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Degrees & Certificates

The following Psychology degree and certificates are offered:

DEGREE
A.A. — Psychology

Required Program (units)
PSYC 300 General Principles (3)
PSYC 312 Biological Psychology (4)
PSYC 320 Social Psychology (3)
PSYC 330 Introductory Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (3)
PSYC 335 Research Methods in Psychology (3)
A minimum of 3 units from the following:
PSYC 340, PSYC 354, PSYC 356, PSYC 360, PSYC 368, PSYC 370/FCS 324, PSYC 372/ECE 312, PSYC 495, PSYC 499
TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED 19

This A.A. degree may be obtained by completion of the Required Program, plus General Education Requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total.

The psychology degree is designed to facilitate students' successful transfer to BA programs, completion of which prepares them for advanced study in a variety of graduate programs. Psychologists with graduate degrees and professional certificates have a broad range of employment opportunities including, but not limited to, clinical practice, research, and teaching. Clinical psychologists work in a variety of settings and with a wide range of clients. Research psychologists work in a range of fields associated with the study of human behavior, including biomedical, sports psychology, and cognitive neuroscience.

Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts and theoretical perspectives in psychology.
- Evaluate the influence of biological and environmental factors on behavior and mental processes.
- Apply psychological concepts and theories to personal and social issues.
- Apply basic research methods to evaluate psychological issues.
- Demonstrate the appropriate use and interpretation of various descriptive and inferential statistics relevant to psychology.
 

DEGREE
A.A.-T — Psychology 

Required Program Units
PSYC 300 General Principles (3)
PSYC 312 Biological Psychology (4)
PSYC 320 Social Psychology (3)
PSYC 330 Introductory Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (3)
PSYC 335 Research Methods in Psychology (3)
A minimum of 3 units from the following: (3)
PSYC 340 Abnormal Behavior (3)
PSYC 351 Human Behavior (3)
PSYC 354 The Psychology of Family Life and
Intimate Relationships in a Diverse Society (3)
PSYC 356 Human Sexuality (3)
PSYC 358 Principles of Interpersonal Relations (3)
PSYC 360 Psychology of Women (3)
PSYC 368 Cross Cultural Psychology (3)
PSYC 370 Human Development: A Life Span (3) or
  FCS 324 Human Development: A Life Span (3)
PSYC 372 Child Development (3) or
  ECE 312 Child Development (3)
PSYC 495 Independent Studies in Psychology (1-3)
PSYC 499 Experimental Offering in Psychology (0.5-4)
TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED 19

Students are required to:
-Complete a minimum of 19 semester units in the major with a grade of C or better while maintaining a minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all CSU transferable coursework.
-Complete 60 semester CSU-transferable units using the California State University-General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU-GE Breadth); OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern. 
-No more than 60 semester units are required.

This program is designed to provide a clearly articulated curricular track for students who wish to transfer to a CSU in Psychology and meets the requirements of the statewide transfer model curriculum. Additionally, this program will expose students to the core principles and practices of the field in order to build a foundation for their future personal, academic, or vocational paths. In addition to transfer, this foundation would be appropriate for entry into a variety of paraprofessional careers and careers in related fields.

NOTE TO TRANSFER STUDENTS: Students interested in transferring to a four-year college or university to pursue a bachelor's degree in this major should meet with a counselor to confirm the courses required for lower division preparation in the major. Transfer institutions may vary in terms of the required preparation.

Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts and theoretical perspectives in psychology.
- Evaluate the influence of biological and environmental factors on behavior and mental processes.
- Apply psychological concepts and theories to personal and social issues.
- Apply basic research methods to evaluate psychological issues.
- Demonstrate the appropriate use and interpretation of various descriptive and inferential statistics relevant to psychology.

 Updated 6/12/14

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