Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Counseling and Applied Psychological Science

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include FYE101 and FYE103. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness areas if not otherwise met by other program requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

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Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
MAT14+ College Mathematics Critical course OR Higher approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area

Note: Students planning to transfer to ASU for the BS in Counseling and Applied Psychological Science should take MAT187 Precalculus or equivalent or higher [MA] course for which MAT187 is a prerequisite.
MA 3–6
CAP120 Introduction to Counseling Critical course Gateway course SB 3
PSY101 Introduction to Psychology Critical course SB 3
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development Recommend CPD115 OR CPD150 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication Recommend selecting a course that satisfies COM and SB or COM and L requirements simultaneously SB or L 0–3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment L 0–3
CAP220 The Counselor in a Multicultural Society C 3
PSY230 or
(PSY230 and
PSY231)
Introduction to Statistics or (Introduction to Statistics and Laboratory for Statistics) Critical course CS or CS and 3–4
Elective Elective 0–3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
HU Humanities, Fine Arts & Design HU 3
CAP240 Introduction to Counseling Skills Critical course 3
PSY290AB or
(PSY290AC and
PSY290AC)
Research Methods or (Research Methods and Research Methods Laboratory) Critical course L, SG 4
Elective Elective 3
Elective Elective 0–3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BIO100 or
BIO156++ or
BIO181++ or
SQ
Biology Concepts or Introductory Biology for Allied Health or General Biology (Majors) I or Natural Sciences Quantitative Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences (Quantitative) [SQ] area
Students transferring to ASU's BS Counseling and Applied Psychology (Substance Abuse and Addictions) should take BIO181 or BIO181XT. Students transferring to ASU's BS Counseling and Applied Psychology (general) should select any BIO course that transfers to ASU as [SQ]-Science Quantitative. Check Find-a-Class on maricopa.edu or the Course Equivalency Guide on AZTransfer.com for [SQ] BIO options.
SQ 4
CAP260 Career and Professional Preparation for the Helping Professions L 3
HU Humanities, Fine Arts & Design HU 3
Elective Elective 0–3
Elective Elective 0–3
Elective Elective 0–2

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness areas if not otherwise met by other program requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Note: Because you are viewing this pathway map on a mobile device, some columns below have been hidden. To view all columns, please rotate your device or view this page on a device with a larger screen.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
CAP120 Introduction to Counseling Critical course Gateway course SB 3
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development Recommend CPD115 OR CPD150 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MAT14+ College Mathematics Critical course OR Higher approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area

Note: Students planning to transfer to ASU for the BS in Counseling and Applied Psychological Science should take MAT187 Precalculus or equivalent or higher [MA] course for which MAT187 is a prerequisite.
MA 3–6
PSY101 Introduction to Psychology Critical course SB 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
CAP220 The Counselor in a Multicultural Society C 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication Recommend selecting a course that satisfies COM and SB or COM and L requirements simultaneously SB or L 0–3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment L 0–3
PSY230 or
(PSY230 and
PSY231)
Introduction to Statistics or (Introduction to Statistics and Laboratory for Statistics) Critical course CS or CS and 3–4

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
PSY290AB or
(PSY290AC and
PSY290AC)
Research Methods or (Research Methods and Research Methods Laboratory) Critical course L, SG 4
CAP240 Introduction to Counseling Skills Critical course 3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Elective Elective 3
HU Humanities, Fine Arts & Design HU 3

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BIO100 or
BIO156++ or
BIO181++ or
SQ
Biology Concepts or Introductory Biology for Allied Health or General Biology (Majors) I or Natural Sciences Quantitative Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences (Quantitative) [SQ] area
Students transferring to ASU's BS Counseling and Applied Psychology (Substance Abuse and Addictions) should take BIO181 or BIO181XT. Students transferring to ASU's BS Counseling and Applied Psychology (general) should select any BIO course that transfers to ASU as [SQ]-Science Quantitative. Check Find-a-Class on maricopa.edu or the Course Equivalency Guide on AZTransfer.com for [SQ] BIO options.
SQ 4
CAP260 Career and Professional Preparation for the Helping Professions L 3

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
HU Humanities, Fine Arts & Design HU 3
Elective Elective 0–3
Elective Elective 0–3

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Elective Elective 0–3
Elective Elective 0–3
Elective Elective 0–2

Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.