Psychology Transfer Pathway

Psychology at SCTCC

Degrees and Certificates

Why Choose This Program

Have you ever wondered what babies are really thinking? Are you curious why aging adults' memories seem to fade and what can be done to slow the aging process? Perhaps you have asked yourself what personalities would work together most effectively. If you’ve ever asked yourself these questions, you can explore the answers with a psychology degree.

At SCTCC, not only can you get answers to the above questions, but to many others as well. With a degree from our psychology program, we allow you to explore your interests while opening up a number of career possibilities.

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Psychology is the scientific study of human behavior, emotion, and mental processes. Students in our psychology major will use scholarly rigor to examine social, cultural, gender, biological, and emotional aspects of everyday questions and very real problems facing our communities and the greater society.

With smaller class sizes, individual support, approachable instructors, and flexible class options, the Psychology Transfer Pathway associate’s degree is a smart choice. Turn your passion into a college degree and start your path at SCTCC today.

This program is available online and on campus
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Placement rate from self-reported data of employment in field of study up to one year post graduation.

2021 Placement - 17 Graduates
Continued Education Transfers

Wage data is from Minnesota Dept. of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

From Degree to Career

When you choose the Psychology Transfer Pathway degree at SCTCC, you’ll save money on your generals before transferring to get your bachelor's degree. By getting your general classes done at SCTCC,you'll have a good foundation when you are ready to transfer.

Whether you choose a career in psychology or decide to pursue one of the many other disciplines and career paths focused on human behavior, the psychology program at SCTCC will prepare you for the workforce and further education.

At SCTCC, we equip students with both written and verbal communication skills, analytical thinking, problem solving, creativity, and the ability to relate to other people. 

According to the American Psychological Association, as reported in Psychology Today, psychology majors acquire a plethora of skills while earning their undergraduate degrees, all of which make them highly desirable to future employers.

SCTCC graduates from our psychology program can predict and understand behavior of individuals and groups, understand how to use and interpret data, evaluate the legitimacy of claims about behavior, and understand how memory and learning function in our brains.

After graduation, students even have insight into problematic behavior, can demonstrate the capacity to adapt to change, understand and operate effectively throughout channels of an organization, and manage difficult situations and high stress environments.

Students also know how to start and carry out projects with limited information or experience and understand  persistence in challenging circumstances. By majoring in psychology at SCTCC, students are certain to gain the skills needed for the workforce or for further education.

Quick Glance

  • Predict and understand behavior of individuals and groups 
  • Understand how to use and interpret data 
  • Evaluate the legitimacy of claims about behavior 
  • Know how memory and learning function 
  • Have insight into problematic behavior 
  • Demonstrate the capacity to adapt to change 
  • Understand and operate effectively throughout channels of an organization 
  • Manage difficult situations and high stress environments 
  • Start and carry out projects with limited information or experience 
  • Show persistence in challenging circumstances 

Career options with a degree in psychology vary by area of interest and amount of schooling completed. Whether you earn a Ph.D., master’s, bachelor's, or an associate’s degree, there are a number of job titles attainable with each level of education completed.

The study of psychology is also a good preparation for many professions. Employers value and are seeking graduates with a skill set that is unique for psychology graduates to have. Related career options are almost endless and include substance abuse counselor, child life specialist, child welfare casework, or even domestic abuse or violence counselor.

Graduates from the SCTCC psychology program even have career opportunities working in human resources, crisis intervention, social worker, and health coaches.

Students can even utilize their skills to become a psychologist, counselor, marriage and family counselor, grief counselor, neurologist, behavioral health consultant, and much more. The possibilities are endless with a degree in psychology so you are certain to find the career path right for you.

A day in the life of an SCTCC psychology graduate often looks like working as a counselor for a mental health center and utilizing skills taught in the classroom. By communicating effectively, our graduates have been able to help hundreds of patients.

Quick Glance

  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Human Resources
  • Child Life Specialist
  • Child Welfare Caseworker
  • Psychologist, Counselor
  • Domestic Abuse or Violence Counselor
  • Marriage and Family Counselor
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Grief Counselor
  • Neurologist
  • Behavioral Health Consultant
  • Social Worker, Health Coach
  • Much, much more

Potential Employers

  • Rehabilitation Centers
  • Mental Health Centers or Hospitals
  • Law Enforcement Agencies
  • Customer Service Departments
  • Human Resources Departments
  • Universities and Colleges
  • Primary and Secondary Schools
  • State and Government Agencies

At SCTCC, we have designed a program that can seamlessly transfer to a bachelor degree program at any one of the seven Minnesota State Universities. Our Psychology Transfer Pathway program equips students with the appropriate skills and concepts needed to succeed in a four-year degree.

By choosing between Bemidji State University, Metropolitan State University, Minnesota State University, Mankato, Minnesota State University, Moorhead, St. Cloud State University, Southwest Minnesota State University, and Winona State University, students are guaranteed to find a program that fits their academic needs and goals.

Psychology students marking sections of brain
Psychology students marking sections of brain
Psychology Transfer Pathway student in class

Ready to Take the Next Step?

Are you ready to learn more about this program and being a student at SCTCC? Contact our instructors directly or join us for an info session to meet with instructors and Admissions representatives to get started.

Connect with the SCTCC Admissions team:

  • Call us at 320-308-5089
  • Email us at
  • On campus Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Meet the Admissions Staff.

Paying for College

Students choose SCTCC for a lot of reasons, but saving money is one reason we hear from almost every student at SCTCC. We’ve got a breakdown of the costs for the program, along with information on financial aid and scholarships.

Current Students

Current Psychology students - this is your place for information.

Katey Leverson, Psychology Instructor
Office 196-C
(320) 308 – 5564 

Linde Althaus, Psychology Instructor
Office 196-C
(320) 308 – 0973

As a psychology major, students have the opportunity to join the student group Psychology Club. This group allows students in the program to network amongst each other and provides them with unique opportunities.

SCTCC Student Clubs

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