Mental Health Psychology BA

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Katelin Bandarra '06
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Students selecting a concentration in Mental Health can be in the field as early as their freshman year gaining experience and augmenting their classroom learning. Students in this concentration will work closely with advisors.

Required Core Courses

General Education Program

School of Arts and Sciences Required Courses

BIO-210: Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
Discussion/comparison of the principles of mammalian form and function. Includes molecular and cellular mechanisms of major processes (such as muscle contraction, neural transmission, and signal transduction) and examines the structure and function of the 11 organ systems of the human body. Laboratory exercises (BIO-210L) to follow lecture topics.

Psychology Degree Major Courses

PSY-108: Introduction to Psychology
This course provides students an introduction to the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Students prepare for more advanced concepts in upper-level Psychology courses by learning the basics of how to evaluate research and exploring various areas of specialization within the discipline. Offered every semester.
PSY-223: Research I: Statistics for Psychology
How do psychologists organize, summarize, and interpret information? Students in this course study applications of statistical methods in psychological research and practice. The emphasis of the course is on the conceptual understanding of statistics so that students can read and conduct psychological research; those skills will be applied to students' original projects in Research Methods II: Methodology & Design. Computation of tests will be conducted on the computer. Students will build upon statistical knowledge and develop an in-depth conceptual and practical understanding of hypothesis testing, tests of significance, standardization, correlation, and analysis of variance in a wide variety of psychological uses. Students will learn the theory of statistical decisions, practical application of statistical software, and how to analyze journal articles. This course typically should be completed during the first semester of the sophomore year.
Prerequisites:
MAT-240
PSY-224: Research II: Scientific Investigations
Students in this course will develop an understanding a variety of research methods, including experimental, survey, correlation and case-history techniques. They will become aware of the strengths and weaknesses of each method and understand when each method is best used. Offered every year. Writing intensive course.
Prerequisites:
PSY-108 or PSY-108H and MAT-240 or MAT-245
PSY-444: Senior Seminar in Psychology
This capstone course integrates previous classroom and practical experience with a focus on current issues in psychology. This course likely will include cross-cultural aspects of psychology, ethics, recent career trends in psychology and other topics dictated by current events in psychology. Coverage may change over time, but the basic focus on integrating the past and anticipating the future for psychology seniors will be the major concern. Offered every year. Writing Intensive Course.
Prerequisites:
PSY-224 and three from: PSY-211, 215, 216, 257, 300 or 305

PSY ELE - Students may select four Psychology electives

Content Areas (Select 4)

PSY-211: Lifespan Development
The purpose of this course is to engage students in meaningful exploration of theories, basic concepts, and research methodologies in psychological development. Students will gain an understanding of patterns of human development from conception through death, including the biological, cognitive, and social-emotional development and the interplay between these areas. This course will also explore the roles of environmental and genetic factors, culture and history, continuity and change in development. Offered every semester.
Prerequisites:
PSY-108 or PSY-108H
PSY-215: Abnormal Psychology
This course offers students an opportunity to better understand human behavior. It also studies the similarities and differences between normal and abnormal reactions to environmental stimuli. Offered every year.
Prerequisites:
PSY-108 or PSY-108H
PSY-216: Psychology of Personality
Personality is studied using theories, applications, and individual and group patterns of behavior formation. Offered every year.
Prerequisites:
PSY-108 or PSY-108H
PSY-257: Social Psychology
Social psychology is an interesting, dynamic study of how people's thoughts, feelings and actions are affected by others. Issues discussed include prejudice, conformity, interpersonal attraction and violence. The scientific methods of studying such phenomena are emphasized. Offered as needed.
Prerequisites:
PSY-108 or PSY-108H
PSY-300: Biopsychology
This course explores how the brain influences our behaviors, thoughts, and feelings. Topics include: evolution, genetics, anatomy and function of the nervous system, psychopharmacology, brain dysfunction, neuropsychological testing, sleep and circadian rhythms, neuroplasticity, emotions, and mental illness.
Prerequisites:
PSY-108 or PSY-108H
PSY-305: Cognitive Psychology
Cognitive psychology focuses on mental processes; we explore research and theory relating to memory, thinking, problem-solving, and language. Applied topics will include learning skills to help improve memory, accommodating memory/language disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease and dyslexia, and understanding how brain scanning techniques can be used to understand memory.
Prerequisites:
PSY-108 or PSY-108H

Psychology Electives

Choose four (4) 200/300 level PSY electives
or
Choose one (1) concentration

Mental Health Concentration Courses

The following courses should be taken in place of the psychology electives:

PSY-291: Experiential Learning
This course is an entry-level, experience-based course that focuses on community psychology, career opportunities, and academic direction. Through volunteer hours and course content, students deepen their understanding of mental health and community-based human services. Application for placement must be completed before the end of the previous semester/term.
Prerequisites:
PSY-108 or PSY-108H Must be enrolled in Psychology program
PSY-315: Counseling Process and Techniques
This course examines the history and philosophy of specific helping professions in the fields of psychology, sociology and human services. Several broad theoretical perspectives will be studied and applied in role-play situations. Offered as needed.
Prerequisites:
PSY-108 or PSY-108H, and PSY-216
PSY-335: Assessment and Testing
Students in this course will become aware of the use and abuse of psychometric techniques. Specific techniques that currently are used will be introduced and understood. While knowledge about specific tests may be somewhat limited, students will obtain knowledge and the types of tests and techniques available. Offered every year.
Prerequisites:
PSY-108 or PSY-108H, and MAT-240 or MAT-245
PSY-443: Psychology Internship
Offered every year.
Prerequisites:
PSY-108, PSY-211, PSY-216, PSY-215, and PSY-224 Must be enrolled in psychology program

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