Degree Program Requirements

Graduates of the Associate in Science degree program in Psychology are prepared for transfer to a four-year college to complete a bachelor’s degree (B.A. or B.S.) that is essential for most types of employment in this field. Graduates can pursue a wide range of career options including psychology, human services, and social services.

Common Core Requirements

Common Core Categories Courses Credits
REQUIRED CORE: 1A. ENGL-101: English Composition I 3
REQUIRED CORE: 1A. ENGL-102: English Composition II 3
REQUIRED CORE: 1B. Mathematics & Quantitative Reasoning (Select one course) Recommended: MA-119 or MA-3361 3
REQUIRED CORE: 1C. Life & Physical Sciences (Select one course)
Recommended: BI-131 or BI-140 
3-4
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2A. World Cultures & Global Issues (Select one course) 3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2B. U.S. Experience & Its Diversity (Select one course) 3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2C. Creative Expression (Select one course) 3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2D. Individual & Society (Select one course) 3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2E. Recommended: PSYC-1012 3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2A., 2B., 2C., 2D., or 2E. Select one course from 2A.2B.2C.2D., or 2E. 3
Subtotal 30-31

Major Requirements

Courses Credits
PSYC-101: Psychology2 3
PSYC-201: Research Methods in Psychology 3
PSYC-215: Child Development or PSYC-220: Human Growth and Development 3
PSYC-230: Abnormal Psychology or PSYC-250: Personality 3
Subtotal 12

Electives

Choose two courses from the following list, at least one of which must be from the PSYC 200 series:

Courses Credits
PSYC-125: Psychology of Personal Adjustment 3
PSYC-220: Human Growth and Development 3
PSYC-230: Abnormal Psychology 3
PSYC-240: Social Psychology 3
PSYC-245: Cross-Cultural Psychology 3
PSYC-250: Personality 3
PSYC-255: Psychology of Women 3
PSYC-260: Psychological Disorders of Childhood 3
PSYC-270: Psychology of Aging 3
PSYC-290: States of Consciousness 3
ANTH-101: Anthropology 3
SOCY-101: Sociology 3
HE-104: Addictions and Dependencies 3
HE-105: Human Sexuality 3
Subtotal 6

Additional Major Requirements

Courses Credits
MA-336: Statistics3 3
SP-211: Speech Communication 3
HE-101: Introduction to Health Education or HE-102: Health, Behavior, and Society 1-2
Laboratory Science4: BI-132 (recommended), BI-171, CH-102, CH-111, CH-121, ET-842 or PH-112 0-14
Subtotal 7-9

Electives

Courses Credits
Free electives 3-4

Total Credits Required

60


1 Depending on their math placement, students may be required to complete MA-114 or MA-119 with a C or better prior to MA-336.

2 If PSYC-101 is taken to satisfy a common core requirement, an additional 3 credits of major electives are recommended.

3 If MA-336 is taken to satisfy a common core requirement, an additional 3 credits of free electives must be completed.

4 Students who have taken a STEM Variant course in the Common Core 1C have fulfilled this requirement.

All students must successfully complete two (2) writing-intensive classes (designated "WI") to fulfill degree requirements.

Recommended Course Sequence

The number of credits you take each year will determine when you graduate. To graduate on time, you are strongly encouraged to enroll in at least 30 credits toward your degree during the calendar year, including fall and spring semesters and winter and summer sessions.

