Psychology (PSYC) Courses

PSYC1001 Introductory Psychology

Introductory Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Ethical application of the scientific method is used to examine nervous system structures and functions, learning, memory, intelligence and states of consciousness. (OL)
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, North Miami, Online, Providence, Providence CE
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

PSYC1020 Introduction to Professional Issues and Ethics in Psychology

This course explores the identity, professional values and diverse work settings in the field of psychology. Students learn about the scope of the broad field of psychology, as well as a variety of sub-disciplines. Fundamental skills for psychology students, such as scientific literacy and critical thinking, are explored, enabling students to critically evaluate research in the social sciences. Students also learn about ethical behavior, as well as examine critical historical events, contributors and landmark studies that shaped the field of psychology. The course illustrates the various roles that psychology plays in the understanding and shaping of modern society. (OL)
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, Online, Providence, Providence CE
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

PSYC2002 Abnormal Psychology

This course examines the major theoretical approaches to psychological and other behavior disorders. Included are definitional criteria, causes, prevalence, related conditions and current treatment programs for both children and adults. Emphasis is placed on the sociocultural context of psychological disorders as well as on correcting common stereotypes about mental and emotional illness.
Prerequisite(s): PSYC1001. (OL)
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, North Miami, Online, Providence, Providence CE
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

PSYC2015 Human Sexuality

This course is an exploration of human sexuality from a biological, psychological and socio-cultural perspective. It examines major theoretical perspectives that influence the scientific study of sexuality. Critical issues discussed include but are not limited to sexual identity and gender, sexuality and relationships, contemporary and cross-cultural views on human sexuality, rape and sexual exploitation and sexuality across the lifespan.
Prerequisite(s): PSYC1001. (OL)
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, Online, Providence, Providence CE
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

PSYC2020 Industrial/Organizational Psychology

This course emphasizes the psychological principles involved in group performance, power, leadership styles and behavioral motivation. It includes discussion and analysis of organizational research and the application of the results to businesses and industrial situations. It is designed to assist the business student in incorporating psychological knowledge into his or her managerial and leadership style in order to increase on-the-job productivity.
Prerequisite(s): PSYC1001. (OL)
Offered at Denver, Online, Providence, Providence CE
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

PSYC2030 Developmental Psychology

This survey course is designed to introduce the student to the concepts, theories, and recent research in the area of human life span from conception to late adulthood. The integrative process of physical cognitive and psychosexual development during significant periods of maturation is examined.
Prerequisite(s): PSYC1001. (OL)
Offered at Denver, Online, Providence, Providence CE
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

PSYC2040 Psychological Issues of Addiction and Compulsive Behavior

This course examines the various types of addictions and accompanying compulsive behaviors and symptomology related to these disorders. It focuses on problems related to the addictive process. Topics include but are not limited to: compulsive gambling, alcohol and substance abuse addiction, sexual addictions, eating disorders and other compulsive behaviors. Relevant topics such as the addictive process and personality are addressed along with the familial effects and psychosocial impact of addiction on business and industry. Various treatment approaches and methods of recovery are discussed. Methods of awareness, identification and distinction between various compulsive disorders and addiction along with the biopsychosocial model of addiction are delineated.
Prerequisite(s): PSYC1001. (OL)
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, North Miami, Online, Providence, Providence CE
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

PSYC2100 Health Psychology

This course examines the impact of psychological and behavioral factors on individual health and wellness. The application of theory in understanding and designing health education materials, behavioral interventions, prevention strategies, and improving access to health systems is emphasized.
Prerequisite(s): PSYC1001. (OL)
Offered at Denver, Online, Providence, Providence CE
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

PSYC2150 Interpersonal Processes in the Workplace

This course exposes students to the personality theories and how they are manifested in behaviors in the workplace, including organizational morale, culture and productivity. Using theoretical and empirical research, the course also provides students with managerial approaches for addressing the dynamics of personalities and behaviors in the workplace.
Prerequisite(s): PSYC1001. (OL)
Offered at Denver, Online
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

PSYC2200 Professional & Ethical Issues in Applied Psychology

This course introduces students to the diverse career and professional development opportunities in the field of Applied Psychology. Grounded in the American Psychological Association's Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct, this course will introduce students to professional standards, communication styles in the discipline, values of the profession, and strategies to achieving career goals. A case study approach is used to highlight various applications of psychology to a range of scientific research, educational attainment, and career options.
Prerequisite(s): PSYC1001.
Offered at Denver, Providence, Providence CE
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

