Psychology

Texas A&M University-Texarkana offers a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Psychology, as well as a Master's degree in School Counseling and a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health (previously referred to as Licensed Professional Counseling).

The counseling faculty and psychology faculty at Texas A&M University-Texarkana is committed to providing students a quality education based upon academic rigor and integrity. Through intellectual engagement and critical discussion, students will receive a comprehensive education in order to more fully understand either the field of counseling or psychology and their many fascinating sub-disciplines.

Degree Requirements

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Major Requirements
General Education Requirements42
PSYC 2301General Psychology 63
PSYC 2314Lifespan Growth and Development3
PSYC 2317Statistical Methods in Psychology3
PSY 316Abnormal Psychology3
PSY 317Psychology of Personality3
PSY 402Experimental Psychology3
PSY 403History of Psychology3
PSY 426Introduction to Clinical and Counseling Psychology3
PSY 350Learning and Behavior3
or PSY 466 Cognitive Psychology
PSY 455Brain and Behavior3
or PSY 456 Sensation and Perception
PSY 314Social Psychology3
Upper Division Psychology Electives9
Other Requirements in Psychology
MATH 1314College Algebra 63
Select 3sch from the following:3
Biology for Science Majors I 6
Biology for Science Majors II 6
Biology for Non-Science Majors I 6
Biology for Non-Science Majors II 6
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Select 3sch from the following:3
Biology for Science Majors I
Biology for Science Majors II
Biology for Non-Science Majors I
Biology for Non-Science Majors II
Human Anatomy and Physiology I 6
Human Anatomy and Physiology II 6
General Chemistry for Engineering Students
General Chemistry I 6
General Chemistry II 6
College Physics I 6
College Physics II 6
Physical Science I 6
Physical Science II 6
University Physics I 6
University Physics II 6
Minor
Minimum 18 semester credit hours from minor listed in catalog18
Electives (as needed to satisfy degree requirements, including 54 semester credit hours of Upper Division course work)
Minimum Hours for Degree120
6

Satisfies core curriculum

Note: A minimum of 54 upper division hours (300 and 400 level courses) are required for this degree. Resident credit totaling 25% of the hours is required for the degree.  A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required in three areas for graduation:  Overall GPA, Institutional GPA, and Major GPA.

Psychology Minor Requirements

PSYC 2301General Psychology3
PSYC 2314Lifespan Growth and Development3
PSY 316Abnormal Psychology3
PSY 317Psychology of Personality3
or PSY 350 Learning and Behavior
PSY 426Introduction to Clinical and Counseling Psychology3
Upper Division Psychology Elective3
Total Hours18

Undergraduate Courses in Psychology

PSYC 2301. General Psychology. 3 Hours.

In this course students will be introduced to fields of study such as cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, abnormal psychology and clinical psychology. This course will also dicuss the basic principles of learning, memory and motivation, as well as the classic theories that psychology is rooted upon.

PSYC 2308. Child Psychology. 3 Hours.

This course acquaints students with the basic principles and major issues influencing human development specific to infants and children. Theories and methods used to understand development will be discussed. Attention will be given to the social issues that affect our view of children and families, and special attention will be paid to the application of theories, methods and principles to working with children in the role of parent, care giver and teacher. This course will provide meaningful scientific information in understanding child development and in providing practical principles for working with children. Prerequisite: PSYC 2301.

PSYC 2314. Lifespan Growth and Development. 3 Hours.

This course presents the growth and developmental stages of prenatal, birth, childhood, adolescence, young and middle adulthood, old age and death. It focuses on biological/genetic and environmental influences on cognitive, physical, and socioemotional/psychological development. Prerequisite: PSYC 2301.

PSYC 2317. Statistical Methods in Psychology. 3 Hours.

This course will discuss the concepts and statistical procedures of data analysis used in the behavioral sciences. In the course students will learn ways to describe data (descriptive statistics) and methods of evaluating hypotheses and testing psychological theories (inferential statistics) using examples from the psychological literature. Specific topics will include t-test, ANOVA, correlation, regression and non-parametric tests. Prerequisite: MATH 1314.

PSYC 289. Independent Study. 1-4 Hours.

This course is individualized instruction/research at lower undergraduate level in a specialized content area under the direction of a faculty member. Prerequisite: Consent of faculty, coordinator, or department chair.

PSY 314. Social Psychology. 3 Hours.

This course surveys important methods, findings, and theories in the study of social influences on behavior and emphasizes different perspectives on the relation between individuals and society.

PSY 316. Abnormal Psychology. 3 Hours.

This course surveys the various types of abnormal behavior including adjustment disorders, personality disorders, schizophrenic disorders, anxiety disorders, and organic brain disorders. It also examines the origins and treatments of abnormal behavior as well as the various classifications schemas. Prerequisite: PSYC 2301.

PSY 317. Psychology of Personality. 3 Hours.

This course reviews the various approaches to the study of personality and considers the determinants, development, and assessment of personality. Prerequisite: PSYC 2301.

PSY 320. Psychology of Interpersonal Interaction. 3 Hours.

The course examines the processes of social interaction, using the perspective of psychological theory and research. Topics include the growth of relationships, love, social exchange, impression management, communication, jealousy, loneliness, and games people play. Techniques for improving interactions are considered. Prerequisite: Junior standing. (NOTE: This course replaces IS 320.).

PSY 325. Sport Psychology. 3 Hours.

This course will provide students with an overview of the theories and research related to sport and exercise behavior. Topics to be covered include the history of sport psychology, behavioral principles, anxiety, motivation, leadership, group dynamics, gender, and personality. This course will also be designed to relate these principles to exercise and sport performance. Prerequisite: PSYC 2301.

