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Lawrence Brancazio
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(203) 392-6868 – Fax (203) 392-6805
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Jo Ann Abe, Professor
Kristine Anthis, Professor
Gayle Bessenoff, Associate Professor
Kelly Bordner, Assistant Professor
Lawrence Brancazio, Professor
Deborah Carroll, Professor
Kevin Colwell, Professor
Cheryl Durwin, Professor
William Hauselt, Professor
Julia Irwin, Associate Professor
John Jacobs, Professor
Patricia Kahlbaugh, Professor
Deborah Kraemer, Associate Professor
Kate Marsland, Associate Professor
Dina Moore-Brancazio, Associate Professor
Michael Nizhnikov, Assistant Professor
Claire Novosad, Associate Professor
William Sherman, Professor
Kelly Stiver, Assistant Professor
Jessica Suckle-Nelson, Associate Professor
Kenneth Walters, Assistant Professor

MAJOR IN PSYCHOLOGY

The Psychology Department offers three major courses of study. These lead to a degree in general psychology, psychology with a concentration in mental health, or psychology with a concentration in research. Students with the appropriate prerequisites may take offerings from any psychology concentration, including field practicum and data gathering courses.The degree offers preparation for graduate training in all areas of psychology, meeting the basic entrance requirements of M.A., Ph.D., and Psy.D. programs.

Major Requirements

In order to graduate with a degree in Psychology, a student must be accepted into the Psychology major. Students must be accepted in the program in order to receive permission to take PSY 300, which is a prerequisite for required upper-level courses and must have a grade of "C" or better in courses counted toward the major.

A student may apply for acceptance when all of the following requirements are met:

  • An overall GPA of at least 2.80*
  • At least 39 overall university credits (including transfer credits)
  • At least 12 credits taken for a grade at SCSU
  • A Psychology GPA of at least 2.80.  The Psychology GPA is calculated using only PSY courses that count towards the major and were taken at SCSU.  PSY courses only count toward the major if they are listed in the major requirements and if the student has received a grade of C or higher.
  • At least 6 credits taken at SCSU toward the PSY major beyond PSY 100.

*Students who fall short of the minimum 2.80 overall GPA may be eligible for acceptance under an alternative set of criteria. Under these criteria, the student is allowed to recalculate their GPA with one semester removed. The alternative criteria are:

  • An overall GPA of at least 2.90, with one semester removed
  • At least 39 overall university credits, with one semester removed
  • At least 12 credits taken for a grade at SCSU, with one semester removed
  • A Psychology GPA of at least 2.80, including courses taken during the removed semester
  • At least 6 credits taken at SCSU toward the PSY major, including courses taken during the removed semester.

Students entering SCSU with 60 or more transfer credits should request advising from the Psychology department on how to best navigate the requirements.

Students may choose one of the degree programs listed below:

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, General

This is the general academic psychology major. It provides training in the experimental methods of scientific psychology as well as an understanding of the dynamic factors underlying human behavior and personality. It also emphasizes the values of a liberal education. Flexible elective offerings permit students to pursue areas determined by their interests.

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Concentration in Mental Health

Students who choose this concentration are provided with an introduction to issues, problems, and resources in the mental health field.This program consists of coursework more specific to the mental health field and is highlighted by a field practicum and seminar taken concurrently during the senior year. The supervised field placement consists of a minimum of 150 hours of experience in a mental health setting. Upon completion, students will have satisfied the requirements for the B.A. degree in psychology and the concentration in mental health. The concentration provides background for graduate study leading to careers in school, counseling, or clinical psychology. Interest in the concentration should be explored during the second semester of the sophomore year or the first semester of the junior year.

Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Concentration in Research

The program emphasizes skill development in the research process and is highlighted by two senior-level lab courses, which focus on testing, evaluation, data collection, and analysis. Courses have been chosen for their value in preparing for the research job market in psychology and related disciplines as well as for graduate study. Upon completion, students will have satisfied both the requirements for the major in psychology and the concentration in research.

PSY 100 - Introduction to Psychology

Introduction to psychology as a science. Core topics are: psychology as a profession, research methods, biological bases of behavior, and learning. Additional topics are selected from: personality (normal and abnormal), sensation and perception, cognition, social, intelligence, and development. As part of the course requirements, students participate in an approved research study or an equivalent non-research activity.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PSY 197 - Research Internship

Research experience under direct faculty supervision. Involvement in planning and carrying out a research program, learning basics of data collection and management, and examination of issues within specific content areas. Grading on pass/fail basis.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 100 and departmental permission.

