Psychology, B.S. / School Counseling, M.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 301 Communication for Business 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: Take one course in each group: Group 1 (FCWR 101 or FCWR 111 or WRIT 101 or WRIT 111) and Group 2 (FCWR 151 or FCWR 161 or WRIT 151 or WRIT 161)

Building on courses taken in their majors, students will learn and apply concepts of effective written and oral communication appropriate for business careers. Focusing on communicating to specific audiences and developing an effective writing process, students will write in business formats such as memos, letters, reports, proposals, and resumes. Some assignments will include research and documentation. Students will deliver informative and persuasive oral presentations. Course work includes a computer lab component.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
    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 four) 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 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: 12 Credits
 
Additional Requirements Credits:
MIST 101 Introduction 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
 
General Electives Credits:
Choose electives in consultation with academic advisor. 24
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B.S. degree credits to be completed within the Master of Science in School Counseling Credits:
EDCO 600 Introduction to School Counseling 3
Candidates are introduced to the role of the school counselor and the relationship of the school counseling program to the educational mission of school. Topics addressed include: 21st Century perspectives and practices for School Counseling, multicultural and diversity issues, and counseling theory as applied to children and adolescents in school settings. Initial school counseling skill development will focus on problem solution, brief counseling, and cognitive behavior approaches. Candidates will explore the school counselor's work in the context of leadership, advocacy, collaboration, consultation, coordination of services, multiculturalism and working with diverse student populations, technology and the use of data to inform decisions. Included in this course are the modules required for the NYS Child Abuse Reporting and Prevention certificate and for Project SAVE. The course requires ten hours of field experience.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
EDCO 601 Human Development 3
Candidates will study human growth and development from birth through death. The course focuses on the physical, cognitive, social, personality, and emotional development as a series of progressive changes resulting from the interactions of biological, psychological and sociological forces within the environment. Special emphasis is placed upon the development characteristics of school aged youth within a multicultural and diverse society. The course also and takes an in depth look at theory, research and applications in the areas of learner development. Included in this course will be five hours of practicum experience and direct involvement with practicing counselors in a school site or community based organization.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
EDCO 615 Foundations of Counseling 3
Candidates will examine the philosophical and theoretical foundations of counseling theory and practice, as well as how these are applied to prevention, development, empowerment, and change of individuals. In this course, candidates will explore the process, development, and acquisition of basic counseling knowledge and skills appropriate in the delivery of human services through the helping of relationships. Counseling approaches are examined within the respective fields of school and mental health with an emphasis on multicultural issues, future trends, and the integration and application of counseling theories. Counseling practices related to specific theoretical orientations will be presented and discussed.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
EDCO 620 Group Counseling, Leadership and Facilitation Skills 3
Candidates will acquire knowledge and experience with methods, materials, leadership skills and counseling techniques appropriate for group work in a school setting. Principles and practices of group counseling, group dynamics, group leadership and group processes with students and parents will be taught and utilized. The course will specifically address group counseling and group guidance approaches for promoting academic, career and personal/social success for all students. Candidates will learn to plan, organize, facilitate and evaluate success of small groups within the educational setting. Examples of group work would include: support, life skills, career planning and exploration, peer pressure, motivation, grief/loss, friendship and study skills. Ethical consideration in group work with all children and adolescents, including under served and underrepresented populations will be addressed utilizing the ASCA and ACA Code of Ethics. The course requires ten hours of field experience.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
EDCO 705 Career Counseling and Lifestyle Development 3
Theories of occupational choice, career development, and social mobility will be reviewed within the context of national, state, or regional economic development. Occupational information will be considered from the point of view of the individual as well as from the standpoint of manpower needs for industrial and economic development. Students also will be exposed to some of the standard tests, procedures and principles of guidance followed in vocational counseling.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
EDCO 870 Field Practicum and Seminar 3
The field practicum experience provides candidates with direct experience in a school setting consistent with the candidate's area of specialization. Candidates will work with students/clients under supervision in both individual and group settings and demonstrate knowledge and application of counseling theories and techniques. This one semester course requires 100 hours of supervised counseling practice, weekly consultations with the field clinical supervisor and participation in a weekly seminar.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
    Total: 18 Credits
Total B.S. Required Credits = 122
 
Master of Science in School Counseling Credits:
Additional credits to be completed within the School Counseling, M.S. program. 42
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Total Combined Credit Requirement = 164