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Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Psychology

The Associate in Arts (AA), Emphasis in Psychology provides the first two years of a four-year curriculum for students who wish to specialize in psychological sciences or are preparing for graduate programs in psychology or related fields. With a bachelor`s degree, students may pursue numerous careers such as mid and top-level managers, market research analysts/specialists, human resources specialists/managers, social and human service assistants, psychiatric technicians, survey researchers, and probation officers/correctional treatment specialists. Most careers in psychology require graduate work. With a graduate degree, students may pursue a number of careers, including but not limited to: psychologists (industrial-organizational, clinical, counseling, and school), research scientists, psychiatrists, neuropsychologists, statisticians, teachers, and human factors engineers.

Details

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Field of Interest
Behavioral Science and Human Services
Type
Associate Degree
Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Psychology (DEG)
Total Credits Required
60-64
Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.
Effective term
Fall 2021
Notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses in the program.

What You'll Learn
  • Explain how Psychology is a science and interdisciplinary. (PSY101, PSY132, PSY157, PSY215, PSY218, PSY225, PSY235, PSY240, PSY241, PSY248, PSY250, PSY260, PSY262, PSY266, PSY275, PSY277, PSY280, PSY290AB, PSY290AC)
  • Identify interrelationships between biological, psychological and socio-cultural processes. (PSY101, PSY132, PSY157, PSY215, PSY218, PSY225, PSY235, PSY240, PSY241, PSY248, PSY250, PSY260, PSY262, PSY266, PSY275, PSY277, PSY280)
  • Apply Psychological science to everyday life and career goals. (PSY101, PSY132, PSY157, PSY215, PSY218, PSY225, PSY230, PSY231, PSY235, PSY240, PSY241, PSY248, PSY250, PSY260, PSY262, PSY266, PSY275, PSY277, PSY280, PSY290AB, PSY290AC)
  • Utilize a systematic method of investigation, design and conduct a psychology research project. (PSY290AB, PSY290AC, [MA])
  • Locate, interpret and evaluate research findings. (CRE101, PSY101, PSY230, PSY231, PSY290AB, PSY290AC, [FYC], [MA])
  • Analyze and interpret data using quantitative and qualitative methods. (CIS105, CSC180, CSC180AA, CSC180AB, PSY230, PSY231, PSY290AB, PSY290AC, [MA])
  • Utilize scientific findings and theories to generate new ideas. (PSY290AB, PSY290AC, [MA])
  • Evaluate the impact of socio-cultural diversity and societal inequality on social and psychological issues and research. (CRE101, PSY101, PSY132, PSY157, PSY215, PSY218, PSY225, PSY235, PSY240, PSY241, PSY248, PSY250, PSY260, PSY262, PSY266, PSY275, PSY277, PSY280, [FYC], [HU])
  • Interact effectively with others using an understanding of the role culture, values and biases play in communication. (CRE101, PSY101, PSY132, PSY157, PSY215, PSY218, PSY225, PSY235, PSY240, PSY241, PSY248, PSY250, PSY260, PSY262, PSY266, PSY275, PSY277, PSY280, PSY290AB, PSY290AC, [FYC], [HU], [MA], (COM))
  • Utilize effective written, oral and visual communication skills in varied contexts, in accordance with the professional conventions within the field of psychology. (CIS105, CRE101, CSC180, CSC180AA, CSC180AB, PSY101, PSY132, PSY157, PSY215, PSY218, PSY225, PSY230, PSY231, PSY235, PSY240, PSY241, PSY248, PSY250, PSY260, PSY262, PSY266, PSY275, PSY277, PSY280, PSY290AB, PSY290AC, [FYC], [HU], [MA], (COM))
  • Apply ethical standards and social responsibility to evaluate psychological science and practice. (CRE101, PSY101, PSY230, PSY231, PSY290AB, PSY290AC, [FYC], [HU], (COM))
Career Opportunities
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:13-15
PSY101Introduction to Psychology3
PSY230Introduction to Statistics (3) OR
PSY230Introduction to Statistics (3) AND
PSY231Laboratory for Statistics (1)3-4
PSY290ABResearch Methods (4) OR
PSY290ACResearch Methods (4)4
Select one (1) of the following PSY Electives:
PSY132Psychology and Culture (3)
PSY157African/Black Psychology (3)
PSY215Introduction to Sport Psychology (3)
PSY218Health Psychology (3)
PSY225Psychology of Religion (3)
PSY235Psychology of Gender (3)
PSY240Developmental Psychology (3)
PSY241Understanding and Changing Behavior (3)
PSY248Psychology of Adolescent Development (3)
PSY250Social Psychology (3)
PSY260Psychology of Personality (3)
PSY262Positive Psychology: The Science of Well-Being (3)
PSY266Abnormal Psychology (3)
PSY275Biopsychology (4)
PSY277Psychology of Human Sexuality (3)
PSY280Industrial/Organizational Psychology (3)3-4
Course Sequence by Term
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:0-36
