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PSYC 1 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY
3 units • LG-P/NP • Three hours lecture

Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. The content focuses on the exploration of major psychological theories and concepts, methods, and research findings in psychology. Topics include the biological bases of behavior, perception, cognition and consciousness, learning, memory, emotion, motivation, development, personality, social psychology, psychological disorders and therapeutic approaches, and applied psychology. Also offered online.

  • Advisories: ENGL 1A
  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC
  • General Ed. Credit: CSU, Area D, E; IGETC, Area 4; MPC, Area D

PSYC 3 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
3 units • LG-P/NP • Three hours lecture

This course considers individual human behavior in relation to the social environment. The power of the situation, other individuals, and the social group are examined. Emphasized topics include aggression, prejudice and stereotypes, interpersonal attraction, attitudes and attitude change, conformity, group phenomena, gender roles, cultural norms, person perception, and social cognition. (Also offered as Sociology 3; credit may be earned only once.)

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC
  • General Ed. Credit: CSU, Area D; IGETC, Area 4; MPC, Area D

PSYC 6 PSYCHOLOGY OF WOMEN
3 units • LG-P/NP • Three hours lecture

This course focuses on the psychological, social, and biological factors that influence women’s personality, behavior, and self-image throughout the life cycle. The course explores ways to promote development of women’s full potential and optimum mental health. (Also offered as Gender and Women’s Studies 6; credit may be earned only once.) Also offered online.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC
  • General Ed. Credit: CSU, Area D, E; IGETC, Area 4; MPC, Area D

PSYC 10 INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY
3 units • LG-P/NP • Three hours lecture

This course surveys various psychological research methods with an emphasis on research design, experimental procedures, descriptive methods, instrumentation, and the collection, analysis, interpretation, and reporting of research data. Research design and methodology are examined through a review of research in a variety of the subdisciplines of psychology. Also offered online.

  • Prerequisites: MATH 16; PSYC 1
  • Advisories: ENGL 1A
  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC

PSYC 25 LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENT
3 units • LG-P/NP • Three hours lecture

This course provides an overview, from a psychological perspective,
of human development from conception through death, including
biological and environmental influences. Theories and research
of physical, cognitive, personality, and social development are
examined, as well as attention to developmental problems.
Also offered online.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC
  • General Ed. Credit: CSU, Area D, E; IGETC, Area 4; MPC, Area D, E1

PSYC 33 PSYCHOLOGY OF ADJUSTMENT
3 units • LG-P/NP • Three hours lecture

This course is designed with an applied focus for the students interested in how psychology is used in everyday life and is related to other social sciences. The course surveys different psychological perspectives and theoretical foundations and how these are applied across a person’s life taking into account multiple factors. A broad understanding of how scientists, clinicians, and practitioners study and apply psychology is emphasized.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
  • Credit transferable: CSU
  • General Ed. Credit: MPC, Area D

PSYC 35 INTRODUCTION TO ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY
3 units • LG-P/NP • Three hours lecture

This course introduces the scientific study of psychopathology and atypical behaviors, broadly defined. Students investigate abnormal behavior from a variety of perspectives including biological, psychological, and sociocultural approaches. An integrative survey of theory and research in abnormal behavior, and intervention and prevention strategies for psychological disorders are also introduced.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC
  • General Ed. Credit: CSU, Area D; IGETC, Area 4; MPC, Area D

PSYC 38 BIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY
3 units • LG-P/NP • Three hours lecture
This course introduces the scientific study of the biological bases of behavior and its fundamental role in the neurosciences. Physiological, hormonal, and neurochemical mechanisms, and brain-behavior relationships underlying the psychological phenomena of sensation, perception, regulatory processes, emotion, learning, memory, and psychological disorders are addressed. The course also notes historical contributions and current research principles for studying brain-behavior relationships and mental processes. Ethical standards for human and animal research are discussed in the context of both invasive and non-invasive experimental research. Also offered online.

  • Prerequisites: PSYC 1
  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC
  • General Ed. Credit: CSU, Area B2, D, E; IGETC, Area 4, 5B; MPC, Area D

PSYC 40 HUMAN SEXUALITY
3 units • LG-P/NP • Three hours lecture

This course is an introductory overview of the field of human sexuality. Human sexuality is examined from psychological,
biological, sociocultural, and historical perspectives. Students are encouraged to become aware of their own sexual attitudes, values, and behaviors and to evaluate the consistency of their behaviors within their own moral frameworks. Current sex norms and various aspects of interpersonal and individual sexual adjustment are explored. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 00184 for 45 contact hours.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC
  • General Ed. Credit: CSU, Area D, E; IGETC, Area 4; MPC, Area D

PSYC 50 HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY
3 units • LG-P/NP • Three hours lecture

This course examines the psychological aspects of health, illness and healing. Topics include stress and coping, personality and health, importance of intimate and loving relationships in creating a healthy mind and body.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
  • Credit transferable: CSU
  • General Ed. Credit: CSU, Area D, E; MPC, Area D, E1