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PSY101 General Psychology 3 Credits

Introduces the field of psychology. Covers major principles and their application to the study of human behavior.

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PSY102 Psychology of Personal/Social Adjustment 2 Credits

Focuses on understanding and applying psychological principles and theories to personal development and human relationships.

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PSY120 The Psychology of Human Performance 3 Credits

Prerequisites: PSY101 or consent of instructor Surveys the psychology of human performance. Explores the psychological, emotional, and strategic dimensions of human performance. Emphasis will be to provide students with a comprehensive background that they can apply to their own performance areas.

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PSY130 Human Sexuality 3 Credits

Covers major topics in human sexuality such as gender, sexual anatomy, sexually-transmitted diseases, sexual response and disorders, sexual orientation, sexual coercion, and commercial sex.

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PSY210 Introduction to Statistical Methods 3 Credits

Prerequisites: PSY101,SOC101 & MATH096 or consent of instructor Develops an understanding of statistical methods and training in the useful presentation and interpretation of behavioral science data, including elementary computer use. Same as SOC 210.

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PSY220 Principles of Educational Psychology 3 Credits

Prerequisites: PSY101 or consent of instructor Introduces the application of psychology principles of learning and cognitive development.

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PSY230 Intro to Personality Psychology 3 Credits

Introduces students to personality testing and the major approaches to the study of personality, including the influence of heredity, learning, the unconscious, etc.

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PSY233 Child Psychology 2 Credits

Prerequisites: PSY101 or consent of instructor Explains the growth and development of children from conception through early adolescence.

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PSY234 Psychology of Adolescence 2 Credits

Prerequisites: PSY101 or consent of instructor Examines psychological development during adolescence with emphasis on special problems in American society: drug abuse, pregnancy, and familial problems.

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PSY240 Introduction to Research Methods 3 Credits

Prerequisites: PSY101 or consent of instructor Introduces how hypotheses are objectively tested in the social sciences, including research design, data collection, and interpretation of results.

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PSY241 Introduction to Abnormal Psychology 3 Credits

Prerequisites: PSY101 or consent of instructor Covers causes, symptoms, and treatments of major psychological disorders, including anxiety, dissociative, mood, somatoform, eating, schizophrenia and substance-related disorders.

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PSY257 Introduction to Positive Psychology 3 Credits

Prerequisites: PSY101. Recommended: COM102 and SOC 101. Explores the scope of this new branch of Psychology. Key topics include: the history of Positive Psychology, positivity, learned optimism, purpose, handling adversity and resilience, happiness and well-being, personality development and integration, and positive relationships.

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PSY261 Introduction to Social Psychology 3 Credits

Prerequisites: PSY101,SOC101 or consent of instructor Examines how the presence of others influences thoughts and behavior, including research on close relationships, persuasion, stereotyping, aggression, and group dynamics.

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PSY275 Undergraduate Research 3 Credits

Prerequisites: PSY101 & PSY210&PSY240 Requires independent or collaborative research.

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PSY299 Special Topics 1 Credits

Explores special topics which vary across semesters. A maximum of three credits may be applied towards a WNC degree.