Associate in Arts in Psychology for Transfer (AA-T)

Division: Social Sciences

Students completing the Associate in Arts in Psychology for Transfer will be able to seamlessly transfer into the CSU system to pursue a baccalaureate degree in Psychology. Students completing this degree will have an introductory foundation for the field of Psychology through the study of facts, principles and theories that pertain to the basic concepts and behaviors, thoughts, and emotions from human and animal research studies. Students will acquire skills and abilities in a scientific perspective, using systematic investigation and critical thinking methods.

Program Outcomes

  • Articulate whether the psychology courses taken at COS have improved their understanding of others.
  • Articulate whether the psychology courses taken at COS have improved their self-understanding.
  • Identify careers in psychology.
  • Recognize the fundamental assumptions and central ideas of the psychoanalytic, behavioral, humanistic, socio-cultural, cognitive,  bio-psychological, and evolutionary approaches to psychology. 

Transfer & Career Opportunities

This Associate in Arts in Psychology for Transfer (AA-T) Degree is intended to meet the lower division requirements for Psychology for all CSU campuses. Students planning to transfer to institutions other than the CSU are encouraged to consult and a COS counselor for program planning and course selection. Most common career opportunities with a baccalaureate degree include: Correction Counselor Trainee, Public Affairs/Social Sciences, Personnel Analyst, Market Researcher, Mental Health Care Worker, Community Youth Programs Worker, Crisis Intervention Counselor, Community and Social Service Worker, Probation Officer and Parole Officer.

Program Requirements

Select one of the following General Education patterns:
California State University General Education (CSU-GE) *
Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC-CSU) **
SSCI 025Statistics - Social Sciences *4
or MATH 021 Introduction to Statistics
PSY 001General Psychology *3
PSY 029Research Methods4
BIOL 020Frontiers in Biology *4
Select one of the following courses:
ANTH 010Cultural Anthropology *3
PSY 005Social Psychology *3
PSY 080Introduction to Lifespan Psychology3
SOC 001Introduction to Sociology *3
Select one of the following courses or any course not selected from List A:
PSY 010Human Sexuality3
PSY 034Abnormal Psychology3
PSY 130Introduction to Behavior Modification3
PSY 133Personal and Social Growth3
Select additional transferable courses numbered 1-199 to achieve 60 units. The Social Science Division recommends additional courses from 2E or 2F to meet this requirement.

Course(s) meets General Education requirement and 12-15 units may be double counted above in 1A (CSU GE). 


13-16 units may be double counted above in 1B (IGETC-CSU). IGETC-CSU requires completion of IGETC AREA 1C.

The Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer requirements include completion of the 60 unit program defined above with at least 12 units taken in residence at College of the Sequoias with a “C” (2.0) average and a “C” or better grade in all required major and restricted electives courses (see Transfer Information and Requirements section for additional details).