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PSYCHOLOGY (PSYC)

Upper Division

538. Introduction to Psychopharmacology
Examination of the basic pharmacological principles of psychoactive drugs. Particular emphasis is placed on neuronal functioning, mechanisms of drug action, and behavioral attitudes. Prerequisites: HD 324, PSYC 324, 333 or 363; or consent of instructor. (4 units)
540. Work, Retirement and Leisure
Theory and research on work, retirement and leisure during the adult years. (Also offered as HD 540. Students may not receive credit for both.) Prerequisite: PSYC 100. (4 units)
575. Internship in Psychology
Supervised work and study in private or public organizations. May be repeated once for credit. (Only four units of PSYC 575 may be applied to upper-division elective requirements in the psychology major.) Graded credit/no credit. Prerequisites: consent of instructor and department. (4 units)
581. Seminar in Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Selected topics in industrial/organizational psychology. M.S. I/O option candidates are required to take all seven topics. Same topic may not be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: upper-division or graduate standing and consent of department.
  1. Current Professional Issues (2 units)
  2. Organizational Leadership (2 units)
  3. Processes of Work Groups (2 units)
  4. Training and Executive Development (2 units)
  5. Ethical Issues in Organizations (2 units)
  6. Diversity in Organizations (2 units)
  7. Legal Issues for Organizational Professionals (2 units)
595. Independent Study
Special topics involving literature and/or experimental effort. A total of eight units of PSYC 595 may be applied toward graduation, of which a maximum of four units can be applied toward the upper-division requirements in the psychology major. Prerequisites: a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0, consent of instructor and departmental approval of a written proposal of a project submitted on a standard application filed in advance of the quarter in which the course is to be taken. (2-4 units)
596. Practicum in Psychology: Peer Advising
Theory, training, and practice in the basic knowledge, skills, and abilities involved in academic peer advising. One hour seminar, three hours practicum. A total of eight units may be applied toward graduation, of which a maximum of four units can be an upper-division elective in the psychology or human development major. Graded credit/no credit. An application must be submitted during the quarter prior to the quarter student plans to enroll. Prerequisites: consent of instructor and department. (2 units)
597. Honors Seminar
Provides an opportunity for students to develop an independent project under faculty supervision. Students will meet as a class to discuss their projects, as well as various advanced topics. Enrollment is limited to students whose formal application for departmental honors is approved. (Also offered as HD 597. Students may not receive credit for both.) Prerequisites: PSYC 311 and consent of department. (4 units)
598. Honors Project
Provides an opportunity for students to conduct an independent project under faculty supervision. Enrollment is limited to students whose formal application for departmental honors is approved. May not be used to satisfy the requirements of the psychology major.
  1. I. (Also offered as HD 598A. Students may not received credit for both.) Prerequisites: PSYC 597 and consent of department. (2 units)
  2. II. (Also offered as HD 598B. Students may not received credit for both.) Prerequisites: PSYC 598A and consent of department. (2 units)

