Diagram of the human brain

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. Yuba College 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

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



Lisa Jensen-Martin
Professor of Psychology
530-741-6856 phone
530-749-3854 fax (shared)

Meridith Selden
Professor of Psychology
530-741-6854 phone
530-749-3854 fax (shared)



PSYCH 1A-General Psychology (3 units) CSU/UC
C-ID PSY 110
General introduction to psychology as a science. Topics include perception, learning, development, motivation, personality, abnormal behavior, and biological and social basis of behavior. (L)

PSYCH 7-Research Methods in Psychology (3 units) CSU/UC
Prerequisite: PSYCH 1A and STAT 1
C-ID PSY 200
This course covers the many research designs and methods in psychology, including descriptive, associative, and causal claims. The various instrumentation, collection procedures, data collection and analysis, and reporting procedures are also examined. Research methods and design will be surveyed from a wide section of psychological fields. (L,C)

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

PSYCH 22-Social Psychology (3 units) CSU/UC
This course will examine the emotion, behavior, and cognition of individuals in social situations. Topics can include: social psychology methods, social perception, social cognition, attitudes, persuasion, social identity, gender identity, prejudice and discrimination, interpersonal attraction, close relationships, conformity, compliance, obedience to authority, helping behavior, aggression, group processes, and social psychology applications. Multiple perspectives discussed. (L)

PSYCH 24-Organizational Psychology (3 units) CSU
An introductory course designed to provide an overview of the field of organizational psychology. The course will examine ways in which psychology can be applied to the workplace. Some of the topics that will be covered include research methods, performance appraisal, training & development, organizational attitudes, occupational health, and work motivation.

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. Not open for credit to student with credit in WOMEN 31. (L)

PSYCH 33-Personal and Social Adjustment (3 units) CSU/UC
C-ID PSY 115
Principles of personality development with emphasis on selftheories and social interaction theories. (L)

PSYCH 41-Lifespan Development (3 units) CSU/UC
C-ID PSY 180
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 54 lecture hours
This course introduces the scientific study of psychopathology and aberrant behaviors, broadly defined. Students will investigate abnormal behavior from a variety of perspectives such as biological, social, and cultural approaches. An integrative view of research in abnormal behavior and intervention and prevention strategies for psychological disorders will also be introduced. (L)

PSYCH 95J-Stress Management (.5 unit)
Cause-and-effect factors of stress, and the skills and strategies individuals or supervisors can use to help cope with stress. Stress as both enemy and ally. May include stress-reduction activities and exercises. Not open for credit to students with credit in MGMT 95J. Grades are P/NP. (L)


Associate Degree in Psychology

(Associate in Arts)
Required Courses
PSYCH 1A General Psychology
PSYCH 12 Human Sexuality OR PSYCH 31 Gender and Behavior: Feminine and Masculine
Plus 12 units from the following:
PSYCH 22 Social Psychology
PSYCH 33 Personal and Social Adjustment
ECE 3 Childhood and Adolescent Behavior
PSYCH 41 Lifespan Development
PSYCH 12 or 31 — if not already completed above


(Associate in Arts for Transfer)
The Associate in Arts in Psychology for Transfer degree is designed for students for transfer into the CSU system to complete a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. To earn this AA-T degree, students must meet the following Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer requirements (pursuant to SB1440 law):
1. Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University.
2. The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education Breadth Requirements.
3. A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
4. Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.
5. Earn a grade of “C” or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.

Required Courses
PSYCH 1A General Psychology
PSYCH 7 Research Methods in Psychology
STAT 1 Introduction To Statistical Methods
Biology Requirement (Choose one from the following, 4 units):
BIOL 4 Human Anatomy OR BIOL 10L General Biology
Critical Thinking Requirement (choose one from the following, 3 units):
ENGL 1B Critical Thinking & Writing About Literature OR ENGL 1C Critical Thinking/Advanced Composition OR PHIL 12 Critical Thinking
Psychology Electives (Choose one from the following, 3 units):
PSYCH 12 Human Sexuality OR PSYCH 22 Social Psychology OR PSYCH 31 Gender and Behavior: Feminine and Masculine PSYCH 33 Personal and Social Adjustment OR PSYCH 41 Lifespan Development OR PSYCH 46 Abnormal Psychology