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College of Arts & Sciences

Psychology and Neuroscience

Questions?

Mary Jean Lynch, Department Chair
Wentz Science Center (WSC), Room 218

630-637-5363

mlynch@noctrl.edu

Are you curious about why people do the things they do?

Do you wonder how people can view the same situation and interpret it in completely different ways? Are you interested in understanding how the body and mind affect your mental health? Do you ask yourself why some things are so easy for you to learn, but other things are much harder?

The Psychology program an North Central College provides you with opportunities to examine these questions and many more. We help you build a sound background in the methods used to understand the causes and consequences of behavior. You will learn skills that will make you successful for life.

As a Psychology student you can work with our dedicated faculty on their research projects or on projects you design to explore your specific interests and gain valuable hands-on experience. You can collect data on campus in our Schwab Psychology Research Center, and find the perfect off-campus internship – or two or three – among hundreds of nearby social service agencies and businesses.

You will study the breadth of psychology with an emphasis on several key areas within it – developmental, social, biological, and cognitive/learning. Then as a capstone experience, you will explore at least one topic in depth through a senior seminar, an independent study or an internship.

The mission of the Psychology Department is to prepare students to function as competent, ethical individuals in their personal and professional lives. We expect the study of psychology to enhance our students’ ability to think critically, to communicate effectively and to appreciate the scientific approach to understanding behavior.

The Psychology Department is also the home of North Central’s Neuroscience program. For more information about Neuroscience, click here.

For information on the Neuroscience Majors and the Neuroscience Minor requirements, click here.

Psychology, B.A.

As a member of the social sciences, psychology seeks to understand the causes and consequences of human and animal behavior by employing the methods of scientific inquiry. Given this general orientation, the psychology program at North Central College provides students with a sound background in the methods used to understand behavior. Students receive an overview of several key areas within the discipline: Developmental, Biological, Cognitive/Learning, Personality/Abnormal, Social/Cultural Diversity and Applied. In addition, students explore at least one topic in depth through a capstone experience: senior seminar, senior thesis, internship or community engagement project. 

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Psychology and Neuroscience.

Major Requirements

  • PSYC 100 - Psychology: Science of Behavior

    PSYC 100 - Psychology: Science of Behavior

    4.00 credit hours

    An examination of the basic concepts, processes, theories and empirical findings concerning the behavior of organisms. Consideration is given to the following topics: physiological and developmental basis of behavior, sensory and perceptual processes, states of consciousness, learning and memory, and motivation and emotion, as well as personality, intellectual functioning, psychopathology, and social influences on behavior. Community engaged learning and/or an active research experience is used to further student understanding of course topics. Gateway course.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science.
    iCon(s)
    Being Human.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSYC 250 - Statistics

    PSYC 250 - Statistics

    4.00 credit hours

    The methods, concepts and logic underlying the statistical evaluation of research data with an emphasis on "why" as well as "when" to use various statistical methods. Content includes descriptive and inferential statistics, estimation and hypothesis testing. Analyses include z and t tests, one-way and factorial ANOVA, correlation, regression and Chi square. Assignments focus on problem solving, technical writing and use of computer statistical packages (SPSS). Only one of BUSN*265 or PSYC*250 may be taken for credit.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MATH 130 or higher.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Quantitative Analysis.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSYC 255 - Research Design and Experimentation

    PSYC 255 - Research Design and Experimentation

    4.00 credit hours

    Students further their understanding of the scientific research process through lectures, activities and lab experiences. Students are introduced to various research designs, including naturalistic observation, case studies, correlational research and experimental research. Students use their knowledge of the research process to collect, analyze and critically think about original data. This course is writing intensive and requires working with a team to complete a significant research project. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PSYC 250.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Ethical Dimensions.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSYC 293 - Careers in Psychology and Neuroscience

    PSYC 293 - Careers in Psychology and Neuroscience

    2.00 credit hours

    An exploration of various career options in psychology, neuroscience, and related fields. By collaborating with other students, instructors, and resource people both inside and outside of the North Central community, students learn about a wide range of careers possible with a major in psychology or neuroscience, as well as how to successfully prepare for one's chosen future career.

    Schedule Of Classes

Perspectives

One course from each of the following:

Developmental
  • PSYC 210 - Child Development

    PSYC 210 - Child Development

    4.00 credit hours

    Theory and research from the field of child development are studied in order to better understand the child's physical, language, cognitive, social, and emotional development from birth to adolescence.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PSYC 100.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSYC 220 - Psychology of Adolescence

    PSYC 220 - Psychology of Adolescence

    4.00 credit hours

    Theory and research in the area of adolescent psychology are examined to better understand the major developmental tasks of adolescence, such as forming an identity and developing mature relations with peers, family and possible mates.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PSYC 100.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSYC 230 - Psychology of Adulthood and Aging

    PSYC 230 - Psychology of Adulthood and Aging

    4.00 credit hours

    Theory and research about the developmental tasks of adulthood, beginning with the transition from adolescence to young adulthood and ending with the issues faced by the oldest members of our society. Topics include identity, adult relationships, sexuality, careers and retirement, health and wellness, the biological process underlying aging, and the pursuit of "successful aging."

    Prerequisite(s)

    PSYC 100.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSYC 235 - Lifespan Development

    PSYC 235 - Lifespan Development

    4.00 credit hours

    An exploration of development across the lifespan from conception to death. Both normal and abnormal patterns of development in various cultures and contexts are examined.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PSYC 100 or NEUR 100.

