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PSYC 101S. Introduction to Psychology. 1 Unit.

This course looks at the ways in which questions about human behavior and mental life are explored by psychologists, what they are discovering, and how they have put some of their answers into action. Using several perspectives prominent in the field of psychology, the course examines representative areas such as perception, biopsychology, states of consciousness, emotion, stress and coping, learning, memory, personality, abnormal psychology, psychotherapy, social processes, and human development. PSYC 101S is a prerequisite for many other psychology courses.

PSYC 175. Seminar. 1 Unit.

Like special topics courses, seminars are designed to extend the range of the curriculum and give students an opportunity to explore special topics. The principal difference is in the format. Seminars are necessarily limited to a small size because they devote class time almost entirely to collaborative interaction among the faculty member(s) and students involved in the course. Any prerequisites will be indicated in the course schedule.

PSYC 185. Independent Study. 0.5 or 1 Units.

Independent studies are intended to provide an opportunity for students with strong interest and initiative to pursue the study of topics that are not part of the regular course offerings. They are arranged by mutual agreement between faculty member and student. Before agreeing to supervise an independent study, ordinarily a faculty member will ask the student to present a clear, written proposal for the work to be completed. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

PSYC 190. Special Topics in Psychology. 1 Unit.

These lecture/discussion courses are designed to extend the range of the curriculum and give students an opportunity to explore special topics. Such topics, which may vary from semester to semester, might include, for example, particular theorists, distinctive theoretical perspectives, specific problems, or particular areas of research. Any prerequisites will be indicated in the course schedule.

PSYC 201. Theories of Personality. 1 Unit.

The field of personality focuses primarily on explaining individual differences in behavior. Psychologists disagree over the definition of personality, its theoretical assumptions, the relative importance of the concept, and the elements that constitute the framework for the personality of individuals. The course focuses, then, on comparing and contrasting a number of theories of personality that have emerged in psychology in the last century. The course is intended to enhance the student's appreciation of the multifaceted nature of behavior as well as emphasizing that there are a variety of options and possibilities for analyzing and evaluating individual differences. Prerequisite: PSYC 101S.

PSYC 202. Memory in Everyday Life. 1 Unit.

This course will explore the memory issues faced by people in everyday life, including reflecting about childhood memories, keeping track of things, flashbulb memories, eyewitness testimony, trauma and repression, and maintaining an identity. Students will critically analyze popular films, anecdotal stories, and their own diary entries to uncover new understandings of memory. The research they explore will be from studies done in natural contexts rather than in laboratory settings. The course will be discussion based, focusing on reactions to the research, presentations, films, and stories presented in class. Offered at least once per year.

PSYC 203. Great Experiments in Psychology. 1 Unit.

The innovative history of psychological research is explored in this course by closely examining classic studies that have influenced our concepts of mind and behavior. Emphasis is placed on both the methodological approaches used in these studies and the findings stemming from them. The ongoing influence of these classic works is illuminated by discussion of more recent investigations that have their roots in the original research. Prerequisite: PSYC 101S. Writing-intensive course.

PSYC 275. Seminar. 1 Unit.

Like special topics courses, seminars are designed to extend the range of the curriculum and give students an opportunity to explore special topics. The principal difference is in the format. Seminars are necessarily limited to a small size because they devote class time almost entirely to collaborative interaction among the faculty member(s) and students involved in the course. Any prerequisites will be indicated in the course schedule.

PSYC 285. Independent Study. 0.5 or 1 Units.

Independent studies are intended to provide an opportunity for students with strong interest and initiative to pursue the study of topics that are not part of the regular course offerings. They are arranged by mutual agreement between faculty member and student. Before agreeing to supervise an independent study, ordinarily a faculty member will ask the student to present a clear, written proposal for the work to be completed. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

PSYC 290. Special Topics in Psychology. 1 Unit.

These lecture/discussion courses are designed to extend the range of the curriculum and give students an opportunity to explore special topics. Such topics, which may vary from semester to semester, might include, for example, particular theorists, distinctive theoretical perspectives, specific problems, or particular areas of research. Any prerequisites will be indicated in the course schedule.

PSYC 301. Industrial and Organizational Psychology. 1 Unit.

Applications of psychological principles to people at work are presented in this course. Topics such as personnel selection, psychological testing, performance appraisal, employee training and development, leadership, motivation and job satisfaction, working conditions, safety and health in the workplace, and work-related stress are included. Prerequisite: PSYC 101S. Offered at least once per year.

PSYC 304. Psychological Testing. 1 Unit.

