Psychology, A.A-T

The Associate in Arts in Psychology for Transfer degree is designed to fulfill the undergraduate requirements for students planning to major or minor in psychology or transfer to the CSU system. The patterns of courses offered for the degree are designed to prepare students to study, understand and to think critically about behavior and mental processes of humans and other organisms under a scientific paradigm. The areas of study encompasses consciousness, cognition, motivation and emotion, human development, the psychobiological foundations of behavior, the nature of psychological disorders, and the application of psychological principles to promote the quality of people’s lives founded on sound psychological models and research.

AA.PSYC.OPTBAAT or AA.PSYC.OPTCAAT

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CSU: General Education Option B

This program provides students with focused program options. A focused program map contains courses that help students specialize in a distinct area and connects to careers.  Talk to a counselor about preparing for transfer to specific schools.

Business & Industry Focus

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Semester 1Units
ENGL-101 College Composition (formerly Freshman Composition) 4
PSYC-101 Introduction to Psychology 3
PSYC-102 Personal Growth 3
COMM-100 Public Speaking 3
Select one of the following: 3
World Art  
History and Appreciation of Dance  
History of Jazz and Blues  
 Units16
Spring Semester 1
ENGL-103 Critical Thinking and Writing 3
PSYC-103 Human Development 3
ANTH-101 Physical Anthropology 3
HIST-111 U.S. History to 1877 3
PSYC-121 Statistics for Behavioral Sciences 3
ANTH-111 Physical Anthropology Lab 1
 Units16
Fall Semester 2
PSYC-124 Social Research Methodology With Lab (formerly Social Research Methodology) 4
ENVS-100 Humans and Scientific Inquiry 3
PS-101 Introduction to American Government and Politics 3
COMM-117 Organizational Communication (formerly Professional Communication) 3
Select one of the following: 4
Elementary Spanish I  
Elementary French I  
American Sign Language I  
 Units17
Spring Semester 2
PSYC-107 Psychobiology 3
HIST-160
Black History in the American Context
or Ethnic Politics in America
3
Select one of the following: 3
Psychology of Gender  
Social Psychology  
Abnormal Psychology  
Select one of the following: 3
Personnel Management (formerly MGT-138)  
Leadership Development (LEAD-101)  
Contemporary Social Problems  
Business Communications  
Public Relations  
Select one of the following: 4
Introduction to Ethics  
Elementary Spanish II  
American Sign Language II  
Elementary French II  
 Units16
 Total Units65

Language Requirement: Some CSU's require the equivalency of an intermediate language proficiency for graduation. Please see a counselor for more detail regarding specific CSU major and graduation requirements. 

Education & Advocacy Focus

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Semester 1Units
ENGL-101 College Composition (formerly Freshman Composition) 4
PSYC-101 Introduction to Psychology 3
PSYC-102 Personal Growth 3
COMM-100
Public Speaking
or Interpersonal Communication
3
PS-101 Introduction to American Government and Politics 3
 Units16
Spring Semester 1
ENGL-103 Critical Thinking and Writing 3
PSYC-121 Statistics for Behavioral Sciences 3
ANTH-101 Physical Anthropology 3
ANTH-111 Physical Anthropology Lab 1
PSYC-105 Social Psychology 3
Select one of the following: 3
World Art  
History and Appreciation of Dance  
History of Jazz and Blues  
 Units16
Fall Semester 2
PSYC-124 Social Research Methodology With Lab (formerly Social Research Methodology) 4
ENVS-100
Humans and Scientific Inquiry
or Historical Geology
3
PSYC-104
Psychology of Gender
or Gender and Social Interaction
3
Select one of the following: 4
Elementary Spanish I  
Elementary French I  
American Sign Language I  
Select one of the following: 3
Small Group Communication  
Intercultural Communication  
Organizational Communication (formerly Professional Communication)  
 Units17
Spring Semester 2
PS-103
Ethnic Politics in America
or Black History in the American Context
3
PSYC-103
Human Development
or Psychobiology
3
HIST-111
U.S. History to 1877
or U.S. History Since 1865
3
Select one of the following: 4
Elementary Spanish II  
Elementary French II  
American Sign Language II  
Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology (formerly Introduction to Language and Linguistics)  
Adolescent Literature (formerly ENGL-132)  
Children's Literature  
Select one of the following: 3
Principles of Sociology  
Contemporary Social Problems  
Marriage and the Family  
Intercultural Relations  
 Units16
 Total Units65