    Schedule Of Classes

Biological
  • NEUR 200 - Behavioral Neuroscience

    NEUR 200 - Behavioral Neuroscience

    4.00 credit hours

    An examination of the manner in which genetic, environmental, biochemical, and physiological factors contribute to the neurological basis of behavior. Special attention is given to neural contributions of reproduction, psychopharmacology, fear, learning, stress, ingestion, communication, memory, and psychiatric disorders.

    Prerequisite(s)

    NEUR 100.

    iCon(s)
    Examining Health.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • NEUR 280 - Drugs and Behavior

    NEUR 280 - Drugs and Behavior

    4.00 credit hours

    An examination of the dynamic relationship between how drugs act on the brain and behavior. Topics include the properties of drug action, differentiating drug use and drug dependence, physical versus psychological dependence, as well as the legal and social implications of drug use. A range of legal and illegal drugs such as stimulants, depressants, alcohol, opiates, hallucinogens, and pharmaceutical drugs are investigated.

    Prerequisite(s)

    NEUR 100 or PSYC 100.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science, U.S. Power Structures.
    iCon(s)
    Being Human, Examining Health.

    Schedule Of Classes

Learning/Cognitive
  • PSYC 340 - Learning

    PSYC 340 - Learning

    4.00 credit hours

    The scientific study of how animals and humans learn from a historical perspective. Course work emphasizes theory, evidence, methodology, and application of the research to education, clinical settings, parenting, and training animals. Classical and operant conditioning are the main focus with observational learning, memory research, and biological factors included. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    One 200-level Psychology course, excluding PSYC 293.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSYC 345 - Cognitive Psychology

    PSYC 345 - Cognitive Psychology

    4.00 credit hours

    Students further their understanding of the scientific study of mental processes, including sensation, perception, attention, memory, knowledge representation, speech and language, decision-making, and problem solving. Students also explore the brain physiology underlying these processes and the cognitive consequences of brain injury and disease. Course work emphasizes the history, theory, methodology, and application of research in the field. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PSYC 255.

    Schedule Of Classes

Personality/Abnormal
  • PSYC 320 - Personality

    PSYC 320 - Personality

    4.00 credit hours

    A survey of major models of personality, including psychodynamic, biological and trait, behavioral, and humanistic-existential paradigms. Each paradigm is discussed by addressing its unique assumptions about human nature, methodological approaches, assessment techniques, and use of evidence. Special emphasis is placed on applications in clinical/counseling, educational, industrial/organization, and other relevant settings.

    Prerequisite(s)

    One 200-level Psychology course, excluding PSYC 293.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSYC 324 - Abnormal Psychology

    PSYC 324 - Abnormal Psychology

    4.00 credit hours

    The classification, etiology, assessment, and treatment of psychological disorders in adolescents and adults, including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, eating disorders, and psychotic disorders. Particular emphasis is placed on discussion of stigma and social issues in the field.

    Prerequisite(s)

    One 200-level Psychology course, excluding PSYC 293.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSYC 325 - Child Psychopathology

    PSYC 325 - Child Psychopathology

    4.00 credit hours

    Understanding the causes, diagnostic criteria, and treatment of psychological disorders in children and adolescents (including such diverse problems as childhood depression, ADHD, eating disorders, and autism). Particular emphasis is placed on treatment modalities that are specific to problems in childhood, such as parent training, play therapy, and family therapy.

    Prerequisite(s)

    One 200-level Psychology course, excluding PSYC 293.

    Schedule Of Classes

Social/Cultural Diversity
  • PSYC 240 - Social Psychology

    PSYC 240 - Social Psychology

    4.00 credit hours

    An examination of the theories and research regarding human social behavior. Topics include social perception, self-perception, attitudes, social influence, attraction, altruism, aggression, group effects, and environmental psychology.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PSYC 100.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSYC 310 - Cultural Psychology

    PSYC 310 - Cultural Psychology

    4.00 credit hours

    An examination of how definitions of culture shape knowledge about topics in psychology, such as human development, self-concept, and mental illness. The focus is on psychological and anthropological approaches to studying culture.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PSYC 100 , ANTH 145 or one 200-level Psychology course, excluding PSYC 293; Junior standing.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Community Engaged Learning.

    Schedule Of Classes

    • Study Abroad (semester or May term experience)
Applied
  • PSYC 205 - Educational Psychology

    PSYC 205 - Educational Psychology

    4.00 credit hours

    Psychological concepts, theories, and research findings regarding human behavior are applied to a variety of learning contexts. Collaborative activities around the application of course material are conducted.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PSYC 100.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSYC 270 - Industrial/Organizational Psychology

    PSYC 270 - Industrial/Organizational Psychology

    4.00 credit hours

    The scientific study of human work in which theory and research are integrated to understand issues facing individuals, teams, and organizations. The focus is on the organizational and social context of human work, including work and identity issues, personnel selection and placement, motivation, job satisfaction, happiness, stress and health, organizational justice, and other relevant workplace topics.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PSYC 100.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSYC 350 - Clinical Psychology

    PSYC 350 - Clinical Psychology

    4.00 credit hours

    An examination of the various assessment techniques, treatment modalities, and ethical and controversial issues in the field of clinical psychology. Special emphasis is placed on role playing and experiential activities aimed at practicing basic counseling skills and developing self-awareness.

