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Psychology Courses

This is a listing of Psychology (PSYC) classes available at Bethany. These are included in the requirements for the Psychology Major and other programs. Not all courses are available every semester. Please contact the registrar with any questions.

There are 26 courses in this subject. View other subjects or view all courses.

CodeCourse Title / Description
PSYC110General Psychology 4 credits
Provides an overview of the major concepts of psychology viewed through contrasting perspectives and gives students a general knowledge base pertaining to the field. A wide range of topics are covered, including: biological influences, learning and memory, development, social factors, abnormal behavior, and therapy. Emphasis is placed on the relevance of psychology to everyday life and faith. This course is designed to benefit the major and non-major alike.
PSYC120Human Growth and Development 3 credits
Offers a life-span perspective on human development. Students learn the major theories and perspectives relating to the physical, cognitive, and psychosocial aspects of development from conception to death. Class discussion and course projects help students connect these concepts to benefit their own lives, by understanding and appreciating their past and exploring their potential future development. This course is designed to benefit the major and non-major alike.
PSYC215Personality 3 credits
Examines the major psychological theories and the theorist's personal histories. Students become familiar with the theoretical models that psychology uses to understand the problems and needs of people. In the context of a Christian perspective, these theories are evaluated with regard to their claims and relative value. This course is designed for majors and those seeking to understand personality from psychological perspectives. Prerequisite: PSYC110 - General Psychology.
PSYC230Cross Cultural Psychology 3 credits
Focuses on the influence of cultures on psychological phenomena. Students learn to identify universal and culture-specific factors that impact how we think, act, and interact in our world. This course is designed to be an introductory course suitable for all majors, and is especially beneficial for students planning to study abroad or participate in international study tours, as well as those who plan to interact with diverse populations in a work setting.
PSYC270Gender 3 credits
Investigates gender as a framework for life, and how our concepts of male and female affect cognition, emotion, and behavior. Students examine approaches to gender as viewed from multi-cultural, interdisciplinary, and Biblical perspectives. Content includes the history of the women's movement, the biological basis of gender distinctions, and gender in religion. Additional topics include gender issues in media, family, education, work, and science. This course is designed to be an introductory course suitable for all majors, and is of particular value to those seeking greater understanding and appreciation of God's masterpiece, men and women.
PSYC280Topics in Psychology 3 credits
Topics of special interest are presented in a seminar format.
PSYC289International Study Tour 3 credits
Designed to enhance the classroom curriculum, this course allows the student to travel to a specific country or region of the United States selected by the professor. The course covers various aspects of the selected country or geographic area. Students engage with a diverse range of people and experience firsthand many aspects of psychology and culture.
PSYC290Career Exploration and Development in Psychology I 1 credit
An orientation to the psychology major as both a profession and vocation. Students explore sub-fields of psychology, engage in professional development activities, establish career goals, and consider how psychology, as a field and discipline, informs their lives as Christian citizens. Prerequisites: PSYC110 - General Psychology or PSYC120 - Human Growth and Development, and declaration of psychology as major.
PSYC312Industrial Organizational Psychology 3 credits
Surveys basic behavioral science research that contributes to industrial and organizational psychology, including worker attitudes and theories of motivation, organizational structure, communication, theories of leadership, decision making, conflict resolution, and methods of personnel selection and evaluation. This course is especially beneficial to those going into business-related fields and those entering the workforce.
PSYC315Sport Psychology 3 credits
Familiarizes students with those aspects of psychology that influence performance and participation in sports and other sports-related settings. Topics include self-esteem, motivation, stress, and imagery as it applies to one's ability to perform or willingness to participate in sports. This course is especially beneficial to students planning on sports-related fields connected with performance. (Cross-listed with PHED325 - Sport Psychology.)
PSYC325Psychology of Child Development 3 credits
Examines the development of children from conception through puberty. Students gain a well-rounded understanding of the many stages and phases of a child's life through in-depth examination of case studies. Relations between the individual child and their contexts of development will be explored via readings, discussions, and weekly service-learning experiences in the field. This course is designed for those who intend to work in professions serving children, as well as current or future parents.
PSYC330Psychology of Adult Development 3 credits
Focuses on the development of individuals from young adulthood through the end of life. Students examine longitudinal research findings on aging, and explore the implications to their current and future life choices. This course covers topics such as identity development, mate selection, work, retirement, and bereavement. Relations between the individual and their contexts of development will be explored via readings, discussions, and weekly service-learning experiences in the field. This course is designed for those who intend to work in professions serving adults, as well as those who seek a greater understanding of their current and future development. Prerequisite: PSYC120 - Human Growth and Development or consent of instructor.
PSYC335Learning and Cognition 3 credits
Explores cognitive and learning processes that shape how we think, feel, and behave as humans. Students gain knowledge about cognitive psychology, learning theory, and behavioral analysis, and evaluate issues raised by these fields from a Christian worldview. This course benefits students who wish to enhance their understanding of thinking and learning processes, including Communication and Business majors. Prerequisite: PSYC110 - General Psychology or PSYC120 - Human Growth and Development.
PSYC337Introduction to Physiological Psychology 3 credits
