Associate in Science (A.S.)

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Psychology is the study of human experience and behavior to understand why we do the things that we do. Discover exciting new insight into people (and yourself!) as you prepare to transfer into a four-year program.

Career Outlook: Psychology and Social Services

Many industries require professionals who are educated in psychology and can understand or guide human behavior. The demand for psychological services is on the rise in mental health centers, substance abuse treatment clinics, schools, hospitals, and other professional settings. Work in a satisfying field where you can help others cope with social challenges and support their mental health.

A.S. Degree Overview

In this program, you'll receive a well-rounded education that combines psychology classes with courses in math, science, and writing. You will study human behavior and the mind, examining how people's thoughts, emotions, and behaviors impact social interaction.

FLCC Psychology alumnus Madison Bowman, class of 2020.

"I knew that I wanted to go into psychology because I loved school counseling. I love being that bridge to help students explore who they are and go on to the next chapter of their lives . . . I can't stress enough that having small classes really helps the professors become more involved in your life and success as a student. It just made the learning more personable."

— Madison Bowman, '20

Develop Scientific Research Skills

Learn how to conduct library research, write professional research papers, and design your own psychological studies. For your capstone project, you'll present original research to FLCC professors, staff, students, and the general public. By the end of the program, you'll have strong scientific reasoning and core psychological science skills, which are essential for psychology careers and four-year degree programs.

Active Student Psychology Club

Psych club provides opportunities for students to connect with each other and share common experiences like coping with college stress, practicing self-reflection, and developing one's identity. Club members discuss childhood trauma and its outcomes, explore issues of diversity and equity, and complete self-awareness exercises to identify personal strengths.

The club also plans community service projects — such as clothing drives — and campus events, including a walking meditation on Laker Day. All FLCC students are welcome to join regardless of their degree program.

Our Psychology Degree is Available 100% Online

In addition to completing your psychology degree in-person, our psychology curriculum is also available 100% online. With online learning, you can study on your time and from a location that fits your busy schedule. Choose this convenient and flexible way to earn an education. Learn more about FLCC online learning.

A.S. Program Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this degree program, students will be able to:

  • Differentiate the major concepts associated with the various schools of thought in psychology (i.e., biological, psychoanalytic, learning theory, humanist, etc.).
  • Analyze the various factors that influence human behavior and how they impact individual behavioral choices.
  • Discuss ethical issues in the study and practice of psychology.
  • Apply scientific and research methods to evaluate questions and issues examined by the various schools of thought in psychology.

Seamless Transfer Opportunities

This program prepares you to transfer to a four-year institution and earn a bachelor's degree in psychology or a related field, including: chemical dependency counseling, human services, and social work. FLCC has a cooperative admissions agreement with SUNY Geneseo, which allows you to transfer to Geneseo without an additional application.

FLCC also has articulation agreements with several regional colleges and universities, including:

  • Roberts Wesleyan University
  • St. John Fisher University
  • SUNY Brockport
  • SUNY Buffalo State College

Previous graduates have also continued their education at the following institutions:

  • Le Moyne
  • Nazareth College
  • SUNY Fredonia
  • SUNY Geneseo
  • SUNY Oswego
  • SUNY Potsdam

Four-Year Career Pathways

With a four-year or advanced degree in this field, you'll find careers in a variety of subfields, some of which include: addiction support, clinical psychology, organizational psychology, family therapy, and mental health counseling. Job opportunities are also available in secondary industries, such as healthcare, business, education, sales, and public affairs.

Some common psychology professions include:

  • Career Counselor
  • Case Manager
  • Guidance Counselor
  • Market Researcher
  • Psychology Teacher
  • Social Service Specialist
  • Victim Advocate

Entry-Level Careers

Most college graduates who earn an associate degree in psychology will go on to advance their studies in this field, but some will enter the workforce after graduation. Entry-level careers include:

  • Family Advocate
  • Psychiatric Aide
  • Recreation Worker
  • Research Associate
  • Social Work Assistant
  • Youth Counselor

Low-Cost Tuition and Scholarship Opportunities

Earn a quality education at an affordable rate. With our low cost-per-credit and general scholarship opportunities, you can maximize your potential with minimal debt. 80% of students are awarded scholarships or financial aid that help with the cost of college.


Our Psychology faculty bring a wide range of experiences to the classroom, and are eager to help you succeed! Our faculty possess master's and doctorate degrees in various fields of psychology and have years of experience in counseling, crisis services, and research.

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