Psychology, B.S.
Curriculum

Discovery Core

Foundations Credits:
FCWR 101 Writing I: Foundations of College Composition 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: WRIT 100 or Writing Placement Exam

A course introducing students to the fundamentals of college composition. Topics include writing process, rhetorical strategies, basics of critical reading and thinking, analytical writing, and argumentative writing. This course serves as a foundation to prepare students to succeed in other academic writing contexts. Coursework includes a computer lab component.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
FCWR 151 Writing II: Foundations of Research Writing 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: FCWR 101 or WRIT 101

Further development of the academic writing, critical thinking, and analytical reading skills taught in Writing I. An introduction to academic discourse in the four core seminar areas: literature, social sciences, behavioral sciences, and philosophy. Development of library skills leading to a documented research paper.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
FCSP 105 Foundations of Speech Communication 3
Study of the fundamentals of verbal communication including public speaking, interpersonal communication, and small group interaction. Training in methods of obtaining and organizing materials and ideas for effective verbal communication.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
FCWR 3XX Professional Communication choice 3
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    Total: 12 Credits
 
Seminars Credits:
ICLT 3XX Literature choice 3
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ICPH 3XX Philosophy choice 3
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ICBS 3XX Behavioral Science choice 3
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ICSS 3XX Social Science choice 3
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    Total: 12 Credits
 
Freshmen Courses Credits:
FYSE 101 First-Year Seminar1 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisites: Freshmen only (students with fewer than 31 credits), or instructor's approval

In this first-year seminar, students will explore a specific topic, theme or approach with a New York Tech full-time faculty member. The content of the course will vary based on the expertise of the instructor. For individual course descriptions, visit the FYSE 101 webpage.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
[1] FYSE 101 may be substituted with FCIQ 101 Foundations of Inquiry (3 cr), or NYIT 101 College Success Seminar (2 cr) plus a one (1) credit elective.
 
Mathematics Credits:
MATH 115 Introductory Concepts of Mathematics 3
A course on selected topics in mathematics for students of the humanities, especially in communication arts. Topics include: graphs, matrices, elements of linear programming, finite probabilities, introduction to statistics. Applications to real-life situations are emphasized. The place of these topics in the history of mathematics is outlined.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
 
Sciences Credits:
BIOL, CHEM, or PHYS course2 3
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Any science course 3
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    Total: 6 Credits
[2] FCSC 101 Foundations of Scientific Process may be substituted.
 

Major Requirements

Behavioral Sciences Core Credits:
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
An introduction to selected concepts, methods, and vocabulary of psychology. Focus of study will be on the individual and the conditions that influence behavior. Topics that will be covered include: growth and development, learning and thinking, emotions and motivations, personality and assessment, mal-adjustment and mental health, groups and social interaction, and social influence and society.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
PSYC 205 Theories of Personality 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: PSYC 101

A survey of the major theoretical approaches to understanding the development, structure, and dynamics of personality.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
PSYC 210 Statistical Analysis 4
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: MATH 115 or MATH 125 or MATH 140 or MATH 141 or MATH 160 or MATH 161 or MATH 170 or MATH 180 or TMAT 135 or TMAT 155

This course covers descriptive and inferential statistics, frequency distributions, percentile rank, measure of central tendency and variability, correlation and regression and tests of significance. Using computer software, students will directly apply these statistics to specific problems common to the behavioral sciences.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 4-0-4
PSYC 251 Measurement Concepts 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: PSYC 101

The construction, validation, and interpretation of test results. Group and individual tests of aptitude, intelligence, and personality are analyzed. Each student will develop and administer a measure for a specific diagnostic or research purpose.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
PSYC 310 Abnormal Psychology 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: PSYC 101

A study of mental health and abnormal behavior. The topics covered include: definitions of mental health and mental illness; problems of adjustment; the causes, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental disorders. Case studies supplement and illustrate the theoretical parts of the course material.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
PSYC 370 Introductory Research Methods 4
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: PSYC 101 and PSYC 210

This course stresses the classical approach to experimental research on human behavior. Students conduct and report on experiments in the fields of psychophysics, psychomotor learning, memory, and perception. These laboratory experiments permit the student to apply knowledge gained in former courses about measurements, statistical inference, and the design of experiments.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 4-0-4
PSYC 410 Physiological Basis of Behavior 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: PSYC 101

A basic course to familiarize students with the bodily processes involved in various aspects of human behavior. Physiological psychology studies the biological basis of psychological functions such as sleeping, emotions, motivations, perceptions, learning, memory, and problem solving. The two major biological systems most relevant to psychology are the nervous system and the glandular system.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
An analysis of the social and cultural forces that govern human behavior. The principal topics include: social interaction and organization, socialization processes, primary groups and the family (associations, bureaucracy, and other social institutions), collective behavior, population, and ecology.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
Behavioral Science Elective 3
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    Total: 29 Credits
 
