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PSY 101 General Psychology
A course designed to help students develop an insight into their own psychological processes and those of others. Provides an introduction to the content and scope of psychology as a behavioral science; study of such topics as development, adjustment, learning, intelligence, motivation, emotion, and personality. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: SS-1. (3)

PSY 105 General Psychology Laboratory
This course will expose students to the multiple methods psychologists use to study topics in psychology. Students will complete preplanned laboratory inquiry studies on a variety of topics to practice the different research methodologies used by psychologists to study behavior, thoughts, and perceptions. Prerequisite/corequisite: enrollment in PSY 101 or completion of course equivalent to PSY 101. (1)

PSY 110 Human Growth and Development
The study of human growth and development from birth to death. This course explores the role of heredity and environment in producing changes in physical, intellectual, and social behavior throughout the life span. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: SS-1. (3)

PSY 200 Careers in Psychology
Provides students with an introduction to and an overview of the Psychology major at Marymount. Information about the Psychology undergraduate curriculum at Marymount will be included, as well as information about future career options with a B.A. in Psychology, graduate training in psychology, and personal career interests. The course will introduce students to job and graduate school search methods. Students will develop their skills in interviewing, oral presentation, and creation of effective written materials for job searches or graduate school admission. Prerequisites/corequisites: PSY 101 and PSY 105. (1)

PSY 201 Statistics for the Social Sciences
An introduction to psychological research methodology with particular emphasis on descriptive and inferential statistical procedures used in the analysis of behavioral data (measures of central tendency, variability, chi-square, correlation, t-tests, ANOVA, etc.). Prerequisites: MA course numbered 119 or above and a grade of C- or better in PSY 101 and PSY 105. (3)

PSY 220 Social Psychology
Designed to provide students an understanding of how individuals’ thoughts, feelings, and behavior are influenced by the presence of others. Social perception, social cognition, attitude formation and change, aggression, prosocial behavior, interpersonal attraction, and social influence will be reviewed. Prerequisite: PSY 101 or PSY 110. (3)

PSY 225 Health Psychology
Examines the relationship among health knowledge; beliefs; attitudes, behaviors, and health maintenance; illness prevention; and the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Prerequisite: PSY 101 or PSY 110. (Also listed as HPR 225.) (3)

PSY 230 Abnormal Psychology
A survey of major psychological disorders with emphasis on methods of diagnosis and treatment. Prerequisites: PSY 101 or PSY 110. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: GP, SS-2. (3)

PSY 240 Personality Theories
Personality is a set of emotional, behavioral, and cognitive tendencies that people display consistently and across situations. This course is a review of the major theoretical contributions to understanding human personality. Prerequisites: PSY 101 or PSY 110. (3)

PSY 250 Biological Bases of Behavior
Familiarizes the student with the basic principles of anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, and pharmacology within the context of behavioral processes. Prerequisite: PSY 101 or PSY 110. (3)

PSY 260 Introduction to Learning and Cognition
A survey of principles of human learning and cognitive psychology. This course examines how information is acquired and used, with special emphasis on the nature of memory, thinking, judgment, and problem solving. Prerequisite: PSY 101 or PSY 110. (3)

PSY 270 Tests and Measurements
Survey of standards for development of reliable and valid test instruments, types of instruments, and applications of test results. Prerequisite: PSY 201. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: INQ. (3)

PSY 300 Research and Writing for the Social Sciences
This course is designed to introduce undergraduate students to the important skills of reading, writing in APA style, and understanding written communications in psychology. Prerequisites: EN 102 and PSY 201. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: WI. (3)

PSY 302 Research Design for Psychology
Laboratory-based course emphasizing the design, construction, implementation, analysis, dissemination, and critique of various types of psychological studies (observation, correlation, experimentation, etc.) Prerequisites: PSY 270 and PSY 300. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: INQ. (3)

PSY 310 Psychoeducational Assessment and Diagnostic Practices
Designed to provide educators with an understanding of a variety of psychological and educational assessment tools currently utilized by the public schools in order to determine special education eligibility. Students will be able to analyze and synthesize test results in order to produce written reports that can be utilized in the special education placement process. Students will also learn how assessment results can be utilized in individual program development and course placement. Prerequisite: PSY 110. (3)

PSY 311 Early Childhood Development
Students will explore the biological, cognitive, and psychosocial theories of child development from birth to age 8. Particular emphasis is placed on contemporary topics in early childhood development and an appreciation of cultural perspectives. Students will be prepared to apply theoretical knowledge to early educational child-care settings and parent-teaching practice. Prerequisites: EN 102 and PSY 110. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: SS-2, WI. (3)

PSY 312 Adolescent Psychology
Study of social, emotional, and physical problems confronting the adolescent with stress on developmental factors affecting growth and social adjustment. Prerequisite: PSY 110. (3)

PSY 313 Adulthood and Aging
The purpose of this course is to examine the developmental tasks from young adulthood throughout middle and advanced age. In this course, students will explore the impacts on well-being on such events as choosing a mate, starting a family, and making career choices across adult life. Prerequisite: PSY 110. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: SS-2. (3)

PSY 321 Psychology of Gender
The study of the research and issues that pertain to the social origins and consequences of gender typing. Topics include differences and similarities in ability, personality, biology, and gender roles. Prerequisite: PSY 101 or PSY 110. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: SS-2. (3)

