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Undergraduate Psychology Courses

PSYC 201S. Introduction to Psychology. Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Introduction to the scientific study of psychology. The student is introduced to fundamental terms, facts, and concepts dealing with motivation, learning, perception, intelligence, measurement, personality structure, behavior disorders, psychological development, and social processes.

PSYC 203S. Lifespan Development. Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. A broad contemporary view of the processes of development. The influences of biological and environmental factors in the development of personality and cognitive functioning are explored.

PSYC 226S. Honors: Introduction to Psychology. Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Open only to students in the Honors College. A special honors section of PSYC 201S.

PSYC 227S. Honors: Lifespan Development. Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Open only to students in the Honors College. A special honors section of PSYC 203S.

PSYC 303. Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 201S or permission of instructor. An application of psychological principles and research to human behavior in work settings. Among the topics covered are personnel selection, training, and evaluation; employee motivation and job satisfaction; and organizational leadership and theory.

PSYC 304. Social Psychology. Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 201S. The behavior of the individual as affected by other people and groups. Interpersonal attraction, attitude change, group dynamics, and the application of psychology to social problems are among the topics covered.

PSYC 306. Health Psychology. Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 201S or permission of the instructor. Course examines how psychological states (e.g., anxiety, stress) influence physical health. The course also examines how physical states (e.g., illness, pain, injury) influence psychological health. Topics include the impact of stress on health and proneness to illness; coping with illness, injury and trauma; and the role of health-enhancing behaviors in maintaining physical health.

PSYC 308. Positive Psychology. Lecture 3 hours; 3 credtis. Prequisite: PSCY 201S. This course examines and discusses psychological theories and research that focus on human strengths and potential. Factors that contribute to happiness and a fulfilling life are emphasized. Lectures, self-assessments and experiential exercises are used to understand how to cultivate a meaningful life.

PSYC 311. Psychology of Criminal Behavior. Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 201S. The Study of crime from a psychological perspective. Topics include theories of criminal behavior, violent and nonviolent crime, sexual offenses, insanity, addiction, white collar crime, and other criminal behaviors.

PSYC 317. Quantitative Methods. Lecture 3 hours; laboratory 2 hours; 4 credits. Prerequisites:   Completion of MATH 102, PSYC 201S and STAT 130M or higher general education math requirement with a final grade of C (2.0) or higher. The application of statistical principles to psychological research problems, including an introduction to the principles of experimental design.

PSYC 318W. Experimental Psychology. Lecture 3 hours; laboratory 2 hours; 4 credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 317 with at least a grade of C. An examination of the principles of psychological research. An examination of the principles of psycho9logical research. Experimental design and interpretation are stressed. The student learns to locate and read technical articles and to report his or her own research in the style of the merican Psychological Association. (This is a writing intensive course.)

PSYC 321. Psychology of the Exceptional Child. Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 201S or 203S. A study of the psychological development of the child with physical, emotional, social, intellectual, and educational disabilities.

PSYC 322. The Psychology of Adolescence. Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 201S or 203S. A survey of the processes of development during adolescence. Covers topics such as the influences of biological, emotional, social, and cognitive factors on personality development and adjustment of the adolescent.

PSYC 323. Psychology of Women. Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 201S. An examination of the major determinants of the psychology of women from theoretical, biological, interpersonal and sociocultural perspectives.

PSYC 325. Drugs and Behavior. Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 201S or permission of the instructor. An examination of the effects of psychoactive drugs on behavior and the factors involved in drug use. Current research literature is discussed.

PSYC 334. Social Development. Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 203S. This course provides students with theories and research on the development of social processes from birth to adolescence. Major theories of social development and research are examined.

PSYC 343. Personnel Psychology. Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 303. The application of psychological principles and research to the development and improvement of personnel subsystems in business and industry. Emphasis is placed on the assessment, selection and training of workers and manager. While not required, PSYC 317 is recommended.

PSYC 344. Human Factors. Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 318W. The application and evaluation of psychological principles and research relating human behavior to the design of tools, technology, and the work environment.

PSYC 345. Organizational Psychology. Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 303. This course emphasizes the study of human behavior in organizations. Topics include leadership, motivation, group behavior, communications, power and politics, and organization change.

PSYC 351. Child Psychology. Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 203S or 201S. The development of children within their diverse environments is examined. A focus is on the methods used to understand how children experience their world.

PSYC 352. Cognitive Development During Childhood. Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 203S. The course will acquaint the student with theories and research on the development of cognitive processes from birth to adolescence. Major theories of cognitive development and research on the various cognitive processes will be reviewed.

PSYC 353. The Psychology of Adulthood and Aging. Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisites: PSYC 201S, 203S, or 304. The study of adults with emphasis on aging. Current theories and research as well as the characteristics, life styles, and activities of adulthood and aging will be discussed.

PSYC 363. Psychology of Sex. Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 201S or permission of the instructor. A study of critical issues in human sexuality; gender and sexual identity, sexual arousal and erotic behavior, relationship development, and sexual dysfunction and deviation disorders.

PSYC 368. Internship in Psychology. 3 credits. For ODU psychology majors only. Prerequisites: PSYC 317, PSYC 318W (pre- or corequisite) and permission of the instructor. Students engage in academically relevant work related activities in non-clinical settings. Available for pass/fail grading only. Students should work with the Career Management Center to identify their placement in the semester prior to enrollment. A maximum of 6 credits of PSYC 368 and/or 369 can be counted towards the major in Psychology.

