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Freshman 2015-2016

o Fall
o Introduction to Psychology (PSY 1010)
 Introduction to contemporary psychology as a basic and applied social
science; analysis of biological, mental, and social determinants of human
behavior from the standpoint of psychological theory, research, and
practice. Every semester.
o Principles of Biology I (BIOL 1110)
 An introduction to systematic ways in which the human mind
comprehends the natural world; emphasis on studies of living systems,
natural processes, and related phenomena including methods of the
biologist, Darwin’s evolutionary theory, role of organic molecules in
biological systems, cell organization, cellular division, Mendelian
inheritance, molecular genetics, speciation, and global environmental
issues. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 2 hours.
o Community First Aid & Safety (HHP 1010)
 This course will teach how to identify injuries, provide first aid steps to
keep injuries from becoming worse, and keep a victim alive until EMS
arrives. Skills and techniques will be presented in a way that teaches both
the rules and the important exceptions in first aid emergencies. HHP
major or department head approval. Safety and Licensure fee will be
assessed.
o Introduction to HHP Professions (HHP 1015)
 This course will focus on 1) an understanding of the nuances of the HHP
department, 2) how HHP functions within the greater context of HHP, 3)
insight into different aspects of HHP, and 4) career opportunities related
to HHP. Enrollment in a HHP academic major or interest in one.
o Spring
o College Algebra (MATH 1130)
 This precalculus course is designed primarily for students majoring in
business, the life sciences, or the social sciences who intend to take the
calculus course MATH 1830. Topics include polynomial functions,
exponential and logarithmic functions, arithmetic and geometric
sequences, mathematics of finance, growth and decay, systems of linear
equations, matrices, and geometric linear programming. Mathematical
models will be taken primarily from the fields of business, biology, and
the social sciences. Every semester.
o Research Methods: Intro to Stats Psych (PSY 2010)
 Descriptive and inferential statistics with computer analysis of data from
psychological and other social sciences. Traditional and modern
descriptive techniques, correlation and regression analysis, probability
concepts, inferential techniques on means through analysis of variance,
power analysis, and selected nonparametric techniques are presented.
The use of state-of-the-art computer programs for analysis of data is
emphasized in the PSY 2040 laboratory which is required for Psychology
majors. Every semester.
o Psychology as a Profession (Psy 2070)
 Role modeling of the psychological practitioner in diverse professional
contexts. Discussion of the foundations, methods, ethics, legal issues, and
relationships with other specialists involved in professional psychology.
Required for psychology majors.
Sophomore 2016-2017
o Fall
o Stats in Psychology Laboratory (PSY 2040)
 Tutorial and laboratory exercises to help students master use of
professional quality computer software to solve statistical problems.
Prerequisites: Math ACT subscore of 22 (SAT 520) or higher or any
approved general education mathematics course or department head
approval
o Research Methods: Lab & Field Research (PSY 2020)
 General introduction to research methods in psychology with an
emphasis on basic strategies for empirically identifying causal and
correlational relationships. Topics will include laboratory and field
techniques, quasi-experimental and non-experimental models, and the
ethical issues involved in research. Every semester. Lecture 3 hours,
laboratory 1 hour.
o Psychology of Adolescence/Adult (PSY 2220)
 Principles of adolescent functionality. Evaluation of various theories of
adolescence. Psychodynamic consideration of life-span development
concepts and the adjustment problems related to aging. Emphasis on
age-related changes.
o Introduction to Sociology (SOC 1510)
 Scientific study of human society, of how individuals and groups adjust to
each other and to their social environment; examination of varying
research approaches; consideration of basic concepts, theories, and
principles of explanation used by sociologists. Every semester.
o Spring
o Mysteries of the Human Journey (ANTH 1000)
 Cultural and biological development of human society as interpreted by
anthropologists from the remains of prehistoric life and the culture of
contemporary humans. Application of anthropological methods to
puzzles such as Neanderthals, Stonehenge, Mayan calendar, witchcraft,
globalism, and our species’ future. Every semester.
o Geology of the National Parks (GEOL 1025)
 This course provides an overview of the diverse geology preserved in
national parks. Students of all disciplines learn to view national parks
through a geological perspective, and to explore the roles of national
parks in historical events from both geological and humanistic
perspectives. Cannot be used to satisfy Geology major requirements.
o Psychology of Individual Differences (PSY 2410)
 Develops an understanding of the most difficult aspect of human
behavior to comprehend: differences. Investigating the three major
causes of differences. Looking at the nature of these differences in
temperament, intelligence, personality, interests and pathologies.
