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A diverse field of academic study and practical application, psychology deals with personal behaviors, such as mental life and personal development, and how development depends on individual and cultural experience and biological variables. The emphasis of the program is to enable students to understand and apply psychological principles to everyday life situations, understand the needs or special concerns of people and the impact of certain stresses that affect human behavior. Students investigate how humans and other species develop and adapt to everyday problems. Maladaptive behavior creates personal, interpersonal, cultural, and numerous other difficulties. Psychology explores not only how these difficulties can be avoided or removed, but is also interested in how psychology can enhance well-being. Students will develop the knowledge that is basic to a career in areas of professional psychology, marriage and family therapy, and human services. The curriculum provides appropriate courses to support areas such as the natural sciences, mathematics, language arts, and the humanities.
Psychologists may work in academic, research, industrial and governmental settings. Many clinical psychologists are employed in clinics or in hospitals or are engaged in private practice, focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorders. Also, skills developed through a psychology program are utilized in jobs such as Marriage Family Therapists (MFT), case workers, counselor aides, sales, marketing, personnel, and management positions.
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 for transfer, including 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.”
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The Associate in Arts in Psychology for Transfer, also called the Psychology AA-T Degree, prepares students to transfer to CSU campuses that offer bachelor's degree in Psychology. This degree is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. Students completing Psychology AA-T are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. This degree requires students to complete 60 CSU transferable units including completion of CSU GE or IGETC and 19-20 units in the major with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better. Title 5 requires that students must earn a “C” or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis. There are no additional graduation requirements. Students should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.

Dept. No. Title Units
Required Core Courses:
PSY 1 General Psychology 3
PSY 25 Intro To Research Methods for Soc Sciences 3
SOC 3 Fundamentals Of Statistics (preferred) 3
or  MATH 14 Statistical Methods (4)
BI 4 Elements Of Biology 4
PSY 3 Developmental Psychology 3
Select 1 course from the following: 3
PSY 7 Positive Psychology (3)
PSY 10 Psychological Aspects/Marriage & Family (3)
PSY 12 Human Sexuality (3)
PSY 20 Adolescent Psychology (3)
PSY 23 Psychology Of Women (3)
PSY 27 Biological Psychology (3)
PSY 29 Abnormal Psychology (3)
PSY 33 Personal & Social Adjustment (3)
SOC 1 Introductory Sociology (3)
  Required Subtotal 19-20
  CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern1 37-39
Transferable Electives2 (as needed to reach 60 transferable units)
 1Units for the major may be double counted for CSU GE or IGETC, confer with Counselor.
 2Elective units to reach 60 unit total must be CSU transferable, confer with Counselor.
* Please refer to Associate Degree for Transfer (SB1440) on page 42 of the 2017-18 COD Catalog
Dept. No. Title Units
Required Courses:
PSY 1 General Psychology 3
PSY 3 Developmental Psychology 3
SOC 1 Introduction to Sociology 3
SOC 3 Fundamentals Of Statistics 3
or MATH 14 Statistical Methods (4)
Electives - 12 units to be chosen with advisor approval:
BI 5 Molecular And Cell Biology 5
CIS 10 Computer Literacy 4
PSY 7 Positive Psychology 3
PSY 10 Psychological Aspects/Marriage & Family 3
PSY 12 Human Sexuality 3
PSY 20 Adolescent Psychology 3
PSY 23 Psychology Of Women 3
PSY 25 Intro To Research Methods for Soc Sciences 3
PSY 27 Biological Psychology 3
PSY 29 Abnormal Psychology 3
PSY 33 Personal & Social Adjustment 3
  Required Subtotal 12-13
  Elective Subtotal 12
  CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern 37-39
  Kinesiology Activities 2