Psychology Department

The goal of the psychology program at Saddleback College is to provide a comprehensive introduction to the science of psychology for both students whose major is psychology and those taking psychology courses to fulfill general education requirements. We provide high quality instruction in courses which meet transfer requirements for many four year institutions. Further, personal growth and insight fostered through coursework in psychology will provide students with a repertoire of skills to relate to the culturally diverse world in which they live...

Why Major in Psychology?

A psychology major is a good choice for students who want to work with people and are interested in understanding human behavior and mental processes. Helpful skills for psychology majors include open-mindedness, critical thinking, problem solving and effective communication abilities.

Different Fields of Psychology: Educational, Clinical, Industrial-Organizational, Social, Sports, and Biopsychology.



Full-Time Faculty


           Buma, Amira, Ph.D. View profile information for Staff Member
           Office BGS 323
            (949) 582-4407

Czerniawski, Jennifer, Ph.D.View profile information for Staff Memberweb page
Office BGS 303
(949) 582-4847

Damm, Kathryn, Ph.D. View profile information for Staff Memberweb page
Office BGS 323
(949) 582-4816

Gee, Caroline, Ph.D. View profile information for Staff Memberweb page
Office BGS 307
(949) 582-4595

Leppien-Christensen, Kris, Ph.D. View profile information for Staff Member web page  Fall 2022 Department Chair

Office BGS 307
(949) 582-4827

Part-Time Faculty

Chhun, Stephanie Ingersoll, Brittany Neuse, James
Combs, Mark Jenkins, Tina  
Cooper, Casey Keo-Trang, Zelida Trujillo, Jose
  Leaver, Jennifer  
    Worley, Michelle
Dubon, Valeska Long, Clifton Youngren, Whitney
Frederick, David Madamba, Teresa  



Biological or Physiological Psychology or Neuropsychology

study of relationship between brain systems and human behavior.

Developmental Psychology

study of physical, emotional, and cognitive changes humans undergo throughout life.

Cognitive Psychology

study of experimentation about how humans perceive, think and solve problems.

Social Psychology

study of human social interaction by understanding the influence of behavior, beliefs and feelings amongst people.

Educational and School Psychology

study of factors, behavior, processes and problems of learning.



Students who complete this program will be able to:

  1. Compare and contrast the major theoretical perspectives in psychology.
  2. Differentiate psychology from pseudoscience.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of basic research methods for gathering and evaluating data.
  4. Apply the principles of psychology to the diverse world in which they live.


Student Learning Outcomes


Core Courses


Psychology Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T)

The curriculum in the Associate in Arts in Psychology for Transfer is designed to provide the transfer student the opportunity to achieve an Associate degree.  Please see graduation requirements for Psychology AA-T degree.


Psychology and Psi Beta Club

  1. Have at least a 3.25 Overall Grade Point Average.
  2. Have a “B” average (3.0 GPA) in completed psychology courses.
  3. Have completed at least one psychology course and 12 semester hours total college credit.
  4. Complete application and pay a $60 application fee.

Psyc 2 Enrollment

Having trouble enrolling in Psyc 2 (Research Methods)?  You may need to complete our Prerequisite form. 

If you took the Prerequisites elsewhere, you may need this form

Email form with attached transcripts to

It may take 48 hours to complete your request

Questions? Contact the Division, to find out more.

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