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Psychology Concentration

Associate in Arts -  Behavioral Sciences Department

The information below applies to students entering the program in fall 2017 and spring 2018. For the most accurate program requirements for your catalog year, please log in to BHCC Self Service to review your specific program requirements. Any questions? Prospective students should go to bhcc.edu/admissions and contact an admissions counselor. Current students should stop by or contact the LifeMap Commons on the Charlestown Campus - E-Building, Room E-235; Phone 617-228-2230 or email academicadvising@bhcc.mass.edu from your BHCC email.
Course Title Course Number Semester Taken Credits Prerequisites
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
Social Psychology PSY219 3 PSY101*****
Literature Elective 3 Pre-co/req ENG111
Humanities Elective 3
Humanities Elective 3
Humanities Elective 3
PSY Elective: Choose any 200-level PSY Course 6 PSY101*****
Learning community or Elective see note*** 3
Liberal Arts Elective see note**** 3
Total Credits 62-63
Last Modified Date: May 4, 2017

Additional Information

Division: Behavioral, Social Sciences & Global Learning

Department: Behavioral Sciences

Degree Type: Associate in Arts

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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.

Concentration Overview

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.

Career Outlook

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.


  • 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.