Psychology (A.A.)

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Program Coordinators: Professor Daniel DePaulo,; Professor David Caicedo,

The Social Science, Human Services and Criminal Justice Department offers a major in Psychology which will lead to an Associate in Arts degree. Psychology is the study of how people behave, think and feel. It includes learning about memory, reasoning, personality and mental health.

Choice of General or STEM Concentration

Students majoring in Psychology can choose between the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) concentration or the General concentration. The STEM concentration, developed with the assistance of a National Science Found (NSF) grant, prepares students for careers in neuroscience or medicine. Course requirements for both tracks are listed further down on this page.

Extracurricular Activities

There is a Psychology Club, as well as a Neuroscience Club, both meeting on Wednesdays from 2-4 p.m.

Research Opportunities

Psychology professors are involved in a variety of research projects and there are opportunities for students to work with them and gain valuable experience in this area.

Many Career Paths

There are many opportunities in this field from working as a counselor or case manager, with children or adults, to conducting market research in the business world. Schools hire school psychologists; businesses use organizational psychologists for career counseling and human resources; and forensic psychologists work in the criminal justice system. A psychology background is also good preparation for a career in teaching, law or medicine.

Explore Careers

BMCC is committed to  students’ long-term success and will help you explore professional opportunities. Undecided? No problem. The college offers Career Coach for salary and employment information, job postings and a self-discovery assessment to help students find their academic and career paths. Visit Career Express to make an appointment with an advisor, search for jobs or sign-up for professional development activities with the Center for Career Development. Students can also visit the Office of Internships and Experiential Learning to gain real world experience in preparation for a four-year degree and beyond. These opportunities are available to help BMCC students build a foundation for future success.

Transfer Options

BMCC has articulation agreements with several four year colleges so that you can seamlessly continue your studies there.

These suggested careers may require bachelor's or higher degrees.

Make an appointment at the Academic Advisement and Transfer Center.

Related Communities

Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM)Government & Public ScienceHealth ProfessionsEducationBehavorial & Social Sciences

Accounting, Business & Economics

Required Common Core

Flexible Core4

Curriculum Requirements

Concentration Requirements (see below) 26 CRS.
Total Curriculum Requirements 30
Total Program Requirements 60

Psychology: General Concentration




XXX xxx Liberal Arts Elective 3
XXX xxx General Electives1 5

Choose 9 credits from the following:

Psychology: STEM Concentration

XXX xxx General Electives1 4

Choose 9 credits from the following:




  1. These credits can be satisfied by taking STEM variants in the Common Core.
  2. Students pursuing the STEM Concentration are advised to take MAT 206.5 or MAT 206 to satisfy this requirement.
  3. Students pursuing the STEM Concentration are advised to take BIO 210 to satisfy this requirement.
  4. No more than two courses in any discipline or interdisciplinary field can be used to satisfy Flexible Core requirements.
  5. Students pursuing the General Concentration are advised to complete 6 credits and students pursuing the STEM Concentration are advised to complete 3 credits to satisfy this requirement.
  6. Students pursuing the General Concentration are strongly advised to complete 3 credits (PSY 100) and students pursuing the STEM Concentration are advised to complete 6 credits (PSY 100 and BIO 220) to satisfy this requirement.


Please note, these requirements are effective the 2022-2023 catalog year. Please check your DegreeWorks account for your specific degree requirements as when you began at BMCC will determine your program requirements.

Social Sciences, Human Services and Criminal Justice Department

199 Chambers Street, Room N-651
New York, NY 10007
Phone: (212) 220-1210

Office Hours:
9 a.m.-5 p.m