Complete requirements in the transfer option that best aligns with your academic and professional goals. If your intended transfer institution is not listed, then select a combination of courses from the transfer options listed in order to meet the minimum credits required in the Restricted Electives section. Consult with an academic, faculty, or program advisor to prevent exceeding your university transfer program`s maximum transferable credits (typically 64). If academic and professional goals do not align with any of the transfer plans below, select elective courses in consultation with an academic, faculty, or program advisor.
Transfer Plan 1: Arizona State University (College of Integrative Sciences and Arts), Psychology, Bachelor of Arts
CIS105Survey of Computer Information Systems (3) OR
CSC180Computer Literacy (3) OR
CSC180AAComputer Literacy (3) OR
CSC180ABComputer Literacy (4)3-4
Related Area Course Credits:6
Students must complete two (2) courses for six (6) credits that transfer to ASU as direct equivalencies or departmental electives in the following ASU course prefixes: ASB, COM, HSE, ISS, POS, SOC. These courses may be used to fulfill any outstanding AGEC requirements simultaneously.
Transfer Plan 2: Arizona State University (College of Integrative Sciences and Arts), Psychology, Bachelor of Science
CIS105Survey of Computer Information Systems (3) OR
CSC180Computer Literacy (3) OR
CSC180AAComputer Literacy (3) OR
CSC180ABComputer Literacy (4)3-4
Life Science Lab Course Credits:4
Complete a Life Science lecture/lab course that transfers to ASU in one of the following prefixes: BIO or MIC. This is required in addition to PSY290++ [SG] and the Natural Science [SQ] General Studies requirement.
Physical Science Lab Course Credits:4
Complete a Physical Science lecture/lab course that transfers to ASU in one of the following prefixes: AST, CHM, GLG, PHY. This is required in addition to PSY290++ [SG] and the Natural Science [SQ] General Studies requirement.
Related Area Course Credits:6
Complete courses that transfer as a direct equivalent or departmental elective credit (DEC) in the following ASU prefixes: ASB, COM, HSE, ISS, POS, SOC.
Transfer Plan 3: Arizona State University (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences), Psychology, Bachelor of Arts
Foundations of Behavior Credits:0-12
Complete up to four (4) additional courses that transfer as either Direct Equivalency or Departmental Elective (DEC) to courses in the following ASU prefixes: ASB, ASM, BIO, GCU, HPS, PHI, SOC. At least 2 of these courses must be from the same course prefix (subject).
Foreign Language Credits:0-20
Complete a language course at the intermediate level (202 or equivalent), including American Sign Language IV with a C or better OR demonstrate proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment.
ARB+++ Any ARB Arabic course(s)
ASL+++ Any ASL American Sign Language course(s)
CHI+++ Any CHI Chinese course(s)
FRE+++ Any FRE French course(s)
GER+++ Any GER German course(s)
ITA+++ Any ITA Italian course(s)
JPN+++ Any JPN Japanese course(s)
SPA+++ Any SPA Spanish course(s)
Transfer Plan 4: Arizona State University (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences), Psychology, Bachelor of Science
Foundations of Behavior Credits:0-12
Complete up to four (4) additional courses that transfer as either Direct Equivalency or Departmental Elective (DEC) to courses in the following ASU prefixes: ASB, ASM, BIO, GCU, HPS, PHI, SOC.
Transfer Plan 5: Arizona State University (New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences), Psychology, Bachelor of Arts
CIS105Survey of Computer Information Systems (3) OR
CSC180Computer Literacy (3) OR
CSC180AAComputer Literacy (3) OR
CSC180ABComputer Literacy (4)3-4
Related Area Course Credits0-12
Complete up to four (4) courses (0-12 credits) that transfer as either Direct Equivalency or Departmental Elective (DEC) to courses in the following ASU prefixes: ASB, COM, JHR, POS, PSY, SBS, SOC.
Language and Cultures Credits:0-20
Complete a language course at the intermediate level (202 or equivalent), including American Sign Language IV with a C or better OR demonstrate proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment. This requirement may also be satisfied after transfer to ASU though various upper division course options. Recommend students satisfy this requirement after transfer to ASU unless proficient at the elementary level (102 or equivalent).
ARB+++ Any ARB Arabic course(s)
ASL+++ Any ASL American Sign Language course(s)
CHI+++ Any CHI Chinese course(s)
FRE+++ Any FRE French course(s)
GER+++ Any GER German course(s)
ITA+++ Any ITA Italian course(s)
JPN+++ Any JPN Japanese course(s)
SPA+++ Any SPA Spanish course(s)
Transfer Plan 6: Arizona State University (New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences), Psychology, Bachelor of Science
CIS105Survey of Computer Information Systems (3) OR
CSC180Computer Literacy (3) OR
CSC180AAComputer Literacy (3) OR
