Psychology Program

 

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Psychology Program

2017-2018

Description

The Psychology program is suited to the needs of both the two year student and the transfer student who plan to major or minor in Psychology or related fields. It will provide the student with a greater understanding of behavior. Upper division and graduate studies can lead to vocations in teaching, research, counseling, and other areas. An upper division minor in Psychology may be an important asset to majors in other fields.

Gainful Employment Information

Award Type Units
Certificate of Achievement:
Mental Health Advocate/Aide 22-24
Associate of Arts Degree:
Psychology 18*
Associate in Arts for Transfer Degree:
Psychology 18-23*

*and courses to meet graduation requirements, general education and electives as needed to meet the minimum of 60 units required for the degree.

Certificate of Achievement: Mental health advocate/aide

Program Description:

The Mental Health Advocate/Aide Certificate of Achievement is designed to provide students with the skills required for variety of mental health majors. Emphasis is placed on introducing students to basic theories of psychology and counseling as well as self-care skills, healthy coping mechanisms and cultural competencies. The fieldwork requirement provides students with opportunities to familiarize themselves with human care services and social service agencies.

Program Goals:

The one-year, 24-unit Mental Health Advocate/Aide Certificate of Achievement provides veterans, displaced workers and all students with transfer options. Upon completion of the certificate program, students may complete additional course work leading to an Associate Degree and/or transfer to a four-year college or university. Common university majors in this field include: psychology, mental health counseling, mental health applications, counseling, and human services.

Mental Health Advocate/Aide

Note: Students are advised to take the following courses before beginning the program.

Recommended Electives: Psychology 258 .

Courses Required for Major: Units
PERG 140 Life Skills and Personal Adjustment 1-3
PSYC 101 General Psychology 3
PSYC 112* Interpersonal Relations 3
PSYC 125 Introduction to Behavior Modification 3
PSYC 155 Introduction to Personality 3
PSYC 161 Introduction to Counseling 3
PSYC 245 Abnormal Psychology 3
PSYC 276 Field Work in Psychological Services 3
Total Units = 22-24

Associate of Arts Degree

Psychology

Note: Only one Psychology (PSYC) course from the above list may be used to satisfy SDCCD general education requirements.

For graduation requirements see Requirements for the Associate Degree .

Electives as needed to meet minimum of 60 units required for the degree.

Recommended Psychology Electives: English 101 , 105 , Communication Studies 103 or 135 , Philosophy 100 , 102A , 102B , Computer and Information Science 150 .

Other Recommended Electives: Mathematics courses numbered 104 through 252; Natural Sciences (Life Sciences: Biology; Physical Sciences) - Laboratory courses from either of the above; and Foreign Language (although no courses in a foreign language are specified in the above course sequence, a minimal familiarity with one foreign language is desirable. The particular language should be selected in consultation with the Behavioral Sciences Department).

Transfer students planning to major or minor in Psychology should select: Psychology 201 , 211 , 258 (or Mathematics 119 ), and Psychology 260 .

*Although no courses in a foreign language are specified in the above course sequence, a minimal familiarity with one foreign language is desirable. The particular language should be selected in consultation with the Behavioral Sciences Department.

Courses Required for Major: Units
PSYC 101 General Psychology 3
Select 15 units from the following:
PSYC 111 Psychological/Social Aspects of Aging, Death and Dying 3
PSYC 112 Interpersonal Relations 3
PSYC 121 Introduction to Child Psychology 3
PSYC 125 Introduction to Behavior Modification 3
PSYC 133 Psychology of Women 3
PSYC 135 Marriage and Family Relations 3
PSYC 137 Human Sexual Behavior 3
PSYC 155 Introduction to Personality 3
PSYC 161 Introduction to Counseling 3
PSYC 201 Academic and Career Opportunities in Psychology 1
PSYC 211 Learning 3
PSYC 230 Psychology of Lifespan Development 3
PSYC 245 Abnormal Psychology 3
PSYC 255 Introduction to Psychological Research 3
PSYC 258 Behavioral Science Statistics or 3
MATH 119 Elementary Statistics 3
PSYC 260 Introduction to Physiological Psychology 3
PSYC 176 Field Work in Psychological Services 3
Total Units = 18

