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
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.
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).
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).
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.