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General Catalog 2006-2007

Programs and Courses

Psychology

General Information

For Information: Ladonna Lewis
Phone: 623.845.3645

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Associate in Transfer Partnership Degree
Psychology (B.A. or B.S.)

Student Goals: Transfer to Arizona State University Main or Arizona State University west campus.

The Associate in Transfer Partnership Degree (ATP) is specifically developed for students who have identified Psychology (B.A. or B.S.) as a major and are planning to transfer to Arizona State University Main (ASUM) or Arizona State University west campus (ASUW).

The ATP degree requires a core of general education credits in the following general education categories: First-Year Composition (6 credits); Mathematics (3 credits); Natural Sciences (4 credits); and Humanities and Fine Arts/Social and Behavioral Sciences or related area general education requirements (6 credits). Also include in the ATP degree are the general education and major requirements to meet the lower division requirements of the major at the baccalaureate degree-granting institution. The ATP degree must consist of at least a minimum of 60 credits but no more than 64 credit hours.

Students participating in the ATP degree will be treated as “native” students by the upper division institution in terms of course evaluation and course changes.

Advising is a critical element of the ATP degree, students must work closely with a community college program advisor. Upon completion of 36 credit hours, including the 19 credit hour general education core, students are strongly encouraged to meet with an ASU west campus College of Arts and Sciences advisor or a MCCCD academic advisor.

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Associate in Arts (AA)/Transfer Program

Student Goals: General Education, Transfer to a University, Personal Interest

Psychologists are concerned with the scientific study of the behavior of organisms. Psychology is a beneficial major or minor for students interested in education, medicine, law, social work, management, or any of the human service fields such as nursing, child care, medical technology, law enforcement, or real estate. Positions in the field of psychology as a psychologist require a graduate degree.

Employment will remain competitive in educational institutions but will show growth in clinical and industrial settings. Related careers include personnel management, public relations, sports and recreation, speech pathology, special education, counseling, vocational rehabilitation, gerontology, business management, and computer science.

Program Description: This program alone does not lead to employment in psychology. It is designed for students who wish to pursue a BA or BS degree in psychology at a university. Members of the Psychology Department should be consulted for more information about specific courses, transfer of courses, and detailed requirements for a psychology major or minor.

Special Skill Levels Needed: College level reading, writing, and math skills.

Core Requirements:

PSY101 Introduction to Psychology (SB)
+ PSY230 Introduction to Statistics (CS)
PSY231 Laboratory for Statistics
+ PSY290 Research Methods (L, SG)
3 credits
3
1
4

Electives:

The following courses are available as electives but should be chosen only sparingly by psychology majors. No more than one or two of these should be taken. (These courses are junior-senior level upper division courses at the universities and have no lower division equivalents there. If taken at GCC, they will count as lower division credit at the universities.)

   PSY132 Psychology and Culture (C,G,SB)
   PSY143 Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Studies (C)
   PSY157 African/Black Psychology (C,G,SB)
+ PSY215 Introduction to Sport Psychology
+ PSY218 Health Psychology
+ PSY225 Psychology of Religion
+ PSY231 Laboratory for Statistics
   PSY235 Psychology of Gender Differences *(SB,C)
+ PSY240 Developmental Psychology (SB)*
+ PSY241 Understanding and Changing Behavior
+ PSY242 Understanding and Changing Behavior Lab
+ PSY243 The Psychology of Developmental Disabilities
+ PSY244 Developmental Disabilities Internship
+ PSY250 Social Psychology (SB)
+ PSY260 Psychology of Personality (SB)*
+ PSY266 Abnormal Psychology (SB)*
+ PSY277 Psychology of Human Sexuality (SB)*
+ PSY293 Biological Psychology
3 credits
3
3
3
3
3
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3

* (SB) counts at ASU as Social and Behavioral Science general education requirement. (C) counts as Cultural Awareness general education requirement. (CS) counts as Computer/Statistics, (L) counts for Literacy & Critical Inquiry, and (SG) counts for Natural Sciences-General general education requirements.

Typically psychology majors will need to take ten or more psychology courses for graduation with a BA or BS degree. At least five should be upper division courses at a university. Between three and five of those courses may be at the lower division (community college) level including the core requirements and suggested electives listed previously. Psychology majors should consult early with a departmental advisor about the math and science requirements and planning their course of study.

