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Psychology Transfer Pathway (AA) - 60 credits

WHAT IS PSYCHOLOGY?

(iseek.org) Psychology is the scientific inquiry into human behavior and mental processes. It also recognizes the complexity of these issues and endeavors to utilize both environmental and biological evidence in order to explore, explain and understand them.

WHY STUDY PSYCHOLOGY?

The members of the Psychology Department are committed to providing a solid foundation in core psychological areas. We believe in a rigorous quality education that provides learning opportunities on multiple levels:

  • Liberal arts courses for Associate of Arts degree completion
  • Psychology courses for specialized degrees
  • Bachelor's degree preparation

 

WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH A PSYCHOLOGY DEGREE?

You can specialize in -

  • Comparative psychology
  • Community psychology
  • Cognitive psychology and psycholinguistics
  • Developmental and child psychology
  • Geropsychology
  • Experimental psychology
  • Industrial and organizational psychology
  • Personality psychology
  • Social psychology
  • Environmental psychology
  • Health/medical psychology
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Forensic psychology.

The following is a link from the Bureau of Labor Statistics with more information on a variety of careers in psychology.

Careers in Psychology

Types of Jobs

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Individuals who study psychology often work in the following professions:

  • Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists
  • College Psychology Teachers
  • Industrial-Organizational Psychologists

 

Skills Acquired

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Psychology programs include topics such as:

  • Subfields of psychology
  • Psychological assessment and testing methods
  • Behavioral studies
  • Statistics and research methods
  • Analysis and treatment of behavior programs and disorders

Degrees & Certificates in Psychology

The Associate of Arts degree, with Emphasis in Psychology, will provide lower division coursework in psychology for transfer to a four-year major.

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The Psychology Transfer Pathway (AA) offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an Associate of Arts degree with course credits that directly transfer to designated Psychology bachelor's degree programs at Minnesota State universities. *The curriculum has been specifically designed so that students completing this pathway degree and transferring to one of the seven Minnesota State universities enter the university with junior-year status. All courses in the Transfer Pathway associate degree will directly transfer and apply to the designated bachelor's degree programs in a related field. 

*Universities within the Minnesota State system include Bemidji State University; Metropolitan State University; Minnesota State University, Mankato; Minnesota State University Moorhead; Southwest Minnesota State University; St. Cloud State University; and Winona State University. 

Required Courses

Incorporate the following Required Courses into the General Education/Minnesota Transfer Curriculum or Additional Course Requirements sections below.

Code Title Credits
PSYC 1110 Introduction to Psychology 4
PSYC 2100 Statistics for the Behavorial Sciences 4

Complete one of the following courses:

Code Title Credits
PSYC 2200 Abnormal Psychology 3
PSYC 2210 Developmental Psychology: Life Span 4
PSYC 2600 Introduction to Social Psychology 3

Complete one additional PSYC course (3-4 credits)

General Education/Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC)- 40 Credits

*See MnTC Curriculum for specific course options

GOAL 1: COMMUNICATION - 2 COURSES 

GOAL 2: CRITICAL THINKING
(met by completion of all 40 credits of the MnTC)

GOAL 3: NATURAL SCIENCES - 2 COURSES (Select from two different departments; at least one must include a lab) 

  • Course #1 BIOL ____
    (must complete one Goal 3 BIOL course)
  • Course #2 

GOAL 4: MATHEMATICAL/LOGICAL REASONING - 1 COURSE

GOAL 5: HISTORY AND SOCIAL/BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES -
2 COURSES (Select from two different departments)

  • Course #1 - met by taking required PSYC courses
  • Course #2 

GOAL 6: HUMANITIES AND FINE ARTS- 2 COURSES
(Select from two different departments

  • Course #1 - PHIL____
    (must complete one Goal 6 PHIL course)
  • Course #2

GOAL 7: HUMAN DIVERSITY - 1 COURSE

GOAL 8: GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE - 1 COURSE 

  • Course 

GOAL 9: ETHICAL AND CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY - 1 COURSE 

  • Course 

GOAL 10: PEOPLE AND THE ENVIRONMENT - 1 COURSE 

  • Course 

Additional Course Requirements - 20 credits

Additional Requirements include:

Other Degree Requirements

  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 for college-level coursework (courses numbered 1000 and above) completed at Normandale.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in the MnTC
  • Earn a minimum of 20 college-level credits at Normandale.