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Psychology- PY 101: Introduction to Psychology: Enduring Ideas and Present Principles

Block 1: John Horner

Block 2: Tomi-Ann Roberts


This course fulfills the Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World (Lab or field) requirement.

This course will cover current empirical psychology, with an emphasis on enabling students to become not only discerning consumers of psychological research, but also to have hands-on experiences with developing theories, testing hypotheses and understanding correlational and experimental evidence. The first block will focus on psychology’s understanding of brain mechanisms, learning, motivation, and cognition. The second block will cover personality and social psychology, and finally delve deeply into the topic of emotion. (Meets the laboratory/field requirement for the natural sciences) 2 units. 

A two-block course with a unique instructor each block; one grade will be given for the course as a whole.


  • This course serves as a gateway to the Psychology major.
  • Both blocks, taken together, count as PY100, prerequisite for any 200-level and higher Psych courses.
  • The course involves numerous labs, some in the afternoons.