Associate in Arts Degree

Human Services Concentration


A student who is interested in transferring into a four-year undergraduate program in the area of human services can take the first two years of study at Cape Cod Community College.

Students who are matriculated and place into developmental math and/or English are required to begin the course sequence in the first semester. Please see an advisor with questions.

First Semester Credits
ENL101 M 3
MAT150 M 3
    Elective 3
PSY101 M 3
HUS101 M 3
Second Semester Credits
ENL102   3
Natural or Physical Science (BIO109 or BIO151)

BIO109 Survey of Biology

This is a survey course of biology, the study of life, in one semester. It is designed to conceptually and experimentally explore the processes that sustain life. Major topics include cell biology, adaptation and evolution, genetics and reproduction, ecology and diversity, taxonomy and classification. The course is not intended for science majors.

Prerequisite: (MAT020 or MAT025), ENL108 or satisfactory basic skills assessment scores

Offered: Fall, Spring.

Note: Satisfies a Natural or Physical Science general education requirement.

BIO151 General Biology I

This first course in a two-semester sequence in introductory biology for science majors or science-interested students is designed to acquaint the student with foundational principles of biology with an emphasis on cellular structure and function. Topics covered will include the basic chemical properties of living things, cellular metabolism, molecular genetics, gene expression and Mendelian genetics. The laboratory features activities and experiments that reinforce the concepts presented in lecture. (3 class hours/3 laboratory hours)

Prerequisites: MAT045 or satisfactory basic skills assessment scores. Co-requisite: ENL101

Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Note: Satisfies a Natural or Physical Science general education requirement.

PSY209   3
PSY201 (or)
PSY202 (or)
Child Psychology (or)
Adolescent Psychology (or)
Developmental Psychology: The Life Span

PSY201 Child Psychology

This course focuses on important aspects of physical, cognitive, social and emotional development, occurring from the prenatal period through middle childhood. The major theories of development, research methods and the important roles of genetics and neuroscience are discussed. Emphasis is placed on the role of early experiences and biological factors in the later formation of personality, intellectual, and emotional behaviors.

Prerequisite: PSY101

Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Note: Satisfies a Behavioral and Social Sciences general education requirement.

PSY202 Adolescent Psychology

Physical, emotional, intellectual, and social development of the human being during adolescence. Suggested for students planning to major in psychology, education, social work, or related areas.

Prerequisite: PSY101

Offered: Fall, Spring

Note: Satisfies a Behavioral and Social Sciences general education requirement.

PSY233 Developmental Psychology: The Life Span

This course provides a survey of the physical, cognitive, sexual, social and moral issues relevant to human development across the life span.

Prerequisite: PSY101 and ENL101

Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Note: Satisfies a Behavioral and Social Sciences general education requirement.

COM103   3
Third Semester Credits
    Natural or Physical Science 3 or 4
    Humanities & Fine Arts 3
PSY208 M 3
HUS229   3
Concentration Elective
  • ECE105 Introduction to Young Children with Special Needs
  • HUS104 Introduction to Alcohol & Substance Abuse
  • HUS230 Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Families
  • HUS231 Treatment Modalities in Human Services
  • PSY207 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY216 Social Science Research Methods
  • PSY225 Social Psychology
  • PSY235 Cognitive Psychology
  • SOC106 Principles of Sociology
  • SOC205 Juvenile Delinquency
  • SOC210 Marriage and Family
  • SOC220 Sociology of Health and Healthcare
  • SOC232 Sociology of Aging
Fourth Semester Credits
HUS270   3
HUS206   4
    Humanities & Fine Arts 3
    Elective (if needed) 1–3
Total Credits 60–63

M Designates a Milestone course. A milestone course must be completed in the semester indicated to ensure that you remain on track to continue on in your program and graduate on time.

The Associate in Arts degree does not indicate a specialized degree in a concentration. Students who complete this concentration will satisfy the requirements of MassTransfer. For additional information pertaining to degree requirements, please refer to Degree Requirements.

Career Outlook

This course of study provides the basic curriculum for pursuing a major in the human services and related areas which include social work, counseling and other careers in public and private human service agencies.

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