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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.

A note on pathways: A pathway is an advising guide to help students prepare for their intended bachelor’s degree major. By following the course of study outlined in the appropriate Associate of Arts or Associate of Science pathway, students will have the necessary prerequisite courses to continue in their chosen disciplines. A pathway is not a major and will not be represented on the diploma.

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

9077 Psychology Pathway

Associate of Arts, Pathway – Psychology  

Areas A-E of the Core Curriculum (42)


Area D: 

Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Pathway (18 hours)

  1. Required courses (12):
    • PSYC 1101 Introduction to General Psychology (3)*
    • Select two courses from the following (6):*
      • PSYC 2030 Careers in Psychology (3)
      • PSYC 2040 Introduction to Applied Psychology (3)
      • PSYC 2050 Introduction to Drugs and Behavior (3)
      • PSYC 2060 Introduction to Positive Psychology (3)
      • PSYC 2070 Introduction to Human Sexuality (3)
      • PSYC 2080 Sex, Evolution, and Human Behavior (3)
      • PSYC 2101 Introduction to the Psychology of Adjustment (3)
      • PSYC 2103 Introduction to Human Development: Individual and Family Issues (3)
      • PSYC 2107 Introduction to Social Psychology (3)
      • PSYC 2618 Introduction to Psychology of Women (3)
      • PSYC 2621 Introduction to Abnormal Psychology (3)
  2. Select additional courses from Area E to complete 18 hours in Area F:
    • AAS 2010 Introduction to African-American Studies (3)
    • ANTH 1102 Introduction to Anthropology (3)
    • ANTH 2020 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3)
    • BIOL 1103 Introductory Biology I (3) and Introductory Biology I Lab (1)
    • BIOL 2110 Human Anatomy & Physiology I (3) and Human Anatomy & Physiology I Lab (1)
    • BIOL 2120 Human Anatomy & Physiology II (3) and Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lab (1)
    • GEOG 1101 Introduction to Human Geography (3)
    • MATH 1070 Elementary Statistics (3)
    • SOCI 1101 Introduction to Sociology (3)
    • SOCI 1160 Introduction to Social Problems (3)
    • SOCI 2293 Introduction to Marriage and Family (3)
    • WGSS 2010 Introduction to Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies (3)
    • World Language at the 1002, 2001, or 2002 level
* 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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