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PSY 105: Psychology of Personal Adjustment (3 cr.) — Introduces psychological principles that contribute to well- adjusted personality. Considers the effects of stress and coping with the problems of everyday life. Prerequisite: ENG 111 eligible. Lecture 3 hours per week.

PSY 120: Human Relations (3 cr.) — Introduces the theory and practice of effective human relations. Increases understanding of self and others and interpersonal skills needed to be a competent and cooperative communicator. Prerequisite: Completion or co-enrolled with ENF 2. Lecture 3 hours per week.

PSY 126: Psychology for Business and industry (3 cr.) – Focuses on the application of psychology to interpersonal relations and the working environment. Includes topics such as group dynamics, motivation, employee-employer relationship, and interpersonal communications. May include techniques for selection and supervision of personnel. Prerequisite: ENG 111 eligible. Lecture 3 hours per week.

PSY 200: Principles of Psychology (3 cr.) — Surveys the basic concepts of psychology. Covers the scientific study of behavior, behavioral research methods and analysis, and theoretical interpretations. Includes topics that cover physiological mechanisms, sensation/perception, motivation, learning, personality, psychopathology, therapy, and social psychology. Prerequisite: ENG 111 eligible. Lecture 3 hours per week. NOTE: Students who take PSY 200 cannot receive credit for either PSY 201 or PSY 202. Students who take either PSY 201 or PSY 202 cannot receive credit for PSY 200.

PSY 215: Abnormal Psychology (3 cr.) — Explores historical views and current perspectives of abnormal behavior. Emphasizes major diagnostic categories and criteria, individual and social factors of maladaptive behavior, and types of therapy. Includes methods of clinical assessment and research strategies. Prerequisite: Completed PSY 200 or PSY 201. Lecture 3 hours per week.

PSY 216: Social Psychology (3 cr.) — Examines individuals in social contexts, their social roles, group processes and intergroup relations. Includes topics such as small group behavior, social behavior, social cognition, conformity, attitudes, and motivation. Prerequisite: Completed PSY 200 or PSY 201. Lecture 3 hours per week.

PSY 225: Theories of Personality (3 cr.) — Studies the major personality theories and their applications. Includes psychodynamic, behavioral, cognitive, and humanistic perspectives. Prerequisite: Completed PSY 200 or PSY 201. Lecture 3 hours per week.

PSY 226: Introduction to Counseling Relationships (3 cr.) — Introduces counseling theories and provides opportunity for their application through role-playing and supervised paraprofessional counseling experiences. Prerequisite: Completed a minimum of 9 credit hours in Psychology or instructor approval. Lecture 3 hours per week.

PSY 230: Developmental Psychology (3 cr.) — Studies the development of the individual from conception to death. Follows a life-span perspective on the developmental of the person’s physical, cognitive, and psychosocial growth. Prerequisite: ENG 111 eligible. Lecture 3 hours per week. NOTE: Students cannot receive credit for both PSY 235 and PSY 230.

PSY 235: Child Psychology (3 cr.) — Studies development of the child from conception to adolescence. Investigates physical, intellectual, social and emotional factors involved in the child’s growth. Prerequisite: ENG 111 eligible. Lecture 3 hours per week. NOTE: Students cannot receive credit for both PSY 235 and PSY 230.

PSY 240: Health Psychology (3 cr.) — Studies the psychology of healthy behavior. Applies psychological principles to preventive health care. Covers topics such as exercise, nutrition, stress, lifestyles, and habits. Prerequisite: Completed PSY 200. Lecture 3 hours per week.

PSY 255: Psychological Aspects of Criminal Behavior (3 cr.) — Studies psychology of criminal behavior. Includes topics such as violent and non-violent crime, sexual offenses, insanity, addiction, white-collar crime, and other deviant behaviors. Provides a background for law enforcement occupations. Prerequisites: Completed PSY 200 or 201. Lecture 3 hours per week.

PSY 290: Coordinated Internship (3 cr.) — Supervises on-the-job training in selected business, industrial or service firms coordinated by the College. Credit/practice ratio maximum 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Completed PSY 226. Open only to students in Paraprofessional Counseling Career Studies Certificate program. Variable hours.

PSY 293: Studies In (1-5 cr.) — Covers new content not covered in existing courses in the discipline. Allows instructor to explore content and instructional methods to assess the course’s viability as a permanent offering. Prerequisite: ENG 111 eligible. Variable hours per week.

PSY 298: Seminar and Project (3 cr.) — Requires completion of a project or research report related to the student’s occupational objectives and a study of approaches to the selection and pursuit of career opportunities in the field. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: ENG 111 eligible. Variable hours.

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