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Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog 2013-14 
Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog 2013-14 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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Psychology Concentration

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Associate in Arts, Liberal Arts and Sciences

Bedford Campus and Lowell Campus - Day and Evening

Program Description:

The Psychology Concentration Associate in Arts, Liberal Arts and Sciences degree program is designed for students planning to transfer to a bachelor’s degree program in psychology. This program provides students with a foundation of scientific knowledge, theories, research and practical applications in psychology. This program qualifies for MassTransfer, which guarantees credit transfer to Massachusetts state universities and the University of Massachusetts. Advisors and transfer counselors work with students to assist with course planning based on the interests of the student and the requirements of the intended transfer institution.

Career and Transfer Outlook:

Most students in the Psychology Concentration will continue their studies toward a bachelor’s degree. Students should identify the requirements of their intended transfer institution and meet with career and academic/transfer counselors at MCC to plan their specific program. Students may pursue a wide range of careers in psychology, including human services, clinical/counseling, educational and guidance, and industrial/organizational.

Helpful Hints:

Introduction to Psychology (PSY 101) is a prerequisite for other psychology courses and should be taken early in the program.

Service-Learning: Students are required to engage in at least one Service-Learning experience relevant to their personal and vocational interests in psychology.

Program Outcomes:

Graduates of the Psychology Concentration program will achieve the learning outcomes of the Liberal Arts and Sciences degree. Additionally, graduates are prepared to:

  • Articulate and explain major psychological concepts, theories, and empirical findings;
  • Write effectively, incorporating information and technology literacy skills as appropriate;
  • Analyze and apply psychological principles to understand the causes of human behavior personally, socially and organizationally;
  • Move from relying on “common sense” or biased patterns of thought to make sense of observations, and problem solve to effectively use the scientific method and critical-thinking approaches for these same purposes;
  • Discuss and demonstrate their understanding of, and respect for, diversity as a result of their study of psychological research and theory;
  • Use self-reflection and self-assessment to develop strategies that enhance self-improvement, and to clarify and strengthen their sense of personal responsibility in the social world.

Required Courses

Total Credits: 61-63

 ♦ Fulfills the Core Curriculum

* Math Requirement: Must be from one of the following: MAT 120, MAT 165, MAT 177, MAT 182, MAT 195, MAT 270, MAT 290, MAT 291.

** Science Requirement: BIO 131 (General Biology I) is recommended for the Laboratory Science requirement.

Additional LAS – Psychology Concentration Requirements and Recommendations

***GROUP I: Approved Developmental/Cognitive Electives: (ex.)  PSY 120 (Child Psychology), PSY 127 (Human Sexuality), PSY 121 (Adolescent Psychology), PSY 123 (Developmental Disabilities), PSY 137 (The Mind at Work, The Mind at Play)

****GROUP II: Approved Person/Social Psychology Electives: (ex.) PSY 151 (Psychology of Personality), PSY 150 (Abnormal Psychology), PSY 174 (Human Behavior in Organizations), HUS 101 (Introduction to Human Services), PSY 135 (Windows on the World), HUS 152 (Current Issues in Human Services), PSY 160 (Dynamics of Interpersonal Relations I), PSY 153 (Community Psychology)

Special Requirements for Liberal Arts and Sciences: Additional coursework may be required based on college placement testing. Students are urged to meet with their academic advisor for proper course sequencing. MAT 060, MAT 065, MAT 070, MAT 075, MAT 077 and MAT 080 will NOT satisfy any requirement in this program. A foreign language course is recommended.


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