Course Offerings

PSYCHOLOGY (PSYC)

Lower Division

100. Introduction to Psychology
A survey of the field of modern psychology. (GE=D4) (4 units)
101. Psychology as a Major
A survey of different areas of specialization and professional activities of psychologists. Graded credit/no credit. Prerequisite: PSYC 100. (1 unit)
105. Critical Thinking Through Problems Analysis
Development of basic skills in critical thinking including identifying and understanding common fallacies, recognizing techniques of persuasion and propaganda, problem solving strategies, and applying skills of critical thinking to the complex issues of everyday life. (GE=A4) (4 units)
115. Personal and Social Adjustment
Application of psychological principles to predictable challenges and problems over the life span. Explores opportunities for adjustment and growth in a variety of circumstances, such as family and college life. May not be counted toward fulfillment of requirements in the psychology major. (GE=E2) (2 units)
120. Career Development
Examination of the world of work and individual self-assessments, including exploration of career aspirations and goals. (2 units)
201. Developmental Psychology
Introduction to the psychological development of the person from the prenatal period through old age. Prerequisite: PSYC 100. (4 units)
210. Psychological Statistics
Introduction to statistical reasoning and application of basic statistical procedures in psychology. Includes both descriptive and inferential statistics with emphasis on parametric techniques. Credit may not be received for more than one of the following courses: PSYC 210 or SCM 210. Four hours lecture and three hours of laboratory. Materials fee required. (5 units)
240. Introduction to Child Development
Comprehensive introduction to child development from conception through adolescence. Emphasis is on physical, cognitive social, emotional and language development. (Also offered as HD 240. Students may not receive credit for both.) (4 units)
Upper Division
301. Psychology of Human Sexuality
Theory and empirical findings from the areas of social, developmental, physiological, and clinical psychology as they apply to human sexual behavior. (4 units)
302. Management and Organizational Behavior
Introduction to management as it affects operations and the behavior of people in relation to the functional fields of administration. Selected behavioral concepts analyzed with respect to applications in management. (Also offered as MGMT 302. Students may not receive credit for both.) (4 units)
303. Parenting and Family Relations
Effects of parenting and intra-family relations on child and life-span psychological development. Prerequisites: PSYC 100 and 201 or equivalent. (4 units)
305. Language Development
An introduction to theory and research on the psychological study of language, first language acquisition, and the relation of language to thought and culture. Prerequisite: HD 240 or PSYC 201 or 240. (4 units)
308. Psychology and the Movies
Exploring psychology through the movies. Movies will be screened during class and used as a vehicle for discussing such psychological topics as mental illness, the portrayal of psychiatry and therapy, creativity, relations between different ethnicities and cultures, gender issues, biases and prejudices, and other essential topics. Formerly a topic under PSYC 375. (4 units)
310. Applied Research Methods
Overview of applied research methods in psychology and the behavioral sciences. Emphasis on the use of applied methods, their analyses, and scientific writing. Topics may include quasi-experimental design, correlational design, behavioral observation, archival analysis, single-case methodology, survey methodology, research ethics, library research strategies, and writing research reports. (Also offered as HD 310. Students may not receive credit for both.) Prerequisites: PSYC 100 and 210. (4 units)
311. Introduction to Experimental Psychology
Design and execution of psychological research. Four hours lecture and six hours laboratory. Materials fee required. Prerequisites: PSYC 100 and 210; restricted to psychology majors, human development majors, human services majors or consent of department. (6 units)
315. Communication Processes
Introduction to the nature of the helping process with emphasis on strategies of behavior change, interpersonal communication and basic helping skills. Four hours lecture and two hours laboratory. Materials fee required. Prerequisite: PSYC 100. (5 units)
318. Health Psychology
Examination of psychological aspects of health related behaviors with emphasis on the effects of interpersonal and social psychological factors on physical health and effective medical care. Prerequisite: PSYC 100. (4 units)
320. Psychology of Middle Childhood
Theories and their applications to physical, cognitive, social and emotional development during the middle childhood years. A field based component will be required. (4 units)
324. Developmental Psychobiology
Psychobiological bases of human behavioral development throughout the life span. (Also offered as HD 324. Students may not receive credit for both.) Prerequisite: PSYC 100. (4 units)
328. Psychology of Adolescent Development
Theory and empirical literature concerning the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional changes from puberty to adulthood. A field based component will be required. (4 units)
329. Psychology of Adulthood and Aging
