PSYCHOLOGY

Associate in Arts Degree: Psychology for Transfer

The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (Senate Bill 1440, now codified in California Education Code sections 66746-66749) guarantees admission to a California State University (CSU) campus for any community college student who completes an “associate degree for transfer”, a newly established variation of the associate degrees traditionally offered at a California community college. The Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or the Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor's degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. Students completing these degrees (AA-T or AS-T) are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. In order to earn one of these degrees, students must complete a minimum of 60 required semester units of CSU-transferable coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.0. Students transferring to a CSU campus that does accept the AA-T or AS-T will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor’s degree (unless the major is a designated “high-unit” major). This degree may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or to university or college that is not part of the CSU system. Students should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.

Student Learning Outcome:

Students will be able to assess the influence of a variety of factors that contribute to behavior and mental processes, evaluate psychological concepts, and compare and contrast theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in the field of Psychology.

Program Requirements:

Units Required: 18
 

    Units
PSYCH-101 Introduction to Psychology 3.0
OR    
PSYCH-101H Introduction to Psychology - Honors 3.0
PSYCH-102 Physiological Psychology 3.0
PSYCH-103 Introduction to Behavioral Research Methods 3.0
PSYCH-104 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 3.0
     
Plus three units from the following:  
     
PSYCH-109 Social Psychology 3.0
PSYCH-172 Developmental Psychology 3.0
OR    
PSYCH-172H Developmental Psychology - Honors 3.0
PSYCH-225 Psychology of Learning and Behavior 3.0
     
Plus three units from the following that have not already been selected from the courses listed above:
     
PSYCH-100 Psychology as a Major and Profession 3.0
PSYCH-105 Personal Growth and Adjustment 3.0
PSYCH-109 Social Psychology 3.0
PSYCH-126 Cognitive Psychology 3.0
PSYCH-172 Developmental Psychology 3.0
OR    
PSYCH-172H Developmental Psychology - Honors 3.0
PSYCH-175 Health Psychology 3.0
PSYCH-180 Positive Psychology 3.0
PSYCH-225 Psychology of Learning and Behavior 3.0
PSYCH-230 Human Sexuality 3.0
PSYCH-235 Psychology of Gender Roles 3.0
PSYCH-240 Abnormal Psychology 3.0
PSYCH-272 Adult Development and Aging 3.0


Associate in Arts Degree: Psychology

The Associate in Arts degree in Psychology will provide students with an introduction to the field of human behavior including the major perspectives, scientific foundations, and applied areas. The intent is to prepare students for future academic study in the field. The degree includes curriculum that can lead to a baccalaureate degree in psychology at a four-year college or university. The degree wcan also be a terminal, two year option of study for students interested in psychology who do not wish to pursue a baccalaureate degree in the field.

Student Learning Outcome:

Students will be able to assess the influence of a variety of factors that contribute to behavior and mental processes, evaluate psychological concepts, and compare and contrast theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in the field of Psychology.

Program Requirements:

Units Required: 24-25
 

    Units
18 units from the following:  
     
PSYCH-101 Introduction to Psychology 3.0
OR    
PSYCH-101H Introduction to Psychology - Honors 3.0
PSYCH-102 Physiological Psychology 3.0
PSYCH-103 Introduction to Behavioral Research Methods 3.0
PSYCH-126 Cognitive Psychology 3.0
PSYCH-225 Psychology of Learning and Behavior 3.0
PSYCH-104 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 3.0
OR    
MATH-140 Introductory Statistics 4.0
OR    
MATH-140H Introductory Statistics - Honors 4.0
     
Plus three units from the following:  
     
PSYCH-172 Developmental Psychology 3.0
OR    
PSYCH-172H Developmental Psychology - Honors 3.0
PSYCH-230 Human Sexuality 3.0
PSYCH-235 Psychology of Gender Roles 3.0
PSYCH-240 Abnormal Psychology 3.0
PSYCH-272 Adult Development and Aging 3.0
     
Plus three units from the following:  
     
PSYCH-100 Psychology as a Major and Profession 3.0
PSYCH-105 Personal Growth and Adjustment 3.0
PSYCH-109 Social Psychology 3.0
PSYCH-175 Health Psychology 3.0
PSYCH-180 Positive Psychology 3.0


PSYCH 100 PSYCHOLOGY AS A MAJOR AND PROFESSION
Units: 3.00
CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Introduces the profession of psychology, including careers in the field of psychology. Exposure to prerequisite study, computer, Internet, library, and report writing skills important for success in the psychology major at various educational levels.


PSYCH 101 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Examine behavior through an exploration of major concepts, theoretical perspectives, research findings, and historical trends in psychology. Topics include biological, physiological, and cognitive processes; states of consciousness; learning, memory and intelligence; life span development; psychological disorders and therapies; and social behavior.


