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Degree Offered: Associate in Science

Credits Required: 60/61 (2017-2018 Academic Year)

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This program prepares students to transfer to baccalaureate programs in psychology and includes the traditional content involved in the scientific study of behavior and mental processes by psychologists. The major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology are included, as are the methods psychologists use to study behavior and resolve unanswered questions. A degree in psychology offers students a chance to work in research organizations or human services agencies. Others go on to become counselors or work in a clinical or academic setting. There are many other career options depending on individual interests.

Program Outcomes:  

Graduates will be able to

  1. Support conclusions with evidence and logic.
  2. Identify psychological principles and theories used to describe personal, social, and organizational issues. 
  3. Apply principles and theories used in the social sciences to their daily lives, and/or their community, and/or their society. 


Curriculum - First Year

First Semester - 15 Credits

CIST 100
Introduction to Information Tech
A computer course designed to introduce students to personal computers. Topics include basic concepts of computer operations, storage media, software categories, Windows operating system, computer communication devices, and Internet. The course also includes introduction to Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. Honors Option Available Introduction to Information Technology honors introduces concepts related to global computing concepts together with MicroSoft Office to develop documents, spreadsheets, databases and presentations. Through a series of projects students will learn how to develop integrated applications correlated other honors courses. 3-0-3
COMM 201
Public Speaking
The emphasis is on speech preparation and delivery in a variety of speaking experiences designed to improve the speaker’s capability through the application of correct speech practices. Honors Option Available Public Speaking Honors emphasizes speech preparation, and delivery, with special attention paid to crafting effective academic and professional presentations on global and international issues. Speeking experiences and presentations will be designed by individuals and groups and presented to the CCBC community, the public and other appropriate audiences. 3-0-3
PSYC 101
General Psychology
This course examines the scientific study of behavior and mental processes and provides a survey of the major areas of psychology. Important topics and findings from psychology are reviewed. Topics include the role of science in the study of behavior, the biological foundations of behavior, learning, information processing, stress and health, social interaction, development, motivation, emotion and psychological disorders. 3-0-3
SOCI 101
Principles of Sociology
This course provides the student with a general survey of the theories and concepts utilized in the field of sociology which contribute to a basic understanding of modern society and its structures. Key elements addressed within the course include the three foundational theoretical perspectives utilized in sociology, Functionalism, Conflict Theory and Symbolic Interactionism, the process of socialization, social institutions, such as family, marriage and religion, as well as an introduction to the basic research methods utilized in the field. 3-0-3
WRIT 101
English Composition
Students will practice expository writing and learn the academic form of the essay and research paper. Students will focus on the development of an academically sound and challenging thesis and resulting essay. The mechanics of writing will be reviewed as needed. Pre-requisite: Placement testing; successful completion of DEVS012 Reading and DEVS015 Introduction to College Writing if required, permission of the Division Director. Honors Option Available English Composition Honor students will practice expository and persuasive discourse in writing and learning the academic form of the essay and research paper. Students will focus on the development of a sound thesis for projects concerning topics of global or international significance. 3-0-3

Second Semester - 15/16 Credits

LITR 210
Concepts of Literature
This course introduces students to the three major forms of literary expression: fiction, poetry, and drama. Significant works from each form will be analyzed to reveal creative techniques, how they represent an author’s time, and how they reflect today’s human condition. Honors Option Available Concepts of Literature Honors explores literary art forms, both traditional, fiction, poetry and drama and non-traditional, film, virtual reality and gaming as well as the international cultures and philosophical approaches that create and interpret such works. Significant contributions to each literary form will be analyzed, resulting in student produced compositions, multi-media presentations and student lead discussions. Prerequisite: WRIT101 or permission of the department. 3-0-3
MATH 129
College Algebra with Review
The functional approach to algebra is stressed with attention to the properties of the real number system; linear functions and equations; exponents; radicals; functions; systems of equations; and quadratic equations. Fundamental algebra concepts are reviewed and strengthened through assignments on MyMathLab. Additional topics may be added at the discretion of the instructor. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score or appropriate high school records. 4-0-4
TAOC Category Three
PSYC 105
Social Psychology
This is the study of the individual’s interaction with his/her environment. Culture; socialization processes; attitudes; values; roles; and communication will be investigated as well as other factors, which influence personality development. 3-0-3
PSYC 208
Abnormal Psychology
The course provides a foundation for understanding abnormal behavior. The class examines the nature of mental disorders and the approaches used to classify and treat them. Prerequisite: PSYC101 3-0-3
PSYC 201
Psychology of Personality
This course is a survey of major personality theories. Consideration will be given to personality dynamics, development, and assessment. Prerequisite: PSYC101 3-0-3
TAOC Category Five (except PSYC) or Category Six- 3 credits

Curriculum - Second Year

Third Semester - 14 Credits

BIOL 100
Principles of Biology
This course provides lecture and lab experience for non-science majors through a survey of the Biological Sciences, with emphasis on Reproductioin, Environmental Biology, Human Genetics, Evolution, and Anatomical Systems. Individualized instructional techniques will be incorporated into the course. No prior science background is required. (3-2-4)
BIOL 101
General Biology I
The science of biology with emphasis on cellular physiology, cell structure, mitosis, and meiosis, basic genetics development, and organismic biology. 3-2-4
MATH 126
This course is an introduction to a field whose ideas and concepts pervade modern society and whose importance in business, technology, science and research in general is considerable and ever growing. The course consists of three parts, namely, descriptive statistics, probability and inferential statistics. Prerequisite: "C" or better in PREP021, appropriate placement score or high school records. 4-0-4
PSYC 106
Human Growth and Development
This course is a survey of human development from conception to senescence. Attention will be given to the physical, motor, emotional, personality, and social growth of the individual in infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and senescence. 3-0-3
PSYC 210
Child Psychology
Basic principles of child development from infancy to adolescence will be studied. Emphasis will be placed on physical, intellectual, social, and emotional factors. Prerequisite: PSYC101 3-0-3
PSYC 205
Educational Psychology
A course for Pre-Education majors, human learning in the educational setting is presented with theories of learning and teaching, the development of the child, creativity, individual differences, and standardized testing. Prerequisite: PSYC101 3-0-3

Fourth Semester - 16 Credits

PSYC 221
Research Methods
This course introduces students to the concepts and methods used in psychological research. Students will learn the basic principles of research design and demonstrate an ability to identify and apply the type of research method that best answers the question asked. Descripitive research designs, correlational studies and different types of experimental and quasi-experimental designs will be covered. Topics include the assumptions of scientific research, the function of ethics in conducting research and the role that reliability and validity play in the research process. In this course, students will research, design, conduct, analyze and write a report using APA format to summarize a research project. 3-0-3 Prerequisites: MATH126 and PSYC101
TAOC Category Four - 4 credits
TAOC Category Five
TAOC Category Five (BUSM, HIST, or POLS) - 3 credits
TAOC Category Six - 3 credits
TAOC Category Six (PHIL110 recommended) - 3 credits