Jan 18, 2020  
2012-2013 General Catalog 
    
2012-2013 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG–FOR INFORMATION ONLY]

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Physics

  
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    PHYS 2230 - Physics for Scientists & Engineers I Recitation

    1 credits

    A problem solving session to accompany PHYS 2210 . Problem solving techniques and approaches using examples will be covered. A minimum grade of “C” (2.0 or above) must be earned in this course before it can be counted in a physical science major or minor or as a prerequisite for any other course. (P/F) (Fall, Spring)

    Co-Requisite: PHYS 2210 /PHYS 2215 
    General Education Course: Physical Science Knowledge Area
  
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    PHYS 2260 - Physics for Scientists & Engineers II Recitation

    1 credits

    A problem solving session to accompany PHYS 2220 . Problem solving techniques and approaches using examples will be covered. A minimum grade of “C” (2.0 or above) must be earned in this course before it can be counted in a physical science major or minor or as a prerequisite for any other course. (P/F) (Fall, Spring)

    Co-Requisite: PHYS 2220 
    General Education Course: No
  
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    PHYS 3310 - Quantum Physics I

    3 credits

    A chronological study of developments in physics since 1900, including the wave properties of particles, black body radiation, particle scattering, atomic models and quantum mechanics. A satisfactory level of enrollment must be achieved. A minimum grade of “C” (2.0 or above) must be earned in this course before it can be counted in a physical science major or minor or as a prerequisite for any other course. (As needed)

    Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C (2.0 or above) in PHYS 2210 /PHYS 2215 , and PHYS 2220 /PHYS 2225 
    General Education Course: No
  
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    PHYS 3320 - Quantum Physics II

    3 credits

    A continuation of PHYS 3310 . A minimum enrollment must be achieved. A minimum grade of “C” (2.0 or above) must be earned in this course before it can be counted in a physical science major or minor or as a prerequisite for any other course. (As needed)

    Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C (2.0 or above) in PHYS 3310 
    General Education Course: No

Political Science

  
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    POLS 1100 - American National Government

    3 credits

    Source of democratic ideas and principles of the constitutional system. Cultural, group, party and governmental influences on the process of public policymaking. The administration and impact of public policy. (Fall, Spring, and Summer)

    General Education Course: American Institutions Requirement: Social and Behavioral Sciences Knowledge Area
  
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    POLS 2100 - Introduction to International Relations

    3 credits

    A fundamental introduction to the essential definitions, concepts, theories, authors, institutions and contemporary background for an understanding of current international affairs. (Fall)

    General Education Course: Social and Behavioral Sciences Knowledge Area
  
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    POLS 2200 - Introduction to Comparative Politics

    3 credits

    Comparison of traditional, emerging, and modernized societies and their politics; examination of the cultural and social forces that influence political structures and policies. (Fall even years)

    General Education Course: Social and Behavioral Sciences Knowledge Area
  
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    POLS 2300 - Introduction to Political Thought

    3 credits

    An introductory survey of key political ideas, concepts and movements from antiquity to the 21st century. (Fall)

    General Education Course: Social and Behavioral Sciences Knowledge Area
  
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    POLS 3010 - Current Political Issues

    3 credits

    The study of selected controversies in politics revolving around moral, legal, philosophical, policy, and empirical issues. (Spring)

    General Education Course: No
  
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    POLS 3030 - State & Local Government

    3 credits

    Function, structure and politics of state and local government policymaking within the context of the federal system. (Spring)

    General Education Course: No
  
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    POLS 3100 - Parties, Elections, & Voting Behavior

    3 credits

    The study of political parties, elections, voting behavior, campaigns, and electoral systems with an emphasis on the electoral rules of both the U.S. and non U.S. systems. (Fall even years)

    General Education Course: No
  
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    POLS 3110 - American Presidency :Executive Process

    3 credits

    Examination of the American presidency including: historical foundations, constitutional provisions, the various constituencies the president is expected to serve, the different roles the president fills, and comparisons with executives in other government organizations. (Fall)

    General Education Course: No
  
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    POLS 3120 - Law, Courts, & Society

    3 credits

    Examination of law, courts, judges, the legal profession and their roles in the larger political system with an emphasis on judicial processes, U.S. courts compared to other nations, and current issues surrounding the legal system. Can also be counted as a Criminal Justice credit. (Spring)

