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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
60-64
Catalog Year
2019-2020
Transfer Partner
Arizona State University
Transfer Program
Psychology (Bachelor of Arts)

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.

Human Factors Engineers and Ergonomists

$85,995

Human Resources Managers

$84,172

Human Resources Specialists

$54,916

Industrial-Organizational Psychologists

$78,155

Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists

$61,056

Mental Health Counselors

$41,675

Neuropsychologists and Clinical Neuropsychologists

$91,543

Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists

$60,640

Psychiatric Technicians

$33,365

Psychiatrists

$231,720

Postsecondary Psychology Teachers

$56,457

Social and Human Service Assistants

$29,470

Social Science Research Assistants

$49,771

Statisticians

$75,661

Survey Researchers

$39,537

* 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 should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.
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
9-19
PSY101 Introduction to Psychology Critical course Gateway course Meets the SB value SB 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
MAT150 or
MAT151 or
MAT152 or
MAT187
College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions or Precalculus MA 3–5
AAA115 or
CPD150
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success Critical course 0–3
Language Any 101 level Foreign Language 0–5

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
9-17
PSY Elective PSY Elective Select one course that transfers to ASU as a direct equivalent or Departmental Elective Credit (DEC) with the PSY prefix, excluding PSY270. Note: Students should select a PSY elective that carries the C and (G or H) value 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 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 COM100, COM110 and COM3230 carry the SB Value.
COM225 Carries the L Value.
SB or L or SB 3
Language Any 102 level Foreign Language If testing out of Language, complete an elective 0–5

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
13-19
PSY230 or
(PSY231 and
PSY230)
Introduction to Statistics or (Laboratory for Statistics and Introduction to Statistics) CS 3–4
BIO100 or
BIO156 or
BIO181 or
SQ
Biology Concepts or Introductory Biology for Allied Health or General Biology (Majors) I or Natural Sciences SQ Course SQ 4
Related Area Related Area ASB, ASM, BIO, GCU, PHI, SOC (Recommend ASB, ASM, GCU, PHI or SOC) 3
HU Humanities, Arts, & Design Course 3
Language Any 201 Level Language Course 0–5

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
14-19
PSY290AB or
PSY290AC
Research Methods or Research Methods L, SG 4
Related Area ASB or
PHI+++
Any Related Area ASB Course 3
SG Any Natural Sciences SG Course Recommend PSY275 4
Related Area Related Area ASB, ASM, BIO, GCU, PHI, SOC If SB value is not met, select a related area course that carries the SB value. 3
Language Any 202 Level Language Course 0–5
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
6-12
PSY101 Introduction to Psychology Critical course Gateway course Meets the SB value SB 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
AAA115 or
CPD150
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success FYC 0–3
RDG1++ Successful College Reading 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
6-11
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking 0–3
MAT150 or
MAT151 or
MAT152 or
MAT187
College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions or Precalculus MA 3–5

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
6-8
PSY Elective PSY Elective Select one course that transfers to ASU as a direct equivalent or Departmental Elective Credit (DEC) with the PSY prefix, excluding PSY270. Note: Students should select a PSY elective that carries the C and (G or H) value MA 3
MAT182 or
MAT187 or
MAT220
Plane Trigonometry or Precalculus 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
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 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
7
BIO100 or
BIO156 or
BIO181 or
SQ
Biology Concepts or Introductory Biology for Allied Health or General Biology (Majors) I or Any Related Area Course that carries the SQ Value SQ or L, SG or SQ or SB 4
HU Humanities, Arts, & Design Course L 3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
7
Related Area Related Area ASB, ASM, GCU, PHI, SOC SB 3
SG Any Natural Sciences SG Course Recommend PSY275 4

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
3-7
Related Area Related Area ASB, GCU, SOC If SB value is not met, select a related area course that carries the SB value. 3
Language Any 101 level Foreign Language 0–4

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
3-8
PSY230 or
(PSY230 and
PSY231)
Introduction to Statistics or (Introduction to Statistics and Laboratory for Statistics) MA or CS 3–4
Language Any 102 Level Language Course 0–4

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
7-11
PSY290AB or
PSY290AC
Research Methods or Research Methods 4
Related Area ASB or
PHI+++
Any Related Area ASB Course 3
Language Any 201 Level Language Course SB 0–4

Term 10

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 10
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
0-4
Language Any 202 Level Language Course 0–4

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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.

View MCCCD’s program website for the Associate in Arts in Associate in Arts, Psychology (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm10?id=135246).

Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

Catalog Year Effective Dates
2019-2020 Current
2018-2019 5/29/2018 – 5/27/2019