Psychology/Counseling Stock Photo of Counselor Talking With Young Man and WomanTransfer Degree Program

The Psychology curriculum is designed to provide the first two years' requirements for a degree at a four-year university.  A student’s class choices should be planned with the requirements of the transfer institution in mind.  See your advisor for enrollment information and transfer institution requirements.

Most students who decide to major in Psychology/Counseling at a four-year institution will plan a course of study that will lead to an Associate in Arts Degree.

Recommended Courses

Course Code Course Title Credit Hrs.
PSYC-101 General Psychology 3
PSYC-102 Developmental Psychology 3
PSYC-120 Psychology of Human Adjustment 3
PSYC-125 Human Sexuality 3
HUMN-208 World Religions 3
SOCI-101 Introduction to Sociology 3
GOVN-104 United States Government 3
HIST-102 Early United States History 3
SOCI-201 American Social Problems 3
FACS-107 Marriage and the Family 3
FACS-117 Early Childhood Development 3
HUMN-104 Introduction to Philosophy 3
SOCI-290 Problems in Sociology: Child Abuse 2
  Foreign Language (all same language) 10

To complete an associate degree the program emphasis credit hours and the general education credit hours, which must be taken from the list approved by the General Education Committee, must total at least 64 credit hours.

Description of Courses

FACS-117.  Early Childhood Development.  3 Hours. This course is designed to be an in-depth study of the child beginning with prenatal development and extending through infancy, the pre-school years, and extending through middle childhood and adolescence.  Laboratory observations of children at various stages of physical growth and emotional development are included in the course of study.

PSYC-100.  College Orientation I.  1 Hour. This required course is designed to help students make a successful transition to the community college. The students will recognize and appreciate the diversity while adjusting to the academic, social, cultural and civic awareness necessary for college and lifetime success.

PSYC-101.  General Psychology.  3 Hours.  This course is an introduction to the science of psychology with an emphasis on the principles which lead to a greater understanding of human behavior.  A variety of laboratory experiences will be included in the course.

PSYC-102.  Developmental Psychology.  3 Hours.  The principles of growth and development in the physical, cognitive, social, emotional and personality aspects are covered.  Application of current research in the actual world of infants, children, adolescents and adults will be emphasized.  Prerequisite:  General Psychology.

PSYC-104.  College Success Strategies.  2 Hours.  This course is designed to help students become more successful in college and in life.  Students will learn strategies for creating greater academic, professional and personal success.  Prerequisite:  College Orientation I.

PSYC-107.  College Orientation II.  1 Hour.  College Orientation II (Capstone Experience) emphasizes aspects of many academic disciplines which affect the quality and conduct of human life.  Topics include more focused practice in effective study and test-taking skills.  This section of College Orientation II will focus on those English (reading/writing), math, critical thinking, and science skills needed to perform successfully on standardized achievement tests. A primary goal of College Orientation II (Capstone Experience) is to enhance student learning through online instruction.  The course follows the same procedures and is subject to the same standards as other credit classes.  Three subject areas (Reading/Writing/ Math) will have a module on WebCT for the student to complete.  Prerequisite:  Student will have completed College Orientation I, English Composition I, and 45 credit hours.

PSYC-120.  Psychology of Human Adjustment.  3 Hours.  A study of factors designed to promote personality characteristics that reflect mental health.  Emphasis will be centered on the development of the positive aspect of personality rather than on the correction of negative, undesirable characteristics.

PSYC-125.  Human Sexuality.  3 Hours.  This course is an introduction to the science of human sexuality with an emphasis on the principles which lead to a greater understanding of human behavior in relation to human sexuality.  A variety of laboratory experiences will be included in the course.

PSYC-201.  Problems in Psychology.  1 Hour.  A course designed to meet the special educational needs of individuals majoring in the Social Sciences.  The course uses the individual research, guided reading and/or class lecture methods of instruction.  Course content varies according to the special interests or unique needs of the students.  Prerequisite:  Consent of instructor.