    General Education Course: No
  
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    POLS 3130 - American Legislative Process & Behavior

    3 credits

    Organization, procedures and leadership of Congress. The committee system, legislative-administrative relationships and inter-legislative relationships. Problems of legislative leadership and procedures. (Spring odd years)

    General Education Course: No
  
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    POLS 3410 - Public Administration

    3 credits

    Examination of the mechanics and dynamics of government administration. Emphasis on the rise and impact of bureaucratic state, tasks of administrators, technical aspects of administration and administrative responsibility. (Fall)

    General Education Course: No
  
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    POLS 3440 - Introduction to the Middle East

    3 credits

    An introduction to the study of the Middle East by way of geography, religion, political developments and ideas, and contemporary conflicts. Particular emphasis will be put on how early political events have come to effect the twenty-first century world. (Spring odd years)

    General Education Course: No
  
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    POLS 3500 - Politics and Gender

    3 credits

    This course examines some of the classical texts that have focused on the relationship between women and men in the context of politics. It also touches upon contemporary political issues that confront women, men and politics. (Fall)

    General Education Course: No
  
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    POLS 3510 - Constitutional Law

    3 credits

    The study of the development of constitutional law as it pertains to separation of powers, governmental authority, federalism, economic issues, war powers, taxing and spending, and the elections process. (Fall)

    General Education Course: No
  
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    POLS 3520 - Civil Rights and Liberties

    3 credits

    Origins and philosophic basis of the Bill of Rights; a case law approach focusing on the First Amendment, equality and privacy. (Spring)

    General Education Course: No
  
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    POLS 3530 - Constitution, Criminal Justice & Equal Rights

    3 credits

    The examination of Supreme Court decisions pertaining to the exclusionary rule, fair trials, search and seizure, right to counsel, cruel and unusual punishment, equal rights, affirmative action, and voting rights. (Spring even years)

    General Education Course: No
  
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    POLS 3670 - Comparative Public Policy

    3 credits

    Explores why public policies ranging from social welfare, education, and immigration differ markedly from nation to nation. Focuses on contrasting cultures, state institutions, societal organizations, or some mix of all of these explanations. (Spring odd years)

    General Education Course: No
  
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    POLS 4100 - Special Topics in American Politics

    3 credits

    An examination of specific issues and topics in political science such as social choice theory, American political thought, Ethics and politics, and public policy. This course will vary in substantive content and may be repeated for credit. (As needed)

    General Education Course: No
  
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    POLS 4110 - American Political Thought

    3 credits

    A historical approach to American political ideology and philosophy with an emphasis upon the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the origins and the evolution of American liberalism and conservatisms as they relate to democracy and the role of government. (Fall)

    General Education Course: No
  
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    POLS 4210 - History of Political Thought

    3 credits

    This course studies important thinkers and concepts in the history of political thought from the pre-Socratics to the Post Modern period. (Spring odd years)

    General Education Course: No
  
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    POLS 4300 - Special Topics in World Affairs

    3 credits

    An examination of specific issues and topics in international relations including current crises and conflicts and their immediate effect on national politics and world affairs. This course varies in substantive content and may be repeated for credit. (Summer)

    General Education Course: No
  
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    POLS 4310 - Special Topics in Political Theory

    3 credits

    This course examines specific issues and topics in political theory such as liberalism, aesthetics, political economy, post-modernism, and social choice theory. This course varies in substantive content and may be repeated for credit. (On Demand)

    General Education Course: No
  
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    POLS 4460 - Spec Topics in Public Policy

    3 credits

    An examination of specific issues, topics and fields in Public Policy. This course will vary in substantive content and may be repeated for credit. (As needed)

    General Education Course: No
  
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    POLS 4510 - Politics and Religion

    3 credits

    This course explores the relationship between politics and religion. Thinkers such as Augustine, Aquinas, and Calvin as well as the Old Testament are examined in order to provide insight into the nature of divine revelation and political order. (Spring odd years)

    General Education Course: No
  
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    POLS 4600 - Theories of International Relations

    3 credits

    Analysis of the major theories of international relations and an overview of the recognized authors in the area of study. (Spring even years)

    General Education Course: No
  
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    POLS 4610 - International Law & Organization

