Behavioral Sciences Courses

Courses in Counseling (COU)

Courses in Counseling are offered in support of several majors and areas of concentration in the University.

  • 2310 Marriage and Family Development
    An overview study of the key theories, principles, and research in marriage and family development. The course examines physical, psychological, social, emotional, career, cognitive, intellectual, moral and spiritual development in the marriage and family setting. The course examines the historical and contemporary diversity issues impacting marriage and family development. Prerequisite: None; Recommended: PY 1310 or COU 2320
  • 2320 Introduction to Counseling
    An overview of the field of counseling that emphasizes theories and philosophies underlying current practices in the fields of counseling. Designed for those entering the counseling field as well as for elders, ministers, teachers, supervisors, and church and social workers. Prerequisite: None; Recommended: PY 1310
  • 2330 Parent-Child Relationships
    A study of the skills and concepts of parenting with an emphasis on the management and discipline of errant behavior. Prerequisite: None; Recommended: PY 1310 or COU 2320
  • 2355 Drugs and Society
    An introductory study of substance abuse and its physiological, psychological and societal effects. Included are current trends in prevention and treatment. Prerequisite: None; Recommended: PY 1310 or COU 2320
  • 2360 Personal and Social Adjustment
    A study of factors in today’s world that effect the growth and development of successful, fulfilling relationships.
    Attention is given to areas students wish to develop in themselves. This course is for non-counseling and non-psychology majors. Prerequisite: None; Recommended: PY 1310 or COU 2320
  • 2390 Introduction to Interpersonal and Family Conflict and Violence
    This course will provide an introductory study of the problems and the effects of family violence and examine current societal responses to this increasing problem. It is designed to dispel the many myths that surround the various types of family violence. Prerequisite: None; Recommended: PY 1310 or COU 2320
  • 3312 Marital and Family Theory
    Introduction to systems, social learning, and psycho-dynamic marital theory. Attention given to dysfunctional manifestations within family systems and factors related to family strengths. Prerequisite: PY 1310 and COU 2320
  • 3313 Human Sexuality
    A study of the key theories, principles, and research in human sexuality, sexual attraction, and sexual development. The course examines physical, psychological, social, emotional, and religious aspects of human sexuality. Prerequisite: PY 1310 and PY 3300 or PY 3310
  • 3320 Life-roles and Career Development
    A study of career development theories and models, career-decision making, and diverse life-roles related to work and career. Prerequisite: COU 2320
  • 3324 Helping Relationships and Advanced Counseling Skills
    A study of the techniques of counseling with an emphasis on gathering, analyzing and interpreting case data. Includes an analysis of the dynamics of the counselor/counseled relationship. Special attention is given to helping each student develop personal counseling theories and techniques. Pre-requisite: COU2320
  • 3351 Coping with Loss and Grief
    A study of loss, the stages of the grief process, the coping response, end of life issues, and avenues of assistance and care. Pre-requisite: COU2320
  • 3355 Substance Abuse
    A historical and contemporary study of substance abuse and its physiological, psychological and societal effects. Included are current trends in prevention and treatment. Prerequisite: COU 2320
  • 3365 Conflict Management
    A practical approach to understanding conflict and its sources. An emphasis is placed on the process of moving from conflict mediation to reconciliation and ultimately to effective self-management of conflict. Various models of mediation and reconciliation will be explored. Prerequisite: COU 2320
  • 3370 Group Dynamics
    This course of study provides a broad understanding of group development, dynamics and counseling theories; leadership styles; basic and advanced methods of conducting groups in a counseling setting. Prerequisites: PY 1310, COU 2320 and COU 3324
  • 3375 Professional Counseling Theories
    This course provides an overview of major theories in the practice of counseling and psychotherapy. Emphasis is placed on the historical figures and underlying development of the various theories, as well as a critical review, and practical application of the theories in professional practice. Prerequisites: COU 2320; Recommended: COU3324
  • 3390 Interpersonal and Family Conflict and Violence
    This course will provide students with an in-depth study of the problems of violence in families including spouse abuse, child abuse, elder abuse, as well as the dynamics and dangers of violent relationships. The study will examine the root causes of family violence and the devastation, multigenerational effects of violence on its victims and society. Students will study current societal responses to family violence including protection services, treatment programs, legal defense strategies, and current legislation. Prerequisites: COU 2320

