ADT in Psychology

Psychology is defined as the scientific study of behavior. The Associate in Arts in Psychology for Transfer degree program (AA-T) allows students to utilize research methods; evaluate the credibility of research, theories, and applications; understand the core fields, paradigms and theories; apply psychological concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends to questions and issues in personal experience and contemporary society; recognize the complexity of social, cultural, and international diversity; and understand the ethical standards in academic and applied psychology.

This degree provides lower division preparation for students planning to transfer into Psychology programs. Students will take courses in psychology as well as related fields required for psychology majors. Students who complete this degree will be guaranteed admission with junior status to the California State University system, though not to a particular campus or major, and will be given priority admission to our local CSU campus.

Students receiving this transfer degree must meet the following requirements:

  1. Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:
    1. The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education - Breadth Requirements.
    2. A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
  2. Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

ADTs also require that students must earn a "C" (or "P") or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis. 

Required courses:
MATH 165Introductory Statistics 14
PSY 101Introduction to Psychology3
or PSY 101H Introduction to Psychology - Honors
PSY 203Research Methods in Psychology4
Select one (1) of the following courses:
General Biology4
Select one (1) of the following courses:
Developmental Psychology3
Child Growth and Development3
Select one (1) of the following courses:
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology - Honors3
Introduction to Physical Anthropology3
Calculus with Analytic Geometry l5
Psychology of Religion3
Psychological Disorders3
Survey of Drug and Alcohol Use in Society3
Introduction to Social Psychology3
Psychology of Human Sexuality3
Psychology of Women3
Introduction to Sociology3
Introduction to Sociology - Honors3
Total Units20-23

A.A.-Transfer Degree Level Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Psychology A.A.-Transfer Degree will:

  1. Demonstrate analytical and critical analysis skills using college level vocabulary and writing skills.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in analyzing or manipulating numerical data in order to critique scientific study.
  3. Analyze a variety of behavioral science research designs.
  4. Demonstrate analytical thinking by comparing and applying psychological theories to human behavior.