Associate of Science Degree with Designation

Recommended basic skills standards are

Psychologists study the behavior of individuals and groups and often help individuals achieve satisfactory personal adjustments. Their work includes varied activities such as teaching in colleges and universities, counseling and psychotherapy, psychological testing, planning and conducting training programs for workers, performing basic and applied research, advising on psychological methods and theories, and administering psychology programs in hospitals, clinics, research laboratories, etc. Students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in psychology can fulfill lower division requirements at Pikes Peak Community College. Students should note that graduate degrees are required for most professional positions in psychology.

NOTE: Psychology majors are advised to complete PSY 101 and PSY 102.

The Associate of Science degree is designed for students who want an emphasis in natural sciences, mathematics, computer science, pre-engineering, and allied health and intend to transfer to four-year colleges and universities.

To earn the Associate of Science Degree, students must complete the following course requirements for a total of 60 semester credit hours, at least 36 of which must be Colorado State-Guaranteed Courses.

Students may follow the degree with designation in Psychology or transfer guide in Psychology to a particular four-year college/university. Consult your Faculty Advisor to assist you in determining the best pathway for you.

Content criteria, competencies, and student learning outcomes associated with the general education courses required for this degree can be found on the Colorado Department of Higher Education website.

Written Communication

Six (6) credit hours

ENG 121

English Composition I: CO1


ENG 122

English Composition II: CO2





ENG 122

English Composition II: CO2


ENG 201

English Composition III: CO3





HIS 265

Writing About History: CO3



Four (4) credit hours

MAT 121

College Algebra: MA1


Arts and Humanities

Nine (9) credit hours hours. Full list of requirements.

PHI 111

Introduction to Philosophy: AH3





PHI 112

Ethics: AH3


  • GT - Two GT Pathways Arts and Humanities courses from two different areas (AH1, AH2, AH3, AH4)


Three (3) credit hours. Full list of requirements.

  • GT - One GT Pathways History course (HI1)

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Six (6) credit hours. Full list of requirements.

  • GT - Two GT Pathways Social and Behavioral Sciences courses (SS1, SS2, SS3)

Natural and Physical Sciences

Ten (10) credit hours

BIO 111

General College Biology I w/Lab: SC1


CHE 111

General College Chemistry I w/Lab: SC1


Additional Required Courses

Nine (9) credit hours

Please note: if these credits are not required for the major at a receiving four-year institution, they will be applied to the Bachelor’s degree as elective credit towards graduation. Please check with the receiving institution to determine in which way these courses will be applied.

COM 115

Public Speaking




COM 125

Interpersonal Communication


PSY 101

General Psychology I: SS3


PSY 102

General Psychology II: SS3



Thirteen (13) credit hours selected from the AS approved course list.

Students planning to transfer to University of Colorado Denver should complete both two-semester sequences of BIO 111 and BIO 112 and CHE 111 and CHE 112 at the community college; in addition, electives are restricted to non-Psychology courses.

Total Credit Hours


Additional information available on the Psychology Department website at