Special Courses

  • 2099 Individualized Study
    The course is for introductory level focused study in counseling. The course may involve a systematic reading program, library research, laboratory project, studio work, field study or creative expression. Course includes conferences or tutoring as required, but no formal lectures or recitations. Quizzes, tests, and examinations as may be appropriate. COU 2099 is open to sophomores only. May be repeated for credit. Number of credit hours awarded (1-3) will be set by department head and approved by dean. Prerequisite: Instructor’s Consent COU 2320 (Offered on demand)
  • 3099 Individualized Study
    The course is for advanced level focused study in counseling. The course may involve a systematic reading program, library research, laboratory project, studio work, field study or creative expression. Course includes conferences or tutoring as required, but no formal lectures or recitations. Quizzes, tests, and examinations as may be appropriate. COU 3099 is open to juniors and seniors only. May be repeated for credit. Number of credit hours awarded (1-3) will be set by department head and approved by dean. Prerequisite: Instructor’s Consent and COU 2320. (Offered on demand)
  • 4099 Individualized Study
    The course is for Pre-professional level focused study in counseling. The course may involve a systematic reading program, library research, laboratory project, studio work, field study or creative expression. Course includes conferences or tutoring as required, but no formal lectures or recitations. Quizzes, tests, and examinations as may be appropriate. COU 4099 is open to seniors only. May be repeated for credit. Number of credit hours awarded (1-3) will be set by department head and approved by dean. Prerequisite: Instructor’s Consent and COU 2320. (Offered on demand)

Courses in Psychology (PY)

Courses in Psychology are offered in support of several majors and areas of concentration in the University.

  • 1310 Introduction to Psychology
    A survey of the scientific study of behavior and mental processes with specific reference to perception, physiology, learning, memory, language, development, abnormal behavior, and therapy.
  • 2300 Introduction to Developmental Psychology
    A survey of the theories, principles, and research in lifespan development. The course provides an overview of the physical, psychological, social, emotional, familial, career, cognitive, moral and spiritual aspects of development from conception to death. Prerequisite: PY 1310
  • 2340 Introduction to Personality Development
    An introductory critical analysis of the major theories of personality. Prerequisite: PY 1310 or COU2320.
  • 3130 Behavioral Statistics Laboratory
    This laboratory applies computer and standard statistical analysis to Behavioral Science research. This laboratory is taught in conjunction with PY 3330 Behavioral Statistics. (Offered every third semester)
  • 3300 Lifespan Development
    A study of the key theories, principles, and research in lifespan development. The course examines topics of physical, psychosocial, emotional, cognitive, intellectual, and spiritual development across the lifespan. The course examines the historical and contemporary diversity issues impacting childhood and adolescent development. Prerequisite: PY 1310 (Excluding Education Majors).
  • 3310 Childhood and Adolescence Development
    A study of the key theories, principles, and research in childhood and adolescent development. The course examines topics of physical, psychosocial, emotional, cognitive, intellectual, and spiritual development from birth through adolescence. The course examines the historical and contemporary diversity issues impacting childhood and adolescent development. Prerequisite: PY 1310 (Excluding Education Majors).
  • PY 3315 Theories of Human Systems Dynamics
    This course is designed to provide a theoretical foundation of psychological systems theories and principles of cybernetics within human systems. Psychological theories of thought and behavior will be applied to a variety of psychosocial applications including organizations, teams, families, community, and groups. Prerequisite: PY 1310; Recommended: COU2320
  • 3330 Behavioral Statistics
    The study of the statistical approach to behavior analysis and how it applies to the fields of behavioral science. This course is designed to provide a working knowledge of statistics applied to behavioral analysis. Prerequisite: MH 1338 or higher; Six semester hours of Psychology; Should be taken during Junior year
  • 3340 Theories of Personality
    An advanced critical study of the major historical, contemporary, and emerging theories of personality. This course examines the concepts, principles, application, and research on various theories of personality. Prerequisite: PY 1310; Recommended: COU2320
  • 3350 Research Methods in Psychology
    An introduction to research methods and strategies used to gather data for behavioral science research. Students will participate in the planning, collecting and analysis of material. One main focus of the class is developing and writing research reports as required by the American Psychological Association. Prerequisite: PY 1310; Six semester hours of Psychology; Should be taken during Junior year.
  • 3360 Social Psychology
    An examination of the processes of thought and behavior as influenced by group and individual interactions. Various topics include attitude formation, persuasion, persuasion, aggression, prejudice, altruism, attraction, and the social self. Practical applications are made to real-world situations. Prerequisite: PY 1310
  • 3380 Educational Psychology
    An introduction to the basic principles of psychology applied to the educational environment and the process of learning. Emphasis is on exploring the theoretical foundation and the pragmatic implications found in the psychology of learning. Prerequisite: PY 1310 (Excluding Education Majors) and PY 3300 or PY 3310.
  • 3385 Behavior Modification Theories
    A comprehensive and practical study of both the principles of behavior modification and guidelines for their application. The course will provide a balance between theories, research, and practice, including both applied research and intervention techniques including principles of self-modification application. Prerequisites: PY 1310
  • 4310 Abnormal Psychology
    The study of behavior disorders as classified in the current edition of the DSM. Course content focuses on the definition, diagnosis , causes and treatment of mental disorders. Prerequisite: PY 1310
  • 4320 Psychological Assessment
    This course is a study of the techniques, ethics, validity and application of psychological testing. Selection, evaluation, administration, scoring, item creation, interpretation and uses of tests in various applications are discussed. Prerequisites: PY 1310; Recommended: 9 hours in psychology or counseling and senior status.
  • PY 4300 – Sports Psychology I
    This course is designed to introduce the student to content areas of Sport Psychology. It will include a brief history and application to the field of psychological processes and influences on cognitive and behavioral applications to coaching and sports. Sports and exercise based topics will include psychological motivation and confidence, arousal and anxiety, causal attribution, personality and mood. Literature and applicable theories to the subject will be examined. Prerequisites: none; Recommended: PY1310
  • PY 4301 Sport Psychology II
    This course is designed to follow PY 4300. This class will focus on cognitive and behavioral interventions effecting arousal, attention, mood and anxiety. It will also study the social psychology and the psychobiology of sport and exercise. Prerequisites: PY4300; Recommended: PY1310
  • PY4315 Psychology of Religion and Spirituality
    This course is an in-depth study of the major contributing theories and concepts of religious and spiritual psychology. Classical and contemporary theories of transpersonal psychology are examined with a critical analysis of creationism and other world-views. Psychological perspectives of religion and spirituality will be critically applied to major topics such as physiological, psychosocial, cognitive, and affective processes, choice and decision making, social conformity, religious impact on health and well-being, interpersonal relationships, and personal faith development. Prerequisites: PY1310; Recommended: 6 hours in Bible
  • 4125 Experimental Psychology Lab
    This laboratory class seeks to assimilate experimental experiences in the behavioral and physiological aspects of Psychology. This laboratory is taught in conjunction with PY 4325 Experimental Psychology. Prerequisites: PY 1310; Recommended: PY3330, PY3350 and senior status
  • 4325 Experimental Psychology
    The study and practice of applied experimental approaches. Students gain deeper understanding of, and appreciation for, the importance of research practice in psychological principles and theories. The conceptualization, formulation, and implementation of experimental approaches will be discussed. Prerequisites: PY 1310; Recommended: PY3330, PY3350 and senior status
  • 4330 Physiological Psychology
    A study of the relationship of biological factors (mostly brain activity) and behavior featuring how aspects of the brain such as neurotransmitters and neuro-anatomy relate to “real” psychological topics such as language, learning, anxiety, aggression, depression and schizophrenia. Prerequisite: PY 1310 and completion of science core requirements
  • 4340 History and Systems
    An examination of the historical sources of major contributions to the development of psychology. The historical development is considered in relation to existing schools of thought. Additionally, various critical analysis of perspective in the field will be explored. Prerequisites: 1310; Recommended: Recommended: 9 hours in psychology and senior status.
  • 4345 Professional Ethics in Behavioral Sciences
    An in-depth study of the theories and principles of ethics and moral principles related to the practice in various fields of behavioral science. Current legal guidelines and major ethical codes will be examined. Additionally, potential dilemmas in practice will be critically analyzed. Prerequisite: PY 1310; Recommended: Senior status.
  • 4351 Internship in Psychology
    This course is designed to provide practical experience in a clinical setting. Students will be placed in mental health settings (such as community agencies and substance abuse treatment programs) and complete a prescribed number of observation and practice hours. Prerequisite: Senior status.
  • 4391 Capstone Research
    This course is designed to assist the student in exploring the discipline of psychology through research and experimental practice. It is the “capstone” course for Psychology majors designed to help students synthesize their learning in the field of psychology through the design and creation of a major project under a faculty mentor, and a summary exposure to the various career fields in psychology. Prerequisite: PY3330, PY3350 and senior status.

