Psychology – Chair Anthony Powell



The Associate in Arts in Psychology for Transfer (AA-T) degree program is intended to meet the lower-division requirements for psychology majors or majors that have been deemed similar in the California State University (CSU) system. A study of psychology is built upon the scientific study of the biological, mental processes, and environmental factors that influence human behavior. Students pursuing the AA-T degree will study the development of the person, basic processes of human perception, learning, cognition and motivation; biological processes, personality and the nature of psychological disorders and how psychologists use their knowledge to help improve the quality of people’s lives.

Successful completion of the degree affords students specific guarantees for transfer to the California State University (CSU) system, such as admission to a CSU with junior status, priority admission to their local CSU campus and to a program or major in psychology or similar major. Students transferring to a CSU campus will be required to complete no more than 60 semester or 90 quarter units after transfer to earn a bachelor’s degree.

To qualify for the Associate in Arts in Psychology for Transfer (AA-T) degree, students are required to complete 60 semester units that are eligible for transfer to a California State University, including both of the following:

(1) The California State University General Education–Breadth Requirements (CSU GE-Breadth) or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC), and

(2) 19-20 semester units with a grade of “C” or better, or “P” if the course is taken on a “Pass/No-Pass” basis, in the major and an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all CSU transferable coursework. (Some universities may have limits on the number of Pass/No-Pass units they will accept for transfer. See a counselor for more information.)

See the Transfer to Four-Year Colleges and Universities section of this catalog for more information on AA-T overall requirements and CSU GE-Breadth or IGETC.

Note: Students should see a counselor at least once each semester to plan for their educational goal(s).

Program Learning Outcomes:

Students who complete the degree will be able to:

  • Communicate with clarity and precision using oral, nonverbal, and/or written language, regarding the theoretical, research, knowledge base and applied practice of the field of psychology.
  • Show understanding of how the brain and body are related to the psychological functioning of the individual.
  • Apply their knowledge of psychology to understanding and supporting the psychological development of multicultural populations.


Degree Major Requirements:

Dept/No.           Title                                                                     Units

PSYCH 1A        Introduction to General Psychology                      3

PSYCH 28         Introduction to Research Methods
in Psychology                                                                                 3

MATH 13         Introduction to Statistics                                         4

Choose one course from the following:

BIOL 10             Introduction to Biology (4)

BIOL 25             Human Biology (3)                                              3-4

Choose one course from the following:

CHDEV 51        Child Growth and Development (3)

PSYCH 6           Social Psychology (3)

SOC 1                 Introduction to Sociology (3)                              3

Choose one course from the following:

PSYCH 10         Psychology and Life: Basic
Principles (3)

PSYCH 12         Human Sexuality (3)

PSYCH 24         Abnormal Psychology (3)

PSYCH 31         Latino Psychology (3)

PSYCH 33         Personal and Social Adjustment (3)                  3

                  Total Required Units for AA-T
Degree Major:      19-20