Psychology (PSYCH)

Courses

PSYCH 101   INTRODUCTION TO THE PSYCHOLOGY MAJOR   1 Units

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 Units

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 Units

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 Units

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 Units

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 141 WITH GRADE OF C OR BETTER

PSYCH 216   RESEARCH METHODS   5 Units

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 Units

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 BIOLOGY 110 OR 4 CREDITS IN BIOLOGY
CROSS-LISTED: PSYCH 301 AND BIOLOGY 301

PSYCH 302   THE BIOLOGICAL BASIS OF EMOTION   3 Units

Explores the biological function of emotion, the physiological, neural, and psychological structure of emotion, and the biological mechanisms by which emotion interacts with other aspects of human behavior. Understanding of how scientific researchers explore the biology of behavior, and skills in reading, summarizing, and critiquing primary literature will be developed.
PREREQ: PSYCH 211

PSYCH 303   LEARNING AND CONDITIONING   3 Units

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 Units

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 Units

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 321   POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY   3 Units

This course provides an introduction to the scientific study of human flourishing including ideas such as hope, mindfulness, love, humor, wisdom and purpose. Students will gain an understanding of the current research into positive traits, experiences, and institutions and learn to apply evidence-based strategies for improving well-being in their lives.
PREREQ: PSYCH 211

PSYCH 325   CROSS CULTURAL PSYCHOLOGY   3 Units

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 witll 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 AND PSYCH 211

PSYCH 327   INTRODUCTION TO THE SCIENTIST-PRACTITIONER DISCIPLINES IN PSYCHOLOGY   3 Units

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 Units

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 Units

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   ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY   3 Units

An introductory survey of abnormal psychology covering the clinical syndromes includes 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 Units

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 Units

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   Repeatable   1-3 Units

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 credits in major and a maximum of 6 credits in degree. Department Consent required.

PSYCH 391   HISTORY AND SYSTEMS OF PSYCHOLOGY   3 Units

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: NINE CREDITS IN PSYCHOLOGY

PSYCH 394   DIRECTED RESEARCH IN PSYCHOLOGY   Repeatable   3 Units

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 credits in the psychology major or minor. Topics vary from term to term. Department Consent required.

PSYCH 407   PSYCHOLOGY OF EMOTION AND MOTIVATION   3 Units

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 304 OR PSYCH 355)

PSYCH 412   COMPARATIVE PSYCHOLOGY   3 Units

Comparative psychology is the study of animal behavior. Studying animals helps us understand what makes us uniquely human, and it also illuminates many areas of cross-species similarity. This course will examine the research on topics such as animal reasoning, language, and social behavior.
PREREQ: PSYCH 216 OR BIOLOGY 303 OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR

PSYCH 415   RESEARCH DESIGN   3 Units

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 416   ADVANCED AND MULTIVARIATE DATA ANALYSIS FOR THE LIFE SCIENCES   3 Units

An introduction to multifactorial and multivariate data analyses commonly used in life sciences such as psychology and biology. Analyses include analysis of variance and covariance, multiple analysis of variance and covariance, multiple regression, foundations of structural equation modeling (path analysis and latent factor analysis), discriminant analysis and logistic regression.
PREREQ: PSYCH 215 OR BIOLOGY 303 OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR AND JUNIOR STANDING

PSYCH 420   FOUNDATIONS OF PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY   3 Units

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. Instructor Consent required.

PSYCH 440   PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS AND MEASUREMENTS   3 Units

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 OR EQUIVALENT AND JUNIOR STANDING

PSYCH 444   PRINCIPLES OF BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION   3 Units

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   SCHOOL VIOLENCE AND CRISIS MANAGEMENT   3 Units

Advanced undergraduates and graduate students who have professional and/or scholarly interests in gaining a greater understanding of the variables associated 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 crisis prevention and response models.
PREREQ: JUNIOR/SENIOR STATUS

PSYCH 486   INTERVIEW AND PSYCHOTHERAPY TECHNIQUES   3 Units

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   FAMILY THERAPY   3 Units

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 STANDING OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR

PSYCH 490   WORKSHOP   Repeatable   1-6 Units

Variable topics. Group activity oriented presentations emphasizing `hands on` and participatory instructional techniques. Repeatable for a maximum of 6 credits in degree.
PREREQ: SENIOR STATUS OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR

PSYCH 494   SEMINAR IN PSYCHOLOGY   Repeatable   1-3 Units

Variable topics. Group activity. An advanced course of study in a defined subject matter area emphasizing a small group in intense study with a faculty member. Repeatable, with permission of the Psychology Department, for a maximum of 6 credits in major/degree.
PREREQ: 12 CREDITS IN PSYCHOLOGY

PSYCH 496   SPECIAL STUDIES   Repeatable   1-3 Units

Variable topics. Group activity. Not offered regularly in the curriculum but offered on topics selected on the basis of timeliness, need, and interest, and generally in the format of regularly scheduled Catalog offerings. Repeatable, with permission of department, for a maximum of 6 credits in major/degree.
PREREQ: 12 CREDITS IN PSYCHOLOGY OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR AND JUNIOR STANDING

PSYCH 497   EXCHANGE STUDY   Repeatable   0.5-12 Units

Variable topics. See Schedule of Classes. Repeatable.

PSYCH 498   INDEPENDENT STUDY   Repeatable   1-3 Units

Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member. Repeatable in combination with PSYCH 498R, for a maximum of 6 units in major and 12 units in degree..
PREREQ: 2.75 GPA, 9 CREDITS IN PSYCHOLOGY, JUNIOR OR SENIOR STANDING AND CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR

PSYCH 498R   INDEPENDENT STUDY - UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH   Repeatable   1-3 Units

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: 2.75 GPA, 9 CREDITS IN PSYCHOLOGY, JUNIOR OR SENIOR STANDING AND CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR

PSYCH 499   SENIOR THESIS   Repeatable   3-6 Units

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 credits 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