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Psychology (PSY Courses)

PSY 101 General Psychology

3.0 units.
Advisories: ENGL 101 - Freshman Composition: Exposition
Acceptable for credit: Transfer to UC, CSU
C-ID Course Number: PSY 110
Grading Method: Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass
An Introduction to the concepts, methods, and techniques of psychology. Including critical thinking, nervous system, perception, learning, motivation, emotion, stress, prejudice, human interactions and social influences, psychological disorders and therapy.

PSY 104 Social Science Research Method

3.0 units.
Advisories: SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology ; or PSY 101 - General Psychology
Acceptable for credit: Transfer to UC, CSU
Course Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading Method: Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass
An introduction to sociological/psychological research methods. Presents the research process from topic selection through data collection for a variety of methods such as surveys, experiments, in-depth interviews, content analysis and comparative/historical research. This course is not open to students who are enrolled in or have received credit for Sociology 104. (F,S)

PSY 105 Research Methods in Psychology

3.0 units.
Advisories: ENGL 101 - Freshman Composition: Exposition
Prerequisite: MATH 123 - Elementary Statistics ; and PSY 101 - General Psychology
Acceptable for credit: Transfer CSU
C-ID Course Number: PSY 200
Grading Method: Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass
This psychology based research methods class will cover the scientific method and various research approaches. Topics covered consist of sampling procedures, descriptive research including observational and correlational studies, experimental research including single and multi-factorial designs, quantitative and qualitative research methods, and ethics in psychological research. Students will apply APA methodology, read, evaluate and interpret research papers, and relate the scientific method to real world situations. Math 123 and Psy 101 are prerequisites for this class. English 101 is strongly advised for this class.

PSY 106 Alcohol, Drugs, and Addiction

3.0 units.
Acceptable for credit: Transfer CSU
Grading Method: Letter Grade Only
An overview of the role of alcohol and other drugs in society with emphasis on such topics as patterns of use; major categories of drugs; explanations of use, abuse and dependency; as well as prevention, intervention, and treatment. This course is not open to students who are enrolled in or have received credit for Human Services 106 or Sociology 106. (F,S)

PSY 112 Human Sexuality

3.0 units.
Advisories: ENGL 101 - Freshman Composition: Exposition ; and PSY 101 - General Psychology
Acceptable for credit: Transfer to UC, CSU
C-ID Course Number: PSY 130
Grading Method: Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass
This course is an introductory overview of the human sexual condition from the perspective of the diverse cultural, sociological and psychological aspects within the United States as well as other countries/cultural. Students will be encouraged to become aware of their own sexual values, attitudes and related behaviors as well as being tolerant of sexual expression/orientation different from their own experience. This course will emphasize social patterns of sexual behavior, sexuality lifespan, sexual norms and abnormalities as well as historical and current sexual problems.

PSY 113 Theories Of Personality

3.0 units.
Advisories: PSY 101 - General Psychology
Prerequisite: ENGL 101 - Freshman Composition: Exposition
Acceptable for credit: Transfer to UC, CSU
Grading Method: Letter Grade Only
This course covers major contemporary personality theories, compare and contrast diverse personality perspectives, and applies the theoretical principles to personality, psychological health, and psychological growth.

PSY 117 Child Psychology

3.0 units.
Advisories: ENGL 101 - Freshman Composition: Exposition ; and PSY 101 - General Psychology
Acceptable for credit: Transfer to UC, CSU
Grading Method: Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass
Examines the multicultural four stage development of the child from conception through adolescence: first two years, early childhood, middle childhood and adolescence. Each stage is approached from the biosocial development, cognitive development and psychosocial development perspectives. This course includes various psychological theories fundamental to the child's development, effects of heredity and the environment, parenting styles, attachment as well as issues related to prenatal development and birth.

PSY 118 Human Development - Lifespan

3.0 units.
Advisories: ENGL 101 - Freshman Composition: Exposition ; and PSY 101 - General Psychology
Acceptable for credit: Transfer to UC, CSU
C-ID Course Number: PSY 180
Course Offered: Fall
Grading Method: Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass
A balanced study of basic theories, research, and principles of physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development from conception to death is presented in an integrated manner; includes behavior, sexuality, nutrition, health, stress, environmental relationships, and implications of death and dying.

PSY 119 Abnormal Psychology

3.0 units.
Advisories: ENGL 101 - Freshman Composition: Exposition ; READ 110 - Introduction to Critical Reading ; and PSY 101 - General Psychology
Acceptable for credit: Transfer to UC, CSU
C-ID Course Number: PSY 120
Course Offered: Spring
Grading Method: Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass
This course introduces students to the scientific study of broadly defined psychopathology and atypical or abnormal behaviors. Students will be required to investigate these abnormal behaviors from a variety of perspectives including biological, psychological, and sociocultural approaches. Theory and research in abnormal behavior, as well as intervention and prevention strategies for psychological disorders are also introduced.

