Psychology

School of Arts, Communication, and Social Sciences

Dean: Cynthia McGregor, Ph.D.

Department Chair: Christopher Hayashi, M.A., Ed.D.

Office: 87-109A, (619) 482-6372

School/Department Location: www.swccd.edu/cvlocation

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/C4E3PnKsdU92

General Description

Psychology is both a natural and social science in which people study human and animal behavior. As such, it is a broad discipline which includes basic science and the application of basic science in everyday life. Learning concentrates on the use of scientific methods to understand and predict behavior, to develop procedures for changing behavior, and to evaluate treatment strategies. Areas of study within psychology are biological psychology, social psychology, developmental psychology, comparative psychology, cognitive psychology, organizational psychology, counseling psychology, and experimental psychology.

Career Options

Below is a sample of the career options available for the psychology major. A few of these require an associate degree, most require a bachelor’s degree, and some require a graduate-level degree: personnel manager, drug abuse counselor, research assistant, research analyst, psychometrist, marriage/family/child counselor, high school or college counselor or instructor, test validation and development specialist, personnel technician, training specialist, outreach worker, behavior analyst, consultant, opinion survey designer, mental health worker, employment counselor, and psychologist.

Degree/Certificate Options Major Code
Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT)
Psychology (SB1440) 01855
Associate in Arts Degree: Transfer Preparation
Psychology 01850

Consult with a counselor to develop a Student Education Plan (SEP), which lists the courses necessary for you to achieve your academic goal.

Faculty

Christopher Hayashi, Ed.D.
chayashi@swccd.edu

Janet Koontz, Ph.D.
jkoontz@swccd.edu

Danielle McAneney, M.A.
dmcaneney@swccd.edu

Thomas Murray, Ph.D.
tmurray@swccd.edu

Trent Nguyen, Ph.D.
tnguyen@swccd.edu

Lina Rocha, M.A.
lrocha@swccd.edu

Margarette Sousa, Ph.D.
msousa@swccd.edu

PSYC 101

GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces the student to the scientific study of human behavior through the analysis of facts, theories, and concepts. Emphasizes biological, social, and cognitive influences on behaviors, such as learning, memory, perception, sexuality, personality, development, psychological disorders, and group behavior. Attention also given to historical developments and experimental techniques. [D; CSU; UC; C-ID PSY 110]

PSYC 106

HUMAN SEXUALITY

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Explains the processes involved in the experience of human sexual activity. Emphasizes the role of psychological, physiological, and social aspects applicable to human sexuality, including topical commentaries on sexually transmitted infections, child abuse, contemporary sexual activities and lifestyles, and methods of treatment utilized for healthy sexuality. [D; CSU; UC]

PSYC 109

THE PSYCHOLOGY OF DEATH AND DYING

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Covers a comprehensive survey of death and dying focused on psychological, social, physical, emotional, and cultural aspects of behavior. Explores issues such as the death of a spouse, child or parent, medical and legal ethics involving death, suicide, funerals, and healthcare systems available to the dying and their survivors. [D; CSU]

PSYC 116

INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Examines human behavior and personality development in a social context. Includes an investigation of topics such as social cognition, self-identity, social perception, attitudes, conformity, stereotypes, group dynamics, aggression, and altruism. [D; CSU; UC; C-ID PSY 170] (Same as: SOC 116)

PSYC 201

ACADEMIC AND CAREER OPTIONS IN PSYCHOLOGY

1 UNIT

Pass/No Pass Only

Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or equivalent.

