West Valley College
14000 Fruitvale Avenue, Saratoga, CA 95070 • Phone (408) 867-2200

Psychology

THE FACULTY   Jose Bautista
Michelle D. Reed
DIVISION   Social Sciences
DIVISION CHAIR   Janis Kea
DEPARTMENT CHAIR   Jose Bautista
PHONE   408-741-2492
E-MAIL   jose_bautista@westvalley.edu
COUNSELING   408-741-2009

Psychology is the scientific study of human and non-human behavior as well as the neurophysiologic mechanisms that underlie sensations, perceptions, emotions, motivation, memory, cognitive, and motor functions constituting our mental processes and higher states of consciousness.
Psychologists are concerned with the human experience relative to culture, ethnicity, work, health, development, and psychopathology. The field involves both pure science and practical application to matters of everyday life. Those who pursue one of psychology's 55 sub-fields, as identified by the American Psychological Association, will find a wonderful variety of career options with the common goal of improving human life and understanding as well as the world in which we live.

Highlights
  • Exemplary instructional staff, with many years of experience, representing different specializations and areas of interest
  • A wide range of course offerings: Psychology of Addiction and Substance Abuse, Life-Span Developmental Psychology, Physiological Psychology, Psychology of Women, Experimental Psychophysiology, Social Psychology, and Abnormal Psychology
  • Transferable courses to the CSU and UC systems, as well as numerous private universities
Learning Outcomes
After completing courses or an A.A. degree in Psychology, a student will be able to:
  • Describe the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology;
  • Apply the scientific method and critical thinking skills to formulate valid hypotheses, operationally define constructs, and evaluate claims;
  • Analyze data by selecting the appropriate methods, accurately evaluate and interpret the results, and communicate the results including the proper use of tables and graphs;
  • Describe the anatomy and function of the major components of the nervous system, and the physiological basis of neuronal communication, including how drugs, stress, nutrition, interpersonal attraction and other exogenous factors affect the function of the nervous system;
  • Specify how psychological principles are applied to real-life situations in business, industry, child rearing, and social interactions;
  • Explain how psychosocial factors influence behavior and attitudes, and recognize the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity
Career Options
  • Research Psychologist
  • Forensic Psychologist
  • Neuropsychologist
  • Child Psychologist
  • School Psychology
  • Clinical Psychologist (Ph. D.; Psy. Doc.)
  • College Professor
  • Counseling Psychologist
  • Developmental Psychologist
  • Educational Psychologist
  • Health Psychologist
  • Industrial-Organizational Psychologist
  • Psychometrist
  • Research Psychologist
  • Sports Psychologist
Related Fields
  • Behavior Analyst
  • Child Development Specialist
  • Educational Therapist
  • Human Services Specialist
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Marriage & Family Counselor
  • Nurse Practitioner (LVN: RN)
  • Personnel Analyst
  • Probation Officer
  • Psychiatric Technician/Aide
  • Public Survey
  • Social Service Counselor
  • Sociologist
  • Ward Attendant
  • Youth Supervisor
Note: Some career options often require more than two years of study

Degree
A.A., Psychology

PSYCHOLOGY: Transfer:
See Transfer Planning Guide available at the Counseling Center.

PSYCHOLOGY (A.A. DEGREE)
Major Requirements

Course   Units
*PSYCH 001 General Psychology   3
*PSYCH 002 Experimental Psychophysiology   4
MATH 010 Elementary Statistics   3
PSYCH 007 Physiological Psychology   3
Choose two additional courses from those listed below (6 units)
PSYCH 009 Psychology of Women A Multicultureal perspective   3
PSYCH 012 Human Growth & Development   3
PSYCH 017 Social Psychology   3
PSYCH 025 Introduction to Abnormal Psych   3
PSYCH 030 Psychology of Addiction & Substance Abuse   3
Recommended Electives
ANTHR 003 Cultural Anthropology   3
BIO 010 Introduction to Biology   4
BIO 043 Principles of Cells   5
**BIO 046 Anatomy and Physiology   5
SOC 001 Introduction to Sociology   3
** Consult a counselor for requirements at the four-year institution of your choice.

To be awarded an A.A. degree, a student must complete
  1. All the major requirements.
  2. Additional units to meet the college graduation requirements.

PSYCH 001 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY
3 units
Lecture 3 hours; lab 0 hours, lab 0 hours by arrangement
Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University
Introduction to general psychology as a behavioral science. Course emphasis is placed upon the scientific foundations of psychology, including the history and origins of psychology, introductory statistical concepts, motivation, emotion, biological determinants of behavior, environmental and cultural factors in behavior, psychological tests and measurements, learning, and personality theory.

