Department of Psychology

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

PSYCH 101 INTRODUCTION TO THE PSYCHOLOGY MAJOR

1 u

Introduction to the Psychology Major outlines academic emphases and requirements within the major and introduces students to a breadth of psychological careers. Students will learn basics of APA style, become familiar with paths to graduate school and psychology-related careers, and plot their own course of study in the major.

Prereq: Psychology major or Psychology minor or consent of instructor.

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: Grade of C or better in MATH 141.

Unreq: ECON 245, MATH 230, SOCIOLGY 295

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 INTRODUCTION TO BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE

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.

Unreq: BIOLOGY 301.

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 in 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 325 CROSS-CULTURAL PSYCHOLOGY

3 u

This course examines the relationship between culture and psychological processes, and should sensitize students to psychological issues relevant in a diverse society. Topics to be examined will include psychological theory and research relevant to differences in race, ethnicity, nationality, language, socioeconomic status, gender, sexual orientation, disability, education, age, and religious and spiritual values.

Prereq:GENED 130, PSYCH 211.

PSYCH 327 INTRODUCTION TO THE SCIENTIST- PRACTITIONER DISCIPLINES IN PSYCHOLOGY

3 u

A survey course designed to offer a comprehensive overview of the applied scientist-practitioner professions in psychology (e.g., clinical, school, industrial/organizational, and counseling psychology). Examines roles, activities (assessment, diagnosis, consultation, intervention, and prevention), and current issues.

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.

Prereq: PSYCH 211 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 (e.g., linguistic vs. image-based thought) to the current computer-based models (e.g., 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 or 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 407 PSYCHOLOGY OF EMOTION AND MOTIVATION

3 u

Motivation is fundamental to human behavior, and emotion is intricately involved in motivational processes as both cause and effect. This course offers an introduction to the psychological bases of and interrelations between human emotion and motivation.

Prereq:PSYCH 211 and PSYCH 345 or PSYCH 355.

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 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 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
Repeatable
1-12 u

PSYCH 498 INDEPENDENT STUDY

1-3 u

Repeatable in combination with PSYCH 498R, for a maximum of 6 units in major and 12 units in degree.

Prereq: Minimum 2.75 GPA., minimum of 9 units in psychology, Junior or Senior standing, and consent of instructor.

PSYCH 498R UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

1-3 u

Limited to students in the Undergraduate Research Program OR to students whose faculty-recommended project meets departmental expectations for undergraduate research. Repeatable, in combination with PSYCH 498, for a maximum of 6 units in major and 12 units in degree.

Prereq:Minimum 2.75 GPA, minimum 9 units in psychology, Junior or Senior standing, and consent of instructor

PSYCH 499 Senior 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 a Senior thesis committee of the psychology department. Repeatable for a maximum of 6 units in the major.

Prereq:Psychology major or minor with at least 20 units in psychology courses and a minimum combined cumulative GPA of 3.0.



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