Psychology, A.A.

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Psychology is a fascinating field, and if the study of human behavior appeals to you, Iowa Western’s Psychology program can get you on your way to a career in this field. Graduates use their Associate of Arts degree as a springboard to a bachelor’s or graduate degree at a four-year institution. Iowa Western teaches many of the psychology courses that are found in four-year schools, which is uncommon for a community college. This will give you a leg up on other students when you pursue an advanced degree. You’ll be armed with concepts and vocabulary that others might not possess.

Job Outlook

This program is designed for students intending to transfer to a four-year institution upon completion. 

What will you do

The Psychology program is designed for students intending to transfer to a four-year institution. Career opportunities in the psychology field are primarily dependent upon completion of a bachelor’s degree.  A few specific job opportunities upon completion of earning a bachelor’s degree include assisting psychologists and other professionals in community health centers, vocational rehabilitation offices, and correction programs. Career opportunities in the psychology field are primarily dependent upon completion of a bachelor’s degree or higher. A doctoral degree is required to be a licensed clinical or counseling psychologist.

Wages

  •  This program is designed for students intending to transfer to a four-year institution upon completion. 

Career Examples

  • Psychologists (Life, Physical, and Social Science)
  • Psychologists (Community and Social Service)
  • Neuropsychologists
  • Behavioral Health Technicians
  • Behavior Analysts
  • Educators
  • Mathematics Specialists
  • Research Fellows (Education, Training, and Library)

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First Semester

ENG 105 - Composition I

SPC 112 - Public Speaking

PHI 101 - Introduction to Philosophy

PSY 111 - Introduction to Psychology

SOC 110 - Introduction to Sociology

Second Semester

ENG 106 - Composition II

HUM 287 - Leadership Development Studies

MAT 157 - Statistics

PSY 121 - Developmental Psychology

PSY 113 - Personality and Adjustment

Third Semester

PHI 105 - Introduction to Ethics

PSY 293 - Issues in Psychology

HIS 152 - U.S. History Since 1877

PSY 281 - Educational Psychology

BIO 157 - Human Biology

Fourth Semester

ANT 100 - Introduction to Anthropology

SPC 122 - Interpersonal Communication

PSY 241 - Abnormal Psychology

SOC 200 - Minority Group Relations

PSY 251 - Social Psychology

Total Semester Hours Required 62.0

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Program Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of the program students will:

  • Demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
  • Apply psychological principles to personal, social and organizational issues.
  • Communicate effectively in a variety of formats.

Program Disclaimers

  • Because career opportunities associated with this degree are so varied, salaries vary considerably as well. To explore careers and gather specific salary information, we encourage you to visit the following website: IHaveaPlanIowa