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04254 Psychology

This introductory course is designed to give an overview of key topics in psychology and to explore possible connections of psychology to future study and careers. Topics covered include the history and methods of psychology, brain structures, mental disorders, stress, therapy, sensation and perception, sleep and dreaming, child and adult development, motivation and emotion, and social psychology. This course is designed to give students a broad introduction to psychology and to preview topics that can be further studied at the college level (such as AP Psychology or introductory college courses).

This course utilizes standards and domains outlined by the American Psychological Association’s National Standards for High School Psychology Curricula.


  • None

Course Texts and Materials

  • All resources are included within the course.

Terms Offered

Starting 2021–2022: Offered in two half-credit semesters.

  • 04254 Psychology Sem 1 (0.5 cr)
    • Full Year, Semester 1 (fall, 18 weeks)
    • Fall Block, Semester 1 (early fall, 9 weeks)
    • Spring Block, Semester 1 (early spring, 9 weeks)
  • 04254 Psychology Sem 2 (0.5 cr)
    • Full Year, Semester 2 (spring, 18 weeks)
    • Fall Block, Semester 2 (late fall, 9 weeks)
    • Spring Block, Semester 2 (late spring, 9 weeks)

Note: For Summer Session 2021, this course is offered as a single, 1.0 credit, 6-week course.

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