PSYCH 101H INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY - HONORS
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: ENGL-101 or ENGL-101H

Examines behavior through an explanation of major concepts, theoretical perspectives, research findings, and historical trends in psychology. Topics include biological, physiological, and cognitive processes; states of consciousness; learning, memory and intelligence; life span development; psychological disorders and therapies; and social behavior. Additional reading, writing, critical thinking, and research techniques are required.


PSYCH 102 PHYSIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Prerequisite: PSYCH-101 or PSYCH-101H

Examines the functional and anatomical aspects of the nervous system in order to interpret behavior in terms of physiological processes, including cellular and organizational structure of the nervous system, the effects of psychoactive substances on the nervous system, the means by which sensory systems detect and process environmental events, and the biological basis of a variety of complex behaviors and mental processes.


PSYCH 103 INTRODUCTION TO BEHAVIORAL RESEARCH METHODS
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Examines the basic principles and concepts of research methodology used in psychology including: naturalistic observation, case study, questionnaire, co-relational research, and laboratory experiments. Research design and the process of data analysis are also reviewed using classic studies, while providing added insight into the scientific method.


PSYCH 104 STATISTICS FOR THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Prerequisite: MATH-070 or MATH-075

Examines the methods used in social and behavioral science to analyze and interpret data generated by social and behavioral science research. Emphasis is placed on gathering of data and the computation, interpretation, application, and presentation of statistics. Topics include: measures of central tendency and variability, graphing techniques, descriptive and inferential statistics, hypothesis testing, sampling, probability, non-parametric and parametric statistics, the normal distribution, t-tests, correlation, one-way and two-way analysis of variance, and use of the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS). UC credit limitation: ECON-291, MATH-140, MATH-140H, PSYCH-104 and SOCI-137 combined, maximum credit one course.


PSYCH 105 PERSONAL GROWTH AND ADJUSTMENT
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Emphasizes the application of theoretical psychology to the personal growth and self-knowledge issues relevant to college students. Explores topics such as the search for identity, stress, emotions, and interactions with others.


PSYCH 109 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Introduces the psychological theories, psychological research and applications in major areas of social psychology, including communication and social interaction, group dynamics, attitudes, stereotyping and prejudice, altruism and aggression, person perception and social cognition, roles, and cultural differences.


PSYCH 126 COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Explores the theory and research related to information-processing, focusing on attention, perception, memory storage and information retrieval. Also highlights work in artificial intelligence and cognitive neuroscience which serves to describe and explain cognitive processes.


PSYCH 172 DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Surveys human development, emphasizing changes occurring throughout the lifespan, including the physical, emotional, cognitive, and social growth of infants, toddlers, preschoolers, schoolchildren, adolescents, and adults.


PSYCH 172H DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY - HONORS
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Prerequisite: ENGL-101 or ENGL-101H

Surveys human development throughout the lifespan, emphasizing physical, emotional, cognitive, and social changes occurring from the prenatal period through late adulthood. Additional reading, writing, critical thinking, and research techniques are required.


PSYCH 175 HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY
Units: 3.00
CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Introduces the research, theoretical, and methodological approaches utilized in health psychology, including health behavior, primary prevention techniques, stress and coping strategies, treatment settings, and management of chronic and terminal illnesses. Relationships between psychological, biological, and social factors are also examined.


PSYCH 180 POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY
Units: 3.00
CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Explores the theory and research on the sources and effects of positive cognitive states, positive emotional states, and prosocial behavioral processes. Also examines Western and Eastern cultural approaches to the understanding of human strengths, developmental influences on positive functioning, methods for measuring and enhancing human strengths, and the benefits of human strengths, positive experiences and positive environments.


PSYCH 225 PSYCHOLOGY OF LEARNING AND BEHAVIOR
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: PSYCH-101 or PSYCH-101H

Introduces behavioral psychology, covering such topics as classical conditioning, operant conditioning, observational learning, and behavior modification.


PSYCH 230 HUMAN SEXUALITY
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Prerequisite: PSYCH-101 or PSYCH-101H

Explores the psychological and physiological aspects of human sexuality, including social and biological foundations of sexuality, human anatomy, reproduction, birth process, sexual behavior and attitudes in contemporary society, historical views of sexuality, cross cultural views of sexuality, sexual dysfunction, sexually transmitted diseases, and sexual problems and issues in our society.


PSYCH 235 PSYCHOLOGY OF GENDER ROLES
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Examines the psychological development of women and men as related to gender issues, including the development of sex roles and the extent to which these roles influence, or are influenced by physiology, the family, education, work, and interpersonal relationships.


PSYCH 240 ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Recommended preparation: PSYCH-101 or PSYCH-101H

Examines the history, patterns, and causes of maladaptive behavior as reviewed in the field of abnormal psychology, including clinical assessments using the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, therapies, and prevention strategies.


PSYCH 272 ADULT DEVELOPMENT AND AGING
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Surveys adult human development and aging, emphasizing changes occurring throughout the adult years. Examines the physical, emotional, cognitive, and social growth and aging of adults. Cross cultural studies of development and aging will also be discussed throughout the course.


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