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Psychology Course Descriptions

Psychology A100—Introduction to Psychology — 3 units
This course is a scientific study of mental processes and behavior. The following psychology topics are explored:methodology, physiology, sensation, perception, states ofconsciousness, learning, memory, intelligence, thought,language, development, motivation, emotion, sexuality,health, stress, personality, abnormal disorders, andtherapies. This course may also be offered online. May betaken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis. Three hourslecture. Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.C-ID PSY 110

Psychology A100H—Honors Introduction to Psychology — 3 units
This course is a scientific study of mental processes andbehavior. The following psychology topics are explored:methodology, physiology, sensation, perception, states ofconsciousness, learning, memory, intelligence, thought,language, development, motivation, emotion, sexuality,health, stress, personality, abnormal disorders, andtherapies. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no passbasis. Three hours lecture. Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.CIDPSY 110.

Psychology A105—Psychology of Women — 3 units
Evaluates traditional theories of the psychology of womenand how they relate to women today. Will examine whatscience has taught us about the nature of women andhow their psychology is both similar to and different fromthat of men. Topics include communication styles, socialrelationships, body image, sexuality, motherhood, work,and physical and mental health. May be taken for gradesor on a pass-no pass basis. Three hours lecture. TransferCredit: CSU; UC.

Psychology A110—Psychology of Adjustment — 3 units
The study of concepts and principles of personal andsocial adjustment. Theories (e.g., biological, psychodynamic,behavioral, cognitive, humanistic) of healthyadjustment are explored and coupled with personaldiscipline and responsibility of the individual student.The material is geared to be relevant and applicable tocontemporary society. May be taken for grades or ona pass-no pass basis. Three hours lecture. TransferCredit: CSU; UC.

Psychology A125—Introduction to Counseling Psychology — 4 units
Designed for students who seek to acquire a basicunderstanding of counseling psychology and helping rolesin the mental health profession. Theoretical and practicalapproaches to treating emotionally, intellectually, and cognitivelyimpaired clients will be explored within the contextof the rehabilitation and recovery model and other treatmentmodels. May be taken for grades or on a pass-nopass basis. Three hours lecture. Transfer Credit: CSU.

Psychology A130—Life Span Developmental Psychology — 3 units
Psychological study of human development across thelifespan from prenatal development through childhood,adolescence, adulthood, and dying. Theories and researchof physical, cognitive, personality, and social developmentare examined, as well as attention to developmentalproblems. Institutions impacting each stage of developmentalso addressed. May be taken for grades or ona pass-no pass basis. Three hours lecture. TransferCredit: CSU, UC.

Psychology A140—Psychology of Adult Development — 3 unitsA study of human development from late adolescencethrough the stages of early, middle and late adulthood.Emphasis will be on theories of physical, cognitive, andpsychosocial development. May be taken for grades oron a pass-no pass basis. Three hours lecture. TransferCredit: CSU; UC.

Psychology A150—Developmental Psychopathology — 3 units
An overview of child and adolescent psychopathology.Topics explored include the classification, assessment,course, etiology, prevention, and treatment of disordersassociated with infancy, early childhood, middle childhood,and adolescence. Risk and protective factors aswell as gender and cultural differences in developmentalpsychopathology will also be examined. May be taken forgrades or on a pass-no pass basis. Transfer Credit:CSU.

Psychology A160—Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences — 3 units
Prerequisite: Mathematics A030 with grade of ‘C’ orbetter or qualifying OCC mathematics placement score.See mathematics assessment requirement.Emphasizes the calculation, interpretation, and applicationof descriptive and inferential statistics in the behavioralsciences. Topics include research methods, mathematicalconcepts, distributions, estimation, correlation, regression,sampling and probability, hypothesis testing, zand t Tests, ANOVA, and nonparametric tests. Studentscompleting Mathematics A160 may petition for alternativecredit for Psychology A160. May be taken for grades oron a pass-no pass basis. Three hours lecture. TransferCredit: CSU; UC.

Psychology A165—Principles of Human Sexuality 1 — 3 units
Scientific analysis of human sexual behavior from the psychological,sociological, and physiological points of view.Designed to provide the academic and theoretical basisfor the entire field of human sexuality. May be taken forgrades or on a pass-no pass basis. Three hours lecture.Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

Psychology A175—Human Sexuality 2 — 3 units
Prerequisite: Psychology A165.An advanced course on human sexuality in which thesocial-psychological factors that affect sexual behaviorwill be explored. This course will examine the extent towhich knowledge, preferences, lifestyle, awareness, andeducation affect sexuality. May be taken for grades oron a pass-no pass basis. Three hours lecture. TransferCredit: CSU; UC.