    3 credits

    Historical and theoretical foundations, and the modern application of the law of nations; the nature and function of international organizations including the League of Nations, the United Nations, and other public, private, regional and general institutions and organizations. (Spring odd years)

    General Education Course: No
  
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    POLS 4660 - American Foreign Policy

    3 credits

    A fundamental survey of the foundations, institutions, trends and intentions of American foreign policy with particular emphasis on the development and implementation of policies of recent administrations. (Fall even years)

    General Education Course: No
  
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    POLS 4670 - The President, Congress, the Constitution & Foreign Policy

    3 credits

    Political and constitutional issues and controversies in the making and administration of American Foreign Policy. Particular attention is paid to the growth of presidential power and possible constitutional abuses in foreign affairs, as well as questions concerning the War Power. (Spring even years)

    General Education Course: No
  
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    POLS 4700 - International Conflict

    3 credits

    Analysis of contemporary international and regional conflicts, identification of the major players and the causes and impact of these conflicts. Areas of focus may include the Middle East, the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan and Southwest Asia and the Balkans. (Spring odd years)

    General Education Course: No
  
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    POLS 4830 - Readings & Conference

    1 to 3 credits

    This course is repeatable up to 6 credits. (P/F)

    General Education Course: No
  
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    POLS 4890 - Internship

    1 to 12 credits

    Credit given for practical experience with a public official or government agency. A maximum of six hours may be counted toward the major and three toward a minor. (P/F)

    General Education Course: No
  
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    POLS 4990 - Seminar in Political Science

    3 credits

    The completion of a substantial capstone paper based upon an in-depth study of contemporary issues in political science. The paper will be related to the content of the course and approved by the professor. The subject may vary from one semester to the next. (Fall, Spring)

    Prerequisite: A minimum of 12 upper division credit hours in political science
    General Education Course: No
  
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    POLS 5890 - Internship

    1 to 12 credits

    Credit given for practical experience with a public official or government agency. A maximum of six hours may be counted toward the major and three toward a minor. (P/F)

    General Education Course: No

Psychology

  
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    PSY 1010 - General Psychology

    3 credits

    Psychology is the scientific study of behavior. This course provides a broad overview of this field of science. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

    General Education Course: Social and Behavioral Sciences Knowledge Area
  
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    PSY 1110 - Lifespan Development

    3 credits

    Lifespan Development is concerned with the biosocial, cognitive/emotional, and psychosocial development of individuals across the lifespan. The course begins examination of human life with conception and continues to examine interactive influences until death. This course focuses on theory, research, and application. The General Education Requirement in Social Sciences can be met by taking either this course or FLHD 1500 Human Development Through the Lifespan, not both. (Fall, Spring)

    General Education Course: Social and Behavioral Sciences Knowledge Area
  
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    PSY 1210 - Personal Development/Growth

    3 credits

    This course is designed to promote self-awareness and personal growth. Emphasis is on accepting personal responsibility for one’s success, assessing personal motivation, developing confidence, improving decision making skills, and establishing effective self-management skills. (Spring, Summer)

    General Education Course: No
  
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    PSY 2010 - Models, Methods & Professional Issues in Psychology

    3 credits

    This course applies psychology to life. It also lays the foundation for further studies in psychology. Self-discovery; paradigm exploration; life, career, and education planning; professional organizations; research opportunities; graduate school; APA writing format; goal setting; decision making; life and stress management; learning and memory skills; diversity; and psychology department resources are among the topics addressed. Because the course is team taught students have the opportunity to meet and assess all members of the psychology department faculty. Students wishing to major or minor in psychology should take this course their freshman or sophomore year. (Fall, Spring)

    Prerequisite: PSY 1010  and LM 1010  (or co-requisite)
    General Education Course: No
  
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    PSY 2370 - Intro Psychology of Gender

    3 credits

    Psychology of Gender explores the similarities and differences in the psychological experiences of men and women. Topics explored will be biological and genetic differences, social roles, gender stereotyping, work roles of men and women and male/female differences in sexual behavior and attitudes. (Fall)

    Prerequisite: PSY 1010 
    General Education Course: No
  
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    PSY 3010 - Statistics in Psychology

    3 credits

    A presentation of statistical concepts of particular relevance to psychologists. Topics include: descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing, t tests, ANOVA, correlation, regression, and Chi-square. Prerequisites: . (Fall, Spring, Summer)

    Prerequisite: A grade of C- or better in PSY 1010  and PSY 2010 ; Instructor permission required
    Co-Requisite: PSY 3015 
    General Education Course: No
  
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    PSY 3015 - Statistics for Psychology Lab

    1 credits

    This lab provides to students a hands-on experience collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data.  In addition to analyzing and interpreting assigned data sets, students will work on a group project of their choosing for later dissemination at either the department’s annual Fall Research Symposium, or the campus-wide Student-Faculty Scholarship Day. (Fall, Spring)

    Co-Requisite: PSY 3010 
    General Education Course: No.
  
