Psychology

School

School of Humanities and Social Science

School Dean

Christopher J. Frost, Ph.D.

Department

Psychology

Department Chair

Jennifer Zwahr-Castro, Ph.D.

Students who are interested in human and non-human behavior and who enjoy working with people often consider the psychology major.

The St. Mary's University psychology program offers students opportunities to learn about psychological theory, research and application. The curriculum is designed to train students to think critically and logically about topics in learning, biopsychology, statistics, experimental design, and abnormal psychology. Students also design their own research and present findings at a research conference.

Psychology majors at St. Mary's University benefit from small classes, personal advising, and highly qualified faculty recognized for their teaching. Research, service and career preparation are all emphasized to fully prepare psychology majors for postgraduate life. The faculty is committed to mentoring psychology students to promote a growth-oriented community grounded in faith and engaged in the pursuit of knowledge.

Major in Psychology

Minor in Psychology

PS 1301. General Psychology. 3 Semester Hours.

Introductory study of the basic principles of the science of behavior and mental processes. (PSYC2301).

PS 2353. Personality. 3 Semester Hours.

Nature, development, structure, and dynamics of personality. Prerequisite: PS1301 (PSYC2316).

PS 2355. Development. 3 Semester Hours.

Human development in terms of heredity, environment, maturation, learning, and other concepts. (formerly PS3355).

PS 2399. Topics in Psychology. 3 Semester Hours.

Elective course only used for transfer work.

PS 3164. Sophomore Colloquium. 1 Semester Hour.

An exploration of psychology as a science and profession. Focuses on the career fields included within the discipline. Participation in sophomore retreat required. Writing Intensive class. Prerequisite: PS1301.

PS 3265. Junior Colloquium. 2 Semester Hours.

An examination of the academic, ethical, legal, and practical issues associated with careers in psychology. Prepares majors for graduate study and careers in the discipline. Writing Intensive class. Prerequisite: PS 3164.

PS 3331. Abnormal Psychology I. 3 Semester Hours.

Introduction to historical and contemporary concepts and evidence concerning psychopathology. Prerequisite: PS 3341.

PS 3337. Human Sexuality. 3 Semester Hours.

A psychological overview of human sexuality emphasizing socio-psychological, physiological, and ethical aspects.

PS 3341. Physiological Psychology. 3 Semester Hours.

The biological events which underlie human behavior. Prerequisite: PS1301.

PS 3343. Perception. 3 Semester Hours.

Sensory experience and basic cognitive organization. Prerequisite: PS1301.

PS 3350. Social Psychology. 3 Semester Hours.

PS 3361. Industrial Psychology. 3 Semester Hours.

Psychological factors in personnel and organizational psychology. Prerequisite: PS1301.

PS 3371. Motivation. 3 Semester Hours.

Biological and cultural factors in motivation. Prerequisite: PS1301.

PS 3372. Undergraduate Field Placement. 3 Semester Hours.

On an individual basis students will be placed in community agencies or institutions which have recognized in-service training programs. Periodic conferences will be required. Prerequisite: PS 3383, departmental application, approval of department chair, and 3.0 or better G.P.A. If applying for clinical-related site, must have completed or be taking PS 3331.

PS 3373. Learning. 3 Semester Hours.

Fundamental principles and theories of learning as approached from the behavioral and cognitive perspective. Prerequisite: PS1301.

PS 3381. Introductory Statistics. 3 Semester Hours.

An introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics designed for the student of Psychology. Prerequisite: completion of the university mathematics requirement with minimum grade of C and PS1301.

PS 3383. Research Methods. 3 Semester Hours.

Introduction to the principles and methods of experimental psychology. Selected experiments in perception, cognition, and social psychology. Independent project required. Writing intensive course. Prerequisite: PS 1301, PS 3381. Concurrent enrollment in PS 3384 is required.

PS 3384. Research Methods Lab. 3 Semester Hours.

Introduction to the principles and methods of experimental psychology. Selected experiments in perception, cognition, and social psychology. Independent project required. Prerequisite: PS 1301, PS 3381. Concurrent enrollment in PS 3383 is required.

PS 3385. Advanced Statistics in Psychology. 3 Semester Hours.

The course builds upon the techniques and theories presented in PS3381 Introductory Statistics in Psychology. Topics include regression, path analysis, MANOVA, and introduction to latent modeling. Prerequisite PS 3381.

PS 3386. Human Factors. 3 Semester Hours.

Human capabilities and limitations that affect the design of human-machine systems. Prerequisite: PS1301.

PS 3391. History and Systems. 3 Semester Hours.

A study of the historical, philosophical, and scientific ideas which are the basis of contemporary psychology. Prerequisite: PS1301.

PS 4163. Advanced Topics for Undergraduates. 1 Semester Hour.

Special studies designed for selected undergraduate students with permission of instructor. Maybe repeated for additional credit.

PS 4263. Advanced Topics for Undergraduates. 2 Semester Hours.

Special studies designed for selected undergraduate students with permission of instructor. Maybe repeated for additional credit.

PS 4300. Internship in Psychology. 3 Semester Hours.

A supervised activity which allows the student to apply educational experiences in an institutional/organizational setting.

PS 4363. Advanced Topics for Undergraduates. 3 Semester Hours.

Special studies designed for selected undergraduate students with permission of instructor. May be repeated for additional credit.

PS 4383. Advanced Psychological Research. 3 Semester Hours.

A continuation and expansion of the techniques mastered in PS3383 Research Methods. Students will complete a research project or make significant progress on a new or ongoing project during the course of the semester and receive training in advanced research methodologies and statistical analyses. Permission of the instructor is required to register.

PS 4387. Tests and Measurements. 3 Semester Hours.

Upon successful completion of this course the students will demonstrate theoretical and practical understanding of development and use of measurement instruments used to select and evaluate individuals in industrial, business, government, and academic environments and to assess the nature of the environments themselves.

Christopher Frost, Ph.D.
Dean and Professor

Heather Hill, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Patricia Owen, Ph.D.
Professor

Jillian Pierucci, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Rick Sperling, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Jennifer Zwahr-Castro, Ph.D.
Professor