Academics

Course Descriptions

Psychology (PSYC)


PSYC& 100  General Psychology  (5)
Provides an overview of the scientific study of behavior and mental processes in humans and animals. Focuses on the presentation of various scientific theories and supporting research that currently guide the understanding of various aspects of human behavior such as learning, sensation, perception, motivation, memory, emotion, personality, development, abnormal behavior, psychotherapy, and group behavior. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a social science requirement for AA degree.
PSYC& 180  Human Sexuality  (5)
Explores the physiological, social and psychological aspects of sexuality. Covers the major theoretical constructs and empirical data regarding sexuality. May cover research techniques, sexual anatomy and physiology, sexual response, sexual behavior, orientation, relationships, love, sexual communication, sexual dysfunctions, deviations and treatment. PREREQUISITE: PSYC& 100 or eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a social science requirement for AA degree.

PSYC& 200  Lifespan Psychology  (5)
Covers theories and supporting research that explain psychological development from conception through old age. Topics may include physiological development, emotional development, personality and social development, cognitive development, and aging and death. PREREQUISITE: PSYC& 100 and eligible for ENGL& 101; or instructor's permission. Satisfies a social science requirement for AA degree.
PSYC 201  Personality  (5)
Presents an overview of various approaches to personality and their implications for healthy psychological adjustment to the demands of living. Approaches may include biological, psychodynamic, trait, behavioral, humanistic and cognitive perspectives on personality. Presents core concepts used by each perspective, as well as the assessment techniques generated by and used by that perspective. PREREQUISITE: PSYC& 100 and eligible for ENGL& 101; or instructor's permission. Satisfies a social science requirement for AA degree.

PSYC 209  Fundamental of Psychological Research  (5)
Introduces psychological research. Topics include interpretation of research, research problems and design, scientific writing, ethics, and literature review techniques. PREREQUISITE: PSYC& 100 and eligible for ENGL& 101; or instructor's permission. Satisfies a social science requirement for AA degree.
PSYC& 220  Abnormal Psychology  (5)
Covers the diagnosis, causes, and treatment of abnormal behavior. Topics may include defining abnormality, the history of abnormality, and differing theoretical models used to explain the cause of abnormality and the supporting research. Reviews disorders such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, anorexia nervosa, and multiple personality disorder. PREREQUISITE: PSYC& 100 and eligible for ENGL& 101; or instructor's permission. Satisfies a social science requirement for AA degree.

PSYC 225  Fundamentals of Physiological Psychology  (5)
Introduces the physiological psychology and the neural mechanisms of behavior. May cover how neurons and neurotransmitters function, the anatomical overview of the nervous system, how sensory systems and motor systems function, the neural mechanisms of motivated behavior, emotion, learning, memory, and sleep and psychological disorders. PREREQUISITE: PSYC& 100 and eligible for ENGL& 101; or instructor's permission. Satisfies a social science requirement for AA degree.
PSYC 240  Social Psychology  (5)
Covers theories and supporting research that explore the area of social psychology. Topics may include the social self, stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination, attitudes, persuasion, group influence, conformity and obedience, attraction and close relationships, aggression and helping others. PREREQUISITE: PSYC& 100. Satisfies a social science requirement for AA degree.

PSYC 298  Independent Study-Psychology 1  (1-5)
Allows students to pursue a special field of interest in psychology under the guidance of an instructor. PREREQUISITE: PSYC& 100 and instructor's permission.
PSYC 299  Independent Study-Psychology 2  (1-5)
Continues project started in PSYC 298, or a second project. PREREQUISITE: PSYC 298 and instructor's permission.