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Psychology Program Options at SVCC

Degrees in this Field of Study

Careers in Psychology

Salaries by Degree

Program Contacts at Sauk Valley Community College

Psychology Courses at SVCC

  • PSY 103 - Introduction to Psychology (must be taken before other psychology courses)
  • PSY 200 - Human Growth and Development
  • PSY 214 - Child Developmental Psychology
  • PSY 215 - Social Psychology
  • PSY 217 - Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY 270 - Substance Abuse

Psychology Program Options at SVCC

Associate in Arts, Psychology (655)

Associate in Science, Psychology (855)

* An associate in science involves the completion of general education requirements, which then transfer to colleges and universities that participate in the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI)

Degrees in this Field of Study

Associate's Degree

Average Student Loan Debt: $6,125.33 (SVCC financial aid office)

Time to Completion: 35% of students complete within 3 years

Bachelor's Degree

Average Student Loan Debt: $26,000 (Institute for College Access and Success)

Average Time to Complete: 4.3 years (https://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=569)

Doctoral Degree

Average Student Loan Debt (APA workforce publications, 2009 employment survey):

  • Ph.D - $68,000
  • Psy.D - $120,000

Careers in Psychology

Most careers in psychology require a college degree and a license or certification.

Some career options for Illinois:

A.A./A.S.Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselor (CADC)

Psychology Technician

Case Manager

Research Assistant


Licensed Professional Counselor/Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

Marriage and Family Therapist

Licensed Social Worker/Licensed Clinical Social Worker


Licensed Clinical Psychologist (testing, therapy and research in schools, universities, hospitals, military, treatment agencies, private practice, ect.)



M.D.Psychiatrist (mental health diagnosis, prescribe medication, therapy)

Sources for Detailed Career Information:




*2015 median pay according to the bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

High School DiplomaSocial and Human Service Assistant$30,830
Bachelor's Degree

Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors

Probation Officers



Master's Degree

Mental Health & Marriage / Family Therapists

School Psychologists



Doctoral DegreePsychologist$70,700
Doctor of MedicinePsychiatrist$153,060

Program Contacts at Sauk Valley Community College

Academic Advising, 815-835-6354

Dr. Amy Jakobsen, Associate Professor of Psychology. 815-835-6324