Psychology
Associate of Science (AS)
Online Degree Program

The Associate of Science online degree program in Psychology is designed to provide students with a foundation in the principles and theories relevant to the field of psychology.

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The California Coast University online Associate of Science in Psychology program was designed for complete flexibility for the student. All courses are self-paced and completed 100% online.

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The Associate of Science in Psychology degree program consists of 20 total courses.
The required courses are comprised of: 6  Core Courses > 10  General Ed Courses
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There are 60 total semester units in this program.

6 Core Courses

For the online Associate of Science in Psychology (A.S.) degree program, the following 6 courses must be fulfilled. Click on course title to expand and read more.

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ID Course Name Units
PSY 102 Introduction to Psychology  3

Introduction to Psychology introduces the methods and findings of contemporary psychology. Emphasizing the need for scientific and critical thinking, topics include a survey of biology and behavior, sensory process, human development, perception, learning and motivation. Emotion, personality, psychological disorders, therapy, and social interaction are also examined to provide students with a solid understanding of the facts, principles, and theories which make up the field of psychology.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Define psychology.
  • Review brain function and explain how it affects behavior.
  • Discuss learning and memory.
  • Summarize growth and development principals.
PSY 220 Developmental Psychology  3

Developmental Psychology introduces students to the scientific study of patterns of change and stability that occur as we move through the process of human development from conception to death. Various theories of development will be presented and an emphasis on physical, emotional, cognitive, and psychosocial changes throughout the lifespan will be discussed.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Define the lifespan perspective.
  • Identify the emotional and cognitive changes that occur during each developmental period.
  • Examine the physical and psychological changes that occur during a person’s lifetime.
  • Review the social and personality characteristics of each age group.
PSY 280 Marriage and Family  3

Marriage and Family presents a representative summary of the literature of family therapy and the complex and changing social unit known as the family. Contemporary theories and issues in marriage and family therapy including communication, gender identity, love, choosing a partner, parenting, divorce, remarriage, and stepfamilies are all covered to help students become familiar with the ever-changing context of the American family.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Explore the history and changing nature of marriage and the key issues facing marriages and families in the twenty-first century.
  • Understand the various roles, stereotypes, and power dynamics in marriages, families, and intimate relationships.
  • Examine how gender, culture, religion, class, and sexual orientation affect marriages and intimate relationships.
  • Identify the emotional, social, and economic consequences of divorce and legal separation.
PSY 380 Personality Theories  3

Personality Theories presents an in-depth look at a number of classical and current personality theories, providing an explanation and interpretation of personality development from several different theoretical approaches. Classic theory is integrated with the latest research and current topics, preparing students to apply theoretical approaches to better understand the particular individuals and personalities they may encounter in their professional and personal lives.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the major classic and current personality theories.
  • Examine the research methods used in personality research.
  • Assess the role of early experiences in personality formation.
  • Utilize personality theories to help understand human behavior.
PSY 408 Abnormal Psychology  3

Abnormal Psychology offers students an integrative approach to the study of psychopathology, drawing on contributions from various disciplines and theoretical stances. Through clinical case studies, the psychosocial and psychophysiological factors of abnormal behavior are examined, along with the exploration of prevention efforts and research-based advancements in the field.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Differentiate between normal and abnormal behavior and characterize various disorders.
  • Analyze the causes, symptoms, and treatments of abnormal behaviors.
  • Examine the basics of the DSM system and how it’s used.
  • Summarize issues related to mental health and treatment.
  • Successfully discriminate between normal and abnormal behavior and identify the symptoms of various disorders.
  • Understand the various causes, symptoms and treatment of abnormal behavior.
  • Understand the basics of the DSM system and how it’s used.
  • Summarize issues related to mental health and treatment.
PSY 418 Counseling Psychology  3

Counseling Psychology addresses the history of counseling and the theory behind its practice, explores the multicultural, ethical, and legal environments in which counselors operate, and examines the variety of skills today’s counselors are expected to utilize.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify historical and contemporary figures in counseling.
  • Evaluate the educational, registration, and certification requirements of the various professions in counseling.
  • Examine behavioral, cognitive–behavioral, systemic, and brief theories of counseling.
  • Discuss the great diversity of roles within the profession of counseling.
  • Assess pressing future issues for the profession of counseling.
10 General Ed. Courses

For the online Associate of Science in Psychology (A.S.) degree program, the following 10 courses must be fulfilled. Click on course title to expand and read more.

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4 Elective Courses

For the online Associate of Science in Psychology (A.S.) degree program, you will select 4 courses to take from the list of courses below. Click on course title to expand and read more.

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Prerequisites to Admission:

The applicant should meet the following prerequisites in order to be admitted to the program: An applicant must be at least 18 years of age and have successfully obtained a high school diploma, GED, or its equivalent.

FAQ About Coursework

Required units may be satisfied in the following ways: