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Psychology 100

General Psychology


Decorative image for start of sectionPsychological concepts are central to our understanding of what it means to be human. For thousands of years psychological inquiry had been speculative and philosophical, but during the twentieth century psychology became transformed by the application of scientific methods to the study of motivation and emotion, states of consciousness, childhood development and aging, learning and memory, and personality and mental illness.

Today, up-to-date knowledge of scientific psychology is an important element in the training of educators, nurses, business managers, social workers, physical therapists, law enforcement personnel, and paramedics—indeed, anyone who works with people. And an understanding of modern, scientific psychology is a vital component in the knowledge base of the educated person.

Course Description

Decorative image for start of sectionPsychology 100 is a survey course, serving as an introduction to the broad field of modern psychology. It is a five quarter-hour credit course, and is IAI approved for transfer credit. It can be applied to the General Education requirements for the Associate degrees at the College of DuPage, and at many colleges it is a required course for programs such as nursing, education, and business management. Psychology 100 is a pre-requisite for the more specialized psychology courses, including, for example, Child Psychology, Life Span Developmental Psychology, Physiological Psychology, Personality, and Abnormal Psychology.

Reading Skills

Decorative image for start of sectionTo be successful in this course, you must have very solid reading skills. You’ll be introduced to a great number of concepts and details that are explained in a textbook almost 700 pages in length. Reading skill is so important that, effective in the fall semester of 2005, students will be required to have passed the College of DuPage Reading Assessment Test in order to enroll for Psychology 100. If your reading skills have not yet reached college level, please delay taking this course while you continue to improve your reading skills. (See the College of DuPage home page for links to information on reading development assistance.)

Technical Requirements

Decorative image for start of sectionIf you are considering enrolling for the internet version of Psychology 100, be sure to review the helpful links on the COD On-Line web page, including:

Additional Information

Decorative image for start of sectionFor more information about this course, select the "Syllabus" link for this Psychology 100 course in the Online Courses Listing web page under the appropriate academic period (e.g., "Winter '05" or "Spring '05").


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