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Psyc 1B: Biological Psychology

Mind-body interactions, inherited behaviors, hormones, neurotransmitters, the senses, and more...


Description: Exploration of the interaction between behavior and biological factors. Includes heritability of behavior, the nervous system, the endocrine system, the senses, and the biological factors underlying behaviors such as learning and memory, food, and sexual motivation, speech, emotions, altered states of consciousness, psychosis, and depression.


Prerequisite: Psyc 1. Course is 3 units, transferable to CSU and UC, IGETC Area 5: Biological Sciences. Articulates to UCB MCB 61 (Brain, Mind & Behavior)



As a result of successful completion of this course, a student will be able to:

  • Define basic terms and concepts used in biological psychology.
  • Describe the relationship between behavior and genetic, nerve and endocrine functions.
  • Illustrate how normal and abnormal behaviors can be explained at different levels, incorporating genes, neurons, regions of the brain, individual behavior, and society.
  • Analyze and evaluate biopsychological studies for scientific design, interpretation, and implications.
  • Compare scientific findings, which may sometimes be incomplete or contradictory, and synthesize a perspective on nature-nurture, and mind- body and behavior.
  • Identify and compare how electrical, biochemical, anatomical, surgical, and genetic techniques are used to investigate the relationship between the body and behavior.



Required: Textbook: Biological Psychology, 10th edition, Kalat . Options: the textbook can be purchased as a hardback, an e-book (cheaper electronic version) or be accessed in CCSF Rosenberg Library Reserves.


Recommended: Book Companion Site/Cengage: Free website offers online testing/tutorial, flashcards, critical thinking questions, interactive websites, crossword puzzles, etc. Excellent study resource.


Required Skills: College level English skills in reading and writing, 3-6 hours/week study time.



For each quiz and exam, you are allowed to bring a one card of notes.

--maximum size is 3x5 inches (standard index card), both sides

--your original handwritten notes (i.e. not shared, not word processed, not photocopied)

--card will be turned in with exam and will not be returned



1) 45%: 5 quizzes. The best 3 quizzes will be counted. No make-up exams.

2) 35%: Final Exam, covers all previously tested topics.

3) 10%: Term Paper

4) 10%: Attendance and Participation (discussion, homework). Attendance credit earned if total penalty score is 3 pts. or less. Absence=1pt, Late (after roll call, before 50% of class time)=1/2 pt.

5) Extra Credit Options, up to 10%. Note: only limited extra credit (3%) is applicable towards an A grade. An A represents excellent knowledge of course material as measured by standard academic skills, e.g. comprehension and memorization of reading & lecture material, test-taking skills, writing papers.











Important CCSF Dates

Jan 17 Instruction begins

Jan 23 Lunar New Year

Feb 9 Last day to drop without a W

Feb 17 Lincoln Day

Feb 20 Washington Day

Feb 21 Last day to request pass/no pass grading option

Mar 23-30 Spring Vacation/Cesar Chavez Day

Apr 19 Last day for Withdrawal

Apr 27 No Class

May 18 First Day of Finals

FINAL EXAM: Psyc 1B Wednesday section: 9AM May 23

Psyc 1B Tuesday section: 2PM May 22

June 7 Grades available on Web4



Psychology 1B




Textbook Assigned Readings:


(No make-up tests)



Introduction, Module 1.1 Mind-Brain, Module 1.3 Animal Research




Module 1.2: Behavioral Genetics




Chap 2: Nerve Cells & Impulses








Chap 3: Synapses

Quiz #1: Chap 1,2







Chap 4: Anatomy of the Nervous System




To be announced




Chap 5: Development & Plasticity

Quiz #2: Chap 3, 4



Chap 8: Movement




(continued) Movement and Vision




Chap 6: Module 6.1, 6.2: Vision




Chap 9: Wakefulness & Sleep

Quiz #3: Chap 5,8,6



Chap 10: Module 10.3 Hunger




Chap 11: Module 11.2: Reproductive Behaviors




Chap 12: Module 12.1, 12.3: Emotions

Quiz #4: Chap 9,10,11



To be announced

Independent Readings:

--Chap 14.2 Language, 14.3 Consciousness

--Chap 15: Mood Disorders & Schizophrenia





Quiz #5: Chap 12,14,15 and comprehensive Final Exam