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Psychology, Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer

Banner code: 2_AAT_PSYC
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) 118-20
Total Units60