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Psychology Associate of Science

My Academic Plan

Courses are displayed to show the fastest path to your degree and should be completed in the order listed. If you are unable to complete all courses listed in a semester, complete as many courses in this sequence as your schedule allows. If you have questions or concerns about your MAP, please see your Pathways Advisor.

Program Description

This program is designed for students wanting to complete the first two years of a bachelor's degree at the community college and transfer to a university to complete a BS in Psychology. Human behavior, how the mind works and mental illness are explored. Psychology is the study of the mind and of behavior. It studies both individuals and groups of people, and it often involves case studies. Psychologists try to understand how mental functions affect individual and social behavior. They also explore emotion, motivation, personality, and relationships. This program introduces students to Psychology and it includes courses that are common to all four-year institutions in Colorado. Careers often require a BS degree or higher. Career paths for Psychology BS degree holders include working with medical doctors, psychologists, brain researchers, and biologists. The Associate of Science (AS) degree in Psychology prepares students to complete the second half of a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Psychology at a four-year university. Bachelor of Science degrees in Psychology have added skills in math, sciences, and research.

If students are planning to transfer to University of Colorado-Denver and pursue a B.S. in Psychology, they should use this MAP. If they are intending to transfer to Colorado State University-Ft. Collins (CSU) in Psychology, they should follow the Associate of Arts with No Designation and complete the following courses: PSY 200 (Research Methodology) and PSY 258 (Introduction to Neuropsychology) to satisfy required prerequisites for CSU’s upper division psychology courses. Students should ask their Pathways Advisor for details about additional required coursework. If they are intending to transfer to Colorado State University – Pueblo, they should see their Pathways Advisor. If they are intending to transfer to other Colorado Public Universities to pursue a B.A. in Psychology, they should view the MAP for an A.A. in Psychology.

Learn more about this program.

First Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
ENG 121English Composition I: GT-CO1

3

PSY 101General Psychology I: GT-SS3

3

ELECTIVE Any Approved Elective List Course

3

BIO 111General College Biology I w/Lab: GT-SC1

5

Total Credit Hours:14
Semester Notes:  If you are attending University of Colorado-Denver, Approved Elective List courses must be non-psychology courses.

Second Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
PSY 102General Psychology II: GT-SS3

3

GT- HI1HIS 102/122/205/236/244/247 or Any GT-HI1

3

ENG 122English Composition II: GT-CO2

3

GT- AHPHI 111/112 or Any GT-AH

3

BIO 112General College Biology II w/Lab: GT-SC1

5

Total Credit Hours:17
Semester Notes: If you are planning to attend University of Colorado-Denver, you must take BIO 111, BIO 112, CHE 111, and CHE 112 and 3 additional credits from the Approved Elective List, which must be non-psychology courses to align with the Statewide Transfer Articulation Agreement. If you are planning to attend Colorado State University, you must take BIO 111 and CHE 111 and BIO 112 and/or CHE 112. If you do not take both BIO 112 and CHE 112, 5 elective credits must be math or science courses from the Approved Elective List and 3 additional credits from the Approved Elective List.

Third Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
GT- SSPSY 217/235 or any GT-SS Course

3

GT- AHPHI 112, HUM 123, LIT 115/212, or Any GT-AH

3

MAT 121College Algebra: GT-MA1

4

CHE 111General College Chemistry I w/Lab: GT-SC1

5

Total Credit Hours:15
 

Fourth Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
GT- SSPSY 217/235 or any GT-SS Course

3

CHE 112General College Chemistry II w/Lab: GT-SC1

5

REQUIRED COM 125/115

3

GT- AHPHI 112, HUM 123, LIT 115/212, or Any GT-AH

3

Total Credit Hours:14
Semester Notes: If you are planning to attend University of Colorado-Denver, you must take BIO 111, BIO 112, CHE 111, and CHE 112 and 3 additional credits from the Approved Elective List, which must be non-psychology courses to align with the Statewide Transfer Articulation Agreement. If you are planning to attend Colorado State University, you must take BIO 111 and CHE 111 and BIO 112 and/or CHE 112If you do not take both BIO 112 and CHE 112, 5 elective credits must be math or science courses from the Approved Elective List and 3 additional credits from the Approved Elective List.

Total Credit Hours: 60

Important Program Notes:

Per the Statewide Transfer Articulation Agreement (STAA), you may complete ENG 121 (GT-CO1) and ENG 122 (GT-CO2) OR ENG 122 (GT-CO2) and a gtPathways-approved CO3 course (GT-CO3). 

Per the Statewide Transfer Articulation Agreement (STAA), if you are planning to transfer to University of Colorado-Denver, you should complete both two-semester sequences of BIO 111 & BIO 112 and CHE 111 & CHE 112 at the community college; in addition, electives are restricted to non-Psychology courses. If you are planning to attend University of Colorado-Denver, you must take BIO 111, BIO 112, CHE 111, and CHE 112 and 3 additional credits from the Approved Elective List, which must be non-psychology courses to align with the Statewide Transfer Articulation Agreement. If you are planning to attend Colorado State University, you must take BIO 111 and CHE 111 and BIO 112 and/or CHE 112If you do not take both BIO 112 and CHE 112, 5 elective credits must be math or science courses from the Approved Elective List and 3 additional credits from the Approved Elective List.

You may take any GT-SC1 or Approved Elective List course if transferring to CSU-Ft. Collins. In order to earn your Associate of Science degree in Psychology, you must have two sequential science courses and an additional science course

Per the Statewide Transfer Articulation Agreement (STAA), you must take PHI 111 or PHI 112 and six (6) additional credits from at least two different categories of gtPathways Arts & Humanities courses (GT-AH1, GT-AH2, GT-AH3, GT-AH4).

Per the Statewide Transfer Articulation Agreement (STAA), if credits for additional required courses (PSY 101, PSY 102, and COM 115 or COM 125are not required for the major at a receiving 4-year institution, they will be applied to the Bachelor's degree as elective credit toward graduation. Please check with the receiving institution to determine in which way these courses will be applied.

If you take more credits in mathematics and science than are listed, it will reduce the 13 credits of electives neededYou must complete 60 credits to earn your Associate of Arts degree. You should not exceed 62 creditsYou may want to check with your advisor to monitor your completion progress and select your electives.