Applied Psychology

Associate Degree

Overview

Completing the Associate in Arts degree (A.A.) with a concentration in Applied Psychology allows students to gain the skills and expertise to become mental health program managers, market researchers or human rights advocates, or start their path to a career in counseling, school psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, or mediation, where they can use their knowledge of human behavior to help others live healthy, productive, rewarding lives.

The Applied Psychology concentration is designed to incorporate a base of psychological and social science with the knowledge and skills necessary to gain insight into human behavior and mental processes; identify, analyze, and synthesize information needed to solve problems; and communicate and work cooperatively with others with diverse perspectives, attitudes, and skills. The degree serves a vital role in training graduates to use a scientific approach to solve problems and foster healthy human development.

How to Enroll

To pursue this degree, you must apply to MTC using our online application.

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On-Campus Traditional. Classes meet on campus.
Virtual 100% online. Meets with a live instructor and classmates on specific days, at specific times. Uses web conferencing software, like Zoom.
Hybrid Some classes on campus. Some classes online or virtual.
Online 100% online. Due dates for projects and assignments. Self-paced work on your time.
Semester Course ID Course Title Classroom Online Hybrid Virtual Credits
Semester 1
(15 Credit Hours)
COL-105 Freshman Seminar

Freshman Seminar

ID: COL-105

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of the purposes of higher education and provides a general orientation to the functions and resources of the college. The course is designed to help freshmen adjust to the college community, develop a better understanding of the learning process, and acquire essential academic survival skills.

3
PSY-201 General Psychology

General Psychology

ID: PSY-201

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the following topics and concepts in the science of behavior: scientific method, biological bases for behavior, perception, motivation, learning memory, development, personality, abnormal behavior, therapeutic techniques, and social psychology.

3
MAT-120 Probability and Statistics

Probability and Statistics

ID: MAT-120

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the following topics: introductory probability and statistics, including organization of data, sample space concepts, random variables, counting problems, binomial and normal distributions, central limit theorem, confidence intervals,and test hypothesis for large and small samples; types I and II errors; linear regression; and correlation. (Graphic calculator required)

3
ENG-101 English Comp I

English Comp I

ID: ENG-101

Credit Hours: 3

This is a (college transfer) course in which the following topics are presented: a study of composition in conjunction with appropriate literary selections, with frequent theme assignments to reinforce effective writing. A review of standard usage and the basic techniques of research are also presented.

3
MUS-105 Music Appreciation

Music Appreciation

ID: MUS-105

Credit Hours: 3

This course is an introduction to the study of music with focus on the elements of music and their relationships, the musical characteristics of representative works and composers, common musical forms and genres of various western and non-western historical style periods, and appropriate listening experiences.

3
Semester 2
(15 Credit Hours)
ENG-102 English Comp II

English Comp II

ID: ENG-102

Credit Hours: 3

This is a (college transfer) course in which the following topics are presented: development of writing skills through logical organization, effective style, literary analysis and research. An introduction to literary genre is also included.

3
PSY-203 Human Growth and Development

Human Growth and Development

ID: PSY-203

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of the physical, cognitive, and social factors affecting human growth, development, and potential.

3
PHI-115 Contemporary Moral Issues

Contemporary Moral Issues

ID: PHI-115

Credit Hours: 3

This course examines moral issues in contemporary society, including basic principles and applications of ethics.

3
MAT-110 College Algebra

College Algebra

ID: MAT-110

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the following topics: polynomial, rational, logarithmic, and exponential functions; inequalities; systems of equations and inequalities; matrices; determinants; simple linear programming; solutions of higher degree polynomials; combinatorial algebra, including the binomial theorem; and introduction to probability.

3
PSY-220 Psychology of Personality

Psychology of Personality

ID: PSY-220

Credit Hours: 3

This course is the study of classical and modern theories of personality. Research implications are evaluated.

3
Semester 3
(16 Credit Hours)
ANT-202 Cultural Anthropology

Cultural Anthropology

ID: ANT-202

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes an exploration and comparison of selected contemporary cultures, including their languages. The course also includes an introduction to the concepts, methods, and data of socio-cultural anthropology and anthropological linguistics.

3
PSY-225 Social Psychology

Social Psychology

ID: PSY-225

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of individual behavior as influenced by social roles, group identification, attitudes, and values.

3
HIS-202 American History: 1877 to Present

American History: 1877 to Present

ID: HIS-202

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a survey of u.s. history from 1877 to the present. This course includes political, social, economic, and intellectual developments during this period.

