Psychology Courses

PSYC 103C • Introduction to Psychology (3 units)

Prerequisite to all other psychology courses. This course explores the fundamental issues of psychology, including research in psychology, biological influences on development and behavior, learning and memory, motivation, personality, psychological disorders, psychological interventions, and social behavior.

PSYC 220C • Researched Writing for Psychology Majors (3 units)

Prerequisites: PSYC 103C, ENGL 120C, and declared psychology major. This course focuses on the process of writing in APA style. Students will be taught how to read and comprehend research in psychology and to write research papers from a place of understanding the context, process, and audience for research writing. This course also serves as an introduction to the major, informing students of scholastic expectations and of opportunities within their undergraduate experience. Additionally, students will be guided in thinking about and moving toward future educational and career pursuits. Prerequisite for Research Methods. Satisfies ENGL 220 Core requirement.

PSYC/MATH/SOCS 265C • Introduction to Statistical Methods (3 units)

A course in basic statistical concepts and methods of collecting, summarizing, presenting, and interpreting data in the behavioral sciences, including descriptive statistics (use of graphs and charts), normal distribution curve, measures of central tendency, deviation and dispersion, hypothesis testing, statistical fallacies, correlation, and topics in probability. Students majoring in Accounting, Anthropology, Psychology, Social Science, or Sociology must take PSYC/MATH/SOCS 265C to fulfill the core curriculum requirement in mathematics.

PSYC 291, 292, 293 • Special Topic (1-3 units)

A lower division study of a special topic in psychology. May be repeated for credit.

PSYC 320 • Developmental Psychology (3 units)

Prerequisite: PSYC 103C. An exploration of human development through the biological, behavioral, cognitive, sociocultural, and spiritual perspectives in a lifespan approach (from conception through death). The course is recommended early in the major and is a prerequisite for other psychology courses.

PSYC 321 • Adolescent Psychology (3 units)

Prerequisite: PSYC 103C. A study of the period of life from puberty to the emergence from the teens, emphasizing the physical, mental, emotional, social, spiritual, and personality development of the individual. Diversity issues are considered.

PSYC/SOC 324 • Social Psychology (3 units)

Prerequisites: PSYC 103C, and ANTH 102C or SOC 100C. An examination of interpersonal behavior as it is influenced by social processes, culture, face-to-face interactions, and personality characteristics. Among the topics covered are interpersonal and group behavior in relationship to social values, diversity issues, norms, attitudes, roles, and social needs.

PSYC 331 • Diversity  in the Helping Professions (3 units)

Prerequisite: PSYC 103C. Exposes students to the psychological literature relevant to becoming more culturally sensitive to diverse ethnic populations and other forms of diversity. It addresses the unique changes required to the traditional psychological counseling theories and counseling practices that are associated with helping individuals from diverse backgrounds. The course is applicable to students who intend to work with, minister to, or do clinical counseling with people of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

PSYC 332 • Abnormal Psychology (3 units)

Prerequisites: PSYC 103C and PSYC 320. A study of sociocultural, spiritual, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral deviations with regard to description, patterns of development, measurement, and treatment methods.

PSYC 335 • Social and Psychological Aspects of Aging (3 units)

Prerequisite: PSYC 103C or SOC 100C. An interdisciplinary and cross-cultural perspective on human aging. The physiology of aging and its psychological ramifications are explored, as is the sociology and spirituality of the older adult in contemporary society.

PSYC 338 • Child Psychology(3 units)

Prerequisites: PSYC 103C, PSYC 320, PSYC 332.  A study of the period of life from early childhood until puberty from a developmental psychopathology perspective.  The course provides an overview of psychological disorders of childhood and an introduction to their clinical treatment.

PSYC 340 • Biological Psychology (3 units)

Prerequisite: PSYC 103C. This course is an introduction to the concepts of biological psychology.  Beginning with a basic understanding of brain structures, students will gain an understanding of how brain structure relates to brain function and to behavior.  Topics covered include brain structure, neuronal communication, drugs and hormonal influences on the brain, visual sensation and perception, sleep and waking states, sexual behavior, brain lateralization, language, and psychological disorders

PSYC 344/SOC 345 • Family Violence (3 units)

Prerequisite: PSYC 103C or SOC 100C. Investigates the identification, causes, and prevention of all types of intrafamily abuse: child, spouse, sibling, and parent. Explores theories and research findings for practical application. Studies the sociocultural contexts in which abuse and violence occur.

