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Course Descriptions

The courses offered in psychology at WVU Tech are listed below in the following format:

Psychology (course #). Course Title. Credit hours. Prerequisite(s). Description.

101. Introduction to Psychology. 3 hr. Survey of general psychology.

201. Psychology as a Profession. 1 hr. PR: PSYC 101. Orientation to opportunities for experience, employment, and graduate and professional training in psychology. This course is graded on a Pass/Fail basis.

202. Research Methods in Psych. 3 hr. PR: PSYC 101 and STAT 211 or ECON 225. Research methods in experimental, developmental, clinical, and community-social psychology in the laboratory and the natural environment. (Course listed as PSYC 2 through 1992-1993).

241. Intro to Human Development (Lifespan). 3 hr. PR: PSYC 101. Survey of human psychological development across the life span with emphasis on change in biological, cognitive, and social-emotional processes. Special attention given to theoretical, conceptual, methodological, and practical issues.

281. Introduction to Abnormal Psychology. 3 hr. PR: PSYC 101 .Introduction to major categories of behavior disorders; etiology, prevention, and treatment.

293. Special Topics in Psychology. 1-3 hr. PR: Consent. Contemporary topics in psychology considered at an intermediate level for both psychology majors and majors in other areas.

301. Biol Foundations of Behavior. 3 hr. PR: PSYC 101 and PSYC 202. Introduction to animal behavior. Survey of fundamental concepts (evolution, genetics, adaptation and learning) and research methods in understanding animal behavior including primate species. Includes laboratory exercises and demonstrations.

302. Behavior Principles. 4 hr. PR: PSYC 202. Principles of behavior and learning and the significance of these principles for psychological theory and application; laboratory exercises and demonstrations.

331. History & Systems of Psych. 3 hr. PR: PSYC 202, 241, or 293 and at least junior or senior psychology major or consent. A survey of psychology from its origins in philosophy, biology, and physics through the early major schools of psychological thought to modern perspectives on the science of behavior and its applications to human affairs.

343. Child & Adolescent Behavior. 3 hr. PR: PSYC 241; junior or senior psychology major or consent. Theory and research on major psychological processes in childhood and adolescence; maturation, personality, socialization, sensory, and cognitive development.

351. Topics in Social Psychology. 3 hr. Social factors that determine human behavior, survey of research in selected areas of social psychology and their implications for social phenomena.

362. Psychological Assessment. 3 hr. PR: PSYC 202, 231, 241, or 293 and at least junior or senior psychology major or consent. Psychometric theory and development of psychological assessment instruments. Includes behavioral, personality, intellectual, neuropsychological, forensic, achievement, and aptitude assessment.

363. Personality Theory. 3 hr. PR: PSYC 202, 231, 241, or 293 and at least junior or senior psychology major or consent. Theoretical and empirical readings in a survey of major perspectives in personality theory, including dynamic, cognitive, humanistic, and behavioral.

382. Exceptional Children. 3 hr. PR: PSYC 241; junior or senior psychology major or consent. Exceptional mental retardation or advancement; organic disabilities having behavioral consequences, such as cerebral palsy or deafness; and behavior disorders.

423. Cognition and Memory. 3 hr. PR: PSYC 202; junior or senior psychology major or consent. Theoretical and empirical issues in cognitive psychology. Topics include mechanisms and theories of attention, memory, language, and conceptual processes.

424. Learning and Behavior Theory. 3 hr. PR: PSYC 302; junior or senior psychology major or consent. Advanced course in empirical and theoretical issues in the psychology of learning.

474. Behavior Modification. 3 hr. PR: PSYC 302; junior or senior psychology major or consent. Basic principles of behavior and their application to changing significant human behavior. Includes clinical, educational, parenting, industrial/organizational, community, and other applications.

491. Field Experience in Psych. S. 1-18 hr. PR: junior or senior psychology major and consent (application and interview). (May be repeated to a maximum of 18 hours, does not count as credit toward the major.) Prearranged experiential learning program to be planned, supervised, and evaluated for credit by faculty and field supervisors. Involves temporary placement with public or private enterprise for professional competence development.

493. Special Topics. 1-6 hr. Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

495. Independent Study. 1-3 hr. PR: Consent. (No more than 10 hours may be applied to the 42 hours of psychology to which Psychology majors are limited.) Individually supervised reading, research, and/or applied projects.