• I/O faculty helped Aerospace crews
    with
    communication and teamwork
  • Judith Van Hein says students come from other states
    to study I/O
  • MTSU has one of the few undergraduate programs in I/O Psychology
  • Learning about wages
    and salaries
    is a vital
    part of this program

Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Does the work of people intrigue and interest you? Did you know that there is a field that studies how to improve the lives of people at work? MTSU has such a program—Industrial/Organizational Psychology—and is one of only a few schools that offer an undergraduate degree in this field. If you care about people at work and would like to help make jobs more interesting and satisfying, workers be more productive, and employers know how to deal fairly with employees, consider this unique program at MTSU. Included will be skills such as helping teams work together, solving workplace issues, and learning how to train and hire effectively.

This program is approved for the Academic Common Market.

Where will that tattoo take you?

Not far in the “white collar” job market apparently, according to researcher Dr. Mark Frame, Psychology, and his students. Creating a fictional company and placing participants in the role of hiring manager, the investigators presented candidates—some with visible tattoos and some without—who were equally qualified. Survey results showed an overwhelming bias against hiring those with tattoos. Frame explains that great care was taken to eliminate variables, using the same candidate with and without tattoos. He even engaged a tattoo artist to come to his class, demonstrating with markers rather than permanent inks. Frame presented some of his findings to the 2013 convention of the Association for Psychological Science in Washington, DC., and will be working with I/O Psychology students to complete additional studies.

Learning about human resources opens doors

Speakers such as Kathy Medlin, director of organization development at Comdata, Brentwood, bring authentic workplace examples and experiences to members of the student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) at MTSU. This national organization seeks to advance the human resource profession and, in addition to speakers, provides mentoring programs; networking opportunities; and exposure to activities such as recruitment and selection, compensation and benefits, labor relations, and performance appraisals. Because there are not enough people with skills such as these, the demand exceeds the supply in today's work world.

The Industrial/Organizational Psychology major is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in human resources (formerly known as personnel) departments of businesses, industries, and governmental entities and to provide a background for students wishing to pursue graduate work in industrial/organizational psychology, general psychology, or related fields. Human resources is an underserved area in the workplace, and demand exceeds supply for people with the skills learned in the Industrial/Organizational Psychology program. Potential career options include

  • Compensation analyst
  • E-learning designer
  • Employee benefits specialist
  • Employee relations manager
  • Executive assistant
  • Human resource generalist
  • Human resource manager
  • Job recruiter
  • Office manager
  • Project coordinator
  • Training and development specialist
  • Wellness coordinator

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • Bridgestone Inc.
  • Graphic Packaging International
  • Hospital Corporation of America (HCA)
  • ITAC Solutions
  • Nissan USA
  • Rutherford County government
  • SMS Holdings Corporation
  • Spherion Staffing Services
  • U.S. Bank
  • Vanderbilt Hospital

The Industrial/Organizational Psychology program is one of three undergraduate programs leading to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree offered by the Department of Psychology. The other two are Psychology and Pre-graduate School, a concentration for students interested in pursuing graduate study. The department also offers an online psychology degree in conjunction with University College.

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS tab above.

The Industrial/Organizational Psychology major is designed to help prepare students for entry-level positions in personnel departments of business and industries and provide a background for students wishing to pursue graduate work in Psychology, I/O Psychology, or related fields. Effective academic year 2013 - 2014, a minimum of 9 upper division hours from the core set of required courses and a minimum of 6 other psychology hours must be taken at MTSU.  A minimum of C- is required for all required coursework in the major.  The undergraduate major in Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology is a 46 - hour major; please see the Academic Map for specific courses.

Note that one minor is required and must be approved by the major advisor. Students should see the I/O major faculty advisor regarding course sequencing.  It is very important that the students consult their I/O major faculty advisor because some courses are only offered once a year.

An undergraduate minor is available in Industrial/Organizational; other minors include Psychology, Lifespan Development, Mental Health Services, and Neuroscience. The department participates in an interdisciplinary minor in Behavioral Research

Graduate students may pursue a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. An M.A. degree also is available in Clinical Psychology, Experimental Psychology, Quantitative Psychology, and a Pre-Specialist in Education: School Psychology. An Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree is offered with a major in Curriculum and Instruction and a concentration in School Psychology. There is a graduate minor in Psychology.

