Undergraduate Course Catalog

Psychological Science

G. Mittleman, Chairperson

Psychology is a science that studies behavior and mental processes. Psychologists study individual differences in personality and cognitive abilities, social and biological influences on behavior, and the effects of development and learning on the individual. The study of psychology can help students understand both their own motivations and the behavior of others.

The department offers a program of study that is intended to serve students with a variety of career goals. Some students seek employment immediately following graduation. Others use the major as preparation for graduate study or for a career as a high school social studies or psychology teacher. In addition to a basic understanding of psychological science in both laboratory and experiential settings, the undergraduate program is designed to promote the development of critical thinking and communication skills, technological and diversity competencies, and personal and professional ethics.

The courses students select within the major should be driven by their educational goals. Whether students intend to pursue employment or graduate study, they should utilize the services of the department’s advising center and consult with their faculty advisor regarding course selection. Their faculty advisor may also be helpful in choosing a minor that will further their professional and personal objectives.

Students interested in teaching psychology at the high school level may complete a social studies major with a concentration in psychology. Psychological science teaching majors are also encouraged to take advantage of the resources available in the department’s advising center.


MAJOR IN PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE (BA/BS), 39 hours 

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100
241
284
295
385

Intro to Psychological Science 
Statistics 
Research Methods in Psych Sci  
Career Planning in Psych  
Professl Ethics in Psychology 

3
3
4
1
1

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316
317
321
432

Social Psychology (3)
Personality (3)
Developmental Psychology (3)
Abnormal Psychology (3)

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364
371
416

Psychology of Learning (3)
Applied Behavior Analysis (3)
Cognitive Psychology (3)

3

3 hours from:

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324
325
424

Psychology of Women (3)
Psych Prejudice Discrimination (3)
Psychology of Diversity (3)

3

3 hours from:    

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362
367
412

Motivation and Emotion (3)
Intro to Neuroscience (3)
Sensation and Perception (3)

3

3 hours from:     

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492
499

Research Seminar (3)
Dept Honors in Psychology (3)

3

6 hours at 300- or 400-level PSYS
(no more than 3 hours from PSYS 478, 479, 492, 497, or 498)

6

6 hours at 400-level PSYS
(no more than 3 hours from PSYS 478, 479, 492, 497, or 498)

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39 hrs

All students will be required to take the Major Field Exam in Psychology before graduation.

At least 12 hours of PSYS courses must be taken in residence at Ball State. 

TEACHER EDUCATION 

TEACHING MAJOR IN SOCIAL STUDIES (BA/BS), 54 hours

(See Teaching Major in Social Studies, College of Sciences and Humanities, p. 245, for total requirements for this area.) 

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Psychology area, 15 hours

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100
493
494

Intro to Psychological Science
Teaching Psychology 1 
Teaching Psychology 2

3
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367
468

Intro to Neuroscience (3)
Cognitive Neuroscience (3)

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362
364
416

Motivation and Emotion (3)
Psychology of Learning (3)
Cognitive Psychology (3)

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3 hours from:     

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316
317
324
432

Social Psychology (3)
Personality (3)
Psychology of Women (3)
Abnormal Psychology (3)

3





15 hrs
Each student’s program of study must include at least one of the following courses: PSYS 416, 432, or 468. Each student must satisfactorily complete a Psychological Science Teacher Education Portfolio in accordance with the standards published by the department. 

PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE (PSYS)

100 Introduction to Psychological Science (3)
Introduction to various branches of psychology and the contributions of each to understanding the behavior of people as they interact with their environment. Core Transfer Library: Behavioral Sciences/Humanities (ISH 1020)

213 The Psychology of Human Adjustment (3)
An introduction to how people can cope more effectively with common emotional, interpersonal, and situational problems. Self-management strategies and positive coping techniques are introduced for the enhancement of personal growth and adjustment. 
    Prerequisite: PSYS 100. 

241 Statistics (3)
Descriptive statistics and statistics of inference. The computation, application, and interpretation of various elementary statistics.
     Prerequisite: PSYS 100; and a C or higher in one of the following courses: MATH 125 or MATH 132 or MATH 161 or MATH 165 or MATH 201 or MATH 207.

277 Psychology of Sexual Behavior (3)
An examination of the determinants of human sexual behavior, focusing on the development of sexual identity and attitudes. Uses perspectives from social psychology, personality theory, and physiological psychology to build an understanding of this most complex behavior. Core Transfer Library: Behavioral Sciences/Humanities (ISH 1022)
    Prerequisite: PSYS 100. 

284 Research Methods in Psychological Science (4)
Introduction to the use of the scientific method in the study of human behavior. Analyze and evaluate experimental studies to gain experience with research techniques while using essential controls and acceptable procedures.
    Prerequisite: PSYS 241 with a C- or better grade.