3
PSY-212 Abnormal Psychology

Abnormal Psychology

ID: PSY-212

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of the nature and development of behavioral disorders, including the investigation of contemporary treatment procedures. In depth review of the etiology, diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorders; the psychological, biological and sociocultural perspectives on these disorders; and the efficacy of various treatment approaches is included.

3
BIO-101 Biological Science I

Biological Science I

ID: BIO-101

Credit Hours: 4

This course is a study of the scientific method, basic biochemistry, cell structure and function, cell physiology, cell reproduction and development, mendelian genetics, population genetics, natural selection, evolution, and ecology.

4
Semester 4
(15 Credit Hours)
SPC-205 Public Speaking

Public Speaking

ID: SPC-205

Credit Hours: 3

This course is an introduction to principles of public speaking with application of speaking skills. Students entering this course must be able to communicate clearly with American speakers of English.

3
PSY-218 Behavior Modification

Behavior Modification

ID: PSY-218

Credit Hours: 3

This course is an introduction to the terminology, methods, and procedures used in behavior modification, including the application of these procedures and techniques in specific areas of human services. Focus of study is on the application of change techniques to human behavior across both personal and professional domains.

3
REL-101 Intro. to Religion

Intro. to Religion

ID: REL-101

Credit Hours: 3

This course provides a study of religion and the nature of religious belief and practice.

3
HIS-102 Western Civilization Post 1689

Western Civilization Post 1689

ID: HIS-102

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a survey of western civilization from 1689 to the present, including major political, social, economic, and intellectual factors which shape the modern western world.

3
SOC-101 Introduction to Sociology

Introduction to Sociology

ID: SOC-101

Credit Hours: 3

This course emphasizes the fundamental concepts and principles of sociology, including culture, socialization, interaction, social groups and stratification, effects of population growth, and technology in society and social institutions.

3
  Total Credit Hours 61
  Estimated Cost
Financial Aid
$10,858.00
Not including fees and equipment
Semester Course ID Course Title Classroom Online Hybrid Virtual Credits
Semester 1
(6 Credit Hours)
COL-105 Freshman Seminar

Freshman Seminar

ID: COL-105

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of the purposes of higher education and provides a general orientation to the functions and resources of the college. The course is designed to help freshmen adjust to the college community, develop a better understanding of the learning process, and acquire essential academic survival skills.

3
PSY-201 General Psychology

General Psychology

ID: PSY-201

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the following topics and concepts in the science of behavior: scientific method, biological bases for behavior, perception, motivation, learning memory, development, personality, abnormal behavior, therapeutic techniques, and social psychology.

3
Semester 2
(9 Credit Hours)
MAT-120 Probability and Statistics

Probability and Statistics

ID: MAT-120

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the following topics: introductory probability and statistics, including organization of data, sample space concepts, random variables, counting problems, binomial and normal distributions, central limit theorem, confidence intervals,and test hypothesis for large and small samples; types I and II errors; linear regression; and correlation. (Graphic calculator required)

3
ENG-101 English Comp I

English Comp I

ID: ENG-101

Credit Hours: 3

This is a (college transfer) course in which the following topics are presented: a study of composition in conjunction with appropriate literary selections, with frequent theme assignments to reinforce effective writing. A review of standard usage and the basic techniques of research are also presented.

3
MUS-105 Music Appreciation

Music Appreciation

ID: MUS-105

Credit Hours: 3

This course is an introduction to the study of music with focus on the elements of music and their relationships, the musical characteristics of representative works and composers, common musical forms and genres of various western and non-western historical style periods, and appropriate listening experiences.

3
Semester 3
(6 Credit Hours)
ENG-102 English Comp II

English Comp II

ID: ENG-102

Credit Hours: 3

This is a (college transfer) course in which the following topics are presented: development of writing skills through logical organization, effective style, literary analysis and research. An introduction to literary genre is also included.

3
PSY-203 Human Growth and Development

Human Growth and Development

ID: PSY-203

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of the physical, cognitive, and social factors affecting human growth, development, and potential.

3
Semester 4
(9 Credit Hours)
PHI-115 Contemporary Moral Issues

Contemporary Moral Issues

ID: PHI-115

Credit Hours: 3

This course examines moral issues in contemporary society, including basic principles and applications of ethics.

3
MAT-110 College Algebra

College Algebra

ID: MAT-110

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the following topics: polynomial, rational, logarithmic, and exponential functions; inequalities; systems of equations and inequalities; matrices; determinants; simple linear programming; solutions of higher degree polynomials; combinatorial algebra, including the binomial theorem; and introduction to probability.