Industrial/Organizational Psychology, B.S.

Department of Psychology 
615-898-5752
Judith Van Hein, program coordinator
Judith VanHein@mtsu.edu

Industrial/Organizational Psychology deals with a variety of human resource and organizational issues, such as employee selection, training, job analysis, and employee motivation. The major in Industrial/Organizational Psychology is designed to (a) prepare students for entry-level positions in human resource departments of business and industries and (b) provide a background for students wishing to pursue graduate work in psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, or related fields.

At least 9 semester hours of upper-division level courses and 6 semester hours at any level in the Psychology major must be completed at MTSU.

Admission to Candidacy

All students are required to be admitted to candidacy for the Industrial/Organizational Psychology major. To apply for candidacy, a student must have

  1. completed at least 30 hours of coursework (not to include learning support courses);
  2. completed the following General Education requirements: ENGL 1010; ENGL 1020; MATH 1530 or MATH 1710 or MATH 1730, or higher; and a science course with a minimum 2.00 GPA;
  3. completed the following psychology courses: PSY 1410 and PSY 2210 with a minimum 2.00 GPA. (A grade of C- or better is required in PSY 1410 and PSY 2210.)

Candidacy will be granted three times per year-after the end of the Fall and Spring semesters and after the end of the Summer term. Students will have required advising every semester until they have successfully completed admission to candidacy.

The application for admission to candidacy is an online application. Applications should be submitted by students the semester after they have completed the above requirements. All forms should be submitted to the department advisor.

NOTE: Students should follow the recommended sequence of courses for the freshman year on the academic map.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Industrial/Organizational Psychology, B.S., Academic Map  

Degree Requirements

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements include Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

The following General Education courses are required for this major:

  • PSY 1410 (Soc/Beh Sci)
  • MATH 1530, MATH 1710, or MATH 1730 or higher (Math)

Major Requirements (43 hours)

A grade of C- or above is required in all major core coursework.

  • PSY 1410 - General Psychology  3 credit hours  (3 credit hours counted in General Education)

    PSY 1410 - General Psychology

    3 credit hours

    Prescribed prerequisite: READ 1000. Introductory survey course. Includes biological foundations, perception, principles of learning, intelligence, motivation, emotion, human development, personality, social psychology, behavior disorders, and psychotherapy.

  • PSY 2210 - Psychology of Social Behavior

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PSY 1410 recommended but not required. Systematic study of social behavior. Includes interaction between people, perception of others, interpersonal attraction, aggression, altruism, conformity, attitudes, and group behavior.

  • PSY 3020 - Basic Statistics for Behavioral Science

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: 3 credit hours of college-level mathematics. PSY 3030 may be required. (See online schedule.) Elementary descriptive and inferential statistics and their applications.

  • PSY 3070 - Research Methods  3 credit hours  AND

    PSY 3070 - Research Methods

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PSY 3020. Corequisite: PSY 3071. Analysis of methodological issues in psychological research. Designed to teach skills in the formulation, execution, interpretation, and presentation of psychological investigations.

  • PSY 3320 - Introduction to Industrial and Organizational Psychology

    3 credit hours

    Covers a wide range of topics related to the application of psychology to business and industry. Topics include employee selection, performance appraisal, training, leadership, work motivation, job analysis, legal issues, job satisfaction, work teams, and occupational health.

  • PSY 4260 - Introduction to Psychological Testing

    3 credit hours

    Modern practices in test construction, selection, and application to a variety of situations such as schools, clinics, and businesses.

  • PSY 4270 - Personnel Selection and Placement

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PSY 3320. Covers a wide range of topics related to employee selection, promotion, and decision making. Principles and techniques of employee selection, placement, succession planning, job analysis, recruitment, performance appraisal, validation, test bias, and fairness will be covered as will the use of various quantitative research techniques applied to human resource problems in organizations.

  • PSY 4290 - Wage and Salary Administration

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PSY 3320. Design and management of compensation systems including job evaluation, salary market data, pay for performance, legal issues, benefits, and practical applications.

  • PSY 4330 - Industrial and Organizational Training and Development

    3 credit hours

    Examination of training and development methods for industrial and other organizational use. Includes both managerial and worker training. Includes learning, needs assessment, program development, and program evaluation.

