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Psychology - Area of Concentration (AOC)

Do people fascinate you? Do you sometimes question why people behave the way they do? Are you the person that everyone asks for advice? If so, Allegany College of Maryland's Associate's Degree in Psychology may be the perfect fit for you.


Psychology ConceptsPsychology is the scientific study of the mental processes and behavior. Our Psychology program studies a multitude of topics, including: brain functioning, thinking and learning processes, personality formation, sensory and perceptual processes, human development, motivational and emotional states, mental health and illness, and social interaction.

Our Psychology program uses a "bio-psycho-social" model to help you learn to understand the total person while preparing you for transfer into a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology program at a four-year institution. We offer online course options, including general psychology, abnormal psychology, human growth and development, and child development.

Course Info

As a Psychology program student, you'll expand your knowledge through a variety of challenging courses, including:

  • Intro to Psychology
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Health Psychology
  • Death and Dying
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Psychology of Learning and Teaching
  • Child Psychology
  • Drugs and Human Behaviors
  • Addictions
  • Peace and Conflict Studies

A full listing of program courses and their descriptions can be found in the credit catalog.

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Career Info

Graduates of Psychology programs may find enriching and rewarding careers as:

  • Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Forensic Psychologists (Law and Psychology)
  • Organizational Development Professionals (Business and Psychology)
  • Sports Psychologists (Athletics and Psychology)
  • Social Psychologists (Sociology and Psychology)
  • Eco Psychologists (Environmental Sciences and Psychology)
  • Neuro Psychologists (Biology and Psychology)

*The above careers require a minimum of a bachelor's degree.

View Salary Information from the U.S. Dept. of Labor.

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Faculty/Staff Info
Stephen Gibson, Division Chair

Humanities 22

B.A., Illinois College

M.A., University of Illinois at Springfield

Ph.D., St. Louis University


Richard Layman, Professor

Humanities 13

B.S., M.Ed., Frostburg State University

Ed.D., West Virginia University

Richard States, Associate Professor

814-445-9848, ext. 6111
Bedford (Room 3); Somerset (Room 19)

B.A., Gannon University

M.A., Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

Doctoral study at Kent State University and Capella University

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