BS Psychology Major

7141
Bachelor of Science
Classroom
No
Undergraduate
Main Campus - Melbourne
Major Code: 7141 Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science
Age Restriction: N Admission status: undergraduate
Delivery Mode/s: classroom only Location/s: main campus

Program Chair
Vanessa Edkins, Ph.D.

The B.S. degree is designed for students oriented toward the natural sciences and mathematics. Students consult with their faculty advisers to select the degree program most appropriate to their interests and goals.

Degree Requirements

Candidates for a Bachelor of Science in Psychology must successfully complete 120 credit hours as indicated in the suggested curriculum below. No courses with the prefix BEH, PSF or PSY, other than PSY 2444, can be used as the Social Science Elective. Technical Electives exclude mathematics courses below the 2000 level.

The undergraduate psychology majors are designed to allow students to customize their coursework to meet their specific interests and needs. Coursework within the psychology major includes a 21 hour psychology core and an additional 30 hour psychology concentration that includes courses in psychology and other areas that are deemed appropriate to the students' intellectual goals and interests in psychology. The concentration must be approved by the undergraduate program chair.

A list of concentrations and related courses follow the undergraduate psychology program plans in this section.

Courses are offered in the department to facilitate several concentrations: animal learning and behavior, applied behavior analysis, clinical/counseling psychology, forensic psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, neuropsychology, social-cultural and sport psychology. In special cases, students may also design their own concentrations appropriate to pursuing postgraduate education in law, medical fields, business and the experimental fields of psychology. Students are encouraged to pursue minors in other disciplines, such as business administration, communication or biology.

Curriculum
Freshman Year
Fall (16 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • ASC 1000 University Experience
    Credit Hours: 1
    Helps first-year students adjust to the university and acquire essential academic survival skills (classroom behavior, academic honesty, study skills, etc.) that enhance academic and social integration into college.
  • COM 1101 Composition and Rhetoric
    Credit Hours: 3
    The first of two courses in college-level writing skills. Focuses on writing essays using various rhetorical modes: persuasion, description, comparison and analysis. Presents basic methods of library research, as well as the MLA documentation system. Students write one research paper and several essays.
    Requirement(s):
    Passing grade on placement exam or prerequisite course
  • MTH 1001 Calculus 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    Functions and graphs, limits and continuity, derivatives of algebraic and trigonometric functions, chain rule; applications to maxima and minima, and to related rates. Exponential logarithmic, circular and hyperbolic functions: their inverses, derivatives and integrals.
    Requirement(s):
    High school algebra and trigonometry, and a passing score on the placement test, or prerequisite course
  • PSY 1400 Freshman Seminar
    Credit Hours: 1
    Offers discussions by members of the faculty about various areas of research in and practice of psychology to give freshmen an overview of the nature of the field and the people in it.
    Requirement(s):
    Must be enrolled in the School of Psychology.
  • PSY 1411 Introduction to Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Overviews psychological processes, including both areas in which psychology is a natural science (physiological psychology, sensation and perception, basic learning and cognition) and a social science (motivation, human development, personality, social interaction, psychopathology and psychotherapy).
Select one course:
  • BIO 1010 Biological Discovery 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    The first of a two-semester sequence on the scientific approach to biology. Emphasizes the scientific method, analytical techniques, use of original source materials, ethical questions in biology, historical perspectives of the development of biological theory and profiles of prominent figures in biology.
  • CHM 1101 General Chemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    Covers fundamental principles of modern chemistry, including stoichiometry, properties of gases, liquids and solids, thermochemistry, atomic structure, properties of solutions and equilibrium. Includes lab component.
  • PHY 1001 Physics 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    Includes vectors; mechanics of particles; Newton's laws of motion; work, energy and power; impulse and momentum; conservation laws; mechanics of rigid bodies, rotation, equilibrium; fluids, heat and thermodynamics; and periodic motion.
Spring (14 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • COM 1102 Writing About Literature
    Credit Hours: 3
    The second of two courses in college-level writing skills. Focuses on reading and analyzing poems, plays and short works of fiction. Students write several essays and one research paper on literary topics.
  • MTH 1002 Calculus 2
    Credit Hours: 4
    Integration and applications of integration, further techniques of integration, improper integrals, limits, l'Hospital's rule, sequences and series, numerical methods, polar coordinates and introductory differential equations.
Select one course:
  • BIO 1020 Biological Discovery 2
    Credit Hours: 4
    The second of a two-semester sequence on the scientific approach to biology. Continues an integrated approach to the study of the hierarchal structure and function of living systems, including the origin and history of life on Earth.
  • CHM 1102 General Chemistry 2
    Credit Hours: 4
    Continues . Covers acids and bases, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, kinetics, descriptive chemistry of metals and nonmetals, coordination chemistry, nuclear chemistry. Introduces organic chemistry. Includes lab component.
  • PHY 2002 Physics 2
    Credit Hours: 4
    Includes electricity and magnetism, Coulomb's law, electric fields, potential capacitance, resistance, DC circuits, magnetic fields, fields due to currents, induction, magnetic properties; and wave motion, vibration and sound, interference and diffraction.
Select one course:
  • CSE 1301 Introduction to Computer Applications
    Credit Hours: 3
    Overviews computers and terminology. Identifies appropriate problems and solution design using specific applications packages. Introduces the use of word processors, data managers, spreadsheets and the Internet (email and Web browsers).
    Requirement(s):
    College of Engineering majors may only use as Free Elective.
  • Restricted Elective (CL) Credit Hours: 3
Sophomore Year
Fall (16 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • COM 2223 Scientific and Technical Communication
    Credit Hours: 3
    Practice in the technical and scientific writing style and format, including gathering and using data to prepare reports. Includes abstracts, reports, letters, technical descriptions, proposals and at least two oral presentations.
  • HUM 2051 Civilization 1: Ancient Through Medieval
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces civilization from its early development to the European Renaissance. Emphasizes the interpretation of primary texts that reflect the intellectual and historical changes in society. The first of two interdisciplinary courses.
  • PSY 2512 Psychology Research Methods and Statistics 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    Introduces foundational concepts in quantitative behavioral research methods, including theory building, reliability, validity, sampling and ethics. Covers measurement and descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing, elementary inferential statistics and computer data analysis.
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Technical Elective Credit Hours: 3
Spring (15 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Humanities Core Course Credit Hours: 3
  • Concentration Courses Credit Hours: 6
  • Technical Elective Credit Hours: 3
Junior Year
Fall (15 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • HUM 3351 History of Science and Technology: Ancient and Medieval
    Credit Hours: 3
    Surveys the origins of science in antiquity and the Middle Ages. Includes development of mathematical, physical and biological thought in the ancient and medieval period, and the relationship between science, technology and religion.
  • PSY 3421 Psychology of Learning and Motivation
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies the principles of learning and motivation based primarily on infrahuman studies in classical and instrumental conditioning. Focuses on procedures, theories and applications.
  • Concentration Courses Credit Hours: 6
  • Humanities Elective Credit Hours: 3
Spring (15 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • HUM 3352 History of Science and Technology: Renaissance to Present
    Credit Hours: 3
    Surveys the principal developments in science, mathematics and technology from the Renaissance to the present. Includes scientific revolution, development of modern biology and the relationship between technology and science.
  • PSY 4512 Personal and Professional Development
    Credit Hours: 3
    Explores realistic goals for implementation of psychological knowledge, skills, abilities and values in occupational and/or educational pursuits in a variety of settings that meet personal goals. Also includes how those goals may meet societal needs.
  • Concentration Courses Credit Hours: 6
  • Social Science Elective Credit Hours: 3
Senior Year
Fall (16 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • PSY 4000 Field Internship and Research Project
    Credit Hours: 3
    Consists of the experiential component of placement at a work site and the scholarly inquiry project data collection.
    Requirement(s):
    Second of a three-course QEP internship sequence.
  • PSY 4514 Psychological Research Methods and Statistics 2
    Credit Hours: 4
    Provides an in-depth analysis of experimental research design and laboratory procedures. Introduces analysis of between and repeated design experimental data using analysis of variance. Includes a laboratory component in which students will perform all phases of a research project.
  • Concentration Courses Credit Hours: 9
Spring (13 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • Concentration Course Credit Hours: 3
  • Free Electives Credit Hours: 10
Total Credits Required: 120
Concentrations and Suggested Courses

