Behavioral Sciences

School of Behavioral Sciences

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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

  • Articulate knowledge of the history, science and systems of psychology
    • 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.
  • Think critically about psychological constructs, theories and research methodology through the use of comparison and contrast, problem solving and the integration of evidence from diverse contexts (research, professional practice and daily living) and worldviews (religious, ethnic, cultural).
    • 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)
  • Communication: speaking and writing skills; technology literacy; research skills
    • Conduct and write a review that summarizes part of the anthropology, psychology, and sociology literature, applying fundamental strategies such as a thesis focus, an informative middle and an effective conclusion resulting from effective drafting, revising, and editing
    • Use and define terms and concepts of the discipline and applying them appropriately, showing a strong & direct link between concepts and assigned reading
    • Deliver effective oral presentations in a variety of communication settings, using standard diction of American English in a professional manner including dress and demeanor
    • Lead and participate effectively in group discussions, applying active listening skills and a respect for diverse views in interpersonal settings
    • Select the most appropriate sources and databases for accessing and obtaining the needed information. Examines and compares information from various sources in order to ascertain the reliability, validity, accuracy, authority, timeliness, and point of view or bias of a given source.
  • 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
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Lower Division Requirements

PSY213 General Psychology

PSY213 General Psychology

This introductory course is a survey of the process of adjustment, growth, learning, remembering, perceiving, thinking, sensation, and emotions. It is meant to better equip the student to predict and control his life, and to understand the behavior of others as well as influence their lives. This course is a prerequisite to all other courses in Psychology. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 PSY213-A A Handojo, Virgo 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Yeager Center
B110
Fall 2014 PSY213-F F Pelletier, Joseph P. 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM Mission Hall
109
Fall 2014 PSY213-E E Sapp, Michael Shane 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM Yeager Center
B259
Fall 2014 PSY213-C C Ramirez, Rebecca R. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Yeager Center
B258
Fall 2014 PSY213-D D Handojo, Virgo 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Yeager Center
B252
Fall 2014 PSY213-B B Pelletier, Joseph P. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Yeager Center
A112
Spring 2015 PSY213-A A STAFF, STAFF 01/07/2015 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM TBA
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Spring 2015 PSY213-B B STAFF, STAFF 01/07/2015 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM TBA
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Spring 2015 PSY213-D D STAFF, STAFF 01/07/2015 Tuesday, Thursday 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM TBA
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Spring 2015 PSY213-C C STAFF, STAFF 01/07/2015 Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Sch Business Building
203
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Methodology Requirements

BEH255 Found Skills in Behav Sciences I

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)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 BEH255-B B Travis, Erika J. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM James Complex
190
Fall 2014 BEH255-A A Travis, Erika J. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM James Complex
190
Fall 2014 BEH255-C C Machado, Reba Joyce 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Yeager Center
B112
Spring 2015 BEH255-A A STAFF, STAFF 01/07/2015 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM TBA
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Spring 2015 BEH255-B B STAFF, STAFF 01/07/2015 Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM TBA
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BEH256 Found Skill in Behav Sciences II

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)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 BEH256-A A Machado, Reba Joyce 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM James Complex
191
Fall 2014 BEH256-B B Pelletier, Joseph P. 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Yeager Center
B259
Spring 2015 BEH256-A A STAFF, STAFF 01/07/2015 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM TBA
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Spring 2015 BEH256-B B STAFF, STAFF 01/07/2015 Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM TBA
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BEH333 Epistemology & Worldview

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)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 BEH333-A A Lewis, Nathaniel P 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM Sch Business Building
124
Spring 2015 BEH333-A A STAFF, STAFF 01/07/2015 Tuesday, Thursday 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM Mission Hall
124
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BEH383 Stat Tech Behavioral Sci w/SPSS