    Prerequisite(s)

    One 200-level Psychology course, excluding PSYC 293.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSYC 360 - Psychological Assessment

    PSYC 360 - Psychological Assessment

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to key concepts, methods, and ethical considerations associated with psychological assessment. A key goal is for students to understand psychometric techniques so that they can read, understand, and interpret test results. Topics include an overview of true score, item response, and generalizability theories. Special emphasis is placed on the ethical and appropriate use of tests and the intersection between testing and contemporary society. Special topics include testing in the areas of intelligence, personality, attitudes, interests, and abilities.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PSYC 250 and one additional 200-level Psychology course, excluding PSYC 293.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSYC 385 - Health Psychology

    PSYC 385 - Health Psychology

    4.00 credit hours

    An examination of how biological, psychological, and social factors influence health and illness. Specific topics include behavior change, stress, patient-provider communication, substance abuse, weight control, and coping with chronic illness.

    Prerequisite(s)

    One 200-level Psychology, Biology or Neuroscience course, except PSYC 293.

    Schedule Of Classes

Capstone

Four credit hours from one of the following:

  • PSYC 490 - Seminar

    PSYC 490 - Seminar

    4.00 credit hours

    An in-depth study of a specific topic or issue in psychology. Topics depend upon faculty and student interest. Students are expected to read and discuss original sources and current literature in psychology. An APA-style paper is required. Repeatable with different content. Capstone.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PSYC 255 and one 300-level Psychology course.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Writing Intensive.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSYC 495 - Psychology in the Community

    PSYC 495 - Psychology in the Community

    1.00-4.00 credit hours

    A community engagement project that serves as a culminating experience in the psychology major. Students reflect on community engagement, service learning, and social activism in an experiential context. Activities vary according to project needs and student background, but may include identifying the community partner, arranging the community engagement experience, designing materials for the experience, and analyzing the effectiveness of the experience. A final APA-style research paper incorporating primary literature, statistical analysis of the effectiveness of the experience, and reflection is required. To fulfill the capstone experience, students must complete a minimum of 4 credit hours from a single capstone designation. Capstone.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PSYC 255 and one 300-level Psychology course.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSYC 497 - Internship

    PSYC 497 - Internship

    0.00-12.00 credit hours

    Internships supplement classroom instruction by providing valuable professional experiences and allowing students to apply psychological theories and concepts to broader social issues and systems. This internship experience is designed to assist students in exploring career options and to link this experience to important issues and trends in the psychology literature. Students complete required hours in the field, critically reflect on this experience, and write a substantial APA-style literature review/hypothesis paper directly related to this experience. To fulfill the capstone experience, students must complete a minimum of 4 credit hours from a single capstone designation with the option of spreading credits over 2 semesters. Capstone.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PSYC 255 and one 300-level Psychology course.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Writing Intensive.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSYC 498 - Senior Thesis

    PSYC 498 - Senior Thesis

    1.00-4.00 credit hours

    Students work in collaboration with faculty to produce a culminating research experience. Activities vary according to project needs and student background, but may include critical reading of peer-reviewed articles; formulation of a research question and hypothesis; design of the study; IRB application; creation of materials; recruitment of participants; and data collection, coding, entry, statistical analysis and evaluation. Students write an APA-style journal paper and present at a student or professional conference. Students earning credit for a capstone experience must complete a minimum of 4 credit hrs, with the option of spreading credits over two semesters. To fulfill the capstone experience, students must complete a minimum of 4 credit hours from a single capstone designation.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PSYC 255 and one 300-level Psychology course.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Writing Intensive.

    Schedule Of Classes

Additional Requirements for the B.A. Degree

Students must demonstrate elementary competence in a foreign language. For more information, see the B.A. Degree Requirements within the Academic Regulations section of this catalog.

   

 

Psychology, B.S.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Psychology and Neuroscience.

Major Requirements

  • PSYC 100 - Psychology: Science of Behavior

    PSYC 100 - Psychology: Science of Behavior

    4.00 credit hours

    An examination of the basic concepts, processes, theories and empirical findings concerning the behavior of organisms. Consideration is given to the following topics: physiological and developmental basis of behavior, sensory and perceptual processes, states of consciousness, learning and memory, and motivation and emotion, as well as personality, intellectual functioning, psychopathology, and social influences on behavior. Community engaged learning and/or an active research experience is used to further student understanding of course topics. Gateway course.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science.
    iCon(s)
    Being Human.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSYC 250 - Statistics

    PSYC 250 - Statistics

    4.00 credit hours

    The methods, concepts and logic underlying the statistical evaluation of research data with an emphasis on "why" as well as "when" to use various statistical methods. Content includes descriptive and inferential statistics, estimation and hypothesis testing. Analyses include z and t tests, one-way and factorial ANOVA, correlation, regression and Chi square. Assignments focus on problem solving, technical writing and use of computer statistical packages (SPSS). Only one of BUSN*265 or PSYC*250 may be taken for credit.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MATH 130 or higher.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Quantitative Analysis.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSYC 255 - Research Design and Experimentation

    PSYC 255 - Research Design and Experimentation

    4.00 credit hours

    Students further their understanding of the scientific research process through lectures, activities and lab experiences. Students are introduced to various research designs, including naturalistic observation, case studies, correlational research and experimental research. Students use their knowledge of the research process to collect, analyze and critically think about original data. This course is writing intensive and requires working with a team to complete a significant research project. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PSYC 250.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Ethical Dimensions.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSYC 293 - Careers in Psychology and Neuroscience

