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PSYCHOLOGY

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.

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Associate In Arts Degree In Psychology For Transfer

Required courses

Associate In Arts Degree In Psychology

Required courses


Associate In Arts Degree In Psychology For Transfer

The Associate in Arts in Psychology for Transfer degree 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. The

successful student 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. Students will be prepared for a baccalaureate degree in Psychology.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

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

1. Characterize the nature of psychology as a science.

2. Understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.

3. Use reasoning to recognize, develop, defend, and criticize arguments related to conclusions about psychological issues.

4. 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 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):

MATH G160 – Introduction to Statistics – 4 units

Or

PSYC G140 – Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences – 4 units

PSYC G100 – Introduction to Psychology – 3 units

PSYC G280 – Research Methods in Psychology – 4 units

List A – Select one course from: (3-4 units)

BIOL G100 – Introduction to Biology – 4 units

or

PSYC G250 – Psychobiology – 3 units

List B – Select one course from: (3 units)

Any list A course not used above

PSYC G118 – Life Span Developmental Psychology – 3 units

PSYC G260 – Social Psychology – 3 units

SOC G100 – Introduction to Sociology– 3 units

SOC G185 – Analysis of Social Problems – 3 units

List C – Select one course from: (3 units)

Any list A or B course not used above

PSYC G110 – Personal and Social Adjustment – 3 units

PSYC G116 – Child Growth and Development – 3 units

PSYC G165 – Principles of Human Sexuality 1 – 3 units

PSYC G255 – Abnormal Psychology – 3 units

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 units): 14-17 units

DEGREE TOTAL UNITS (maximum) 60 units

( ) Description in parentheses indicates credit earned in AAT. 


Associate In Arts Degree In Psychology

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. The successful student 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

Program Level Learning Outcomes

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

1. Characterize the nature of psychology as a science.

2. Understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.

3. Use reasoning to recognize, develop, defend, and criticize arguments related to conclusions about psychological issues.

4. 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

PSYC G100 – Introduction to Psychology – 3 units

PSYC G280 – Research Methods in Psychology – 4 units

MATH G160 – Introduction to Statistics – 4 units

Choose 9 Units from the following:

ANTH G100 – Introduction to Cultural Anthropology – 3 units

ANTH G185 – Physical Anthropology – 3 units

PSYC G116 – Child Growth and Development – 3 units

PSYC G118 – Life Span Developmental Psychology – 3 units

PSYC G250 – Psychobiology – 3 units

PSYC G260 – Social Psychology – 3 units

SOC G100 – Introduction to Sociology – 3 units

Total units: 20

Major Total: 20 units

GE Pattern: GWC AA, CSU General Education Breadth or IGETC Pattern: 21 – 39 units

Degree Total Units (maximum): 60 units 

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PSYCHOLOGY G100 – 3 Units

Course Outline

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

Course Outline

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

Course Outline

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

Course Outline

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

Course Outline

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; UC.

PSYCHOLOGY G140 – 4.0 Units

Course Outline

Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences

Prerequisites: MATH G030 or MATH G080

The use of probability techniques, hypothesis testing, and predictive techniques to facilitate decision-making. Topics include descriptive statistics; probability and sampling distributions; statistical inference; correlation and linear regression; t-tests; analysis of variance, chi-square tests; and application of technology for statistical analysis including the interpretation of the relevance of the statistical findings. Applications using data from disciplines including psychology, social sciences, life and health sciences, and education. C-ID MATH 110. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

PSYCHOLOGY G165 – 3 Units

Course Outline

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

Course Outline

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

Course Outline

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

Course Outline

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. C-ID: PSY 170 Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

PSYCHOLOGY G280 – 4 Units

Course Outline

Research Methods in Psychology

(Formerly known as: Psychology G185, Introduction to Experimental Psychology)

Prerequisites: Psychology G100 and Math G160 or PSYC G140

Introduction to basic research methods used in the social sciences including such topics as research design, experimental procedures, descriptive methods (naturalistic observation and correlational studies), instrumentation, and the collection, analysis, interpretation, and reporting of research data. C-ID: PSY 205B. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC. May not be offered each semester.

The Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer (AA-T) in Psychology will transfer to the following California State Universities:

CSU Bakersfield
CSU Channel Islands
CSU Chino
CSU Dominguez Hills
CSU East Bay
CSU Fresno
CSU Fullerton
CSU Humbolt
CSU Long Beach
CSU Los Angeles
CSU Monterey Bay
CSU Northridge
CSU Pomona
CSU Sacramento
CSU San Bernadino
CSU San Diego
CSU San Francisco
CSU San Jose
CSU San Marcos
CSU Sonoma
CSU Stanislaus

The list of CSU campuses for this major was provided by the California State University’s A Degree with a Guarantee website: http://adegreewithaguarantee.com/

Most of the courses in this program also transfer to the University of California (UC) System and Private Universities. Please see your GWC Counselor early in your studies to choose the transfer option that is right for you.

The following is a partial list of occupations available to Psychology Majors:

  • Advertising Manager
  • Educator
  • Employee Assistance Administrator
  • Guidance Counselor
  • Employment Counselor
  • Industrial Psychologist
  • Human Resource Manager
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Job Analyst
  • Minister
  • Mental Health Worker
  • Outplacement Specialist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Police Officer
  • Penologist
  • Psychiatric Nurse
  • Probation Officer
  • Psychiatrist
  • Psychiatric Social Worker
  • Psychometrist
  • Psychologist
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

FULL-TIME FACULTY

Maria Chovan-Nelson
Professor, College Success/Psychology
AA., El Camino College; B.A., California State University at Dominguez Hills; M.A., Loyola Marymount University.
mchovan@gwc.cccd.edu (714) 892-7711 x51053
Office ADM 225

Laura L. Duvall
Instructor, Psychology
B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara; M.A., California State University, Northridge; Psy.D., California Southern University.
lduvall1@gwc.cccd.edu (714) 892-7711 x51073
Office ADM 212

Steven A. Isonio, Ph.D.
Professor, Psychology
B.A., M.A., California State University, Fresno; Ph.D., University of California, Riverside.
sisonio@gwc.cccd.edu (714) 892-7711 x55033
Office ADM 225

PART-TIME FACULTY

  • Cassandra Agnew
  • Brian E. Eck
  • Jan L. Mendoza
  • Denise M. Orme
  • Kimberly Phillips
  • Yvonne Portillo
  • Myrna Rasmussen
  • Diana Robles
  • Carlos  Sandoval