Psychology is the study of people through an examination of their thoughts, emotions, and behavior. MiraCosta’s psychology program has a biological and physiological emphasis. Students are introduced to psychology, the science, developing a respect for systematic research and analysis. Students follow the principles of the scientific method and learn to write using American Psychological Association (APA. style. The psychology discipline provides the tools to efficiently and skillfully gather data and cogently examine the nature of human behavior. Students may take courses to prepare for a psychology major or to fulfill general education requirements.

Career options include a variety of positions in human services and business; teaching; research; counseling; clinical, school, or industrial psychology.

MiraCosta Degrees

MiraCosta Certificate

Contact Information

Department Chair: Robert Kelley
Office: Oceanside, Room OC3110
P 760.757.2121 x6262

Dean: Nikki Schaper
Office: Community Learning Center
P 760.795.8701

Department: Psychology

Secretary: Dana Ledet
Office: Building 3100
P 760.795.6871
Hours: 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (Aug. - May)

Full-Time Faculty

Krista Byrd
Office: San Elijo Campus, Room 513
P 760.757.2121 x 7790

Steve Eso
Office: Oceanside, Room 3121
P 760.757.2121 x6503
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Lisa Fast
Office: Oceanside Campus, Room 3614
P 760.757.2121 x6515
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Robert Kelley
Office: Oceanside, Room 3110
P 760.757.2121 x6262
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David McField
Office: Oceanside, Room T-415
P 760.757.2121 x6470

Associate Faculty

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