PSYC 345 • Theories of Personality (3 units)

Prerequisites: PSYC 103C and PSYC 320. A review and critical evaluation of the major personality theories and their supporting evidence.

PSYC/ANTH/SOC 346 • Human Sexuality (3 units)

Prerequisites: PSYC 103C  or SOC 100C (preferably both), completion of NSCI 210/L Empirical World or other lab science, and junior or senior standing.  Six units of upper division psychology or sociology recommended.  An overview of human sexual anatomy, physiology, gender identity, sex role development and expression, modes of sexual expression, sexual deviation, the meaning of sexuality within relationships, and ethical consideration.

PSYC 351 • Principles of Behavior (4 units)

Prerequisites: PSYC 103C and declared psychology major. This course introduces students to the principles of classical and operant conditioning that can be applied to clinical, counseling, child, sports, and organizational psychology.  Examination of these principles and their role in substance abuse, behavioral addictions, autism, phobias, sexual behavior, developmental disabilities, behavioral medicine, animal training, and everyday life will be examined.  Students will participate in hands-on exercises with rodents to illustrate operant conditioning principles of behavior.

PSYC 352 • Culture and Psychology (3 units)

Prerequisites: PSYC 103C. Culture and Psychology will cover the nature of culture and its applications to understanding human functioning. Students will examine cultural influences on thought, emotion, behavior, and relationships through exploring thier own and other domestic and international cultures.

PSYC/SOC 355 • Survey of Human Services (3 units)

Prerequisite: PSYC 103C or SOC 100C. Survey of Human Services explores the ways in which care is provided for the whole individual, surveying community resources and developing an understanding of the ways in which human services are carried out in various settings. Ethical issues and the significance of a Christian worldview in human services are also examined.

PSYC 373 • Psychology of the Family (3 units)

Prerequisite: PSYC 103C.  Psychology of the Family explores the institution of the family from a multigenerational developmental perspective.  Psychological, socio-cultural, and spiritual perspectives are also explored.  Students will be introduced to family systems theory as a method of understanding family dynamics and to theoretical orientations of family therapy.

PSYC 374 • Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology (3 units)

Prerequisite: PSYC 103C. Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology examines the role of psychology in enhancing well-being and productivity of working individuals and performance of organizations that employ them. Issues concerning both individual and group functioning are discussed: employee selection, matching jobs and individuals, training, performance evaluation, productive and counterproductive behavior in organizations, stress, leadership and organizational development. Furthermore, all of these issues are considered in the context of multilevel cultural influences, from organizational cultures to demands due to globalization.

PSYC 381 • Research Methods in Psychology (4 units)

Prerequisites: PSYC 103C, PSYC 220C and PSYC/SOCS/MATH 265C. An introduction to qualitative and quantitative research methods in psychology, including experimental, quasi-experimental, and correlational approaches. Students will learn to think critically about research, assessing threats to internal and external validity. Students will consider ethical issues in research and will learn to design and conduct research, including searching the literature, using SPSS to analyze data, and writing formal research reports using APA style.

PSYC 383 • Addiction Studies (3 units)

PSYC 420 • Behavior Modification (3 units)

Prerequisite: PSYC 103C. An examination of the applications of cognitive and learning theories to a broad range of problems and settings, including child rearing, education, psychotherapy, and industrial settings. Integration of theological aspects of therapy is also addressed.

PSYC 434 • Group Dynamics (3 units)

Prerequisite: PSYC 103C and consent of the instructor. Group Dynamics explores the various stages of groups, including pre-group assessment and screening of group members, group development, the initial stage, the transition stage, the working stage, and the final stage of groups. Students will be introduced to different types of groups. Ethical and multicultural issues as they apply to groups are examined. This course incorporates experiential learning processes where students learn about group processes through participation in an ongoing class experiential group. Each student will attend one group meeting of an ongoing secular group in the community and one group meeting of an ongoing Christian group in the community. Students taking this class are asked to be committed to group participation.

PSYC 440 • History and Systems of Psychology (3 units)

Prerequisites: PSYC 103C and six units of upper division psychology. A survey of the origin, development and decline of each major school of psychology from the ancient period to modern times, giving attention to the social and intellectual milieu from which the new approaches to the scientific study of humans emerged.

PSYC/KINE 443 • Sport Psychology (3 units)

This course is designed to introduce students to the psychological aspects of sport and physical activity.  From the sport perspective, emphasis will be placed on mental preparation of teams and individuals for competition.  From the exercise perspective, group dynamics, motivation and exercise adherence will be covered.

