Psychology

Psychology courses are offered on the Main Campus and in Regional Centers in Northeast, Northwest and West Philadelphia, as well as online.

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Why Study Psychology?

Psychology is an excellent liberal arts major that allows you to explore and better understand the mind, how it functions and how it is influenced by biological, social, cultural and economic factors. Yet, there is also a practical advantage to studying psychology. Our students often report that they better understand themselves, and their relationships and other life experiences. Psychology is at play in practically every experience of our lives. It has been studied by individuals who have made their mark in a variety of fields within and beyond psychology including law, medicine and the arts.

For students who plan to pursue careers in psychology, earning an associates’ degree in Psychology from Community College of Philadelphia will allow you to establish and continue your necessary academic preparation beyond the associate’s degree. In order to practice psychology, you will need to have earned at least a Master’s degree and, in many cases, a Ph.D. or Psy.D.

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Counseling Psychologist – est. salary $72,455*
Regulatory Affairs Mansager – est. salary $84,782*
Electro-Mechanical Technician – est. salary $52,191*
Electronics Engineering Technician – est. salary $60,041*

 

EMSI Data, 2017; Philadelphia Metropolitan Statistical Area; *these jobs may require a bachelor's degree or higher.


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Courses and Completion Sequence

The following courses and sequence of courses is designed for the optimal success and completion of the Psychology degree/certificate. Any alterations should be discussed with your academic advisor.

Semester 1

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology 3 credits Complete with a grade “C” or better Social Science
ENGL 101 - English Composition I 3 credits   ENGL 101
CIS 103 - Applied Computer Technology 3 credit Complete with a grade “C” or better Tech Comp
MATH 151 - Linear Mathematics 3 credit Complete with a grade “C” or better Mathematics
SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology 3 credit   Major Course
Interpretive Studies
American/Global Diversity Writing Intensive

Semester 2

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
ENGL 102 - The Research Paper 3 credits   ENGL 102 & Info Lit
PSYC 205 - Psychopathology/Abnormal Psychology 3 credits   Major Course
Language requirement I 3 credit Any language course in Arabic, Chinese, French, Italian, Hebrew, Japanese, or Spanish may be chosen.
Students interested in transferring to Temple University must complete two language courses.
Humanities
PSYC 110 - Descriptive Research Methods in Psychology 3 credit Pass with a grade “C” or better.
Prerequisites for PSYC 210.
Major Course
BIOL 106 - General Biology I 4 credit   Natural Science

Semester 3

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
PSYC 167 - Foundations of Statistical Methods for Social and Behavioral Sciences 3 credits Pass with a “C” or better.
Prequirement for PSYC 210
Major Course
PSYC 215 - Developmental Psychology 3 credits   Major Course
HUM 120 - Introduction to Chinese Culture and Civilization or
HUM 130 - Introduction to Japanese Culture and Civilization or
HUM 150 - Introduction to Latin American Cultures and Civilizations or
HUM 180 - Introduction to African Cultures and Civilizations or
HUM 190 - Modern Africa and Asia
3 credits   General Elective
Language requirement II 3 credits Any language course in Arabic, Chinese, French, Italian, Hebrew, Japanese, or Spanish may be chosen.
Students who pass the second foreign language course with a “C” or better, will have completed courses required at Temple University.
General Elective
BIOL 107 - General Biology II or
CHEM 103 - General Chemistry I
4 credits   Major Course

Semester 4

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
PSYC 201 - Child Psychology or
PSYC 209 - Adolescent Psychology or
PSYC 211 - Personality Theory or
PSYC 221 - Social Psychology
3 credits The suggested Psychology courses will provide a deeper exploration of topics addressed at a more summary level in Introduction to Psychology Major Course
ANTH 112 - Cultural Anthropology 3 credits If the suggested Anthropology and Humanities courses are passed with a “C” or better, students will have completed courses that will be required at Temple University General Elective
PSYC 210 - Experimental Research Methods in Psychology 3 credits   Major Course
Language requirement III 3 credits   General Elective
PHIL 151/RS 151 - World Religions 3 credits   General Elective

General Education Requirements:

All general education requirements necessary for graduation are met through the courses in the program as indicated above. Students who wish to take courses that differ from the general education courses indicated above must complete a course substitution request form. To access the form, login to the MyCCP portal, and in the Student tab, under Electronic Forms, click on the Records and Registration Forms link, then choose Request For Course Substitution Of Graduation Requirement link. A more detailed explanation of the College’s general education requirements is also available.

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