*MCC’s Psychology AA Emphasis is a pre-program. A master’s degree is required to become a psychologist.
Psychology is the scientific study of human behavior and mental processes. Psychology is concerned with the way we behave as individuals as well as in groups, the way we act as well as the way we think, and our interaction with the physical world as well as our interaction with others. Psychologists study the human mind and human behavior in a wide range of fields including health and human services, management, education, law, and sports. Psychologists are able to deal effectively with people and are emotionally stable and mature. Important qualities include compassion, sensitivity and the ability to lead and inspire others.
MCC’s Psychology Emphasis
This program provides a solid foundation of freshman and sophomore coursework that’s fully transferable, so you can complete a bachelor’s or other advanced degree at a four-year college or university. In MCC’s courses, you’ll be exposed to the world of psychology through lectures, class discussions, demonstrations, and group activities.
- A two-year Associate of Arts (AA) degree emphasis for those who want to transfer their MCC credits and complete a baccalaureate/bachelor’s degree at a university.
The link under Degrees Awarded (below) specifies our course requirements.
Admissions Partnership Program with Iowa State, UNI and Iowa
MCC participates in the Admissions Partnership Program with Iowa State University, the University of Northern Iowa and the University of Iowa to enable MCC students to transfer credits seamlessly to any of the state universities. Participants are dual-enrolled at MCC and the university with access to academic advising and student services at both institutions. The universities guarantee admission into the desired degree program, provided all requirements are met. Ask the MCC Admissions Office for more information!
Psychology Careers & Job Outlook
In general, employment of those in psychology is expected to be greater than most other fields through 2026. Follow these links to find additional up-to-date information on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook website:
- Clinical, Counseling and School Psychologist (2017 median salary $108,060)– Clinical psychologists assess, diagnose and treat clients suffering from psychological disorders. These professionals typically work in hospital settings, mental health clinics, or private practices. In order to become a clinical psychologist, you must have a doctoral-level degree in clinical psychology and most states require a minimum of a one-year internship. Most graduate school programs in clinical psychology are fairly competitive.
- Genetics Counselor (2017 median salary $77,480)– Genetics counselors help provide information about genetic disorders to couples and families. These professionals typically have graduate training in both genetics and counseling, and many have undergraduate degrees in areas such as psychology, social work, biology, nursing, and public health.
- Industrial-Organizational Psychologist (2017 median salary $102,530)– Industrial-organizational psychologists focus on workplace behavior, often using psychological principles to increase worker productivity and select employees that are best-suited for particular jobs. While there are some job opportunities at the master’s-degree level, those with a doctoral-level degree in industrial-organizational psychology are in greater demand and command significantly higher salaries.
- School and Career Counselor (2017 median salary $55,410)– Career counselors help individuals make career decisions and utilize tools including personality assessments, interest inventories, and other evaluation measures.
- Special Education Teacher (2017 median salary $58,980)– While slightly outside of a traditional psychology career, the field of special education offers a great deal of opportunity for those who enjoy helping children. Special education teachers work with students with a variety of disabilities. In order to become a special education teacher, you must have at least a bachelor’s degree and complete a teacher training program in special education.
- Psychologist (2017 median salary $77,030) – Psychologists study cognitive, emotional, and social processes and behavior by observing, interpreting, and recording how individuals relate to one another and to their environments. They use their findings to help improve processes and behaviors.
- Counselor – Counselors help a people with a wide variety of problems, including marriage, family, emotional, educational, and substance abuse issues. Nearly half of all counselors work in health care or social welfare settings, while another 11-percent work for state and local governments. While requirements vary, almost all states require at least a master’s degree in order to become a licensed counselor.
- Engineering Psychologist – Engineering psychologists use psychology to investigate how people interact with machines and other technology. These professionals use their understanding of the human mind and behavior to help design and improve technology, consumer products, work settings, and living environments.
- Forensic Psychologist – Forensic psychologists apply psychology to the fields of criminal investigation and law. While the field may not be as glamorous as it is depicted in the media, forensic psychologists often work with other experts to resolve child custody disputes, scrutinize insurance claims, perform child custody evaluations, and investigate suspected child abuse.
- Sports Psychologist – Sports psychologists focus on the psychological aspects of sports and athletics, including topics such as motivation, performance, and injury. Sports psychologists work in a wide variety of settings including universities, hospitals, athletic centers, private consulting practices, and research facilities.