Students have the option to choose one of the following concentrations to provide depth within one of the subdisciplines of psychology:

Animal Learning and Behavior

The concentration in animal learning and behavior allows students the opportunity to pursue specialized knowledge and skills in animal learning and training. Courses in both biological sciences and behavior analysis emphasize biological bases of behavior and species-typical learning as well as standard principles of training that cross species lines. The culmination of the program is an internship with a facility or institution that emphasizes animal training, husbandry or education of the public in these areas. Previous graduates have earned internships at facilities such as Oahu's Sea Life Park, Dolphin Quest Bermuda, Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Chicago's Shedd Aquarium and the Oregon Coast Aquarium. A minor in biology and scuba certification are recommended for this degree. Students in this concentration must take BIO 1010 and BIO 1020.

Concentration Required Courses
  • BEH 3465 Applied Behavior Analysis
    Credit Hours: 3
    Applies operant and respondent conditioning processes to the modification of human behavior in business, community, education and clinical settings. Includes analysis of situational components, measurements of behavior, application of basic behavior analytic skills and understanding the significance of results.
  • BIO 4550 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
    Credit Hours: 4
    Lectures and labs examine the comparative anatomy of higher animals. Emphasizes the evolutionary trends of the vertebrates.
  • PSY 3423 Physiological Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies the biological bases of human behavior, including in-depth treatment of nervous system anatomy and physiology, and the biological concepts underlying emotion, motivation, learning and memory.
  • PSY 3524 Sensation and Perception
    Credit Hours: 3
    Reviews models, processes and empirical research concerning the modalities of vision, audition, taste, smell and touch/feel. Explores how perception gives rise to our subjective experience and the quality of conscious awareness.
  • PSY 4521 Animal Learning and Behavior
    Credit Hours: 3
    Surveys major topics including learning vs. unlearned behavior, communication, reproduction, cognition, social behavior and tool use. Employs evolutionary, genetic and environmental perspectives to understand behavior.
Concentration Social Science Bases (6 credit hours)
  • PSY 2442 Adult Development and Aging
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces current information and psychological research on aspects of adult development, old age and aging. Examines the intellectual, motivational, psychobiological, social, performance and personality changes that occur in adulthood and old age.
  • PSY 3441 Social Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Surveys the areas of social psychology as it has evolved in American psychology, including its history, methods and theories of intrapersonal, interpersonal and group behavior. Reviews sociological approaches to social psychology and cultural processes that affect social phenomena.
  • PSY 3442 Psychology of Personality
    Credit Hours: 3
    Overviews the major theoretical approaches to personality development and research in the field.
  • PSY 3531 Child Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Overviews psychological principles, theories and research pertaining to the developing child from conception through early adolescence. Includes biological and environmental influences on affective, cognitive, moral, social and personality development.
  • PSY 3761 Abnormal Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Examines psychological disorders, including theories for their development, symptomology and system of classification.
Concentration Electives (8 credit hours)
  • BEH 3466 Behavior Change Techniques
    Credit Hours: 3
    Applies operant and respondent conditioning processes and skill training to the modification of client behavior in residential, clinical and school settings. Includes analysis of basic analytic skills, foundational knowledge and application of specific behavior change procedures and ethical principles in the practice of ABA.
  • BIO 2110 General Genetics
    Credit Hours: 4
    The fundamentals of genetics from Mendel to modern day. Emphasizes the transmission of genetic material, the molecular nature of heredity and the heredity of populations. In the lab, students perform genetic analyses with online bioinformatics software and hands-on with DNA purified from several sources.
  • BIO 3210 Mammalian Physiology
    Credit Hours: 4
    Introduces the study of bodily functions. Emphasizes biophysical principles and control systems to explain organ system function and the maintenance of homeostasis.
  • BIO 3410 General Ecology
    Credit Hours: 4
    Studies the distribution and abundance of organisms, with emphasis at the level of biological populations. Interaction of populations with the abiotic environment, energetics, population growth, reproduction, competition, predation, adaptation and evolution. Modular lab exercises stress the experimental design and conduct, and data analysis.
  • BIO 3701 Evolution
    Credit Hours: 3
    Describes the processes resulting in evolutionary change and the factors affecting those processes. Discusses evolution at all levels, from cell and molecular evolution to local populations to major groups, and covers time frames drawing on knowledge of many biological fields.
  • BIO 4412 Ornithology
    Credit Hours: 4
    Studies the evolution, classification, biogeography, physiology and life history of birds. Emphasizes conservation and management of populations. Laboratory focuses on field identification, population dynamics and habitat interactions.
  • BIO 4530 Biology of Fishes
    Credit Hours: 4
    Introduces the structure, evolution, behavior and ecology of freshwater and marine fishes. Labs examine the anatomy, physiology and ecology of fishes. Includes field collection trips to local marine and freshwater habitats.
  • BIO 4641 Biology of Marine Mammals
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies the evolution, classification, ecology and general life history of marine mammals.
  • ISC 1162 Survey of Human Anatomy and Physiology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Surveys the structure and function of the human body. Emphasizes the human body as an integrated system. Includes basic principles and concepts related to the structure of biological molecules, cells, tissues and organs, and the systems of the human body. Also includes in-class practicum and online components as part of the course. Not recommended for students interested in health professions.
  • PSY 3522 Human Cognition: Theory and Application
    Credit Hours: 3
    Reviews models, processes and research in information processing; attention, short- and long-term memory, memory codes, visualization and imagery; forgetting, semantic organization, problem solving, decision-making, language, multilingualism, music cognition and cognitive development.
Applied Behavior Analysis