PSY 350. Learning and Behavior. 3 Hours.

This course presents basic information about various types of learning and describes general theoretical and practical approaches to understanding and improving learning and behavioral processes. Prerequisite: PSYC 2301.

PSY 400. Internship. 3 Hours.

This class provides field experience in psychology within local agencies and facilities with on-site supervision together with classroom activities. The internship is structured to provide students with exposure to workplace settings where persons with baccalaureate degrees in psychology are employed. Sites include in-patient and out-patient mental health and mental retardation facilities, correctional facilities, and human service organizations. It is offered Fall and Spring semesters. Note: Students may apply for Internship during the semester prior to when they intend taking the course. Student workload will be evaluated with regard to maximum course load concurrent with Internship. May be taken twice for a total of 6 SCH. Preference will be given to first semester applicants. Prerequisite: Senior standing and approval of instructor. Course is graded on Satisfactory (S) or Unsatisfactory (U) basis.

PSY 402. Experimental Psychology. 3 Hours.

This course familiarizes the student with typical methods and techniques employed in psychological research. Students will perform psychophysical and other psychological experiments. Prerequisite: PSYC 2301 and PSYC 2317.

PSY 403. History of Psychology. 3 Hours.

History of Psychology introduces the major schools and systems of psychology as they have evolved and exist today. Prerequisite: PSYC 2301 and junior standing.

PSY 404. Industrial Psychology. 3 Hours.

PSY 404 examines the person in industrial/organizational system processes including recruitment, selection, promotion, training, performance appraisal, job satisfaction, work motivation, leadership, communication, job design, union/management relations, work conditions, human factors, and workplace ergonomics. Prerequisite: Junior standing.

PSY 406. Environmental Psychology. 3 Hours.

This course analyzes various aspects of the natural and built physical settings on human functioning and socialization. Prerequisite: PSYC 2301.

PSY 426. Introduction to Clinical and Counseling Psychology. 3 Hours.

This class reviews clinical and counseling psychology, its history, perspective, conceptual framework, and treatment modalities. Prerequisite: PSYC 2301.

PSY 440. Psychology of Addiction. 3 Hours.

This course studies the prominent theories of addiction and surveys the research literature related to the psychological aspects of addiction. Included is a description of commonly abused legal and illegal substances and a discussion of the difference between substance abuse and dependence. Consideration is given to prominent forms of intervention and treatment.

PSY 443. Psychology of Death and Dying. 3 Hours.

Students study the processes of dying and the influence of the threat of death on human behavior. Prerequisite: PSYC 2301.

PSY 445. Human Sexual Behavior. 3 Hours.

This class examines biological capabilities, psychological characteristics and social and cultural influences on human sexual behavior. (Cross listed with PSY 545.).

PSY 455. Brain and Behavior. 3 Hours.

Brain and Behavior examines the structure and functioning of the brain and of its many components down to the level of individual neurons. It looks at the development of the brain and the effects of drugs, disease, and injury. It provides an introduction to the processing of sensory information and control of movement by the brain. Prerequisite: PSYC 2301 and 6 SCH from the following: 3 SCH of which must be in biology (BIOL 1306 or BIOL 1307 or BIOL 1308 or BIOL 1309) and 3 SCH in (CHEM 1311 or CHEM 1312 or PHYS 1301 or PHYS 1302 or PHYS 2325 or PHYS 2326).

PSY 456. Sensation and Perception. 3 Hours.

This course explores how individuals perceive their surroundings by various sensory modalities and signal processing capabilities of the brain. Prerequisite: PSYC 2301 and 6 SCH from the following: 3 SCH of which must be in biology (BIOL 1306 or BIOL 1307 or BIOL 1308 or BIOL 1309) and 3 SCH in (CHEM 1311 or CHEM 1312 or PHYS 1301 or PHYS 1302 or PHYS 2325 or PHYS 2326).

PSY 465. Psychology of Aging. 3 Hours.

This course studies the theoretical and research literature related to the psychological aspects of aging. Consideration is given to changes in physical, perceptual, and cognitive processes as they affect vocational, social, and personal adjustment.

PSY 466. Cognitive Psychology. 3 Hours.

The student examines the study of thinking behaviors in humans and other higher animals including perception, categorization, reflection, self-awareness, communication, language, creativity, and other related topics. Prerequisite: PSYC 2301.

PSY 489. Individual Study. 3 Hours.

This course provides individual instruction. Students may repeat the course when topics vary.

PSY 490. Undergraduate Research Practicum. 1-3 Hours.

Students will conduct faculty-supervised research. The scope and nature of the work will be determined by the faculty sponsor and the student. Prerequisite:Sophomore standing, faculty sponsor approval, PSYC 2301, and PSYC 2317.

PSY 497. Special Topics. 3 Hours.

Instructors will provide an organized class designed to cover areas of specific interest. Students may repeat the course when topics vary.

Faculty

Dr. Tommie Hughes

Associate Professor

Email: tommie.hughes@tamut.edu

Dr. Enobong Inyang

Assistant Professor

Email: enobong.inyang@tamut.edu

Dr. Brandy Moore

Assistant Professor

Email: brandy.moore@tamut.edu

Dr. Peter Racheotes

Professor

Email: peter.racheotes@tamut.edu

Dr. Teri Sartor

Assistant Professor

Email: tsartor@tamut.edu

Dr. Angela Sikorski

Associate Professor

Email: angela.sikorski@tamut.edu