Language Requirement: Some CSU's require the equivalency of an intermediate language proficiency for graduation. Please see a counselor for more detail regarding specific CSU major and graduation requirements. 

Neuroscience Focus

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Semester 1Units
ENGL-101 College Composition (formerly Freshman Composition) 4
BIOL-100
Human Biology
or Introductory Topics in Biology: Cells to Ecosystems (formerly Topics in Biology)
4
PSYC-101 Introduction to Psychology 3
PSYC-102 Personal Growth 3
 Units14
Spring Semester 1
ENGL-103 Critical Thinking and Writing 3
PSYC-121 Statistics for Behavioral Sciences 3
PSYC-107 Psychobiology 3
PS-101 Introduction to American Government and Politics 3
Select one of the following: 3
World Art  
History and Appreciation of Dance  
History of Jazz and Blues  
 Units15
Fall Semester 2
PSYC-124 Social Research Methodology With Lab (formerly Social Research Methodology) 4
CHEM-101 General Chemistry I 5
Select one of the following: 3
Human Development  
Psychology of Gender  
Social Psychology  
Human Sexuality  
Physical Anthropology  
Cultural Anthropology  
Select one of the following: 4
Elementary Spanish I  
Elementary French I  
American Sign Language I  
 Units16
Spring Semester 2
PSYC-108
Abnormal Psychology
or Drugs, Health and Society (formerly Drugs: Use and Abuse)
3
Select one of the following: 3
Black History in the American Context  
Latinx/Chicanx Literature  
Multiethnic Literature (formerly ENGL-280)  
Ethnic Politics in America  
Select one of the following: 3
COMM-100 Public Speaking 3
COMM-103 Interpersonal Communication 3
COMM-104 Argumentation and Debate (formerly Advocacy and Argument) 3
HIST-111 U.S. History to 1877 3
Select one of the following: 4
Elementary Spanish II  
Elementary French II  
American Sign Language II  
Introduction to Ethics  
 Units25
 Total Units70

Language Requirement: Some CSU's require the equivalency of an intermediate language proficiency for graduation. Please see a counselor for more detail regarding specific CSU major and graduation requirements. 

Therapy & Counseling Focus

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Semester 1Units
ENGL-101 College Composition (formerly Freshman Composition) 4
PSYC-101 Introduction to Psychology 3
PSYC-102 Personal Growth 3
COMM-103 Interpersonal Communication 3
Select one of the following: 3
World Art  
History and Appreciation of Dance  
History of Jazz and Blues  
 Units16
Spring Semester 1
ENGL-103 Critical Thinking and Writing 3
PSYC-121 Statistics for Behavioral Sciences 3
ANTH-101 Physical Anthropology 3
HIST-111 U.S. History to 1877 3
PSYC-108 Abnormal Psychology 3
ANTH-111 Physical Anthropology Lab 1
 Units16
Fall Semester 2
PSYC-124 Social Research Methodology With Lab (formerly Social Research Methodology) 4
ENVS-100 Humans and Scientific Inquiry (or any other B1) 3
PS-101 Introduction to American Government and Politics 3
Select one of the following: 4
Elementary Spanish I  
Elementary French I  
American Sign Language I  
 Units14
Spring Semester 2
PSYC-107
Psychobiology
or Human Development
3
COMM-106
Small Group Communication
or Intercultural Communication
3
PSYC-104
Psychology of Gender
or Social Psychology
3
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Ethics  
Elementary Spanish II  
Elementary French II  
American Sign Language II  
HIST-160
Black History in the American Context
or Ethnic Politics in America
3
 Units15
 Total Units61

Language Requirement: Some CSU's require the equivalency of an intermediate language proficiency for graduation. Please see a counselor for more detail regarding specific CSU major and graduation requirements. 