Techniques of scaling and test development are presented in this course. Issues related to item analysis, reliability, validity, standardization, and ethics are included. Students learn to assess the strengths and weaknesses of psychological tests and to apply this understanding to a test that they develop. The psychometric characteristics of intelligence and aptitude, interest, creativity, stress, personnel selection, personality, and achievement tests are analyzed. Prerequisite: PSYC 101S. Offered at least once very two years.

PSYC 305S. Cognitive Psychology. 1 Unit.

This course explores the many mental skills and abilities involved in the acquisition, storage, retrieval, and use of information. These include pattern recognition, attention, memory, visual imagery, language, problem solving, and decision making. Students will also explore how theory and research in cognitive psychology relate to tasks they carry out in their daily lives, tasks such as reading, driving, studying, judging advertising claims, evaluating legal testimony, solving problems in the classroom, and making medical decisions. The course includes interactive exercises to illustrate basic processes. Prerequisite: sophomore, junior, or senior standing. Offered at least once per year.

PSYC 311. Forensic Psychology. 1 Unit.

The intent of this course is to examine research on criminal perpetrators. The course will also cover the involvement of psychology in the criminal justice system ranging from psychological evaluations of offenders, insanity defenses and criminal profiling. The course will consider criminal offenses ranging from drug offenses through domestic violence, rape and serial murder. Offered at least once per yer.

PSYC 312D. Abnormal Psychology. 1 Unit.

This course provides an overview of the field of abnormal psychology. The major psychological disorders, including schizophrenia, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, somatoform and dissociative disorders, personality disorders, eating disorders, substance-related disorders, and sexual and gender identity disorders, are explored from biological, psychodynamic, behavioral, cognitive, humanistic, and sociocultural perspectives. The investigation of each disorder covers symptoms, contributing factors, and treatment options. Prerequisite: PSYC 201.

PSYC 315. Developmental Psychology. 1 Unit.

This course explores human development across the life-span, typically including consideration of theories of development, genetic and prenatal influences on behavior, childbirth and the newborn, perceptual and motor development, cognitive processes and academic skills, intelligence, language development, temperament and emotional development, moral development, the attachment relationship and social development, the family, and adult development and aging. Prerequisite: PSYC 101S.

PSYC 318W. Human Sexuality. 1 Unit.

The course examines psychological and physiological factors related to human sexual behavior and feelings. The student will become acquainted with contemporary research findings and theory in the area and will have the opportunity to understand better the dynamics of sexual relationships and to learn to communicate more comfortably and constructively with others regarding sexual beliefs, behaviors, and feelings. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing. Offered at least once per year.

PSYC 321Q. Behavioral Statistics. 1 Unit.

This course introduces applications of statistics in psychology. It introduces descriptive and inferential statistics as well as techniques used for reporting empirical research in psychology. Students learn to analyze univariate and multivariate data using Z, t, ANOVA, MANOVA, correlation coefficients, Chi Square, regression, and multiple regression. The course includes developing hypotheses, using measurement scales, collecting and analyzing data, testing hypotheses, and writing APA-style reports that explain statistical results. The major goal of the course is to provide the opportunity to learn how psychologists select, apply, and interpret statistics in their studies. Prerequisite: PSYC 203.

PSYC 333. Social Psychology. 1 Unit.

Social psychology asks how the presence of others, real or implied, affects the behavior of the individual. The course considers experimental techniques used for social psychological data; how social beliefs, perceptions, and attitudes affect and are affected by our behavior; cultural influence, conformity, persuasion, group dynamics, and the application of social psychology to legal situations; the operation and consequences of prejudice, aggression, attraction, and altruism and how these factors may play a role in the management of social conflict. The primary goal is to increase the student's appreciation of the power of social forces in determining behavior. Prerequisite: PSYC 101S.

PSYC 335D. Interpersonal Dynamics. 1 Unit.

The student learns more about personality and interpersonal behavior, including his or her own, through firsthand experience in a laboratory setting. The course is unusual in its format. After the first day, we meet each time as a self-observational group in which each member of the group assumes responsibility for contributing to the development of a shared understanding of the processes occurring within the group. In readings and papers, students become familiar with a variety of theoretical perspectives and observational methods useful in understanding the processes occurring in the group. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing and permission of instructor.

PSYC 345W. Health Psychology. 1 Unit.

This course provides an overview of psychological theory, research, and practice concerning the prevention of illness and promotion of health. The role of health psychologists as clinicians and researchers will be emphasized. Students will design and implement a health promotion/illness prevention program. Topics like stress management and sexual risk behavior reduction will be covered. Offered at least once per year.

