This course serves as an introduction to the basic principles, findings and methods of study relating to human behavior. Topics include: biological basis of behavior, motivation, sensation, perception, learning, personality, behavior disorders, and individual differences. This course focuses on the scientific study of the psychological processes and interpersonal interactions in and between groups or individuals

At the completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Define the term psychology and demonstrate command of the basic terminology, concepts, and principles.
  • Describe scientific methodology–the variety of ways in which psychological data are gathered and evaluated.
  • Identify and compare the major perspectives in psychology: Recognize how each approach views human thought and behavior.
  • Describe human adaptive and maladaptive behaviors.
  • Discuss the ways that psychological theories are used to assess, predict, or change human behavior and how psychology is applied to influence and improve the lives of human beings.