOL 234 — Cell Biology (4 cr)
BIOL 334 — Vertebrate Embryology (4 cr)
BIOL 360 — Evolution (4 cr)
BIOL 368 — Animal Behavior (4 cr)
Please note prerequisites listed in Biology.
     (Consider a Biology major or minor)
    
    Optional: Consider the following courses to satisfy your PSYC electives for the major:
PSYC 200 — Drugs and Mental Health (3 cr)
PSYC 232 — Abnormal Psychology (4 cr)
PSYC 240 — Cognitive Psychology (3 cr)
PSYC 397 — Sensation and Perception (3 cr)

Research Emphasis:

15 credit hours
     Two required courses: 7 credit hours
PSYC 350 — Social Science Research Methods (4 cr)
PSYC 393 — Directed Research I (3 cr)
     Two to five elective courses: 8 credit hours
PSYC 394 — Directed Research I (3 cr)
PSYC 498 — Senior Research Project (3-4 cr)
BIOL 297 — Biostatistics and Experimental Design (4 cr)
BSAD 205 — Management Information Systems I (3 cr)
BSAD 241 — Management Information Systems II (3 cr)
COSC 105 — Advanced Spreadsheet Application Software (1 cr)
COSC 106 — Advanced Database Application Software (1 cr)

Social Work Emphasis:

15 credit hours
     One required course: 3 credit hours
SOCI 210 — Sociology of Families (3 cr)
     Four elective courses: 12 credit hours
BSAD 320 — Principles of Management (3 cr)
BSAD 423 — Management and Leadership for Non-Profits (3 cr)
SOCI 110 — Contemporary Society (3 cr)
SOCI 240 — Deviance and Social Control (3 cr)
SOCI 280 — Race, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism (3 cr)
SOCI 340 — Social Inequality (4 cr)
     (Consider a Sociology major or minor)

Psychology Courses:

PSYC 115 — General Psychology (Area 3.3) (3 credits)
An introduction to the scientific study of human thinking, feeling, and behaving. Research from a variety of major areas is surveyed, including topics in biological, cognitive, and social psychology. The course emphasizes the strengths of scientific psychology, as well as the difficulties inherent in humans studying humans. Offered Most Semesters.

PSYC 200 — Drugs and Mental Health (3 credits)
A detailed, critical, scientific analysis of the effects of the major categories of psychiatric drugs, for the treatment of depression, mania, anxiety, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorders. The course first focuses on understanding the research strategies used in the evaluation of psychiatric drugs. Then it uses this understanding to critically evaluate the research that has actually been done. Research comparing drug treatment to psychological treatment is also reviewed. Prerequisite: One PSYC or BIOL Course; Offered Occasionally.

PSYC 210 — Life-Span Human Development (Area 1.2) (3 credits)
An examination of human development across the life span, investigating the physical, cognitive, and social changes that occur as we both age and reach cultural milestones (marriage, retirement, etc.). Genetic, cultural and other influences on development will be discussed, along with the research methods psychologists use to separate and understand these influences. Students will learn how to optimize healthy development, and acquire new understanding of the developmental stage of others. Offered Every Semester.

PSYC 232 — Abnormal Psychology (4 credits)
A study of the various ways in which persons’ lives can be warped or crippled by psychological problems. The origin, nature and diagnosis of mental disorders will be studied. Prerequisite: PSYC 110 or PSYC 115; Offered Most Fall Semesters.

PSYC 235 — Counseling and Psychotherapy (4 credits)
An introduction to the concepts and assumptions of several approaches to psychotherapy, counseling and behavior change including such theories as cognitive-behavioral, existential-humanistic, psychodynamic, multicultural and Christian counseling perspectives. The course objectives are to provide students with knowledge of basic counseling skills and an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the various therapeutic approaches. Prerequisite: PSYC 110 or PSYC 115; Offered Most Fall Semesters.

PSYC 240 — Cognitive Psychology (3 credits)
Focuses on basic human cognitive functions such as attention, perception, memory, problem solving, reasoning, decision-making, and language comprehension and production. Students will study foundational theories and historical experimental findings in the field of cognitive psychology, explore recent research trends (including findings from neuroscience and neuropsychology) and relate their understanding of cognitive psychology to their own personal experiences. Prerequisite: PSYC 115; Offered Most Fall Semesters.

PSYC 250 — Social Psychology (3 credits)
A study of the dialectical relationship between the human individual and society. The course will focus on the ways in which humans are inescapably social creatures. It will examine the social influences on human perception, self-conception, cognition, and behavior and also the way in which human individuals construct, maintain and transform the social structures within which they live. Offered Every Fall Semester.

PSYC 260 — Behavioral Neuroscience (4 credits)
The functioning of the neuron and nervous system will be explored, particularly as related to human behavior. Anatomical and physiological considerations regarding selected functions, including vision, audition, sleep, emotion, stress, memory, learning, and various disorders will be examined. Prerequisites: PSYC 115; BIOL 110 or BIOL 120; Offered Most Spring Semesters.