Examines humans from a biological perspective, including the interplay between biological (e.g. brain, genes, hormones) and psychological processes (e.g. hunger, memory, sleep, sexual behavior, psychopathology). Students gain knowledge about the role that biology plays in influencing psychological functioning in both positive and negative ways. This course is especially beneficial to students interested in biological and health-related fields (e.g. medicine, nursing, counseling). Prerequisites: PSYC110 - General Psychology or PSYC120 - Human Growth and Development, and BIOL101 - Principles of Biology and Lab or BIOL151 - General Biology I and Lab.
PSYC340Social Psychology 3 credits
Explores how the behavior, thoughts, and feelings of individuals influence, and are influenced by, the behavior and characteristics of others. Students gain knowledge about the methods, theories, and content in the field of social psychology. Topics include attitudes, social cognition, friendship, attraction, altruism, aggression, conformity, and social exchange. This course is particularly useful to those pursuing careers involving group work and social interactions. Prerequisite: PSYC110 - General Psychology.
PSYC350Abnormal Psychology 3 credits
Investigates the nature of characteristics of abnormal human behavior. These include depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, eating disorders, chemical dependency, and family problems. Students focus on theories, assessment, classification, and treatments of abnormal behavior. This course is especially beneficial to those planning to work in health professions, education, and counseling. Prerequisite: PSYC110 - General Psychology.
PSYC365Facilitating Groups 3 credits
Investigates the power of groups, the stages of groups, and group process. Students gain hands on skills as group leaders via in-class demonstrations and role-playing. Students learn how to appropriately provide opportunities for interpersonal support, team building, and confrontation. This course is useful to those who would like to know how to manage a group effectively, and anyone who aspires to be a great leader. Prerequisite: PSYC110 - General Psychology or PSYC120 - Human Growth and Development.
PSYC380Psychopharmacology 3 credits
Explores the interactions between humans and drugs, specifically drugs that affect the brain. Students explore the impact of drug use, both individually and societally. Topics include drug action on the nervous system, classes of recreational and therapeutic drugs, drug laws and regulations, and treatment and prevention approaches. This course is especially beneficial for students going into counseling, sociological, health, or psychological fields. Prerequisite: BIOL101 - Principles of Biology and Lab or above; recommended: PSYC337 - Introduction to Physiological Psychology.
PSYC390Career Exploration and Development in Psychology II 2 credits
Expands upon the orientation to the psychology major course, providing students with the opportunity to engage in a variety of on- and off-campus professional development activities, such as job shadowing and site visits. Students pursue internship opportunities, identify graduate programs related to their interest area, identify job opportunities for those holding an undergraduate degree in psychology, and serve as peer-mentors for students enrolled in Career Exploration and Development in Psychology I. Prerequisites: PSYC110 - General Psychology, PSYC120 - Human Growth and Development, and PSYC290 - Career Exploration and Development in Psychology I.
PSYC440Applied Behavior Analysis 3 credits
Provides an introduction to the principles of learning and how those principles can be used to modify behavior. The course emphasizes the application of learning theory principles to solve behavioral problems as they exist in oneself, one's family, and the greater community. Particular attention will be given throughout the semester to the ethics surrounding behavioral research and practice. Of particular interest to students wanting to facilitate change in their own or another's behavior, this course is beneficial to communication, education, business, and biology majors.
PSYC450Principles and Strategies of Counseling 3 credits
Introduces students to the concepts, methods, and skills needed to conduct effective interviews, whether in counseling, social work, human resources, or the ministry. Students gain practical one-on-one listening skills, develop a framework for counseling, and develop competencies in building helping relationships. This course is particularly useful to those who are pursuing a career in the helping professions.
PSYC475History and Systems of Psychology 3 credits
Designed as the capstone for the psychology major, students survey the history of psychology within the context of Christianity. Students focus on major theorists and their ideas in relation to the historical context and current psychological issues. Particular attention is given to Biblical and psychological approaches to different aspects of human functioning, including points of agreement and conflict between these approaches. Students will produce a capstone project as the culmination of this course. Prerequisites: PSYC110 - General Psychology and senior standing within the major/minor.
PSYC480Topics in Psychology 3 credits
Examines topics outside the scope of other course offerings. This course addresses a variety of psychology topics that emerge from the issues of the day, the expertise of the instructor, and/or the special interests of the students. The course may be repeated for credit with different topics. Prerequisites: PSYC110 - General Psychology or PSYC120 - Human Growth and Development and consent of instructor.
PSYC489International Study Tour 3 credits
Designed to enhance the classroom curriculum, this course allows the student to travel to a specific country or region of the United States selected by the professor. The course covers various aspects of the selected country or geographic area. Students engage with a diverse range of people and experience firsthand many aspects of psychology and culture.
PSYC497Research Opportunity in Psychology 3 credits
Immerses students in the process of conducting psychological research. Students engage in independent or group research under the guidance of a faculty member. This experience is particularly valuable for those students interested in pursuing graduate studies in psychology. One to three credits; students may take a maximum of 3 credits of PSYC497 - Research Opportunity in Psychology in one semester and a maximum of 6 credits total. Students may use 3 credits of PSYC497 - Research Opportunity in Psychology to fulfill one of the Psychology major electives. Prerequisites: PSYC110 - General Psychology or PSYC120 - Human Growth and Development and consent of instructor.
PSYC499Psychology Internship 3 credits
Provides a psychology-related experience with an approved agency. Students develop and fulfill an individual learning agreement negotiated between the student, department, and work site. Psychology majors only. One to three credits, repeatable up to 6 credits. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

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