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Psychology Program

The Psychology program at College of DuPage teaches students how to apply psychological principles to every day life through the study of human and animal behavior. Many students take psychology courses to major in psychology, for general interest or to fulfill general education requirements. 

COD offers an Associate in Arts degree in psychology for students who are interested in transferring to a four-year institution. Courses are transferable to all Illinois colleges and universities, as well as most baccalaureate institutions nationwide based on Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) standards. You can also secure an internship in the community and take advantage of service learning options.

Determine Your Path

Explore a range of psychology courses that can lead to a bachelor's degree, career enhancement or fulfill your personal achievements.

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Watch a video to learn more about the Psychology program.

Psychology Transfer Pathway

The Psychology Transfer Pathway, Associate in Arts will prepare you to transfer to a baccalaureate institution.

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Get Started Today

The first step to getting started in the Psychology program is to apply for admission. 

Our Academic and Career Pathways give you a roadmap to achieving your career goals. Follow a timeline based on your degree that outlines which classes you need to take and when so you graduate on time or move on to the next phase in your career.

Students who complete courses in Psychology will:
  • Demonstrate familiarity with major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends.
  • Understand and apply basic research methods in psychology.
  • Understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.
  • Respect and use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and the scientific approach to solving problems.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills (oral or written) for different purposes.

College of DuPage and Governors State University have partnered to offer a seamless program that begins with study toward an Associate in Arts at COD and continues through the Bachelor's of Arts at Governors State. The Psychology Majors Panel of the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) strongly encourages community college students to complete an Associate in Arts degree prior to transfer. For more information on transfer opportunities, visit cod.edu/transfer.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The following are answers to frequently asked questions regarding the Psychology program. 

Psychologists study the human mind and human behavior. Research psychologists investigate the physical, cognitive, emotional, or social aspects of human behavior. Psychologists in health services fields provide mental health care in hospitals, clinics, schools or private settings. Psychologists employed in applied settings, such as business, industry, government or nonprofit organizations, provide training, conduct research, design organizational systems and act as advocates for psychology.

No, students who apply and are admitted to College of DuPage can enroll directly into psychology classes.

Some psychology courses have prerequisites that must be completed before registration. Meet with an advisor if you have questions about course or transfer requirements.

No, psychology courses are an integral component of most occupational and pre-professional programs. COD offers more than 100 sections of its core Introduction to Psychology class and more than 400 total sections of psychology courses each year to fit your schedule. Courses completed at COD may be fully transferable, based on Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) standards.

Contact a psychology faculty member for scheduling and transfer guidance and information. You can also visit the course catalog to read psychology course descriptions.