Psychology (AA-T Degree A0324)

Humanities and Social Sciences Division
Degree A0324

The Associate in Arts in Psychology for Transfer introduces students to the psychological principles and methodologies used in the scientific study of mental processes and behaviors. Students will acquire the foundational knowledge necessary to pursue post-secondary degrees in psychology and a variety of specialization in the field. The goals of this degree are to prepare students to identify research and statistical methods appropriate to psychology, to compare and contrast the major theoretical perspectives in psychology, and synthesize the relationships between biological and behavioral functions.

To earn an associate degree for transfer, a student must complete 60 semester units that are eligible for transfer to CSU that consist of: IGETC pattern or CSU GE breadth and a major of at least 18 units. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework to receive an associate degree for transfer and all courses in the major must be completed with a C or better. Students earning an associate degree for transfer will not be required to complete any other local graduation requirements.

Required Courses

Course Prefix Course Name Units
Core Courses
PSYC 1AIntroduction to Psychology3
or PSYC 1AH Introduction to Psychology - Honors
PSYC 3Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology4
or PSYC 3H Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology - Honors
Choose one of the following:3-4
Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
Elementary Statistics
Elementary Statistics - Honors
List A
Choose one from the following:3-4
General Biology
Biology for Majors
Biology for Majors - Honors
Biological Psychology
List B
Choose one course from the following or any course not already selected from List A:3-4
Developmental Psychology
Human Reproduction, Development and Aging
Child and Adolescent Development
Critical Thinking and Writing
Critical Thinking and Writing - Honors
Introduction to Logic
Introduction to Logic - Honors
Critical Thinking
Critical Thinking and Writing
Critical Thinking and Writing - Honors
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Sociology - Honors
List C
Choose one course from the following or any course not already selected from List A or List B:3
Psychology of Reasoning and Problem Solving
Introduction to Child Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Introduction to Social Psychology
The Psychology of Women
Psychology of Sexuality
Psychology for Effective Living
Total Units for Major19-22
CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern 139-42
Total Units60

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Program Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this program, a student will be able to:

  • Matriculate to a Bachelor’s program in psychology or a related discipline.
  • Describe research and statistical methods appropriate to psychology.
  • Compare and contrast major theoretical perspectives in psychology.
  • Synthesize relationships between biological and behavioral functions.

    Review Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for this program.
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