The concentration in applied behavior analysis prepares undergraduate students for the associate certification in behavior analysis (BCaBA) that permits career opportunities in facilities and with organizations that emphasize behavioral interventions. In the ABA concentration, special emphasis is given to principles of behavioral analysis and intervention strategies, particularly in working with children who have developmental disabilities. Internship opportunities under the supervision of licensed Board-Certified Behavior Analysts are available at Florida Tech's Scott Center for Autism Treatment. In addition to the bachelor's degree career opportunities, psychology graduates with this concentration have been successful in attaining acceptance in M.A., M.S. and Ph.D. programs.

Concentration Required Courses
  • BEH 3465 Applied Behavior Analysis
    Credit Hours: 3
    Applies operant and respondent conditioning processes to the modification of human behavior in business, community, education and clinical settings. Includes analysis of situational components, measurements of behavior, application of basic behavior analytic skills and understanding the significance of results.
  • BEH 3466 Behavior Change Techniques
    Credit Hours: 3
    Applies operant and respondent conditioning processes and skill training to the modification of client behavior in residential, clinical and school settings. Includes analysis of basic analytic skills, foundational knowledge and application of specific behavior change procedures and ethical principles in the practice of ABA.
  • BEH 4560 Behaviorism and Contemporary Society
    Credit Hours: 3
    Considers the application of behavioral science and technology to contemporary society and emphasizes the implication of behavioristic theory and the experimental analysis of behavior.
  • PSY 2800 Introduction to Behavior Analysis
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces and overviews the field of behavior analysis and its areas of application. Requires a student project involving the application of behavioral principles to change a socially significant behavior.
  • PSY 3423 Physiological Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies the biological bases of human behavior, including in-depth treatment of nervous system anatomy and physiology, and the biological concepts underlying emotion, motivation, learning and memory.
Concentration Social Science Bases (3 credit hours)
  • PSY 2442 Adult Development and Aging
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces current information and psychological research on aspects of adult development, old age and aging. Examines the intellectual, motivational, psychobiological, social, performance and personality changes that occur in adulthood and old age.
  • PSY 3441 Social Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Surveys the areas of social psychology as it has evolved in American psychology, including its history, methods and theories of intrapersonal, interpersonal and group behavior. Reviews sociological approaches to social psychology and cultural processes that affect social phenomena.
  • PSY 3442 Psychology of Personality
    Credit Hours: 3
    Overviews the major theoretical approaches to personality development and research in the field.
  • PSY 3531 Child Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Overviews psychological principles, theories and research pertaining to the developing child from conception through early adolescence. Includes biological and environmental influences on affective, cognitive, moral, social and personality development.
  • PSY 3543 Psychology of the Workplace
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers the many ways psychology is applied in organizations to improve performance and quality of work life. Includes employee selection and personnel law, performance management, training, motivation, job attitudes, stress, teamwork, leadership and organizational development.
Concentration Electives (12 credit hours)
  • BEH 3014 Ethical and Professional Conduct in Behavior Analysis
    (recommended for certification as a BCaBA)
    Credit Hours: 1
    Introduces ethical and professional considerations in the practice of behavior analysis, based on Behavior Analyst Certification Board® guidelines. Reviews the application of ethical behavior in clinical, education and research settings.
  • BEH 4025 Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism Interventions
    Credit Hours: 3
    Describes basic treatment techniques involved in behavioral treatment of children with autism. Includes behavioral characteristics and etiology of autism, history of applied behavior analysis for exceptional learners, and applies behavioral technologies and behavior change systems during supervised practical training.
  • PSF 4551 Principles of Individual and Community Advocacy
    Credit Hours: 3
    Explores the response to crime by law enforcement, the court system, social services and victim advocates. Primarily focuses on advocacy for individuals and the community. Examines domestic violence, crime prevention, delinquency, hate crimes and substance abuse in terms of best practices from the field.
  • PSF 4791 Critical Issues in Child Advocacy
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers the history, comparative perspectives and legal framework as apply to the responses to child maltreatment. Addresses the necessary skills needed to work as a child advocate. Also includes other issues pertaining to child maltreatment.
  • PSY 1461 Psychology of Adjustment and Personal Growth
    Credit Hours: 3
    Examines the relevance of psychological understanding in personal and interpersonal situations, including definitions and discussions of human adjustment factors, such as anxiety, stress, coping mechanisms and psychological adaptation.
  • PSY 3531 Child Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Overviews psychological principles, theories and research pertaining to the developing child from conception through early adolescence. Includes biological and environmental influences on affective, cognitive, moral, social and personality development.
  • PSY 3522 Human Cognition: Theory and Application
    Credit Hours: 3
    Reviews models, processes and research in information processing; attention, short- and long-term memory, memory codes, visualization and imagery; forgetting, semantic organization, problem solving, decision-making, language, multilingualism, music cognition and cognitive development.
  • PSY 3524 Sensation and Perception
    Credit Hours: 3
    Reviews models, processes and empirical research concerning the modalities of vision, audition, taste, smell and touch/feel. Explores how perception gives rise to our subjective experience and the quality of conscious awareness.
  • PSY 3551 Introduction to Child Advocacy
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces students to the history of child advocacy, comparative perspectives, legal framework and other interdisciplinary issues pertaining to child maltreatment, response and advocacy.
  • PSY 3761 Abnormal Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Examines psychological disorders, including theories for their development, symptomology and system of classification.
  • PSY 4462 Clinical and Community Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Overviews clinical psychology and community psychology. Reviews methods of clinical assessment and treatment of behavioral disorders. Presents the concepts of community psychology as they have developed from the fields of psychology, social work and public administration.
  • PSY 4521 Animal Learning and Behavior
    Credit Hours: 3
    Surveys major topics including learning vs. unlearned behavior, communication, reproduction, cognition, social behavior and tool use. Employs evolutionary, genetic and environmental perspectives to understand behavior.
Clinical/Counseling Psychology

The clinical/counseling concentration exposes students to courses and field placements that emphasize the assessment and treatment of mental and emotional disorders as well as disorders of adjustment and substance abuse. Students interested in pursuing postgraduate study in clinical, counseling or school psychology, or in obtaining employment in a mental health or social service agency after graduation, should study in areas that will familiarize them with these occupations and build basic skills. Such areas of study include substance abuse, abnormal psychology, clinical psychology, professional ethics and assessment techniques.