Recommendations for Psychology Minors:

A minor in psychology fits very well as a companion discipline with a wide variety of majors. Most universities will require five or six psychology courses for a minor; at least two of them should be at the upper division level at the university. Students wishing to minor in psychology should take PSY 101, and choose other courses from the following list, depending on university requirements:

+ PSY230 Introduction to Statistics (CS)
+ PSY231 Laboratory for Statistics
+ PSY240 Developmental Psychology (SB)*
+ PSY241 Understanding and Changing Behavior
+ PSY250 Social Psychology (SB)*
+ PSY260 Psychology of Personality (SB)*
+ PSY266 Abnormal Psychology (SB)*
+ PSY270 Personal and Social Adjustment (SB)*
+ PSY277 Psychology of Human Sexuality (SB)*
+ PSY280 Business Psychology (SB)*
+ PSY290 Research Methods (L,SG)
+ PSY293 Biological Psychology
3 credits
1
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
4
3

Personal Improvement and Personal Interest Courses:

With the numerous and varied demands of our complex world many of us face serious difficulties adjusting to and coping with the stresses and pressures of modern living. The following courses may be of considerable help in coping with such problems.

   PSY123 Psychology of Parenting
   PSY143 Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Studies (C)*
   PSY156 Understanding Death and Dying
+ PSY201AC Selected Issues in Psychology
+ PSY215 Introduction to Sport Psychology (SB)*
+ PSY218 Health Psychology *(SB)
+ PSY235 Psychology of Gender Differences *(SB,C)
+ PSY245 Psychology of Adult Development *(SB)
+ PSY258 Domestic Problems and Crisis (SB)*
+ PSY270 Personal and Social Adjustment (SB)*
+ PSY277 Psychology of Human Sexuality (SB)*3
3 credits
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

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Developmental disabilities Specialist Certificate / 14 credits

Program Description: The program prepares students for employment in settings serving clients with developmental disabilities. Coursework combines theory and application. Academic preparation focuses on the physical and emotional correlates of developmental disability. Students also gain experience working in settings with persons with developmental disability.

Required Courses: 11 (credits)

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all Required Courses category.

   PSY101 Introduction to Psychology
+ PSY241 Understanding and Changing Behavior
+ PSY242 Understanding and Changing Behavior Lab
+ PSY243 The Psychology of Developmental Disabilities
+ PSY244 Developmental Disabilities Internship
3 credits
3
1
3
1

Restricted Electives: 3 (credits)

   CFS114 Working with the Hyperactive Child
   CFS176 Child Development
+ CFS185 Developing IEPs for Children with Disabilities
   CFS257 Working with Families with Diverse Needs
+ CFS280 Children with Special Needs
                   in Early Childhood Education
   CFS290AA Child Abuse: Identification
                         and Reporting in Child Care Settings
   CPD102AA Assertiveness Training
   CPD102AD Eliminating Self-Defeating Behavior
   CPD102AH Stress Management
   CPD102AS Conflict Resolution
   COM110 Interpersonal Communication
   COM259 Communication in Business and Professionals
   FON100 Introductory Nutrition
   GBS132 Personal and Family Financial Security
   HES154 First Aid/Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
+ PSY240 Developmental Psychology
+ PSY266 Abnormal Psychology
+ PSY270 Personal and Social Adjustment
   REC250 Recreation Leadership
   SLG101 American Sign Language I
   SPA115 Beginning Spanish Conversation I
+ SWU102 Introduction to Social Work
+ SWU280 Working with Juvenile Delinquents
1 credits
3
1
3

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Course Descriptions

Course Availability: (F) Fall, (S) Spring, (D) Day, (E) Evening, (Su1) Summer 1, (Su2) Summer 2, (O) Occasionally, (+) indicates course prerequisities

Psychology (PSY)

PSY101
Introduction to Psychology / 3 credits 3 periods

To acquaint the student with basic principles, methods and fields of psychology such as learning, memory, emotion, perception, physiological, developmental, intelligence, social and abnormal. Prerequisites: None. (F,S,D,E,Su1,Su2, Online) Note: PSY101 has no official prerequisites. However, since the course involves a substantial amount of reading, it is strongly recommended that you have college level English, reading and verbal comprehension skills.