295 Career Planning in Psychology (1)
Helps develop an awareness of psychology courses, minors, internships, research and teaching assistantships, and other opportunities; learn about career options and graduate school selection processes; and explore personal strengths and weaknesses with regard to long term goals.
    Prerequisite: PSYS 100; sophomore standing.
    Open only to psychological science majors.

301 Health Psychology (3)
Examines how psychological conditions influence disease prevention, medical treatment, stress and coping, and psychosocial adjustment to illness. 
    Prerequisite: PSYS 100. 

316 Social Psychology (3)
Overview of conditions that affect a person in a social context: attitudes, impression formation, interpersonal relations, and group membership. Examines current theories and relevant research. Core Transfer Library: Behavioral Sciences/Humanities (ISH 1024)
    Prerequisite: PSYS 100.

317 Personality (3)
Presents and compares a wide variety of classical and modern theories of personality and pertinent empirical research. Considers the components of a good theory of personality and the applications of various personality theories. 
    Prerequisite: PSYS 100. 

321 Developmental Psychology (3)
A survey of theory and research in biological, cognitive, social, and emotional development across the lifespan. Core Transfer Library: Behavioral Sciences/Humanities (ISH 1021)
    Prerequisite: PSYS 100.

324 Psychology of Women (3)
Explores both biological and social influences on women’s experiences, behavior, self-concepts, and psychological conflicts. Topics covered include relationships, work, gender across the lifespan, violence, health, sex-related differences, and women in the future, with an emphasis on the diversity of women’s experiences. 
    Prerequisite: PSYS 100. 

325 Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination (3)
Psychological perspectives on prejudice and discrimination, including stereotyping, individual differences, the development of prejudice, social factors in prejudice, the experience of prejudice, and reducing prejudice and discrimination. 
    Prerequisite: PSYS 100. 

342 Advanced Statistics (3)
Inferential statistics and research design, computation and interpretation of statistics related to psychological research design. Critical analysis of published research literature. 
    Prerequisite: PSYS 241. 

362 Motivation and Emotion (3)
Basic theory and research relating to motivation and emotion and applications to various facets of human behavior. 
    Prerequisite: PSYS 100. 

364 Psychology of Learning (3)
Nature of learning processes, possible influences upon these processes and resultant behaviors, and applications of the psychology of learning. 
    Prerequisite: PSYS 100. 

367 Introduction to Neuroscience (3) 
A biological systems approach to cognition and behavior. Emphasizes biological aspects of the central nervous system leading to neuropsychological processes in the brain. 
    Prerequisite: PSYS 100.  

371 Applied Behavior Analysis (3)
Introduction to the principles of behavior analysis and application of these principles outside formal educational settings. Includes both operant and cognitive approaches. 
    Prerequisite: PSYS 100. 

373 Industrial Psychology (3)
Application of psychological principles to personnel selection, training, and evaluation; worker motivation and morale; leadership and supervision; job design; and workplace health and safety 
    Prerequisite: PSYS 100. 

385 Professional Ethics in Psychology (1)
Introduces selected ethical issues in psychological research and practice. Offered only online through Online and Distance Education. Offered credit/no credit only. 
    Prerequisite: PSYS 241 and 295; a minimum of 6 additional hours in psychology. 
    Open only to juniors and seniors and only to psychological science majors.

395 Special Topics in Psychology (1-9)
Surveys theory and research on a selected topic in psychology using a lecture and discussion format. 
    Prerequisite: PSYS 100. 
    A total of 9 hours of credit may be earned provided that no topic is repeated.

412 Sensation and Perception (3)
Survey of theories, methods, and knowledge concerning sensory physiology, sensation, and perception. Emphasizes studies of people. 
    Prerequisite: PSYS 100; junior or senior standing. 

416 Cognitive Psychology (3)
Survey of theories and research about human thought and memory. Topics include attention, memory, problem solving, and language. 
    Prerequisite: PSYS 100; junior or senior standing. 

424 Psychology of Diversity (3)
Presents current knowledge and research concerning the psychological study of diversity. Consideration may be given to ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, disability, aging, and other aspects of cultural diversity; the intersection of these dimensions; and issues of societal privilege and disadvantage. 
    Prerequisite: PSYS 100; junior or senior standing. 

432 Abnormal Psychology (3)
Systematic study of behavior pathology. Primary emphasis on the use of theoretical perspectives and empirical data to understand the description, etiology, prognosis, treatment, and prevention of abnormal behavior. Core Transfer Library: Behavioral Sciences/Humanities (ISH 1023)
    Prerequisite: PSYS 100; junior or senior standing. 

