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Psychology

Psychology courses at Inver Hills are ideal if you intend to continue your formal education. Take courses to build a versatile foundation for other learning goals. Our psychology faculty believes that expanding your knowledge through the discipline of psychology will enhance your personal life while helping you grow professionally with a passion for civic responsibility.

Primary Psychology Faculty Contact:

Pamela Fergus

pfergus@inverhills.edu
651-450-3651
Office: FA182

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Psychology is one of the most influential and resourceful applied sciences in the modern world. As a psychology major, you'll learn more about yourself and strengthen your talent for analysis, innovation and helping others while creating a career pathway that can lead virtually anywhere. Following is a list of some skills psychology majors are likely to gain:

  • Critical thinking
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Self-awareness
  • Research skills
  • Ethical-decision making
  • Technological literacy

The Psychology department at Inver Hills fosters a scientific approach to the study of behavior and mental processes. You can take courses individually or pursue an Associate of Arts (A.A.) with Emphasis in Psychology. The A.A. curriculum allows you to transfer as a junior to a four-year college or university to complete upper division coursework or graduate studies in psychology.

Psychology courses at Inver Hills are ideal if you intend to continue your formal education in career programs such as nursing. You can also take a number of psychology courses to build a versatile foundation for other learning goals. Our psychology faculty believes that expanding your knowledge through the discipline of psychology will enhance your personal life while helping you grow professionally with a passion for civic responsibility.

B.A. in Psychology Completion Program at Inver Hills

Metropolitan State University and Inver Hills Community College are teaming up to offer students the option of obtaining their B.A. in Psychology degree on the Inver Hills campus. Metropolitan State University's Psychology department will be offering courses on the Inver Hills campus. Students who complete their Associate of Arts (A.A.) with Emphasis in Psychology at Inver Hills can matriculate into the B.A. completion program and over the course of two years can complete their requirements for their major in Psychology.

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Degree

A.A. with Emphasis, Psychology – 60 credits

This program is directed toward students intending to transfer to a four-year institution with a major in psychology. The program allows flexibility for students to plan carefully to complete necessary lower division pre-major requirements at Inver Hills prior to transferring to their selected college.

Note: To earn the A.A. with Emphasis in Psychology, you need to complete all requirements for a general A.A. degree, incorporating the specific requirements of your chosen emphasis. Careful planning with an academic counselor or advisor and a faculty member in the Psychology department is strongly advised to tailor the emphasis to meet the requirements of your chosen four-year college or university.

Coursework   Program Planning Guide

Psychology Curriculum
Incorporate the following psychology coursework into the requirements of an AA degree as part of the MnTC or within the elective category.

Course Number Title Credits
PSYC 1101 or
PSYC 1201
General Psychology or
General Psychology with Lab
4 cr
PSYC 2100 Social Psychology 3 cr
PSYC 2250 Abnormal Psychology 3 cr
MATH 1103 or
MATH 1118
Intro to Statistics or
College Algebra
4 cr
Choose one additional course from:
PSYC 1140 Psychology of Women 3 cr
PSYC 1210 Lifespan Psychology 4 cr
PSYC 1215 Child and Adolescent Psychology 3 cr
PSYC 1220 Adulthood and Aging Psychology 3 cr
PSYC 1230 Psychology of Death, Dying and Loss 3 cr
PSYC 2251 Special Topics in Psychology 3 cr
PSYC 2300 Psychology of Mind and Health 3 cr

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum – 40 credits

You can apply courses from the Psychology curriculum to the MnTC requirements. The specific requirements for the MnTC are outlined as part of the A.A. degree. To learn more about the requirements, visit Associate of Arts or contact an Inver Hills counselor or advisor.

Electives – 18 credits

You can take courses from any department numbered 1000 or higher. Courses from the Psychology emphasis not applied to the MnTC should be incorporated into the elective category.

Health/Physical Education – 2 credits

You can learn about the specific requirements for Health/Physical Education by visiting Associate of Arts or contacting an Inver Hills counselor or advisor.

