Program Summary

Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Students of psychology develop the ability to critically examine information and draw conclusions, They study the factors that motivate individuals and influence human behavior. Topics include the nervous system, learning and memory, intelligence, language, thought, growth and development, personality, stress, mental health, psychological disorders, treatment and counseling, and the behavior of people in social settings.

Courses Offered:

PSYC 1100 Learning Framework (1 hour)

PSYC 1300 Learning Framework (3 hour)

PSYC 2301 General Psychology

PSYC 2306 Human Sexuality (Cross-listed as SOCI 2306)  

PSYC 2308 Child Psychology  

PSYC 2314 Lifespan Growth and Development  

PSYC 2315 Psychology of Adjustment  

PSYC 2317 Statistical Methods in Psychology

PSYC 2319 Social Psychology (Cross-listed as SOCI 2326) 

PSYC 2389 Academic Co-Operative: Leadership

The Behavioral Science Degree Plan is designed for students transferring to a four-year university, and completion of the program will lead to an Associates of Arts Degree with a major track in Psychology, Sociology, or Social Work.
Mathematics Core: Recommended MATH 1342 Statistics
Humanities Core: Recommended SPAN 2311 or 2312
Social/Behavioral Sciences Core:
   Required Psychology Track SOCI 1301, SOCI 1306 or SOCI 2301
   Required Sociology Track: PSYC 2301, PSYC 2314 or ECON 2301
   Required Social Work & Interdisciplinary Track SOCI 1306
Select 15/16 Hours from Below:
PSYC 2301 General Psychology REQUIRED
PSYC 1100 Learning Frameworks (1 Hour Only)
PSYC Electives1, 2
Select 15/16 Hours from Below:
SOCI 1301 Intro to Sociology REQUIRED          
PSYC 1100 Learning Frameworks (1 Hour Only)
SOCI Electives1, 2
Select 15/16 Hours from Below:
SOCW 2361 Intro to Social Work REQUIRED
SOCI 1301 Introductory Sociology Required
PSYC 2301 General Psychology Required
PSYC 1100 Learning Frameworks (1 Hour Only)
PSYC or SOCI Electives 1,2

1 Students may count the cross-listed courses, PSYC 2319/SOCI 2326 Social Psychology and PSYC 2306/SOCI 2306 Human Sexuality, towards any major track, regardless of which course prefix appears on their transcripts.
2 Students may not count PSYC 1300 Learning Frameworks (3 Credit Hours) towards any Behavioral Science major track.

Degree Plan Approved by Curriculum Committee, May 2017

For a complete list of Associate's degree requirements, please view the catalog online or visit the Hill College Advising Centers in Hillsboro, Cleburne, or Burleson.

Occupations In Psychology

Principles of psychology can be applied to all types of occupations, from counseling to research, from marketing to human resources, from education to social services. Psychology also plays an important role in many other fields of study, including sociology, social work, criminal justice, nursing, marketing, and additional fields too numerous to mention. Some of the occupations commonly held by psychology majors are listed below.


Clinical Psychologist

Health Psychologist

Social Psychologist

Child Psychologist



Industrial-Organizational Psychologist

School Counselor

Vocational Counselor

Substance Abuse/Rehab

Mental Health Counselor

Art & Music Therapy

Child Development 

Grief Therapist

Family & Relationship Counselor

Child Services

Family Services

School Intervention

Mental Health Work

Hospice Care


Substance Abuse & Rehab

Policy Research & Analysis


Jim Williamson, M.A.
Psychology Instructor
Behavioral Sciences

Elizabeth Hamner, PhD
Psychology Instructor
Behavioral Sciences

Karen Kaiser, PhD
Department Coordinator for Behavioral Sciences

Degree Offered

Behavioral Science Associate of Arts


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