Online Psychology

PSY 101 - Introduction to Psychology


This introductory course is organized around Modules that will cover the five pillars of psychology, which include the: biological pillar, cognitive pillar, developmental pillar, social and personality pillar, and mental and physical health pillar. As students progress through each learning Module, they will review up-to-date and relevant content, engage in meaningful active learning exercises, and complete a knowledge check or assessment. In addition, the course culminates with students completing a psychology-based milestone project that students will find applicable to their own life, such in the workforce or their academic journey.

Course prerequisites and requirements

To be successful in this course, we recommend English language fluency and computer literacy. We also encourage you to make sure your laptop or desktop computer meets the technical requirements.

Quick facts

Next start date:

Oct. 10, 2023

Jan. 09, 2024

Mar. 06, 2024

  • Credits: 3
  • Length: Self-paced or 8 weeks
  • Cost: $25 + $400

What you’ll learn

  • The historical roots of psychology
  • The research methods used by psychologists
  • The relationship between body and behavior and the mechanisms of sensation and perception and states of consciousness
  • The terms, concepts, and processes of learning and conditioning, thinking and memory, and motivation and emotion
  • The basic theories of human development and personality
  • The issues in the area of intelligence and intelligence testing
  • Stress and its effects on behavior
  • Health psychology and factors to control stress
  • The major categories of abnormal behavior
  • The major therapeutic approaches used for the treatment of abnormal behavior
  • The factors that influence group behavior and interpersonal relationships
  • How psychology is applied in real-world situations

What to expect in class

Narrated Lectures, OER textbook readings, active learning activities, supplemental learning materials (ex. TEDTalks, Youtube Videos, etc), written assignments, milestone project in the form of interactive discussions, exams, and personalized feedback

Exams and grading








This course appears on your transcript identically to how it appears on the transcript of an enrolled ASU student who has taken the course on one of ASU’s campuses.

This course satisfies 3 credit hours toward the Social-Behavioral Sciences (SB) General Studies requirement at Arizona State University. It is strongly encouraged that you consult with your institution of choice to determine how these credits will be applied to their degree requirements prior to transferring your credit.

Faculty and course staff




Clinical Associate Professor,

School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Arizona State University

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Online Course Manager,

Learning Enterprise

Arizona State University

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Why take ASU Universal Learner Courses

  1. Credit you receive is from a regionally accredited university
  2. Your credit is highly transferable
  3. You only pay the $400 course cost if you pass

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