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Associate in Arts Degree

The Associate in Arts in Psychology program provides lower division education to students planning to transfer to four-year institutions and major in Psychology or for those students desiring foundational knowledge in Psychology. Students may also be prepared for entry level positions in related occupations.

Major Core Requirements (14 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
MATH010Elementary Statistics4 units
PSYC001General Psychology3 units
PSYC002Experimental Psychophysiology4 units
PSYC007Physiological Psychology3 units

Major Electives List A (6 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
PSYC009Psychology of Women: A Multicultural Perspective3 units
PSYC012Human Growth and Development3 units
PSYC017Introduction to Social Psychology3 units
PSYC025Introduction to Abnormal Psychology3 units
PSYC030Psychology of Addiction and Substance Abuse3 units

Major Recommended Electives (0 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
ANTH003Introduction to Cultural Anthropologyy3 units
BIOL010Introduction to Biology3 units
BIOL043Principles of Cell Biology5 units
SOCI001Introduction to Sociology3 units

Total Major Units: 20 units

To be awarded an Associate Degree, a student must:

  1. Achieve a grade of “C” or better in the major requirements.
  2. Completion of WVC, CSU-Breadth, or IGETC General Education patterns. Students whose goal is to obtain a bachelor’s degree should complete the CSU-Breadth or IGETC General Education pattern.
  3. Complete additional degree applicable units to meet the minimum 60-unit Associate Degree requirements.

Upon successful completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Describe the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
  • Describe the anatomy and function of the major components of the nervous system, and the physiological basis of neuronal communication, including how drugs, stress, nutrition, interpersonal attraction and other exogenous factors affect the function of the nervous system.
  • Explain how psychosocial factors influence behavior and attitudes, and recognize the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity.
  • Specify how psychological principles are applied to real-life situations in business, industry, child rearing, and social interactions.
  • Analyze data by selecting the appropriate methods, accurately evaluate and interpret the results, and communicate the results including the proper use of tables and graphs.
  • Apply the scientific method and critical thinking skills to formulate valid hypotheses, operationally define constructs, and evaluate claims.
Last Updated 7/19/23