CSC180ABComputer Literacy (4)3-4
Related Area Credits:3
Students must complete one (1) course for three (3) credits that transfers as a direct equivalent or departmental elective in the following ASU prefixes: ASB, COM, JHR, POS, PSY, SBS, SOC.
Life Science Lab Course Credits:4
Complete a Life Science lecture/lab course that transfers to ASU in one of the following prefixes: BIO, FOR, LSC, MIC. This is required in addition to PSY290++ [SG] and the Natural Science [SQ] General Studies requirement.
Physical Science Lab Course Credits:4
Complete a Physical Science lecture/lab course that transfers to ASU in one of the following prefixes: AST, CHM, ENV, GLG, PHY. This is required in addition to PSY290++ [SG] and the Natural Science [SQ] General Studies requirement.
Language and Cultures Credits:0-20
Complete a language course at the intermediate level (202 or equivalent), including American Sign Language IV with a C or better OR demonstrate proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment. This requirement may also be satisfied after transfer to ASU though various upper division course options. Recommend students satisfy this requirement after transfer to ASU unless proficient at the elementary level (102 or equivalent).
ARB+++ Any ARB Arabic course(s)
ASL+++ Any ASL American Sign Language course(s)
CHI+++ Any CHI Chinese course(s)
FRE+++ Any FRE French course(s)
GER+++ Any GER German course(s)
ITA+++ Any ITA Italian course(s)
JPN+++ Any JPN Japanese course(s)
SPA+++ Any SPA Spanish course(s)
Transfer Plan 7: Arizona State University (New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences), Psychology (Forensic Psychology), Bachelor of Arts
CIS105Survey of Computer Information Systems (3) OR
CSC180Computer Literacy (3) OR
CSC180AAComputer Literacy (3) OR
CSC180ABComputer Literacy (4)3-4
Related Area Course Credits:0-9
Complete up to two (2) courses (0-9 credits) that transfer as a direct equivalent or departmental elective credit (DEC) in the following ASU prefixes: ASM, COM, POS, PSY, SBS, SOC. These courses may be used to fulfill any outstanding AGEC requirements simultaneously.
Language and Cultures Credits:0-20
Complete a language course at the intermediate level (202 or equivalent), including American Sign Language IV with a C or better OR demonstrate proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment. This requirement may also be satisfied after transfer to ASU though various upper division course options. Recommend students satisfy this requirement after transfer to ASU unless proficient at the elementary level (102 or equivalent).
ARB+++ Any ARB Arabic course(s)
ASL+++ Any ASL American Sign Language course(s)
CHI+++ Any CHI Chinese course(s)
FRE+++ Any FRE French course(s)
GER+++ Any GER German course(s)
ITA+++ Any ITA Italian course(s)
JPN+++ Any JPN Japanese course(s)
SPA+++ Any SPA Spanish course(s)
Transfer Plan 8: Arizona State University (New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences), Psychology (Forensic Psychology), Bachelor of Science
CIS105Survey of Computer Information Systems (3) OR
CSC180Computer Literacy (3) OR
CSC180AAComputer Literacy (3) OR
CSC180ABComputer Literacy (4)3-4
Life Science Lab Course Credits:0-4
Complete a Life Science lecture/lab course that transfers to ASU in one of the following prefixes: BCH, BIO, FOR, LSC, MIC. This is required in addition to PSY290++ [SG] and the Natural Science [SQ] General Studies requirement. May be completed after transfer to ASU.
Physical Science Lab Course Credits:0-4
Complete a Physical Science lecture/lab course that transfers to ASU in one of the following prefixes: AST, CHM, ENV, GLG, PHY. This is required in addition to PSY290++ [SG] and the Natural Science [SQ] General Studies requirement. May be completed after transfer to ASU.
Language and Cultures Credits:0-20
Complete a language course at the intermediate level (202 or equivalent), including American Sign Language IV with a C or better OR demonstrate proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment. This requirement may also be satisfied after transfer to ASU though various upper division course options. Recommend students satisfy this requirement after transfer to ASU unless proficient at the elementary level (102 or equivalent).
ARB+++ Any ARB Arabic course(s)
ASL+++ Any ASL American Sign Language course(s)
CHI+++ Any CHI Chinese course(s)
FRE+++ Any FRE French course(s)
GER+++ Any GER German course(s)
ITA+++ Any ITA Italian course(s)
JPN+++ Any JPN Japanese course(s)
SPA+++ Any SPA Spanish course(s)
Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC)
AGEC-ACredits: 13-41
A single course with an [L], [HU], [SB], [SG], or [SQ] designation may also be used to satisfy the Oral Communication, Critical Reading, and/or Awareness Area ([C], [G] and/or [H]) requirement(s). See the AGEC matrix on aztransfer.com for course designations.
 
