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Interdisciplinary Opportunities | Double Majors

    Psychological Dynamics of Society (CORE 154)
    Statistics/Research Design (PSYC 335)
Senior Seminar (PSYC 450)
   Computer Applications (215)



B.A. Degree in Psychology
The requirements for the B.A. degree include, Psychological Foundations (CORE 154), Computer Applications (PSYC 215), Statistics/Research Design (PSYC 335) and a Senior Seminar in Psychology (PSYC 450). Also required for the B.A. degree are seven (7) elective Psychology Courses..student2.jpg (18278 bytes)


B.S. Degree in Psychology
The requirements for the B.S. degree include the thirty-three (33) credits as described above along with twenty-one (21) credits of science from the following disciplines: Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Computers and Information Systems, Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics. PLUS seven (7) free elective credits. A total of 60 credits in the sciences is required for the B.S. degree, which includes Psychology courses (maximum of thirty-nine (39) credits allowed).

PSYC 215 - Computer Applications (3)
Introduction to computer applications software and concepts. Topics include microcomputer applications software dealing with spreadsheets, word processing, presentation graphics, and internet/library search techniques. Not open to students who have successfully completed CIS 111 or equivalent.

PSYC 335
- Statistics/Research Design (3)
A survey of the principles of experimental methodology and the design of valid research investigations. Principles of descriptive and inferential statistics, plus specific statistical techniques, are also covered, including correlation, t-tests, non-parametrics, and analysis of variance.

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PSYC 337 - Conditioning and Learning (3)
Topics include: basic principles of learning as seen in controlled laboratory studies: current research trends involving fear, frustration, partial reinforcement, etc., which have relevance for both human and animal learning: application of learning principles to everyday behavior, self-control, and behavior problems. (Alternate years: offered Spring 1998, Spring 2000)


PSYC 338 - Motivation: Psychological Perspectives (3)
An experimentally-oriented survey of theory and research on motivational forces governing behavior. Topics include instinct, pain, fear, frustration, incentive, cognitive consistency and dissonance, aggression, achievement, power, job motivation, and interpersonal attraction. (Alternate years: offered Fall 1997, Fall 1999)


PSYC 339 - Theories of Learning (3)
This course surveys the dominant theorists in the 20th century who have analyzed the learning process from a variety of conceptual models. The theorists include Thorndike, Pavlov, Guthrie, Tolman, Hull, Skinner, Ethological Theory, Gestalt Theory, Piaget, Bandura and Rotter. (Alternate years: offered Fall 1998, Spring 1999)

PSYC 340 - Health Psychology (3)
A survey of one of psychology's newest fields. The course surveys research on psychological factors involved in a variety of health behaviors, including smoking/drinking, exercise and weight control, STDs, stress and anxiety, aging, and other factors contributing to physical and mental health.


PSYC 342 - Drugs and Behavior (3)
Drug abuse is our nation's number one health and social problem. In this course, we will examine the use and abuse of drugs from many perspectives: social, legal, medical, pharmacological and psychological. Beginning with a basic coverage of how the brain controls behavior, we will look at how drugs interact with the brain to have such powerful effects on behavior. Topics will include the medical use of drugs (including over-the-counter and psycho-therapeutic drugs), the illegal abuse of drugs like heroin and cocaine, and the use and abuse of non-drugs like caffeine, nicotine and alcohol. Prerequisite: CORE 154.


PSYC 344 - Motivation: Biological Perspectives (3)
Motivation can be seen as a unitary behavioral concept that has multiple neurophysiological mechanisms. This course surveys these biological bases of motivated behaviors. Topics include the regulation of food and water intake (with implications for human obesity and eating disorders), thermal, maternal and sexual motivation. This course will also explore fear, stress and pain from a biological point of view. Prerequisite: NEUR 211.


PSYC 346 - Psychopharmacology (3)
This course surveys what is currently known about the neurobiology of psychiatric disorders and the use of psychoactive drugs to treat them. Starting with the basics of the brain/behavior relationship and principles of pharmacology, we will cover the symptoms and treatment of the affective disorders, anxiety disorders and the schizophrenias, among others. Also included will be the psychological aspects and pharmacotherapy of the neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinson's disease, Huntington's chorea and Alzheimer's disease. Prerequisite:NEUR 211.


PSYC 347 - Cognition and Behavior (3)
This course will cover the techniques and findings of modern cognitive psychology, as well as the theoretical issues and explanatory models of complex mental processes. Potential topics include: thinking, problem-solving, creativity, memory, attention, language, mental imagery, cognitive development, and the neural basis of cognition.


PSYC 348 - Sensation and Perception (3)
This course deals with how we construct a conception of physical reality from sensory experience. While the primary focus will be on vision and hearing, the chemical senses (taste and smell) the somatosenses (touch, temperature and vibration) will also be addressed. We will cover the anatomy and physiology of the various sensory receptors, the neural mechanisms of sensation, sensory representation in the brain, as well as the phenomenological experience of perception. Topics will include the ways in which illusions can fool our senses and what they tell us about how our sensory systems work. Prerequisite: NEUR 211.


PSYC 349 - Animal Behavior (3)
The study of behavior has become complex, requiring knowledge in more than one discipline. In this class students will learn about animal behavior from a physiological, developmental, functional, and evolutionary perspective. Areas of concentration will include behavioral genetics, communication, behavioral endocrinology, altruism, neurobiology, social behavior, sexual behavior, parental care, and human behavior. Lab activities will include both laboratory study and field work. Prerequisite: BIOL 111, 112, and CORE 154.


