College of the Siskiyous


PSY 0503 - Psychology of Personal and Social Adjustment

This course is designed for the older adult. This course defines the dynamics of personality, beliefs systems, problems of adjustment to life stresses, affects of interpersonal relationships, ego defense mechanism, behaviors under emotional tension, and what motivates behavior.

PSY 0504 - Crime, Delinquency and Society

This course helps students learn about the analysis of crime theories, anti-social behavior, social control, and punishment. Students in the course will examine the sociological impact, functions, and roles of the criminal and juvenile justice systems in the U.S. Emphasis on the sociological process, specifically addressing thoughts, attitudes, and beliefs typically held by offenders, addicts, criminals and people who perform antisocial behavior. The course will include individuals within a social context; the scientific study of how people think about, influence and relate to one another. Topics include: attitude development and change; conformity, persuasion, leadership; and interpersonal relations, prejudice, aggression, conflict resolution, liking and loving others and the impact of law enforcement. The course includes a focus on the interaction between the citizen, the community, society, and the components of making changes.

PSY 1001 - General Psychology

Advisory: ENGL 1001

This is a basic course introducing psychology as the scientific study of behavior and mental processes through the exploration of major theories and concepts, methods, and research findings. Topics include biological bases of behavior, sensation & perception, cognition, learning, emotion & motivation, development, personality, social psychology, psychological disorders and therapies, and applied psychology. (AA, CSU, UC) (C-ID: PSY 110)

PSY 1003 - Social Psychology

Advisory: ENGL 0900

This is a basic course in social psychology that explores how people think about, influence, and relate to one another. The effects of personality, culture, evolution, and situational factors on social behavior will be explored. Appropriate concepts, theories, findings, and research methods will be utilized. Concepts will be applied to contemporary social situations. (AA, CSU, UC) (C-ID: PSY 170)

PSY 1004 - Psychology of Prejudice

This course provides an opportunity for students to explore the psychology issues behind prejudice and discrimination in contemporary society. Students will have the opportunity to become more aware of their own behavior as it relates to their own stereotypes and to become advocates for equality and tolerance both locally and globally. (AA, CSU, UC)

PSY 1070 - Understanding the Aging Brain of Older Adults

Teaching older adults is a unique challenge. This course explores the psychological basis for learning to teach older adults. The focus will be on issues and disorders related to aging, including demographic trends, basic theories, concepts and philosophic ideas, social policies, planning issues, and services available to meet the educational and health needs of older adults. The course will include critical evaluation of psychological and psychosocial issues related to aging, with consideration of research methodology utilized with this population of interest. (AA, CSU)

PSY 1502 - Abnormal Psychology

Prerequisite: PSY 1001

Introduction to the study of psychopathology and atypical behavior. Focuses on psychological, biological, and sociocultural theoretical models of abnormal behavior as they relate to diagnosis, etiology, and treatment of mental disorders. Additional topics include prevention, intervention, ethical and legal considerations, and evaluation of neuroscientific and genetic research concerning psychological dysfunction. (AA, CSU, UC)

PSY 1601 - Biological Psychology

Prerequisite: PSY 1001
Advisory: ENGL 0900

This course introduces the scientific study of the biological bases of behavior and its fundamental role in the neurosciences. Physiological, hormonal, and neurochemical mechanisms, and brain-behavior relationships underlying the psychological phenomena of sensation, perception, regulatory processes, emotion, learning, memory, and psychological disorders will be addressed. The course also notes historical scientific contributions and current research principles for studying brain-behavior relationships and mental processes. Ethical standards for human and animal research are discussed in the context of both invasive and non-invasive experimental research. (AA, CSU, UC)

PSY 2001 - Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology

Prerequisite: MATH 1050 and PSY 1001
Advisory: ENGL 1001

This course surveys various psychological research methods with an emphasis on research design, experimental procedures, descriptive methods, instrumentation, and the collection, analysis, interpretation, and reporting of research data. Research design and methodology will be examined through a review of research in a variety of the subdisciplines of psychology. (AA, CSU)


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Phone: (530) 938-5201