Carroll College, Helena Montana

Course Descriptions

PSY: Courses in Psychology

Department of Psychology

PSY 105 General Psychology 3 Cr
An introduction to the principles of behavior through an analysis of the explanatory concepts, research methodologies, and contemporary issues in psychology. This is a survey course and is team-taught, thus exposing students to all areas of expertise within the Department. Each semester.

PSY 200 Emotional Intelligence and Personal/ 3 Cr
Professional Success
Emotional intelligence refers to the dimension of intelligence that is responsible for our ability to manage ourselves and our relationships with others. Research suggests that the skills involved with high emotional intelligence are primary for career success, and it separates performers from those who do not succeed. This course introduces students to theories of emotional intelligence, exposes them to research supporting the concept, and gives them tools to assess and develop their own emotional intelligence. Spring semester.

PSY 202 Learning and Cognition 3 Cr
Learning is a relatively permanent change in behavior and mental associations due to experience. Numerous principles and theories about learning have been proposed in order to better understand why animals, especially humans, behave the way they do. Research in learning has resulted in the development of behavioral techniques that are useful in many allied fields including behavioral neuroscience, psychopharmacology and behavioral medicine. Cognition, on the other hand, is the study of mental operations that support acquisition and use of knowledge. The study of learning and cognition is an integral sub discipline within the field of psychology and anthrozoology. This course serves as an introduction to the multifaceted processes involved in learning at all levels of complexity. Students will learn fundamental information required for canine training classes and information that will prove useful for all animal training. Prerequisite: PSY 105 or ANZ 107 or consent of instructor. Spring semester.

PSY 203 Developmental Psychology 3 Cr
An examination of the human life cycle with a focus on the behavioral processes and major influences unique to each stage of development. Each semester.

PSY/SO 216 Social Psychology 3 Cr
An introduction to and an analysis of social interaction, including the social aspects of personality, social attitudes, group behavior, and the influences of social institutions on individual behavior. Prerequisite: PSY 105, SO 101, or consent of instructor. Fall semester. Fulfills National Diversity requirement.

PSY/SO 219 Laboratory for Social Psychology 1 Cr
In this course, students will increase their familiarity with the elements of the research process in relation to social psychological topics. Seminal and contemporary research in areas such as conformity, compliance, romantic relationships, and prosocial behavior will be discussed in relationship to the research standards and ethical considerations set by the American Psychological Association. Experiences include forming research ideas; conducting scientific literature searches and reviews; designing observational, survey, and archival studies; analyzing small-scale practice data; preparing professional manuscripts, and enhancing presentation skills. This course is optional for students enrolled in Social Psychology (PSY/SO 216). Students must be co-enrolled in Social Psychology (PSY/SO 216) in the same semester. Course offered each semester.

PSY 222 History and Systems in Psychology 3 Cr
A study of the major influences of philosophy and physiology on the development of modern psychology. The purpose of this course is to provide students with an education in the roots of psychology and an appreciation for the contributions of the great schools of thought. Prerequisite: PSY 105. Spring semester.

PSY 227 Child Psychology 3 Cr
A developmental approach to the cognitive, physical, and psycho-social aspects of school-aged children. Each semester.

PSY 228 Adolescent Psychology 3 Cr
A developmental approach to the cognitive, physical, and psycho-social aspects of adolescence. Each semester.

PSY/ED 229 Educational Psychology 3 Cr
A study of the psychological theories and principles that affect teaching and learning in educational environments. The focus of this course is on the theories and methods associated with the process of learning as well as he application of this knowledge in a variety of classroom environments. Prerequisite: PSY 105. PSY 227, or PSY 228, or a PSY course approved by the instructor. Each semester.

PSY 304 Theories and Practice in Counseling 3 Cr
This course is designed to introduce students to the theoretical models, research findings, and practical techniques of counseling and psychotherapy. Intended for students who plan to become counselors. Prerequisite: PSY 105 and junior status. Spring semester.

PSY 305 Junior Seminar 1 Cr
This course meets once per week to discuss issues of importance to those pursuing a career in psychology or related discipline. Topics will include career exploration, preparations for the GRE, APA writing style, graduate studies and schools, thesis projects, internships, and more. Psychology students are required to attend and participate. Fall semester.

PSY 306 Abnormal Psychology 3 Cr
An empirically oriented analysis of contemporary as well as historical approaches to defining, explaining, and changing maladaptive human behavior. This course focuses on those behavior patterns that impede people from leading happy, meaningful, and productive lives. Prerequisite: PSY 105. Fall semester.

PSY 307 Learning 3 Cr
The course thoroughly covers principles and theories involved in the complex learning process. Practical information for improving both teaching and learning also are covered. The course exposes students to both behaviorists and cognitive theorists. All students conduct learning experiments during class and provide interpretation of results. Fall semester.