  • PSY 4360 - Organizational Psychology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PSY 1410. Application of psychology to examine individual and group behavior in organizations; job design and organizational design and their effects upon work behavior; and organizational processes such as leadership, power, and decision-making.

  • PSY 4370 - Motivation and Work Attitudes

    3 credit hours

    Motivation theories and applications to workplace. Emotions, attitudes, e.g., job satisfaction, organizational commitment, work-family balance. Performance effects.

  • PSY 3230 - Abnormal Psychology  3 credit hours  OR

    PSY 3230 - Abnormal Psychology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PSY 1410. Patterns of maladaptive behavior, including anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, and antisocial behavior.

  • PSY 3590 - Personality  3 credit hours  

    PSY 3590 - Personality

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PSY 1410. Historical and contemporary personality theory and research, including the trait, cognitive, and motivational approaches. Topics include personality development, the unconscious, the self, goals, emotions, coping, disorders, and personality change.

  • PSY 4040 - Introduction to Cognitive Psychology

    3 credit hours

    Information processing approach to the study of cognitive processes: attention, perception, memory, language, reasoning, problem solving, and decision making.

  • PSY 4480 - Learning Theories  3 credit hours  

    PSY 4480 - Learning Theories

    3 credit hours

    Survey of research and major theories of learning with emphasis on classical and instrumental conditioning and related topics.

Choose 6 hours from the following:

  • PSY 4070 - Advanced Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Grade of B- or higher in PSY 3020 or equivalent course. Topics include multiple regression, factorial anova, repeated measures ANOVA, ANCOVA, and categorical data analysis. Offers preparation for graduate-level statistics courses often required in master's and doctoral level programs as well as for employment positions in business and government.

  • PSY 4340 - Human Factors Psychology

    3 credit hours

    The process of designing for human use. Considers individual differences, visual, auditory, and tactile displays, anthropometry, illumination, noise, humans in motion, and space and environmental studies.

  • PSY 4380 - Group Dynamics  3 credit hours  

    PSY 4380 - Group Dynamics

    3 credit hours

    The functioning of groups. Includes development of group structure, group conflict, cohesion, social influence, leadership, group productivity, group decision making, and growth groups. Classroom activities are supplemented by group projects that may require some out of class meetings.

  • PSY 4390 - Persuasion  3 credit hours  

    PSY 4390 - Persuasion

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PSY 1410. Survey and analysis of theory and research on interpersonal influence. Applications of findings to various areas of human experience.

  • PSY 4610 - Adult Psychology and Aging

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PSY 2300 recommended but not required. A survey of the research on adult development with emphasis on old age. Examines the physical, intellectual, social, vocational, and personality changes during the adult years.

  • PSY 4720 - Multicultural Perspectives in Psychology and Education

    3 credit hours

    Theories and research relative to the education of multiethnic/racial minorities. Relation of culture and socialization to learning styles, assessment practices, and counseling considerations.

  • PSY 4730 - Internship: Industrial/Organizational

    3 credit hours

    Supervised practical experience utilizing psychological principles and tools in an established organization. Pass/Fail.

Minor (15-18 hours)

Recommended minors include Business Administration, Business Law, Management, Entrepreneurship, or Information Systems. See advisor for a complete list of approved minors.

Electives (18-21 hours)

Total hours in program: 120

 

Curriculum: Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman First Semester

 

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  (Comm)

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • PSY 1410 - General Psychology  3 credit hours  (Soc/Beh Sci)

    PSY 1410 - General Psychology

    3 credit hours

    Prescribed prerequisite: READ 1000. Introductory survey course. Includes biological foundations, perception, principles of learning, intelligence, motivation, emotion, human development, personality, social psychology, behavior disorders, and psychotherapy.

 

  • MATH 1530 - Applied Statistics  3 credit hours  (Math)

    MATH 1530 - Applied Statistics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Two years of high school algebra and a Math Enhanced ACT 19 or greater or equivalent. Descriptive statistics, probability, and statistical inference. The inference unit covers means, proportions, and variances for one and two samples, and topics from one-way ANOVA, regression and correlation analysis, chi-square analysis, and nonparametrics.

