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Psychology, Associate in Science

Effective: Spring, 2016

The Psychology program is designed for students planning to earn at least a Bachelor's degree in Psychology or a closely related field. The curriculum focuses on developing a solid foundation of knowledge regarding human thought, behavior, and emotion, both individual and collective.  The various courses are intended to foster the development of cultural, personal, and professional awareness. Additionally, students are encouraged to strengthen critical thinking, technological, and communication skills.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Describe the discipline of psychology, differentiating the various sub-fields.
  • Understand the major methodologies for studying human behavior.
  • Differentiate the nature of the affective, cognitive , and biological domains as they apply to human behavior.
  • Describe major theories concerning human development across the lifespan.
  • Explain the causes, classification, and treatment of psychological disorders.
  • Recognize major influences that impinge socially and psychologically on the individual in today's complex and diverse society.

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Second Semester (15 credits)

ENG 112 - English Composition II: Writing About Literature3
MAT 210 - Statistics3
Any Global Understanding designated Social Science course - 3 credits
Humanities Elective - 3 credits
Social Science Elective - 3 credits

Third Semester (16-17 credits)

PSY 220 - Abnormal Psychology3
SOC 260 - Research Methodology3
Open Elective - 3-4 credits
Psychology Elective - 3 credits
BIO 110 or Any Scientific Inquiry designated Laboratory Science course - 4 credits)

BIO 110 is recommended as a laboratory science elective 

Fourth Semester (16-17 credits)

Laboratory Science Elective - 4 credits
Humanities Elective - 3 credits
Open Elective - 3-4 credits
Psychology Elective - 6 credits

Psychology Elective - 9 credits
At least 6 credits in two of the following categories:

Human Development

PSY 210 - Lifespan Human Development - 3 credits
PSY 241 - Child Psychology - 3 credits
PSY 242 - Adolescent Psychology - 3 credits
PSY 290 - Adulthood and Aging  - 3 credits

Individual and Sociocultural Differences
PSY 200 - Personality Theories - 3 credits
PSY 202 - Theories of Counseling - 3 credits
PSY 203 - Counseling Skills - 3 credits
PSY 204 - Foundations of Addictions - 3 credits
PSY 205 - Human Sexuality - 3 credits
PSY 215 - Industrial Psychology - 3 credits
PSY 221 - Social Psychology - 3 credits
PSY 225 - Experience in Diversity - 3 credits

Learning and Cognition
PSY 235 - Educational Psychology - 3 credits

Electives determined by Transfer school. Psychology majors should meet with a Transfer counselor to choose electives accordingly,.  All electives, including those listed above in the General Education Courses, should be selected with careful consideration to Transfer school requirements.

Total Credits: 62-64