Department Chair: Jeff Cormier

Psychology concerns itself with the study of human and animal behavior. It involves both pure science and the practical application of science to matters of everyday life. Those pursuing psychology as a field of study will find many career options centering around helping others understand, predict and control their own behavior and the behavior of others. Training in psychology also provides a valuable foundation for many professions the involve interpersonal interaction and communication.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing courses or a program in Psychology at Mission will come to a critical understanding of persons, the processes by which they develop, and the effects of cultural, social, and environmental factors on behavior. They will also gain a breadth of knowledge in psychology, with exposure to the various fields of psychology, including the research methods used to study them. And they will finally acquire critical thinking skills within a psychological perspective, enhance their own personal and interpersonal awareness and growth, and hone their spoken and written communication skills

  • Exemplary instructional staff with several years of experience.
  • A wide range of course offerings including psychology of personal growth and psychology of addiction and substance abuse.
  • Psychology courses complement AA degrees and/or certifications in many other fields: communications media, early childhood education, human services, interdisciplinary studies, marketing, medical assisting, teacher assisting, etc.
  • Transferable courses to the CSU and UC systems.

Additional Catalog Information

Full Time Faculty

Daniel Guich 408-855-5270

Career Options
  • Administration
  • Behavior Analyst
  • Childcare Worker
  • College Professor
  • Human Services Specialist
  • Social Services Counselor
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Personnel Analyst
  • Probation Officer
  • Psychiatric Tech/Aide
  • Psychologist
  • Psychometrician
  • Public Survey
  • Research
  • Therapist
  • Training/Development Specialist
  • Ward Attendant
  • Youth Supervisor

Some career options require more than two years of college study.