Bachelor of Arts In Psychology

The Psychology major prepares graduates for employment in social service careers, and for graduate study in Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology. 

Students may complete a double major in Psychology and Sociology by substituting overlapping courses. Psychology majors may also complete a Sociology, Anthropology or Christian Behavioral Science minor.

Psychology Major (44 units) BA

  • Student Learning Outcomes
    • Content: discipline knowledge and skills (theories, concepts, and terms of the discipline)
      • Explain the major historical theories of psychology and their influence on developing theories, the individual and society.
      • Understand and critique methods of critical analysis/research and articulate their influence on the field of psychology and an understanding of human behavior.
      • Verbalize and analyze the terminology of psychology and how it relates to professional practice.
    • Critical thinking: skill in analysis, synthesis, and use of evidence; problem solving (reflective and analytical)
      • Use psychology concepts to explain personal experiences and recognize the limitations of personal experience in understanding psychological phenomenon
      • Differentiate the science of psychology from pseudoscience/anecdote
      • Use quantitative and/or qualitative analyses to argue for or against a particular hypotheses within specific contexts (research, professional practice and daily living)
    • Communicate effectively using appropriate speaking and writing skills; technology literacy; research skills
      • Construct thorough literature reviews using APA style and applying fundamental strategies such as thesis development, revision, and correct grammar and syntax
      • Display and communicate quantitative data clearly and concisely using basic statistics, graphs and tables
      • Deliver effective oral presentations in a variety of communication settings appropriate to diverse audiences, integrating visual elements and professional demeanor
      • Lead and participate effectively in group discussions, applying active listening skills and demonstrating respect for diverse views
      • Select the most appropriate sources and databases for accessing and obtaining needed information. Evaluate the reliability, validity, quality, timeliness, potential biases, and overall credibility of these sources
    • Integrity/values: academic integrity, discipline specific ethical issues; an understanding of ethics; respect for social diversity
    • Project management: team work skills; informed participation in multiple levels of community applying academic studies to the workplace and professional environments

Lower Division Requirements

PSY213 General Psychology
+

This introductory course is a survey of the processes of adjustment, growth, learning, remembering, perception, sensation, socialization, and emotions. It is meant to better equip students to understand and articulate their own life experiences, as well as improve their understanding of the behavior of others. This course is a prerequisite to all other courses in Psychology. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

PSY213-B
Smith, Erin I.
09/06/2016 M 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM BUS ONLN
PSY213-A
Smith, Erin I.
09/06/2016 M 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM BUS ONLN
PSY213-C
Mahaffey, Cristin Michelle
09/06/2016 M 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM BUS 109
PSY213-D
Wallace, Douglas S
09/06/2016 T 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS A112
PSY213-F
Nardi, Nicholas M.
09/06/2016 T 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BUS A112
PSY213-A
Smith, Erin I.
01/11/2017 M 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM BUS 250
PSY213-B
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2017 M 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM BUS 250
PSY213-C
Pelletier, Joseph P.
01/11/2017 M 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM BUS 250
PSY213-E
Mauldin, Kristin N.
01/11/2017 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS 250
PSY213-F
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2017 T 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM BUS 250
PSY213-D
Pelletier, Joseph P.
01/11/2017 T 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS 204

Methodology Requirements

BEH255 Found Skills in Behav Sciences I
+

This course is an overview of the collection, treatment, and interpretation of data in research and testing. Classroom exercises will not include direct use of SPSS. Prerequisite: MAT115 or STA144. (3 Units; Fall/Spring)

BEH255-B
Travis, Erika J.
09/06/2016 TR 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM BUS 190
BEH255-C
Mauldin, Kristin N.
09/06/2016 TR 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS B112
BEH255-A
Edge, Cianna Renae
09/06/2016 TR 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM BUS B221
BEH255-A
Travis, Erika J.
01/11/2017 TR 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM BUS
BEH255-B
Travis, Erika J.
01/11/2017 TR 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM BUS

BEH256 Found Skill in Behav Sciences II
+

Continuing study of the collection, treatment, and interpretation of data in research and testing of the foundational skills in Behavioral Sciences I. In order to complete the course, student will be required to successfully pass the Pre-Statistics Exam. Prerequisite: BEH255. (3 Units; Fall/Spring)

BEH256-B
Spezzaferri, Mitchell Rae
09/06/2016 TR 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS B252
BEH256-A
Travis, Erika J.
09/06/2016 TR 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM BUS 190
BEH256-A
Pelletier, Joseph P.
01/11/2017 TR 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM BUS
BEH256-B
Pelletier, Joseph P.
01/11/2017 TR 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS

BEH333 Epistemology & Worldview
+

This course examines the basic models of integrating the Christian faith and modern behavioral sciences, including the development of Biblical examples of worldview and epistemology. Emphasis is placed upon the student's development of a personal theory of integration. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Fall/Spring)

BEH333-A
Lewis, Nathaniel P
09/06/2016 T 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BUS 125
BEH333-A
Stokes, H. Bruce
01/11/2017 T 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BUS 203

BEH383 Statistics & Rsrch Methodology I
+

This course introduces the various quantitative and qualitative methodologies utilized in behavioral science research. Also included are the collection, treatment, and interpretation of data in research and testing using a statistical analysis application. Prerequisite: BEH 256. Three hours lecture, three hours lab. (4 units; Fall/Spring)

