Program Description

Psychology is the scientific study of human and animal behavior and mental processes, including cognition, emotion, sensation, perception and interaction. In pursuing the Associate in Arts in Psychology for Transfer Degree, students acquire skills in research, information gathering, and analytic thinking. Students majoring in psychology develop critical thinking, problem solving and written and verbal communication skills. As psychology majors, students have learning opportunities that are relevant to many types of careers, including business, education, government, nonprofit organizations and within health and human services etc.  

The Associate in Arts in Psychology for Transfer degree will be awarded upon completion of course work totaling 60 California State University (CSU) transferable units including the above major requirements and the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC for CSU) or California State University General Education (CSU GE) requirements with a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. (Students completing this degree are not required to fulfill additional PCC graduation requirements.)


Associate in Arts in Psychology for Transfer Degree

Course Requirements

REQUIRED COURSES (11 UNITS)

  • PSYC 001 — Introductory Psychology (3)
  • PSYC 005 — Research Methods in Psychology (4)
  • STAT 018 — Statistics for Behavioral and Social Sciences (4)
    or STAT 050 — Elementary Statistics (4)

LIST A: SELECT ONE COURSE FROM BELOW(3-4 UNITS)

  • BIOL 003 — Topics in Human Biology (4)  
  • BIOL 011 — General Biology (4)
  • PSYC 002 — Elementary Physiological Psychology (3)

LIST B: SELECT ONE COURSE FROM BELOW (3-4 UNITS)

  • PSYC 021 — Developmental Psychology: The Child (3)
  • PSYC 022 — Developmental Psychology:  The Adult (3)
  • PSYC 024 — Lifespan Developmental Psychology (3)

LIST C: SELECT ONE COURSE  (3 UNITS)

  • PSYC 023 — Social Psychology (3)
  • PSYC 025 — Human Sexuality (3)
  • PSYC 029 — Psychology of the Afro-American (3)
  • PSYC 031 — Studies in Chicano Behavior (3)
  • PSYC 033 — Psychology of Personal and Social Adjustment (3)
  • PSYC 041 — Psychology of the Asian American (3)


REQUIRED SUBTOTAL.................................................................. 20-22
CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern..................................... 39-41
Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 transferable units)
DEGREE TOTAL ................................................................................. 60

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of behavior and cognitive processes.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of cross cultural and contemporary psychological perspectives.
  3. Explain psychodynamic principles.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of ethical principles in psychological research.
  5. Research and apply psychological concepts and theories to scientific and/or popular media.

Units Required

  • Required Subtotal: 20-22
  • CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern: 39-41
  • Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 transferable units)
  • DEGREE TOTAL: 60