Concentration Required Courses
  • PSY 3423 Physiological Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies the biological bases of human behavior, including in-depth treatment of nervous system anatomy and physiology, and the biological concepts underlying emotion, motivation, learning and memory.
  • PSY 3441 Social Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Surveys the areas of social psychology as it has evolved in American psychology, including its history, methods and theories of intrapersonal, interpersonal and group behavior. Reviews sociological approaches to social psychology and cultural processes that affect social phenomena.
  • PSY 3442 Psychology of Personality
    Credit Hours: 3
    Overviews the major theoretical approaches to personality development and research in the field.
  • PSY 3761 Abnormal Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Examines psychological disorders, including theories for their development, symptomology and system of classification.
  • PSY 4462 Clinical and Community Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Overviews clinical psychology and community psychology. Reviews methods of clinical assessment and treatment of behavioral disorders. Presents the concepts of community psychology as they have developed from the fields of psychology, social work and public administration.
Concentration Developmental Psychology Bases (3 credit hours)
  • PSY 2000 Lifespan Development and Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Surveys the various psychological, biological and other interdisciplinary areas of human development. Also covers changes over the entire human life span.
    Requirement(s):
    Must be enrolled in Florida Tech University Online
  • PSY 2442 Adult Development and Aging
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces current information and psychological research on aspects of adult development, old age and aging. Examines the intellectual, motivational, psychobiological, social, performance and personality changes that occur in adulthood and old age.
  • PSY 3531 Child Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Overviews psychological principles, theories and research pertaining to the developing child from conception through early adolescence. Includes biological and environmental influences on affective, cognitive, moral, social and personality development.
Concentration Electives (12 credit hours)
  • BEH 3465 Applied Behavior Analysis
    Credit Hours: 3
    Applies operant and respondent conditioning processes to the modification of human behavior in business, community, education and clinical settings. Includes analysis of situational components, measurements of behavior, application of basic behavior analytic skills and understanding the significance of results.
  • PSF 4551 Principles of Individual and Community Advocacy
    Credit Hours: 3
    Explores the response to crime by law enforcement, the court system, social services and victim advocates. Primarily focuses on advocacy for individuals and the community. Examines domestic violence, crime prevention, delinquency, hate crimes and substance abuse in terms of best practices from the field.
  • PSF 4562 Forensic Clinical Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Overviews forensic clinical psychology, including forensic interviewing and assessment of children and adults, treatment of offenders and victims, legal procedures involving the interaction of clinical psychologists with the justice system, and expert testimony by mental health professionals.
  • PSF 4791 Critical Issues in Child Advocacy
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers the history, comparative perspectives and legal framework as apply to the responses to child maltreatment. Addresses the necessary skills needed to work as a child advocate. Also includes other issues pertaining to child maltreatment.
  • PSY 1461 Psychology of Adjustment and Personal Growth
    Credit Hours: 3
    Examines the relevance of psychological understanding in personal and interpersonal situations, including definitions and discussions of human adjustment factors, such as anxiety, stress, coping mechanisms and psychological adaptation.
  • PSY 1462 Substance Abuse
    Credit Hours: 3
    Examines experimental evidence on the physical, physiological and psychological effects of drug use and conclusions relating to the real vs. alleged effects of drugs.
  • PSY 1463 Human Sexuality
    Credit Hours: 3
    Integrates and presents biological, psychosocial and cultural aspects of human sexuality within the context of the most recent research findings.
  • PSY 2413 Research Experience
    Credit Hours: 1
    Offers research experience under the direction of a member of the psychology faculty, generally in the context of programmatic research teams.
  • PSY 2442 Adult Development and Aging
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces current information and psychological research on aspects of adult development, old age and aging. Examines the intellectual, motivational, psychobiological, social, performance and personality changes that occur in adulthood and old age.
  • PSY 2444 Cross-Cultural and Ethnic Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Examines the relationship between cultural variables and psychological processes from both a psychological and an anthropological perspective. Addresses cultural, international and ethnic issues.
  • PSY 2445 Psychology of Women
    Credit Hours: 3
    Examines the way gender differences affect the lives of women. Studies biological, cultural and social factors in terms of their direct effects on women, and in terms of the psychological and cultural bases of prejudice and discrimination.
  • PSY 2446 Sport Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Surveys the theory, research and applications of psychology pertaining to exercise and sports. Presents current topics and issues relevant to sport psychology.
  • PSY 2541 Group Behavior
    Credit Hours: 3
    Considers issues of group development, socialization, productivity, decision making and leadership. Emphasizes the application of scientific theory and research to the study of group dynamics in real world group situations. Includes cult and crowd phenomena, social loafing, group therapy, work groups and sports teams.
  • PSY 2800 Introduction to Behavior Analysis
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces and overviews the field of behavior analysis and its areas of application. Requires a student project involving the application of behavioral principles to change a socially significant behavior.
  • PSY 3531 Child Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Overviews psychological principles, theories and research pertaining to the developing child from conception through early adolescence. Includes biological and environmental influences on affective, cognitive, moral, social and personality development.
  • PSY 3551 Introduction to Child Advocacy
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces students to the history of child advocacy, comparative perspectives, legal framework and other interdisciplinary issues pertaining to child maltreatment, response and advocacy.
  • PSY 4413 Undergraduate Research
    Credit Hours: 3
    Offers research experience under the direction of a member of the psychology faculty.
    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval
Forensic

Forensic psychology can be defined as anything that involves the intersection of psychology and the legal system. Some forensic psychologists have a background in clinical psychology and focus on things like assessing people charged with crimes to determine competency to stand trial or whether or not the individual was legally insane at the time of the incident. Other forensic psychologists may focus on research applied to the justice system, studying such topics as eyewitness identification procedures (and errors), police interrogation procedures, police selection and assessment, confessions and false confessions, and jury decision-making, to name a few. Recent students have interned with law enforcement officers, jail staff, attorneys, treatment providers in pretrial diversion treatment programs, child and victim advocates, Federal Bureau of Investigation behavior analysts and researchers in criminology. These internships allow for studies of the impact of interventions and procedures on recidivism, trial outcomes and etiology of criminal behaviors.

