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Psychology

Psychology is a scientific discipline that studies mental processes and behavior in humans and animals.

Even though it is one of the newest branches of science, psychology seeks to answer questions that have existed since the beginning of human history. Through the psychology courses offered at NVCC, you will gain an understanding of why people think, act and feel the way they do.

Because of an abundance of psychological issues in our everyday lives and the world at large, psychology provides a foundation of knowledge and a method of inquiry that benefits students who want to work in fields as far ranging as clinical and counseling settings, medicine, law, politics, education, and business.

Earn an Associate Degree, Certificate or take a Course or two

Degree Programs

The requirements for a degree in behavioral science allow you to transfer seamlessly to most four-year colleges and to successfully complete your bachelor's degree in psychology without loss of credit or time.

Associate of Science Degree in Behavioral Science

Courses


PSY*H111
General Psychology I
3 cr. Credits

Prerequisite: eligibility for ENG*H101`. A general study of psychology in which the important basic principles of scientific methodology, theories of psychology, biological foundations of behavior, human development, states of consciousness, learning, memory, intelligence, and social psychology are presented.

PSY*H112
General Psychology II
3 cr. Credits

Prerequisite: PSY*H111. This course is a continuation of PSY*H111 with emphasis on the study of evolutionary psychology, sensation, perception, motivation, emotion, human sexuality, theories of personality, psychological disorders, and psychological treatment.

PSY*H201
Lifespan Development
3 cr. Credits

Prerequisite: PSY*H111. A study of the changes in the individual from infancy through late adulthood will be examined. Methodology and the physical, cognitive, and social development of the individual will be studied.

PSY*H203
Child Psychology
3 cr. Credits

Prerequisite: PSY *H111. This course examines the changes that occur in the individual from birth to the beginning of adolescence. Physical, cognitive, and social changes will be studied in the context of socio-cultural and other environmental influences that shape individual development.

PSY*H204
Child & Adolescent Development
3 cr. Credits

Prerequisite: PSY*H111. A study of the changes in the individual from infancy through adolescence will be examined. Methodology and the physical, cognitive, and social development of the individual will be studied.

PSY*H206
Adolescence & Adulthood Development
3 cr. Credits

Prerequisite: PSY*H111. This is a continuation of PSY*H204 with the emphasis on the period from adolescence through aging. Effective and intellectual functions from both the physiological and environmental view are examined.

PSY*H217
Psychology of Criminal Behavior
3 cr. Credits

Prerequisite: PSY*H111. This course presents a study of the psychological aspects and correlates of criminal behavior. Models are presented for predicting, understanding and responding to criminal behavior.

PSY*H240
Social Psychology
3 cr. Credits

Prerequisite: PSY*H111. Dynamics of individual motivation in social situations, the theoretical bases for social behavior, applications of principles of behavior to attitude change, prejudice, public opinion, and individual reactions in mass behavior are examined.

PSY*H243
Theories of Personality
3 cr. Credits

Prerequisite: PSY*H111. This course presents a study of the under- lying causes of individual behavior and experience. A wide range of theories is considered, including those from the psychoanalytic perspective, the trait perspective, the learning perspective and the humanistic perspective.

PSY*H245
Abnormal Psychology
3 cr. Credits

Prerequisite: PSY*H111. The varieties of abnormal behavior found in man are studied. Such disorders as depression, anxiety disorders, psychotic conditions, alcoholism, drug addiction, the personality disorders, and sexual deviations are considered.

PSY*H247
Industrial & Organizational Psychology
3 cr. Credits

Prerequisite: PSY*H111. This course surveys the scientific methodology of work behavior as applied to selection, training, evaluation, and organizational factors such as leadership, communication, social environment, group dynamics and norms, stress, motivation, job design and satisfaction, supervision, conflict resolution and technological change.