PSYC 449 • Cognitive Psychology (3 units)

Prerequisite: PSYC 103C. Addresses the study of human cognitive processes including perception, memory, problem solving, thinking, and hemispheric specialization. Cognitive aspects of psychological and learning disorders are also addressed.

PSYC 450 • Psychology Teaching Internship (1-4 units)

Prerequisites: Consent of the instructor and department chair. Regular hours each week for classes and/or meetings are established at the beginning of the semester. Psychology Teaching Internship provides the student with the opportunity to assist an instructor in planning and conducting a course and/or laboratory sessions. The course may be repeated for a maximum of eight units.

PSYC 460 • Field Practicum (1-4 units)

Prerequisite: PSYC 103C, PSYC 320, and PSYC 332. Field experience in a social service agency such as an outpatient health facility, a community organization, or a social program. The course can be taken from 1-4 units and may be repeated for credit. Thirty hours of field experience will be required for each credit hour. This course is controlled by the instructor and all field sites must be approved by the professor. The course instructor and the university manage the course requirements and responsibilities, which may include: a research paper, weekly journals, and various written assignments. The course requires weekly interaction between professor and student, as well as training and preparation that are comparable with other courses within the major. May be repeated for credit.

PSYC 462 • Counseling Theories (3 units)

Prerequisites: PSYC 103C, PSYC 320, and PSYC 332. An examination of the personhood of the counselor, the major theoretical counseling models, and the dynamics of effective behavioral change. The integration of biblical principles in counseling theories is introduced.

PSYC 463 • Counseling Methods (3 units)

Prerequisites: PSYC 103C, PSYC 320, and PSYC 332. The Counseling Methods course is an introduction to basic skills used in the helping professions including interviewing, listening skills, and basic therapeutic techniques as applied to adults, children, and families. The course also covers the personal life of the counselor and the process of professional development. In addition, students will be introduced to a range of special topics which may include, but are not limited to, grief, trauma, positive psychology and art therapy.

PSYC 470 • Special Topics (3 units)

Prerequisite: PSYC 103C and consent of the instructor. An upper division study of a special topic in psychology. May be repeated for credit.

PSYC 474 • Psychological Research I (4 units)

Prerequisites: PSYC/SOCS/MATH 265C and consent of the instructor. An examination of problems in advanced research and assessment, with an emphasis on research techniques. Research is carried out under the supervision of the instructor with weekly conferences to discuss results and direction. Offered in the Fall semester.

PSYC 475 • Psychological Research II (4 units)

Prerequisite: PSYC 474. Psychological research and assessment conducted in PSYC 474 will culminate in a written report and case study assessment where applicable. The APA paper will include literature review, methodology, results, and discussion. The research paper will be submitted for presentation at both a student and a professional conference. Offered in the Spring semester.

PSYC 477C • Psychology and Christianity (3 units)

Prerequisite: Senior standing and declared psychology major. An examination of human nature from the perspectives of psychology and Christian belief. Among the topics covered are the relationship between mind, body, and soul; the nature of human freedom; Christian prayer; conversion; and the relationships between people’s attitudes and their behavior.

PSYC 480 • Individual Studies (1-3 units)

Prerequisite: PSYC 103C and consent of the instructor and department chair. This course is open to qualified upper division students who wish to engage in an individually tailored program of study. May be repeated for credit.

PSYC 482 • Research in Neuroscience (4 units)

Prerequisites: PSYC 103C, Junior or Senior standing, declared Psychology major.  This course provides students with an empirically-based research experience in the area of behavioral neuroscience.  Students will be using an animal model of addiction and/or PTSD to study the neural mechanisms behind learning and memory.  Students will gain a basic understanding of proper research methodology, memory consolidation, reconsolidation, conditioned place preference paradigm, brain anatomy, and pharmacology.  Students will have hands-0n experience learning various techniques, including stereotaxic surgery, animal handling and injection, behavioral analysis, and proper documentation.  It is expected that a research report and an oral presentation of the results will be given at the conclusion of the course.

PSYC 490 • Seminar (3 units)

Prerequisite: PSYC 103C and declared psychology major. Seminar investigates topics of particular relevance to upper division psychology students. Professional development and career issues such as vita preparation and interview protocol are addressed. May be repeated for credit.

* This information is provided for ease of use, however it is not the official record. See the academic catalog for official course descriptions and requirements.