Psychology Transfer Pathway AA

Psychology at SCTCC

Degrees and Certificates

Why Choose This Program

Have you ever wondered what babies are really thinking? Are you curious why aging adults' memories seem to fade and what can be done to slow the aging process? Perhaps you have asked yourself why alcohol can make a person more adventurous or what personalities would work together most effectively. You can explore these areas of interest and so many more, as well as open a number of career possibilities with a concentration in psychology.

Psychology is the scientific study of human behavior, emotion, and mental processes. Majors will use scholarly rigor to examine social, cultural, gender, biological, and emotional aspects of everyday questions and very real problems facing our communities and the greater society. With smaller class sizes, individual support, approachable instructors, and flexible class options, the Psychology Transfer Pathway A.A. degree is a smart choice. Turn your passion into a college degree and start your path at SCTCC today!

7 Ways Psychology Can Change Your Life: According to Psychology Today, here are the seven ways that learning about psychology can change your life for the better:

  1. Increased self-understanding and insight
  2. Understanding human nature
  3. Overcoming Biases
  4. Understanding motivation and goal-setting
  5. Improved communication and empathy
  6. Becoming a better parent
  7. Becoming a better person

Skills Acquired

Whether you choose a career in psychology or decide to pursue one of the many other disciplines and career paths focused on human behavior, the psychology pathway program will prepare you in terms of developing both written and verbal communication skills, analytical thinking, problem solving, creativity, and ability to relate to other people. 

According to the American Psychological Association, as reported in Psychology Today, psychology majors acquire the following skills while earning their undergraduate degrees, all of which make them highly desirable to future employers: 

  • Predict and understand behavior of individuals and groups 
  • Understand how to use and interpret data 
  • Evaluate the legitimacy of claims about behavior 
  • Know how memory and learning function 
  • Have insight into problematic behavior 
  • Demonstrate the capacity to adapt to change 
  • Understand and operate effectively throughout channels of an organization 
  • Manage difficult situations and high stress environments 
  • Start and carry out projects with limited information or experience 
  • Show persistence in challenging circumstances 

Career Choices

Career options with a degree in psychology vary by area of interest and amount of schooling completed. Whether you earn a Ph.D. or a bachelor's degree, an A.A. or a master's degree, there are a number of job titles attainable with each degree. The study of psychology is also a good preparation for many professions. Employers value and are seeking graduates with a skill set such as those psychology graduates have. Related career options are almost endless and include: 

Substance Abuse Counselor,  Human Resources, Child Life Specialist, Child Welfare Caseworker, Psychologist, Counselor, Domestic Abuse or Violence Counselor, Marriage and Family Counselor, Crisis Intervention,  Grief Counselor, Neurologist, Behavioral Health Consultant, Social Worker, Health Coach, Fitness and Wellness Coordinator, Academic Advisor, Career Counselor, College or University Professor, Educational Psychologist, School Psychologist, Special Education Teacher, Psychoanalyst, Life Coach, Research Assistant, Statistician,  Therapist, Gerontologist, Community Organization Worker, Advertising, Customer Service, Human Services Assistant, Residential Advisor, Probation Officer.

Potential Employers

Rehabilitation Centers, Mental Health Centers or Hospitals, Law Enforcement Agencies, Customer Service Departments, Human Resources Departments, Universities and Colleges, Primary and Secondary Schools, State and Government Agencies.


 The Psychology Transfer Pathway AA degree offers students an opportunity to complete an associate degree that fully transfers to a Psychology bachelor's degree program at any one of the following seven universities within the Minnesota State system: 

  • Bemidji State University 
  • Metropolitan State University 
  • Minnestoa State University, Mankato 
  • Minnesota State University, Moorhead 
  • St. Cloud State University 
  • Southwest Minnesota State University 
  • Winona State University 

Info Sessions

Contact Us

Katey Leverson, Psychology Instructor
Office 256-A
(320) 308 – 5564 

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