Colorado Springs Psychology Schools
Aspiring psychologists in Colorado Springs have three school options within nine miles of downtown, representing a full range of public and private school options. Following the article is a table comparing tuition and other school characteristics. The article concludes with a brief paragraph about other regional school options.
- Pikes Peak Community College is a public school situated about nine miles from downtown. PPCC offers associate's degree programs in psychology and gives students the option to transfer into bachelor's degree programs in the field.
- A private not-for profit school located just under four miles from downtown, Colorado College offers a bachelor's degree program in psychology. Founded in 1874, Colorado College opened its first psychology laboratories in 1894.
- The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs is located about five miles from downtown and offers undergraduate and graduate programs in various areas of psychology. The college has a unique PhD program that focuses on geropsychology, the psychology of aging adults.
Tuition can vary greatly between public schools and private schools. The following table compares tuition and other school information for the three schools discussed in this article.
|Pikes Peak Community College||Colorado College||University of Colorado at Colorado Springs|
|School Type||Two-year; public||Four-year; private, not-for-profit||Four-year; public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||13,275*||2,118*||12,932*|
|Campus Setting||Large suburb||Large city||Large city|
|Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)||$3,726 in-state; $14,491 out-of-state*||$52,818*||$8,314 in-state; $19,498 out-of-state*|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics - College Navigator
Degrees at Pikes Peak Community College
Pikes Peak Community College, founded in 1968 as El Paso Community College, offers career, technical and transfer degrees in over 150 areas. Students can earn an associate's degree in psychology in order to pursue further education at four-year institutions.
Associate of Arts in Psychology
The Associate of Arts in Psychology can be earned by completing a 60-credit liberal arts program. The liberal arts curriculum requirements are three credit hours each of speech and history, four credit hours of math, six credit hours each of writing and social/behavioral sciences, ten credit hours of natural/physical sciences and nine credit hours of the arts and humanities. Students take nine credit hours of courses in psychology and 13 credit hours of electives in other areas. The curriculum is designed to fulfill lower-division course requirements for bachelor's degree programs at four-year colleges and universities.
Degrees at Colorado College
The Department of Psychology at Colorado College offers a bachelor's degree program. The college runs on block scheduling, which means students fully engage in their subject matter by taking only one class at a time; a semester's worth of material is covered in only three and a half weeks.
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Psychology majors at Colorado College study the principles and theories of psychology. Students receive an introduction to psychology and learn about statistics and research methods. They then select five core psychology courses in neuroscience, learning, cognition, personality, abnormal psychology, social psychology or developmental psychology. Other requirements include a course in calculus and a non-psychology course in the physical sciences, such as math, biology, physics or sports science. Students must take two advanced seminars in psychology topics like sports, emotion, memory and game theory. The program culminates with a final project.
Degrees at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS) offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs through the Department of Psychology. The department, which offered its first courses in 1967, has the most resident faculty members of any department at UCCS.
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program prepares undergraduates for employment and graduate study in the field by teaching them how to assess, diagnose and treat mental health conditions. The program consists of 36-54 credit hours of psychology, 18 of which are at an advanced level. Students take core classes in general psychology, the career of psychology and statistics and research in psychology. Students choose four core courses from among the following topics: abnormal, social and developmental psychology; cognition/learning; and biopsychology. UCCS requires majors to attend an advanced seminar in areas such as biopsychology and abnormal psychology. At the conclusion of the program, students must pass a comprehensive examination.
Master of Arts in Psychology, Psychological Science Track
The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Psychology program at UCCS takes two years to complete and prepares students for doctoral programs. It is divided into a psychological sciences track and a clinical psychology track. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree or its equivalent and need to have fulfilled comprehensive work in psychology at the undergraduate level; students must also have an average GPA of a B or higher and acceptable verbal and quantitative scores. Students entering the clinical track are expected to have previous experience in applied psychology.
All students learn about the scientific method and select core courses in psychology from a variety of topics, such as developmental, social or trauma psychology; neuroscience; cognition; or aging. Students on the psychological science track may concentrate on cognition or developmental psychology, while students on the clinical track can concentrate on trauma psychology or psychology and law. Prior to receiving their degrees, all psychology master's students must research and write an empirical thesis.
Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology with Emphasis on Geropsychology
The clinical psychology PhD program at UCCS prepares students to enter careers as researchers and practitioners of psychology, focusing on aging and older adults. Students are prepared to work in hospitals, clinics, skilled nursing facilities and other medical settings through training in assessment, diagnosis and intervention. Entering students are required to have a cumulative score of 1200 or more on the GRE, a graduate-level GPA of 3.5 or higher and a bachelor's degree or its equivalent. They're also required to have completed comprehensive coursework in psychology and obtained an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Students in the program earn both a PhD and an M.A. after completing 120 credit hours of coursework. Those who have previously completed graduate-level courses may apply to receive credit. PhD candidates gain experience through yearly summer practicums and a final one-year, off-site practicum in a clinical setting. Prior to receiving their PhDs, scholars must craft their dissertations and pass a comprehensive exam. Students entering with bachelor's degrees typically complete the program in five years total.
Other School Options
There are no other psychology programs available in Colorado Springs; however, Colorado State University - Pueblo is within 50 miles and grants bachelor's degrees in psychology.