1 to 3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PSY 208 - Sleep: Implications for Mind and Body

This course will cover many aspects of sleep from many different perspectives. Topics to be included are the types and patterns of sleep, the functions of sleep, the physiological bases of sleep, the evolution of sleep, the development of sleep over the lifespan, sleep disorders, and dreaming. Cultural and individual differences will be addressed. Students will be introduced to the research of sleep and will learn how this research can drive social policy. Students will also gain insight into how current and past events in their own lives are related to their own sleep patterns and dreaming experiences.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2016

PSY 210 - Infant and Child Development

Overview of child development from conception up to adolescence with an emphasis on important issues for healthy development during infancy and childhood.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 100.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PSY 215 - Adolescent Development

Overview of normal development from preadolescence through young adulthood. Major themes include: identity formation, formal operations, family and peer relationships, and puberty.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 100.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PSY 219 - Lifespan Development

An examination of the physical, cognitive, and socio-emotional changes that occur from birth until death.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 100.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PSY 220 - Introduction to the Mental Health Field

Overview of the history of mental health care, the current mental health care system, clinical cases, and therapeutic communication. Additionally, this course explores careers within the field.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 100.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PSY 227 - Social Psychology

The influence of others on an individual’s cognitions, emotions, and behaviors. Attention is directed to conformity, aggression, interpersonal relations, stereotyping, and the role of culture.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 100.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PSY 228 - Personality

Examines the concept of personality: theories, methods of research, controversies, and empirical evidence. The major approaches to personality theories are discussed in light of their historical and current significance.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 100.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PSY 259 - Statistics in Psychology

Introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics including measures of central tendency, probability, and hypothesis testing. Emphasis upon computation and psychological applications of correlational procedures, t-tests, ANOVA, and an introduction to non-parametric statistics.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 100 and successful completion of the LEP Quantitative Reasoning requirement.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PSY 300 - The Psychology Major: Curriculum and Careers

Designed to give psychology majors an overview of the academic, professional, and scientific aspects of the field of psychology. Helps students appreciate psychology as a science; navigate the psychology major requirements; identify and plan career options; and develop skills in library database searching, writing in APA format, and addressing ethical questions in psychology. Grading is Pass/Fail.

Prerequisite(s): Acceptance to the major.

1 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PSY 303 - Perception

An examination of how sense organs collect information from the environment and how the brain interprets sensory information to allow interaction with the environment. Topics include object recognition, depth perception, color vision, perception and action, hearing, speech perception, touch, taste, and smell. Includes discussion of perceptual illusions and sensory and perceptual disorders.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 300 and a grade of 'C' or better in PSY 259.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PSY 306 - Understanding Intelligence: A Capstone Seminar

Critical analysis of intelligence from multiple perspectives, including historical, social, and comparative. Students will consider intelligence as individual characteristic shaped by socio-historical context, and will examine intelligence in terms of its definitions, uses and misuses, developmental considerations, and appearance in humans, nonhuman animals and machines. Readings of primary expository texts and current research will provide students with tools to thoughtfully debate issues surrounding the concept of intelligence in modern life.

Prerequisite(s): 3 credits inPSY at the 200 level.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PSY 311 - Learning

Problems, methodology, empirical findings, theories and controversies about both basic and advanced forms of learning and behavioral change.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 300 and a 'C' or better in PSY 259.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PSY 313 - Cognition

Recent and classic theory and research regarding human learning and memory, including models of attention, memory storage, retrieval, forgetting, language, and decision making.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 300 and a 'C' or better in PSY 259.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PSY 318 - Emotional and Social Development

An overview of basic emotions, the development of complex emotions, with an emphasis on the purpose of these emotions and the importance of emotional regulation over the lifespan. As emotions are inextricably interwoven with human social relationships, the development of attachment, friendships, and romantic relationships are also covered, with an emphasis on aggression, pro-social behavior, and morality. Current influences, such as the media, on development, are considered.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 100 and 3 credits in psychology at the 200 level.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PSY 320 - Abnormal Child Psychology

Examination of basic issues in child and adolescent psychopathology. Exploration of symptoms and determinants of children’s behavioral problems with emphasis on motivation, learning, development and interpersonal interactions.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 100 and one of the following courses: PSY 210 or PSY 215 or PSY 219.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PSY 321 - Abnormal Psychology

