Associate in Arts in Psychology for Transfer Degree 2019-2020

(Major C.7550. AA-T)

The Associate in Arts in Psychology for Transfer Degree prepares students for transfer into four-year Psychology programs. The degree provides academic preparation in statistics and biology, in addition to the fundamentals of lower division psychology coursework. A background in psychology allows students to pursue studies in a range of fields, including education, social work, and counseling.

Major requirements (20 units minimum)
A grade of “C” or better is required in the following courses:

Required Core:
Course Course Description Units C-ID
PSY 2 or
General Psychology or
Honors General Psychology
3 or
PSY 110
PSY 45 Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology 3 PSY 200
MATH 11 or
Elementary Statistics 4 MATH 110
List A - Select one course:
Course Course Description Units C-ID
BIOL 3 or
& BIOL 10L
Introduction to Life Science or
Lecture and Laboratory
(BIOL 10/10L is the same as BIOL 3)
4 or
BIOL 5 Human Biology 4 N/A
BIOL 11A Biology for Science Majors I 5 BIOL 190
List B - Select one course:
Course Course Description Units C-ID
PSY 38
Lifespan Development 3 PSY 180
CHDEV 39 Child Growth and Development 3 CDEV 100
PSY 5 Social Psychology 3 PSY 170
SOC 1A Introduction to Sociology 3 SOCI 110
List C - Select one course OR any course from LIST A or B not already used:
PSY 16 Abnormal Psychology 3 PSY 120
PSY 25 Human Sexuality 3 PSY 130

Total units for major does not include required general education or pre-requisite courses.

Program Learning Outcomes:

  1. Analyze & discuss major psychological theories and research.
  2. Apply psychological concepts when examining human & animal behavior.
  3. Synthesize knowledge regarding culture, history, & genetics in understanding behavior.
  4. Integrate psychological theory & practice in analyzing social issues.
  5. Differentiate valid scientific inquiry from pseudoscience.
  6. Apply psychological concepts to the development of effective college learning skills.
  7. Demonstrate the ability to apply independent critical thinking skills.
  8. Critically evaluate scientific claims within the field of psychology & beyond.
  9. Develop insight into human development & growth.
  10. Utilize psychological applications in the pursuit of self-improvement & relationships.

To obtain the Associate in Arts in Psychology for Transfer Degree, students must complete the following requirements:

  1. Completion of 60-semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California StateUniversity, including both of the following:
    1. The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State UniversityGeneral Education – Breadth requirements.
    2. A minimum of 18-semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
  2. Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0. Associate Degrees for Transfer (ADTs) also require that students must earn a “C” grade or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis. A “P” (Pass) grade is not an acceptable grade for courses in the major.


  • Either certification of the California State University General Education Breadth (CSU GE-Breadth) or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC-CSU version) is required.
  • CSU GE - Breadth and IGETC advising sheets are available in Student Services, AC2 #133, or at CCC GE (CSU/UC) GE and Major Sheets.
  • Courses may double count in the major and CSU GE-Breadth or IGETC.

To see what CSU campuses accept this degree go to

Faculty Advisors: Schoenburg, Walker

2019 - 2020 Associate in Arts in Psychology for Transfer Degree