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PSYC 100 General Psychology

This course introduces students to scientific and applied psychology, and suggests its application to everyday life. The course familiarizes students with concepts, principles, research methods and theories of psychology.
4 Undergraduate credits

Effective August 1, 1998 to present

Meets graduation requirements for

Learning outcomes


  • Understand the Scope of Psychology, the various areas in which psychologists work and do research and the scientific methods used to study psychology.
  • Know various perspectives and theories of Psychology from contemporary and historical perspectives and how different perspectives address the same question.
  • Gain a basic knowledge of Psychology sufficient to be prepared for advanced courses in Psychology and/or conduct conversations with others familiar with psychological theories and terms.
  • Understand the helping and treatment side of psychology and how psychological theories are used to help people lead more productive lives.
  • Gain the ability to apply Psychology to understand relevant events in the media and your own life.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
  • Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
  • Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
  • Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.