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Craig Cowden with brainStudy Psychology at TCC

Explore human nature and turn your passion into a college degree.

TCC's psychology courses will give you a solid introduction to the concepts, terminology, and current advances in this fascinating field. TCC's Psychology Program provides you a direct pathway toward successful transfer into a bachelor program.  As you prepare for transfer to a 4-year university, our psychology faculty and curriculum will help you reach your academic and career goals in psychology and the social sciences.

Where does my path start?

Begin with an Associate in Arts degree with direct transfer into a Bachelor program in Psychology. 

TCC offers the Associate in Arts (AA)  (PDF) degree with a Psychology track.  The Associate in Arts degree is a Direct Transfer Agreement/Major Related Program (DTA/MRP) and prepares students to transition successfully into a Bachelor’s degree at Washington State 4-year universities.

View or print the Associate in Arts - Psychology 2017-2018 Advising Sheet (PDF)


Psychology Faculty Advisors:

Dr. Craig Cowden: 253-460-4327, ccowden@tacomacc.edu, Office: F2-10

Dr. Pam Costa: 253-566-5289, pcosta@tacomacc.edu, Office: F2-25

Dr. Steffi Schrepfer: 253-566-5293, sschrepfer@tacomacc.edu, Office: F2-16


General Academic Advising:

Building 7, 253-566-6091, 253-566-5122, https://www.tacomacc.edu/resourcesandservices/advising/

Career Planning:

Building 7, 253.566.6091, http://www.tacomacc.edu/resourcesandservices/careercenter/

International Advising:

Building 11, 2nd floor, 253-566-5190, international@tacomacc.edu, www.tacomacc.edu/internationalstudents  


Where can I transfer?

Students can transfer to a number of public and private colleges and universities in the U.S., but the Direct Transfer Agreement applies only within Washington. The following colleges in Washington offer a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, which may require specific courses for admission. Contact the Psychology department at your chosen four-year school(s) for more information. 

Argosy University-Seattle

Central Washington University

Eastern Washington University

Gonzaga University

Heritage University

Northwest University

Pacific Lutheran University

Seattle Pacific University

Seattle University

University of Puget Sound

University of Washington Seattle

University of Washington Bothell

University of Washington Tacoma

Walla Walla University

Washington State University

Western Washington University

Whitman College

Whitworth University  


What can I do with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology?

Students who major in Psychology gain a depth of knowledge, skills and experience that can be applied to a wide range of careers. Psychology majors become case managers, probation officers, consultants, mediators, business professionals, grant writers, and journalists. With additional education, psychology majors can become social workers, counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, professors, researchers and lawyers.

Potential employers include: Mental health agencies, psychiatric hospitals, primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, health and human services, child development centers, government agencies, courts and correctional facilities, law firms, public advocacy groups, private foundations, non-profit organizations, advertising and marketing firms, public relations firms, or self-employment/private practice.


Psychology Program – Courses to take**

The following courses are recommended for students who wish to major in Psychology and earn the Associate Degree in Arts (college transfer). Substitutions may be made for these courses, except for those in bold, provided the degree plan is followed for the Arts, Option A degree. Students should also contact the Psychology Department of their intended transfer institution in order to learn of any special course preferences or requirements that college may have.

** This unofficial guide is intended to support you as you prepare for your major. Please consult with an advisor and your chosen four-year school(s), as program and admissions requirements vary and may change without notice.

View or print the Associate in Arts - Psychology 2017-2018 Advising Sheet (PDF)

Associate in Arts (AA) – DTA Option A

Psychology CoreCommunication and Quantitative Skill RequirementsRemaining Degree Requirements

PSYC& 100 – General Psychology

PSYC Foundation Courses: Select 2 > Lifespan (PSYC& 200), Personality (PSYC 205), Abnormal (PSYC& 220), or Social (PSYC 240) [1]

PSYC& 202 Biopsychology

PSYC 209 – Fundamentals of Psychological Research


ENGL& 101 – Composition I

ENGL& 102 or 103 – Composition II or III

MATH& 136 – Inferential Statistics or MATH& 146 Introduction to Statistics [2]