    PSYC 293 - Careers in Psychology and Neuroscience

    2.00 credit hours

    An exploration of various career options in psychology, neuroscience, and related fields. By collaborating with other students, instructors, and resource people both inside and outside of the North Central community, students learn about a wide range of careers possible with a major in psychology or neuroscience, as well as how to successfully prepare for one's chosen future career.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSYC 360 - Psychological Assessment

    PSYC 360 - Psychological Assessment

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to key concepts, methods, and ethical considerations associated with psychological assessment. A key goal is for students to understand psychometric techniques so that they can read, understand, and interpret test results. Topics include an overview of true score, item response, and generalizability theories. Special emphasis is placed on the ethical and appropriate use of tests and the intersection between testing and contemporary society. Special topics include testing in the areas of intelligence, personality, attitudes, interests, and abilities.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PSYC 250 and one additional 200-level Psychology course, excluding PSYC 293.

    Schedule Of Classes

Perspectives

One course from each of the following:

Developmental

One of the following:

  • PSYC 210 - Child Development

    PSYC 210 - Child Development

    4.00 credit hours

    Theory and research from the field of child development are studied in order to better understand the child's physical, language, cognitive, social, and emotional development from birth to adolescence.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PSYC 100.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSYC 220 - Psychology of Adolescence

    PSYC 220 - Psychology of Adolescence

    4.00 credit hours

    Theory and research in the area of adolescent psychology are examined to better understand the major developmental tasks of adolescence, such as forming an identity and developing mature relations with peers, family and possible mates.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PSYC 100.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSYC 230 - Psychology of Adulthood and Aging

    PSYC 230 - Psychology of Adulthood and Aging

    4.00 credit hours

    Theory and research about the developmental tasks of adulthood, beginning with the transition from adolescence to young adulthood and ending with the issues faced by the oldest members of our society. Topics include identity, adult relationships, sexuality, careers and retirement, health and wellness, the biological process underlying aging, and the pursuit of "successful aging."

    Prerequisite(s)

    PSYC 100.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSYC 235 - Lifespan Development

    PSYC 235 - Lifespan Development

    4.00 credit hours

    An exploration of development across the lifespan from conception to death. Both normal and abnormal patterns of development in various cultures and contexts are examined.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PSYC 100 or NEUR 100.

    Schedule Of Classes

Biological

One of the following:

  • NEUR 200 - Behavioral Neuroscience

    NEUR 200 - Behavioral Neuroscience

    4.00 credit hours

    An examination of the manner in which genetic, environmental, biochemical, and physiological factors contribute to the neurological basis of behavior. Special attention is given to neural contributions of reproduction, psychopharmacology, fear, learning, stress, ingestion, communication, memory, and psychiatric disorders.

    Prerequisite(s)

    NEUR 100.

    iCon(s)
    Examining Health.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • NEUR 280 - Drugs and Behavior

    NEUR 280 - Drugs and Behavior

    4.00 credit hours

    An examination of the dynamic relationship between how drugs act on the brain and behavior. Topics include the properties of drug action, differentiating drug use and drug dependence, physical versus psychological dependence, as well as the legal and social implications of drug use. A range of legal and illegal drugs such as stimulants, depressants, alcohol, opiates, hallucinogens, and pharmaceutical drugs are investigated.

    Prerequisite(s)

    NEUR 100 or PSYC 100.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science, U.S. Power Structures.
    iCon(s)
    Being Human, Examining Health.

    Schedule Of Classes

Learning/Cognitive
  • PSYC 340 - Learning

    PSYC 340 - Learning

    4.00 credit hours

    The scientific study of how animals and humans learn from a historical perspective. Course work emphasizes theory, evidence, methodology, and application of the research to education, clinical settings, parenting, and training animals. Classical and operant conditioning are the main focus with observational learning, memory research, and biological factors included. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    One 200-level Psychology course, excluding PSYC 293.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSYC 345 - Cognitive Psychology

    PSYC 345 - Cognitive Psychology

    4.00 credit hours

    Students further their understanding of the scientific study of mental processes, including sensation, perception, attention, memory, knowledge representation, speech and language, decision-making, and problem solving. Students also explore the brain physiology underlying these processes and the cognitive consequences of brain injury and disease. Course work emphasizes the history, theory, methodology, and application of research in the field. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PSYC 255.

    Schedule Of Classes

Personality/Abnormal
  • PSYC 320 - Personality

    PSYC 320 - Personality

    4.00 credit hours

    A survey of major models of personality, including psychodynamic, biological and trait, behavioral, and humanistic-existential paradigms. Each paradigm is discussed by addressing its unique assumptions about human nature, methodological approaches, assessment techniques, and use of evidence. Special emphasis is placed on applications in clinical/counseling, educational, industrial/organization, and other relevant settings.

    Prerequisite(s)

    One 200-level Psychology course, excluding PSYC 293.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSYC 324 - Abnormal Psychology

    PSYC 324 - Abnormal Psychology

    4.00 credit hours

    The classification, etiology, assessment, and treatment of psychological disorders in adolescents and adults, including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, eating disorders, and psychotic disorders. Particular emphasis is placed on discussion of stigma and social issues in the field.

    Prerequisite(s)

    One 200-level Psychology course, excluding PSYC 293.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSYC 325 - Child Psychopathology

    PSYC 325 - Child Psychopathology

    4.00 credit hours

    Understanding the causes, diagnostic criteria, and treatment of psychological disorders in children and adolescents (including such diverse problems as childhood depression, ADHD, eating disorders, and autism). Particular emphasis is placed on treatment modalities that are specific to problems in childhood, such as parent training, play therapy, and family therapy.

