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Psychology

Psychology courses at Inver Hills are ideal if you intend to continue your formal education. Take courses to build a versatile foundation for other learning goals. Our psychology faculty believes that expanding your knowledge through the discipline of psychology will enhance your personal life while helping you grow professionally with a passion for civic responsibility.

Primary Psychology Faculty Contact:

Barbara Curchack, Ph.D.

bcurchack@inverhills.edu
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Pamela Fergus

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Psychology is one of the most influential and resourceful applied sciences in the modern world. As a psychology major, you'll learn more about yourself and strengthen your talent for analysis, innovation and helping others while creating a career pathway that can lead virtually anywhere. Following is a list of some skills psychology majors are likely to gain:

  • Critical thinking
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Self-awareness
  • Research skills
  • Ethical-decision making
  • Technological literacy

The Psychology Transfer Pathway A.A. offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an Associate of Arts degree with course credits that directly transfer to designated Psychology bachelor’s degree programs at Minnesota State universities. The curriculum has been specifically designed so that students completing the pathway degree and transferring to one of the seven Minnesota State Universities* enter the university with junior-year status. All courses in the Transfer Pathway associate degree will directly transfer and apply to the designated bachelor’s degree programs in a related field.

The Psychology Pathway consists of the Required Pathway Curriculum, the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC), and the Health and Physical Fitness Requirement, to bring your credit total to 60 credits.

*Universities within the Minnesota State system include Bemidji State University; Metropolitan State University; Minnesota State University, Mankato; Minnesota State University, Moorhead; Southwest Minnesota State University; St. Cloud State University; and Winona State University.

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Degree

A.A., Psychology Transfer Pathway Degree – 60 credits

The Psychology Transfer Pathway A.A. offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an Associate of Arts degree with course credits that directly transfer to designated Psychology bachelor’s degree programs at Minnesota State universities.

Coursework   Program Planning Guide

Required Psychology Pathway Curriculum – 21-22 Credits

Please take only four psychology courses as part of the required pathway curriculum. Psychology courses beyond the four required courses are not guaranteed to transfer into a psychology major at a Minnesota State university. The courses below must be completed successfully according to the university’s grade standards AND address the required outcomes in the transfer pathway for psychology.

Course Number Title Credits
Introduction to Psychological Science
PSYC 1101 OR
PSYC 1201
Introduction to Psychology* OR
PSYC 1201 Introduction to Psychology with Laboratory*
4 cr
Core Psychology Course
PSYC 1210 OR
PSYC 2100 OR
PSYC 2250
Lifespan Development** OR
Social Psychology** OR
Abnormal Psychology**
3-4 cr
Elective Psychology Course
PSYC 1140 OR
PSYC 1215 OR
PSYC 1220 OR
PSYC 1230 OR
PSYC 2251 OR
PSYC 2300
Psychology of Women*** OR
Child and Adolescent Psychology*** OR
Adulthood and Aging Psychology*** OR
Psychology of Death, Dying and Loss*** OR
Special Topics in Psychology*** OR
Psychology of Mind and Health***
Any additional core psychology course, above
3 cr
Mathematical Foundation
MATH 1103 Or
MATH 1118
Introduction to Statistics (Recommended) OR
College Algebra OR
Any higher level mathematics course
4 cr
Foundation of Scientific Inquiry
PSYC 2000 Statistics for Psychology and Behavioral Sciences 4 cr
Effective Communication
COMM 1100 Interpersonal Communication 3 cr
Total Credits: 21-22
* *Transfers as Introduction to Psychology in major
** Transfers as direct equivalent in major if the university offers an equivalent course; Otherwise transfers as a major elective
*** Transfers as a direct equivalent in major or major elective, depending on university

Additional General Education Requirements – 22+ credits

You must complete the MnTC courses that are specifically designated below, such as ENG 1108 Writing & Research Skills for MnTC Goal Area 1. You may choose the other courses from each goal area from the list located at: www.inverhills.edu/MnTC

Credits for courses in each goal area vary; the minimum credits to meet each goal area are presented below. To streamline your degree, you are encouraged to choose MnTC Goal 3, 5, and 6 courses that also meet MnTC Goal areas 8, 9, or 10.

