Courses & Requirements

Requirements for the Psychology Major

The minimum number of credits required is 44.

Required Courses

At least three courses must be taken at the 300 level.

Foundation Courses

PSY-101: Intro Psy: Biologicl & Cognitv (4.00)

This is one-half of a two-semester introduction to psychology. The course is about the nervous system as it pertains to behavior and cognition. Students may take 101 or 102 first and each course is independent of the other.

PSY-102: Intro Psy: Dev, Social Behav (4.00)

This is one-half of a two-semester introduction to psychology. The course will cover topics such as: social psychology, development, personality, and psychopathology. Students may take 101 or 102 first and each course is independent of the other.

PSY-206: Research Statistics (4.00)

Basic theory, principles and applications of statistics in behavioral science research. Cross-listed with SOC-206.

Course requisites: One 100-level course from ANT,PH,POL,PSY, or SOC

PSY-207: Research Design and Methods (4.00)

Fundamentals of research design and methods, including scientific writing and presentation. Laboratories involve applications to major areas of psychology such as perception, learning, memory, and social psychology. Small group or individual experiments are designed and conducted. 3 LEC, 1 LAB.

Course requisites: PSY-206 or permission of Psych/Neuro Dept.

Social & Cultural Core

At least 2 courses from:

PSY-205: Introduction to Industrial/ Organizational Psychology (4.00)

Explores how people think and behave at work from industrial/organizational perspectives. The industrial perspective examines the theory and practice of selection, training and evaluation of workers; organizational perspective investigates employee satisfaction, motivation, leadership, and cooperative processes. Cross-listed with BUS-205.

Course requisites: PSY-101 or PSY-102

PSY-230: Psychology of Women: Critical Perspectives on Race, Class & Gender (4.00)

The purpose of this class is to provide students with an introduction to the psychology of women through an intersectional theoretical framework. Throughout the course, students will learn how the field of psychology and related social sciences have studied the effects of social, cultural, and political influences on the socialization of girls and women. Students will explore how such paradigms, specifically the intersections of race, class, and gender, affect psychological, social, and environmental outcomes for girls and women, nationally and internationally. Cross-listed with WS-230.

Course requisites: PSY-101 or PSY-102

PSY-305: Social Psychology: Global Perspectives (4.00)

Explore key applied, research, and theoretical models of behavior of the individual as influenced by the behavior and characteristics of other individuals with a broad global cultural perspective.

Course requisites: PSY-101 and PSY-207

Neuroscience Core

At least 2 courses from:

PSY-285: Animal Behavior (4.00)

Development, ecology and causation of animal behavior. Emphasis on comparative analysis of mechanisms underlying the production of species-specific behavior. 3 LEC, 1 LAB. Cross-listed with BIO-285.

Course requisites: PSY-101

PSY-311: Animal and Human Learning (4.00)

Principles of learning, behavioral change, and motivation in humans and other animals. Emphasis on conceptual, methodological, and theoretical findings in classical, operant, and observational learning, with a focus on application in a variety of settings.

Course requisites: PSY-101 and PSY-207

PSY-315: Cognitive Neuroscience (4.00)

Human cognition and perception and their neurophysiological correlates as revealed by functional imaging techniques and clinical populations. Selected topics include basic neuroanatomy and brain imaging techniques and their application to the study of attention, memory imagery, concept formation, language, problem solving, creative thinking, and intelligence.

Course requisites: PSY-101 and PSY-207

PSY-323: Sensation and Perception (4.00)

The study of how our sensory systems detect the physical world around us and how we understand what these sensations mean. Emphasis on current research.

Course requisites: PSY-101 and PSY-207

PSY-351: Foundations of Neuroscience II (3.00)

This course requires students to understand the basics of the nervous system at the systems level and equips students with scientific tools such as critical analysis of primary literature, development of an inquiry based project, and presentation of scientific research. In the 1-credit inquiry-based laboratory co-requisite course PSY-351L, students are given background material and generate their own line of scientific inquiry with tools and specific techniques explained and taught. Based on their questions and the techniques available, they will design experiments and analyze the results. Cross-listed with BIO-351/BIO-351L.

Course requisites: PSY-351 & PSY-351L must be taken concurrently.

