Associate in Arts, Psychology

Psychology - AA

The Associate in Arts (AA), 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

Major Code: 
8122
Award: 
Associate in Arts, Psychology
Total credits required: 
60-64
Award notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses in the program.

At Scottsdale...

Academic Program: 

Students planning to major in Psychology are committed to solving some of life's most intriguing mysteries. Whether one is interested in mental health, how the brain works, social relationships, cognitive processes, developmental and change processes, or quantitative methods for understanding behavior, a Psychology degree provides unique opportunities to explore what it is to be human.

Students in SCC’s Psychology program earn an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science (depending on whether they are pursuing a Bachelor or Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree), which prepares them for transfer to a four-year program. If students follow the correct transfer path, they enter transfer partner universities as junior.

Course Format

Courses are available in-person (day and evening) and online. 

How long will it take?

The minimum time to complete the Associate of Art degree or Associate of Science degreeis four full-time (15-16 credit hours) semesters for students who have no pre-existing college credit. 

Cost

Currently, the program cost for an AA or AS degree for Psychology students is $5,288. This includes tuition and course fees for Psychology courses. Books and course fees in other classes outside of the Psychology program are not calculated.

Textbooks

To assist our students, many Psychology courses utilize Open Educational Resources and/or low cost textbooks to minimize textbook costs.