Goal Description Credits
Goal 1 Communication
  • ENGL 1108 Writing & Research Skills
  • ENG 1114 or 1130 (recommended) or ENG 1111
  • COMM 1100, satisfied by Pathway
3 cr
Goal 2 Critical Thinking
  • Satisfied by MnTC completion
0-1 cr
Goal 3 Natural Science
(1 with Lab)
  • Goal 3a Life Science
  • Goal 3b Physical Sciences course
2 cr
Goal 4 Mathematical/Logical Reasoning
  • Goal 4 course, satisfied by Pathway
1 cr
Goal 5 History/Social Sciences/Behavioral Sciences
  • 1st PSYC course, satisfied by Pathway
  • 2nd PSYC course, satisfied by Pathway
  • Any non-psychology course
3 cr
Goal 6 Humanities/Fine Arts/Literature
  • Goal 6a (Fine Arts) any course
  • Goal 6b (Humanities/Literature) any course
  • Any additional Goal 6 course
3 cr
Goal 7 Human Diversity
  • COMM 1100, satisfied by Pathway
1 cr
Goal 8 Global Perspective
  • Goal 8 course, may be satisfied by utilizing a course from Goals 5 or 6, above
1 cr
Goal 9 Ethical and Civic Responsibility
  • Goal 9 course, may be satisfied by utilizing a course from Goals 3, 5 or 6, above
1 cr
  May be satisfied by utilizing a course from Goals 3, 5 or 6, above  
Goal 10 People and the Environment
  • Goal 10 course, may be satisfied by utilizing a course from Goals 3 or 5, above
1 cr
Total Credits: 22+

Health and Physical Education – 2 credits

For a list of the requirements and courses that you can choose from, go to: www.inverhills.edu/MnTC

Course Number Title Credits
Health   1 cr
Physical Education   1 cr
Total Credits: 2

Electives – 0-15 credits

As defined by the A.A. Degree

Recommended Course Of Study For Psychology Transfer Pathway A.A. Degree

Here is the recommended course of full-time study for the Psychology Transfer Pathway A.A. degree. Note that not all courses will be available every semester. In many instances, you will be able to choose a specific course from a MnTC Goal Area. For a complete list of MnTC Goal Area course choices, please visit: www.inverhills.edu/MnTC

Psychology A.A. Transfer Pathway Semester 1 - 15 credits

Course Number Title Credits
PSYC 1101 OR
PSYC 1201
Introduction to Psychology* (MnTC Goal 2,5) OR
Introduction to Psychology with Lab* (MnTC Goal 2,5)
4 cr
ENG 1108 Writing & Research Skills (MnTC Goal 1, 2) 4 cr
MATH 1103 OR
MATH 1118
Intro to Statistics* (Recommended) (MnTC goal 4) OR
College Algebra OR higher* (MnTC Goal 4)
4 cr
MnTC Goal 6a1   3 cr
Total Credits: 15

Psychology A.A. Transfer Pathway Semester 2 - 15 credits

Course Number Title Credits
Any Core PSychology Course*1 (MnTC Goal 5) 3 cr
COMM 1100 Interpersonal Communication* (Goal 1,7) 3 cr
HLTH 1155 Lifetime Fitness & Wellness (Health & PE) 2 cr
MnTC Goal 5 on-psychology1 4 cr
MnTC Goal 82   3 cr
Total Credits: 15

Psychology A.A. Transfer Pathway Semester 3 - 15 credits

Course Number Title Credits
PSYC 2000 Statistics for Psychology and Behavioral Sciences* (MnTC Goal 2, 5) 4 cr
MnTC Goal 3a with lab1 (BIOL recommended) 4 cr
MnTC Goal 92   4 cr
ENG 1114 OR
ENG 1130
The Research Paper OR
Writing for the Disciplines (MnTC Goal 1)
3 cr
Total Credits: 15

Psychology A.A. Transfer Pathway Semester 4 - 15 credits

Course Number Title Credits
Any Elective Psychology Course*1 (MnTC Goal 5) 3 cr
MnTC Goal 3b1   3 cr
MnTC Goal 6b3 (PHIL recommended) 3 cr
MnTC Goal 6a OR 6b1   3 cr
MnTC Goal 102   3 cr
Total Credits: 15

* Course required for major
1 You are encouraged to take a course that also meets MnTC Goal Areas 8, 9, or 10 to streamline your course choices.
2 These credits may be taken as electives if Goal Areas 8, 9, and 10 are completed as part of another course.
3 A philosophy course (PHIL) is recommended. Most PHIL offerings are Goal 6b, but you may choose from PHIL courses in any MnTC Goal Area.

