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Award Type: Associate in Arts

The associate degree program in psychology prepares students to move into a curriculum in a four-year institution leading to a baccalaureate degree in psychology.

The graduate of the Associate in Arts in Psychology will:

  • Describe the major contemporary personality theories and will be able to apply the concepts to psychological health, principles of adjustment and growth.
  • Define, describe and evaluate the developmental process of the child from conception through adolescence with an emphasis on various psychological theories contributing to the development, parent-child relationships, various childhood disorders and therapies.
  • Define, describe and evaluate the psychosocial human lifespan/development starting from conception through death; including major concepts related to behavior, sexuality, nutrition, health, stress, environmental relationships, and implication of death and dying.
  • Describe and compare the basic knowledge about statistical analysis of data, including descriptive and inferential statistics with application.
  • Critically evaluate the soundness of information which they encounter in the media and popular psychology publications.
  • Understand the cultural influences on human behavior and mental processes.
  • Describe major research findings regarding human behavior and mental processes.

Program Requirements

A major of 25 units is required for the associate in arts degree. Required core courses (13 units):

Course Number Course Title Units
MATH 123 Elementary Statistics 4.0
PSY 101 General Psychology 3.0
PSY 113 Theories Of Personality 3.0
PSY 117 Child Psychology 3.0
PSY 118 Human Development - Lifespan 3.0

Plus a minimum of 12 units selected from the following:

Course Number Course Title Units
ANTH 101 Introduction to Biological Anthropology 3.0
ANTH 102 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3.0
HUSV 106 Family Systems, Addiction & Trauma 3.0
PSY 112 Human Sexuality 3.0
PSY 119 Abnormal Psychology 3.0
PSY 121 Social Psychology 3.0
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3.0
SOC 110 Introduction to Marriage & Family 3.0

Recommended electives:

Course Number Course Title Units
BIOL 100 Introductory Biology 4.0
BIOL 124 Human Anatomy 4.0
BIOL 125 Human Physiology 4.0
MATH 135 Calculus with Applications 4.0
PSY 128 Positive Psychology 3.0
HUSV 128 Positive Psychology 3.0

General Education Requirements

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