Program Curriculum

  • Mapping scheduled for 2018-19 academic year
General Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Select courses 100-level or higher to complete a minimum of 60 semester credits but no more than a total of 64 semester credits.
Recommended for students intending to complete the Arizona State University, Polytechnic, Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science Subplan, Arizona State University, West, Bachelor of Science Subplan, or Arizona State University, Tempe, Bachelor of Science Subplan.
PSY+++ Any PSY Psychology course(s)
Program Learning Outcomes
  • Explain how Psychology is a science and interdisciplinary. (PSY101, PSY132, PSY157, PSY215, PSY218, PSY225, PSY235, PSY240, PSY241, PSY248, PSY250, PSY260, PSY262, PSY266, PSY275, PSY277, PSY280, PSY290AB, PSY290AC)
  • Identify interrelationships between biological, psychological and socio-cultural processes. (BIO100, BIO156, BIO181, PSY101, PSY132, PSY157, PSY215, PSY218, PSY225, PSY235, PSY240, PSY241, PSY248, PSY250, PSY260, PSY262, PSY266, PSY275, PSY277, PSY280)
  • Apply Psychological science to everyday life and career goals. (PSY101, PSY132, PSY157, PSY215, PSY218, PSY225, PSY230, PSY231, PSY235, PSY240, PSY241, PSY248, PSY250, PSY260, PSY262, PSY266, PSY275, PSY277, PSY280, PSY290AB, PSY290AC)
  • Utilize a systematic method of investigation, design and conduct a psychology research project. (BIO100, BIO156, BIO181, PSY290AB, PSY290AC, [MA])
  • Locate, interpret and evaluate research findings. (BIO100, BIO156, BIO181, CRE101, PSY101, PSY230, PSY231, PSY290AB, PSY290AC, [FYC], [MA])
  • Analyze and interpret data using quantitative and qualitative methods. (BIO100, BIO156, BIO181, CIS105, CSC180, CSC180AA, CSC180AB, PSY230, PSY231, PSY290AB, PSY290AC, [MA])
  • Utilize scientific findings and theories to generate new ideas. (BIO100, BIO156, BIO181, PSY290AB, PSY290AC, [MA])
  • Evaluate the impact of socio-cultural diversity and societal inequality on social and psychological issues and research. (CRE101, PSY101, PSY132, PSY157, PSY215, PSY218, PSY225, PSY235, PSY240, PSY241, PSY248, PSY250, PSY260, PSY262, PSY266, PSY275, PSY277, PSY280, [FYC], [HU])
  • Interact effectively with others using an understanding of the role culture, values and biases play in communication. (BIO100, BIO156, BIO181, CRE101, PSY101, PSY132, PSY157, PSY215, PSY218, PSY225, PSY235, PSY240, PSY241, PSY248, PSY250, PSY260, PSY262, PSY266, PSY275, PSY277, PSY280, PSY290AB, PSY290AC, [FYC], [HU], [MA], (COM))
  • Utilize effective written, oral and visual communication skills in varied contexts, in accordance with the professional conventions within the field of psychology. (BIO100, BIO156, BIO181, CIS105, CRE101, CSC180, CSC180AA, CSC180AB, PSY101, PSY132, PSY157, PSY215, PSY218, PSY225, PSY230, PSY231, PSY235, PSY240, PSY241, PSY248, PSY250, PSY260, PSY262, PSY266, PSY275, PSY277, PSY280, PSY290AB, PSY290AC, [FYC], [HU], [MA], (COM))
  • Apply ethical standards and social responsibility to evaluate psychological science and practice. (BIO100, BIO156, BIO181, CRE101, PSY101, PSY230, PSY231, PSY290AB, PSY290AC, [FYC], [HU], (COM))
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:13-15
PSY101Introduction to Psychology3
PSY230Introduction to Statistics (3) OR
PSY230Introduction to Statistics (3) AND
PSY231Laboratory for Statistics (1)3-4
PSY290ABResearch Methods (4) OR
PSY290ACResearch Methods (4)4
Select one of the following PSY Electives:
PSY132Psychology and Culture (3)
PSY157African/Black Psychology (3)
PSY215Introduction to Sport Psychology (3)
PSY218Health Psychology (3)
PSY225Psychology of Religion (3)
PSY235Psychology of Gender (3)
PSY240Developmental Psychology (3)
PSY241Understanding and Changing Behavior (3)
PSY248Psychology of Adolescent Development (3)
PSY250Social Psychology (3)
PSY260Psychology of Personality (3)
PSY262Positive Psychology (3)
PSY266Abnormal Psychology (3)
PSY275Biopsychology (4)
PSY277Psychology of Human Sexuality (3)
PSY280Industrial/Organizational Psychology (3)3-4
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:3-33
Complete all courses in the transfer option that best aligns with your academic and professional goals. If your intended transfer institution is not listed, then select a combination of courses from the transfer options listed in order to meet the minimum credits required in the Restricted Electives section. Consult with an academic, faculty, or program advisor to prevent exceeding your university transfer program`s maximum transferable credits (typically 64). If academic and professional goals do not align with any of the subplans below, select elective courses in consultation with an academic, faculty, or program advisor.
Subplan 1: Arizona State University, Polytechnic Campus, Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science
CIS105Survey of Computer Information Systems3
Related Area Course Credits:6
Students must select 2 courses (6 credits) that transfer to ASU as direct equivalencies or departmental electives in the following ASU course prefixes: ASB, COM, POS, PSY, SOC. These courses may be used to fulfill any outstanding AGEC requirements simultaneously.
Subplan 2: Arizona State University, Tempe Campus, Bachelor of Arts
Foreign Language Credits:0-20
Complete a language course at the intermediate level (202 or equivalent), including American Sign Language IV with a C or better OR demonstrate proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment.
ARB+++ Any ARB Arabic course(s)
CHI+++ Any CHI Chinese course(s)
FRE+++ Any FRE French course(s)
GER+++ Any GER German course(s)
ITA+++ Any ITA Italian course(s)
JPN+++ Any JPN Japanese course(s)
SPA+++ Any SPA Spanish course(s)
SLG+++ Any SLG Sign Language course(s)0-20
Related Area Credits:9
Students must select 3 courses (9 credits) that transfer to ASU as direct equivalencies or departmental electives in the following ASU course prefixes: ASB, ASM, BIO, GCU, PHI, SOC. These courses may be used to fulfill any outstanding AGEC requirements simultaneously, however these courses may not be used to fulfill the PSY101, PSY230, PSY290, or the PSY Elective requirement.
BIO100Biology Concepts (4) OR
BIO156Introductory Biology for Allied Health (4) OR
BIO181General Biology (Majors) I (4)4
Subplan 3: Arizona State University, Tempe Campus, Bachelor of Science
Related Area Credits:13
Students must select 3 courses (9 credits) that transfer to ASU as direct equivalencies or departmental electives in the following ASU course prefixes: ASB, ASM, BIO, GCU, PHI, SOC. These courses may be used to fulfill any outstanding AGEC requirements simultaneously, however these courses may not be used to fulfill the PSY101, PSY230, PSY290, or the PSY Elective requirement.
BIO100Biology Concepts (4) OR
BIO156Introductory Biology for Allied Health (4) OR
BIO181General Biology (Majors) I (4)4
Subplan 4: Arizona State University, West Campus, Bachelor of Arts
Language and Cultures Credits:0-20
Complete a language course at the intermediate level (202 or equivalent), including American Sign Language IV with a C or better OR demonstrate proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment. This requirement may also be satisfied after transfer to ASU though various upper division course options. Recommend students satisfy this requirement after transfer to ASU unless proficient at the elementary level (102 or equivalent).
ARB+++ Any ARB Arabic course(s)
CHI+++ Any CHI Chinese course(s)
FRE+++ Any FRE French course(s)
GER+++ Any GER German course(s)
ITA+++ Any ITA Italian course(s)
JPN+++ Any JPN Japanese course(s)
SPA+++ Any SPA Spanish course(s)
SLG+++ Any SLG Sign Language course(s)0-20
Computer Literacy Course Credits:3-4
CIS105Survey of Computer Information Systems (3) OR
CSC180Computer Literacy (3) OR
CSC180AAComputer Literacy (3) OR
CSC180ABComputer Literacy (4)3-4
Related Area Course Credits:6
Students must select a total of two Related Area courses that transfer as either Direct Equivalency or Departmental Electives to Arizona State.
ASB+++ Any ASB Anthropology course(s)
COM+++ Any COM Communication course(s)
POS+++ Any POS Political Science course(s)
PSY+++ Any PSY Psychology course(s)
SOC+++ Any SOC Sociology course(s)6
(Recommend selecting one course in the Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB] area)
Subplan 5: Arizona State University, West Campus, Bachelor of Science
Language and Cultures Credits:0-20
Complete a language course at the intermediate level (202 or equivalent), including American Sign Language IV with a C or better OR demonstrate proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment. This requirement may also be satisfied after transfer to ASU though various upper division course options. Recommend students satisfy this requirement after transfer to ASU unless proficient at the elementary level (102 or equivalent).
ARB+++ Any ARB Arabic course(s)
CHI+++ Any CHI Chinese course(s)
FRE+++ Any FRE French course(s)
GER+++ Any GER German course(s)
ITA+++ Any ITA Italian course(s)
JPN+++ Any JPN Japanese course(s)
SPA+++ Any SPA Spanish course(s)
SLG+++ Any SLG Sign Language course(s)0-20
Computer Literacy Course Credits:3-4
CIS105Survey of Computer Information Systems (3) OR
CSC180Computer Literacy (3) OR
CSC180AAComputer Literacy (3) OR
CSC180ABComputer Literacy (4)3-4
Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC)
AGEC-ACredits: 14-43
A single course with an [HU], [SB], or [L] designation(s) may also be used to satisfy the Oral Communication, Critical Reading, or Awareness Area ([C], [G] and/or [H]) requirement(s).
 
