Psychology

Psychology is the science that seeks to understand behavior and mental processes, and to apply that understanding in the service of human welfare.  Psychologists are involved in studying, predicting, improving, or explaining some aspect of behavior and mental processes.

To begin to appreciate all that can fall within the realm of behavior and mental process, take a moment to jot down an answer to this question:  Who are you?

Perhaps you described your personality or your 20/20 vision, your interests or your aspirations, your skills or your accomplishments, your IQ or your cultural background.  You could have listed these and dozens of other things about yourself, and every one of them would reflect some aspect of what psychologists mean by behavior and mental processes.

What is Psychology about? Learning that -

1.  We are all different, yet very much the same.
2.  Human lives are continually changing.
3.  Human behavior is motivated and has many different causes.
4.  People play an active part in creating their own experiences.

Psychology Careers

  • Admissions Counselor
  • Case Worker
  • Claims Specialist
  • College Instructor
  • Community Relations
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Day Care Supervisor
  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Employment Counselor
  • High School Teacher
  • Industrial Relations
  • Law Enforcement
  • Loan Officer
  • Marketing Representative
  • Marriage and Family Counselor
  • Middle School Teacher
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Parole Officer
  • Probation Officer
  • Research
  • Social Service Aide
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Youth Counselor

Course Schedule

Iowa Central’s Psychology curriculum is designed to provide students with a strong background in the methodologies, theories, and fundamental concepts of psychology.  Students interested in majoring in Psychology can complete their first two years of coursework at Iowa Central and then transfer to a public or private college for the remaining two years. The following is a suggested plan of study for students majoring in Psychology.

A.A. Degree

First Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
PSY-111 Intro to Psychology
3.0
ENG-105 Composition I
3.0
SDV-108 The College Experience
1.0
CSC-110 Intro to Computers
3.0
PSY-112 Psychology of Human Relations
3.0
XXX-XXX Humanities Elective
3.0
 
Total Hours: 16.0

Second Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
ENG-106 Composition II
3.0
BIO-102 Intro to Biology
3.0
BIO-103 Intro to Biology Lab
1.0
PSY-121 Developmental Psychology
3.0
REL-105 Intro to Religion
3.0
XXX-XXX History Elective
3.0
 
Total Hours: 16.0

Third Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
SPC-101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication
3.0
PSY-241 Abnormal Psychology
3.0
MAT-156 Statistics
3.0
SOC-110 Intro to Sociology
3.0
POL-121 International Relations
3.0
 
Total Hours: 15.0

Fourth Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
PSY-281 Educational Psychology
3.0
MAT-158 Statistics II
3.0
PSY-251 Social Psychology
3.0
SOC-120 Marriage and Family
3.0
XXX-XXX Humanities Elective
3.0
 
Total Hours: 15.0
 
A.A. Degree Total Hours: 62.0

Staff

Jennifer Condon Dean, Liberal Arts 515-574-1190 condon@iowacentral.edu
Tracy Crippin-Haake Associate, Liberal Arts 515-574-1192 crippin@iowacentral.edu
Jenny Shivers Associate, Liberal Arts 515-574-1252 shivers@iowacentral.edu