Catalog: 2014–2015 Catalog Year

PSY 101: General Psychology

General Information

  • Name: General Psychology
  • Discipline: Psychology (PSY)
  • Units (Credits): 3
  • Transfer Information: Courses with numbers 100 to 299: This course is designed to apply toward a WNC degree and/or transfer to other schools within the Nevada System of Higher Education, depending on the degree chosen and other courses completed. It may transfer to colleges and universities outside Nevada. For information about how this course can transfer and apply to your program of study, please contact a counselor.
  • Academic Division: Liberal Arts
  • Prerequisites: None

Course Outline

I: Catalog Course Description

Introduces the field of psychology. Covers major principles and their application to the study of human behavior.

II: Course Objectives

PSY 101 introduces the field of psychology. Covers major principles and their application to the study of human behavior.

The course objectives have been aligned with the recommended outcomes from the American Psychological Association and the WNC requirements for freshman level general education courses. The outcomes students are expected to attain are:

  • Understand and recognize important terminology, concepts, and principles from the major fields and perspectives in psychology.
  • Describe, explain, or apply selected concepts and principles from the major fields and perspectives in psychology.
  • Recognize and understand scientific principles and procedures used in psychology.
  • Apply some of the principles and concepts to situations from daily life.

III: Course Linkage

Linkage of course to educational program mission and at least one educational program outcome.

General Psychology can be used for all degrees and certificates of achievement offered at WNC. It is most strongly linked to missions for the General Education Requirement and the two primary transfer degrees, AA and AS. This course also helps students prepare to successfully transfer to baccalaureate degree programs at four year institutions by meeting the AA and AS Student Learning Objectives.

General Education Program Outcomes

Students in General Psychology are expected to show they are making progress towards meeting five of the General Education Student Learning Objectives by demonstrating that they:

  • Have college-level reading, writing, and oral communications skills.
  • Understand the methods of science.
  • Are able to apply the basic principles of social science.
  • Possess adequate problem-solving, creative reasoning, and critical thinking skills.
  • Appreciate the importance of cultural traditions, diversity, and ethics in psychology.


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