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Psychology Courses

Major Courses

A degree in psychology requires a minimum of 36 earned credits in PSYC, and includes the following:

  • PSYC 209 – General Psychology
  • PSYC 210 – General Psychology I
  • PSYC 315 – Experimental Psychology 
  • PSYC 400 – Professional Issues in Psychology
  • PSYC 435 – Principles of Learning
  • PSYC 455 – Human Psychological Development
  • PSYC 330 – Social Psychology OR PSYC 340 – Theories of Personality
  • PSYC 321 – Substance Abuse OR PSYC 425(G) – Principles of Physiological Psychology
  • PSYC 415 – Experimental Psychology II OR PSYC 442 – Psychological Measurement
  • Nine (9) hours of elective courses in Psychology
    • Elective options exclude PSYC 110 and PSYC 313. Note that PSYC 110 and PSYC 313, if taken after declaring Psychology as a major at UL Lafayette, with NOT be applicable toward a degree in psychology.

Course Descriptions

PSYC 110: Introduction to Psychology. Experimental and applied psychology. Overview of all the major sub-disciplines of psychology. A student may not receive credit for both PSYC 110 and PSYC 210. Rstr: Not available to psychology majors.

PSYC 115: Honors General Psychology. Scientific and applied psychology, sensation, perception, learning, personality, social, development, abnormal, physiological.  A student may not receive credit for both PSYC 115 and either PSYC110 or PSYC 210. Restr: Not available to psychology majors.

PSYC 209: General Psychology I. Overview of the scientific basis of psychology covering topics such as the history and systems, research methods, and specific areas of experimental psychology, such as physiological psychology, sensation and perception, learning and memory, cognition and language, motivational behaviors. Rstr: Psychology majors and minors only.


PSYC 210: General Psychology II. Overview of applied psychology and related areas, including health, intelligence and creativity, personality, social, developmental, abnormal, and others. A student may not receive credit for both PSYC 210 and either PSYC 110 or PSYC 115. Prereq: A grade of ‘C” or better in PSYC 209. Rstr: Psychology majors and minors only.

PSYC 220: Educational Psychology. Psychological aspects of teaching including learning processes and individual differences.

PSYC 300: Psychology of Adjustment. Adjustment and maladjustment of people. Specific behaviors of interpersonal skills, motivation, sex and sexuality, frustration and stress, competition, work and leisure are examined in viewing coping processes. Prereq: A grade of ‘C’ or better in six hours of psychology.

PSYC 310: Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Use of psychological principles in business, emphasizing employee selection, training, and productivity, as well as business organization and practices. Prereq: A grade of ‘C’ or better in PSYC 110, PSYC 115, OR PSYC 209.

PSYC 311: Child Psychology. Consideration of factors that influence the growth and development of the child from birth to age twelve years.

PSYC 312: Adolescent Psychology. Social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development during adolescence and of behaviors characteristic of adolescents.

PSYC 313: Life-Span Developmental Psychology (for non-majors). Comprehensive study of the life cycle and the various factors affecting it. Restr:  Not available to psychology majors.

PSYC 315: Experimental Psychology I. Scientific method, data analysis, and psychological report writing. Prereq: A grade of ‘C’ or better in PSYC 110, PSYC 115, or PSYC 210, AND a grade of ‘C’ or better in STAT 214 or STAT 215.

PSYC 321: Psychology of Substance Abuse. Symptomology, environmental factors, treatment options, and pharmacology of substance abuse. Prereq: A grade of ‘D’ or better in any 3-credit BIOL class, AND a grade of ‘C’ or better in PSYC 110, PSYC 115, or PSYC 210.

PSYC 330: Social Psychology. Psychological aspects of social issues, problems and attitudes. Prereq: A grade of ‘C’ or better in six hours of psychology

PSYC 340: Theories of Personality. Provides a general introduction to the field of personality theories. Emphasis is placed on analytic, behavioral and humanistic theories. Prereq: A grade of ‘C’ or better in six hours of psychology.

PSYC 360: Cognitive Psychology. Research on the mental structures and psychological processes involved in knowledge. Included among the topics are units on human memory, language and thought imagery and reasoning. Rstr: A grade of ‘C’ or better in six hours of psychology.

PSYC 370: Behavioral Management of Children. Practical analysis of child behavior in varied environments and techniques of fostering desired changes towards socially adaptive behavior.

PSYC 400: Professional Issues in Psychology. Instruction, review, and experience in professional issues. Ethics, cultural issues and awareness, and integration of psychological principles and values into personal and career development.Rstr: Senior psychology majors with a grade of ‘C’ or better in fifteen hours of psychology.

PSYC 405: Issues and Themes in Psychology. Examines one issue or theme to be announced each semester such as Psychological Aspects of the African American Experience, Psychology of Women, The Family in a Context for Psychological Development, Religion and Psychology. Prereq: A grade of ‘C’ or better in six hours of psychology.

PSYC 415: Experimental Psychology II. Advanced discussion and application of experimental methodology and statistical analysis. Students perform research projects following graduate school and APA guidelines. Prereq: A grade of ‘C’ or better in PSYC 315.

PSYC 425(G): Principles of Physiological Psychology. Structure and function of the physiological mechanisms underlying behavior as revealed by neuroanatomy and neurochemistry. Mechanisms involved in sensation, movement, states of consciousness, and motivation. Laboratory exercises include neuroanatomical localization. Prereq: BIOL 111, 122, or 220, AND a grade of ‘C’ or better in six hours of psychology.

PSYC 426(G): Principles of Behavioral Neuroscience. Behavioral aspects governed by physiological mechanisms. Motivational behaviors, emotions, learning and memory, and psychopathology.Behavioral aspects governed by physiological mechanisms. Motivational behaviors, emotions, learning and memory, and psychopathology. Prereq: A grade of ‘C’ or better in PSYC 425(G)

PSYC 431: Psychological Counseling. Problems presented to the counselor in the adjustment of the individual and the management and solution of problems. Prereq: A grade of ‘C’ or better in nine hours of psychology.

PSYC 435: Principles of Learning. Selected theories and topics such as reinforcement, punishment and discrimination in animal learning and of issues relating to human memory and learning. Prereq: A grade of ‘C’ or better in twelve hours of psychology.

PSYC 442: Psychological Measurement. Rationale, methodology, and content of psychological measurement instruments. Prereq: A grade of ‘C’ or better in PSYC 315.

PSYC 445: Abnormal Psychology. Surveys diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of abnormalities in the mental development of the individual. Prereq: A grade of ‘C’ or better in nine hours of psychology.

PSYC 455: Human Psychological Development. Life cycle from birth to death with emphasis on the major theories of growth, development and aging. Prereq: A grade of ‘C’ or better in nine hours of psychology. Rstr: Psychology majors and minors only.

PSYC 465: Introduction to Clinical Psychology. Orientation to conceptualization, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of psychological problems. Prereq: A grade of ‘C’ or better in twelve hours of psychology. Rstr: Psychology majors or minors only.

PSYC 497: Special Projects I. Prereq: A grade of ‘C’ or better in fifteen hours of psychology AND permission of department head required.

PSYC 498: Special Projects II. Prereq: A grade of ‘C’ or better in PSYC 497, AND permission of department head required.

 

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