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    PSY 3200 - Psychology of Culture

    3 credits

    This course is designed to deepen appreciation and understanding of cross-cultural research and its applications, and the influence of culture on all aspects of psychology. (Fall)

    Prerequisite: PSY 1010  or Instructor permission
    General Education Course: No
  
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    PSY 3210 - Infant and Child Development

    3 credits

    A thematic study of human development from birth through childhood. The interaction of biology, mind, and environment on the physical, cognitive, and psychological development of children is explored. Contributions from evolutionary biology and cultural anthropology are included. (Fall, Spring)

    Prerequisite: PSY 1010 ; PSY 1110  strongly recommended
    General Education Course: No
  
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    PSY 3220 - Adolescent Development

    3 credits

    A study of human development during adolescence. The interaction of biology, mind, and environment on the physical, cognitive, and psychological development with an emphasis on developmental theories and psychosocial issues. (Fall, Spring)

    Prerequisite: PSY 1010 ; PSY 1110  strongly recommended
    General Education Course: No
  
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    PSY 3230 - Adult Development and Aging

    3 credits

    A study of human development during adulthood and aging. The interaction of biology, mind, and environment on the physical, cognitive, and psychological development with an emphasis on developmental theories and psychosocial issues. (Spring)

    Prerequisite: PSY 1010 ; PSY 1110  strongly recommended
    General Education Course: No
  
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    PSY 3270 - Motivation and Emotion

    3 credits

    A survey of contemporary psychological models of human motivation. Source of motivation will be explored: biological/evolutionary, internal psychological, and external. Emotions will be discussed as a unique source of motivation. (Fall, Spring)

    Prerequisite: PSY 1010 
    General Education Course: No
  
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    PSY 3320 - Cognitive Psychology

    3 credits

    A survey of contemporary, psychological models of human cognition (e.g., memory, attention, perception, problem solving, and communication). The class focuses on research from the field of experimental psychology. This course is designed for psychology majors and minors. (Spring)

    Prerequisite: PSY 1010 
    General Education Course: No
  
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    PSY 3370 - Social Psychology

    3 credits

    This course explores the social nature of individual behavior. Focus of the course is on how the individual perceives the social group and interacts in social situations. Topics to be covered include social perception and cognition, interpersonal attraction, aggression, conformity, group processes, and applied aspects of social psychology. (Fall, Spring)

    Prerequisite: PSY 1010 
    General Education Course: No
  
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    PSY 3400 - Experimental Analysis of Behavior

    2 credits

    This course includes a study of the experimental analysis of behavior method, variables that have been shown to affect behavior and principles that help us to understand, explain and control behavior. Students must register for the lecture and the lab. (Fall, Spring)

    Prerequisite: PSY 1010 
    Co-Requisite: PSY 3401 
    General Education Course: No
  
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    PSY 3401 - Experimental Analysis of Behavior Lab

    1 credits

    The lab will give students experience in experimentally analyzing the behavior of a subject (a pigeon or a rat). Standard experimental procedures will be assigned and experimental results will be reported in APA publication format. Approximately two hours of lab per week is expected. Lab time is flexible and will be scheduled with each student on an individual basis. (Fall, Spring)

    Prerequisite: PSY 1010 
    Co-Requisite: PSY 3400 
    General Education Course: No
  
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    PSY 3410 - Research Design

    3 credits

    A consideration of issues in the design and interpretation of research in psychology. Topics include: research ethics, validity and reliability, internal and external validity, within and between subject designs, single and multifactor experiments, correlational and survey designs. This course is strongly recommended for students who plan to enroll in PSY 4915  and later intend to pursue graduate studies. (Spring)

    Prerequisite: A grade of “C-” or better in PSY 1010 , PSY 2010 , and PSY 3010 
    General Education Course: No
  
