Environmental Psychology –

psy460

(3 credits)

In this course students will learn about the interaction between people and their environments; how our behavior affects our environment; and how that environment, in turn, influences our own behavior.  An emphasis will be placed on developing behavioral solutions for environmental problems.
This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Advisor.

Person-Environment Relationships

  • Define the discipline of environmental psychology.
  • Explain how the natural environment can affect health.
  • Explore the benefits of restorative environments.
  • Discuss reactions associated with person-environment relationships.

Environmental Risks and Stressors

  • Examine environmental risks.
  • Evaluate the concept of risk perception.
  • Analyze the effects of population density on individuals.
  • Examine the effects of noise as an environmental pollutant.
  • Analyze the concepts of personal space and territorialism.

Architecture and the Environment

  • Evaluate how architecture impacts behavior.
  • Examine the psychological associations related to commercial or residential design.
  • Explain the importance of nature in relation to the urban environment.

Application of Environmental Psychology

  • Explain how environmental cues shape behavior.
  • Evaluate how behavior can be modified to support sustainability and limit negative environmental impact.
  • Describe how social norms influence behavior and beliefs about the environment.
  • Identify solutions to change behavior and habits in order to lessen negative environmental impact.

Environmental Preservation: The Future

  • Evaluate strategies for promoting positive environmental behavior.
  • Explain how positive and negative consequences can increase pro-environmental behavior.
  • Analyze the importance of sustainable development.
  • Describe the positives and negatives of technological advances on the environment.
  • Assess the influence of environmental policies.

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