Course Number: PSY 100


Credits: 3


Catalog Description:

A survey of the biological and philosophical theories that form the foundation for understanding human behavior including the brain and nervous system, sensation and perception, motivation, learning, developmental issues, personality theories, abnormal behavior, psychotherapy, and social psychology.  Satisfies Individual and Society General Education requirement.


Learning Outcomes:

After completing the course, students should be able to:

  1. Understand the process and logic of psychological research, differentiate between correlation and causality, and differentiate between experimental and non-experimental research
  2. Demonstrate ability to think critically about psychological research and findings.
  3. Appreciate the impact of biological and social factors on human development
  4. Understand how cognition, emotion, and behavior interact with one another
  5. Show increased academic knowledge of psychological theories
  6. Demonstrate skill in writing lab reports
  7. Better appreciate the diversity and complexity of the global community
  8. Understand ethical issues in psychological research and practice


Basic Text:

Nolen-Hoeksema, S., Fredrickson, B.L., Loftus, G.R., Wagenaar, W.A. (2009). Atkinson & Hilgard’s Introduction to Psychology. Hampshire, U.K.: Cengage Learning (15th Edition).