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The Psychology program at EMCC focuses on introducing students to the field of Psychology, defined as the scientific study of mental processes and behavior Psychology is a broad field that includes the study of individuals and groups, cognition and the brain, lifespan development, the functioning of organizations, sociocultural issues  such as gender, ethnicity, race, and the intersection of identity with culture. To understand psychology, individuals must be able to understand the research methods that undergird the science. From PSY 101 throughout all of our 200-level offerings, scientific literacy is emphasized as the path to full understanding. 

Why Psychology @ EMCC?

  • Students in psychology get the chance to work on unique research projects from beginning to end.  They also get opportunities to share their research at various conferences.  In the past, students have even travelled to share their research at regional and national conferences.
  • Students in psychology are taught the critical thinking and analysis of existing psychological research.  In many classes, student read original research topics and analyze them.
  • Students in psychology get hands on opportunities to be involved in the science of psychology. Activities include involvement in experiments, research, and lab activities that examine human thought and behavior.
  • Students in psychology get the opportunity to be involved in extracurricular activities, such as membership Psi Beta, the psychology honor society or involvement in activities like Psychology movie nights or having guest speakers on topics in psychology.

Career and Employment Outlook

  • Psychology is unique in its ability to apply to any potential major or career. It helps us to understand the behavior and thoughts of human, to gain insight into what makes us "tick" as individuals, and to to learn the  principles of how we are influenced by other people.
  • Psychology can also help people better understand and evaluate the psychological literature that inundates our culture.  An education in psychology provides the tools to understand and critically analyze the merit of “pop psychology”, as well as professional psychological research .
  • For students planning to transfer into a Baccalaureate program in Psychology, the training at EMCC will allow them to enter university level classes assured that the level and breadth of your early training in Psychology will serve you well as you complete your degree.  If they complete their associates degree with an emphasis in psychology, they will have completed their first two years of college at any of the three major universities, and have credits that are accepted by a number of other transfer partners.

University Transfer Options

Maricopa Degree Options

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Associate in Arts (AA) Bachelor of Science
Associate of Arts (AA) Bachelor of Arts

Maricopa-ASU Pathway Program

This program has an MAPP (Maricopa-ASU Pathway Program) option. For more information about the MAPP program and to find additional information, see the MAPP page.