Nature of the Work

Psychologists study human behavior and mental processes to understand, explain, and change people’s behavior. They may study the way a person thinks, feels, or behaves. Research psychologists investigate the physical, cognitive, emotional, or social aspects of human behavior. Psychologists in applied fields counsel and conduct training programs, do market research, or provide mental health services in hospitals, clinics, or private settings.


Employment is found in a wide variety of specialties including clinical, counseling, developmental, industrial and organizational, educational, experimental psychology, and more. Educational institutions employed nearly four out of 10 salaried psychologists in positions involving counseling, testing, special education, research, and administration.

Other areas of employment include health care providers, government agencies, social service organizations, research organizations, management consulting firms, market research firms, and other businesses. About 40% are self-employed.

A bachelor’s degree in psychology qualifies a person to assist psychologists and other professionals in community mental health centers, vocational rehabilitation offices, and correctional programs. Most opportunities, however are extremely limited without a master’s or doctoral degree.

The Program

The Psychology program at Gogebic Community College is designed to provide students with the core courses required for a Associate Degree that will transfer to a college or university for a Baccalaureate Degree.

The Requirements

The following are the required courses necessary to receive an Associate Degree in Psychology - 2 years: 

Prefix First Year Courses Credits
COL 101 College & Transfer Readiness  1
ENG 101 English Composition I  3
ENG 102 English Composition II  3
General or Lab Science 4
College Level Math 4
PSY 101 General Psychology  4
PSY 202 Child Development & Psychology or 4
PSY 210 Lifespan Development  3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology  3
Humanities Elective 3-4
*General Transfer Elective 3

Second Year Courses
General Science/Lab Science 4
PLS 101 Intro. to American Government 3
PSY 204 Social Psychology 3
PSY 225 Psychology of Personality  3
PHY 252 Abnormal Psychology 4
SOC 102 Social Problems 3
Humanities Elective 3-4
General Transfer Electives 9
Total Credits:  64-66

Students should check with transfer school and faculty advisor for specific choices.

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