Psychology

Majors:


Minor:


Psychology is the scientific study of behavior, and as such is a diverse field that touches all aspects of human endeavor.

The Department of Psychology offers a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Psychology. The department encourages students who are interested in preparation for graduate school or a career in a particular area of psychology to consult with their faculty advisor as well as the University of Dayton’s Psychology Department webpage for a listing of courses that would be recommended for preparation in that area. Some examples of such areas include clinical psychology, developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, and social psychology.

Each psychology major must complete: PSY 101, PSY 201, PSY 216, and PSY 217 early in his or her academic career. Specifically, PSY 101 is required prior to taking any other psychology course. Further, students can take no more than 6 credit hours prior to enrolling in PSY 216, and no more than 15 hours before enrolling in PSY 217. The remaining requirements are stated in the outline below. Exceptions to these requirements must be approved by the department chairperson.

Psychology majors are required to attain grades of C- or better in PSY 101, PSY 201, PSY 216, and PSY 217. Further, completion of PSY 101 and PSY 216 with a C- or better is required to transfer into the major. Students who do not earn a C- or better in PSY 216 after two attempts will be required to meet with the department chairperson.

Psychology majors are required to attain grades of C- or better in the following courses:

PSY 101Introductory Psychology3
PSY 201Sophomore Seminar: Psychology as a Science and Profession1
PSY 216Elementary Statistics3
PSY 217Research Methods3

and any two courses from each of the two core groupings:

PSY 321Cognition3
PSY 322Learning3
PSY 323Psychology of Perception3
PSY 422Biopsychology3
PSY 341Social Psychology3
PSY 351Child Psychology3
PSY 361Personality3
PSY 363Abnormal Psychology3

If a C- or better is not attained, courses will have to be retaken if they are used to satisfy the psychology major.

A minor in psychology consists of eighteen semester hours, including PSY 101, one course from each of the core groupings, and three electives.


Faculty

Lee Dixon, Interim Chairperson
Professors Emeriti: Allik,
Biers, Butter, DaPolito, Eggemeier, Korte, Kuntz, Moroney, Polzella
Professors: Bauer, Reeb, Zois
Associate Professors: Crutcher,
Dixon, Elvers, Goodnight, Katsuyama, Kirschman, Montoya, Roecker Phelps
Assistant Professors: Burmeister, Butler, Davis, Fuhs, Kunz, O'Mara, Walsh-Messinger
Visiting Assistant Professor: Berry
Lecturers: Engle, Farnsworth, Layman-Guadalupe, Rodriguez

 

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology (PSY) minimum 124 hours

Common Academic Program (CAP)
*credit hours will vary depending on courses selected
First-Year Humanities Commons 112
West and the World
Introduction to Religious and Theological Studies
Intro To Philosophy
Writing Seminar I 2
Second-Year Writing Seminar 30-3
Writing Seminar II
Oral Communication3
Principles of Oral Communication
Mathematics3
Social Science3
Social Science Integrated
Arts3
Natural Sciences 47
Crossing Boundariesvariable credit
Faith Traditions
Practical Ethical Action
Inquiry
Integrative
Advanced Studyvariable credit
Philosophy and/or Religious Studies
Historical Studies
Diversity and Social Justice3
Major Capstone0-3
1

Completed with ASI 110 and ASI 120.

2

Or ENG 100A and ENG 100B, or ENG 200H, by placement.

3

Completed with ENG 200H or ASI 120.

4

Must include two different disciplines and accompanying lab.

Liberal Studies Curriculum
Creative and Performing Arts (May include CAP Arts)3
L2 Proficiency (Proficiency in a language other than English)0-11
Literature (May include CAP Components)3
Mathematics (Satisfies CAP Mathematics)6-8
Select one mathematics sequence from:
Precalculus Math
and Introductory Calculus I
Finite Mathematics
and Calculus for Business
Introductory Calculus I
and Introductory Calculus II
Analytic Geometry & Calculus I
and Analytic Geometry & Calculus II
Natural Sciences (Satisfies CAP Natural Sciences)11
Concepts of Biology I: Cellular & Molecular Biology
Concepts of Biology Laboratory I: Cellular & Molecular Biology
Concepts of Biology II: Evolution & Ecology
Concepts of Biology Laboratory II: Evolution & Ecology
CAP Natural Science lecture (specified for science majors, excluding BIO)
Social Sciences, excluding PSY courses (Includes CAP Social Science)12
Major Requirements37
PSY 101Introductory Psychology3
PSY 201Sophomore Seminar: Psychology as a Science and Profession1
PSY 216Elementary Statistics3
PSY 217Research Methods3
Select two courses from:6
Cognition
Learning
Psychology of Perception
Biopsychology
Select two courses from:6
Social Psychology
Child Psychology
Personality
Abnormal Psychology
Select one course from: (Satisfies CAP Major Capstone)3
History of Psychology
Senior Seminar in Psychology
Independent Research Capstone
PSY courses (300/400 level) 1, 212-24
Breadth
ASI 150Introduction to the University Experience1
Total Hours to total at least124
1

No more than a total of six hours of PSY 352, PSY 477, PSY 490, PSY 493, PSY 494 and/or PSY 497 may count toward the thirty-seven semester hours required in PSY for the major.

