Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

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Psychology Program

ALLEGHENY, BOYCE, NORTH, SOUTH
Associate of Arts (053.4)

 This program prepares the student for transfer to a four-year institution with a broad college background and significant coursework in psychology and the disciplines that support it.

 Graduates work for a bachelor's degree or advanced degree in Psychology or related fields. The program also provides a strong and diverse preparation in the liberal arts and sciences for those desiring a broad educational background for transfer to a variety of programs at four-year institutions.

Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:

  1. Describe and explain the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and historical trends in psychology. 
  2. Explain and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis and interpretation.   
  3. Use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and when possible, the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes.    
  4. List and apply psychological principles to personal, social and organization issues.    
  5. Weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically and reflect other values that are the underpinning of psychology as a discipline.

See the Graduation Checksheet for this program in printable PDF form.

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credits to Graduate: 60–63

First Semester 

Credits

ENG-101  

English Composition 1

3

PSY-101 

Introduction to Psychology 1

3

 

Computer Information Technology Elective 2

3–4

 

History Elective 

3

 

Mathematics Elective (MAT-108, Intermediate Algebra,
or equivalent) 

3–4

 

 Total

15–16

Second Semester  

BIO-151

General Biology 1 3

4

ENG-102 

English Composition 2 

3

PSY-202 

Social Psychology 1 or
Psychology Life Span/Developmental  Elective 4  

3

 

Philosophy Elective 5

 3

 

Speech Elective

3

 

 Total

 16

Third Semester  

PSY-208

Abnormal Psychology 1 

 3

PSY-270

Statistics for the Behavioral & Social Sciences 1

 4

 

English Elective  

 3

 

Science Elective 6  

 3–4

 

 Total

13–14

Fourth Semester  

 

PSY-290 

Research Methods & Applications 1

4

 

Humanities Elective 

3

 

Restricted Elective 7  

3

 

Social Sciences Electives (2)  

6

 

 Total

 16

   
The following list of courses and electives are required for the PA Statewide
Articulation Agreement
in Psychology. Students intending to transfer to a PA Trac
college or university
should consult a transfer counselor early in their program.

1Psychology Courses: 

 
PSY-101 
PSY-202

PSY-208
PSY-270 
PSY-290 
Introduction to Psychology 
Social Psychology or
One (1) Life Span Course 4 
Abnormal Psychology  
Statistics for the Behavioral & Social Sciences 
Research Methods & Applications 

 3
3
3
3
4
4

   
2Computer & Information Technology Elective:  
CIT-100 
CIT-140
Computer Fundamentals & Applications or
Office Productivity Applications 

 3
4

    
3Science Course:   
BIO-151  General Biology 1 

 4

   
4Psychology Life Span/ Developmental Elective (choose one course) 
PSY-108
PSY-113
PSY-204
PSY-210 
PSY-214 
Human Growth & Development         
Psychology of Death & Dying 
Adolescent Psychology  
Child Psychology  
Psychology of Adulthood

 3
3
3
3
3

   
5Philosophy Elective:  
PHL-155Ethics 

 3

   
6Science Elective: Students should select lab courses from Biology, Chemistry
Physics or Astronomy. 
   
7Restricted Elective: Students should select from the following: Art, Dance, Foreign Language, Geography, Health & Physical Education, Literature, Music or Theatre  

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