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Associate In Arts Degree In Psychology For Transfer

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Associate In Arts Degree In Psychology

Required courses | Semester at a Glance


Associate In Arts Degree In Psychology For Transfer

Before following this pattern, see a GWC counselor for advice on how this pattern fits into your Student Educational Plan in Degree Works (http://goldenwestcollege.edu/admissions/priority.html)

The Psychology Transfer major covers the contemporary perspectives on understanding human behavior: biological, psychodynamic, learning-based, humanistic, cognitive, and sociocultural, as well as the effects of nature verses nurture on behavior and abilities. Students learn how to analyze the various methods used to study behavior, including the naturalistic observation method, the correlational method, the experimental method, kinship studies, the epidemiological method, and the case-study method. Students choosing this major will gain an understanding of the definition of normal vs. abnormal behavior, as well as describe the different types of mental health professionals and the basic features of psychotherapy and drug therapies.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Characterize the nature of psychology as a science.
  • Understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.
  • Use reasoning to recognize, develop, defend, and criticize arguments related to conclusions about psychological issues.

Identify appropriate applications of psychology in solving problems, such as the origin and treatment of abnormal behavior, pursuit and effect of healthy lifestyles, psychology-based interventions in clinical, educational community, and other settings.

Below is a recommended sequence for this transfer major. Please note, this sequencing is dependent on the following:

The student places into the English and Math course levels listed for the first semester.

This is the major pattern for students planning to transfer to a CSU. It is strongly recommended that students contact a GWC counselor to develop an official Educational Plan to discuss non-CSU universities, or if they have questions about the CSU AA in Psychology for CSU Transfer.

Due to constraints outside of the department’s control, some courses may not be offered every semester.

Students show progress by passing their classes every semester.

Required courses

Core (11 total units):
Mathematics G160 – Introduction to Statistics – 4 units
Psychology G100 – Introduction to Psychology – 3 units
Psychology G280 – Research Methods in Psychology – 4 units

List A – Select one course from: (3-4 units)
Biology G100 – Introduction to Biology – 4 units
Psychology G250 – Psychobiology – 3 units

List B – Select one course from: (3 units)
Any list A course not used above
Psychology G118 – Life Span Developmental Psychology – 3 units
Psychology G260 – Social Psychology – 3 units
Sociology G100/G100H – Introduction to Sociology, Honors – 3 units
Sociology G185 – Analysis of Social Problems – 3 units

List C – Select one course from: (3 units)
Any list A or B course not used above
Psychology G110 – Personal and Social Adjustment – 3 units
Psychology G116 – Child Growth and Development – 3 units
Psychology G165 – Principles of Human Sexuality 1 – 3 units
Psychology G255 – Abnormal Psychology – 3 units

Total units 20 – 21


Semester at a Glance – Associate In Arts Degree In Psychology For Transfer

Semester 1
sychology G100 (Core) – Introduction to Psychology – 3 units
English G100/G100H (GE) – Freshman Composition – 4 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 2
Math G160 (Core) – Introduction to Statistics – 4 units

Biology G100 (List A) – Introduction to Biology – 4 units
or
Psychology G250 (List A) – Psychobiology – 3 units

General Education – TBD

Semester 3
Psychology G280 (Core) – Research Methods in Psychology – 4 units

One course from:
Biology G100 (List A) – Introduction to Biology – 4 units
Psychology G250 (List A) – Psychobiology – 3 units
Psychology G118 (List B) – Life Span Developmental Psychology – 3 units
Psychology G260 (List B) – Social Psychology – 3 units
Sociology G100 (List B) – Introduction to Sociology – 3 units
Sociology G185 (List B) – Analysis of Social Problems – 3 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 4
One course from:
Biology G100 (List A) – Introduction to Biology – 4 units
Psychology G250 (List A) – Psychobiology – 4 units
Psychology G110 (List C) – Personal and Social Adjustment – 3 units
Psychology G116 (List C) – Child Growth and Development – 3 units
Psychology G118 (List B) – Life Span Developmental Psychology – 3 units
Psychology G165 (List C) – Principles of Human Sexuality 1 – 3 units
Psychology G255 (List C) – Abnormal Psychology – 3 units
Psychology G260 (List B) – Social Psychology – 3 units
Sociology G100 (List B) – Introduction to Sociology – 3 units
Sociology G185 (List B) – Analysis of Social Problems – 3 units
General Education – TBD

Major Total: 20-21 units
CSU General Education Breadth or IGETC Pattern: 37-39 units
Total units that may be double-counted: 14 units
Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 transferable units): 14-17 units
DEGREE TOTAL UNITS (max) 60 units

( ) Description in parentheses indicates credit earned in AAT.


