Southeast Missouri State University

Psychology Courses

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PY 101. Psychological Perspectives on Human Behavior
Examination of human behavior and experience from a psychological perspective. Application of psychological principles to understanding of human behavior. (University Studies course) (3)

PY 102. Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to the field of psychology. Includes perception, learning, memory, motivation, emotion, intelligence, personality, human development, psychopathology, and social behavior. (3)

PY 103. Career Development in Psychology
Introduction to the major and the discipline of psychology. Discussion of the philosophy and scientific nature of a career in psychology, including active exploration of career possibilities. (3)

PY 120. The Child: Development from Conception to Adolescence
An overview of the social, cognitive, physical and emotional changes that occur from conception to adolescence. Application of principles of development to the understanding of child development and behavior. (University Studies course) (3)

PY 151. Social Decision Making
Concepts, theories and research that contribute to understanding, analyzing and evaluating people's thinking and behavior in social psychological interactions. (University Studies course) (3)

PY 220. Psychological Development Across the Life Span
Broad overview of human development across the life-span. Reciprocal nature of the individual/environment interaction is emphasized. (University Studies course) (3)

PY 222. Development of the Adolescent
The basic physical, cognitive, social and personality development of the adolescent period will be examined. Efforts will be made to understand current issues affecting adolescence in light of recent empirical and theoretical knowledge. (University Studies course) (3)

PY 250. Applied Psychology
A comprehensive study of how psychology is used, how psychologists do their work and how applications of psychology affect daily life. (3)

PY 251. Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Survey of industrial-organizational psychology as a science and a profession. Theory is integrated with skill development in several areas. (3)

PY 271. Research and Design Analysis I
Introduction to basic data analysis used in psychological research, including descriptive and inferential techniques and elements of research design. (3)

PY 301. Cross-cultural Psychology
Focus on understanding different cultural values, norms, and beliefs. Topics to be covered include the differences in cognitive processes that lead to misunderstandings and conflicts between members of different groups. (3)

PY 325. Psychological Development of the Family
Examination of psychological factors affecting family development and interactions across the stages of family life. (3)

PY 329. (Cross-listed as PY 529) Psychology of Death and Dying
An exploration of the significant psychological issues related to death, dying and loss as they affect individuals in the 21st century. (3)

PY 353. Social Cognition
Analysis of theories, evidence, and practical applications of the way that people make sense of their personal social lives. (3)

PY 358. Social Psychology
A survey of psychological aspects of social action and interaction, including aggression, attitudes, attraction, altruism, prejudice, group behavior, environmental psychology, and applied social topics. (3)

PY 359. Psychology and the Law
Psychological analysis of law, criminality and the judicial system. Emphasis on psychological research exploring all aspects of the legal system. (3)

PY 362. Learning and Memory
Basic phenomena of learning and memory, including: principles of classical and instrumental conditioning; the roles of contiguity, practice and reinforcement in learning; transfer of learning; and retention of learning. (3)

PY 364. Comparative Cognition
A review of the history and theory associated with the scientific study of cognition in animals. The course specifically reviews contemporary research in attention, memory, spatial cognition, serial learning, timing and counting, and concept learning. Evolutionary similarities and differences among species are explored. (3)

PY 366. Introduction to Sensation and Perception
Introductory study of the behavioral, physiological and cognitive aspects of sensation and perception. (3)

PY 370. Research Design and Analysis II
Introduction to research methods used in psychological research, including experimental survey and observational designs. Prerequisites (with grades of C or better): PY 102; PY 103; PY 271. (3)

PY 432. Introduction to Personality
Introduction to theories on personality, assessment of personality and application of personality theory and assessment to basic life processes. (3)

PY 440. Abnormal Psychology
Survey of classification and assessment of abnormal behavior, its causes and methods of treatment. (3)

PY441. Introduction to Clinical Psychology
Survey of the understanding, assessment, treatment and prevention of maladaptive behavior. (3)

PY 442. Psychotherapy
Theoretical and methodological aspects of analytic, neo-analytic, existential, cognitive, and behavioral therapies and assessment of their clinical effectiveness. (3)