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    PSY 3430 - Principles of Assessment

    3 credits

    This course reviews the theory and application of assessment used in psychology and education. Content includes a review of the statistics used in assessment, measurement theory, test development, and the major instruments used to assess intelligence, achievement, and personality. (Fall, Spring)

    Prerequisite: PSY 1010 , PSY 3010 
    General Education Course: No
  
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    PSY 3500 - Environmental Psychology

    3 credits

    Environmental Psychology examines the interaction between the person and environment. Psychological research and theory are applied to specific environments, both built and natural. Topic areas range from the very broad (climate change) to the very specific (design of elderly care facilities). (Fall, Spring)

    Prerequisite: PSY 1010 
    General Education Course: No
  
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    PSY 3510 - Intro to Industrial & Organizational Psych

    3 credits

    An Introduction to industrial and organizational psychology. Topical areas include general theories of IO psychology, job analysis, criterion measurements, personnel selection, leadership, motivation, training, organizational efficiency, and workplace stress. (Fall)

    Prerequisite: PSY 1010  and either PSY 3010 , PSY 3430  or equivalent Statistics course
    General Education Course: No
  
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    PSY 3600 - Stress and Pain

    3 credits

    Stress and pain often interact and exacerbate each other. Although considered undesirable by most people, they are to some extent necessary, and can at times be beneficial. This course explores the psychobiological variables which contribute to stress and the perception of pain. Both psychological and biological based therapies are discussed. Opportunities for personal applications will be included. (Spring)

    Prerequisite: PSY 1010 
    General Education Course: No
  
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    PSY 3650 - Health Psychology

    3 credits

    This course investigates the biopsychosocial factors which contribute to health and illness. Issues within the fields of medical psychology and behavioral medicine are discussed. Topics may include: health-behaviors, stress, pain and illness, seeking and adhering to medical advice, nutrition and mental health, chronic illness, death and dying, and behaviors associated with specific types of illness and disease. (Fall)

    Prerequisite: PSY 1010 
    General Education Course: No
  
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    PSY 3700 - Personality Theory

    3 credits

    Building on established personality theories, the course offers students the opportunity for expanded self-understanding and understanding of others. Primary focus is on presentation and discussion of diverse theoretical views of personality and personality development. (Fall, Spring)

    Prerequisite: PSY 1010 
    General Education Course: No
  
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    PSY 3800 - Professional Roles, Ethics & Practice

    3 credits

    Service-learning course, Professional Roles, Ethics & Practices, prepares students for field placement experiences. It includes professional, ethical, legal and clinical issues relevant to becoming a successful human service professional. This is a designated Service Learning course. (Fall, Spring)

    Prerequisite: PSY 1010  & PSY 2010 
    General Education Course: No
  
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    PSY 3820 - Human Relations in Group Dynamics

    3 credits

    This course offers an experiential exploration of group dynamics where the forces and activities that affect human group cohesion, communication skills, and interpersonal relations are emphasized. Students will also receive didactic instruction in group processes and theories of group dynamics. This course is designed to help prepare students design, plan, and conduct group treatments in the human services professions. (Fall, Spring)

    Prerequisite: PSY 1010  and Instructor permission required
    General Education Course: No
  
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    PSY 4310 - Abnormal Psychology

    3 credits

    This course examines human behavior typically classified as “abnormal.” Diagnostic criteria from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association, current theories of etiology, and contemporary treatment strategies will be reviewed. The course usually includes field visits to programs which treat persons with these diagnoses. The goal of the course is to provide students the opportunity to develop an empathic understanding of individuals with mental illnesses. This is a designated Service Learning course. (Fall, Spring)

    Prerequisite: PSY 1010 
    General Education Course: No
  
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    PSY 4320 - Clinical Neuropsychology

    3 credits

    Clinical Neuropsychology is the applied science of brain behavior relationships. Topics include functional neuroanatomy, common pathological conditions of the central nervous system and associated behavioral correlates, realms of function assessed in a neuropsychological evaluation, and assessment techniques. (Fall)

    Prerequisite: PSY 1010 
    General Education Course: No
  
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    PSY 4330 - Theories of Learning

    3 credits

    The study of major learning theories that contribute to the understanding of learning. Emphasis will be given to the application of these theories to the learning process.

