Psychology is the scientific study of human and animal behavior and mental processes, including cognition, emotion, sensation, perception and interaction. In pursuing the Associate in Arts in Psychology for Transfer degree, students acquire skills in research, information gathering, and analytic thinking. Students majoring in psychology develop critical thinking, problem solving and written and verbal communication skills. As psychology majors, students have learning opportunities that are relevant to many types of careers, including business, education, government, nonprofit organizations and within health and human services. The Associate in Arts in Psychology for Transfer degree will be awarded upon completion of coursework totaling 60 California State University (CSU) transferable units including the Core Requirements and the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or California State University General Education (CSUGE) requirements with a minimum grade point average of 2.0. All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of ‘C’ or better.

To be awarded the Associate Degree for Transfer, students must have the following:
  • Completion of 60 CSU transferable semester units.
  • A minimum of at least 2.0 GPA in CSU transferable courses (note that a higher GPA may be required in some institutions).
  • Completion of at least 18 units in the major with a grade of “C” or better. A “P” (Pass) grade is also an acceptable grade for courses in the major if the course is taken on a Pass/No Pass basis.
  • Certified completion of the CSU General Education-Breadth (CSU GE-Breadth) requirements, or completion of the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) for CSU requirements.

Please Note: No more than 60 semester units are required for this degree and no additional requirements will be imposed by Evergreen Valley College.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Read critically about topics in psychology thereby identifying problems, theses, arguments,  evidence, and conclusions.
  • Write critically about topics in psychology thereby addressing problems, formulating theses, making arguments, analyzing and weighing evidence, and deriving conclusions.
  • Think critically in speaking about topics in psychology thereby articulating problems, stating theses, posing arguments, explaining evidence and communicating conclusions.

Required Courses

Major Requirements           
Course Title Units
Core Requirements  

MATH 063

Elementary Statistics 3

or BUS 060

Fundamentals of Business Statistics


General Psychology 3


Introduction to Research Methods 3
List A: Select one of the following: 3-4

BIOL 020

Human Biology  

BIOL 021

General Biology  


Introduction to Biological Psychology  
List B: Select one of the following: 3

Any course from List A not already taken



English Composition  


Critical Thinking/Composition  
List C: Select one of the following: 3

Any course from List A or B not already taken



Psychology of Women: Global Perspective  


Violence Against Women: Cross-Cultural Perspective  


Personal Growth and Adjustment  


Developmental Psychology  


Abnormal Psychology  


Human Sexuality  

Total Requirements

Course Title Units
Major Requirements 18-19
CSU GE-Breadth or IGETC for CSU 1 37-39
Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 units)  
Total Units 60

Some GE courses may be double-counted within the major and will reduce the number of units.  General electives may be needed to reach 60 units. Please consult with a counselor to determine which courses are applicable. 

What is a Program Map?

A program map is a suggested semester-by-semester plan to help you complete the courses required for a particular degree or certificate. It is based on the major sheet for the particular degree or certificate you are interested in. It includes courses required for the major, general education and any necessary electives. 

A program map is a representation of the major sheet. It includes the specific specialty courses in a major, general education courses and any necessary electives. 

What is a Major Sheet?

A major sheet includes a description of the program you are interested in, what you can expect to learn once you have completed the program (Program Learning Outcomes) and the specific specialty courses you will need to complete within a major.