2018-2019 Catalog and Student Handbook 
    Jun 13, 2024  
2018-2019 Catalog and Student Handbook [Archived Catalog]

Psychology, A.A./A.S.

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Program and Career Description

The Psychology emphasis is a two-year program for students planning to complete a bachelor's degree at a four year school. Psychology is defined as the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. The qualities that make a good psychologist are also the qualities that make good business managers, health care workers, educators, or researchers. Psychology majors with advanced higher education degrees can teach at the college level. A few examples of career and salary estimates are listed below.

Career Entry-Level Education Entry-Level Pay Median Pay Experienced Pay
School Psychologist Master's degree $46,530 $65,380 $88,160
Educational, Guidance, and Vocational Counselors Master's degree $32,220 $46,930 $56,640
Clinical Psychologists Doctoral or Professional degree $46,530 $65,380 $88,160
Psychology Teacher, Postsecondary Master's degree or Doctoral degree $35,830 $57,510 $77,080

Career and salary information taken from JOBS4TN.GOV. Check out this website for additional information about job descriptions, education requirements and abilities, and supply and demand for these careers. For additional information from a national perspective, go to Bureau of Labor Statistics, U. S. Department of Labor on the internet at www.bls.gov. Visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook on this website. Salaries are not guaranteed.

Transfer Options

This program is a Tennessee Transfer Pathway (TTP) major. A student who completes the associates degree in this major is guaranteed that all required community college courses will be accepted in this major at the transfer institution. To see which four-year institutions offer this TTP major and guarantees a seamless transfer, visit the Tennessee Transfer Pathway website at www.tntransferpathway.org.

Articulation agreements exist between other private and non-TN public institutions. These agreements are available at www.columbiastate.edu/admissions/transfer-information.

Program Requirements

Students may be required to take additional Learning Support courses.

Natural Sciences Requirement

Mathematics Requirement

Major Required Courses

Two of the following Psychology courses*

Requirements for Graduation Include:

  • earning 25% of total program credits in residence at Columbia State.
  • earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • taking the Exit Exam.

If you have completed TN eCampus courses, run a degree audit from the student tab in myChargerNet to determine how these courses apply to this program.

Psychology, A.A./A.S. Sample Academic Plan - Total Credit Hours: 60

First Year - Fall Semester - Total Credit Hours: 16

First Year - Spring Semester - Total Credit Hours: 15

Second Year - Fall Semester - Total Credit Hours: 16

  • Literature Requirement Credit(s): 3
  • Electives Credit(s): 3 **
  • Credit(s): 4
  • Humanities/Fine Arts Credit(s): 3
  • PSYC Elective Credit(s): 3 *

Second Year - Spring Semester - Total Credit Hours: 13


*Students should consult the catalog and academic advisor of the institution to which they wish to transfer to determine which of these courses best meets baccalaureate requirements.

**Note: An elective can be any college-level course.

**Students pursuing the A.A. degree must complete 6 semester hours of the SAME foreign language.

For more information contact:
De'Marcus Jackson at
djackson30@columbiastate.edu or 931.766.1609
Humanities & Social Sciences Division office at 931.540.2780

Columbia State Community College, a Tennessee Board of Regents institution, is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educational institution. CoSCC-PSYC-02-14-18

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