Recommended Part-Time Course Of Study For Psychology Transfer Pathway A.A. Degree

Here is the recommended course of part-time study for the Psychology Transfer Pathway A.A. degree, which can be completed either face-to-face or online. Note that not all courses will be available every semester. In many instances, you will be able to choose a specific course from a MnTC Goal Area. For a complete list of MnTC Goal Area course choices, please visit: www.inverhills.edu/MnTC

Psychology A.A. Transfer Pathway Semester 1 - 8 credits

Course Number Title Credits
PSYC 1101 OR
PSYC 1201
Introduction to Psychology* (MnTC Goal 2,5) OR
Introduction to Psychology with Lab* (MnTC Goal 2,5)
4 cr
ENG 1108 Writing & Research Skills (MnTC Goal 1, 2) 4 cr
Total Credits: 8

Psychology A.A. Transfer Pathway Semester 2 - 8 credits

Course Number Title Credits
MATH 1103 OR
MATH 1118
Intro to Statistics* (Recommended) (MnTC Goal 4) OR
College Algebra OR higher* (MnTC Goal 4)
4 cr
MnTC Goal 6a1   4 cr
Total Credits: 8

Psychology A.A. Transfer Pathway Semester 3 - 9 credits

Course Number Title Credits
Any Core PSychology Course*1 (MnTC Goal 5) 3 cr
HLTH 1155 Lifetime Fitness & Wellness (Health & PE) 2 cr
MnTC Goal 3a with lab1 (BIOL recommended) 4
Total Credits: 9

Psychology A.A. Transfer Pathway Semester 4 - 8 credits

Course Number Title Credits
PSYC 2000 Statistics for Psychology and Behavioral Sciences* (MnTC Goal 2, 5) 4 cr
MnTC Goal 3b1   4 cr
Total Credits: 8

Psychology A.A. Transfer Pathway Semester 5 - 9 credits

Course Number Title Credits
Any Elective Psychology Course*1 (MnTC Goal 5) 3 cr
MnTC Goal 5 non-psychology1 3 cr
ENG 1114 OR
ENG 1130
The Research Paper OR
Writing for the Disciplines (MnTC Goal 1)
3 cr
Total Credits: 9

Psychology A.A. Transfer Pathway Semester 6 - 9 credits

Course Number Title Credits
COMM 1100 Interpersonal Communication* (Goal 1,7) 3 cr
MnTC Goal 6b3 (PHIL recommended) 3 cr
MnTC Goal 92   3 cr
Total Credits: 9

Psychology A.A. Transfer Pathway Semester 7 - 9 credits

Course Number Title Credits
MnTC Goal 6a OR 6b1   3 cr
MnTC Goal 82   3 cr
MnTC Goal 102   3 cr
Total Credits: 9

* Course required for major
1 You are encouraged to take a course that also meets MnTC Goal Areas 8, 9, or 10 to streamline your course choices
2 These credits may be taken as electives if Goal Areas 8, 9, and 10 are completed as part of another course.
3 A philosophy course (PHIL) is recommended. Most PHIL offerings are Goal 6b, but you may choose from PHIL courses in any MnTC Goal Area.

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PSYC 1101  Introduction to Psychology   4.0 cr

Presents a survey of the science of psychology including theoretical and experimental findings and applications. Topics include research methodology, the nervous system, perception, cognition, learning, memory, human development, emotions, motivation, personality, psychological disorders and their treatment, attitudes, social influence and growth processes. This course may not be taken for credit if you have already earned credit for Introduction to Psychology with Lab (PSYC 1201).

PSYC 1140  Psychology of Women   3.0 cr

Introduces current theory and research related to such issues as the psychological development of women, identity formation, self-esteem, violence, health, spirituality, social cultural influences, biology, relationships and career. Both academic and experiential learning are emphasized including extensive reading and journaling and a community project. Attendance and group participation are essential.

PSYC 1201  Introduction to Psychology with Lab   4.0 cr

Presents a survey of the science of psychology including theoretical and experimental findings and applications. Topics include research methodology, the nervous system, sensation and perception, cognition, learning, memory, human development, emotions, motivation, personality, psychological disorders and their treatment, attitudes, social influence and growth processes. Incorporates weekly laboratory activities in which students perform hands-on experiments, measurements, and analyses in psycho-physiology, sensation and perception, learning, and/or other experimental topics. This course may not be taken for credit if you have already earned credit for Introduction to Psychology (PSYC 1101).