Concentration Required Courses
  • PSF 2551 Survey of Forensic Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Surveys the psychological theories and methods pertinent to the legal and criminal justice systems. Includes victimization, reliability of eyewitness testimony, jury selection, treatment vs. incarceration, insanity, family and drug court issues, and trial testimony. Also explores research and training roles in relation to the justice system.
  • PSF 3551 Integrated Theories of Crime
    Credit Hours: 3
    Explores the basic questions concerning human nature, human behavior, crime and criminality from the perspectives of sociological, psychological and criminological theories.
  • SOC 1551 Introduction to American Criminal Justice
    Credit Hours: 3
    The philosophy and history of the American criminal justice system. Explores interrelationships among system components to include police, courts, institutional corrections, community-based corrections and the juvenile justice system. Contemporary critical issues such as discretion in the administration of criminal justice, race, due process and search and seizure
Concentration Social Science Bases (6 credit hours)
  • PSY 2442 Adult Development and Aging
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces current information and psychological research on aspects of adult development, old age and aging. Examines the intellectual, motivational, psychobiological, social, performance and personality changes that occur in adulthood and old age.
  • PSY 2444 Cross-Cultural and Ethnic Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Examines the relationship between cultural variables and psychological processes from both a psychological and an anthropological perspective. Addresses cultural, international and ethnic issues.
  • PSY 2541 Group Behavior
    Credit Hours: 3
    Considers issues of group development, socialization, productivity, decision making and leadership. Emphasizes the application of scientific theory and research to the study of group dynamics in real world group situations. Includes cult and crowd phenomena, social loafing, group therapy, work groups and sports teams.
  • PSY 3441 Social Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Surveys the areas of social psychology as it has evolved in American psychology, including its history, methods and theories of intrapersonal, interpersonal and group behavior. Reviews sociological approaches to social psychology and cultural processes that affect social phenomena.
  • PSY 3442 Psychology of Personality
    Credit Hours: 3
    Overviews the major theoretical approaches to personality development and research in the field.
  • PSY 3531 Child Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Overviews psychological principles, theories and research pertaining to the developing child from conception through early adolescence. Includes biological and environmental influences on affective, cognitive, moral, social and personality development.
  • PSY 3541 Psychology of Leadership
    Credit Hours: 3
    Examines the research and application of the essential competencies of effective leadership such as managing conflict, facilitating communication and leading groups and teams.
  • PSY 3543 Psychology of the Workplace
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers the many ways psychology is applied in organizations to improve performance and quality of work life. Includes employee selection and personnel law, performance management, training, motivation, job attitudes, stress, teamwork, leadership and organizational development.
  • PSY 4541 Culture and Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Presents a theoretical basis for understanding the relationship between psychology and social science fields involving cultural studies, including cross-cultural psychology, psychological anthropology, cultural psychology, psychological sociology, ethnicity and multiculturalism. Emphasizes quantitative research methodology in these fields.
    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval
Concentration Natural Science Bases (3 credit hours)
  • AHF 3101 Introduction to Human Factors
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces the field of engineering psychology (ergonomics) that examines the interaction of humans and machines. Analyzes aircraft accidents and industrial safety concepts, and the design of aircraft, computers and other products.
  • PSY 3423 Physiological Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies the biological bases of human behavior, including in-depth treatment of nervous system anatomy and physiology, and the biological concepts underlying emotion, motivation, learning and memory.
  • PSY 3522 Human Cognition: Theory and Application
    Credit Hours: 3
    Reviews models, processes and research in information processing; attention, short- and long-term memory, memory codes, visualization and imagery; forgetting, semantic organization, problem solving, decision-making, language, multilingualism, music cognition and cognitive development.
  • PSY 3524 Sensation and Perception
    Credit Hours: 3
    Reviews models, processes and empirical research concerning the modalities of vision, audition, taste, smell and touch/feel. Explores how perception gives rise to our subjective experience and the quality of conscious awareness.
  • PSY 4521 Animal Learning and Behavior
    Credit Hours: 3
    Surveys major topics including learning vs. unlearned behavior, communication, reproduction, cognition, social behavior and tool use. Employs evolutionary, genetic and environmental perspectives to understand behavior.
Concentration Electives (12 credit hours)
  • PSF 3512 Forensic Behavior Investigation and Identification
    Credit Hours: 3
    Explores the behavior of victims, suspects and witnesses of crime with respect to the psychological principles used in investigation; in particular kinesics, interview techniques, reliability of recall and legal implications of interview techniques.
  • PSF 4551 Principles of Individual and Community Advocacy
    Credit Hours: 3
    Explores the response to crime by law enforcement, the court system, social services and victim advocates. Primarily focuses on advocacy for individuals and the community. Examines domestic violence, crime prevention, delinquency, hate crimes and substance abuse in terms of best practices from the field.
  • PSF 4562 Forensic Clinical Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Overviews forensic clinical psychology, including forensic interviewing and assessment of children and adults, treatment of offenders and victims, legal procedures involving the interaction of clinical psychologists with the justice system, and expert testimony by mental health professionals.
  • PSF 4591 Critical Issues in Forensic Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Examines contemporary and critical issues in forensic psychology that are central to theoretical and applied areas of the field, such as racial profiling, sex crimes, jury consulting, correctional psychology, kinesics and advanced interviewing, international crime and terrorism.
  • PSF 4791 Critical Issues in Child Advocacy
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers the history, comparative perspectives and legal framework as apply to the responses to child maltreatment. Addresses the necessary skills needed to work as a child advocate. Also includes other issues pertaining to child maltreatment.
  • PSY 3541 Psychology of Leadership
    Credit Hours: 3
    Examines the research and application of the essential competencies of effective leadership such as managing conflict, facilitating communication and leading groups and teams.
  • PSY 3551 Introduction to Child Advocacy
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces students to the history of child advocacy, comparative perspectives, legal framework and other interdisciplinary issues pertaining to child maltreatment, response and advocacy.
  • PSY 3761 Abnormal Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Examines psychological disorders, including theories for their development, symptomology and system of classification.
  • SOC 2541 Juvenile Delinquency
    Credit Hours: 3
    Explores the prevalence and patterns of juvenile delinquency, emphasizing casual factors, control and prevention. Examines the roles of family, peers, school, community, gender and other social regulators of delinquency. Introduces the juvenile justice system.
Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Students who plan to enter business directly after graduation, or apply to an MBA program or to a graduate program in personnel or industrial/organizational psychology should select courses in psychology and business that will help define their interests, prepare them for graduate school admission or develop skills. Some useful areas of study include psychology of the workplace, business law, management, human resource management and organizational behavior. Students who choose this concentration are encouraged to add a minor in business administration.

