Psychology | BCTC



Welcome to the Psychology area at Bluegrass Community and Technical College. Psychology is the scientific study of the relationship between brain function, the environment, and behavior. We invite you to explore the importance of psychological science in the real world. The American Psychological Association Divisions (or groups) reflect the vast diversity of psychology as a scientific discipline. Psychology can improve the lives of individuals and society in general. The American Psychological Association Research in Action (APA) website provides examples of the application and value of psychological research in our everyday lives. The Association for Psychological Science (APS) also offers resources on how psychological science contributes to the improvement of human welfare.

Psychology courses fulfill requirements for the Associate in Arts/Associate in Science degrees, Psychology major, and many other majors and technical programs. The Psychology area offers daytime, evening, weekend, hybrid, and online classes on several campuses.

Psychology and the Associate in Arts Degree

Students earning an Associate in Arts degree can explore Psychology in more depth by completing several classes. Students planning to transfer after earning an Associate in Arts degree can fulfill several pre-major requirements.  Completing these classes, however, does not mean that a student has fulfilled all pre-major requirements for a four-year degree at the University of Kentucky or elsewhere.


PSY 110 - General Psychology
PSY 212 - Applications of Statistics in Psychology
PSY 213 - Research Methods
PSY 223 - Developmental Psychology

PSY 230 - Psychosocial Aspects of Death and Dying
PSY 297 - Psychology of Aging
PSY 298 - Essentials of Abnormal Psychology

Psychology - minimum 17 hours
PY 110, PSY 215, PSY 216, PSY 223; choose one from PSY 230, PSY 297, PSY 298

Course Descriptions

Introduces the history, methods and content of modern psychology. Covers the history and systems of psychology, psychological research, physiological psychology, psychological processes, developmental psychology, personality, abnormal behavior, and social psychology.
Prerequisite: ACT, COMPASS, or ASSET scores for college level reading OR completion of Transitional reading course(s).

Orients students who plan to major in psychology at a four-year institution to the educational issues and potential career and employment options. Discusses career paths and employment opportunities, professional resources and issues, and educational planning. Pass/Fail only.
Prerequisite: Declared major in Psychology, or consent of instructor.

Introduces students to descriptive and inferential statistics in design, analysis, and interpretation of psychological research.
Prerequisite: ACT, COMPASS, or ASSET score for college level mathematics or completion of Transitional math course(s); PSY 110.

Applies scientific methods to psychological research. Provides practical experience in designing and executing a research project using observational, survey, and/or true experimental design methodologies. Requires application of descriptive and inferential statistics and written report of research project results.
Prerequisite: PSY 110.

Introduces the principles of developmental psychology as seen in human growth over the entire lifespan, focusing primarily on infancy through adolescence. Emphasizes theory and data relating to developmental aspects of cognition, language, and personality.
Prerequisite: PSY 110.

Examines the biophysiological, psychological, sociological, and cultural aspects of death and dying in the evolving global world. Explores variations in the behaviors and attitudes associated with death, dying and bereavement, with particular attention to the contexts (e.g., cultural, familial, historical, life span developmental) in which these variations occur.
Fulfills the Cultural Studies requirement.
Prerequisite: PSY 110 or SOC 101, or consent of instructor.
Provides an overview of the demographics of aging, theories of aging, and research methods used to study adult development. Examines the biological, psychological, and social impact of aging, longevity, work, retirement, death and bereavement.
Prerequisite: PSY 110 or consent of instructor.
Provides an overview of the theories, diagnoses, and treatments of psychological disorders. Covers the biological, psychological, and social factors that influence the etiology, understanding, and management of psychopathology within society.
Prerequisite: PSY 110 or consent of instructor.


If you would like more information on our courses, please contact the Area Coordinator for Psychology:

Kelly Hagan
Psychology Program Coordinator
Cooper Campus, AT 202D
(859) 246-6251