PSYC 1210  Lifespan Development   4.0 cr

Presents an introduction to the physical, cognitive, and psycho-social aspects of development across the lifespan. Explores the research and theories relevant to the psychological study of human development from conception to death. Applies these issues to general and clinical populations.

PSYC 1215  Child and Adolescent Psychology   3.0 cr

Explores the basic development in the physical, cognitive and psychosocial areas from conception through adolescence. Pertinent theories, studies, and methodologies are addressed. This course and Adulthood and Aging Psychology (PSYC 1220) provide a comprehensive study of Lifespan Development. Prereq: Recommended PSYC 1101 or PSYC 1201.

PSYC 1220  Adulthood and Aging Psychology   3.0 cr

Explores research and theory from the field of developmental psychology regarding the nature and processes of human development from early adulthood through old age and death. Implications and applications are addressed. This course and Child Adolescent Psychology (PSYC 1215) provide a comprehensive study of Lifespan Development. Prereq: Recommended PSYC 1101 or PSYC 1201.

PSYC 1230  Psychology of Death, Dying, and Loss   3.0 cr

Emphasizes a psychological approach to death, dying and related topics. Explores relevant theories, data, models, ethical issues and provides an opportunity to confront and explore personal attitudes and feelings.

PSYC 2000  Statistics for Psychology and Behavioral Sciences   4.0 cr

Students use basic mathematical and computerized procedures to analyze data in the behavioral sciences. Students use statistical software (e.g., SPSS, "R," "PSPP") to conduct descriptive and inferential data analyses. Students choose and apply statistical procedures to help to answer psychological and behavioral scientific research questions. Students read, interpret, and write APA-style Results sections for behavioral science research.

PSYC 2100  Social Psychology   3.0 cr

Explores how individuals and groups influence us and how we influence others. Issues such as attraction, relationships, behaviors and attitudes, persuasion, aggression, sexism, racism, and how we form judgments will be studied. Prereq: PSYC 1101 or PSYC 1201.

PSYC 2250  Abnormal Psychology   3.0 cr

Explores the classification, assessment, diagnosis, symptoms, causes, and treatment of common psycho-pathologies, including anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, schizophrenia, personality disorders, and substance-related and addictive disorders.

PSYC 2251  Special Topics in Psychology   cr

Explores various subdisciplines, developments and issues in Psychology. Examples of possible topic areas include but are not limited to Biopsychology, Cognitive Psychology, Research Methods, Counseling Techniques, Sports Psychology, Learning Theory, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and History of Psychology. This course may be repeated under different topics. Prereq: PSYC 1101 or PSYC 1201.

PSYC 2300  Psychology of Mind and Health   3.0 cr

Explores the role of psychological factors in physical health and sickness. The scientific research and application of such topics as psychoneuroimmunology, shamanism, meditation, and modern relaxation techniques are addressed. Students learn to critically evaluate the research supporting the use of such techniques. Classes are primarily discussion-based, with opportunities for experiential learning. This course is reading-intensive. Prereq: PSYC 1101 or PSYC 1201.

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Transfer Opportunities

Transfer Pathways

With this Transfer Pathway, you will be able to transfer to the following majors:

Bemidji State University

  • B.A. Psychology
  • B.S. Psychology

Metropolitan State University

  • B.A. Psychology

Minnesota State University, Moorhead

  • B.A. Psychology

Minnesota State University, Mankato

  • B.S. Psychology

Southwest Minnesota State University

  • B.A. Psychology

St. Cloud State University

  • B.A. Psychology
  • B.S. Community Psychology

Winona State University

  • B.A. Psychology-Option A
  • B.A. Psychology-Option B

Please note: Universities will hold transfer students to the same grade and major admission requirements as their own students. Be sure to review the individual requirements for the university you wish to attend.