Lecture 1 hour

Offered: ALL

Explores academic and career options in psychology. Covers information on post-baccalaureate options in psychology and related fields. Fosters the identification of career-related strengths and interests. Introduces topics such as resources in psychology, undergraduate advising, and career services. [D; CSU]

PSYC 211

INTRODUCTION TO COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: PSYC 101 or equivalent; RDG 158 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces principles and theories of cognitive psychology. Covers important aspects of cognitive psychology, including cognitive neuroscience, perception, attention, memory, knowledge, visual imagery, language, problem-solving, judgement, decision-making, and reasoning. [D; CSU; UC]

PSYC 230

DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Examines the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development of the individual throughout the life span. Includes the development of the individual, beginning with conception and prenatal development and continuing through infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, late adulthood, and death and dying. [D; CSU; UC; C-ID PSY 180]

PSYC 250

ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Emphasizes the study of psychological disorders in children, adolescents, adults, and the aged. Focuses on description, assessment, and treatment of abnormal behavior patterns. Includes disorders of stress, eating, anxiety, and personality, as well as affective disorders, schizophrenia, substance-related disorders, sexual and gender identity disorders, disorders of childhood and adolescence, disorders of aging and cognition, and ethical issues related to the mental health profession. [D; CSU; UC; C-ID: PSY 120]

PSYC 255

INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes; PSYC 271 or SOC 271 or equivalent.

Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or equivalent; PSYC 270, SOC 270, or MATH 119, or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces scientific methodology in psychology with an emphasis on descriptive, experimental, and applied research. Teaches the American Psychological Association writing style for empirical report writing. This course is intended for psychology majors and behavioral science students interested in the processes of research. [D; CSU; UC; C-ID PSY 200]

PSYC 260

INTRODUCTION TO PHYSIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Focuses upon the study of human behavior from a physiological perspective. Emphasizes the brain and its relationship to behaviors such as perception, emotion, motivation, learning, memory, arousal, sleep, and psychological disorders. Discusses evolutionary explanations, along with genetic and hormonal influences. [D; CSU; UC; C-ID PSY 150]

PSYC 270

STATISTICS FOR THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Recommended Concurrent Enrollment: PSYC 271 or SOC 271.

Prerequisite: MATH 115 or MATH 60 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Emphasizes the basic statistical methods and analyses commonly used in social science research. Addresses descriptive statistics, probability, sampling distributions, statistical inference, correlation, linear regression, ANOVA, chi-square tests, t-tests, and application of technology for statistical analysis of data from disciplines including business, social sciences, psychology, life science, health science, and education. [D; CSU; UC; C-ID SOCI 125; C-ID MATH 110 (with PSYC 271)] (Same as: SOC 270)

PSYC 271

DATA ANALYSIS IN PSYCHOLOGY AND SOCIOLOGY

1 UNIT

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Corequisite: PSYC 270, SOC 270, or MATH 119 (may be taken previously).

Lecture 1 hour, laboratory 1 hour

Offered: ALL

Uses SPSS statistical software and the computer as a tool and for calculating statistics and analyzing data in Psychology and Sociology. Emphasis is placed on data entry, graphing, hypothesis testing, and statistical analyses. This course is intended for psychology and other behavioral science majors and anyone interested in using statistical analysis software for research purposes. [D; CSU; UC; C-ID MATH 110 (with PSYC 270)] (Same as: SOC 271)

PSYC 280

STATISTICAL METHODS FOR THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES

4 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Prerequisite: MATH 115 or MATH 60 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Lecture 3.50 hours, laboratory 1.50 hour

Offered: ALL

Emphasizes the basic statistical methods and analysis commonly used in social science research. Addresses descriptive statistics, probability, sampling distributions, statistical inference, correlation, linear regression, ANOVA, chi-square tests, t-tests, and application of technology for statistical analysis of data from disciplines including business, social sciences, psychology, life science, health science, and education. Includes application of technology (SPSS) for statistical analysis of data. [D; CSU; UC; C-ID MATH 110] (Same as: SOC 280)

PSYC 299

INDEPENDENT STUDY

1-3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Limitation on Enrollment: Eligibility for independent study.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Individual study or research in some area of psychology of particular interest to the student and not included in regular courses of the college. [D; CSU; **UC] (**UC Limitation: credit for variable topics courses is given only after a review of the scope and content of the courses by the enrolling UC campus.