Psychology


The Associate in Arts in Psychology for Transfer degree is designed to prepare students for a seamless transfer into the CSU system to complete a baccalaureate degree in Psychology. Associate in Arts in Psychology for Transfer. The Associate in Arts in Psychology for Transfer at Gavilan College provides students with introductory exposure to psychology as the scientific study of thoughts, feelings, and behavior in the contexts in which they occur, as well as a field committed to taking its scientific findings and applying them to the prevention and resolution of personal and interpersonal problems. Students who complete this 18-unit degree program will be prepared to pursue a Bachelor's degree in Psychology at the California State University (CSU). Additionally, the psychology major will provide a foundation for further study and careers in other social sciences, education, business, law, law enforcement, and the health field. All courses in this major must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. Students who complete the Associate in Arts in Psychology for Transfer degree program will be prepared to pursue a Bachelor's degree in Psychology at the California State University (CSU). Additionally, the psychology major will provide a foundation for further study and careers in other social sciences
Learning Outcome(s):
  1. Describe psychology as the scientific study of behavior and mental processes in contexts.
  2. Describe the major perspectives, concepts, theories, and empirical findings in psychology.
  3. Apply psychological terms, concepts, and theories to personal, interpersonal, and developmental issues.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to access scientific information effectively and efficiently, evaluate scientific information and its sources, and communicate scientific information effectively in both written and oral forms.
  5. Demonstrate awareness of ethical issues is psychology research and clinical practice.
  6. Describe and respect the role of diversity in psychology.
  7. Describe the contributions of the brain and nervous system to human behavior.
REQUIREMENTS: (9 units)
Units: 9
MATH 5
Introduction to Statistics (Active)
3
PSYC 10
Introduction to Psychology (Active)
3
PSYC 32
Introduction to Research Methods (Active)
3
LIST A: Select 1 (4 units)
Units: 4
BIO 10
Principles of Biology (Active)
4
BIO 12
Introduction to Human Biology (Active)
4
LIST B: Select 1 (3 units)
Units: 3-4
PSYC 11
Biological Psychology (Active)
3
LIST C: Select 1 (3 units)
Units: 3
PSYC 40
Child and Adolescent Development (Historical)
3
PSYC 3
Child Growth and Development During the School Years (Active)
3
Associate Degree for Transfer Requirements:
Units: 0
Units Required for the Major: 19 - 20
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Double Counted Units: CSU: 10 - 13; IGETC: 10 - 13
Units:  
General Education Requirements: CSU GE: 39; IGETC: 37
Units: 37-39
Electives needed to get to 60 Units: CSU: 11 - 16: IGETC: 13 - 17
Units:  
Total Units for the Degree: 60 Units
Units:  
Total: 56-59
PSYC 2Early Child Development (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. This course examines typical and atypical development within the psychosocial, cognitive, and physical domains from conception through the preschool years. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to evaluate theories and research of child development and effectively apply and communicate their understanding through observation and evaluation. This course is also listed as CD 2. This course has the option of a letter grade or pass/no pass. ADVISORY: Eligible for English 1A; transfer student consult with advisor. (Option of a standard letter grade or Pass/no pass.) Effective: Spring 2017.
PSYC 3Child Growth and Development During the School Years (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. This course examines typical and atypical development within the psychosocial, cognitive and physical domains from middle childhood through adolescence. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to evaluate theories and research of child development and effectively apply and communicate their understanding through observation and evaluation. This course has the option of a letter grade or pass/no pass. This course is also listed as CD 3. ADVISORY: Eligible for English 1A; transfer students consult with advisor. (Option of a standard letter grade or Pass/no pass.) Effective: Spring 2017.
PSYC 5Self-Assessment and Career Development (3.0)Historical
3.0 Lecture. A course designed to assist the student in learning more about personal values, personality, interests, exploration of career choice, and occupational opportunities through the use of various personal assessment instruments. The delivery options for this course include online and self-paced formats. This course is also listed as GUID 1. ADVISORY: Eligible for English 250 and English 260. $12 fee will be charged for career assessment materials. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2015 to Fall 2020.
