Prerequisite: Junior or Senior status The Advanced Placement Psychology course is designed for qualified students who wish to complete studies in secondary school, equivalent to an introductory college course in psychology. The purpose of the course is to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and selected animals. Major topics in the AP course include: history and approaches, research methods, biological bases of behavior, sensation and perception, states of consciousness, learning, cognition, motivation and emotion, developmental psychology, personality, testing and individual differences, abnormal psychology, treatment of psychological disorders, and social psychology. The AP Psychology course offers an introduction to psychology and prepares students to take the AP Psychology Examination, which is administered in May. By achieving a successful score on the AP Exam, students may receive credit and or advanced placement for course work in college.