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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



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) 30%: Final Exam, covers all previously tested topics.

3) 15%: Term Project

4) 5%: Participation

5) 5% Attendance and Late. 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

Tu Jan 18: instruction begins

Thur-Fri Feb 3-4: No classes

Thur Feb 10: last day to drop without a W

Fri-Mon Feb 18-21: No Classes

Tu: Feb 22: last day to request pass/no pass option

Fri-Sat Mar 25-Apr 1: No classes, Spring Break

Thur Apr 21: last day to Withdraw

Fri May 20: Final Exams begin

Check CCSF Schedule of classes for specific Final Exam Schedule:

Thur Jun 9: grades available on Web 4



Psychology 1B: Schedule

(subject to change)





Textbook Assigned Readings:


(No make-up tests)


Jan 18

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



Jan 25

Module 1.2: Behavioral Genetics



Feb 1

Chap 2: Nerve Cells & Impulses



Feb 8




Feb 15

Chap 3: Synapses

Quiz #1: Chap 1,2


Feb 22




Mar 1

(to be announced)



Mar 8

Chap 4: Anatomy of the Nervous System



Mar 15

Chap 5: Development & Plasticity

Quiz #2: Chap 3, 4


Mar 22

Chap 8: Movement



Mar 29

(Spring Recess)



Apr 5

(continued) Movement and Vision



Apr 12

Chap 6: Module 6.1, 6.2: Vision



Apr 19

Chap 9: Wakefulness & Sleep

Quiz #3: Chap 5,8,6


Apr 26

Chap 10: Module 10.3 Hunger



May 3

Chap 11: Module 11.2: Reproductive Behaviors



May 10

Chap 12: Module 12.1, 12.3: Emotions (Independent Reading: Chap 14.2 Language, 14.3 Consciousness)

Quiz #4: Chap 9,10,11


May 17

Chap 15: Mood Disorders & Schizophrenia



Mar 24

(Final Exams Period 3PM)

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