PSYC1250. Psychology for Life (2)

An overview of the principal issues in the psychology of adjustment. The causes and patterns of behavior are analyzed to enable students to acquire insight and understanding regarding the actions of the emotionally healthy as well as the emotionally disturbed. Fees: Additional fee required. 

PSYC1550. Introduction to Psychology (3)

A study of the basic principles of human behavior, giving attention to developmental patterns, motivation and adjustment, learning and memory processes, and individual differences in aptitude, personality, and mental health. 

PSYC2100. Lifespan Development (3)

A study of growth and development of human beings from conception to death, with emphasis on the areas of cognitive processes, language development and social interactions. Prerequisites: PSYC1550. 

PSYC2110. Educational Psychology (3)

A study of the psychological implications involved in the teaching-learning situation, with emphasis on those psychological principles applicable to children ages 6-12 and adolescents 13-18. A variety of learning and developmental theories based on research from the field of psychology are covered. (See EDUC2110). 

PSYC2740. Helping Skills (2)

An introduction to the principles of counseling and psychotherapy and identification of and practice in the basic helping skills. Prerequisites: PSYC1550.  Offered: Alternate years

PSYC2960. Psychology Practicum (1)

This course will prepare students for field experiences in psychology settings, including orientation, resume writing, and identifying possible sites and contact persons.  All psychology students seeking field experiences in approved agencies must satisfactorily complete this course prior to registering for PSYC3960.  (See CRIM2960)

PSYC2970. Sophomore Research in Psychology (1)

The  student will assist an upper division research student or professor in conducting research.   The student will learn the basics about the selected topic of research and gain experience in research methods.  May be repeated for a maximum of 2 credits. 

PSYC3094. Topics in Psychology (1-3)

A variety of subjects are presented. Different topics are covered each offering. May be repeated for credit with change of topic. 

PSYC3100. Contemporary Approaches in Child & Adolescent Development (3)

This course provides an overview of research on the emotional, cognitive, and psychological dynamics of children and adolescents.  Attention is given to factors that create problems and shape the developmental trajectory into adulthood.  Prerequisites:  PSYC1550; PSYC2100 or SOWK2850

PSYC3250. Introduction to Neuropsychology (3)

An introduction to the psychology subfield of neuropsychology.  The content involves an understanding of the relationships between brain and behavior.  Students will be introduced to the anatomy and functions of the brain, the way brain functioning effects cognition and behavior and situations that can lead to deviations in behaviors and cognitions.  Offered:  Alternate years.

PSYC3450. Abnormal Psychology (3)

A study of the etiology and dynamics of psychopathology, designed to give the student a working vocabulary of terminology and concepts in the area of abnormal behavior. The course includes discussions about treatments and ethics involved in caring for those suffering from mental disorders. Prerequisites: PSYC1250 or PSYC1550. 

PSYC3550. Psychology of Religion (2)

A study of the psychological implications of religious experience and a comparison of psychological and religious views of human behavior.  Prerequisites: PSYC1550. Offered: Alternate years 

PSYC3560. Neuropsychological Assessment (2)

This course introduces the student to specific tests used to evaluate brain functioning.  The major batteries introduced will be Luria-Nebraska, Halstead-Reitan and the Delis-Kaplan Executive Functioning.  Additional tests of memory, motor skills, inattention, and toxicology effects will also be introduced.   Fees:  Additional fee required.  Prerequisites: PSYC4610   Offered: Alternate years.

PSYC3640. Experimental Design and Statistical Analysis I (3)

A course that integrates experimental methodology and statistical data analysis procedures in behavioral science. Emphasizes statistical descriptions, statistical inference, and hypothesis testing. Prerequisites: 6 credits in psychology or related field. Corequisites: PSYC3640L. Fulfills the General Education Mathematics Competency requirement. 

PSYC3640L. Experimental Design and Statistical Analysis Laboratory I (1)

Students will be introduced to SPSS and the process of independent data collection. Corequisites: PSYC3640 

PSYC3650. Experimental Design and Statistical Analysis II (3)

A course that integrates experimental methodology and statistical data analysis in behavioral science. Emphasizes experimental design, data collection, laboratory experience, and scientific report writing.  Prerequisites:  PSYC3640  Corequisites: PSYC3650L 

PSYC 3650L. Experimental Design and Statistical Analysis Laboratory II (1)

Students will participate in group and individual data collection and advanced SPSS procedures and interpretation. Corequisites: PSYC3650 

PSYC3750. Counseling Theory (2)