    Prerequisite(s)

    One 200-level Psychology course, excluding PSYC 293.

    Schedule Of Classes

Social/Cultural Diversity
  • PSYC 240 - Social Psychology

    PSYC 240 - Social Psychology

    4.00 credit hours

    An examination of the theories and research regarding human social behavior. Topics include social perception, self-perception, attitudes, social influence, attraction, altruism, aggression, group effects, and environmental psychology.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PSYC 100.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSYC 310 - Cultural Psychology

    PSYC 310 - Cultural Psychology

    4.00 credit hours

    An examination of how definitions of culture shape knowledge about topics in psychology, such as human development, self-concept, and mental illness. The focus is on psychological and anthropological approaches to studying culture.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PSYC 100 , ANTH 145 or one 200-level Psychology course, excluding PSYC 293; Junior standing.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Community Engaged Learning.

    Schedule Of Classes

    • Study Abroad (semester or May term experience)

Capstone

Four credit hours from the following:

  • PSYC 498 - Senior Thesis

    PSYC 498 - Senior Thesis

    1.00-4.00 credit hours

    Students work in collaboration with faculty to produce a culminating research experience. Activities vary according to project needs and student background, but may include critical reading of peer-reviewed articles; formulation of a research question and hypothesis; design of the study; IRB application; creation of materials; recruitment of participants; and data collection, coding, entry, statistical analysis and evaluation. Students write an APA-style journal paper and present at a student or professional conference. Students earning credit for a capstone experience must complete a minimum of 4 credit hrs, with the option of spreading credits over two semesters. To fulfill the capstone experience, students must complete a minimum of 4 credit hours from a single capstone designation.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PSYC 255 and one 300-level Psychology course.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Writing Intensive.

    Schedule Of Classes

Additional Requirements for the B.S. Degree

  • CSCE 160 - Introduction to Computer Programming

    CSCE 160 - Introduction to Computer Programming

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to computer science and programming, emphasizing the development of algorithms and problem solving skills using both procedural and object-oriented approaches. Topics include data types; I/O; arithmetic, relational and logical operators; control structures; functions; simple data structures; different computing environments such as the Linux operating system are also explored. Integrated laboratory.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MATH 151 - Calculus I

    MATH 151 - Calculus I

    4.00 credit hours

    An exploration of the fundamental concepts of single-variable calculus including limits, continuity, differentiation and integration with applications.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MATH 140 or placement; Four years of math including algebra, geometry and trigonometry recommended.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Quantitative Analysis.

    Schedule Of Classes

    

Psychology Minor

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Psychology and Neuroscience.

Minor Requirements

A minimum of 24 credit hours, including:

  • PSYC 100 - Psychology: Science of Behavior

    PSYC 100 - Psychology: Science of Behavior

    4.00 credit hours

    An examination of the basic concepts, processes, theories and empirical findings concerning the behavior of organisms. Consideration is given to the following topics: physiological and developmental basis of behavior, sensory and perceptual processes, states of consciousness, learning and memory, and motivation and emotion, as well as personality, intellectual functioning, psychopathology, and social influences on behavior. Community engaged learning and/or an active research experience is used to further student understanding of course topics. Gateway course.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science.
    iCon(s)
    Being Human.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSYC 250 - Statistics

    PSYC 250 - Statistics

    4.00 credit hours

    The methods, concepts and logic underlying the statistical evaluation of research data with an emphasis on "why" as well as "when" to use various statistical methods. Content includes descriptive and inferential statistics, estimation and hypothesis testing. Analyses include z and t tests, one-way and factorial ANOVA, correlation, regression and Chi square. Assignments focus on problem solving, technical writing and use of computer statistical packages (SPSS). Only one of BUSN*265 or PSYC*250 may be taken for credit.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MATH 130 or higher.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Quantitative Analysis.

    Schedule Of Classes

Perspectives

Two courses from two different perspective categories:

Developmental
  • PSYC 210 - Child Development

    PSYC 210 - Child Development

    4.00 credit hours

    Theory and research from the field of child development are studied in order to better understand the child's physical, language, cognitive, social, and emotional development from birth to adolescence.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PSYC 100.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSYC 220 - Psychology of Adolescence

    PSYC 220 - Psychology of Adolescence

    4.00 credit hours

    Theory and research in the area of adolescent psychology are examined to better understand the major developmental tasks of adolescence, such as forming an identity and developing mature relations with peers, family and possible mates.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PSYC 100.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSYC 230 - Psychology of Adulthood and Aging

    PSYC 230 - Psychology of Adulthood and Aging

    4.00 credit hours

    Theory and research about the developmental tasks of adulthood, beginning with the transition from adolescence to young adulthood and ending with the issues faced by the oldest members of our society. Topics include identity, adult relationships, sexuality, careers and retirement, health and wellness, the biological process underlying aging, and the pursuit of "successful aging."

    Prerequisite(s)

    PSYC 100.

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  • PSYC 235 - Lifespan Development

    PSYC 235 - Lifespan Development

    4.00 credit hours

    An exploration of development across the lifespan from conception to death. Both normal and abnormal patterns of development in various cultures and contexts are examined.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PSYC 100 or NEUR 100.

