Course Descriptions

Undergraduate Courses

PY 101 Psychological Perspectives on Human Behavior
Examination of human behavior and experience from a psychological perspective. Application of psychological principles to understanding of human behavior. (General Education course)

PY 102 Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to the field of psychology. Includes perception, learning, memory, motivation, emotion, intelligence, personality, human development, psychopathology, and social behavior.

PY 103 Career Development in Psychology
Introduction to the major and the discipline of psychology. Discussion of the philosophy and scientific nature of a career in psychology, including active exploration of career possibilities.

PY 230 Ethics and Diversity in Psychology
Explores concepts of ethics and diversity in the research, education, and practice of psychology. Introduction to various topics of diversity and to ethical principles and codes of conduct that guide decision-making about ethical dilemmas.

PY 489 Advanced Topics in Psychology
Explores present day psychological issues, social values, and personal responses to social issues and choices by applying students' understanding of psychological principles. Prerequisites: PY 370 with a grade of C or higher and completion of the extended core requirements in the major.

PY 497 Historical Development in Psychology
Development of psychology as a discipline and profession. A historical coverage of systems and directions representing the breadth and diversity of the discipline. Prerequisites: PY 370 with a grade of C or higher and completion of the extended core requirements in the major.

PY 120 The Child: Development from Conception to Adolescence
An overview of the social, cognitive, physical, and emotional changes that occur from conception to adolescence. Application of principles of development to the understanding of child development and behavior. (General Education course)

PY 220 Psychological Development Across the Life Span
Broad overview of human development across the life-span. Reciprocal nature of the individual/environment interaction is emphasized. (General Education course)

PY 222 Development of the Adolescent
The basic physical, cognitive, social, and personality development of the adolescent period will be examined. Efforts will be made to understand current issues affecting adolescence in light of recent empirical and theoretical knowledge. (General Education course)

PY 325 Psychological Development of the Family
Examination of psychological factors affecting family development and interactions across the stages of family life.

PY 329 (Cross-listed as PY 529) Psychology of Death and Dying
An exploration of the significant psychological issues related to death, dying, and loss as they affect individuals in the 21st century.

PY 525 Maturity and Aging
Investigation of the physical, intellectual, social, and cultural influences on post-adolescent development.

PY 271 Research Design and Analysis I
Introduction to basic data analysis used in psychological research, including descriptive and inferential techniques and elements of research design.

PY 370 Research Design and Analysis II
Introduction to research methods used in psychological research, including experimental survey and observational designs. Prerequisites (with grades of C or better): PY 102; PY 103; PY 230; PY 271.

PY 484 Advanced Research in Psychology
A laboratory research experience emphasizing the integration of material from previous research courses through conducting an original research study. Prerequisites (with grades of C or better): PY 102; PY 103; PY 271; PY 370. (This course requires a faculty mentor)

PY 492 Directed Readings in Psychology
Directed reading in an area of psychology allowing students to increase their knowledge in an area of individual interest. Prerequisites: Completion of 75 semester hours; minimum 2.75 GPA in psychology or 2.50 cumulative GPA; consent of department chairperson.

PY 493 - 494 Directed Research in Psychology
Supervised experimental study of a psychological topic selected by the student, who should be well informed in fundamentals of experimental methods and statistics. Prerequisites: Completion of 75 semester hours; minimum 2.75 in psychology or 2.50 cumulative GPA; consent of department chairperson.

PY 495 Internship in Psychology
Practical experience utilizing psychological principles and research methodology in applied settings. Course may be repeated once. Prerequisites: Psychology major; PY 370; GPA of 2.50 in psychology; completion of 75 hours; consent of instructor.

PY 571 Introductory Behavioral Statistics
An introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics used in the reporting of educational and psychological research.

PY 250 Applied Psychology
A comprehensive study of how psychology is used, how psychologists do their work and how applications of psychology affect daily life.

PY 251 Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Survey of industrial/organizational psychology as a science and a profession. Theory is integrated with skill development in several areas.

PY 301 Cross-cultural Psychology
Focus on understanding different cultural values, norms, and beliefs. Topics to be covered include the differences in cognitive processes that lead to misunderstandings and conflicts between members of different groups.

PY 353 Social Cognition
Analysis of theories, evidence, and practical applications of the way that people make sense of their personal social lives.

PY 358 Social Psychology
A survey of psychological aspects of social action and interaction, including aggression, attitudes, attraction, altruism, prejudice, group behavior, environmental psychology, and applied social topics.

PY 359 Psychology and the Law
Psychological analysis of law, criminality and the judicial system. Emphasis on psychological research exploring all aspects of the legal system.

PY 555 Health Psychology
Applications of psychology which contribute to the promotion of health and the prevention of disease through behavioral change in health enhancing directions. Topics to be covered include health promotion and wellness, psychosomatic illness, risk factor identification, disease prevention and career opportunities in health psychology for administrators, service providers, and consultants.

