Psychology Majors

Associate in Arts Pathway for Psychology

This is a typical course schedule for a student planning to complete the AA degree within two years, then transfer and major in Psychology. See your ECC Academic Advisor obtain specific requirements as course requirements vary by transfer institution.

Courses marked with * have additional prerequisites

Fall Semester 1 (13+ Credit Hours)

  • ENG 101, English Composition (3)
  • MTH 120*, Statistics I or MTH 102 Gen Ed Statistics recommended (3 or 4)
  • BIO 108, Biology for Contemporary Society recommended (4)
  • Elective, (3-4) Discuss foreign language requirement with an academic advisor

Spring Semester 2 (15-16 Credit Hours)

  • ENG 102, English Composition II (3)
  • Physical Science, Gen Ed (3 or 4)
  • Humanities, Gen Ed (3)
  • PSY 100, Introduction to Psychology (3)
  • Elective, (3)

Fall Semester 3 (15-16 Credit Hours)

  • CMS 101, Fundamentals of Speech (3)
  • Social Science, Gen Ed (3)
  • Fine Arts, Gen Ed (3)
  • Elective, (3)
  • Elective, (3-4)

Spring Semester 4 (12+ Credit Hours, need 60 for AA)

  • Fine Arts/Humanities, Gen Ed (3)
  • Behavioral/Social Science, Additional Psychology course recommended (3)
  • Elective, (3)
  • Elective, (3-4)

1Degree requirements vary by the transfer institution; often, schools will cap the number of Psychology courses students should take before transfer. Plan to discuss your transfer options early with your academic advisor.
2Possible Electives include- Foreign Language, other PSY courses, and courses in-line with Minor or graduate school requirements.

Communications, Fine Arts, Social Science, and Behavioral Science are ideal courses to enroll in during the Summer semester to lighten credit course load during Spring and Fall semesters.

  • ECC & many transfer institutions require a Diversity and/or a Multicultural course as a graduation requirement. Courses that fulfill this requirement at ECC include options in Humanities, Fine Arts, Behavioral Science, and Social Science. See your academic advisor or view Associate in Arts or Associate in Science details in the ECC catalog to view options.
  • The Associate in Arts is the preferred degree to complete at ECC as the Associate in Science has additional Science requirements that are not required for most Psychology degrees.
  • Transfer schools may require completion of up to the 4th level of a language other than English, which is best to complete before transferring. Discuss requirements with your academic advisor.
  • This plan is a sample pathway; the only way to secure an accurate education plan to the school of your preference is to meet with an academic advisor in B120.

Majoring in Psychology?

What specific majors are related to Psychology?

  • Anthropology
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Communications
  • Counseling (Graduate program)
  • Criminology
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Human Resources
  • Human Services
  • International Relations
  • Marketing
  • Management
  • Public Relations
  • Sociology
  • Social Work

What careers are similar, or related to, Psychology?

Transfer students would pursue the Associate in Arts at ECC, develop your unique education plan with your academic advisor.

Students interested in Psychology and related careers requiring an AAS degree or VS/BVS certificate at ECC can pursue:

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