AP Psychology

Immerse yourself in the scientific study of human behavior and cognition. Learn about notable
figures and psychological studies. Investigate scientific methods and ethical considerations related to human and animal research. In this college-level course, you will learn about and apply important terms, concepts, and phenomena associated with each major area of psychology from both secular and Christian perspectives and enhance your critical thinking skills. Topics include the biological bases of psychology, sensation and perception, learning, cognition, development, motivation, emotion, personality, psychological disorders, and social psychology. This course provides elective credit only.

Approved by:

  • University of California (UC)
  • College Board

Recommended Prerequisites:

Grade Level:
11th or 12th Grade Recommended

Course Types Available:

  • 1 Credit – Full course (1 credit, 12 weeks minimum / 12 months maximum)
  • ½ Credit – 1st semester only (0.5 credits, 6 weeks minimum / 6 months maximum)
  • ½ Credit – 2nd semester only (0.5 credits, 6 weeks minimum / 6 months maximum)

Creation: God created man in His image (Genesis 1:27) to live in relationship with Him as well as with each other, to love and worship Him, to communicate truth, and to show His love and mercy to the world (1 Peter 4:8). The times and affairs of man are in God’s hands (Psalm 33:11); He has a plan for each and every one of His children’s lives (Jeremiah 1:5; 29:11). God orders the details of their brains and bodies with care. Man seeks to understand themselves in order to grow closer to the Father, but man cannot control these details of their bodies or lives. Mankind is fully at God’s mercy (Luke 12:22–26).

Fall: Man aspires to replace God’s authority with his own will, presumptuously believing he holds the ability and authority to coerce or intimidate all of creation to submit to him as he rebels against God (Genesis 3; 11). In his aim to dominate creation, mankind studies the human psyche and attempts to manipulate it in order to suit his own desires. Man wrongly thinks the power of his own psyche is sufficient to bring about the changes he desires in his life, aside from God. Human ills and conflict are the results of man’s choice to rebel against God’s original intent for man and the world (Isaiah 59:2; Romans 5:12).

Redemption: Man Man is accountable to God and earthly authority as an act of love and submission to our Creator. In so doing, man recognizes that his possessions and talents are to be used for the edification of his neighbor and to bring glory to God. This will lead to true stewardship, citizenship, community, and health (Genesis 1:28; Romans 12:18; 1 Peter 3:11; 4:10). Man seeks unity, justice, and reconciliation as he is guided by the principles of God’s Word to seek the grace of God (Isaiah 1:17; Micah 6:8; Ephesians 2:8; 4:32). In order to do so, God’s Word is stored in man’s memory and every thought is brought captive under Jesus Christ. Mankind studies his own psyche to become closer to God and to improve himself in order to better serve others. Self-improvement is best done through sanctification (receiving God’s grace and being set apart from former ways). Humanity can be redeemed, restored, and transformed through God’s power.

Textbook & AP Central
• Textbook (e-text): Myers, David G. and Nathan DeWall. Myers’ Psychology for AP Course. 3rd
edition. 2018. New York: Worth.
• Free access to the AP Central website.

Free Downloads
• Java
• Windows Media Real Player
• Apple iTunes

Student-Supplied Resources
Students need to supply the following materials to complete the coursework:
• Writing utensils
• Paper
• Printer