Psychology Minor

Main Campus - Melbourne
2017-2018 Catalog
Minor Code: 6144 Degree Awarded: None
Delivery Mode(s): Classroom Age Restriction: No
Admission Status: Undergraduate Location(s): Main Campus - Melbourne
Curriculum (19 credit hours)

At least nine (9) credit hours of the psychology minor must be taken in a Florida Tech psychology program.

  • PSY 1411 Introduction to Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Overviews psychological processes, including both areas in which psychology is a natural science (physiological psychology, sensation and perception, basic learning and cognition) and a social science (motivation, human development, personality, social interaction, psychopathology and psychotherapy).
  • PSY 2512 Psychology Research Methods and Statistics 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    Introduces foundational concepts in quantitative behavioral research methods, including theory building, reliability, validity, sampling and ethics. Covers measurement and descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing, elementary inferential statistics and computer data analysis.
  • Two PSY 3xxx (or higher) Credit Hours: 6
Experimental Bases of Behavior

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  • PSY 3421 Psychology of Learning and Motivation
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies the principles of learning and motivation based primarily on nonhuman studies in classical and instrumental conditioning. Focuses on procedures, theories and applications.
  • PSY 3423 Physiological Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies the biological bases of human behavior, including in-depth treatment of nervous system anatomy and physiology, and the biological concepts underlying emotion, motivation, learning and memory.
  • PSY 3522 Human Cognition: Theory and Application
    Credit Hours: 3
    Reviews models, processes and research in information processing; attention, short- and long-term memory, memory codes, visualization and imagery; forgetting, semantic organization, problem solving, decision-making, language, multilingualism, music cognition and cognitive development.
  • PSY 3524 Sensation and Perception
    Credit Hours: 3
    Reviews models, processes and empirical research concerning the modalities of vision, audition, taste, smell and touch/feel. Explores how perception gives rise to our subjective experience and the quality of conscious awareness.
  • PSY 3543 Psychology of the Workplace
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers the many ways psychology is applied in organizations to improve performance and quality of work life. Includes employee selection and personnel law, performance management, training, motivation, job attitudes, stress, teamwork, leadership and organizational development.
  • PSY 4521 Animal Learning and Behavior
    Credit Hours: 3
    Surveys major topics including learning vs. unlearned behavior, communication, reproduction, cognition, social behavior and tool use. Employs evolutionary, genetic and environmental perspectives to understand behavior.
Social Bases of Behavior

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  • PSY 2442 Adult Development and Aging
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces current information and psychological research on aspects of adult development, old age and aging. Examines the intellectual, motivational, psychobiological, social, performance and personality changes that occur in adulthood and old age.
  • PSY 2541 Group Behavior
    Credit Hours: 3
    Considers issues of group development, socialization, productivity, decision making and leadership. Emphasizes the application of scientific theory and research to the study of group dynamics in real world group situations. Includes cult and crowd phenomena, social loafing, group therapy, work groups and sports teams.
  • PSY 3441 Social Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Surveys the areas of social psychology as it has evolved in American psychology, including its history, methods and theories of intrapersonal, interpersonal and group behavior. Reviews sociological approaches to social psychology and cultural processes that affect social phenomena.
  • PSY 3442 Psychology of Personality
    Credit Hours: 3
    Overviews the major theoretical approaches to personality development and research in the field.
  • PSY 3531 Child Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Overviews psychological principles, theories and research pertaining to the developing child from conception through early adolescence. Includes biological and environmental influences on affective, cognitive, moral, social and personality development.
  • PSY 3541 Psychology of Leadership
    Credit Hours: 3
    Examines the research and application of the essential competencies of effective leadership such as managing conflict, facilitating communication and leading groups and teams.