  • MATH 1710 - College Algebra  3 credit hours  (Math)

    MATH 1710 - College Algebra

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: DSPM 0850 or two years of high school algebra; a Math Enhanced ACT 19 or greater or COMPASS placement. Course satisfies the General Education Mathematics requirement. Topics include functions--linear, quadratic, exponential, and logarithmic; analysis of graphs; linear systems; inequalities; counting principles; and probability. Graphing calculator required. Course may be taken by correspondence. Not open to those who have had MATH 1730.

  • MATH 1730 - Pre-Calculus  4 credit hours  (Math)

    MATH 1730 - Pre-Calculus

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1710 or successful completion of high school precalculus course. An integrated and rigorous study of the algebra and trigonometry needed to successfully attempt calculus. Emphasis on functions, their analysis and their applications. Level of algebraic sophistication developed above that found in MATH 1710. Topics include exponentials and logarithms, analysis of graphs, and word problems. Graphing calculator required.

  • Math course higher than MATH 1730 (Math)

Subtotal: 15-16 Hours

 

Freshman Second Semester

 

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours

 

  • PSY 2210 - Psychology of Social Behavior

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PSY 1410 recommended but not required. Systematic study of social behavior. Includes interaction between people, perception of others, interpersonal attraction, aggression, altruism, conformity, attitudes, and group behavior.

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

 

  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 16 Hours

 

Sophomore Year

 

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA)

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

 

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Emphasis on informative, persuasive, special occasion, and extemporaneous (impromptu) speaking. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement.

  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours

 

  • PSY 3230 - Abnormal Psychology  3 credit hours  OR

    PSY 3230 - Abnormal Psychology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PSY 1410. Patterns of maladaptive behavior, including anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, and antisocial behavior.

  • PSY 3590 - Personality  3 credit hours  

    PSY 3590 - Personality

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PSY 1410. Historical and contemporary personality theory and research, including the trait, cognitive, and motivational approaches. Topics include personality development, the unconscious, the self, goals, emotions, coping, disorders, and personality change.

 

  • PSY 3020 - Basic Statistics for Behavioral Science

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: 3 credit hours of college-level mathematics. PSY 3030 may be required. (See online schedule.) Elementary descriptive and inferential statistics and their applications.

  • PSY 3320 - Introduction to Industrial and Organizational Psychology

    3 credit hours

    Covers a wide range of topics related to the application of psychology to business and industry. Topics include employee selection, performance appraisal, training, leadership, work motivation, job analysis, legal issues, job satisfaction, work teams, and occupational health.

  • General elective 3 credit hours

 

  • PSY 3070 - Research Methods  3 credit hours  AND

    PSY 3070 - Research Methods

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PSY 3020. Corequisite: PSY 3071. Analysis of methodological issues in psychological research. Designed to teach skills in the formulation, execution, interpretation, and presentation of psychological investigations.

Subtotal: 29 Hours

 

Junior Year

 

  • PSY 4260 - Introduction to Psychological Testing

    3 credit hours

    Modern practices in test construction, selection, and application to a variety of situations such as schools, clinics, and businesses.

  • PSY 4360 - Organizational Psychology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PSY 1410. Application of psychology to examine individual and group behavior in organizations; job design and organizational design and their effects upon work behavior; and organizational processes such as leadership, power, and decision-making.

 

  • PSY 4040 - Introduction to Cognitive Psychology

    3 credit hours

    Information processing approach to the study of cognitive processes: attention, perception, memory, language, reasoning, problem solving, and decision making.

  • PSY 4480 - Learning Theories  3 credit hours  

    PSY 4480 - Learning Theories

    3 credit hours

    Survey of research and major theories of learning with emphasis on classical and instrumental conditioning and related topics.

  • Minor course 3 credit hours
  • General elective or minor courses 6 credit hours
  • I/O PSY elective courses 6 credit hours
  • PSY 4270 - Personnel Selection and Placement

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PSY 3320. Covers a wide range of topics related to employee selection, promotion, and decision making. Principles and techniques of employee selection, placement, succession planning, job analysis, recruitment, performance appraisal, validation, test bias, and fairness will be covered as will the use of various quantitative research techniques applied to human resource problems in organizations.

