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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Psychology (PSYCH)

PSYCH 100 (GS) Introductory Psychology (3) Introduction to general psychology; principles of human behavior and their applications.

PSYCH 100 Psychology (3)
(GS)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

Psychology is a scholarly discipline, a scientific field, and a professional activity. Its overall focus is the scientific study of behavior and experience, and of associated mental and physiological processes. As a scholarly discipline, psychology represents a major field of study in academic settings, with an emphasis on theories and principles of behavior and experience. As a science, psychology is a domain of research in which investigators analytically and systematically study behavior and experience to develop theories and principles and to understand their application to real-world situations. As a profession, psychology involves the practical application of knowledge, skills, and techniques for enhancing well-being and quality of life, as well as solving or preventing individual and social problems. This course provides an overview of the field of psychology, including research, theory, and application. Specific topics include the biological bases of behavior, sensation and perception, learning, cognition, motivation and emotion, development, social cognition and social influence, personality and individual differences, and mental disorders and therapy. Content is presented through a combination of lectures, readings, and demonstrations. Evaluation is primarily on the basis of objective exams given in class. A major goal of the course is to show how questions within these areas are addressed through empirical research. The course introduces students to theories, research, and procedures used in psychological research and practice. It also promotes thinking about how students can apply this knowledge to enhance their lives. After taking this course students should be able to make more informed decisions about participating in future psychology courses and have a better understanding of psychology as a science and of human behavior. This course serves as a prerequisite for most upper-level psychology courses. It introduces basic concepts covered in more depth in those courses. PSYCH 100 is required for the Psychology majors and minor. PSYCH 100 is offered three times per year. Five to six sections/semester are offered at University Park with 330-370 students per section; other locations and delivery channels may offer smaller sections.


General Education: GS
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: Social and Behavioral Science
Effective: Spring 2007

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.