Psychology is the science of behavior and mental experiences. Psychology includes a variety of subfields including biological, developmental, clinical, counseling, school, and experimental psychology.


Degree: AA-T in Psychology

Career Opportunities

The Las Positas Psychology program offers an AA-T degree that provides students with a basic understanding of behavior and motivation that is valuable in many careers in business, government, and education. To become a “psychologist,” however, requires graduate level training.


Students wishing to pursue the Associate in Arts in Psychology for Transfer must complete 60 units of coursework eligible for transfer to the California State University, including:

  • The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education-Breadth Requirements:
  • At least 18 units of major course work in Psychology, as detailed below
  • Students must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA, including grades of C or higher in each course taken to fulfill the major.

The intent of the associate degree for transfer is to assist students in transferring into the California State University System. Students completing the AA-T degree receive a guarantee of admission with junior status into the California State University System. CSU is required to grant priority admission for a student with this associate degree “to his or her local [CSU] campus and to a program or major that is similar to his or her community college major or area of emphasis, as determined by the [CSU] campus to which the student is admitted.”

In addition, “A student...shall receive priority over all other community college transfer students, excluding community college students who have entered into a transfer agreement between a community college and the California State University prior to the fall term of the 2012-13 academic years.” Some variation in requirements may exist at a particular four-year institution; therefore, it is essential that the student also refer to the catalog of the prospective transfer institution and consult a counselor.

AA-T in Psychology

Core Courses Units
PSYC 1 (General Psychology)  3
PSYC 25 (Research Methods) 4

MATH 40 (Statistics and Probability)
MATH 44 (Statistics and Probability)

List A elective (choose one)  

PSYC 4 (Brain, Mind, and Behavior)
BIOL 10 (Introduction to the Science of Biology)
BIOL 31 (Introduction to College Biology)

List B elective (choose one)  

Any course from List A not already used
PSYC 3 (Introduction to Social Psychology)
PSYC 12 (Lifespan Psychology)

List C elective (choose one)  

Any course from List A or B not already used
ANTR 1 (Biological/Physical Anthropology)
ANTR 3 (Social and Cultural Anthropology)
MATH 1 (Calculus I)
PSYC 6 (Abnormal Psychology)
PSYC 10 (Psychology of Human Sexuality)
PSYC 13 (Psychology of Women)
PSYC 15 (Problems of Childhood)
PSYC 16 (Selected Topics in Psychology)
SOC 1 (Principles of Sociology)




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