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Psychology Course Descriptions


101 General Psychology. (3) A general introduction to the scientific study of behavior. The theme of basic research will be followed through the study of personality, learning and memory, cognition, developmental, social, abnormal, and the biological bases of behavior, in addition to some other selected topics. F, S.

202 Introduction to Scientific Communication: Psychological Perspectives. (3) An in-depth exploration of the role(s) in Psychology of oral and written communication; includes communication-skill development through an examination of the literature of specialized areas of Psychology. F,S.

225 Psychological Statistics. (3) (Prereq: MATH 130 or equivalent) An introduction to basic descriptive and inferential statistical procedures and concepts. Topics include measures of central tendency, variation, probability, hypothesis testing, correlation, regression, and chi square. Students may not receive credit for this course if credit has been received from Business Administration 291 or Statistics 201. F, S.

225L Psychological Statistics Laboratory. (1) Exercises and assignments to supplement the material presented in Psychology 225. F, S.

226 Research Methods in Psychology. (3) (Writing Intensive) (Prereq: PSYC 101 and PSYC 225) An examination of the wide variety of procedures available to the behavioral scientist for collecting and analyzing behavioral data. Although experimental methods are to be emphasized, other methods such as surveys and questionnaires, interviews, naturalistic observation and case studies are covered. F, S.

226L Research Methods in Psychology Laboratory. (1) Experiments; exercises and assignments to supplement the material presented in PSYC 226. F, S.

300 Human Sexual Behavior. (3) (Prereq: PSYC 101 or permission of the instructor) An examination of the psychological, social, behavioral, and cognitive aspects of human sexuality. Selected topics to be covered are sexual anatomy and physiology, contraception, sexually transmitted disease, sexual variations, commercial sexuality, and sexual violence. Offered as needed.

301 Psychology of Marriage. (3) (Prereq: PSYC 101 or permission of the instructor) A survey of the psychological issues related to marriage. Topics include spouse selection, sexuality, child bearing, parenting, divorce, remarriage, and aging. Offered as needed.


302 Developmental Psychology. (3) (Prereq: PSYC 101) A survey of human development from conception through senescence, with attention to the physical, psychological, cognitive, and social characteristics of each state. Students are introduced to research methods used by developmental psychologists and the impact of their findings to everyday life. F, S.


303 Interpersonal Communication Skills. (3) (Prereq: PSYC 101) An in-depth examination of communication processes with a practical emphasis on developing effective listening and speaking skills appropriate to an interpersonal context. Offered as needed.


310 Psychology of Women. (3) (Prereq: PSYC 101) The social, psychological and biological aspects of women’s development are addressed and explored. The changing roles of women, and the impact of these changes upon present day lifestyles are also discussed. Offered as needed.


333 Health Psychology. (3) (Prereq: PSYC 101) A survey course exploring the relationships between behaviors and disease. The influence of psychological factors and precipitating, treating, and preventing disease is examined with the goal of increasing each person’s awareness of individual responsibility in sickness and health. F.


340 Sports Psychology. (3) (=EXSS 340) (Prereq: PSYC 101 or permission of the instructor) The application of behavioral principles to enhance athletic performance and to promote human enrichment through sport-related activities. Topics studied include personality, attentional mechanisms, anxiety and arousal adjustment, cognitive-behavioral interventions, and motivation. Offered as needed.


399 Independent Study. (1-6) (Prereq: Written contract between student and instructor, approved by the Chair of the Psychology and Sociology Department.) F, S.


400 Human Learning. (3) (Prereq: PSYC 101) In-depth examination of various kinds of human learning, from simple to complex behaviors. Topics include motor learning, verbal learning, attention, memory systems and models, forgetting, problem solving, and learning strategies and sets. Offered as needed.


401 Cognitive Processes. (3) (Prereq: PSYC 101) Experimental approaches to cognitive processes. Data and theory with respect to attention, information processing and storage, imagery, language, problem solving, creativity, decision making, cognitive development and growth, and concept formation. F.


