Psychology, AA

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Psychology is the study of behavior and mind. It is a diverse major with many sub-fields and connections with other disciplines. Psychology is a science rooted in basic and applied research; it also has clinical and educational applications.

Are You Interested In...

  • Helping people?
  • Understanding how people interact and behave in the world?
  • Theories of human behavior?
  • Human thriving and human challenges?
  • Psychology research and experiments?

Skills You Will Learn

  • Critical thinking skills through examining the “why” of behavior and application of psychological concepts
  • Scientific thinking through learning how psychological theories were developed and what kinds of questions psychologists ask
  • Research Methods, including how data is gathered and analyzed to answer big questions in psychology
  • Ethical practices in working with people when conducting research or treating mental health

What makes this major unique?

Psychology is a major that can lead to many career paths as it has many subfields. While many jobs require advanced training or degrees a Bachelor’s degree will set up moving into a specialty. Developmental and Educational Psychologists work with children, families, and schools. Industrial-Organizational Psychologists work in large companies and organizations. Environmental Psychologists look at how people interact and impact the environment they live in.

Career Possibilities

Psychology can lead to many different career paths, including working in mental health as a counselor or as a psychological researcher. Psychology can also lead to many fields you may not think of — business, human resources, education, advertising, and more.

  • Psychiatric Aids
  • Community Organization Worker
  • Human Resource Advisor
  • Compliance Manager
  • Rehabilitation Counselor
  • Database Administrator
  • Employment Counselor
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • School Psychologist
  • Counselor
  • Child, Family, or School Social Worker
  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Worker
  • Researcher

Transfer Possibilities

  • York College – BA Psychology
  • CUNY, SUNY, Barnard, Columbia, etc. – BA in Psychology
  • BA/BS in Biology or Neuroscience
  • BA/BA in Rehabilitation Counseling
  • BA/BS in Business, Human Resources, Management or Marketing

Degree Requirements

A. REQUIRED CORE: 12 credits

English: 6 credits

  • ENG101 English Composition I – 3 credits
    (or ENA101 depending on placement)
  • ENG102 Writing through Literature – 3 credits

Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning: 3 credits

Select one course from the following:

  • MAT107 Mathematics and the Modern World
  • MAT123 Modern Problem Solving (Depending on placement)
  • MAT115 College Algebra and Trigonometry
  • MAT117 Algebra and Trigonometry (depending on placement)
  • MAT119 Statistics with Elementary Algebra (depending on placement)
  • MAT120 Elementary Statistics

Life and Physical Sciences: 3 credits

Select one of the following courses:

  • SCB101 Topics in Biological Sciences
  • SCB206 Introduction to Neuroscience
  • SCC101 Topics in Chemistry
  • SCC102 Chemistry of Photography
  • SCP101 Topics in Physics
  • SCP105 Life in the Universe
  • SCP140 Topics in Astronomy

B. FLEXIBLE CORE: 18 credits
Select one course from each of the five flexible core categories AND one additional course from any flexible core category.

  • World Cultures and Global Issues
  • US Experience in its Diversity
  • Creative Expression
  • Individual and Society
  • Scientific World


To complete the degree requirements from the Flexible Core, students are advised to select courses from the recommended course selections listed on the program website. Note: Student can select only two courses from any one discipline.

Courses Credits
Liberal Arts: First Year Seminar for Liberal Arts Social Science and Humanities 3
Humanities: 3 Credits
Select one of the following courses
HUN190 Ethics and Society
HUN192 Art and Society
HUN195 Art in New York
Social Science: 3 Credits
Select one of the following courses
SSH103 Western Civilization from Ancient Times to the Renaissance
SSH104 Western Civilization from the Renaissance to Modern Times
SSH105 World History from Ancient Times to 1500
SSH106 World History from 1500 to the Present
Philosophy: 21 Credits 3
HUP101 Introduction to Philosophy 3
HUP275 Landmarks in Philosophy 3
Select five of the following courses: 15 Credits
HUP102 Critical Thinking
HUP104 Ethics and Moral Issues
HUP105 Philosophy of Religion
HUP106 Social & Political Philosophy
HUP107 Philosophy of Art
HUP108 Environmental Ethics
HUP109 Philosophy of Law
HUP112 Logic and Philosophy
HUP114 Medical Ethics
HUP116 Latin American Philosophy
HUP117 Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy
HUP118 African Philosophy
HUP121 Eastern Philosophical Traditions
HUP122 Philosophy of Gender and Sex
HUP125 Introduction to Philosophy of Science
HUP215 Philosophy of Love
HUP221 Philosophy of Mind

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