Psychology is the scientific study of mental processes and behavior. Psychologists study sensation, perception, consciousness, learning, memory, cognition, intelligence, human development, motivation, emotions, stress, personality, and psychological disorders. They develop theories and conduct research aimed at identifying the variables that influence the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors of individuals as well as the contexts in which these phenomena occur. These variables include biological, social, and personal factors.
As a student of psychology, you will discover how psychologists learn about such concepts as: bullying, hate crimes, sexuality, eyewitness memory, marriage and divorce, personality, sexual abuse, child abuse, elder abuse, shyness, prejudice, aging, posttraumatic stress disorder, psychology and the law, schizophrenia, workplace issues, suicide, death and dying, childhood obesity and parenting.
After completing any course in the PSYC program, students will be able to:
- Define, discuss, and apply key terms and concepts that are essential to success in upper division psychology courses (e.g., abnormal psychology, history and systems of psychology, advanced learning theory, developmental psychology, industrial/organizational psychology).
- Outline, define, discuss, and apply the steps of the scientific method.
- Define, discuss, and apply key terms and concepts associated with descriptive and experimental research methods.
- Define, discuss, and apply psychological terms and concepts that are commonly found in news reports, self-help literature, parenting literature, and psychotherapy.
The mission of the Psychology program at Houston Community College is to provide high-quality instruction in freshman and sophomore level psychology courses. Our goal is to support student success by striving to ensure that all students who need to take a psychology course for transfer, to meet a degree requirement, or for personal enrichment will be able to find a class at a time and location convenient for them. In addition, we are committed to maintaining curriculum and student performance standards for each course that are consonant with its purpose and the segment of the student population it serves.
There are a number of career paths in psychology. Graduates of four-year psychology programs pursue careers in education, communications, human resources, marketing, sales, and a variety of other fields. Many continue their studies in graduate programs in psychology, counseling, family therapy, or social work. Others find that an undergraduate degree in psychology prepares them well for graduate work in law, medicine, or allied health.