Graduate/Postbaccalaureate

May not be taken by undergraduate students.
601. Performance Assessment
Current research and methods of performance appraisal. Topics include the study of job analysis, performance appraisal process and instrumentation, and job evaluation. Prerequisite: classified graduate standing in M.A. or M.S. degree program or consent of department. (4 units)
602. Organizational Development
Critical review of current psychological theories and methods of organizational change. Topics include organization processes and interventions at the organizational and group levels. Prerequisite: classified graduate standing in M.A. or M.S. degree program or consent of department. (4 units)
603. Personnel Selection and Validation
Principles and methods of personnel selection, including validation strategies and the effects of governmental and legal issues on personnel actions. Prerequisite: classified graduate standing in M.A. or M.S. degree program or consent of department. (4 units)
604. Work Motivation and Organizational Reward Systems
Review and critical discussion of major theories and current research of motivation in the workplace, including examination of research on reward and compensation systems, and a review and discussion of their application in work organizations. Prerequisite: classified graduate standing in M.A. or M.S. degree program or consent of department. (4 units)
609. Graduate Research in Psychology
Original research in psychology conducted under the direction of a faculty member. Units may not count towards the M.A. and M.S. in Psychology. Graded credit/no credit. Prerequisites: classified standing and consent of instructor. (2-5 units)
611. Advanced Independent Study
Advanced research on a specific topic selected by the student with the approval of the student's committee. May be repeated up to two times for a maximum of 15 units credit with approval of the student's committee and the department chair. Only five units are required for the master's degree. Prerequisites: PSYC 640 or 641; advancement to candidacy and consent of department. (2-5 units)
612. Directed Readings
Special topics involving supervised readings under the direction of a faculty member. Prerequisites: graduate standing and consent of department. (2-5 units)
613. Short-term Counseling
Counseling skills and strategies for short-term therapeutic intervention. Prerequisites: classified standing and consent of department. (4 units)
614. Couples Counseling
Theory and practice of counseling with couples. Prerequisites: classified standing and consent of department. (4 units)
615. Group Counseling
Theory and practice of group counseling. Prerequisites: classified standing and consent of department. (4 units)
616. Child and Spousal/Partner Abuse
Theory and research on the psychological aspects of child and spousal/partner abuse. Detection, assessment and treatment of the abuse. Formerly a topic under PSYC 678. Prerequisite: classified standing and consent of department. (4 units)
617. Clinical Psychopharmacology
Theory and application of psychotropic principles for the major DSM psychiatric disorders, including the examination of the effects of the psychotropic medications on experience, behavior and symptoms. (4 units)
618. Community and Public Mental Health
Provision of marriage and family therapy in community and public mental health, including recovery-oriented principles, client advocacy, case management, and systems of care as well as strategies for therapeutic intervention consistent with recovery-oriented, strengths-based practice. Prerequisites: classified standing and consent of department. (4 units)
619. Community Disaster, Trauma and Resilience
Community disaster and trauma response as well as training in resiliency models for recovering from trauma. Prerequisites: classified standing and consent of department. (4 units)
630. Teaching of Psychology
Instructional methods for teaching of psychology at the college level. Prerequisites: classified graduate status in psychology and consent of department. (2 units)
633. Professional Ethics and Law
Ethical and legal considerations involved in counseling practice, including statutory law, legal trends, and ethical behavior in the mental health profession. Prerequisites: classified standing in Psychology M.S. degree program and consent of department. (4 units)
636. Cross-Cultural Counseling
Study of how cultural values and ethnic backgrounds influence counseling process and outcome, with focus on counseling with Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, and Native Americans. Prerequisites: classified standing in Psychology M.S. or M.A. degree program and consent of department. (4 units)
638. Substance Abuse: Detection, Assessment and Treatment
Assessment and treatment of substance abuse, including alcoholism and other forms of chemical dependency with a focus on etiological factors and relapse prevention. Prerequisites: classified standing in Psychology M.S. or M.A. degree programs and consent of department. (4 units)
640. Advanced Methods in Psychological Research
Those aspects of philosophy of science and methods of inquiry as applied to procedures for obtaining and evaluating data as well as issues in experimental design. Prerequisites: classified standing and consent of department. (4 units)
641. Analysis of Variance
Review of concepts of statistical inference. Applications of statistical techniques to the design and interpretation of experimental research with an emphasis on Analysis of Variance (ANOVA). Statistical computer packages will be introduced in the laboratory section. Four hours lecture and three hours laboratory. Materials fee required. Prerequisites: classified standing and consent of department. (5 units)
642. Regression and Nonparametric Statistics
Review of concepts of statistical estimation. Applications of statistical techniques to the design and interpretation of applied correlational and quasi-experimental research with an emphasis on correlation, regression, and nonparametric techniques. Statistical computer packages will be introduced in the activity section. Three hours lecture and two hours activity. Materials fee required. Prerequisites: classified standing and consent of department. (4 units)
643. Multivariate Methods
Multivariate models used in psychological research, including multiple regression, discriminant function analysis, factor analysis, canonical analysis, and multiple analysis of variance. Three hours lecture and two hours activity. Materials fee required. Prerequisites: PSYC 641 or equivalent, classified standing and consent of department. (4 units)
644. Applied Psychological Measurement
Theories, methods, and issues of psychological measurement and assessment. Topical coverage will include test construction, test evaluation, survey development, ethics, and testing in applied settings. Three hours lecture and two hours activity. Materials fee required. Prerequisite: classified graduate standing in M.A. or M.S. program or consent of department. (4 units)
647. Advanced Adulthood and Aging Development
Key topics in developmental psychology concerning young, middle aged and older adults. Specialized methodological and measurement concerns will be discussed as well as age-related changes and theoretical/empirically based applications. Prerequisites: PSYC 654 and classified graduate status. (4 units)
650. Advanced Cognitive Psychology
Research and theories in the psychology of thinking, knowing and remembering. Prerequisites: classified graduate standing in Psychology M.A. or M.S. degree programs and consent of department. (4 units)
652. Advanced Learning and Motivation
