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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.

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Associate of Science in Psychology

The Associate of Science in Psychology requires a minimum of 21 credit hours.

Students should have math skills equivalent to MATH 100 or higher before enrolling in BSCI 274.

PSYC 120: Principles of Psychology
3 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.

PSYC 110: Stress Management I
3 credit hours

The philosophy and comprehensive approach to stress reduction through the re-establishment and enhancement of the state of well-being.

BSCI 200: Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PSYC 120SOCI 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.

PSYC 230: Lifespan Development
3 credit hours

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.

PSYC 234: Drugs and Behavior
3 credit hours

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.

PSYC 240: Social Psychology
3 credit hours

This course studies the behavior and psychological process of individuals who occupy positions in social structures, organizations, and groups.

BSCI 274: Statistical Foundations for Behavioral Sciences
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: CRIM 120PSYC 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.