PY 362 Learning and Memory
Basic phenomena of learning and memory, including principles of classical and instrumental conditioning; the roles of contiguity, practice, and reinforcement in learning; transfer of learning; and retention of learning.

PY 366 Introduction to Sensation and Perception
Introductory study of the behavioral, physiological, and cognitive aspects of sensation and perception.

PY 460 Cognitive Processes
Principal cognitive processes in humans, theoretical explanations, and empirical findings. Prerequisite: one PY course.

PY 466 Introduction to Physiological Psychology
An introduction to the neural, hormonal, and genetic mechanisms that help mediate behavior.

PY 432 Introduction to Personality
Introduction to theories on personality, assessment of personality and application of personality theory, and assessment to basic life processes.

PY 440 Abnormal Psychology
Survey of classification and assessment of abnormal behavior, its causes, and methods of treatment.

PY 441 Introduction to Clinical Psychology
Survey of the understanding, assessment, treatment, and prevention of maladaptive behavior.

PY 442 Psychotherapy
Theoretical and methodological aspects of analytic, neo-analytic, existential, cognitive, and behavioral therapies and assessment of their clinical effectiveness.

PY 444 Childhood: Psychopathology
Survey of the clinical description, causes and treatment of the major forms of abnormal behavior evident during childhood and adolescence. Prerequisites: PY/CF 120 or PY 220.

PY 531 Psychological Testing
Basic principles of construction, administration, and interpretation of psychological tests. Considerations in the use of tests in various settings.

IU 304 Gender and Intimacy
An analysis and evaluations of societal, behavioral, and cultural influences of gender-related phenomena on women's and men's intimate relationships. Prerequisites: Behavioral Systems; Social Systems. (General Education course)

UI 100 First Year Seminar: Sanity Over the Ages

UI 300 Drugs and Behavior
An interdisciplinary coverage of psychoactive drugs from the perspectives of psychopharmacology, history, and criminal justice. (General Education course)

UI 317 Human Sexuality
Study of human sexuality, emphasizing biological, psychological, and sociological aspects. Sexuality issues dealing with critical thinking and valuing will be emphasized. Prerequisites: Living Systems; Behavioral Systems; Social Systems. (General Education course)

UI 354 Lifestyle Enhancement
An interdisciplinary study of the psychology of health and lifestyle management. Prerequisites: Behavioral Systems; Social Systems. (General Education course)

UI 430 Aging Successfully: Critical Issues Facing the Individual in the 21st Century
A study of the interaction of historical, economic, and political influences upon the biological and psychosocial nature of individuals aging into the 21st century.

Graduate Courses (Counseling)

CP 617 Assessment in Counseling
Application of psychometric assessment techniques to increase understanding of the student/client and develop an individualized plan of assistance.

CP 643 Psychodynamics and Treatment
Knowledge and application of psychodiagnostics and using the DSM and ICD and subsequent treatment plan development, including an introduction to psychopharmacology.

CP 735 Intelligence Testing
Provides the student with the training needed, under direct supervision, to administer and score individual intelligence tests.

CP 614 Counseling Skills
Knowledge and application of counseling techniques and helping skills with an emphasis on experiential learning and preparation for practicum.

CP 615 Career Counseling
Knowledge and application of career development theories, decision-making models, career planning, career education, sources of educational and occupational information.

CP 537 Multicultural Experience in Counseling and Education
Provides an opportunity of experiencing the importance of different lifestyles and socio-cultural aspects in the counseling process, during an educational trip to Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil. Once this experience is processed through the levels of phenomenology, the student should be able to advocate for the client and his or her counseling needs from a culturally sensitive point of view. Attention is given to the experiential component by being in the host culture (Fortaleza, Brazil), processing the meaning of the experience and giving a theoretical framework to the meaning making. That is, this experience is conducted in light of the phenomenological approach.

CP 613 Social and Cultural Counseling
Study of social changes and trends in stereotyping, societal subgroups, and different lifestyles and how this is incorporated in counseling.

CP 616 Group Counseling
Knowledge and application of group counseling theory skills and techniques. Course includes a personal, small group experience.

CP 645 Marriage and Family Counseling
An overview of the historical development and principal conceptualizations of marital and family counseling.

CP 630 Foundations in School Counseling
Knowledge and application of school counseling theory, the comprehensive guidance model, and issues of school counseling.

CP 652 Counseling Children and Adolescents
Focus will be given to the definition, history, basic assumptions, and application of play therapy.

CP 610 Counseling Orientation and Ethics
Professional orientation, personal characteristics, responsibilities, legal, and ethical issues relating to professional counseling will be explored.

GR 691 Methods of Research: Qualitative and Quantitative Designs
A course designed to prepare students to understand, interpret, evaluate, and design qualitative and quantitative research as well as develop the ability to select and use appropriate research methods.

