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Course Descriptions

PY 101 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY (3)
A comprehensive survey of the field of psychology, defined as the scientific study of behavior; topics include development, personality, social interaction, abnormal behavior, learning, and motivation. PY 101 is a prerequisite for all PY courses numbered 200 or higher. (Fall, Spring)

PY 102 CAREERS IN PSYCHOLOGY (1)
This course is designed to expose the new psychology major to the course of study at TWC, explore careers, and begin planning the college experience. (Fall or as needed)

PY 210 WRITING IN THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES (2)
Students will be exposed to critical writing across the many topics of psychological study in a workshop-style atmosphere; one hour for critical discussion and the second hour in a lab for hands-on instructional experience. Weekly activities include critical-writing assignments, library exposure, APA workbook and library research This course provides exposure to the foundational skills required for successful completion of the psychology curriculum. Required for majors. Prerequisites: E 101 and E 102 (Fall)

PY 231 DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY I (3)
Growth and development in children and adolescents, emphasizing intellectual and emotional development and the socialization processes from birth through the teen years; interpretations of developmental theories of physical and personality changes and needs in these life stages. Prerequisite: PY 101 (Fall)

PY 251 DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY II (3)
Advanced study of developmental processes in the stages of adult life—young, middle, and aging; attention is given to theory and research and to the changing experience of aging, illness, and death in our contemporary society. Prerequisite: PY 101, PY 231 or permission of instructor (Spring)

PY 261 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY (3)
An analysis of the behavior and experience of individuals in group settings, examining such topics as leadership, conformity, rumor, mass media, and intergroup intragroup relations. Prerequisite: PY 101 or SO 101. Also listed as SO 261 (Spring)

PY 270 SOCIAL RESEARCH METHODS (3)
An orientation to the principles and practices of social science methodology, examining the nature of the scientific method and basic techniques in social research design as applied to the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data. Prerequisite: PY 101. Also listed as SO 270. (Spring)

 
 

PY 310 BEHAVIORAL STATISTICS (3)
The student will blend the previous mathematics experience with the conceptual, applicational, and interpretational requirements of statistics in behavioral research. Specifically, the student will learn to describe sample data through summarization of data distributions, to draw inferences from sample data about a related population, and will learn to interpret data based on basic parametric statistical analysis. Prerequisites: PY101 or SO270 and M131/132 (Spring)

PY 311 ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY (3)
A study of psychopathology, maladjustment, and abnormal behavior in human beings; their origins in personality development; their characteristic symptoms; and modern methods of treatment. Prerequisite: PY 101 (Spring)

PY 321 THEORIES OF PERSONALITY (3)
A study of the development, organization, and assessment of the normal personality; consideration of the personality theories coming out of the psychoanalytic, behavioristic, and humanistic traditions. Prerequisite: PY 101 (Fall)

PY 331 PHYSIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY (3)
A study of the physical basis of behavior, including the functioning of the nervous system, drug and hormone effects, and sensory processes; principles pertaining to changes in behavior resulting from experience, including reinforcement, punishment, motivation, problem-solving, and social influences; exploring physical and learned origins of abnormal behavior. Prerequisite: PY 101 (Spring)

PY 341 GROUP DYNAMICS (3)
This course is intended to provide the Behavioral Science major generally, and the Psychology major specifically, with some basic understanding of the dynamics involved in all groups. Primarily a course wherein didactic (that is cognitive learning through reading, listening to lectures, discussing with others and thinking) and participative learning provide a shared experience base. Through participative assignments, written evaluations, and shared experiences, students will be able to demonstrate skills and knowledge of group dynamics. Prerequisite: PY 101 (Spring, alternate years)

PY 351 COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY (3)
This course provides a survey of the historical and current theories of cognitive psychology, including related applications. The topic has relevance in all areas of human endeavor, including education, neuroscience, medicine, law, business and research. Special attention is given to topics of neuropsychology, perception, attention, memory, and language, as well as how those processes operate in practical situations (e.g., multitasking and expertise). Prerequisite: PY 101

 
 

PY 355 CONCEPTS OF ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR (3)
An examination of theory and research dealing with the behaviors of organizations, with emphasis on individual and group behavior. Topics covered include motivation, communication, group dynamics, leadership, stress, personality, perception, attitudes, and organizational development. Also listed as BA 355.
Prerequisite: BA 321 (Fall)

PY 361 NEUROPSYCHOLOGY (3)
This course provides a review of clinical and experimental evidence of human brain and behavior relationships. Overarching topics include functional neuroanatomy, cerebral organization, and brain disorders. Specific disorders discussed include childhood disorders, traumatic brain injury, normal aging, Alzheimers’s dementia, and consciousness disorders. Student projects include investigations of recovery, rehabilitation and interventions. Offered in alternating years during the spring. Prerequisite: PY 101

PY 411 HISTORY AND SYSTEMS OF PSYCHOLOGY (3)
This course surveys philosophical and theoretical antecedents as well as current systems of the scientific discipline called Psychology. Advanced students and psychology majors review, evaluate, and integrate key areas of emphasis in the discipline; study is designed to enable students to identify strong and weak points in their knowledge of psychology and to allow a concentration of individual study in areas of need. Prerequisites: PY 101 and 6 s.h. of upper division Psychology (Fall)

PY 412 ADVANCED RESEARCH METHODS (3)
Detailed study of the application of the scientific method to the study of human behavior; interprets the nature and function of probability statistics and lays the foundation for the research experience. All students participate within the group research format and in the development of an individual project. Prerequisites: PY 101, PY 310, SO 270 (Fall)

PY 470r RESEARCH AND PRACTICUM IN PSYCHOLOGY (3)
This course gives senior psychology majors an opportunity to undertake independent research with faculty supervision. The student will learn to apply psychological theory and methodology to a real problem of the student’s choice, utilizing skills acquired in previous course work in psychology. Open to senior psychology majors who have completed PY 411, 412 (Spring)