PSY 308 Health Psychology 3 Cr
This course will provide an overview of the emerging field of health psychology and its contributions to our health care systems. Biopsychological approaches to health also will be examined. Course content will emphasize human behaviors that contribute to illness and those that facilitate health and well-being. Excellent elective course for those majoring in nursing or studies in pre-medicine. Fall semester.

PSY 309 Research Methods 4 Cr
This course provides skill training in descriptive, experimental and quasi-experimental research methodologies. Descriptive methodologies and data analyses include distributions, normative data analysis and correlations. Experimental and quasi-experimental methodologies include data analyses involving t-tests, one-way analysis of variance and two-way analysis of variance for factorial designs. Emphasis is placed on being able to determine the correct methodology and data analysis for a given research question. In addition to developing critical analytical skills students are required to complete a research project and submit it written in APA style. Prerequisites: Junior status, psychology or anthrozoology major and MA 207. Fulfills Writing Intensive requirement. Fall semester.

PSY 310 Human Sexuality 3 Cr
Human Sexuality is a course that investigates scientifically the ways in which people experience and express themselves as sexual beings. This course will examine human sexuality from a biopsychosocial perspective. We will consider the biological, psychological, and social factors that influence sexual behaviors, attitudes, and values. We will gain an understanding of the diversity of sexual behaviors and lifestyles, particularly focusing on human sexuality in the United States. Students will enhance their critical thinking skills through the investigation of scientific evidence for each of the topics covered. Finally, this course requires openness and respect of diverse perspectives to enable students to explore and develop their unique views about human sexuality. Prerequisite: PSY 105 and junior or senior status. Fall semester.

PSY 311 Theories of Personality 3 Cr
This course explores the major theories of personality in terms of philosophy, science, and application. Students will become acquainted with a wide variety of theoretical approaches from the well known to the less well known. Prerequisite: PSY 105. Spring semester.

PSY 314 Cognitive Psychology 3 Cr
This new course offering provides an introduction to the study of mental processes and discusses how the cognitive perspective has shaped modern psychology. Both behavioral and neuropsychological approaches to theory will be explored. The course includes such topics as the history of cognition, an introduction to cognitive neuroscience, attention, perception, language processing, memory, decision making, and consciousness. Students will review and replicate classical and contemporary cognitive psychology experiments. Students will also augment their critical thinking skills through the critique of experimental methodology and the application of scientific reasoning to common cognitive problems. Prerequisite: PSY 105. Offered spring semester annually.

PSY 321 Law, Justice, and Forensic Psychology 3 Cr
This course provides in-depth exposure to the roles and responsibilities of Mental Health Professionals within the criminal and (to a lesser extent) civil systems of justice in the United States. Additionally, the course will focus on how the legal system shapes the role of the mental health profession in the court arena. Topics covered include but are not limited to the psychology of jury selection; the identification and psychological evaluation of criminal suspects; the psychological factors associated with eyewitness and jury experiences; issues of mental competency and insanity; and the death penalty. Prerequisites PSY 105 or SO 101. Offered spring semester.

PSY 388 General Psychology Teaching Assistantship 1 Cr
The teaching assistantship course provides students with a unique opportunity to apply the skills acquired in their psychology course work and specifically the learning course in a real world setting. Students teach faculty developed, experientially based, curriculum in small group settings to General Psychology students. Students also engage in discussions of teaching pedagogy, and explore learning principles as they apply to college level course work. Students may earn a total of two credits in two separate semesters. Prerequisites: PSY 105, PSY 307, and junior status. Spring semester.

PSY 414 Physiological Psychology 4 Cr
This course is the first half of a year-long course in biopsychology. The course is concerned with the history of the field; structure and function of neurons, neural communication, neuroanatomy; and research methods. A laboratory section includes films, computer simulations, and sheep brain dissection. Prerequisite: Psychology or anthrozoology major or consent of instructor. Fall semester.

PSY 416 Brain and Behavior 4 Cr
Building on information learned in PSY 414, students study the physiological basis of reproductive, emotional, stress, communicative, and ingestive behavior. Students also examine the biological aspects of mental disorders, such as anxiety, schizophrenia, autism, and addiction. This course is excellent preparation for graduate studies in psychology, medicine, or allied health fields. The laboratory section includes short projects in stress, films, field trips, and computer-guided learning tasks. Prerequisite: PSY 414. Spring semester.

PSY 425 Psychology Internship
A program that provides upper-division psychology students with professionally supervised practical experience in the application of psychological principles and techniques in the areas of counseling, teaching, research, and community health. Prerequisites: Junior or senior status and consent of the Psychology Department. Each semester.

PSY 486 Independent Research in Psychology 1–3 Cr
This is an individualized instruction course through which a student engages in advanced research on a topic chosen in conjunction with a psychology department faculty member. Weekly conferences with the supervising faculty member are required. Credits are variable. Prerequisite: Instructor permission required. Each semester.