A.S. Degree – Psychology – Catalog Year 2018-19

Fall Semester #1

Courses Credits Pre-requisites and co-requisites
ENGL-101 English Composition I (Required Core 1A - English Composition) 3 Pre-req.: BE-112/205 and 122/226 or passing score on CUNY placement or exemption
PSYC-101 Psychology1 3 Pre-req.: BE-122/226 or passing score on CUNY placement or exemption
Required Core 1B Mathematical & Quantitative Reasoning Recommended: MA-119 College Algebra2 3 Pre-req.: MA-10 or passing score on the CUNY math placement exam or exemption
SP-211 Speech Communication 3  
Flexible Core 2A - World Cultures & Global Issues 3 Check pre-requisites and co-requisites for individual courses
Total credits for the term 15  

Spring Semester #1

Courses Credits Pre-requisites and co-requisites
ENGL-102 English Composition II (Required Core 1A - English Composition) 3 Pre-req.: ENGL-101 or placement
MA-336 Statistics2 3 Pre-req.: MA-114 or MA-119 with a C or better
Flexible Core 2D - Individual & Society
Recommended: ANTH-101 Anthropology or SOCY-101 Sociology
3 Check pre-requisites and co-requisites for individual courses
PSYC-215 Child Development or
PSYC-220 Human Growth and Development
3 Pre-req.: PSYC-101
PSYC-201 Introduction to Psychological Research 3 Pre-req.: PSYC-101
Total credits for the term 15  

Fall Semester #2

Courses Credits Pre-requisites and co-requisites
Required Core 1C - Life & Physical Sciences3 BI-131 or BI-140 recommended 3-4 Check pre-requisites and co-requisites for individual courses
Laboratory Science Course (if needed)3 BI-132 recommended if BI-131 is taken 0-1 Co-req.: co-requisite science lecture course
Flexible Core 2B or 2C 3 Check pre-requisites and co-requisites for individual courses
Flexible Core 2B or 2C 3 Check pre-requisites and co-requisites for individual courses
PSYC-230 Abnormal Psychology or PSYC-250 Personality 3 Pre-req.: PSYC-101
Additional Course from Major Electives 3 Check individual course pre-requisites and co-requisites
Total credits for the term 16  

Spring Semester #2

Courses Credits Pre-requisites and co-requisites
One additional Flexible Core course from 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D or 2E 3 Check pre-requisites and co-requisites for individual courses
Additional Course from Major Electives 3 Check individual course pre-requisites and co-requisites
HE-101 Introduction to Health or HE-102 Health, Behavior and Society 1-2 Co-req.: BE 122 /226 if required
If PSYC-101 is counted toward Flexible Core 2E, take one additional course.
A course from the list of Major Electives is recommended.
3 Check individual course pre-requisites and co-requisites
Free Electives 3-4 Check individual course pre-requisites and co-requisites
Total credits for the term 14  
Total credits required for the degree 60  


Notes:

  1. PSYC-101 may be counted toward Flexible Core 2E
  2. Students who place into MA-336 will count that course toward Required Core 1B and take an additional Major Elective course
  3. Students who take a STEM Variant course in 1C do not have to take an additional laboratory course

All students must complete two (2) WI designated classes to fulfill degree requirements.

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Student Learning Outcomes for Academic Programs

A.S. in Psychology Spring 2019

General Education Outcomes

A robust general education is founded on the knowledge, concepts, methods, and perspectives that students gain through the study of many academic disciplines. These disciplinary studies stimulate intellectual inquiry, global awareness, and cultural and artistic appreciation: they equip students to make informed judgments and remain engaged beyond the classroom. To that end, QCC promotes educational activities that allow students to demonstrate that they can:

  1. Communicate effectively in various forms
  2. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions
  3. Reason quantitatively as required in various fields of interest and in everyday life
  4. Apply information management and digital technology skills useful for academic research and lifelong learning

To support these institutional general education outcomes, the academic departments-;through their programs-may also assess the ability of students to:

  • Integrate knowledge and skills in the program of study
  • Make ethical judgments while recognizing multiple perspectives, as appropriate in the program of study
  • Work collaboratively to accomplish learning objectives

Approved by the Academic Senate on February 13, 2018.

Program Outcomes

  1. Students will demonstrate competency regarding the knowledge base in the psychology major appropriate to an associate degree.

  2. Students will demonstrate an understanding of research methods in psychology appropriate to an associate degree.

  3. Students will make ethical judgments while recognizing multiple perspectives, as appropriate to an associate degree in Psychology.

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