Psychology

Division: Social Sciences

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind (covert functions such as emotion & thought), and observable behaviors (overt functions).  There are seven modern perspectives in Psychology:  Behavioral, Bio-Psychological, Cognitive, Evolutionary, Humanistic, Psychodynamic, and Social-Cultural.  Current use of these perspectives is eclectic, researching multiple influences on the individual and on societies.  The ancient debate of “Nature versus Nurture” is translated for students of Psychology into a scientific approach, using empirical methods of systematic investigation and critical thinking. 

Career opportunities for graduates with a Bachelor’s Degree/Master’s Degree in Psychology include the fields of:  Social Work, Mental Health,  Counseling,  Case Managers, Corrections, Probation, Parole, Human Resources,  Public Affairs, Research, and Teaching.  COS offers a Transfer Degree AA degree for students planning on transferring to a 4-year college or university to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. 

 In all cases, students should consult with an Academic Advisor for specific transfer requirements.

Contact Information

Social Sciences Division Chair

Alicia Crumpler | (559) 737-4816 | aliciacr@cos.edu
Kern: 728F | Visalia Campus

Dean of Business, Social Science, and Consumer Family Studies

Jesse Wilcoxon | jessew@cos.edu
Kern: 716 | Visalia Campus

PSY 001 General Psychology 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
Equivalent Course: PSY 001H
This course is an introduction to the field of psychology through a study of the facts and principles involved in learning, development, motivation, personality, adjustment, and the physiological basis of behavior. The basic concepts presented include: biological bases of behavior, perception, cognition and consciousness, learning, memory, emotion, motivation, development, personality, social psychology, psychological disorders, therapeutic approaches, applied psychology, as well as the scientific methods. Particular emphasis is placed on those concepts that relate to an understanding of human behavior. (C-ID PSY110)
Prerequisites: ENGL 251 or ENGL 261 or equivalent college course with "C" or better
PSY 005 Social Psychology 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
This course considers individual human behavior in relation to the social environment. The power of the situation, other individuals, and the social group will be examined. Emphasized topics include: social cognition, person perception, cultural norms, gender roles, attitudes and attitude change, prejudice and stereotypes, aggression, interpersonal attraction, conformity and social influence, prosocial behavior, and group phenomena. (C-ID PSY170)
Prerequisites: PSY 001 or equivalent college course with "C" or better
PSY 010 Human Sexuality 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
A comprehensive introduction to the biological, psychological and social-cultural aspect of human sexuality, including thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Provides a solid basis of sexual anatomy and physiology, with an emphasis on how psychological, emotional and social-cultural factors may affect sexual expression and function. (C-ID PSY130)
Prerequisites: PSY 001 or equivalent college course with "C" or better
PSY 029 Research Methods 4 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
3 Lab
Equivalent Course: PSY 129
This course provides an overview of the methodologies used in experimental, quasi-experimental and non-experimental research in psychology. Students will learn how to design and conduct research, including formulating hypotheses, reviewing the literature, evaluating ethical issues, selecting methodologies, organizing data, applying statistics and writing reports. (C-ID PSY 205B)
Prerequisites: (MATH 021 or SSCI 025) and PSY 001 or equivalent college course with "C" or better
PSY 034 Abnormal Psychology 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
This course is designed to present a broad general survey of the field of abnormal psychology. It utilizes the many theoretical views of psychopathology in human behavior in order to explore the nature and development of these deviations, with primary consideration given to neurotic and psychotic behavior. (C-ID PSY120)
Prerequisites: PSY 001 or equivalent college course with "C" or better
PSY 130 Intro Behavior Modification 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
Designed for teachers, paraprofessionals, and those pursuing a career in psychology. Students will develops skills in assessing behavior, developing target behaviors and implementing a behavior change program. This course combines both the theoretical and practical models for understanding human behavior.
Prerequisites: PSY 001 or equivalent college course with "C" or better
PSY 133 Personal and Social Growth 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
This is a course for students to apply concepts of psychology to enhance self-understanding and improve interpersonal relations. Students will learn the relation of psychological concepts to physical and mental health. Finally, the students will consider the attainment of educational, vocational and relationship goals. (C-ID PSY115)
Advisory on Recommended Preparation: ENGL 251 or equivalent college course with a "C" or better, or eligibility for ENGL 1 determined by COS Placement Procedures.

Psychology

Del Rio, Linda
B.A., California State University, San Jose
M.A., National University, Fresno

Hansen, Debra
B.A., California State University, Fresno
M.A., California State University, Fresno

Muller, Josh, Ph.D.
A.A., College Of The Sequoias
B.A., California State University, Fresno
M.A., California State University, Fresno
Ph.D., Northcentral University, Prescott