The Associate of Arts in Psychology offers students a foundation of the principles of psychology and direct application of theory. This degree is designed to allow students to transfer to a four-year degree program or to begin a career connected to the field of psychology. Students will have the opportunity to use their skills in the community and design their own research.

Why Great Bay?

At GBCC, students have the opportunity to work with faculty who are active in the field of psychology, with a range of specialties. The small class sizes, collaborative environment, and interactive projects allow students to explore the variety of future career paths in psychology and transfer institutions.

Dual Admissions

A dual enrollment agreement eases your transition from Great Bay to the participating 4-year school of your choice. It also grants access to advisors from both schools to maximize your class choices while at Great Bay. Dual enrollment agreements are available with the University System of New Hampshire schools and Southern New Hampshire University.

Find out more at the University System Dual Admissions page.

Find out more at the SNHU-GBCC transfer page.     


Great Bay has articulation agreements for easy transfer to the University of New Hampshire’s Psychology degree and St. Joseph’s College online Social Work degree. By following the guidelines for course selection provided by your Great Bay advisor, you can complete your GBCC psychology degree and enter psychology major with a junior status. 

Early College

Are you in High school with an interest in psychology?  Get a head start by enrolling in our early college program to start your journey toward a degree.

Career Options

The American Psychological Association provides the following as career options:

  • Drug Counseling Assistant
  • Social Service Clerk
  • Elderly Home Recreation Aide
  • Paraprofessional Counselor
  • Patient Admissions Record Keeper

The program is designed for transfer to a four-year baccalaureate program. With a four-year degree, students can pursue careers in business, counseling, social work, research, and education.

Related Degrees

First Year – Fall Semester

Course IDCourseTheoryLabCredits
ENGL110GCollege Composition I404
PSYC110GIntroduction to Psychology303
ANTH105GIntroduction to Ethnography: The World of Work404
MATH145G/147GQuantitative Reasoning/Plus4/504/5
Total Credits15-16

First Year – Spring Semester

Course IDCourseTheoryLabCredits
 Psychology Elective303
 Psychology Elective303
 Discrete Math, Finite Math, or Probability & Statistics404
 English Elective303
 Foreign Language/Humanities/Fine Arts/Elective*303
Total Credits16

Second Year – Fall Semester

Second Year – Spring Semester

Total Overall Credits : 63-64

*Theory, lab, and credit hours will vary depending on the elective course chosen.

Psychology Electives






Introduction to Social Work




Social Welfare and Policy




Crisis Intervention




Human Growth and Development




Abnormal Psychology




Educational Psychology




Health Psychology




Psychology Internship




Internship Considerations

Students completing an internship program will be required to submit proof of immunizations to the College (see College Handbook), along with any other information needed by the assigned site.

Transfer Credit Policy

In addition to the Great Bay transfer credit policies, transfer of courses in psychology more than ten years old will be evaluated by the Department Chair on an individual basis. In the case of English and math course transfers, it may be recommended that the student take portions of the Accuplacer Placement Test to verify the skill level required in order to be successful in subsequent classes with the program.

Technical Standards

In order to transfer to a four-year institution or pursue a career in psychology, students should possess strong written and verbal communication skills; collaborate effectively with others; conduct themselves in a professional manner; demonstrate empathy, integrity, concern for others, interpersonal skills, interest, and motivation; adapt to a variety of situations; and use critical thinking skills to solve problems.

Program Outcomes

Upon graduation, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate written and oral communication proficiency for a variety of audiences.
  2. Utilize knowledge from a foundation of psychological theories and concepts.
  3. Analyze and apply psychological theories to real world situations.
  4. Gather and analyze data within their own research.
  5. Apply ethical standards to evaluate psychological science and practice.


“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time spent in the Great Bay Community College Psychology program. Every professor I’ve had has a real passion for what they teach, and it shows.”

Matthew Corson, Class of 2019

“The Psychology Program at Great Bay has been a wonderful experience. I am one class away from getting my degree and can say without exception that everything I’ve taken for far has either been useful professionally or to learn things about myself. I feel really good about continuing my education with the foundation I have made here!”

Andrea Pickett, Class of 2020


Contact an Admissions Representative at (603) 427-7600 ex 7500 or gbadmissions@ccsnh.edu