PSY123
Psychology of Parenting / 3 credits 3 periods

The demonstration and application of psychological principles to the development and guidance of children and adolescents. Prerequisites: None. (F,S,D,E)

PSY132
Psychology and Culture / 3 credits 3 periods

Presents current knowledge about human diversity in behavior and culture using examples from a variety of contexts and nations. Highlights topics in cross-cultural psychology, such as intergroup relations, ethnocentrism, gender, personality, emotion, language, communication, work and health. Emphasis on applications of behavioral and cognitive principles to enhance interactions in a multicultural world. Prerequisites: None. (F,S,D,E,Su1)

PSY143
Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Studies / 3 credits 3 periods

Introduction to the study of lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals. Includes psychological, developmental, social, biological, historical and cultural aspects. Review of research literature regarding the etiology and assessment of sexual orientation, prejudice, and discrimination, and family issues. Current issues in lesbian/gay/bisexual studies. Prerequisites: None. (F,S,E)

PSY156
Understanding Death and Dying / 3 credits 3 periods

Designed to give the student an understanding of the research and theories of death, dying, and the bereavement process. Prerequisites: None. (F,D)

PSY157
African/Black Psychology / 3 credits 3 periods

Historical overview of the development of Black Psychology and the African-American "frame of reference." Includes topics such as family, psychological assessment, mental health, male/female relationships, personality and community development as well as educational, ethical and contemporary issues. Critical examination of psycho-cultural forces which have helped to shape and determine the unique thought, styles, behavior of African-Americans and to gain a greater appreciation of the theories, research, writings, and activities of Black Psychologists. Prerequisites: None. (F,S,D)

PSY215
Introduction to Sport Psychology / 3 credits 3 periods

Application of the physiological, behavioral, social, cognitive, and humanistic perspectives in psychology to sport. Includes topics such as optimal performance, correlation, motivation, co-action effect, self-actualization, psycho-behavioral techniques, self-efficacy, and the general health benefits of sport participation. Prerequisites: PSY101 with a grade of “C” or better or permission of instructor. (F,S,D)

PSY218
Health Psychology / 3 credits 3 periods

Behavioral and mental foundations of health, wellness, illness, and disease, and psychological dimensions of medical intervention. Prerequisites: PSY101 with a grade of “C” or better or permission of instructor. (O)

PSY225
Psychology of Religion / 3 credits 3 periods

Provides an introduction to the history, varieties and theories of the psychology of religion from an empirical, research-based perspective. Specific areas of study include the role of gender, age, socioeconomic status, and personality on religious experience, the effects of religion and prayer on mental and physical health, the development of religious thought and behavior over the lifespan, and the social psychology of new religious movements. In addition, the role of cultural differences on religious attitudes both within the USA and around the world is also addressed. Prerequisites: PSY101 or Permission of Instructor. (F,S,Online Hybrid)

PSY230
Introduction to Statistics / 3 credits 3 periods

An introduction to basic concepts in descriptive and inferential statistics, with emphasis upon application to psychology. Consideration given to the methods of data collection, sampling techniques, graphing of data, and the statistical evaluation of data collected through experimentation. Required of psychology majors. Prerequisites: PSY101 with a grade of “C” or better and MAT092 or equivalent, or permission of instructor. (F,S,D,E,Su1,Su2)

PSY231
Laboratory for Statistics / 1 credit 2 periods

Applications of inferential and descriptive statistics to computers in the field of psychology. Prerequisites: None. Corequisites: PSY230. (F,S,D,E,Su1,Su2)

PSY235
Psychology of Gender Differences / 3 credits 3 periods

To assess historical and psychological perspectives on women and men and to evaluate contemporary viewpoints regarding the psychology of women and men. Prerequisites: PSY101 with a grade of “C” or better, or permission of instructor. (F,S,D,E)

PSY240
Developmental Psychology / 3 credits 3 periods

Human development from conception through adulthood. Includes: physical, cognitive, emotional, and social capacities that develop at various ages. Recommended for students majoring in nursing, education, pre-med, and psychology. Prerequisites: PSY101 with a grade of “C” or better or permission of the instructor. (F,S,D,E,Su1)

PSY241
Understanding and Changing Behavior / 3 credits 3 periods

Theory and methods for observing, analyzing, and modifying behavior. Prerequisites: PSY101 with grade of “C” or better or permission of the instructor. (F,S,Su1,E)

PSY242
Understanding and Changing Behavior Lab / 1 credit 2 periods

Designed to apply the principles of behavior modification. Application of behavior modification principles, techniques, and treatment(s) to modify self-behavior or the behavior of others. Exposure to the “hands-on” application of behavioral programming, including the identification, development, implementation, assessment, and modification of a behavioral program. Prerequisites: PSY101. Prerequisites or Corequisites: PSY241. (F,S,Su1,E)

PSY243
The Psychology of Developmental Disabilities / 3 credits 3 periods

The interrelationships among the physical, intellectual, social, and psychological aspects of developmental disabilities (DD). Various service approaches, policies, and programs designed to foster an adequate adjustment for individuals with DD and their families. Values and beliefs relating to persons with developmental disabilities. Prerequisites: PSY101 or permission of instructor. (F,S,Su1,E)

