“Attending a COA psychology course isn’t just a journey into self-realization, but a place to deepen community relationships, while taking an intimate look into the authentic recognition of self and how we relate, respond and react to our surrounding environments.” – Student

“My strong foundation and connection with psychology instructors and peers at COA molded me to always strive for better and stay motivated.” – Student

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”  Gandhi

What is Psychology? It is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. By receiving an A.A. degree in psychology from College of Alameda you will have taken a step toward an enhanced life and interpersonal skills that help you with improved self-awareness to empower you in your personal and professional relationships. We also seek to prepare you to enter psychology-related fields and transfer to a four-year undergraduate psychology program.

In studying psychology at College of Alameda, you will learn from caring faculty who recognize understanding of the body-mind connection as critical to the transformation of self, culture and our planet. We encourage students to examine their own psychological issues and develop a keen understanding of who they are, their place in the world and what they will bring to their work with others, by emphasizing cognitive and emotional development through self-reflection, academic rigor and experiential practice.

Topics covered enable you to better comprehend how people think, perceive, learn, develop unique personalities, manage stress, and interact with one another. Psychology careers include jobs in therapy and counseling, schools, hospitals, prisons, courtrooms, community health and rehabilitation centers, sports and corporate offices. Students may go on to advanced degrees that prepare them to become licensed psychologists, social workers or researchers. The study of psychology is good preparation for many professions, as well as for one’s life.

The mission of the psychology department is to:

  • Communicate the scientific rigor and personal relevance of psychology
  • Show how classic psychological studies set the stage for today’s research
  • Clearly explain psychological concepts and how they are linked
  • Encourage and model both critical and scientific thinking
  • Expand student awareness of cultural and gender influences
  • Actively engage diverse students, including adult learners
  • Create a warm, personal learning environment
  • Provide an effective pedagogical system to help students test for retention and help them learn how to learn