Psychology – Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer to CSU

Top Code: 2001.00

Psychology is the scientific study of human and animal behavior and mental processes, including cognition, emotion, sensation, perception, and interaction. In pursuing the Associate in Arts in Psychology for Transfer Degree, students acquire skills in research, information gathering, and analytic thinking. Students majoring in psychology develop critical thinking, problem solving, and written and verbal communication skills. As psychology majors, students have learning opportunities that are relevant to many types of careers, including business, education, government, nonprofit organizations, and within health and human services, etc.

The Associate in Arts in Psychology for Transfer degree requirements:

  1. Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University.
  2. The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education-Breadth Requirements.
  3. A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
  4. Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.
  5. All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of “C” or better, or P if the course is graded on a P/NP basis.

Program Outcomes

  1.  Using (and/or applying) basic terms, facts, principles, and theories, explain (and/or demonstrate the understanding of) behavior and cognitive processes, drawing from historically important, relevant cross-cultural, and contemporary perspectives, including biological, cognitive, behavioral, psychodynamic, and socio-cultural approaches.
  2. Compare and distinguish between scientific and non-scientific approaches to the study of behavior, and evaluate the strength of evidence offered in support of a given hypothesis, theory or conclusion, using terminology and elements of the scientific method.
  3. Given a topic in psychology, research and apply psychological concepts and theories to scientific and/or popular media in a written or oral report.
  4. Explain ethical principles in psychological research and practice in an increasingly diverse world.
  5. Explain career alternatives within the field of psychology, and an awareness of how a background in psychology relates to various careers outside of psychology, toward making informed career choices.

Associate in Arts Degree in Psychology for Transfer

Required Courses
PSYC 001INTRODUCTORY PSYCHOLOGY3
or PSYC 001H HONORS INTRODUCTORY PSYCHOLOGY
PSYC 005RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY4
Select one of the following:4
STATISTICS FOR BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS
STATISTICS FOR BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
ELEMENTARY STATISTICS
HONORS ELEMENTARY STATISTICS
List A
Select one course of the following:3-4
HUMAN BIOLOGY
GENERAL BIOLOGY
HONORS GENERAL BIOLOGY
INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY
List B
Select one course from below or any List A: course not already used3
DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY: THE CHILD
HONORS DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY: THE CHILD
DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY: THE ADULT
LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
List C
Select one course or any List A or B course not already use:3
ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY
SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
HUMAN SEXUALITY
PSYCHOLOGY OF THE AFRO-AMERICAN
STUDIES IN CHICANO BEHAVIOR
PSYCHOLOGY OF THE ASIAN AMERICAN
Required Subtotal20-21
CSU General Education or IGETC CSU Pattern37-39
Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 transferable units)
Degree Total60

Visit the Program Mapper for a suggested sequence of courses.

General Education Requirements for the Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer