This general psychology course is an overview of the major theories and findings in the field of Psychology, with an emphasis on the use of the scientific method to ask and answer questions about human behavior and mental processes.
Topics include the brain and behavior, the relative influences of nature and nurture, mechanisms of learning, development, human memory, stress and health, personality, psychological disorders and treatments, and social behavior. Emphasis is placed on the multiple determinants of behavior, including cultural and contextual factors as well as individual differences.
This course has online exams that require a proctor. Online proctoring is available through ProctorU. For traditional site-based proctoring, a Proctor Agreement Form will be required.
This course meets the All-University Core Curriculum (AUCC) requirements for Social/Behavioral Sciences (Category 3C) and is approved under gtPathways in the content area of Human Behavior, Culture, or Social Frameworks (GT-SS3).
Textbook and Materials
Students are required to purchase access to the “PsychPortal” for “Exploring Psychology, 8th Edition, in Modules.” The PsychPortal contains the text, required quizzes and videos, and supplemental study material for this course. Access can be purchased on-line or through the CSU bookstore; see “PsychPortal Registration” on RamCT or contact the instructor for details.
Karla J. Gingerich
Dr. Karla Gingerich earned her doctorate in counseling psychology at Colorado State University in 1998. She has worked with children, families, and adults in clinical settings, and has post-doctoral training in developmental disabilities.
Dr. Gingerich has been teaching at CSU for the past eleven years, including general psychology, child psychology, abnormal psychology, research methods, and a graduate assessment class. She is the Course Director for the General Psychology course, taken by over 2,500 students on campus each year. She also facilitates a Supervised College Teaching seminar for doctoral students and Honors undergraduates.