Humanities - 15 Credits (including Foreign Languages – check with transfer institution) [3]

Natural Sciences - 15 Credits: BIOL& 175 Human Biology w/ Lab and ANTH& 205 are recommended, one additional course needed

Social Sciences - 15 Credits (apply 2 PSYC courses toward this and add one additional non-PSYC)

Multicultural – 5 credits [4]

PE – 3 Credits


Total: 90 credits


Sample Schedule

Term 1Term 2Term 3

PSYC& 100

ENGL& 101

Math& 136 or 1462


PSYC Foundation Course1

ENGL& 102 or 103

Natural Science w/lab

PSYC Foundation Course1

Social Science Elective (not PSYC)

College Level Elective

Term 4Term 5Term 6

Multicultural Course [4]

BIOL& 175

Humanities Elective [3]

P.E. Activity


PSYC& 202

ANTH& 205 [5]

Humanities Elective 

P.E. Activity


PSYC 209

College Level Elective

Humanities Elective

P.E. Activity



[1] Completing two of these makes you eligible for “majors only” classes at UWT.

[2] For UW, Seattle ONLY: MATH 147 College Algebra for Business and Economics or MATH& 142 (which may require 141, depending on placement)

[3] Check the language requirement of your intended transfer institution for your bachelor degree to determine if you have a language requirement for admission or graduation. UW Seattle has a language requirement and it is “Foreign Language through 3rd quarter, three years of high school, placement by exam out of the first-year level, or native speaker status (minimum grade C or 2.0 for 3rd quarter class)”. UWT requires 2 years of high school language or 2 college quarters. If you have finished your language requirement, you can take literature, music, art, communication, or film to meet your Humanities requirements.

[4] Many students use Lifespan Development as their multicultural course, but there are also multicultural courses in sociology, anthropology, communication, education, and foreign languages.

[5]ANTH& 237 and 245 are good substitutions, as is Nutrition 101, as they also meet the Natural Sciences requirement.


Psychology Faculty

Matthew Anderson, Psychology Instructor and Coordinator for Education-Transfer

Terry Bader, Psychology Instructor

Beth Bayer, Psychology Instructor

Dr. Charles Brewer, Psychology Instructor

Dr. Pam Costa, Psychology Instructor and Faculty Advisor

Dr. Craig Cowden, Psychology Chair, Psychology Instructor and Faculty Advisor

April Kindrick, Psychology Instructor

Julie Randall, Psychology Instructor  

Tara Rodi, Psychology Instructor  

Dr. Steffi Schrepfer, Psychology Instructor and Faculty Advisor

Dr. Samuel Taylor, Psychology Instructor  

Melisa Ziegler, Psychology Instructor



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The psychology program enables you to embed professional internships, experimental learning, service learning, and study abroad in your educational experience at Tacoma Community College. Please connect with a Psychology Faculty Advisor for guidance.



Here are some of the scholarships available to students of Psychology:

The TCC Foundation: The TCC Foundation offers dozens of scholarships each year in Art, Humanities, and other General Scholarships. Scholarships for the academic year are generally open from January 1 - April 15. To learn more, click here.

University of Washington Transfer Scholarship: Martin Family Foundation Scholarship Programs: The Martin Family Foundation supports two community college transfer scholarship programs to enable community college students of exceptional ability and outstanding achievement to complete their bachelor’s degrees at the UW Seattle campus. These include the Martin Achievement Scholarship and the Martin Family Foundation Honors Scholarship Program, both of which support community college transfers who will earn their bachelor degree at the UW Seattle campus. Each program funds students at different points in their community college careers. The award may be renewable each year for up to a total of three years of undergraduate support.

Undergraduate Scholarship Program (CIA). High school seniors and college freshmen and sophomores who are enrolled in a four- or five-year college program and seeking work experience are eligible to apply. Students are able to maintain full-time status at their host institution while gaining valuable work experience by working with the CIA in Washington, D.C., during their summer breaks. Successful completion of the program requires its recipients to continue agency employment for a period 1.5 times longer than the duration of the college sponsorship.


