Associate in Arts Degree Program (Transfer)Psychology-the science concerned with behavior-addresses the age-old question: Why people do the things they do? It is a broad discipline, spanning subject matter from biology to sociology. Psychologists study the intersection of two critical relationships: one between brain function and behavior, and one between the environment and behavior.
Psychology is a tremendously varied field. Psychologists conduct both basic and applied research, serve as consultants to communities and organizations, diagnose and treat people, and teach future psychologists and other types of students. They test intelligence and personality. Many psychologists work as health care providers. They assess behavioral and mental function and well-being, stepping in to help where appropriate. They study how human beings relate to each other and also to machines, and they work to improve these relationships. And with America undergoing large changes in its population makeup, psychologists bring important knowledge and skills to understanding diverse cultures.
The types of entry-level jobs for which undergraduate psychology majors are typically prepared are those that use:
- People skills - communicating with and relating to individuals from diverse backgrounds
- Analytical skills - figuring out why a certain problem occurs and how to minimize or eliminate it
- Writing skills - writing a logically developed report
- Research skills - using statistics, tables, and graphs to analyze problems and communicate relevant findings
A degree in psychology can be used to find employment in these areas:
- Human services (counseling, social work)
- Business (sales, marketing, personnel, and management)
- Criminal Justice (probation officer, corrections officer)
- Health and Recreation
At UCC we can help you explore whether psychology could be a field for you. You can start with a year long sequence of 3 classes which introduces all the major fields of psychology. This sequence is a 200-level set of courses, which indicates a higher level of study. The courses are typically taken in the second year, after basic writing and math classes area completed.
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