PSY244
Developmental Disabilities Internship / 1 credit 1 period

Experience in working with persons with developmental disabilities and their families. 80 hours of designated work. Prerequisites: PSY101, PSY241, PSY242, and PSY243, and departmental approval. (F,S,Su1,E)

PSY245
Psychology of Adult Development / 3 credits 3 periods

Deals with adults in general as well as adults at three life stages: early, middle and later adulthood. Characteristics, life styles, activities and problems of adults as well as current theories and research. Prerequisites: PSY101 with a grade of “C” or better or permission of instructor. (O)

PSY249
Special Topics: Developmental Disabilities / 2 credits 2 periods

Explore special topics related to services and supports for individuals with developmental disabilities. Topics include concepts relevant to those pursuing careers in or employed in human service organizations or schools serving children and/or adults with developmental disabilities and their families. Prerequisites: PSY101, PSY241, PSY242, and PSY243. (F,S)

PSY250
Social Psychology / 3 credits 3 periods

The scientific study of how people’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are influenced by other people and situations. Includes how we think about ourselves and others, persuasion and influence, sexual and romantic attraction, friendship and helping others, aggression and prejudice. Prerequisites: PSY101 with a grade of “C or better or permission of the instructor. (F,S,E)

PSY255
Psychology of the Information Age / 3 credits 3 periods

Influences of the Information Age on human behavior, with an emphasis on technology related effects. Social and personal behaviors affected by technology, information availability, communication usage, and the potential future of technology. Effects of technology and information avoidance. Prerequisites: PSY101 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent, or permission of instructor. (O)

PSY258
Domestic Problems and Crises / 3 credits 3 periods

Acquaints personnel in Law Enforcement and related fields with techniques and agencies of domestic intervention. Considers such topics as family fights, child abuse, suicide, death, drug abuse and runaways. Prerequisites: PSY101 with a grade of "C" or better or permission of instructor. (O)

PSY260
Psychology of Personality / 3 credits 3 periods

Introduction to theories of personality with emphasis upon application of specific theories towards the understanding of individuals. Prerequisites: PSY101 with a grade of "C" or better or permission of instructor. (O)

PSY266
Abnormal Psychology / 3 credits 3 periods

Distinguishes between normal behavior and psychological disorders. Subjects may include stress disorders, problems with anxiety and depression, unusual and abnormal sexual behavior, schizophrenia and addictive behaviors. Causes and treatments of psychological problems and disorders are discussed. Prerequisites: PSY101 with a grade of “C” or better or permission of instructor. (F,S,D,E,Su1,Su2)

PSY270
Personal & Social Adjustment / 3 credits 3 periods

Surveys the basic mental health principles as they relate to coping with stress, interpersonal relationships, sex, marriage, and working. Emphasis on learning to become a more competent and effective person. Prerequisites: PSY101 with a grade of "C" or better or permission of the instructor. (O)

PSY277
Psychology of Human Sexuality / 3 credits 3 periods

Survey of psychological aspects of human sexual behavior. Emphasis placed on the integration of the cognitive, emotional, and behavioral factors in sexual functioning. Prerequisites: PSY101 with a grade of “C” or better, or permission of instructor. Student must be 18 years or older. (F,S,D,E)

PSY280
Organizational Psychology / 3 credits 3 periods

The application of psychological principles to business practices including advertising, marketing, negotiations, organization and personnel. Prerequisites: PSY101 with a grade of “C” or better, or permission of instructor. (O)

PSY290AB Research Methods / 4 credits 6 periods
PSY290AC Research Methods / 4 credits 5 periods

Planning, execution, analysis, and written reporting of psychological research. Surveys the literature, procedures, and instruments in representative areas of psychological research. Prerequisites: ENG101, ENG107 or equivalent. Prerequisites or Corequisites: PSY230 (or equivalent) with a grade of "C" or better, or permission of instructor. (F,S,D,E)

PSY293
Biological Psychology / 3 credits 3 periods

Biological foundations of sensation, perception, motivation, emotion, cognition and action. Designed for students in the life sciences. Prerequisites: PSY101 with a grade of “C” or better, or permission of instructor. (F,S,D)

PSY298
Special Projects / 1-3 credits

Organized and tailored around the interests and needs of the individual student. Structured to provide an atmosphere of individualized research and study paralleled by professional expertise and guidance. Professional-type facilities and equipment available for student use. Allows the best aspects of independent study and individualized learning to be combined to maximize student development. Prerequisites: Permission of Program Director or instructor. (O)

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