    Prerequisite: PSY 1010 ; PSY 3400  strongly recommended
    General Education Course: No
  
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    PSY 4340 - Intro to Counseling & Psychotherapy

    3 credits

    This course provides exposure to many of the contemporary approaches to psychotherapy. Lectures are supplemented with experiential exercises. This course is team taught with the instructors presenting therapies that represent their particular interests in psychology. (Fall, Spring)

    Prerequisite: PSY 1010 
    General Education Course: No
  
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    PSY 4500 - Special Topics

    1 to 6 credits

    This course consists of special areas of interest to the faculty member. The course may be taken no more than 4 times for credit for a maximum of 12 credits, given the course subtitle is different each time. (Fall, Spring, As Needed)

    Prerequisite: PSY 1010  and Instructor permission
    General Education Course: No
  
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    PSY 4510 - Brain & Behavior

    2 credits

    Explores how the brain, in combination with genetic, hormonal environmental, social, and psychological influences, produces behavior and is subsequently changed in turn. Instruction on biofeedback and its applications is included. Lectures are held for the first and last five weeks of the semester only. (Fall)

    Prerequisite: PSY 1010 
    General Education Course: No
  
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    PSY 4511 - Brain & Behavior Lab

    1 credits

    This lab gives students hands on experience in the field of brain and behavior. Using rats, students will learn techniques such as stereotaxic (brain) surgery and behavioral paradigms. Labs will be 3 hours long, once/week during the middle five weeks of the semester only. (Fall)

    Prerequisite: PSY 1010 
    Co-Requisite: PSY 4510 
    General Education Course: No
  
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    PSY 4530 - Forensic Psychology

    3 credits

    A survey of the field of forensic psychology emphasizing application. This course will cover the role psychology has played in the legal system including: rehabilitation, theories of crime, eyewitness testimony, evaluation of criminal suspects, and jury selection. (Fall)

    General Education Course: No
  
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    PSY 4550 - Drugs and Behavior

    3 credits

    This course provides comprehensive coverage of issues relating to drug use and abuse in our society. Topics include: psychopharmacology, common drugs of abuse (e.g. cocaine, nicotine, alcohol, depressants, hallucinogens), over-the-counter and prescription drugs, and the treatment and prevention of substance abuse. PSY 4510  (or previous knowledge of biology) is helpful but not required. (Fall)

    Prerequisite: PSY 1010 
    General Education Course: No
  
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    PSY 4800 - Practicum

    3 credits

    Practicum students receive supervised experience in the application of psychology to meet human needs. Field placement vary widely but are typically in human service agencies or educational institutions. (Spring)

    Prerequisite: PSY 3800  (can be taken concurrently) and Instructor permission
    General Education Course: No
  
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    PSY 4830 - Readings & Conferences

    1 to 3 credits

    As with the special topics course, faculty can use this course number to offer a guided reading and discussion course pertaining to a special area of interest. Both the class schedule and hand-outs in the department office will provide further information as to what is being offered under this title. Credits can vary from one to three. (P/F) (Fall, Spring)

    Prerequisite: PSY 1010  and Instructor permission
    General Education Course: No
  
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    PSY 4831 - Readings and Conferences: Leadership

    1 credits

    This course is designed to give psychology honors students extra opportunity to develop their leadership skills in both an academic and applied setting. This will be accomplished through a series of specific readings and discussion of topics. Application of the topics will be achieved through directed group activities. (P/F) (Fall, Spring)

    Prerequisite: PSY 1010  and Instructor permission
    General Education Course: No
  
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    PSY 4890 - Internship

    1 to 12 credits

    Provides students with the opportunity to receive academic credit for supervised, professional level service and work experience. Prerequisite: Instructor permission required. (P/F) (Fall, Spring, Summer)

    General Education Course: No
  
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    PSY 4905 - History and Systems

    3 credits

    This course serves as one option for satisfying the senior requirement of the psychology major. This course is a comparison of different theories and methods of psychology and their historical context. An evaluation of theories and methods from philosophical and scientific standpoints will be carried out. This is a capstone course and should be taken late in the junior or senior year. (Fall, Spring)

    Prerequisite: PSY 1010 
    General Education Course: No
  
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    PSY 4910 - Senior Project: Literature Review