BEH383-C
Knabb, Joshua J.
09/06/2016 TR 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM BUS 375
BEH383-A
Spezzaferri, Mitchell Rae
09/06/2016 TR 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM BUS 367
BEH383-B
Nardi, Nicholas M.
09/06/2016 TR 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS 209
BEH383-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2017 TR 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM BUS B113
BEH383-B
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2017 TR 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS 209

BEH385 Statistics & Rsrch MethodologyII
+

This course presents some of the more complex quantitative and qualitative methodologies utilized in behavioral science research. It builds on the various concepts of quantitative research, qualitative research, data collection, analysis, and interpretation introduced in previous courses. This course continues the development of student proficiency with basic and intermediate functions of a statistical analysis application. Prerequisite: BEH 383. Three hours lecture, three hours lab. (4 units; Fall/Spring)

BEH385-A
Iverson, Nathan David
09/06/2016 TR 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM BUS B113
BEH385-B
Mauldin, Kristin N.
09/06/2016 TR 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS B113
BEH385-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2017 TR 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM BUS B113
BEH385-B
Pelletier, Joseph P.
01/11/2017 TR 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM BUS 209

Upper Division Requirements

PSY301 History & Systems of Psychology
+

An overview of the major schools of thought in psychology presented in historical context. Primary focus will include Psychoanalytical, Behavioral, Humanistic, and Cognitive approaches to understanding human psychology. Prerequisite: PSY 213. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

PSY301-A
Edge, Cianna Renae
09/06/2016 T 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM BUS 202
PSY301-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2017 T 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS A110

PSY320 Life Span Development
+

Principles of psychological development from birth to senescence. Prerequisite: PSY 213. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

PSY320-B
Handojo, Virgo
09/06/2016 M 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM BUS 166
PSY320-A
Handojo, Virgo
09/06/2016 M 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM BUS 166
PSY320-C
Moore, Marilyn
09/06/2016 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS B220
PSY320-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2017 M 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM BUS
PSY320-B
Handojo, Virgo
01/11/2017 T 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BUS

PSY322 Theories of Personality
+

Survey of theories of personality emphasizing structure, dynamics, functions, and development of basic attitudes that influence behavior and develop constructive behavior. Prerequisite: PSY 213. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

PSY322-B
Handojo, Virgo
09/06/2016 T 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS B111
PSY322-A
Pearce, Kenneth C.
09/06/2016 M 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM BUS 36A2
PSY322-A
Pearce, Kenneth C.
01/11/2017 M 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM BUS
PSY322-B
Handojo, Virgo
01/11/2017 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS

PSY325 Tests and Measurements
+

The construction, application, interpretation and evaluation of psychological tests. Tests used to measure general mental abilities, specific abilities and aptitudes, personality, interests and attitudes are surveyed. Prerequisite: PSY 213 and BEH 383. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

PSY325-A
Sale, Beverley A
09/06/2016 M 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM BUS 126
PSY325-A
Sale, Beverley A
01/11/2017 M 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM BUS

PSY328 Cognitive Psychology
+

This course provides an introduction into the structure and functions of the mind from the viewpoint of computation, neuroscience, and philosophy. Students will examine the historical significance of this subject, how the field has changed over time, and the current important issues of thought and memory. Topics include attention processing, memory, mental imagery, decision making process, consciousness, creativity, and methods for measuring informational processing. Prerequisite: PSY 213. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

PSY328-A
Smith, Erin I.
09/06/2016 M 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM BUS ONLN
PSY328-A
Smith, Erin I.
01/11/2017 M 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM BUS

PSY346 Abnormal Psychology
+

Study of the dynamics, cultural implications and prevention of abnormal behavior including neuroses, psychoses, character disorders, psychosomatic reactions and other abnormal personality patterns. Textual and lecture attention will be given to the impact of the environment and oppressed populations in relation to abnormal behavior. Prerequisite: PSY 213. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

PSY346-A
Pearce, Kenneth C.
09/06/2016 T 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BUS 109
PSY346-B
Aguilar, Jenny Elizabeth Ann
09/06/2016 T 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM BUS 203
PSY346-A
Pearce, Kenneth C.
01/11/2017 M 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM BUS
PSY346-B
Handojo, Virgo
01/11/2017 M 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM BUS

PSY422 Theories Of Counseling
+

A survey of modern theories of therapeutic counseling with emphasis on gaining an understanding of the psychological principles underlying these methods. Prerequisite: PSY 213. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

PSY422-A
Vazquez, Veola E.
09/06/2016 T 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BUS 36A2
PSY422-A
Pearce, Kenneth C.
01/11/2017 M 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM BUS
PSY422-B
Vazquez, Veola E.
01/11/2017 T 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BUS

PSY473 Psychophysiology
+

Introduction to the neural and endocrine processes underlying brain function and behavior. Lecture only. Prerequisite: PSY 213. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

PSY473-A
Minton, Carol
09/06/2016 M 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM BUS ONLN
PSY473-A
Minton, Carol
01/11/2017 M 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM BUS
PSY473-B
Minton, Carol
01/11/2017 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS

Optional Concentrations* (12 units)

Students can earn a concentration in the following areas by completing the certificate requirements**: Anthropology, Christian Behavioral Science, Cognitive Psychology, Counseling Ministry, Diversity, Life Span Development, Psychology, Religion and Behavior, or Social Work.

*Each optional concentration requires the completion of twelve (12) distinct units beyond the major.

**Certificate requirements are located in the Academic Program section of the catalog by certificate title.