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Psychology, Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer

Banner Code: 3_AAT_PSYC

Control Number: 30891

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 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.

Associate Degrees for Transfer (AA-T or AS-T) are open to all Coastline students. Students who do not plan on transferring to a California State University school should consult their Counselor regarding the benefits of an AA-T/AS-T degree based on their goals. Students earning an AA-T or AS-T and intending on transferring to a California State University school receive transfer admission benefits for specific majors at many California State University campuses. Visit the Transfer Information catalog page for more information.

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
Complete 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
Units Required for Major20
CSU General Education or IGETC pattern37-39
Transfer Electives as needed to reach 60 transferable unitsVaries
Total for Degree60

Psychology ADT Program Map

This Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) program map is a recommended example of all major (program) requirements as well as general education requirements for two-year completion or transfer. This path may be altered to fit your individual academic needs. These two-year program maps were created by program faculty and counselors and demonstrate a recommended path to completion. Students are advised to meet with a Coastline Counselor for individualized program planning.

Your Path to Success

Follow this path to earn your ADT in Psychology in 2 years.

Don’t forget to consult a counselor for an education plan!

See a graphic of the Psychology Associate Degree for Transfer roadmap.

Course Title Units
1st Semester
PSYC C100Introduction to Psychology3
COUN C105Strategies for College Success3
ENGL C100Freshman Composition4
HUM C100Introduction to the Humanities3
ART C105Introduction to Art3
2nd Semester
MATH C160Introduction to Statistics4
PSYC C118Life Span Developmental Psychology3
HIST C170United States History to 18763
ENGL C102Critical Reasoning, Reading, and Writing3
CMST C101Fundamentals of Human Communication3
3rd Semester
PSYC C280Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology4
PSCI C180American Government3
GEOL C105General Geology3
GEOL C105LGeology Lab1
Elective Course3
4th Semester
PSYC C255Abnormal Psychology3
SOC C233Racial and Ethnic Relations in America3
HIST C121History of American Women3
PSYC C250Psychobiology3
Elective Course3