SUBJECTS & COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

 

Addiction Studies (ADDICST)

(Formerly Psychology 064)
LECTURE, 3 HOURS.
This course is an introductory survey on alcohol and drug use and abuse. The history, classification, impact, and treatment of psychoactive drugs and addiction are covered. Public policies and social attitudes on alcohol and drug abuse, as well as mental health and drugs, are also examined.

(Formerly Psychology 065)
LECTURE, 3 HOURS.This course addresses intervention, treatment, and recovery issues in chemical dependency. Topics include approaches to intervention, obstacles to intervention, and stages of formal intervention. The medical, behavioral, social, and family systems models of treatment, and various approaches to treatment are also discussed.

Psychology (PSYCH)

(3 units) UC:CSU
IGETC Area 4I (C-ID PSY 110)
(UC Credit Limit: Psychology 001 and 006 combined, maximum credit one course)
LECTURE, 3 HOURS.
This course introduces the scientific study of human behavior and experience, including research methods in psychology, the biological basis of behavior, learning and memory, motivation, theories of personality, psychological disorders and their treatments, and other selected topics.

(3 units) UC:CSU
IGETC Area 5B (C-ID PSY 150)
Prerequisite: Psychology 001.
LECTURE, 3 HOURS.
An analysis of the physiological, evolutionary, and developmental mechanisms of behavior and experience. Human and other animal models are examined with an emphasis on structure-function relationships of neurons and glial cells, and the nervous system as a whole. Topics include the neurochemistry underlying behavior, sensation and perception, movement, regulatory processes, reproductive behaviors, emotion, the biology of learning and memory, language and cognition, as well as disorders resulting from nervous system injury or malfunction. Methodology and ethical considerations of human and animal research are discussed and evaluated througout the course.

(3 units) UC:CSU IGETC Area 4I
Prerequisite: Psychology 001.
LECTURE, 3 HOURS.
This course explores biological, cognitive, emotional, psychological and social development from conception through adolescence with an emphasis on differing theories specific to the field. The course is geared toward practical application of child psychology.

(3 units) UC:CSU IGETC Area 4
(C-ID PSY 170)
Prerequisite: Psychology 001.
LECTURE, 3 HOURS.
This course examines how individuals are influenced by their social environment. A diversity of topics are discussed, including social cognition, social perception, attitude formation, social influence, interpersonal attraction, group processes, prosocial behavior, aggression, and prejudice. Throughout this course, students sharpen their critical thinking skills and gain a better appreciation for the complex interaction that occurs between the person and the environment.

(3 units) UC:CSU IGETC Area 4I
Advisory: Psychology 001.
LECTURE, 3 HOURS.
This course examines the definition, possible causes, signs and symptoms and treatment of psychological disorders. Topics such as anxiety, mood disorders, schizophrenia, substance related disorders, and personality disorders are emphasized.

(3 units) UC:CSU IGETC Area 4D, 4I
Advisory: Psychology 001.
LECTURE, 3 HOURS.
This course focuses on psychological issues related to women. Topics include social construction of gender and gender identity development. The effect of gender stereotypes and gender role expectations on school, work, family, and relationships are discussed. Gender differences in cognitive abilities, social and personality characteristics, and communication styles are also covered. Cultural influences on gender are integrated throughout the course.

(3 units) UC:CSU IGETC Area 4I
LECTURE, 3 HOURS.
This course explores human development from conception to death. It includes the study of relevant theories of development, with an emphasis on research concerning physical, intellectual, emotional, and social development across the human lifespan. Additional areas of investigation for each phase of the life cycle cover biological influences, brain growth, learning, intelligence, personality, self-concept, social roles, interpersonal relationships, death, and grieving.

(3 units) CSU
LECTURE, 3 HOURS.
This course is an introduction to the dynamics of group interaction with an emphasis on the individual’s first-hand experience as the group studies itself. Under supervision, the factors involved in problems of communication, effective theory/practice skills, and individual growth are highlighted.