Below please find a listing of potential funding sources.  We recommend you consider study abroad and review these resources as soon as possible so that you will know what opportunities you can strive to make part of your educational plan.  

AIFS Study Abroad Scholarships, Grants and Financial Support Each year, more than $800,000 in scholarships, grants and financial support is awarded to deserving students & institutions. Funds are available for both summer and semester programs.

American Association of University Women - the largest source of funding exclusively for graduate women in the world, supports aspiring scholars around the globe, teachers and activists in local communities, women at critical stages of their careers, and those pursuing professions where women are underrepresented.

American Austrian Foundation: Offers numerous awards to support exchanges to Austria in the fields of medicine, science, communications and the arts.
Level: varies by award / Award amount: varies

Association of Commonwealth Universities - Provides lists of scholarships and fellowships to and from over 480 universities drawn from the Commonwealth countries of Africa and Asia, Australasia and the South Pacific, Canada and the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, Cyprus and Malta.

DAAD - German Academic Exchange Service - The Undergraduate Scholarship is a flexible scholarship program which offers SHORT-TERM scholarships for participation in summer study abroad, internships, senior thesis research or summer courses at German universities and LONG-TERM scholarships for semester or year study abroad.

Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) - German Academic Exchange Service - association of the institutions of higher education in the Federal Republic of Germany, whose goal is to promote closer international relations among universities and other institutions of higher education, especially through the exchange of individual students and scholars.

Delta Phi Alpha Scholarship Awards: The national honor society for German awards scholarships to undergraduate student members wishing to further their German studies with research and study abroad in a German-speaking country. Level: undergraduate / Award amount: $1000-$2000

Fulbright Scholarships - For both Americans going abroad and incoming foreign students. Grants are made to citizens of participating countries, primarily for: university teaching, advanced research, graduate study and teaching in elementary and secondary schools.

Child Family Health International - Child Family Health International is pleased to offer partial scholarships for select program dates. Since 2007, we have provided CFHI Global Health Scholars with more than $100,000 in scholarship funding. CFHI is committed to working globally and addressing inequities. In line with this global lens, it is our policy to actively seek a diverse pool of candidates from a variety of backgrounds who are committed to the mission and vision of CFHI.

The Christianson Grant - The Christianson Grant is awarded to individuals who have arranged their own work abroad programs. Proposed programs must be at least six months in length and emphasize a work component. The grant program does not support independent research projects or academic study abroad programs.

Congress - Bundestag Youth Exchange Program: The U.S. State Department funded Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX) is for motivated high school students who want to fully immerse themselves in German culture by living with a host family and attending a local high school. No previous language experience is required.

Cross-Cultural Solutions (CCS) the organization’s Mission is to operate volunteer programs around the world in partnership with sustainable community initiatives, bringing people together to work side-by-side while sharing perspectives and fostering cultural understanding. They are an international nonprofit organization with no political or religious affiliations.

CCIE: “Every student should reap the benefits of study abroad – to get a leg up on future employment and a fresh perspective that comes from encountering another culture. That’s why CIEE does more than any other international educational organization to make study abroad affordable. Every year, we award up to $5 million in scholarships and grants for study abroad. Our comprehensive approach addresses three distinct areas to ensure we reach students of diverse academic, ethnic, and economic backgrounds:

Academic Excellence Scholarships for students who excel in academic pursuits and are devoted to specialized areas of study

Access Grants and Scholarships  for students who have historically been unable to study abroad because of financial circumstances

Ambassador Grants for motivated, high-achieving, students who are committed to capturing and sharing the many transformative benefits of international education after they return to campus.

Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships (ETAs): Selected participants work for one academic year in a school or university in a foreign country in Europe, Asia, or South America, assisting in the teaching of English language and American culture. Participants are integrated into the life of the host country. Program details differ from country to country, but participants receive a stipend, paid round-trip airfare, and other benefits. Applicants must have B.A. at time the award year begins. Level: B.A. in hand / Award amount: varies

German Academic Exchange Service This is the official German Academic Exchange Service.  They provide funding for a number of initiatives and opportunities for undergraduate and also graduate students.