CP 682 Internship-Elementary
Field-based counseling internships designed to give the student practical learning in chosen school counseling environment.

CP 683 Internship-Secondary
Field-based counseling internships designed to give the student practical learning in chosen school counseling environment.

CP 684 Internship-School
Field-based counseling internships designed to give the student practical learning in chosen school counseling environment.

CP 685 Internship-Career
Field-based counseling internships designed to give the student practical learning in chosen career counseling environment.

CP 686 Internship-Mental Health
Field-based counseling internships designed to give the student practical learning in chosen mental health counseling environment.

CP 687 Internship-Mental Health
Field-based counseling internships designed to give the student practical learning in chosen mental health counseling environment.

CP 688 Advanced Internship-Mental Health
Field-based counseling internships designed to give the student practical learning in chosen mental health counseling environment.

CP 788 Advanced Internship
Advanced internship in a counseling setting consists of a minimum of 200 clock hours per 3 credit hours in an appropriate counseling setting, under appropriate supervision.

CP 640 Foundations of Mental Health Counseling
An overview of the role and scope of the mental health counselor, the community counseling agencies, and the counseling service programs.

CP 661 Addictions Counseling
Review the current developments in the field of addictions and the evaluation of treatment methods within addiction practice.

CP 680 Counseling Practicum
Supervised practical experience which emphasizes the application of knowledge gained with clients, schools, and agencies.

CP 733 Advanced Educational Processes
This course is a requirement for the Education Specialist in Counseling Education and School Psychological Examiner Certification in the elementary, middle, and secondary schools. It is designed to enhance teaching practices to facilitate learning for a diverse student population. The course will promote an understanding of student characteristics and methods of assessing and evaluating variability of students and their performance. Legal and ethical issues and the effect of cultural differences are addressed.

CP 739 Testing Practicum
Practice in an educational or clinical setting with an emphasis on the utilization of tests.

CP 771 Counselor Supervision
Students will become familiar with models of counseling supervision, provide individual and group supervision for master’s level practicum/internship students, and be acquainted with the research in counselor training and supervision. Individual and group supervision is provided. Video recording of individual and dyadic supervision sessions with practicum/internship students is required.

CP 611 Developmental Theories
Knowledge and understanding of different developmental levels, human behavior, personality, and learning theory.

CP 612 Counseling Theories
An exploration of a variety of counseling theories to provide a foundation for practice for professional counselors.

Graduate Courses (Psychology)

PY 540 Personnel Psychology
Theory, research, and practice in the understanding of such topics as performance appraisal, personnel selection, criterion development/validation, and others.

PY 556 Organizational Psychology
Theory, research, and practice in the understanding of such topics as job satisfaction, work motivation/performance, leadership, conflict resolution, and others.

PY 670 Job Analysis and Compensation
Introduction to different methods of job analysis and evaluation as well as important issues related to employee compensation and benefits.

PY 675 Legal and Ethical Considerations in I/O Psychology
Includes topics such as equal employment opportunity, uniform guidelines for selection, and relevant major court decisions.

PY 681 Program Design and Evaluation
Systematic examination of the theory and practice of research strategies for planning and evaluating various programs.

PY 557 Psychometrics
Consideration of assumptions and techniques in psychometrics, including assessment, reliability and validity, test construction, measurement theory, and scaling.

PY 564 Research and Practice in I/O and Social Psychology
Weekly colloquium discussing the planning, design, execution, and analysis of psychological research.

PY 571 Design and Analysis I
An introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics used in the reporting of educational and psychological research.

PY 671 Design and Analysis II
Correlation and regression analysis, including bivariate and multiple regression, coding of categorical variables, and testing for mediation and moderation.

PY 696 Thesis Research
Conducting research related to the student’s thesis. (Prerequisites: PY 571; PY 671; minimum of 18 credit hours in program; minimum of 2 credit hours of PY 564)

PY 697 Thesis Writing
Writing the thesis document. (Prerequisites: PY 571; PY 671; PY 696; minimum of 18 credit hours in program; minimum of 2 credit hours of PY 564)

PY 699 Internship in I/O Psychology
Experience in applying industrial/organizational psychological principles, theory, and research to work in organizational settings such as corporations, government, and nonprofits. (Prerequisites: PY 571; PY 671; minimum of 18 credit hours in program; minimum of 2 credit hours of PY 564)

PY 526 Consumer Psychology
Theory and research related to understanding consumer behavior in terms of product/service perceptions, motivation, purchase decisions, and consumer satisfaction.

PY 561 Advanced Social Psychology
Survey of topics in the study of human social interaction with an emphasis on experimental approaches to studying social behavior.

PY 657 Psychology of Stereotyping and Prejudice
Seminar focused on social psychological research on stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination.

Contact

573.651.2132
psychandcounseling@semo.edu
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Department of Psychology and Counseling
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Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701