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The Behavioral Sciences are considered a part of the larger group of Social Sciences. The Social Sciences study the processes relevant to how social systems are influenced by individual and group activity. The Behavioral Sciences focus on the actions, reactions and interactions occurring among individuals in social environments. As Behavioral Scientists we use scientific observation and experimentation to study human and animal behavior, especially behavior related to decision making and communications within families, groups, social networks, societies and cultures. At Galveston College the Behavioral Science Department includes courses and degrees in Psychology and Sociology.



Name Dr. Kavica Williams, Coordinator
Title Program Coordinator/Instructor of Psychology & Sociology 
Room N-324
Program Area
Psychology & Sociology
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Psychology is the scientific exploration of human behavior and mental processes. Within Galveston College's Psychology degree programs, students delve into topics such as emotions, problem-solving, intelligence, memory, brain functions, child development, sexual behaviors, and social behaviors. These programs aim to provide a comprehensive understanding of psychological research and theories, focusing on individual and group behaviors and interactions. 

AA      Associate of Arts in Psychology

AS       Associate of Science in Psychology

See the most recent college catalog for specific degree requirements and course descriptions. Additionally, online course options are available for local and distance learning students.

Galveston College offers students the opportunity to pursue a degree in Psychology, providing them with the foundation to further their education at a four-year college or university. With this aim in mind, two-degree plans are available, each emphasizing the completion of core curriculum requirements alongside specialized instruction in Psychology.

Students interested in majoring in Psychology at Galveston College can choose between two-degree options: the Associate of Arts Degree in Psychology and the Associate of Science Degree in Psychology. The Associate of Arts Degree, spanning 60 credit hours, prepares students for careers in Education, Psychology, Human Services, Child Care, and Counseling. Conversely, the Associate of Science Degree, also comprising 60 credit hours, focuses on more science-oriented career paths such as Nursing and Medicine.

The earning potential for individuals with Psychology degrees varies based on education level and chosen career path. Entry-level salaries typically start at around $35,280 per year, with higher salaries attainable for those holding a Doctoral Degree. Job prospects are most favorable for individuals with a Doctoral Degree, while competition for positions may be more intense for those with a Master's or Bachelor's degree.

The Texas Legislature requires all colleges to adopt a core curriculum. If the student successfully completes the entire core curriculum at Galveston College and then transfers to a Texas public four year college or university, all courses in the Galveston College core curriculum will transfer and the student will receive full academic credit for the course in the core curriculum. At Galveston College all students who graduate with the Associates Degree are required to complete 3 hours of a Social and Behavioral Science as part of the core curriculum. Students at Galveston College will, therefore, have the opportunity to explore the behavioral sciences through a variety of Psychology course options.

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