This course introduces students to the systematic and scientific study of human behavior and mental processes. While considering the psychologists and studies that have shaped the field, students explore and apply psychological theories, key concepts, and phenomena associated with such topics as the biological bases of behavior, sensation and perception, learning and cognition, motivation, developmental psychology, testing and individual differences, treatment of abnormal behavior, and social psychology. Throughout the course, students employ psychological research methods, including ethical considerations, as they use the scientific method, analyze bias, evaluate claims and evidence, and effectively communicate ideas. The teacher supplements the primary text with other resources, and all topics are analyzed from a biblical worldview.
AP Psychology (College Psychology)
Notes and Requirements
Flexible Scheduling: This course may be taken with live class attendance reduced or waived (recording only) if the student has a time zone or schedule conflict. Select this option when you enroll or notify TPS for approval.
AP Exam Scores: For more information on TPS AP-certified courses and exam results, see this page.
College Credit: (1) This course is pre-approved for college credit (Belhaven PSY 203, 3 credits). Upon successful completion of this course, the student may apply for a college transcript from Belhaven University for this course. These transcripted credits may be transferred to other colleges. More information is here. (2) This course is taught at a college level with a university transcript. Student should be entering grade 11 or 12 based on graduation year and overall curriculum to enroll in this course. Students below grade 11 may be considered for a waiver from TPS Support.
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Reviews from Students and Parents
“Coming into this class, I assumed we would just talk about psychology studies (and we did), but we went further with our understanding of psychology to make connections between God’s plan for humanity and how our brains are wired. I learned how to better understand how to read studies, how to apply them, and how to reconcile what we learn with what God wants for us. This course was super fun and interesting.”
“I would recommend this course for anyone who’s interested in obtaining a bird’s eye view of psychology. If you’re curious about psychology or wondering if it’s the field for you, this class will definitely help you. I wondered for years if psychology was for me, not knowing exactly what the field entailed! Coming out of this course I feel like I have a deeper appreciation for and understanding of how God has created us to feel, act, and think.”
“Excellent introduction to psychology that thoroughly examines the five common perspectives of psychology and applies them to different concepts discussed in the course; the additional research and assignments compliment and expand the psychology text well. Meanwhile, the Biblical comparison between certain psychological terms and ideas was insightful and built my faith. I was eager to take a psychology course, and this class exceeded my expectations. Now I am focusing my major in college on Psychology courses, perhaps pursuing a Psychology minor, and hoping to use psychology in my career. I would highly recommend this course if someone wants to pursue a career in psychology, or just desires a taste of the fascinating field.”