Degree Requirements

The associate degree in Behavioral Sciences with an emphasis in Psychology requires completion of the courses listed below. Additional general education and graduation requirements for the associate degree are listed in the catalog. The associate degree requires a minimum of 60 units.

Associate in Arts Degree: Behavioral Sciences - Psychology Emphasis

Courses Required for the MajorUnits
PSYC 101, General Psychology 3
PSYC 211, Learning 3
PSYC 258, Behavioral Science Statistics or

MATH 119, Elementary Statistics
 3
PSYC 260, Introduction to Physiological Psychology 3
Select two courses from the following: 
PSYC 137 Human Sexual Behavior3
PSYC 166 Introduction to Social Psychology3
PSYC 230 Psychology of Lifespan Development3
PSYC 245 Abnormal Psychology   3 
PSYC 255 Introduction to Psychological Research
Total: 18

Recommended electives: Recommended electives: Psychology 137, 155, 161, 165, 230, 245, 255, 276; transferable science, computer, mathematics, and other general education courses in biology and philosophy.

SDSU Note: Current lower division psychology course requirements for San Diego State University psychology majors are met by the City College Associate in Arts degree, Psychology Emphasis. Consult with a counselor for other District requirements. 

Associate in Arts Degree: Behavioral Sciences Psychology for Transfer

The Associate in Arts in Psychology for Transfer is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree in Psychology or a related major in the California State University (CSU) system. It is accepted by some but not all CSU campuses. Students who complete this degree and transfer to a participating CSU campus will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor’s degree. It may not be appropriate preparation for students transferring to a CSU campus that does not accept the degree. Students who plan to complete this degree should consult a counselor for additional information about participating CSU campuses as well as university admission, degree and transfer requirements.

NOTE: Students intending to transfer to a CSU should consult a counselor and visit www.assist.org for guidance on appropriate transfer coursework.

Courses Required for the Major Units
PSYC 101 General Psychology*
PSYC 255 Introduction to Psychological Research  
MATH 119 Elementary Statistics* or
PSYC 258 Behavioral Science and Statistics


Select one of the following courses:
BIOL 107 General Biology – Lecture and Laboratory* or
PSYC 260 Introduction to Physiological Psychology*
3-4 
Select one of the following courses (not selected above) to meet the lower division preparation for the major to your transfer university:  
BIOL 210A Introduction to the Biological Sciences I*
BIOL 230 Human Anatomy*
CHEM 100 Fundamentals of Chemistry*
CHEM 100L Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory*
CHEM 130 Introduction to Organic and Biological Chemistry*
CHEM 130L Introduction to Organic and Biological Chemistry*
CHIL 101 Human Growth and Development*
ENGL 105 Composition and Literature*
ENGL 205 Critical Thinking*
MATH 104 Trigonometry*
MATH 116 College and Matrix Algebra
MATH 118 A Survey of Modern Math
MATH 121 Basic Techniques of Applied Calculus I
MATH 141 Precalculus
PHYS 125 General Physics*
PHYS 126 General Physics II*
PHYS 180A/180B, General Physics I/Laboratory I*
PHYS 181A/181B, General Physics II/Laboratory II*
PSYC 155 Introduction to Personality*
PSYC 166 Introduction to Social Psychology*
PSYC 211 Learning*
PSYC 230 Psychology of Lifespan Development*
PSYC 260 Introduction to Physiological Psychology*
SOCO 101 Principles of Sociology*
SOCO 110, Contemporary Social Problems*

3-5
If needed to total 18 units, select one of the following courses (not completed above) to meet the lower division preparation for the major to your transfer university:
BIOL 210A Introduction to the Biological Sciences I*
BIOL 230 Human Anatomy*
CHEM 100 Fundamentals of Chemistry*
CHEM 100L Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory*
CHEM 130 Introduction to Organic and Biological Chemistry*
CHEM 130L Introduction to Organic and Biological Chemistry*
CHIL 101 Human Growth and Development*
CISC 192 C/C++ Programming
ENGL 105 Composition and Literature*
ENGL 205 Critical Thinking *
MATH 104 Trigonometry*
MATH 116 College and Matrix Algebra
MATH 118A Survey of Modern Math
MATH 121 Basic Techniques of Applied Calculus I
MATH 141 Precalculus
MATH 150 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I*
MATH 151 Calculus with Analytic Geometry II*
PHIL 100 Logic and Critical Thinking*
PHIL 205 Critical Thinking and Writing in Philosophy*
PHYS 125 General Physics*
PHYS 126 General Physics II*
PHYS 180A/180B, General Physics I/Laboratory I*
PHYS 181A/181B, General Physics II/Laboratory II*
PSYC 111 Psychological/Social Aspects of Aging, Death and Dying*
PSYC 135 Marriage and Family Relations*
PSYC 137 Human Sexual Behavior*
PSYC 155 Introduction to Personality*
PSYC 161 Introduction to Counseling*
PSYC 165 Theories of Consciousness*
PSYC 166 Introduction to Social Psychology*
PSYC 211 Learning*
PSYC 230 Psychology of Lifespan Development*
PSYC 245 Abnormal Psychology*
PSYC 260 Introduction to Physiological Psychology *
SOCO 101 Principles of Sociology*
SOCO 110 Contemporary Social Problems*

Total: 18-21

*Course also fulfills general education requirements for the CSU GE or IGETC pattern.

General Education: In addition to the courses listed above, students must complete one of the following general education options:

  • The IGETC pattern is accepted by all CSU campuses and most UC campuses and majors. It is also accepted by some private/ independent or out of state universities.
  • The CSU GE pattern is accepted by all CSU campuses and some private/independent or out of state universities. It is not accepted by the UC system.

It is strongly recommended that students consult with a counselor to determine which general education option is most appropriate for their individual educational goals.
Electives as needed to meet minimum of 60 CSU-transferable units required for the degree.