Concentration Required Courses
  • BUS 3501 Management Principles
    Credit Hours: 3
    Helps students acquire management knowledge and develop management skills. Enables the student to understand management as it relates to both the employer and employee, and acquaints the student with the various schools of management and the philosophy of management.
  • PSY 2541 Group Behavior
    Credit Hours: 3
    Considers issues of group development, socialization, productivity, decision making and leadership. Emphasizes the application of scientific theory and research to the study of group dynamics in real world group situations. Includes cult and crowd phenomena, social loafing, group therapy, work groups and sports teams.
  • PSY 3441 Social Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Surveys the areas of social psychology as it has evolved in American psychology, including its history, methods and theories of intrapersonal, interpersonal and group behavior. Reviews sociological approaches to social psychology and cultural processes that affect social phenomena.
  • PSY 3541 Psychology of Leadership
    Credit Hours: 3
    Examines the research and application of the essential competencies of effective leadership such as managing conflict, facilitating communication and leading groups and teams.
  • PSY 3543 Psychology of the Workplace
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers the many ways psychology is applied in organizations to improve performance and quality of work life. Includes employee selection and personnel law, performance management, training, motivation, job attitudes, stress, teamwork, leadership and organizational development.
Concentration Social Science Bases (3 credit hours)
  • PSY 2442 Adult Development and Aging
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces current information and psychological research on aspects of adult development, old age and aging. Examines the intellectual, motivational, psychobiological, social, performance and personality changes that occur in adulthood and old age.
  • PSY 2444 Cross-Cultural and Ethnic Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Examines the relationship between cultural variables and psychological processes from both a psychological and an anthropological perspective. Addresses cultural, international and ethnic issues.
  • PSY 3442 Psychology of Personality
    Credit Hours: 3
    Overviews the major theoretical approaches to personality development and research in the field.
  • PSY 3531 Child Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Overviews psychological principles, theories and research pertaining to the developing child from conception through early adolescence. Includes biological and environmental influences on affective, cognitive, moral, social and personality development.
Concentration Natural Science Bases (3 credit hours)
  • AHF 3101 Introduction to Human Factors
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces the field of engineering psychology (ergonomics) that examines the interaction of humans and machines. Analyzes aircraft accidents and industrial safety concepts, and the design of aircraft, computers and other products.
  • PSY 3423 Physiological Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies the biological bases of human behavior, including in-depth treatment of nervous system anatomy and physiology, and the biological concepts underlying emotion, motivation, learning and memory.
  • PSY 3522 Human Cognition: Theory and Application
    Credit Hours: 3
    Reviews models, processes and research in information processing; attention, short- and long-term memory, memory codes, visualization and imagery; forgetting, semantic organization, problem solving, decision-making, language, multilingualism, music cognition and cognitive development.
  • PSY 3524 Sensation and Perception
    Credit Hours: 3
    Reviews models, processes and empirical research concerning the modalities of vision, audition, taste, smell and touch/feel. Explores how perception gives rise to our subjective experience and the quality of conscious awareness.
  • PSY 4521 Animal Learning and Behavior
    Credit Hours: 3
    Surveys major topics including learning vs. unlearned behavior, communication, reproduction, cognition, social behavior and tool use. Employs evolutionary, genetic and environmental perspectives to understand behavior.
Concentration Business Bases (6 credit hours)
  • BUS 2601 Legal and Social Environments of Business
    Credit Hours: 3
    Investigates the operational responsibilities of business in light of political, moral, social, ethical and jurisprudential considerations.
  • BUS 3503 Human Resource Management
    Credit Hours: 3
    Provides the student with the foundation to embark on further study in the area of human resource management. Includes equal employment opportunity, staffing the organization, training and development, performance appraisals, compensating employees, safety and health issues and labor relations.
  • BUS 3801 Cross-Cultural Management
    Credit Hours: 3
    Examines the importance of effectively managing soft skills in a global organizational context. Specifically emphasizes the impact of national culture in shaping values, behaviors and employment practices in organizations operating within a global environment.
  • BUS 4502 Organizational Behavior and Theory
    Credit Hours: 3
    Overviews classical and contemporary approaches to organizational behavior and theory. Focus progresses from the micro (individual behavior) to macro (organizational processes, effectiveness and change). Special attention is given to group behavior.
Concentration Elective (3 credit hours)
  • PSY 2xxx Select one 2000-level or higher Credit Hours: 3
Neuropsychology

The concentration in neuropsychology introduces students to the complex area of brain-behavior interactions. The combination of coursework and internship prepares students for graduate programs in neuroscience, cognitive neuropsychology and clinical neuropsychology. Areas of emphasis include the study of dementing illnesses, sportrelated concussion, visuospatial cognitive processing and eyetracking research. Students in this concentration are strongly encouraged to pursue the bachelor of science degree and to consider a minor in biology. Research opportunities for students who concentrate in neuropsychology include the study of dementing illnesses at the East Central Florida Memory Disorder Clinic, investigation of the biomechanics of sport-related concussion as well as valid baseline and post-trauma measures at the Florida Tech Neuropsychology Laboratory, visuospatial cognitive processing and brain-computer interfaces at the Cognition Applied Research Laboratory. Students in this concentration must take BIO 1010 and BIO 1020.