    3 credits

    This course serves as one option for satisfying the senior requirement of the psychology major. In it students perform an extensive review of the literature on a psychological topic of interest. The end result will be a written, APA style, professional paper which students both submit to the instructor and present to the class. (Fall, Spring)

    Prerequisite: PSY 1010 , PSY 2010 , PSY 3010  and two of the Research Methods Courses
    General Education Course: No
  
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    PSY 4915 - Senior Project: Independent Research I

    3 credits

    Ideally suited to students wishing to pursue hands-on research experience, research oriented careers, or a graduate degree in psychology. This course reviews and expands on skills required to conduct research: research methodology, IRB proposals, statistics, APA format, analyzing data using SPSS, graphing with Excel, and poster/paper presentations. By the end of the semester, students are expected to have an approved IRB research proposal. Students are then encouraged to register for PSY 4925 , giving them the opportunity to carry out their research projects. (Fall)

    Prerequisite: A grade of “C -” or better in PSY 1010 , PSY 2010 , PSY 3010 , one of the Research Methods Courses, instructor permission, and PSY 3410  is strongly recommended for students who plan to enroll in PSY 4915 and intend to later pursue graduate studies
    General Education Course: No
  
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    PSY 4925 - Senior Project: Independent Research II

    3 credits

    Ideally suited to students wishing to pursue a graduate degree in psychology. This course allows students to conduct research for which they have received IRB approval. Students will complete their research project and submit an APA style professional paper. Though not required, it is anticipated that many students will submit their research for presentation and/or publication. (Fall, Spring)

    Prerequisite: Instructor permission
    General Education Course: No
  
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    PSY 5100 - Psychopharmacology

    3 credits

    This course provides comprehensive coverage of psycho-pharmacology, including drugs of abuse. The curriculum will explore effects of drug use/abuse on brain and body. This course is required curriculum necessary to sit for the Utah State License Substance Abuse Counselor Examination. (Fall, Spring)

    General Education Course: No
  
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    PSY 5101 - Dynamics of Addiction

    3 credits

    This course introduces models of addiction and application of models to individuals who represent broad spectrums of traits, lifestyles, and risk factors. This course is required curriculum necessary to sit for the Utah State License Substance Abuse Counselor Examination. (Fall, Spring)

    General Education Course: No
  
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    PSY 6100 - Principles of Graduate Research

    3 credits

    An applied approach to designing, interpreting, and critiquing research. Topics include principles of research design, implementation, and analysis, including reliability, validity, and ethics. Students will read and critique published research with a focus on identifying research problems and their solutions. (Fall)

    Prerequisite: PSY 3010 
    General Education Course: No
  
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    PSY 6120 - Legal Psychology

    3 credits

    An examination of the field of legal psychology. This course will cover the role that psychology has played in the legal system including: confessions, eyewitness testimony, fallibility of human memory, evaluation of criminal suspects, and jury selection. PSY 1010  and PSY 3430  recommended. (Fall)

    General Education Course: No
  
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    PSY 6220 - Psychology of Criminal Behavior

    3 credits

    This course examines various theories addressing psychological forces of behavior. Developmental issues will be specifically explored. Students will read, evaluate, and report on pertinent literature. (Spring)

    Prerequisite: Admission to the MSFS Program
    General Education Course: No
  
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    PSY 6830 - Readings in Forensic Psychology

    1 to 3 credits

    A guided reading and discussion pertaining to a special area of interest within forensic psychology. Students and instructors will agree on the topic and readings to be covered. Credits can vary from 1-3.

    Prerequisite: Admission to the MSFS program and instructor permission
    General Education Course: No

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    EDUC 6560 - American Higher Education Environments

    3 credits

    This course explores the types of learning environments and different models of organizational functioning that currently exist in American colleges and universities.  Students analyze and examine the influence environments have on individual behavior and how environments can be shaped and created to encourage student learning and engagement. (Spring Even Years)

    General Education Course: No.
  
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    PADM 6000 - Administrative Theory

    3 credits

    This is a foundation course that establishes a theoretical and practical framework for public administration. Designed for professional public administrators the course focuses on the study of bureaucracy, administration, policy analysis, human relations, and the politics of administration. (Fall)

    Prerequisite: Graduate Admission Required
    General Education Course: No
  
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    PADM 6100 - Overview of Public Administration

    3 credits

    This foundation course should be completed within the first two semesters of admission to the MPA program.  It explore the roots and practices of public administration within the context of the US political, legal, economic, and policy systems.  Students also receive an overview of the MPA courses from faculty and adjuncts, and learn about internships, career possibilities & the capstone project. (Fall, Spring)

    General Education Course: No.
  