(3 units) UC:CSU IGETC Area 4I
LECTURE, 3 HOURS.
This course explores the psychological aspects of human sexuality from the perspective of the individual as well as romantic couples. Topics include male and female sexual anatomy, sexual arousal and response, gender identity, sexual orientation, love and attraction, effective relationship communication, pregnancy, methods of contraception, sexually transmitted infections, normal versus abnormal sexual behavior and sexual coercion.

(3 units) CSU
Prerequisite: Psychology 001.
LECTURE, 3 HOURS.
This course focuses on the science of drug action and its effects on the nervous system, behavior, mood, and health. Both legal and illegal chemical substances are considered, including various “street” drugs, common prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, tobacco, and alcohol. Special importance is placed on the synaptic effects of these substances and their impact on specific neurotransmitter systems. Historical trends, routes of administration, absorption, metabolism and elimination, addiction, and tolerance and withdrawal are also considered.

(3 units) CSU
LECTURE, 3 HOURS.
This course explores the psychological factors that influence and predict peak performance, human behavior, and human development both in and out of sport settings. In particular, research-based psychological principles are applied to topics such as peak performance, goal setting, motivation, teamwork, confidence, visualization, relaxation, leadership, burnout, character building, drug abuse, and race and gender issues as they relate to stereotyping, participation, and opportunity.

(4 units) UC:CSU IGETC Area 2A
UC Credit Limit: 1 course maximum from: PSYCH 091, MATH 227, 227S, BUS 015, and ECON 020).
Prerequisites: Mathematics 125 or Mathematics 125S or Mathematics 134 or Mathematics 137

LECTURE, 3 HOURS; LABORATORY, 2 HOURS.
This course presents a thorough introduction to the analysis of research data for the behavioral and social scientist. This course is an introduction to probability, measures of central tendency, descriptive statistics and inferential statistics including sampling, estimation, hypothesis testing, effect size analysis, contingency tables and chi-square analysis, t-tests, one-way analysis of variance, two-way analysis of variance, correlation, and bivariate regression. Students also learn to code, structure, and interpret data using SPSS. Ultimately, students are able to analyze and interpret data from a variety of behavioral and social sciences disciplines including psychology, sociology, child development, business, life sciences, health sciences, and education.

(5 units) UC:CSU
IGETC Area 4I (C-ID PSY 200)
Prerequisites: Psychology 091 or Mathematics 227 or 227S and English 101. Advisory: Psychology 002.
LECTURE, 5 HOURS.
This course is an introduction to the scientific method as it applies to questions about human behavior, for students who wish to pursue psychological science in greater depth. The course examines experimental and non-experimental research methods, with an emphasis on data collection, statistical analysis, and presentation of research results through APA-style scientific writing and presentation, all with a multi-cultural perspective.

(3 units) UC:CSU IGETC Area 2A
IGETC Area 4I (C-ID PSY 200)
Prerequisites: Psychology 091 or Mathematics 227 or 227S. Advisory: Psychology 092.
LECTURE, 3 HOURS.
This course provides an overview of key multivariate statistical analysis techniques as they relate to research in the social and behavioral sciences. In particular, students learn the conceptual underpinnings and the mathematical basis of multiple regression, logistic regression, and path analysis. Students apply these techniques to research data, and learn how to interpret and present the results in meaningful ways.

(1 unit) CSU
CONFERENCE 1 HOUR PER WEEK PER UNIT.
The above courses allows students to pursue Directed Study in Psychology on a contract basis under the direction of a supervising instructor.
CREDIT LIMIT: A MAXIMUM OF 6 UNITS IN DIRECTED STUDY MAY BE TAKEN FOR CREDIT.
Note: UC Credit for variable topics courses in this discipline is given only after a review of the scope and content of the course by the enrolling UC campus. This usually occurs after transfer and may require recommendations from faculty. Information about internships may also be presented for review, but credit for internships rarely transfers to UC.