Psychology Transfer AA

Last updated 7/1/2015

Associate in Arts Code 1015

Program Contacts:
QC Campus
Traci Davis, Department Chair, 309-796-5408, davist@bhc.edu
Brigette Dorrance, 309-796-5423, dorranceb@bhc.edu
Bruce LeBlanc, 309-796-5431, leblancb@bhc.edu
East Campus
East Campus Advising, 309-854-1709


Students planning to major in psychology at a four-year institution should follow the Black Hawk College Associate in Arts curriculum. The completion of the course of study outlined will satisfy graduation requirements of Black Hawk College. Since universities may require specific courses for a psychology major, students should consult with a psychology faculty advisor for additional information.

This curriculum provides a broad perspective on the human condition and skills essential to any educated person. Courses span the areas of human behavior from birth to death, dealing with the many problems and potentialities experienced along the way. Students will learn the theories, techniques, and principles basic to the study of human behavior and psychology including such topics as perception, learning, memory, motivation, personality, psychopathology, education, human growth and development, social psychology, and experimental analysis and design.

Students who complete this curriculum will have a solid foundation upon which to build a psychology major at a four-year school.

Students who complete a bachelor’s degree in psychology may find job opportunities as teachers, caseworkers, public officials, personnel and public relations workers, or assistant research psychologists in government, business and industry.

Psychology Transfer AA
Associate in Arts Code 1015
Course of Study Outline – Suggested Courses (Credit Hours)
First Semester
BIOL 101 — General Human Biology (4)
ENG 101 — Composition I (3)
PSYC 101 — Introductory Psychology (3)
1Humanities (3)
Elective (3)

Second Semester
ENG 102 — Composition II (3)
MATH 110  or  higher (3)
PSYC 262 — Child Psychology  or
PSYC 230 — Social Psychology (3)
SOC 101 — Principles of Sociology (3)
SPEC 101 — Principles of Speech Communications (3)
Fine Arts (3)

Third Semester
CS 100 — Introduction to Computers  or  (3)
CS 101 — Introduction to Structured Programming
MATH 228 — Probability and Statistics (3)
PSYC 210 — Personality Theories (3)
PSYC 212 — Introduction to Experimental Psychology  (3)
Humanities  or  Fine Arts (3)

Fourth Semester
BIOL 250 — Principles of Genetics (3)
2Non-Western Studies (3)
Physical Science (3)
Psychology Elective
Elective (3)

Minimum total hours required for degree (64)

1Suggested: HIST 127, PHIL 101, PHIL 103
2Suggested: ANTH 102, HIST 141, HIST 142, HIST 151, HIST 222, POLS 262, POLS 271

Courses for this program include: »

BIOL 101 General Human Biology
4 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Intended for non-science majors. Primary organism of study is the human with current biological principles stressed. Includes cell organization, diseases of the human, development, genetics and ecology. IAI: L1 904L

BIOL 250 Genetics
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
An introduction to the principles of Mendelian and non-Mendelian genetics, immunogenetics and population genetics. Genetic technology, genetic diseases and genetic counseling are also discussed. IAI: L1 906

CS 100 Introduction to Computers
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 1 lab hour per week.
Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score or REA 093 “B” or better.
Introduction to computer concepts, computer applications, and the impact of computers on society. Applications include problem solving methods, word processing, spreadsheet, database and presentation graphics software. Basic Algebra or equivalent is recommended.

CS 101 Introduction to Structured Programming
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score or MATH 086, 090 or 091 “C” or better.
An entry-level course in structured programming that includes branching and loops, functions, arrays, and text files. Not for computer science majors.

ENG 101 Composition I
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ACT English score of 22 or above; or appropriate COMPASS score; or English 091 “C” or better.
English 101 is designed for students who are competent in the fundamentals of composition. Students will write essays using a variety of expository strategies and will apply standard techniques of documentation when appropriate. IAI: C1 900

ENG 102 Composition II
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: English 101 “C” or better.
English 102 is a continuation of English 101, is a required composition course that involves reading, discussion, and analysis of a body of literature to generate ideas for critical and persuasive papers, including one documented research paper. IAI: C1 901R (Grade of “C” or higher required for this course to be eligible to be included in the IAI General Education Core Curriculum.)

MATH 110 Mathematics for General Education
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: Appropriate placement score or MATH 086, 090, 091 or 094 “C” or better.
A course designed to contribute to the general education of any college student. Contemporary problems will be investigated and solved using the mathematical concepts of sets, logic, counting techniques, probability, statistics, and financial formulas involving exponential and logarithmic expressions. IAI: M1 904

MATH 228 Probability and Statistics
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score or MATH 112 “C” or better.
This class discusses the descriptive and inferential methods of statistics. It includes measures of central tendency, dispersion, correlation, regression, analysis of variance, parameter estimation, hypothesis testing, distributions of random variables, and the use of computer packages for analysis of data. IAI: M1 902, BUS 901

PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: College level reading scores on COMPASS or REA 098 and SBS 100 “C” or better.
A survey of the field of general psychology without specific emphasis on any particular theory or model of human or animal behavior. Fundamental principles, methods, theories and issues in the field are discussed. Content areas may include learning, thinking, neuroscience, methodology, memory, perception, personality, intelligence, emotion, adjustment, and abnormality among others. IAI: S6 900

PSYC 210 Personality Theories
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: PSYC 101 “C” or better.
Detailed analysis of major personality theorists in psychology from Freud to the present, emphasizing the examination of common threads in the evolution of personality theory as well as decided differences between and among individual theorists. The relationship between empirical and theoretical investigation and the reading of personality research are stressed.

PSYC 212 Experimental Psychology
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: PSYC 101 “C” or better.
This course introduces students to scientific inquiry in psychology. Students will gain an understanding of the research process in psychology by exploring the history and ethics of research and by reviewing and critically evaluating empirical literature. They will also gain experience formulating testable hypotheses, using various research methods and designs, and collecting and analyzing data using descriptive and inferential statistics.

PSYC 230 Social Psychology
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: PSYC 101 “C” or better.
A systematic introduction to theory and research on the ways social factors influence individual and group behavior. Examines attitudes, social perception, the establishment of norms, conformity, leadership, group dynamics, and research methods, emphasizing their effects on the individual. IAI: S8 900

PSYC 262 Child Psychology
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: PSYC 101 “C” or better.
Introduces theory and research on biological, physical, social, and cognitive development of the human child from conception to adolescence. Topics may include genetic factors, prenatal development, sensory and perceptual changes, motor system development, language acquisition, social learning, gender differences, atypical development, and such influences as the family, school, and sociocultural context. IAI: S6 903

SOC 101 Principles of Sociology
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: College level reading scores on COMPASS required, or REA 098 and SBS 100 “C” or better.
Scientific examination of human society and social behavior. Concentrates on human behavior and assumes that it is largely shaped by the groups to which people belong and by the social interaction taking place in these groups. Acquire a basic sociological understanding and sensitivity to the issues of race, class, gender, and ethnicity. IAI: S7 900

SPEC 101 Principles of Speech Communication
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
The oral communication course combines communication theory with the practice of oral communication skills. The oral communication course: (1) develops awareness of the communication process; (2) provides inventional, organizational, and expressive strategies; (3) promotes understanding of and adaptation to a variety of communication contexts; and (4) emphasizes critical skills in listening, reading, thinking and speaking. IAI: C2 900