Chatham University

Psychology Curriculum

Interdisciplinary Major Requirements
8 courses, exclusive of the tutorial:
PSY 101
General Psychology
3 Credits
An introduction to the scientific study of behavior with an emphasis on the origins of behavior, learning, social influences, physiological factors, individual differences, personality, and adjustment and maladjustment.
PSY 213
Statistics and Research Design
3 Credits
This course is designed to introduce students to essential research tools. Topics include frequency distributions, indices of central tendency, variability, and various inferential statistics, including nonparametric techniques. This course also examines research design procedures with an emphasis on analysis of variance. Priority given to psychology, social work and forensics majors.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101
PSY 214
Foundations of Behavioral Research
4 Credits
This course examines the scientific method employed by psychologists. Topics include sampling, validity and reliability, experimentation, and field research. Students also conduct laboratory assignments on areas within learning, cognition, and social psychology.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101 and 213 or permission of the instructor.
1 course in learning and cognition from the following:
PSY 307
Cognitive Psychology
3 Credits
A survey of theories and research concerned with human cognitive processes. Topics include attention, memory, problem solving, and concept formation.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101
PSY 326
Psychology of Learning
3 Credits
An overview of the principles and research associated with modern learning theory. Topics include classical conditioning, operant learning, reinforcement theory, and stimulus control of behavior.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101
PSY324
Motivation
3 Credits
A survey of concepts and data related to the arousal and direction of behavior.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101
1 course in individual differences, personality and social from the following:
PSY 323
Personality
3 Credits
A survey of individual characteristics from four conceptual strategies: psychoanalytic, dispositional, phenomenological, and behavioral. All conceptual strategies address issues of theory, assessment, research, and personality change. Emphasis is on enduring principles and contemporary issues, illustrated with selected examples and personal application.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101
PSY 331
Social Psychology
3 Credits
An examination of human social behavior with an emphasis on social influences that people have upon the beliefs or behaviors of others. The course covers methods of inquiry as well as the scientific study of how we think about, influence, and relate to one another. Representative topics include conformity, persuasion, social cognition, prejudice, aggression, and interpersonal relationships.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101
PSY 333
Abnormal Behavior
3 Credits
A study of definitions of normality and abnormality, functional and organic syndromes, theories of causation, and procedures for the diagnosis and modification of disturbed behavior.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101
1 course in biological bases from the following:
PSY 340
Psychopharmacology
3 Credits
The influence of drugs on behavior and psychological state. Topics include neuron morphology, neurochemistry, principles of pharmacology, and the action and effects of psychotropic drugs.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101 or permission of the instructor.
PSY 341
Psychobiology
3 Credits
An examination of the biological correlates of behavior. Emphasis is placed on the central nervous system and its structure, organization, and function. Specific topics considered are sleep, learning, memory, sexual behavior, motivation, and complex processes such as thought and language.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101
PSY 230
Animal Behavior
3 Credits
A general introduction to the study of animal behavior from evolutionary and sociobiological perspectives. Emphasis is on social behaviors and interactions.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101 or permission of the instructor.
1 developmental course from the following:
PSY 351
Childhood and Adolescence
3 Credits
A general introduction to theories and methods of developmental psychology. The course covers patterns and possible mechanisms of behavioral development from conception through adolescence. Audio- and videotapes of infants, children, and their families supplement lectures, discussions, and written exercises. The life-span perspective is continued in PSY 352.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101
PSY 352
Adult Development
3 Credits
The periods of adolescence and adulthood are examined through current theories of development. A life cycle perspective is adopted to study physical, cognitive and social/emotional development. Questions of qualitative changes, continuity/discontinuity stages, individual differences and the impact of biological, environmental and cultural factors throughout adulthood are addressed. This course is designed to follow PSY 351, but may be taken as a stand-alone course.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101
PSY 357
Adolescence & the Transition to Adulthood
3 Credits
An in-depth study of the biological, cognitive, and psychosocial aspects of adolescent development and the transition to adulthood (including individuals ages 18-25 years), with a focus on how healthy development during this period can be enhanced by parenting and educational strategies.

Prerequisite: PSY 101
One additional, approved psychology program elective.