402 Psycholinguistics. (3) (=ENGL 454) (Prereq: PSYC 101) A survey of selected aspects of the field focusing on the cognitive and behavioral foundations of child and adult language acquisition. Other topics may include developmental and catastrophic language disorders, neurolinguistics, and the language-thought interaction. Offered as needed.


407 Principles of Learning. (3) (Prereq: PSYC 101) A survey course covering the basic principles of human and animal learning. Topics include habituation and sensitization, classical and instrumental conditioning, principles of reinforcement, generalization and discrimination, punishment, escape and avoidance learning, basic principles of memory, and behavior modification techniques. F, S.


410 Abnormal Psychology. (3) (Prereq: PSYC 101) A survey of the historical, social, and cultural implications of abnormal behavior. Topics include the nomenclature used to classify abnormal behavior, etiological factors and treatment procedures. F, S.


411 Abnormal Behavior in Children. (3) (Prereq: PSYC 101) This course examines theories of childhood psychopathology and the classification of childhood disorders. Methods of assessment and treatment for specific childhood disorders are considered. Offered as needed.


415 Human Neuropsychology. (3) (Prereq: PSYC 101) An in-depth examination of the role of the brain and nervous system in human behavior and psychological disorders. Consideration of the consequences of brain damage and disease in human patients are the focus of the course, but conditions such as depression and anxiety in which there is no obvious brain pathology are also discussed. F, S.


420 Child Psychology. (3) (Prereq: PSYC 101) This course examines principles, theories, and research methods used in the study of child development. Students are introduced to important physical, cognitive, social and personality changes which occur in each of the major stages from conception through the onset of puberty. Hereditary and environmental influences are explored in relationship to current research findings. Offered as needed.


421 Psychology of Adolescence. (3) (Prereq: PSYC 101) A detailed analysis of the developmental period from puberty to young adulthood, including physical, cognitive, psychological and social factors that influence human growth. Problems and issues unique to adolescents are researched and discussed. Offered as needed.


423 Psychology of Aging. (3) (Prereq: PSYC 101 or permission of the instructor) An overview of the aging process in the adult. The physical, intellectual, social aspects of development will be traced through the major phases of young, middle- and late-adulthood. Offered as needed.


425 Gerontology. (3) (Prereq: PSYC 101) An in-depth analysis of the aging process in late adulthood through death and dying. Psychosocial influences on normal and diseased aging processes will be examined. An emphasis on procedures and strategies for effectively intervening with both well and frail elderly will enable the student to integrate knowledge of gerontology into a disciplinary context. Offered as needed.


428 School Psychology and Exceptional Children. (3) (Prereq: a course in the area of child psychology or human development) This course describes exceptional children within educational settings. Topics will include giftedness, learning disabilities, mental disabilities, emotional/behavioral problems, and sensory/motor impairments. The characteristics, etiology, assessment and treatment of children within these categories will be examined. Once a year.


430 Social Psychology. (3) (Prereq: PSYC 101) An examination of human behavior in social situations. Topics include attitudes and attitude change, affiliation and interpersonal attraction, prejudice, stereotypes, social order, conformity, altruism, territoriality, aggression, competition, cooperation, socialization, and communication. F, S.


440 Theories of Personality. (3) (Prereq: PSYC 101) A survey of the major personality theories of the "normal" individual as explanations of behavior and human differences. Topics include trait factor theories, psychodynamic theories, social/behavioral theories and humanistic theories. Offered as needed.


450 Sensation and Perception. (3) (Prereq: PSYC 101 or permission of the instructor) An in-depth study of each sensory system (orienting, cutaneous and kinesthetic sensitivity, olfaction, gustation, audition, vision). Topics include structures and functions within each system, development of systems, psychological perceptions and sensations, illusions, and interactions between systems. S.


460 Physiological Psychology. (3) (Prereq: PSYC 101) A survey of the relationships between the nervous system and behavior. Topics include basic neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, signaling and information processing in the nervous system, psychopharmacology, and selected behavioral topics such as biological rhythms, hunger, thirst, learning and memory. S.


462 Animal Behavior. (3) (Prereq: PSYC 101) The identification and classification of behavior patterns exhibited by various species of animals and the determination of relationships among behaviors of such species together with their origins and development. S.


