Psychology at College of San Mateo - Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer/SB1440: Psychology
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AA-TMajor in Psychology

The Associate in Arts in Psychology for Transfer degree prepares students for transfer into bachelor’s degree programs in Psychology and similar programs at a CSU campus and guarantees admission to the CSU system. Psychology is a broad discipline which employs both pure science and practical application to everyday living.

Career opportunities include administrator, community college instructor or academic counselor, drug abuse counselor, employment counselor, human factors specialist, mental health professional, outreach specialist, personnel analyst, personnel management specialist, probation officer, psychiatric aide, psychiatrist, psychologist, psychometrist, research director, social services director, survey designer, student affairs officer, therapist, training officer, and Marriage, Family, Child Counselor.

Degree Requirements
Complete General Education and other requirements listed for the associate degree and

Major requirements: 18-20 semester units

A grade of "C" or higher is required for each course applied to the major.

Required Core (9 units):

PSYC 100 General Psychology 3 units
MATH 200 Elementary Probability and Statistics 4 units
PSYC 121 Basic Statistical Concepts 3 units
PSYC 120 Introduction to Research Methods 3 units
SOCI 121 Introduction to Research Methods 3 units

Group A: Select one course from the following (3-4 units):

PSYC 220 Introduction to Psychobiology 3 units
BIOL 110 General Principles of Biology 4 units
BIOL 130 Human Biology 3 units

Group B: Select one course from the following (3 units):

Any Group A course not used above 3-4 units
PSYC 201 Child Development 3 units
PSYC 105 Experimental Psychology 3 units

Group C: Select one course from the following (3 units):

Any Group A or Group B course not used above 3-4 units
PSYC 110 Courtship, Marriage, and the Family 3 units
PSYC 200 Developmental Psychology 3 units
PSYC 225 Theories of Personality 3 units
PSYC 300 Social Psychology 3 units
PSYC 410 Abnormal Psychology 3 units

General Education requirements:
Select courses to complete CSU General Education or IGETC or CSU. This degree does not require the CSM AA/AS General Education pattern

Area A1 Oral Communication 3 units
Area A2 Written Communication 3 units
Area A3 Critical Thinking 3 units
Area B1 Physical Science 3 units
Area B2 Life Science 3 units
Area B3 Science Lab 1 unit
Area B4 Math Concepts 3 units
Area C1 Arts 3 units
Area C2 Humanities 3 units
Area C1 or C2 3 units
Area D Social, Polical, and Economic Institutions 9 units
Area E Lifelong Understanding 3 units


Area 1A English Composition 3 units
Area 1B Critical Thinking/Composition 3 units
Area 1C Oral Communication 3 units
Area 2 Math Concepts 3 units
Area 3A Arts 3 units
Area 3B Humanities 3 units
Area 3A or 3B 3 units
Area 4 Social and Behavioral Science 9 units
Area 5A Physical Science 3 units
Area 5B Biological Science 3 units
Area 5C Either 5A or 5B must be a lab course 1 unit

Additional CSU tranferable courses based on student interest to reach 60 transferable units total.