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Associates in Arts in Psychology for Transfer Degree​​  

Associates in Arts Degree Psychology

​Psychology is the scientific study of human and animal behavior and mental processes, including cognition, emotion, sensation, perception and interaction. In pursuing the Associate in Arts in Psychology for Transfer degree, students acquire skills in research, information gathering, and analytic thinking. Students majoring in psychology develop critical thinking, problem solving and written and verbal communication skills. As psychology majors, students have learning opportunities that are relevant to many types of careers, including business, education, government, nonprofit organizations and within health and human services


PSYCH-001 - General Psychology

This behavioral science course is a basic introduction to the scientific study of the psychological, biological and environmental influences on behavior. It is a survey of traditional and contemporary theories and attitudes about perception, consciousness, learning, memory, thinking, human development, intelligence emotions, motivation, personality, stress/adaptation, abnormal behavior/ treatment, and the social world. It is designed to give insight into oneself and others.

Units: 3

Lecture Hours: 3 |  Lab Hours: None |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: O

Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math:

Transfer Status: CSU/UC |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS


PSYCH-018 - Introduction to Research Methods

This course is an introduction to the experimental and correlational methods used in psychological research. Students will learn to research the literature, perform laboratory experiments, conduct statistical analyses and write reports of the research findings.

Units: 3

Lecture Hours: 2 |  Lab Hours: 3 |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: L

Prerequisite: PSYCH 001 or PSYCH 010 and MATH 063 with C or better

Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math:

Transfer Status: CSU/UC |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS


PSYCH-020 - Psychology of Stress Reduction

Students are presented a comprehensive approach to stress and stress reduction from a psychological perspective. A psychophysiological model of stress will be presented and analyzed. A variety of evidenced-based stress reduction methods will be taught in the contexts of student and work life settings.

Units: 3

Lecture Hours: 3 |  Lab Hours: None |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: L

Recommended: completion of PSYCH 001

Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math:

Transfer Status: CSU |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS


PSYCH-025 - Psychology of Women: Global Perspective

This course examines the female experience from a global, historical, familial, cultural and psychological framework, and analyzes how women’s lives are shaped by social and economic institutions, political movements, ethnicity, race and individual experiences. Psychological theories and current research will address concepts of development, gender-typing, sexism, motherhood, work, adaptation, well being as well as other psychological questions of central concern to women.

Units: 3

Lecture Hours: 3 |  Lab Hours: None |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: L

Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math: 0

Transfer Status: CSU |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS


PSYCH-026 - Violence Against Women: Cross-Cultural Perspective

This course presents an overview of various forms of violence against women and girls from a global and human rights perspective through critical examination of social structures and psychological research. Contemporary attitudes towards women, children, power, aggression, sexuality, race and class will be investigated. Topics will include, rape, wife beating, incest, sexual harassment, sex trafficking, pornography, honor and dowry killing, and economic, psychiatric and military violence. The course will also consider the ways in which women are individually and collectively combating these various forms of violence.

Units: 3

Lecture Hours: 3 |  Lab Hours: None |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: L

Recommended: Psych 025

Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math: 0

Transfer Status: CSU |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS


PSYCH-030 - Introduction to Biological Psychology

This course is designed to provide an overview of biological approaches to understanding behavior. The course will cover the general organization of the neural and neuroendocrine systems and their influences in the control of behavior. Animal and human research findings, within the science of brain-behavior relationships, will be included. This course is designed to prepare students for more advanced courses in behavioral neuroscience, clinical psychology, and other health-related fields. It is a required course for psychology majors.

Units: 3

Lecture Hours: 3 |  Lab Hours: None |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: L

Prerequisite: PSYCH 001 or PSYCH 010

Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math:

Transfer Status: CSU/UC |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS


PSYCH-051 - Introduction to Cross-Cultural Psychology

Students will examine how individuals’ behavioral, developmental, and cognitive phenomena are differentially affected by culture and subculture. Emphasis on the diversity of parent-child relationships, role of women and men, adult personality and beliefs, attitudes and values. Service-Learning is included in this course.

Units: 3

Lecture Hours: 3 |  Lab Hours: None |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: L

Recommended: Enrollment in or completion of Psychology 001

Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math: 0

Transfer Status: CSU/UC |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS


PSYCH-060 - Personal Growth and Adjustment

This course is a study of psychological processes through which people manage to cope with the demands and challenges of everyday life. A broad variety of topics are examined including personality patterns, stress, social and intimate relationships, adjustments to development through the life span and psychological/physical wellness as they influence and are affected by adjustment. Effective and ineffective personal growth and adjustment are analyzed in the context of contemporary and complex society.

Units: 3

Lecture Hours: 3 |  Lab Hours: None |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: L

Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math:

Transfer Status: CSU/UC |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS


PSYCH-092 - Developmental Psychology

This course is an introduction to developmental psychology. Human development is traced from conception through death and dying. The biological, cognitive, psychological, social and cultural factors affecting development and the integration and interactions of these factors throughout the lifespan of human beings will be studied. The dynamic interrelationship of these factors to the uniqueness of, and differences between, individuals will also be considered. Development tasks and potential developmental crises in the contemporary multicultural society are identified for each age group.

Units: 3

Lecture Hours: 3 |  Lab Hours: None |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: L

Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math:

Transfer Status: CSU/UC |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS


PSYCH-096 - Marriage, Family, and Intimate Relationships

Students will study the family, marriage and relationship from psychological, historical and intercultural perspectives. Topics to include gender socialization and inequality, personality development, dating, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) relationships, marriage, family violence, divorce, and remarriage, and how they relate to psychological well-being.

Units: 3

Lecture Hours: 3 |  Lab Hours: None |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: L

Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math:

Transfer Status: CSU/UC |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS


PSYCH-098A - Service-Learning Directed Study

Students seeking real-life experience for ongoing course support, and for academic and career exploration may enroll in Directed Study in Service-Learning. Under the direction of a college faculty member in a specific or related discipline, students develop learning outcomes for their service-learning project, which are outlined in a contract. To promote critical thinking, reflective activities i.e. journals, essays, presentations, group discussion, etc. are required. Each .5 units consist of service hours, reflection activities, and meetings with the instructor for a total of 26.25 hours. Repeatable to a maximum of 9 units across all disciplines.

Units: 0.5 - 9

Lecture Hours: 0 |  Lab Hours: 1.5 - 27 |  Repeatable: 17 |  Grading: O

Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math: 0

Transfer Status: CSU |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS


PSYCH-099 - Abnormal Psychology

This introductory course surveys the multidimensional influences on the diagnosis, etiology, and treatment of abnormal patterns of behavior. Traditional psychological models, as well as current research evidence of the reciprocal relationship of biology and behavior, are used to study psychopathology. Clinical cases are used to examine life-span cultural influences on abnormal behavior.

Units: 3

Lecture Hours: 3 |  Lab Hours: None |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: L

Recommended: Completion of PSYCH 010 recommended

Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math:

Transfer Status: CSU/UC |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS


PSYCH-100 - Human Sexuality

This course is designed to offer factual information on human sexual functioning. It will include some of the basic questions regarding sexual behavior, learning of sexual roles, anatomy and physiology of sexual response, social patterns of sexual behavior, sexual adjustment and maladjustment. The course will also include areas dealing with the treatment of sexual dysfunction, sex variance, and legal and cultural aspects of sexual behavior.

Units: 3

Lecture Hours: 3 |  Lab Hours: None |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: L

Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math: 0

Transfer Status: CSU/UC |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS​


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