Associate in Arts for Transfer Degree in Psychology

The Associate in Arts in Psychology for Transfer is a 60 unit program which provides lower division education to students planning to transfer to a local CSU with a similar major and major in Psychology. Students completing the program will be able to describe the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology; apply the scientific method and critical thinking skills to formulate valid hypotheses, operationally define constructs, and evaluate claims; analyze data by selecting the appropriate methods, accurately evaluate and interpret the results, and communicate the results including the proper use of tables and graphs; describe the anatomy and function of the major components of the nervous system, and the physiological basis of neuronal communication, including how drugs, stress, nutrition, interpersonal attraction and other exogenous factors affect the function of the nervous system, specify how psychological principles are applied to real-life situations in business, industry, child rearing, and social interactions; and explain how psychosocial factors influence behavior and attitudes, and recognize the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity. Students must complete 60 units including 20-22 units in the major, 37-39 units of Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum or California State University General Education-Breadth Requirements, and additional CSU transferable units to total 60 units. Students must obtain a minimum overall grade point average of 2.0 and earn a C or better in all courses required for the major. Students are not required to complete the information competency requirements, PE requirements or cultural diversity requirements found in other degrees at the College

Required Core Courses: 11 units

Course Number Course Title Units
MATH 10 Elementary Statistics 4 units
PSYC 1 General Psychology 3 units
PSYC 2 Experimental Psychophysiology 4 units

List A: 3 or 4 units

Course Number Course Title Units
BIO 10 Introduction to Biology 3 units
  AND  
BIO 10L Introduction to Biology Lab 1 unit
BIO 11 Human Biology 4 units
PSYC 7 Physiological Psychology 3 units

List B: 3 or 4 units from below or from List A not already used

Course Number Course Title Units
PSYC 12 Human Growth and Development 3 units

List C: 3 or 4 units from below or from list A and B not already used

Course Number Course Title Units
PSYC 9 Psychology of Women: A Multicultural Perspective 3 units
PSYC 17 Introduction to Social Psychology 3 units
PSYC 25 Introduction to Abnormal Psychology 3 units
PSYC 30 Psychology of Addiction and Substance Abuse 3 units
Major Requirements   20-22 units
GE Units (CSU GE or IGETC)   37-39 units
Total Degree Units   60 units

CSU transferable elective courses are required when the major units plus transfer GE units total is less than 60.

Associate of Arts Degree in Psychology

After completing an A.A. degree in Psychology, a student will be able to:

  • Describe the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
  • Apply the scientific method and critical thinking skills to formulate valid hypotheses, operationally define constructs, and evaluate claims.
  • Analyze data by selecting the appropriate methods, accurately evaluate and interpret the results, and communicate the results including the proper use of tables and graphs.
  • Describe the anatomy and function of the major components of the nervous system, and the physiological basis of neuronal communication, including how drugs, stress, nutrition, interpersonal attraction and other exogenous factors affect the function of the nervous system.
  • Specify how psychological principles are applied to real-life situations in business, industry, child rearing, and social interactions.
  • Explain how psychosocial factors influence behavior and attitudes, and recognize the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity.

Major Requirements

Course Number Course Title Units
PSYC 1 General Psychology 3 units
PSYC 2 Experimental Psychophysiology 4 units
MATH 10 Elementary Statistics 3 units
PSYC 7 Physiological Psychology 3 units

List A: Select two (6 units)

PSYC 9 Psychology of Women: A Multicultural Perspective 3 units
PSYC 12 Human Growth and Development 3 units
PSYC 17 Introduction to Social Psychology 3 units
PSYC 25 Introduction to Abnormal Psychology 3 units
PSYC 30 Psychology of Addiction and Substance Abuse 3 units

Recommended Electives

Course Number Course Title Units
ANTH 3 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3 units
BIOL 10 Introduction to Biology 4 units
BIOL 43 Principles of Cell Biology 5 units
BIOL 46 Anatomy and Physiology 5 units
SOCI 1 Introduction to Sociology 3 units
Total Major Units   19 units

** Consult a counselor for requirements at the four-year institution of your choice.

To be awarded an A.A. degree, a student must complete 

1. All the major requirements. 

2. Additional units to meet the college graduation requirements. 

last published: 5/31/18