The Psychology degree program is for students planning to transfer to baccalaureate programs in Psychology after study at Community College of Philadelphia and for students undecided about their long-term educational goals, but interested in the behavioral sciences. Because transfer institutions require specific courses to be taken prior to entry, it is highly recommended that students consult catalogues of schools to which they might transfer and transfer worksheets available in the Career and Transfer Center, as well as their advisors and mentors, in order to make appropriate selections for their elective courses.

The A.A. degree in Psychology is appropriate for students who wish to emphasize behavioral science fields, whether for personal interest or with the goal of transfer to major in Psychology, or in related fields such as cognitive science, counseling and educational psychology.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this program students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of psychology's major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and historical trends.
  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the principles of research design and an ability to apply them.
  • Demonstrate the ability to think critically about statements concerning mental processes and behavior.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the ways psychology is applied in the realms of work, personal life, education and other real-world situations.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the career choices open to psychology students.

Program Entry Requirements:

Students are typically required to take the College's placement tests at their time of entry. Students identified as needing developmental course work must satisfactorily complete the appropriate English and mathematics courses as a part of their degree program.

Program of Study and Graduation Requirements:

To qualify for the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree in Psychology, a student must complete a minimum of 61 credit hours as prescribed and attain a grade point average of 2.0 ("C" average).

Psychology Course Sequence

First Semester

  • ENGL 101 - English Composition I
  • Math 151 - Linear Mathematics (or higher)
  • CIS 103 - Applied Computer Technology
  • PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology
  • SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology or ANTH 112 - Cultural Anthropology

Second Semester

  • ENGL 102 - The Research Paper
  • PSYC 167 - Foundations of Statistical Methods for Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Humanities Elective
  • PSYC 110 - Descriptive Research Methods in Psychology
  • Lab Science: Biology recommended

Third Semester

  • Humanities Elective
  • PSYC 205 - Psychopathology/Abnormal Psychology
  • Science: Biology recommended
  • PSYC 210 - Experimental Research Methods in Psychology
  • PSYC 215 - Developmental Psychology

Fourth Semester

  • Psychology Elective
  • General Elective
  • General Elective
  • General Elective
  • General Elective

General Education Requirements:

Sociology 101 fulfills the College's Interpretive Studies requirement. If a student does not take Sociology 101 then that student needs to fulfill the Interpretive Studies requirement through a Humanities Elective or General Elective.

Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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