Degree/Certificate: Associate in Science
HEGIS Code: 5620
SUNY Code: 17222
Major Code: PSY
Graduates from the Psychology program will be able to use their knowledge and skills in a variety of career opportunities such as Advertising Agent, Career Counselor, Case Manager, Child Care Worker, Guidance Counselor, Human Resource Specialist, Journalist, Laboratory Assistant, Market Researcher, Marriage and Family Therapist, Mental Health Counselor, Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Public Relations Specialist, Researcher, School Counselor, Social Service Specialist, Substance Abuse Counselor, Teacher, and Victim Advocate.**
**Some careers may require more specialized education and advanced degrees.
According to the most recent report from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019), the employment of psychologists is expected to grow by 14% by the year 2028, which is faster than the average for all other occupations. Job prospects are best for those who have a doctoral degree in certain specialties within psychology. In addition, a New York State Department of Labor report, “Long-Term Occupational Employment Projections, 2016-2026”, indicates that employment will increase by 18.2% for psychologists and 15.6% for school psychologists by 2026.
The NCCC Approach
The Psychology A.S. degree program prepares students for transfer to a four-year college or university to earn a Baccalaureate degree in psychology or a related area by providing foundational courses that parallel the first two years in a four-year institution. Courses in Introductory Psychology, Statistics, and Methods of Scientific Inquiry lay the foundation for intensive study in areas such as developmental, social, and abnormal psychology. Students will broaden their education by taking additional courses in psychology and other social sciences, writing, humanities, and natural sciences. Students who transfer to a SUNY four-year institution will have met or be close to meeting the requirements for junior status as a psychology major.
Students admitted in fall, spring, and summer.
Psychology is offered as a full-time or part-time day program, full-time or part-time evening program, and in an online format. Because of sequencing of courses, it may take longer than four semesters to complete the full-time day program if a student begins in a spring semester.
Buffalo State College
Buffalo State College
Program Goals and Objectives
- To develop a student’s verbal and written communication skills
- To enhance critical thinking skills
- To prepare students for successful transfer to upper-level institutions in Psychology
- To assist students in meeting a minimum number of SUNY General Education requirements
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion, students will be able to:
- Identify and analyze the strengths and limitations of the scientific research methods used by psychologists
- Compare and contrast the contemporary theoretical perspectives by which behavior and mental processes are influenced
- Differentiate among the various factors that shape and influence behavior and mental processes
- Identify the ethical issues in the study and practice of psychology