  • PSY 4290 - Wage and Salary Administration

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PSY 3320. Design and management of compensation systems including job evaluation, salary market data, pay for performance, legal issues, benefits, and practical applications.

 

  • PSY 4330 - Industrial and Organizational Training and Development

    3 credit hours

    Examination of training and development methods for industrial and other organizational use. Includes both managerial and worker training. Includes learning, needs assessment, program development, and program evaluation.

  • PSY 4370 - Motivation and Work Attitudes

    3 credit hours

    Motivation theories and applications to workplace. Emotions, attitudes, e.g., job satisfaction, organizational commitment, work-family balance. Performance effects.

Subtotal: 30 Hours

 

Senior Year

 

  • PSY 4270 - Personnel Selection and Placement

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PSY 3320. Covers a wide range of topics related to employee selection, promotion, and decision making. Principles and techniques of employee selection, placement, succession planning, job analysis, recruitment, performance appraisal, validation, test bias, and fairness will be covered as will the use of various quantitative research techniques applied to human resource problems in organizations.

  • PSY 4290 - Wage and Salary Administration

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PSY 3320. Design and management of compensation systems including job evaluation, salary market data, pay for performance, legal issues, benefits, and practical applications.

 

  • PSY 4330 - Industrial and Organizational Training and Development

    3 credit hours

    Examination of training and development methods for industrial and other organizational use. Includes both managerial and worker training. Includes learning, needs assessment, program development, and program evaluation.

  • PSY 4370 - Motivation and Work Attitudes

    3 credit hours

    Motivation theories and applications to workplace. Emotions, attitudes, e.g., job satisfaction, organizational commitment, work-family balance. Performance effects.

 

  • Minor courses 6-9 credit hours
  • General elective courses 15-18 credit hours

Subtotal: 30 Hours

 

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Psychology

PSY 1410 - General Psychology
3 credit hours

Prescribed prerequisite: READ 1000. Introductory survey course. Includes biological foundations, perception, principles of learning, intelligence, motivation, emotion, human development, personality, social psychology, behavior disorders, and psychotherapy.

PSY 1420 - Psychology of Adjustment
3 credit hours

Processes of human adjustment, adaptation, and environmental influences. Development of self-understanding, constructive management of emotion and stress, and healthy interpersonal relationships.

PSY 2000 - Seminar on Careers in Psychology
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisite: PSY 1410. Required for Psychology majors in the first 10 hours of psychology courses. Requirements needed for success in jobs or graduate school. Interest exploration and development of a career timeline and a resume/vita. Students who choose to complete assessment inventories will pay Testing Services an assessment fee of approximately $20.

PSY 2180 - Thinking: Intelligence and Creativity
3 credit hours

Psychological approaches to the study of information processing, thinking, and knowing, with emphasis on cognitive style, problem solving, and creative thinking.

PSY 2190 - Human Brain, Behavior, and Consciousness
3 credit hours

Introduction to the involvement of the brain in behavior and conscious experiences. Altered states of consciousness, mental illness, drug-induced states, sleep, learning, memory, and language. No biology background required.

PSY 2210 - Psychology of Social Behavior
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PSY 1410 recommended but not required. Systematic study of social behavior. Includes interaction between people, perception of others, interpersonal attraction, aggression, altruism, conformity, attitudes, and group behavior.

PSY 2300 - Developmental Psychology
3 credit hours

Broad survey of the biological and environmental factors influencing physical, cognitive, and social development from conception until death. Emphasis on current research and theory. Will not substitute for SOC 3151 or CDFS 3340.

PSY 3020 - Basic Statistics for Behavioral Science
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: 3 credit hours of college-level mathematics. PSY 3030 may be required. (See online schedule.) Elementary descriptive and inferential statistics and their applications.

PSY 3030 - Laboratory in Psychology
1 credit hour credit

Corequisite: PSY 3020. Basic Statistics.

PSY 3070 - Research Methods
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PSY 3020. Corequisite: PSY 3071. Analysis of methodological issues in psychological research. Designed to teach skills in the formulation, execution, interpretation, and presentation of psychological investigations.

PSY 3071 - Research Methods Lab
1 credit hour credit

Corequisite: PSY 3070.

PSY 3230 - Abnormal Psychology
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PSY 1410. Patterns of maladaptive behavior, including anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, and antisocial behavior.

