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Behavioral Sciences Courses

Courses in Counseling (COU)

  • 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 and 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 and 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 and COU 2320
  • 2360 / PY2360 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 and COU 2320
  • 2390 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 and 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 2301
  • 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 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
  • 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

Special Courses

  • COU 1099/2099/3099/4099 Individualized Study The course is for focused study in a selected area of counseling.  The course may involve a systematic reading, research, project, or directed study.  Course may include conferences or tutoring, quizzes, tests, or examinations as appropriate. Number of credit hours awarded (1-3) will be set by department head and approved by Dean.

Courses in Psychology (PY)

  • PY 1100  Seminar: Foundations in Psychology
    This seminar will explore topics relevant to the study and practice of psychology.  It is designed to better prepare students for the study of psychology, introductory research and APA formatting, service learning and to develop a Christian world-view applied to psychology.  Specific topics and focus may vary.  It should be taken as early as possible in the student’s academic program.
  • PY 2100  Seminar: Special Topics in Psychology
    This seminar will provide students with an opportunity to explore topics of interest not included in the curriculum, or to further explore focused areas of topics from other courses.  It is designed to peak students’ interest in exploring knowledge areas of psychology on a deeper level.
  • PY 3100 Seminar: Readings in Psychology
    This seminar will guide students through classic and contemporary readings and research in psychology.   It includes reading, writing, critical thinking, analysis and discussion of selected topics related to the discipline of psychology.
  • PY 4100 Seminar: Senior Seminar in Psychology
    This seminar will explore topics relevant to the study and practice of psychology.  It is designed to better prepare students for a career and/or graduate studies in psychology, to integrate psychology with service to others, and to integrate a Christian world-view with the practice of psychology.  Specific topics and focus may vary. Available to Juniors and Seniors only.
  • 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.
  • 2301 Developmental Psychology
    A study of human growth and development across the life-span from conception to death.  The course examines topics of physical, psychosocial, emotional, cognitive, intellectual, moral, and other developmental concepts and related theories.  Prerequisite: None; Recommended: PY 1310
  • PY 3315 / SOS3315 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 or SY 2328
  • 3330 Behavioral Statistics
    The study of the statistical approach to behavior analysis and how it applies to the fields of behavioral science. To provide a working knowledge of descriptive and inferential statistics and probability theory. Prerequisites: Completed CORE math requirement.
  • 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; COU2320
  • 3350 Research Methods in Psychology
    This course will prepare students to know and utilize the principles of research methods and strategies used in the field of behavioral science.  Students will learn principles of ethics and validity in the design, conducting, and presenting of research including correct formatting of research reports and papers in APA format.
  • 3150 Research Lab
    This laboratory experience will integrate principles of research and statistical analysis.  It will include practices in research design, data collection, critical thinking, and professional research writing. Prerequisite: PY3350 and PY3330 (or as co-requisite)
  • 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, aggression, prejudice, altruism, attraction, and the social self.  Practical applications are made to real-world situations.  Prerequisites: PY 1310
  • 3385 Behavior Modification Theories
    A comprehensive and practical study of the principles of behavior modification and guidelines for their application to self and others. The course will provide a balance between theories, research, and practice, including both applied research and intervention techniques.  Prerequisites: PY 1310.
  • PY 4302 – Sports Psychology
    This course is designed to introduce the student to content areas of Sport Psychology. It will include theory and application of various psychological, social, and behavioral aspects to coaching and sports performance issues.Prerequisites: none; Recommended: PY1310
  • 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
  • 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
  • 4330 Physiological Psychology
    This course addresses the physiological and biological factors related to psychological processes of behavior, cognition, and affect.  Both normal and abnormal processes and behaviors are discussed. Prerequisite: PY 1310 and completion of science core requirements
  • 4340 History and Systems
    An examination of the historical sources of psychology and the relationship to existing schools of thought. Prerequisites: PY 1310
  • 4351 Internship in Psychology
    This course is designed to provide practical experience in a clinical setting. Students will be placed in various psychology related agencies and complete a prescribed number of observation and practice hours.   Prerequisite: PY1310; Junior or 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.  Prerequisites: PY3350, PY3150, PY3330; Senior status

Special Courses

  • PY 1099/2099/3099/4099 Individualized Study
    The course is for focused study in psychology. The course may involve a systematic reading, research, project, or directed study.  Course may include conferences or tutoring, quizzes, tests, or examinations as appropriate. Number of credit hours awarded (1-3) will be set by department head and approved by Dean.