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The Associate in Arts in Psychology for Transfer (AA-T) involves the scientific study of human and animal behavior and mental processes, including cognition, emotion, sensation, perception, and interaction. The course of study provides students the opportunity to acquire skills in research, information gathering, analytical and critical thinking, problem solving, and written and verbal communication.  

Upon completion of the Associate in Arts in Psychology for Transfer (AA-T), students will have a strong academic foundation in the field and be prepared for upper-division baccalaureate study. Completion of the degree indicates that the student will have satisfied the lower-division requirements for transfer into a Psychology program for many campuses in the California State University system. 

Psychology, Associate Degree for Transfer

Program Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the program, students will be able to identify, apply and critique the use of the scientific method as it relates to the study of the human mind. Students should be capable of describing domains of psychology such as the relationship between the brain and behavior; patterns of thinking, memory and learning; developmental and social influences; as well as atypical psychology and pathology.

Area of Emphasis: (18 units)

Required Core Course: (9 units)

MATH 54,Elementary Statistics(4)
PSYCH 1,General Psychology(3)
PSYCH 7*,Research Methods in Psychology(3)
*Students planning on transferring to CSULB should take the articulated course at one of the following community colleges for higher consideration for admission:
  • El Camino: PSYCH 109B or SOC 109B
  • Pasadena City College: PSYC 5
  • Long Beach City College: PSYCH 2
  • West Los Angeles College: PSYCH 74
LIST A: Select at least 1 of the following: (3 units minimum)
BIOL 3,Fundamentals of Biology(4)
PSYCH 2,Physiological Psychology(3)
LIST B: Select at least 1 of the following: (3 units minimum)
Any course from List A not already used or any of the following courses:
ANATMY 2,Advanced Human Anatomy(4)
CHEM 11,General Chemistry I(5)
CHEM 12,General Chemistry II(5)
CHEM 19,Fundamentals of General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry(5)
CS 50,C Programming(3)
CS 52,C++ Programing(3)
ENGL 1,Reading and Composition 1(3)
ENGL 2,Critical Analysis and Intermediate Composition(3)
HIST 47,The Practice of History(3)
MATH 2,Precalculus(5)
MATH 7,Calculus 1(5)
MATH 8,Calculus 2(5)
MATH 21,Finite Mathematics(3)
MATH 28,Calculus 1 for Business and Social Science(5)
PHILOS 7,Logic and Critical Thinking(3)
PHILOS 9,Symbolic Logic(3)
PHYSCS 6,General Physics 1 with Lab(4)
PHYSCS 7,General Physics 2 with Lab(4)
PHYSCS 8,Calculus-based General Physics 1 with Lab(4)
PHYSCS 9,Calculus-based General Physics 2 with Lab(4)
PHYSCS 21,Mechanics with Lab(5)
PHYSCS 22,Electricity and Magnetism with Lab(5)
PHYSCS 23,Fluids, Waves, Thermodynamics, Optics with Lab(5)
PSYCH 11,Child Growth and Development(3)
PSYCH 13,Social Psychology(3)
PSYCH 19,Lifespan Human Development(3)
SOCIOL 1,Introduction to Sociology(3)
SOCIOL 1s,Introduction to Sociology - Service Learning(3)
LIST C: Select at least 1 of the following: (3 units minimum)
Any List A or List B course not already used or any of the following courses:
ENVRN 40,Environmental Psychology (same as PSYCH 40)(3)
PSYCH 3,Personality: Dynamics and Development(3)
PSYCH 5,The Psychology of Communication(3)
PSYCH 6,Marriage, Family, and Human Intimacy(3)
PSYCH 14,Abnormal Psychology(3)
PSYCH 25,Human Sexuality(3)
PSYCH 35,Seminar on Contemporary Psychological Issues(3)
PSYCH 40,Environmental Psychology (3) (same as ENVRN 40)(3)