Associate in Arts in Psychology

This program is for students who wish to transfer to a
four-year institution and obtain a bachelor’s degree in psychology. It includes transferable general education requirements as well as psychology core courses. These core courses are designed to give students a basic foundation in psychology as well as transfer as introductory-level classes at a four-year institution. Students must work closely with their transfer institutions and their SFCC advisers to ensure the best transition to four-year schools.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Demonstrate familiarity with major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and historical trends in psychology.
  • Understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including basic research design, data analysis and interpretation.
  • Use critical thinking, skeptical inquiry and, when possible, the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes.
  • Understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social and organizational issues.
  • Weigh evidence, appreciate ambiguity, act ethically and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a science.

Class Requirements


Communications (9 hrs.)

ENGL 111         Composition and Rhetoric (3)

ENGL 112         Composition and Literature (3)

Any SPCH course (3)

Mathematics (4 hrs.)

MATH 119       Applications of Mathematics

For Nonscience Majors (3)

Laboratory Science (8 hrs.)

BIOL 111          Introduction to Biology (3)

BIOL 111L       Introduction to Biology Lab (1)

Laboratory Science course (4)

Social/Behavioral Sciences (9 hrs.)

PSYC 111         Psychology I (3)

SOCI 111          Introduction to Sociology (3) þ


Choose one course from the following:

ANTH 112        The Nature of Culture (3) þ

BSAD 235         Human Relations in the Workplace (3)

ECON 200        Principles of Economics –

Macroeconomics (3) S

ECON 201        Principles of Economics –

Microeconomics (3) S

POLI 200          American Government and Politics (3)

SOCI 220          Social Problems (3) þ

Humanities and Fine Arts (6 hrs.)

Humanities and Fine Arts course (3)

PHIL 111          Introduction to Philosophy (3)

The combined total of Social and Behavioral Sciences
and Humanities and Fine Arts areas should equal
15 credit hours.

Health and Wellness (1 hr.)



PSYC 200         Statistical Principles for the Social

Sciences (3)

PSYC 295         Directed Studies in Psychology (3)

Choose five (5) courses from the following:

PSYC 210         Cultural Psychology (3) þ

PSYC 220         Psychology of Gender (3)

PSYC 225         Positive Psychology (3)

PSYC 230         Psychology of Personal Growth and (3)

Interpersonal Relationships

PSYC 231         Psychology of Personality (3)

PSYC 240         Abnormal Psychology (3)

PSYC 250         Brain and Behavior (3)

PSYC 260         Psychology of Learning and Memory (3)

PSYC 265         Cognitive Psychology (3)

PSYC 270         Study Abroad: Images and Insights (3)

PSYC 271         Social Psychology (3)

PSYC 280         Human Sexuality (3)

PSYC 290         Lifespan Developmental Psychology (3)



Choose from the following recommended course(s):

CRJS 232          Crime Profiling (3)

HUSV 111        Introduction to Human Services (3)

HUSV 130        Group Process and Counseling (3)

HUSV 270        Case Management (3)

HUSV 280        Compassion Fatigue and Secondary Stress Disorder (3)

HUSV 285        Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Diagnosis and Treatment (3)

HUSV 290        Crisis Intervention, Coping Strategies and Stabilization (3)

PSYC 125         Communication and Counseling Skills (3)

SOCI 209          Aging and the Family (3)

SOCI 216          Race, Class, and Gender (3)

SOCI 225           Marriage, Family and Intimate

Relationships (3) þ


Six credit hours of the A.A. and A.S. must come from an approved list of courses that satisfy the following requirements. These are not meant to be additional hours in the degree but are, instead, existing courses that satisfy the requirement and appear anywhere in the degree.

  • Cultural Perspectives (3 credit hours)
  • Sustainable Living (3 credit hours)

NOTE: See First-Year Student Success Course Requirement on Page 8.