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Explore psychology at Columbia College
Psychology seeks to observe, describe, understand, and predict behavior and psychological processes. The scientific knowledge you’ll gain at Columbia College through studying behavior and psychological processes applies to all fields of study, making this an excellent choice for a minor as well.
You'll have opportunities to study:
- Human development
- Sensation and perception
- Psychological disorders
Coursework also covers the history and systems of psychology, introduction to social science writing, quantitative research methods, statistics, and integrative psychology.
Prepare for a career that observes, describes and shapes behavior
Your understanding of cognitive, emotional and social behavior can position you to help individuals and organizations overcome challenges in a broad range of fields. There are many settings where psychology is integral to successful outcomes. Just a few of these include:
- Social services
- Community development
- Market research
- Substance abuse
- Mental health counseling
Columbia College students who plan to continue at the graduate level will have a more academic focus within the program, while those who intend to seek employment after graduation participate in an applied program.
Dr. Yngve Digernes
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- General education requirements 39-42 credit hours
- Core requirements 45 credit hours
- Electives 18 credit hours
- Multicultural requirements 6 credit hours
- Total degree requirements 120 credit hours
Some courses you may take
Major categories of behavior disorders are considered in terms of theory, etiology, symptoms, and treatment. Fundamental questions related to diagnosis, definitions of disorders and reaction of society are discussed. Prerequisites: PSYC/SOCI 275W, nine hours of psychology courses, and Junior standing.
A study of human mental processes. The course covers concepts such as neurocognition, pattern recognition and attention, the function (and malfunction) of memory in its various forms, language, decision making, and problem solving. Prerequisites: PSYC 101; and PSYC/SOCI 275W taken previously or concurrently.
Introduction to theory-based research and writing in social and behavioral sciences. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or SOCI 111. Grade of C or better in ENGL 133W. Cross-listed with SOCI 175.
Comprehensive survey of the physiological processes and structures underlying human and animal behavior, including sensation, movement, emotion, learning, memory, sleep, drugs and abnormal behavior. Cross-listed as BIOL 371. Prerequisites: Six hours of PSYC courses or six hours of BIOL courses.
Examination of the major personality theories, including those proposed by Freud and his followers, learning theorists, trait theorists, social-learning theorists and humanists. Current research into personality, using modern methods, also reviewed. Prerequisites: 6 hrs. of PSYC courses and Junior standing.
Introduction to the study of human senses and higher-order perceptual processes. Cross-listed as BIOL 372. Prerequisites: Six hours of BIOL or six hours of PSYC courses, and Junior standing.
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