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Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Behavioral Science and Human Services

The inner workings of the human mind are complex and fascinating. Our mental characteristics are even more varied and telling than our physical ones. The study of psychological science offers an inside look at human development, and at normal and abnormal brain functions through research, observation, and experimentation. 

MCC’s courses in psychology, abnormal psychology, neuroscience, sexuality, research methods, and statistics will lay the groundwork for a career as a psychologist or counselor, helping individuals overcome emotional problems and manage mental disorders. Get started on this intriguing pathway today.

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Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Associate Degree / University Transfer
Academic Plan
Associate in Arts, Psychology (AA)
Academic Plan Code
8122
Total Credits Required
60-71
Catalog Year
2019-2020

Transfer Options

This pathway map can lead to multiple transfer options.

A list of available transfer options for the Psychology Emphasis program
Transfer Partner Degree Type Transfer Program
Arizona State University - Polytechnic Campus Bachelor of Arts Psychology
Arizona State University - Polytechnic Campus Bachelor of Science Psychology
Arizona State University - West Campus Bachelor of Arts Psychology
Arizona State University - West Campus Bachelor of Science Psychology
Arizona State University - Tempe Campus Bachelor of Science Psychology
Arizona State University - Tempe Campus Bachelor of Arts Psychology

What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  • Critically compare and contrast the theories, concepts, and research findings of the major subfields of psychology.
  • Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of the general historical background, the various methodological approaches, paradigms and ethical principles used to study psychological processes.
  • Utilize effective written and oral communication skills in accordance with the professional conventions within the field of psychology.
  • Identify, analyze, and evaluate sociocultural diversity and societal inequality in the research of social and psychological issues. 
  • Interpret and apply the results of psychological research to address salient issues in daily living. 
  • Organize and operationalize the roles, professional careers, and settings associated with the discipline of psychology.

Career Opportunities

Today’s emphasis on the mind-body connection means psychologists are in demand, not only in mental health practices, but also in schools, corporate settings, government services, and sports. 

Successful completion of the Associate in Arts, Psychology program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this program. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists

$58,129

Neuropsychologists and Clinical Neuropsychologists

$90,685

Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists

$58,229

* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

Course Sequence by Term

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

  • 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 placement tests and completion of 100-200 level course pre-/corequisites and program prerequisites.
  • Students may be required to successfully complete a College Success Course (CPD150 or CPD/AAA115) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.

Pathway Map Options

There are multiple options available for this pathway map. The options vary depending on the available transfer institutions and what degrees you may be able to transfer into.

All the pathway map options share some common coursework. To explore what additional coursework may be required, select your desired option from the list below. Once selected, the list of courses, term credit totals, and any associated details will be automatically updated.

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 area 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.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
PSY101 Introduction to Psychology Critical course Gateway course SB 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
MAT150 or
MAT151 or
MAT152 or
MAT155 or
MAT156 or
MAT187 or
MAT220 or
MAT221
College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions with Review or College Algebra/Functions with Review or Precalculus or Calculus with Analytic Geometry I or Calculus with Analytic Geometry I Critical course Critical Course, MAT 220 Required for ASU Tempe Campus BS transfer option only. MA 3–6
AAA115 or
CPD150
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
PSY Electives PSY Elective See below 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
MAT182 Plane Trigonometry Complete MAT182 or higher if MAT187 is not completed in term 1 MA 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking L 0–3
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication SB or L or SB 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
PSY230 or
(PSY231 and
PSY230)
Introduction to Statistics or (Laboratory for Statistics and Introduction to Statistics) CS 3–4
SQ Natural Sciences (SQ) Course SQ 4
SB Social and Behavioral Sciences (SB) Course SB 3
HU Humanities, Arts, & Design (HU) Course HU 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
PSY290AB or
PSY290AC
Research Methods or Research Methods L, SG 4
HU Humanities, Arts, & Design (HU) Course Students who select the ASU Tempe BA transfer option must select a Related Area course that satisfies the HU requirement 0–3
SQ or SG Natural Sciences SQ or SG Course Recommend PSY275 SQ or SG 4

PSY Electives

A list of program electives for this pathway map
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
PSY132 Psychology and Culture C, G, SB 3
PSY157 African/Black Psychology C, SB 3
PSY215 Introduction to Sport Psychology SB 3
PSY218 Health Psychology SB 3
PSY225 Psychology of Religion G, SB 3
PSY235 Psychology of Gender C, SB 3
PSY240 Developmental Psychology SB 3
PSY241 Understanding and Changing Behavior SB 3
PSY248 Psychology of Adolescent Development 3
PSY250 Social Psychology SB 3
PSY260 Psychology of Personality SB 3
PSY262 Positive Psychology 3
PSY266 Abnormal Psychology SB 3
PSY275 Biopsychology SG 4
PSY277 Psychology of Human Sexuality SB 3
PSY280 Industrial/Organizational Psychology SB 3