Associate in Arts in Psychology for Transfer Degree

The Associate in Arts in Psychology for Transfer Degree is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree in Psychology or a related major in the California State University (CSU) system. It is accepted by some but not all CSU campuses. Students who complete this degree and transfer to a participating CSU campus will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor’s degree. It may not be appropriate preparation for students transferring to a CSU campus that does not accept the degree.

program Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the Associate in Arts for Transfer in Psychology will be able to:

  • Analyze problems and information related to human behavior and mental processes using the scientific approach, and apply psychological concepts and theories to the understanding of diverse personal and social issues.
  • Be familiar with the sub‐fields of psychology and articulate similarities and differences among people as they relate to the nature of the discipline.
  • Compare and contrast the different research methods used by psychologists as a scientific discipline.
  • Articulate/demonstrate ideas related to human behavior and mental processes in writing and/or speaking or by other methods of communication.

Students will be assessed through a combination of performance evaluations, written assignments, and written tests and quizzes.

Note: Students who plan to complete this degree should consult a counselor and visit www.assist.org for additional information about participating CSU campuses as well as university admission, degree and transfer requirements.

Award Notes: Students are required to complete a maximum of 60 CSU transferable units with a minimum overall grade point average of 2.0.

Major: A minimum of 18 units with grade of C or better.

General Education: In addition to the courses required in the major, students must complete one of the following general education options:

  • The California State University General Education Breadth pattern
  • The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum pattern

Note: Completion of the California State University American Institutions graduation requirement is strongly recommended prior to transfer.

The following is required for all AA -T or AS-T degrees:

Completion of 60 CSU-transferable semester units. No more than 60 units are required.

Minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework. While a minimum of 2.0 is required for admission, some CSU campuses and majors may require a higher GPA. Please see a counselor for more information.

Completion of a minimum of 18 semester units in an “AA-T” or “AS-T” major (see list above). All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of C or better or a “P” if the course is taken on a “pass-no pass” basis.

Certified completion of the California State University General Education-Breadth pattern(CSU GE; see page 123 for more information); OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum pattern (IGETC; see page 116 for more information).

Goals

The purpose of this Associate in Arts in Psychology for Transfer Degree program is to offer an organized course of study that will prepare students intending to major in Psychology at a California State University.

Emphasis

The Associate in Arts in Psychology for Transfer Degree program emphasizes preparation for the major in Psychology at a California State University.

Electives, as needed, to meet maximum of 60 CSU-transferable units required for the degree.

Recommended Electives: Psychology 258 .

