This course is a general introduction to psychology, the scientific study of human behavior and mental processes. Major topics will include origins of psychology and research methods, biological psychology, learning, memory, altered states of consciousness, and sensation and perception. This is an engaging, interactive, and project-based course. Group interaction, discussion, and reflection are core expectations.


    Advanced Placement Courses provide an opportunity for students to experience a college course while still in high school. AP courses follow a syllabus that has been approved by the College Board, and teachers must receive specialized training to teach the courses. Although it is not required, it is expected that students who take AP courses will also register for the national AP exam at their own expense. This yearlong course will introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of human behavior and mental processes. By the end of this course, students will be able to understand the human mind and behavior and be able to figure out why people think, feel, and do what they do. Students will be prepared to take the AP exam in the spring by taking the class. The goal of this course is to provide an overview of the theory and empirical research in the field of psychology. Students learn the various methods psychologists use in their practice. Students will follow in the footsteps of psychologists and be asked to question, develop theories, and conduct experiments to better understand human behavior.