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PSYC100 Psychology of Personal Awareness

The only person who will be with you your whole life is you!   Who could be more fascinating to get to know than you?  This course helps students explore what factors have influenced their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.  Through established psychological theories, students will discover who and what has made them the people they are today.  This course fulfills the Personal Health requirement in most majors. 

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PSYC105 Introduction to Group Dynamics

Have you sat at a family dinner and been involved in a lively discussion with other family members while some just sat quietly? Have you ever had to step up to lead a group designated to complete a work project in a specific time? Introduction to Group Dynamics provides you with the opportunity to learn about the development of group behavior, structure and how we communicate with others. Practice your skills by engaging in classroom group exercises that are both educational and fun.   A variety of materials are used including films that emphasize both verbal and non-verbal communication.  This course is required in the Liberal Arts Psychology Interpersonal Emphasis major.  

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PSYC 110 Introduction to Group Dynamics

What is the difference between “split-mind” (schizophrenia) and “split-personality” (dissociative identity disorder)?  What is the “best “way to study to earn higher grades?  Are you more “left-brain” or “right-brain?”  Take PSYC 110:  Introduction to Psychology to learn how psychological research methods answer these questions and address other questions you may have about human and animal behavior.  Students (not just psychology majors) may take PSYC110 to fulfill “Social Perspective” credits towards an A.A. degree (consult the College Catalog for your program of study at www.bucks.edu/academics/courses/majors).

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PSYC120 Human Sexuality

The Human Sexuality course seeks to foster healthy attitudes toward human sexuality by providing information regarding current issues in sexuality and having discussions about the formation of sexual attitudes and myths, the physiology of human sexual systems, psychological aspects of sex roles, love and human sexuality, sexual minorities, and the legal aspects of sexuality.  Students are challenged to think about their own sexuality while also developing an understanding for sexuality that may differ from their own.  This course fulfills the Personal Health requirement in many majors (consult the College Catalog for your program of study at www.bucks.edu/academics/courses/majors).

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PSYC125 Psychological Techniques of Stress Management

Does it seem like your life gets more stressful every day?  Because of the rapidly changing world in which we live, it is.  Stress management helps students identify and deal with everyday stress which will enable them to improve the quality of their lives.  This course gives students the opportunity to experience many different stress management techniques.  This course fulfills the Personal Health requirement in many majors (consult the College Catalog for your program of study at www.bucks.edu/academics/courses/majors).  

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PSYC160 Addiction and Substance Abuse (Prerequisite PSYC100 or PSYC110)

What causes people to continue with certain behaviors despite harmful consequences? This course will not only examine addiction to drugs, but to love as well as other addictive processes such as codependency, sex addiction, eating disorders and compulsive gambling. The impact of these addictions on individual and on his or her family system will also be presented. The course will survey various treatment approaches and interventions for process addictions.  

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PSYC180 Human and Growth and Development (Prerequisite PSYC110)

Interested in the wonderful journey which takes place during a person’s first eighteen years?  The PSYC180:  Human Growth and Development trip starts with conception, with side trips through pregnancy/childbirth and infancy, a major detour through the childhood years until you arrive at your destination and enter adolescence.  Along the way you will encounter physical, cognitive, social and emotional development.  Developmental psychologists will be your tour guides and use research methods to explain how you reached your developmental milestones.  Psychology majors may take this course as an elective (Interpersonal Major) or to fulfill a degree requirement (Pre-Professional Major).  

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PSYC181 Lifespan (Prerequisite PSYC110) 

As you watch an infant trying to roll over for the first time or listen to a young girl singing her ABC’s, it's easy to see how much you’ve grown. In the same way, seeing a father shopping with his children or an elderly woman walking with her friend is a reminder of the life experiences that are still ahead of us.  Lifespan is a class in developmental psychology that exploresthe processes that shape our lives between conception and death. Although each life unfolds in itsown unique pattern, we will explore the ways biological, psychological, and sociological influencessystematically combine to shape its course. Psychology majors may take this course as an elective (Interpersonal Major) or to fulfill a degree requirement (Pre-Professional Major).  

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PSYC190 Educational Psychology (Prerequisite PSYC110)

Many students have memories of a teacher who has impacted their lives.   Educational Psychology explores the characteristics of effective teachers and programs.   If you would like to know more about how to successfully educate a group of students this course will separate proven methods of instruction from fads in education.  Topics include theories of learning and teaching, individual differences, learning problems and evaluation techniques. Field experiences will provide students with the opportunity to see theories of learning in practice.

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PSYC200 Social Psychology (Prerequisite PSYC110)

Social Psychology is a course about how our personalities and behaviors are shaped by others.  This includes not only our families, but the culture we live in, the groups we belong to, and the interactions we have with the greater community.  Psychology majors may take this course as an elective (Interpersonal Major) or to fulfill a degree requirement (Pre-Professional Major).  

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PSYC215 Introduction to Psychological Statistics(Prerequisite MATH115)

I don’t understand how numbers have anything to do with helping people.   Why is a course in statistics necessary?
Good question – glad you asked!

  • Statistics analyze study results regarding different treatments.  Vulnerable persons are then spared ineffective or dangerous treatments and helpful treatments are offered that can save lives.  
  • Statistics help us to see what factors are related to health (and illness) and allow us to make predictions.     
  • Understanding what statistics say and don’t say will grant you knowledge which is essential in making informed decisions.  

This course is required in the Liberal Arts Psychology Pre-Professional Emphasis major.

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PSYC230 Neuroscience of Psychology (Prerequisite PSYC110)

What happens to the brain during addiction?
Are some people more prone to alcoholism and psychological illnesses?
How do neurons communicate with one another and contribute to behavior?
When brain damage occurs is it possible to regain skills?
What areas of the brain are affected when one looses touch with reality?
What happens to my brain when I’m asleep?
How can I better cope with stress when my brain and body are in “hyper-drive”?   
How can memory and learning improve?
Neuroscience of Psychology addresses these issues and many more.   

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PSYC270 Experimental Psychology (Prerequisite or Co-requisite PSYC215)

The Experimental Psychology course introduces students to the basic principles of research methods for the behavioral sciences.  Discussions about when and how to perform research methods, how to perform ethical research, and how to perform valid research are highlights of the course.  Laboratory time gives students hands-on experience being involved in the research process so ultimately each student will conduct his/her own experiment which involves designing his/her own study, collecting data, analyzing the data, and writing a research paper to report the findings.  This course is required in the Liberal Arts Psychology Pre-Professional Emphasis major.

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PSYC 280 Abnormal Psychology (Prerequisite PSYC110)

The course of abnormal psychology appeals to students who are interested in studyingemotional disorders and mental illnesses. The many different causes of disorders ranging from biological to cultural are discussed. Both biological treatments and psychological treatments are presented. Students majoring in psychology, health care, nursing, education, and social services will find abnormal psychology to be a valuable course.  

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