PSYC3001 Social Psychology

This course features a study of individual behavior in relation to the social stimuli of modern life. The course involves the extension of general psychological principles and methods in the study of social behavior.
Prerequisite(s): ENG1021 or ENG1027, PSYC1001. (OL)
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, North Miami, Online, Providence, Providence CE
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

PSYC3010 Personality

This course is a study of various personality theories in the context of psycho-philosophical differences in personality. Personality development, assessment methods, theoretical application, integration and critical evaluation of each theory are analyzed. Application of theory to actual and hypothetical cases is expected throughout the course.
Prerequisite(s): PSYC1001. (OL)
Offered at Denver, North Miami, Online, Providence, Providence CE
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

PSYC3040 Introduction to Neuropsychology and Psychopharmacology

This course considers the function and dysfunction of the human central nervous system with respect to higher order cognition and behavior. This course surveys the neuroanatomical, neuropathological, neurocognitive and neurobehavioral aspects of the brain, and provides an introduction to the psychopharmacological aspects of treatment in mental health counseling.
Prerequisite(s): PSYC2002, SCI2031. (OL)
Offered at Denver, Online, Providence, Providence CE
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

PSYC3100 Community Psychology

This course examines the historical and theoretical perspectives of community psychology: the interrelationship between individuals and the various family, friendship, neighborhood, work, and community systems in which they live. Using a scientific approach, key areas of focus include the application of psychological principles to understand and address social issues, engage in collaborative problem solving, and promote community development.
Prerequisite(s): PSYC1001.
Offered at Denver, Providence, Providence CE
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

PSYC3150 Applied Behavior Analysis

This course provides students with research-based skills and techniques to modify and eliminate undesirable workplace behavior and environments. Differentiating between goals and objectives; collecting, analyzing and displaying data; choosing effective reinforcements and schedules; and determining punishments provide the theoretical foundation for writing a behavior plan for an employee(s) or organization whose maladaptive behavior is negatively impacting production and/or morale. Additionally, the importance of pro-social modeling and self-managing behavior is stressed and practiced.
Prerequisite(s): PSYC1001. (OL)
Offered at Denver, Online
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

PSYC3200 Cognitive Psychology

This course examines the primary cognitive processes of attention, perception, and memory as the foundation for higher order thinking. Students examine and discuss early and current theories and methodologies in cognitive science and explain how primary cognitive processes lead to complex thought. A key component of course work includes conducting a literature review on an assigned or selected topic.
Prerequisite(s): PSYC1001. (OL)
Offered at Denver, Online, Providence, Providence CE
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

PSYC3260 Human Systems Integration

This course examines how human characteristics and the environment interact in the achievement of organizational goals and objectives. Using psychological principles in systems design, students focus on the physical, physiological, perceptual, cognitive and organizational considerations that affect organizational performance. Emphasis is on optimizing organizational performance through the human systems integration's (HSI) major domains of manpower, personnel, training, human factors engineering, health hazards and occupational health.
Prerequisite(s): MGMT2020, PSYC2020. (OL)
Offered at Denver, Online
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

PSYC3350 Psychology of Motivation and Leadership in the Workplace

This course examines current research and theories for motivation at work and how they affect the achievement of organizational goals and objectives. A chronological review of the field is included, as well as discussions around such topics as the importance of money, the relationship between job satisfaction and job performance, and the distinction between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation. A focus on understanding theories of leadership and their roles in creating and maintaining a psychologically healthy workplace is emphasized.
Prerequisite(s): PSYC1001. (OL)
Offered at Denver, Online, Providence, Providence CE
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

PSYC4100 Brain, Environment, & Behavior

This course explores the complex interrelationships between the biological basis of behavior and the environment with a focus on application of psychological principles to address current issues. Students will draw on previous knowledge of brain structures and functions and the interplay between environment and biology affecting cognition and behavior. Students will select an approved topic, conduct interdisciplinary research and propose alternative strategies to improve quality of life.
Prerequisite(s): PSYC3200.
Offered at Denver, Providence, Providence CE
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

PSYC4150 Psychology of Conflict Resolution

This course explores the definition, causes and methods used for resolution of conflicts. Causes for conflicts such as communication, beliefs and values, and lack of trust are discussed, as well as the approaches toward resolution of conflicts, such as the adversarial and non-adversarial approaches. Advantages and limitations are identified for each method.
Prerequisite(s): PSYC1001. (OL)
Offered at Denver, Online, Providence, Providence CE
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

