Psychology

Division: Social Sciences

Julie Felender
Tracy Guild
Callista Lee
Brian Lopez
Katheryn McGuthry
Jeana Wolfe

PSY 101 F  General Psychology 3 Units

54 hours lecture per term. This course is a scientific introduction to the major fields of psychology. These fields include research methodology, cognition, memory, perception, sensation, motivation, emotion, learning, and developmental, social, personality, abnormal, and physiological psychology. Students will learn the principles, theories, and research on human actions, emotions, and cognition. (CSU) (UC) AA GE, CSU GE, IGETC (C-ID: PSY 110)

PSY 101HF  Honors General Psychology 3 Units

54 hours lecture per term. This Honors-enhanced course is a scientific introduction to the major fields of psychology including research methodology, cognition, memory, perception, sensation, motivation, emotion, learning, developmental, social, personality, abnormal, and physiological psychology. Students will learn and analyze the principles, theories, and research on human actions, emotions, and cognition. (CSU) (UC) AA GE, CSU GE, IGETC (C-ID: PSY 110)

PSY 110 F  Introduction to Applied Psychology 3 Units

54 hours lecture per term. In this course, students apply psychological principles, theories and research to specific situations and phenomena. Psychological principles will be applied to situations that might occur during college life, during personal familial and social experiences, in one's career or at school, or in the context of mental health and well-being. This course is not the same as PSY 101 F and cannot be taken in place of it. (CSU) (Degree Credit) AA GE

PSY 120 F  Human Sexuality 3 Units

54 hours lecture per term. This course covers a broad field in which many cultural, psychological and physiological variables interact in relation to sexual development, attitudes and behaviors. The methods of scientific psychology are utilized to improve understanding of a broad range of behaviors ranging from healthy to dysfunctional within mainstream modern American culture and American minority groups as well as peoples of other cultures and historical eras. Discussion of differing cultural and moral perspectives is utilized to assist students in making a critical assessment of the nature of the sexual self as well as intimate human relationships within their own community and the world. (CSU) (UC) AA GE, CSU GE (C-ID: PSY 130)

PSY 131 F  Cross Cultural Psychology 3 Units

54 hours lecture per term. This course is an introduction to culture's influence on human behavior and mental processes. Beginning with an examination of theoretical definitions of culture, the course covers a broad range of theories and research findings regarding cultural influences on human behavior and cognitive processes (life-span development, abnormal behavior and mental health, self-concept, emotion, motivation, learning, intelligence, perception, memory, communication, social cognition, and social behavior). The diversity of human expression is examined in contexts ranging from everyday modes of functioning to family and work relationships. By providing students with a non-judgmental understanding of how culture influences human behavior, this course will make them more equipped to interact in a world where there is increasing contact among different cultures. In addition, students will gain knowledge in cross-cultural research methodology. This course fulfills the Multicultural Education Requirement for graduation. (CSU) (UC) (Degree Credit) AA GE, CSU GE, IGETC

PSY 139 F  Developmental Psychology: Life Cycle 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101 F or PSY 101HF, with a grade of C or better

54 hours lecture per term. This course explores the entire lifespan, including infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, old age, and death. Students will study and evaluate psychological, sociological, and biological theories and facts related to human development. Physical, social, emotional, intellectual, cognitive and moral developments are among the topics covered. Students will study and evaluate research methodologies and the many factors thought to influence healthy development. (CSU) (UC) AA GE, CSU GE, IGETC (C-ID: PSY 180)

PSY 145 F Child Psychology 3 Units

54 hours lecture per term. In this course, the psychology of development will be studied from the prenatal stage through adolescence across the domains of physical, cognitive and psychosocial changes. Theoretical viewpoints and research findings will be applied to real-life situations. (CSU) (UC) (Degree Credit) AA GE, CSU GE, IGETC

PSY 161 F  Elementary Statistics for Behavioral Science 4 Units

Prerequisite(s): MATH 040 F with a grade of C or better or math skills clearance.

72 hours lecture per term. This course introduces students to descriptive and inferential statistical methods. These methods are essential to the understanding, interpretation, and performance of scientific research. Topics covered include presentation of graphic data, probability theory, hypothesis testing, correlation analysis, analysis of variance, and basic research design. Experience with calculators and computers is provided. (CSU) (UC Credit Limitation; PSY 161 F, PSY 161HF, MATH 120 F, MATH 120HF and SOSC 120 F, combined; maximum credit one course) (AA GE, CSU GE, IGETC (C-ID: MATH 110)

PSY 161HF  Honors Elementary Statistics for Behavioral Science 4 Units

Prerequisite(s): MATH 040 F with a grade of C or better or math skills clearance.

72 hours lecture per term. This Honors-enhanced course introduces students to descriptive and inferential statistical methods. These methods are essential to the understanding, interpretation, and performance of scientific research. Topics covered include presentation of graphic data, probability theory, hypothesis testing, correlation analysis, analysis of variance, and basic research design. Experience with calculators and computers is provided. (UC Credit Limitation; PSY 161 F, PSY 161HF, MATH 120 F, MATH 120HF and SOSC 120 F combined, maximum credit one course) AA GE, CSU GE, IGETC (C-ID: MATH 110)

PSY 199 F Psychology Independent Study 1 Unit

54 hours independent study per term. This course is for students who wish to extend their knowledge of a particular area through individual research and study. Topics might develop out of a curiosity stimulated in a regular class. Students will then contact the supervising instructor to develop a learning contract for their particular interest so that they can learn more regarding their chosen specific topic. Students successfully completing this course will be awarded elective credit in the Social Sciences area. (CSU) (UC review required) (Degree Credit)

PSY 202 F Research Methods in Psychology 4 Units

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101 F or PSY 101HF and PSY 161 F or PSY 161HF with a grade of C or better.