Learning to change from judging to valuing diversity. Exploring the
implications the course perspective has for personal, educational, work
and political choices/policies. Every semester.
o Learning and Motivation (PSY 3110)
 Study of the effective conditions for various learning phenomena; roles of
motivation, reinforcement, and punishment in learning.
o Individual Studies (PSY 4998)
o Practicum in Teaching Psych (PSY 3750)
Junior 2017-2018
o Fall
o Social Psychology (PSY 3310)
 Survey of the general concepts and research areas in social psychology.
Emphasis upon the interactions between the individual and society with
consideration of such topics as attitudes, prejudices, conformity,
deviance, socialization, and interpersonal attraction. Every semester.
o Positive Psychology (PSY 3350)
 This course is an evidence-based approach to the positive possibilities in
our adult lives. Key words for the course are well-being, meaningfulness,
interest, efficacy, positive regard, optimism, flow, love and happiness.
The nature, process, effects and sustainability of each of these nine
concepts will be studied and applied. Our culture’s regard for these
phenomena is mixed; there is a good deal of implicit suspicion of things
positive, and a strong belief in the reality and predominance of things
negative. This course challenges this self-fulfilling cultural presence. The
course process includes topical power-points, key word specialist guest
speakers, large and small group discussion and in-class activities. Every
semester.
o Biological Psychology (PSY 3140)
 The study of the physiological bases of behavior with emphasis on the
functional neural systems of the brain which mediate behavior. Course
content is designed to familiarize students with basic neuroanatomy and
neurophysiological techniques used in the investigation of brain functions
and behavior.
o Principles of Abnormal Psychology (PSY 3080)
 A biosocial approach to theories of causation, development, and
symptomatic behavior in emotional disorder; theoretical bases of the
various therapies and of positive means of prevention. Every semester.
o Spring
o Language, Culture, and Society (ANTH 1300)
 The inter-relationship of language, culture, thought, and communication
in human societies, with an emphasis on non-Western traditions.
o Human Variation (ANTH 2120)
 This course will investigate the variation that exists within our own
species, both between and within populations. It will focus on the
evolutionary and genetic basis of human variation, as well as its diversity,
adaptive significance, and distribution. Topics covered will include: body
shape and physiology, blood groups, susceptibility to disease, and skin
color. It will survey the historical attempts to classify humans into
different races, assess definitions of race as solely a cultural construct,
and attempts to link race with intelligence and performance. Spring
semester.
o Interviewing Skills (SOCW 2070)
 Interviewing skills is a required pre-social work course where students
develop communication, and technical skills for the professional
interview. Students cultivate self-awareness and self-regulation for work
with diverse populations and demonstrate empathy, interpersonal and
technical interviewing skills to effectively engage and assess clients.
o Psychology of Women (WTSU 4510)
 Analysis of empirical data and theoretical viewpoints concerning the
psychological development of women. Psychological effects of sex roles,
achievement motivation, and abilities of women; models of socialization
practices, personality development, and stages of adjustment. Fall
semester.
Senior 2018-2019
o Fall
o Departmental Thesis (PSY 4995)
o Theories of Personality (PSY 4480)
 Survey of basic theories of personality including the psychoanalytic,
sociocultural, factor analytic, the biosocial, and the phenomenological.
Strongly suggested for guidance majors.
o Introduction to Women’s Studies (WSTU 2000)
 An examination of human experience from a feminist perspective. An
exploration of the ways in which women have been defined and have
defined themselves. A multi-disciplinary teaching context with focus on
women’s self identity, women’s identity in families, and women’s identity
in society.
o Diversity in American Society (SOC 2320)
 This course includes a critical analysis of cultural and identity diversity of
the North American population using the perspective of the sociological
imagination. The impact on social institutions such as family, education,
economic and political life in the United States, and current research on
the consequences and controversies surrounding immigration, racial,
ethnic, and identity groups are addressed from the perspective of major
socio-cultural theories.
o Spring