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Psychology Associate Degree

Why Pursue an Associate Degree in Psychology at NCC?

Venture into the intricate world of human behavior, mental health, and psychopathology in the Associate in Art in Psychology at Northampton Community College. In this 2-year program on our Bethlehem, PA campus, you study the basics of psychological theories and methods, explore different branches of psychology, and prepare to transfer to a four-year bachelor’s degree program.

Mentorship Opportunities

Immerse yourself in a wide range of subfields in psychology alongside expert faculty. You may choose to conduct an independent research project with the one-on-one guidance of a faculty mentor—an experience that enhances your academic skills and empowers you to make informed decisions about your occupational and educational future.

What Will You Learn in the Psychology Major?

Prepare for your bachelor’s degree program and your career by learning theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology, including cognition, biological approaches, developmental changes, personality and social processes, psychological disorders, and treatments, individual differences, methodology, and theories of stress and coping.

In NCC’s 2-year psychology degree program, you study basic research methods, including research design and data analysis and interpretation. You understand psychological principles and use scientific approaches to solve problems related to behavioral and mental processes.

Degree Programs

Semesters: 4
Credits: 62
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Campus: Bethlehem
Program Type: Associate in Arts

Deepen your understanding of people and communities through courses in communication, developmental psychology, sociology, ethics, and research methods. The program also offers electives that you can choose according to your target transfer program and long-term goals. You can complete the 62-credit AA in Psychology over the course of four semesters on our Bethlehem campus.


Program Information

By studying psychology at NCC for two years, you can save up to $40,000! Our low tuition rates are among the most affordable in Pennsylvania, and our financial aid and scholarship opportunities are generous. We prepare you with all the essential skills—in psychology and beyond—that you need to thrive when you transfer out to top universities like:

East Stroudsburg University: Psychology
Kutztown University: Psychology
DeSales University: Psychology
Lehigh University: Psychology
Moravian: Psychology
Temple: Psychology

NCC offers two psychology programs: the AA in Psychology and the AAS in Applied Psychology. These programs overlap, and you may decide partway through your studies to switch from the psychology to applied psychology major.

The psychology degree focuses on theories, methods, and research practices, and serves as a foundation for a bachelor’s degree in psychology and further education towards becoming a counselor or psychologist.

The applied psychology program is more hands-on, with a focus on behavioral health, human services, and counseling skills. This degree culminates in a 150-hour internship—an experience that can empower you to launch your career right away or transfer to a four-year institution.


Career Opportunities

The associate’s degree in psychology at Northampton Community College equips you with a solid foundation on which you will build further knowledge and robust clinical practice in a four-year bachelor’s degree program.

To practice as a clinical psychologist or counselor, you’ll need to pursue further education at the graduate and postgraduate levels. Careers related to psychology earn a median annual wage of $53,000, with higher salaries in positions that require more specialized degrees (Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Future Career Paths

  • Family Counselor
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Human Resource Specialist
  • Career Advisor
  • Mental Health Counselor
  • Social Worker
  • Elementary School Teacher

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Embrace the complexity of human behaviors through the Associate in Arts in Psychology at Northampton Community College. This 2-year degree prepares you to transfer to a university — saving tens of thousands of dollars along the way!