Feb 26, 2021  
2020-2021 Saint Joseph’s College Online Catalog 
2020-2021 Saint Joseph’s College Online Catalog
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PY 101 - Introduction to Psychology I

This course provides a general introduction to the science of human behavior. Topics include the history and scope of psychology, nature/nurture and behavioral adaptation (genetics, evolution, learning), physiological mechanisms of behavior (the nervous system, motivation, sleep, emotion), cognitive mechanisms of behavior (perception, memory), the growth of the mind and person (cognitive development, social development, social cognition, social influences on behavior), personality and disorders (theories of personality, mental disorders and their treatment).

Prerequisites & Notes

Required for all other courses in psychology. 

Assignment Overview

Assignments: Varied Throughout the Term

Interactivity: Discussion Boards


Course Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to do the following:

  • Define psychology as a science.
  • Describe the historical roots and influential factors of the study of human behavior.
  • Identify and apply various methods used to research areas of psychology.
  • Explain the impact of heredity and environment on behavior.
  • Discuss the physical, emotional, social and cognitive factors that influence normal/abnormal behavior.
  • Apply basic psychological principles and processes to their private and professional lives.
  • Demonstrate competency in information literacy by assessing and applying appropriate scholarly and non-scholarly information from various sources.

Credits: 3

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