2

May include CAP Components.

Bachelor of Science, Psychology (PSY) minimum 120 hours

Common Academic Program (CAP)
*credit hours will vary depending on courses selected
First-Year Humanities Commons 112
West and the World
Introduction to Religious and Theological Studies
Intro To Philosophy
Writing Seminar I 2
Second-Year Writing Seminar 30-3
Writing Seminar II
Oral Communication3
Principles of Oral Communication
Mathematics3
Social Science3
Social Science Integrated
Arts3
Natural Sciences 47
Crossing Boundariesvariable credit
Faith Traditions
Practical Ethical Action
Inquiry
Integrative
Advanced Studyvariable credit
Philosophy and/or Religious Studies
Historical Studies
Diversity and Social Justice3
Major Capstone0-3
1

Completed with ASI 110 and ASI 120.

2

Or ENG 100A and ENG 100B, or ENG 200H, by placement.

3

Completed with ENG 200H or ASI 120.

4

Must include two different disciplines and accompanying lab.

Science Breadth Requirements
Satisfies CAP Mathematics and CAP Natural Science
Mathematics 16-8
Select one mathematics sequence from:
Calculus I with Review
and Calculus I with Review
Introductory Calculus I
and Introductory Calculus II
Analytic Geometry & Calculus I
and Analytic Geometry & Calculus II
Natural Sciences 217
Major Requirements37
PSY 101Introductory Psychology3
PSY 201Sophomore Seminar: Psychology as a Science and Profession1
PSY 216Elementary Statistics3
PSY 217Research Methods3
Select two courses from:6
Cognition
Learning
Psychology of Perception
Biopsychology
Select two courses from:6
Social Psychology
Child Psychology
Personality
Abnormal Psychology
Select one course from: (Satisfies CAP Major Capstone)3
History of Psychology
Senior Seminar in Psychology
Independent Research Capstone
PSY courses (300/400 level) 312-24
Breadth
ASI 150Introduction to the University Experience1
Social and Behavioral Science, excluding PSY courses (Includes CAP Social Science)12
Total Hours to total at least120
1

The Mathematics requirement may also be satisfied by taking MTH 207 and one calculus course: MTH 137, or MTH 148, or MTH 168.

2

Bio 151 and Bio 152 with accompanying labs are required.  The remaining 9 hours may be fulfilled by courses in BIO, CHM, GEO, PHY, and CPS courses as well as by MTH courses beyond the departmental MTH requirement.

3

No more than a total of six hours of PSY 352PSY 477PSY 490, PSY 493, PSY 494 and/or PSY 497 may count toward the thirty-seven semester hours required in PSY for the major.

Minor in Psychology (PSY)

Psychology
PSY 101Introductory Psychology3
Select one course from:3
Cognition
Learning
Psychology of Perception
Biopsychology
Select one course from:3
Social Psychology
Child Psychology
Personality
Abnormal Psychology
Select three PSY courses (300/400 level) 19
Total Hours18

1

Only three semester hours of PSY 352, PSY 490, PSY 493, PSY 494, and/or PSY 497 may count toward the minor.

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ASI 1501PSY 2163
PSY 1013ENG 100 (CAP Humanities Commons)3
BIO 151
151L (CAP Natural Science w/lab)
4REL 103 (CAP Humanities Commons)3
MTH 116 or 148 (MTH 148 Satisfies CAP Mathematics)3-4BIO 152
152L
4
Language 1014Language 1414
 15-16 17
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
HST 103 (CAP Humanities Commons)3PSY 2011
ENG 200 (CAP Writing Seminar)3PSY 341, 351, 361, or 3633
PSY 2173PHL 103 (CAP Humanities Commons)3
MTH 148, 149, or 168 (course varies by student)3-4CMM 100 (CAP Communication)3
Language 201 or contextual course3SSC 200 (CAP Social Science)3
 CAP Natural Science 3
 15-16 16
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
PSY 341, 351, 361, or 3633PSY 321, 322, 323, or 4223
PSY 321, 322, 323, or 4223PSY at 300 or 400 level3
Social Science - intro level not PSY3CAP Advanced Philosophy/Religious Studies3
CAP Arts / Creative and Performing3CAP Advanced Historical Studies3
CAP Faith Traditions3Literature3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
PSY at 300 or 400 level3PSY 471, 478, or 499 (Satisfies CAP Major Capstone)3
PSY at 300 or 400 level3PSY at 300 or 400 level3
Social Science - 300/400 level not PSY3CAP Inquiry3
CAP Integrative3CAP Diversity and Social Justice3
CAP Practical Ethical Action, Advanced Philosophy/Religious Studies3Social Science - elective not PSY3
 15 15
Total credit hours: 123-125

