Psychology

Psychology is the study of human thought, feelings, and behavior. Part of its appeal is the fact that it involves both scientific investigation and practical applications of those findings in everyday life. Woodland Community College Psychology courses offer a diverse program with several goals: 1) To expose students to the variety of sub-fields in psychology; 2) to engender knowledge of, and appreciation for, the spirit and nature of scientific inquiry; 3) to facilitate insight into oneself and increase knowledge of, and sensitivity to, others; 4) to introduce students to the basic body of knowledge, thus preparing them for further study in Psychology.

Those pursuing psychology as a field of study will find many career options centering around helping others to understand, predict, and influence their own behavior and the behavior of others. Psychologists may teach, conduct research, perform psychological testing, or do consultation in a variety of settings which include hospitals, businesses, private practice, personnel offices, industry, colleges and universities, and government. Training in Psychology provides a valuable foundation for professions wherein interpersonal interactions are a component of the work setting.

Degrees

Associate in Arts

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate respect for the psychological differences in opinions, feelings and values of others in one’s interactions.
  2. Analyze psychological data/information/theories, draw reasonable conclusions in relation to human behavior from the data/information/theories, recognize the implications when addressing and evaluating human-related problems and issues in making decisions.
  3. Articulate similarities and differences in human behavior among cultures, times, and environments, demonstrating an understanding of cultural pluralism and knowledge of global issues as they relate to human behavior.
Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
Required Courses for Major (6 units)
PSYCH 1AGeneral Psychology3
PSYCH 12 or
PSYCH 31
Human Sexuality
Gender and Behavior: Feminine and Masculine
3
Course Block Units: (6 Required)
6
Plus 12 additional units selected from the following:
PSYCH 33Personal and Social Adjustment3
ECE 3Childhood and Adolescent Behavior3
PSYCH 41Lifespan Development3
PSYCH 12 or 31(if not already completed above)3
PSYCH 46Abnormal Psychology3
TOTAL
18
Associate in Arts for Transfer

The Associate in Arts for Transfer degree is designed specifically for students planning to transfer to the CSU system.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate respect for the psychological differences in opinions, feelings and values of others in one’s interactions.
  2. Analyze psychological data/information/theories, draw reasonable conclusions in relation to human behavior from the data/information/theories, recognize the implications when addressing and evaluating human-related problems and issues in making decisions.
  3. Articulate similarities and differences in human behavior among cultures, times, and environments, demonstrating an understanding of cultural pluralism and knowledge of global issues as they relate to human behavior.
Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
Required Courses for Major (10 units)
PSYCH 1AGeneral Psychology3
PSYCH 7Research Methods in Psychology3
STAT 1Introduction To Statistical Methods3
Course Block Units: (10 Required)
10
Biology Requirement - Choose one (4 units)
BIOL 4Human Anatomy4
BIOL 10LGeneral Biology4
Course Block Units: (4 Required)
4
Critical Thinking Requirement - Choose one (3 units)
ENGL 1BCritical Thinking & Writing About Literature3
ENGL 1CCritical Thinking/Advanced Composition3
PHIL 12Critical Thinking3
Course Block Units: (3 Required)
3
Psychology Electives - Choose One (3 units)
PSYCH 12 or
PSYCH 22
Human Sexuality & Sexual Behavior
Social Psychology
3
PSYCH 31 or
PSYCH 33 or
PSYCH 41 or
PSYCH 46
Gender & Behavior: Feminine and Masculine Behavior
Personal and Social Adjustment
Lifespan Development
Abnormal Psychology
3
Course Block Units: (3 Required)
3
TOTAL
20
Course Descriptions

PSYCH 1A – General Psychology (3 units)
General introduction to psychology as a science. Topics include perception, learning, development, motivation, personality, abnormal behavior, and biological and social basis of behavior.

PSYCH 7 – Research Methods in Psychology (3 units)
This course covers the many research designs and methods in psychology, including descriptive, associative, and causal claims. The various instrumentation, collection procedures, data collection and analysis, and reporting procedures are also examined. Research methods and design will be surveyed from a wide section of psychological fields.

PSYCH 12 – Human Sexuality & Sexual Behavior (3 units)
Psychological and biological aspects of human sexuality including development issues. Variations in sexual behavior/orientation; structure and function of the reproductive systems, sexual response, and sexually transmitted diseases.

PSYCH 22 – Social Psychology (3 units)
This course will examine the emotion, behavior, and cognition of individuals in social situations. Topics can include: social psychology methods, social perception, social cognition, attitudes, persuasion, social identity, gender identity, prejudice and discrimination, interpersonal attraction, close relationships, conformity, compliance, obedience to authority, helping behavior, aggression, group processes, and social psychology applications. Multiple perspectives discussed.

PSYCH 31 – Psychology of Gender (3 units)
Systematic analysis of psychological principles related to gender including biological, social, and cultural perspectives.

PSYCH 33 – Personal and Social Adjustment (3 units)
Principles of personality development with emphasis on self-theories and social interaction theories.

PSYCH 41 Lifespan Development (3 units)
Introduction to the scientific study of human development from conception to death. Examines the interplay of the biological, psychological, social and cultural influences on the developing human being.

PSYCH 46 Abnormal Psychology (3 units)
This course introduces the scientific study of psychopathology and aberrant behaviors, broadly defined. Students will investigate abnormal behavior from a variety of perspectives such as biological, social, and cultural approaches. An integrative view of research in abnormal behavior and intervention and prevention strategies for psychological disorders will also be introduced.