First-Year Composition [FYC]Credits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
 
Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L]Credits: 0-3
Any approved general education course in the Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L] area (3)
OR
May be met by PSY290AB or PSY290AC in Required Courses area (0)0-3
Note: PSY290AB or PSY290AC may be applied as Natural Science [SG] or Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L], but not both.
 
Mathematics [MA]Credits: 3-9
For Arizona State University (College of Integrative Sciences and Arts), Psychology, Bachelor of Arts; Arizona State University (College of Integrative Sciences and Arts), Psychology, Bachelor of Science; Arizona State University (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences), Psychology, Bachelor of Arts; Arizona State University (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences), Psychology, Bachelor of Science; Arizona State University (New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences), Psychology, Bachelor of Arts; and Arizona State University (New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences), Psychology (Forensic Psychology), Bachelor of Arts:
MAT150College Algebra/Functions (5) OR
MAT151College Algebra/Functions (4) OR
MAT152College Algebra/Functions (3) OR
MAT155College Algebra/Functions with Review (5) OR
MAT156College Algebra/Functions with Review (6)
AND
MAT182Plane Trigonometry (3)
OR
MAT172Finite Mathematics (3)
OR
MAT187Precalculus (5)
OR
Higher level course that meets [MA] requirement.3-9
For Arizona State University (New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences), Psychology, Bachelor of Science and Arizona State University (New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences), Psychology (Forensic Psychology), Bachelor of Science:
MAT150College Algebra/Functions (5) OR
MAT151College Algebra/Functions (4) OR
MAT152College Algebra/Functions (3) OR
MAT155College Algebra/Functions with Review (5) OR
MAT156College Algebra/Functions with Review (6)
AND
MAT182Plane Trigonometry (3)
OR
MAT187Precalculus (5)
OR
Higher level course that meets [MA] requirement.5-9
 
Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS]Credits: 0
Met by PSY230 in Required Course area.
 
Humanities, Arts and Design [HU]Credits: 0-6
Any approved general education courses in the Humanities, Arts and Design [HU] area.0-6
 
Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB]Credits: 0-3
Met by PSY101 AND
Any approved general education courses in the Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB] area.0-3
(May be met by any of the PSY Electives in Required Courses except PSY275 or Related Area Coursework)
 
Natural Sciences [SG]/[SQ]Credits: 4-8
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences (Quantitative) [SQ] area (4)
AND
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences (Quantitative) [SQ] area or the Natural Sciences (General) [SG] area unless met by PSY290AB OR PSY290AC in Required Courses (0-4)4-8
Note: PSY290AB or PSY290AC may be applied as Natural Science [SG] or Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L], but not both.
 
Awareness AreasCredits: 0-6
These requirements may be shared with other AGEC requirements. See the AGEC matrix on aztransfer.com for course designations.
 
Cultural Diversity in the US [C]Credits: 0-3
0-3
 
Historical/Global Awareness [H]/[G]Credits: 0-3
Any approved general education course in the Historical [H] or Global [G] area.
 
MCCCD Additional Requirements
MCCCD Additional RequirementsCredits: 0-6
Some courses in this area have [SB] and [L] designations and may also be applied to the corresponding AGEC requirements. See the AGEC matrix on aztransfer.com for course designations.
 
Oral CommunicationCredits: 0-3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM225Public Speaking (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)0-3
 
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment (0)0-3
Course Area Key
General Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Select additional courses 100-level or higher to complete a minimum of 60 semester credits but no more than a total of 64 semester credits. Consult with a faculty advisor, program director, and/or academic advisor to identify coursework that best aligns with academic and professional goals.

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