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Biological
  • NEUR 200 - Behavioral Neuroscience

    NEUR 200 - Behavioral Neuroscience

    4.00 credit hours

    An examination of the manner in which genetic, environmental, biochemical, and physiological factors contribute to the neurological basis of behavior. Special attention is given to neural contributions of reproduction, psychopharmacology, fear, learning, stress, ingestion, communication, memory, and psychiatric disorders.

    Prerequisite(s)

    NEUR 100.

    iCon(s)
    Examining Health.

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  • NEUR 280 - Drugs and Behavior

    NEUR 280 - Drugs and Behavior

    4.00 credit hours

    An examination of the dynamic relationship between how drugs act on the brain and behavior. Topics include the properties of drug action, differentiating drug use and drug dependence, physical versus psychological dependence, as well as the legal and social implications of drug use. A range of legal and illegal drugs such as stimulants, depressants, alcohol, opiates, hallucinogens, and pharmaceutical drugs are investigated.

    Prerequisite(s)

    NEUR 100 or PSYC 100.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science, U.S. Power Structures.
    iCon(s)
    Being Human, Examining Health.

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Learning/Cognitive
  • PSYC 340 - Learning

    PSYC 340 - Learning

    4.00 credit hours

    The scientific study of how animals and humans learn from a historical perspective. Course work emphasizes theory, evidence, methodology, and application of the research to education, clinical settings, parenting, and training animals. Classical and operant conditioning are the main focus with observational learning, memory research, and biological factors included. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    One 200-level Psychology course, excluding PSYC 293.

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  • PSYC 345 - Cognitive Psychology

    PSYC 345 - Cognitive Psychology

    4.00 credit hours

    Students further their understanding of the scientific study of mental processes, including sensation, perception, attention, memory, knowledge representation, speech and language, decision-making, and problem solving. Students also explore the brain physiology underlying these processes and the cognitive consequences of brain injury and disease. Course work emphasizes the history, theory, methodology, and application of research in the field. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PSYC 255.

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Personality/Abnormal
  • PSYC 320 - Personality

    PSYC 320 - Personality

    4.00 credit hours

    A survey of major models of personality, including psychodynamic, biological and trait, behavioral, and humanistic-existential paradigms. Each paradigm is discussed by addressing its unique assumptions about human nature, methodological approaches, assessment techniques, and use of evidence. Special emphasis is placed on applications in clinical/counseling, educational, industrial/organization, and other relevant settings.

    Prerequisite(s)

    One 200-level Psychology course, excluding PSYC 293.

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  • PSYC 324 - Abnormal Psychology

    PSYC 324 - Abnormal Psychology

    4.00 credit hours

    The classification, etiology, assessment, and treatment of psychological disorders in adolescents and adults, including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, eating disorders, and psychotic disorders. Particular emphasis is placed on discussion of stigma and social issues in the field.

    Prerequisite(s)

    One 200-level Psychology course, excluding PSYC 293.

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  • PSYC 325 - Child Psychopathology

    PSYC 325 - Child Psychopathology

    4.00 credit hours

    Understanding the causes, diagnostic criteria, and treatment of psychological disorders in children and adolescents (including such diverse problems as childhood depression, ADHD, eating disorders, and autism). Particular emphasis is placed on treatment modalities that are specific to problems in childhood, such as parent training, play therapy, and family therapy.

    Prerequisite(s)

    One 200-level Psychology course, excluding PSYC 293.

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Exploration

A minimum of eight additional credit hours of Psychology at the 300- or 400-level. 

    

Industrial/Organizational Psychology Minor

This interdisciplinary minor is designed to help students prepare for careers in Human Resources, management and other business-related areas.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Psychology and Neuroscience.

Minor Requirements

A minimum of 24 credit hours, including:

Core Courses

  • PSYC 100 - Psychology: Science of Behavior

    PSYC 100 - Psychology: Science of Behavior

    4.00 credit hours

    An examination of the basic concepts, processes, theories and empirical findings concerning the behavior of organisms. Consideration is given to the following topics: physiological and developmental basis of behavior, sensory and perceptual processes, states of consciousness, learning and memory, and motivation and emotion, as well as personality, intellectual functioning, psychopathology, and social influences on behavior. Community engaged learning and/or an active research experience is used to further student understanding of course topics. Gateway course.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science.
    iCon(s)
    Being Human.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSYC 250 - Statistics

    PSYC 250 - Statistics

    4.00 credit hours

    The methods, concepts and logic underlying the statistical evaluation of research data with an emphasis on "why" as well as "when" to use various statistical methods. Content includes descriptive and inferential statistics, estimation and hypothesis testing. Analyses include z and t tests, one-way and factorial ANOVA, correlation, regression and Chi square. Assignments focus on problem solving, technical writing and use of computer statistical packages (SPSS). Only one of BUSN*265 or PSYC*250 may be taken for credit.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MATH 130 or higher.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Quantitative Analysis.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSYC 270 - Industrial/Organizational Psychology

    PSYC 270 - Industrial/Organizational Psychology

    4.00 credit hours

    The scientific study of human work in which theory and research are integrated to understand issues facing individuals, teams, and organizations. The focus is on the organizational and social context of human work, including work and identity issues, personnel selection and placement, motivation, job satisfaction, happiness, stress and health, organizational justice, and other relevant workplace topics.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PSYC 100.

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One of the following:
  • PSYC 320 - Personality

    PSYC 320 - Personality

    4.00 credit hours

    A survey of major models of personality, including psychodynamic, biological and trait, behavioral, and humanistic-existential paradigms. Each paradigm is discussed by addressing its unique assumptions about human nature, methodological approaches, assessment techniques, and use of evidence. Special emphasis is placed on applications in clinical/counseling, educational, industrial/organization, and other relevant settings.

