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Learning Recommendations: Prior enrollment in a psychology or child development elective course recommended. 

General Description:  The AP Psychology course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology. They also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice.

Content:

  • History, Career Options and Research Methods
  • Biological Basis of Behavior
  • Consciousness
  • Nature, Nurture, Development and Difference
  • Sensation and Perception
  • Learning and Memory
  • Thinking and Language
  • Intelligence and Testing
  • Motivation, Emotion and Health and Stress
  • Personality, Abnormal Psychology and Therapy
  • Social Psychology

Strategies:  Students will learn through reading, lecture, labs, research projects and papers, role-plays, presentations, and FCCLA leadership content.

Homework:  Students can expect to have 2-3 hours of homework a week. That time includes outside reading, learning vocabulary, reviewing concepts and reflective writing, plus any other assignments not finished during the allotted class time.

Course Fee / Materials:  $15 fee, membership in FCCLA.

AP courses at IHS challenge students with rigorous college-level work. By succeeding in college-level work while still in high school, students in AP courses develop confidence in their own abilities and learn essential time management and study skills needed for college and career success.

AP courses provide the opportunity for students to earn college credits. In order to earn college credit, students must register for the AP exam for this course. AP exam fees vary each year. Scholarships are available for students who qualify. AP exam registration takes place December through March. College credit can be earned with a passing score on the AP exam, but what the score qualification and amount of credit earned varies by college.