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Degrees & Certificates in Psychology



Associate in Arts Degree

This two-year transfer program leads to an Associate of Arts Degree and is designed for students pursuing a baccalaureate degree in psychology.

The Psychology transfer program provides students with the background in psychology and general studies necessary for advanced work at a four-year institution. Students are advised to check with the institution to which they are transferring or a Rend Lake College advisor for any additional requirements.

► Total = 66 Hours

First Semester (17 Cr. Hrs.)

  • ENGL 1101 Rhetoric and Composition I 1 (3)
  • PSYC 2101 Introduction to Psychology 1 (3)
  • Elective – Fine Arts (3)
  • Elective – Science with Lab (5)
  • Elective (3)

Second Semester (17 Cr. Hrs.)

  • ENGL 1102 Rhetoric and Composition II (3)
  • HEA 1101 Health Education (2)
  • PSYC 2102 Child Psychology (3)
  • SOCI 1101 Introduction to Sociology (3)
  • Elective – Humanities (3)
  • Elective – Science (3)

Third Semester (16 Cr. Hrs.)

Fourth Semester (16 Cr. Hrs.)

  • ENGL 2106 Intermediate Composition (3)
  • POLI 2101 American Government (3)
  • PSYC 2103 Educational Psychology (3)
  • SPAN 1102 Elementary Spanish II (4)
  • Elective – Fine Arts / Humanities (3)

1 Prerequisite course(s) may be required based test scores.

Program Outcomes


  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of psychology's major concepts, empirical findings and historical trends.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the core fields, paradigms, and theories of psychology.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the types of professionals in psychology, psychological disorders, and treatment modalities.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the ways psychology is applied in the realms of work, personal life, education, and other real-world situations.


Articulation agreements document a pathway between two or more colleges or universities and their academic programs.

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Southern Illinois University-Carbondale

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Southern Illinois University - Carbondale Articulation

This articulation agreement allows students who complete an Associate of Arts degree in psychology at RLC to transfer seamlessly into SIU Carbondale’s Bachelor of Arts (BA) program in psychology. 

To meet the requirements of the agreement, students must earn a minimum of 64 credit hours at RLC with a GPA (grade point average) at or higher than a 2.0. Of these 64 credit hours, several specific courses must be completed and passed, including public speaking, rhetoric and composition, college mathematics, introduction to psychology, introduction to sociology, cultural anthropology, and elementary Spanish. Transfer students will then be required to complete 56 credit hours at the 300 and 400 level at SIU Carbondale to earn a BA.

Faculty & Staff

Psychology Professor | Arts & Sciences Division
Phone Extension: 1804
Building: North Oasis
Office: 142
2012 PHI THETA KAPPA FACULTY EXCELLENCE AWARD | 2020 RLCF OUSTANDING FACULTY MEMBER AWARD | Ed.D. Oakland City University | M.S. Southern Illinois University Carbondale | B.S. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville |  A.S. John A. Logan College |  Certified Instructor of Leadership Development Studies
Speech Professor | Arts & Sciences Division
Phone Extension: 1493
Building: North Oasis
Office: 144
2013 RLCF ASSESSMENT AWARD | Ed.D. Oakland City University | M.S. & B.S. Murray State University
Dean of Arts & Sciences Division
Phone Extension: 1258
Building: North Oasis
Office: 145
M.S. Eastern Illinois University | B.S. Southern Illinois University Carbondale
History Professor
Phone Extension: 1792
Building: North Oasis
Office: 151
2010 PHI THETA KAPPA FACULTY EXCELLENCE AWARD | PhD Southern Illinois University Carbondale | M.A. & B.A. Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Physical Science Instructor | Arts & Sciences Division
Phone Extension: 1726
Building: South Oasis
Office: 140
Ph.D. Southern Illinois University Carbondale | M.S. & B.S., Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Administrative Assistant | Arts & Sciences Division
Phone Extension: 1263
Building: North Oasis
Office: 134
A.S. Business Administration, Southeastern Illinois College

Arts & Sciences Division
Phone: (618) 437-5321 Ext. 1288
Email: [email protected]
Address: 468 N. Ken Gray Parkway, Ina, IL 62846 Attn: Arts & Sciences
Fax Number: (618) 437-5677 Attn: Arts & Sciences


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