Concentration Required Courses
  • PSF 4562 Forensic Clinical Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Overviews forensic clinical psychology, including forensic interviewing and assessment of children and adults, treatment of offenders and victims, legal procedures involving the interaction of clinical psychologists with the justice system, and expert testimony by mental health professionals.
  • PSY 3423 Physiological Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies the biological bases of human behavior, including in-depth treatment of nervous system anatomy and physiology, and the biological concepts underlying emotion, motivation, learning and memory.
  • PSY 3522 Human Cognition: Theory and Application
    Credit Hours: 3
    Reviews models, processes and research in information processing; attention, short- and long-term memory, memory codes, visualization and imagery; forgetting, semantic organization, problem solving, decision-making, language, multilingualism, music cognition and cognitive development.
  • PSY 3524 Sensation and Perception
    Credit Hours: 3
    Reviews models, processes and empirical research concerning the modalities of vision, audition, taste, smell and touch/feel. Explores how perception gives rise to our subjective experience and the quality of conscious awareness.
  • PSY 3761 Abnormal Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Examines psychological disorders, including theories for their development, symptomology and system of classification.
Concentration Social Science Bases (6 credit hours)
  • PSF 2551 Survey of Forensic Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Surveys the psychological theories and methods pertinent to the legal and criminal justice systems. Includes victimization, reliability of eyewitness testimony, jury selection, treatment vs. incarceration, insanity, family and drug court issues, and trial testimony. Also explores research and training roles in relation to the justice system.
  • PSY 2442 Adult Development and Aging
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces current information and psychological research on aspects of adult development, old age and aging. Examines the intellectual, motivational, psychobiological, social, performance and personality changes that occur in adulthood and old age.
  • PSY 3441 Social Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Surveys the areas of social psychology as it has evolved in American psychology, including its history, methods and theories of intrapersonal, interpersonal and group behavior. Reviews sociological approaches to social psychology and cultural processes that affect social phenomena.
  • PSY 3442 Psychology of Personality
    Credit Hours: 3
    Overviews the major theoretical approaches to personality development and research in the field.
  • PSY 3531 Child Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Overviews psychological principles, theories and research pertaining to the developing child from conception through early adolescence. Includes biological and environmental influences on affective, cognitive, moral, social and personality development.
  • PSY 4462 Clinical and Community Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Overviews clinical psychology and community psychology. Reviews methods of clinical assessment and treatment of behavioral disorders. Presents the concepts of community psychology as they have developed from the fields of psychology, social work and public administration.
Concentration Electives (9 credit hours)
  • AHF 3101 Introduction to Human Factors
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces the field of engineering psychology (ergonomics) that examines the interaction of humans and machines. Analyzes aircraft accidents and industrial safety concepts, and the design of aircraft, computers and other products.
  • BIO 2110 General Genetics
    Credit Hours: 4
    The fundamentals of genetics from Mendel to modern day. Emphasizes the transmission of genetic material, the molecular nature of heredity and the heredity of populations. In the lab, students perform genetic analyses with online bioinformatics software and hands-on with DNA purified from several sources.
  • BIO 3210 Mammalian Physiology
    Credit Hours: 4
    Introduces the study of bodily functions. Emphasizes biophysical principles and control systems to explain organ system function and the maintenance of homeostasis.
  • BIO 4550 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
    Credit Hours: 4
    Lectures and labs examine the comparative anatomy of higher animals. Emphasizes the evolutionary trends of the vertebrates.
  • BME 3240 Computational Methods for Biological Systems
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces the use of numerical methods for solving problems typically encountered in biological systems and biomedical engineering. Uses MATLAB® to implement the numerical methods covered.
  • CSE 1001 Fundamentals of Software Development 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    Introduces software development as it applies to small programs. Students learn to program in a higher-level language and to read, understand, write and evolve typical small higher-level programs.
    Requirement(s):
    Passing score on calculus placement test or prerequisite course
  • CSE 1010 Ideas and Impact of Computing
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces some of the ideas in computing that have helped transform other disciplines such as digital media in communications and algorithms for DNA analysis in biology and law. Explores tools for creating software to solve diverse problems.
    Requirement(s):
    Noncredit for CS majors. Passing score on calculus placement test or prerequisite course.
  • ISC 1162 Survey of Human Anatomy and Physiology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Surveys the structure and function of the human body. Emphasizes the human body as an integrated system. Includes basic principles and concepts related to the structure of biological molecules, cells, tissues and organs, and the systems of the human body. Also includes in-class practicum and online components as part of the course. Not recommended for students interested in health professions.
  • MTH 3051 Combinatorics and Graph Theory
    Credit Hours: 3
    Elementary and advanced counting techniques including permutations, combinations, multisets, inclusion-exclusion, generating functions, recurrence relations and topics in graph theory including graphs, trees, binary tree, graph traversals and network flow.
  • MTH 4320 Neural Networks
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes basic existence theory, differential and integral inequalities, qualitative and quantitative theory, and Lyapunov's second method.
Social-Cultural

The social-cultural concentration is a good choice for those preparing for graduate school and those interested in social psychology, sociology, social work, business, to name a few. Some internship possibilities include a study-abroad project; work in a local program for minorities; participation in a political action organization or a nonprofit community organization; work at a nongovernmental organization (NGO) in the U.S. or abroad; a volunteer abroad program; or a theoretical research project.

Concentration Required Courses
  • PSY 2444 Cross-Cultural and Ethnic Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Examines the relationship between cultural variables and psychological processes from both a psychological and an anthropological perspective. Addresses cultural, international and ethnic issues.
  • PSY 2541 Group Behavior
    Credit Hours: 3
    Considers issues of group development, socialization, productivity, decision making and leadership. Emphasizes the application of scientific theory and research to the study of group dynamics in real world group situations. Includes cult and crowd phenomena, social loafing, group therapy, work groups and sports teams.
  • PSY 3441 Social Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Surveys the areas of social psychology as it has evolved in American psychology, including its history, methods and theories of intrapersonal, interpersonal and group behavior. Reviews sociological approaches to social psychology and cultural processes that affect social phenomena.
  • PSY 3442 Psychology of Personality
    Credit Hours: 3
    Overviews the major theoretical approaches to personality development and research in the field.
Concentration Social Science Bases (3 credit hours)
  • PSY 2442 Adult Development and Aging
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces current information and psychological research on aspects of adult development, old age and aging. Examines the intellectual, motivational, psychobiological, social, performance and personality changes that occur in adulthood and old age.
  • PSY 3531 Child Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Overviews psychological principles, theories and research pertaining to the developing child from conception through early adolescence. Includes biological and environmental influences on affective, cognitive, moral, social and personality development.
  • PSY 3541 Psychology of Leadership
    Credit Hours: 3
    Examines the research and application of the essential competencies of effective leadership such as managing conflict, facilitating communication and leading groups and teams.
  • PSY 3543 Psychology of the Workplace
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers the many ways psychology is applied in organizations to improve performance and quality of work life. Includes employee selection and personnel law, performance management, training, motivation, job attitudes, stress, teamwork, leadership and organizational development.
Concentration Natural Science Bases (3 credits)
  • AHF 3101 Introduction to Human Factors
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces the field of engineering psychology (ergonomics) that examines the interaction of humans and machines. Analyzes aircraft accidents and industrial safety concepts, and the design of aircraft, computers and other products.
  • PSY 3423 Physiological Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies the biological bases of human behavior, including in-depth treatment of nervous system anatomy and physiology, and the biological concepts underlying emotion, motivation, learning and memory.
  • PSY 3522 Human Cognition: Theory and Application
    Credit Hours: 3
    Reviews models, processes and research in information processing; attention, short- and long-term memory, memory codes, visualization and imagery; forgetting, semantic organization, problem solving, decision-making, language, multilingualism, music cognition and cognitive development.
  • PSY 3524 Sensation and Perception
    Credit Hours: 3
    Reviews models, processes and empirical research concerning the modalities of vision, audition, taste, smell and touch/feel. Explores how perception gives rise to our subjective experience and the quality of conscious awareness.
  • PSY 4521 Animal Learning and Behavior
    Credit Hours: 3
    Surveys major topics including learning vs. unlearned behavior, communication, reproduction, cognition, social behavior and tool use. Employs evolutionary, genetic and environmental perspectives to understand behavior.
Concentration Electives (12 credit hours)
  • PSY 2xxx Select 2000-level or higher Credit Hours: 12
Sport Psychology

