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Psychology 

A diverse field of academic study and practical application, psychology deals with personal behaviors, such as a single individual’s mental life and personal development, abstract and philosophical issues such as the nature of knowledge, and how that knowledge depends on individual and cultural experience and biological variables. Students investigate how humans adapt to everyday problems, and how maladaptive behavior creates personal, interpersonal, cultural, and species difficulties, and how these difficulties can be avoided or removed. This psychology program offers students a comprehensive education in the content and method of the discipline. A variety of courses allow students to expand their intellectual horizons and acquire the core ideas and skills of psychology. The missions of the program are to provide a major that presents psychology as a rational science of affect, behavior and cognition; and to provide a major that fulfills the general requirements of the California State University transfer requirements. Two tracks are offered: the Psychology A.A. and the Psychology AA-T. Students who complete the AA-T or "associate degree for transfer" will receive "priority admission with junior status to the California State University system."
 
To obtain the Associate in Arts in Psychology for Transfer degree (AA-T), students are required to complete the following:
1.  Completion of 60 CSU-transferable semester units.
2.  Minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework. While a minimum of 2.0 is required for admission, some majors may require a higher GPA. Please consult with a counselor for more information.
3.  Completion of 19-20 semester units in the Psychology major as detailed in the Program Requirements below. All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of C or better or a “P” if the course is taken on a “pass-no pass” basis (title 5 § 55063).
4.  Certified completion of either the California State University General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE Breadth), which requires 41 units (see page 64 of the catalog); OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern, which requires 38 units (see page 66 of the catalog).
 
Students transferring to a CSU campus that does accept the AS-T will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor’s degree (unless the major is a designated “high-unit” major). This degree may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or to university or college that is not part of the CSU system. Students should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.
 
Advisors:
L. Emerson
C. Jones
 
 
PSYCHOLOGY ASSOCIATE IN ARTS DEGREE FOR TRANSFER (AA-T)
 
Dept. No. Title Units
Required Core Courses:
PSY 1 General Psychology 3
PSY 25 Intro to Research Methods for Social Sciences 3
SOC 3 Fundamentals of Statistics (preferred) 3
or  MATH 14 Statistical Methods (4)
BI 4 Elements of Biology 4
PSY 3 Developmental Psychology 3
Select 1 course from the following 3
PSY 7 Positive Psychology (3)
PSY 10 Psychological Aspects of Marriage and Family (3)
PSY 12 Human Sexuality (3)
PSY 20 Adolescent Psychology (3)
PSY 23 Psychology of Women (3)
PSY 27 Biological Psychology (3)
PSY 29 Abnormal Psychology (3)
PSY 33 Personal & Social Adjustment (3)
SOC 1 Introduction to Sociology (3)
  Required Subtotal 19-20
  CSU General Education or IGETC 38-40
Transferable Electives* (as needed to reach 60 transferable units)
  DEGREE TOTAL 60
*Elective units to reach 60 unit total must be CSU transferable.
 
 
PSYCHOLOGY A.A. DEGREE and Transfer Preparation
Dept. No. Title Units
Required Courses:
PSY 1 General Psychology 3
PSY 3 Developmental Psychology 3
SOC 1 Introduction to Sociology 3
SOC 3 Fundamentals of Statistics 3
or MATH 14 Statistical Methods (4)
Electives - 12 units to be chosen with advisor approval:
BI 5 Molecular & Cell Biology 5
CIS 10 Computer Literacy 4
PSY 7 Positive Psychology 3
PSY 10 Psychological Aspects of Marriage and Family 3
PSY 12 Human Sexuality 3
PSY 20 Adolescent Psychology 3
PSY 23 Psychology of Women 3
PSY 25 Intro to Research Methods for Social Sciences 3
PSY 27 Biological Psychology 3
PSY 29 Abnormal Psychology 3
PSY 33 Personal & Social Adjustment 3
  Required Subtotal 12-13
  Elective Subtotal 12
  CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern 38-41
  Kinesiology (PE) Activities 2
  DEGREE TOTAL 64-68