PSY-351L: Inquiry Based Research Neuroscience Lab (1.00)

INQUIRY BASED RESEARCH IN NEUROSCIENCE LAB--In this laboratory co-requisite course to PSY-351, students are given background material and generate their own line of scientific inquiry with tools and specific techniques explained and taught. Based on their questions and the techniques available, they will design experiments and analyze the results.

Course requisites: PSY-351 & 351L must be taken concurrently.

Clinical & Health Core

At least 2 courses from:

PSY-200: Developmental Psychology (4.00)

Development of the individual throughout the lifespan.

Course requisites: PSY-101 or PSY-102

PSY-202: Psychology of Sexual Behavior (4.00)

Study of psychological determinants and consequences of human sexual behavior. Attitudinal and emotional factors will be emphasized. Cross-listed with WS-202.

Course requisites: PSY-101 or PSY-102

PSY-214: Introduction to Counseling (4.00)

This course will provide an introduction to counseling principles, research, and skills. Role-play practice sessions will be included.

Course requisites: PSY-101 or PSY-102

PSY-312: Abnormal Psychology (4.00)

Coverage of the diagnostic characteristics, theoretical perspectives, and treatments of the major psychological disorders.

Course requisites: PSY-101 and PSY-207

Capstone Courses

PSY-470: Capstone in Psychology: Planning (2.00)

A 2-credit class for psychology majors or minors ideally taken in the junior year. This course will provide students the opportunity to evaluate what they have learned in the major until that point and explore potential career paths. Students will write a proposal about how they plan to fulfill their capstone requirement. After approval of the proposal, students will investigate possible placements in either research or applied settings in order to fulfill their capstone requirement. During class sessions, students will learn about the steps to securing a placement; and, once they have a placement, they will develop placement goals. They will also present and write about topics that are relevant to their intended placements.

Course requisites: PSY-101, 102 & 207; Psych majors/minors only (or permission)

PSY-480: Capstone in Psychology: Placement (2.00)

A 2-credit class, which can be taken in the junior or senior year. The department will offer sections for psychology and neuroscience majors or psychology minors who want to conduct research in a lab with a professor at Agnes Scott and sections for students with applied placements. In addition to attending these class sessions, each student will participate in a research or applied psychology placement for an average of 5 to 10 hours per week. Students will be required to complete a minimum of 65 hours at their placement for the semester and work a minimum of 8 weeks. This capstone experience will help students to build mentor and other network relationships, obtain valuable research and/or work experience, determine the areas of psychology they are most interested in, and develop professional skills. Prerequisite: permission is required (for Psychology majors and minors, prerequisite is PSY-470 in addition to permission required).

Course requisites: To register this course, you must submit an add form with permission and instructor's signature (online add form currently available at www.agnesscott.edu/registrar). NOTE: Psychology majors or minors must complete PSY-470 before taking PSY-480. Neuroscience majors may take 480 as research without being required to take 470 but must still get permission to register.

Other Courses

PSY-204: History of Theory and Research in Psychology (4.00)

Historical background for current theories and research issues in psychology.

Course requisites: Take PSY-101 or PSY-102

PSY-211: Psychological Assessment (4.00)

Principles and issues of psychological assessment with an emphasis on tests of personality and cognitive abilities.

Course requisites: PSY-206 and either PSY-101 or 102

PSY-295: Topics in Psychology (4.00)

TOPICS IN PSYCHOLOGY--A seminar focusing on a topic of contemporary interest in psychology. Each year the department will announce the topic(s) to be offered during the next academic year. Credit hours and prerequisites beyond 100 vary according to the topic. The nature of the topic determines the inclusion of a laboratory component.

Description for "Health Psychology"--Health Psychology is an interdisciplinary field that links psychology, biology and sociology. The course will introduce the basic concepts, theories and research of health psychology: the psychological factors that underlie illness perception and prevention, the role of personality in health, health and health compromising behaviors and stress and coping. The course also surveys methodological issues in the field with the aim of developing critical research evaluation skills.

Description for "Engineering Psychology"--The purpose of this course is to examine the relationship between people and various aspects of the world around them, including the equipment they use, the environments in which they function, and the tasks they perform. What is known about human perceptual, cognitive, and physical abilities (and limitations) will be applied to the analysis of tasks, and the design of places, machines, computer displays, and procedures that best suit the humans involved.