PY 444. Childhood: Psychopathology
Survey of the clinical description, causes and treatment of the major forms of abnormal behavior evident during childhood and adolescence. Prerequisites: PY/CF 120 or PY 220. (3)

PY 460. Cognitive Processes
Principal cognitive processes in humans, theoretical explanations and empirical findings. Prerequisite: one PY course. (3)

PY 465. Motivation and Emotion
Physiological, social, cognitive, and environmental factors that contribute to the causation, maintenance, and regulation of motivated and emotive behaviors. (3)

PY 466. Introduction to Physiological Psychology
An introduction to the neural, hormonal, and genetic mechanisms that help mediate behavior. (3)

PY 484. Advanced Research in Psychology
A laboratory research experience emphasizing the integration of material from previous research courses through conducting an original research study. Prerequisites (with grades of C or better): PY102; PY103; PY271; PY370. (This course requires a faculty mentor) (3)

PY 491 - 492. Directed Readings in Psychology
Directed reading in an area of psychology allowing students to increase their knowledge in an area of individual interest. Prerequisites: Completion of 75 semester hours; minimum 2.75 GPA in psychology or 2.50 cumulative GPA; consent of department chairperson. (2 - 3)

PY 493 - 494. Directed Research in Psychology
Supervised experimental study of a psychological topic selected by the student, who should be well informed in fundamentals of experimental methods and statistics. Prerequisites: Completion of 75 semester hours; minimum 2.75 in psychology or 2.50 cumulative GPA; consent of department chairperson. (2-3)

PY 495. Internship in Psychology
Practical experience utilizing psychological principles and research methodology in applied settings. Course may be repeated once. Prerequisites: Psychology major; 18 hours of PY courses; GPA of 2.50 in psychology. (3)

PY 497. Historical Development in Psychology
Development of psychology as a discipline and profession. An historical coverage of systems and directions representing the breadth and diversity of the discipline. Prerequisites: PY102; PY103; PY271; and PY370 (all with grades of C or better); and completion of the extended core requirements in the major. (3)

PY 521. Advanced Child Development
In-depth investigation of selected topics in cognitive, social, emotional and physical development from conception through late childhood. Prerequisite: PY120 or PY220 or PY222; or consent of instructor. (3)

PY 525. Maturity and Aging
Investigation of the physical, intellectual, social and cultural influences on post-adolescent development. (3)

PY 529. (Cross-listed as PY 329) Psychology of Death and Dying
An exploration of the significant psychological issues related to death, dying and loss as they affect individuals in the 21st century. (3)

PY 531. Psychological Testing
Basic principles of construction, administration and interpretation of psychological tests. Considerations in the use of tests in various settings.(3)

PY 555. Health Psychology
Applications of psychology which contribute to the promotion of health and the prevention of disease through behavioral change in health enhancing directions. Topics to be covered include health promotion and wellness, psychosomatic illness, risk factor identification, disease prevention and career opportunities in health psychology for administrators, service providers, and consultants. (3)

PY 571. Introductory Behavioral Statistics
An introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics used in the reporting of educational and psychological research. (3)

University Studies Courses Taught in the Psychology Department

IU 304. Gender and Intimacy
An analysis and evaluations of societal, behavioral, and cultural influences of gender-related phenomena on women's and men's intimate relationships. Prerequisites: Behavioral Systems; Social Systems. (University Studies course

UI 100. First Year Seminar: Sanity Over the Ages

UI 300. Drugs and Behavior
An interdisciplinary coverage of psychoactive drugs from the perspectives of psychopharmacology, history, and criminal justice. (University Studies course) (3)

UI 317. Human Sexuality
Study of human sexuality, emphasizing biological, psychological, and sociological aspects. Sexuality issues dealing with critical thinking and valuing will be emphasized. Prerequisites: Living Systems; Behavioral Systems; Social Systems. (University Studies course) (3)

UI 354. Lifestyle Enhancement
An interdisciplinary study of the psychology of health and lifestyle management. Prerequisites: Behavioral Systems; Social Systems. (University Studies course) (3)

UI 430. Aging Successfully: Critical Issues Facing the Individual in the 21st Century
A study of the interaction of historical, economic, and political influences upon the biological and psychosocial nature of individuals aging into the twenty-first century. (3)

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