Psychology is a field of study for students who have a desire to learn more about the human mind and behavior, an interest in helping others, a passion for research and an interest in transferring to a four-year university and going to graduate school. The field explores the biological influences of human development (Psych 41-Biological Psychology), the social influences of human development (Psych 65 - Social Psychology) and invites students to explore how to conduct research (Psych 80 - Research Methods). Specialty areas of interest include Abnormal Psychology, which provides opportunities for students to explore the mental health and social work profession. Human Development affords the discovery of development through the lifespan and prepares students for opportunities in the Nursing and Child Development professions.
Our programs goals include understanding the theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology. Students learn to use and apply basic research methods in psychology. These skills include research design, data analysis, interpretation, respecting and utilizing critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and the scientific approach. The culmination is the ability to understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.
The Psychology Club provides rich opportunities for student collaboration and networking and is available to all students. Chaffey College Psychology students with an interest in experimental design are encouraged and mentored by our faculty to present their research findings at the American Psychological Association.