Gilman International Scholarship Program - The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Institute of International Education. This program seeks to lower barriers to undergraduate study abroad by offering scholarships to students with financial need, and we encourage those underrepresented in study abroad to apply. The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide. Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student need with the average award being approximately $4,000 for fall and spring programs, and $3,000 for summer programs.

Applicants who are studying a critical need language while abroad in a country in which the language is predominantly spoken will automatically be considered for the Critical Need Language Award, for a total award of $8,000. Please note that this award is competitive and offered to a limited number of students each year. During the 2013-2014 academic year, 60 Critical Need Language Awards were offered.

Global Learning Semesters - There are many financing options available for semester and summer abroad programs at Global Learning Semesters students. Learn more about how you can use our scholarship and loan programs to finance an extraordinary study abroad experience.

Golden Key Study Abroad Scholarships: Ten scholarships awarded annually for members of the Golden Key Honor Society for undergraduate study abroad. Awards will be made based on academic merit and relevance of study abroad program to major field of study. Level: undergraduate / Award amount: $1000

GrantNet - Funding Opportunities for Training in the Biological and Medical Sciences.

The Interexchange Foundation Working Abroad Grant - The Working Abroad Grant through The Interexchange Foundation is open to applicants who have already been accepted to an Interexchange Aupair, Internship, Teaching English, Volunteer, or Work & Travel program. Award amounts will cover the Interexchange program fee plus $2000 towards airfare and other expenses while traveling abroad.

International Education Financial Aid IEFA is the premier Internet resource for financial aid information for students wishing to study in a foreign country. At this site, you will find the most comprehensive listing of grants, scholarships, loan programs, and other information to assist students in their pursuit to study abroad.

Walter Jensen Scholarship for Study Abroad: Awarded to a future teacher of French to help pay for a semester or a year studying French abroad in an accredited program in any Francophone country. Student must be currently enrolled in an established teacher education program in French and must be sponsored by a member of the American Association of Teachers of French. Awards are based on financial need and can be used to cover tuition, fees, travel, or housing costs. Level: undergraduate or graduate / Award amount: $1500

National Security Education Program (NSEP) & Boren Awards - Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

The Project Go Initiative is sponsored by the U.S. Army ROTC, and provides funding for undergraduatestudents pursuing degrees in one of the Army’s designated critical need languages. To be eligible for the program, students must be enrolled in the ROTC, with the intention of completing a term of service as an enlisted officer in the U.S. Army.

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Scholarships: The national honor society for foreign language students awards scholarships for undergraduate study in programs abroad to its members.
Level: undergraduate / Award amount: $1000

Qalam wa Lawh Center for Arabic Studies - Merit based scholarships are being offered for the Fall and Spring semesters 2010-2011. There are also scholarships available for the winter session 2010/2011. Selected students will be immersed in intensive Arabic language classes as well as other cultural programs such as cooking, calligraphy, and trips to venues of cultural interest and significance throughout Morocco. The scholarship covers all costs of tuition and housing for the duration of the semester dates indicated on the attached flyer. Students will study at our state of the art facility with full amenities. Details of the scholarship and application requirements are attached and can be found on the Qalam Center website.

Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships: The Rotary Club offers 3 different types of scholarship: Academic Year Ambassadorial Scholarships for 1 year of study abroad, Multi-Year Ambassadorial Scholarships for 2 years of degree-oriented study abroad, and Cultural Ambassadorial Scholarships for 3 or 6 months of language study and cultural immersion abroad. Applicants must be a citizen of a country that has Rotary Clubs and must have completed at least 2 years of college-level coursework or equivalent professional experience before commencing their scholarship studies. Level: undergraduate or graduate / Award amount: $13,000 - $25,000

U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) fosters mutual understanding between the United States and other countries through international educational and training programs.

US Department of Education, Financial Aid Information



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