PSY 121 Social Psychology

3.0 units.
Prerequisite: PSY 101 - General Psychology ; and ENGL 101 - Freshman Composition: Exposition
Acceptable for credit: Transfer to UC, CSU
C-ID Course Number: PSY 170
Grading Method: Letter Grade Only
An examination of how human behavior, attitudes, emotions, and thoughts are affected by the social situation. Topics include self-concept, intimate relationships, prejudice, obedience to authority, social influence, group-decision making, and multicultural relations. The use of social psychology in understanding diversity, sexism, and international conflicts is discussed. This course meets the Social Science GE requirement.

PSY 122 States of Consciousness:A Multidisciplinary Exploration

3.0 units.
Acceptable for credit: Transfer CSU
Grading Method: Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass
An exploration of different states of consciousness, the means of attaining those states, their uses, misuses, and consequences. Topics include theories of consciousness, substance use and abuse, sleep, dreams, hypnosis, dissociation, out-of-body states, near-death experiences, psychic and paranormal phenomena, religious ecstasy and conversion, alternative religions, meditation, and prayer, culture-bound syndromes, non-Western methods of altering consciousness, and peak experiences. This course is not open to students who are enrolled in or who have received credit for Human Services 122 or Anthropology 122. (F,S)

PSY 127 Emotional Intelligence

3.0 units.
Acceptable for credit: Transfer CSU
Grading Method: Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass
An introduction to Emotional Intelligence - a set of abilities and skills concerned with perceiving and managing emotional states in oneself and others. The neurobiology of emotions, how emotional states "hijack" people's behavior, and the application of emotional intelligence in a variety of personal and interpersonal situations are emphasized. This course is not open to students who are enrolled in or who have received credit for Human Services 127. (F,S)

PSY 128 Positive Psychology

3.0 units.
Acceptable for credit: Transfer CSU
Course Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading Method: Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass
An introduction to the psychological study of the positive, adaptive, creative, and emotionally fulfilling elements of human behavior and the factors that contribute to people being happy, productive, and well adjusted. This course is not open to students who are enrolled in or who have received credit for Human Services 128. (F,S)

PSY 132 Drugs, the Brain and the Body

3.0 units.
Advisories: HUSV 110 - Alcohol, Drugs, and Addiction ; or SOC 106 - Alcohol, Drugs, and Addiction ; or PSY 106 - Alcohol, Drugs, and Addiction
Acceptable for credit: Transfer CSU
Grading Method: Letter Grade Only
Overview of the pharmacology of drugs of abuse with emphasis on drug effects, how drug effects occur, how the body processes drugs, and health consequences of drug abuse. Physiologic aspects of addiction and the body processes drugs, and health consequences of drug abuse. Physiologic aspects of addiction and tolerance are explored. Pharmacologic interventions are integrated with other substance abuse modalities. This course is not open to students who are enrolled in or who have received credit for Human Services 132.

PSY 142 Co Occurring Disorders Engagement

3.0 units.
Acceptable for credit: Transfer CSU
Grading Method: Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass
Concepts, definitions, and features of co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders emphasizing attainment of empathic engagement with persons who have these disorders. This course is not open to students who are enrolled in or who have received credit for HUSV 142.(F,S)

PSY 143 Co Occurring Disorders Treatment

3.0 units.
Advisories: HUSV 142 - Co Occuring Disorders Engagement ; or PSY 142 - Co Occurring Disorders Engagement
Acceptable for credit: Transfer CSU
Grading Method: Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass
A study of the treatment of persons who have both psychiatric problems and alcohol or other drug use problems. This course is not open to students who are enrolled in or who have received credit for HUSV 143. (F,S)

PSY 189 Independent Projects

1.0 - 3.0 units.
Acceptable for credit: Transfer CSU
Grading Method: Letter Grade Only
Courses for students capable of independent work who demonstrate the need or desire for additional study beyond the regular curriculum. Enrollment allows students to pursue activities such as directed field experience, research, or development of skills and competencies under faculty advisement and supervision. Independent projects may be earned in most disciplines. Students wishing to enroll in Independent Projects should contact the appropriate instructor identified in the class schedule. If the project proposed is acceptable to that instructor, a contract will be developed. All contracts for these classes must be completed and submitted to the Records Office no later than the end of the second week of the semester. Students may enroll for any combination (unit value) of Independent Projects 189 and/or 389 for a total of four semesters in a specific discipline. Units are awarded depending upon satisfactory performance and the amount of time committed by the student to the course. Allowable units vary according to discipline, and are based on the following formula: 1 unit - 48 hours per semester 2 units - 96 hours per semester 3 units - 144 hours per semester