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Administrative Unit: Psychology and Sociology
Course Prefix and Number: PSYC 101
Course Title: General Psychology
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Introduction to the field of psychology and the major sub-areas including the biological basis of behavior, sensation, perception, learning, memory, motivation, emotion, personality, stress, as well as abnormal, developmental and social psychology. Students majoring in Psychology must earn a grade of C or higher. G.E.

Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered Fall and Spring.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Introduction to Psychology
By Kalat, J. W.
Psychology: Themes and Variations
By Weiten, W.
By Ciccarelli, S. K. & White J. N.
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association
By American Psychological Association
Psychology: Themes & Variations (Briefer Version)
By Weiten, W.
Category/Comments - Text for the Online Campus
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
  2. Recognize the necessity for ethical behavior in all aspects of the science and practice of psychology.
  3. Recognize the relevance of psychological knowledge in occupations and other settings.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Historical foundations of psychology
  • Psychology as a science
  • Fields of psychological study
  • Physiological/biological psychology
  • Developmental psychology
  • States of consciousness
  • Sensation and Perception
  • Learning theory
  • Cognitive psychology
  • Personality theories
  • Abnormal psychology
  • Treatments
  • Emotion
  • Motivation
  • Intelligence/testing
  • Health psychology
  • Industrial/organizational
  • Social psychology
Culminating Experience Statement:

Material from this course may be tested on the Major Field Test (MFT) administered during the Culminating Experience course for the degree. 
During this course the ETS Proficiency Profile may be administered.  This 40-minute standardized test measures learning in general education courses.  The results of the tests are used by faculty to improve the general education curriculum at the College.


Recommended maximum class size for this course: 35 - 25 online

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at You may access them from off-campus using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Graham Higgs Date: May 5, 2015
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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