About the CCPS Associate of Science in Psychology
Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. As a discipline, psychology helps students better understand themselves and others, and it has real-world applications ranging from stress, health, and mental illness to personal development, social interaction, and group dynamics, just to name a few. Although many career paths require advanced training and/or certification, students majoring in psychology commonly become mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, school counselors, social workers, child care workers, and case managers. In addition to the course offerings, departmental majors are encouraged to work in community, social and/or correctional agencies where they can apply classroom knowledge to real problems.
Associate of Science in Psychology
The Associate of Science in Psychology requires a minimum of 21 credit hours.
This introductory survey course provides a broad-based overview of the field of psychology as a scientific discipline. Topics include theoretical perspectives, research methodologies, biological bases of behavior, developmental milestones, learning and memory, motivation and emotion, personality, social psychology, and psychological disorders.
The philosophy and comprehensive approach to stress reduction through the re-establishment and enhancement of the state of well-being.
Prerequisite: PSYC 120, SOCI 120, or CRIM 120. Considers the major methods of the social sciences, including applied statistics. Topics include: research design, surveys, secondary data and other unobtrusive methods, evaluation research, sampling and research reports.
Study of the major theories of and influences on human development from conception through death, including the biological, cognitive, linguistic, emotional, social and cultural dimensions of development. Special emphasis on change processes.
Prerequisite: PSYC 120. An examination of psychoactive drugs and their impact on society. Biological, psychological and social aspects of drug use are considered as well as implications for social policy.
This course studies the behavior and psychological process of individuals who occupy positions in social structures, organizations, and groups.
Prerequisites: CRIM 120, PSYC 120, or SOCI 120 and a college-level math course. This course provides a general overview of descriptive and inferential statistical techniques behavioral researchers use to analyze data. Topics will include frequency distributions and graphing, measures of central tendency, variation, and relative standing, simple linear regression, and hypothesis testing. Should be taken before a student accumulates 60 credit hours (junior status).
A Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree is also available.