    Prerequisite(s)

    One 200-level Psychology course, excluding PSYC 293.

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  • PSYC 360 - Psychological Assessment

    PSYC 360 - Psychological Assessment

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to key concepts, methods, and ethical considerations associated with psychological assessment. A key goal is for students to understand psychometric techniques so that they can read, understand, and interpret test results. Topics include an overview of true score, item response, and generalizability theories. Special emphasis is placed on the ethical and appropriate use of tests and the intersection between testing and contemporary society. Special topics include testing in the areas of intelligence, personality, attitudes, interests, and abilities.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PSYC 250 and one additional 200-level Psychology course, excluding PSYC 293.

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Electives

One course from two of the three following categories:

Communication
  • COMM 214 - Group Interaction

    COMM 214 - Group Interaction

    4.00 credit hours

    Students are introduced to the theory and practice of small group communication and decision-making. The course features an extensive group project, where students develop their abilities to participate, observe, analyze, evaluate and intervene in small group communication.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science, Community Engaged Learning.
    iCon(s)
    Being Human.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 280 - Business and Professional Communication

    COMM 280 - Business and Professional Communication

    4.00 credit hours

    An intermediate course in which students develop the skills and strategies for use in written, face-to-face and electronic communication in professional settings. Students learn fundamentals of writing and presenting in professional contexts and may investigate organizational communication practices such as interviewing, performance feedback, training and meeting management.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CARD 102 or COMM 100; COMM 200 or COMM 214; Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

Business
  • SBEN 100 - Globalization and Society

    SBEN 100 - Globalization and Society

    4.00 credit hours

    An introductory course identifying the role of the business institution in our society, how business behavior is shaped and influenced by its stakeholders-managers, consumers, employees, government and community members. Key topics include: business systems, corporate governance, the business and society relationship, business and public issues, ethical dilemmas in business, corporate social responsibilities in relation to stakeholders, globalization, ecological and sustainability issues and the influence of technology on business and society.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science, Ethical Dimensions, Global Understanding.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ECON 200 - Principles of Microeconomics

    ECON 200 - Principles of Microeconomics

    4.00 credit hours

    Introduction to the theory of consumer choice, social and individual welfare, the behavior of business firms and market structure, and other applied microeconomic topics.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MATH 130 or higher.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

Leadership, Ethics and Values
  • LEAD 220 - Leadership for Changemaking

    LEAD 220 - Leadership for Changemaking

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the scholarship of leadership theory and practice is integral to the preparation of students to be leaders and changemakers in a global community. This course walks students through the development of leadership theory while continually emphasizing its relevance and application. Students will engage with a variety of approaches as they examine case studies, research examples for theoretical application, and reflect on their own leadership style and development.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Ethical Dimensions.
    iCon(s)
    Engaging Civic Life.

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  • LEAD 230 - Conflict Resolution

    LEAD 230 - Conflict Resolution

    4.00 credit hours

    An inquiry into the theories and skills relating to the resolution of conflict in the community and the workplace. A variety of approaches will be used to understand and analyze issues and develop skills including lecture/discussion, negotiation exercises and simulated mediations. The course will focus on developing the ability to practice as a mediator.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Sophomore standing.

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Leila Azarbad

Associate Professor of Psychology; Ruge Fellow
Psychology and Neuroscience
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Alexis Chambers

Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience
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Margaret Gill

Associate Professor of Neuroscience
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Mary Jean Lynch

Professor of Psychology; Chairperson, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
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Paul Mullen

Half-Time Associate Professor of Psychology
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Thaddeus Rada-Bayne

Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology
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Nicole Rivera

Associate Professor of Psychology
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Patricia Schacht

Associate Professor of Psychology
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Michael Stefanik

Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience
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Daniel VanHorn

Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience
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Glen Wurglitz
Glen Wurglitz

Half-time Associate Professor of Psychology
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As a psychology or neuroscience student, you will have many opportunities to enhance your academic experience, apply your knowledge, and engage with your faculty and fellow students.

Research - create new knowledge

  • Enroll in a research practicum to assist a faculty member with his or her own research projects.
  • Work with a faculty member to design and execute your own independent study.
  • Present your original research at regional and national psychology conferences.
  • Apply for a Richter Grant to finance travel anywhere in the world your studies take you.

Internships - apply knowledge outside the classroom

  • Explore one or more different career paths in psychology before committing to a particular direction.
  • Examine a possible career path in more depth by applying theories and concepts to broader social issues and systems.
  • Engage in a pre-professional learning experience and link it to important issues and trends in the field.
  • For more information, contact Dr. Nicole Rivera.

Special Course Offerings - enhance your academic experience

  • Learn about the many career paths for psychology and neuroscience majors in our Careers in Psychology course.
  • Determine if graduate school is for you, begin the process of identifying possible degrees and programs, and start working on your graduate school applications in our Professional Psychology seminar.
  • Enroll in a senior seminar to explore topics such as eating disorders, bullying, illusions, memory disorders, psychology and the law, and military psychology.

Student Organizations - engage with your psychology peers to make a difference

  • Psychology Club - open to all majors and minors in psychology. Psychology club provides an environment for students interested to gain exposure to the field outside of the classroom and establish a network among students with various degrees of interest in psychology. Psychology club holds events such as the Psych Panel with Professors from the Psychology department to discuss opportunities in Psychology and interests. The club will have meetings every other week to discuss topics of psychology such as clinical, abnormal, health, counseling, and child psychology. Faculty Advisor: Nicole Rivera.

