Psychology Undergraduate Degree
Undergraduate courses in the Department of Psychology emphasize contemporary theories, research and the useful application of knowledge to current problems experienced by people, both individually and collectively. Students receive hands-on training and have access to the department’s simulation lab, which allows them to participate in scenarios similar to what they will experience in the field.
Teaching styles in the department vary from lecture and discussion to media presentations. Students work independently and in teams, acquiring leadership and academic skills that translate well into the workplace.
The department provides students with a well-rounded, foundational knowledge of their major discipline. Students have the opportunity to use their studies in practical application, either in research or during an internship.
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Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
This plan requires students to take courses in a foreign language and requires 120 semester credit hours.
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
This plan does not require foreign language study, but does require students to take more courses in research methods and the sciences and requires 120 semester credit hours.
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Undergraduate Courses in Psychology (PSY)
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1303/2315 Psychology of Adjustment (3-0). A study of the dynamics of human behavior from a life adjustment approach. Representative topics include stress management, understanding personality, love, marriage, human sexuality, and death and bereavement. Credit may not be applied to a major or minor in psychology.
2301/2301 General Psychology (3-0). Introduction to the scientific study of factors underlying behavior. In addition to the physiological bases of behavior, other factors such as intelligence, learning, motivation, emotion, and perception are covered.
2304 Developmental Psychology (3-0). A study of psychological, social, cultural, physical and emotional factors in personality development and behavior. Emphasis will be given to developmental changes from conception through death. Prerequisite: Psychology 1303 or 2301.
2305/2319 Social Psychology (3-0). A survey of environmental forces as they affect individual and group behavior. Topics to be studied include subcultural influences, group dynamics, attitude change, interpersonal attraction, prosocial behavior and health. (Credit may not be earned for this course and Sociology 2305.) Prerequisite: Psychology 2301 or Sociology 2301.
2321 Research Methods and Statistical Analysis (3-0). A survey of experimental and non-experimental methods of gathering data as well as the statistics required to analyze this data. Analyses include measures of central tendency and variability, correlation, regression, standard scores, t-tests, analysis of variance, and chi square.
3301 Experimental Psychology (3-0). This course seeks to provide an integrated blend of content and methodology in representative areas of experimental psychology, with methods discussed in the context of actual research. Some representative areas include psychophysics, perception, learning, memory, problem solving, and human factors. Prerequisites: Psychology 2301.
3303 Learning and Memory (3-0). A study of the principles of learning and memory and how they relate to understanding behavior. The course will review theories of classical and instrumental conditional conditioning, biological constraints on learning and memory, memory formation, thinking and language. Prerequisite: Psychology 2301. syllabus
3307 Motivation (3-0). A study of theories and research on biological and acquired motives in humans. Topics include emotions, hunger, sex, aggression, achievement, affiliation, and power. Prerequisite: Psychology 2301.
3309 Industrial-Organizational Psychology (3-0). A study of the methods and principles of psychology applied to work situations. Emphasis will be placed on leadership, communication, job satisfaction, performance evaluation, consumer problems, and productivity. Prerequisite: Psychology 2301.
3311 Psychological Testing (3-0). A survey of a wide variety of both group and individual psychological tests. Students will be introduced to personality, intelligence/aptitude, vocational interest, and achievement instruments that are frequently used. Technical considerations associated with test validity, reliability, objectivity, and standardization will be considered. Prerequisite: Psychology 2301 and 2321 (or equivalent).
3313 Introduction to Counseling Psychology (3-0). An introduction to the history and profession of counseling and a survey of the major counseling theories. Prerequisite: Psychology 2301.
3315 Child Psychology (3-0). A study of physical, cognitive, and social development from birth to adolescence. Topics include childbirth, bonding, parenting styles, abuse, divorce, day care, and the role of genetic and environmental factors in the development of individual differences and similarities. Prerequisite: Psychology 2301.
3317 Applied Psychology (3-0). This course provides a survey of the career fields in psychology and the skills needed to select and pursue them. Career options will be considered at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. Also, the steps involved in applying to graduate school will be addressed. Prerequisite: Psychology 2301.
3321 Intermediate Statistics and Research Methods (3-0). Further experience with research design and the analysis, interpretation, and presentation of data. Students will gain experience with statistical software for data analysis. Prerequisite: Psychology 2301 and 2321; Mathematics 1302 or 1311 with grade of “C” or higher.
4191 Research. Practice in planning, conducting, and/or reporting laboratory, field, or library research. (May be taken three times for credit.) Prerequisite: Psychology 2301.