PSY 3240 - Abnormal Child Psychology
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PSY 1410. Emotional and behavioral disorders in childhood and adolescence including autism and depression and child maltreatment.

PSY 3250 - Perspectives on Black Psychology
3 credit hours

Application of psychological principles to the personality development and behavior patterns of African Americans, in light of cultural heritage and contemporary events. Implications for assessment and counseling.

PSY 3320 - Introduction to Industrial and Organizational Psycholog
3 credit hours

Covers a wide range of topics related to the application of psychology to business and industry. Topics include employee selection, performance appraisal, training, leadership, work motivation, job analysis, legal issues, job satisfaction, work teams, and occupational health.

PSY 3590 - Personality
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PSY 1410. Historical and contemporary personality theory and research, including the trait, cognitive, and motivational approaches. Topics include personality development, the unconscious, the self, goals, emotions, coping, disorders, and personality change.

PSY 3750 - Introduction to Clinical Psychology
3 credit hours

Reviews the historical background, roles, and responsibilities of clinical psychologists and differentiates their duties from other mental health professionals. Introduction to assessment and clinical interventions.

PSY 3990 - Research in Psychology
1 to 3 credit hours

Prerequisites: 6 hours of psychology recommended but not required. Supervised research in current topics in psychology. Contact individual faculty members for research possibilities and requirements. May be repeated. (Students majoring in Psychology or the Pre-graduate School concentration may apply up to 6 hours of credit to the major. Students majoring in I/O Psychology may apply up to 4 hours of credit to the major. Students minoring in Psychology may apply up to 6 hours of credit to the minor.)

PSY 4010 - Laboratory in Psychology: Honors
1 credit hour credit

May be repeated. Supervised laboratory in an area of psychology related to a content course. The laboratory can only be taken during the semester the student is enrolled in the content course.

PSY 4030 - Psychology of Sensation and Perception
3 credit hours

Perceptual and physiological (sensory) mechanisms involved in vision, hearing, taste, smell, and touch. Perceptual consequences of central nervous system events. Historical perspectives.

PSY 4040 - Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
3 credit hours

Information processing approach to the study of cognitive processes: attention, perception, memory, language, reasoning, problem solving, and decision making.

PSY 4050 - Applied Psychopharmacology
3 credit hours

Reviews current information on the action and uses of the most important groups of psychoactive drugs. Clinical, legal, and ethical aspects.

PSY 4060 - Sport Psychology
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PSY 1410 or consent of instructor. Application of psychological principles, motivational research, and social/psychological findings to the arena of sports. Theory and application of performance enhancement and teamwork in sports. See ATHC 4060.

PSY 4070 - Advanced Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Grade of B- or higher in PSY 3020 or equivalent course. Topics include multiple regression, factorial anova, repeated measures ANOVA, ANCOVA, and categorical data analysis. Offers preparation for graduate-level statistics courses often required in master's and doctoral level programs as well as for employment positions in business and government.

PSY 4080 - Advanced Research Methods
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Grade of B- or higher in PSY 3070 or equivalent training (POD) and PSY 4070. Design, conduct, analyze, and report psychological research. Advanced research conducted individually or in small groups. Offers preparation for graduate-level research required in master's and doctoral programs and for research applications in business and government settings.

PSY 4110 - Issues and Ethics in Mental Health Services
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: PSY 1410 and PSY 3230. Overview of mental health services that can be provided by the bachelor's graduate. Offers training necessary for entry-level positions in mental health agencies, emphasizing ethical guidelines and legal issues.

PSY 4120 - Psychology of Criminal Behavior
3 credit hours

Survey of theory and research pertaining to criminal behavior, covering topics such as mental illness and crime, criminal homicide, assault, and sex offenses.

PSY 4130 - Laboratory in Psychology
1 credit hour credit

Corequisite: PSY 4030. Laboratory experiences in sensation and perception.

PSY 4140 - Laboratory in Psychology
1 credit hour credit

Corequisite: PSY 4040 Laboratory experiences in cognitive psychology.

PSY 4150 - Laboratory in Psychology
1 credit hour credit

Corequisite: PSY 4240. Laboratory experiences in behavioral neuroscience.