3
PSY-220 Psychology of Personality

Psychology of Personality

ID: PSY-220

Credit Hours: 3

This course is the study of classical and modern theories of personality. Research implications are evaluated.

3
Semester 5
(9 Credit Hours)
ANT-202 Cultural Anthropology

Cultural Anthropology

ID: ANT-202

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes an exploration and comparison of selected contemporary cultures, including their languages. The course also includes an introduction to the concepts, methods, and data of socio-cultural anthropology and anthropological linguistics.

3
PSY-225 Social Psychology

Social Psychology

ID: PSY-225

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of individual behavior as influenced by social roles, group identification, attitudes, and values.

3
HIS-202 American History: 1877 to Present

American History: 1877 to Present

ID: HIS-202

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a survey of u.s. history from 1877 to the present. This course includes political, social, economic, and intellectual developments during this period.

3
Semester 6
(7 Credit Hours)
PSY-212 Abnormal Psychology

Abnormal Psychology

ID: PSY-212

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of the nature and development of behavioral disorders, including the investigation of contemporary treatment procedures. In depth review of the etiology, diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorders; the psychological, biological and sociocultural perspectives on these disorders; and the efficacy of various treatment approaches is included.

3
BIO-101 Biological Science I

Biological Science I

ID: BIO-101

Credit Hours: 4

This course is a study of the scientific method, basic biochemistry, cell structure and function, cell physiology, cell reproduction and development, mendelian genetics, population genetics, natural selection, evolution, and ecology.

4
Semester 7
(6 Credit Hours)
SPC-205 Public Speaking

Public Speaking

ID: SPC-205

Credit Hours: 3

This course is an introduction to principles of public speaking with application of speaking skills. Students entering this course must be able to communicate clearly with American speakers of English.

3
PSY-218 Behavior Modification

Behavior Modification

ID: PSY-218

Credit Hours: 3

This course is an introduction to the terminology, methods, and procedures used in behavior modification, including the application of these procedures and techniques in specific areas of human services. Focus of study is on the application of change techniques to human behavior across both personal and professional domains.

3
Semester 8
(9 Credit Hours)
REL-101 Intro. to Religion

Intro. to Religion

ID: REL-101

Credit Hours: 3

This course provides a study of religion and the nature of religious belief and practice.

3
HIS-102 Western Civilization Post 1689

Western Civilization Post 1689

ID: HIS-102

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a survey of western civilization from 1689 to the present, including major political, social, economic, and intellectual factors which shape the modern western world.

3
SOC-101 Introduction to Sociology

Introduction to Sociology

ID: SOC-101

Credit Hours: 3

This course emphasizes the fundamental concepts and principles of sociology, including culture, socialization, interaction, social groups and stratification, effects of population growth, and technology in society and social institutions.

3
  Total Credit Hours 61
  Estimated Cost
Financial Aid
$10,858.00
Not including fees and equipment

Careers

Mental Health Program Manager

A Mental Health Program Manager plans, coordinates, and directs mental health services, departments, and programs. They often work together with other mental health professionals to promote quality and efficiency in the delivery of mental health services and resources. They may also manage staff, resources, care coordination, and procedures to comply with specific  laws and regulations.

Projected Job Growth

+10.6%

Average Annual Salary

$96,052
According to EMSI data as of 2018

Where Can I Work?

  • Mental Health Facilities

Careers

School Psychologist

School Psychologists deliver and coordinate psychological services for school children, adolescents, and families. They work directly with school and district staff as well as students and their families to ensure comprehensive assessment, counseling, consulting, and intervention to meet the psychological and behavioral needs of students of all ages.

Projected Job Growth

+18%

Average Annual Salary

$72,498
According to EMSI data as of 2018

Where Can I Work?

  • Educational Institutions

What’s next after I complete this program?

Earn a Bachelor’s Degree

Graduates who wish to expand their employment options and earnings potential can continue their education at a four-year school by earning their Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Psychology. These professionals may find work in an occupation related to psychology, but many also find that their psychology degree prepares them for other professions in areas like education, public affairs, business, and service industries.

Earn a Master’s Degree or Ph.D.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree can pursue a master’s degree or Ph.D. in psychology. A graduate degree in areas like counseling, school, clinical, industrial/organizational, or developmental psychology expands the range of career opportunities in counseling, research, data analysis, government, education, consulting, marketing, and organizational development. A doctoral degree, or Ph.D., offers the opportunity for independent practice or research as a psychologist in various areas of specialization.