PSYC 348W. Drugs, Mind, and Behavior. 1 Unit.

This course helps students understand the effects of drug use - legal and illegal - on the individual. It explores drug actions on brain function, their short-term effects on mind and behavior, as well as the possible long-term consequences of drug exposure, including tolerance, dependence, and drug addiction. The course also examines other key factors that can influence drug effects, including characteristics of the user, drug expectancies, and the role of the environment.

PSYC 350W. Human Behavior During the Zombie Apocalypse. 1 Unit.

This course will focus on how humans behave in catastrophic times with an emphasis on survival during a potential zombie apocalypse. We will examine past catastrophic events (including natural disasters and epidemics) as examples of what might happen during a zombie apocalypse and emphasize how we can facilitate preparedness for future catastrophes. Literary and media depictions of zombies will be used to illustrate course material. Junior Seminar. Offered at least once per year.

PSYC 369. Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood. 1 Unit.

This course considers the sociological, biological and emotional processes that occur between puberty and adulthood, ages 12-18. Topics covered include psychosocial development, sexuality, role exploration, as well cross-cultural conceptualizations of adolescence. This course will also consider emerging adulthood as the period extending from adolescence into the 20s and shifts in role occurring during this developmental period. Prerequisite: PSYC 101S. Offered at least once per year.

PSYC 371. Psychology of Women. 1 Unit.

This course considers women’s experiences from a biopsychosocial perspective and examines the psychological impact of gender socialization. It includes theoretical and empirical investigation of sex and gender similarities and differences, women’s family relationships, women in the workplace, women of color, women who identify as sexual minorities, women's mental health, and violence in the lives of women and girls. Prerequisite: PSYC 101S. Offered at least once every two years.

PSYC 375. Seminar. 1 Unit.

Like special topics courses, seminars are designed to extend the range of the curriculum and give students an opportunity to explore special topics. The principal difference is in the format. Seminars are necessarily limited to a small size because they devote class time almost entirely to collaborative interaction among the faculty member(s) and students involved in the course. Any prerequisites will be indicated in the course schedule.

PSYC 376. Adult Development and Aging. 1 Unit.

This course examines biological, cognitive, emotional, and developmental processes occurring throughout adulthood. Life-role changes and their psychosocial and emotional impact are highlighted. Gerontologic topics include changes in sexuality, neurodegenerative illnesses, and preparation for dying. Sociological aspects of aging will also be discussed. Knowledge gained from this course will apply to practical, ethical, and policy implications related to adulthood and aging. Offered at least once per year.

PSYC 377W. Game of Thrones Made Me Do It: Media's Impact on Behavior. 1 Unit.

This course will examine the interaction between media and media consumers. The degree to which individuals shape media and media shapes individual behavior will be discussed. Specific topic areas will include the influence of media on aggression and violence, sexual behavior and pregnancy, body dissatisfaction, eating behaviors and gender roles. The course will consider the impact of video games, social media, television, advertising, pornography and other media. Junior Seminar. Offered at least once every two years.

PSYC 382. Biological Psychology. 1 Unit.

This course approaches the study of mind and behavior from a biological perspective, with special attention to the brain processes that underlie sensory, behavioral, and cognitive functions. The course begins with an overview of the structure and function of the nervous system and then explores in more detail the role of the nervous system in eating, sleeping, sex, emotions, stress, language, learning and memory, and mental disorders. Prerequisites: BIOL 121P or BIOL 141P and BIOL 142P. Offered once per year.

PSYC 385. Independent Study. 0.5 or 1 Units.

Independent studies are intended to provide an opportunity for students with strong interest and initiative to pursue the study of topics that are not part of the regular course offerings. They are arranged by mutual agreement between faculty member and student. Before agreeing to supervise an independent study, ordinarily a faculty member will ask the student to present a clear, written proposal for the work to be completed. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

PSYC 390. Special Topics in Psychology. 1 Unit.

These lecture/discussion courses are designed to extend the range of the curriculum and give students an opportunity to explore special topics. Such topics, which may vary from semester to semester, might include, for example, particular theorists, distinctive theoretical perspectives, specific problems, or particular areas of research. Any prerequisites will be indicated in the course schedule.

PSYC 395. Teaching Apprenticeship. 0.5 Units.

Pass/Fail only. A teaching apprenticeship provides an opportunity for a student with especially strong interest and ability in a given subject area to achieve an even deeper understanding by being directly involved with a faculty member in the design and implementation of a course. The apprenticeship is arranged by mutual agreement between the faculty member and the student. Such an experience is especially beneficial for students who are considering university teaching as a profession. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. May be repeated once.