Course requisites: PSY-101 or 102

PSY-296: Topics in Neuroscience (4.00)

New technologies emerging from neuroscience such as designer drugs, MRI use as lie-detector, and gene therapy for neural disorders. Examination of the basic science behind these and other technologies as well as important social, political, and ethical implications. May not be used to fulfill minimum requirements for the biology major. May be used as elective credit in the psychology major. Cross-listed with BIO-296.

Course requisites: BIO-110, PSY-101 or PSY-102 (1 course)

PSY-324: Neuroendocrinology (4.00)

The course provides comprehensive and up-to-date coverage of the inter-relationship between the nervous and endocrine systems in mammals. Topics covered include endocrine regulation of reproductive behavior, aggressive behavior, biological rhythms, energy balance, stress, and learning and memory. Cross-listed with BIO-324.

Course requisites: BIO-110 & 111 (& labs)

PSY-325: Addiction (4.00)

This is a course about addiction to drugs and other behaviors. General topics will include cellular and molecular foundations of neuropharmacology, receptors, and modulation of neural signaling. In addition, we will discuss other topics such as government policy and susceptibility to addiction. Cross-listed with BIO-325.

Course requisites: BIO-110, 111 & one 200-level BIO course; CHE-240 recommended

PSY-350: Foundations of Neuroscience I (3.00)

This course requires students to understand the basics of the nervous system at the cellular and subcellular level and equips students with scientific tools such as critical analysis of primary literature, development of an inquiry based project, and presentation of scientific research. In the 1-credit inquiry-based laboratory co-requisite course PSY-350L, students are given background material and generate their own line of scientific inquiry with tools and specific techniques explained and taught. Based on their questions and the techniques available, they will design experiments and analyze the results. Cross-listed with BIO-350/BIO-350L.

Course requisites: PSY-350 & PSY-350L must be taken concurrently.

PSY-350L: Inquiry Based Research Neuroscience Lab (1.00)

INQUIRY BASED RESEARCH IN NEUROSCIENCE LAB--In this laboratory co-requisite course to PSY-350, students are given background material and generate their own line of scientific inquiry with tools and specific techniques explained and taught. Based on their questions and the techniques available, they will design experiments and analyze the results.

Course requisites: PSY-350 & 350L must be taken concurrently.

PSY-400: Research in Psychology (4.00)

Seminars focusing on research in the area of psychology. The specific research topic in each section of the class will be determined by the individual class instructor. Students will conduct collaborative research projects in the designated research area. Prerequisite: PSY-101, PSY-207, the instructor's permission, and an application. Departmental applications are due in early March for the following fall and spring semesters. See the psychology and neuroscience page on Canvas for the applications.

Course requisites: PSY-101, PSY-207, permission of instructor, & an application required (see Psych. & Neurosci. Moodle page for application)

PSY-406: Practicum (4.00)

Supervised field placement focusing on psycho-pathology, counseling, industrial/organizational psychology, or related areas. Placement activities are supplemented by a weekly seminar and research literature reviews. Depending on availability, and with a different practicum placement, this course may be repeated once for credit.

Course requisites: PSY-101, 102, 206 & 207, permission of instructor, & an application required (see Psych. & Neurosci. Moodle page for application)

Requirements for the Psychology Minor

The minimum number of credits required is 28.

Required Courses

Foundation Courses

PSY-101: Intro Psy: Biologicl & Cognitv (4.00)

This is one-half of a two-semester introduction to psychology. The course is about the nervous system as it pertains to behavior and cognition. Students may take 101 or 102 first and each course is independent of the other.

PSY-102: Intro Psy: Dev, Social Behav (4.00)

This is one-half of a two-semester introduction to psychology. The course will cover topics such as: social psychology, development, personality, and psychopathology. Students may take 101 or 102 first and each course is independent of the other.

PSY-206: Research Statistics (4.00)

Basic theory, principles and applications of statistics in behavioral science research. Cross-listed with SOC-206.

Course requisites: One 100-level course from ANT,PH,POL,PSY, or SOC

PSY-207: Research Design and Methods (4.00)

Fundamentals of research design and methods, including scientific writing and presentation. Laboratories involve applications to major areas of psychology such as perception, learning, memory, and social psychology. Small group or individual experiments are designed and conducted. 3 LEC, 1 LAB.

