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.

Program Codes

8122  Associate in Arts (AA), Psychology
8600 Associate of Science (AS), Pre-Majors/Transfer

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Program Contacts

Dr. Dennis Abry, Psychology Lead
Office: SBE-136
Phone: (480) 425-6757

Dr. Lisa Marsio, Department Chair
Office: SBE-118
(480) 425-6794

Department Office
Stefani Parks, Administrative Assistant
Office: SBE-133
Phone: (480) 423-6206

Transfer Options

Arizona State University

 Northern Arizona University

University of Arizona

Grand Canyon University

While students may also choose to transfer to out-of-state programs, we do not have transfer partnerships with those programs. Connect with your transfer destination to determine which courses can be taken at SCC.

Career Outlook

According to the American Psychological Association, students who earn an undergraduate degree in psychology develop the following skills. They can:

  • predict and understand the behavior of individuals and groups;
  • understand how to use and interpret data
  • evaluate the legitimacy of claims about behavior
  • know how memory and learning function
  • have insight into problematic behaviors
  • demonstrate the capacity to adapt to change
  • understand and operate effectively throughout the channels of an organization
  • manage difficult situations and high stress environments
  • start and carry out projects with limited information or experience
  • show persistence in challenging circumstances

Students with an undergraduate degree in psychology qualify for entry-level positions in fields as diverse as marketing, sales, advertising, rehabilitation or psychiatric services, real estate, social work, child care, parole, and career counseling. According to the College Majors Handbook, and as reported by the American Psychological Association, the top 10 occupations that employ bachelor’s level psychology majors include management, sales, social work, personnel, health care, and financial specialists.

According to the Occupational Information Network (O*NET), Psychology majors can expect the following salaries in careers for which a Psychology degree at bachelors, masters, or doctoral level is the direct preparation.

Career Growth Median Salary
Addictions Counselor 23.2% not available
Advocate 16.4% $33,120
Behavioral Health Specialist 8.3% $61,980
Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) 14.5% $53,940
Clinical Data Manager 33.8% $84,060
Corporate Trainer 11.5% $60,360
Counselor (General) 14.3% $43,370
Crime Scene Investigator 16.8% $57,850
Dog Trainer 11.2% $28,880
Human Behavior Researcher 4.3% $46,000
Human Resources Analyst 8.5% $62,680
Human Resources Specialist (HR Specialist) 7.1% $60,350
Industrial Psychologist 8.4% $87,100
Intelligence Officer 4.5% $79,970
Market Research Analyst 23.2% $63,230
Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) 23.4% $48,790
Mental Health Counselor 23.1% $46,740
Neuropsychologist  10.5% $97,740
Occupational Therapist (OT) 23.8% $83,200
Patient Advocate 4.9% $32,890
Probation Officer 5.7% $51,410
Psychiatric Aide 5.5% $27,110
Psychiatrist 11.2% $208,000
Psychology Professor 15.1% $73,770
Public Relations Manager (PR Manager) 10.4% $111,280
School Psychologist 14.3% $75,090
Social Services Director 18.0% $64,100
Therapist (General) 19.9% $53,850