Stephen F. Austin State University

Course Offerings

Tentative Undergraduate Course Offerings

The Department of Psychology anticipates offering the following courses in the semesters indicated. This list can be used for planning, but course offerings are subject to change. Students should consult a psychology advisor and/or the printed or on-line schedule of classes for an upcoming semester to verify which courses will be offered.

Summer course offerings are particularly difficult to predict in advance. PSY 133, PSY 375, and a limited number of upper-level (300-499) course options will be scheduled each summer.

All courses are three credits except where noted. WE = Writing Enhanced

Course, Title & Description Semester Offered

PSY 133
General Psychology

Survey of fundamental principles of behavior, including physiological, perceptual, developmental, learning, motivational, cognitive, social, historical, and methodological perspectives. Course fee $3.

Fall, Spring, Summer

PSY 143
Psychology of Adjustment

Applications of basic psychological principles to human adjustment and growth, including development, self-concept, coping with stress, abnormal behavior, social influence, and interpersonal relationships, including love and intimacy.

Fall perhaps Spring

PSY 153
Human Sexuality

Psychology of sexual behavior as related to social conduct.

Fall, Spring, Summer

PSY 198
Effective Learning

Study of the acquisition of procedural knowledge through the application of human learning theory, cognitive behavior modification and developmental psychology. Generalization and transfer of this knowledge will be emphasized. May not be taken for credit toward a major, 2nd major, or minor in Psychology

No longer offered.

PSY 200
Scientific Literacy in Psychology (WE)

Topics include information literacy and APA writing, ethics, introductory concepts in psychological statistics and research methods, and interpretation of data tables and graphs. Foundation course for psychological statistics and research design, preparing students to be better consumers of psychological science. Prerequisite: psychology majors only; PSY 133 with a grade of C or better and sophomore standing.

Fall, Spring, never Summer

PSY 310
Industrial Psychology

Comprehensive study of the use of applied psychology in the areas of business and industry. Prerequisite: PSY 133 and sophomore standing or consent of instructor.

Fall, Spring

PSY 311
Social Psychology

Study of how thoughts, feelings, and behaviors of individuals relate to and are influenced by the presence of others. Topics include conformity, aggression, interpersonal attraction, close relationships, social cognition, attitudes, stereotypes, prejudice, and group and intergroup behaviors. Prerequisite: PSY 133 and sophomore standing or consent of instructor.

Fall, Spring, perhaps Summer

PSY 330
Psychological Statistics (4 credits)

4 semester hours, 3 hours lecture and 1 hour laboratory per week. Application of descriptive and inferential statistical techniques in processing behavioral data. Includes normative techniques, parametric and nonparametric applications. PSY 330L is a corequisite for this course. Prerequisite: psychology majors only; PSY 200 with a grade of C or higher; or consent of instructor.

Fall, Spring, perhaps Summer

PSY 341
Experimental Psychology (WE & 4 credits)

4 semester hours, 3 hours lecture and 2 hours laboratory per week. Research methods, emphasizing use of experimental control, and analysis of data for reporting experimental results in the psychological study of human and non-human behavior. Prerequisites: psychology majors only; PSY 330 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor.

Fall, Spring, never Summer

PSY 350
Biopsychology

Examination of relationships between behavior and underlying physiological mechanisms. Aspects covered include neural conduction, sensory receptor mechanisms, learning and memory, and other aspects of higher cortical functioning in both humans and animals. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above.

Fall, Spring, perhaps Summer

PSY 352

Health Psychology

Survey of the broad application of psychology to disease and wellness. Topics include stress, healthy habits, substance abuse, eating disorders, chronic pain and psychoneuroimmunology. Prerequisite: PSY 133 and sophomore standing or consent of instructor.

Fall, Spring, perhaps Summer

PSY 360
Cognitive Psychology

Introduction to current theory and research in the psychology of thought with an emphasis on human information processing system. Topics include perceptual processes, attention, memory, language, categorization, imagery, problem solving and decision making. Prerequisite: PSY 133 and sophomore standing or consent of instructor.

Fall, Spring, perhaps Summer

PSY 361
Learning & Conditioning

Examination of the principles of learning and cognition from the perspective of experimental psychology, with an emphasis on learning theory. The approaches of Pavlov and Skinner are predominant throughout the course, although the concepts of other learning theorists are also presented. Prerequisites: PSY 133 and sophomore standing or consent of instructor.

Fall, Spring, Summer

PSY 375
Abnormal Psychology

Theories and research on the incidence, classification, etiology, and treatment of abnormal behaviors. Prerequisite: PSY 133 and sophomore standing or consent of instructor.

Fall, Spring, Summer

PSY 376
Lifespan Development

Examination of development from conception to death. Coverage includes theories and current research on the domains of physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development, with a focus on how biological and environmental factors interact to influence development in these domains. Prerequisite: PSY 133 and sophomore standing or consent of instructor.

Fall, Spring, perhaps Summer

PSY 398H

Honors Reading and Research

Three to six semester hours. Individual reading and research for honors students in psychology. Amount of credit is determined by scope of project. Prerequisite: 12 semester hours of psychology; consent of faculty supervisor, department chair and dean.

Fall, Spring, some Summer

PSY 409
Psychology Internship

Supervised work experience in an approved experience related to psychology. Prerequisites: (1) Ordinarily, the student must have a cumulative 2.0 GPA or better, completed at least two upper-level courses in the major and be of junior or senior standing; (2) The student must have the consent of a faculty member who is willing to serve as the sponsor for the internship. The faculty member, in consultation with the chair, may require the completion of specific supporting courses as prerequisites to the internship; (3) Internship guidelines must be completed and signed by the student, the internship supervisor and the sponsoring faculty member. At minimum, the guidelines must set out the objectives, the work requirements and timetable, and the grading option and criteria. The chair and dean must approve the guidelines before the end of the registration period for the semester; (4) must be a psychology major.

PSY 420
History & Systems of Psychology (WE)

Capstone course. Survey of the historical background of psychology, emphasizing its philosophical origins and evolution of the psychological point of view. Contributions of major schools of psychology to modern psychology also emphasized. Prerequisite: psychology majors only; senior standing.

Fall, Spring, perhaps Summer

PSY 475
Special Problems (1-4 credits)

Individual research on a topic agreed upon before registration by a student and supervising faculty member. May be repeated under a different topic area for a maximum of eight hours credit. Prerequisites: Advanced standing, consent of instructor, and overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Fall, Spring, some Summer

PSY 497
Research Seminar (WE)

Research Seminar - Students design, conduct, analyze, and write up research for publication/presentation. Prerequisite: Advanced standing, 3.0 GPA or higher and grade of C or better in PSY 341. Course fee: $32.

Fall, never Summer

PSY 498
Topics in Psychology

In-depth study of a topic, such as Sports Psychology, Health Psychology, Human Factors, Ecological Psychology, or Existential Psychology. Topics announced prior to registration. May be repeated under a different topic area for a maximum of six hours credit. Prerequisites: Advanced standing or consent of instructor.

Varies