447 Tests and Measures in Psychological Science (4)
Theoretical and practical foundations underlying the construction, use, and interpretation of standardized psychological tests and inventories. Laboratory includes development of a psychological measure. 
    Prerequisite: PSYS 284. 

468 Cognitive Neuroscience (3)
Focuses on the biological systems involved in higher thought processes, particularly examining the connections between brain and behavior through reading and discussion of current articles in the field. Emphasis is given to the connection between brain and mind. 
    Prerequisite: PSYS 284. 
    Prerequisite recommended: PSYS 367. 
    Open only to juniors and seniors. 

471 Psychology in the Legal System (3)
An investigation of the scientific literature associated with psychology in the legal system and forensic psychology. 
    Prerequisite: PSYS 100. 
    Open only to juniors and seniors. 

475 Advanced Industrial Psychology (3) 
Introduction to principles of staffing organizations. Emphasizes job analytic methods, recruiting, interviewing, testing, test validation strategies, utility analysis, performance appraisal, and employment discrimination. 
    Prerequisite: PSYS 100 and 373.  

476 Human Factors Psychology (3) 
Explores the relation between people and the physical things in their environments. Topics include design of objects based on psychological knowledge about information display, human control, and cognitive capacities. 
    Prerequisite: PSYS 100.  

478 Teaching Assistantship (3)
Under the supervision of the instructor of a course, students will carry out course-related duties assigned by the instructor. A concurrent seminar will aid them in integrating such experiences with the pedagogy of the teaching of psychology and with knowledge of the content of the course to which they are assigned.
    Prerequisite: PSYS 100; a grade of at least B+ in the course in which the student is assisting; permission of the instructor.
    A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 3 in any one semester or term and only 3 hours of credit may be applied to meet the requirements of the psychological science major.
    Open only to juniors and seniors.

479 Practical Experience (3-6)
Monitors the progress of students participating in psychology-related settings and assists them in integrating such experiences with acquired knowledge of psychology. No more than 6 hours may be used to meet the requirements of the psychological science major. 
    Prerequisite: PSYS 100, 241, 284, 295; at least 9 hours of PSYS courses with a minimum PSYS GPA of 2.5; junior or senior standing; permission of the instructor. 
    A total of 12 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 6 in any one semester or term. 

491 History of Psychology (3)
Major concepts of various schools of psychological thought and contemporary theoretical systems as they have evolved historically. 
    Prerequisite: PSYS 100; junior or senior standing. 

492 Research Seminar (3)
Students conduct research in which they pose and answer one or more meaningful questions about a topic of interest and relevance to them. All students are expected to complete a literature review, to collect and analyze data, and to interpret and publicly report their findings.
    Prerequisite: PSYS 284 and 385 and a minimum of 12 additional hours in psychology.
    Open only to senior psychological science majors.

493 Teaching of Psychology 1 (1)
Students work with a PSYS 100 instructor to develop curriculum plans, tools for the assessment of learning, and evaluation plans for an introductory psychology course. 
    Prerequisite: 3 courses in the psychology area of the social studies teaching major; permission of the department chairperson. 
    Open only to social studies teaching majors in the psychology area. 

494 Teaching of Psychology 2 (2)
Students provide classroom instruction, conduct learning assessments, and conduct a study evaluating learning under the supervision of a PSYS 100 instructor. 
    Prerequisite: PSYS 493; permission of the department chairperson. 
    Open only to social studies teaching majors in the psychology area. 

495 Seminar in Psychology (3)
Investigations of topics of interest in the current literature of psychology. 
    Prerequisite: PSYS 100; junior or senior standing. 
    Prerequisite recommended: PSYS 241, 284. 

496 International Studies in Psychology (1-12)
International studies in psychological science at approved sites outside the United States. Credit applied to department requirements or electives as approved by the department chairperson. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 12 hours of credit may be earned. 

497 Supervised Empirical Research Experience (1-3)
Experience in the collection of behavioral data in the field or laboratory setting. Students work closely with a supervising faculty member. The credit hours may be accumulated in more than one semester. No more than 6 hours may be used to meet the requirements of the psychological science major. Offered credit/no credit only.
    Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.
    A total of 12 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 3 in any one semester or term.

498 Independent Study in Psychology (1-3)
Topics for independent study and research to be chosen and investigated in consultation with instructors with special competence in the area involved. The credit hours may be accumulated in more than one semester. No more than 6 hours may be used to meet the requirements of the psychological science major. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 12 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 3 in any one semester or term. 

499 Department Honors in Psychology (1-2)
Regular meetings devoted to presentation, discussion, and writing associated with completing departmental honors. This includes active participation in original research completed under the supervision of department faculty. 
    Prerequisite: PSYS 100; permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 3 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 2 in any one semester or term.