PSYC1300 Introduction to Psychology

Course Description

The course meets MN Transfer Curriculum Goal Area 5. This course offers an engaging introduction to the scientific study of human behavior: from the history of the field and its major advances to the latest research on topics such as personality, mental health, memory, sexuality, and creativity. Throughout the semester, students will actively explore a wide variety of psychological topics, spanning from the biological bases of behavior to the social influences each of us encounter daily. Students will gain knowledge of how psychologists formualte research questions, gather data, and interpret findings. Where once questions about the human mind were mysteries, psychology has not started to unravel relevant and applicable answers.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the scientific method, data collection, and analysis used in psychological research.
  • Apply psychological theories, processes, and concepts to human behavior.
  • Explain strategies for self-discovery and insight.
  • Compare and contrast normal and abnormal behaviors.
  • Analyze cultural and historical perspectives in the science and practice of psychology.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills applied to psychological phenomena.


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3 credits: 3 lectures / presentations, 0 lab, 0 other