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Course Descriptions

PSYC 1101  Introduction to Psychology   4.0 cr

Presents a survey of the science of psychology including theoretical and experimental findings and applications. Topics include research methodology, the nervous system, perception, cognition, learning, memory, human development, emotions, motivation, personality, psychological disorders and their treatment, attitudes, social influence and growth processes. This course may not be taken for credit if you have already earned credit for Introduction to Psychology with Lab (PSYC 1201).

PSYC 1140  Psychology of Women   3.0 cr

Introduces current theory and research related to such issues as the psychological development of women, identity formation, self-esteem, violence, health, spirituality, social cultural influences, biology, relationships and career. Both academic and experiential learning are emphasized including extensive reading and journaling and a community project. Attendance and group participation are essential.

PSYC 1201  Introduction to Psychology with Lab   4.0 cr

Presents a survey of the science of psychology including theoretical and experimental findings and applications. Topics include research methodology, the nervous system, sensation and perception, cognition, learning, memory, human development, emotions, motivation, personality, psychological disorders and their treatment, attitudes, social influence and growth processes. Incorporates weekly laboratory activities in which students perform hands-on experiments, measurements, and analyses in psycho-physiology, sensation and perception, learning, and/or other experimental topics. This course may not be taken for credit if you have already earned credit for Introduction to Psychology (PSYC 1101).

PSYC 1210  Lifespan Development   4.0 cr

Presents an introduction to the physical, cognitive, and psycho-social aspects of development across the lifespan. Explores the research and theories relevant to the psychological study of human development from conception to death. Applies these issues to general and clinical populations.

PSYC 1215  Child and Adolescent Psychology   3.0 cr

Explores the basic development in the physical, cognitive and psychosocial areas from conception through adolescence. Pertinent theories, studies, and methodologies are addressed. This course and Adulthood and Aging Psychology (PSYC 1220) provide a comprehensive study of Lifespan Development. Prereq: Recommended PSYC 1101 or PSYC 1201.

PSYC 1220  Adulthood and Aging Psychology   3.0 cr

Explores research and theory from the field of developmental psychology regarding the nature and processes of human development from early adulthood through old age and death. Implications and applications are addressed. This course and Child Adolescent Psychology (PSYC 1215) provide a comprehensive study of Lifespan Development. Prereq: Recommended PSYC 1101 or PSYC 1201.

PSYC 1230  Psychology of Death, Dying, and Loss   3.0 cr

Emphasizes a psychological approach to death, dying and related topics. Explores relevant theories, data, models, ethical issues and provides an opportunity to confront and explore personal attitudes and feelings.

PSYC 2000  Statistics for Psychology and Behavioral Sciences   4.0 cr

Students use basic mathematical and computerized procedures to analyze data in the behavioral sciences. Students use statistical software (e.g., SPSS, "R," "PSPP") to conduct descriptive and inferential data analyses. Students choose and apply statistical procedures to help to answer psychological and behavioral scientific research questions. Students read, interpret, and write APA-style Results sections for behavioral science research.

PSYC 2100  Social Psychology   3.0 cr

Explores how individuals and groups influence us and how we influence others. Issues such as attraction, relationships, behaviors and attitudes, persuasion, aggression, sexism, racism, and how we form judgments will be studied. Prereq: PSYC 1101 or PSYC 1201.

PSYC 2250  Abnormal Psychology   3.0 cr

Explores the classification, assessment, diagnosis, symptoms, causes, and treatment of common psycho-pathologies, including anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, schizophrenia, personality disorders, and substance-related and addictive disorders.

PSYC 2251  Special Topics in Psychology   cr

Explores various subdisciplines, developments and issues in Psychology. Examples of possible topic areas include but are not limited to Biopsychology, Cognitive Psychology, Research Methods, Counseling Techniques, Sports Psychology, Learning Theory, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and History of Psychology. This course may be repeated under different topics. Prereq: PSYC 1101 or PSYC 1201.

