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Psychology for Transfer (AA-T)

The Associate in Arts in Psychology for Transfer (AA-T) degree is designed to facilitate transfer to a California State University in keeping with SB 1440. A total of 20-22 units are required to fulfill the major portion of this degree. This degree reflects the Transfer Model Curriculum (TMC) supported by the Statewide Academic Senate. Students must also complete the California State University (CSU) General Education Breadth requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) (see the “General Education Requirements and Transfer Information” section of the catalog). Students planning to transfer to SDSU should consult with a counselor.

The following requirements must be met to be awarded an Associate in Arts in Psychology for Transfer (AA-T) degree:

  1. Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:
    1. The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education-Breadth Requirement.
    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. Students are also required to earn a “C” grade or higher or “Pass” in all courses required for the major.

Psychology is a diverse discipline, grounded in science, but with nearly boundless applications in everyday life. Some psychologists do basic research, developing theories and testing them through carefully honed research methods involving observation, experimentation and analysis. Other psychologists apply the discipline’s scientific knowledge to help people, organizations and communities function better (APA).

The Program-level Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs) below are outcomes that students will achieve after completing specific degree / certificate requirements in this program. Students will:

  1. Identify, explain, and compare and contrast the major theoretical perspectives in psychology.
  2. Evaluate psychological information using the scientific method.
  3. Apply appropriate statistical analyses to quantitative data.
  4. Apply principles of psychology to the understanding of self and others.

Associate Degree Major Requirements

Required Core
PSY-120Introductory Psychology3
PSY-205Research Methods in Psychology4
Select one of the following:4
Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
Elementary Statistics
List A
Select one of the following:3-4
Principles of Biology
Physiological Psychology
List B
Select one of the following:3-4
Any List A course not used above or
Developmental Psychology
Academic and Career Opportunities in Psychology
Cognitive Psychology
List C
Select one of the following:3
Any List A or List B course not already used or
Social Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Units in the major20-22
Plus General Education Requirements (CSU GE or IGETC)37-39
Total Units60

Complete transferable units as needed to reach 60.

Students completing IGETC may be awarded the degree, but they must complete a course from Area 1C: Oral Communication to meet CSU admission requirements.