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 area 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.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
PSY101 Introduction to Psychology Critical course Gateway course SB 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
CPD150 or
AAA115
Strategies for College Success or Creating College Success 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MAT150 or
MAT151 or
MAT152 or
MAT155 or
MAT156 or
MAT187 or
MAT220 or
MAT221
College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions with Review or College Algebra/Functions with Review or Precalculus or Calculus with Analytic Geometry I or Calculus with Analytic Geometry I MAT 220 Required for ASU Tempe Campus BS transfer option only. MA 3–6
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking L 0–3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
PSY Elective PSY Elective See below 3
MAT182 or
MAT220 or
MAT221
Plane Trigonometry or Calculus with Analytic Geometry I or Calculus with Analytic Geometry I MA 3–5

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 SB or L or SB 3
SQ Natural Sciences BIO 100 OR BIO 156 OR BIO 181 required for ASU Tempe Campus BA and BS transfer options SQ 4

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
HU Humanities, Fine Arts, and Design HU 3
SB Social-Behavioral Sciences SB 3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SQ or SG Natural Sciences Recommend PSY275 SQ or SG 4
HU Humanities, Fine Arts, and Design 3

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
PSY230 or
(PSY231 and
PSY230)
Introduction to Statistics or (Laboratory for Statistics and Introduction to Statistics) CS 3–4

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
PSY290AB or
PSY290AC
Research Methods or Research Methods L, SG 4

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits

PSY Electives

A list of program electives for this pathway map
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
PSY132 Psychology and Culture C, G, SB 3
PSY157 African/Black Psychology C, SB 3
PSY215 Introduction to Sport Psychology SB 3
PSY218 Health Psychology SB 3
PSY225 Psychology of Religion G, SB 3
PSY235 Psychology of Gender C, SB 3
PSY240 Developmental Psychology SB 3
PSY241 Understanding and Changing Behavior SB 3
PSY248 Psychology of Adolescent Development 3
PSY250 Social Psychology SB 3
PSY260 Psychology of Personality SB 3
PSY262 Positive Psychology 3
PSY266 Abnormal Psychology SB 3
PSY275 Biopsychology SG 4
PSY277 Psychology of Human Sexuality SB 3
PSY280 Industrial/Organizational Psychology SB 3

Pathway Map Option Details

No pathway map option has been selected. Please select from the pathway map options listed above.

Arizona State University (Polytechnic), Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

The additional courses required by this pathway map option have already been inserted into the pathway map above. For your reference, those additional courses are also listed below, separated by term.

Full-time

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken if the Arizona State University (Polytechnic), Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science option (Full-time) has been selected
Term Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
1 Elective Elective 3
2 COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication SB or L or SB 3
3 CIS105 Survey of Computer Information Systems CS 3
3 SB Social and Behavioral Sciences (SB) Course SB 3
3 HU Humanities, Arts, & Design (HU) Course HU 3
3 SQ Natural Sciences (SQ) Course SQ 4
4 ASB+++ or
ASM+++ or
BIO+++ or
GCU+++ or
PHI+++ or
SOC+++
Students must select two courses from these options. These courses may be used to fulfill any outstanding AGEC requirements simultaneously. 6


If you are interested in other options for this degree, a list of all pathway map options is also available.

Arizona State University (Tempe), Bachelor of Arts

The additional courses required by this pathway map option have already been inserted into the pathway map above. For your reference, those additional courses are also listed below, separated by term.

Full-time

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken if the Arizona State University (Tempe), Bachelor of Arts option (Full-time) has been selected
Term Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
1 Language Any 101 Level Foreign Language Course 3–5
2 Language Any 102 Level Foreign Language Course 3–5
2 COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication SB or L or SB 3
3 BIO100 or
BIO156 or
BIO181
Biology Concepts or Introductory Biology for Allied Health or General Biology (Majors) I SQ 4
3 Language Any 201 Level Foreign Language Course 3–5
3 Related Area Course ASB or PHI Course Select a course with an HU tag that transfers as a departmental elective or direct elective at ASU in one of the following prefixes: ASB, PHI HU 3
3 Related Area Course ASB or ASM or BIO or GCU or PHI or SOC course Select a course with an SB tag that transfers as either Direct Equivalency or Departmental Electives to ASU. Select from the following prefixes: ASB, ASM, BIO, GCU, PHI, SOC SB 3
4 Related Area ASB or ASM or BIO or GCU or PHI or SOC course Select a course that transfers as a departmental elective or direct elective at ASU in one of the following prefixes: ASB, ASM, BIO, GCU, PHI, SOC 3
4 Language Any 202 Level Foreign Language Course 3–5


If you are interested in other options for this degree, a list of all pathway map options is also available.