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    PADM 6200 - Public Sector Budgeting & Financial Mgmt

    3 credits

    This course explores the theory and practice of public sector financial administration including the budget process, political influences, information management and requirements, and fiduciary responsibilities for public funds. Emphasis is given to subnational levels of government and nonprofit organizations. (Spring)

    Prerequisite: Admission to MPA Program
    General Education Course: No
  
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    PADM 6300 - Administrative Law

    3 credits

    Analyzes the authority of administrative agencies with an emphasis on the study of the administrative relationship between the legislature, government, executives, and regulatory agencies, as well as the judicial review of administrative agencies. (Spring)

    General Education Course: No
  
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    PADM 6440 - Research Methods

    3 credits

    This course will cover research design using real-life examples and exercises. Students will become familiar with both quantitative and qualitative methods of data collection, including experimental and quasi-experimental design, surveys, and field research, evaluation research, and policy analysis. (Fall)

    General Education Course: No
  
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    PADM 6500 - Public HR Management

    3 credits

    This course provides MPA students with the knowledge and skills to supervise and manage employees. Topics include how to: set performance expectations; motivate and coach for performance improvement; comply with HR rules/regulations; incorporate staff needs into the budget process. (Spring)

    Prerequisite: Admission to the MPA Degree program
    General Education Course: No
  
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    PADM 6550 - Student Affairs in Higher Education

    3 credits

    This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the Student Affairs profession.  Historical, ethical, philosophical, and theoretical foundations are explored.  Core competencies and functional areas within the profession, diversity of institutional type, student populations, characteristics of today’s college students, and com temporary issues are examined. (Spring Odd Years)

    General Education Course: No.
  
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    PADM 6560 - American Higher Education Environments

    3 credits

    This course explores the types of learning environments and different models of organizational functioning that currently exist in American colleges and universities.  Students analyze and examine the influence environments have on individual behavior and how environments can be shaped an created to encourage student learning and engagement. (Spring Even Years)

    General Education Course: No.
  
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    PADM 6570 - Student Development in College, Theory and Practice

    3 credits

    Understanding the psychosocial development of college students is necessary for designing student affairs programs and developing a student affairs practice.  This course is designed to help graduate students effectively integrate theories of student development with the day to day practice of being a student affairs professional, and learn to become both an administrator and a “helper.” (Fall Even Years)

    General Education Course: No.
  
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    PADM 6580 - The History of American Higher Education

    3 credits

    This course explores the historical foundations and evolution of higher education to understand the emergence of American higher education and some of the social, cultural, and political events of historical significance.  Students will develop context from which to appreciate the ever-changing landscape of higher education as well as the impact societal expectations have on higher education. (Summer Even Years)

    General Education Course: No.
  
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    PADM 6600 - Practice of Public Management

    3 credits

    This course considers the contents and boundaries of public management as a discipline. The historical roots and development of the field public management will be studied, along with the elements of organizational theory, professional ethics, management techniques, leadership, and performance. (Fall)

    Prerequisite: Graduate Admission Required
    General Education Course: No
  
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    PADM 6610 - Public Policy Analysis

    3 credits

    An examination of the institutions that combine to make, implement, and evaluate American public policy. Various models of public policymaking will be studied and applied. A variety of substantive areas may be the focus of this course. (Spring)

    Prerequisite: Graduate Admission Required
    General Education Course: No
  
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    PADM 6615 - Comparative Public Policy

    3 credits

    Students will analyze how historical, economic, legal, political, and social considerations affect public policy development in the US and throughout the world.  Comparative public policy is mostly concerned with examining how public policies differ when comparing different countries, why public policies differ, and the impact public policies have on societies. (Summer Even Years)

    General Education Course: No.
  
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    PADM 6620 - Public Administration & Ethics

    3 credits

    An exploration of the role of ethics in public administration with an emphasis on standards of professional conduct, ethics and constitutionalism, and the ethical implications of law, policy, procedure, and practices within public administration. (Fall)

    Prerequisite: Graduate Admission
    General Education Course: No
 

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