Bakersfield College

Psychology

Psychology

Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer

The Associate in Arts in Psychology for Transfer is intended for those transfer-directed students who plan to complete an Associate of Arts in Psychology because it guarantees admission to the CSU system (but not to a particular campus or major). In order to earn the Associate in Arts in Psychology for Transfer, students must complete a minimum of 60 required semester units of CSU-transferable coursework which includes the CSU General Education or IGETC requirements with a minimum GPA of 2.0.

Students transferring to a CSU campus that does accept the Associate in Arts in Psychology for Transfer will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor’s degree (unless the major is a designated high-unit major). This degree may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or to university or college that is not part of the CSU system. Students should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements. This degree eliminates the additional Bakersfield College graduation requirements.

The major in psychology provides a study of the behavior of individuals and groups. The four-year degree in this major contributes to the foundational knowledge for positions in research and teaching, counseling, and working in clinical settings.

To Achieve the Associate in Arts for Transfer

Upon completion of the following courses with at least a ‘C’ grade in each course, the student will be awarded a Psychology Associate in Arts for Transfer degree.

To Transfer Coursework

A minimum of 21 semester units in the major with a grade of ‘C’ or better while maintaining a minimum grade point average of at least 2.0 in all California State University transferable coursework.

Requirements for AA-T or AS-T degrees:

The completion of 60 semester units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including the following:

  • The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University – Breadth Requirements.
  • A minimum of 18 semester units in a major area of emphasis, as determined by the district.
  • The obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.
  • The completion of all courses required for the major with a ‘C’ or better. A ‘P’ (Pass) grade is not acceptable for courses in the major.

This degree may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or to university or college that is not part of the CSU system. Students should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements. This degree eliminates the additional Bakersfield College graduation requirements.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the major concepts of behavior, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
  • demonstrate an understanding of basic research methods and information competency in obtaining relevant information about the science and profession of psychology.
  • exhibit an awareness of the ethical and professional factors related to the diversity of individuals and groups within the discipline of psychology.

Total Units: 20


Required Courses

11 units

Course # Name Units
PSYC B5 Elementary Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences 4.0
  or  
MATH B22 Elementary Probability and Statistics 4.0
PSYC B1A General Psychology 3.0
PSYC B6 Research Methods for the Behavioral and Social Sciences 4.0
List A: Select 3 units
PSYC B1B Biological Psychology 3.0
List B: Select 3 units
PSYC B20 Social Psychology 3.0
  or  
PSYC B40 Introduction to Lifespan Psychology 3.0
List C: Select 3 units
PSYC B30 Human Sexuality 3.0
  or  
PSYC B33* Psychology of Personal and Social Adjustment 3.0
Category CSU IGETC
Units in Major 20 20
Possible double counting of GE's 17 14
General Education 39 37
Electives (CSU Transferrable) 18 17
Degree Total 60 60
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