PSYC 100 General Psychology (3 units)
Introduction to the scientific study of animal and human behavior. Origins and assessment of individual differences in terms of learning, memory, thinking, intelligence, motivation, emotion, perception, and personality.
PSYC 105 Experimental Psychology (3 units)
Application of scientific methods to psychological research. Fundamentals of experimental design, descriptive and inferential statistics, scientific report writing. Exploration of psychology as a major study and as a profession.
PSYC 110 Courtship, Marriage and Family (3 units)
Examining the social, psychological, historical, legal and economic factors relating to changing family, courtship, heterosexual and same sex marriage and partnership patterns: Exploration of changing gender roles, courtship patterns and parenting will also be included. Emphasis will be placed on diversity of families and family forms. Also listed as SOCI 110.
PSYC 171 Quantitative Reasoning in Psychology (3 units)
Introduction to psychological statistics and measurements essential to understanding statistical and quantitative arguments presented in news accounts, advertising, political campaigns, and popular treatment of psychological research.
PSYC 200 Developmental Psychology (3 units)
A survey of the physical, cognitive and psychological changes that occur across the life span. Theoretical models, influences affecting development, and research relevant to development across the life span will be discussed.
PSYC 201 Child Development (3 units)
Examination of the major physical, psychosocial, and cognitive/language developmental milestones for children, both typical and atypical, from conception through adolescence. There will be an emphasis on interactions between maturational processes and environmental factors. While studying developmental theory and investigative research methodologies, students will observe children, evaluate individual differences and analyze characteristics of development at various stages.
PSYC 220 Introduction to Psychobiology (3 units)
Survey of central and peripheral nervous system processes underlying the behavior of humans and animals. Emphasizes evolutionary, genetic, and gender differences underlying social behavior; anatomical and physiological substrates of behavior and consciousness; and neural mechanisms and sensory processes associated with learning, language, perception, motivation, emotion, sleep, speech, and sexuality.
PSYC 230 Introduction to Cross-Cultural Psychology (3 units)
An examination of the diversity of human thought, feeling, and behavior, and the underlying reasons for such diversity. Focuses on the way culture influences human behavior and shapes mental processes. Reviews a variety of theories and research-findings regarding cultural influences on human behavior.
PSYC 238 Arab Cultural Psychology (3 units)
Examination of how Arab culture shapes thought, feeling, and the development of personality. Survey topics in cultural psychology including culture and personality, child rearing, gender relations, identity, family structure and religion. Studying the core value systems associated with the etiquette, beliefs and practices of Arab culture and influences on psychological development in the region. The course will also examine some nonnative perspectives of these core values.
PSYC 268 Black Psychology (3 units)
Introduction to and exploration of basic and alternative psychological theories and concepts that provide an understanding and appreciation of the psychodynamics of Black America.
PSYC 300 Social Psychology (3 units)
An overview of how the individual thinks about, influences and relates to others. Topics include the study of attitudes, self-concept, prejudice and discrimination, conformity and group processes. Upon successful completion of the course students will be able to evaluate how social influences shape behaviors and apply principles of social psychology to everyday life.
PSYC 301 Psychology of Personal Development (3 units)
Study of the ways people adjust to their environments. Emphasis on the ways personality develops and changes. Review of techniques people may use to cope more effectively with stress associated with our complex society. Small group projects may be a part of this course.
PSYC 310 Positive Psychology (3 units)
Introduces positive psychology, the scientific study of human strengths, well-being and happiness: Surveys the research, theories. Includes ideas about human health and happiness. Includes practice in applying positive psychology principles. Considers such topics as happiness, hope, and wellness promotion.
PSYC 390 Psychology of Consciousness (3 units)
A survey of the concepts and characteristics of human consciousness. Topics include the dimensions of the normal waking state as well as altered states of consciousness (e.g., sleep and dreams, hypnosis, meditation, sensory reduction, psychoactive drugs, etc.). In addition, the relationship between the brain and consciousness, the distinction between the conscious and unconscious mind, and other related concepts will be addressed.
PSYC 410 Abnormal Psychology (3 units)
Examination of disorders listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Topics include personality disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, schizophrenia, and other related disorders. Symptoms, causes, and treatments of each disorder are examined.
PSYC 665 Special Topics in Psychology (0.5- 2 units)
Advanced specialized study in psychology. Designed for psychology students and/or students interested in the social sciences such as anthropology, history, and philosophy. Topics will be generated by community, student and faculty interests. Field trips and off-campus investigations may require special planning by the students. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.