PSY 4180 - Laboratory in Psychology
1 credit hour credit

Corequisite: PSY 4480. Laboratory experiences in learning theories.

PSY 4190 - Child Psychology
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PSY 2300 recommended but not required. Intensive research-based overview of child development from conception to puberty, including experiences in observation and/or interaction with children. Cognitive development, language development, peer interaction, moral development, and the contexts of child development.

PSY 4210 - Adolescent Psychology
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PSY 2300 recommended but not required. Physiological, emotional, mental, and social characteristics of adolescent development, including primary factors of influence.

PSY 4220 - Correctional Psychology
3 credit hours

Legal, law enforcement, delinquency, and criminal psychology, including psychological evaluation, classification, therapy, and rehabilitation. Special classifications. Field problems. Preventive implications.

PSY 4240 - Behavioral Neuroscience
3 credit hours

The role of the brain in those areas which are typically considered by psychology, such as sensory and motor functions, motivation, higher mental functions, and mental disorders.

PSY 4250 - Psychology of Exceptional Children
3 credit hours

Identification and etiology of patterns of exceptionality, with consideration given to behavioral manifestations and preventive and correctional programs.

PSY 4260 - Introduction to Psychological Testing
3 credit hours

Modern practices in test construction, selection, and application to a variety of situations such as schools, clinics, and businesses.

PSY 4270 - Personnel Selection and Placement
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PSY 3320. Covers a wide range of topics related to employee selection, promotion, and decision making. Principles and techniques of employee selection, placement, succession planning, job analysis, recruitment, performance appraisal, validation, test bias, and fairness will be covered as will the use of various quantitative research techniques applied to human resource problems in organizations.

PSY 4290 - Wage and Salary Administration
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PSY 3320. Design and management of compensation systems including job evaluation, salary market data, pay for performance, legal issues, benefits, and practical applications.

PSY 4330 - Industrial and Organizational Training and Development
3 credit hours

Examination of training and development methods for industrial and other organizational use. Includes both managerial and worker training. Includes learning, needs assessment, program development, and program evaluation.

PSY 4340 - Human Factors Psychology
3 credit hours

The process of designing for human use. Considers individual differences, visual, auditory, and tactile displays, anthropometry, illumination, noise, humans in motion, and space and environmental studies.

PSY 4360 - Organizational Psychology
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PSY 1410. Application of psychology to examine individual and group behavior in organizations; job design and organizational design and their effects upon work behavior; and organizational processes such as leadership, power, and decision-making.

PSY 4370 - Motivation and Work Attitudes
3 credit hours

Motivation theories and applications to workplace. Emotions, attitudes, e.g., job satisfaction, organizational commitment, work-family balance. Performance effects.

PSY 4380 - Group Dynamics
3 credit hours

The functioning of groups. Includes development of group structure, group conflict, cohesion, social influence, leadership, group productivity, group decision making, and growth groups. Classroom activities are supplemented by group projects that may require some out of class meetings.

PSY 4390 - Persuasion
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PSY 1410. Survey and analysis of theory and research on interpersonal influence. Applications of findings to various areas of human experience.

PSY 4400 - Behavioral Modification
3 credit hours

The application of behavioral change principles and evaluation strategies to the solution of individual, classroom, institutional, and organizational behavior problems.

PSY 4430 - Ethical Conduct in Behavior Analysis
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Ethical practice and professional roles of behavior analysts.

PSY 4440 - Social Psychology of Close Relationships
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PSY 1410. Theoretical and empirical issues in the scientific study of adult, close relationships from a social psychological perspective: initial attraction, relationship formation, maintenance, and dissolution. (Not a course in the broad area of marriage and the family: See CDFS 3320 - Family Relations and SOC 2500 - Marriage and Family.)

PSY 4460 - Psychology of Happiness and Well-Being
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PSY 1410; PSY 2210 and PSY 3230 recommended. Survey of theoretical and research literature in the areas of subjective well-being, happiness, life satisfaction, stress-resistant personality styles, and self-actualization.

PSY 4470 - Theories of Counseling
3 credit hours

Integration of the major theories of counseling and psychotherapy and their application.

PSY 4480 - Learning Theories
3 credit hours

Survey of research and major theories of learning with emphasis on classical and instrumental conditioning and related topics.