Bachelor of Science, Psychology

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ASI 1501MTH 1493
BIO 151
151L (CAP Natural Science w/lab)
4BIO 152
152L
4
MTH 148 or 168 (Satisfies CAP Mathematics)3-4PSY 2163
ENG 100 (CAP Humanities Commons)3REL 103 (CAP Humanities Commons)3
HST 103 (CAP Humanities Commons)3PHL 103 (CAP Humanities Commons)3
PSY 1013 
 17-18 16
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
PSY 2011PSY 321, 322, 323, or 4223
PSY 2173PSY 341, 351, 361, or 3633
PSY 341, 351, 361, or 3633SSC 200 (CAP Social Science)3
ENG 200 (CAP Writing Seminar)3Natural Science elective3
CMM 100 (CAP Communication)3CAP Arts3
CAP Natural Science 3 
 16 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
PSY 321, 322, 323, or 4223PSY 317 (or PSY at 300 or 400 level)3
CAP Faith Traditions3PSY at 300 or 400 level3
CAP Practical Ethical Action3CAP Inquiry3
Natural Science elective3CAP Advanced Philosophy/Religious Studies3
Social Science - elective not PSY3CAP Advanced Historical Studies3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
PSY 471, 480, or 499 (Satisfies CAP Major Capstone)3PSY at 300 or 400 level3
PSY at 300 or 400 level3CAP Integrative3
CAP Advanced Philosophy/Religious Studies3CAP Diversity and Social Justice3
Social Science - elective not PSY3Social Science - elective not PSY3
General elective3General elective3
 15 15
Total credit hours: 124-125

Courses

PSY 101. Introductory Psychology. 3 Hours

Study of human behavior including development, motivation, emotion, personality, learning, perception; general application of psychological principles to personal, social, and industrial problems. Students must participate in departmental research.

PSY 201. Sophomore Seminar: Psychology as a Science and Profession. 1 Hour

Introduction to the science and profession of psychology including the nature and breadth of psychological study and career exploration. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101.

PSY 216. Elementary Statistics. 3 Hours

Basic probability and applied statistics: measures of central tendency and dispersion, sampling, estimation, hypothesis testing, tests between means, linear regression, correlation, and ANOVA. Prerequisite(s): MTH 102 or higher; PSY 101.

PSY 217. Research Methods. 3 Hours

Basic concepts of scientific methods as applied to psychological problems. Experiments to familiarize students with application of scientific methodology to study of human psychological processes. Required of all psychology majors. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101, PSY 216.

PSY 251. Human Growth & Development. 3 Hours

Focuses on stages of human development from infancy through the aging adult. Emphasis is on various theoretical approaches and the development associated with each stage. Psychology majors may not take for credit toward major. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101.

PSY 317. Advanced Research Methods. 3 Hours

Advanced application of statistical and research methods learned in PSY 216 and PSY 217 to the design, analysis, and write-up of an original empirical study. Research area will vary according to instructor expertise. Prerequisite(s): PSY 217.

PSY 321. Cognition. 3 Hours

Information-processing approach to attention, perception, memory, imagery, and thought. Theoretical structures including neuron modeling of higher cognitive and experimental processes. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101.

PSY 322. Learning. 3 Hours

Foundations of the learning process. Classical and instrumental paradigms and variants of each considered in preparation for investigations of complex learning. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101.

PSY 323. Psychology of Perception. 3 Hours

Introduction to major theoretical and experimental work in perception, including visual, auditory, proprioceptive, and other sensory systems. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101.

PSY 333. Psychological Tests & Measurements. 3 Hours

Survey of major tests of intelligence, aptitude, interest, and personality presently used in clinics, schools, personnel offices, and research settings. Emphasis on evaluation and comparison, rationale of construction, ethical considerations. Prerequisite(s): (PSY 101, PSY 216) or equivalent.

PSY 334. Industrial Psychology. 3 Hours

Introduction to modern efforts to improve human performance in industrial organizations and society; selection and placement of employees, morale, training, and incentives. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101.

