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PSYC-101

Introduction to Psychology

Credit(s): 3

This course provides students with a general overview of the science which seeks to understand and explain behavior and mental processing. Variations in psychology faculty training and research interest influence topic emphasis. However, students will be introduced to many of the major contemporary theories and concepts in psychology. This course will prove interesting and useful to those students wishing to better understand human behavior and thinking. It should prove helpful to students preparing for a career that will bring them into contact with other people. This course fulfills a social science elective for both the A.A. and A.S. degrees. Lecture: 3 hours per week Recommended: Strong reading and writing skills

PSYC-205

Developmental Psychology

Credit(s): 3

This course is valuable to students pursuing a career that will necessitate working with and being sensitive to people of various ages (teachers, social workers, nurses, law enforcement officers, etc.). This course fulfills a social science1 elective for both the A.A. and A.S. degrees. Lecture: 3 hours per week Recommended: Strong reading and writing skills
Prerequisites: Complete PSYC-101 with a minimum grade of C-.

PSYC-210

Psychology of Personality

Credit(s): 3

This course is a study of theory and research of the normal personality including basic concepts, techniques of measurement, and relevant findings. This course surveys the major theories of personality, including trait, psychodynamic, humanistic, cognitive, and behavioral perspectives. Lecture: 3 hours per week
Prerequisites: Complete PSYC-101 with a minimum grade of C-.

PSYC-211

Abnormal Psychology

Credit(s): 3

This course provides a study of the nature, cause, treatment, and prevention of patterns of emotional disturbance and personality disorganization. It introduces the major categories of mental disorders as defined in the DSMIVR. This course will not fulfill a requirement for the A.A. or A.S. degree and may not be transferable. Lecture: 3 hours per week
Prerequisites: Complete PSYC-101 with a minimum grade of C-.

PSYC-218

Introduction to Research in the Behavioral Sciences

Credit(s): 4

Psychology 218 is primarily designed for behavioral and social science majors. In this course, students will be introduced to the basic methods of behavioral research. This will be accomplished through active participation in the design, implementation, and analysis of class research projects. This class involves three hours of lecture and a two hour lab per week. This course is applicable for those students who plan to pursue an undergraduate and graduate degree in one of the behavioral or social sciences.
Corequisites: PSYC-218L

PSYC-223

Stress Management

Credit(s): 3

This course explores the concepts of stress from a holistic approach, emphasizing identification of sources of stress, understanding physical and emotional consequences, and developing techniques for dealing with stress. Students will gain improved personal stress management skills through discussion and practice in communication techniques, nutrition, exercise, relaxation, values clarification, and will learn strategies for dealing with change, loss, and enhancing self esteem. Lecture: 3 hours per week