Psychology

Psychology is the study of human thought, feelings, and behavior. Part of its appeal is the fact that it involves both scientific investigation and practical applications of those findings in everyday life.

A Diverse Program

The Yuba Community College District Psychology courses offer a diverse program with several goals: 1) To expose students to the variety of sub-fields in psychology; 2) to engender knowledge of, and appreciation for, the spirit and nature of scientific inquiry; 3) to facilitate insight into oneself and increase knowledge of, and sensitivity to, others; 4) to introduce students to the basic body of knowledge, thus preparing them for further study in Psychology.

Many Career Options

Those pursuing psychology as a field of study will find many career options centering around helping others to understand, predict, and influence their own behavior and the behavior of others. Psychologists may teach, conduct research, perform psychological testing, or do consultation in a variety of settings which include hospitals, businesses, private practice, personnel offices, industry, colleges and universities, and government. Training in Psychology provides a valuable foundation for professions wherein interpersonal interactions are a component of the work setting.

PSYCHOLOGY
(Associate in Arts)
Required Courses                                                       Units
PSYCH 1A General Psychology………………………………………….. 3
PSYCH 12 Human Sexuality OR
PSYCH 31 Gender and Behavior: Feminine and Masculine.. 3
Plus 12 additional units selected from the following:
PSYCH 1B General Psychology………………………………………….. 3
PSYCH 22 Social Psychology…………………………………………….. 3
PSYCH 33 Personal and Social Adjustment…………………………… 3
PSYCH 40/ECE 3 Childhood and Adolescent Behavior……………. 3
PSYCH 41 Lifespan Development………………………………………… 3
PSYCH 30A, 30C, 30D ConsciousnessStudies
(1 unit each – all three must be completed)…………………….. 3
PSYCH 12 or 31 — if not already completed above………………….. 3
Total units required for degree major………………………………… 18

Courses

PSYCH 1A—General Psychology  (3 units)            CSU/UC
General introduction to psychology as a science, including perception, learning, development, motivation, personality, abnormal behavior, and the biological and social basis of behavior. (L)

PSYCH 1B—General Psychology: Individual and
Social Processes
  (3 units)                        CSU/UC
Further in-depth exploration of the subject matter of introductory psychology. Including, but are not limited to, developmental psychology, personality, social psychology, abnormal/maladaptive behavior, individual differences, neuropsychology, cross-cultural psychology. (L)

PSYCH 8—Research Methodology (3 units)                 CSU
Course covers the basic issues in the design and implementation of social science research.  Topics covered include the scientific method, ethics, and issues of research design, basic descriptive and inferential statistics, and types of research designs including quantitative and qualitative methodologies.  Not open for credit to student with credit in SOCIL 8. (L)

PSYCH 12—Human Sexuality and Sexual Behavior
(3 units)                                                       CSU/UC
Psychological and biological aspects of human sexuality, including developmental issues, variations in sexual behavior/orientation, structure and function of the reproductive systems, sexual response, and sexually transmitted diseases. (L)

PSYCH 21R—Seminar in Psych: Contemporary
Issues
  (1 unit)                                                  CSU
Examination and discussion of contemporary issues in society from a psychological viewpoint. Grades are P/NP. (L) (Repeatable: May be taken four times only.)

PSYCH 22—Social Psychology  (3 units)                CSU/UC
Introduction to the study of human interaction with a focus on the individual within a social context, including topics of social perception and cognition, interpersonal attraction, pro-social behavior and aggression, attitude change, conformity and obedience, prejudice and discrimination, and the psychology of groups. (L)

PSYCH 30A—Consciousness Studies  (1 unit)            CSU
Focuses primarily on transpersonal approaches to consciousness. Other perspectives will include psychodynamic, behavioral, cognitive, biological, evolutionary, humanistic and existential. (L)

PSYCH 30B—Dreams, Art and Symbols  (1 unit)         CSU
Focuses on the psychology of sleep and dreams with an emphasis of dreamwork, dream interpretation, active imagination, lucid dreaming, art therapy, and archetypal investigation of the unconscious.  (L)

PSYCH 30C—Advanced Consciousness Studies
(1 unit)                                                               CSU
Historical development and research regarding consciousness studies in psychology. (L)

PSYCH 30D—History of Consciousness  (1 unit)        CSU
Historical development and research regarding consciousness studies in psychology. (L)

PSYCH 31—Gender and Behavior: Feminine and
Masculine Behavior
  (3 units)                   CSU/UC
Systematic analysis of psychological principles related to gender, including biological, social, and cultural perspectives. (L)

PSYCH 33—Personal and Social Adjustment  (3 units)                                  CSU/UC
Principles of personality development with emphasis on self-theories and social interaction theories. (L)

PSYCH 34—Alternative Lifestyles  (1 unit)                    CSU
A narrative history of the formation of gay communities and gay movements. Current issues of diversity and the struggles with homophobia in today’s society will be addressed. This course is designed for those currently working in the public sector, or for those seeking a thorough knowledge of this diverse population. (L)

PSYCH 40—Childhood and Adolescent Behavior
(3 units)                                                       CSU/UC
Psychology of the child and adolescent; introduction to developmental psychology, including prenatal and perinatal influences. Not open for credit to student with credit in ECE 3. (L)

PSYCH 41—Lifespan Development  (3 units)         CSU/UC
Introduction to the scientific study of human development from conception to death; examines the interplay of the biological, psychological, social, and cultural influences on the developing human being. (L)

PSYCH 46—Abnormal Psychology  (3 units)         CSU/UC
Introduction to the field of abnormal psychology; exploration of the models, diagnosis, and classification of abnormal behavior. (L)

PSYCH 95JR—Stress Management  (0.5 unit)
Cause-and-effect factors of stress, and the skills and strategies supervisors can use to help cope with stress; stress as both enemy and ally. Grades are P/NP. (L) (Repeatable: May be taken four times only.)