CRC19: Courses

PSYC 312 Biological Psychology

Units: 4

Hours: 54 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: PSYC 300 with a grade of "C" or better

Transferable: CSU; UC


This course examines the biochemical, cellular, and organismal physiological substrates of normal and abnormal behavior. The course content focuses on interactions of the central nervous system, peripheral nervous system, endocrine and immune systems to produce consciousness, sensation, perception, thinking, motivation and emotion. These areas will be addressed within an evolutionary context that emphasizes developmental plasticity of the individual and the species. Current methods of obtaining data (e.g. neuroimaging techniques) will be examined and evaluated. Students will be required to perform anatomical identification of brain structures using a mammalian brain (e.g. sheep brain).

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1. Differentiate between scientifically derived knowledge and myth and conjecture about the topics of psychology and demonstrate understanding of psychological theory and scientific method.