PSY 101 - Introduction to Psychology
An introduction to and survey of the major content areas of psychology. The topics include biological, cognitive, social, and environmental influences on behavior, as well as the variety of philosophical, theoretical, and empirical approaches adapted by the discipline.
PSY 205 - Psychology of Learning
This course will provide an overview of empirical and theoretical perspectives on learning. Topics will include classical and operant conditioning, observational learning and many applied extensions of the basic learning process.
PSY 210 - Biopsychology
An investigation of the ways the nervous system interfaces with behavior to determine what we perceive, feel, think, say, and do. The course will provide an overview of the major division of biopsychology – neuropsychology, psychopharmacology, psychophysiology, and physiological psychology - with an emphasis on their relationship to behavior.
PSY 215 – Cognitive Psychology
An introduction to the major theoretical approaches and empirical research related to human thought processes. Topics include perception, attention, memory, thinking, problem solving, and decision making.
PSY 307 - Research Methods and Statistics II
A continuation into more advanced study of psychological research methodologies and their associated statistical analyses. Topics include correlation and regression, multiple-group and factorial designs, quasi-experimental designs, Analyses of Variance, and nonparametric tests. Students will gain experience in formulating research hypotheses and writing all portions of formal APA-style manuscripts.
PSY 312 - Animal Behavior
This course seeks to describe and explain the causative and developmental factors that influence animal behavior at the level of the individual and social group. Considerations of the adaptive and evolutionary mechanisms underlying behavior will be stressed. Laboratory investigations and written reports of experimental findings are required.
PSY 416 – Evolutionary Psychology
The seminar allows for the critical examination of the research produced under the frame of evolutionary psychology and encourages discussion about is influence on the field of psychology as a whole. Topics may include: survival, aggression, mating, parenting, kinship, social behavior, and morality. As a seminar, students will be expected to read, discuss, and engage in integrative writing about published research.
INT 101 - Understanding Self and Others
As the term “integrated” implies, first-year students do not take individual courses on writing or speech, but rather, will take an interdisciplinary Understanding Self and Others course. (This may be taken as part of the Great Books Program). These are small seminar courses, with the student: faculty ratio limited to 18:1. The courses will explore a variety of subtopics. For example, you may find yourself engaged in the topic of “What does it mean to be a human?” by reading Frankenstein, delving into the ancient Chauvet cave paintings, examining your own DNA profile, reading studies by Jane Goodall, volunteering with Hospice, and researching and writing a story from your family history.
NEU 400 – Capstone Seminar in Neuroscience
This capstone seminar will focus on current developments across the field of neuroscience. Students are required to read, analyze, present, and discuss primary literature.
PRISM – Program in Integrated Sciences and Mathematics
This program integrates 6 courses (Pre-Calculus, Psychology, Biology, Physics, Statistics, and Freshman Orientation) across an entire year for 12 hours a week. While the content is integrated, we (a team of four faculty) also lead students on an integrated authentic research project, part of which is completely designed by our freshman students. Establishment of a learning community and strong mentoring relationships with the faculty are additional foundational features of the program. For more information on the program, please visit: https://cla.mercer.edu/distinctives/prism/