Jul 07, 2020  
2016 - 2018 CNM Catalog, Volume 49 
2016 - 2018 CNM Catalog, Volume 49 [The CNM Academic Year includes Fall, Spring, Summer Terms]

Psychology, Associate of Arts

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School of Communication, Humanities & Social Sciences (CHSS)

Psychology is the science of behavior and mental processes. Students of psychology learn about a variety of topics including nervous system function, human development, learning, memory, the role of the mind in physical health, and individual behavior in social contexts.

This program is designed to meet the requirements for an Associate of Arts in Psychology from CNM and prepare a student to obtain a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from a 4-year college or university.

See Recommended Sequence of Courses

Educational Option Information

  • This program can be completed: Part-time or full-time.
  • This program can be started: Any term.
  • Primary course location: Main, Montoya, Rio Rancho, South Valley or Westside Campuses.

Approximate Costs of this Educational Option

Financial Aid Considerations


  • Individual courses associated with this program may require students to purchase additional materials.

Career and Educational Opportunities

This program is designed to meet the requirements for an Associate of Arts in Psychology from CNM and prepare a student to obtain a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at University of New Mexico. However, students from CNM seeking a baccalaureate degree may also transfer to other institutions.

Many of the courses in this program are transferable and some may be applied to four-year degree programs at other institutions. CNM currently has transfer agreements with many colleges and universities in New Mexico and elsewhere.


  • Students should always refer to the catalog of their intended transfer institution for admission, program, course, and graduation requirements. College catalogs are generally available online. Students should also consult a faculty advisor and/or an Academic Coach with CNM Connect Services.

Students interested in transfer to UNM should consult the UNM psychology department.

NOTE: Psychology minors at UNM complete PSY 1105 Introduction to Psychology  and any 5 other psychology courses for a total of 18 credit hours, and 2 of those courses (6 credit hours) must be taken at UNM. Therefore, up to 4 total psychology courses (12 credit hours), selected from any psychology courses offered at CNM, can be applied toward graduation requirements for a psychology minor at UNM.

Employment Opportunities

Interested students can learn about career opportunities and pathways in psychology and related fields from the American Psychological Association.

Program Proficiencies and/or Prerequisites

Students may demonstrate proficiency in these areas either by Diploma/GPA , placement exam scores , or specific course work.

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Associate of Arts in Psychology 60-61 credit hours

This information is meant to serve as a general guide for students intending to major in Psychology. Specific requirements for transfer will vary from school to school. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the four-year transfer school to confirm specific admission and degree requirements.

Program Approved Electives

Choose from the following list of courses:

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