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The Psychology 131 course is designed to facilitate students' development of academic skills, behaviors, and attitudes. Content in this course helps students immediately, but also prepares students for academic success throughout their college career.

Psych 131 is a one-credit seminar, graded satisfactory/fail. For an overview of the course content, please see our Learning Outcomes. Psych 131 uses "blended learning" strategies along with online references and activities managed through Blackboard.  Other course features include:

  • Curriculum grounded in the science of learning.
  • Emphasis on team-based learning during in-class activities.
  • Small class sizes with capacities up to 30 students.

Why Should Students Take Psych 131?

There are many reasons to take Psych 131 (better grades, confidence, improved study skills, etc) but listen to your peers. This is a sampling of what students said about Psych 131:

I have learned a lot throughout this course and am so glad I have taken it. I am going to keep my book as a reference for the rest of my college career.

Psychology 131 holds all the tools that a student may need during college to help them be successful. Personally, I have already found most of the material covered in this class to be useful in my studies during my second semester at Iowa State.

I loved going to class. The small class size and the atmosphere was always something I looked forward to. This is why I didn't miss a single class this entire semester!

To be honest, when I signed up for Psychology 131, I wasn't really sure as to what it would entail. I figured that I would be learning about stuff I basically already knew. I was completely thrown for a loop--I learned a lot of valuable information from this course that I would have never known otherwise.

I really wish I would have known this class existed during the first semester. It really would have helped me excel in all my other classes. All students coming to ISU who are freshman should really consider taking this class as soon as possible.

Contact Us

Psych 131 is coordinated by the Academic Success Center in partnership with the Department of Psychology. For more information, please contact the ASC by calling 515-294-6624 or emailing success@iastate.edu. You can also find information for faculty/staff on our website.