Academic Catalog

Psychology, an Option to Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts

Program Description

The Associate of Liberal Arts (AA) with an option in Psychology will prepare students for further academic and career study in the area of psychology at the junior and senior level designations. This option prepares students to transfer to a baccalaureate psychology program. The coursework is designed to foster an appreciation and understanding of the scientific study through 1) the utilization of the scientific method 2) exposing students to the history and scope of behavior and fundamental mental processes. Program graduates will learn basic and applied areas in the field of psychology. Students will apply relevant research to analyze and evaluate psychological perspectives and concepts. 

Transfer Information

Students pursing the Liberal Arts degree – Psychology Option can transfer into majors such as Psychology, Social Sciences/Liberal Studies, and Psychology with teacher’s certification. Many four-year colleges suggest coursework in psychology as well as other areas to specialize for future careers. Students are encouraged to work closely with OCC faculty and Advising Transfer Services. Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution in NJ can explore the “Transfer Programs” feature on NJ Transfer

Career Information

The Associate of Arts degree is designed to provide students with the coursework needed to transfer to four-year institutions and pursue a bachelor’s degree and/or master's degree in psychology or psychology related majors. The curriculum provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to pursue a pathway to careers in counseling or psychology. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with OCC faculty and Career Services as they begin to explore career options. Students can also utilize Career Coach, a resource provided by OCC, to explore degree programs and corresponding careers

Students are encouraged to keep track of degree requirements by using the “My Progress” screen on Student Planning. Student Planning can be accessed via logging into Ocean Connect.

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
ENGL 151 English I 3
ENGL 152 English II 3
COMM 154 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
History Gen. Ed. Requirement 1 3
History Gen. Ed. Requirement 1 3
PHIL 191 Introduction to Philosophy 3
Any ARTS, MUSC, or ENGL course from the List of Approved General Education Courses 1 3
Humanities Gen. Ed. Requirement 1 3
Social Science
PSYC 172 General Psychology 3
Select from the following 1 3
Child Psychology
Adolescent Psychology
Life Span Development
Diversity Gen. Ed. Requirement 1 3
Mathematics, Lab Science, and Technology Gen. Ed. Requirement 1 & 2 12
Program Requirement
Any STSC - Student Success Seminar course 3 2
Psychology Program Electives 1 9
Elective to meet 60 credits 4
 Credit Hours60
 Total Credit Hours60

Psychology Program Electives

PSYC 173Child Psychology3
PSYC 174Personality Theory3
PSYC 175Cross-Cultural Psychology3
PSYC 240Travel Seminar: the Person and Environment3
PSYC 250Introduction to Quantitative Analysis in The Social Sciences3
PSYC 270Psychology of Gender3
PSYC 271Abnormal Psychology3
PSYC 273Adolescent Psychology3
PSYC 274Social Psychology3
PSYC 275Educational Psychology3
PSYC 278Life Span Development3

Course selections should be based on the requirements of the intended transfer to a four-year institution. Students should speak to their advisor for clarification.


Students must select one math course, one lab science course, and one technology course and complete the 12 cr. requirement with any additional math or science course from the list of Approved General Education Courses. Students may attempt to “test out” of the technology requirement.  If they succeed, they must take an additional course(s) in math or science from the List of Approved General Education Courses. 


A variety of STSC -Student Success Seminar courses are available. Please speak to your academic advisor for assistance when selecting.