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Psychology

Explore the workings of the mind and behavior with an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science transfer degree in Psychology.

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If the mind and behavior are what interests you, then you should pursue a degree in psychology at ACC. We offer an Associate of Arts degree and an Associate of Science degree in Psychology to help you find the transfer path that’s right for you. Our psychology courses will teach you about psychology from past to present, growth and development of the human being, gender and sexuality from the psychological perspective, and the abnormalities and disorders that can develop in the brain.

Amy Wilkerson
Faculty / Department Chair
Psychology
amy.wilkerson [at] arapahoe.edu

What You'll Learn

Whether you pursue an AA or AS in Psychology, you will learn how to:

  • Describe key concepts, principles, and themes
  • Define and organize the major steps in the psychology research process
  • Develop professionally by applying learning to their career goals

CIP 240101 (PSYA)

The purpose of a statewide articulation agreement is to identify the courses a student at a Colorado public community college must complete as part of an AA/AS degree to be guaranteed to be able to complete the designated baccalaureate degree program at any public four-year college and university (hereafter referred to as receiving institutions) that offers that program within the minimum number of credits designated by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education.

For more information about this transfer degree please refer to the Colorado Department of Higher Education website.

Program Requirements

General Education Courses (35-36 credit hours)
Written Communication (6 credit hours)
Mathematics (3-4 credit hours)
  • GT - One GT Pathways course (GT-MA1) prefer MAT 135 - Introduction to Statistics: GT-MA1, except:
    • Colorado Mesa University requires either MAT 120 or MAT 121
    • Colorado State University Pueblo prefers MAT 121
    • Fort Lewis College requires MAT 135
    • University of Colorado Boulder requires MAT 121 OR higher
    • University of Colorado Colorado Springs requires MAT 121
    • Western State Colorado University requires MAT 121
Arts and Humanities (9 credit hours)
  • GT - Three GT Pathways Arts & Humanities courses (GTAH1, GT-AH2, GT-AH3, or GT-AH4) No more than two courses from any one category.
History (3 credit hours)
  • GT - One GT Pathways History course (GT-HI1)
Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credit hours)
  • GT - Two GT Pathways Social & Behavioral Science courses (GT-SS1, GT-SS2, GT-SS3)
Natural and Physical Sciences (7-8 credit hours)
  • GT - One gtPathways Biology course (GT-SC1) (Must have a Lab )
  • GT - One gtPathways Natural & Physical Science course (GT-SC1)
Additional Required Courses (18 credit hours)

Please Note: If these credits are not required for the major at a receiving 4-year institution, they will be applied to the Bachelor's degree as elective credit towards graduation. Please check with the receiving institution to determine in which way these courses will be applied.

  • GT - Three GT Pathways Psychology courses (GT-SS3)
Electives (6-8 credit hours)

Elective credit must be completed from the following lists of approved prefixes or courses to bring the total credit hours to 60.

Guaranteed Transfer
  • Any Guaranteed Transfer course.
Any course in the following prefixes
  • Any course in the following prefixes except Special Topics, Independent Study, Capstone, and Internships:
    ANT, ART, BIO (100 OR above), CHE, HIS, HUM, LIT, MUS, PED, PHI, PHY (105 OR above), POS, PSY, SOC.
Note(s):

Any additional courses taken in the discipline covered by this agreement might not count toward the requirements of the major at the receiving institution.

Total: 60 credit hours

Transferability of courses to colleges or universities outside of Colorado is determined by the receiving institution.

CIP 240199 (PSYS)

The purpose of a statewide articulation agreement is to identify the courses a student at a Colorado public community college must complete as part of an AA/AS degree to be guaranteed to be able to complete the
designated baccalaureate degree program at any public four-year college and university (hereafter referred to as receiving institutions) that offers that program within the minimum number of credits designated by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education.

For more information about this transfer degree please refer to the Colorado Department of Higher Education website.

Program Requirements

General Education Courses (38 credit hours)
Written Communication (6 credit hours)
Mathematics (4 credit hours)
Arts and Humanities (9 credit hours)
  • GT - Six (6) additional credits from at least two different categories of GT Pathways Arts and Humanities (GT-AH1, GT-AH2, GT-AH3, (GT-AH4)
History (3 credit hours)
  • GT - One GT Pathways History course (GT-HI1)
Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credit hours)
  • GT - Two GT Pathways Social & Behavioral Science courses (GT-SS1, GT-SS2, or GT-SS3)
Natural and Physical Sciences (10 credit hours)
Additional Required Courses (9 credit hours)

Please Note: If these credits are not required for the major at a receiving 4-year institution, they will be applied to the Bachelor's degree as elective credit towards graduation. Please check with the receiving institution to determine in which way these courses will be applied.

Elective Courses (13 credit hours)

Elective credit must be completed from the following lists of approved prefixes or courses to bring the total credit hours to 60.

Guaranteed Transfer
Any course in the following prefixes

Any course in the following prefixes except Special Topics (275) and Independent Study (285): AST (100 or higher), BIO (100 or higher), CHE (100 or higher), EGG (100 or higher), MAT (121 or higher, except 155 or 156), PHY (111 or higher), or any foreign language (111 or above).

Note(s):

Students planning to transfer to University of Colorado Denver should complete both two-Semester sequences of BIO 111 & BIO 112 and CHE 111 & CHE 112 at the community college; in addition electives are restricted to non-psychology courses.

Students are strongly encouraged to seek academic advising prior to registration regarding the acceptability of online science courses if they anticipate transferring to a 4-year institution or completing graduate work in the sciences or health professions. It should be noted that per Colorado Revised Statute, §23-1-125(1)(e), general education courses taken online are guaranteed to satisfy core course (gtPathways) requirements at all Colorado public institutions of higher education.

Total: 60 credit hours

Transferability of courses to colleges or universities outside of Colorado is determined by the receiving institution.

Job Potential

Your psychology degree from ACC will start you on the path toward a successful career in a subfield of psychology or in another field entirely. Having an understanding of psychology can help you in a variety of other careers as well. You could go on to become a(n):