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Introduction to Psychology




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Course level: Undergraduate

This course provides an overview of basic psychological principles that underlie human behavior and reactions to everyday life. Students are provided an opportunity to apply critical- thinking skills to psychological problems and issues. The basic tenets of psychology are presented from a historical perspective, with attention to research-based behavioral science.



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Introduction to Psychology

  • Describe the development of the discipline of psychology.
  • Compare research methods used to examine psychological phenomena.
  • Explain biological influences on the human brain.

Awareness and Learning

  • Identify the processes related to sensing and perceiving information from the environment.
  • Describe factors that influence states of human consciousness.
  • Distinguish between different types of learning.

Remembering, Feeling, and Thinking

  • Describe influences on memory functions.
  • Explain the relationships between motivation, emotion, and behavior.
  • Evaluate major theories of emotion.
  • Summarize the relationships between thinking, intelligence, and creativity.

Development: Physical and Self

  • Describe influences on physical and cognitive development.
  • Explain theories of social, moral, and personality development.
  • Compare personality theories.

Psychological Health and the Social Context

  • Explain the role of biological influences on physical and mental health.
  • Evaluate the role of various therapies in treating maladaptive behavior or mental illness.
  • Identify social influences on human thought, feelings, and behavior.


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We’ve been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( for more than 40 years.

Real-world instructors

Learn from instructors who bring an average of 25 years of working experience to the classroom.

Affordable and potentially reimbursable

Our tuition and fees are competitive and fixed. Also, check to see if your employer will cover you for this course.

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