Program Overview

To complete a psychology minor, students are required to take a minimum of 20 credits of psychology. Twelve of these 20 credits must be taken at Metropolitan State and 15 credits must be upper division. According to university general education policy, 12 credits of the minor may overlap with general education/liberal studies credits.

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Course List

Prerequisites

Requirements ( 20 total credits)

Psychology Required Courses (8 credits)

  • PSYC 100 General Psychology
    4 credits

    This course introduces students to scientific and applied psychology, and suggests its application to everyday life. The course familiarizes students with concepts, principles, research methods and theories of psychology.

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  • One of the following classes is required:
    • STAT 201 Statistics I
      4 credits

      This course covers the basic principles and methods of statistics. It emphasizes techniques and applications in real-world problem solving and decision making. Topics include frequency distributions, measures of location and variation, probability, sampling, design of experiments, sampling distributions, interval estimation, hypothesis testing, correlation and regression.

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    • PSYC 307 Data/Statistical Analysis for the Behavioral Sciences
      4 credits

      Students learn the basic procedures used in the collection and analysis of data in the behavioral sciences. Statistical software is used to conduct descriptive and inferential analyses of both small and large data sets. Students learn to write conceptual conclusions supported by statistical analyses. Prerequisite: Completion of math general education requirements.

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    • PSYC 312 Research Methods
      5 credits

      This course introduces students to scientific research methods in psychology, emphasizing the experimental method. Topics include developing research questions, reviewing background information, deciding on appropriate methodology, and collecting and interpreting data. This course prepares students to think critically about psychological claims and is generally required preparation for graduate study. This course includes assignments in the Psychology Laboratory.

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    • PSYC 317 Human Factors
      4 credits

      Human factors psychology (ergonomics) is the study of human capacities and limitations affecting people's interaction with machines. Topics include perception, cognition, memory, psychomotor learning, display and control design, vehicular and roadway design, the human-computer interface, airplane crashes, and product liability. The course includes psychology laboratory experiments and research reports, exercises in human factors design, and a field trip in which students fly a flight simulator. Experimental methodology underlies the content of this course.

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Psychology Electives - Guided (8 credits)

Students are to select 4 or more credits to reach the requirements; students taking STAT 201 are required to have only 12 upper division psychology credits.

Developmental area courses at Metropolitan State include: PSYC 301, PSYC 302, PSYC 308, PSYC 308T, PSYC 339.

  • One of the following classes is required:
    • PSYC 300 Abnormal Psychology
      4 credits

      This course explores the nature and causes of abnormal behavior and the terminology used in describing and discussing abnormal behavior. Students study the major categories used to classify abnormal behavior and the diagnostic criteria involved.

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    • PSYC 332 Psychology of Personality
      4 credits

      This course covers similarities and differences in major personality theories and the "real life" implications for holding different theoretical views. Students take an active part in class discussions and give a class presentation on an in-depth study of a major theory.

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    • PSYC 336 Social Psychology
      4 credits

      In this course, students learn social psychological theories and concepts. They also learn how to understand the research methods on which these theories are based. This knowledge includes an awareness and respect for the diversity of human experience, the importance of social influence on individual behavior, the social significance of groups, and the nature of social change.

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    • PSYC 363 Community Psychology
      4 credits

      This course surveys the principles and applications of community psychology, emphasizing person-environment interactions and societal/cultural impacts upon individual and community functioning. Attention is given to community-based interventions that facilitate individual and community competence and empowerment, prevent disorder, and promote health and social change. Students select and research an issue of their choice (such as, mental illness, violence, alcohol or substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, discrimination) utilizing a community psychology lens.

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    • PSYC 301 Adolescent Psychology
      4 credits

      This course covers the theory and developmental processes of adolescence, including viewpoints of adolescence, self and adolescent identity, biological influences, thinking and intelligence, and development of moral values and adolescent pathologies. Students learn to identify and describe these variables as interactive in the developmental process.

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    • PSYC 302 Adult Development and Lifelong Learning
      4 credits

      This course examines adults in transition in the broad context of "the learning society" and explores practical applications of individual differences in learning styles and research on adult learners. Students complete individual study projects which may relate to their personal development or to their professional development particularly as it applies to the workplace. Periodically, focus or topic courses are offered for students with specific interests. See PSYC 319 The Impact of Technology on Human and Organizational Behavior and PSYC 342 Adult Development and Lifelong Learning II: Continuing Education and Training.

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    • PSYC 308 Child Psychology
      4 credits

      This course provides an overview of the science of child psychology. Major theories and research related to a child's perceptual, motor, emotional, social and cognitive development are reviewed, and their practical applications are explored. Overlap: PSYC 308T Child Psychology Theory Seminar.

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    • PSYC 308T Child Psychology Theory Seminar
      4 credits

      This seminar, for parents, teachers, community volunteers and others who have worked extensively with children, explores theories that have contributed to the process of developing normal, healthy children. The information targets emotional rather than physical health. Lectures and discussion relate specific theories of Erik Erickson, Jean Piaget, Lawrence Kohlberg, B.F. Skinner and others to examples of children's behavior and parental responses. Prerequisite: Obtain and complete diagnostic test/or essay from the Teaching Center. Overlap: PSYC 308 Child Psychology and Psyc 102 Dynamics of Parent Child Relationships.

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    • PSYC 339 Working with Children in the Middle Years
      4 credits

      This course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of the social-learning approach and corresponding set of techniques for teaching and modifying individual behavior in group settings where the opportunity for individual attention is limited. Particular emphasis is placed on the importance of individual differences among children, including ethnic and gender differences. It is designed for individuals who have an interest in and/or responsibility for working with children, ages two-12, in group settings such as school-age child care and schools.

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