Psychology (PSY) Courses
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology (3-0) 3 hrs.
This course is a comprehensive overview of the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. It will familiarize students with the scientific methods used in the field of psychology. It will also introduce various topics within the field, such as consciousness, motivation, learning, memory, cognition, development, personality, psychological disorders and their treatments, social psychology, and the biological bases of behavior. This course carries SUNY General Education Social Sciences credit. View Course Syllabus
PSY 104 Exploring Psychology (1-0) 1 hr.
This course for psychology majors is an overview of support services for students on campus, the development of successful student practices and, careers in psychology and psychotherapy including the subfields in psychology as well as related degree requirements. This course will also provide instruction in APA style and format which students will need in order to be successful in all 200 level psychology courses. View Course Syllabus
PSY 124 Organizational Behavior (3-0) 3 hrs.
Organizational Behavior is an introductory business course that will provide information to the student about individuals, groups, organizational structure, and function. Topics to be studied include: Interpersonal Communications, Decision Making, Human Perception, Dynamics of Groups, Human Needs and Motivation, Concept of Organization, Leadership, Moral and the Quality of Work Life with attention to ethical consideration. (Also listed as BUS 124.) View Course Syllabus
PSY 200 Life Span Development (3-0) 3 hrs.
This course is an overview of the study of the development of human behavior and mental processes over the life span from conception through late adulthood including death and dying. The emphasis in the course is on the complex interaction of the principles of physical, social, cognitive and personality development. Prerequisite: PSY 100. View Course Syllabus
PSY 205 Adolescent Psychology (3-0) 3 hrs.
This course provides an overview of human development during adolescence which occurs from age 11 through 19 years of age. Biological, cognitive, and socio-emotional development during adolescence are studied. Families, schools and cultures are emphasized as contexts for development. This course will primarily focus on normal development of the adolescent however, some attention will be directed to some of the more common or particularly problematic disorders of adolescence. Prerequisite: PSY 100. This course carries SUNY General Education Social Sciences credit. View Course Syllabus
PSY 210 Social Psychology (3-0) 3 hrs.
This course provides students with an overview of the study of social influence including the influence of others on the individual as well as the influence of the individual on the group. The course builds on the knowledge of research in social science including observation, hypothesis development, data collection and measurement, experimentation, evaluation of evidence, and employment of mathematical and interpretative analysis. This examination of social influence focuses on interpersonal attraction, prejudice, conflict, aggression and helping behavior. Prerequisite: PSY 100. View Course Syllabus
PSY 215 Biological Psychology (3-0) 3 hrs.
This course is an introduction to the interaction between our biology and everything we do, think and feel. More specifically, it is a survey of the theories and research pertaining to the scientific study of anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology of behavior and mental processes. It will focus primarily on the structures and functions of the nervous system and explore how the nervous system affects such phenomena as development, sensation, perception, movement, sleeping, eating, sexual behavior, learning, memory, language, thoughts, emotions, and psychological disorders. It will also consider the relationship between the body and mind, and how and why brain activity gives rise to your unique conscious experience. High school biology or BIO 115 recommended. Prerequisites: PSY 100. (Also listed as SCI 215) View Course Syllabus
PSY 220 Abnormal Psychology (3-0) 3 hrs.
This course is an introduction to abnormal psychology. The student is introduced to the concept of psychological abnormality, the DSM classification system for diagnosing disorders and paradigms for interpreting data regarding psychological disorders. Students can expect to increase their awareness of the therapeutic approaches to psychological disorders and the different assumptions behind specific therapies. Prerequisite: PSY 100. View Course Syllabus
PSY 225 Child Psychology (3-0) 3 hrs.
Students will be introduced to the study of child development from conception through age 11. In addition to a biopsychosocial approach, child development will be considered from an ecological perspective that includes the influences of families and institutions on the developing child. Special attention will be given to domains of development such as language and play that are important for understanding how children function in childcare settings. This course will focus primarily on the normal development of the child; however, attention will be directed to some of the more common or particularly problematic disorders of childhood. This course will be especially useful to students who plan to work with children or in settings designed for children. Prerequisite: PSY 100. This course carries SUNY General Education Social Sciences credit. View Course Syllabus
PSY 255 Adventures in Psychology: Capstone (3-0) 3 hrs.
This course is the culmination of the AS degree in psychology. It will facilitate the hands-on exploration of scientific methods employed in the field of psychology and guide the conceptualization, design, creation, and execution of a semester-long project. The course will require students to examine, evaluate, and synthesize the knowledge and skills learned to this point, and to construct a meaningful reflective narrative of themselves as learners. It will also provide the opportunity to apply various topics within the field, (e.g. consciousness, motivation, learning, memory, cognition, etc.) in order to explain an aspect of behavior, or to propose a solution to a problem or challenge in the community. Students must matriculated in the AS Psychology degree program and have completed three semesters of coursework in the major. In addition, students are required to present a minimum of two semester-long projects (e.g., literature reviews, research design projects) from previous psychology coursework. Matriculation in the AS Psychology degree, completion of three semesters in the degree program, and completion of two 200-level PSY courses are required. View Course Syllabus