PSYC 5Self-Assessment and Career Development (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. This course is designed to assist the student in learning more about personal values, personality, interests, exploration of career choice, and occupational opportunities through the use of various personal assessment instruments. The delivery options for this course also include online and self-paced formats. This course is also listed as GUID 1. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2020.
PSYC 6Introduction to Conflict Resolution (3.0)Historical
3.0 Lecture. Introduction to Conflict Resolution introduces students to non-violent communication skills, conflict resolution, and mediation models. Integrating non-violent theory and practice, students will apply core concepts about the causes of conflict; choose, practice and evaluate communication skills in a variety of settings on campus and in the community; and formulate appropriate conflict resolution strategies based on analysis of varying conflict situations with sensitivity to ethnicity, class, sexuality, and gender influences. They will also develop and practice basic co-mediation skills in formal and informal settings. This course has the option of a letter grade or pass/no pass. This course is also listed as POLS 6 and CMUN 6 ADVISORY: English 250 and English 260. (Option of a standard letter grade or Pass/no pass.) Effective: Fall 2016 to Fall 2020.
PSYC 6Introduction to Conflict Resolution (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. Introduction to Conflict Resolution introduces students to non-violent communication skills, conflict resolution, and mediation models. Integrating non-violent theory and practice, students will apply core concepts about the causes of conflict; choose, practice and evaluate communication skills in a variety of settings on campus and in the community; and formulate appropriate conflict resolution strategies based on analysis of varying conflict situations with sensitivity to ethnicity, class, sexuality, and gender influences. They will also develop and practice basic co-mediation skills in formal and informal settings. This course has the option of a letter grade or pass/no pass. This course is also listed as POLS 6 and CMUN 6 ADVISORY: English 250 and English 260. (Option of a standard letter grade or Pass/no pass.) Effective: Fall 2020.
PSYC 7Cultural Context of Child and Family in a Diverse Society (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. Examines cultural influences on child-rearing practices, family values, and human development. Perspectives from social sciences are used to critique and review theoretical and practical implications of oppression and privilege as they apply to families, schools, and communities, including historical and socio-cultural factors. The processes of socialization and identity development, and the importance of respectful, reciprocal relationships that support and empower families. Self-examination and reflection on issues related to social identity, stereotypes and bias, social and educational access, media and schooling. Also listed as CD 7. ADVISORY: Eligible for English 250 and English 260. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2012.
PSYC 10Introduction to Psychology (3.0)Historical
3.0 Lecture. The nature, scope, methods, presuppositions, history, and fields of psychology together with the scientific study of factors influencing human behavior, human development, perception, learning, memory, emotion, personality, frustration, and psychotherapy. This course was previously listed as PSYC 1A. (C-ID: PSY 110) ADVISORY: Eligible for English 250 and English 260. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2019 to Fall 2020.
PSYC 10Introduction to Psychology (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. The nature, scope, methods, presuppositions, history, and fields of psychology together with the scientific study of factors influencing human behavior, human development, perception, learning, memory, emotion, personality, frustration, and psychotherapy. This course was previously listed as PSYC 1A. (C-ID: PSY 110) ADVISORY: Eligible for English 250 and English 260. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2020.
PSYC 11Biological Psychology (3.0)Historical
3.0 Lecture. This course stresses the biological basis of behavior including: neuroanatomy, the senses, perception, learning, thinking, and psychological disorders. This course was previously listed as PSYC 1B. (C-ID: PSYC 150) PREREQUISITE: Completion of PSYC 1A or PSYC 10 with a grade of 'C' or better. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2019 to Summer 2020.
PSYC 11Biological Psychology (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. This course stresses the biological basis of behavior including: neuroanatomy, the senses, perception, learning, thinking, and psychological disorders. This course was previously listed as PSYC 1B. (C-ID: PSYC 150) PREREQUISITE: Completion of PSYC 1A or PSYC 10 with a grade of 'C' or better. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Summer 2020.
