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What Is Psychology?

Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Rooted in science and philosophy, it examines a variety of topics, including individual and interpersonal behavior, thinking, problem-solving, motivations and emotions.

Why Study Psychology?

Psychology can increase understanding of oneself and others in a variety of contexts and
has many applications to people’s daily lives. Much of life entails developing and maintaining relationships, whether with coworkers, managers, customers, patients, students, teachers, parents, partners, spouses or children. Psychology provides a foundation for students to understand themselves and people’s interactions with them.

Perimeter College offers a guided pathway in Psychology through which students may earn an Associate of Science degree and prepare themselves for transfer to a four-year institution for further education. Most job opportunities in psychology require a bachelor’s degree or higher. Psychologists may work in clinical roles where they provide counseling to people in a private practice. They also may work in other settings, where they engage in research, teaching or consulting. The demand for psychologists is expected to see continued growth. Psychology also provides a strong foundation for other occupations, including:

  • Business
  • Education
  • Forensics
  • Industrial or organizational behavior
  • Law and criminal justice
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Teaching
For additional potential salary and job information, Bureau of Labor Statistics - For potential job and salary information, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics

1977 Psychology Pathway

Associate of Arts, Pathway – Psychology Areas A-E of the Core Curriculum (42 Credit Hours) Recommendations Area D: 
  • Recommended courses:
    • BIOL 1103 Introductory Biology I (3 Credit Hours) and BIOL 1103L Introductory Biology I Lab (1 Credit Hour) or BIOL 1103K (4 Credit Hours)
    • BIOL 1104 Introductory Biology II (3 Credit Hours) and BIOL 1104L Introductory Biology II Lab (1 Credit Hour) or BIOL 1104K (4 Credit Hours)
    • MATH 1070 Elementary Statistics (3 Credit Hours)

Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Pathway (18 Credit Hours)

  1. Required courses (12 Credit Hours):
    • PSYC 1101 Introduction to General Psychology (3 Credit Hours)*
    • Select two courses from the following (6 Credit Hours):*
      • PSYC 2030 Careers in Psychology (3 Credit Hours)
      • PSYC 2040 Introduction to Applied Psychology (3 Credit Hours)
      • PSYC 2050 Introduction to Drugs and Behavior (3 Credit Hours)
      • PSYC 2070 Introduction to Human Sexuality (3 Credit Hours)
      • PSYC 2080 Sex, Evolution, and Human Behavior (3 Credit Hours)
      • PSYC 2101 Introduction to the Psychology of Adjustment (3 Credit Hours)
      • PSYC 2103 Introduction to Human Development: Individual and Family Issues (3 Credit Hours)
      • PSYC 2107 Introduction to Social Psychology (3 Credit Hours)
      • PSYC 2618 Introduction to Psychology of Women (3 Credit Hours)
      • PSYC 2621 Introduction to Abnormal Psychology (3 Credit Hours)
      • PSYC 2900 Special Topics in Psychology (3 Credit Hours)
  2. Select additional courses from Area E to complete 18 hours in Area F:
    • AAS 2010 Introduction to African-American Studies (3 Credit Hours)
    • ANTH 1102 Introduction to Anthropology (3 Credit Hours)
    • ANTH 2020 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3 Credit Hours)
    • BIOL 1103 Introductory Biology I (3 Credit Hours) and Introductory Biology I Lab (1 Credit Hour)
    • BIOL 2110 Human Anatomy & Physiology I (3 Credit Hours) and Human Anatomy & Physiology I Lab (1 Credit Hour)
    • BIOL 2120 Human Anatomy & Physiology II (3 Credit Hours) and Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lab (1 Credit Hour)
    • GEOG 1101 Introduction to Human Geography (3 Credit Hours)
    • MATH 1070 Elementary Statistics (3 Credit Hours)
    • SOCI 1101 Introduction to Sociology (3 Credit Hours)
    • SOCI 1160 Introduction to Social Problems (3 Credit Hours)
    • SOCI 2293 Introduction to Marriage and Family (3 Credit Hours)
    • WGSS 2010 Introduction to Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies (3 Credit Hours)
    • World Language at the 1002, 2001, or 2002 level
  • Recommendation for students seeking to continue toward a B.A. degree in Psychology at Georgia State University-Atlanta:
    • World Language at the 1002, 2001, or 2002 level (3 Credit Hours)
    • Select from the following: AAS 2010, ANTH 1102, GEOG 1101, SOCI 1101, [SOC 1160], WGSS 2010
  • Recommendation for students seeking to continue toward a B.S. degree in Psychology at GSU-Atlanta:
    • Select from the following: ANTH 1102, ANTH 2010, ANTH 2020, BIOL 1402, BIOL 2110, BIOL 2120, MATH 1070, SOCI 1101, SOCI 2293
* Students must have a 2.3 grade-point average in PSYC 1101 and the next two Psychology Area F courses attempted (with a minimum grade of “C” in PSYC 1101) to be eligible for the B.A. or B.S. in Psychology and to take 3000- and 4000-level Psyc courses at Georgia State University-Atlanta. (See Major Eligibility Requirements in section 3500 of the bachelor’s catalog.)


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