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This program provides students who plan to transfer to a bachelor-level program with a comprehensive foundation of psychology courses, as well as a liberal arts background. The Psychology Internship allows students to gain direct experience in work settings related to a variety of psychology careers. Students interested in advanced degrees in clinical psychology or in academic research in psychology will find this program a good way to begin exploring the field while meeting general education requirements for transfer to four-year colleges.
Goal 1 To provide students with a core foundation of knowledge of psychology within the liberal arts
- Write clearly and effectively, particularly regarding topics of research in psychology.
- Demonstrate an ability to use technology as an aid to learning and in the field of psychology.
- Demonstrate an ability to apply critical thinking skills.
Goal 2 To provide students with theoretical bases for understanding ideas in psychology
- Articulate similarities and differences among major theoretical models.
- Differentiate the application of various theoretical models.
Goal 3 To provide students with an opportunity to explore the field of psychology as a career path
- Explore psychology with regard to diverse symptoms and behaviors in a socio-cultural context.
Goal 4 To train students in the basic principles of the science of psychology, including abnormal psychology, principles of learning, development, and research methods
- Demonstrate an understanding of the principles and theories of scientific psychology, particularly the methods of social science research used in this field.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the different mental disorders defined in the DSM-IV-TR.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the developmental process and the research methods used to study it.
Goal 5 To prepare students to transfer to bachelor’s degree programs in psychology
- Graduates will transfer to Psychology programs with full junior status.
- Graduates will successfully complete 10 out of 10 SUNY General Education categories.
Goal 6 To prepare students to demonstrate information literacy
- Students will use traditional and contemporary information technology.
- Students will identify, access, and appropriately use authoritative sources of information.
Total Credit Hours: 64
This course is an opportunity for students to develop the skills necessary to be successful in college. Students learn the importance of the faculty-student and advisor-advisee relationship, develop time management techniques, apply effective study skill techniques, recognize the implications of living in a diverse society, utilize college resources, and explore career and transfer requirements. Collaborative projects are included. Students matriculated in a degree program must take this course in their first term of study.
EN101 English 1: Composition C-3 Cr-3
This course focuses on several kinds of writing-self-expressive, informative, and argumentative/persuasive, and others. A minimum of five essay compositions are required. The course emphasizes the composition of clear, correct, and effective prose required in a variety of professions and occupations.Prerequisites: The required developmental reading (DS051 Essential Reading & Study Skills, or SL115 ESL4: Advanced Reading), and/or writing courses (EN099 Introduction to College English or SL116 ESL4: Advanced Composition) or permission of the instructor or designee.
This course explores the form and function of human body systems for non-science students. It stresses normal and abnormal life processes as well as the philosophy and history of science including the scientific method. Laboratory exercises complement lecture topics, which include the study of cells and tissues, and the nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, and reproductive systems. Dissections are required in the laboratory.
This course introduces the many and varied facets of psychology. Emphasis is on interactions of individuals in their cultural, social, and economic environments as determined by their cognitive, behavioral, and emotional experiences and training.
This course provides an exploration of the broad field of human services, introduces theoretical systems for understanding human behavior, and examines professional ethics and standards. Communication techniques and procedures are stressed. A continual theme throughout is the need for self-awareness. Students complete NY State certification as a mandated reporter.
This course gives an understanding of and a feeling for the society in which we live. The concepts and theories discussed relate to humanity, its culture and society, and to those forces that contribute to the smooth operation of this society as well as those forces that contribute to conflict and social problems. Topics include culture, socialization, stratification, population, and patterns of social organization.
This course encourages a deeper understanding of human nature and the human condition through the study of ideas and values expressed in imaginative literature. Emphasis is placed on the use and development of critical thinking and language skills. Library-oriented research is required. Prerequisite: EN101 English 1: Composition or EN106 English 1: Composition and Reading.
This course introduces probability and statistics. Topics include graphs, tables, frequency distributions, measures of central tendency and dispersion, normal distribution, correlation and regression, probability, and inferential statistics. This course is available in two formats: lecture only, or lecture plus laboratory using technology. Prerequisite: An appropriate placement test result or MA090 Essential Math Skills or MA 091 Introductory Algebra, or MA096 Mathematical Literacy.
This course provides an overview of drug abuse and alcoholism including pharmacology, causes and legal aspects of drug abuse, intervention and prevention, physiology, and psychological aspects of alcoholism. The role of the professional and non-professional in counseling and intervention is examined. Emphasis is placed on alternatives to chemical substance abuse and the self-destructing behaviors that produce them.
This course covers the historical views of abnormality as well as current classification of abnormal behavior. It emphasizes the comparison of perspectives on causes and treatments of abnormal behavior. Prerequisite: PY101 Introduction to General Psychology.
This course examines research methodology in the behavioral sciences including observational and recording methods, the evaluation of performance (psychometrics), and quasi-experimental research. Emphasis is placed upon the application of the methodologies to research designs and the interpretation of psychological reports. Prerequisite: PY101 Introduction to General Psychology.
