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Prerequisites

Prerequisites to the Psychiatric Technology Program

Effective Fall 2010 for new students. Continuing student will remain in their oldest uninterrupted catalog.

Complete the following courses with a grade of C or higher:

 BIO 155*  Anatomy and Physiology 4 units 
 ENGL 101  Freshman Composition  4 units
 MATH 095  Intermediate Algebra  4 units
 PSYCH 100*  General Psychology  3 units
   TOTAL UNITS: 15 units
 

 * Must be within 5 years of entry into the program.

In 2011-2012
Psych 100 expires in 5 years Psych 110, 111 or 112 may be taken.

 Class Descriptions

BIOL 155
INTRODUCTORY ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY  4 UNITS
PREREQUISITE: None.
DEPARTMENTAL ADVISORIES: ENGL 914 and MATH 942
LECTURE: 3 contact hours per week and
LABORATORY: 3 contact hours per week.
This course is an introduction to human anatomy and physiology. The course is intended to meet the prerequisite for students entering the Psychiatric Technician program or other professional programs that accept a lecture/lab course in human anatomy and physiology.

ENGL 101
FRESHMAN COMPOSITION 4 UNITS
PREREQUISITE: ENGL 015 or eligibility for ENGL 101 as determined by SBVC assessment process.
LECTURE: 4 contact hours per week.
This course is a writing course which emphasizes expository and argumentative essays. It includes reading and analysis of various forms of writing, instruction in library research and preparation of documented research papers.

MATH 095
INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA 4 UNITS
PREREQUISITE: MATH 090 or eligibility for MATH 095 as determined through the SBVC assessment process OR BUSCAL 091.
LECTURE: 4 contact hours per week.
Builds on the skills of solving equations, manipulating polynomials, factoring, and algebraic fractions. This course includes simplifying complex fractions, finding real solutions to quadratic and rational equations, an introduction to linear inequalities, rational exponents and radicals, graphing equations of straight lines, solving linear systems of equations and application problems throughout the different topics.
Associate Degree Applicable 

PSYCH 100
GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY 3 UNITS
PREREQUISITE: None.
LECTURE: 3 contact hours per week.
This course surveys the nature of human behavior and examines theories and principles pertaining to the topics of experimental design, perception, thinking, learning, personality, psychological testing, emotion and motivation. Includes essential features of the biological and neurological bases of behavior.

May take if PSYCH 100 has expired.
PSYCH 110
ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY 3 UNITS
PREREQUISITE: PSYCH 100 or PSYCH 100H.
LECTURE: 3 contact hours per week.
This class is a survey of the field of mental and emotional disturbances, emphasizing causes and types of disorders. Special attention is paid to the variety of suffering in our culture and the issues raised over classifications of normal and abnormal behavior.

PSYCH 111
DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY: LIFESPAN
3 UNITS
PREREQUISITE: PSYCH 100 or PSYCH 100H.
LECTURE: 3 contact hours per week.
This course is a survey of lifespan developmental psychology from conception through aging. The focus is on five areas: (1) physical development, (2) social development, (3) cognitive development, (4) personality development, and (5) current theory and research which contribute to an understanding of human development over the lifespan.

PSYCH 112
DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY: CHILD AND
ADOLESCENT PSYCHOLOGY 3 UNITS
PREREQUISITE: PSYCH 100 or PSYCH 100H.
LECTURE: 3 contact hours per week.
This course is a survey of the psychological growth of the normal individual from conception through adolescence with emphasis on stages of development. Particular emphasis is given to physical development, intellectual development, social and emotional development during the first two decades of life. Other topics include good and bad parenting styles and the potential problems encountered by children and adolescents.