Courses

PSYC200 Introduction to Psychology

Units
3
School
Undergraduate School
Class Fees
None
Course Description
A survey of psychology as an empirical/behavioral science with a consideration of underlying philosophical bases in light of a Christian worldview. Topics to be surveyed include development, cognition, learning, motivation, physiology, socialization, personality and psychopathology. Grade Mode: A.

PSYC206 Psychology & Christian Thought

Units
3
School
Undergraduate School
Class Fees
None
Course Description
An introduction to the nature and process of the application of Christian thought to the study and practice of psychology. Prerequisite(s): 200, BBST 105. Grade Mode: A.

PSYC209 Statistics with Computer Applications

Units
3
School
Undergraduate School
Class Fees
None
Course Description
Basic statistics for psychological research. Descriptive statistics, correlation/regression and inferential statistics including hypothesis testing, type I and II errors, t-tests, analysis of variance, and several non-parametric tests including chi-square. Not for general education math/science requirement. Note(s): Concurrent with PSYC 211. Grade Mode: A.

PSYC211 Statistics with Computer Applications Lab

Units
1
School
Undergraduate School
Class Fees
None
Course Description
Use of Excel and the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) to obtain descriptive and inferential statistics covered in 211. Experience in developing surveys, analyzing survey data and writing research reports. Note(s): Concurrent with PSYC 209 unless PSYC 209 has been met with transfer credits or AP credit. Grade Mode: A.

PSYC303 Human Sexuality

Units
3
School
Undergraduate School
Class Fees
None
Course Description
An examination of human sexual functioning, behavior, relationships, and feelings. Issues of sexuality are discussed within spiritual, psychological, cultural, and medical/health related perspectives. Prerequisite(s): 200.

PSYC305 Experimental Psychology

Units
4
School
Undergraduate School
Class Fees
None
Course Description
Philosophy, methodology and analysis of the experimental method. Discussions of problems in conducting and evaluating psychological research. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lecture, one hour laboratory. Prerequisite(s): 209, 211. Grade Mode: A.

PSYC306 Psychological Testing and Assessment

Units
3
School
Undergraduate School
Class Fees
None
Course Description
Theory and principles of psychological assessment and testing including the construction, reliability, validity and application of assessment methods and devices in various professional settings. Prerequisite(s): 209, 211. Grade Mode: A.

PSYC309 Abnormal Psychology

Units
3
School
Undergraduate School
Class Fees
None
Course Description
Nature, causes and treatment of abnormal behavior, including the full range of mental disorders identified within current categorical systems. Grade Mode: A.

PSYC313 Psychology of Religious Experience

Units
3
School
Undergraduate School
Class Fees
None
Course Description
An examination of the nature and scope of religious experience including such issues as the development of religious concepts and values, conversion, the experience of prayer and spiritual maturity. Attention is also given to issues in the integration of psychology and theology. Grade Mode: A.

PSYC315 Industrial/Organization Psychology

Units
3
School
Undergraduate School
Class Fees
None
Course Description
A study of the application of the principles of psychology in industrial and organizational settings. Prerequisite(s): 200. Grade Mode: A.

PSYC317 Psychology of Marriage

Units
3
School
Undergraduate School
Class Fees
None
Course Description
Covers significant contemporary theoretical and clinical literature of marriage as a social and religious institution and an intimate, committed interpersonal psychological relationship. Includes topics such as the neurobiology of emotions and adult love, the psychology of interpersonal communication, conflict and problem solving, marital sexuality, gender issues, the developmental course of the marital relationship, emotional abuse and violence, and spirituality in marriage. Prerequisite(s): 200. Grade Mode: A.

PSYC319 Cross-cultural/Ethnic Issues in Psychology

Units
3
School
Undergraduate School
Class Fees
None
Course Description
This course is designed to increase student awareness of the historical treatment of cross-cultural issues within a psychological context and to explore psychological issues in various cultural contexts within the American culture and worldwide. Attention is paid to the psychological dynamics involved in the formation and reduction of prejudices, discrimination, and stereotypes. Prerequisite(s): 200. Grade Mode: A.

PSYC320 Developmental Psych:Lifespan

Units
3
School
Undergraduate School
Class Fees
None
Course Description
A study of the theory and research concerning lifespan development. Consideration will be given to the physical, emotional, cognitive, social and moral aspects of human development across the entire span from conception to death. Discussion will include timely issues of personal relevance to the student's own developmental pathway. Grade Mode: A.

PSYC325 Developmental Psychology: Childhood & Adolescence

Units
3
School
Undergraduate School
Class Fees
None
Course Description
An in-depth study of theory and research concerning the child and adolescent period. Issues to be considered will include physiological, psychological, social, behavioral, and spiritual development from the period of conception through adolescence. Both pathogenic and adaptive patterns will be addressed with a view to facilitating optimal development. Grade Mode: A.

PSYC 345 Psychology of Gender

Units
3
School
Undergraduate School
Class Fees
None
Course Description
This course explores a wide variety of psychological issues that concern gender, including sex-related differences, life events unique to gender and gender experiences (e.g., women's experiences in areas that are generally viewed from a male perspective). Also included is the impact of ethnicity and class on gender issues. Grade Mode: A.

PSYC355 Psychology of Family

Units
3
School
Undergraduate School
Class Fees
None
Course Description
An examination of family from three different perspectives: Scriptural, cultural and clinical. A major goal of the course is to stimulate thinking regarding the integration of these perspectives. Particular emphasis will be placed on the study of family purpose, roles within the family, and psychological processes leading to healthy and unhealthy outcomes. Restriction(s): Must be Junior or Senior class. Grade Mode: A.

