Presents methods, concepts, and principles of psychology. Topics include psychophysiology, sensation and perception, learning and memory, motivation, development, emotion, health, stress, personality, and abnormalities and their treatments.
Historically, the field of psychology has placed a lot of attention on what’s wrong with people and what we can do to treat mental disorders. More recently, however, the field has broadened its scope to give more attention to the positive side of human nature and the most effective ways to pursue a good, meaningful life. This course will focus on the scientific research centered on the nature of happiness, well-being and leading a flourishing life. Throughout the course we will also engage in experiential learning and practical exercises to increase well-being, which will inform our theoretical and empirical understanding of positive psychology.
Presents research and theories regarding human growth and change across the life span. Students explore factors that affect psychosocial, cognitive, and physical development from psychological and socio-cultural perspectives. May require participation in projects. Prerequisite: PSYC& 100.
Introduces the physiological systems that underlie behavior with emphasis on the nervous system, sensory systems, endocrine system, and research methods unique to the field of physiological psychology. Fulfills natural science course requirement at BC. Prerequisite: PSYC& 100.
Considers human performance from the psychological standpoint. Topics include conditioning, memory and conceptual processing, language, sensation, and perception. May require participation in demonstrations and projects. Recommended: PSYC& 100.
Examines assumptions about the nature of humankind. Students focus on psychometric techniques as well as major theories and theorists. Recommended: PSYC& 100.
Covers theories, techniques, and applications of psychological research methodology. Students explore a variety of approaches, ranging from uncontrolled field observation to laboratory experiments. Topics include data analysis, report writing, and factors affecting research results. Prerequisite: PSYC& 100.
Examines human sexuality from three main perspectives: Psychological, biological, and socio-cultural. Recommended: PSYC& 100.
Introduces the theories, diagnosis, and treatment of maladaptive behavior and psychological disorders. Class format may include field trips to psychiatric institutions. Prerequisite: PSYC& 100.
Examines the actions of individuals and groups in a social context. Topics include the influence of social learning on attitudes, perception, and personality, persuasion, conflict, attraction, altruism, and aggression. Students who completed either PSYC 240 or SOC 240 before Summer Quarter 2013 may not take this course for credit. Recommended: PSYC& 100.
Examines psychological theories and research from a cross-cultural perspective. Students discuss the impact of culture on cognition, development, emotion, motivation, sex roles, disorders, group behavior, conflict, stereotyping, and prejudice.
Examines sex differences and similarities from an interdisciplinary perspective, drawing from biology, psychology, sociology, and history. Students analyze perceived and actual differences in communication styles, employment, education, mental health, and personal relationships.
This course explores the determinants of health and illness including social, psychological, environmental, spiritual, and cultural dimensions across the lifespan and within the context of healthcare. Students become familiarized with the social and psychological attributes contributing to individual, familial and community level functioning, and how it shapes health providers’ perception and expression. Allows for application of concepts from previous courses in psychology and sociology to the direct care of clients in various healthcare settings. Prerequisites: Completion of NURS 120, NURS 121, NURS 122, NURS 123, NURS 124, NURS 125 OR with permission of the Associate Dean of Nursing.
Covers supplementary or unusual classes related to the field.
Includes seminars, workshops, etc., for which college credit is offered.
Last Updated May 4, 2022