Award: Associate of Arts Degree
No. of credits required: 
For more information: Contact Prof. Manolya Bayar, 443-412-2486,; or Admissions, 443-412-2109.

This area of concentration is designed to prepare students for transfer to baccalaureate programs with major emphasis on psychology and the behavioral sciences. Students planning careers in a variety of related fields may also use this option as a general program guide.

The student may take all courses for the degree online or combination of online and face to face classes. Students who intend to complete all courses online should contact Manolya Bayar, 443-412-2486, or via email at

Upon completion of the psychology program, students will be able to:
  1. Apply basic terminology of the discipline.
  2. Compare and contrast psychological models of behavior.
  3. Evaluate major psychological theories.
  4. Explain major research methods and provide examples of when they can be used most effectively.
  5. Compose research papers employing appropriate information literacy skills, and using standard writing formats such as APA or MLA.
  6. Perform successfully in a baccalaureate program.

Students should consult the catalog of the college or university to which they plan to transfer to determine appropriate electives and the number of psychology courses which transfer toward a major. Students must still meet department requirements at the transfer institution.

There are many opportunities for transfer. One option for the Bachelorís in psychology is the dual admissions program with University of Maryland University College. Interested students should contact academic advising.

Graduates with A.A. and B.A. degrees may be employed in community mental health agencies, crisis centers, correctional facilities, government agencies, and senior citizen centers. Degrees beyond the A.A. and experience are usually necessary for positions above entry level.

Those with a Master of Arts or Science degree may find employment in counseling centers, hospitals, law enforcement and other government agencies, primary and secondary schools, and community colleges.

Psychologists with a Ph.D. degree find employment in universities and colleges, research facilities, hospitals, mental health clinics and private and public counseling centers.


Recommended Course Sequence

First SemesterCredits
CMST 101Speech Fundamentals 3
ENG 101English Composition 3
PSY 101General Psychology 3
Biological Lab Science Elective *4
History Elective **3
 Semester Total16
Second Semester Credits
ENG 109English Composition: Research Writing 3
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology 3
Biological/Physical Science Elective #3
Mathematics Elective 3
Psychology Elective **3
 Semester Total15
Third Semester   Credits
Arts/Humanities Elective **3
Psychology Elective **3
General Elective ***3
General Education Elective **3
Physical Education Elective 1
 Semester Total13
Fourth Semester Credits
Arts/Humanities Elective **3
General Electives ***6
Physical Education Elective1
Psychology Electives **6
 Semester Total16

* BIO 100 (Fundamentals of Biology) or BIO 120 (General Biology I) are recommended.
** Electives should be chosen according to personal or career interests or to the requirements of the institution to which transfer is planned.
*** It is suggested that students choose from the following as part of their program of study: SOC 102 (Social Problems) and CIS 102 (Introduction to Information Sciences).
# A four credit Biological/Physical Science Lab course may be substituted.
The following courses are taught in online and face to face formats: PSY 101, PSY 202, PSY 204, PSY 208, PSY 209, and PSY 214.