PSYC365 Cognitive Psychology

Units
3
School
Undergraduate School
Class Fees
None
Course Description
This course focuses on the underlying cognitive processes directing behavior. Topics include, but are not limited to, the neural basis of cognition, perception and attention, perception- and meaning-based knowledge representations (schemas), memory concepts and principles, problem solving, reasoning, language structure and use, cognitive development, and the nature of intelligence. Prerequisite(s): 305. Grade Mode: A.

PSYC405 Social Psychology

Units
3
School
Undergraduate School
Class Fees
None
Course Description
Analysis of social behavior, including social cognition, attitude formation and change, conformity, prejudice, group processes, etc. Both theory and research findings will be examined. Prerequisite(s): 305. Grade Mode: A.

PSYC411 Theories of Personality

Units
3
School
Undergraduate School
Class Fees
None
Course Description
An overview of personality theories including the primary representatives of the major schools: analytic or dynamic, humanistic-existential and cognitive behavioral which will be evaluated in the context of Christian framework. Grade Mode: A.

PSYC412 Physiological Psychology

Units
3
School
Undergraduate School
Class Fees
None
Course Description
A study of the physiological bases of behavior including neural, sensory, motor and chemical aspects with an emphasis on application to human rather than animal process. Prerequisite(s): 305 and BIOS 100 or 111. Note(s): Biology 311 - Neurobiology may be taken as an alternative to this course. Grade Mode: A.

PSYC414 Readings in Psychology

Units
1–3
School
Undergraduate School
Class Fees
None
Course Description
Reading and bi-weekly discussion with professor of record in a topic of the student's choosing. The student is expected to work out, with the professor's supervision, a detailed course proposal and bibliography and submit with a Learning Contract form available from the departmental office. Restriction(s): Must be Junior or Senior class. Note(s): May receive no more than a total of 6 credits for 414, 450 and 480 combined. Grade Mode: A.

PSYC418 Seminar:Therapeutic Techniques

Units
3
School
Undergraduate School
Class Fees
None
Course Description
Emphasis on core facilitation skills. Supportive, re-educative and reconstructive therapies considered. Personal growth activities incorporated. Restriction(s): Must be Junior or Senior class. Grade Mode: A.

PSYC420 Advanced Statistics

Units
3
School
Undergraduate School
Class Fees
None
Course Description
Concepts and techniques involved in the analysis and interpretation of clinical and research data. Lecture and laboratory descriptive and inferential statistics. Major topics include correlation and regression, tests of significance and introduction to analysis of variance. Both parametric and non-parametric approaches are covered. Instruction assumes undergraduate background in statistics. Note(s): This course may be taken by senior psychology majors at the graduate level, course RSPY 502. Contact the department for details. Grade Mode: A.

PSYC440 History & Systems of Psychology

Units
2-3
School
Undergraduate School
Class Fees
None
Course Description
AAn overview of the history of psychology and classical systems in psychology. The class also considers issues in the philosophy of science relevant to psychological systems, research, theory, and practice. Note(s): This course may be taken by senior psychology majors at the graduate level, course RSPY 530. Contact the department for details. Grade Mode: A.

PSYC450 Directed Field Work in Psychology

Units
1–6
School
Undergraduate School
Class Fees
None
Course Description
Supervised experience in mental health, educational, correctional or related facility. Restriction(s): Must be Junior or Senior class. Note(s): May be taken for a total of 6 credits. May receive no more than a total of 6 credits for 414, 450 and 480 combined. Three credits of PSYC 450 may be used toward the major. Grade Mode: A.

PSYC460 Studies in Psychology

Units
1-6
School
Undergraduate School
Class Fees
None
Course Description
Seminar course taught by special lecturers addressing areas of specific interest. Reading, research and discussion of selected topics in the field of psychology. Note(s): May be taken for a total of 6 credits. Course usually offered abroad and subject to Department approval. Grade Mode: A.

PSYC465 Positive Psychology

Units
3
School
Undergraduate School
Class Fees
None
Course Description
An introduction to the field of positive psychology which focuses on the systematic study of optimal human functioning; aiming to discover factors that contribute to individual and community flourishing. Theological integration will also be covered as It shares a concern with both Christian theology and ancient eudaemonistic ethics regarding the cultivation of human virtues. Students will use the integrative thinking cultivated in the class while researching and presenting their findings. Cross-listed: BBST 465. Restriction(s): Must be a Psychology (PSYC) major. Grade Mode: A.

PSYC470 Current Topics in Psychology

Units
1-3
School
Undergraduate School
Class Fees
None
Course Description
Reading, research and discussion of selected topics in the field of psychology. Prerequisite(s): Prerequisites may vary. Grade Mode: A.

PSYC480 Research in Psychology

Units
1–6
School
Undergraduate School
Class Fees
None
Course Description
Research activity under the supervision of the primary researcher or self-directed research under the supervision of the professor of record. Prerequisite(s): "B" minimum grade in PSCY 209/211 and 305; cumulative G.P.A. of 3.2 in all college level work or 3.5 cumulative G.P.A. in all Psychology coursework; completed essay. Restriction(s): Must be Junior or Senior class. Note(s): May be taken for a total of 6 credits. May receive no more than a total of 6 credits for 414, 450 and 480 combined. Three credits of PSYC 480 may be used toward the major. Grade Mode: A.

PSYC490 Rosemead Special Programs

Units
1-6
School
Undergraduate School
Class Fees
None
Course Description
Supervised research and/or reading in selected areas of Psychology through the Biola Special Programs. Note(s): May be taken for a total of 6 credits. Course usually offered abroad and subject to Department approval. Grade Mode: A.