Department of Psychology

Major in Psychology at UNA

The Department of Psychology offers a major program in psychology leading to the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree; a minor program in psychology; service coursework for the program for the preparation of secondary teachers offered through the College of Education; coursework applicable to general studies component requirements in all university programs; and a variety of courses required or recommended in other programs.

Programs in the department are designed to serve students who wish to prepare for graduate study in psychology and in related fields calling for supporting concentrations or courses in psychology.

For majors, a modern foreign languages through the intermediate level and additional coursework in biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, and physics are strongly recommended. Prospective majors should consult with the chair of the department in the selection of advanced psychology electives.

Students with majors in psychology are required to take an exit examination and attain a minimum score based on the national norms of the test for graduation.

Requirements for a major in psychology

Courses in Major: in semester hours
General Psychology (PY 201)................................................3
Learning (PY 321).................................................................3
Physiological Psychology (PY 361)........................................3
Experimental Psychology (PY 365W)....................................3
Psychological Statistics (PY 375)..........................................3
Psychology Electives..........................................................18 (15 for catalogs before 2008-2009)
Total in major: 33 semester hours (30 hours for catalogs before 2008-2009)

Prescribed Supporting Courses:
Introductory Biology (BI 101-102) or Principles of Biology (BI 111-112)....................8
Precalculus Algebra (MA 112 or MA 115 or Math 125)................................................3-4
Elementary Statistics (MA 147) .................................................................................3

For the Bachelor of Arts degree students must complete a foreign language through the intermediate level (201, 202) in French, German or Spanish.

Requirements for a minor in psychology

General Psychology (PY 201)............................................3
Learning (PY 321).............................................................3
Experimental Psychology (PY 365W) or
Psychological Statistics (PY 375).......................................3
Psychology Electives.........................................................9
Total in minor: 18 semester hours

Courses in Psychology: course number, credit hours, offering frequency

Psychology 201 is prerequisite to all other courses in psychology.

PY 201. (3) General Psychology. An introductory survey of major content areas in psychology: learning, sensory and perceptual processes, motivation, physiological bases of behavior, social behavior, abnormal behavior, and methods of psychology. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

PY 201H. (3) Honors General Psychology. An in-depth survey of the major content areas in psychology: learning, memory, sensory and perceptual process, motivation and emotion, the physiological bases of behavior, social behavior, abnormal behavior, and methods of psychology. Prerequisite: open to students in the Honors Program and other students with prior approval of the Department of Psychology. (Fall)

PY 242. (3) Psychology of Adjustment. The concept of adjustment and factors which influence social and emotional behavior. The applications of adjustment to schools, industries, social agencies, family groups, and to psychiatric and penal institutions. (Offered on sufficient demand)

PY 302. (3) Abnormal Psychology. The origins, developments, and possible outcomes of extremely deviate behavior. (Fall, Spring)

PY 321. (3) Learning. A study of the basic problems, theories, concepts, and research in the areas of human and animal learning. (Spring)

PY 344. (3) Developmental Psychology. The study of behavioral, perceptual, cognitive, and personality changes that occur in humans as a function of maturation and aging. (Offered on sufficient demand)

PY 350. (3) Psychology of Adult Development and Aging. A survey of the sensory, cognitive, personality, and interpersonal characteristics of older individuals and the factors that relate to them. (Fall, even-numbered years)

PY 361. (3) Physiological Psychology. A study of the anatomy and physiology of the nervous, sensory, and glandular systems as related to psychological function. Prerequisite: BI 101, BI 111, or BI 141. (Fall)

PY 365W. (3) Experimental Psychology. Experimental methods, techniques, and apparatus involved in the study of behavior with emphasis on learning and perception; laboratory work designed to demonstrate basic scientific principles and processes in psychology. Prerequisite: MA 112 or equivalent. (Fall, Spring)

PY 375. (3) Psychological Statistics. Descriptive and inferential statistics; survey of intermediate statistics and experimental design, with emphasis on application and interpretation. Prerequisite: MA 147. (Spring)

PY 385. (3) Cognitive Psychology. A survey of the major principles and theories of cognitive psychology including memory, attention, reasoning, problem solving, language, creativity, and artificial intelligence. (Fall)

PY 415. (3) Personality. A survey of the major theories of personality, with some emphasis on development, description, assessment, and the experimental study of personality. Recommended: MA 147. (Offered on sufficient demand)

PY 424. (3) Evolutionary Psychology. This course presents the major theories and findings regarding the relationship of natural selection to morphology and behavior. Among the topics to be covered are the processes of evolution and genetics, the prehistorical evolutionary environment, survival, mate selection and retention, parenting, kinship, social behavior, aggression, conflict, and other topics. (Offered on sufficient demand)

PY 425. (3) History and Systems of Psychology. An historical introduction to the ideas and contributions to psychological thought and knowledge. (Offered on sufficient demand)

PY 435. (3) Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Application of psychological principles to problems of personnel selection and placement, industrial training, and human relations in business and industry. (Offered on sufficient demand)

PY 442. (3) Social Psychology. The psychology of groups and their influences on the individual. Also listed as SO 442 but creditable only in field for which registered. (Spring)

PY 444. (3) Psychology of Religion. A survey of the history and development of the psychology of religion with an emphasis on the empirical research within the field. Prerequisite: PY 201. (Offered on sufficient demand)

PY 450 (3) Psychology of Close Relationships. This course is designed as an overview to the field of close relationships. It will include psychological research techniques used in the study of close relationships, the current theories of close relationships, including examinations of attachment, interdependence, cognitive, and evolutionary approaches. It will also address experimental and other research on topics such as interpersonal attraction, how relationships are developed and maintained, infidelity, violence and jealousy in relationships, and how relations impact on health. (Offered on sufficient demand)

PY 451. (3) Introduction to Psychological Tests. A course designed to introduce the essential characteristics of psychological tests, including types, development, and standardization, validation, uses, and interpretation. Recommended: MA 147. (Offered on sufficient demand)

PY 455 (3) Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis. This course focuses on how environmental events influence behavior, and behavior analytic strategies by which behavior may be changed. General topics to be covered include principles of learning, single subject design methods, skills training and stimulus control techniques, and how to plan, develop, and implement behavior change programs across a variety of populations, settings, and behaviors. Prerequisite: PY 201 (Offered on sufficient demand)

PY 460. (3) Introduction to Clinical Psychology. A survey of the models, methods, and professional areas of clinical psychology including an overview of the field, ethical and legal considerations, assessment intervention, and specialties. Prerequisite: PY 201. Recommended: PY 302, PY 451. (Offered on sufficient demand)

PY 470. (3) Health Psychology. This course examines how biopsycholosocial factors influence various aspects of health. Topics to be covered: theories of health behavior, stress, coping with health and stress, substance use and abuse, body weight issues, coping and management of pain as well as biopsychosocial aspects of pain and disease. Other topics to be covered are biopsychosocial factors in the promotion and maintenance of health, types of health care interactions, and compliance with health care recommendations. Some attention will be paid to topics in behavioral medicine. (Offered on sufficient demand)

PY 490. (3) Topics in Psychology. A detailed study of a particular topic of special interest. Topics will vary but will be listed in the schedule of classes and on the student's transcripts. May be repeated for credit with change of topic. (Offered on sufficient demand)

PY 499. (1-3) Independent Study Research. Open to junior or senior level psychology majors on approval of the department chair. Provides for independent study or research projects under departmental determination, supervision, and evaluation. May be repeated to a maximum of three credit hours. (Fall, Spring, Summer)