Psychology at Georgia Perimeter College
Psychology is the scientific discipline that studies behavior and mental activity. It is also a profession that applies psychological science to solve real life problems involving human behavior and mental processes. There are a number of specializations in psychology both in the research and applied areas. Specializations in research include (among others) biological psychology, developmental psychology, educational psychology, and social psychology. The applied (professional) practice of psychology includes clinical psychology, counseling psychology, industrial-organizational psychology, and school psychology among its specializations.
The undergraduate (Bachelor's) degree in psychology can be viewed in two ways, either as a liberal arts degree or a pre-professional degree. As a liberal arts degree the Bachelor's degree in psychology provides students with knowledge (including knowledge of the scientific method, human motivation and social interaction) and develops skills (such as critical thinking, problem solving and interpersonal communication) that are valued by employers in many fields. As a pre-professional degree the Bachelor's degree in psychology prepares students for the advanced (graduate) studies in psychology that are typically required for professional, research and teaching careers in psychology as well as in related fields such as counseling, human resources, and organizational development.
Georgia Perimeter College offers the Associate of Science (A.S.) degree in Psychology. Earning the A.S. degree provides a student with the first two years of courses required to complete a Bachelor's degree in psychology at a four year college or university. The A.S. degree in psychology can be completed on one of GPC's campuses, totally online or through a combination of the two. Links on the left side of this page will take you to the program of study and advising form for GPC students majoring in psychology and to descriptions of the psychology courses offered at GPC.