A study of the fundamental theories of counseling and psychotherapy, with emphasis on the psychological processes involved in counseling.  Prerequisites: 3 credits in psychology. Offered: Alternate years

PSYC3850. Biological Foundations of Behavior (3)

A comprehensive study of basic brain organization and function and the neural substrates of emotion, motivation, learning, and memory. Recommended as background: BIOL2010, BIOL2030, or BIOL2230. (See BIOL3850)  Corequisites:  PSYC3850L Offered: Alternate years 

PSYC3850L. Biological Foundations of Behavior Laboratory (1)

Students will complete lab tasks involving exploration of biopsychological concepts. Students will also complete dissection of a sheep brain and a cow eye. (See BIOL3850L) Corequisites: PSYC3850 Fees: Additional fee required. Offered: Alternate years 

PSYC3960. Field Experience (1-2)

Readings and supervised field experience designed to give the student practical application in the areas of assessment, counseling, and behavior modification.  May be repeated for a maximum of 4 credits. Prerequisites: PSYC2960 and instructor's permission.  

PSYC3970. Junior Research in Psychology (1)

The  student will begin the process of developing independent research.  This may be in cooperation with a professor or senior research student.  May be repeated for a maximum of 2 credits.  

PSYC4010. Capstone (1)

This course provides students with a context for reflection and self-analysis regarding their educational experience at NNU. The approach in this course to self-analysis and critical reflection is two-fold:  1)  students will reflect on their comprehensive educational experience through the lens of the four university outcomes, and 2) students will think about and discuss the integration of their learning with their future, post-university lives. (See CLST4010, CRIM4010, HUMN4010, SOGY4010, SPAN4010)

PSYC4110. Psychology of Learning (3)

An examination of the basic principles and theories of learning with major attention given to the problems of human learning and memory.  Prerequisites: 9 credits in psychology.  Corequisites: PSYC4110L  Fees: Additional fee required.  Offered: Alternate years

PSYC4110L. Psychology of Learning Laboratory (1)

Students will be involved in an animal behavior lab experience.  Corequisites:  PSYC4110 Offered: Alternate years

PSYC4350. Personality Theory (3)

A study of the development, structure, and modification of human personality. Modern theories of personality are submitted to critical analysis.  Prerequisites:  6 credits in psychology. Offered: Alternate years 

PSYC4550. Social Psychology (3)

A study of the inter-relationships of individuals and their social environments, including the methods of investigation and some of the theories and findings of the field of social psychology. (See SOGY4550). Prerequisites: 3 credits in sociology or 3 credits in psychology. 

PSYC4610. Psychological Testing (3)

An introduction to the theory, problems, methods and content of psychological testing. The first part of the course deals with the basic concepts of the purpose of testing, test administration, scoring, standardization, reliability, validity, and evaluation. The remainder of the course covers the principal intelligence, achievement, aptitude, interest and personality tests.  Prerequisites: 12 credits in psychology. Fees: Additional fee required. Offered: Alternate years 

PSYC4720. Group Theory and Processes (3)

A study of historical and contemporary settings of groups and theoretical foundations of group work, with experience activities involving group dynamics. (See SOGY4720). Prerequisites: PSYC3750 or SOWK3550  Corequisites:  PSYC4720L.  Offered: Alternate years 

PSYC4720L. Group Theory and Processes Laboratory (1)

The student will participate as a member of a "training the trainer" group experience. Corequisites: PSYC4720 Offered: Alternate years

PSYC4750. History and Systems of Psychology (2)

An historical survey of modern psychology and an analysis of its classical systems and contemporary theories. Prerequisites: 16 credits in psychology.  Offered: Alternate years 

PSYC4850. Introduction to Psychopharmacology (2)

Introduces the student to the pharmacological agents most widely used in persons recovering from head trauma and some areas of mental disorders, the rationale for the medications and the actions desired from the medication.   Prerequisites: 6 credits in psychology.  Offered:  Alternate years.

PSYC4950. Practicum in Mental Measurement (3)

An introduction to the most widely used, individually administered intelligence tests: Kauffman Assessment Battery for Children, the Wechsler Intelligence Test series, the Stanford Binet Intelligence Scale, achievement tests and non-verbal cognitive tests. Administration, scoring, interpretation, and report writing are emphasized.  Prerequisites: PSYC4610 or instructor's permission. Fees: Additional fee required. Offered: Alternate years 

PSYC4970. Senior Research in Psychology (1-4)

The student will develop and complete an empirical research project and a written report suitable for submission to a psychological journal, or the student will assist a psychology faculty member in independent professional research.  May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.  Prerequisites: PSYC3640, PSYC3650.  Instructor's permission.