PSYC 396E. Ethical and Professional Issues in Psychology: Internship I. 1 Unit.

Students have an opportunity to deepen their understanding of the ethical and professional issues central to the field, clarify and focus their professional intentions, and obtain experience useful in pursuing further vocational and educational opportunities. Students complete 80-100 hours of work in an approved internship setting and meet weekly to explore ethical and professional issues in the field of psychology, including those they can expect to confront in their internship settings. Prerequisites: (a) junior or senior standing and (b) at least five PSYC courses. Offered once per year.

PSYC 397. Internship in Psychology II. 1 Unit.

This course gives students who have already completed PSYC 396E an opportunity to do a second internship that requires somewhat more hours but does not include a classroom component. Students do 140 hours of work in an approved internship setting and complete a journal. This course, formerly PSYC 471, may not be used toward the minimum requirements for the psychology major. Prerequisite: PSYC 396E. Offered at least once per year.

PSYC 399. Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship. 0.5 or 1 Units.

Students in this course will participate in the activities of a research lab conducting original psychological research. This course runs on an apprenticeship model in which students will perform duties essential for the lab under the professor’s guidance. Activities may include running research participants, administering psychological surveys, collecting, entering and analyzing data and assisting with the dissemination of research findings through conference presentations and publications. Specific duties will be at the discretion of the instructor.

PSYC 411. Neuropsychology. 1 Unit.

This course will instruct students in clinical organic disorders affecting brain function. Diseases will include neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's Disease, clinical syndromes such as aphasia, traumatic brain injuries and strokes. Student swill become familiar regarding how brain diseases manifest in behaveor and how they are treated. Prerequisite: PSYC 382 and PSYC 312D. Offered once per year.

PSYC 413. Childhood Behavior Disorders. 1 Unit.

In the first part of the course, the nature of normal and abnormal development, models of developmental psychopathology, assessment techniques, diagnostic systems used for children, and psychotherapy with children are discussed. The second part of the course focuses on specific childhood behavior disorders such as anxiety disorders, mood disorders, conduct disorders, attention deficit disorders, language and learning disabilities, intellectual disability, autism, childhood schizophrenia, and other disorders. Prerequisites: PSYC 315 and junior or senior standing. Offered once per year.

PSYC 416. Clinical and Counseling Psychology. 1 Unit.

This course provides an overview of clinical psychology and related mental health disciplines. Students learn about the historical roots of clinical psychology and explore projective and objective clinical assessment techniques, psychodynamic, behavioral, cognitive, humanistic, and group therapies, ethical and professional issues, and some of the emerging specialty areas in clinical psychology. Prerequisites: PSYC 312D.

PSYC 475. Seminar. 1 Unit.

Like special topics courses, seminars are designed to extend the range of the curriculum and give students an opportunity to explore special topics. The principal difference is in the format. Seminars are necessarily limited to a small size because they devote class time almost entirely to collaborative interaction among the faculty member(s) and students involved in the course. Any prerequisites will be indicated in the course schedule.

PSYC 485. Independent Study. 0.5 or 1 Units.

Independent studies are intended to provide an opportunity for students with strong interest and initiative to pursue the study of topics that are not part of the regular course offerings. They are arranged by mutual agreement between faculty member and student. Before agreeing to supervise an independent study, ordinarily a faculty member will ask the student to present a clear, written proposal for the work to be completed. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

PSYC 490. Special Topics in Psychology. 1 Unit.

These lecture/discussion courses are designed to extend the range of the curriculum and give students an opportunity to explore special topics. Such topics, which may vary from semester to semester, might include, for example, particular theorists, distinctive theoretical perspectives, specific problems, or particular areas of research. Any prerequisites will be indicated in the course schedule.

PSYC 498. Research Methods. 1 Unit.

This course is designed to deepen the student’s understanding of the scientific method as an active process. Course goals include learning to develop theories, refine hypotheses, measure and control variables, analyze and interpret results, and report research in APA style. In addition to applying these techniques in course projects, students will use them to develop their senior project proposal for the research to be carried out in PSYC 499. Prerequisite: PSYC 321Q. Must have at least 20 units completed (80 credit hours).

PSYC 499. Senior Project. 1 Unit.

Students complete the research project they designed in PSYC 498, analyze their data, and prepare a paper and oral presentation reporting their results. Class meetings are supplemented with individual conferences with the instructor. Prerequisite: PSYC 498. Students who make a grade lower than C- on the final paper in PSYC 498 must revise their paper before enrolling in PSYC 499.