Major theories and research in learning and motivation with emphasis on current issues. Prerequisites: classified graduate standing in Psychology M.A. or M.S. degree programs and consent of department. (4 units)
654. Advanced Life-Span Developmental Psychology
Examination of the developmental processes, theories, issues and research in life-span developmental psychology. Prerequisites: classified graduate standing in Psychology M.A. or M.S. degree programs and consent of department. (4 units)
655. Advanced Seminar in Developmental Psychology
Selected current issues and advanced topics of theoretical, research or applied interest in developmental psychology. Prerequisites: classified standing and consent of department. (4 units)
656. Advanced Biological Psychology
Study of biological bases of behavior with emphasis on recent research. Prerequisites: classified graduate standing in Psychology M.A. or M.S. degree programs and consent of department. (4 units)
658. Advanced Personality and Social Psychology
Major theories, methods and empirical findings in personality and social psychology. Prerequisites: classified graduate standing in Psychology M.A. or M.S. degree programs and consent of department. (4 units)
664. Applied Life-Span Developmental Psychology
Conceptual, methodological and policy related issues in the application of developmental psychology to applied settings. Prerequisites: classified standing and consent of department. (4 units)
665. Psychopathology
Major types of human psychopathology, including descriptive symptomatology, etiological factors and treatment considerations. Prerequisites: classified standing in Psychology M.S. degree program and consent of department; or PSYC 390, classified standing in Psychology M.A. degree program and consent of department; or PSYC 390 and consent of department. (4 units)
667. Family Processes
Normal and dysfunctional family processes, including analysis of family systems, family communication and strategies for therapeutic intervention. Prerequisites: classified standing and consent of department. (4 units)
671. Marriage and Family Therapy Skills I
Foundational skills in counseling, the therapeutic alliance, crisis management and treatment planning. Three hours lecture and six hours laboratory. Prerequisites: classified standing in the Psychology M.S. degree program; concurrent enrollment in PSYC 687A and consent of department. (5 units)
672. Marriage and Family Therapy Skills II
Advanced counseling skills used to identify and modify familial, relational, emotional, cognitive and behavioral aspects of individual, couple and family functioning. Three hours lecture and six hours laboratory. Prerequisites: grade of no less than "B" in PSYC 671; concurrent enrollment in PSYC 687B and consent of department. (5 units)
673. Marriage and Family Therapy Skills III
Advanced counseling skills used with children, adolescents and their families. Three hours lecture and six hours laboratory. Prerequisites: classified standing in the M.S. in Psychology, grade of no less than "B-" in PSYC 672 and 687B; concurrent enrollment in PSYC 687C and consent of department. (5 units)
675. Practicum in Applied Psychology
Training in the application of methods and theories of psychology to the solution of practical problems within organizations. The course will include both a classroom component and practical applications. Prerequisites: classified graduate standing in M.A. or M.S. degree program and consent of department. (4 units)
678. Advanced Topics in Psychology
Selected advanced psychology topics with specific focus within relatively narrow content area. Credit may not be received twice for the same topic. Prerequisites: classified standing and consent of department. (2 units)
679. Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy
Comparative analysis of major theories related to current practice of counseling and psychotherapy. Prerequisites: classified standing and consent of department. (4 units)
680. Advanced Seminar in Psychology
Selected advanced topics which encompass areas of current theoretical and/or research interest in psychology. Prerequisites: classified standing and consent of department. (4 units)
682. Clinical Assessment
Methods of intellectual, vocational and personality assessment with children and adults. May not be taken for credit by students who have received credit for PSYC 683. Prerequisites: classified standing and consent of department. (4 units)
684. Topics in Counseling Psychology
Selected topics within counseling psychology. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Prerequisites: classified standing and consent of department. (4 units)
687. Marriage and Family Therapy Practicum
Supervised counseling practicum. Graded credit/no credit.
  1. I. Prerequisite: consent of department. Corequisite: concurrent enrollment in PSYC 671. (2 units)
  2. II. Prerequisite: consent of department. Corequisite: concurrent enrollment in PSYC 672. (2 units)
  3. III. Prerequisite: consent of department. Corequisite: concurrent enrollment in PSYC 673. (2 units)
689. Externship in Applied Psychology
Supervised field work in a public or private setting for additional training and extension of skills developed in the graduate program. The externship requires approval by a faculty supervisor. A total of five units may apply toward the I/O Option. Graded credit/no credit. Prerequisites: PSYC 640 and consent of department. (2-5 units)
691. Human Sexuality and Treatment
Study of human sexuality with emphasis on both healthy sexuality and sexual dysfunction. Clinical interventions to enhance sexual functioning and to treat sexual dysfunctions will be presented. Prerequisites: classified standing and consent of department. (4 units)
697. Advanced Practicum in Counseling Psychology
Supervised counseling field work in private or public mental health agencies. Designed to be taken three times (year long) for maximum of 12 units of credit. Graded credit/no credit. Prerequisites: classified standing in the Psychology M.S. degree program, PSYC 671, 672, 687A, 687B, 687C; a grade of "A" or "B" in PSYC 673; and consent of department.
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698. Continuous Enrollment for Graduate Candidacy Standing
Independent study leading to completion of requirements (other than course work) for the master's degree. To retain classified standing in the master's program, a student must enroll in 698 each quarter until the project or thesis is accepted or the comprehensive examination passed. Cannot be used to satisfy degree requirements. Students who enroll in 698 through the university have full use of all university facilities. See Page 370, Culminating Experience: Exam, Thesis, or Project. Prerequisites: advancement to candidacy and approval of program graduate coordinator or, if an interdisciplinary studies major, consent of the Dean of Graduate Studies. 698 is a variable unit course, see Page 43 for fee schedule. Earned units are not degree-applicable nor will they qualify for financial aid. (0-6 units)
699. Thesis
Independent graduate research conducted under the guidance of the major advisor and resulting in a written thesis. Prerequisites: PSYC 640 and/or 641; PSYC 611; advancement to candidacy and consent of department. (5 units)
999. Comprehensive Examination
An assessment of the student's ability to integrate the knowledge of the area, show critical and independent thinking and demonstrate mastery of the subject matter. Prerequisites: advancement to candidacy, approval of department, completion of course work in the master's program and in good academic standing.
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  2. Child Development (0 units)

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