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Psychology

Degree Offered: Associate in Science

Credits Required: 60/61 (2016-2017 Academic Year)

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This program prepares students to transfer to baccalaureate programs in psychology and includes the traditional content involved in the scientific study of behavior and mental processes by psychologists. The major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology are included, as are the methods psychologists use to study behavior and resolve unanswered questions. A degree in psychology offers students a chance to work in research organizations or human services agencies. Others go on to become counselors or work in a clinical or academic setting. There are many other career options depending on individual interests.

Program Outcomes:  

Graduates will be able to

  1. Support conclusions with evidence and logic.
  2. Identify psychological principles and theories used to describe personal, social, and organizational issues. 
  3. Apply principles and theories used in the social sciences to their daily lives, and/or their community, and/or their society. 

 

Curriculum - First Year

First Semester - 15 Credits

CodeTitleCredits
CIST 100Introduction to Information Tech 3.00
COMM 201Public Speaking 3.00
PSYC 101General Psychology 3.00
SOCI 101Principles of Sociology 3.00
WRIT 101English Composition 3.00

Second Semester - 15/16 Credits

CodeTitleCredits
LITR 210Concepts of Literature 3.00
PSYC 105Social Psychology 3.00
PSYC 208Abnormal Psychology 3.00
 OR 
PSYC 201Psychology of Personality 3.00
 TAOC Category Three - 3/4 credits 
 TAOC Category Five (BUSM, HIST, or POLS) or Six- 3 credits 

Curriculum - Second Year

Third Semester - 14 Credits

CodeTitleCredits
BIOL 100Principles of Biology 4.00
 OR 
BIOL 101General Biology I 4.00
MATH 135Statistics 4.00
PSYC 106Human Growth and Development 3.00
 OR 
PSYC 210Child Psychology 3.00
PSYC 205Educational Psychology 3.00
 OR 
PSYC 213Biological Psychology 3.00
 OR 
PSYC 220Learning Psychology 3.00

Fourth Semester - 16 Credits

CodeTitleCredits
PSYC 221Research Methods 3.00
 TAOC Category Four - 4 credits 
 TAOC Category Five (BUSM, HIST, or POLS) - 3 credits 
 OR 
 TAOC Category Six - 3 credits 
 TAOC Category Six (PHIL110 recommended) - 3 credits 

Course Descriptions

CIST 100 - Introduction to Information Tech

A computer course designed to introduce students to personal computers. Topics include basic concepts of computer operations, storage media, software categories, Windows operating system, computer communication devices, and Internet. The course also includes introduction to Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. 3-0-3

COMM 201 - Public Speaking

The emphasis is on speech preparation and delivery in a variety of speaking experiences designed to improve the speaker’s capability through the application of correct speech practices. 3-0-3

PSYC 101 - General Psychology

This course examines the scientific study of behavior and mental processes and provides a survey of the major areas of psychology. Important topics and findings from psychology are reviewed. Topics include the role of science in the study of behavior, the biological foundations of behavior, learning, information processing, stress and health, social interaction, development, motivation, emotion and psychological disorders. 3-0-3

SOCI 101 - Principles of Sociology

This course provides the student with a general survey of the theories and concepts utilized in the field of sociology which contribute to a basic understanding of modern society and its structures. Key elements addressed within the course include the three foundational theoretical perspectives utilized in sociology, Functionalism, Conflict Theory and Symbolic Interactionism, the process of socialization, social institutions, such as family, marriage and religion, as well as an introduction to the basic research methods utilized in the field. 3-0-3

WRIT 101 - English Composition

Students will practice expository writing and learn the academic form of the essay and research paper. Students will focus on the development of an academically sound and challenging thesis and resulting essay. The mechanics of writing will be reviewed as needed. 3-0-3 Pre-requisite: Placement testing; successful completion of DEVS012 Reading and DEVS015 Introduction to College Writing if required, permission of the Division Director.

LITR 210 - Concepts of Literature

This course introduces students to the three major forms of literary expression: fiction, poetry, and drama. Significant works from each form will be analyzed to reveal creative techniques, how they represent an author’s time, and how they reflect today’s human condition. Prerequisite: WRIT101 or permission of the department.

PSYC 105 - Social Psychology

This is the study of the individual’s interaction with his/her environment. Culture; socialization processes; attitudes; values; roles; and communication will be investigated as well as other factors, which influence personality development. 3-0-3

PSYC 208 - Abnormal Psychology

The course provides a foundation for understanding abnormal behavior. The class examines the nature of mental disorders and the approaches used to classify and treat them. Prerequisite: PSYC101 3-0-3

PSYC 201 - Psychology of Personality

This course is a survey of major personality theories. Consideration will be given to personality dynamics, development, and assessment. Prerequisite: PSYC101 3-0-3

BIOL 100 - Principles of Biology

This course provides lecture and lab experience for non-science majors through a survey of the Biological Sciences, with emphasis on Reproductioin, Environmental Biology, Human Genetics, Evolution, and Anatomical Systems. Individualized instructional techniques will be incorporated into the course. No prior science background is required. (3-2-4)

BIOL 101 - General Biology I

The science of biology with emphasis on cellular physiology, cell structure, mitosis, and meiosis, basic genetics development, and organismic biology. 3-2-4

MATH 135 - Statistics

This course is an introduction to a field whose ideas and concepts pervade modern society and whose importance in business, technology, science, and research in general is considerable and ever growing. The course consists of three parts, namely, descriptive statistics, probability, and inferential statistics. Prerequisite: Based on in-house diagnostic testing and high-school records. For information, contact the Office of Counseling. 3-0-3

PSYC 106 - Human Growth and Development

This course is a survey of human development from conception to senescence. Attention will be given to the physical, motor, emotional, personality, and social growth of the individual in infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and senescence. 3-0-3

PSYC 210 - Child Psychology

Basic principles of child development from infancy to adolescence will be studied. Emphasis will be placed on physical, intellectual, social, and emotional factors. Prerequisite: PSYC101 3-0-3

PSYC 205 - Educational Psychology

A course for Pre-Education majors, human learning in the educational setting is presented with theories of learning and teaching, the development of the child, creativity, individual differences, and standardized testing. Prerequisite: PSYC101 3-0-3

PSYC 213 - Biological Psychology

This course will focus on how biological events (such as physiology, genetics, and evolution) affect human behavior and mental processes. It will highlight the relationship between the biological and psychological processes by examining nerve system anatomy and physiology as it relates to problems of emotion, motivation, cognition, perception and mental illness. 3-0-3 Prerequisite: PSYC101

PSYC 220 - Learning Psychology

This course on human learnng focuses on understanding the methodologies, traditions and perspectives within the traditional behavioral approach (classical and operant conditioning), and cognitive approaches to learning, memory, higher-order memory processes (e.g. problem-solving and decision-making), and behavior. It will highlight the experimental underpinnings of the relevant learning theories including the translation to practical applications and experiences in the classroom and other applied settings. 3-0-3 Prerequisite: PSYC101

PSYC 221 - Research Methods

This course introduces students to the concepts and methods used in psychological research. Students will learn the basic principles of research design and demonstrate an ability to identify and apply the type of research method that best answers the question asked. Descripitive research designs, correlational studies and different types of experimental and quasi-experimental designs will be covered. Topics include the assumptions of scientific research, the function of ethics in conducting research and the role that reliability and validity play in the research process. In this course, students will research, design, conduct, analyze and write a report using APA format to summarize a research project. 3-0-3 Prerequisites: MATH126 and PSYC101