465 Psychology and the Law. (3) (Prereq: PSYC 101 or permission of the instructor) This course is designed to examine the multiple and ever-expanding roles that psychology plays in the legal/criminal justice system. Topics include legal procedural issues, pretrial publicity issues, jury selection, eyewitness identification and testimony, lineup procedures, presentation of scientific evidence, expert witnesses, jury decision-making, death penalty, and insanity pleas. S.


470 Industrial/Organizational Psychology. (3) (Prereq: PSYC 101 or permission of the instructor) This course provides an introduction to the area of industrial/organizational (I/O) psychology and how psychological research is applied to behavior in the workplace. Topics include recruitment and selection of employees, the effects of job satisfaction and job commitment on performance, antecedents and consequences of work-related stress, and motivation and leadership. Offered as needed.


480 Intermediate Statistics. (3) (Prereq: PSYC 225 and MATH 130) An examination of additional topics in applied behavioral statistics. Topics include linear correlation and regression, hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, and multivariate statistics. F, S.


480L Intermediate Statistics Laboratory. (1) Exercises and assignments to supplement the material presented in Psychology 480. F, S.


483 Principles of Psychological Testing. (3) (Prereq: PSYC 225 or permission of the instructor) A survey of the psychometric process. Topics include the principles of measurement and test score interpretation, discussion of the variety of group and individual tests available for psychologists and the criteria for selecting and evaluating tests. Three lecture hours per week. F, S.


483L Principles of Psychological Testing Laboratory. (1) Exercises and assignments to supplement the material presented in Psychology 483. F, S.


484 History and Systems of Psychology. (3) (Prereq: at least 9 credit hours in Psychology) This course is a comprehensive, in-depth study of approaches and recognized contributors to the scientific study of human behavior. Students are introduced to how and why psychology emerged, and the impact that past contributions have made to present-day status. F, S.


486 Substance Abuse. (3) (Prereq: PSYC 101 or permission of the instructor) An introduction to research findings and theoretical considerations in the use and abuse of pharmacological agents such as alcohol, barbiturates, narcotics, tranquilizers, and stimulants. Emphasis will be placed upon concepts of diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. F, S.


489 Special Topics in Psychology. (3) (Prereq: permission of the instructor) A topical or research interest not offered in an existing course. Offered as needed.


490 Internship. (3) (Prereq: permission of the instructor) Interns work a minimum of 100 hours in an agency, organization, or business that is of interest to the student and/or where students wish to gain practical experience. Students are supervised by a department faculty member and will abide by the procedures outlined in an Internship Agreement. Offered as needed.


495 Gerontology Internship. (3) (=SOC 495) (Prereq: PSYC 423 and three additional Gerontology Program courses) The internship provides experience working with both well and frail older persons and requires a minimum of 104 hours with an approved agency. The internship is supervised by the program director and an on-site professional with a specialized terminal degree and/or significant demonstrated experience. Contracts outlining practicum requirements must be written and approved by the host agency, the director of the gerontology program, and the Chair of the Department of Psychology and Sociology. Offered as needed.


497 Applied Research in Psychology. (3) (Writing Intensive) (Prereq: PSYC 101, PSYC 225, and PSYC 226) A research experience in which students are required to develop a research project, conduct a literature review, gather and analyze data, prepare a research paper in accord with the standards of the American Psychological Association (APA) and present their research. Motivated students are encouraged to complete this course in their Junior year and continue research pursuits during their Senior year. F, S.


497L Applied Research in Psychology Laboratory. (1) Exercises and assignments to supplement the material presented in Psychology 497. F, S.


498, 499 Individual Research. (1-3) (Prereq: 15 credits including PSYC 225 and PSYC 226) Each student plans and executes one or more original research projects under the instructor’s supervision. Psychology 498 is not a prerequisite to Psychology 499. F, S.








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Amy Haggard
Administrative Specialist

Susan Webb
Department Chair and
Professor of Sociology

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Department of Psychology and Sociology

Coastal Carolina University
P.O. Box 261954
Conway, SC  29528

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