PSY 341. Social Psychology. 3 Hours

Survey of major theoretical and experimental work in the field; attitudes, conformity, emotions, group dynamics.

PSY 344. Interpersonal Relationships. 3 Hours

Social psychological research in nonverbal behavior, social exchange, self-disclosure, and interpersonal attraction and how these are related to developing relationships. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101.

PSY 351. Child Psychology. 3 Hours

Study of psychological processes from the developmental point of view; changes in perception, cognition, emotion, and social behavior from infancy to adolescence. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101.

PSY 353. The Psychology of Adult Development & Aging. 3 Hours

Provides a general introduction to the multi-disciplinary field of adulthood and aging with a specific focus on aspects of interest to psychologists: cognitive, intellectual, personality, and biological changes across adult development. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101.

PSY 355. Developmental Psychopathology. 3 Hours

Survey of developmental theory and research related to the psychopathology of infants, children, and adolescents. Focus is on etiology, identification, and intervention. Prerequisite(s): (PSY 101, PSY 351) or permission of instructor.

PSY 361. Personality. 3 Hours

Introduction to the study of personality through analysis of such major theories as those of Freud, Skinner, Maslow, and Rogers. The development of personality and the stability of personality characteristics over time. Review of clinical and experimental findings. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101.

PSY 363. Abnormal Psychology. 3 Hours

Patterns of disordered behavior; social, psychological, and physiological factors; theoretical explanations of abnormal behavior. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101.

PSY 364. Psychotherapy. 3 Hours

Survey of current types of psychotherapy. Emphasis on similarities and differences in underlying theories of behavioral change and associated techniques. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101.

PSY 366. Health Psychology. 3 Hours

Explores psychological research, theory, and techniques in health-related areas, such as health promotion, the identification of contributors to illness, illness prevention, stress and coping, stress management, changing health beliefs and behavior, pain and its management, and the management of chronic and terminal illnesses.

PSY 368. Community Psychology. 3 Hours

The application of psychological principles to the understanding and prevention of prevalent community problems including teen pregnancy, school violence, mental illness, substance abuse, homelessness and poverty. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101.

PSY 375. Psychology of the Arts. 3 Hours

Explores the psychological experiences associated with the creation and appreciation of music, art, and literature. Course content is presented in terms of the theories, methods, and research findings in the fields of perception, cognition, and development.

PSY 390. Forensic Psychology. 3 Hours

Exploration of psychological research, theory, and techniques in the intersection of psychology and the law, such as police psychology, criminal investigation techniques, interrogations and false confessions, eyewitness identifications, risk assessments, issues of competency, trial consulting, and influencing public policy. Equipping students with this information and familiarizing them with their legal rights will contribute to their ability to protect themselves from injustice. They are also encouraged to work toward social justice for all citizens, particularly the most vulnerable in our communities. Prerequisite(s): SSC 200.

PSY 410. Questionnaire Design. 3 Hours

Students will learn about critical issues in questionnaire design and use, the advantages/disadvantages of questionnaires, types of questionnaires, questionnaire development strategies, scale selection, and how to evaluate questionnaires. Students will develop, test and evaluate a questionnaire in a domain of interest to them. Depending on the size of the effort, students may work in teams.

PSY 422. Biopsychology. 3 Hours

Neurophysiological analysis of attention, sensation, perception, emotion, motivation, and learning. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101.

PSY 431. Interviewing & Counseling. 3 Hours

Integrated approach to the theory, techniques, skills, and values of interviewing and counseling. Practice through written assignments, self study, classroom exercises, and role-playing. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101.

PSY 435. Human Factors. 3 Hours

Students learn methods to improve the interface between humans and their environment. Human characteristics are studied to determine the best way to design the task, product, workstation, or other environmental features to accommodate the human. Students in the School of Engineering must have junior or senior status.

PSY 443. Women, Gender, and Psychology. 3 Hours

Survey of a wide range of topics pertaining to women, and gender more broadly. Such topics include, but are not limited to gender role development, gender differences and similarities, sexual orientation, mental health, interpersonal relationships, and victimization. The format of this course is a combination of lectures, group activities, and out-of-class experiential learning. This course fulfills the CAP Diversity and Social Justice Requirement and one of the requirements for both the Women's and Gender Studies Minor and Major. Prerequisite(s): SSC 200.

PSY 444. Environmental Psychology. 3 Hours

Study of the effects of the physical and social environment on human behaviors, attitudes, and affective responses. Prerequisite(s): (PSY 101, PSY 341) or permission of instructor.