Psychology (select any six) Credits:
ANTH 101 Introduction to Anthropology 3
An introduction to the study of ancient man and primitive cultures. Major topics include: the origin and evolution of man; the evolution of different cultural forms in terms of craft and technology, magic, religion, and government.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
PSYC 220 Child Psychology 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: PSYC 101

The study of human growth and development. This course is designed to give the student an understanding of children and how they change while passing through the major phases of growth. Emphasis is placed on physical, emotional, and Special topics include: identification of conditions in personality development with an aim toward understanding the period of human growth on which adulthood is founded. Special topics include: identification of conditions in childhood leading to normal psychological development.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
PSYC 221 Human Development 3
The study of human growth and development. This course is designed to give the student an understanding of children and adolescents and how they change while passing through understanding the period of human growth on which the major phases of growth. Emphasis is placed on physical, emotional, and personality development with an aim toward understanding the period of human growth on which adulthood is founded.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
PSYC 223 Adolescent Psychology 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: PSYC 101

An introduction to the study of that portion of human development called adolescence. Some of the topics treated: significance of puberty, biological and social sex roles, adolescent image, the emergence of new figures such as practices and their replacement with new behavioral peers and idols, society at large as agents of socialization in place of parents and family, the extinction of old habits and practices and their replacement with new behavioral patterns. Theoretical consideration will be supplemented with observational experience.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
PSYC 240 Educational Psychology 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: PSYC 101

Emphasis on human learning. Consideration of concepts of readiness, individual differences, motivation, retention, transfer, concept development, reasoning, mental health, and measurement as related to learning. Psychological principles of teaching-learning technology are examined.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
PSYC 245 Learning Theory 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: PSYC 101

Learning theory is a fundamental science course. The student is asked to trace the emergence of modern cognitive learning theory (neo-behaviorism) from the original works of Pavlov, Thorndike, and Watson through the blackbox Skinnerian school of thought. The course emphasizes theoretical rather than methodological issues and, as such, is designed to give the student a firm grasp of the conditions under which permanent behavior change occurs.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
PSYC 260 Social Psychology 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: PSYC 101

An analysis of the structures and properties of human groups. Topics include: group formation, development of role relationships, intra-group and inter-group conflict, factors influencing group effectiveness, the role of motivation, and attitudes in group processes.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
PSYC 321 Sports and Exercise Psychology 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: PSYC 101

This course will provide an overview of the major concepts which define the field of sports and exercise psychology including, but not limited to: the foundations of sports psychology, personality and sports, motivation, arousal/stress/anxiety, competition and cooperation, intrinsic motivation, and group dynamics. This course will encourage you to think critically about a variety of sports and exercise topics while actively applying them to your own life and everyday experiences. Classroom Hours- Laboratory and/or Studio Hours- Course Credits: 3-0-3

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
PSYC 330 Communication and Interviewing Techniques 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: PSYC 101 and SOCI 101

The examination of communication from various standpoints, as illustrated by different types of interviews. Interviewing techniques employed for personnel selection are compared with those used in interrogation and those used for the therapeutic purposes. Practice in interviewing.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
PSYC 335 Personnel Psychology 3
Examines the important role of individual differences in selecting and placing employees, in appraising the level of employee's work performance and in training recently hired and veteran employees to improve various aspects of job-related behavior. Emphasis is placed on job analysis, measurement of performance and methods used in selection, i.e., tests and interviews. Special attention to the legal issues involving fairness in selection of employees.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
PSYC 338 Health Psychology 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: PSYC 101

An overview of the major concepts which define the field of health psychology including, but not limited to: the foundations of health psychology, research methodology in health psychology, stress, pain and coping, behavior and chronic disease, behavioral health, and future challenges in health psychology. We will focus on the roles of individuals, society, and cultural factors in health. Classroom Hours- Laboratory and/or Studio Hours- Course Credits: 3-0-3

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
PSYC 425 Introduction to Counseling 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: PSYC 101 and PSYC 205

Theories and practical techniques of counseling, including advisement, guidance, and supportive psychotherapy, by both directive and non-directive methods. Counseling is considered both as a career in itself and as a component of one's job in such fields as teaching, business and personnel management, health occupations, social work, and the law.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
PSYC 431, 432, 440, 443, or 445 Seminar 3
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    Total: 18 Credits
 
Additional Requirements Credits:
MIST 101 Intro to Computer Applications 3
This course provides an introduction to computer applications information systems. Topics include hardware and software, networks, the Internet, information systems and productivity tools used in business including word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation programs. Other applications may be discussed depending on the background of the students while projects requiring database and spreadsheet applications may be required. This course may not be taken for credit by business majors.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-1-3
    Total: 3 Credits
 
Electives Credits:
36
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Total Required Credits = 122