Concepts of abnormal behavior are examined in light of historical, cultural, psychological and psychobiological perspectives. Empirical research and methodology are emphasized; other topics may include etiology, diagnosis and treatment.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 100 and 3 credits in PSY at the 200 level.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PSY 361 - Industrial and Organizational Psychology

A survey of the psychological factors that influence the individual in work settings. Topics may include employee attitudes, job satisfaction, personnel selection, decision making, leadership, group dynamics, stress, substance abuse, performance assessment, and market research and advertising.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 100 and 3 credits in psychology at the 200 level.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PSY 366 - Health Psychology

Exploration of the role of psychology in the promotion and maintenance of health and in the prevention and treatment of illness. Topics may include: the biopsychosocial model, theories of health behavior, stress and coping, and the personality-health link.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 100 and 3 credits in psychology at the 200 level.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PSY 370 - Educational Psychology

Exploration of psychological theories, principles, and their applications to educational settings. Topics may include development, learning, intelligence, learning differences and styles, motivation, and educational measurement and evaluation. Students may not receive credit for both PSY 370 and PSY 371.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 100 and 3 credits in psychology at the 200 level.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PSY 371 - Educational Psychology for Early Childhood Majors

Exploration of psychological theories, principles, and their applications to educational settings for young children.Topics include development, learning, intelligence, learning differences and styles, motivation, and educational measurement and evaluation. Students may not receive credit for both PSY 370 and PSY 371.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 100 and 3 credits in psychology at the 200 level.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PSY 383 - Brain and Behavior

Basic physiological mechanisms underlying human and animal behavior. Sensory, neural, endocrine, and motor response systems are considered within the context of various psychological functions; sensation, perception, learning, thinking, motivation, and personality. Variations in behavior resulting from maturational or pathological processes are also considered.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 300 and a 'C' or better in PSY 259.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PSY 393 - Experimental Methods

Introduction to research procedures and experimental design. Students learn to design and carry-out experiments through demonstrations and ‘hands-on’ experience. Laboratory exercises include critically reading research reports from psychological journals, using computerized databases to locate primary source literature, analyzing data with computerized statistical software, and writing research reports in APA format.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 300 and 'C' or better in PSY 259.

4 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PSY 398 - Special Topics

Examination of developments, issues, and/or creative work in the field of history.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 100 plus 3 credits in PSY at the 200-level.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PSY 401 - Seminar in History and Systems of Psychology

Philosophical and scientific antecedents to major systems in psychology including behaviorism, Gestalt psychology, and psychoanalysis, humanism, developmental and cognitive psychology.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 300 and 'C' or better in PSY 259 and 'C' or better in at least 3 additional credits in PSY at the 300 level.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2015

PSY 406 - Language

An examination of the psychological processes involved in language production and comprehension. Topics include speech perception, structure of language, language acquisition, language disorders, and the relationship of language to meaning and thought.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 300 and 'C' or better in PSY 259 and 'C' or better in at least 3 additional credits in PSY at the 300 level.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PSY 412 - Psychology of Women

Surveys influential contributions in the psychology of women. Topics include alternative research approaches, gender differences, human development, interpersonal relationships, and social problems.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 300 and a 'C' or better in PSY 259 and 'C' or better in at least 3 additional credits in PSY at the 300 level.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PSY 415 - Topics in Development

Empirical investigation into physical, cognitive, and/or socio-emotional development during childhood, adolescence, and/or adulthood.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 300 and 'C' or better in PSY 259 and 'C' or better in at least 3 additional credits in PSY at the 300 level.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2016

PSY 427 - Seminar in Close Relationships

Examination of the factors which affect intimate relations with emphasis on both content and research methods. Topics include love and intimacy, pre-marital relations, marriage, divorce, and remarriage.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 300 and 'C' or better in PSY 259 and 'C' or better in at least 3 additional credits in PSY at the 300 level.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PSY 431 - Tests and Measurements

Types of psychological and educational tests and their major uses will be covered. Topics include: test construction; test administration; scoring, and interpretation; psychometrics; test selection and evaluation; IQ testing; achievement testing; behavioral and personality assessments; ethics; and testing special populations.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 300 and PSY 393. PSY 393 may be taken concurrently.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PSY 461 - Data Gathering Techniques: Assessment

Training in data gathering techniques in different content areas of psychology with emphasis on construction and scoring of selected psychological instruments. Lecture: 3 hours; Laboratory 2 hours.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 300 and PSY 393 and departmental permission.

