Psychology Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer


The Associate in Arts Degree in Psychology for Transfer, also called the Psychology AA-T Degree, prepares students to transfer to CSU campuses that offer bachelor's degrees in psychology. Students earning the Psychology AA-T degree will be granted priority for admission as a Psychology major to a local CSU, as determined by the CSU campus to which the student applies. This degree requires students to complete 60 CSU transferable units including completion of CSU GE or IGETC and 18-20 units in the major with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better. Title 5 requires that students earn a grade of C or better in all major coursework. A P (Pass) grade is an acceptable grade for a course in the major only if the P is defined to be equivalent to a C or better. There are no additional graduation requirements. The scientific field of psychology examines the psychological, cognitive, biological, social and cultural factors that describe, explain and influence behavior.

The Psychology AA-T Degree provides students with a background that has both breadth and depth, and focuses on the science, theories and applications of psychology, with an emphasis on CSU transfer requirements. This degree will provide students with an understanding of psychology that prepares him/her for transfer to CSU and a future degree in psychology, a career outside the field of psychology, and an understanding of behavior that is beneficial to one’s personal life and professional career outside psychology. The Psychology AA-T Degree requires a total of 18-20 units of required courses and restricted electives from the categories below as indicated.

The following is required for all AA-T or AS-T degrees, and there are no additional graduation requirements:

  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 Requirements (for admissions to CSU, it is necessary that the students meet the "Oral Communications" requirement when using IGETC for AA-T or AS-T).
    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.
  3. ADTs also require that students must earn a C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis. A P (Pass) grade is an acceptable grade for a course in the major only if the P is defined to be equivalent to a C or better.
Required Core Courses (11 units):
PSY 101 F General Psychology3
or PSY 101HF Honors General Psychology
PSY 161 F Elementary Statistics for Behavioral Science4
or PSY 161HF Honors Elementary Statistics for Behavioral Science
PSY 202 FResearch Methods in Psychology4
or PSY 202HF Honors Research Methods in Psychology
List A (3-5 units):3-5
Principles of Biology4
General Biology5
The Brain and Behavior3
List B (3 units):3
Developmental Psychology: Life Cycle3
Child Psychology3
Abnormal Psychology3
Social Psychology3
Honors Social Psychology
List C (3 units):3
Any course from List B not already used. Or,
Introduction to Applied Psychology3
Human Sexuality3
Cross Cultural Psychology3
The Human Services3
Total Units20-22

Outcome 1: Identify why psychology is considered a science.

Outcome 2: Identify appropriate statistical tests to be conducted on data for specific types of research studies.

Outcome 3: Summarize and critically evaluate research articles as well as information presented in the popular media.