Psychology Course Descriptions

All of the following Courses: (12 units)

PSY 305 PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN

DEVELOPMENT ACROSS THE LIFESPAN
Prerequisite: PSY 101, ENG 102
This course will study physical, cognitive, emotional, social, moral, and personality characteristics of the various stages of human development. Additionally, the developmental issues that are relevant to each phase of the life span (infancy, childhood, adolescence; early, middle, and late adulthood) will be addressed. The course will include a survey of major developmental theories and an investigation of the assumptions common to all of them.

PSY 411 BIOPSYCHOLOGY

Prerequisites: PSY 101, BIO 101
This course introduces students to human physiology and the human perceptual system. The relationship between physiology, genetic determinants, and environmental conditions will be explored. The significance of each of these factors for influencing human behavior will be emphasized. Theoretical knowledge of these factors will be applied to the understanding of psychological and neuropsychological impairments.

PSY 311 PERSONALITY THEORY

Prerequisite: PSY 101
This course surveys both classic and current theories of personality. A variety of perspectives will be examined including psychodynamic, humanistic, behavioral, and cognitive approaches. The study of individual theories will further consider the implication of ideas for
therapy, diagnostic tools, and the use of theory to guide current research.

PSY 412 PSYCHOLOGICAL DISORDERS

Prerequisite: PSY 101
This course introduces the study of psychopathology and considers both historical and cross-cultural perspectives on mental illness. The survey begins with the traditional classifications of neuroses and psychoses, and focuses on contemporary classifications of psychological disorders. The manifestations of mental illness as well as etiological considerations will be emphasized.
Diagnostic tools and therapeutic interventions will also be addressed.

Choose two from the following courses: (6 units)

PSY 303 PSYCHOLOGY OF LEARNING AND COGNITION

Prerequisite: PSY 101
This course will cover the scientific research relating to the acquisition and maintenance of behavior and the cognitive processes related to memory. Topics will include classical conditioning, concept formation, and memory organization. Students will examine these
topics from an experimental perspective with application to areas such as behavior modification and information processing.

PSY 304 PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN MOTIVATION AND EMOTION

Prerequisite: PSY 101
This course will address the physiological, cognitive, and social psychological theories of motivation and emotion. Theoretical perspectives as well as empirical findings will be examined in order to contrast need drive themes with incentive theories. Topics include the study of motivation for competence, achievement, and affiliation. The relationship between motivation and cognitive-affective processes will also be considered.

PSY 306 PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN SEXUALITY

Prerequisite: PSY 101
This course will offer a study of psychological aspects of human sexuality and their influence on gender identity and sexual behavior at various stages of development. Selected topics include: research on sexuality; gender roles; sexual dysfunction and therapeutic interventions; sexual harassment; intimacy and communication skills; and, the varieties of sexual behavior.

PSY 309 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY

Prerequisite: PSY 101
This course studies the intersection of psychology and sociology, and addresses the extent to which individual behavior is formed and controlled by social groups. The influence of individual behavior on the nature of groups will also be considered. Students will examine principles of crowd behavior, prejudice, public opinion, aggression, obedience, cooperation, and leadership. Applications to business, the legal system, and healthcare will be addressed.

PSY 415 COMMUNICATION AND COUNSELING SKILLS

Prerequisite: PSY 101
This course will involve a systematic study of the communication skills that are required for conducting interviews and counseling. The ethical issues associated with psychotherapy, as well as cultural differences in styles of communication will also be addressed. Additional topics that will be surveyed include: major theoretical approaches to psychotherapy; and, approaches to working with children and families. As the focus of the course will be on the development and application of specific competencies, this course is strongly encouraged for those students who intend to pursue internship opportunities.

PSY 482 SPECIAL TOPICS IN PSYCHOLOGY (1-3 UNITS)

Prerequisites: Varies by subject
Occasionally, special topics will be offered in the Psychology curriculum. They are selected for their contemporary interest and may be courses in applied psychology, contemporary issues in psychology, or in-depth studies of a particular area of psychology.

Optional:

PSY 498 INDIVIDUAL DIRECTED RESEARCH IN PSYCHOLOGY (1-3 UNITS)

For the course description, see “Individual Directed Research” in the catalog.

PSY 499 PSYCHOLOGY INTERNSHIP

Prerequisite: PSY 101
Internship provides an opportunity for hands-on experience in an area in the field of psychology which the student may want to pursue. Also see “Internships” for general information and policies.