Associate in Science (A.S.)

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Psychology is the study of human experience and behavior in an effort to understand why humans do the things that they do. At FLCC, you'll be both the student and the subject as you explore this fascinating field in preparation for transfer to a four-year degree program!

The Outlook

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 more. Pursuing a career in psychology provides you with the opportunity to work in a satisfying position, helping others cope with social issues and mental health disorders.

The Program

In this degree program, you'll receive a well-rounded education that combines psychology classes with courses in math, science, and writing. Your core classes will explore human behavior and the mind, providing you the opportunity to examine the influence that people's thoughts, emotions, and behaviors have on human interaction.

This program is designed to prepare you for transfer into a bachelor's program in psychology or a related field, including chemical dependency counseling, human services, and social work. With a four-year or advanced degree in this field, you'll be prepared to explore occupations in a variety of subfields, some of which include:

  • Addictions
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Industrial-Organizational Psychology
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • School Psychology
  • Sports Psychology

The Experience

Throughout your studies, you'll develop strong scientific reasoning and core psychological science skills, both of which are essential in most career paths or four-year degree programs in psychology.

In this program, you'll be guided through the process of conducting library research, constructing APA style papers, and conducting your own research, which you will present at a poster session to FLCC professors, staff, and students, as well as the general public. Your research and presentation at this event will be major components of your final semester capstone portfolio.

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.

Transfer Opportunities

With an A.S. in Psychology, you will be prepared to continue your studies in this field. The foundational coursework you will complete will prepare you for successful transfer into a bachelor's degree program. FLCC already has existing articulation agreements with several four-year institutions, allowing for easy transfer. The following schools have articulation agreements with FLCC:

  • SUNY Buffalo State College
  • Medaille College
  • Roberts Wesleyan College Adult and Graduate Education
  • St. John Fisher

Additionally, the following schools have four-year degree programs in Psychology and related fields:

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

Online Learning

FLCC's A.S. in Psychology degree program is also available as a fully-accredited online degree program. This online format creates a convenient and flexible way for you to earn an education. You will be able to study on your own time from a location that fits your schedule, allowing you to access the resources, knowledge, and support you need to succeed.

Find out more about online degree programs at FLCC to see if it's the best-fit academic path for you.

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The Faculty

Faculty in FLCC's Psychology degree program 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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