Psychology A185—Principles of Psychology — 3 units
Prerequisite: Psychology A100.This course is a survey of contemporary and classicresearch in the subfields of psychology particularlyaddressing applications, critical thinking, and the processeswhich underlie behavior. An emphasis on contemporaryinterests, recent discoveries, and innovations in the fieldof psychology will be addressed. This class is recommendedfor general education and for students majoringin the behavioral sciences. Three hours lecture. TransferCredit: CSU; UC.

Psychology A199—Current Topics in Psychology — .5-3 units
Study and discussion of topics and issues of current interestin psychology. Units vary according to topic selected,semester offered, and number of meetings scheduled.May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis. Thiscourse may be taken three times. One half hour to threehours lecture. Transfer Credit: CSU.

Psychology A200—Positive Psychology — 3 units
Focus on presenting practical ways to promote and maintainwell-being and happiness by managing emotions,strengthening positive character traits, and fostering betterrelationships. Topics include compassion, mindfulness,creativity and flow, self-knowledge, self-esteem, love,parenting, friendships, work ethics and achievement,spirituality, tolerance, resilience and humor. May be takenfor grades or on a pass-no pass basis. Three hours lecture.Transfer Credit: CSU.

Psychology A215—Psychology of Behavior Modification and Assertion — 2 units
Designed to teach cognitive and behavioral changetechniques. Specific behavior change programs especiallyrelevant to personal and social behaviors such asassertiveness are taught and rehearsed. May be taken forgrades or on a pass-no pass basis. Four hours lecture.Transfer Credit: CSU.

Psychology A220—Psychology of Personality — 3 units
Prerequisite: Psychology A100.A survey of classical and contemporary personality theory,research and application. This course may also be offeredonline. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no passbasis. Three hours lecture. Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

Psychology A235—Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery — 3 units
Advisory: Psychology A100.Introduces and familiarizes students with recovery andrehabilitation methods that address co-occurring disorders,family support, work, and education support.Introduces the student to community resources that willaid them in assisting individuals with housing, employment,dual diagnosis services, transportation, and othersocial services as part of the recovery process. TransferCredit: CSU.

Psychology A245—Field Work for Mental Health Workers — 3 units
Prerequisite: Psychology A100, A125, A235, and A255with a minimum grade of “C”. CPR Certification; andinstructor consent. The course instructor must approvefieldwork placement settings.Fieldwork experience is a component of the Mental HealthWorker Certificate Program. Class meetings emphasizelearning about working in the mental health field anddeveloping associated skills. Students obtain supervisedexperience in a relevant mental health placement setting.This course may be taken two times. Transfer Credit:CSU.

Psychology A250—Psychobiology — 3 units
Prerequisite: Psychology A100.This course is an examination of the relationships betweenthe brain and behavior and their application to self-management.The anatomy and physiology of the following willbe explored: neurological disorders and their treatments,sensation, perception, sexuality, drug use, emotion, sleep,learning, memory, and internal bodily states. This coursemay also be offered online. Three hours lecture. TransferCredit: CSU; UC.

Psychology A255—Abnormal Psychology — 3 units
Formerly Psychology A158Prerequisite: Psychology A100.A survey of abnormal psychology, models of abnormalbehavior, assessment and classification of mental disorders,etiology and treatment, and legal and ethical issues.May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis. Threehours lecture. Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

Psychology A260—Social Psychology — 3 units
The scientific study of the influence of others on an individual’smental processes and behavior. Topics exploredinclude self-perceptions, attitudes and behavior, groupinfluence and persuasion, attraction and relationships,stereotypes, prejudice, aggression, helping, and the applicationof social psychology to health, business, and law.This course may also be offered online. May be taken forgrades or on a pass-no pass basis. Three hours lecture.Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

Psychology A270—Psychology of Learning — 3 units
Investigates types of learning, the background andresearch that led to their discovery, and current modelsof learning, memory, and problem solving. Criticaland analytical thinking applied to instances of everydaylearning and memory. May be taken for grades or ona pass-no pass basis. Three hours lecture. TransferCredit: CSU; UC.

Psychology A280—Introduction to Experimental Methods — 4 units
Prerequisite: Psychology A100 and Psychology A160 orMathematics A160 or Mathematics A160H or concurrentenrollment.This course addresses the principles and techniqueswhich enter into experimental research concerning behaviorand emphasizes designing, conducting, analyzing,and reporting research in the behavioral sciences. Threehours lecture, three hours laboratory. Transfer Credit:CSU; UC.