An examination of physical, social, cognitive, and personality development from young adulthood through death. Special attention is given to theory, research, and applications in the area of gerontology. Prerequisites: PSYC 100 and 201, or consent of instructor. (4 units)
331. The Psychology of Women
A critical study of theory and data on the psychological development of females; their attitudes, behaviors, psychopathologies, abilities and self-images. Prerequisite: PSYC 100. (4 units)
333. Drugs and Behavior
Analysis of drugs from psychological, behavioral and physiological viewpoints. Topics include drug classification, altered states of consciousness, addiction, chemical nature and treatment of mental illness. Prerequisite: PSYC 100 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
334. Addiction and Recovery
Research and theories related to the psychological, behavioral and physiological basis of addiction and recovery. A variety of common addictive disorders will be considered including eating, smoking, gambling, work, sex and drugs. Prerequisite: PSYC 100 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
339. Human Psychophysiology
An examination of the human psychophysiological literature with emphasis on research findings, clinical applications and theory related to the analysis of the relationships between bodily processes, psychological states and behavior. Prerequisite: PSYC 100 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
340. Stereotyping, Prejudice, and Discrimination
Psychological underpinnings of stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination are examined. Implicit and explicit attitudes of bias such as sexism, racism, and homophobia, and the effects of these attitudes on the self and health, and interventions that reduce attitudes are studied. Prerequisite: PSYC 100 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
341. Women and Violence
Issues of women and violence, combining empirical and theoretical work with community training in agencies dealing with violence against women; including service learning. Formerly a topic under PSYC 375. Two hours lecture and 40 hours of volunteer training. Prerequisite: PSYC 100 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
345. Cross-Cultural Psychology
Cross-cultural psychology focusing on cultural variability in basic psychological processes and the cultural limits of traditional psychological theories. (4 units)
349. The Psychology of Gays and Lesbians
Analysis of theories and research on homosexuality, social reactions to homosexuality, and gay and lesbian cultural adaptations. (4 units)
350. Development of Exceptional Children
Review of theory, assessment, management, and rehabilitation of exceptional children. Includes developmental implications of specific medical conditions, retardation, and learning/cognitive dysfunctions. Prerequisite: HD 240, 280, or PSYC 201. (4 units)
351. Behavior Modification: Principles and Applications
Analysis of the theory, techniques and ethics of behavior modification. Prerequisite: PSYC 100 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
355. Industrial Psychology
Practices of modern industrial and personnel psychology. Includes selection, placement, training, motivation, job analysis, evaluation and human factors. Prerequisite: PSYC 100 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
357. History and Systems of Psychology
A historical framework for integrating basic orientations in contemporary psychology, including the development of the major schools of thought in psychology. Prerequisite: PSYC 100. (4 units)
358. Cognitive Development
Survey of the major theories, issues and research in the development of perceptual and cognitive capacities from childhood through adulthood. Prerequisites: PSYC 100 and 201. (4 units)
360. Cognitive Psychology
Research and theories concerning human information processing; topics include sensory processes, attention, memory, language and other higher mental processes. Prerequisite: PSYC 100. (4 units)
361. Intelligence and Creativity
Introduction to intelligence and creativity with an emphasis on theories, measurement and current debates, including among others, the Bell Curve, the link between creativity and mental illness, and role of IQ tests and creativity in school and work assessment. Formerly a topic under PSYC 375. (4 units)
362. Learning and Motivation
Survey of research and major theories in animal and human learning and motivation. Applications of learning and motivational principles. Prerequisite: PSYC 100. (4 units)
363. Biological Psychology
Overview of the biological basis of behavior with emphasis on the relationship between brain function and thought, emotion, perception, language, learning, memory and motivation. Prerequisite: PSYC 100. (4 units)
364. Perception
Selected topics in the field of perceptual processes. Includes review of contemporary theories and research. Class demonstrations and mini-projects. Prerequisite: PSYC 100 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
365. Cognitive Neuroscience
Examination of the neural foundations of human mental functioning, including perception, attention, memory, language, thinking and consciousness. Special emphasis on human neuroimaging as well as behavioral and cognitive impairments from brain injury. Prerequisite: PSYC 363 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
367. Neuropsychiatric Disorders
