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 Possibilities 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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Externship Notes:

*Animal Care externship hours done summer between Freshman and Sophomore year.

Agile Dual Degree- Animal Care and Psychology (MHC)


Freshman Year

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Career Exploration ANSC1000 1
Animal Care Management ANSC1003 3
Biology I BIOL1001 4
Managing Transitions: Change as a Norm CORE1001 3
Introduction to Psychology PSYC1001 3
Psychology of Adjustment PSYC2001 3

Spring Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Animal Health Skills ANSC1010 3
Introduction to Animal Science ANSE1400 3
Biology II BIOL1002 4
The New Normal: Exploring Unstructured Problems COREENGL 3
Writing for Psychology PSYC2014 3

Credits Total: 33

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Small Animal Behavior ANSC2100 4
Externship Module I ANSC2900* 3
Writing About Literature ENGL1003 3
Psychology of Personality PSYC2002 3
Basic Concepts and Principles in Applied Behavior Analysis PSYC2705 3

Spring Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Statistics MATH2200 3
Developmental Child Psychology OR Human Growth and Development PSYC1002 or PSYC1107 3
Social Psychology PSYC2105 3
Psychopharmacology for Counselors PSYC2303 3
Abnormal Psychology PSYC3400 3

Credits Total: 31

Junior Year

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset CORE3100 3
Experimental Psychology PSYC2107 3
Group Counceling PSYC3305 3
Introduction to Sociology SOCI1001 3
Psychology Internship I and Seminar OR Psychology Internship II and Seminar PSYC3902 or PSYC3903 3

Spring Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Effective Shelter and Rescue Operations ANSC2300 3
Social Problems SOCI2400 3
Animal Care Elective OR Psychology Elective Elective 3
Animal Care Elective OR Health Science Elective Elective 3
Humanities/ Fine Arts Elective Elective 3

Credits Total: 30

Senior Year

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Introduction to Laboratory Animal Science ANSC2000 2
Animal Nutrition ANSC2401 3
Brain and Behavior PSYC2603 3
Research Methods in Behavioral Sciences with Lab PSYC4005 4
Animal Care Elective OR Psychology Elective Elective 3

Spring Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Counseling Theory and Practice PSYC4306 3
Senior Seminar in Psychology PSYC4600 3
Animal Care Elective OR Psychology Elective Elective 3
Humanities/ Fine Arts Elective Elective 3

Credits Total: 27

 

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.