Psychological Science, A.S.  

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At Vermont State you won’t just get an associate degree in Psychology—you’ll get a well-rounded education and career preparation. Our dynamic curriculum combines classroom learning with hands-on professional experience, giving you the chance to develop your psychological knowledge and skills in real-world settings. Through partnerships with community organizations, you’ll even have the opportunity to learn while making a difference in the community.

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Joe Zeitler

Assistant Director of Admissions


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Gina Mireault

Professor of Psychology


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Why Study Psychological Science at Vermont State?

  • Flexibility: Our program is affordable, accessible, and flexible. You can tailor your program to your interests and schedule. 
  • Small Classes: We offer small classes and the same cutting-edge curriculum as larger universities. You’ll work closely with expert faculty who have years of experience. 
  • Hands-on Experience: You’ll gain real-world experience through internships and research opportunities in faculty-led psychology research labs. 
  • Career Preparation: We’ll prepare you for further study or careers in mental health, education, healthcare, or business. 

What You’ll Learn

Core classes cover the full range of psychological attributes, including language, addiction, attention, learning, and many more—even how the brain responds to nature. We’ll teach you how to use psychology to understand social media, parenting, mental illness, and many other aspects of people’s day-to-day lives. And you’ll develop skills necessary for working in therapeutic, educational, hospital, research, and business settings.  

Outside the Classroom, In the Community

We provide numerous opportunities for you to conduct real-world research. Plus, we partner with over 700 internship sites. They include: 

  • Johnson Elementary School 
  • Vermont Center on Behavior and Health (UVM Medical Center) 
  • Lamoille Family Center 
  • Rutland Parent Child Center 
  • Laraway Youth and Family Services 
  • Lamoille County Mental Health 
  • Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital 
  • Restorative Justice 
  • Vermont Department of Parole and Probation 

Recent students have interned in the following roles, just to name a few: 

  • one-to-one therapeutic educational aid 
  • youth and adult program manager 
  • therapeutic equine assistant 
  • adaptive ski instructor, behavior interventionist 
  • psychiatric medical assistant 
  • mental health care coordinator 

Special Facilities

You’ll have access to hands-on research experience using virtual reality, a behavioral genetics lab, a language and cognitive development lab, an infant development lab, and a cognitive neuroscience lab. 

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Sample Courses

  • ​​​​Introduction in Psychology​ 
  • History of Psychology in a Diverse World 

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