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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




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
Domestic Animal Care and 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 Agriculture and Animal Science ANSC1400 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
Exotics and Small Mammals ANSC2050 3
Statistics MATH2200 3
Developmental Child Psychology OR Human Growth and Development PSYC1002 or PSYC1107 3
Social Psychology PSYC2105 3
Abnormal Psychology PSYC3400 3

Credits Total: 31

Junior Year

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Animal Nutrition ANSC2401 3
Experimental Psychology PSYC2107 3
Group Counseling 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 Elective 3
Health Science Elective Elective 3
Humanities/ Fine Arts Elective Elective 3

Credits Total: 30

Senior Year

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset CORE3100 3
Brain and Behavior PSYC2603 3
Research Methods in Behavioral Sciences with Lab PSYC4005 4
Open Elective Elective 3
Psychology Elective Elective 3

Spring Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Counseling Theory and Practice PSYC4306 3
Senior Seminar in Psychology PSYC4600 3
Psychology Elective Elective 3
Open Elective Elective 3

Credits Total: 28


Special Requirements

All full-and part-time Animal Care, Equine Studies, and Veterinary Science students are required to complete a Student Health Record that includes: a physical exam and immunization record. Students must also have a tuberculosis skin test, review and sign a Vet Risk Form, review and sign a Waste Anesthetic Gases Form. Students will also need to review the Rabies Vaccination recommendations and provide proof of completion of vaccine series or waive the vaccine to decline. This information is required in order to participate in animal laboratories, veterinary clinic rotations, and career externships. Please note, if you decline or waive the rabies pre-exposure vaccine series, it will exclude you from experiences that may have an elevated risk of exposure to the rabies virus.
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 curriculum requirements. For the health and safety of students and animals, scrubs will be required in all classes with laboratory components.

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