PSYC 369. Practicum in Clinical Psychology. 3 credits. For ODU psychology majors only. Prerequisites: PSYC 317, PSYC 318W (pre- or corequisite) and permission of the instructor. Corequisite: PSYC 371. Students engage in academically relevant work activities in clinical settings. Available for pass/fail grading only. Students should work with the Career Management Center to identify their placement in approval is required prior to registration. A maximum of 6 credits of PSYC 368 and/or 369 can be counted towards the major in Psychology.

PSYC 371. Clinical Supervision in Psychology. Lecture 1 hour; 1 credit. Corequisite: PSYC 369 or 368. Students doing practica at designated clinical placements must also enroll in this course taught by a clinical faculty member. This seminar addresses the special issues in the areas of safety, confidentiality, and professionalism that arise in clinical settings. Students doing nonclinical internships may also enroll in the course. A maximum of 2 credits of PSYC 371 can be counted towards the major in psychology.

PSYC 395, 396. Topics in Psychology. 1-3 credits. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. The department offers selected topics that may not be offered on a regular basis.

PSYC 400. Senior Seminar. Discussion 1 hour; 1 credit. Prerequisites: senior standing and minimum GPA of 3.25. Discussion of current research, theoretical, and professional topics in psychology.

PSYC 403. History of Psychology. Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 201S. A survey of the historical development of modern psychology. The major systems and their influences on contemporary American psychology are studied.

PSYC 405. Abnormal Psychology.Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 201S. A study of psychopathology, covering various behavior disorders, their descriptions, haracteristics, and causation. Methods of therapeutic technique are reviewed.

PSYC 408. Theories of Personality. Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 201S. A study of the structure of personality and the dimensions along which individuals differ. The contributions of major personality theorists and the implications of current research are considered.

PSYC 410. Human Cognition. Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 201S. An investigation of the ways in which people learn and think. Current models of human memory and cognition are considered in relation to the evidence on human thinking capabilities. The role of language in thought and knowledge acquisition is also explored.

PSYC 412. Psychological Tests. Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 201S. An examination of the history, theory and applications of psychological testing.

PSYC 413. Sensation and Perception. Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 201S. An analysis of the processes by which humans obtain information about the environment through the eyes, ears, and other sensory systems.

PSYC 414. Principles of Learning. Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 201S. Course focuses on basic learning principles and processes; classical conditioning, instrumental conditioning, discrimination, attention, appetitive and aversive conditioning.

PSYC 417. Advanced Statistics and Computer Applications. Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisites: PSYC 317 and 318W, or permission of the instructor. The course covers advanced statistical methods and computer applications that build on knowledge and skills acquired in PSYC 317 and 318W.

PSYC 420. Cross-Cultural Psychology. Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor. A wide relevant to human behavior in different cultures is examined and the impact of culture on human behavior is discussed. The course examines crosscultural research conducted by scholars around the world. In addition to factual knowledge, emphasis is placed on critical thinking and problem solving.

PSYC 424. Physiological Psychology. Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 201S. An investigation of the biological bases of behavior including mental illness, motivation, learning, memory and language.

PSYC 430. Animal Behavior. Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 201S. This course explores the environmental and social factors that affect the behavior of animals. Special attention is given to the mechanisms of behavior and the evolutionary context of behavior.

PSYC 431. Community Psychology. Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 201S or permission of the instructor. This course focuses on behavioral prevention and intervention efforts targeting social problems. The goal is to understand how to design and evaluate such programs. Topics vary, but include an emphasis on public health and safety issues. Individual and group behavior change, and cultural design, are each considered when targeting problems.

PSYC 460. Psychology of African Americans. Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 201S or permission of the instructor. This course examines the issues and perspectives related to the psychological evolution of African Americans in the United States. Particular emphasis is placed on exploring the discipline of psychology from an Afrocentric focus.

PSYC 461. Drug Abuse and Dependence. Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 201S. This course offers an intensive review and clinical analysis of the issues and problems associated with addictive behavior with an emphasis on alcohol abuse and dependency.

PSYC 487, 488. Honors Program in Psychology. For ODU psychology majors only; 3 credits each semester. Prerequisites: PSYC 497; cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher and psychology GPA of 3.50 or higher; permission of the departmental Honors Program chair. With psychology faculty supervision, student develops an honors thesis proposal (in PSYC 487) for approval by the Psychology Honors Program committee. Student conducts the supervised honors research and documents it in a thesis (in PSYC 488) for approval by the Psychology Honors Program committee. Student also participates in a required seminar to discuss and present the research. See section on Honors Program in Psychology in this Catalog.

PSYC 489, 490. Readings in Psychology. 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: approval by supervisory faculty member and department. The course may be taken only once. An individualized course in which the student does library research and writes a paper. PSYC 495/595. Topics in Psychology. 1-3 credits each semester. Prerequisite: PSYC 201S or permission of the instructor. The department offers selected topics that may not be offered regularly. These special topics will appear in the Schedule of Classes each semester.

PSYC 495, 496. Topics in Psychology. 1-3 credits. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. The department offers selected topics that may not be offered on a regular basis.

PSYC 497, 498. Supervised Research. For ODU psychology majors only; 3 credits each semester. Prerequisites: PSYC 317 and 318W, pre-approval by psychology faculty supervisor, and permission of seminar instructor. Students should have an overall GPA of 2.5. Student works with faculty supervisor either (a) to develop a written psychological research proposal, or (b) to carry out and document an actual psychological research project. Student also participates in the instructor's seminar to discuss and present the research.