UCR/UCLA: General Education Option C

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Semester 1Units
ENGL-101 College Composition (formerly Freshman Composition) 4
MATH-110 Pre-Calculus 4
PSYC-101 Introduction to Psychology 3
PSYC-102 Personal Growth 3
 Units14
Spring Semester 1
ENGL-103 Critical Thinking and Writing 3
COMM-100
Public Speaking
or Argumentation and Debate (formerly Advocacy and Argument)
3
PSYC-121
Statistics for Behavioral Sciences
or Introduction to Statistics
3
BIOL-100
Human Biology
or Introductory Topics in Biology: Cells to Ecosystems (formerly Topics in Biology)
4
Select one of the following: 3
World Art  
History and Appreciation of Dance  
History of Jazz and Blues  
 Units16
Fall Semester 2
PSYC-124 Social Research Methodology With Lab (formerly Social Research Methodology) 4
CHEM-101 General Chemistry I 5
ANTH-101
Physical Anthropology
or Environmental Science
3
Select one of the following: 4
Elementary Spanish I  
Elementary French I  
American Sign Language II  
 Units16
Spring Semester 2
PS-101 Introduction to American Government and Politics 3
PSYC-103 Human Development 3
HIST-111 U.S. History to 1877 3
PHIL-105 Introduction to Ethics 3
Select one of the following: 4
Elementary Spanish II  
Elementary French II  
American Sign Language II  
 Units16
 Total Units62

NOTE: For students who did not meet the LOTE requirement in high school, they may fulfill Area 6 by demonstrating proficiency by completing ASL-100 American Sign Language IFREN-101 Elementary French I or SPAN-101 Elementary Spanish I with a grade C or better. Languages other than English for Native Speakers are also acceptable for meeting this requirement.  

NOTE: UCLA articulates MATH-140 only. PSYC-121 articulates to UCR ONLY.

NOTEUCLA articulates BIOL-115 only. 

Course Title Credits
Required Core Courses
MATH-140Introduction to Statistics3
or PSYC/SOCI-121 Statistics for Behavioral Sciences
PSYC-101Introduction to Psychology3
or PSYC-101H Honors Introduction to Psychology
PSYC-124Social Research Methodology With Lab (formerly Social Research Methodology)4
or PSYC-124H Honors Social Research Methodology With Lab (formerly Honors Social Research Methodology)
List A: Select one
Select one of the following:3-4
Human Biology
Introductory Topics in Biology: Cells to Ecosystems (formerly Topics in Biology)
Honors Introductory Topics in Biology: Cells to Ecosystems (formerly Honors Topics in Biology)
General Biology I
Honors General Biology I
Psychobiology
Honors Psychobiology
List B: Select one
Select any course from List A not already used above or one of the following courses:3
Human Development
Honors Human Development
List C: Select one
Select any course from List A or B not already used above or one of the following courses:3
Child Development
Honors Child Development
Personal Growth
Psychology of Gender
Honors Psychology of Gender
Social Psychology
Honors Social Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Honors Abnormal Psychology
Total Units19-20
Course Title Credits
Units for Major19-20
CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern37-39
Possible double counting: 16-19 units
Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 CSU transferable units)

Total Units for A.A.-T Degree: 60 units

The overall requirements for this Associates Degree for Transfer (ADT) can be met by:

  • Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University (CSU) or University of California (UC).
  • Completion of California State University General Education-Breadth Requirements (CSUGE)  or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC).
  • Completion of a minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
  • Completion of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

ADTs also require that students earn a C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis. A “P” (Pass) grade is acceptable if pass is defined as a grade of C or better. ADTs are intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. A student completing an ADT is guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not a particular campus or major. Students should meet with a counselor to develop a comprehensive educational plan to further understand university and transfer requirements.

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