PSYCHOLOGY  COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

PSYCH 104     PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN ADJUSTMENT    GS         3 u
Focuses on the processes of decision-making, conflict resolution, and value judgments. Emphasis will be on understanding practical methods for handling interpersonal relationships. Effective use of coping devices for college students and others will be studied. Enhancing the psychological resources for personal change and growth will be stressed.

 PSYCH 202     PSYCHOLOGY OF WOMEN    GS         3 u
Inquiry into the psychology of women with an emphasis on theory and research. Study of gender differences in behavior and personality from intrapsychic and sociocultural viewpoint. Personality development and life stages of women.

 PSYCH 211     INTRODUCTORY PSYCHOLOGY    GS         3 u
A survey of contemporary psychology covering human development, intelligence, abilities, sensation, perception, motivation, emotion, learning, personality structure, disordered behavior, social psychology, and the physiological bases of behavior. Includes an overview of current theory, research methods, and controversial issues in the field.

 PSYCH 215     BASIC STATISTICAL METHODS         3 u
An introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics. Topics include preliminary concepts, frequency distribution, graphic methods, measures of central tendency and variability, percentiles, probability, normal distribution, correlation analysis, sampling theory, parametric and selected non-parametric hypotheses-testing procedures. Lectures are supplemented by computational laboratory sessions.
Prereq: MATH 143 or MATH 152.

 PSYCH 216     RESEARCH METHODS         5 u
A laboratory course in the methodology of psychological research with emphasis on design, measurement, and statistical analysis appropriate for testing hypotheses in perception, learning, memory and other areas of general psychology. Students design and conduct experiments and write reports.
Prereq: PSYCH 211 and PSYCH 215.

 PSYCH 301     PHYSIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY         3 u
A survey of the biological and physiological bases of human and animal behavior, with particular attention to the following: Basic principles of the anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry of the nervous system; sensory and motor systems; sleep; circadian rhythms; sexual behavior; emotion and stress; motivation; learning, memory, and language; neurological disorders; psychopathology.
Prereq: PSYCH 211 or 4 units of biology or BIOLOGY 110.

 PSYCH 303     LEARNING AND CONDITIONING         3 u
Studies the basic processes of how organisms modify their behavior. Topics include classical and instrumental conditioning, reinforcement, extinction, punishment and avoidance, generalization and discrimination, and biological constraints on learning.
Prereq: PSYCH 211

 PSYCH 304     PSYCHOLOGY OF PERSONALITY         3 u
An introduction to the study of the uniqueness of the individual. Emphasis will be on research methods and on theories as well as on some of the more important characteristics on which individuals differ.
Prereq: PSYCH 211

 PSYCH 305     PSYCHOLOGY OF PERCEPTION         3 u
A study of how sensations emerge from physical energies falling upon sense receptors and get organized into the percepts we call events, objects and object properties of the real world including our self image. Topics include illusions, hallucinations, and normal experiences with all the senses, especially touch, hearing, and vision.
Prereq: PSYCH 211

 PSYCH 331     PSYCHOLOGY OF CHILDHOOD         3 u
An introduction to the psychological research on child development with emphasis on physical, cognitive, social and emotional development.
Prereq: PSYCH 211

 PSYCH 332     PSYCHOLOGY OF ADOLESCENCE         3 u
An introduction to the psychological research on adolescent development with emphasis on physical, cognitive, social, emotional, sexual and moral development.
Prereq: PSYCH 211

 PSYCH 345/545     ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY         3 u
An introductory survey of abnormal psychology covering the clinical syndromes included in the diagnostic classification system of the American Psychiatric Association. Current research regarding causal factors, treatment, and outcomes supplement descriptions of maladaptive patterns of behavior.
Coreq: PSYCH 304 or Graduate standing.

PSYCH 351     COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY         3 u
Course will explore processes of thought, attention, memory, language, and problem-solving. Students will explore various theories of cognition from traditional psychological theories (i.e., linguistic vs. image based thought) to the current computer-based models (i.e., artificial intelligence) and examine relevant evidence to help us gain insight into the workings of the human mind.
Prereq: PSYCH 211.

 PSYCH 355     SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY         3 u
The study of the individual (thus psychological) in social contexts (thus sociological), emphasizing such topics as interpersonal attractions, prejudice, leadership, formal and informal social roles, conflicts, brainwashing, social power, social influence, persuasion, stereotyping, conformity, obedience, group effectiveness, self-perception, and validation in social interaction of beliefs, values, attitudes, self-concepts.
Prereq: PSYCH 211

 PSYCH 387     FIELD TRAINING IN PSYCHOLOGY         1-3 u
An opportunity is presented to introduce psychology majors and minors to a work-study experience in a selected agency or institution. Repeatable for a maximum of 3 units in major and a maximum of 6 units in degree.
 Prereq: Consent of instructor.

 PSYCH 391     HISTORY AND SYSTEMS OF  PSYCHOLOGY        3 u
An overview of major psychological theories and theoretical issues designed to assist the advanced student in organizing and integrating his knowledge of factual content in psychology and in completing a strong foundation for graduate study.
Prereq: 9 units in psychology.

