Undergraduate Certificate in the Fundamentals of Psychology

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Undergraduate Certificate in the Fundamentals of Psychology

The undergraduate certificate program in the Fundamentals of Psychology serves as a means to help students grasp a better understanding of themselves and others. Students will have the skills and knowledge to be able to identify patterns, influences and causes of various behaviors and interactions. Knowledge of human behavior is very beneficial and is widely applicable to a variety of professional fields.

Courses required are listed below. Please click on the course to read a description.

plus-sign PSY 102 Introduction to Psychology

3 Semester Units

Introduction to Psychology introduces the methods and findings of contemporary psychology. Topics include a survey of biology and behavior, sensory process, human development, perception, learning and motivation. Emotion, personality, abnormal behavior, therapy and social interaction are also examined to provide students with a solid understanding of the facts, principles and theories which make up the field of psychology.

Course Objectives

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

  • Define psychology.
  • Review brain function and explain how it affects behavior.
  • Discuss learning and memory.
  • Summarize growth and development principals.

 

plus-sign PSY 220 Developmental Psychology

3 Semester Units

Developmental Psychology introduces students to the scientific study of patterns of change and stability that occur as we move through the process of human development from conception to death. Various theories of development will be presented, and an emphasis on physical, emotional, cognitive, and psychosocial changes throughout the life-span will be discussed.

Course Objectives

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

  • Define the lifespan perspective.
  • Identify the emotional and cognitive changes that occur during each developmental period.
  • Examine the physical and psychological changes that occur during a person’s lifetime.
  • Review the social and personality characteristics of each age group.

 

plus-sign PSY 380 Personality Theories

3 Semester Units

Personality Theories presents an in-depth look at a number of classical and current personality theories, providing an explanation and interpretation of personality development from several different theoretical approaches. Classic theory is integrated with the latest research and current topics, preparing students to apply theoretical approaches to better understand the particular individuals and personalities they may encounter in their professional and personal lives.

Course Objectives

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

  • Describe the major classic and current personality theories
  • Describe the research methods used in personality research
  • Understand the role of early experience in personality formation
  • Use personality theories to help understand human behavior

 

plus-sign PSY 408 Abnormal Psychology

3 Semester Units

Abnormal Psychology offers students an eclectic, multicultural approach to abnormal behavior, drawing on contributions from various disciplines and theoretical stances. The psychosocial and psychophysiological factors of abnormal behavior are examined, and the causes and classifications are discussed. Case vignettes and client experiences will be explored and combined with research based explanations of abnormal behavior.

Course Objectives

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

  • Successfully discriminate between normal and abnormal behavior and identify the symptoms of various disorders.
  • Understand the various causes, symptoms and treatment of abnormal behavior.
  • Understand the basics of the DSM system and how it’s used.
  • Summarize issues related to mental health and treatment.

 

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