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Psychology

Psychology is the systematic,scientific study of behavior and mental processes in context. Students try to gain an understanding why living beings behave the way they do and the mental processes involved. The Psychology Department offers a wide variety of classes that provide students with the opportunity to understand and apply a variety theories based in the scientific study of psychology in an effort to explain why we behave, think and feel the way we do.

Classes

Course Name Credits Description
PSY 101 Psychology and Human Relations 4

Applies psychological principles to relationships in both personal and professional environments. Includes an overview of basic personality and social psychology concepts, as well as specific skill development in the areas of communication, listening, and conflict resolution. Prerequisite: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

PSY 201A Introduction to Psychology - Part 1 4

Surveys the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in scientific research, biological psychology, sensation and perception, learning theory, memory, language, cognition, consciousness, and human development. Provides an overview of popular trends, examines the overarching themes of heredity vs. environment, stability vs. change, and free will vs. determinism, and emphasizes the sociocultural approach which assumes that gender, culture, and ethnicity are essential to understanding behavior, thought, and emotion. Psychology 201A is the first term of a two-term sequence in introductory psychology. Prerequisite: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

PSY 202A Introduction to Psychology - Part 2 4

Surveys the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in personality theory, psychological disorders, therapy, emotion, motivation, intelligence, health psychology, and social psychology. Provides an overview of popular trends, examines the overarching themes of heredity vs. environment, stability vs. change, and free will vs. determinism, and emphasizes the sociocultural approach which assumes that gender, culture, and ethnicity are essential to understanding behavior, thought, and emotion. Psychology 202A is the second term of a two-term sequence in introductory psychology. Recommended: PSY 201A. Prerequisite: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

PSY 213 Introduction to Behavioral Neuroscience 4

Surveys the role of the brain and nervous system in behavior, psychological functioning, and neurophysiological processes that underlie human development. Prerequisite: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores, and PSY 201A or BI 231. Audit available.

PSY 214 Introduction to Personality 4

Covers a variety of personality theories including the theoretical and scientific explanations for individuals' characteristic patterns of perception, thought, emotion and behavior. Emphasizes the understanding and mastery of personality constructs applied to students' personal and professional lives. Recommended: PSY 201A or 202A. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

PSY 215 Human Development 4

Surveys major developmental theories and patterns of change and continuity from birth to death in human subjects. Emphasizes biological, cognitive, and emotional development through the lifespan. Examines cultural influences on development. Recommended: PSY 201A or 202A. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

PSY 216 Social Psychology 4

Surveys the scientific study of how individuals think about, influence, and relate to one another with respect to social beliefs, persuasion, attraction, conformity, obedience, prejudice, aggression, and pro-social behaviors. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

PSY 222 Family & Intimate Relationships 4

Explores processes involved in both traditional and non-traditional relationships and families: including love, cohabitation, dating, marriage, parenting, communication and conflict resolution, sexuality, balancing work and family, domestic violence, divorce, remarriage, and blended families. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115, and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

PSY 231 Human Sexuality 4

Explores sexual issues from scientific and humanistic perspectives. Surveys historical, cultural and cross-cultural variation in sexuality, sex research, female and male sexual and reproductive anatomy and physiology, gender issues, sexual response, sexual communication, sexual behavior patterns, love, and sexual orientations. This is the first course in a two-course sequence. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores Audit available.

PSY 232 Human Sexuality 4

Explores sexual issues from scientific and humanistic perspectives. Surveys sexuality through the life cycle, sexual problems, sexual satisfaction, contraception, conception, sexuality and disability, sex and chronic illness, sexually transmitted infections, sexual victimization, atypical sexual behavior, and the commercialization of sex. This is the second course in a two course sequence. Recommended: PSY 231 taken before PSY 232. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

PSY 239 Introduction to Abnormal Psychology 4

Surveys the history, theories, etiology, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of the spectrum of psychological disorders. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores, and PSY 201A or 202A. Audit available.

Faculty and Staff

Namesort icon Title Email Phone
Dave Mason Dave Mason Psychology Instructor dmason@cgcc.edu (541) 506-6000, ext. 7120
Dr. M. J. (Zip) Krummel M. J. (Zip) Krummel Psychology Instructor zkrummel@cgcc.edu (541) 506-6031
Kristen Kane
Academic Assessment Coordinator
Psychology Instructor
kkane@cgcc.edu (541) 506-6036
Tess Fegel-Osborne Tess Fegel-Osborne Psychology Instructor tfegel@cgcc.edu (541) 506-6031