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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Clinical Psychologist – est. salary $78,154*
Marriage and Family Therapist – est. salary $66,368*
Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary – est. salary $80,833*

 

EMSI Data, 2019; Philadelphia Metropolitan Statistical Area; *these jobs  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 Sciences
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 or
ANTH 112 - Cultural Anthropology 
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
BIOL 106 - General Biology I 4 credits   Natural Sciences
PSYC 110 - Descriptive Research Methods in Psychology 3 credits Pass with a grade “C” or better.
Prerequisites for PSYC 210.
Major Course
Psychology Elective: Developmental Approaches (choose one)
PSYC 201 - Child Psychology
 or 
PSYC 209 - Adolescent Psychology or 
PSYC 211 - Personality Theory
 3 credits These courses should be of interest to students pursuing careers where they need to understand the specific characteristics, abilities, motivations and vulnerabilities of children and adolescents as well as how those childhood and adolescent experiences can lay the foundation for the ways they think and behave as adults.  Major Course 

Semester 3

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
PSYC 167 - Foundations of Statistical Methods for Social and Behavioral Sciences 3 credits FNMT 118 or MATH 161 placement
Pass with a grade of "C" or better.
Requirement for PSYC 210
Major Course
PSYC 215 - Developmental Psychology 3 credits   Major Course
Humanities Elective  3 credits For students uncertain about what Humanities elective to take, we recommend HUM 120,
HUM 130, HUM 150, HUM 180, HUM 190. These are courses that explore diverse cultures and provide an expanded view of the human experience.
General Elective
General Elective 3 credits For students uncertain about what general elective to choose, we recommend taking at least two foreign language courses. Temple University, a common transfer institution for CCP students, requires students to earn a C or better in a first and a second-level foreign language course. Any language course in Arabic, Chinese, French, Italian, Hebrew, Japanese, or Spanish may be chosen. General Elective
BIOL 107 - General Biology II or
Science Elective
3 or 4 credits   Major Course

Semester 4

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type

Psychology Elective: Social and Cultural Approaches (choose one)
PSYC 221 - Social Psychology or
PSYC 220 - Cross-Cultural Psychology

3 credits These courses explore and help explain the specific ways in which social and cultural factors can lead us to think and behave differently compared to and during interactions with members of other social and cultural groups. These courses should be of interest to students pursuing careers where they will be providing direct support or service to others, especially members of racially or ethnically diverse communities. Major Course

Psychology Elective: Biological and Cognitive Approaches (choose one)
PSYC 202 - Human Sexuality or
PSYC 230 - Cognitive Psychology

3 credits The more detailed and focused explorations of the different domains of human functioning—e.g., biological, cognitive— offered in these courses can help students better appreciate the diverse roles and significance of our biological design and our cognitive processes. These courses should be of special interest to any student who plans to pursue research or clinical/counseling careers in psychology.  Major Course
PSYC 210 - Experimental Research Methods in Psychology 3 credits   Major Course
General Elective 3 credits   General Elective
PHIL 151/RS 151 - World Religions or
or Humanities Elective 
3 credits For students uncertain about what Humanities elective to take, we recommend HUM 120,
HUM 130, HUM 150, HUM 180, HUM 190. These are courses that explore diverse cultures and provide an expanded view of the human experience.
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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