PSYC& 100: General Psychology – 5 credits

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.

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PSYC 109: Positive Psychology – 5 credits

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.

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PSYC& 200: Lifespan Psychology – 5 credits

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.

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PSYC 202: Introduction to Physiological Psychology – 5 credits

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.

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PSYC 203: Cognitive Psychology – 5 credits

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.

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PSYC 205: Theories of Personality – 5 credits

Examines assumptions about the nature of humankind. Students focus on psychometric techniques as well as major theories and theorists. Recommended: PSYC& 100.

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PSYC 209: Fundamentals of Psychological Research – 5 credits

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.

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PSYC 210: Psychology of Human Sexuality – 5 credits

Examines human sexuality from three main perspectives: Psychological, biological, and socio-cultural. Recommended: PSYC& 100.

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PSYC& 220: Abnormal Psychology – 5 credits

Introduces the theories, diagnosis, and treatment of maladaptive behavior and psychological disorders. Class format may include field trips to psychiatric institutions. Prerequisite: PSYC& 100.

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PSYC 240: Social Psychology – 5 credits

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.

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PSYC 250: Cross Cultural Psychology – 5 credits

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.

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PSYC 257: Psychology of Sex and Gender – 5 credits

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.

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PSYC 260: Psychosocial Issues In Healthcare – 5 credits

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.

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PSYC 294: Special Topics In Psychology – variable credits

Covers supplementary or unusual classes related to the field.

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PSYC 298: Seminar In Psychology – variable credits

Includes seminars, workshops, etc., for which college credit is offered.

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Last Updated May 4, 2022