PSYC 2300  Psychology of Mind and Health   3.0 cr

Explores the role of psychological factors in physical health and sickness. The scientific research and application of such topics as psychoneuroimmunology, shamanism, meditation, and modern relaxation techniques are addressed. Students learn to critically evaluate the research supporting the use of such techniques. Classes are primarily discussion-based, with opportunities for experiential learning. This course is reading-intensive. Prereq: PSYC 1101 or PSYC 1201.

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Transfer Opportunities

The A.A. with Emphasis in Psychology at Inver Hills has articulation agreements with the following four-year institutions

B.A. in Psychology completion program at Inver Hills Community College

Metropolitan State University and Inver Hills Community College are teaming up to offer students the option of obtaining their B.A. in Psychology while at Inver Hills. Metropolitan State University's Psychology department is delivering courses on the Inver Hills campus. Students who complete their Associate of Arts (A.A.) with Emphasis in Psychology at Inver Hills can matriculate into the B.A. completion program and, over the course of two years, complete their requirements for their psychology major.

Here's how it works

Students who have completed their A.A. with Emphasis in Psychology will transfer the following coursework into Metropolitan State University's B.A. Psychology completion program:

A.A. with Emphasis in Psychology that includes Minnesota Transfer Curriculum plus 17–18 credits in psychology to include:

  • General Psychology or General Psychology with Lab, Social, Abnormal and Developmental Psychology (e.g., child, adult, lifespan)
  • Additional Psychology elective (e.g., Psychology of Women or Death and Dying)

The B.A. in Psychology at Metropolitan State University requires 120 credits, 40 of which are in psychology. Students also need to complete 40 upper division credits (30 of these in psychology) and a minimum of 30 credits through Metropolitan State University to meet the residency requirement (24 of these in psychology).

To meet the requirements for the B.A. in Psychology, A.A. with Emphasis in Psychology graduates will need to complete the following:

PSYC 250 Academic and Career Pathways (2 credits)
PSYC 212 Diversity and Ethics (3 credits)
PSYC 312 Research Methods (5 credits)
PSYC 405 History & Systems (4 credits)
Application of Knowledge (internship, 3–4 credits)
17 credits, 12 upper division
+ 18 more upper division credits of Psych electives

If you complete all the courses offered, you will obtain the psychology major requirements for your B.A. degree. Depending on how many credits you complete at Inver Hills and transfer to Metropolitan State University, you may need to take additional upper division courses either in psychology or another discipline to reach the 120 credit/40 upper division/30 residency credit requirement for the B.A.

To meet the B.A. requirements, you may take classes at Inver Hills offered by other Metropolitan State University programs (e.g., Criminal Justice). In addition, the Psychology department, as well as other departments at Metropolitan State University, offers a number of online and independent study classes (as well as traditional classes on our campus) that can help Inver Hills students achieve their career and graduation goals.

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Student club

Inver Hills Community College-Metropolitan State University Interdisciplinary Community Garden and Orchard

Established in spring 2012, the Community Garden is located behind Heritage Hall on the south side of the Inver Hills campus. Maintained by students, faculty, staff and community members, the Community Garden generates produce for local community food shelves. Individual students and community members grow produce for personal use in reserved plots.

To learn more, visit Community Garden.

Or contact:

Barbara Curchack, Ph.D.
Psychology Faculty
Inver Hills Community College
651-450-3739

August Hoffman, Ph.D.
Psychology Faculty
Metropolitan State University
651-999-5814

Thad Ballestrazze
Biology
Inver Hills Community College
651-450-3289

Kristin Digiulio
Biology Faculty
Coordinator, Agricultural Sciences
Inver Hills Community College
651-450-3272

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Employment Information

Psychologists are trained to understand human behavior across the spectrum from normal to abnormal. They work with people from all walks of life to help them solve problems related to mental well-being and emotional stability. Psychologists are also keenly involved in the process of analyzing behavioral modes that influence the lives of healthy human beings.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment for all psychologists is expected to grow 12 percent from 2012–2022. The average annual salary in 2013 for industrial psychologists approached $90,000; clinical psychologists earned on average nearly $73,000.

