Associate in Arts Psychology Emphasis to BS

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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 (AA)
Academic Plan Code
8400
Total Credits Required
62–67
Catalog Year
2018-2019

Transfer Pathways

This pathway map can lead to multiple transfer pathway options.

A list of available transfer options for the Psychology Emphasis to BS program
Transfer Partner Degree Type Transfer Program
Arizona State University Bachelor of Science Psychology (Psychological Science)
Arizona State University Bachelor of Science 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. 

This pathway map can lead to a variety of different occupations and industries. Below is a sampling of some of the possible positions and Arizona-based salaries related to this pathway map. Some of the opportunities presented below may require either a bachelor degree or a post-graduate level education.

Example job titles with salary information
Occupation / Title Annual Median Wage
Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists $60,450
Human Resources Managers $85,120
Human Resources Specialists $54,330
Industrial Engineers $90,310
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists $60,740
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists $55,280
Psychiatric Technicians $32,820
Psychologists, All Other $100,110
Social and Human Service Assistants $29,960
Social Science Research Assistants $48,960
Statisticians $75,550
Survey Researchers $39,590
Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.

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 Credits
15-17
PSY132 Psychology and Culture Course carries C, G, SB Values 3
PSY101 Introduction to Psychology Critical course Gateway course Course carries SB Value 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course 3
MAT150 or
MAT151 or
MAT152
College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions Critical course 3–5
HU Humanities, Arts, & Design 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
16-18
PSY275 Biopsychology Course carries SG Value 4
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL 3
MAT182 or
MAT187
Plane Trigonometry or Precalculus 3–5
CRE101 or
Elective
College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking or Elective Course Course carries L Value 3
PSY Elective PSY Elective 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
15-16
PSY230 Introduction to Statistics Meets the CS Value 3
PSY231 Laboratory for Statistics 1
SQ Natural Sciences SQ Course 4
Elective Elective Course 3
MAT220 or
MAT221
Calculus with Analytic Geometry I or Calculus with Analytic Geometry I 4–5

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
16
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication 3
HU Humanities, Arts, & Design 3
PSY290AC Research Methods Meets the L Value 3
PSY290AC Research Methods Laboratory Meets the L Value 1
Electives Two Elective Courses 6
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 Credits
6
PSY101 Introduction to Psychology Critical course Gateway course Course carries SB Value 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6
PSY132 Psychology and Culture Course carries C, G, SB Values 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6-8
CRE101 or
Elective
College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking or Elective Course Course carries L Value 3
MAT150 or
MAT151 or
MAT152
College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions Critical course 3–5

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6-8
HU Humanities, Arts, & Design 3
MAT182 or
MAT187
Plane Trigonometry or Precalculus 3–5

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7
PSY Elective PSY Elective 3
PSY230 Introduction to Statistics Meets the CS Value 3
PSY231 Laboratory for Statistics 1

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7
PSY290AC Research Methods Meets the L Value 3
PSY290AC Research Methods Laboratory Meets the L Value 1
Elective Elective Course 3

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7
PSY275 Biopsychology Course carries SG Value 4
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication 3

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7-8
HU Humanities, Arts, & Design 3
MAT220 or
MAT221
Calculus with Analytic Geometry I or Calculus with Analytic Geometry I 4–5

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7
SQ Natural Sciences SQ Course 4
Elective Elective Course 3

Term 10

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 10
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
3
Elective Elective Course 3

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Program Area Key

  • Critical Rdg = Critical Reading
  • FYC = First Year Composition
  • HU = Humanities, Arts and Design
  • Mathematics = Mathematics
  • NS = Natural Science
  • Oral Comm = Oral Communication
  • PP = Program Prerequisite
  • SB = Social-Behavioral Sciences
  • RC = Required Courses
  • RE = Restricted Electives

Disclaimer

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

This Course Sequence is a “shared” program or a program that is offered at multiple Maricopa colleges. The colleges offering the program collaborate on the sequencing of the courses. However, since each college may differ in course scheduling and faculty availability, Course Sequences may vary by college, but should not impact program applicability or transfer.

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 (https://curriculum.maricopa.edu/sites/default/files/aa1819.pdf).

* Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.