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Psychology, Associate in Arts

Curriculum BES.PSY.AA (U224A42)

(Total Program Credits: 60)

Want to make a difference for people facing change or life challenges? Triton’s Psychology program will prepare you to do exactly that. Through foundational training in human behavior, you will build skills in critical thinking, research methods and writing. An education in social and human services can lead you in many interesting directions — from alcohol and chemical dependency counseling to senior services and activities specialist. Students who are specifically interested in an academic career in Psychology will be mentored by the program’s instructors and guided towards a successful transfer.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Upon successful completion of the Associate in Arts Degree (Psychology) emphasis, the graduate will be able to:

•  describe key concepts, principles, and overarching themes in psychology;

•  describe application domains;

•  use scientific reasoning to interpret psychological phenomena;

•  demonstrate psychology information literacy to engage with professional literature;

•  interpret basic psychological research;

•  apply ethical standards to evaluate psychological science and practice; and

•  exhibit effective communication skills in discipline specific format.

(Fall 2021)

Placement Measures MAT, RHT, and COL sequence placement will be determined by an Academic Advisor. Contact your Academic Advisor before registering for courses.
Developmental education courses do not transfer. They assist students in the path towards college credit.

Semester One: Fall

Course NumberTitleCredits
MAT 170Elementary Statistics #

4 credits

OR

other General education/Mathematics

3-5 credits

 

PHL 101Introduction to Philosophy

3 credits

OR

other General education/Humanities

3 credits

 

PSY 100Introduction to Psychology

3 credits

RHT 101Freshman Rhetoric & Composition I #

3 credits

 

Electives

3 credits

OR

Foreign Language

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:15-17

Note: Grade of “C” or higher is an IAI requirement for RHT 101 and RHT 102.

Semester Two: Spring

Course NumberTitleCredits
BIS 101Human Biology

4 credits

OR

BIS 108Biology of Humans

3 credits

 

PSY 216Child Psychology #

3 credits

RHT 102Freshman Rhetoric & Composition II #

3 credits

General education/Fine Arts

3 credits

 

Program electives

3 credits

OR

Foreign Language

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:15-17

Note: Grade of “C” or higher is an IAI requirement for RHT 101 and RHT 102.

Semester Three: Fall

Course NumberTitleCredits
PSY 238Abnormal Psychology #

3 credits

OR

Foreign Language

3 credits

 

SPE 101Principles of Effective Speaking #

3 credits

General education/Humanities or Fine Arts

3 credits

General education/Physical Science

3-5 credits

General education/Social and Behavioral Sciences (other than Psychology)

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:15-17

 

General Education Core Curriculum (GECC) Credential is achieved.

Semester Four: Spring

Course NumberTitleCredits
Program electives

3 credits

OR

Foreign Language

4 credits

 

Program electives

12 credits

Total Credit Hours:15-16

Program Electives (12-18)

Developmental Psychology Electives:

Course NumberTitleCredits
PSY 216Child Psychology #

3 credits

PSY 222Adolescent Psychology #

3 credits

PSY 228Psychology of Adulthood and Aging #

3 credits

Clinical Psychology Electives:

Course NumberTitleCredits
PSY 201Introduction to Social Psychology #

3 credits

PSY 207Health Psychology #

3 credits

PSY 210Theories of Personality #

3 credits

PSY 238Abnormal Psychology #

3 credits

(Select courses that meet the BA requirements of your transfer college.)

Note: PSY 207 and PSY 210 may not transfer to all institutions.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

General Education Requirements:

AA degree                                     Subtotal: 37-40

Psychology courses or other
electives toward the AA degree    Subtotal: 20-23

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS BY DISCIPLINE:

  • Communications: Three courses (nine semester hours).
  • Humanities and Fine Arts: Three courses (nine semester hours), with at least one course from selected from Humanities and at least one course from the Fine Arts.
  • Social and Behavioral Science: Three courses (nine semester hours), with courses selected from at least two disciplines.

Graduation from an Illinois college or university requires satisfactory completion of one or more courses incorporating Human Diversity, which may be taken as a Humanities and Fine Arts or Social and Behavioral Science course.

  • Mathematics: One course (three semester hours).
  • Physical and Life Science: Two courses (seven to eight semester hours), with one course selected from the Life Sciences and one course from the Physical Sciences, including at least one laboratory course.

Foreign Language encouraged if transferring.

See PSY course descriptions.

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