Associate in Arts - Behavioral Sciences Department
|Course Title||Course Number||Semester Taken||Credits||Prerequisites|
|GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES|
|College Writing I||ENG111||3||ENG095 and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement|
|College Writing II||ENG112||3||ENG111|
|Individual and Society||Area 2 satisfied by program|
|World View||From Area 3-see note*||3|
|Quantitative Thought||MAT181 satisfies area 4||3||MAT097 or MAT098 or placement|
|Science and Technology||From Area 5||4|
|Humanities||From Area 6||3|
|Principles of Psychology||PSY101||3||ESL098 or RDG095 or placement|
|Principles of Sociology||SOC101||3||ESL098 or RDG095 or placement|
|Child Psychology or Adolescent & Adult Development||PSY209 or PSY224-see note**||3||PSY101*****|
|Intro to Behavioral Research||PSY235||3||PSY101*****|
|Lab Science Elective||4|
|Literature Elective||3||Pre-co/req ENG111|
|PSY Elective: Choose any 200-level PSY Course||6||PSY101*****|
|Learning community or Elective||see note***||3|
|Liberal Arts Elective||see note****||3|
Select the career elective from PSY, HSV, or ECE courses. The Department encourages students to take a computer course for one of the three electives. See an advisor for world studies concentration option.
*Note: A Social Science elective is highly recommended in order to comply with MassTransfer guidelines.
**Note: Human Growth and Development (PSY213) does not satisfy the A.A. Psychology concentration requirements. It is offered only to non-Psychology majors.
***Note: New degree-seeking students enrolled in 9 credits or more must take a Learning Community Seminar or a Learning Community Cluster within their first year.
****Note: Sequence courses in a foreign language starting at 102 levels are highly recommended as most four-year colleges require intermediate proficiency in a foreign language.
*****Note: PSY101 must be completed with a C or better.
The Department of Behavioral Sciences aspires to develop and foster a passion for lifelong learning and academic excellence. The department integrates students' diverse backgrounds into the teaching and learning experience, creating a civically engaged community of learners who are able to think critically of current issues in our complex world. Graduates of the program will carry with them a strong sense of collegiality and responsibility that will help them succeed in their long-term academic, professional and personal goals.
The vision of our department is carried out through our mission of:
- teaching foundational behavioral science courses that support the general education mission of the college and engage our students in the broad domains and applications of Psychology, Sociology and Cultural Anthropology;
- offering concentration courses that help our students develop a firm understanding of the various fields within a specific behavioral science discipline;
- engaging our students in research that allows them to apply critical thinking skills using scientific approaches;
- supporting our majors as they prepare to transfer to four-year institutions and/or successfully navigate the professional world through the application of the principles, concepts and theories that they have learned from the program;
- supporting our students to apply what they have learned towards becoming civically engaged and lifelong learners.
Graduates of this concentration should plan to transfer to a four-year college or university because entry-level positions in the general field of psychology require a bachelor’s degree. Career positions generally require a master’s degree.
UPON COMPLETION OF THIS CONCENTRATION, GRADUATES WILL BE ABLE TO DEMONSTRATE:
- a basic knowledge and understanding of the different principles and concepts of Psychology (foundational knowledge)
- the ability to apply learned concepts to the intrapersonal and interpersonal experiences embedded within diverse cultural contexts
- the ability to evaluate, compare and contrast, critique various theoretical perspectives and complex/debatable and current issues as they relate to the various domains of Psychology
- the ability to use learned knowledge to actively engage in and produce scientific research.
Students enrolling in this degree program can earn World Studies Emphasis certification simultaneously.