Psychology is the study of behavior and mental processes. Psychologists can be found doing a wide range of work, including counseling and therapy, research in the many subfields of psychology, and teaching; others can be found in private industry in human resources departments, focusing on psychology in the workplace.
Where It Will Take You
Students in this transfer program may continue their studies to obtain a bachelor's degree. These graduates look forward to such career options as career counselor, community support worker, family services worker, human relations director, marketing representative, laboratory assistant, etc.
The associate of arts degree in pre-psychology at UC Blue Ash College is designed to provide the first two years of general education requirements for a future bachelor's degree in psychology. This program is coordinated with the bachelor's degree program in psychology for the Department of Psychology McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, University of Cincinnati.
What is Psychology?
Psychology is the study of behavior and mental processes. Psychologists engage in a variety of careers, including those that involve counseling, research, teaching, data analysis, and business (e.g. human resources, marketing, etc.).
Psychology requires students to develop a wide variety of skills. Taking courses oriented towards social, abnormal, and personality psychology allows students to develop skills geared towards helping people and managing interpersonal work and life situations. Taking classes that focus more on psychobiology and sensation and perception allows students to develop strong critical thinking skills important in engaging in research. Because psychology is a scientific field, with findings based on research, all students must master statistics and understand the research designs of studies in the field.
Ultimately, a degree in psychology prepares students to be critical thinkers and proficient writers. Businesses seeking college graduates without discipline specifications are well served by psychology majors who can examine behavior, apply concepts and theories, use the scientific method, understand statistics and write well.
Students in this transfer program may continue their studies to obtain a bachelor's degree. These graduates look forward to such career options as career counselor, community support worker, family services worker, human relations director, marketing representative, laboratory assistant, etc. The median salary for graduates with a bachelor's in psycholgy is $45,000, according to the April 2016 report from the National Associateion of Colleges and Employers. To obtain licensing certification for private practice or to work as a psychologist (i.e. certified counselor) in education, business, clinics, etc., one must at minimum have a master's degree in psychology.
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Advising Center phone: (513) 745-5357
UC Advantages and Special Opportunities
Obtaining the associate psychology degree from UC Blue Ash College allows a student to meet the general education requirements for the bachelor’s degree offered by UC's McMicken College of Arts and Sciences in a friendly, teaching-oriented atmosphere with small class sizes and individual attention. In addition, several of the sophomore-level courses for the bachelor’s degree may be offered on the Blue Ash campus and can be taken while completing the associate degree.
The program is open to all students with a high school diploma from an accredited high school or GED and the desire to succeed in college. Although admission is open, students accepted into the program must meet the academic standards of the program to graduate and to advance to upper levels of study. High school students who are considering UC Blue Ash College should take either the SAT or ACT test for guidance and counseling.
Transferring to UC Requirements
Transferring to UC Blue Ash College
UC Blue Ash College has an open admission policy (although some programs within the college are selective admissions.) Transfer students must supply official transcripts from each previously attended institution. Credits are accepted from any institution currently accredited by any of the six regional accrediting agencies. Credits transferred from another institution may not fulfill specific requirements for the degree. An official evaluation of transfer credit from other colleges will be processed after the student’s file is complete.
Changing Majors within UC Requirements
For current UC students who wish to transfer from one UC program to another:
- Fill out an Application for Change in College and Program.
- Submit the completed form to the college which offers the program into which you want to transition.
- Students changing majors FROM other programs or colleges within UC will be considered based on the same criteria as outside transfers.
International Student Requirements
International students wishing to apply to UCBA can find information here.
- Complete all program requirements
- Earn at least 60 semester credit hours (for an associate degree) This can include transfer credit, AP credit and free electives, but does not include preparatory coursework. Students who have met all other degree requirements must continue earning credit until the total number of their earned hours comes to at least these minimum number of credit hours.
- Attain a 2.0 grade point average for all courses taken at the University of Cincinnati.
- Be in good academic standing, that is, not on either academic probation or disciplinary probation or suspension.
- Complete the UCBA residency requirement.
- Submit an application for graduation to the registrar's office by their posted deadline.
Students should see their advisor for specific information well in advance of their final term.
UC Blue Ash College admits students each term, so students can begin fall, spring, and summer semesters. Please consult the UC Blue Ash Admissions page for specific application deadlines for each term.
AccreditationThe University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Associate of Arts Degree in Psychology
Full-Time Program Duration
Blue Ash College
9555 Plainfield Rd.
Blue Ash, OH 45236
Phone: (513) 745-5655