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Psychology

Degree Offered: Associate in Science

Credits Required: 60/61

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This program prepares students to transfer to baccalaureate programs in psychology and includes the traditional content involved in the scientific study of behavior and mental processes by psychologists. The major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology are included, as are the methods psychologists use to study behavior and resolve unanswered questions. A degree in psychology offers students a chance to work in research organizations or human services agencies. Others go on to become counselors or work in a clinical or academic setting. There are many other career options depending on individual interests.

Curriculum - First Year

First Semester - 15 Credits

Code
Title
Credits
CIST 100
Introduction to Information Tech
3.00
A computer course designed to introduce students to personal computers. Topics include basic concepts of computer operations, storage media, software categories, Windows operating system, computer communication devices, and Internet. The course also includes introduction to Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. 3-0-3
COMM 201
Public Speaking
3.00
The emphasis is on speech preparation and delivery in a variety of speaking experiences designed to improve the speaker’s capability through the application of correct speech practices. 3-0-3
PSYC 101
General Psychology
3.00
This course examines the scientific study of behavior and mental processes and provides a survey of the major areas of psychology. Important topics and findings from psychology are reviewed. Topics include the role of science in the study of behavior, the biological foundations of behavior, learning, information processing, stress and health, social interaction, development, motivation, emotion and psychological disorders.
WRIT 101
English Composition
3.00
Students will practice expository writing and learn the academic form of the essay and research paper. Students will focus on the development of an academically sound and challenging thesis and resulting essay. The mechanics of writing will be reviewed as needed. 3-0-3 Pre-requisite: Placement testing; successful completion of DEVS012 Reading and DEVS015 Introduction to College Writing if required, permission of the Division Director.
 
Category Five Elective * (3 credits)
 

Second Semester - 15/16 Credits

Code
Title
Credits
LITR 210
Concepts of Literature
3.00
This course introduces students to the three major forms of literary expression: fiction, poetry, and drama. Significant works from each form will be analyzed to reveal creative techniques, how they represent an author’s time, and how they reflect today’s human condition.
MATH 130
College Algebra
3.00
The functional approach to algebra is stressed with attention to the properties of the real number system; linear functions and equations; exponents; radicals; functions; systems of equations; complex numbers; and quadratic equations. Additional topics may be added at the discretion of the instructor Prerequisite: Placement testing; successful completion of DEVS020 Improvement of Math Skills and DEVS021 Fundamentals of Algebra if required; permission of the Division Director.(3-0-3)
 
OR
 
MATH 155
Pre-Calculus
4.00
This course is designed to give students a firm background in algebra and trigonometry in preparation for calculus. Topics include detailed study of polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic and trigonometric functions, along with an introduction to matrices and conic sections. Prerequisite: MATH130, in-house diagnostic testing and high school records, or permission of the instructor. 4-0-4
 
OR
 
MATH 160
Calculus I
4.00
This course provides an introduction to the ideas and applications of calculus. The major topics studied are limits and continuity; differentiation; applications of differentiation; and integration. Prerequisite: MATH155
 
Psychology Elective
3.00
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Psychology Elective
3.00
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General Elective (outside the area of psychology - 3 credits)
 

Curriculum - Second Year

Third Semester - 14 Credits

Code
Title
Credits
BIOL 101
General Biology I
4.00
The science of biology with emphasis on cellular physiology, cell structure, mitosis, and meiosis, basic genetics development, and organismic biology. 3-2-4
MATH 135
Statistics
4.00
This course is an introduction to a field whose ideas and concepts pervade modern society and whose importance in business, technology, science, and research in general is considerable and ever growing. The course consists of three parts, namely, descriptive statistics, probability, and inferential statistics. Prerequisite: Based on in-house diagnostic testing and high-school records. For information, contact the Office of Counseling. 3-0-3
 
Psychology Elective
3.00
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Psychology Elective
3.00
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Fourth Semester - 16 Credits

Code
Title
Credits
PSYC 221
Research Methods
3.00
This course introduces students to the concepts and methods used in psychological research. Students will learn the basic principles of research design and demonstrate an ability to identify and apply the type of research method that best answers the question asked. Descripitive research designs, correlational studies and different types of experimental and quasi-experimental designs will be covered. Topics include the assumptions of scientific research, the function of ethics in conducting research and the role that reliability and validity play in the research process. In this course, students will research, design, conduct, analyze and write a report using APA format to summarize a research project.
 
Category Four Elective * (4 credits)
 
 
* Category Four Electives include: BIOL101, BIOL102, BIOL201, BIOL202, CHEM101, CHEM102, PHYS101, and PHYS102
 
 
Category Five Elective * (3 credits)
 
 
* Category Five electives include: SOCI101, SOCI210, ANTH101, ECON255, ECON256, POLS101, HIST101, HIST102, HIST111, and HIST112
 
 
Category Six Elective * (3 credits)
 
 
* Category Six Electives include: PHIL110 (recommended), LITR205, LITR207, LITR217, LITR250, LITR260, LITR262, PHIL101, MUSI101, FREN101, FREN102, SPAN101, SPAN102, THEA101, FINE100, FINE110, and FINE111
 
 
General Elective (outside the area of psychology - 3 credits)