PSYC4200 Cultural Psychology

This course offers knowledge, practice, and application of the principles of Cultural Psychology. It examines the major theorists in this field and the application of their theories to human behaviors and interactions. It critically examines cultural psychological theories in both traditional western and non-western psychological models. Accordingly, the course elucidates the particular research methods that are specific to the study of psychology and culture. By examining the developmental processes of cultural identity, the course demonstrates the necessity of cultural psychology as a specific domain of inquiry. In addition, the course examines the divergent frameworks for understanding abnormal behavior and mental illness, as well as mental health and wellness, in a cultural setting. Finally, the course focuses on application and analysis of the themes of cultural psychology for their use in specific work situations and in our global world today.
Prerequisite(s): PSYC1001, junior status. (OL)
Offered at Denver, Online, Providence, Providence CE
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

PSYC4250 Contemporary & Critical Issues in Organizational Psychology

The culminating capstone experience in the major, this senior seminar asks students to synthesize the major theoretical perspectives of their field and apply these paradigms to their research on a specific critical issue. Through this course, students reinforce their knowledge of the field of organizational psychology, explore contemporary issues and hone their professional communication skills. In addition, students reflect on their professional identity and develop a plan for professional development.
Prerequisite(s): RSCH2050, senior status. (OL)
Offered at Denver, Online
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

PSYC4300 Contemporary & Critical Issues In Applied Psychology

The culminating capstone experience in the major, this senior seminar asks students to synthesize the major theoretical perspectives of their field and apply these paradigms to their research on a specific critical issue. Through this course, students reinforce their knowledge of the field of applied psychology, explore contemporary issues and hone their professional communication skills. In addition, students reflect on their professional identity and develop a plan for professional development.
Prerequisite(s): RSCH2050, senior status.
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, Providence, Providence CE
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

PSYC5200 Advanced Neuroscience and Psychopharmacology

This course is an in-depth investigation into the principles of psychopharmacology from a clinical case perspective. Principles of action, efficacy, and safety of psychotropic drugs in treating psychiatric and behavioral disorders are focal points. An inquiry into the etiology and diagnosis of major mental disorders is examined. Emphasis is on modification of baseline neurotransmitter systems by current treatment protocols and medications under development.
Offered at Denver, Providence
3 Semester Credits

PSYC5400 Organizational Psychology

This course provides the foundation for student’s work in organizational psychology as the scientific study of how human behavior and attitudes are impacted by organizational culture and design. Topics covered within this course include individual attitudes, motivation, group dynamics, organizational culture and sociocultural influences on organizational climate. (HY) (OL)
Offered at Denver, Online, Providence
3 Semester Credits

PSYC5450 Attitude and Motivation in the Workplace

This course examines the nature and importance of attitude and its integral connections to employee motivations. Employee attitude is often overlooked and undervalued as a workplace factor that can impact the degree of success experienced in today’s organizations. Attitude can significantly influence the motivational levels of individual employees, workplace teams and entire operational units, resulting in dramatic changes to an institution’s overall efficiency and effectiveness. Strategies for identifying and fostering positive attitudes that promote organizational health, growth and sustainability are discussed.
Prerequisite(s): PSYC5400. (HY) (OL)
Offered at Denver, Online, Providence
3 Semester Credits

PSYC6800 Organizational Psychology Capstone I

The capstone course for organizational psychology integrates the knowledge and skills acquired throughout the program to develop a refined approach to address complex problems for organizations in the 21st century. Theories and best practices are analyzed for dealing with the dynamic circumstances that are significantly influenced by factors such as advanced globalization and constantly evolving technology and sociocultural influences. Class discussion, lectures and a capstone project challenge students to demonstrate their proficiency in areas such as organizational leadership and change, motivation, team dynamics and coaching and consulting. Students further incorporate their knowledge and skills as scholar practitioners by completing a capstone research or consulting project.
Prerequisite(s): LEAD6100, MGMT6225, MGMT6360, PSYC5400. (OL)
Offered at Online
3 Semester Credits

PSYC6820 Organizational Psychology Capstone II

This course requires students to extend their learning by writing a rigorous research paper or completing a project that examines a specific idea relevant to the field of organizational psychology, while applying previous course material. Students present their research within the context of implications for relevant organizations today and in the future.
Prerequisite(s): PSYC6800. (OL)
Offered at Online
3 Semester Credits