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Psychology, Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer

Banner code: 2_AAT_PSYC
Control number: 30713
Financial aid: Eligible 

The Associate in Arts in Psychology for Transfer degree covers the contemporary perspectives on understanding human behavior: biological, psychodynamic, learning-based, humanistic, cognitive, and sociocultural, as well as the effects of nature verses nurture on behavior and abilities. 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. Students will be prepared for a baccalaureate degree in Psychology.

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 for Transfer Graduation Requirements

Associate Degrees for Transfer require students to meet the following requirements:

  • Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units of degree-applicable courses,
  • Minimum overall grade point average of 2.0,
  • Minimum grade of “C” (or “P”) for each course in the major, and
  • Completion of IGETC and/or CSU GE-Breadth.

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 Core
MATH G160Introduction To Statistics4
or PSYC G140 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
PSYC G100Introduction To Psychology3
PSYC G280Research Methods in Psychology4
List A
BIOL G100Introduction To Biology3-4
or PSYC G250 Psychobiology
List B
Select one of the following:3
Any course from List A not used above
PSYC G118Life Span Developmental Psychology3
PSYC G260Social Psychology3
SOC G100Introduction To Sociology3
SOC G185Analysis of Social Problems3
List C
Select one of the following:3
Any course from List A or List B not used above
PSYC G110Psychology of Adjustment3
PSYC G116Child Growth and Development3
PSYC G165Principles of Human Sexuality 13
PSYC G255Abnormal Psychology3
Major Total20-21
GE Pattern (CSU GE-Breadth or IGETC)37-39
Total units that may be double-counted16-18
Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 units)18-20
Total Units60

Recommended Program Sequence

These sequences are general course maps for students to finish all major and general education requirements for two-year completion of degrees, completion of short-term certificates, and/or fulfillment of transfer requirements. However, this may not be an appropriate path for all students.  The two-year sequence is based on English and Math placement and meeting other course prerequisites. Students are advised to meet with a GWC Counselor to review course selections and sequences to ensure that completion of this program will meet a student's transfer and career goals.

Year 1:

Course Title Units
Semester 1
PSYC G100Introduction To Psychology3
ENGL G100Freshman Composition ^4
Area A1: Oral Communication course3
Area E: Lifelong Learning & Self-Development course3
Area C1: Arts course3
Units16
Course Title Units
Semester 2
PSYC G140Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (recommended)4
or MATH G160 Introduction To Statistics
PSYC G130Critical Thinking in Psychology (recommended)3-4
or ENGL G110 Critical Thinking, Reading And Writing Through Literature
Area C: Arts & Humanities course3
PSCI G180American Government (Area D: Social & Behavioral Science course)3
or PSCI G181 American Government: The Politics of Race and Ethnicity
Select one of the following:3-4
PSYC G118Life Span Developmental Psychology (recommended)3
PSYC G260Social Psychology3
SOC G100Introduction To Sociology3
SOC G185Analysis of Social Problems3
Units16-18

Year 3: 

Course Title Units
Semester 3
PSYC G280Research Methods in Psychology4
HIST G170History Of The United States To 1876 (Area C2: Humanities course)3
or HIST G175 History of the United States Since 1876
Area B1: Physical Science course (with lab)4
Select one of the following NOT already taken: 3-4
PSYC G110Psychology of Adjustment3
PSYC G116Child Growth and Development3
PSYC G118Life Span Developmental Psychology3
PSYC G165Principles of Human Sexuality 13
PSYC G255Abnormal Psychology (recommended)3
PSYC G260Social Psychology3
SOC G100Introduction To Sociology3
SOC G185Analysis of Social Problems3
Units14-15
Course Title Units
Semester 4
PSYC G250Psychobiology (recommended)3-4
or BIOL G100 Introduction To Biology
Area F: Ethnics Studies course3
CSU Transferable elective coursework to reach a minimum of 60 units4-8
Units10-15
Total minimum units required60