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 
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


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


Courses Credits
Free electives 3-4

Total Credits Required


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.

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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