PSYCH 002 EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGY
4 units
Lecture 3 hours; lab 3 hours, lab 0 hours by arrangement
Prerequisite: PSYCH 001
Prerequisite or co requisite: MATH 010
Recommended preparation: MATH 106/106R
Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University The course introduces the student to the theory and application of the scientific method with particular emphasis in the area of physiology and behavior. A computerized psychophysiology laboratory will be used to introduce students to (1) experimental design and analysis, and (2) theoretical and methodological concepts in psychophysiological research, which investigates the relationship between physiological events and behavior. General areas covered include: philosophy of science, research design, experimental procedures, data analysis, synthesis, evaluation and summary. Elementary statistics will be incorporated into the course using actual data collected from experiments conducted during laboratory sessions.

PSYCH 007 PHYSIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY
3 units
Lecture 3 hours; lab 0 hours, lab 0 hours by arrangement
Prerequisite: PSYCH 001.
Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University
An introduction to the physiological substrates of behavior. Among the areas covered are neurophysiology, the functional nervous systems, the senses, emotion, motivation and learning. The course has value for behavioral science, paramedical, and premedical majors.

PSYCH 009 PSYCHOLOGY OF WOMEN: A MULTICULTURAL PERSPECTIVE
3 units
Lecture 3 hours; lab 0 hours, lab 0 hours by arrangement
Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University,
The course introduces the student to the sex-role development of women in terms of the biosocial and cultural factors involved in intellectual and personal-emotional functions. Examinations of psychological research and theory focus on multicultural factors, that is gender as it relates to race, class, culture and ethnicity in United States society. (Satisfies the Cultural Diversity requirement for the Associate Degree). Pass/No Pass Option

PSYCH 012 HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT
3 units
Lecture 3 hours; lab 0 hours, lab 0 hours by arrangement
Prerequisite: PSYCH 001
Acceptable for credit: University of California,
California State University
An introduction to the psychological, physiological, cultural and other environmental forces affecting human growth and development through the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on normal psychological development (physical, cognitive and psychosocial) both within and across cultures. Theoretical models and research into the development of cognitive, perceptual, physical, personality, emotional and social abilities and disabilities will be presented and discussed. Credit/No CreditOption

017 - INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
3 units
Lecture 3 hours; lab 0 hours, lab 0 hours by arrangement
Acceptable for credit: California State University
This course will introduce the student to the field of social psychology, and will explore its relevance to many life situations of professional and personal relevance. Students will cover the following topics, among others: Understanding others, Thinking about the social world, Attitude formation, Genes, culture, and gender, Prejudice, Interpersonal attraction (What is love?), Persuasion, Aggression, and Helping and prosocial behavior. These topics have high applicability in the legal system, and clinical settings.

PSYCH 025 INTRODUCTION TO ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY
3 units
Lecture 3 hours; lab 0 hours, lab 0 hours by arrangement
Prerequisite: PSYCH 001
Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University
This course deals with various categories as well as social criteria of “deviant” or “abnormal” behavior patterns. Course content deals with mildly maladaptive behavioral syndromes to grossly psychotic reactions, both functional and organic. Characterological or personality disorders, including sexually maladaptive behavior, are included in the course content together with behavioral dysfunctions from childhood to senility. The course is of value to students majoring in any area of behavioral science and to paraprofessional trainees in such areas as law enforcement, community health and social services. Pass/No Pass Option

PSYCH 030 PSYCHOLOGY OF ADDICTION AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE
3 units
Lecture 3 hours; lab 0 hours, lab 0 hours by arrangement
Acceptable for credit: California State University
This course is an introduction to the physiological, psychological, and social processes of addiction and how they relate to the abuse of legal and illegal substances. Pass/No Pass Option

PSYCH 093 DIRECTED STUDIES
3 units
Lecture 0 hours; lab 0 hours, lab 9 hours by arrangement
Prerequisite: Interview with instructor to determine objectives and write a contract
Acceptable for credit: *University of California, California State University
*UC transfer credit fo directed studies courses is granted after a review of the course outline and examples of students work (assignments, tests, papers, etc.) by the enrolling UC campus. Please see a counselor for more information.
Directed studies are investigations of special interest to the student which are related to, but not included in, regular courses offered by the college. Pass/No Pass Option

 
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