2004 - 2005 Catalog

Course Descriptions

PSYCHOLOGY

PSYCH 1
GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY(3)

Class Hours:  3 Lecture  CAN PSY 2 CSU General Education Requirement: D9, E. 
Prerequisite:  ENG 51A or equivalent.

Psychology 1 is an introductory course in psychology emphasizing psychological perspectives and methodology. The following topics are covered: psychological theories, scientific methodology, biological bases of behavior, life-span development, learning, memory, intelligence, motivation, personality, psychological disorders, therapy and social psychology. (AA, CSU, UC)

PSYCH 2
ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY(3)

Class Hours:  3 Lecture CSU General Education Requirement: D9, E.  Prerequisite:  ENG 51a or equivalent

Psychology 2 explores abnormal behavior and psychological disorders and introduces the student to clinical psychology, psychotherapy and other methods of treatment for psychological disorders. (AA, CSU, UC)

PSYCH 3
DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY (3)

Class Hours:  3 Lecture CSU General Education Requirement:  D9, E
Prerequisite: ENG 51A or equivalent.

Psychology 3 is a study of the stages and processes of human development over the life span, beginning at conception and leading to old age. Emphasis is placed upon pertinent research and practical applications. Historical and cultural factors that influence basic assumptions, methodology, theories and concepts are examined to provide students with a more critical perspective from which to evaluate  on temporary human development. (AA, CSU, UC)

PSYCH 4
PERSONAL PSYCHOLOGY(3)

Class Hours: 3 Lecture CSU General Education Requirement: E
Prerequisite: ENG 51A or equivalent.

Psychology 4 is a general course in the  principles of mental hygiene. It involves the analysis of personal behavior and attitudes in adjustment at home, at work, and in social relationships. (AA, CSU)

PSYCH 5
BIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY(3)

Class Hours:  3 Lecture CSU General Education Requirement: D9
Prerequisite:  ENG 51A or equivalent.

Psychology 5 is the study of behavior and experience in terms of genetics, evolution and physiology of the nervous system.  Physiological, genetic, evolutionary and functional explanations of behavior will be explored. (AA, CSU, UC)

PSYCH 8
LAW AND PSYCHOLOGY(3)

Class Hours: 3 Lecture
Strongly Recommended Preparation: ENG 51Aor equivalent.

Psychology 8 focuses on the interaction and application of law and psychology in respect to criminal behavior. This course will focus on the legal and psychological considerations in the  identification, prosecution, incarceration and treatment philosophies available to the criminal justice or social service professional. This course may be used as an elective for either Psychology or Administration of Justice but not for both. (AA, CSU)

PSYCH 30/60
PSYCHOLOGY EXPERIMENTAL COURSES
(.5-3)

Class Hours:  18 Lecture hours or 54 Laboratory hours for each semester unit.

All courses numbered 30/60 are designed to permit departments to meet an immediate student or community need, to explore newer methods in teaching a subject, to offer courses which are innovative and to provide curriculum variety and flexibility.  A required course description identifies each course subject.

PSYCH 49/99
DIRECTED STUDY(1-2)

Class Hours:  54 laboratory hours for each unit. No more than 2 units per semester per 49/99  series.

Psychology 49/99 is designed for students who wish to undertake special projects related to a  particular field. Students, under instructor guidance and acknowledgement, may pursue individual exploration after completing or while currently enrolled in at least one course in the department of directed study.

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