First-Year Composition [FYC]Credits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
 
Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L]Credits: 0
Met by PSY290AB OR PSY290AC in Required Courses area.
 
Mathematics [MA]Credits: 4-8
Subplan 3: Arizona State University, Tempe Campus, Bachelor of Science:
MAT220Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (5) OR
MAT221Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (4) OR
Any approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area for which MAT22+ is a prerequisite.4-5
All Other Subplans:
MAT150College Algebra/Functions (5) OR
MAT151College Algebra/Functions (4) OR
MAT152College Algebra/Functions (3) OR
AND
MAT182Plane Trigonometry (3)
OR
MAT187Precalculus (5) OR
Any approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area for which MAT187 is a prerequisite.4-5
 
Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS]Credits: 0
Met by PSY230 in Required Course area.
 
Humanities, Arts and Design [HU]Credits: 0-6
Any approved general education courses in the Humanities, Arts and Design [HU] area.0-6
 
Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB]Credits: 0-3
Met by PSY101 AND
Any approved general education courses in the Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB] area.0-3
(May be met by any of the PSY Electives in Required Courses except PSY262 and PSY275 or Related Area Coursework)
 
Natural Sciences [SG]/[SQ]Credits: 4-8
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences (Quantitative) [SQ] area unless met by BIO100 OR BIO156 OR BIO181 in Restricted Electives (0-4) AND
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences (Quantitative) [SQ] area or the Natural Sciences (General) [SG] area (4).4-8
(Recommend PSY275 Biopsychology)
 
Awareness AreasCredits: 0-6
 
Cultural Diversity in the US [C]Credits: 0-3
0-3
 
Historical/Global Awareness [H]/[G]Credits: 0-3
Subplan 2: Arizona State University, Tempe Campus, Bachelor of Arts
Must be shared with Core Requirements.0
All Other Subplans:
Any approved general education course with the Historical [H] or Global [G] awareness area designation.0-3
 
MCCCD Additional Requirements
MCCCD Additional RequirementsCredits: 0-6
Additional Requirements Notes: Courses in this area may also be applied to the AGEC Core Requirements. To minimize total credits required for degree and maximize transferable credits, it is recommended that courses be selected that meet more than one requirement wherever possible.
 
Oral CommunicationCredits: 0-3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM225Public Speaking (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)0-3
 
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment (0)0-3

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate information about this degree or certificate. However, the information above represents current requirements for the academic year and may change as the result of the curricular process. This course list 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.