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, 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.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this program students will be able to:

  • Recognize and apply psychology's major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and historical trends.
  • Identify and apply the principles of research design.
  • Think critically about statements concerning mental processes and behavior.
  • Describe the ways psychology is applied in the realms of work, personal life, education and other real-world situations.  
  • Describe the career choices open to psychology students.

Program Entry Requirements:

Students are typically required to take the College's placement tests at their time of entry. Students identified as needing developmental course work must satisfactorily complete the appropriate English and mathematics courses as a part of their degree program.

Program of Study and Graduation Requirements:

To qualify for the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree in Psychology, a student must complete a minimum of 61 credit hours as prescribed and attain a grade point average of 2.0 ("C" average).

Course Sequence:

Semester 1

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology   3 credits Social Sciences
ENGL 101 - English Composition I   3 credits ENGL 101
CIS 103 - Computer Applications & Concepts   3 credits Tech Comp
MATH 150 - Introductory Data Analysis (or higher) FNMT 118 ready 3 credits Mathematics
SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology or
ANTH 112 - Cultural Anthropology 
  3 credits Interpretive Studies
American/Global Diversity
Writing Intensive

Semester 2

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
ENGL 102 - The Research Paper ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better 3 credits ENGL 102 & Info Lit
PSYC 205 - Psychopathology/Abnormal Psychology PSYC 101 3 credits  
BIOL 106 - General Biology I or
Lab Science Elective
  4 credits Lab Science
PSYC 110 - Descriptive Research Methods in Psychology   3 credits  

PSYC 201 - Child Psychology or 
PSYC 209 - Adolescent Psychology or 
PSYC 211 - Personality Theory

 PSYC 101 3 credits  

Semester 3

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
PSYC 167 - Foundations of Statistical Methods for Social and Behavioral Sciences MATH 150 3 credits  
PSYC 215 - Developmental Psychology PSYC 101 or BIOL 109 3 credits  
Humanities Elective*   3 credits  
General Elective**   3 credits  
BIOL 107 – General Biology II or
Science Elective
 For BIOL 107: BIOL 106 with a grade of "C" or better 3 or 4 credits  

Semester 4


Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
PSYC 220 - Cross-Cultural Psychology or
PSYC 221 - Social Psychology
PSYC 222 - Forensic Psychology
For PSYC 220: PSYC 101 and ENGL 101, with a grade of "C" or better
For PSYC 221: PSYC 101
For PSYC 222: PSYC 101 or JUS 101 and ENGL 101
3 credits  
PSYC 202 - Human Sexuality or
PSYC 230 - Cognitive Psychology or
PSYC 232 - Biological Foundation of Behavior
For PSYC 230:  ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better and PSYC 101.
For  PSYC 232: ENGL 101 and PSYC 101
3 credits   
PSYC 210 - Experimental Research Methods in Psychology ENGL 101PSYC 101PSYC 110PSYC 167 3 credits  
General Elective   3 credits  
PHIL/RS 151 – World Religions or
Humanities Elective* 
  3 credits  

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate:


* For students uncertain about what Humanities elective to take, we recommend HUM 120HUM 130HUM 150HUM 180HUM 190. These are courses that explore diverse cultures and provide an expanded view of the human experience.
** For students uncertain about what general elective to choose, we recommend taking at least two world 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 world language course. Any language course in Arabic, Chinese, French, Italian, Hebrew, Japanese, or Spanish may be chosen.

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.

For More Information, Contact:

The Division of Liberal Studies Room BR-21, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 751-8451; or the College Information Center (215) 751 8010.