54 hours lecture and 54 hours lab per term. This course is designed for students who wish to explore in greater depth the theories, concepts, and research areas of methods of modern day psychology. Emphasis is on the scientific study of human behavior and mental processes using experimental and other research strategies. Skills in designing, implementing, analyzing, and writing scientific research studies will be included. Opportunities for field experiences in various psychological settings, such as research centers and regional psychological conferences are available. Consideration of research in multicultural contexts is addressed. (CSU) (UC) AA GE, CSU GE, IGETC (C-ID: PSY 205B)

PSY 202HF  Honors Research Methods in Psychology 4 Units

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101 F or PSY 101HF and PSY 161 C or PSY 161HF with a grade of C or better.

54 hours lecture and 54 hours lab per term. This Honors-enhanced course is designed for students who wish to explore in greater depth the theories, concepts, and research areas of methods of modern day psychology. Emphasis is on the scientific study of human behavior and mental processes using experimental and other research strategies. Skills in designing, implementing, analyzing, and writing scientific research studies will be included. Opportunities for field experiences in various psychological settings, such as research centers and regional psychological conferences, are available. Consideration of research in multicultural contexts is addressed. (CSU) (UC) AA GE, CSU GE, IGETC (C-ID: PSY 205B)

PSY 219 F The Human Services 3 Units

54 hours lecture per term. This course covers the history and philosophy of the human services, the needs of various client groups, and differences between practice settings. Goals and services of various human service agencies will be explored through field visits, case studies, service learning, and guest speakers. Career preparation for various human service positions will be covered. (CSU) (Degree Credit)

PSY 221 F The Brain and Behavior 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101 F or PSY 101HF with a grade of C or better

54 hours lecture per term. This course examines the neurophysiological and biological processes associated with behavior and mental processes. Emphasis is placed on the structure and function of the brain and other central nervous system structures. Related processes such as the autonomic nervous system, the endocrine system and the immune system also are addressed. Some of the specific topics studied in the context of the brain include learning, sensation, perception, emotion, motivation, cognition, relationships, memory, stress, psychological disorders and brain dysfunction. (CSU) (UC) AA GE, CSU GE, IGETC (C-ID: PSY 150)

PSY 222 F Abnormal Psychology 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101 F or PSY 101HF, with a grade of C or better

54 hours lecture per term. This course presents a scientific survey of the sub-field of psychology interested in researching the nature and causes of deviant or unusual human behavior both within and across cultures. This course surveys types of abnormal behavior, the process of assessing and diagnosing abnormal behavior, the therapeutic modalities used to treat abnormal behavior, and the scientific methods used to conduct research on abnormal behavior. This course draws upon DSM diagnostic criteria to classify abnormal behavior, and humanistic, cognitive, behavioral, cross-cultural, psychodynamic, and biologically-based models and theories to frame an understanding of abnormal behavior. Issues relating to research, treatment and forensic psychology are considered. (CSU) (UC) AA GE, CSU GE, IGETC (C-ID: PSY 120)

PSY 233 F The Psychology of Adjustment 3 Units

54 hours lecture per term. In this course, students will study a variety of types of adjustment, both functional and dysfunctional. For example, students might study emotional, behavioral or cognitive adjustment in the family or work setting. Students also will study the factors that seem to produce functional and dysfunctional adjustment as well as common treatments for dysfunctional adjustment. Such treatments might include cognitive therapy, humanistic therapy, behavior modification, systems therapy, or stress management. (CSU) AA GE (C-ID: PSY 115)

PSY 251 F Social Psychology 3 Units

54 hours lecture per term. This course presents a scientific survey of the sub-field of psychology that seeks to understand the nature, causes, and influences of the social context upon the individual and of the individual upon the social context. In this survey course, students will be exposed to basic theories, concepts, and empirical findings in such areas as social perception, social cognition, prejudice, discrimination, interpersonal attraction, conformity and obedience, bystander effects, social aggression, group dynamics, attribution theory and development of self in the social setting. (CSU) (UC) AA GE, CSU GE, IGETC (C-ID: PSY 170)

PSY 251HF  Honors Social Psychology 3 Units

54 hours lecture per term. This Honors-enhanced course presents a scientific survey of the sub-field of psychology that seeks to understand the nature, causes, and influences of the social context upon the individual and of the individual upon the social context. Students will be exposed to basic theories, concepts, and empirical findings in such areas as social perception, social cognition, prejudice, discrimination, interpersonal attraction, conformity and obedience, by-stander effects, social aggression, group dynamics, attribution theory, and development of self in the social setting. As an Honors section, this class will employ enhanced teaching methods such as a seminar approach, more research-based writing assignments, and assignments calling for a higher level of critical thinking. (CSU) (UC) AA GE, CSU GE, IGETC (C-ID: PSY 170)

PSY 299 F  Psychology Independent Study - Advanced 1 Unit

54 hours independent study per term. This course is offered for students who wish to increase their knowledge of the research process and literature reviews through individual study and small group conferences. Students successfully completing this course will be awarded elective units in the Social Sciences area. Approval of the instructor is required. (CSU) (Degree Credit)