Course descriptions

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PSYCHOLOGY (PSY)

101. Foundations of Personal Development. 3 hrs. An introduction to the principles of human development. Does not apply toward major requirements

110. General Psychology. 3 hrs. Open to freshmen. An introduction to the scientific study of human behavior and experience (JC 1513)

210. Introduction to Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS). 3 hrs. Acquaints students with the broad field of SRS via a review of relevant philosophy and history, legal mandates and the role of SRS in contemporary applied sciences; students will be required to participate in one of two assignments designed to facilitate personal, interpersonal and vocational development

231. Psychology of Personal Adjustment. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: PSY 110. Understanding of the problems people face in our society, and the diverse ways in which they respond to these problems

251. Careers in Psychology. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: PSY 110. Overview of careers in psychology and the application of psychological methods and principles to a number of occupational fields

270. Child Psychology. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: PSY 110. Study of the child through the elementary years, emphasizing principles and problems of development

275. Developmental Psychology. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: PSY 110. A study of the course of growth and development throughout the life span, with emphasis on principles of development

301. Introduction to Job Seeking. 1 hr. Prerequisite: PSY 110. To acquaint student with job seeking techniques including (a) development of an adequate resumé and (b) the acquisition of job interview skills

312. Counseling Theory and Practice. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: PSY 110 or equivalent. Emphasizes theories and principles underlying the practical application of various helping techniques

313. Vocational Development. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: PSY 110. An introduction to the study of vocational development, occupational structure and job analysis

330. Principles and Processes of Case Management. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: PSY 110. This course focuses on the coordination of specific functional tasks associated with rehabilitation services.

331. Medical Aspects of Rehabilitation. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: PSY 110. An introduction to the chronically disabling conditions both from the viewpoint of treatment processes and individual adjustment

360. Introduction to Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: PSY 110. An introduction to the principles and techniques of statistics commonly employed in the behavioral sciences

361. Research Methods. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: PSY 110, 360. Introduction to experimental methodology with application to various areas of psychology (WI)

372. Adolescent Psychology. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: PSY 110. Psychological development of the individual during the adolescent years

374. Educational Psychology. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: PSY 110. Application of psychological methods, facts and principles to education

385. Applied Behavior Analysis. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: PSY 110 and permission of instructor. Application of the principles of applied behavior analysis to problems involving human behavior change

400. Health Psychology. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: PSY 110; additional prerequisite for PSY majors: with grade C or better, or permission of department chair. The study of psychology’s contributions to enhancement of physical health, prevention and treatment of illness and identification of illness risk factors

411. Testing and Assessment. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: PSY 110. Introduction to theory and techniques of psychological testing and assessment

413. Multicultural Counseling. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: PSY 110; additional prerequisite for PSY majors: with grade C or better, or permission of department chair. Examines cultural diversity in North American society with focus on implications for counselors and mental health service providers

418. History and Systems of Psychology. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: PSY 110; additional prerequisite for PSY majors: PSY 360 with grade C or better, or permission of department chair. Review of the history of psychology and intensive study of current systems of psychology; primarily for senior psychology majors; this is a capstone course for psychology majors

420. Sensation and Perception. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: PSY 110, 426; additional prerequisite for PSY majors: with grade C or better, or permission of department chair. A survey of sensory and perceptual processes with emphasis on the visual system

422. Psychology of Learning. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: PSY 110; additional prerequisite for PSY majors: with grade C or better, or permission of department chair. A study of the basic problems, theories, concepts and research in the areas of human and animal learning

423. Group Procedures. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: PSY 110; additional prerequisite for PSY majors: with grade C or better, or permission of department chair. Introduction to the fundamentals of developmental group work with emphasis on individual behaviors in a group setting

424. Animal Behavior. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: PSY 110; additional prerequisite for PSY majors: with grade C or better, or permission of department chair. Study of animal behavior with emphasis on the comparison of psychological processes along the phylogenetic scale

425. Cognitive Psychology. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: PSY 110; additional prerequisite for PSY majors: with grade C or better, or permission of department chair. An overview of contemporary research and theories concerning the structure and processes of the mind

426. Behavioral Neuroscience. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: PSY 110; additional prerequisite for PSY majors: with grade C or better, or permission of department chair. Relationships between physiological functions, especially those of the nervous system, and emotional behavior motivation and learning

427L Laboratory Techniques in Behavioral Neuroscience. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor; additional prerequisite for PSY majors: with grade C or better, or permission of department chair; experimental techniques in neurophysiology, neuropharmacology and behavioral research; may be taken as BSC 456L

