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Psychology, Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer


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 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.

Associate Degree for Transfer Requirements

  1. Minimum of 60 CSU-transferable semester units. A minimum of 12 units must be in residence at Coastline College.
  2. Minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework.
  3. Completion of a minimum of 18 semester units in an Associate Degree for Transfer major as detailed in the catalog.
  4. Certified Completion of the California State University General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE Breadth - Coastline’s Option 2 General Education pattern), OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC - Coastline Option 3 General Education pattern).

Requirement for the Major

Course Title Units
Required Core
Students will complete all of the following:
MATH C160Introduction to Statistics4
PSYC C100Introduction to Psychology3
PSYC C280Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology4
List A
BIOL C100Introduction to Biology3
or PSYC C250 Psychobiology
List B
Select one of the following or any course from List A not used above:3
Child Growth and Development
Life Span Developmental Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
List C
Select one of the following or any course not selected from List A or B above:3
Principles of Human Sexuality 1
Psychology of Aging
Abnormal Psychology
Social Psychology
Total Required for the Major20
CSU General Education or IGETC pattern37-39
Transfer Electives as needed to reach 60 transferable units
Total for Degree60