Agile Dual Degree- Animal Care and Psychology (MHC)

Combine your desire to work with animals— and expand your career options.

Earn an Associate’s Degree in Animal Care plus a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in the same amount of time as a Bachelor’s Degree alone!

Career Options Include:
•Animal-assisted therapy (licensure and non-licensure programs)
•Individual/family therapy
•Work in schools, hospitals, corrections facilities
•Service animal pairing/placement
•Advocacy, Training, Consulting
•Veterinary social work

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Agile Dual Degree- Animal Care and Psychology (MHC)

Fall SemesterCourse NameCreditsSpring SemesterCourse NameCredits
Freshman Year
ANSC 1001Career Exploration1CORE ENGLThe New Normal: Exploring Unstructured Problems3
ANSC 1003Animal Care Management3ANSC 1010Animal Health Skills3
BIOL 1001Biology I4ANSC 1400Introduction to Animal Science3
CORE 1001Managing Transitions: Change as a Norm3BIOL 1002Biology II4
PSYC 2001Psychology of Adjustment3SOCI 1001Introductiion to Sociology3
PSYC 1001Introduction to Psychology3
Semester Total:17Semester Total:16
Sophomore Year
ANSC 1005Animal Facilities Design and Management3MATH 2200
or
Statistics 3
Math Elective
PSYC 2002Psychology of Personality3ANSC 2202Domestic Animal Behavior3
PSYC 2705Basic Concepts and Principles in Applied Behavior Analysis3PSYC1002
or
Developmental Child Psychology3
PSYC 1107Human Growth and Development
ENGL 1003Writing About Literature3PSYC 2014Writing for Psychology3
ANSC 2900Externship Module I 3PSYC 2303Psychopharmacology for Counselors3
PSYC 2105Social Psychology3
Semester Total:15Semester Total:18
Junior Year
PSYC 3902
or
Psychchology Internship I and Seminar3ANSC 2200Canine Behavior and Training2
SOCI 2400Social Problems3
PSYC 3903Psychology Internship II and SeminarAnimal Care Elective
OR
3
PSYC 3305Group Counseling3Psychology Elective
PSYC 3400Abnormal Psychology3Animal Care Elective
OR
3
PSYC 2107Experimental Psychology3Health Science Elective
CORE3100Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset3Humanities/ Fine Arts Elective3
Semester Total:15Semester Total:12
Senior Year
ANSC 2000Introduction to Laboratory Animal Science2PSYC 4600Senior Seminar in Psychology3
ANSC 2401Animal Nutrition3PSYC 4306Counseling Theory and Practice3
PSYC 2603Brain and Behavior3Animal Care Elective
OR
3
PSYC 4005Research Methods in Behavioral Sciences with Lab4Psychology Elective
Animal Care Elective
OR
3Humanities/ Fine Arts Elective3
Psychology Elective
Semester Total:15Semester Total:12
Total120

Learning Outcomes

  • Students demonstrate decision-making and personal conduct consistent with the professional standards of the animal care industry.
  • Students demonstrate knowledge and application of the proper management and husbandry of a variety of animal species.
  • Students demonstrate knowledge and application of proper nutrition for a variety of animal species.
  • Students demonstrate knowledge and application of applied animal behavior for a variety of animal species.
  • Students demonstrate written communication skills appropriate for the animal care industry.
  • Students demonstrate oral communication skills appropriate for the animal care industry.
  • Student learning outcomes are based on the American Psychological Association guidelines for undergraduate psychology programs.
  • Demonstrate fundamental knowledge and comprehension of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, historical trends, and empirical findings to discuss how psychological principles apply to behavioral problems.
  • Demonstrate knowledge, comprehension, and application of scientific reasoning and problem solving skills, including effective research methods and interpretation of research data.
  • Demonstrate ethically and socially responsible behaviors for professional and personal settings in an increasingly diverse world.
  • Demonstrate competence in written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills, including communications with different types of audiences and for differing purposes. Students will develop a repertoire of interpersonal skills and approaches that will enable them to be successful in an interconnected, global society.
  • Demonstrate professional skills and behavior that will ready them for post-baccalaureate employment, graduate, or professional school. These include appropriate work habits, career preparation skills, project management skills, self-efficacy and self-regulation, enhanced teamwork capacity, and effective self-reflection.

Special Requirements

All full and part-time students are required to have proof of medical insurance, a tetanus booster within the last ten (10) years, and a tuberculosis test within one (1) year to participate in animal laboratories, veterinary clinic rotations, and career externship. Rabies pre-exposure prophylaxis immunization is highly recommended. Students are required to either show proof of rabies immunization or sign a declination form. Students must be able to lift 50 pounds and be able to demonstrate the physical capabilities to work closely and safely with animals of all sizes. Students with limitations to movement, sight, or hearing may find it difficult to meet all course requirements. For the health and safety of students appropriate attire will be addressed in all classes with laboratories.