Associate In Arts Degree In Psychology

Before following this pattern, see a GWC counselor for advice on how this pattern fits into your Student Educational Plan in Degree Works (http://goldenwestcollege.edu/admissions/priority.html).

Note: This is not the Associate in Arts degree in Psychology for CSU Transfer. For more information, go to this link: http://www.goldenwestcollege.edu/transfercenter/aatransfer/

Psychology is devoted to the understanding, prediction, and control of human behavior. It seeks to understand and explain both normal and abnormal behavior, mental ability, perception, development, and differences in individuals. It also explores human emotions, thoughts, and motives. Programs in Psychology intend to prepare students for careers in psychology or to provide a background for further study in education, business, law, law enforcement, medicine, and other social sciences.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Characterize the nature of psychology as a science.
  • Understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.
  • Use reasoning to recognize, develop, defend, and criticize arguments related to conclusions about psychological issues.

Identify appropriate applications of psychology in solving problems, such as the origin and treatment of abnormal behavior, pursuit and effect of healthy lifestyles, psychology-based interventions in clinical, educational community, and other settings.

The student places into the English and Math course levels listed for the major.

Due to constraints outside of the department’s control, some courses may not be offered every semester.

Students show progress by passing their classes every semester.

Below is a recommended sequence for this major. Please note, this sequencing is dependent on the following:

Required Courses

Psychology G100 – Introduction to Psychology – 3 units
Psychology G280 – Research Methods in Psychology – 4 units
Mathematics G160 – Introduction to Statistics – 4 units

Choose 9 Units from the following:
Anthropology G100 – Introduction to Cultural Anthropology – 3 units
Anthropology G185 – Physical Anthropology – 3 units
Psychology G116 – Child Growth and Development – 3 units
Psychology G118 – Life Span Developmental Psychology – 3 units
Psychology G250 – Psychobiology – 3 units
Psychology G260 – Social Psychology – 3 units
Sociology G100 – Introduction to Sociology – 3 units

Total units: 20


Semester at a Glance – Associate In Arts Degree In Psychology

Semester 1
Psychology G100 – Introduction to Psychology – 3 units
Psychology G100 – Introduction to Psychology – 3 units
Psychology G280 – Research Methods in Psychology – 4 units
Mathematics G160 – Introduction to Statistics – 4 units

Choose 9 Units from the following:
Anthropology G100 – Introduction to Cultural Anthropology – 3 units
Anthropology G185 – Physical Anthropology – 3 units
Psychology G116 – Child Growth and Development – 3 units
Psychology G118 – Life Span Developmental Psychology – 3 units
Psychology G250 – Psychobiology – 3 units
Psychology G260 – Social Psychology – 3 units
Sociology G100 – Introduction to Sociology – 3 units

Total units: 20

English G100/G100H (GE) – Freshman Composition – 4 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 2
Math G160 – Introduction to Statistics – 4 units

One course from:
Anthropology G100 – Introduction to Cultural Anthropology – 3 units
Anthropology G185 – Physical Anthropology – 3 units
Psychology G116 – Child Growth & Development – 3 units
Psychology G118 – Life Span Developmental Psychology – 3 units
Psychology G250 – Psychobiology – 3 units
Psychology G260 – Social Psychology – 3 units
Sociology G100 – Introduction to Sociology – 3 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 3
Psychology G280 – Research Methods in Psychology – 4 units

One course from:
Anthropology G100 – Introduction to Cultural Anthropology – 3 units
Anthropology G185 – Physical Anthropology – 3 units
Psychology G116 – Child Growth & Development – 3 units
Psychology G118 – Life Span Developmental Psychology – 3 units
Psychology G250 – Psychobiology – 3 units
Psychology G260 – Social Psychology – 3 units
Sociology G100 – Introduction to Sociology – 3 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 4
One course from:
Anthropology G100 – Introduction to Cultural Anthropology – 3 units
Anthropology G185 – Physical Anthropology – 3 units
Psychology G116 – Child Growth & Development – 3 units
Psychology G118 – Life Span Developmental Psychology – 3 units
Psychology G250 – Psychobiology – 3 units
Psychology G260 – Social Psychology – 3 units
Sociology G100 – Introduction to Sociology – 3 units
General Education – TBD