4301 Personality (3-0). A study of the theories of personality formation and development. Considers the individual as a social and biological organism and relates both sets of factors to the development of personality. Prerequisite: Psychology 2301.
4303 History of Psychology (3-0). A study of the historical origins of psychology, the effect of science, contributing schools of psychology, and psychological theories. Prerequisite: Psychology 2301. syllabus
4305 Abnormal Psychology (3-0). This course is designed to provide an understanding of normal versus abnormal behavior. In addition, the characteristics, etiology, and treatment of psychological disorders affecting adults will be reviewed. Prerequisite: Psychology 2301.
4309 Cognition (3-0). A study of higher level intellectual processes, including attention, knowledge representation, problem solving, decision making, expertise, and language. Prerequisite: Psychology 2301.
4313 Physiological Psychology (3-0). A study of the interaction between the nervous systems and behavior. Representative topics include the structure and function of the nervous system, learning and memory, neurological/neuropsychiatric and language disorders, sleep and waking, aggression and effects of abused drugs. Prerequisite: Psychology 2301.
4315 Child and Adolescent Psychopathology (3-0). This course is designed to provide an understanding of the characteristics, etiology, and treatment of psychological disorders affecting children and adolescents. Prerequisite: Psychology 2301, 4305.
4317 Current Issues in Applied Psychology (3-0). Topics of recent interest in the applied fields of psychology will be discussed, including stress and its management, human spiritually, death and dying, and ramifications of special circumstances such as divorce, loss of love, and developmental disabilities. Prerequisite: Psychology 2301.
4319 Drugs and Behavior (3-0). A study of the various drugs of abuse, both legal and illegal. Consideration of drug use and misuse, the political and social ramifications, and drug abuse prevention and treatment. Prerequisite: Psychology 2301.
4321 Seminar in Psychological Research (3-0). A step-by-step guide to conducting research on contemporary topics in Psychology. Students will develop hypotheses, design a study, collect data, statistically analyze the data, interpret the results, and write and present a research report. Prerequisites: Psychology 2301, 2321 and 3321.
4323 Advanced Social Psychology (3-0). An in-depth study of selected topics in social psychology, emphasizing classic and contemporary readings. Prerequisite: Psychology 2305 or Sociology 2305.
4325 Professional Ethics (3-0). A study of values, standards, and ethical ideas that guide professional applications of psychology in teaching, research, and practice, including an in-depth exploration of ethical principles and professional codes of conduct.
4335 Health Psychology (3-0). A study and application of contemporary theories and research in health psychology. Emphasis is on the interplay of biological, psychological, and social factors in relation to illness and wellness. Topics include pain and its management, behavioral factors in cardiovascular disease, weight management, alternative methods of healing, and connections between stress and disease. Prerequisite: Psychology 2301.
4371, 4671 Internship in Psychology. The student will be assigned to work in a human service agency. (Psychology 4371 may be repeated once.) Prerequisite: Completion of 15 semester credit hours in undergraduate psychology, department selection.
4381 Special Topics (3-0). Selected topics in psychology. (May be repeated once for credit when topic varies.) Prerequisite: Junior standing.
4391 Research. A specialized course that may be directed reading or research for superior students majoring in psychology. (May be repeated once for credit.) Prerequisite: Junior standing.
Psi Chi - National Honor Society for Psychology
Psi Chi is the National Honor Society for Psychology, founded in 1929 for the purposes of encouraging, stimulating and maintaining excellence in scholarship, and advancing the science of psychology. Psi Chi is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is an affiliate of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Psychological Society (APS).
Master of Science Psychology Programs
The Department of Psychology, Sociology and Social Work offers three master’s degree programs in Applied Psychology, Counseling Psychology and Industrial Organizational Psychology.
Use this guide of class rotations to plan your undergraduate or graduate degree path while at ASU.
Psychology of Adjustment
Fall, Spring, Summer
Fall, Spring, Summer
Fall, Spring, Summer
Fall, Spring, Summer
Research Methods & Statistics
Fall, Spring, Summer
Learning & Cognition
Intro to Counseling Psychology
Intermediate Statistics and Research Methods
Psychology of Stereotypes
Psychology of Leadership
History of Psychology
Child and Adolescent Psychopathology
Current Issues in Applied Psychology
Spring or Summer
Drugs & Behavior
Seminar in Psychology Research
Advanced Social Psychology
Psychology of Aging