PSY 445. Technology, Environment & Behavior. 3 Hours

Examines the cultural bases for the individual and societal choices which humans make about their use of technology. Technology is broadly defined to include human-machine systems.

PSY 450. Psychology for Ministry. 3 Hours

Human development and adjustment, interpersonal communication, and the psychology of religion. Prerequisite(s): Acceptance into the Lay Ministry Program or permission of instructor.

PSY 451. Psychology of Religion. 3 Hours

Addresses the psychological study of the nature of religion and religious experience; explores the development of internalized beliefs, attitudes, and values and the effect they have on individual functioning. An introductory course in psychology is highly recommended. Prerequisite(s): Junior or senior standing.

PSY 452. Cognitive Development in Children. 3 Hours

Major approaches to the study of cognitive development; attentional and mediational development in children's learning, memory, and problem solving; language development and Piaget's theory. Prerequisite(s): (PSY 101, PSY 351) or permission of instructor.

PSY 461. Current Implications of Drug Dependency. 3 Hours

Survey of effects, symptoms, treatment, causalities, and myths associated with drug use and abuse. Emphasis on existing treatment methods and psychological implications of drug dependency. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101.

PSY 462. Human Sexuality. 3 Hours

Psychological factors in human sexuality including developmental, biological, and social perspectives. Such topics as sexual orientation, gender identity and roles, sexual relationships, sexual dysfunction, power and violence, and commercialization.

PSY 471. History of Psychology. 3 Hours

The evolution of psychology from its origins in philosophy, science, clinical, and applied settings. Emphasis on integrating these systems and schools of thought with modern psychology. Students will produce a scholarly work which will be presented publicly. Students will reflect on how the various schools of thought influence the purpose of their life, their proposed work and how they, in the profession of Psychology, might serve the community. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101; At least three of PSY 321, PSY 322, PSY 323, PSY 422, PSY 341, PSY 351, PSY 361, PSY 363 (the core areas of psychology); Seniors only.

PSY 477. Honors Thesis Project. 3 Hours

First of two courses leading to the selection, design, investigation, and completion of an independent, original Honors Thesis project under the guidance of a faculty research advisor. Restricted to students in the University Honors Program with permission of the program director and department chairperson. Students pursuing an interdisciplinary thesis topic may register for three semester hours each in two separate disciplines in consultation with the department chairpersons. Prerequisite(s): Approval of University Honors Program.

PSY 478. Honors Thesis Project. 3 Hours

Second of two courses leading to the selection, design, investigation, and completion of an independent, original Honors Thesis project under the guidance of a faculty research advisor. Restricted to students in the University Honors Program with permission of the program director and department chairperson. Students pursuing an interdisciplinary thesis topic may register for three semester hours each in two separate disciplines in consultation with the department chairpersons. Prerequisite(s): Approved 477; approval of University Honors Program.

PSY 480. Senior Seminar in Psychology. 3 Hours

Advanced exploration of the meaning of scholarship to the vocation of psychology. Students will engage in critical review of readings in psychology and develop a scholarly project consistent with discipline standards and suited to the professional goals of the student. Prerequisite(s): PSY 217.

PSY 490. Internship in Psychology. 1-6 Hours

Supervised experience arranged on an individual basis in appropriate settings. For junior or senior psychology majors who have completed prescribed course work only. Consult internship director for details. May be repeated up to six semester hours. Grade Option Two only.

PSY 493. Independent Study. 1-6 Hours

Problems of special interest investigated under faculty direction. Area and criteria for evaluation to be specified prior to registration. May be repeated up to six semester hours. Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.

PSY 494. Readings in Psychology. 1-6 Hours

Directed reading in a specific area of interest, under faculty supervision. Topic and criteria for evaluation to be specified prior to registration. May be repeated up to six semester hours. Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.

PSY 495. Special Topics in Psychology. 1-3 Hours

Topics of special interest to faculty and students; intensive critical evaluation of appropriate literature. Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.

PSY 497. Service Learning Experience. 1 Hour

Supervised community research or service experience that complements a specific upper division course in Psychology. Repeatable up to three semester hours. Corequisite(s): A 300-400 level Psychology course.

PSY 499. Independent Research Capstone. 3 Hours

Project and presentation of special interest investigated under faculty direction. Students will produce a scholarly work which will be presented publicly. Students will reflect on how psychological research will influence their professional life as a psychologist, the implications of that for their own life, and how they, in the profession of Psychology, serve the community. PSY 478H and PSY 499 cannot both be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): PSY 216; PSY 217; At least three of PSY 321, PSY 322, PSY 323, PSY 422, PSY 341, PSY 351, PSY 361, PSY 363 (the core areas of psychology); Seniors only.