Additional Transfer Options

The A.A. with Emphasis in Psychology at Inver Hills has articulation agreements with the following four-year institutions

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Barbara Curchack, Ph.D.
Psychology Faculty
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August Hoffman, Ph.D.
Psychology Faculty
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Psychologists are trained to understand human behavior across the spectrum from normal to abnormal. They work with people from all walks of life to help them solve problems related to mental well-being and emotional stability. Psychologists are also keenly involved in the process of analyzing behavioral modes that influence the lives of healthy human beings.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment for all psychologists is expected to grow 12 percent from 2012–2022. The average annual salary in 2013 for industrial psychologists approached $90,000; clinical psychologists earned on average nearly $73,000.

Psychologists often work independently in private practices, but many work in various settings—laboratories, hospitals and clinics, research facilities, courtrooms, high schools and colleges, law enforcement agencies, community health centers, prisons and corporate offices—to collaborate with other professionals, including:

  • Scientists
  • Physicians
  • Lawyers
  • Academic professionals
  • Computer experts
  • Engineers
  • Policymakers
  • Managers
  • Police officials
  • Corporate leaders

Because they are concerned with sound mental health in all facets of modern society, psychologists branch out across numerous specialties in the psychological field. Below are a few career paths that psychologists choose:

Counseling psychologists

  • Work at schools, hospitals or in private practice
  • Lead group or individual counseling sessions

Developmental psychologists

  • Research changes in behavioral patterns
  • Correct behavioral disorders caused by improper development

Forensic psychologists

  • Work with law-enforcement personnel
  • Perform psychological evaluations

Research psychologists

  • Study causes of behavioral patterns
  • Conduct trials with human and animal subjects

Industrial psychologists

  • Work with businesses to operate high-quality work environments
  • Screen new employees

Clinical psychologists

  • Work to prevent, diagnose and treat mental disorders
  • Perform diagnostic exams on patients

School psychologists

  • Work with parents, teachers and students to foster learning
  • Promote a safe educational environment

Social psychologists

  • Examine behavioral trends in society
  • Provide guidance on leadership, group behavior and attitude control

Below are just a few examples of possible career paths that can start with earning an A.A. with Emphasis in Psychology at Inver Hills.

Additional resources

The American Psychological Association (APA) describes psychologists as innovators dedicated to developing new approaches to help people and organizations adapt to an increasingly complex and fast-paced world. Psychologists work with professionals from all disciplines, branching out in numerous specialties from clinical psychology to neuroscience to forensic psychology to psychotherapy to industrial psychology.

As a psychology major, you'll be able to choose from a full range of career paths. You will acquire a deeper understanding of human behavior while broadening your skill set in research, statistics and communication. Listed below are some of the top careers pursued by psychology majors:

  • Psychotherapy or counseling
  • Social or community service management
  • Genetics counseling
  • Human resources
  • Industrial/organizational psychology
  • Training and development
  • Real estate
  • Arbitration or mediation
  • Corrections treatment or probation monitoring
  • Postsecondary administration or student affairs

Psychology is one of the most influential and resourceful applied sciences in the modern world. As a psychology major, you'll learn more about yourself, strengthen your talent for analysis, innovation and helping others, and create a career pathway that can lead virtually anywhere.

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Why Inver Hills?

Completing your A.A. with Emphasis in Psychology degree obligations at Inver Hills is smart on several key levels:

  1. You will receive an excellent education with one-on-one interactions with psychology faculty
  2. You will get firsthand experience working on real-world psychology issues and projects
  3. You will save money and continue your academic and professional careers with less student debt *

* On a national scale, student loan debt has mushroomed to $1.2 trillion, which is greater than credit card debt and auto loan debt combined. In Minnesota, the average debt for four-year grads tops $30,000; 70 percent carry a student debt load.

Tuition and fees for one year at Inver Hills costs a little less than $5,300. Compare that to $15,000 to $20,000 at a for-profit college, or $40,000 to $50,000 at a private college or university. You can complete your first two years at Inver getting a topflight education firsthand from Ph.D. instructors and then transfer to a four-year as a junior all while saving thousands of dollars. It's a no-brainer.

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Psychology Lab

As a psychology student, you'll find that the Psych Lab offers you the chance to complete in-depth, hands-on laboratory work related to various psychology courses, including:

  • Psychology of Women
  • Lifespan Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology

The Psych Lab provides access to behavior experimentation (virtual rat) as well as psychophysiological experimentation such as:

To learn more, read "Building a Psychology Lab at a Community College" by Jason Kaufman in Observer, the magazine of the Association for Psychological Science.

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