Dec 03, 2020  
2020-2021 Catalog 
2020-2021 Catalog

Psychology, AS with Designation

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Additional information available on the Psychology Department website.

Recommended basic skills courses are

Psychologists study the behavior of individuals and groups and often help individuals achieve satisfactory personal adjustments. Their work includes varied activities such as teaching in colleges and universities, counseling and psychotherapy, psychological testing, planning and conducting training programs for workers, performing basic and applied research, advising on psychological methods and theories, and administering psychology programs in hospitals, clinics, research laboratories, etc. Students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in psychology can fulfill lower division requirements at Pikes Peak Community College. Students should note that graduate degrees are required for most professional positions in psychology.

NOTE: Psychology majors are advised to complete PSY 101  and PSY 102 .

The Associate of Science degree is designed for students who want an emphasis in natural sciences, mathematics, computer science, pre-engineering, and allied health and intend to transfer to four-year colleges and universities.

Students may follow the degree with designation in Psychology or transfer guide in Psychology to a particular four-year college/university. Consult your Faculty Advisor to assist you in determining the best pathway for you.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Psychology program, students should be able to:

  • Recognize content as specified by the American Psychological Association (APA) Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major
  • Identify research methods as specified by the American Psychological Association (APA) Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major
  • Identify ethical standards of the American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Recognize American Psychological Association (APA) citation style

Content criteria, competencies, and student learning outcomes associated with the general education courses required for this degree can be found on the Colorado Department of Higher Education website.

Full list of requirements can be found at Associate of Science Degrees, AS .

Written Communication

Six (6) credit hours


Four (4) credit hours


Three (3) credit hours

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Six (6) credit hours

Natural and Physical Sciences

Ten (10) credit hours

Additional Required Courses

Nine (9) credit hours

Please note: if these credits are not required for the major at a receiving four-year institution, they will be applied to the Bachelor’s degree as elective credit towards graduation. Please check with the receiving institution to determine in which way these courses will be applied.


Thirteen (13) credit hours selected from the AS approved course list can be found at Associate of Science Degrees, AS .

Students planning to transfer to University of Colorado Denver should complete both two-semester sequences of BIO 111  and BIO 112  and CHE 111  and CHE 112  at the community college; in addition, electives are restricted to non-Psychology courses.

Total Credit Hours: 60

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