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When someone hears the word “Psychologist” a few images may come to mind. A researcher, a teacher, a person who provides mental health treatment. While these are true definitions of the field of Psychology, the scope of the field of study is much broader. The Associate in Science in Psychology program provides students with the opportunity to explore one of the most diverse and exciting fields of study in the world.

 What Psychology graduates learn:

  • How to define, explain, and predict the behavior of individuals and groups 

  • How to use and interpret data 

  • To evaluate the legitimacy of claims about behavior 

  • How memory, learning, and other cognitive processes function
  • Insight into problematic behaviors 

  • How to develop the capacity to adapt to change
  • How to manage difficult situations and high stress environments

 

 

 

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The Associates in Science in Psychology (ASP) program is designed to provide students who have an interest in Psychology the opportunity to explore the breadth and depth of different areas of study that fall into the field of Psychology.  The program core requirements have been selected to provide a broad overview of the major areas and focal points of the psychology field.  The curriculum also aligns with the core requirements for Psychology majors at the four-year institutions in our region supporting transfer.

The Associates in Applied Science in Psychology program provides students the opportunity to engage in career exploration within the broad field of Psychology and Social Sciences, to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills related to the human condition, to develop “psychological literacy” skills related to understanding circumstances and diversity in explaining human behavior, and to develop scientific reasoning skills applicable to all field of human activity.

The Associate in Science in Psychology Program is based on the most current guidelines for learning outcomes in undergraduate psychology programs. The program Learning outcomes are adapted from the American Psychological Association Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major, Version 2.0 (August, 2013). Below you will find the major knowledge areas with numerous outcomes outlined underneath each of these areas.

Knowledge Base in Psychology

  • Describe key concepts, principles, and overarching themes in psychology.
  • Develop a working knowledge of psychology’s content domains.
  • Describe applications of psychology.

 
Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking

  • Apply scientific reasoning to interpret psychological phenomena.
  • Demonstrate psychology information literacy.
  • Interpret, design, and conduct basic psychological research.
  • Incorporate sociocultural factors in scientific inquiry.

 
Ethical and Social Responsibility in a Diverse World

  • Apply ethical standards to evaluate psychological science and practice.
  • Discuss values that build community at local, national, and global levels.

 
Communication

  • Demonstrate effective written, presentation and teamwork skills.

 
Professional Development

  • Establish and engage in a process of continued professional growth.
  • Demonstrate project-management skills.


Psychology is one of the most popular and fascinating majors in college.  The program is primarily designed to prepare students to continue their Psychology education at a four-year institution.  An associate degree in Psychology can be the first step toward a service-oriented careers.

According to research reported on psychology.org, “Over the last 10 years, associate degrees in psychology have seen a 243% spike in popularity, going from 1,800 associates degrees in psychology awarded in 2002-2003 to 6,100 associates degrees in psychology awarded in 2012-2013.”

 
Careers that are available for individuals with an Associates in Applied Psychology include:

  • Psychiatric Nursing Assistant
  • Youth Counselor
  • Case Technician
  • Human Services Assistant
  • Home Care Aide
  • Addiction Rehabilitation Assistant

 
According to the Maine Center for Workforce Research and Information, a variety of social services jobs are expected to be available in the time frame from 2014 to 2024.  Below you will find a list of specific employment and job openings, suitable to persons with an AASP, expected in Maine and the percentage increase in demand that is projected to occur over the period of 2014-2024:

  • Counselors (+9.6%)
  • Healthcare Social Workers (+9.6%)
  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers (+7.6%)
  • Social and Human Services Assistants (+6.5%)
  • Community and Social Services Specialists (+3.6%)
  • Psychiatric Aids (+8.5%)
  • Supervisors of Personal Care and Service Workers (+4.2%)
  • First-line Supervisors of Personal Service Workers (+4.4%)
  • Personal Care Aids (+9.8%)
  • Residential Advisors (+4.3%)



Students who wish to continue their education in Psychology or a related field will be able to transfer to nearly any other college.  We are currently developing specific articulation agreements with nearly every college in Maine and welcome agreements with other colleges and universities around the world.