PSYC 270 — Statistics (4 credits)
The basic course in statistical inference oriented toward the elements of description, estimation, and the testing of hypotheses. Topics include probability distributions, confidence intervals, tests of means, proportions, and differences, correlation and regression, analysis of variance, and chi-square tests of qualitative data. Principles are applicable to both social and physical sciences. Cross-Listed with ECON 270; Recommended Prerequisite MATH Course; Offered Every Semester.

PSYC 271 — Research Methods (W - Area 2.1B) (4 credits)
A beginning study of experimental and research methodology in contemporary psychology. Specific examples from different areas of psychology are used to teach the student basic concepts and methods of observation, measurement, hypothesis formation, experimental design, data collection, data analysis, interpretation and generalization. Laboratory projects provide hands-on experience with an emphasis on experiments. Prerequisite: PSYC 115; Prerequisite or Corequisite: PSYC 270; Offered Most Spring Semesters.

PSYC 305 — Psychology and Christianity (3 credits)
An examination of the relationship between psychology and Christianity, including basic assumptions, methods of inquiry, and areas of possible agreement and conflict. This course will compare psychological and Christian perspectives on topics such as guilt, self-worth, values, morality, self-change, counseling, human nature, evil, and sex. It will evaluate how psychology can influence Christianity, how Christianity can influence psychology, and how people have attempted to integrate psychology and Christianity. Prerequisites: PSYC 110 or PSYC 115 and RELI 110; Offered Most Fall Semesters.

PSYC 310 — Child Psychology (3 credits)
This course will explore the cognitive, emotional, and social lives of children, as they interact with their multiple environments (family, peer groups, school, and community networks). Students will learn research and theory that informs our understanding of children, and will also investigate practical ways of applying this knowledge to improve children’s lives, through in-class activities, visits from local professionals, and a weekly service-learning commitment. Prerequisite: PSYC 125; Offered Most Spring Semesters.

PSYC 325 — Behavior Modification and Assessment (4 credits)
An in-depth study of behavior modification and assessment, its major assumption and issues, basic principles and methods, and applications. In addition, the student is required to design and carry out behavior modification projects under direct supervision of the instructor. Prerequisite: PSYC 110; Offered Occasionally.

PSYC 332 — Psychological Measurement and Diagnosis (4 credits)
A consideration of fundamental conceptual and technical issues in psychological measurement. These issues include scaling, classification, reliability, validity, and utility. The DSM diagnostic system will be evaluated critically, along with a general discussion of issues of diagnosis and assessment in applied settings. A number of measures commonly used in applied and research settings will be surveyed. Prerequisite: PSYC 110 or PSYC 115; Recommended: PSYC 270; Offered Occasionally.

PSYC 335 — Human Relations (Area 1.2) (3 credits)
This course will focus on the theory and techniques of developing and maintaining authentic interpersonal relationships from the viewpoints of humanistic psychology, communication skills training, and family systems theory. Topics include communication barriers, effective listening, self-disclosure, assertiveness skills, conflict resolution, family systems, and interpersonal patterns. Functional and dysfunctional aspects of intimate relationships will be studied. Students will participate in experiential lab sessions and self-analytic work. Offered Most Spring Semesters.

PSYC 350 — Social Science Research Methods (W - Area 2.1B) (4 credits)
An interdisciplinary approach to basic social science research methods. The course introduces students to the several research methodologies used within the social sciences. Students participate in all stages of a research project. Cross-Listed with SOCI 350, ECON 350, and SOCI 350; Offered Every Semester.

PSYC 355 Positive Psychology (3 credits)
A study of the human strengths and virtues that enable people to thrive, this course surveys the emerging field of Positive Psychology, focusing on major theories and latest research findings. This course will examine research on topics such as happiness, purpose and meaning in life, growth through adversity, forgiveness, humility, and humor. Students will read and discuss research, try out and analyze practical ways of promoting psychological wellbeing, and design and carry out a research project. Prerequisite: PSYC 115; Offered Fall Semesters, Even Years.

PSYC 391 — Practicum (2-4 credits)
Supervised field experience in settings where psychology is practiced or applied. Prerequisites: Junior Standing; Consent of the Supervising Faculty Member.

PSYC 393, 394 —  Directed Research I & II (1-3 credits)
Students will be involved in carrying out one or more empirical research projects currently being conducted by the supervising faculty member. Students will meet regularly with the faculty member, read relevant research articles and collect, enter, code, or analyze data. Required application and recommendation forms for this course are available from the supervising faculty member or on the Psychology Department's website at: www.augie.edu/dept/psych/research.html. Prerequisite: At least Sophomore standing; Prerequisite or Corequisite: PSYC 271; preference will be given to students who plan to apply to graduate school; approval of supervising faculty member. Offered Most Semesters.

PSYC 498 — Senior Research Project (3-4 credits)
Psychology majors may complete an independent research project under the supervision of a Psychology faculty member. Prerequisites: PSYC 271; Consent of the Supervising Faculty Member; Recommended Prerequisite: PSYC 393.

PSYC 197, 297, 397 — Topics in Psychology (2-4 credits)

PSYC 199, 299, 399 — Independent Study (2-4 credits)
Individual study and research under direction of department faculty. Prerequisite: Consent of the Supervising Faculty Member and the Department Chair.