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.

You will 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.

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 the credit.

Upcoming start dates

Oct. 12, 2021$25 + 400




8 weeks

Faculty and course staff

Liza Hita

Clinical Associate Professor, Psychology

Director of Online Programming and Digital Immersion, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Arizona State University

Natalie Gildar, PhD

Associate Director, Psychology Digital Immersion Programs, Licensed Psychologist

School of Social and Behavioral Sciences/New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences

Arizona State University