PSYC 350 - Theories of Personality (3)
Exploration of the structure, dynamics and development of personality as conceptualized by prominent theorists of different persuasions. Psycho-dynamic, behavioristic and humanistic/existential, theoretical orientations will be compared and contrasted. The course begins with a foundation of the more traditional personality theories and move on to more contemporary, innovative approaches to personality. Research findings associated with this field will also be examined.


PSYC 351 - Psychopathology (3)
The etiology, diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorders from both traditional and contemporary viewpoints. Emphasis is placed upon neuroses, psychoses and criminal deviance. Students will be encouraged to explore their own thoughts and feelings about individual differences and deviance.


PSYC 353 - Psychological Assessment (3)
Fundamentals of test construction, evaluation and application. Tests, surveys, interviews as well as other methods of psychological assessment used in clinical, business and counseling settings will be evaluated by class members. Students will be expected to administer and interpret several tests during the semester.


PSYC 355 - Developmental Psychology: Childhood and Adolescence (3)
Study of significant aspects of human development from conception through adolescence. Topics include influences upon the development of social and emotional growth, personality, intellectual capacity, and the acquisition and usage of language. The relevance of these topics to parent effectiveness will be stressed.


PSYC 356 - Developmental Psychology: Adulthood & Aging (3)
Analysis of human development from young adulthood through old age. Main emphases are upon social and emotional changes associated with various stages of adult life. Crises typically encountered by individuals in their twenties, thirties, forties, etc. are discussed, including shifts in self-concept, sexual desires, attitudes toward life, conceptions of death, etc. Development during the period of old age will be stressed. Cross-listed as GERO 356.


PSYC 357 - Social Psychology (3)
The influence of social factors on individual behavior, thoughts and feelings. Topics include attitude formation and change; altruism; aggression; attraction; conformity; interpersonal relationships; and group processes.


PSYC 359 - Psychology of Gender (3)
Consideration of the development of gender-based psychology theory by addressing both male and female issues. Topics will include gender stereotypes in the media, advertising, and literature; the changing roles of men and women in contemporary society; personal relationships from both the male and female perspective. Prerequisite: CORE 154.


PSYC 360 - Industrial Psychology (3)
A survey of industrial psychology. Topics include worker attitudes and job satisfaction; employee motivation and work efficiency; advertisement strategies and worker attitudes/behavior; and intervention techniques (e.g., sensitivity training and role playing); and organizational change. Discussions of personnel selection and vocational assessment/choice will also be undertaken, along with typical roles and responsibilities of industrial psychologists in a variety of organizational settings. Cross-listed as HRM 360.


PSYC 391 - Topical Seminar (3)
A course offered periodically, in an area of expertise by a member of the department. The course will concentrate on a topical area such as the psychology of aggression; psychobiology; counseling adults; art therapy; child and adolescent psychopathology; etc. May be taken twice for credit. Junior or Senior standing or permission of the department.


PSYC 395 - Supervised Readings (3)
A course designed for students who want to review psychological literature in an area of their choice, under the supervision of a psychology faculty member. Generally, this will allow students to either become more familiar with an area covered in existing courses; or explore fields of psychology which are not part of existing curricula. This course is not designed as a substitute for taking of existing courses in the regular manner. Pass/Fail option may be required at the discretion of the instructor. Prerequisites: Junior standing and 12 credits in psychology or permission of the department.


PSYC 430 - Independent Research (3)
An opportunity for a student to engage in independent research in a specific phase of psychology. Senior status required; open to juniors with permission of department. Prerequisites: PSYC 331, 380.


PSYC 450 - Senior Seminar (3)
A seminar designed to provide a culminating and integrative understanding of contemporary psychology. Students will choose a contemporary psychological issue and write a major paper synthesizing information from previous course work with current theories and research. A classroom oral presentation is also required. To be taken in the senior year. Offered fall semester only.


PSYC 470 - Clinical Psychology Practicum (3)
Supervised work in an applied setting. Focuses upon counseling skills (e.g., listening, empathy, feedback) and emphasizes theoretical foundations of therapy. Typically offered in the fall semester and involves experience in interviewing and/or counseling techniques, psychological assessment, behavioral management procedures, etc. May be taken more than once for up to 12 credits, only six of which may count toward the major sequence (i.e., the 33 credits required). Junior/Senior standing and permission of the instructor.


In addition to pursuing an exciting major in Psychology which prepares you for graduate school and such careers as clinical/counseling psychology, social work, child/adolescent psychology, environmental/health psychology and others, King's students can also broaden their psychology interests into other career tracks.


Human Resources Management

* Automatic Psychology Minor

* Convenient Double Major With Psychology

* Sophisticated Internships

* Course focus in:

        - Social / Personality

        - Industrial / Assessment

        - Organizational Analysis

* Preparation for admission to MBA

   programs other business masters

* Required credentials for many business

    entry-level positions

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* Automatic Psychology Minor

* Convenient Double Major with Psychology

* Independent Research Projects

* Course focus in:

        - Biology/Chemistry

        - Psychopharmacology

        - Drugs and Behavior

* Preparation for admission to Medical School and  graduate programs in Psychology.

* Required credentials for jobs in medical labs and pharmaceuticals.    



Elementary Education

* Convenient Minor with Psychology

* Double major with Psychology individually designed with advisor

* Teaching certification

* Preparation for graduate study in:

     - Educational Psychology

     - Guidance Counseling

     - School Counseling

     - Psychological Counseling

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