AP Psychology introduces students to the scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of humans and other animals. Beginning with the psychologists and perspectives that have helped to shape the field of psychology, students will explore and apply the theories, key concepts, and research findings from various subfields of the discipline. Topics examined will include biological bases of behavior; sensation and perception; learning and cognition; motivation; developmental psychology; testing and individual differences; abnormal behavior and its treatment; and social psychology. In accordance with the principles of current psychological practice, this course will emphasize the scientific method and procedure, ethical standards in research, and critical thinking skills.
This course aligns with the College Board’s learning goals for AP Psychology.
A Note About Course Content
The study of psychology involves learning about and understanding information that students may not have encountered previously in a learning environment. Some of these topics include but are not limited to the following:
- Human growth and development, including physical and behavioral changes
- Human gender and sexuality
- Drug and substance abuse
- Physical and psychological abuse
- Death and dying
- Historical terms and treatments that are no longer considered acceptable
Please be advised that it is not possible to cover the course topics without encountering this information. If students enrolled in this course or their parents/guardians have a concern with these topics, they should contact their school counselor regarding a course change.
Course Texts and Materials
- OpenStax Psychology (free ebook)
- Barron’s AP Psychology
- 5 Steps to a 5: AP Psychology
- 1 credit
- Full Year