4 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PSY 462 - Data Gathering Techniques: Instrumentation

Training in data gathering techniques in different content areas of psychology with emphasis on electronic instrumentation in psychological research. Lecture: 3 hours; Laboratory, 2 hours.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 300 and 'C' or better in PSY 393 and departmental permission.

4 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

PSY 463 - Field Practicum in Psychological Research

Field experience in a psychological research setting. Exposure to and application of theoretical and practical aspects of psychological research in various data collection environments.

Special Information: Grading on pass/fail basis.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 300 and 'C' or better in PSY 393 and departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PSY 465 - Seminar in Psychological Counseling and Therapy

Theories and practice of psychological counseling and psychotherapy.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 300 and 'C' or better in both PSY 228 and PSY 259 and 'C' or better in at least 3 additional credits of PSY at the 300 level.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PSY 467 - Laboratory Practicum in Psychological Research

Advanced laboratory experience under the direction of an SCSU faculty sponsor. Exposure to and application of theoretical and practical aspects of various types of psychological research.

Special Information: Grading is Pass/Fail. Repeatable up to 6 credits only if student has not earned credit for PSY 463; a maximum of 6 total credits may be completed for PSY 463 and PSY 467.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 300 and 'C' or better in PSY 393 and departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PSY 471 - Seminar in Psychological Services

Contemporary issues and problems in providing psychological services. Course is composed of lecture, case studies, and student presentations.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 300 and 'C' or better in either PSY 465 or PSY 474.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PSY 472 - Field Practicum in Psychological Services I

Field experience in a psychological mental health setting such as a mental hospital, public school or community mental health clinic.

Prerequisite(s): Departmental permission. Corequisite: PSY 471.

3 to 6 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PSY 473 - Field Practicum in Psychological Services II

Field experience in a psychological mental health setting such as a mental hospital, public school, or community mental health clinic.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 472 and departmental permission.

3 to 6 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PSY 474 - Seminar in Behavior Theory and Practice

Basic principles and ethics of applied behavior analysis and behavior management/modification are considered from theoretical and practical standpoints. Students will apply these principles in real life settings.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 300 and 'C' or better in PSY 259 and 'C' or better in at least one of the following: PSY 311, PSY 320, PSY 321.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PSY 484 - Comparative Animal Behavior

A study of adaptive behavior in humans and non-human animals. Behavior is examined within a species comparative context from an evolutionary and ecological perspective. Topics include sexual and social behavior, predator-prey interactions, and communication. Apparently maladaptive or abnormal behavior is also discussed, as are comparative physiology, development, and learning.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 300 and 'C' or better in PSY 259 and a 'C' or better in at least 3 additional credits in PSY at the 300-level or higher; or departmental permission. BIO majors with junior/senior standing may register with permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PSY 487 - Psychopharmacology

Basic principles of psychopharmacology. Topics include: drug classification systems, pharmacokinetics, pharmaco-dynamics, therapeutic effects, adverse effects, mechanisms of tolerance, and dependence. Emphasis on latest research developments.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 300 and 'C' or better in PSY 259 and PSY 383.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PSY 490 - Seminar for Psychology Majors

An in-depth study of a selected area of psychology with emphasis on latest developments in research.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 300 and 'C' or better in PSY 259 and 'C' or better in at least 3 additional credits of PSY at the 300 level.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2016

PSY 492 - Psychology and Law

The relationship between psychology and law with emphasis upon psychological theory and research. Topics may include criminal justice, competency, courtroom procedure, jury deliberation, social justice and the mentally disabled.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 300 and 'C' or better in both PSY 259 and PSY 321.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PSY 494 - Seminar in the Human Nervous System and Behavior

Foundations of neuropsychology, current models of integrative brain functioning including brain systems mediating basic and complex human behaviors, and brain function within a clinical context.

Prerequisite(s): BIO 100 and PSY 300 and 'C' or better in PSY 259 and 'C' or better in at least 3 additional credits in PSY at the 300 level.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

PSY 499 - Independent Study

Prerequisite(s): Departmental permission. Not acceptable as 400-level course required for graduation.

1 to 4 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2015