Course requisites: PSY-206 or permission of Psych/Neuro Dept.

Social & Cultural Core

One course from:

PSY-205: Introduction to Industrial/ Organizational Psychology (4.00)

Explores how people think and behave at work from industrial/organizational perspectives. The industrial perspective examines the theory and practice of selection, training and evaluation of workers; organizational perspective investigates employee satisfaction, motivation, leadership, and cooperative processes. Cross-listed with BUS-205.

Course requisites: PSY-101 or PSY-102

PSY-230: Psychology of Women: Critical Perspectives on Race, Class & Gender (4.00)

The purpose of this class is to provide students with an introduction to the psychology of women through an intersectional theoretical framework. Throughout the course, students will learn how the field of psychology and related social sciences have studied the effects of social, cultural, and political influences on the socialization of girls and women. Students will explore how such paradigms, specifically the intersections of race, class, and gender, affect psychological, social, and environmental outcomes for girls and women, nationally and internationally. Cross-listed with WS-230.

Course requisites: PSY-101 or PSY-102

PSY-305: Social Psychology: Global Perspectives (4.00)

Explore key applied, research, and theoretical models of behavior of the individual as influenced by the behavior and characteristics of other individuals with a broad global cultural perspective.

Course requisites: PSY-101 and PSY-207

Neuroscience Core

One course from:

PSY-285: Animal Behavior (4.00)

Development, ecology and causation of animal behavior. Emphasis on comparative analysis of mechanisms underlying the production of species-specific behavior. 3 LEC, 1 LAB. Cross-listed with BIO-285.

Course requisites: PSY-101

PSY-311: Animal and Human Learning (4.00)

Principles of learning, behavioral change, and motivation in humans and other animals. Emphasis on conceptual, methodological, and theoretical findings in classical, operant, and observational learning, with a focus on application in a variety of settings.

Course requisites: PSY-101 and PSY-207

PSY-315: Cognitive Neuroscience (4.00)

Human cognition and perception and their neurophysiological correlates as revealed by functional imaging techniques and clinical populations. Selected topics include basic neuroanatomy and brain imaging techniques and their application to the study of attention, memory imagery, concept formation, language, problem solving, creative thinking, and intelligence.

Course requisites: PSY-101 and PSY-207

PSY-323: Sensation and Perception (4.00)

The study of how our sensory systems detect the physical world around us and how we understand what these sensations mean. Emphasis on current research.

Course requisites: PSY-101 and PSY-207

PSY-351: Foundations of Neuroscience II (3.00)

This course requires students to understand the basics of the nervous system at the systems level and equips students with scientific tools such as critical analysis of primary literature, development of an inquiry based project, and presentation of scientific research. In the 1-credit inquiry-based laboratory co-requisite course PSY-351L, students are given background material and generate their own line of scientific inquiry with tools and specific techniques explained and taught. Based on their questions and the techniques available, they will design experiments and analyze the results. Cross-listed with BIO-351/BIO-351L.

Course requisites: PSY-351 & PSY-351L must be taken concurrently.

PSY-351L: Inquiry Based Research Neuroscience Lab (1.00)

INQUIRY BASED RESEARCH IN NEUROSCIENCE LAB--In this laboratory co-requisite course to PSY-351, students are given background material and generate their own line of scientific inquiry with tools and specific techniques explained and taught. Based on their questions and the techniques available, they will design experiments and analyze the results.

Course requisites: PSY-351 & 351L must be taken concurrently.

Clinical & Health Core

One course from:

PSY-200: Developmental Psychology (4.00)

Development of the individual throughout the lifespan.

Course requisites: PSY-101 or PSY-102

PSY-202: Psychology of Sexual Behavior (4.00)

Study of psychological determinants and consequences of human sexual behavior. Attitudinal and emotional factors will be emphasized. Cross-listed with WS-202.

Course requisites: PSY-101 or PSY-102

PSY-214: Introduction to Counseling (4.00)

This course will provide an introduction to counseling principles, research, and skills. Role-play practice sessions will be included.

Course requisites: PSY-101 or PSY-102

PSY-312: Abnormal Psychology (4.00)

Coverage of the diagnostic characteristics, theoretical perspectives, and treatments of the major psychological disorders.

Course requisites: PSY-101 and PSY-207

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