Major Total: 20 units
GWC GE Pattern, CSU General Education Breadth or IGETC Pattern: 21 – 39 units
Degree Total Units: 60 units

Course Descriptions

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PSYCHOLOGY G100 – 3 Units
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Introduction to Psychology
This course is an introduction to the scientific study of behavior. Topics include an exploration of major psychological theories and concepts, research methodology, memory, motivation, emotion, personality, intelligence, psychobiology, perception, cognition and consciousness, learning, development, social psychology, psychological disorders and therapeutic approaches, and applied psychology. C-ID PSY 110 Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

PSYCHOLOGY G110 – 3 Units
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Personal and Social Adjustment
Recommended for transfer students. Of value to students interested in critical self-understanding. A consideration of the principles of adjustment and self-actualization. Contemporary theories of behavior change and growth are examined and their applications discussed. C-ID PSY 115 Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

PSYCHOLOGY G116 – 3 Units
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Child Growth and Development
(Formerly known as: Psychology G150, Child Psychology)
Recommended for parents, future parents or teachers, and for majors in education, social service, and recreation. A study of the physical, emotional, mental and social development of the child. Emphasis on relations with parents, peers and teacher. Approaches to discipline and education are considered. C-ID CDEV 100 Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

PSYCHOLOGY G118 – 3 Units
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Life Span Developmental Psychology
(Formerly known as: Psychology G160, Human Growth and Development)
The course enables the student to understand human development from conception to death. Physical, mental and psychosocial development are explored for each age group. . C-ID PSY 180 Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

PSYCHOLOGY G130 – 3 Units
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Critical Thinking in Psychology
Prerequisites: English G100
This course focuses on the development of critical thinking skills through written argumentation, and analysis of complex issues in the field of psychology. Students will learn about the common fallacies of reasoning, analyzing arguments, questioning opinion versus facts, effective problem solving, and the common errors of human cognition which impede critical thinking. Emphasis is placed on using critical thinking skills to examine contemporary issues involving human behavior, and writing effective logical arguments. Lecture. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU.

PSYCHOLOGY G165 – 3 Units
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Principles of Human Sexuality 1
(Formerly known as: Human Sexuality – Psychobiological Basis)
This course involves an analysis of the interconnections between psychological experiences and the structure and function of the human sexual body. Topics include growth and development, reproduction and contraception, disabilities, dysfunction and therapy, as well as differing social values attached to each of these processes. C-ID PSY 130 Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

PSYCHOLOGY G250 – 3 Units
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Psychobiology
Prerequisites: Psychology G100
Recommended for transfer students to develop an appreciation of the psychological, biochemical and genetic factors that affect behavior. This course can give a foundation for further studies in developmental, learning, personality and motivational psychology. C-ID PSY 150 Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

PSYCHOLOGY G255 – 3 Units
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Abnormal Psychology
(Formerly known as: Psychology G158)
Advisories: Psychology G100
An overview of abnormal behavior as a portion of the continuum of human behavior. The course will cover the field’s historical approaches, the range of psychological disorders, as well as their biological, psychological, social consequences, and treatment C-ID PSY 120 Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

PSYCHOLOGY G260 – 3 Units
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Social Psychology
The scientific study of the effects of social influences on human behavior and mental processes. Topics include interpersonal perception, attitudes and attitude change, conflict and cooperation, aggression, social cognition, prosocial behavior, gender roles and cultural norms, as well as applications of social psychological principles to social settings and social problems. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

PSYCHOLOGY G280 – 4 Units
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Research Methods in Psychology
(Formerly known as: Psychology G185, Introduction to Experimental Psychology)
Prerequisites: Psychology G100 and Mathematics G160
Principles of the scientific method and various research designs (experimental and correlational), will be examined. Students will apply these techniques and complete an original research project. C-ID PSY 205B Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC. May not be offered each semester.

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