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Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Psychology

The Associate in Arts (AA), Emphasis in Psychology provides the first two years of a four-year curriculum for students who wish to specialize in psychological sciences or are preparing for graduate programs in psychology or related fields. With a bachelor`s degree, students may pursue numerous careers such as mid and top-level managers, market research analysts/specialists, human resources specialists/managers, social and human service assistants, psychiatric technicians, survey researchers, and probation officers/correctional treatment specialists. Most careers in psychology require graduate work. With a graduate degree, students may pursue a number of careers, including but not limited to: psychologists (industrial-organizational, clinical, counseling, and school), research scientists, psychiatrists, neuropsychologists, statisticians, teachers, and human factors engineers.

Details

Details iconImportant information you’ll need when applying for admission:
Field of Interest
Behavioral Science and Human Services
Type
Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Psychology (DEG)
Academic Plan Code
8122
Total Credits Required
60-64
Catalog Year
2020-2021
Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.
What You'll Learn

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

  1. Explain how Psychology is a science and interdisciplinary.
  2. Identify interrelationships between biological, psychological and socio-cultural processes.
  3. Apply Psychological science to everyday life and career goals.
  4. Utilize a systematic method of investigation, design and conduct a psychology research project.
  5. Locate, interpret and evaluate research findings.
  6. Analyze and interpret data using quantitative and qualitative methods.
  7. Utilize scientific findings and theories to generate new ideas.
  8. Evaluate the impact of socio-cultural diversity and societal inequality on social and psychological issues and research.
  9. Interact effectively with others using an understanding of the role culture, values and biases play in communication.
  10. Utilize effective written, oral and visual communication skills in varied contexts, in accordance with the professional conventions within the field of psychology.
  11. Apply ethical standards and social responsibility to evaluate psychological science and practice.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this degree may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists

$62,250

Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists

$57,480

Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists

$53,380

Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors

$43,110

There are additional career opportunities associated with this degree that do not have occupational data available for Arizona at this time. These occupations are listed below:
  • Industrial-Organizational Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2019.
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 AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Pathway Map Options

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

These pathway map options may 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 and any associated details will be automatically updated.

Additional courses that are specific to your selected option will be highlighted with a blue border. Depending on your selected option, the blue bordered courses may replace the gray bordered courses found in the other options.

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.

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
MA Mathematics Critical course MA 3–6
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 0–3
Second Language Second Language Requirement, 101 Level See your program advisor to determine if your transfer option requires language proficiency

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
PSY Elective PSY Elective See below 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
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
MAT182 Plane Trigonometry Only needed if MAT15+ was taken in Term 1 MA 0–3
Transfer Option Transfer Option 0–4
Transfer Option Transfer Option 0–4
Second Language Second Language Requirement, 102 Level See your program advisor to determine if your transfer option requires language proficiency

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
PSY230 or
(PSY230 and
PSY231)
Introduction to Statistics or (Introduction to Statistics and Laboratory for Statistics) CS 3–4
SQ Natural Sciences Quantitative SQ 4
SB Social & Behavioral Sciences Students who select the ASU Tempe BA transfer option must select a Related Area course that satisfies the SB requirement SB 3
HU Humanities, Fine Arts & Design Students who select the ASU Tempe BA transfer option must select a Related Area course that satisfies the HU requirement HU 3
Transfer Option Transfer Option 0–4
Second Language Second Language Requirement, 201 Level See your program advisor to determine if your transfer option requires language proficiency

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 and
PSY290AC)
Research Methods or (Research Methods and Research Methods Laboratory) L, SG 4
HU Humanities, Fine Arts & Design Students who select the ASU Tempe BA transfer option must select a Related Area course that satisfies the HU requirement HU 3
SG or
SQ
Natural Sciences General or Natural Sciences Quantitative May be met by PSY290AB OR PSY290AC if not used to meet L;
Recommend PSY275
SG or SQ 0–4
L Literacy & Critical Inquiry May be met by PSY290AB OR PSY290AC if not used to meet SG L 0–3
Transfer Option Transfer Option 0–4
Transfer Option Transfer Option 0–4
Second Language Second Language Requirement, 202 Level See your program advisor to determine if your transfer option requires language proficiency

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 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.

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
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 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MA Mathematics Critical course MA 3–6
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

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 Plane Trigonometry Only needed if MAT15+ was taken in Term 2 MA 0–3
Transfer Option Transfer Option 0–4

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
SQ Natural Sciences Quantitative SQ 4

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SB Social & Behavioral Sciences Students who select the ASU Tempe BA transfer option must select a Related Area course that satisfies the SB requirement SB 3
HU Humanities, Fine Arts & Design Students who select the ASU Tempe BA transfer option must select a Related Area course that satisfies the HU requirement HU 3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SG or
SQ
Natural Sciences General or Natural Sciences Quantitative May be met by PSY290AB OR PSY290AC unless used to meet L;
Recommend PSY275
SG or SQ 0–4
HU Humanities, Fine Arts & Design Students who select the ASU Tempe BA transfer option must select a Related Area course that satisfies the HU requirement HU 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
(PSY230 and
PSY231)
Introduction to Statistics or (Introduction to Statistics and Laboratory for Statistics) CS 3–4
Transfer Option Transfer Option 0–4
Second Language Second Language Requirement, 101 Level See your program advisor to determine if your transfer option requires language proficiency

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 and
PSY290AC)
Research Methods or (Research Methods and Research Methods Laboratory) L, SG 4
L Literacy & Critical Inquiry May be met by PSY290AB OR PSY290AC unless used to meet SG L 0–3
Transfer Option Transfer Option 0–4
Second Language Second Language Requirement, 102 Level See your program advisor to determine if your transfer option requires language proficiency

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Transfer Option Transfer Option 0–4
Second Language Second Language Requirement, 201 Level See your program advisor to determine if your transfer option requires language proficiency

Term 10

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 10
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Transfer Option Transfer Option 0–4
Second Language Second Language Requirement, 202 Level See your program advisor to determine if your transfer option requires language proficiency

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.

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.

Disclaimer

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.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Associate in Arts in Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Psychology (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm10?id=155460).


At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.

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 YearEffective Dates
2019-20205/28/2019 – 5/25/2020