Students looking forward to graduate programs in sport psychology or careers in coaching or training will take courses that are foundational to these pursuits such as physiological psychology, leadership, group behavior and sport psychology, and applied sport psychology. These classroom experiences, combined with practical training and research, give students a view of the various opportunities within this growing field as well as preparation for advanced study or practice. A minor in education is encouraged for those interested in working in secondary education.

Concentration Required Courses
  • PED 2161 Care and Prevention of Athletics Injuries
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies the procedures involved in the prevention of athletics injuries. Includes the effects and dangers of drug use, especially as they relate to performance enhancing drugs. Focuses on the coach's role in limiting the potential for injury. Emphasizes the recognition, care and treatment of injuries. Requires completion of CPR certification.
  • PSY 2446 Sport Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Surveys the theory, research and applications of psychology pertaining to exercise and sports. Presents current topics and issues relevant to sport psychology.
  • PSY 2800 Introduction to Behavior Analysis
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces and overviews the field of behavior analysis and its areas of application. Requires a student project involving the application of behavioral principles to change a socially significant behavior.
  • PSY 3423 Physiological Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies the biological bases of human behavior, including in-depth treatment of nervous system anatomy and physiology, and the biological concepts underlying emotion, motivation, learning and memory.
  • PSY 3441 Social Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Surveys the areas of social psychology as it has evolved in American psychology, including its history, methods and theories of intrapersonal, interpersonal and group behavior. Reviews sociological approaches to social psychology and cultural processes that affect social phenomena.
  • PSY 3442 Psychology of Personality
    Credit Hours: 3
    Overviews the major theoretical approaches to personality development and research in the field.
Concentration Social Science Bases (3 credit hours)
  • PSY 2442 Adult Development and Aging
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces current information and psychological research on aspects of adult development, old age and aging. Examines the intellectual, motivational, psychobiological, social, performance and personality changes that occur in adulthood and old age.
  • PSY 3531 Child Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Overviews psychological principles, theories and research pertaining to the developing child from conception through early adolescence. Includes biological and environmental influences on affective, cognitive, moral, social and personality development.
  • PSY 3761 Abnormal Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Examines psychological disorders, including theories for their development, symptomology and system of classification.
  • PSY 4462 Clinical and Community Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Overviews clinical psychology and community psychology. Reviews methods of clinical assessment and treatment of behavioral disorders. Presents the concepts of community psychology as they have developed from the fields of psychology, social work and public administration.
Concentration Natural Science Bases (3 credit hours)
  • PSY 3522 Human Cognition: Theory and Application
    Credit Hours: 3
    Reviews models, processes and research in information processing; attention, short- and long-term memory, memory codes, visualization and imagery; forgetting, semantic organization, problem solving, decision-making, language, multilingualism, music cognition and cognitive development.
  • PSY 3524 Sensation and Perception
    Credit Hours: 3
    Reviews models, processes and empirical research concerning the modalities of vision, audition, taste, smell and touch/feel. Explores how perception gives rise to our subjective experience and the quality of conscious awareness.
Concentration Electives (6 credit hours)
  • BEH 3465 Applied Behavior Analysis
    Credit Hours: 3
    Applies operant and respondent conditioning processes to the modification of human behavior in business, community, education and clinical settings. Includes analysis of situational components, measurements of behavior, application of basic behavior analytic skills and understanding the significance of results.
  • BEH 3466 Behavior Change Techniques
    Credit Hours: 3
    Applies operant and respondent conditioning processes and skill training to the modification of client behavior in residential, clinical and school settings. Includes analysis of basic analytic skills, foundational knowledge and application of specific behavior change procedures and ethical principles in the practice of ABA.
  • BUS 3509 Introduction to Sports Management
    Credit Hours: 3
    Examines the multiple contexts in which management principles are applied within the general sports context. Includes discussions of sports and recreation programs, sports communication and marketing, facilities and event management, and professional development in sports management.
  • ISC 1162 Survey of Human Anatomy and Physiology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Surveys the structure and function of the human body. Emphasizes the human body as an integrated system. Includes basic principles and concepts related to the structure of biological molecules, cells, tissues and organs, and the systems of the human body. Also includes in-class practicum and online components as part of the course. Not recommended for students interested in health professions.
  • PED 2160 Coaching Theory
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces the theory and applied practice of athletics coaching for prospective athletics coaches and physical education teachers. Identifies characteristics and motivations associated with athletes, components of character development, and the risk and effects of drug use, especially performance enhancing drugs.
  • PSY 2444 Cross-Cultural and Ethnic Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Examines the relationship between cultural variables and psychological processes from both a psychological and an anthropological perspective. Addresses cultural, international and ethnic issues.
  • PSY 2445 Psychology of Women
    Credit Hours: 3
    Examines the way gender differences affect the lives of women. Studies biological, cultural and social factors in terms of their direct effects on women, and in terms of the psychological and cultural bases of prejudice and discrimination.
  • PSY 2541 Group Behavior
    Credit Hours: 3
    Considers issues of group development, socialization, productivity, decision making and leadership. Emphasizes the application of scientific theory and research to the study of group dynamics in real world group situations. Includes cult and crowd phenomena, social loafing, group therapy, work groups and sports teams.
  • PSY 3541 Psychology of Leadership
    Credit Hours: 3
    Examines the research and application of the essential competencies of effective leadership such as managing conflict, facilitating communication and leading groups and teams.
  • PSY 3543 Psychology of the Workplace
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers the many ways psychology is applied in organizations to improve performance and quality of work life. Includes employee selection and personnel law, performance management, training, motivation, job attitudes, stress, teamwork, leadership and organizational development.
  • PSY 3551 Introduction to Child Advocacy
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces students to the history of child advocacy, comparative perspectives, legal framework and other interdisciplinary issues pertaining to child maltreatment, response and advocacy.