Psychology Courses

Single Undergraduate Psychology Courses

At CalSouthern, you have the option of enrolling in a course without committing to a degree program. It’s a fantastic way to get a feel for the CalSouthern online learning experience before enrolling. You can apply the credits you earn to a CalSouthern bachelor’s degree program, or, since CalSouthern is regionally accredited, the credits are readily transferable into a bachelor’s program at another institution, as well.* Or, maybe you simply want to gain college-level knowledge and expertise in a topic area of interest to you.

Choose from any of the undergraduate courses in CalSouthern’s School of Psychology. A vast selection of subjects are available, on topics as diverse as cognition and the brain, addiction, abnormal psychology, marriage and family therapy and business psychology.

Getting started is quick and easy. No entrance exams are required and you don’t have to provide official transcripts. Courses start every month and you’ll never encounter a closed course or waiting list!

*Although credits from regionally accredited institutions like CalSouthern are readily accepted by other universities, acceptance is at the discretion of the receiving institution.

Undergraduate Courses

PSY 2307 The Physiology and Pharmacology of Substance Abuse

Credits : 3
A multidisciplinary approach is used to explore the physiology and psychology of alcohol and drug dependency. Personal and systemic perspectives are included to promote understanding of the impact of drug use and abuse on the lives of individuals, families, and institutions. Treatment issues during stages of recovery such as withdrawal and stabilization are addressed. Mental health issues related to recovery are considered.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Evaluate course concepts critically and competently through interaction with Learners and Faculty Mentor
  • Integrate course concepts through the use of internet and textbook resources
  • Describe the origins and history of drugs and drug taking behaviors
  • Explore the various neuro-chemical aspects of addiction and addictive behaviors
  • Identify and describe the distinction between physical and psychological dependence
  • Examine the effects of depressant and stimulant use on the mind and body
  • Compare the psychopharmacology of various types of legal and illegal psychoactive and addictive drugs
  • Explain various psychoactive drugs used in the treatment of mental illness
  • Analyze and evaluate information critically and effectively
  • Demonstrate ethical behavior in regard to emerging relevant technologies applicable to psychology, psychoactive drugs, and addictions

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