PSY*H250
Psychological Aspects of Human Sexuality
3 cr. Credits

Prerequisite: PSY*H111. This course will emphasize the intrapersonal, interpersonal, and psychological aspects of human sexual behavior. Subject matter will include, but will not be limited to, sex roles, sexuality across the life span, sexual attitudes, sexual arousal and dysfunction, sexual orientation, love and intimacy, the historical and cultural aspects of sexuality, legal issues, evolutionary psychology, and research methods.

PSY*H258
Behavior Modification
3 cr. Credits

Prerequisite: PSY*H111. A study of learning theories in which operant and classical conditioning are presented. The focus is on the use of the concepts and principles of applied behavior analysis in teaching functional skills and decreasing maladaptive behaviors in such situations as the home, school, group homes, and mental health settings. Research methods, history, and ethical issues of behavior modification are also reviewed.

PSY*H259
Laboratory in Behavior Modification
3 cr. Credits

Corequisite: PSY*H258 or permission of the instructor. A study of learning in which the principles of operant conditioning are presented using live animals. The focus is on the experimental analysis of behavior in the lab and the extension of these concepts and principles of applied behavior analysis in everyday life. Positive reinforcement, extinction, differential reinforcement, shaping, behavioral chaining, discrimination, stimulus control, establishing operations are discussed and demonstrated during lab sessions. Research methods, history, and ethical issues of using animals in psychology are also reviewed.

PSY*H260
Psychology of the Exceptional Child
3 cr. Credits

Prerequisites: PSY*H111. The psychology of children with disabilities including mental retardation, learning disabled, physically challenged, autism, communication, health disabilities and emotional/behavioral disorders is presented.

PSY*H295
Teaching Assistant in Behavior Modification Lab
3 cr. Credits

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. This course will give students the opportunity to work with a faculty member and receive feedback and supervision while developing critical teaching and organizational skills. Students will prepare lab materials, provide direction to other students during laboratory sessions, and assist with the care of the rats used in the behavior modification lab.

PSY*H261
Introduction to the Autism Spectrum
3 cr. Credits

Prerequisites: PSY*H111 or permission of the instructor. A study of autism spectrum disorders in which students learn the principles and techniques currently employed to help children with autism spectrum disorders acquire functional language, appropriate social behavior, and general academic and living skills. The course will emphasize assessment, empirically supported best practices, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), functional behavior assessments, social skills development, communication, parent involvement, and understanding the individual.

PSY*H262
Applied Behavior Analysis
3 cr. Credits

Prerequisites: PSY*H258 or permission of the instructor. This course covers the purpose, rationale and methods used in conducting and interpreting functional analyses of challenging; advanced coverage of measurement methods used in behavioral intervention, and the application of specific behavioral teaching procedures, including prompting, reinforcement, shaping, chaining, error correction and generalization methods, and the development of behavior plans.

The Mind Matters

 
(pictured from left to right) Psychology Professors Sandra Valente, Kim O'Donnell, Angela Tiru, and Larry Venuk

Developing an understanding of human thinking and behavior has never been more important and our Psychology faculty wants to help you unlock the mysteries of the human mind.

Psychology at NVCC is learning for the real world.  In our courses, you will develop the foundation you need to understand the self and others and develop the knowledge and experiences you will need to be successful in a wide range of personal and professional pursuits.  Relationships, parenting, education, mental health, working, leadership, service…the list of ways you can use your learning is practically endless.

Beyond the Classroom

Psychology at NVCC is not just classroom theory or boring facts.  Our students have the opportunity to put their learning into action. NVCC is the only community college in the nation that has a behavioral “rat lab” where you can deepen your ;understanding of learning and behavior. Through the Psychology Club, you would have the opportunity to conduct meaningful research and make professional presentations at regional conferences.

For those who want to go further…

If you’re planning to earn a degree in psychology, then the behavioral science program is your best choice of major at NVCC. The behavioral science program is for students who intend to pursue a bachelor's degree in one of the behavioral sciences (psychology, sociology, or anthropology). It will provide you with the foundation for an education in psychology, while also ensuring a more general education in the arts and sciences. With the behavioral science degree, you will be able to transfer easily to most four-year colleges and to successfully complete your degree in psychology without loss of credit, time or money.