PSY 4490 - Operant Conditioning
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PSY 1410. Philosophy of B.F. Skinner's behaviorism explored in his writings and those of his followers and critics. Current applications of behaviorism in all areas of psychology (child, marriage and family, animal conditioning, mental health, addictions, etc.) also examined.

PSY 4510 - Science and Pseudoscience
3 credit hours

Provides a definition of science and explores issues related to that definition. Explores psychology as a science. Evaluation of topics in psychology in the context of the class discussion of science.

PSY 4600 - Psychosexual Adjustment
3 credit hours

Psychological, cultural, and biological facets of the human sexual experience. Attitudes and behaviors, variances and dysfunctions, implications and strategies for treatment.

PSY 4610 - Adult Psychology and Aging
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PSY 2300 recommended but not required. A survey of the research on adult development with emphasis on old age. Examines the physical, intellectual, social, vocational, and personality changes during the adult years.

PSY 4620 - Psychology of Women
3 credit hours

Psychological impact of the culture on women's attitudes, roles, aspirations, problems, and personality development.

PSY 4630 - Death and Dying
3 credit hours

An experiential course covering the folklore of thanatology, the funeral industry, handling grief, counseling the bereaved, and the hospice concept. Objectives include an attempt to view death with equanimity and personal growth from confronting death.

PSY 4650 - Health Psychology
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PSY 1410 or consent of instructor. Psychological factors and principles involved in the study of correlates of health and illness, disease prevention, therapeutic interventions, and rehabilitative strategies.

PSY 4655 - Foundations of Mental Health Counseling
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: PSY 1410 and PSY 3230 or equivalent. History, roles, and duties of the professional mental health counselor. Managed care and third party reimbursement issues, administration and supervision of mental health services, and other salient issues relating to the role of the professional mental health counselor. Preparation for graduate-level training in mental health counseling.

PSY 4660 - Psychology Seminar Industrial-Social
1 credit hour credit

Representative and integrative study of scientific journals of field. May be taken for a total of three credits.

PSY 4670 - Psychology Seminar Clinical-Personality
1 credit hour credit

Representative and integrative study of scientific journals of field. May be taken for a total of three credits.

PSY 4680 - Psychology Seminar General-Experimental
1 credit hour credit

Representative and integrative study of scientific journals of field. May be taken for a total of three credits.

PSY 4700 - History and Systems of Psychology
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: PSY 1410 recommended but not required. A survey of the history of psychology and an intensive study of current systems of psychology.

PSY 4720 - Multicultural Perspectives in Psychology and Education
3 credit hours

Theories and research relative to the education of multiethnic/racial minorities. Relation of culture and socialization to learning styles, assessment practices, and counseling considerations.

PSY 4730 - Internship: Industrial/Organizational
3 credit hours

Supervised practical experience utilizing psychological principles and tools in an established organization. Pass/Fail.

PSY 4740 - Apprenticeship-Child
1 to 3 credit hours

Supervised practical experience utilizing psychological principles and tools in an established organization.

PSY 4750 - Apprenticeship-Pre-Clinical
1 to 3 credit hours

Supervised practical experience utilizing psychological principles and tools in an established organization.

PSY 4760 - Apprenticeship-Adolescent
1 to 3 credit hours

Supervised practical experience utilizing psychological principles and tools in an established organization.

PSY 4780 - Human Neuropsychology
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PSY 4240 or consent of instructor. Organization and function of specific brain areas and the behavioral deficits and changes resulting from focal and diffuse brain damage.

PSY 4820 - Psychology of Language
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PSY 1410. A cognitive approach to how people learn and use language to communicate. Covers basic psycholinguistics (production, perception, comprehension, and mental representation), language acquisition, and applied psycholinguistics (bilingualism, language disorders, and machine language).

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Mark Frame
mark.frame@mtsu.edu

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Chloe Calhoun (A-F)
Chloe.Calhoun@mtsu.edu
615-898-4846 | CKNB 108K

Amy Foster (G-O)
Amy.Foster@mtsu.edu
615-898-4940 | CKNB 108

Renee Robbins (P-Z)
Renee.Robbins@mtsu.edu
615-898-5970 | CKNB 108L

Department of Psychology
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1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

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