Psychologists often work independently in private practices, but many work in various settings—laboratories, hospitals and clinics, research facilities, courtrooms, high schools and colleges, law enforcement agencies, community health centers, prisons and corporate offices—to collaborate with other professionals, including:

  • Scientists
  • Physicians
  • Lawyers
  • Academic professionals
  • Computer experts
  • Engineers
  • Policymakers
  • Managers
  • Police officials
  • Corporate leaders

Because they are concerned with sound mental health in all facets of modern society, psychologists branch out across numerous specialties in the psychological field. Below are a few career paths that psychologists choose:

Counseling psychologists

  • Work at schools, hospitals or in private practice
  • Lead group or individual counseling sessions

Developmental psychologists

  • Research changes in behavioral patterns
  • Correct behavioral disorders caused by improper development

Forensic psychologists

  • Work with law-enforcement personnel
  • Perform psychological evaluations

Research psychologists

  • Study causes of behavioral patterns
  • Conduct trials with human and animal subjects

Industrial psychologists

  • Work with businesses to operate high-quality work environments
  • Screen new employees

Clinical psychologists

  • Work to prevent, diagnose and treat mental disorders
  • Perform diagnostic exams on patients

School psychologists

  • Work with parents, teachers and students to foster learning
  • Promote a safe educational environment

Social psychologists

  • Examine behavioral trends in society
  • Provide guidance on leadership, group behavior and attitude control

Below are just a few examples of possible career paths that can start with earning an A.A. with Emphasis in Psychology at Inver Hills.

Additional resources

The American Psychological Association (APA) describes psychologists as innovators dedicated to developing new approaches to help people and organizations adapt to an increasingly complex and fast-paced world. Psychologists work with professionals from all disciplines, branching out in numerous specialties from clinical psychology to neuroscience to forensic psychology to psychotherapy to industrial psychology.

As a psychology major, you'll be able to choose from a full range of career paths. You will acquire a deeper understanding of human behavior while broadening your skill set in research, statistics and communication. Listed below are some of the top careers pursued by psychology majors:

  • Psychotherapy or counseling
  • Social or community service management
  • Genetics counseling
  • Human resources
  • Industrial/organizational psychology
  • Training and development
  • Real estate
  • Arbitration or mediation
  • Corrections treatment or probation monitoring
  • Postsecondary administration or student affairs

Psychology is one of the most influential and resourceful applied sciences in the modern world. As a psychology major, you'll learn more about yourself, strengthen your talent for analysis, innovation and helping others, and create a career pathway that can lead virtually anywhere.

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Why Inver Hills?

Completing your A.A. with Emphasis in Psychology degree obligations at Inver Hills is smart on several key levels:

  1. You will receive an excellent education with one-on-one interactions with psychology faculty
  2. You will get firsthand experience working on real-world psychology issues and projects
  3. You will save money and continue your academic and professional careers with less student debt *

* On a national scale, student loan debt has mushroomed to $1.2 trillion, which is greater than credit card debt and auto loan debt combined. In Minnesota, the average debt for four-year grads tops $30,000; 70 percent carry a student debt load.

Tuition and fees for one year at Inver Hills costs a little less than $5,300. Compare that to $15,000 to $20,000 at a for-profit college, or $40,000 to $50,000 at a private college or university. You can complete your first two years at Inver getting a topflight education firsthand from Ph.D. instructors and then transfer to a four-year as a junior all while saving thousands of dollars. It's a no-brainer.

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Psychology Lab

As a psychology student, you'll find that the Psych Lab offers you the chance to complete in-depth, hands-on laboratory work related to various psychology courses, including:

  • Psychology of Women
  • Lifespan Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology

The Psych Lab provides access to behavior experimentation (virtual rat) as well as psychophysiological experimentation such as:

To learn more, read "Building a Psychology Lab at a Community College" by Jason Kaufman in Observer, the magazine of the Association for Psychological Science.

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