This course provides knowledge of relevant computer skills and a solid foundation in the terminology and concepts of computer technology. Experience is provided with a variety of microcomputer software applications, including word processing, electronic spreadsheets, graphics, file management, and integrated software. Concepts and terms focus on preparing for a technologically oriented society and using the computer as a tool for productivity, research, and communication.
Foreign Language Elective (6 hours) - Elective must be approved officially by the student’s faculty advisor. Language requirement consists of a two course sequence in the same foreign language. American Sign Language does not count as a foreign language. Regents foreign language in high school with a score of 90 or better allows students to take one semester of that language at a level of 191 (Review) or higher to satisfy this requirement. Students exempt from the requirement are those with other appropriate foreign language experience, with permission of the Dean of the Center of Life and Health Sciences. Students exempt from the foreign language courses should select a Western Civilization course and psychology elective. Humanities Elective (3 hours) - EN148 Modern Short Story, EN198 Contemporary Poetry, EN248 American Literature 1, EN249 American Literature 2, EN255 World Literature 1, EN256 World Literature 2, EN265 African-American Literature, EN271 British Literature 1, EN272 British Literature 2, EN280 Dramatic Literature: Classic Theater, EN281 Dramatic Literature: Modern Drama, HU204 History of Art 1, HU205 History of Art 2, HU186 Music Appreciation.
This course introduces the nature and study of history, and covers the emergence and development of Eurasian civilization to about 1500 A.D. in the Near East, India, China, Europe, the Western Hemisphere, and Africa. Attention is given to religion in these civilizations and on the rise of the West to a position of world power during the Middle Ages.
This course explores the mechanisms that underlie human learning. Emphasis is placed on the examination of the behavioral approach to the study of human learning. Prerequisite: PY101 Introduction to General Psychology.
This course explores the changes that take place in human development from conception to death. Cognitive, emotional, social, and physical developments are covered at each chronological stage. Emphasis is placed on biological and environmental influences across the life-span. Prerequisite: PY101 Introduction to General Psychology. Students who have successfully completed PY202 Childhood and Adolescence and/or PY205 Adulthood and Aging may not take PY207 Life-Span Developmental Psychology.
EN148 Modern Short Story, EN198 Contemporary Poetry, EN248 American Literature I, EN249 American Literature II, EN255 World Literature I, EN256 World Literature II, EN265 AfricanAmerican Literature, EN271 British Literature I, EN272 British Literature II, EN280 Dramatic Literature: Classic Theater, EN281 Dramatic Literature: Modern Drama, HU186 Music Appreciation, HU204 History of Art I, HU205 History of Art II.
Arts Elective (3 hours) - HU183 Fundamentals of Music Theory 1, HU184 Fundamentals of Music Theory 2, HU187 Art Appreciation, HU188 Film Appreciation, HU210 The Arts and the Human Condition, HU292 Topics in Humanities.
General Education Elective (3 hours) - Must be approved by advisor. Strongly recommend a Western Civilization Course (See General Education Table)
American History Elective (3 hours) - HI111 American History 1492-1850, HI112 American History 1850-Present.
Psychology Elective (3 hours) - PY202 Childhood & Adloescence, PY204 Social Psychology,PY205 Adulthood and Aging, PY206 Theories of Personality, PY208 Death, Dying & Bereavement, PY209 Forensic Psychology, PY212 Adolescent Psychology, PY213 Human Sexuality.
Following Department guidelines and with guidance from the academic advisor, the student has flexibility the second year to design a program that meets his/her individual needs.
(a) Foreign Language Elective (3 hours): American Sign Language does not count as
a foreign language. Students exempt from this requirement are those with other appropriate
foreign language experience, with permission of the Dean
of Public and Human Services Department. Students exempt from the foreign language courses may select another General Education course.
(b) Humanities Electives (3 hours): EN148 Modern Short Story, EN198 Contemporary Poetry,
EN248 American Literature I, EN249 American Literature II, EN255 World Literature
I, EN256 World Literature II, EN265 African-American Literature, EN271 British Literature
I, EN272 British Literature II, EN280 Dramatic Literature: Classic Theater, EN281
Dramatic Literature: Modern
Drama, HU186 Music Appreciation, HU204 History of Art I, HU205 History of Art II.
(c) Arts Elective (3 hours): HU183 Fundamentals of Music Theory 1, HU184 Fundamentals of Music Theory 2, HU187 Art Appreciation, HU188 Film Appreciation, HU210 The Arts and the Human Condition, HU292 Topics in Humanities.
(d) General Education Elective (3 hours): Must be approved by advisor. Strongly recommend a Western Civilization course.
(e) American History Elective (3 hours): HI111 American History 1492-1850, HI112 American History 1850-Present.
(f) Psychology Elective (3 hours): PY202 Childhood and Adolescence, PY204 Social Psychology,
PY205 Adulthood & Aging, PY206 Theories of Personality, PY208 Death, Dying & Bereavement,
PY209 Forensic Psychology, PY212 Adolescent
Psychology, or PY213 Human Sexuality.