An examination of brain systems involved in psychiatric syndromes and neurological disorders, including Parkinson's disease, Alz-heimer's disease, schizophrenia, depression, and bipolar disorders. Provides a basic understanding of brain dysfunctions that contribute to these disorders and rationales for pharmacological treatments. Prerequisite: PSYC 100 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
368. MARC Seminar I
A selected examination of original research articles in behavioral and biomedical sciences. Students will learn to critically read, critique, and present published scientific findings. (Also offered as NSCI 368 and SSCI 368. Students may receive credit for only one of these courses). Enrollment is limited to students whose formal application to the Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) program is approved. (2 units)
370. Topics in Psychology
Selected psychology topics with specific focus within relatively narrow content areas. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Prerequisite: PSYC 100. (2 units)
372. Psychology of Death and Dying
A review of current theory and research on the psychology of grief, death and dying. (Also offered as HD 372. Students may not receive credit for both.) Prerequisite: PSYC 201 or equivalent. (4 units)
375. Seminar in Psychology
Selected topics which encompass areas of current theoretical and/or research interest in psychology. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Prerequisite: PSYC 100. (4 units)
377. Tests and Measurements
Administration of psychological tests and scales; interpretation and use of the data which they yield. Prerequisites: PSYC 100 and 210. (4 units)
381. Forensic Psychology
Major issues relevant to the field of forensic psychology. Current research and theory in psychology applicable to the understanding and practice of forensic science in areas including law enforcement, criminal justice, and human services, such as child and adult protective services. Formerly a topic under PSYC 375. Prerequisite: PSYC 100. (4 units)
382. Psychology of Social Behavior
Major concepts, issues and psychological research regarding social influence on individual behavior. Prerequisite: PSYC 100. (4 units)
384. Personality and Social Development
Development of personality, emotions and social behavior from childhood through adulthood. Prerequisites: PSYC 100 and 201 or equivalents. (4 units)
385. Personality
Survey of the major theories of personality. Prerequisite: PSYC 100 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
386. Introduction to Psychotherapy
Introduction to theories, methods and research in psychotherapy. Prerequisite: PSYC 100. (4 units)
387. Community Psychology
Comprehensive study of the discipline of community psychology which emphasizes the relationship of community resources to individual mental health needs. Prerequisite: PSYC 100. (4 units)
390. Abnormal Psychology
An introduction to psychopathology, emphasizing the major interpretations and treatments of emotional and behavioral disorders. Prerequisite: PSYC 100 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
391. Psychopathology of Childhood
Psychological and emotional disorders of children with special emphasis on diagnostic and clinical treatment. Prerequisites: PSYC 100 and 201. (4 units)
395. Psychology of Consciousness
Human consciousness from the perspectives of the experiential, behavioral and physiological psychology literatures. Includes survey of research and theory on topics such as waking consciousness, dreams, meditation and altered states of consciousness. Prerequisite: PSYC 100. (4 units)
400. Child Assessment
Theory and procedures for assessing cognitive, social, and motor abilities in infants and children. Includes a practicum in administering and interpreting selected developmental screening tests. Four hours lecture and three hours practicum. (Also offered as HD 400. Students may not receive credit for both.) Materials fee required. Prerequisites: one of the following: HD 240, 280, PSYC 201 or 240; and one of the following: HD 245, 246 or 247. (5 units)
410. Advanced Psychological Statistics
Coverage of advanced statistical reasoning and application of statistical procedures in psychology. Includes both parametric and nonparametric techniques with an introduction to multivariate statistics. Statistical computer packages will be introduced. Four hours lecture and three hours laboratory. Materials fee required. Prerequisites: PSYC 210 or SCM 210; or consent of instructor. (5 units)
421. Advanced Seminar in Psychology: Developmental
A review of selected research areas in the fields of child and life-span developmental psychology. Students will develop an advanced project. Prerequisites: PSYC 201 and 311 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
422. Advanced Seminar in Psychology: Clinical
A review of selected topics in clinical psychology outcome research, such as psychopathology, adaptation and coping, health promotion, and cultural factors in diagnosis and treatment. Students will develop an advanced project. Prerequisites: PSYC 311, and either PSYC 386 or 390. (4 units)
423. Advanced Seminar in Psychology: Biological
A review of the literature regarding the neural and endocrine processes underlying brain function and behavior. Students will develop an advanced project. Prerequisites: PSYC 311 and 363 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