There are thirteen Maine institutions that offer a four-year Psychology degree:

  • Bates College (Bachelor’s in Psychology, General)
  • Bowdoin College (Bachelor’s in Psychology, General)
  • Colby College (Bachelor’s in Psychology, General)
  • Husson University (Bachelor’s in Psychology, General and Bachelor’s in Clinical Psychology)
  • Kaplan University (Bachelor’s in Psychology, General – Online)
  • Saint Joseph’s College of Maine (Bachelor’s in Psychology, General)
  • Thomas College (Bachelor’s in Psychology, General)
  • University of Maine (Bachelor’s in Psychology, General)
  • University of Maine at Farmington (Bachelor’s in Psychology, General)
  • University of Maine at Machias (Bachelor’s in Community Psychology)
  • University of Maine at Presque Isle (Bachelor’s in Psychology, General)
  • University of New England (Bachelor’s in Psychology, General)
  • University of Southern Maine (Bachelor’s in Psychology, General)

 
Students interested in any of these programs will receive assistance in the transfer process.

 

  • High school diploma
  • Algebra I
  • Lab Science (including biology)

 

Semester 1---16 Credits

  • PSY 101: Introduction to Psychology* (3)
  • COM 104: Introduction to Communication (3)
  • BIO 101: Biology I or BIO 115: Human Biology (4)
  • ENG 101: College Composition (3)
  • MAT 1xx: Introduction to Statistics (3)


Semester 2---15 Credits

  • SOC 101: Introduction to Sociology (3)
  • PSY 215: Developmental Psychology* (3)
  • ENG 218: Writing in the Sciences (3)
  • PSY 204: Abnormal Psychology* (3) or PSY 213 Social Psychology* (3)
  • PSY 200: History of Psychology* (3)


Semester 3---16 Credits

  • PSY 224: Statistics for the Social Sciences* (4)
  • ENG 121: Introduction to Literature (3)
  • Creative Arts Elective (3)
  • PSY 209: Biopsychology (3)
  • Social Science Elective (3)


Semester 4----13 Credits

  • PSY 234: Research Methods* (4)
  • Social Science Elective (3)
  • Social Science Elective (3)
  • Social Science Elective (3)

 
Total Credits---60

Psychology Electives

 

  • PSY 201: Child Development
  • PSY 203: Adolescent Development
  • PSY 206: Psychology of Film and Literature
  • PSY 207: Transpersonal Psychology
  • PSY 208: Advanced Topics in Psychology
  • PSY 210: Human Sexuality
  • PSY 212: Positive Psychology
  • PSY 214: Educational Psychology
  • PSY 216: Cognitive Psychology
  • PSY 218: Sensation and Perception
  • PSY 220: Behavior Management
  • PSY 230: Personality
  • PSY 240: Health Psychology
  • PSY 245: Forensic Psychology
  • PSY 250: Industrial and Organizational Psychology


Sociology Electives

 

  • SOC 103: Introduction to Social Services Systems
  • SOC 108: Leadership Development
  • SOC 112: Civic Engagement Seminar
  • SOC 203: Death and Dying
  • SOC 204: Social Problems
  • SOC 205: Sociology of the Family
  • SOC 206: Advanced Topics in Sociology

Students must complete 60 credits in the program and achieve a minimum grade of “C” in all core PSY designated courses (*). Students must achieve a final GPA of 2.0 or higher.

Kennebec Valley Community College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution and employer.

The Associates in Science in Psychology is steeped in the use of technology both in the classroom and for specific assignments.  To this end the following technology requirements are set forth for all students who are matriculated into the program.

 Students who elect to take Psychology degree classes as electives take on the responsibility of ensuring that they have the appropriate access to technology required for that class.