PSY 322 Group Dynamics
Examines the social and psychological principles and research relevant to the individual in groups. Prerequisite: PSY 101 or PSY 110. (3)

PSY 323 Psychology in the Workplace
Overview of the application of psychology to the behavior of people in workplace settings. Topics include personnel psychology, the training of employees, organizational behavior, workplace design, and the improvement of working conditions. Prerequisites: PSY 101 or PSY 110, and 3 credits in Psychology coursework. (3)

PSY 325 Cultural Psychology
Provides a comprehensive introduction to the general theories and methods related to culture and diversity. The course will explore psychological and political underpinnings of culture and diversity, emphasizing social psychological approaches. The course will examine the cultural sources of diversity in thinking, motivation, self, ethnic identity, development, stereotyping, and prejudice. Applications to real-world phenomena such as business, education, and health will be discussed. Prerequisite: PSY 101 or PSY 110. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: GP, SS-2. (3)

PSY 326 Forensic Psychology
Provides students with an introduction to the field of forensic psychology. This course will focus on the inter-face between psychology and the justice system, including legal proceedings, law enforcement agencies, and correctional institutions. Attention will be given to the way psychologists can influence the system on such issues as assessment of competency and insanity, legal decision making, jury composition, criminal behavior, and correctional psychology. Prerequisites: PSY 101 or PSY 110, and 3 credits in Psychology coursework. (3)

PSY 330 Counseling Theories and Process
Study of major approaches to interventions with individuals, groups and families, including analysis of strategies useful to particular counseling problems. Prerequisites: PSY 101 or PSY 110, and PSY 230. (3)

PSY 332 Psychology of Addictions
A summary of current research pertaining to different types of addiction, including physical, social, and psychological causes of addiction, assessment and classification of disorders, treatment options, and community resources for dealing with addictions. Prerequisite: PSY 230 or PSY 250. (3)

PSY 333 Abnormal Child and Adolescent Psychology
Students in this course will learn to distinguish normal versus disturbed developmental processes in children and adolescents as well as how to recognize and deal with a variety of problems. Prerequisites: PSY 110 and 3 credits in Psychology coursework. (3)

PSY 341 Psychology of Individuals with Disabilities
Explores the theories and issues related to teaching students with exceptional needs. A variety of disabilities that impact school performance will be surveyed and discussed. Prerequisite: PSY 110. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: SS-2. (3)

PSY 361 Sport Psychology
Designed to engage students in critical thinking as it applies to the study of human behavior in sport. Explores factors related to success and skill development in any realm of human performance, basic principles of confidence, motivation and goal setting, as well as the prominent theories related to happiness and positive mood and how they relate to human performance and exercise. Prerequisite: PSY 101 or PSY 110. (Also listed as HPR 361.) (3)

PSY 400 Internship and Applied Research
Senior students participate in a supervised field experience in cooperating public and private agencies in the Washington area. Students design an applied research project based on their internship experience. Prerequisites: PSY 302 and senior status. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: EXP. (6)

PSY 405 General Psychology Laboratory Instructor Practicum
This course will prepare students to supervise the laboratory sections associated with PSY 105 General Psychology Laboratory courses. After preparing students to supervise sections of the laboratories, the course will focus on addressing concerns that arise while teaching, especially while supervising the laboratory sections. Students will discuss teaching-related issues, such as consistent evaluation of student products via rubrics, using an active teaching style, and using a Socratic-type method to answer questions. The course also will help students prepare for a future career in psychology by assisting them in the completion of items necessary for admission to a graduate program. This course spans the fall and spring semester. Students must register for 3 credits in both the fall and the spring. This course is a substitute for PSY 400. Prerequisites/corequisites: Psychology major, selection by a faculty committee, concurrent supervision of the laboratories associated with PSY 105. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: EXP. (6)

PSY 406 Stress Management
This course is designed to help individuals better identify, understand, and manage their own stressors and stress response. In doing so, students will learn various stress management techniques that will enhance their professional practice in the health and psychology fields. Prerequisite: PSY 101 or PSY 110. (Also listed as HPR 406.) Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: SS-2. (3)

PSY 433 Research
A student in this course will conduct collaborative research (scholarly work leading to new knowledge) under the direction of a faculty member. Prerequisites: PSY 302, application, and approval of department chair. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: EXP. (1-6)

PSY 451 Project
Designed to provide for the application of the knowledge, skills, and strategies acquired and developed through the student’s academic program. The project is intended to tie the student’s professional goals and coursework with practical application and current research-based data of the discipline. Students will be asked to delve deeply into a specific topic; develop an innovative solution to a discipline-specific problem; design and construct an expressive art/literature/technological creation; or explore an area of study, a process, a topic, or a medium that is not otherwise available through the current curriculum. (1-9)

PSY 496 Special Topics in Psychology
Topics of special interest to advanced undergraduates in Psychology. Prerequisite: PSY 200-level course. (3)

PSY 497 Senior Seminar
This capstone course in Psychology is designed for students nearing the end of their undergraduate program. It is designed to help students integrate their knowledge and apply the skills they have acquired in the program to think critically about important issues in psychology and society. It is also designed to help students use their undergraduate training and experiences to help them understand personal issues and formulate career goals and directions. Prerequisites: EN 102, PSY 302, and senior status. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: INQ, WI. (3)