Courses Required for Major: Units
PSYC 1011 General Psychology 3
PSYC 255 Introduction to Psychological Research 3
BIOL 2001 Biological Statistics or 3
MATH 1191 Elementary Statistics or 3
PSYC 258 Behavioral Science Statistics 3
1 Course also fulfills general education requirements for the CSUGE or IGETC pattern.
Select one of the following courses: Units  
BIOL 1071 General Biology-Lecture and Laboratory 4
PSYC 2601 Introduction to Physiological Psychology 3
1 Course also fulfills general education requirements for the CSUGE or IGETC pattern.
Select one of the following courses (not selected above)  
(It is recommended that students select courses that meet lower division major preparation requirements for their university).
BIOL 1071 General Biology - Lecture and Laboratory 4
BIOL 210A1 Introduction to the Biological Sciences I 4
BIOL 2301 Human Anatomy 4
CHEM 1001 Fundamentals of Chemistry 3
and
CHEM 100L1 Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory 1
CHEM 1301 Introduction to Organic and Biological Chemistry 3
and
CHEM 130L1 Introduction to Organic and Biological Chemistry Laboratory 1
CHEM 2001 General Chemistry I - Lecture 3
and
CHEM 200L1 General Chemistry I - Laboratory 2
CHEM 2011 General Chemistry II - Lecture 3
and
CHEM 201L1 General Chemistry II - Laboratory 2
CHIL 1011 Human Growth and Development 3
CISC 192 C/C++ Programming 4
ENGL 1011 Reading and Composition 3
ENGL 1051 Composition and Literature 3
ENGL 2051 Critical Thinking and Intermediate Composition 3
MATH 1041 Trigonometry 3
MATH 150 1 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I 5
MATH 1511 Calculus with Analytic Geometry II 4
PHIL 1001 Logic and Critical Thinking 3
PHIL 2051 Critical Thinking and Writing in Philosophy 3
PHYS 1251 General Physics 5
PHYS 1261 General Physics II 5
PHYS 1951 Mechanics 5
PHYS 1961 Electricity and Magnetism 5
PHYS 1971 Waves, Optics and Modern Physics 5
PSYC 1211 Introduction to Child Psychology 3
PSYC 125 Introduction to Behavior Modification 3
PSYC 1551 Introduction to Personality 3
PSYC 1661 Introduction to Social Psychology 3
PSYC 2111 Learning 3
PSYC 2301 Psychology of Lifespan Development 3
PSYC 2601 Introduction to Physiological Psychology 3
SOCO 1011 Principles of Sociology 3
SOCO 1101 Contemporary Social Problems 3
1 Course also fulfills general education requirements for the CSUGE or IGETC pattern.
Select one of the following courses (not selected above):  
(It is recommended that students select courses that meet lower division major preparation requirements for their transfer university. )
BIOL 1071 General Biology - Lecture and Laboratory 4
BIOL 210A1 Introduction to the Biological Sciences I 4
BIOL 2301 Human Anatomy 4
CHEM 1001 Fundamentals of Chemistry 3
and
CHEM 100L Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory 1
CHEM 1301 Introduction to Organic and Biological Chemistry 3
and
CHEM 130L1 Introduction to Organic and Biological Chemistry Laboratory 1
CHEM 2001 General Chemistry I - Lecture 3
and
CHEM 200L1 General Chemistry I - Laboratory 2
CHEM 2011 General Chemistry II - Lecture 3
and
CHEM 201L1 General Chemistry II - Laboratory 2
CHIL 1011 Human Growth and Development 3
CISC 192 C/C++ Programming 4
ENGL 1011 Reading and Composition 3
ENGL 1051 Composition and Literature 3
ENGL 2051 Critical Thinking and Intermediate Composition 3
MATH 1041 Trigonometry 3
MATH 1501 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I 5
MATH 1511 Calculus with Analytic Geometry II 4
PHIL 1001 Logic and Critical Thinking 3
PHIL 2051 Critical Thinking and Writing in Philosophy 3
PHYS 1251 General Physics 5
PHYS 1261 General Physics II 5
PHYS 1951 Mechanics 5
PHYS 1961 Electricity and Magnetism 5
PHYS 1971 Waves, Optics and Modern Physics 5
PSYC 1111 Psychological/Social Aspects of Aging, Death and Dying 3
PSYC 1121 Interpersonal Relations 3
PSYC 1211 Introduction to Child Psychology 3
PSYC 125 Introduction to Behavior Modification 3
PSYC 1331 Psychology of Women 3
PSYC 1351 Marriage and Family Relations 3
PSYC 1371 Human Sexual Behavior 3
PSYC 1551 Introduction to Personality 3
PSYC 161 Introduction to Counseling 3
PSYC 1661 Introduction to Social Psychology 3
PSYC 2111 Learning 3
PSYC 2301 Psychology of Lifespan Development 3
PSYC 245 Abnormal Psychology 3
PSYC 2601 Introduction to Physiological Psychology 3
SOCO 1011 Principles of Sociology 3
SOCO 1101 Contemporary Social Problems 3
1 Course also fulfills general education requirements for the CSUGE or IGETC pattern.
Total Units = 18-23

Transfer Information

Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university should complete courses required for the university major and the general education pattern required by that transfer institution. See catalog TRANSFER INFORMATION section. Additional courses may be required to meet university lower-division requirements.

Course requirements at the transfer institution are subject to change and may be verified by a counselor or by consulting the current university catalog. Many Baccalaureate in Arts degrees require third semester competency in a foreign language. Consult the current catalog of the transfer institution and consult with a counselor.


Program Learning Outcomes