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The TMCC Psychology Program offers engaging and varied classes to meet the academic needs of students majoring in many different areas and the diverse interests of our surrounding communities. Students may choose from a variety of courses in Psychology to fulfill social science and diversity requirements for almost any degree at TMCC.

TMCC’s Associate of Arts degree in Psychology is intended to provide an effective academic background for those students pursuing more advanced academic goals with courses such as General Psychology, Introduction to Neuroscience, and various research methods classes, as well as lifelong learning experiences through specific topics such as Psychology of Personal and Social Adjustment, Human Sexuality and Psychology of the Family.

The field of psychology is a truly massive one, which is often both a blessing and a curse. Its blessing is that it affords those who pursue it a host of opportunities. Its curse is it that it is easy to drown in those opportunities. TMCC's psychology program helped me navigate those opportunities and discover a path for myself that I do not think I would have otherwise. While I still do not know precisely where I will end up, thanks to the courses I was offered while pursuing my AA here at TMCC, I have a light by which to walk.

Jessie, TMCC Psychology Major

Why Choose Psychology at TMCC?

TMCC’s Psychology major offers several key advantages:

  • Our Associate of Arts degree is designed to seamlessly to transfer to UNR. You can complete your lower division courses at TMCC and then transfer to UNR to complete a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree.
  • The degree is available both in-person and online so that you can choose the options that best support your learning style and schedule.
  • Our high quality faculty are committed to excellence in teaching and possess diverse expertise and interests such as Neuroscience, Developmental Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Forensic Psychology and Counseling/Clinical Psychology.
  • TMCC Psychology faculty have published articles and books, presented at conferences and hold professional certifications and licenses, in addition to having extensive community college teaching experience.
  • TMCC’s small class sizes give you the optimal opportunity to learn and discuss the material and get the personalized help you need to be successful in college.

What Will I Study?

The Associate of Arts Degree in Psychology is designed for students seeking careers in psychology or related fields. The degree requirements include a well-balanced general education curriculum. Specific curriculum provides students with major concepts, theoretical perspectives and empirical findings in psychology. In addition, students will come to understand and apply basic research methods in psychology. This course of study is designed as a university transfer program that substantially meets the requirements for the first two years of study for the B.A. in psychology at UNR. In addition, students have the possibility to begin work on a minor in addiction treatment services that is available at UNR. Students wishing to transfer to any other baccalaureate program should work closely with TMCC advisors and advisors at the institution of transfer to obtain recommended courses for transfer.

Our Psychology major offers two pathways for students pursuing transfer to four-year universities as follows:

General Psychology Pathway

This pathway has been developed for transfer to UNR’s general Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program. This degree pathway provides broad exposure to the subfields that comprise psychology.

Research Specialization Pathway

This pathway has been developed for transfer to UNR’s Research Specialization, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program. Generally speaking, this degree pathway is a good option for students who wish to pursue graduate study in psychology, after completing their BA or BS. The courses associated with this pathway are typically required or highly recommended by graduate programs.

Career Paths

The field of psychology is growing in Nevada. The demand for psychologists in the state is expected to grow by 22% through 2026 which is much faster than the average occupation. Psychology majors have many opportunities in a wide variety of careers as the study of behavior is relevant across many diverse settings. While many career paths in psychology require an advanced degree (either a master's or doctorate), there are an abundance of options available to students with just a bachelor's degree.

Psychology majors generally find career opportunities in the primary fields of human service, research, education, human resources, or business and industry. Employers include the government, clinics, hospitals, community service agencies, schools, market research firms, non-profits, private practice and more. Positions vary widely and may include some of these listed below:

  • Mental health counselor
  • Behavior analyst
  • Crisis specialist
  • Art therapist
  • Case manager
  • Probation and parole officer
  • Veterans advocate
  • Market researcher
  • Testing and development officer
  • Data analyst
  • Professor
  • Career services specialist
  • Labor relations manager
  • Sales associate
  • Marketing manager
  • Drug rehabilitation counselor

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