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Psychology

If you are fascinated by how the mind works, and you like to help people overcome their problems, then psychology could be just the degree for you.

When you study psychology, you examine such things as personality, intelligence, motivation, mental disorders, memory, dreaming, hypnosis and biofeedback. You also explore how people’s everyday experiences affect their family, education, work and play. This pre-major program provides the general education requirements needed to transfer to a four-year university or college.

Whether your goal is to counsel people as a practicing psychologist—or you want to apply your psychology education to a career in business, marketing, social work or other field—this program can lead you to a wide range of career opportunities.

What You’ll Learn

  • Demonstrate an understanding of psychological theories and their application to human behavior, affect, and cognition
  • Recall and apply the scientific method and relate to critical thinking about affect, behavior, and cognition
  • Illustrate an understanding of the interdependence of biology (nature) and environment (nurture) and their interactions in driving human behavior

You and your advisor will use this program map as a starting point to create a personal education plan customized to your needs. We meet you where you are and help you reach your goals.
Need more details? Check out the degree worksheet for the AA-DTA degree and work with your advisor to make sure you take the right classes to prepare to transfer in Psychology. Course descriptions and course learning outcomes can be found in our online catalogue.

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Total Credits: 90

First Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
ENGL& 101
English Composition I
5
GUID 105
Student Success
2
HLTH 104
Stress Management
3
MATH& 107
Math in Society
5
Total Credits
 
15

Second Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
ENGL& 102
Composition II
5
PHIL& 115
Critical Thinking
5
PSYC& 100
General Psychology
5
Total Credits
 
15

Third Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
ANTH& 100
Survey of Anthropology
5
CMST& 210
Interpersonal Communication
5
Choose 1 course from:
BIOL 110
Insects and People
5
BIOL& 160
General Biology with Lab
5
BOT 112
Survey of the Plant Kingdom
5
ENVS& 101
Intro to Environmental Science
5
Total Credits
 
15

Fourth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
MATH& 146
Introduction to Statistics
5
Choose 1 course from:
ENGL 259
African American Literature
5
ENGL 278
Women Writers
5
ENGL& 111
Introduction to Literature
5
Choose 1 course from:
PSYC& 180
Human Sexuality
5
PSYC& 200
Lifespan Psychology
5
PSYC& 220
Abnormal Psychology
5
Total Credits
 
15

Fifth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
Choose 1 course from:
ECON 100
Fundamentals of Economics
5
POLS& 101
Intro to Political Science
5
Choose 1 course from:
PSYC& 180
Human Sexuality
5
PSYC& 200
Lifespan Psychology
5
PSYC& 220
Abnormal Psychology
5
Choose 2 credit from:
DRMA 107
Theatre Production
1 - 5
MUSC 145
Concert Band
1 - 3
PE 187
Cross Training
2
Choose 3 credit from:
ENGL 247
American Multicultural Literature
5
HLTH 101
Health and Wellness
3
Total Credits
 
15

Sixth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
DRMA& 101
Introduction to Theater
5
ENVS& 101
Intro to Environmental Science
5
Choose 1 course from:
PSYC& 180
Human Sexuality
5
PSYC& 200
Lifespan Psychology
5
PSYC& 220
Abnormal Psychology
5
Total Credits
 
15

Maximum estimated costs for completing this program

  • Tuition

  • Resident

    $
    9,962
  • Non-Resident

    $
    18,074
  • International

    $
    22,666
  • Books

    $
    1,523
  • Course Fees

    $
    25
  • Institutional Fees

    $
    1,554

  • The amounts listed for tuition and lab & course fees reflects a maximum estimated cost and may be lower based on courses selected.
  • The amount listed for books is a maximum estimated cost based on the price of new textbooks purchased during the previous school year. Costs may be lower based on student choices and availability (used books vs new, rental vs purchase).
  • For more information about costs, visit our page How Much Does It Cost?

  • Suzie Heimbigner
    Suzie Heimbigner
    Humanities Pathway Specialist
    Suzie.Heimbigner@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3403

  • Katella DeBolt
    Katella DeBolt
    Psychology
    B.A., M.A., Gonzaga University; additional studies: Spokane Falls Community College
    Katella.DeBolt@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3585
  • Sabra Pelham
    Sabra Pelham
    Psychology
    B.A.,M.A., University of Kansas; M.S., University of Florida; Ph.D., University of Florida
    Sabra.Pelham@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3463

Have a question? Let's hear it.

Suzie Heimbigner

Pathways Specialist
suzie.heimbigner@sfcc.spokane.edu
509-533-3403
Building 24, Office 108C