The Psychology Associate in Arts for Transfer from Bakersfield College provides students with a foundational understanding of the field of psychology.

Students take courses in areas such as the brain and behavior, human development, social psychology, and research methods. This program will equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to transfer to a four-year university or for entry-level employment in fields such as social services, education, or healthcare. 

What is Psychology?

Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes in both humans and nonhumans. It seeks to understand how thought, emotion, learning, memory and motivation are influenced by factors such as genetics, biology and the environment. Psychology is divided into two major areas, experimental and clinical. As scientists, experimental psychologists conduct research to understand the mechanisms underlying behavior. As practitioners, clinicians and counselors apply the information from research to improve mental health and quality of life.  

Is Studying Psychology Right for Me?

The field of psychology has relevance in many areas of life. Someone who is interested in understanding behavior, mental processes, and social interactions, and who has a desire to help others may find this degree particularly appealing. This degree may be a good fit for someone who is considering a career in fields such as counseling, social work, education, or healthcare. Additionally, someone who plans to transfer to a four-year university to pursue a research position in psychology may also benefit from obtaining an associate’s degree first. In general, the program benefits individuals who want to improve their personal and interpersonal, communication, and critical thinking skills.

There are several key traits and skills that can be helpful for someone studying Psychology. These include:

  • Curiosity
  • Empathy
  • Open-mindedness
  • Critical thinking
  • Strong communication skills
  • Patience and perseverance
  • Ethical awareness

Psychology Degree

Psychology Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer

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Careers in Psychology

An associate degree in psychology can provide a foundation for a variety of entry-level careers in fields related to psychology, including social services, education, healthcare, and business. Some common career paths include:

  1. Case manager: Working with individuals or families to connect them with necessary resources and support services.
  2. Behavioral health technician: Assisting with the care and treatment of individuals with mental health or substance abuse issues.
  3. Research assistant: Conducting research studies and collecting data for psychologists or other researchers.
  4. Human resources assistant: Assisting with recruiting, training, and managing employees in a business setting.
  5. Childcare worker: Providing care and support to children in a variety of settings, such as schools, daycare centers, or social services agencies.
  6. Mental health technician: Assisting with the care and treatment of individuals with mental health issues in a clinical or residential setting.

It is important to note that some of these careers may require additional training or education beyond an associate degree. Additionally, a psychology associate in arts for transfer degree can also serve as a foundation for further education in psychology or related fields, such as counseling or social work.

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Transfer to a University

Graduates with an Associate in Arts for Transfer or an Associate in Science for Transfer from Bakersfield College may choose to continue their education at a university to earn a 4-year degree. Students with an Associate in Arts/Science for Transfer degree are guaranteed admission with junior standing somewhere in the CSU system and given priority admission consideration to their local CSU campus or to a program that is deemed similar to their community major. See your Counselor and/or a Transfer Specialist for specific questions, options, and opportunities.

Academic Department: Behavioral Sciences

Career & Learning Pathway: Social Behavioral Sciences (SBS) Pathway

Courses: Psychology (PSYC)

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