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Psychology, AA with Designation

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Additional information available on the Psychology Department website.

Recommended basic skills courses are

  • College Readiness in English
  • College Readiness for Quantitative Literacy for MAT 1240  or MAT 1260   
  • College Readiness for Algebra for MAT 1340  

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 State College. Students should note that graduate degrees are required for most professional positions in psychology.

NOTE: Psychology majors are advised to complete PSY 1001  and PSY 1002 .

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

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Psychology degree 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

Courses marked with an asterisk [*] are not currently offered at PPSC.

Written Communication

Six (6) credit hours


Four (4) credit hours

 ; prefer MAT 1260 , except:

  • Colorado Mesa University requires either MAT 1240  or MAT 1340  
  • Colorado State University, Pueblo prefers MAT 1340  
  • Fort Lewis College requires MAT 1260  
  • University of Colorado, Boulder requires MAT 1340  or higher
  • University of Colorado, Colorado Springs requires MAT 1340  
  • Western State Colorado University requires MAT 1340  

Arts and Humanities

Nine (9) hours

 . No more than two (2) courses from any one category.


Three (3) credit hours


Social and Behavioral Sciences

Six (6) credit hours


Natural and Physical Sciences

Seven-eight (7-8) credit hours

One GT Pathways Biology course (SC1). Course must have the required laboratory


Additional Required Courses

Eighteen (18) 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.

Choose Nine (9) Credit Hours GT Pathways Psychology Courses (SS3)


Six-eight (6-8) credit hours selected from the


Total Credit Hours: 60

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