424. Advanced Seminar in Psychology: Social
A review of theories and empirical results of experimental social psychology in selected areas such as group dynamics, social perception, communication and attitudes. Students will develop an advanced project. Prerequisites: PSYC 311 and 382 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
425. Advanced Seminar in Psychology: Personality
A review of contemporary personality theories and the relationship of personality to behavior. Students will develop an advanced project. Prerequisites: PSYC 311 and 385. (4 units)
426. Advanced Seminar in Psychology: Learning and Motivation
A review of selected theories and research in areas of learning and motivation. Students will develop an advanced project. Prerequisites: PSYC 311 and 362, or consent of instructor. (4 units)
427. Advanced Seminar in Psychology: Cognition and Perception
A review of human information processing, memory, thinking and perceptual processes. Students will develop an advanced project. Prerequisites: PSYC 311 and either PSYC 360 or 364. (4 units)
428. Advanced Seminar in Psychology: Industrial and Organizational
A review of industrial/organizational psychology, in selected areas such as work motivation, performance evaluation, training techniques, and selection approaches. Students will develop an advanced project. Prerequisites: PSYC 311, 377 and one of the following: MGMT 302, PSYC 302 or 355. (4 units)
431. Experimental Psychology: Developmental
Selected research areas in the fields of child and life-span developmental psychology. Includes review of current literature and experimental techniques in developmental research. Four hours lecture and six hours laboratory. Materials fee required. Prerequisites: PSYC 201 and 311 or consent of instructor. (6 units)
432. Experimental Psychology: Clinical
Empirical studies in clinical psychology. Study options include experimental psychopathology, adaptation and coping, health promotion, anxiety/stress, mood/emotion and cultural factors in diagnosis and treatment. Four hours lecture and six hours laboratory. Materials fee required. Prerequisites: PSYC 311, and either PSYC 386 or 390. (6 units)
433. Experimental Psychology: Biological
Introduction to the neural processes underlying brain function and behavior. Particular emphasis will be placed on neuroanatomy and the actions of drugs on brain and behavior. Students will receive practical training in advanced neuroscience techniques. Four hours lecture and six hours laboratory. Materials fee required. Prerequisites: PSYC 311 and 363 or consent of instructor. (6 units)
434. Experimental Psychology: Social
Methods, theories and empirical results of experimental social psychology in selected areas such as group dynamics, social perception, communication and attitudes. Four hours lecture and six hours laboratory. Materials fee required. Prerequisites: PSYC 311 and 382. (6 units)
435. Experimental Psychology: Personality
Empirical study of personality theories and the relationship of personality to behavior. Four hours lecture and six hours laboratory. Materials fee required. Prerequisites: PSYC 311, 377 and 385. (6 units)
436. Experimental Psychology: Learning and Motivation
Selected theories and research in areas of learning and motivation. Includes literature review and experimental analysis. Four hours lecture and six hours laboratory. Materials fee required. Prerequisites: PSYC 311 and 362. (6 units)
437. Experimental Psychology: Cognition and Perception
Empirical study of human information processing, memory, thought and perceptual processes. Four hours lecture and six hours laboratory. Materials fee required. Prerequisites: PSYC 311 and either PSYC 360 or 364. (6 units)
438. Experimental Psychology: Industrial and Organizational
Methods and empirical study of industrial-organizational psychology, in selected areas such as work motivation, performance evaluation, training techniques, and selection approaches. Four hours lecture and six hours laboratory. Materials fee required. Prerequisites: PSYC 311, 377 and one of the following: MGMT 302, PSYC 302 or 355.
(6 units)
442. Behavioral Neuroscience
Intensive review of the neural mechanisms underlying behavior. Considerable emphasis is placed on sensory, motor, and homeostatic functioning. Higher-order functioning, including learning and memory, will also be covered. Prerequisite: HD 324, PSYC 324, or 363, or consent of instructor. (4 units)
468. MARC Seminar II
A selected examination of original research articles in behavioral and biomedical sciences focusing on improving scientific writing skills, shaping long-term research projects, and the development of research funding proposals. (Also offered as NSCI 468 and SSCI 468. Students may receive credit for only one of these courses). Enrollment is limited to students whose formal application to the Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) program is approved. Prerequisite: NSCI 368, PSYC 368 or SSCI 368. (2 units)
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 outcomes. 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 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 six topics. Same topic may not be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: upper-division or graduate standing in the M.S. in Psychology, I/O program 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)

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