Psychology (PSY)

PSY 101
Introduction to Psychology
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU; UC; IGETC 4I; Citrus GE; CSUGE D9)
54 lecture hours
Equivalent to: PSY 101H, PSY 201

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement exam or if required by English level.

The course is an introduction to psychology as an empirical science involving a synthesis of theory and research within the domains of behavior, cognition and affect. Students are expected to work and participate using critical thinking skills, thoughtful analysis/synthesis of readings, presentations and discussions within the class environment.


PSY 101H
Introduction to Psychology - Honors
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU; UC; IGETC 4I; Citrus GE; CSUGE D9)
54 lecture hours
Equivalent to: PSY 101

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Prerequisite(s): Student must be eligible for the Citrus College Honors Program or obtain a recommendation from an Honors instructor.

Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement exam or if required by English level.

The course is an introduction to psychology as an empirical science involving a synthesis of theory and research within the domains of behavior, cognition and affect. Students are expected to work and participate at an honors level which includes demonstrating strong critical thinking skills through analysis of social scientific literature and original research in a seminar style class format.


PSY 102
Psychobiology
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU; UC; IGETC 5B; CSUGE B2; Citrus GE)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101 or PSY 101H.

Strongly recommended: BIOL 104 or BIOL 105 or BIOL 105H; ENGL 101 or ENGL 101H.

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 will be addressed. The course also notes historical scientific 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.


PSY 103
Statistics for the Social and Behavioral Sciences
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU; IGETC 2A; UC; CSUGE B4; Citrus GE)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Prerequisite(s): MATH 142 or MATH 150 or higher.

Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement exam or if required by English level.

An elementary course in statistical concepts designed especially for students in the social and behavioral science areas. The development of basic skills in descriptive statistics and inferential statistics is stressed. Reliability and validity problems when generalizing from samples to population will be considered.


PSY 110
Psychology of Religion
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU; UC; IGETC 4I; Citrus GE; CSUGE D9)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement exam or if required by English level.

This course explores the connection between psychology and religion. It focuses on how different schools of psychological thought view and interpret religious concepts and experiences. The major psychological perspectives that are studied include: psychoanalytic theory, behavioristic and humanistic theories. The psychological principles embeded in religion will be studied.


PSY 203
Research Methods in Psychology
4 Units (AA/AS; CSU; IGETC 2A; UC; IGETC 4I; CSUGE D9)
54 lecture hours, 54 lab hours
Equivalent to: PSY 104

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101 or PSY 101H; PSY 103 or MATH 165.

Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement or if required by English level.

An introductory course in research methodology designed for students in the behavioral and social sciences. The application of basic skills in descriptive and inferential statistics is stressed, as well as critical analysis of experimental and non-experimental research methods in basic and applied research settings.


PSY 205
Developmental Psychology
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU; UC; IGETC 4I; Citrus GE; CSUGE D9)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement exam or if required by English level.

Developmental psychology is the scientific study of progressive changes in behavior, cognition, and abilities. Attention is paid to issues related to the roles of nature and nurture in developmental processes.


PSY 206
Child Growth and Development
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU; UC; IGETC 4I; Citrus GE; CSUGE D9; CSUGE E)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement exam or if required by English level.

This course examines major physical, psychosocial, and cognitive/language developmental milestones as they pertain to the various ages and stages in a child's life from the prenatal development through adolescence. Practices of investigative research methodologies, caregiving, education, teaching, and parenting that derive from diverse cultural and theoretical perspectives will be analyzed. Students will learn to observe children, evaluate individual differences and analyze characteristics of development at various stages. Interactions between maturational and environmental factors will be explored.


PSY 212
Psychological Disorders
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU; UC; IGETC 4I; Citrus GE; CSUGE D9)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101 or PSY 101H.

Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement exam or if required by English level.

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.


PSY 213
Survey of Drug and Alcohol Use in Society
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU; UC; Citrus GE; CSUGE E)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101 or PSY 101H.

Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement exam or if required by English level.

This survey course includes drug classification, drug physiology and psychopharmacology, theories of addiction, history and theories of treatment, dual diagnosis, drug testing and social policy, recovery and rehabilitation, and other related topics.


PSY 220
Introduction to Social Psychology
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU; UC; IGETC 4I; Citrus GE; CSUGE D9)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement exam or if required by English level.

An introduction to the study of social psychology emphasizes the nature of socially determined behavior as seen in the areas of conformity, propaganda, prejudice, social roles, social process, social perception, and culturally determined personality.


PSY 225
Psychology of Human Sexuality
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU; UC; IGETC 4I; Citrus GE; CSUGE D9; CSUGE E)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement exam or if required by English level.

An introductory survey of the psychological bases and dimensions of human sexuality with emphasis on the socio-cultural factors involved in intimate relating, sexuality, and loving.


PSY 226
Psychology of Women
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU; UC; IGETC 4I; Citrus GE; CSUGE D4; CSUGE D9)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement or if required by English level.

This course will examine theory and research on female development from birth to death, taking into consideration psychological, sociological and biological factors. Implications for personal and social change will be emphasized through critical analysis of contemporary gender issues, data and psychological theory.