AP Psychology

Course Number: 220

Open To:
Grades 11-12

Course Length:
Semester; 5 Units

UC/CSU Approved: History/Social Science “A” requirement. Satisfies one year of Social Studies graduation requirement.

Course Description:
AP Psychology is a college-level course that introduces students to the scientific study of human behavior and cognition. 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. Preparation for the nationally administered AP exam will be given. This course requires approximately four to six hours of preparation per week outside of class.

Textbook/Class Resources:

  • Myers, David G. Myers' Psychology for the AP Course. Bedford, Freeman & Worth High School Publishers, 2018. ISBN: 9781319070502

Level of Difficulty:
  Very Difficult

Estimated Homework Per Class:
30 minutes
30-60 minutes
60-90 minutes

Cumulative GPA of 3.5
Completion of Biology with a “B” or better OR
Concurrent enrollment in Biology