Why Choose Our Psychology Program?

Psychology courses at San Joaquin Delta College are designed to provide a survey of the many fields in Psychology. Students learn about the methods used in psychology, and creative approaches to problem solving on a personal basis as well as in greater society. Empasis is placed on critical and analytical thinking.

The psychology faculty believe that the study of psychology involves acquiring knowledge about human and animal behavior as a basis for further study in advanced courses, as a basis for working with clients in a supervised therapy setting, and as a basis for being an informed citizen in our society. It is not just acquired knowledge, but also an understanding of the variety of behaviors that may lead to greater sensitivity and compassion toward the motives of other people. It may also result in greater insight into and acceptance of the reasons for one's own behavior and as a possible vehicle for change.

What are the degree and certificate options


  • Psychology, Associate in Arts
  • Psychology, Associate in Arts for Transfer


  • Mental Health Specialist, Certificate of Achievement
  • Substance Abuse Counselor, Certificate of Achievement

Psychology courses explore the knowledge about human and animal behavior as a basis for further study in advanced courses, as a basis for working with clients in a supervised therapy setting, and as a basis for being an informed citizen in our society. Those who are pursuing a career may choose to complete a certificate or an Associate in Arts degree and then transfer to a California State University (CSU) with a major in psychology.

For Degree and Certificate requirements, please visit the College Catalog.

Consumer Information and Cost

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What can I do with my degree?

Career Education - Some courses in psychology prepare students to work with clients, for instance, as substance abuse counselors, caregivers with the elderly, and mental health workers. Courses provide needed background information and skill preparation to work with clients in various institutional and non-institutional settings in the community. Students are taught through the use of readings about theories of care, case analyses, internships, and supervised work with clients.

Educating Psychology Majors-Individuals who would like to pursue a position within the educational systems will find work as school psychologist, sports psychologist, instructors, special education instructors, learning disabilities specialists, rehabilitation counselors and academic counselors. Students who plan to major in psychology need a broad background in other survey courses such as anthropology, sociology, human biology, statistics, ethnic studies, and history. A specific behavior cannot be understood in isolation without a framework from which to view it. Students should understand that psychology is a scientific activity in which information is not absolute but is subject to being revised as new information becomes available and concepts are revised. This does not mean that all information is relative since some points of view are more beneficial or destructive to society as a whole than are others.

Career Majors-The field of psychology offers a wide variety of positions such as private practice psychologist, marriage and family psychologist, clinical psychologist, engineering psychologist, genetic counselor, industrial-organizational psychologist and forensic psychologist. Students who are preparing for a specific career in psychology are advised to take other survey courses to give them background and insight to the clients with whom they will be working. Their courses in psychology need to be focused on understanding the purpose of the agency or program with which they may be working, the types of client problems, their emotions, and possible solutions for their situation. The emphasis in training is on the student becoming a facilitator for the client in an agency setting, not as an independent therapist.

Helpful Links

Learn Psychology, recently published an in-depth resource for current and future psychology students. The guide to School Psychology provides a comprehensive profile of the field, as well as detailed information on degree levels and courses, popular careers, scholarships, internships and student resources. You can view the guide and homepage at the following location:

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