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Psychology, Associate of Arts Degree

Banner Code: 3_AA_PSYC

Control Number: 18222

Financial Aid Eligible

Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Students majoring in psychology learn the major perspectives for understanding human behavior: behavioral, biological, cognitive, cross-cultural, evolutionary, humanistic, and psychodynamic. Students will acquire skills to analyze behavior, including statistical methods and research design, and will learn to document findings in APA (American Psychological Association) style; descriptive research methods and experimental methods are covered. Students will gain an understanding of the following topics: neuroscience; sensation and perception; consciousness; learning; memory; thinking, language and intelligence; motivation and emotion; lifespan development; personality; social psychology; stress, health, and coping; psychological disorders; and therapies. Completion of the major provides a solid foundation for a psychology transfer program and many careers in the social service fields. A Master’s degree or higher is required for most counseling or research psychologist positions.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Characterize the nature of psychology as a science.
  2. Apply the major theories, principles, and concepts of psychology to everyday life.
  3. Utilize investigative methods to collect, interpret, and present scientific data on psychological topics.

Review Graduation Requirements and General Education

Course Title Units
Required Core
Complete the following:
PSYC C100Introduction to Psychology3
PSYC C280Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology4
MATH C160Introduction to Statistics4
Program Electives
Select nine units of the following:9
Child Growth and Development
Life Span Developmental Psychology
Principles of Human Sexuality 1
Psychology of Aging
Psychology of Aging
Abnormal Psychology
Social Psychology
Units Required for the Major20
Local General Education, CSU General Education, or IGETC patternVaries
Electives to satisfy unit requirementVaries
Total Units60