  • Psi Chi - the international honor society in psychology. Psi Chi hopes to help to prepare and inform students for graduate school and future careers through internship opportunities, alumni connections, and informational meetings. Additionally, we expand students overall knowledge of the field of psychology and the many possibilities of careers after graduation. Faculty Advisor: Alexis Chambers.

  • PHAME - dedicated to reducing the stigma of mental illness. We empower students to speak openly and encourage help-seeking by raising awereness and reducing stigma surrounding mental health issues through events, programming, and advocacy training for North Central College. Advisor: Nicole Musni.
  • Neuroscience Club - provides enriching experiences outside of the classroom for those interested in the sciences and neuroscience at North Central College. Members are provided with support and connections. Faculty Advisor: Margaret Gill.

  • Neuroscience Honor Society (Nu Rho Psi) - Faculty Advisor: Margaret Gill.

Study Abroad -- expand your horizons. Learn more.
Dr. Nicole Rivera and her students conduct research at the DuPage Children's Museum.

Michelle DePasquale (’14) began her teaching career at North Central as a preceptor and Psychology tutor.  She received her MA degree in Justice Studies at the University of New Hampshire, where she was a teaching assistant for a research methods course and a special topics course.  Since returning to the Chicago area, she has taught our Professional Psychology seminar (a course she proposed and designed as an undergraduate independent study), Psychology: Science of Behavior, and Social Psychology. Currently, she is an aide in an elementary school and is completing her MA in Elementary Education. This semester she is teaching one of our capstone seminars, Psychology of Sexual Assault. 

“My experience at NCC in the psych department made me into who I am today. The faculty I met and the relationships I built set me up for a lifelong love of learning and academia. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would someday work with the very faculty who inspired me to teach.”

 

Jacey Keeney (’13) returns to teaching at North Central after a year spent completing her pre-doctoral internship at Penn Medicine, Princeton House Behavioral Health in Princeton, New Jersey.  She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology, with an emphasis in Health Psychology, from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.  Her MS degree is also from Rosalind Franklin University, where she was a TA for courses in lifespan development and adolescent psychology.  Before her internship, Jacey taught Psychology: Science of Behavior, Child Development, and Psychology of Adolescence at North Central.  Currently, she is a clinician at True North Clinical Associates in Naperville, IL and Downers Grove, IL. This semester Jacey is teaching Psychology: Science of Behavior (again) and Stress and Coping.   

"My time at North Central College prepared me both academically and professionally for a career split between academia, clinical practice, and research. It was as an undergraduate student at NCC that I was first exposed to the importance of understanding the science behind your implementation, as well as lifelong learning and growth. I am so honored to have had the opportunity to come 'full circle' and give back to an institution that has supported me since the day I stepped on campus."

 

Shannon Miller (’99) is currently the principal of Heritage Grove Middle School in Plainfield District 202.  She has been an assistant principal and dean of students at Indian Trail Middle School in Plainfield, as well as the 7th grade dean of students at Crete-Monee Middle School, District 201-U in University Park. She began her teaching career at Crete-Monee as the drama teacher and received her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Benedictine University. Before returning to North Central this fall to teach Educational Psychology, she taught Education courses at Aurora University.  Shannon spent many summers on campus working in the North Central College Summer Music Theatre program as the co-costume designer/coordinator. 

“It is great to be back at NCC!”

 

Deb Zeitlin (’01) started teaching at North Central last year when she taught Child Development, Social Psychology, and Statistics. After earning her BA in Psychology, she earned her MA in Psychology (with a focus in Cognitive) from Southern Illinois University. Deb worked at Washington University at St. Louis, but then returned to the Chicago area to earn her MS in Occupational Therapy at Rush University.  She has worked as an occupational therapist at the Pediatric Place/Rainbow Center and Krejci Academy in Naperville and at Treehouse Pediatrics in Woodridge.  Currently, she is the staff occupational therapist for the School Association for Special Education in DuPage County (SASED).  Before teaching at North Central, Deb taught Introduction to Psychology, Social Psychology. and Women’s Studies.  She is currently teaching Social Psychology and enjoys creating a small community within each of her classes. 

"Going to school at North Central College was meaningful to me since my mom also graduated from NCC. As a child I spent many afternoons in the CAGE watching my mom take notes and work on her papers.  When I graduated with my psychology major and chemistry minor, I had no idea where the world would take me, but I felt prepared to begin.  Now, as a faculty member I see myself in many of the students.  I see students wanting to change the world and I'm hoping to get them one step closer to their dreams too."

 

Annie Wegrzyn (’16) is our most recent alum-instructor.  Annie received her North Central BA in Psychology (with minors in Studio Art and Spanish) and recently completed her MA in Community Psychology at DePaul University. She is working on her doctorate which will focus on response to sexual assault.  Annie began her teaching career as a preceptor and a certified Psychology tutor at North Central and is now teaching a Community Psychology course at DePaul.  This semester, she is teaching our Research Design and Experimentation course.

“During my time at North Central, I had the privilege of working with numerous psychology faculty members who were both exceptional educators and supportive mentors. They truly care about their students and about providing them a quality education. My experiences with the psychology faculty sparked my interest in teaching in psychology and continues to shape my own approach to instruction. I am excited to be back at North Central in this new role!”