Special Courses

  • 2099 Individualized Study
    The course is for introductory level focused study in psychology. The course may involve a systematic reading program, library research, laboratory project, studio work, field study or creative expression. Course includes conferences or tutoring as required, but no formal lectures or recitations. Quizzes, tests, and examinations as may be appropriate. PY 2099 is open to sophomores only. May be repeated for credit. Number of credit hours awarded (1-3) will be set by department head and approved by dean. Prerequisite: Instructor’s Consent PY 1310 (Offered on demand)
  • 3099 Individualized Study
    The course is for advanced level focused study in psychology. The course may involve a systematic reading program, library research, laboratory project, studio work, field study or creative expression. Course includes conferences or tutoring as required, but no formal lectures or recitations. Quizzes, tests, and examinations as may be appropriate. PY 3099 is open to juniors and seniors only. May be repeated for credit. Number of credit hours awarded (1-3) will be set by department head and approved by dean. Prerequisite: Instructor’s Consent and PY 1310. (Offered on demand)
  • 4099 Individualized Study
    The course is for Pre-professional level focused study in psychology. The course may involve a systematic reading program, library research, laboratory project, studio work, field study or creative expression. Course includes conferences or tutoring as required, but no formal lectures or recitations. Quizzes, tests, and examinations as may be appropriate. PY 4099 is open to seniors only. May be repeated for credit. Number of credit hours awarded (1-3) will be set by department head and approved by dean. Prerequisite: Instructor’s Consent and PY 1310. (Offered on demand)