Arizona State University (Tempe), Bachelor of Science

The additional courses required by this pathway map option have already been inserted into the pathway map above. For your reference, those additional courses are also listed below, separated by term.

Full-time

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken if the Arizona State University (Tempe), Bachelor of Science option (Full-time) has been selected
Term Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
1 Elective Elective 3
2 COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication SB or L or SB 3
3 BIO100 or
BIO156 or
BIO181
Biology Concepts or Introductory Biology for Allied Health or General Biology (Majors) I Meets the SQ and Related Area SQ 4
3 Related Area ASB or PHI course Select a course with an HU tag that transfers as a departmental elective or direct elective at ASU in one of the following prefixes: ASB, PHI HU 3
3 Related Area ASB, ASM, BIO, GCU, PHI, or SOC Course Select a course with an SB tag that transfers as a departmental elective or direct elective at ASU in one of the following prefixes: ASB, ASM, BIO, GCU, PHI, SOC SB 3
4 Elective Elective 3


If you are interested in other options for this degree, a list of all pathway map options is also available.

Arizona State University (West), Bachelor of Science

The additional courses required by this pathway map option have already been inserted into the pathway map above. For your reference, those additional courses are also listed below, separated by term.

Full-time

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken if the Arizona State University (West), Bachelor of Science option (Full-time) has been selected
Term Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
1 Language Any 101 Level Foreign Language Course If proficient at this level, see your program advisor to select an elective. 3–5
2 Language Any 102 Level Foreign Language Course If proficient at this level, see your program advisor to select an elective. 3–5
2 COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication SB or L or SB 3
3 SQ Natural Sciences SQ 4
3 SB Social And Behavioral Sciences (SB) Course SB 3
3 HU Humanities, Arts, & Design (HU) Course HU 3
3 CIS105 or
CSC180 or
CSC180AA or
CSC180AB
Survey of Computer Information Systems or Computer Literacy or Computer Literacy or Computer Literacy CS 3–4
3 Language Any 201 Level Foreign Language Course If proficient at this level, see your program advisor to select an elective. 3–5
4 Language Any 202 Level Foreign Language Course If proficient at this level, see your program advisor to select an elective. 3–5


If you are interested in other options for this degree, a list of all pathway map options is also available.

Arizona State University (West), Bachelor of Arts

The additional courses required by this pathway map option have already been inserted into the pathway map above. For your reference, those additional courses are also listed below, separated by term.

Full-time

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken if the Arizona State University (West), Bachelor of Arts option (Full-time) has been selected
Term Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
1 Language Any 101 Level Foreign Language Course If proficient at this level, see your program advisor to select an elective. 3–5
2 Language Any 102 Level Foreign Language Course If proficient at this level, see your program advisor to select an elective. 3–5
2 CIS105 or
CSC180 or
CSC180AA or
CSC180AB
Survey of Computer Information Systems or Computer Literacy or Computer Literacy or Computer Literacy CS 3–4
2 COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication COM Requirement, Recommend selecting a course that satisfies COM and SB requirements simultaneously if not satisfied with PSY Elective SB or L or SB 0–3
3 SQ Natural Sciences SQ 4
3 SB Social And Behavioral Sciences (SB) Course SB 3
3 HU Humanities, Arts, & Design (HU) Course HU 3
3 Language Any 201 Level Foreign Language Course If proficient at this level, see your program advisor to select an elective. 3–5
3 Related Courses ASB, COM, POS, PSY, or SOC Course Select a course that transfers as a departmental elective or direct elective at ASU in one of the following prefixes: ASB, COM, POS, PSY, SOC 3
4 Language Any 202 Level Foreign Language Course If proficient at this level, see your program advisor to select an elective. 3–5
4 Related Course ASB, COM, POS, PSY, or SOC Select a course that transfers as a departmental elective or direct elective at ASU in one of the following prefixes: ASB, COM, POS, PSY, SOC 3


If you are interested in other options for this degree, a list of all pathway map options is also available.

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Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

All information is administered by the Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation at Maricopa County Community College District and published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.

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