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Psychology, Associate in Arts Degree

Banner code: 2_AA_PSYC
Financial aid: Eligible 

Students learn how to analyze the various methods used to study behavior, including the naturalistic observation method, the correlational method, the experimental method, kinship studies, the epidemiological method, and the case-study method. Students choosing this major will gain an understanding of the definition of normal vs. abnormal behavior, as well as describe the different types of mental health professionals and the basic features of psychotherapy and drug therapies. The successful student will be able to: Characterize the nature of psychology as a science; understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues; use reasoning to recognize, develop, defend, and criticize arguments related to conclusions about psychological issues; identify appropriate applications of psychology in solving problems, such as the origin and treatment of abnormal behavior, pursuit and effect of healthy lifestyles, psychology-based interventions in clinical, educational community, and other settings.

The student places into the English and Math course levels listed for the major.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Characterize the nature of psychology as a science.
  2. Understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.
  3. Use reasoning to recognize, develop, defend, and criticize arguments related to conclusions about psychological issues.
  4. Identify appropriate applications of psychology in solving problems, such as the origin and treatment of abnormal behavior, pursuit and effect of healthy lifestyles, psychology-based interventions in clinical, educational community, and other settings.

Associate Degree Graduation Requirements

(See GWC website for the most up-to-date information on Associate Degree Requirements.)

  1. Completion of General Education Requirements by one of the following methods:
    1. Completion of a minimum of 18 units as listed under Areas A through E, including the Cultural Diversity Requirement.
    2. Completion of a minimum of 39 units of CSU General Education requirements. Students who complete this pattern are also eligible to receive the Certificate of Achievement in CSU General Education Breadth.
    3. Completion of a minimum of 34 (UC) or 37 (CSU) units of Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) requirements. Students who complete this pattern are also eligible to receive the Certificate of Achievement in IGETC.
  2. Completion of a Major or Area of Emphasis—a minimum of 18 units.
  3. Completion of additional elective units to a total of 60 units.
  4. 2.0 overall Grade Point Average at GWC and 2.0 overall Grade Point Average for all colleges attended.
  5. At least 12 units completed at GWC.

Students should consult a GWC counselor in order to select the best pathway to meet their educational goals. For students who intend to transfer, the choice of general education will be specific to both their major and transfer institution.

Course Title Units
Required Courses
PSYC G100Introduction To Psychology3
PSYC G280Research Methods in Psychology4
MATH G160Introduction To Statistics4
Select 9 units from the following:9
ANTH G100Introduction To Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH G185Physical Anthropology3
PSYC G116Child Growth and Development3
PSYC G118Life Span Developmental Psychology3
PSYC G250Psychobiology3
PSYC G260Social Psychology3
SOC G100Introduction To Sociology3
Major Total20
GE Pattern (Local, CSU GE-Breadth, or IGETC)18-39
Total Units60