Required Computer Technology


Students will be required to have a laptop computer.  The laptop will be used for the following general purposes:

  1. Completion of homework.
  2. Taking notes.
  3. Conducting literature searchers and Internet resources.
  4. Accessing and utilizing our learning management system (Blackboard)
  5. The development of in-class presentations.
  6. Collaboration with students and faculty

 
The laptop will be used for the following specific purposes:

  1. IBM SPSS Grad Pack Standard Statistical Software (v. 25)
  2. LabScribe (v. 3)


Laptop Technical Specifications

To ensure compatibility with the above expectations the following technical specifications are required.

Apple Mac Laptop

  • Intel processor
  • OS 10.10 and above
  • 8 GB of Ram
  • 800 MB of hard drive space
  • 800 x 600 screen resolution or higher
  • Java 6 or higher


Windows-based Laptop

  • Intel or AMD x86 processor with 1 GHz or higher
  • Windows 7 (service pack 2) or higher
  • 8 GB of Ram
  • 800 MB of hard drive space
  • 800 x 600 screen resolution or higher

 

Required Mobile Technology


In order to maximize space, use of digital resources, in-class applications, and the collection of data for some experiments it is recommended that you have the following device IN ADDITION to your laptop.

Apple iPad with the following specifications

  • Any iPad model from the 4th Generation forward (including the iPad Mini)
  • Minimum 16 GB of memory
  • Visit this website to review every model of the iPad ever produced (https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201471)

 

According to the American Psychological Association, the following categories of learning outcomes should be addressed within the curriculum of a Psychology degree.  This information has been cited from the APA Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major, Version 2.0 (August 2013).

While these guidelines are primarily for Baccalaureate programs, they will be applied and mapped across the Associates degree.

The Associates in Applied Science in Psychology Program is based on the most current guidelines for learning outcomes in undergraduate psychology programs. In this program, you will learn to: 

Knowledge Base in Psychology

  • Describe key concepts, principles, and overarching themes in psychology.
  • Develop a working knowledge of psychology’s content domains.
  • Describe applications of psychology.


Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking

  1. Use scientific reasoning to interpret psychological phenomena.
  2. Demonstrate psychology information literacy.
  3. Engage in innovative and integrative thinking and problem solving.
  4. Interpret, design, and conduct basic psychological research.
  5. Incorporate sociocultural factors in scientific inquiry.

Ethical and Social Responsibility in a Diverse World

  1. Apply ethical standards to evaluate psychological science and practice.
  2. Build and enhance interpersonal relationships.
  3. Adopt values that build community at local, national, and global levels.


Communication

  1. Demonstrate effective writing for different purposes.
  2. Exhibit effective presentation skills for different purposes.
  3. Interact effectively with others.


Professional Development

  1. Apply psychological content and skills to career goals.
  2. Exhibit self-efficacy and self-regulation.
  3. Refine project-management skills.
  4. Enhance teamwork capacity.
  5. Develop meaningful professional direction for life after graduation.


KVCC has standardized the General Education Learning Outcomes for all programs at the College.  These are as follows:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Problem Solving
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Group Communication

 
In addition, the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) have identified additional General Education Learning Outcomes for Undergraduate Programs.  The ELOs above align with 6 of these VALUE Rubric outcomes (the exception in Interpersonal Communication.)

We will be aligning assignments within the Associates of Applied Science in Psychology degree with each of the VALUE Rubrics, including the following (The ones that align with the ELOs are indicated by a *):

Intellectual and Practical Skills

  • Inquiry and Analysis
  • Critical Thinking*
  • Creative Thinking
  • Written Communication*
  • Oral Communication*
  • Reading
  • Quantitative Literacy*
  • Information Literacy
  • Teamwork*
  • Problem Solving*


Personal and Social Responsibility

  • Civic Engagement
  • Intercultural Knowledge and Competence
  • Ethical Reasoning
  • Foundations and Skills for Lifelong Learning
  • Global Learning


Integrative and Applied Learning

  • Integrative Learning

 
These outcomes will appear in the Course Syllabus Learning Outcomes designated as “ELO” and “VALUE” outcomes

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