 PSYCH 394/594     DIRECTED RESEARCH IN  PSYCHOLOGY        3 u
Students, under faculty supervision, participate in some of all phases of research projects, literature search, design, data collection and analysis, and preparation of research reports. Repeatable for a maximum of 6 units in the psychology major or minor. Topics vary from term to term.
Prereq: consent of instructor

PSYCH 415/615     RESEARCH DESIGN         3 u
Several research strategies will be investigated. These will include using questionnaires, attitude and personality research, and interview research. Some of the statistical techniques covered will be: t-tests, chi-square, and various correlational techniques. A thorough discussion of numerous analysis of variance techniques will constitute a major portion of this course.
Prereq: PSYCH 215 or equivalent and junior standing.

 PSYCH 420/620     FOUNDATIONS OF PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY        3 u
 An examination of the history, foundations, legal/ethical, and role and function issues in school psychology. Particular attention will be focused on the exploration of specific models of school psychological service delivery, including direct intervention and school-based consultation with education and agency professionals.
Prereq: Admission to the School Psychology Program or consent of instructor.

 PSYCH 424/624     HUMAN LEARNING         3 u
A survey of findings and theoretical analyses of how people acquire, forget, and transfer verbal information. The structures (sensory, short-term, and long-term memory) and processes (attention, encoding, storage, and retrieval) of human memory will be studied and related to the current theories of human information processing.
Prereq: PSYCH 303 or equivalent or consent of instructor and junior standing.

 PSYCH 440/640     PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS AND MEASUREMENTS         3 u
Demonstrates the principles of psychological measurement. Demonstrates contents and uses of specific tests of mental ability, achievement, personality, interests, and special abilities. Field work: Group examination of regional schools' testing program - analysis of tests of this program.
Prereq: PSYCH 215 and junior standing.

 PSYCH 444/644     PRINCIPLES OF BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION          3 u
A survey of the various methods used in behavior modification programs. The background and theory of specific techniques will be carefully considered. The variables to be reviewed in establishing a sound program will be presented and evaluated.
Prereq: PSYCH 211 and junior standing.

 PSYCH 446/646     INTRODUCTION TO CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY         3 u
A survey course designed to acquaint the student with the types of behavior personality problems with which the clinical psychologist deals, the use of diagnostic methods including projective techniques, and to provide an orientation to the various methods of psychotherapy.
Prereq: PSYCH 304 or PSYCH 345 or consent of instructor and junior standing.

 PSYCH 451/651     INTERPERSONAL RELATIONS AND SOCIAL INTERACTIONS        3 u
 Theory, research and exercises in interpersonal perception, communication, motivation, leadership and problem-solving within groups.
 Prereq: Junior or senior standing.

PSYCH 480/680     SCHOOL VIOLENCE AND CRISIS  MANAGEMENT       3 u
Advanced undergraduates and graduate students who have professional and/or scholarly interests in gaining a greater understanding of the variables associated with violence and crisis management in the public school setting. Emphasis on: Psychological, developmental, and risk correlates of childhood aggression; critical examination of the prevention and intervention models considered most effective and useful in the school setting; in depth understanding of crisis prevention and response models.
Prereq: Junior standing.

 PSYCH 486/686     INTERVIEW AND PSYCHOTHERAPY TECHNIQUES         3 u
A review of the literature on interview techniques as a method of assessment and as a method of helping. Students will observe and discuss demonstrations conducted by faculty members. In addition, students will conduct, role-play, tape, and analyze interviews themselves.
Prereq: PSYCH 304 or PSYCH 345 and junior standing.

 PSYCH 489/689     FAMILY THERAPY         3 u Concepts, theories, and research in family therapy will be reviewed. Students will role-play family problems and treatment skills. This course does not qualify a student to practice family therapy, for which an internship and/or clinical placement and graduate degree are necessary.
Prereq: PSYCH 486 or senior or graduate standing or consent of instructor.

 PSYCH 490/690     WORKSHOP         1-6 u
Repeatable for a maximum of 6 units in degree. Prereq: Senior standing or consent of instructor.

 PSYCH 494    SEMINAR IN PSYCHOLOGY         1-3 u
Repeatable, with permission of the Psychology Department, for a maximum of 6 units in major/degree. Prereq: 12 units in psychology or consent of instructor.

 PSYCH 496/696     SPECIAL STUDIES IN  PSYCHOLOGY       1-3 u
Repeatable, with permission of department, for a maximum of 6 units in major/degree. Prereq: 12 units in psychology or consent of instructor and junior standing.

PSYCH 497     EXCHANGE STUDY         1-12 u
Repeatable

 PSYCH 498     INDEPENDENT STUDY         1-3 u
Repeatable for a maximum of 6 units in major. Prereq: Minimum 2.75 g.p.a., minimum of 9 units in psychology, junior or senior standing, and consent of instructor.

 PSYCH 499     HONORS THESIS         3-6 u
Students engage in a critical review or an experimental study of a topic of interest to them under the supervision of an honors thesis committee of the psychology department. Repeatable for a maximum of 6 units in the major.
Prereq: Psychology major or minor with at least 21 units in psychology courses and a minimum overall GPA of 3.5.
 
 
 

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