PSYC 22Field Work and Service (0.5-1.0)Active
1.5-3.0 TBA. Supervised field work within the college and with local agencies. Students serve in useful group activities in leadership roles prescribed for them by faculty or community agencies. A maximum of six units may be completed. This is a pass/no pass course. REQUIRED: Learning contracts must be filled out and signed by the student and the supervising instructor. (Pass/No Pass.) Effective: Spring 2011.
PSYC 23Independent Study (1.0-2.0)Active
3.0-6.0 TBA. Designed to afford selected students specialized opportunities for exploring areas at the independent study level. The courses may involve extensive library work, research in the community, or special projects. May be repeated until six units of credit are accrued. This course has the option of a letter grade or pass/no pass. REQUIRED: The study outline prepared by the student and the instructor must be filed with the department and the dean. (Option of a standard letter grade or Pass/no pass.) Effective: Spring 2011.
PSYC 27Contemporary Leadership (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. This course provides a cross-disciplinary approach to the theory and practice of leadership. It covers the five practices and ten commitments of exemplary leadership, effective communication styles, and topics related to gender, culture, ethics, power, parliamentary procedure, and running effective meetings. The skills students will learn in this course are directly applicable to work, personal, and college environments. This course is also listed as GUID 27 and POLS 27. ADVISORY: Eligible for English 250 and English 260. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2016.
PSYC 32Introduction to Research Methods (3.0)Historical
3.0 Lecture. An overview of the methodologies used in experimental, quasi-experimental and non-experimental research in psychology. Students will learn how to design and conduct research, including formulating hypotheses, reviewing the literature, evaluating ethical issues, selecting methodologies, organizing data, applying statistics, and writing reports. This course is also listed as ANTH 32 and POLS 32. PREREQUISITE: PSYC 10 with a grade of "C" or better and MATH 5 with a grade or "C" or better. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2017 to Spring 2020.
PSYC 32Introduction to Research Methods (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. An overview of the methodologies used in experimental, quasi-experimental, and non-experimental research in psychology. Students will learn how to design and conduct research, including formulating hypotheses, reviewing the literature, evaluating ethical issues, selecting methodologies, organizing data, applying statistics, and writing reports. This course is also listed as ANTH 32 and POLS 32. PREREQUISITE: PSYC 10 with a grade or "C" or better and MATH 5 with a grade of "C" or better. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2020.
PSYC 40Child Development (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. This course examines the development within the psychosocial, cognitive/language development, and physical domains, both typical and atypical, from conception through adolescence. There will be an emphasis on interactions between maturational processes and environmental factors. While studying developmental theory and investigative research methodologies, students will observe children, evaluate individual differences and analyze characteristics of development at various stages. This course is appropriate for those working with students in transitional kindergarten, kindergarten, and early education classrooms. Also listed as CD 40. (C-ID: CDEV 100) ADVISORY: Eligible for English 1A; transfer students consult with advisor. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2017.
PSYC 52Peer Mentoring, Education, and Leadership (1.0)Active
1.0 Lecture. An overview of the principles, skills and methods used in peer mentoring and peer education. Course emphasizes communication skills, goal setting, intervention techniques, and referral skills for peer leaders. Student will earn nationally recognized Certified Peer Educator certification upon successful course completion. This course is also listed as GUID 52. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Summer 2020.
PSYC 52Peer Mentoring, Education, and Leadership (1.0)Historical
1.0 Lecture. An overview of the principles, skills, and methods used in peer mentoring and education. Course emphasizes communication skills, goal setting, intervention techniques, and referral skills for peer leaders. Students will complete national Certified Peer Educator certification upon successful course completion. This course is also listed as GUID 52. ADVISORY: Eligible for English 250 and English 260. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2014 to Summer 2020.
PSYC 98Special Topics (0.5-3.0)Active
0.5-3.0 Lecture. Special topics courses examine current problems or issues of interest to students within a specific discipline area. For topic content information, consult with the appropriate department chairperson. For transfer status, check with a counselor. This course may have the option of a letter grade or pass/no pass. (Option of a standard letter grade or Pass/no pass.) Effective: Spring 2011.