Defined formally, Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes (Griggs, 2014).  While roughly half of all graduates  with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology will go on to work in a human services field, many graduate level psychologists (meaning they have a Master’s degree or higher) teach and conduct research in colleges and universities, as well as in nonacademic settings.  Master’s level or higher psychologists also may provide health and mental health services through private and commercial practice.  Many psychologists combine research, teaching, and practice.  (Schacter, Gilbert, & Wegner, 2013).

Psychologists have made and continue to make valuable contributions to the scientific community as well as the social communities in which we all live.  Psychological research is inherent in areas such as education, marketing, management, and urban planning, and have practical applications in everyday life.

Rock Valley College’s Psychology program will prepare you for transfer into four-year Psychology programs by offering classes that prepare you in the foundations of Psychology.  Topics covered in our courses include, but are not limited to, research methods, the biology of behavior, development, personality, group behavior, and psychological disorders. 

The following is a list of Psychology courses offered at Rock Valley College:

Number Title Credits
  PSY-170 General Psychology (3)
  PSY-225 Child Development (3)
  PSY-250 Psychology of Personality (3)
  PSY-270 Life-Span Developmental Psychology (3)
  PSY-271 Educational Psychology (3)
  PSY-275 Social Psychology (3)
  PSY-276 Abnormal Psychology (3)


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