BEH383 Stat Tech Behavioral Sci w/SPSS

The collection, treatment, and interpretation of data in research and testing using the SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences). Prerequisite: BEH 256. Enrollment in this course is contingent upon the successful completion of the Pre-Statistics Exam. Three hours lecture, three hours lab. (4 units; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 BEH383-A A Machado, Reba Joyce 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM James Complex
367
Fall 2014 BEH383-B B McBride, Neal F. 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Sch Business Building
209
Fall 2014 BEH383-C C Ward, Tracy H. 09/02/2014 Monday 6:00 PM - 8:50 PM Sch Business Building
209
Spring 2015 BEH383-A A STAFF, STAFF 01/07/2015 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Yeager Center
B113
Spring 2015 BEH383-B B STAFF, STAFF 01/07/2015 Tuesday, Thursday 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM TBA
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BEH385 Methods of Research with SPSS

BEH385 Methods of Research with SPSS

An examination of philosophical assumptions and scientific methodology for both quantitative and qualitative approaches including experimental designs, correlation studies, survey research, interview techniques, naturalistic observation and participant observation. Research issues include design and data analysis with SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences) computer program, systematic evaluation of practices, and ethical issues related to research. Prerequisite: BEH 383. (4 units; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 BEH385-A A Pelletier, Joseph P. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Yeager Center
B113
Spring 2015 BEH385-A A STAFF, STAFF 01/07/2015 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Sch Business Building
209
Spring 2015 BEH385-B B STAFF, STAFF 01/07/2015 Tuesday, Thursday 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM Yeager Center
B113
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Upper Division Requirements

PSY301 History & Systems of Psychology

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)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 PSY301-A A Handojo, Virgo 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Yeager Center
B110
Spring 2015 PSY301-A A STAFF, STAFF 01/07/2015 Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM TBA
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PSY320 Life Span Development

PSY320 Life Span Development

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

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 PSY320-A A Handojo, Virgo 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Yeager Center
B252
Fall 2014 PSY320-B B Ramirez, Rebecca R. 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM James Complex
183
Spring 2015 PSY320-A A STAFF, STAFF 01/07/2015 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM TBA
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Spring 2015 PSY320-B B STAFF, STAFF 01/07/2015 Tuesday, Thursday 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM TBA
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PSY322 Theories of Personality

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)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 PSY322-B B Gustafson, Jacqueline N. 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Yeager Center
B220
Fall 2014 PSY322-A A Pearce, Kenneth C. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Yeager Center
B111
Spring 2015 PSY322-A A STAFF, STAFF 01/07/2015 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM TBA
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Spring 2015 PSY322-B B STAFF, STAFF 01/07/2015 Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM TBA
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PSY325 Tests and Measurements

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)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 PSY325-A A Sale, Beverley A 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Yeager Center
B111
Spring 2015 PSY325-A A STAFF, STAFF 01/07/2015 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM TBA
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PSY328 Cognitive Psychology

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)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 PSY328-A A Smith, Erin I. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Sch Business Building
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Spring 2015 PSY328-A A STAFF, STAFF 01/07/2015 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM TBA
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PSY346 Abnormal Psychology

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)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 PSY346-A A Larsen, Anne-Marie 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Yeager Center
B218
Fall 2014 PSY346-B B Pearce, Kenneth C. 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM Sch Business Building
106
Spring 2015 PSY346-A A STAFF, STAFF 01/07/2015 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM TBA
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Spring 2015 PSY346-B B STAFF, STAFF 01/07/2015 Tuesday, Thursday 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM TBA
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PSY422 Theories Of Counseling

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)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 PSY422-A A Vazquez, Veola E. 09/02/2014 Tuesday 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM Sch Business Building
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Spring 2015 PSY422-A A STAFF, STAFF 01/07/2015 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM TBA
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Spring 2015 PSY422-B B STAFF, STAFF 01/07/2015 Tuesday, Thursday 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM TBA
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PSY473 Psychophysiology

PSY473 Psychophysiology

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

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 PSY473-A A Minton, Carol 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Yeager Center
B220
Spring 2015 PSY473-A A STAFF, STAFF 01/07/2015 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM TBA
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Spring 2015 PSY473-B B STAFF, STAFF 01/07/2015 Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM TBA
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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.