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Psychology (New - Fall 2018) (5156)

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Psychology (New - Fall 2018): Associate in Science (AS)  (5156)

If you are interested in human behavior and want to understand how the mind works, a psychology career may be a good match for your interests. After completing our Associate in Science (AS) in psychology, you will be ready to transfer your HACC credits to a four-year school to pursue a bachelor’s degree.


What can I do with this in the workforce? 

We designed our Psychology program for students who are planning to transfer to a four-year school. You will gain a solid foundation in psychology and be prepared to transfer to a wide range of four-year schools with specialized programs.

If you plan on working in therapeutic or academic settings, you will need to continue your education to earn a master’s degree.


What is the average salary?

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What is HACC’s program like?

We provide a broad introduction to the field. You will learn about at least two subfields within the field of psychology, while building a solid foundation in research design and analysis.

Throughout our program, you will: 

  • Attain basic-level competency across all major subfields of psychology
  • Attain developing-level competencies in at least two of the four major content categories as currently defined by the American Psychological Association: human development, individual and socio-cultural differences, learning and cognition and biological basis of behavior and mental processes
  • Develop basic and developing-level competency in research design and analysis
  • Comprehend biological processes as they relate to human and animal psychology and behavior and the environments in which they live
  • Develop basic and developing-level understanding of critical thinking and evidence-based logic and reasoning
  • Develop basic and developing-level understanding of the technology and communication forms and methods used in discussing and disseminating psychological ideas


What classes will I take?

  • Browse our advising checksheet (pdf), which is also an excellent tool to help you personalize your course load each term and manage your overall advancement through our programs.
  • View summaries of every course at HACC by browsing our class schedules database.
  • Review our program guide (pdf) to view a list of required courses, recommended course sequencing and program competencies.

Can I transfer my credits to a four-year college or university?

Affordably YOURS, our two-year degree program is a transfer program. Our programs are designed to be flexible enough to transfer to a wide variety of colleges and universities with no loss of credit. If your intended transfer school participates in Pennsylvania’s statewide college credit transfer system, you will be able to begin there at the junior level. Our programs also transfer well to schools outside the statewide system. However, each individual college has its own unique program. We encourage you to select a four-year school as soon as possible. This will allow you to learn the transfer college’s program requirements so you can take the proper classes at HACC.

Our various transfer options are: 

Elizabethtown College: Psychology into Psychology (pdf)

Penn State York: Psychology (pdf)

Where can I complete this program?

We offer the Psychology program at our Harrisburg, Lancaster, Lebanon and York campuses.   


Does HACC offer scholarships?

Yes! To offset the cost of your tuition, we have approximately 200 scholarships available through the HACC Foundation. Visit to apply!


When can I apply?

We offer classes in the spring, summer and fall. Conveniently YOURS, you can apply online anytime. When you submit your application, please include the code 5156 that is unique to this program. This will ensure you’re applying to the correct program. 


How can I learn more?

We want to help you get the solid foundation you need for a rewarding career in psychology. Please contact an admissions counselor to enroll or the interim department chair, Mark Nelson, to request more information about the program.