Associate of Arts

Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Some of the many areas of interest to psychologists include neuroscience, sensation and perception, memory, cognition, language, intelligence, consciousness, developmental psychology, personality, psychological disorders, group behavior, counseling, education, work, and emotions.

The Associate of Arts (A.A.) in Psychology is an excellent transfer program since the core curriculum parallels the first two years of most four-year psychology degrees. The Psychology degree offers students an opportunity to become familiar with the different fields of Psychology, which will enable them to make an informed choice on how to continue their careers.

Those who are interested in Psychology can contribute to educational and occupational environments, work within communities to promote physical and mental health, and conduct research that runs the gamut from examining basic brain functions to exploring the behavior of complex social organizations. Psychologists use research to better understand different populations such as infants, emotionally disturbed people, the elderly, students, employees, and even animals – just about every population one can imagine. With a degree in Psychology, a variety of career opportunities are available in counseling, health and human services, public relations, human resources, business management, advertising, law enforcement, and computer programming.


Field of Study - 18 credit hours 1
PSYC 2301General Psychology3
PSYC 2314Lifespan Growth and Development3
PSYC 2315Psychology of Adjustment3
PSYC 2317Statistical Methods in Psychology3
Select a minimum of two of the following:6
Learning Framework
Human Sexuality
Adolescent Psychology I
STC Core Curriculum - 42 credit hours
Complete 42 credit hours of required Core Curriculum including the following: 2,342
Total Credit Hours60

Courses taken to fulfill field of study requirements must not duplicate courses taken to fulfill Core Curriculum Requirements.


In addition to the courses in the Social Sciences Field of Study, the student is required to take 42 credit hours from the STC Core Curriculum.


Students who select a 3 credit hour Mathematics course to fulfill the Mathematics component of the Core Curriculum must take 4 credit hours to complete the Component Area Option for the Core Curriculum.


Recommended Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
HIST 1301
United States History I
or Mexican-American History I
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
PSYC 2301 General Psychology 3
Speech Elective - Component Area Option - Core Curriculum 3
 Credit Hours12
Second Semester
HIST 1302
United States History II
or Mexican-American History II
ENGL 1302 Composition II - Rhetoric 3
PSYC 2315 Psychology of Adjustment 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective - Core Curriculum 3
 Credit Hours12
Third Semester
Creative Arts Elective - Core Curriculum 3
Psychology Elective - Field of Study 1 3
Language, Philosophy & Culture Elective - Core Curriculum 3
 Credit Hours9
Fourth Semester
GOVT 2305 Federal Government 3
Mathematics Elective - Core Curriculum 3-4
PSYC 2314 Lifespan Growth and Development 3
Life and Physical Sciences Elective - Core Curriculum 4
 Credit Hours14
Fifth Semester
GOVT 2306 Texas Government 3
PSYC 2317 Statistical Methods in Psychology 3
Psychology Elective - Field of Study 1 3
Life and Physical Sciences Elective - Core Curriculum 4
Component Area Option - Core Curriculum (if required) 1
 Credit Hours13
 Total Credit Hours60 Credit Hours

Courses to be chosen from Field of Study