432. Behavioral Interventions. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: PSY 110; additional prerequisite for PSY majors: with grade C or better, or permission of department chair. An introduction to behavioral interventions as applied to normal and deviant behavior across different environmental settings

433. Workshop in Counseling Procedures. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: PSY 110; additional prerequisite for PSY majors: with grade C or better, or permission of department chair. A workshop to familiarize counselor personnel with new and innovative procedures in facilitating client development

435. Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Intervention. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: PSY 110; additional prerequisite for PSY majors: with grade C or better, or permission of department chair. Intervention strategies with emphasis on the alcoholic

436. Abnormal Psychology. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: PSY 110; additional prerequisite for PSY majors: with grade of C or better, or permission of department chair. An introduction to the study of abnormal behavior

444. Cetacean Behavior and Cognition. 3 hrs. A comprehensive review of the literature on the behavior, communication and cognitive abilities of whales and dolphins

450. Social Psychology. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: PSY 110; additional prerequisite for PSY majors: with grade C or better, or permission of department chair. Study of social influences on personality development and perceptual- cognitive processes and social motivation

451. Survey of Industrial and Organizational Psychology. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: PSY 110. (PSY 360 recommended); additional prerequisite for PSY majors: with grade C or better, or permission of department chair; applications of psychological principles and methods to problems of industry

452. Sleep and Behavior. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor; additional prerequisite for PSY majors: with grade C or better, or permission of department chair. A study of sleep and behavior from the perspective of the major disciplines within psychology

453. Psychology of Humor. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: PSY 110. Provides an overview of the theories and scientific study of humor and laughter from the perspective of multiple disciplines of pyschology.

455. Psychology of Personality. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: PSY 110; additional prerequisite for PSY major: with grade C or better, or permission of department chair. Different theoretical approaches to the development of the mature personality

456. Psychology of Aging and Dying. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: PSY 110 and Permission of Instructor; additional prerequisite for PSY majors: with grade C or better, or permission of department chair. Study of problems and attitudes concerning aging and death

457. Psychology of Religion. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: PSY 110; additional prerequisite for PSY major: with grade C or better, or permission of department chair. An examination of modern psychological perspectives on religious beliefs, experiences, and practices

460. Advanced Data Analysis. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: PSY 360; additional prerequisite for PSY majors: PSY 360 with grade C or better, or permission of department chair. The conceptual foundations of statistical procedures commonly used in behavioral research will be extensively reviewed; use of statistical packages will be a major focus

+462-+463. Field Practicum I, II. 3-6 hrs. Prerequisite: PSY 110 and Permission of instructor. Individual field practicum in an institutional or agency setting

469. Psychology of Music. 3 hrs. Prerequisite 110. This course is designed to provide you with a basic overview of the psychology of music. Topics covered will include music history, philosophy, research methods, neuroanatomy, physiology, sensory systems, attention, learning, and psychological disorders. We will also cover very basic music theory.

470. Psychology of Gender. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: PSY 110; additional prerequisite for PSY majors: with grade C or better, or permission of department chair. Examination and critical analysis of the role of gender in psychological theories of personality and behavior

482. Moral Development in Childhood and Adolescence. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: PSY 110 and permission of instructor; additional prerequisite for PSY majors: with grade C or better, or permission of department chair. A study of the major psychological theories of moral development

491. Research in Psychology. 1-6 hrs. Consent of Instructor. Directed independent study and/or supervised research assistance in an area of interest. A maximum of 12 hours of 491 may count toward the degree. P/F grading only.

492. Special Problems in Psychology. 1-6 hrs. Prerequisites: PSY 110 and the consent of instructor. Used for speciality topic classes for which courses are not offered currently. (Students undertaking a Seniors Honors Project will enroll in PSY H492.)

493. Advanced Behavioral Research Methods. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: PSY 110, PSY 360, PSY 361, and the consent of the instructor. Students will learn to conduct and report original research

498. Senior Thesis. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: PSY 110 and permission of department chair and instructor. The design and implementation of a research study or other scholarly work appropriate to the field of psychology

499. British Studies. 3-6 hrs

 


EXPLANATION

The semester credit hours are listed after the title of each course.
Example:

100. Introduction to the Arts. 3 hrs. A team-taught investigation of the music, visual and theatrical arts designed for students who are not otherwise academically involved with these arts (CC 1233)

Southern Miss courses for which there are acceptable junior/community college courses are marked as (CC ____). It should be noted that there is a variance in course sequence between the junior/community colleges and Southern Miss. In addition, courses with the same junior/community college numbers vary from college to college. An adviser should be consulted before course scheduling.

The plus (+) sign in front of a course indicates that a special fee is charged for that course. (All labs are subject to a usage fee.)